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Police helicopter crew helps save 4 from Va. house fire

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WUSA9) -- Four people were rescued after a police helicopter discovered the burning home November 1, Fairfax County Police Department said.

The crew on the Fairfax 1 spotted smoke in the area of Lee Highway and Ox Road on November 1 around 3:30 a.m. when they were returning to base after responding to a burglary in the Mason Police District. They saw the smoke coming from the home located in the 4400 block of Altura Court.

Authorities then learned that the shed connected to the home had caught on fire. The crew in the helicopter informed Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and requested fire department dispatch a full boy alarm for the fire.

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Murder trial for ex-Fairfax Co. cop postponed

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA9) -- A judge has set a new trial date for a former Fairfax County police officer charged with murdering an unarmed man.

Adam Torres is accused of shooting and killing John Geer as Geer stood in the doorway of his Springfield home with his hands up back in 2013. Torres had responded to a domestic violence call.

On Tuesday, the trial was moved from December to April at the request of defense attorneys. They said a key witness would not be available to testify next month.

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Suspect identified in Hybla Valley homicide

HYBLA VALLEY, Va. (WUSA9) -- Police are searching for a 21-year-old man in connection with a homicide that happened in Hybla Valley on November 18.

Man fatally shot in Fairfax County identified

The suspect has been identified as 21-year-old Andre Curtis Wilkins of Waldorf. He is described as a black man, standing about 6'2" and weighing around 170 pounds. At the time of the homicide Wilkins had long hair in dreadlocks and a slight mustache and beard. Police said he recently shaved off the dreadlocks.

Fairfax County inmate dies

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA9) -- An inmate at the Fairfax County jail died early Friday morning after an apparent medical emergency, Fairfax County police said.

According to police, Monty Saito of Santa Clara, Ca. was found overnight Thursday unresponsive on the floor of a cell. He was transported to INOVA Fairfax Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:45 a.m. Friday.

Police say this isn't the first medical emergency for Saito. On Monday, a deputy found him having a medical emergency in his cell. The deputy called for assistance and Saito, 50, was transported to INOVA Fair Oaks Hospital.

Saito was later transported to INOVA Fairfax Hospital and stayed there for about two days, police said. On Wednesday, Saito returned to the jail and was housed in a cell in the medical infirmary.

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Bond denied for former Fairfax Co. officer who killed man


FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA9) -- A Fairfax County judge denied bond Friday for the former Fairfax County police officer who shot and killed John Geer.

The trial for Adam Torres is scheduled to start next month. Torres faces a second-degree murder charge in Geer's death.

The judge also refused to dismiss the murder indictment and change the trial venue.

Police: Drunk man throws sandwich at man at Fairfax pizza place

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - Police have given a New Jersey man special recognition for sandwich throwing: They locked him up.

The Fairfax City Police Department in Virginia says in a news release that 32-year-old Jonathan M. Magnes of Morristown was drunk when he threw a sandwich at a 50-year-old man at a Fairfax pizza restaurant and then drove away.

Authorities say the victim, who was not injured, tailed Magnes before officers arrived and pulled over the suspect. It's not clear what led to the dispute between the men.

Magnes was charged Sunday evening with assault and battery, driving under the influence of alcohol and refusal of a blood and breath test.

It's not immediately clear whether Magnes has an attorney, and a telephone listing for him could not immediately be found.



Veteran Wellness Center Wins Multiple Chamber of Commerce Awards

Veteran Wellness Center Wins Multiple Chamber of Commerce Awards

Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness announces two awards from the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce. The awards for Nonprofit of the Year and the Small Business of the Year were presented at the 21st Annual event at the National Conference Center in Lansdowne, Virginia.

“Not only did we win the nonprofit category of the year, but we also won the small business of the year,” explains Ken Falke, chairman and founder of Boulder Crest Retreat. “This is the first time in 21 years of this event that a nonprofit won the small business category. We are thrilled to have these honors and appreciate that our great work is being noticed by our community.”