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Police shoot man dead outside Fort Belvoir homeless shelter

A man whose identity was not immediately disclosed by police is dead after being shot by a Fairfax County Police officer on Wednesday. As per Fairfax County Police policy, the shooting officer’s identity was also not immediately disclosed.

According to police, officers were called to 9155 Richmond Highway at about 6 p.m. Wednesday for a report of a fight involving at least two people at that location. Upon arriving, police said several people reported having been assaulted and injured by one man. Police said officers responded and encountered who they believed to be that person.

Police said one of the responding officers was assaulted by the man and discharged his weapon, hitting the man and fatally wounding him. The man was taken to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Those individuals who reported having been injured by the man were taken to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, police said. The case is under investigation by detectives from the Criminal Investigations Bureau and Internal Affairs, according to police.

McLean woman, 103, killed in fatal crash

An elderly McLean woman is dead after a fatal crash in McLean on Monday.

Fairfax County police said officers were called to the area of Old Dominion Drive and Dolley Madison Boulevard around 3 p.m. Monday for the report of a crash.

Police said an initial investigation revealed that a 2001 Toyota Sienna, being driven by an 81-year-old Falls Church woman, was traveling north on Dolley Madison Boulevard. There was a 103-year-old McLean woman in the front passenger seat of the Sienna. A 2008 Audi sedan and a 2008 Toyota Camry were in the westbound left turn lanes of Old Dominion Drive, waiting to turn left on to southbound Dolley Madison Boulevard. Police said the driver of the Sienna lost control of the car while attempting to turn right onto Old Dominion Drive. The Sienna jumped the center median on Old Dominion Drive, struck the Audi and then struck the Camry. Police said both occupants of the Sienna were taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital. The passenger in the Sienna, Katie Grosse, 103, was pronounced dead at approximately 6:15 p.m. Police said alcohol was not a factor in the crash. Detectives are still attempting to determine if speed was a factor. The investigation continues. No charges have been reported.

Police arrest serial peeper suspect

Fairfax County police have arrested a 40-year-old Woodbridge man who they suspect in at least 300 cases of looking into windows at women while committing a sexual act.

Michael C. McCarter of Woodbridge was arrested and charged with peeping warrants on Oct. 25 after getting a tip from a Kingstowne resident, police said.

Police said McCarter is suspected in more than 200 cases in the Franconia police district and approximately 50 each in both the West Springfield and Sully police districts. The peepings started in 2011.

Police said McCarter allegedly picked random, lone women, ranging in ages from 20 to 50 and watched them in their homes through windows as he committed a sexual act outside the residences.

All the incidents took place between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m., all at ground-level apartment windows, police said. McCarter works as a fuel delivery truck driver, according to police.

Anyone with information or who believes that they were victimized but have not reported the incident to police is asked to call the Franconia District Criminal Investigative Section at 703-922-0894.

Pedestrian seriously injured in hit and run

Fairfax County police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a vehicle that struck a pedestrian in West Springfield. Police said they responded to the area of Gambrill Road near Vogels Way shortly after 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Police said a 21-year-old woman was walking along the southbound side of Gambrill Road when she was struck from behind by an unidentified vehicle. According to police, the striking vehicle fled the scene. The unidentified woman was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital with life-threatening injuries. Anyone with information is asked to contact Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

Fairfax man pleads guilty to producing child pornography

Adam Jacob Zottoli, 32, of Fairfax pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of production of child pornography.

Dana J. Boente, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Colonel Edwin C. Roessler, Jr., Fairfax County Chief of Police, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by United States District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema.

According to a statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, on March 19, a 13-year-old boy came to the attention of the Fairfax County Police Department based on concerns at school. The minor told law enforcement that over the past three years he had been sexually assaulted by Zottoli, and that Zottoli had photographed some of the incidents. Law enforcement then obtained search warrants for Zottoli’s house and computers, and the forensic review of Zottoli’s computers found images and videos of the minor, as well as videos and images of another minor. After Zottoli was arrested by the Fairfax County Police Department on April 4, he admitted to producing child pornography.

It is unclear where Zottoli worked. Fairfax County Public Schools spokesman John Torre said Zottoli has never been employed by FCPS.

Court records show that Zottoli previously was convicted of possession of child pornography on May 1, 2000 in the Eastern District of Virginia and was sentenced to serve 30 months in prison. As a result of that prior conviction, Zottoli now will face an increased mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years in prison, and up to a maximum penalty of 50 years in prison, when he is sentenced on Jan. 17, 2014, court records state.

Accidental Reston townhouse fire

A cigarette caused $75,000 worth of damage to a Reston home, according to fire officials.

Fairfax County Fire and fighters responded to a townhouse fire Tuesday at approximately 5:20 p.m. in the 11600 block of Generation Court.

Firefighters said they encountered smoke and fire from the rear of the three-story, middle townhouse unit upon their arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack in a third-floor bedroom and quickly extinguished the fire. The fire was contained to the townhouse of origin, with no fire extension to adjoining townhouses. No one was home when the fire broke out. A neighbor walking to the rear of the townhouse noticed the fire and called 911, fire officials said. Two adults have been displaced. Red Cross support was offered but declined by the occupants. Smoke alarms were present and activated. There were no injuries. Damage is estimated at $75,000. The fire was accidental, according to fire investigators. Improperly discarded smoking materials caused the fire.

Suspects sought in multiple Centreville car vandalisms

Fairfax County police are searching for people who destroyed vehicle windows in more than 60 cars on Tuesday.

Police said a BB gun was used to destroy car windows in the Centreville area during the early morning hours of Tuesday. Police said they responded to calls in Little Run, Rocky Run, Singleton’s Grove, Old Centreville Crossing and the Green Trails communities. Police also handled numerous cases in the Penderbrook community. Police ask that anyone who may have witnessed any unusual or suspicious persons, vehicles or noises in these areas to contact them at 703-691-2131.

Wolftrap Station grand opening on Saturday

The grand opening of Fire and Rescue Station 42, Wolftrap, is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at 1315 Beulah Road in Vienna. Chairman Sharon Bulova, Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust, Hunter Mill District Supervisor Catherine Hudgins, and County Executive Ed Long will join Fire Chief Richie Bowers for the traditional “uncoupling of the hose” ceremony.

The station is 14,600 square feet, with four drive-through bays, and currently houses an engine with crew, and an EMS Supervisor. In July 2014, a medic unit and tanker will be assigned to the station. The station has a first-due area of approximately 11.3 square miles. The station has achieved Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification. Flooring, carpet, window frames, and other materials are made of 25 percent or higher of recycled materials. Cabinetry is made from reclaimed straw products, and appliances are high efficiency Energy Star rated. The paint throughout is low VOC (volatile organic compounds) for improved air quality.

The station opened operationally for emergency response on Oct.1, The station is the county’s 38th fire and rescue station. The community is invited to attend. Firefighters will also provide tours of the station.

Two bank robberies within minutes of each other Wednesday

Fairfax County Police are seeking three suspects in two bank robberies that took place Wednesday less than an hour apart.

According to police, at 3:14 p.m., two masked men entered the Bank of Georgetown, 1850 Towers Crescent Plaza in Tysons Corner — one allegedly armed with a gun — and demanded money. At 3:54 p.m., police said the BB&T bank at 12220 Fairfax Towne Center in Fairfax was robbed by a single suspect. In that robbery, police said the man did not have a weapon, but handed a note to a teller demanding money. The teller complied and the man left the scene.

Mars co-owner charged with reckless driving in fatal crash

Jacqueline Badger Mars, the billionaire co-owner of the McLean-based candy company Mars Inc., has been charged with misdemeanor reckless driving following an Oct. 4 crash that claimed the life of a Huntsville, Texas woman.

Mars is scheduled for an 8:30 a.m. hearing Dec. 5 in Loudoun County District Court, according to Heather Williamson, spokeswoman for the Loudoun Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

Mars was the driver of a 2004 Porsche SUV that hit head-on a minivan carrying six passengers. The crash occurred on Route 50 near Briar Patch Lane in Aldie.

Irene C. Ellisor, 86, was taken from the scene and died at a local hospital. Three occupants of the minivan suffered serious injuries in the crash.

“As court proceedings begin, Jacquie’s thoughts and prayers remain with those who have suffered injury and loss. She regrets this tragic accident,” Mars’ attorney, Kent Jarrell, said in a statement.

Mars ranks No. 15 on Forbes 400 list and No. 36 in billionaires worldwide. Forbes listed her net worth at $20.5 billion.