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Caring for All Animals

Protecting animals and working with our community to prevent cruelty is what our dedicated field services team does day in and day out, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We believe that every animal matters—regardless of breed, size, age, or any other factor. Recently, one case surrounding one small reptile proved just that.  

In December, our Animal Care & Control Officers were assisting Metropolitan Police Department Officers with a search warrant at the home of Darnell Jones, 34, in Washington, DC, when they came across a snake. The snake was extremely underweight and appeared to be having difficulty shedding her skin which is indicative of significant husbandry and care issues. The subsequent investigation by Humane Law Enforcement Officer Michael Triebwasser revealed that the snake had been underweight for seven months and had never at any point during that time been taken to a veterinarian for proper care.

Woman Sets Commercial Building Fires

From Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department:

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department fire investigators charged an adult female, Thursday, January 12, 2012, with intentionally setting multiple fires in a commercial building in the McLean area of Fairfax County. Fire investigators charged Irma Hernandez, 33, of Arlington, with burning an occupied commercial office building, Virginia Code 18.2-80, a Class 3 felony.   

Hernandez is charged with setting multiple fires in an office building in the 1300 block of Dolly Madison Boulevard over a period of several weeks. The fires were primarily set in mechanical rooms and bathrooms.

Damage totals are estimated at $500.

Hernandez is being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center on $10,000 bond.

December DWI Arrests Up 12 Percent

From Fairfax County Police Department:

  Fairfax County Police officers arrested 358 drunk drivers as part of their Safe December 2011 efforts. Of those arrested the vast majority (150) were young adults between the ages of 21 and 29. Further analysis shows that 28 were between 15 and 20 years old, 82 were 30-39, 55 were 40-49 and 43 were 50 or older.

 “Despite all our Safe December education and enforcement efforts, hundreds of drivers chose to drink and drive in Fairfax County, presenting an unacceptable safety risk to us all. Clearly, impaired driving remains a threat and our officers will continue to aggressively pursue violators,” said Captain Susan Culin, Commander of the Fairfax County Traffic Division.

Police Target Alcohol Violations for a Safe December 2011 

Police Thwart Seasonal Shopping Swindlers

Police Thwart Seasonal Shopping Swindlers

From Prince William County Police Department:

McLean Police District – Phony credit cards, stolen identifications, and out-of-state shoplifting scammers are being targeted by Fairfax County Police Retail Anti-Theft Teams (RATT) once again this holiday season. In an annual effort that began “Black Friday,” RATT officers are patrolling the malls and shopping centers across Fairfax County hoping to keep the areas safe and crime-free.

Cartons of Painkillers Stolen in McLean area

Cartons of Painkillers Stolen in McLean area

From Fairfax County Police Department:

McLean Police District – Police are investigating a robbery of the CVS pharmacy at 8124 Arlington Boulevard. A man entered the pharmacy area of the store around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 23 and passed a threatening note that demanded the pharmacist to hand over specific, large amounts of painkillers and drugs. The employee complied and the man fled. No one was injured.

            The suspect is described as white, around 5 feet 10 inches tall, 180 pounds, with dark hair. He wore a black leather jacket, with a black hoodie underneath and black jeans.

UPDATE: Carjacking Suspect Identified

From Fairfax County Police Department:

McLean Police District - Detectives have identified a suspect in connection with the carjacking incident that took place in the Tyson’s Corner area on Saturday, November 19. Police obtained an arrest warrant on Monday, November 21 for Stephanie Lynn Schwab, 26, of the Manassas area for the charge of carjacking.

          Schwab is also wanted by Prince William County Police for a bank robbery that took place on Friday, November 18 in that jurisdiction. Police ask that the public continue to be on the lookout for Schwab, and the stolen 2003 silver Acura, Virginia tag XEK8095.