Falls Church News-Briefs: December 3 – 9, 2009

F.C. City Manager, Wife Adopt 2 Colombian Children

Falls Church City Manager Wyatt Shields and his wife Patty Shields are in Bogota, Colombia this week in the process of adopting two elementary school-aged children from an orphanage there.


The children are named Carlos and Leidy. Mr. Shields is due back in Falls Church on Monday. Ms. Shields and the children are due back to their Falls Church home later in the month.



Apparent Suicide in F.C. Last Week

A 38-year-old adult male is dead from an apparent suicide last week on West Cameron Road in the City of Falls Church officials confirmed to the News-Press this week. On Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 10:52 p.m., City of Falls Church police officers responded to the 200 block of W. Cameron Rd. after a report of a possible suicide. Upon arrival, officers discovered a male suffering from a single gunshot wound, who was declared deceased. The official cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner. While City officials have not released the identity, the News-Press has confirmed that the deceased is Jeremy Persinger, 38, of Falls Church.


F.C. Police Investigate Series of Auto Thefts in City

The Falls Church Police Department is investigating a series of larcenies from vehicles and three stolen vehicles which have occurred throughout the City over the past few weeks. One arrest has been made, but more arrests are expected.  Similar crimes have been committed even after the initial arrest, and the Police investigation continues. Last month, there were 30 reported incidents in the City in which vehicles have been entered and items stolen from the interior. All of the vehicles in these cases had been unlocked.  In the stolen car cases, keys were left inside each time. The vehicles victimized have been generally clustered around East and West Falls Church Metro Station neighborhoods.


F.C. Library Wins National Award

For the second year in a row, the Mary Riley Styles Public Library in the City of Falls Church has been named one of the best public libraries in the U.S. by the Library Journal. The F.C. library is one of only 258 top libraries out of 7,268 public libraries in the country to receive “star” ratings in a rating system similar to that used in the Michelin Guide. Once again, the Mary Riley Styles Public Library received a three-star rating; one of only three libraries in Virginia to receive stars, and one of only two in Virginia and 202 nationally to have won the award two years in a row.


Frady Reception Set Dec. 14 at City Hall

A reception honoring Edna Frady as she moves out of the City of Falls Church to new digs at the Goodwyn House in Bailey’s Crossroads will be held Monday, Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Training Center at the F.C. City Hall.


FCNP Holiday Party Set Dec. 21 at New ArtSpace

The 20th annual Falls Church News-Press Holiday Party is moving to the new ArtsSpace of Falls Church, 410 S. Maple St., this month. The party will be held Monday, Dec. 21, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.