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Alexandria murder suspect indicted in Loudoun County


LEESBURG, Va. (WUSA9) -- The man wanted in the murder of a school teacher in Alexandria, Va. was indicted on gun charges in Loudoun County, police said.

Charles Severance, 53, of West Virginia, was extradited to Loudoun County to face those gun charges. On Monday, officials ruled that he will be charged.

Severance is also wanted in the murder of Ruthanne Lodato, who was killed in the city of Alexandria back in February.

Severance was arrested in West Virginia and then the stories of his connections to the local crimes were revealed by police.


Information sought in strangulation death of Alexandria woman


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Alexandria police are asking for help in connection with the strangulation of a woman on the Fourth of July.

Police say 43-year-old Asabech Abayneh was strangled to death in the 5600 block of Derby Court.

Police are asking anyone who had contact with the victim in the past six months to call Detective Loren King at 703.746.6689. Witnesses can remain anonymous.

This is the third homicide in Alexandria in 2014.


FREE CUPCAKES AT OCCASIONALLY CAKE on SUN. JULY 20; DONATES 50% to METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS

FREE CUPCAKES AT OCCASIONALLY CAKE on SUN. JULY 20;  DONATES 50% to METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS

 

Occasionally Cake of Alexandria, Va. and Mount Vernon, Va. is celebrating its five-year anniversary on Sun., July 20 and handing out one free cupcake per person to all their patrons with no purchase necessary at their Old Town Alexandria shop at 207 King Street and Mount Vernon at 8859 Richmond Highway from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Occasionally Cake will donate 50 percent of all their sales that day to Metropolitan School of the Arts youth scholarships of Lorton, Va. For more information, call (703) 647-9638 or visit www.occasionallycake.com.

The free cupcakes will be available in Chocolate Marshmallow, Red Velvet, Snickerdoodle, Funfetti and Strawberry Key Lime flavors with other flavors available for purchase. A variety of other flavors will be available for purchase.  Occasionally Cake will offer an anniversary special of four cupcakes for $8.

DC judge orders continued detention for terror suspect


WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9) -- Benghazi terror suspect Ahmed Abu Khattala will stay locked up in the Alexandria jail.

That's the decision of a D.C. judge after a brief high-security hearing Wednesday at federal court downtown.

Lawyers for the man suspected in the deaths of the American ambassador and three others say they may yet try and get him released.

A phalanx of heavily armed U.S. Marshals stood guard as the suspected senior commander of a Libyan terrorist militia barreled back to jail on the usually peaceful streets outside federal court.

Prosecutors told the judge Khattala led a group of more than 20 armed militiamen who stormed two American diplomatic compounds in Libya,

Khattala listened intently, stared out across the courtroom, and straight into the visitors gallery.

His lawyers conceded his continued detention is appropriate for now.

Alexandria's torpedo factory needs better signage and renovation


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- If you have a major tourist attraction in your city, you'd want tourists to be able to find it, right? Well, that's not the case in Alexandria. A working art gallery dubbed the "Crown Jewell" of Alexandria is easy to miss.

Sparks fly as a sculptor shapes his work in progress and a painter transforms a canvas. These are the daily scenes at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria where 82 artists display and sell their one of a kind pieces.

Mayor Bill Euille says he and the city council are big supporters.

"The Torpedo Factor is the Crown Jewell of Alexandria with all it's assets and attractions," said Euille.

If you're new to Alexandria, or just visiting, even though the Art Center is in a huge old Torpedo Factory, it's easy to miss. Just ask Kyre Fitzgerald from Chicago.

Boffi-Maxalto's Summer Kickoff with Chef Roberto Donna

Boffi-Maxalto's Summer Kickoff with Chef Roberto Donna
Showroom Managers Julia Walter and Brian Fell along with Boffi's Lilian Leong and Maxalto's Thor Ochs welcome guests for an evening soiree Boffi-Maxalto held a Summer Soiree on June 26 at the Boffi-Maxalto Showroom, 3320 M Street NW in Cady's Alley/Georgetown. Boffi-Maxalto kicked off summer with specially-created hors d'oeuvres by renown Chef Roberto Donna, Esquire's 2012 Chef of the Year, as well as a Prosecco tasting with Altaneve. The chef was interacting with guests while preparing risotto in one of the Boffi kitchens.

MANASSAS UTILITIES INSTALLS AUTOMATED METERED INFRASTRUCTURE

MANASSAS UTILITIES INSTALLS AUTOMATED METERED INFRASTRUCTURE

City of Manassas Utility crews won’t have to make periodic trips to read meters anymore, with the installation of Automated Metered Infrastructure (AMI). The utility department and the customers can now have better real-time consumption information. For more information, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8219.