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Maryland man charged in death of Reston woman

A Maryland man charged in the death of a Reston woman is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Dec. 13.

Carlos Joel Alonso, 24, of Silver Spring has been charged with negligent homicide after U.S. Park Police say he left the scene of a fatal crash prior to the arrival of responding emergency personnel.

The crash occurred Oct. 11 in Arlington.

U.S. Park Police — who originally believed the fatal crash involved only Katharine Jane Brannon Rahim of Reston, who died at the scene — now say Alonso was operating the vehicle, left the scene, and was discovered several hours later at Columbia Island Marina.

In the release, police said the investigation “… revealed negligence of the operator resulting in the fatality of passenger [Katharine] Jane Brannon Rahim, who died from injuries sustained in the crash.”

According to the release, as a result of the U.S. Park Police investigation, a District of Columbia Superior Court arrest warrant was issued for Alonso, charging him with negligent homicide.

Police said that on Dec. 3, Alonso turned himself into a Park Police processing facility.

Alonso then surrendered his passport and was released. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Friday.

Fatal crash in Fort Belvoir

A Fauquier County man is dead after a fatal crash in Fort Belvoir.

According to Fairfax County Police, around 6:15 a.m. Nov. 22 the driver of a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt was attempting to make a left turn from northbound Richmond Highway into 9114 Richmond Highway. The Cobalt was struck by a 2003 BMW driven by a 45-year-old man traveling southbound on Richmond Highway. Police said the driver of the Cobalt, 69-year-old Alex Kovacs of The Plains may not have been wearing a seat belt and was ejected from his vehicle. Kovacs was transported to a local hospital, where he died on Dec. 6. The cause of the crash remains under investigation though police say it does not appear that alcohol was a factor.

Alexandria man charged with setting homeless person’s tent on fire

Fairfax County fire investigators have charged Scottie Alton Reina, 41, of the 6400 block of Richmond Highway in Alexandria with maliciously setting fire to personal property less than $200, and setting a fire capable of spreading, on Dec. 5.

Investigators say the charges are in connection to setting an occupied tent on fire near a homeless encampment in the Mount Vernon area of Fairfax County. Damage is estimated at $100.

Fatal crash in Springfield

Fairfax County police responded to the report of a crash shortly after 11 p.m. Dec. 4.

According to police, Brian Benjamin Blaine, 30, of Manassas, was driving his 2001 Honda S2000 convertible southbound on the Franconia-Springfield Parkway, approaching Spring Village Drive. Police said witnesses reported that the Honda seemed to be racing a dark colored, newer model Infiniti.

Both vehicles apparently passed each other several times, police said. Blaine lost control of the Honda as it exited the curve just prior to Spring Village Drive. The vehicle traveled off the roadway to the right, struck an embankment and a tree which redirected the car back onto the parkway. The Honda then rolled over and came to rest, upright, in the southbound lanes of the parkway. The Honda and the Infiniti did not appear to make contact at any time. Blaine was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital and was pronounced dead shortly before 8 a.m. Dec. 5.

Police said speed was a factor in this crash but that it is unknown if alcohol was also a factor. The crash is still under investigation.

Candle causes Reston townhouse fire

An unattended candle in a garage is responsible for $260,000 worth of fire damage to a Reston townhouse, according to fire and rescue officials.

Fairfax County firefighters said they responded to a townhouse fire Tuesday at about 1:30 p.m. in Reston. The single-family home is in the 11400 block of Summer House Court.

Firefighters said they encountered heavy smoke and fire coming from the garage and first-floor living area of the three-story, middle-unit townhouse upon their arrival. They conducted an aggressive fire attack and brought the fire under control in about 15 minutes, keeping the fire in check not allowing it to extend to adjacent units. However, there was extensive damage to the first and second floor, and minor damage to the top floor. One adult and two children were home when the fire broke out and escaped unharmed, fire officials said. Smoke alarms did activate inside the home and there were no injuries.

Police aim to thwart shoplifters

Phony credit cards, stolen identification and out-of-state shoplifting scams are being targeted by the Fairfax County Police Retail Anti-Theft Teams once again this holiday season.

According to police, in an annual effort that began on Black Friday, county officers are patrolling malls and shopping centers across Fairfax County hoping to keep the areas safe and crime-free.

Teams of Fairfax County officers are working in shopping malls and retail businesses in both uniformed and plain-clothes capacities. Police say they are targeting all shoplifters, but particularly professionals that they say distract store employees while associates across the store attempt to conceal and steal merchandise.

According to police, in 2012, officers assigned to the retail anti-theft operations in the McLean Police District arrested 81 people, placed 63 felony charges and 71 misdemeanor charges. They recovered or seized stolen property worth over $76,000.

DWI/driver’s license checkpoint scheduled in Herndon

The Herndon Police Department says it will conduct a DWI/driver’s license checkpoint from 8:30 p.m. Friday until 3 a.m. the following day to deter and apprehend intoxicated drivers. Motorists stopped for suspicion of driving while intoxicated will be checked to ensure that their ability to drive has not been impaired by drugs or alcohol. In addition to checking the sobriety of each driver, their operator’s license will be checked as well to ensure compliance with the law.

Police say DUI checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving. Members of the public are encouraged to help keep roadways safe by calling the Herndon Police Department at 703-435-6846 if they see a suspected impaired driver.