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Police check possible drug tie in teen death

Fairfax County Police have identified the 16-year-old girl found dead Aug. 23 in Vienna as Emylee Lonczak of McLean. An investigation has revealed that Lonczak did not run away from home, but instead had voluntarily been with people she knew. Police said Wednesday that detectives are looking into the possibility that illegal narcotics may have played a role in Lonczak’s death, even though the official cause and manner of her death have not yet been determined by a medical examiner.

Springfield man killed by police

Fairfax County Police continue to investigate a police shooting Aug. 29 that left a Springfield man dead.

Shortly before 2:45 p.m., officers responded to a domestic dispute in the 7900 block of Pebble Brook Court involving a man whom police said was armed with a firearm.

Upon their arrival, police said several officers encountered the man, later identified as 46-year-old John Geer, outside the home. Police said officers negotiated with Geer at the front door of the home and attempted to have him come outside. During the negotiations a patrol officer fired a single shot that struck Geer, who then barricaded himself inside the residence.

Police then used an armored hostage rescue vehicle to knock down the door to the home. Once inside, tactical officers found Geer’s dead body.

As per Fairfax County Police policy, police have not immediately identified the officer who shot Geer, but said he was placed on routine administrative leave while the investigation continues.

Reston man charged in house fire

A Reston man has been charged with setting a fire.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue officials said firefighters responded to a house fire Sept. 2 at approximately 5 a.m. in Reston. The single-family home is located in the 12000 block of Lima Lane.

Firefighters said they encountered a small fire in the basement of the ranch-style home upon their arrival and quickly extinguished it. Fire officials said two occupants escaped the home after smelling smoke. Fire investigators later charged Richard Yergovich, 35, of the same address, with burning or destroying a dwelling or house, and burning personal property of more than $200. Both are Class 4 felonies. Yergovich is being held in the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.

Mailbox bomb probe underway in Herndon

Fire officials and the Herndon Police Department are investigating a potential mailbox bomb in Herndon.

Herndon police said a resident on the 1000 block of Stanton Park Court found the remnants of an exploded plastic bottle inside his mailbox and called police. Lt. Jim Moore said there was an unknown liquid in the mailbox and that the Fairfax County Fire Marshall’s Office is attempting to identify the liquid. Moore said the exploded bottle may be related to another similar case from March, when a mailbox on Grant Street in Herndon was damaged in a similar manner.

Annandale house fire causes $40K in damage

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue officials say an attic fan has caused $40,000 worth of damage to an Annandale home. Firefighters said they responded to a fire at approximately 9 p.m. Aug. 29 involving a single-family home located in the 3800 block of Ridge Road.

Firefighters said they encountered smoke and fire coming from the attic and roof of the two-story home upon their arrival and contained the fire to the attic area, bringing it under control in approximately 20 minutes. A lone occupant of the home escaped unharmed, they said.

Police end Potomac River search for missing man

Police and safety officials from Fairfax and Montgomery counties have suspended a search for a man who disappeared on Labor Day in the Potomac River near Great Falls.

According to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service officials, a search for a man in his 20s was suspended Tuesday evening after he was not found in a two-day search.

Officials said the man was on the Great Falls side of the river when he disappeared under water.

If the man is later confirmed as drowned, it would make the fourth casualty since May in the Great Falls area of the Potomac River.

Hospital agrees to $55,000 ADA settlement

Dominion Hospital in Falls Church has agreed to a $55,000 settlement under the Americans with Disabilities Act, to ensure effective communication with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.

According to court documents, an investigation by the U.S. Dept. of Justice was filed after a complaint alleging that Dominion Hospital violated the ADA by failing to provide appropriate auxiliary aids and services — including sign language interpreter services — to deaf individuals who were family members of a patient being treated there.

The settlement agreement requires that Dominion Hospital pay $55,000 to the family members, provide training to hospital staff on the requirements of the ADA, and adopt specific policies and procedures to ensure that auxiliary aids and services are promptly provided to patients and companions who are deaf or hard of hearing.