Falls Church News Briefs: October 22 – 28, 2009

Fairfax H1N1 Vaccination Clinic Open Saturday

The Fairfax County Health Department will open a mass H1N1 vaccination clinic on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway.

With only 10,000 doses currently available, the vaccinations will be limited to young children six months to 36 months of age, and pregnant women. Since Falls Church City contracts with the Fairfax County Health Department for Health Services, F.C. City residents are eligible to participate in all the county’s H1N1 vaccination clinics. The vaccine is voluntary and will be offered on a walk-in basis, free of charge. Seasonal flu vaccine will not be available at the H1N1 clinics. The Fairfax health department currently does not have enough H1N1 vaccine available to hold the vaccination clinics that were originally scheduled to be held in 10 Fairfax County Public Schools on Oct. 24 and 25. A child’s parent or legal guardian must sign a consent form before the child can be vaccinated.


F.C. Prepares to Switch on ‘Photo Red Light’

The “photo red light” program that video tapes vehicles that run red lights at key intersections in the City of Falls Church is ready for a re-launch shortly after the start of the New Year, the F.C. City Council was told Monday night. F.C. Police Chief Harry Reitze announced that installation and rehearsals on the new system involving the Virginia State Police and the Virginia Dept. of Transportation is expected to go forward by the end of this week. The City will get its system up and running shortly into 2010, well ahead of surrounding jurisdictions who have run into financial problems getting their programs ready to go, it was reported. While Falls Church negotiated to have the company operating the system absorb key costs associated with state police and other delays, other jurisdictions did not, leaving them with hefty financial obligations they’re not keen to meet in the current fiscal environment, Chief Reitze and Falls Church City Manager Wyatt Shields told the Council.


‘Predatory Tow’ Vote May Be Delayed in F.C.

A new ordinance constraining the practice of involuntary so-called “predatory tows” in the City of Falls Church was moved back from a final vote of approval by the Falls Church City Council this week from its Oct. 26 meeting until at least Nov. 16, it was reported at last night’s Council meeting. This is because City officials and stakeholder parties, including representatives of shopping centers and businesses in the City, are now engaged in what are hoped to be fruitful talks about agreed-upon voluntary constraints on the practice, the Council was told.


Body of 51-Year-Old Found Near Mason High

Falls Church Police reported Sunday the discovery at about 8 a.m. of the body of a man, apparently deceased, in the west end of the City, near the intersection of Broad Street (Route 7) and Haycock Road and near George Mason High School. The 51-year-old man of no known fixed address is familar to Falls Church Police.  The preliminary cause of death is believed to be natural causes or possibly related to substance abuse.  There is no indication that a crime occurred. Final determination of the cause of death will be made by the Medical Examiner.


Woman Charged With Malicious Wounding

A 29-year-old Falls Church area woman was charged with malicious wounding, assault and battery and interrupting an emergency phone call following an incident with her boyfriend in the 3400 block of Payne St. at 2:45 a.m. Sunday. The woman is accused of dousing her boyfriend with rubbing alcohol and setting him afire. A 24-year-old woman, who lived in the home, heard screaming and attempted to contact police but the suspect allegedly grabbed the cell phone and pushed her in an attempt to thwart the call for help. The victim, a 29-year-old Falls Church man, suffered burns to the upper half of his body and was transported to Washington Hospital Center with non-life threatening injuries.