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Thurs., April 3, DEVIL's BACKBONE BEER DINNER at MONZA

Thurs., April 3, DEVIL's BACKBONE BEER DINNER at MONZA

Monza of Old Town Manassas, Va. is hosting a four-course Devil’s Backbone Brewery beer dinner, featuring beers like Vienna Lager, Pear Lager, Weiss and 16-point IPA on Thurs., Apr. 3 at 6:30 p.m. for $65 inclusive. For reservations, go to www.eatmonza.com.

Custom Home on the Market Embraces Convenient and Quaint Neighborhood of Lyon Village

Custom Home on the Market Embraces Convenient and Quaint Neighborhood of Lyon Village

This elegant classic colonial on the market offers exquisite detailing, the latest modern amenities, and the opportunity to take in the spring season with its outdoor patio and kitchen

The Neighborhood

Walking down mature tree-lined sidewalks to the neighborhood parks, playgrounds and nearby shopping contributes to the small-town feel of Lyon Village, one of Arlington’s most sought after residential communities. Frank Lyon purchased this land, formerly Robert Cruit’s 19th century weekend and holiday estate and dairy farm, and established Lyon Village, a true community that was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1923. Colonial, Tudor and Classical Revival styles are among the distinctive homes within the neighborhood, which embraces the custom brick home at 1839 N. Herndon Street as one of its own.

From the Beginning

74-year-old woman arrested for arsons in Alexandria


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Authorities say they have arrested a 74-year-old woman in connection with a series of arsons at an apartment complex in the Alexandria area.

According to law enforcement officials, The Alexandria Fire Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) executed arrest and search warrants earlier this week in relation to a suspected serial arsonist.

They say the suspect, 74-year-old Shirley Ann Vigneua, is a resident of a building in the Southern Towers complex in the 4900 block of Seminary Road.
Officials tell us that Vigneau was caught on camera in the vicinity of the most recent fire around the time it was ignited.

Authorities say the AFD and ATF have been investigating more than two dozen fires at the complex over the course of 10 months.

Va. man sentenced on rape and robbery


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- The Alexandria Circuit Court Judge Nolan B. Dawkins sentenced a 26-year-old man on one count of rape, sodomy, robbery and abduction last Thursday.

Authorities said Angel Rosales-Torres, 26 was sentenced to 60 years in the penitentiary with 35 years suspended on rape, sodomy and robbery charges. Officials said the judge sentenced Rosales-Torres to 10 years in the penitentiary on the abduction charge.

The sentences will run concurrent to each other, officials said. He will be on supervised probation for the rest of his life after he is out of prison, officials said.

Rosales-Torres confronted his victim on October 11, 2012, authorities said. He pressed a blade against the victim's side demanding money on Van Dorn Street in Alexandria, officials said.

Arlington assessor pleads guilty to taking bribes


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- A former supervisor at an Arlington County motor vehicle office has pleaded guilty to accepting more than $11,000 in bribes.

Thirty-three-year-old Francisco Samayoa Hernandez of Silver Spring, Md., worked as a tax assessor supervisor at Arlington County's DMV Select, which the county operates under contract with the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles to provide services like registration and title processing.

At a plea hearing Tuesday in federal court in Alexandria, Samayoa admitted to accepting about $11,480 in bribes from a vehicle exporter to falsify DMV paperwork that allowed the exporter to avoid nearly $25,000 in registration and title fees on various luxury automobiles.

Court records show Samayoa received 15 separate bribe payments between July 2012 and November.


Va. fire marshal saves man struck by fallen ceiling


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- An Alexandria Fire Marshal saved the life of a man who was possibly hit by the molding this past weekend at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center.

According to the Alexandria Fire Department, Alexandria Fire marshals were out in the field on routine rounds when they went to the hotel located at 5000 Seminary Rd.

A large event was going on in one of the ballrooms and a large piece of molding fell from the ceiling in the ballroom while the marshals were there.

Guests told the marshals at the same time that there was an unconscious person at one of the tables.

Authorities said the fire marshal found a man, unconscious but he still had a pulse. One marshal found that the man's breathing and pulse were very weak so she began helping him.

An EMS unit was called to the scene and took the man to the hospital, authorities said.

Man connected to Alexandria Murders to be extradited Monday


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Alexandria residents are paying close attention to what is happening in West Virginia. They're anxiously waiting to find out what will come out of 53-year-old Charles Severance's extradition hearing Monday and the rest of the investigation.

"Anything we read we're glued to the news, to the TV, newspapers, what's the latest. It's one of those things you want justice do its right way on the other hand we kind of hope that it is him then everyone can get off the edge of the fence and that makes you nervous. We walk all the time and you think everyone is a suspect and that's a terrible way to feel," Chris Altendorf, Parishioner said.

At Ruthanne Lodato's church, Blessed Sacrament, parishioners have been yearning for a sense of relief and hoping the uncertainty they've been feeling all along comes to an end soon.