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Construction worker’s body found in Reston

Fairfax County Police discovered the body of a man the morning of Jan. 6 in Reston.

Officers responded to a call of a body discovered in the 1800 block of Jonathan Way shortly after 7 a.m., according to police. Police said the body was found on a high-rise construction site located at the Harrison Apartment complex — formerly known as Parc Reston — across Reston Parkway from Romano’s Macaroni Grill.

Police spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell said police have not disclosed the man’s identity, whether or not the man had been working on that job site, nor given any alternate reason as to why else he may have been there. “We do not feel this situation involved foul play, and do not believe there is any public safety threat,” she added.

Man fatally struck by vehicle in Franconia



Fairfax County police are investigating a low-speed, fatal crash that occurred on Jan. 2, at the Amerigo Gas Station, located at 6134 Franconia Road, around 12:30 p.m. Police say Robert John Friedrich, 66, of Springfield, paid for his gas and was walking back across the lot to his car. They say it appears that Friedrich walked in front of a car driven by a 72-year-old Springfield man. The driver’s foot slipped off the brake, causing the car to slowly move forward, striking Friedrich. The impact caused Friedrich to fall to the ground where he struck his head.

Police said Friedrich was transported to a local hospital where he later died on Jan. 5, around 3 p.m. The crash remains under investigation. Police say no charges are anticipated at this time.

Madeira School maintenance building destroyed by fire



A storage building at a Fairfax County private school has burned to the ground.

Fairfax County firefighters said they responded to a structure fire Jan. 5 at approximately 4 p.m. in McLean. The maintenance and storage building is on the grounds of the Madeira School, 8328 Georgetown Pike.

Firefighters said they encountered a building fully involved with fire upon their arrival. Firefighters fought the fire from a defensive mode and brought the fire under control in approximately 40 minutes. Firefighters said they used water to keep nearby propane and diesel tanks from potentially exploding. The building is located near the tennis courts and not attached to the school. There were no injuries. The building, approximately 75-by-75 feet in size, is a total loss. The cause of the fire is under investigation, according to fire department officials.

Accidental Alexandria apartment fire



Fairfax County firefighters responded to a garden apartment fire Jan. 2, at approximately 10 a.m., in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County. The apartment complex is located in the 8200 block of Russell Road.

Firefighters said they encountered smoke coming from the third floor of the apartment upon their arrival. They conducted an aggressive fire attack and quickly brought the fire in the kitchen under control. Fire department officials said no one was home when the fire broke out. Two adults and two children have been displaced. There were no injuries. Damage is estimated at $60,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. Unattended food on the stove caused the fire.

Accidental Falls Church fire



Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a commercial building fire, Jan. 3 at approximately 3:10 p.m., in the Falls Church area of Fairfax County. The building is located in the 7200 block of Arlington Boulevard.

Firefighters said they encountered heavy smoke and fire coming from the rear of the store, an end unit located in a strip shopping center, upon their arrival. The Incident Commander struck a second alarm, bringing approximately 60 firefighters to the scene. Firefighters said they were challenged by the fire and the large amount of chemicals used and stored within a beauty supply store inside the building. Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack and brought the fire under control in approximately 50 minutes. It took firefighters an additional hour to extinguish fire hot spots, they said. Despite the volume of fire, firefighters were able to contain the fire to the one structure. Two nearby stores lost power, but service was restored several hours later. There were no injuries. Preliminary damage is estimated at $100,000. According fire investigators, the fire was accidental. A light fixture in the ceiling caused the fire.

FBI offering reward for info on Sterling bank robbery



A PNC bank in Sterling was robbed on Jan. 2.

Located on the 100 block of Free Court in Sterling Park, the bank was robbed shortly after 9 a.m.

According to a report from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect entered the building around 9 a.m. and demanded cash. He is described as around 5’10” and thin. At the time of the incident, he had on black pants, a black toboggan hat and a gray sweatshirt.

Both the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI’s Washington Field Office are investigating the case. The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward to any information that leads to the identification, arrest and conviction of the robber. Anyone with information who has not already spoken with police is asked to contact the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office at 703-777-1021 or the FBI at 202-278-2000.

--Gregg MacDonald