Fairfax County police responded to a fatal crash just before 6:30 a.m. Aug. 25 on Fairfax County Parkway near Fox Mill Road.
According to police, crash reconstruction detectives determined that a 2014 Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by a 51-year-old Pennsylvania man was southbound on the parkway, approaching the intersection of Fox Mill Road.
Police said the tractor-trailer driver reported seeing a Cadillac Escalade SUV parked on the right shoulder underneath the Pinecrest Road overpass. As the Freightliner got closer, Clayton F. Young, 54, of Oakton Chase Court in Oak Hill apparently stepped away from the SUV and into the path of the oncoming truck. The truck driver unsuccessfully attempted to avoid impact, hitting Young before stopping. Police said the impact caused Young to hit the roadway and sustain serious life-threatening injuries. Young was transported to Reston Hospital Center and was pronounced dead a short time later, police said. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured and has not been named. “This incident is under investigation and no charges have yet been brought forward,” said police spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell. “Neither speed nor alcohol were factors in the crash.”
A Falls Church woman has been charged with prostitution and leasing “bawdy” establishments that police say are used for prostitution.
According to a search warrant filed in Fairfax County Circuit Court, Qiuxiang Liu of Falls Church is suspected of being connected to four prostitution busts in Fairfax County over the last five years.
According to the search warrant, last month an undercover Fairfax County Police detective made a “date” online that led him to an address on Leesburg Pike, where a woman accepted money for sex.
Police say the apartment was leased to Liu.
Three other local establishments where prostitution stings have been conducted by police since 2009 also were leased to Liu, according to the warrant. Police seized cellphones, a laptop computer and several hard drives from Liu’s residence and have charged her with prostitution and “keeping or maintaining a bawdy place.”
Two managers of McLean-based Integrated Academics and a former admissions official for Strayer University have been convicted of conspiring to create fraudulent transcripts so foreign students would appear eligible to retain their student visas in the United States, according to federal immigration officials.
According to federal court records, Mohamad Yousef Tellawi, 34, of Falls Church and Lea Dzhin, 37, of Falls Church are managers of Integrated Academics, a company that caters to international students and touts itself as offering a full range of services for students, including securing college admissions and providing academic advising and tutoring.
Court records state that from about November 2012 to October 2013, Tellawi and Dzhin conspired with Maher Khudari, 28, of Arlington, an admissions official at Strayer University, to fraudulently create at least 58 official Strayer University transcripts in order to help clients of Integrated Academics retain their nonimmigrant student visas and remain in the United States. Records state that Tellawi then would complete the necessary paperwork containing the fraudulent transcripts and meet with school officials on behalf of Integrated Academics’ student clients. In addition, Tellawi and Dzhin would facilitate their clients’ continued presence as student visa holders by hiring people to take online classes, write papers and take tests for the clients.
Tellawi was sentenced Aug. 22 by U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III to 22 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for participating in the immigration document fraud conspiracy. Dzhin and Khudari previously pleaded guilty and were sentenced for their roles in the conspiracy. Tellawi and Dzhin also were ordered to forfeit $265,000 in proceeds from the fraud, and Khudari was ordered to forfeit $30,747.65.
Anyone with information concerning immigration fraud involving international students is urged to contact ICE-HSI’s tip line at 866-DHS-2-ICE or by email through the website www.ice.gov.
A task force to combat sexual assaults on Virginia’s college campuses has been created by Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D).
McAuliffe signed an executive order Aug. 21 creating the Governor’s Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence. The task force will include campus administrators, advocates, law enforcement, higher education attorneys, health professionals and others. The task force will be chaired by Attorney General Mark Herring. Herring’s office also will begin a training program with college and university staff involved in the prevention of and response to reports of sexual violence. A statewide summit will be held in Richmond in October to bring together campus leaders to discuss ways to prevent and respond to sexual violence. The task force will provide a final report to the governor by June 1, 2015.
Fairfax County Police say they have uncovered another ATM “skimmer” scam in Fairfax County.
Police say several Navy Federal Credit Union branches throughout the county have been hit by skimmers, who attach devices to ATMs that can read users’ personal debit and credit card information when they use the affected machines. Often the devices are custom tailored for a specific bank’s ATMs.
“These criminals have gotten very bold and very brazen,” said police spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell.
Police have video of this latest series of ATM skimmer devices being installed and removed at the following Navy Federal Credit Union locations: 11180 Lee Highway in Fairfax, 7678-D Richmond Highway in Alexandria and 1821 Fountain Drive in Reston. Anyone with information is asked to call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131. No arrests have been made.
The City of Fairfax Police Department is seeking qualified applicants to fill multiple school crossing guard positions at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year in September.
Applicants are required to have a high school diploma or equivalent and an ability and willingness to work with children. A valid driver’s license and good driving record are required. The selection process includes an interview, background investigation and a polygraph examination.
Crossing guards normally work in split shifts between 6:45 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. Monday through Friday for approximately two to four hours daily. The pay is $13.52 an hour and limited benefits are provided.
“This year we are losing four dedicated crossing guards. We are hopeful that some of our local area residents will be interested in serving in these important positions,” said Major Carl R. Pardiny, acting chief of police. “When a crossing guard is not available, it is necessary to divert a police officer from his or her regular duties to protect children at the crossing.”
Application forms may be accessed and submitted on the city website, www.fairfaxva.gov, or picked up and submitted at the City of Fairfax personnel office at Room 331 in City Hall, at 10455 Armstrong St.
For additional information about these positions contact the City of Fairfax Police Department at 703-385-7924.
— Gregg MacDonald