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Power Restored For Thousands Of Northern Virginia Residents

FAIRFAX STATION, Va. (WUSA) -- "I heard five big booms. It sounded like an explosion," said John Mason who lives near Fairfax County's new Crosspointe fire station where a dangerous mistake could have been deadly.

"We don't like that this happened, especially to us, but thankfully, nobody was seriously injured," said Dan Schmidt, a spokesperson for the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. 

Ironically, the accident happened during a routine safety check at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday. Schmidt says a firefighter on the ladder truck was raising and moving the ladder when it hit the 230,000 volt transmission line above. 

Va. Police Seek Help Identifying Robbery Suspect

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) - Detectives with the Alexandria Police Department are asking for the publics help in identifying a suspect wanted in a robbery that occurred in the 3400 block of Mount Vernon Avenue.

Police said on July 22, a man approached a store clerk and asked to buy some cigarettes. However, when the clerk opened the cash register to give the man his change, the man climbed over the counter, took money from the register and then fled.

The suspect in the robbery is described as a black male, 35 to 45 years old, about 5 feet, 8 inches tall with a shaved head. Officers said he was wearing khaki cargo shorts, a dark green shirt with white writing on the front and black sneakers.

A video of the incident can be viewed by visiting the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0tHHHrRZPo

100 Needy Students Receive School Supplies Shopping Spree

Early this morning 100 local students in need were given the opportunity to visit a local Target store to buy back-to-school supplies. The Salvation Army and Target teamed up to help these students purchase a variety of supplies for the upcoming school year.

The Salvation Army and Target are helping a total of 12,000 students nationwide with the Target School Spree. Each student that is selected by the Salvation Army gets an $80 Target Giftcard for school supplies.

There were 30 students from DC and Prince Georges County, 30 from Alexandria and Arlington County, 30 from Fairfax and Prince William County, and 10 from Montgomery County.

Alexandria Health Department Issues Mosquito-borne Diseases Warning

The West Nile virus is active in the area and continues to be a threat, especially after last week’s storms. Alexandria Health Department has issued a warning about the risk of mosquito-borne diseases. The warning comes at a time when there is an increased amount of standing water around neighborhoods, damaged homes in the area allow mosquitoes indoors, and more local residents are spending time outside cleaning up debris and doing storm repairs.

While many people who get bitten by a mosquito with West Nile do not get sick, there is still a risk of getting meningitis or encephalitis. The Alexandria Health Department also wanted to remind residents that if you are over the age of 50, you may have an increased risk of complications from the West Nike virus and Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE).

A birth of a bumper crop of mosquitoes is expected very soon after last week’s storm and the health department has several recommendations to avoid any mosquito-borne diseases.

Local Lobbyist Handcuffed for Illegal Campaign Contributions

A local Arlington lobbyist, Paul Magliocchetti, the president and founder of PMA Group Inc., was arrested yesterday by FBI agents for allegedly making illegal campaign contributions. He was also arrested on charges of making false statements to a federal agency. Magliocchetti and his firm concealed from the FEC that they were in fact the source of the funds for these illegal federal contributions.

Campaign contributions made by Magliocchetti exceeded $120,000, according to court documents. Yesterday, Magliocchetti made his initial appearance in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge T. Rawles Jones Jr. in Alexandria, VA. He pleaded guilty to making the illegal corporate campaign contributions and sentencing has been scheduled for November 16, 2010.

Immigrant Advocates Fight Back In Virginia

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- Advocates for the immigrant community pushed back today against what they call a rising tide of anti-immigrant sentiment led by Virginia's governor and attorney general.

Alexandria Library Holiday Closures

All Alexandria Libraries will be closed for Labor Day weekend: Saturday, September 4th, Sunday, September 5th, and Monday, September 6th. While Alexandria Library was founded in 1794, it is certainly doing a great job of staying up with the times. Now with electronic media available 24/7, Alexandria Library is ALWAYS open!

You can check out eAudiobooks and eBooks through Alexandria Library’s website with OverDrive downloadables. The collections are growing and now the Labor Day weekend holiday closures don’t inhibit your ability to pick up a new read for the weekend if you forget to do so the week before. Visit http://www.alexandria.lib.va.us/ for more information.

That’s not the only new feature of Alexandria Library. They are also now accepting credit cards so you can easily and safely pay library fines.