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Caring for All Animals

Caring for All Animals

Protecting animals and working with our community to prevent cruelty is what our dedicated field services team does day in and day out, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We believe that every animal matters—regardless of breed, size, age, or any other factor. Recently, one case surrounding one small reptile proved just that.  

In December, our Animal Care & Control Officers were assisting Metropolitan Police Department Officers with a search warrant at the home of Darnell Jones, 34, in Washington, DC, when they came across a snake. The snake was extremely underweight and appeared to be having difficulty shedding her skin which is indicative of significant husbandry and care issues. The subsequent investigation by Humane Law Enforcement Officer Michael Triebwasser revealed that the snake had been underweight for seven months and had never at any point during that time been taken to a veterinarian for proper care.

Local K-9 Team Finishes Second in National Competition

Local K-9 Team Finishes Second in National Competition

Great news for Alexandria Law Enforcement!

The Alexandria Sheriff’s Office K-9 team took second place overall in explosives detection at a national competition last week.

Sherman, a six-year-old Labrador retriever and his partner, Deputy John O’Hara, competed at the United States Police Canine Association’s National Detector Dog Field Trial against 80 K-9 teams from across the country from Sunday, May 20 through Wednesday, May 23, in Lakeland, Florida.

The explosives trials consisted of an odor recognition test, searches of three areas, and five vehicles full of hidden explosives.

Crime Museum Celebrates Four-Year Anniversary with Guest Festivities

Crime Museum Celebrates Four-Year Anniversary with Guest Festivities

Guest speakers, an exhibit unveiling, and admission deals all top the special events hosted at the Museum


To celebrate the four-year anniversary of its opening, the Crime Museum is offering some unique offerings the latter half of May in appreciation to guests for the continued success the museum.

On May 22nd at 11:30AM, museum guests and members of the media are invited to attend the unveiling of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s temporary exhibit at the Crime Museum, Crimes Against Marine Mammals. The exhibit will feature artifacts and information related to illegal importation of marine mammal parts, as well as the harassment or killing of marine mammals, This exhibit is part of the 40th anniversary of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, established in 1972 by Congress, to protect all US marine mammals.

John Wayne Gacy Exhibit Unveiled at the Crime Museum

John Wayne Gacy Exhibit Unveiled at the Crime Museum


John Wayne Gacy Exhibit Unveiled at the Crime Museum

Sam Amirante, Gacy’s Defense Lawyer, Welcomes New Permanent Exhibit  

Earlier today, the Crime Museum unveiled their newest permanent exhibit on American serial killer and rapist of the 1970s, John Wayne Gacy.

The permanent exhibit will take museum guests through a timeline of events in Gacy’s life, ending with his conviction of 33 murders.  The exhibit will include personal items as well as items seized and taken into possession by law enforcement. Featured artifacts include his infamous clown suit, his leather jacket, his typewriter, and his wallet.

Two Men Charged For Illegal Iron Possession

Two Men Charged For Illegal Iron Possession

The following information was sent to us by the Stafford County Sherrif's Office:


The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of William Williams III, age 24, of 141 MacGregor Ridge Road, Stafford and Timothy Hackett, age 37, of 72 Red Oak Lane, Hague, Virginia.  Both men have been charged with 1 Count of Possession of Pig Iron, while acting as agents of Northern Virginia Metal Recyclers.  The possession, sale or purchase of pig iron is a Class 6 Felony. 

Woman Sets Commercial Building Fires

From Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department:

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department fire investigators charged an adult female, Thursday, January 12, 2012, with intentionally setting multiple fires in a commercial building in the McLean area of Fairfax County. Fire investigators charged Irma Hernandez, 33, of Arlington, with burning an occupied commercial office building, Virginia Code 18.2-80, a Class 3 felony.   

Hernandez is charged with setting multiple fires in an office building in the 1300 block of Dolly Madison Boulevard over a period of several weeks. The fires were primarily set in mechanical rooms and bathrooms.

Damage totals are estimated at $500.

Hernandez is being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center on $10,000 bond.

December DWI Arrests Up 12 Percent

From Fairfax County Police Department:

  Fairfax County Police officers arrested 358 drunk drivers as part of their Safe December 2011 efforts. Of those arrested the vast majority (150) were young adults between the ages of 21 and 29. Further analysis shows that 28 were between 15 and 20 years old, 82 were 30-39, 55 were 40-49 and 43 were 50 or older.

 “Despite all our Safe December education and enforcement efforts, hundreds of drivers chose to drink and drive in Fairfax County, presenting an unacceptable safety risk to us all. Clearly, impaired driving remains a threat and our officers will continue to aggressively pursue violators,” said Captain Susan Culin, Commander of the Fairfax County Traffic Division.

Police Target Alcohol Violations for a Safe December 2011