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Silence an issue with Alexandria homicide investigation

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Alexandria police are investigating their first murder of the year after Shakaan Elliott-Tibbs was gunned down last Thursday.

The shooting happened in a busy area on North Fayette Street, near plenty of bus stops and the Braddock Road Metro. Police say there were certainly witnesses, but so far no one is talking. Silent witnesses are a problem many police departments face.

Crime Museum Expert,Wyndell Watkins, has seen that silence firsthand. Watkins is a retired deputy chief who worked with the Metropolitan Police Department for more than 20 years and was the commander of the homicide squad.

"The first case I had in homicide squad, we had a lady who was killed out on New York Ave," Watkins said.

Alexandria celebrates 266th birthday amid controversy

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Alexandria celebrated it's 266th birthday Saturday with their annual party featuring music, food and fireworks.

But less than a mile from the party at Oronoco Bay Park, there's a statue dedicated to honoring the lives of Confederate soldiers lost during the war. And twice a year, Confederate flags are flown at the statue.

But with South Carolina taking down the Confederate flag at their capital, Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille says the time has come for the city to stop this practice.

"This is an opportunity for us to come together and put all that behind us and unite and be inspired by and more forward in a positive way," Euille said. "And show the rest of the country that life is better afterwards."

Police looking for suspect in Alexandria double stabbing

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Police are looking for the man they believe stabbed two people inside an Alexandria home Friday night.

According to police, two men were stabbed several times on the 8400 block of Richmond Highway at around 7:05 p.m.

The two victims were transported to a nearby hospital. One has been released, the other remains in stable condition.

Police believe the two victims and attacker may know each other.

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Drunken driver slams into Va. State Police vehicle on I-395

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - Virginia State Police say a state trooper's vehicle was struck by a drunken driver in Alexandria while the trooper was assisting with another DUI investigation.

Police say the trooper was stopped along Interstate-395 early Saturday at 3:13 a.m. with emergency lights flashing. That's when a car ran into the back of the trooper's vehicle.

Police say Trooper Z.J. Koon suffered a minor injury to his head due to the crash. He was treated at the scene.

The driver of the car was not injured. He was arrested and charged with DUI and was taken to the Alexandria detention center. Police say additional charges are pending.

Music Theatre Workshop to Kick Off at Metropolitan School of the Arts/Broadway Instructors

Music Theatre Workshop to Kick Off at Metropolitan School of the Arts/Broadway Instructors

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) is bringing together an all-star instructor ensemble from around the U.S. to provide a Music Theatre Workshop tailored to provide real-world experience by teaching students the integration of drama, voice, movement and choreographed dance from July 13 to July 24 for ages 8 years-old to 18 years-old for $900 and a junior class from July 20 to 24 for ages 6 years to 7 years old for $500. Both classes are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the MSA Alexandria studio at 5775 Barclay Drive. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org.

Man found in Alexandria pond identified

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Authorities have released the identity of the man found dead in the Kingstowne Lake located in the Alexandria area Saturday morning.

Body found in pond in Alexandria

The body of a man was found in the pond located at South Van Dorn Street close to Kingstowne Village Parkway around 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Fairfax County police officials said.

When crews got to the scene they found the man in the pond. There were no obvious signs of trauma to his body.

Monday, authorities said using fingerprint evidence they identified the man as 36-year-old Kenneth Duane Bernhardt of Falls Church.

Body found in pond in Alexandria

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- A body was found in a pond in Alexandria Saturday, according to Fairfax County police.

The body was of an adult male and police say the body was found in a pond off S Van Dorn near Kingstowne Village.

No further information has been released at this time.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.

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