Expect little to no posts on this site for the period December 30, 2011 through January 7, 2012. The administrator will be on vacation and probably will not be internet accessible.
Wishing everyone a safe and happy New Year!
From Channel 4 News:
Prosecutors said that in one year, the pain clinic “Chantilly Specialists,” run by Paul Boccone, wrote prescriptions for the distribution of 800,000 OxyCodone-based pills to 600 patients. OxyCodone is a poweful, controlled narcotic that can result in addiction and death if not properly applied.
Boccone has operated his pain clinic in Chantilly since 2005, first on Parke Long Court, and then moving it to 4200 Lafayette Center Drive. Prosecutors said he made all the decisions on the day-to-day management of the clinic, and at times also saw patients there, referring to himself as Doctor Boccone.
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More evidence that any type of fire, even from a candle, can be dangerous. Fortunately, smoke detectors in the house prevented any deaths or injuries. From Fairfax County Fire Department:
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire Sunday, December 18, 2011, at approximately 6:05 a.m., in the Herndon area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 13102 Anvil Place.
Firefighters encountered fire and smoke coming from the rear of the two-story home upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack and brought the fire under control in approximately 10 minutes. Smoke alarms activated, allowing the occupants to escape the burning home. The fire originated in an upstairs bedroom. Three adult occupants and several pets have been displaced. One occupant received a non-life threatening injury and was treated at the scene by paramedics. Red Cross support was declined by the occupants.
Damage is estimated at $135,000.
According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. An unattended candle in an upstairs bedroom caused the fire.
Next year is the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Chantilly during the Civil War. Perhaps in preparation for the event, Sully Plantation (accessible near the Udvar Hazy Center on Sully Road) will be hosting a Confederate soldier encampment at the site tomorrow, December 17th:
At Sully Historic Site in Chantilly, on December 17, 2011 travel back to 1862. During that evening, the yard will be the scene of an encampment of Confederate soldiers while inside residents prepare to celebrate Christmas.
Following their victory at the first Battle of Manassas in July, Chantilly was in the hands of the Confederate army. But, like soldiers today, even the holidays failed to provide a complete respite from the realities of combat. Although battles were rare during the winters of the Civil War, soldiers of both armies remained in their camps.
Members of the 28th and 42nd Virginia Regiments will set up their tents and gather around the campfire. The men will be preparing a holiday dinner such as could be assembled with army rations and food supplies obtained from local farmers. A turkey will be roasting over the fire and seasonal vegetables will complement the meal. Sgt. Michael Mescher of the 42nd Virginia will be displaying the contents of a box from home typical of those received by soldiers. The box from home was of the greatest interest at this time of year. Without spoiling the surprise for anyone planning to come to the Candlelight tours, the box contains an assortment of foods, articles of clothing to replace worn apparel as well as warm knitted items, sundry articles to help with soldiers’ daily lives, and a letter with news from home.
The Civil War Candlelight Tours are only featured this one night. The evening includes a tour of the house; a visit to the soldiers’ encampment; open hearth cooking; music by fiddler Michael McDonnell; ornament making and complimentary refreshments. The tours begin at 4:45 p.m. with the last tour at 7 p.m. Prepaid reservations are recommended. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for seniors and children. For additional information, contact Sully Historic Site at 703- 437-1794 or visit the web.
Working with the state ABC, Herndon police charged four people for selling alcohol to minors. Charged people include:
Have you no decency, madam? The Sterling United Methodist Church is apparently the latest victim of a woman who steals keys and money from church offices while services are in session. She was first noticed in an incident at Floris United Methodist Church last year.
Rev. Duncan says while he was up on the alter at Sterling United Methodist this past Sunday leading the second of three services, someone took church keys off his desk, and his own private home keys from the top drawer of his desk.
Later, an office worker found her wallet stolen from her purse which was under this desk, and another church member and staff worker remembers talking to an unfamiliar woman who was going through desk. Duncan says the man asked the woman if he could help and she replied that she was just leaving a note.
An update on yesterday’s homicide at the Crescent Apartments, near Lake Anne in Reston, from Fairfax County police.
Police have identified the victim in this case as Colvin Morris, 34, of 7967 Richmond Highway. Police are confident that this incident was not random and that there continues to be no threat to the safety of the public.
From the Fairfax County police:
Police responded to the 1500 block of Cameron Crescent Drive on Monday, December 12 around 4:15 p.m. for a report of a shooting. Upon arrival police discovered an adult male with trauma to the upper body. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police are investigating reports that three suspects were involved. While the exact nature of the relationship between the suspects and the victim is still under investigation, police do not believe that there is a threat to the public’s safety.
This is the ninth homicide in Fairfax County for 2011.
Cameron Crescent Drive is close to Lake Anne.
Oak Hill residents may not have reason to celebrate New Years this year, particularly if you commute down the Dulles Toll Road (Route 267). Tolls will increase from $2.00 a trip to $2.25 a trip, with the extra quarter to be paid at the main toll plaza. The extra revenue will help support the construction of the Silver Line to Dulles International Airport.
It’s not just Dulles Toll Road commuters who are affected. Tolls on the Dulles Greenway are rising as well.
Drivers on the Greenway, a privately owned toll road in Loudoun County, will pay as much as $5.55 to travel from Leesburg to Washington, D.C., during peak hours after the rate increase.