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Alexandria to dedicate memorial to African Americans who died in Civil War

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- On Saturday, Alexandria will dedicate a memorial to 1,700 African Americans who died during the Civil War.

According to event officials, more than 500 descendants of those who died and others will gather at Church and S. Washington Streets in Alexandria at 10 a.m. Saturday to dedicate the Contrabands and Freedman Cemetery Memorial.

Officials said in a press release:

In the early years of the Civil War, slaves who had escaped into areas under Union control were called contrabands, after the term "contraband of war," which protected their refugee status and prevented them from being sent back into slavery. Many of those buried were refugees who fled from Maryland and areas in Virginia to Alexandria, seeking freedom behind the Union army lines.

Setting fires to bust crime

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- It's all about busting crooks and sending them off to prison. The ATF usually spends time solving arson, however this time around Federal agents were setting fires while prosecutors watched.

In a murder or a rape case, prosecutors often have a witness that they can call into court, but fires are usually set at night and there are often no witnesses at all. This may be the reason why arson is among the least prosecuted crimes in America. Even though it is also among the most costly.

The ATF says it doesn't have to be that way. Every fire leaves clues. When someone drips gasoline along the carpet, the heat from those flames usually leaves a pattern along the floor.

Junior St. closed for water main break in Alexandria

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Crews have shut off a water main on Junior Street in Alexandria.

We're told that there was a water main break earlier Monday morning in the 800 block of Junior Street.

The road is blocked off. There is no visible road damage.

Water main break closes part of King St. in Alexandria

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- King Street is closed in both directions between Diagonal Rd. and West St. Monday night due to a water main break, Alexandria Police tweeted.

It is unknown how long repairs will take, authorities said.

Capital Bikeshare expands in Alexandria

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- An additional eight Capital Bikeshare stations have been added in the City of Alexandria, doubling the size of the system in Alexandria.

The program started back in 2012 in Alexandria and there are now 16 stations throughout the area.

The new stations are located at:

• Eisenhower Avenue & Mill Race Lane

• Ballenger Avenue & Dulany Street

• Duke Street & John Carlyle Street

• Mount Vernon Avenue & East Nelson Avenue

• Mount Vernon Avenue & East Del Ray Avenue

• Mount Vernon Avenue & Kennedy Street

• Monroe Avenue & Leslie Avenue

• Potomac Greens Drive & Slater's Lane

Northern Va. police warn of motorcycle theft

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- The Alexandria Police Department is warning residents of a recent rise in thefts of motorcycles in the Alexandria area.

The amount of motorcycle thefts is at the same number as last year, however police said, over 40 percent of the thefts have happened within the past two months.

The Alexandria Police Department advises residents to take the following precautions:

· See suspicious trucks or vans idling in the area? Report them to local police; that is how most stolen motorcycles are transported from the scene.

· Lock your ignition and remove the key. Many bike thefts occur when the ignition is shut off, but not locked.

· Don't lock your motorcycle in the same location all the time.

· Uniquely mark and then photograph your bike. If stolen, note unique markings to law enforcement.

Take the Plunge: Join Design Army X Karla Colletto for Pool Party, Fashion Show on Friday, Aug. 22

Take the Plunge: Join Design Army X Karla Colletto for Pool Party, Fashion Show on Friday, Aug. 22

Design Army X Karla Colletto to debut their swimwear collection - Swim At Your Own Risk - on Friday, August 22 from 7-10 p.m. at Capitol Skyline Hotel

On the heels of judging the global 61st Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in France as one of two US judges in the Design category, Pum Lefebure, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Design Army, just released her first swimwear collection, Swim At Your Own Risk, in collaboration with Karla Colletto. A capsule collection for Colletto’s Cruise 2015 line and Lefebure’s first venture into fashion design, the five-piece graphic swimsuits and beachwear debuted at the Miami Swim Show on July 19th.