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Maryland man faces minor solicitation charges in Fairfax

A Walkersville, Md., man is facing charges of computer solicitation of a minor in Fairfax County.

According to Fairfax County police, Michael J. Deegan, 38, was charged Jan. 8 after an undercover police officer in a chat room posed as a minor female. Police said the undercover officer chatted with Deegan, who made plans to meet with what he thought was a 13-year-old girl.

Police said that when Deegan showed up he was charged with two counts of computer solicitation of a child, and one count of attempted indecent liberties. Deegan is scheduled for a March 25 hearing in Fairfax County District Court, according to court records.

Town of Herndon seeks government building vandal

Herndon police and officials are seeking information about a vandal they say damaged a government building.

At approximately 10:45 p.m. Jan. 17, police said a man was seen running from the town’s government building, located at 765 Lynn Street. Officers said they arrived at the Town of Herndon’s Council Chambers building to find several large windows smashed. Police said the damage was estimated at approximately $5,000. Police said a witness described seeing a tall black man in dark clothing throw something at the building, then run toward Grace Street. The Herndon Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect. They urge anyone with information to please call the police department’s main number at 703-435-6846.

Man rescued from Alexandria townhouse fire

Fairfax County firefighters were able to save four dogs and one man in a fire that killed a dog and caused $100,000 worth of damage.

Fairfax firefighters said they responded to a townhouse fire at approximately 3 a.m. Jan. 27 in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County. The home is located in the 8500 block of Towne Manor Court.

Firefighters said they encountered heavy fire coming from the front of the three-story townhouse upon their arrival. The incident commander issued a second alarm due to the heavy volume of fire, bringing approximately 60 firefighters to the scene. Firefighters raised ladders to rescue a man in a third-floor bedroom. A second man escaped unharmed. Four dogs were rescued by firefighters who used pet oxygen masks on them and then transported the dogs to a local veterinary clinic.

One dog died in the fire, and two adults were displaced; Red Cross is supporting the displaced occupants. Additionally, one firefighter received a non-life-threatening injury. The unidentified man who was rescued was flown to Washington Hospital Burn Center with life-threatening injuries. Damage is estimated at $100,000, and the fire remains under investigation.

Herndon man found dead

The body of a Herndon man was found in a town creek.

At approximately 8 a.m. Jan. 17, a resident from the 600 block of Center Street called the police to report that there was what appeared to be a body in the creek located near Center Street and Locust Street, according to Herndon police. Herndon officers said they responded to the scene and confirmed the body was that of an adult male. The man was later identified as 30-year-old Damien Patrick Scanlan of Herndon. Scanlan was an Irish native who had worked for two years in an Irish pub in downtown Herndon, according to the pub’s manager. Police said a preliminary investigation did not reveal foul play.

— Gregg MacDonald