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Burke Man Sentenced For Attempting To Provide Material Support To ISIL

February 17, 2017

Haris Qamar, 26, of Burke, VA, was sentenced today to 8 1/2 years in prison for attempting to provide material support and resources to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a designated foreign terrorist organization. Qamar was also sentenced to 20 years of supervised release to be completed after he is released from prison.

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California Meth Distributor Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison

February 17, 2017

David John Russell, 38, of Fallbrook, California, was sentenced today to 10 years in prison for distribution of 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

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Jury Convicts Woman Of Freddie Mac And Veterans Affairs ID Theft

February 17, 2017

Allise Jones, 29, of Lanham, Maryland, was convicted today by a federal jury on charges of conspiracy to commit identity theft, conspiracy to commit access device fraud, two counts of access device fraud, and two counts of aggravated identity theft.

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Five Charged With Murder Of Gaithersburg Teen

February 16, 2017

Fairfax County detectives have obtained charges for murder against five suspects, two adults and three teenagers, involved in the gang-related death of 15-year-old Damaris Alexandra Reyes Rivas of Gaithersburg, MD. Detectives believe Reyes Rivas was killed in Springfield. VA, on or around Jan. 8. Her remains were found on Feb. 11.

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Suspects Charged In Ongoing Homicide Investigation

February 15, 2017

Fairfax County police have identified the four adult suspects charged in connection to the murder of 15-year-old Damaris Reyes Rivas. Each has been charged with abduction and gang participation. Six juveniles have also been charged with abduction and gang participation.

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Preliminary Charges Placed In Gang-Related Murder

February 15, 2017

Fairfax County police detectives have identified ten suspects – four adults and six juveniles – believed to be involved in the murder of 15-year-old Damaris Alexandra Reyes Rivas of Gaithersburg. FCPD determined Reyes Rivas was held against her will, taken to Lake Accotink Park and assaulted before she was killed and left nearby in the 7100 block of Wimsatt Road in Springfield. Detectives believe this occurred on or around Jan. 8.

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Juvenile Sex Trafficker Wanted By FBI

February 15, 2017

UPDATE: On Feb. 16, the FBI’s Washington Field Office announced that Gary O’Neal Bell has been captured.

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Father of Missing Baby Arrested In Lynchburg

February 15, 2017

On Feb. 13, the Lynchburg Police Department assisted the Fairfax County Police Department with the arrest of Jose Ivan Castillo Rivas, 18, of Springfield, VA. Castillo Rivas is the father of the missing baby, Aidan, who was reported missing with 16-year old mother Lizzy Rivera Colindres on Jan. 15. The mother and baby returned to their Springfield home unharmed shortly before midnight on Feb. 11.

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Police Seek Public’s Help Finding Missing/Endangered Teen

February 14, 2017

Update: Venus Iraheta, the 17-year-old reported earlier today as missing/endangered, returned to her home around 9 p.m. tonight. She is being interviewed by detectives regarding the circumstances surrounding her absence.

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Federal Judge Issues Preliminary Injunction Against Trump’s Travel Ban

February 14, 2017

Last night Leonie Brinkema, Federal Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia, found that President Donald Trump's January 27 Executive Order is actually the Muslim ban that he promised as a candidate, and therefore the Commonwealth is likely to prevail on its claim that the order discriminates against Muslims in violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

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