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DC judge orders continued detention for terror suspect

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9) -- Benghazi terror suspect Ahmed Abu Khattala will stay locked up in the Alexandria jail.

That's the decision of a D.C. judge after a brief high-security hearing Wednesday at federal court downtown.

Lawyers for the man suspected in the deaths of the American ambassador and three others say they may yet try and get him released.

A phalanx of heavily armed U.S. Marshals stood guard as the suspected senior commander of a Libyan terrorist militia barreled back to jail on the usually peaceful streets outside federal court.

Prosecutors told the judge Khattala led a group of more than 20 armed militiamen who stormed two American diplomatic compounds in Libya,

Khattala listened intently, stared out across the courtroom, and straight into the visitors gallery.

His lawyers conceded his continued detention is appropriate for now.

Alexandria's torpedo factory needs better signage and renovation

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- If you have a major tourist attraction in your city, you'd want tourists to be able to find it, right? Well, that's not the case in Alexandria. A working art gallery dubbed the "Crown Jewell" of Alexandria is easy to miss.

Sparks fly as a sculptor shapes his work in progress and a painter transforms a canvas. These are the daily scenes at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria where 82 artists display and sell their one of a kind pieces.

Mayor Bill Euille says he and the city council are big supporters.

"The Torpedo Factor is the Crown Jewell of Alexandria with all it's assets and attractions," said Euille.

If you're new to Alexandria, or just visiting, even though the Art Center is in a huge old Torpedo Factory, it's easy to miss. Just ask Kyre Fitzgerald from Chicago.

Boffi-Maxalto's Summer Kickoff with Chef Roberto Donna

Boffi-Maxalto's Summer Kickoff with Chef Roberto Donna
Showroom Managers Julia Walter and Brian Fell along with Boffi's Lilian Leong and Maxalto's Thor Ochs welcome guests for an evening soiree Boffi-Maxalto held a Summer Soiree on June 26 at the Boffi-Maxalto Showroom, 3320 M Street NW in Cady's Alley/Georgetown. Boffi-Maxalto kicked off summer with specially-created hors d'oeuvres by renown Chef Roberto Donna, Esquire's 2012 Chef of the Year, as well as a Prosecco tasting with Altaneve. The chef was interacting with guests while preparing risotto in one of the Boffi kitchens.



City of Manassas Utility crews won’t have to make periodic trips to read meters anymore, with the installation of Automated Metered Infrastructure (AMI). The utility department and the customers can now have better real-time consumption information. For more information, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8219.

3 teens arrested in Northern Va. 'upskirting' incident

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Alexandria Police have arrested three teens in connection with an 'upskirting' incident that happened at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria in May.

Police said a 15-year-old male and a 17-year-old male were both charged with unlawful photography of another. Authorities said another 17-year-old male was charged with distribution of obscene material.

According to authorities, all three teens were charged Thursday and then released to their guardians.

An 18-year-old, Elias Castellon Diaz, of Alexandria was arrested on May 21, for a similar incident at the same school. Authorities said the incident was unrelated.

Police ask you to contact Detective Peter Feltham at 703-746-6851 if you have any information on any of the incidents.

Man wanted in Va. sexual assault of 19-year-old woman

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- The Alexandria Police Department is searching for a man who grabbed a 19-year-old woman's groin underneath her skirt and then fled in Alexandria, on Monday.

Police said the incident happened in the 5000 block of Dawes Avenue around 2 p.m.

According to authorities, the victim was walking to the Northern Virginia Community College campus when a man came up behind her. The suspect grabbed her groin and then ran away, police said.

Authorities are describing the suspect as a dark skinned man with a beard and mustache. Police said he may be Middle Eastern.

The suspect was in his twenties and is about 5 feet 4 inches tall and has a thin build. At the time of the incident, the suspect was wearing a brown shirt, brown shorts, and a black baseball cap, police said.

Woman pushing infant in stroller hit after crash

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Police say a 34-year-old woman was pushing an infant in a stroller on the sidewalk when she was hit after a crash.

On June 24, a black truck and a blue sedan collided at the intersection of Glebe Road and Commonwealth Avenue and hit the woman, according to police.

The victim was transported to a local hospital for serious injuries.The infant appeared uninjured, but was transported for observation.

Three passengers from the sedan were transported to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries, according to police.

Police ask witnesses of the collision to contact officer Eric Mouyal at 703.746.6628.