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Elderly couple fights to stay married


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- When Eddie Harrison, 95, and Edith Hill, 96 got married in June, after ten years of friendship, it seemed like it was happily ever after for the young-at-heart couple.

But Edith Hill's two daughters share custody of their mother, and now one of her daughters, Patricia, is suing for sole custody of her mom.

If Patricia is awarded sole custody, Hill may need to move to Florida, which would separate her from Harrison.

In court on Thursday the judge heard arguments regarding the validity of the marriage. Questions were raised about whether Edith Hill had the mental capacity to commit to the marriage.

The hearing lasted for five hours, mainly because Rebecca Wright, the daughter currently caring for Hill in Virginia, chose to represent herself.

A ruling has not yet been made in the case.

Va. man pleads guilty in counterfeit stamp scheme


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - Prosecutors say a Virginia man has pleaded guilty to counterfeiting and selling approximately $76,000 in metered postage stamps at two packaging centers he owned in the state.

Prosecutors say 38-year-old Brian Kim of Fairfax pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to defrauding the U.S. Postal Service. Prosecutors say Kim acknowledged as part of a plea agreement that from January to October 2013 he counterfeited postage stamps, and he acknowledged putting those stamps on packages and letters that customers brought into his packaging centers in Fairfax and Arlington.

Prosecutors say customers did not know about the scheme.

Kim's attorney, Joshua Berman, declined to comment on the case.

Sentencing is set for Nov. 7. Kim faces up to 20 years in prison.


Woman found dead in Northern Va. hotel


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- The Alexandria Police Department said they are investigating the death of a woman who was found inside of a hotel room in Alexandria late Friday night.

Police said the woman was found dead at a hotel located in the 100 block of S. Bragg Street around 10:30 p.m.

At this time, the cause of her death is not known. The cause will be investigated at the medical examiner's office.


MISSING: 33-year-old man, Alexandria, Va.


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- The Alexandria Police Department is searching for a missing 33-year-old man from Alexandria, who was last seen on July 26.

Police said William Boyd was last seen in the "west end" area of Alexandria. He is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs around 200 pounds. Boyd has black hair and black eyes.

Police said, he was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, jeans, and a black leather jacket. Authorities said, he occasionally wears glasses.

Boyd needs medication and does not have it with him, police said.

Please call 707 746 4444 if you see him.


Man solicits sex from detective posing as teen online


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- A man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for trying to coerce and entice two children to engage in sexual activities, officials report.

Kenneth A. Brauckmann, 51, of Springfield, Virginia was sentenced on Friday. Officials say that Brauckmann was caught when he arranged to have sex with a 14-year-old girl who turned out to be an undercover detective.

Court documents say that Brauckmann used social networking sites to connect with the user he believed to be the young girl. Documents show that Brauckmann used online and text messages to make arrangements to engage in sexual activities with the girl and her 13-year-old friend. Brauckmann repeatedly requested nude pictures of the underage teens, officials say.

MISSING: 85-year-old man from Alexandria


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- The Fairfax County Police Department helicopter is headed to Alexandria to help find a missing 85-year-old man with Alzheimer's.

William Dodge is missing from the 4700 block of Rich Marr Place.

He is a white male with white hair, 5'5", 140 lbs. He was last seen wearing a black hawaiian shirt, khakis, and black sneakers.

If you see him, please call 703.746.4444 immediately.


MANASSAS UTILITIES’ NEW LOAD MANAGEMENT DEVICES SAVE ON USAGE and CUSTOMERS EARN UTILITY CREDITS

MANASSAS UTILITIES’ NEW LOAD MANAGEMENT DEVICES SAVE ON USAGE and  CUSTOMERS EARN UTILITY CREDITS

The City of Manassas Utilities are using new load management devices which will enable them to decrease usage demand during high peak periods and help lower utility rates, while customers can get a one-time $25 utility credit for each load management installed on their electric hot water heater, heat pump and air conditioner. In addition, the hot water heater load management devices earns an annual $2 credit on utility bills, while air conditioning devices get $9 credit per month from July through October, and $3 per month credit for electric heat pumps from November through June.  For more information, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8219.