<sh>Woman Is Shot Accidentally

<bt>Fairfax County police responded Saturday night to an accidental shooting at the home of one of their own officers. A female there at the time sustained a non-life-threatening injury to her upper body.

The incident occurred around 8:30 p.m. in the 13000 block of South Springs Drive in Little Rocky Run. Police say an acquaintance was visiting a male, county police officer and his family.

"That acquaintance happened upon a weapon that the officer owns, and handled it — causing it to accidentally discharge," said police spokesman Rich Perez. "It wasn't his service weapon, and the officer was not involved."

Perez said the bullet "went through two walls and struck a female inside a different room in the house." He said she was treated for a "superficial wound" at Inova Fairfax Hospital and then released.

No charges have been placed, but both an internal, administrative investigation and a criminal investigation have been initiated — which is routine in cases like this one, said Perez. Police are not releasing the names of anyone involved.

<sh>Who Turned On That Light?

<bt>Chantilly residents frightened away an intruder early Sunday morning — but, first, he frightened them. The incident occurred around 2 a.m. in the 4600 block of Swallowtail Place.

Fairfax County police say the homeowners were asleep, but a 26-year-old woman was awakened when the man turned on her bedroom light. She screamed, and the unwelcome visitor fled out the front door.

Investigation determined that the suspect had entered the home through an unlocked, sliding-glass door in the basement. He is described as about 5 feet 5 inches and 210 pounds, and he wore a black shirt. Anyone with information about him or this incident is asked to call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477 or police at 703-691-2131.

<sh>Free Carseat Inspections

<bt>Certified technicians from the Sully District Police Station will perform free, child safety carseat inspections, Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 5-8 p.m., at the station, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. They’ll make sure the carseat is correct for the child’s age, height and weight, the child is securely placed in the seat, and the seat is properly installed in the vehicle.

No appointment is necessary. But residents should install the child safety seats themselves, so the technicians may properly inspect and make adjustments, as necessary. Call the Sully District Child Seat Information line (703-814-7000, ext. 5140) to confirm dates and times. For additional child seat inspection times throughout Fairfax County, call the Fairfax County Operations Support Bureau at 703-280-0559.

<sh>Sully District Council Mtg.

<bt>The Sully District Council of Citizens Associations will meet Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m., in the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd., in Chantilly. Call Mark McConn at 703-818-9124.

<sh>Park Authority to Meet

<bt>The next meeting of the Fairfax County Park Authority will be Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m., in the Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 900, in Fairfax. Call Judy Pedersen at 703-324-8662.

<sh>Heisinger to Be Buried at Arlington National Cemetery

<bt>An inurnment service will be held Thursday, Sept. 28, at 1 p.m., in the Old Post Chapel at Fort Myer for Duane Heisinger of Centreville's Bull Run Estates community. Burial, with full military honors, will follow in Arlington National Cemetery. Heisinger, a Navy veteran and former POW, died of cancer May 1 at the age of 75. He served 30 years in the Navy and retired as a captain.

<sh>Donations Are Still Accepted

<bt>The Labor Day car show in the Town of Clifton yielded $28,600 for the trust funds for the families of slain Sully District police officers, Det. Vicky Armel and MPO Michael Garbarino. But since each officer left a spouse and two children, event organizer Jim Chesley is still trying to raise more.

Contributions are tax-deductible. To donate, send checks payable either to Clifton Lions Club or Custom Cruisers of Northern Virginia, with "police trust fund" written on the memo line, to: Jim Chesley, 7207 Main St., Clifton, VA 20124.

<sh>Meals on Wheels Needs Drivers

<bt>The Fairfax Area Agency on Aging "Meals on Wheels" program is in immediate need of drivers to deliver meals, Monday through Friday, to senior adults living in Fairfax County. Volunteers who speak Vietnamese are also needed.

The job involves picking up meals at specified sites between 10:30 a.m.-noon and delivering them to seniors by 1 p.m. Drivers may choose to deliver meals on a daily, weekly, biweekly, monthly or substitute basis. Call the Fairfax AAA Volunteer Intake Line at 703-324-5406 or e-mail

<sh>Role Models for Children

<bt>Volunteers are needed throughout Northern Virginia to be positive role models for children who currently have an incarcerated parent. Mentors meet with children two hours per week. Weekly meetings are supplemented by monthly group recreational activities. The only qualification required is a desire to help a child in need.

To sign up for the mentor training session at the Center for Multicultural Human Services in Falls Church, call Ellen Klene, Volunteer Program manager, at 703-533-3302, ext. 107, or see

<sh>Blood Donations are Sought

<bt>The Inova Blood Donor Center in the Centremed I Building on Route 29 in Centreville (across from the Centreville Multiplex Cinemas) is in urgent need of blood donations — especially O positive or negative, as well as A and B. They're accepted Tuesday-Friday, noon-8 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. For an appointment to give blood, call 703-322-1970, or drop in at your own convenience.