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Body found in Tysons Corner

Fairfax County Police discovered the body of a 47-year-old man on the property of a Tysons Corner office building that was just sold to new owners on Jan. 3.

Police said the body of Rafael J. Dominguez of the Franklin Farm area in Oak Hill, was discovered at an office building located at 1945 Old Gallows Road in Tysons Corner.

Police said officers responded to that address shortly after 11 a.m. on Jan. 8 for a report of a dead body, and discovered Dominguez along a grassy strip near the parking lot of the building.

Police are awaiting autopsy results from a medical examiner to determine the exact cause of death, but say they do not suspect foul play at this time. “We believe it was an accidental death,” said police spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell.

The building, which is leased to a variety of tenants in the fields of information technology, computer software, legal and professional firms, was just sold by KBS Realty Advisors to undisclosed new owners on Jan. 3, according to a news release by real estate services firm Cassidy Turley, which represented KBS in the sale. It is unknown at this time if Dominguez worked or knew anyone in the building.

Fatal crash in McLean

On Sunday, Jan. 6, Frederick Naef, 76, of Reston, died from injuries resulting from a vehicle crash on Dec. 26.

According to Fairfax County police, around 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 26, a 2001 Ford Ranger was travelling west on Lee Highway approaching Old Lee Highway. Police said the driver of the Ford, Carlos Rios, 42, of Fairfax, lost control of his vehicle and crossed into eastbound traffic on Lee Highway. Rios struck a 2010 Ford Taurus, driven by Naef and a 2008 GMC Yukon, driven by a 41-year-old man. Naef was transported to a local hospital. Rios was charged with failing to maintain control of his vehicle.

Speed and alcohol are not considered factors in the crash, according to police.

Traffic stop in Herndon results in police pursuit, crash

On Jan. 8, at approximately 7:15 a.m., a Herndon patrol officer attempted to stop an SUV for a traffic violation. Police said the SUV refused to stop, at which time the officer, with his lights and sirens activated, pursued the SUV toward Herndon Parkway and Dranesville Road.

Police said the pursuit was terminated prior to approaching Herndon High School. The SUV continued north bound at a high rate of speed and ran a red light at the intersection of Dranesville Road and Wiehle Avenue, striking a vehicle in the intersection. The SUV lost control and rolled several times before coming to rest. Police said the driver and the passenger of the SUV were transported to the hospital with unknown injuries. No one else was injured from the accident.

Police said the investigation is ongoing.

Man caught boarding plane with gun detained at Dulles Airport

A passenger was caught trying to board a flight at Washington Dulles International Airport on Jan. 3 with a weapon in his carry-on bag, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

A Charlottesville man was cited after officers found a 9 mm Ruger firearm.

TSA contacted the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority (MWAA) Police, who regularly patrol the airport.

The police responded, confiscated the gun and cited the man on a local weapons charge. There was no impact to airport operations. After he was cited, the man, who was ticketed to fly to Denver, was permitted to catch his flight without the firearm.

Sterling woman charged with assaulting two people, killing two dogs

A 32-year-old Sterling woman was charged Jan. 7 after authorities said she assaulted two family members and killed two dogs during an incident inside her North Fillmore Avenue home.

Aleta J. James, who was also injured during the incident, was charged with malicious wounding and abuse and neglect of a child.

James was released from the hospital Jan. 7.

One of the victims, a 51-year-old woman, was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital for nonlife-threatening injuries she suffered during the Jan. 6 assault.

Two family dogs also were injured during the assault and later died from their injuries. Loudoun County Animal Control also responded to the scene.

James is being held without bond at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.

Mount Vernon fire causes $150,000 in damage

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire Jan. 2 at approximately 4:50 p.m. in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County. The single family home is located on the 800 block of Eden Court.

Firefighters reported heavy smoke and fire coming from the front windows and door of the split level home upon their arrival. It took firefighters approximately 15 minutes to bring the fire under control.

Three adults have been displaced, and Red Cross support was declined. There were no injuries.

Damage is estimated at $150,000. According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental and discarded smoking materials caused the fire.