Falls Church News Briefs: August 27 – September 2, 2009

Suspect Charged in Bailey’s Crossroads Stabbing

Fairfax County Police reported yesterday that a suspect who allegedly stabbed a woman and child Tuesday in the 3400 block of Glen Carlyn Drive near Bailey’s Crossroads has been charged with malicious wounding.

Tuesday afternoon, Jose Francisco Argueta, 42, no fixed address, reportedly displayed a knife and stabbed a 68-year old woman and two-year-old girl. The victims, transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital, are reported to be in serious but stable condition. After the stabbing, the suspect was confronted by a 40-year-old neighbor who heard the commotion and came in to help. He confronted the suspect and they struggled briefly. The suspect fled the apartment and ran to an adjacent building where he knocked loudly on an apartment door. A 55-year-old man answered and the suspect, still wielding the knife, reportedly forced his way into the apartment. But the suspect was disarmed by the man, who held the suspect until police arrived.



Kaine Issues Public Safety Awards to 2 in Fairfax County

Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine announced 2008 Public Safety Medal of Valor Award to two state troopers “cited for actions above and beyond the call of duty to save a life” yesterday. Both Virginia State Police troopers’ heroic actions occurred on I-66 in Fairfax County. On April 30, 2008, Trooper Justin T. Mahalik’s car was hit from behind during a traffic stop on I-66. With broken bones, a spinal injury, and burned legs, Trooper Mahalik dragged his unconscious passenger to safety. All the while his cruiser was being engulfed by flames and ammunition in the trunk was exploding. On May 7, 2008, Trooper Kenneth J. Brown responded to an accident on I-66. A driver of a minivan had a diabetic seizure and crashed his vehicle, which erupted into smoke and flames. Despite the heavy smoke, broken glass and fire, Trooper Brown was able to pull the driver from the vehicle to safety, while himself suffering smoke inhalation, cuts and abrasions, and a back strain. Immediately after the driver was rescued, the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames.


F.C.’s Chef Tennille Cools It on ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Episode

This week on Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen,” Falls Church-based Chef Tennille Middleton, one of the contestants on the show, was in stark contrast to her confrontational style the week earlier, and stayed in the background through the entire episode, surviving the cut once again to progress to next week’s Tuesday night episode. Middleton is the chief chef at Falls Church’s Sweetwater Tavern on Gallows Rd.


3 Appointed to Virginia Human Rights Commission

Three Virginians have been appointed to the state’s Human Rights Commission by Gov. Tim Kaine, it was announced yesterday. Dyana Mason of Richmond, former executive director of Equality Virginia and now executive director of the Capital Pride Alliance, was appointed by Kaine along with Donald O. Campen Jr. of Henrico County and Deborah Segaloff of Norfolk.


F.C. Police, Sheriff’s Dept. Lauded for ‘Click It’ Campaign

The City of Falls Church Police Department and Sheriff’s Office have been recognized for successful efforts in the May 2009 “Click It or Ticket” campaign to promote seat belt usage. The organization, “Smart, Safe and Sober,” honored the organizations for achieving the the highest safety belt use in Virginia among jurisdictions of a similar size. On Sept. 13-19, the Falls Church Police will participate in the “Smooth Operator” campaign targeting aggressive drivers and other unsafe driving behaviors.


Permit Counter at City Hall Closed Midday Friday

The permit counter in the Falls Church City Hall’s Department of Environmental Services will be closed Friday, Aug. 28, from 11:15 a.m.-1:45 p.m.