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Fairfax Station man struck and killed by VRE train

Police are investigating the death of a man after he stepped onto the tracks and was struck by a VRE train on Oct. 10.

Police said that around 2:15 p.m. police were called to the train tracks near the intersection of Fairfax Station Road and the Fairfax County Parkway, where they located an adult male body on the tracks.

The man was identified as Michael Mueller, 24, of Fairfax Station.

Detectives from the Crash Reconstruction Unit said the train was traveling southbound on the tracks when the train operator spotted a man standing next to the tracks. Police said the train operator blew his horn but instead of moving away, Mueller stepped onto the tracks with his back to the train.

The operator activated an emergency brake and attempted to stop the train before impact, but was unsuccessful.

Vacant Centreville home fire under investigation

Fire and rescue authorities are investigating a fire that destroyed a vacant home in Centreville.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department officials said firefighters responded to a house fire Tuesday at approximately 6:30 p.m., in the Centreville area.

The single-family house is located at 14927 Lee Highway. Fairfax County tax records show the home as owned by a bank in Texas, and not by any local individual. Records show the home valued at only $71,540 but the land at more than 10 times that amount, $728,000.

Firefighters said they encountered heavy smoke and fire coming from the rear and through the roof of the ranch home upon arrival. Firefighters conducted both an interior and exterior fire attack; however, firefighters withdrew when a portion of the roof caved. Firefighters said they also encountered boarded up windows while attempting to gain access to the home. It took approximately 50 minutes to bring the fire under control. There were no injuries.

Police seek victims of alleged tree-trimming fraud

Police are seeking potential victims of a suspected tree-trimming fraud who may have defrauded victims in Fairfax County.

A Midland man believed to be the main suspect in a fraud case in Sterling was arrested Oct. 4 in Fauquier County. John R. Kennedy Jr., 36, was charged by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Dept. with obtaining money by false pretenses. Kennedy is being held at Loudoun County Adult Detention Center without bond.

He’s accused of offering tree trimming services to a Sterling resident in September for a company called Action Tree Service. Authorities say Kennedy signed a contract and collected a deposit from the resident but never completed any work. Police say he could potentially have attempted fraud in other areas including Fairfax County. Anyone who paid money to him without receiving any services is urged to contact Detective M. Halley of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Financial Crimes Unit at 703-777-0475.

Police seek public’s help to identify suspect

Fairfax County Police detectives are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man who reportedly followed and approached a 16-year-old girl in her vehicle on Oct. 1 around 8 p.m. The incident occurred in the 7000 block of Golden Horseshoe Court in Springfield.

Police say the man approached the girl and insisted that the teen’s car had a flat tire and offered to look at it with her. She knew that this was untrue and she fled, according to police.

While there was no crime committed in this incident, police would like to speak to this man.

He is described as an Asian or Hispanic male in his late 20’s. He is believed to be driving a bright blue Subaru Impreza WRX STI with a spoiler on the trunk. The vehicle was seen near West Springfield High School on the evening of the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.