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Woman dies in Chantilly-area crash

Fairfax County Police continue to investigate a fatal crash that took place on Route 50 near Sullyfield Circle at around 2 a.m. Oct. 4.

Police said a 39-year-old woman was driving eastbound on Route 50 in the center lane when she lost control of her vehicle, ran off the roadway and struck a pole. The driver, Erika Alvarado of Lufthansa Circle in Chantilly, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said the passenger, a 29-year-old man, was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital in stable condition and that there were no other vehicles involved.

Police said speed and alcohol may have been factors in the crash.

Alexandria woman charged with setting fire

On Oct. 3, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department fire investigators charged Tynekia Rogers, 38, of the 8300 block of Claremont Woods Drive in Alexandria, with intentionally burning a house and burning personal property greater than $200 on Oct. 2.

Fire and Rescue officials said the charges are in connection to a house fire on May 15 in the 8000 block of Seaton Drive, in Mount Vernon. Investigators said the fire started in a bedroom, displacing five adults and causing an estimated $60,000 in damages.

Sterling man dies in crash

A crash in Oak Hill has resulted in the death of a Sterling man.

Police said that around 3:50 p.m. Oct. 5, a 19-year-old driver of a 2012 Honda Civic was traveling westbound on McLearen Road, near Cobra Drive.

According to police, the Honda drove off the road and then re-entered the roadway heading west in the eastbound lanes of McLearen Road and struck a 2000 Honda Civic that was driven by 64-year-old Chris Reams of Sterling. Both drivers were transported to a local hospital, where Reams died.

Police said the exact cause of the crash is being investigated by a police crash reconstruction unit, and charges may be pending. Police said alcohol does not appear to be a factor.

Woodbridge woman charged with arson threat

On Oct. 9, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department fire investigators charged Ashley Nicole Milstead, 28, of Woodbridge, with threatening to burn down a house located in the 6100 block of Rolling Road in Springfield. Investigators did not release many details about the alleged threat, except to say that the charge is a felony punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment.

Milstead is being held at the Fairfax County Detention Center without bond.

‘Beacon Hill Bandit’ strikes bank a sixth time

Fairfax County Police and the FBI are investigating the sixth bank robbery of the same Hybla Valley-area bank by the “Beacon Hill Bandit,” which occurred around 12:30 p.m. Oct. 4.

Police said the bandit entered the TD Bank located at 6615 Richmond Highway and demanded money, as he is suspected of doing five times before. Police said the bank teller complied and the robber fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. There were no injuries.

The FBI is seeking any information about the bandit, who they say is a suspect in all six robberies, beginning in March 2010.

The FBI’s Washington Field Office is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to his identification, arrest and conviction.