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Fatal crash in Springfield

A 62-year-old Alexandria woman is dead after her car veered off the road and struck a tree shortly after 7 p.m. on Nov. 27, according to county police.

Police said the driver, Dinh Quy, of the 6200 block of William Edgar Drive in Alexandria, was operating her 2009 Toyota Corolla in the parking lot of a shopping center on the southeast corner of Rolling Road and Old Keene Mill Road.

Police said Quy left the parking lot and headed north in the southbound lanes of Rolling Road.

After passing through the intersection of Old Keene Mill Road, her car veered to the left and struck a tree on the west side of Rolling Road. Police said she was pronounced dead a short time later.

Police said it is not yet known if a medical condition, alcohol or speed were factors contributing to the crash and that it is still under investigation.

Reston Limousine bus involved in D.C. crash

A bus operated by Reston Limousine was involved in a four-car crash in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 26 that sent 18 students to the hospital but did not result in any serious injuries, according to Tony Simon, COO of Reston Limousine.

According to Washington, D.C., police, the bus was traveling westbound on Nebraska Ave. around 8 a.m. when a car going the opposite way veered into oncoming traffic, causing the bus to swerve and to get struck by two other vehicles.

Onboard the bus were 18 students from The Field School, a private grade school located in the district.

The shuttle was making a routine run from the Friendship Heights Metro Station to The Field School as part of its daily shuttle program, according to a statement issued by the school.

The statement also said that all 18 students were taken to nearby Children’s Hospital and Howard University Hospital. Also according to the statement, two students suffered non-life-threatening injuries and the other 16 were taken for precautionary examinations.

“Fortunately, no one required hospitalization,” Simon said. “It is the policy of D.C. police to take children involved in accidents to a hospital simply as a precaution.”

Police seek suspects in Herndon car vandalisms

Fairfax County Police is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspects responsible for damaging numerous vehicles parked in a Herndon apartment complex over Thanksgiving weekend.

Police said an investigation determined that between 11 p.m. Nov. 24 and 8 a.m. Nov. 25, suspects slashed the tires of at least 64 vehicles parked in the Dulles Greene Apartment Complex. The vehicles all were parked on Astoria Circle; one car was parked on Rock Hill Road, just outside the complex.

Police said surveillance video shows three men entering the complex on foot that night. One was heavyset, wearing light-colored clothing. The second was wearing dark-colored basketball shorts. The third was wearing dark-colored clothing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Fairfax County Crime Solvers by phone at 866-411-TIPS (8477).

Laundromat fire in Vienna

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue units responded to a laundromat fire at approximately 8 p.m. Nov. 23 in Vienna. The business is located at 1880 Howard Ave.

Firefighters said they encountered smoke showing from the rear of the three-story building upon their arrival. Firefighters brought the fire under control in approximately 10 minutes. The laundromat was closed at the time of the fire and there were no injuries reported. According to fire investigators, the blaze was caused by a malfunctioning dryer that was running at the time the store closed.

Damage is estimated at $75,000.

Dulles CBP officers seize marijuana

Dulles Custom and Border Patrol officers say a California traveler was hiding over 27 grams of marijuana in his luggage at Washington Dulles International Airport on Nov. 25, but he learned firsthand how proficient CBP officers are at detecting concealed items.

According to CPB officials, Ryan Richard Davidson, 33, of Brea, Calif., arrived on a flight from Germany shortly before 9 p.m., and was referred to secondary inspection for a baggage exam.

Officials said that during the secondary inspection, a thorough search of his luggage revealed a bag and a glass container with marijuana inside. Officials said the amount of marijuana totaled 27.1 grams, or 0.96 ounces.

Davidson was turned over to the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority police department for criminal prosecution on a charge of possession of marijuana.

“We’ve sometimes observed how quickly a routine baggage exam can quickly turn into a more complex enforcement activity that uncovers illicit or prohibited products,” said Christopher Hess, CBP Port Director for the Port of Washington, D.C. “Customs and Border Protection officers are ever vigilant in preventing dangerous or illicit drugs from entering the United States.”

Burke house fire causes $100,000 in damages

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue officials responded to a house fire at approximately 9:30 p.m. Nov. 21 in Burke. The single-family home is located in the 9900 block of Manet Road.

First-arriving firefighters arrived on scene quickly to find a single-family home with fire showing from the rear deck and garage, officials said. The incident commander called for a second alarm, bringing over 70 firefighters to the scene. Firefighters brought the fire under control in approximately 50 minutes.

Officials said all the occupants of the home had escaped prior to the fire department’s arrival.

One adult was transported to the Washington Burn Center for non-life-threatening injuries. Four adults have been displaced. Damage is estimated at $100,000.

Police discover two ATM skimmers in local hospitals

County police responded to two reports of skimmer devices attached to ATMs at local hospitals this week.

Police said one was discovered Nov. 26 on the same ATM as was discovered in September, located near the lobby gift shop at Inova Fairfax Hospital. Police said a hospital employee noticed that the input slot for the card was loose and wobbly; when she inserted her bank card, the device fell off. She immediately reported it to security, who contacted police. Detectives feel that the device may have been on the machine for weeks and urge anyone who used the machine to monitor their financial statements closely.

A second device was discovered on a machine located in the Inova Fair Oaks Hospital lobby adjacent to the cafeteria on Nov. 28 around 1 p.m. A hospital security guard discovered the device after being notified of the prior incident.

Police said neither of these bank machines are either owned or monitored by Inova staff. Police said hospital staff said they are located on hospital property but banking institutions are responsible for their maintenance and management.

Detectives urge consumers who may have used either of these machines in recent weeks to check their bank statements closely. If they detect inconsistencies in their transactions, they should contact their bank and the police.

Toy donations now being accepted at police stations

For the 26th year in a row, the Fairfax County Police Department’s motorcycle squad is working collaboratively with the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police, Fairfax City Police, Falls Church Sheriff’s Office, and the Town of Vienna Police to collect and distribute toys for sick children, as well as local charities such as the Ronald McDonald House.

Police ask the public to consider donating a new, unwrapped toy, game or book at any Fairfax County Police station before Dec. 10. These items bring joy and smiles to the many children who are critically ill and unable to be home for their holidays. Donations are also being accepted at the Fairfax County Police Headquarters at 4100 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax.

The motorcycle officers’ “Santa’s Ride” collection will take place on December 11; distribution of gifts will take place at Inova Fairfax Hospital on Dec. 12 and Georgetown Hospital on Dec. 13.

For more information, contact the Public Information Office, 703-246-2253

Fairfax fire chief selects new deputy chief

Fire Chief Ronald L. Mastin has selected Battalion Chief Manuel A. Barrero, Jr. for promotion to deputy chief. Chief Barrero will be assigned as Chief Training Officer, Personnel Services Bureau, effective Dec. 15.

Since 2008, Barrero has served as Chief, Hazardous Materials and Investigative Services, Fire Prevention Division, Fire Marshal’s Office. Chief Barrero started his career as a recruit firefighter in August 1988, and was initially assigned to Fire and Rescue Station 5, Franconia.

As Chief Training Officer, he will be responsible for basic training, field training, emergency medical services training, and volunteer training, which includes approximately 1,700 career and volunteer members. He will also be responsible for the Honor Guard and the Explorer Post 1949 Program.

Chief Barrero received his Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Troy State University in Alabama. He is also a graduate of the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy. He is a certified fire and explosion investigator, and a sworn Assistant Fire Marshall. He has been Executive Vice President, International Association of Hispanic Firefighters and is a member of the 2013 Leadership Fairfax class. He is also a recipient of the distinguished Citizenship Award from the Arlington-Fairfax Elks Lodge 2188.

Barrero and his wife, Catherine, and daughters Alexandra, and Olivia, live in Clifton.