An Alexandria man has been charged with killing a 16-year-old Mount Vernon High School student.
Fairfax County police said Gerard Gomez of Mount Vernon was gunned down the morning of Sept. 15 outside a Tysons Corner hotel where a party had been taking place.
Police were called to the Marriott Residence Inn, located in the 8600 block of Westwood Center Drive, around 2 a.m. and discovered Gomez on the sidewalk, shot in the upper body. Efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Jose Alberto Blanco-Calzadilla, 23, of the 8600 block of Woodward Avenue in Alexandria, turned himself in to police the same day and was charged with murder, according to police.
Mount Vernon High School Principal Nardos King said in a message to parents that Gomez was a junior at Mount Vernon, where he played lacrosse and football. “Gerard was very well liked by all who knew him and he will be greatly missed,” King wrote. “Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”
Police have not revealed a potential motive for the shooting and say the investigation is continuing.
A Burke man is recovering after firefighters rescued him from his burning home on Wednesday.
Fairfax County fire officials said firefighters responded to a house fire at around 4 a.m. in the 9700 block of Church Way in Burke.
Firefighters said they encountered smoke coming from the garage, rear and second floor of the two-story home upon their arrival. En route to the fire, firefighters said they received several reports of someone trapped on the second floor of the home.
After a search, they found a man in a second-floor bedroom and rescued him by ladder. Firefighters said the fire was brought under control in approximately 40 minutes. The origin of the fire was an unattended candle in a first-floor room behind the home’s garage. Firefighters said paramedics treated and transported the man to INOVA Fairfax Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Damage to the home is estimated at $100,000.
Fairfax County police are investigating a series of five recent robberies they say may be related.
Police say the most recent robbery took place at around 1 p.m. Sept. 11 when two men entered a convenience store at 6550 Edsall Road in Mount Vernon, approached the counter with items and then allegedly assaulted the cashier, took money and fled.
In three similar robberies, two men entered a 7-Eleven store, displayed a handgun, took money and fled. In another potentially related case, suspects attempted to rob a 22-year-old woman while she was walking in the 6300 block of Backlick Road in Springfield.
Police say the four potentially related robberies occurred at the following locations:
• Aug. 12: 7-Eleven, 8146 Old Mount Vernon Road, Alexandria.
• Aug. 21: 7-Eleven, 2305 Huntington Ave., Alexandria.
• Aug. 22: Female pedestrian, 6300 Backlick Road, Springfield.
• Aug. 24: 7-Eleven, 7225 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue officials say a Fairfax Station house fire on Sunday caused $500,000 worth of damage.
Firefighters said they responded to the call of a fire in the 8100 block of Belligham Court at approximately 12:30 p.m.
Firefighters found a two-story home with fire coming from all sides upon their arrival. The incident commander immediately struck a second alarm, bringing approximately 60 firefighters to the scene. Firefighters said they were able to keep the fire in check, not allowing flames to spread to the nearby woods and adjacent homes.
The fire was brought under control in approximately 30 minutes, and firefighters said no one was home. Three adults have been displaced, and are being supported by the Red Cross, according to fire officials. One firefighter was transported to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
City of Fairfax Police are investigating a robbery that occurred about 10:45 p.m. Sept. 10 at a residence in the 3900 block of Bradwater Street in the Comstock community of Fairfax City.
Police say occupants reported that two men forced their way into the townhouse, implied they had weapons, took several items and physically assaulted several of the occupants, who police say sustained minor injuries.
Police said the suspects left the home after one of the residents discharged a handgun, possibly striking one of the men. Police said the suspects fled on foot from the area. Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to call City of Fairfax Police Detective Shawn Sutherland at 703-385-7887.
An elementary school art teacher in Loudoun County was arrested last week for child pornography.
Ralph Watts Conrad III, 43, of Hamilton was arrested Sept. 10 for distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography. A Loudoun County Public Schools employee for 15 years, Conrad is currently employed at Algonkian Elementary School as an art teacher.
He has also provided art instruction as an itinerant instructor at Belmont Station Elementary, Lowes Island Elementary, Frances Hazel Reid Elementary, Mill Run Elementary and Creighton’s Corner Elementary.
At this stage, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office does not have any evidence Loudoun children were involved.
The Sheriff’s Office is investigating whether additional charges or victims exist. Anyone with information regarding this case or suspicious contact with Conrad have been asked to contact Detective P. Beaver at 703-777-0475.
Conrad has been placed on administrative leave from the school system pending the final outcome of the case. He remains listed on the staff directory on the Algonkian Elementary website, but his individual staff page has been taken down.
Wayde Byard, spokesman for Loudoun County Public Schools, confirmed Conrad has been placed on administrative leave and he had been an employee of the school system since 1998, primarily at Algonkian Elementary.
The case was turned over to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office after an joint investigation by the Department of Homeland Security Investigations and the NoVA/DC Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce.
A bond hearing was held Sept. 11, where Conrad faced one charge of distribution of child pornography and two charges of possession of child pornography. He is currently being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.
A Sterling woman accused of killing her husband in May was indicted Monday for first-degree murder.
Rosangela Spradling, 42, is accused in the shooting death of her husband Steven Spradling, 52, a Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police officer, inside their Blossom Drive home.
A grand jury also indicted the wife on charges of maliciously discharging a firearm into a dwelling and two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
A five-day jury trial is scheduled to begin Dec. 9 in Loudoun County Circuit Court.
In an Aug. 12 preliminary hearing, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Detective C. Cunningham testified that Rosangela Spradling, through an interpreter, said her husband had been heavily drinking prior to the shooting and uttering threats under his breath.
Steven Spradling, Cunningham testified, had allegedly threatened to cut his wife’s head off prior.
The wife, following the shooting, described for the detective a hostile environment prior to the incident. The couple, Cunningham said, had argued and the husband had grabbed his wife, shoved her to the floor and came behind her and wrapped his arms around her, as if he was trying to choke her.
The husband released his grip when Rosangela Spradling called for their two children to come downstairs, Cunningham said.
Deputies were called to the home about 9 p.m. May 17 after a neighbor reported hearing gunshots coming from the residence.
At the time of the shooting, Liz Mills, spokesperson for the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, said deputies had responded to the couple’s home “continuously since 2003 for issues of domestic assault and issues with neighbors.”
In 2012 alone, deputies were called to the home at least three or four times, Mills said.