News of crime and punishment across Fairfax County this week.
VIENNA HOUSE FIRE DISPLACES 7, KILLS CAT: The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department on March 16 at about 6:04 p.m. dispatched units to house fire in the 9700 block of Meadowlark Road in Vienna.
Arriving units saw heavy fire and smoke showing from the large single-family home, requested a second alarm and got the fire under control. There were no civilian injuries, but one cat died in the fire. One firefighter suffered minor injuries, was taken to a local hospital and later released.
Three occupants were home at the time of the fire. One of the occupants smelled smoke and upon further investigation saw smoke and fire coming from the basement. All occupants evacuated the house and called 911.
Three dogs also escaped the fire unharmed, officials said.
Fire investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the basement. The cause of the blaze was combustible materials too close to the operating fireplace, they said.
The Red Cross is assisting the seven occupants who were displaced because of the fire. The fire caused about $378,750 worth of damage.
VIENNA POLICE ARREST MAN IN CONNECTION WITH MULTIPLE BURGLARIES: Vienna police on March 15 at 10:30 p.m. started receiving calls about a male suspect pulling on doors at area businesses, possibly trying to enter them.
Officers had begun their search of the area when the department dispatched them at 11:25 p.m. to Christ Church Vienna, 145 Church St., N.W., after receiving a report that a man had entered the building through a window.
The man fled the area before police arrived. Officers kept checking the area and found open doors to two other nearby businesses, Anytime Fitness and Leggett Wealth Management, but nothing appeared missing.
Officers continued their investigation and tracking the suspect when, at about 1 a.m., a resident living in the 600 block of Valley Drive, S.E., called 911 to report that an unknown black man had entered their home and bedroom while sleeping. The husband confronted the suspect, who fled the house and headed in an eastbound direction toward the W&OD Regional Trail.
Officers saturated the area and tracked the suspect on the trail, where he refused to stop and hid in the woods and thick grass, police said. The suspect eventually made his way across the street to the parking garage at Navy Federal Credit Union, where Vienna police apprehended him.
Authorities have charged the suspect, Linwood Massie Jr., 58, of no fixed address, with two counts of unlawful entry and two counts of burglary with intent to commit larceny. A BB&T credit/debit card found on Massie also had been stolen from one of the businesses, police said.
Vienna police thanked residents who called that night and provided information on the suspect. Police also are asking the public’s assistance in identifying any of the recovered property from the incident. Police ask residents who think they may have information about this case to contact the department at (703) 255-7845.
VIENNA MAN ARRESTED FOR LARCENY, OBSTRUCTION, ASSAULTING LAW ENFORCEMENT: Fairfax County police officers were investigating a larceny in the 1800 block of Jeffersonian Drive in Tysons on March 18 at 12:28 a.m. when Jason Earley, 44, of Vienna, allegedly displayed a knife and threatened officers, police said.
Officers arrested Earley and authorities have charged him with two counts of assault on law enforcement, obstruction of justice and grand larceny.
VIENNA TEEN FACES CHARGES AFTER LIVE-STREAMING HIMSELF DRINKING: Vienna police officers responded on March 15 at 2:32 a.m. to the report of a person live-streaming himself consuming alcohol while sitting in the driver’s seat of a vehicle at Wawa, 465 Maple Ave., W.
Police observed an occupied vehicle in the store’s parking lot and while interacting with the occupant detected signs of impairment. The man also had alcohol, marijuana, tobacco and fictitious licenses in his possession, police said.
Police arrested the 18-year-old Vienna man and transported him to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, where authorities charged him with being drunk in public, possession of alcohol and tobacco by someone under age 21, possession of marijuana and possession of a fictitious driver’s license.
VIENNA CLOCK SHOP REPORTS FRAUD: The owner of The Clock Shop of Vienna, 109 Church St., N.W., told Vienna police that, between Jan. 26 and March 1, someone had made a purchase using a credit card. The store shipped the purchase to an address in Quebec, Canada.
The owner of the credit card has reported that this was an unauthorized purchase and the sale was being charged back to The Clock Shop, police said.
On March 16 at 2:43 p.m., the shop’s owner told town police that someone was using his personnel information in an attempt to gain unemployment benefits, police said.
ASHBURN WOMAN FACES DWI CHARGE AFTER ACCIDENT IN VIENNA: A vehicle was traveling westbound on Upham Place, N.W., on March 12 at 6:50 p.m. when its driver veered right and struck a parked vehicle, Vienna police said.
The vehicle then crossed over the center line, ran over the curb and struck a mailbox, officials said.
Its momentum not yet expended, the vehicle continued back over the center line, crossed the curb on the westbound side of the roadway and came to a stop in a yard on Colony Court, police said.
Upon officers’ interaction with the driver, they detected signs of impairment. Police arrested the 49-year-old Ashburn woman and transported her to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, where authorities charged her with driving while intoxicated and destruction of property.
VIENNA MAN CHARGED WITH DRIVING ON A REVOKED LICENSE, HAVING FAKE IDENTIFICATION: A motorist was in the left westbound lane of Maple Avenue, E., on March 13 at 6:57 p.m. and attempting to turn left into the Glyndon Shopping Center when the man’s vehicle ran into the rear of another vehicle, Vienna police said.
Police interacted with the striking vehicle’s driver and found he possessed a fictitious identification and his driving privilege had been revoked in Virginia, officials said.
Police arrested the 49-year-old Vienna man and transported him to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, where authorities charged him with driving on a revoked license and possession of false identification.
Vienna police also issued him a summons for following too closely.