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Homicide suspect in custody

An unidentified man has been arrested following a fatal stabbing Thursday morning in Fairfax County, according to Fairfax County police.

Police said officers were called to the 2900 block of John Marshall Drive in Seven Corners shortly after 6 a.m. Feb. 20 for a stabbing. Police discovered one man dead and one woman injured inside an apartment there. According to Arlington County Police Department spokesman Dustin Sternbeck, a suspect was arrested soon after by a Fairfax County police officer near Upton Hill Park in Arlington, just over the Fairfax County line.

Both the unidentified suspect and the officer were hurt during the course of the arrest, Fairfax County police said. All three injured parties were taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police said the incident is being investigated as a homicide but that no charges had been filed as of Thursday afternoon.

Alexandria man dies after being hit by car

An Alexandria man is dead after being struck by a car Thursday morning on U.S. 1.

Around 5 a.m. on Feb. 20, William Godfrey Jr., 68, of Alexandria was crossing Richmond Highway near the intersection with Backlick Road, according to Fairfax County police. A 2005 Honda Civic driven by a 58-year-old woman was going north on Richmond Highway and struck Godfrey, police said.

Godfrey was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was not injured. While the crash remains under investigation, it appears that alcohol was a factor on the part of the pedestrian, according to police. Speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors on the part of the driver, police said.

Centreville fire causes $100,000 in damage

Fairfax County firefighters responded to a house fire at approximately 2:15 p.m. Feb. 16 in Centreville. The single-family home is located in the 7100 block of Ordway Road.

Firefighters said they encountered smoke and fire coming from a converted garage upon their arrival, and brought the fire under control in approximately 10 minutes. Smoke alarms sounded and allowed the occupants to escape unharmed prior to their arrival, they said. Fire officials said the garage had been converted into a day care center. Four adults and three children have been displaced; there were no injuries. Damage is estimated at $100,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. An electrical problem in an air conditioning wall unit in the converted garage/day care center caused the fire.

Crime Solvers seeks vandals

Fairfax County Crime Solvers is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying those responsible for vandalizing vehicles in the Centreville and Chantilly areas. According to police, between Feb. 2 and Feb. 18 at least 100 parked vehicles were shot at by BBs. Police said it appears that the suspect(s) are driving through neighborhoods shooting BBs at parked cars, breaking windows and causing damage. Police said many of the vehicles were parked on or near the following streets: Old Centreville Road, Skipton Court, Federation Drive, Singletons Way and Compton Lane.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers at 866-411-8477.

Man charged with setting Springfield townhouse fire

On Feb. 18, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department fire investigators charged Eric Donnell Parker, 46, of no known address, with burning or destroying a dwelling house and setting fire to woods, fences, grass, or other items capable of spreading fire on land.

Fire investigators said the charges stem from a townhouse fire in the 7600 block of Northern Oaks Court in Springfield. They say damage to the townhouse was minor and there were no injuries.

Parker is being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center without bail.

Police seek dead Springfield dog’s owner

Fairfax County Police are seeking the owner of a dog that died outdoors in the snow.

Police say Animal Control officers were called to a report of an unconscious dog found in the snow in the evening hours of Feb. 13 in the Springfield area of Westmore Road and Old Keene Mill Road.

Police said the dog subsequently died and officers are seeking the public’s help in locating the dog’s owner. The dog was a male pit bull, white, with a variety of black spots all over his body. He wore a choke chain and was in poor physical condition, police said. Anyone who may have information is asked to contact Animal Control at (703) 691-2131.

Vienna house fire causes $100,000 in damage

Fairfax County firefighters responded to a house fire at approximately 8:30 p.m. Feb. 13 in Vienna.

The single-family home is located in the 2200 block of Richelieu Drive.

Firefighters said they found fire showing from the roof of the one-story, split-level house upon their arrival, and extinguished the fire in approximately 20 minutes. All occupants were out of the house, but two adults and two children were displaced. There were no injuries, and Red Cross assistance was declined.

Damage is estimated at $100,000. According to fire investigators, the fire was caused by combustibles too close to a heat source.

— Gregg MacDonald