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MISSING: Jada Bowles in Alexandria, Virginia


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Jada Bowles has been missing from Alexandria, Virginia since April 6, 2014. She was wearing tan tennis shoes. Her hair was in braids.

She is 16 years old. She has black hair and brown eyes.

She is 5'7" tall and weighs approximately 175 pounds.

If you have any information about Jada please call Alexandria Police at 703-838-4444.

*All info from National Center for Missing & Exploited Children


MISSING: Margennae Dixon in Alexandria, Virginia


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Margennae Dixon has been missing from Alexandria, Virginia since December 7, 2013.

She was born on June 8, 1997. She has black hair and brown eyes.

She is 5'4" tall and weighs approximately 180 pounds.

She has "love" tattooed between her thumb and index finger.

If you have any information about Margennae please call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

*All info from National Center for Missing & Exploited Children


MISSING: Brenda Giron in Alexandria, Virginia


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Brenda Giron has been missing from Alexandria, Virginia since October 20, 2010.

She is 16 years old. She has black hair and brown eyes.

She is 5'4" tall and weighs approximately 125 pounds.

If you have any information about Brenda please call Alexandria Police at 703-838-4444.

*All info from National Center for Missing & Exploited Children


Brush fire destroys sheds, causes $75K of damage


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- A brush fire in Alexandria spread and destroyed sheds on Monday evening, say Fairfax County Fire and Rescue officials.

Firefighters arrived at the scene in the vicinity of Mary Baldwin Drive and Kenyon Drive
at approximately 5:30 p.m. Monday. According to officials, the
brush fire spread to several backyard storage sheds and flames more than 10 feet in height engulfed three storage sheds, trees, and bushes.

Firefighters were able to quickly bring the fire under control but not before it spread to four backyards.

The damage is estimated at $75,000, say officials.

No one was displaced and no one was hurt, according to officials.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


PHOTO: Alexandria cop takes 1st 'step towards independence'


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Alexandria police officer Peter Laboy continues to recover from injuries he suffered during a shooting last year.

Laboy was shot in Old Town Alexandria on February 27, 2013. He suffered severe injuries but survived the attack. Taxi driver Kashif Bashir is accused of the shooting and charged with attempted capital murder of a police officer.

READ: Previous stories on Officer Laboy (http://bit.ly/1jyuwur)

Laboy's wife Suzanne has been blogging about his recovery. Friday, she tweeted a photo of her husband with the caption: "First step towards independence!! Thanks UBER and friends!!"


Alexandria pond searched in connection to Va. music teacher murder


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Officials searched a pond in Oakton, Va. Wednesday in connection to the murder of an Alexandria music teacher.

Alexandria Police with the assistance of the FBI completed a search of the pond located along Lyrac Steet in Oakton, Va. The search is connection to the murder of Ruthanne Lodato but no other information was disclosed.

STORY:
More than a thousand gather for music teacher's funeral

Guardians of Rescue Begins Sting Investigations into Hazardous Internet Pet Sales

Guardians of Rescue Begins Sting Investigations into Hazardous Internet Pet Sales

As the world embraces the age of technology, everything is available online----including the sale of pets. Guardians of Rescue, a nationwide animal rescue organization, has stepped up to protect these poor animals from the cruelty of being bought and sold via the Internet. Guardians of Rescue is working with law enforcement in various states to try to reduce the amount of harm inflicted on these innocent dogs.

“Getting a new pet is always a big decision, and buying a dog you haven’t met in person is not smart,” says Dori Scofield, vice-president of Guardians of Rescue, an organization whose mission is to protect the well-being of all animals. “If you buy a dog through the Internet, you risk supporting puppy mill cruelty and being scammed out of your money. The Internet is also used by criminals to buy and sell fighting dogs, using certain understood language.”

If you looking to adopt a new dog, here are five tips to think about before you decide where to buy: