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Lorton man dies after boat capsizes

A 58-year-old Lorton man has died after his kayak capsized in Pohick Bay on Monday.

Police said John R. Funk was seen around 3:30 p.m. by witnesses as he was fishing from a kayak. Police said witnesses saw Funk’s kayak capsize about 100 yards from shore and was seen swimming toward shore. Policed said witnesses yelled to Funk and ran for help, but he quickly disappeared under the water.

According to police, a helicopter search above Pohick Bay led first responders to him.

Funk was been wearing a personal floatation device, nor was one located in the kayak, police said.

Funk was transported to Mount Vernon hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police said it is unclear what caused the kayak to capsize.

Pedestrian fatality in Annandale

An Annandale man has died after being hit by a Fairfax County Public Schools bus on Sept. 20.

According to county police, around 2:30 p.m. that day officers responded to the intersection of Gallows Road and Columbia Pike. Police said a school bus was stopped in the southbound turn lanes of Gallows Road where Joon Seok Ahn, 89, had been struck.

Police said Ahn had been walking westbound and apparently entered the crosswalk while traffic was stopped. Police said the bus moved and struck Ahn as he walked. He was transported to a local hospital where he later died.

The driver of the bus, Cristina Fernandez, 40, was charged with failure to pay time and attention.

John Torre, spokesman for the county school system, said Fernandez had been driving for county schools for 11 years and had an excellent driving record.

“She has been pulled off the road pending the results of a police investigation,” he said.

Police said the investigation is underway, and speed and alcohol are not considered factors in the crash.

Faulty electrical outlet causes $60K damage to Vienna home

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire around 5:30 p.m. Monday in Vienna. The single-family home is located in the 500 block of Malcolm Road.

Firefighters said they encountered smoke coming from the basement upon arrival, and quickly brought the fire under control. The occupants were at home when the fire broke out and escaped the home unharmed. Four adults and one child have been displaced.

Damage is estimated at $60,000. According fire investigators, the fire was accidental. An electrical multi-plug in a basement bedroom caused the fire.

Springfield man convicted of producing child porn

Faisal Hashime, 20, of Springfield was convicted Sept. 19 of posing online as an attractive teen girl to entice male minors to take and send him sexually explicit images, several of which he sent to others online, according to federal court documents.

Hashime was convicted of three counts of production of child pornography, with each count carrying a mandatory minimum of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years in prison, and two counts of distribution of child pornography, which each carry a mandatory minimum of five years and a maximum of 20 years in prison.

On Sept. 12, Hashime pleaded guilty to possessing and receiving child pornography, the latter of which carries a five-year mandatory minimum penalty. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 7.

According to court documents and evidence at the trial, the investigation into Hashime began after he distributed images of child pornography to an undercover agent via email.

After executing a search warrant on Hashime’s e-mail account, law enforcement recovered numerous emails where Hashime pretended to be an attractive young female named “Tracy” while communicating with minors throughout the country on the internet.

While acting as “Tracy,” Hashime flirted, developed intimate friendships, engaged in explicit online conversation with them and, often during the course of months, requested, cajoled, seduced, guilted and encouraged them to take and send pictures of their naked bodies and genitalia. After obtaining several images of boys’ genitalia, Hashime then distributed several of the images to others online.

When law enforcement executed a search warrant on Hashime’s residence, he admitted to being “Tracy” online, federal prosecutors say.

Calls made to Hashime’s attorney, Peter Greenspun, were not returned.

Accidental Mount Vernon apartment fire

County fire and rescue units responded to an apartment fire around 10 a.m. Sept. 22 in the 7900 block of Richmond Highway in Mount Vernon.

Firefighters said they encountered heavy smoke and fire coming from the top floor and eaves of the three-story apartment upon arrival, and brought bringing the fire under control in about 20 minutes.

Firefighters said 17 occupants were evacuated during the fire, and all were allowed to later return. Two adults and one child have been displaced. The occupants were not at home when the fire broke out. The apartment management company was able to make a nearby vacant apartment for the displaced family available. There were no injuries.

Damage is estimated at $60,000. According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. A halogen lamp too close to combustibles caused the fire.

Flights delayed at Dulles after bomb threat

The Washington Metropolitan Airports Authority on Tuesday temporarily shut down parking garages at Washington Dulles International Airport after a bomb threat, according Airports Authority officials.

Rob Yingling, spokesman for the authority, said flights were delayed in and out of the airport for about 30 minutes.

Flights, however, were not evacuated, according to the authority’s Twitter account.

By 11 p.m., parking facilities at Dulles were open and operating normally.

Yingling could not confirm how officials found out about the threat, but said parking garages No. 1 and No. 2 were shut down while police conducted an investigation using canine teams.

“Nothing was found in any of our facilities as a result of the investigation,” he said.

Planes were able to land, but were delayed in pulling into the gates, Yingling said. None of the airport’s terminals were closed during the incident.

No injuries were reported.

Herndon man charged with multiple offenses

A Herndon man was arrested Sept. 21 after authorities said he busted the back windshield of a woman’s vehicle in a domestic dispute and then ran from deputies.

Elliott D. Lansdowne, 21, was charged following the 5:57 p.m. incident with burglary, larceny, destruction of property, felony eluding, driving on a revoked license, displaying tags on a vehicle that are registered to a different vehicle and making threats via a telephone.

The incident began in the 1400 block Brethour Court in Sterling when a woman flagged down a deputy to tell them Lansdowne had used a blunt object to damage her vehicle, according to Loudoun Sheriff’s Office reports.

Deputies later found Lansdowne and stopped him in the area of Potomac View Road and Algonkian Parkway. He attempted to flee in excess of the posted speed limit, according to the report. At one point Lansdowne lost control of his car and struck a curb, where it became disabled.

Lansdowne is being detained without bond at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.

Kingstowne house fire causes $200K in damage

County fire and rescue units responded to a house fire around 12:40 a.m. Monday in the Kingstowne area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located in the 6800 block of Rolling Creek Way.

Firefighters said they encountered heavy smoke coming from the roof and eaves of the two-story home upon their arrival. They quickly controlled the fire and kept it from spreading to an adjacent home 10 feet away, fire officials said.

Firefighters determined the home to be vacant. There were no injuries.Damage is estimated at $200,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. The cause of the fire was combustibles too close to an ignition source.

6 pounds of cocaine seized at Dulles Airport

Within a week of intercepting two Guatemalan couriers transporting cocaine into the U.S., Customs and Border Patrol at Washington Dulles International Airport seized slightly less than six pounds.

The cocaine was concealed inside soup pack mixes and blocked sugar.

This third courier — also from Guatemala but arriving from El Salvador around 2 a.m. Monday — was moved by CBP to secondary inspection upon arrival. Officers examined two bricks of “Dulce de Panela,” a molasses-like brown candy. A white substance was discovered inside both bricks.

Five soup mix packages, labeled “Hilachas, also field-tested positive for cocaine.

The total weight of the cocaine was 5 pounds, 13 ounces.

Like the two couriers stopped Sept. 15, the courier was questioned extensively and returned to Guatemala. All three have been barred from entering the U.S. for a minimum of five years.

“The recent trend in courier cocaine seizures validates the hard work that Customs and Border Protection officers do every day in ensuring that even routine courier imports comply with all federal laws and import regulations,” said Christopher Hess, CBP Port Director for the Port of Washington.

During the past fiscal year, CBO officers intercepted more than 50 pounds of cocaine.

Passengers fined for concealing agriculture products

U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently caught three passengers attempting to conceal prohibited agriculture products while entering the U.S.

The first, a passenger who arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport on Sept. 18 on a flight from Mongolia, tried to conceal 12 pounds of raw beef and pork sausage inside juice boxes and other food containers, according to CPB officers. He was given a $200 fine.

On the same day, a passenger from Cameroon “failed to honestly declare” beef weighing 4 pounds and 6 ounces that agriculture specialists found inside her luggage. She was given a $300 penalty.

On Sept. 19, another passenger, arriving at Baltimore-Washington International Airport from Jamaica, attempted to concealed four guavas inside the lining of a purse inside her baggage and two peppers inside the liner of her suitcase. She was fined $200.

According to CPB, fruit are potential vectors for invasive insect pests and fruit disease that could cripple America’s crop industries. CPB enforces the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s regulations governing the import of animal products to reduce the risk of introducing exotic animal diseases into the U.S.

“It is very alarming that passengers are taking extreme efforts to conceal agriculture products that should be declared during the Customs and Border Protection arrivals inspection,” Michael Lovejoy, director, CBP Baltimore Field Office said in a prepared statement. “These are very serious threats because of the potentially severe agriculture and economic consequences that plant and animal diseases pose. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists take their job of protecting America’s agriculture very seriously.”

CBP uses several tactics to ensure passengers comply with U.S. agriculture laws, including declaration forms, detector dogs, X-rays and searches.

“Generally, most passengers are honest, law-abiding travelers who truthfully declare all agriculture and other products they are bringing to the U.S.,” Lovejoy said “But there is a small percentage of travelers who deliberately attempt to circumvent our compliance inspections. All it takes is one diseased fruit or meat product introduced into our crop or livestock industries and we have the potential for an economic crisis. It is our job to stop those potential threats at our nation’s borders.”

During fiscal 2011, CBP agriculture specialists at Dulles seized more than 30,000 prohibited agriculture products and assessed 234 civil penalties. At BWI, more than 4,000 prohibited agriculture products were seized and 17 civil penalties were assessed.