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Man killed in Alexandria house fire identified


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- A man who was killed in a house fire in Alexandria on Monday has been identified as 53-year-old William A. Hakenson.

Fire officials released his name on Thursday morning. They say the cause of the fire that killed him remains under investigation.

Family members say that he built the home in the 7000 block of Barbara Street himself and that he had celebrated his birthday on Monday.

At 10 p.m. the fire broke out. Two other people made it out of the house. We're told they were a woman and son.

On Tuesday, fire officials told us that the woman was flown to the Washington Hospital Burn Center with non-life threatening injuries. A man who attempted to rescue the two occupants was transported by ground to the Washington Burn Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Smoke alarms did go off, say officials.

Water main closes Wheeler Ave at Duke St in Alexandria


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Wheeler Avenue is closed at Duke Street Sunday due to a water main break, according to officials.

A spokesperson for Virginia American Water said the water main broke around 7:30 a.m. at the entrance of the McDonald's located on Wheeler Avenue and Duke Street.

No customers are affected by the break and the reparations should be completed sometime Sunday between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., according to the spokesperson.

Wheeler Avenue is closed until the reparations have been completed. Duke Street is open.

Drivers should avoid the area if possible.

Residents having issues with water should contact Virginia American Water at 800 452 6863.


Fairy tale marriage turns into family nightmare


FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WUSA9) -- It was a fairy tale sort of wedding when a 95-year-old man married his 96-year-old girlfriend last summer. Sadly, this Virginia couple's love story did not appear to have a happy ending and turned into a family nightmare.

Ninety-five-year old Ed Harrison and 96-year-old Edith Hill danced at their wedding last year with friends and family. They decided it was time to get hitched and it appeared to be a happily ever after event.

Now after a court hearing and long running family issue, Edith has been taken away from her husband and has moved with one of her daughters to Florida.

Edith's daughter Rebecca, granddaughter Robin and Eddie did not want her to go. "I want my wife back, I want her back home with me. She didn't want to go and I didn't want her to go," said Eddie.

Dawit Seyoum indicted in murder of Carolyn Cross


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- An Alexandria grand jury has indicted the man charged with killing a 64-year-old Alexandria woman.

The jury indicted 29-year-old Dawit Seyoum in the September 7th murder of Caroyln Cross. Cross was found dead at her apartment in the 4800 block of Kenmore Avenue in September.

Seyoum lived in the same building as Cross. Seyoum was charged in Cross' murder in September.

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MANASSAS CITY ‘OPERATION ROUND UP’ HELPS THOSE IN NEED with UTILITY BILLS

MANASSAS CITY ‘OPERATION ROUND UP’ HELPS THOSE IN NEED with UTILITY BILLS

Colder weather has set in and that means people are turning up their thermostats and seeing higher utility bills.  The City of Manassas’ Operation Round Up is in full force, where customers that authorize the City of Manassas to "round up" their monthly electric bill to the next higher dollar. If the bill is $73.80, it is rounded up to $74 and the extra 20 cents is contributed to the Operation Round Up® fund.  Single donations from customers are also accepted, simply by adding the additional dollars to their payment with a notice that the overpayment is for Operation Round Up. For details, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8276.

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENTS AWARDED for ALL-STAR CAST

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENTS AWARDED for ALL-STAR CAST

Ben Cherington and Kylie Levy of Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) Performing Arts Academy of Lorton, Va. and Alexandria, Va. were recently recognized for All-Star Cast by the Virginia Theatre Association Conference for their performances in I Never Saw Another Butterfly. This was the first time Metropolitan School of the Arts had participated in the conference. Cherington, an 11th grader from Burke, Va., and Levy, a 10th grader from Fairfax, Va. are students at Metropolitan School of the Arts. For more information, go to www.metropolitanarts.org.

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) also earned the 2014 Virginia Theatre Association Conference award for Best Costume Design and was recognized for Staging, as well as received an honorable mention for Best Play, I Never Saw Another Butterfly.

DOGFISH HEAD BREWERY BEER DINNER at MONZA, Wed., Dec. 17

DOGFISH HEAD BREWERY BEER DINNER at MONZA, Wed., Dec. 17

Monza is hosting a Dogfish Head Brewery Beer Dinner on Wed., Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m. for $75 inclusive, per person. The four-course dinner will feature Dogfish Head beers that complement new fall menu items. For reservations, go to eatmonza.com.                                         

The four-course dinner includes the 90 Min IPA with Meat and Cheese Platter; Namaste with Namaste Drunken Smoked Bacon Mussels, includes garlic, shallots, scallions, dijon crème fraiche and crostini; Punkin Ale with Four-Cheese Ravioli, served with wilted spinach, diced tomatoes, parmesan, creamy alfredo and pumpkin seeds; Indian Brown Ale with All Natural Braised Beef Ragu and Butternut Squash Gnocchi, served with carrots, celery, arugula, parmesan and olive oil ; and Aged-World Wide Stout with Homemade Bread Pudding, includes chocolate, cherries and crème anglaise.