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MANASSAS CITY HIRES NEW REFUSE and RECYCLING COORDINATOR

MANASSAS CITY HIRES NEW REFUSE and RECYCLING COORDINATOR
City of Manassas Public Works and Utilities welcomes Monica Boehringer of Fredericksburg, Va. as their new refuse and recycling coordinator. Boehringer is responsible for managing the City’s refuse and recycling contract and collections, facilitating community outreach and education for recycling, waste reduction and stormwater, and managing programs, such as Adopt-A-Street, Adopt-A-Stream, Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Days and the Citizen’s Advisory Committee on Solid Waste. For more information, call 703-257-8252 or go to www.manassascity.org.Since starting at City of Manassas, Boehringer has also been instrumental in updating the refuse, recycling and storm-water websites, making them more user-friendly and providing more online options for customers.

George Mason Elementary School in VA will be closed Friday


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- George Mason Elementary School in Alexandria will be closed Friday due to sewage complications, the City of Alexandria said.

"Because of the nature of this school closure, George Mason student will not be required to make up the lost day" the City of Alexandria said in an email to the community.

Further information about Alexandria Public School closures can be found on their website.


Man sues Alexandria for forbidding 'for sale' car sign


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- An Alexandria man has filed a lawsuit against the city after being told he couldn't have a "for sale" sign in his car, according to the man's lawyers.

Scott McLean claims that the city of Alexandria violated his first amendment rights by making it illegal to post a "for sale" sign in his car that was parked on a public street.

The lawsuit argues that the city ordinance, which forbids "for sale" signs in cars parked on a public street for the purpose of advertising, violates his freedom of speech.

Read the ordinance here.

Still camera allowed in Alexandria murder pre-trial hearings


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- The judge presiding over the Alexandria murder trial will allow a still camera in the courtroom during pre-trial hearings.

Judge Jane Roush granted the still camera during a hearing Thursday for Charles Severance, 53, of West Virginia, who is accused of three high profile murders in Alexandria spanning more than a decade. His trial is set to begin on Oct. 5, 2015. Severance will be tried for the murders of Ruthanne Lodato, Ron Kirby, and Nancy Dunning

Man critical after falling from Va. construction site


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- A man is in critical condition after falling from a construction site Wednesday evening, police said.

It happened between 7 an 8 p.m. on October 22 in the 800 block of Main Line Boulevard in Alexandria.

The victim, a 20-year-old man, initially appeared to be suffering a minor head injury and was transported to a hospital by friends, according to police. He was listed in critical condition after being evaluated by medical staff.

Police are investigating the accident.


Trial date set for Alexandria murder suspect Charles Severance


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- A date has been set for the murder trial of the man accused of killing three people in Alexandria.

Charles Severance's trial is set to begin on October 5, 2015.

Severance, 53, of West Virginia, will be tried for
the murders of Ruthanne Lodato, Ron Kirby, and Nancy Dunning. All three were shot just inside their front doors with a small caliber weapon, police said.

Graham's coach: 'We want closure for the Graham family'


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- News that a body was discovered during the search for Hannah Graham weighs heavily on many in the Alexandria community where yellow ribbons line the streets in Graham's neighborhood.

Former team mates and coaches are having a tough time taking in the news. Craig Maniglia, who coached Hannah in softball said: "we're doing everything we can to kind of get through it ourselves and we also have to move forward, and we want closure for the Graham family."

Magnilia was Graham's softball coach at West Potomac High School. The two met when the Graham family moved to the states, from England, 12 years ago.

Maniglia says he always thought Hannah Graham would change the world.