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Three arrested for June Alexandria murder

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Police have arrested three suspects in connection with a murder that took place in Alexandria in June.

On June 19th of 2014, Julio Caesar Urrutia-Erazo was found suffering from gun-shot wounds in the 3800 block of Russell Road. Urrita-Erazo passed away from his injuries on June 21st.

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Jesus Alejandro Chavez, Jose Del Cid, and Genaro Sen Garcia have been charged in connection with the murder, police said. All three suspects were also charged with murder in aid of racketeering, police said.

Alexandria building fire caused by lightening

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- A building fire in Alexandria caused by lightening Wednesday afternoon has estimated damage costs of $25,000, Alexandria Fire Communications said.

The building was empty and nobody was hurt, authorities said. The building is located at 4560 Taney Avenue, in Alexandria, Va. The fire started in the roof of the building.

Dominion Power builds outdoor classroom in Alexandria

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Fifteen volunteers from Dominion Power built an outdoor classroom Tuesday to help teach students about the environment.

The classroom, built outside of George Washington Middle School at 1005 Mount Vernon Ave, includes nine workbenches and an 8-by-8-foot deck for teachers.

Volunteers also mulched and landscaped the area.

Alexandria City Public Schools recently received grants from Dominion Virginia Power totaling $9,550. George Washington received $2,750 in materials for the outdoor classroom.

Another $3,300 will be used to purchase a new science curriculum and materials for the outdoor classroom.



Monza of Old Town Manassas, Va. is hosting a four-course Devil’s Backbone Brewery fall beer dinner, featuring beers like Vienna Lager, Kilt Flasher, Gold Leaf Lager and 4-point Pale Ale on Thurs., Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. for $65 inclusive. For reservations, go to www.eatmonza.com.

The four-course menu includes: Vienna Lager with Meat and Cheese Platter; Kilt Flasher with Kilt Flasher Beer Cheddar Soup with potatoes, bacon, chives; Gold Leaf Lager served with Pan-Roasted Wild Rockfish and artichoke, tomato fennell ragout, herb fingerling potatoes, grapefruit buerre blanc; 4-Point Pale Ale with All-Natural Slow Braised Beef Short Ribs, maple vanilla, sweet potato puree, caramelized bacon brussels sprouts, and crispy onions; and Danzig Porter Bittersweet Chocolate Cake Morello with cherry mousse, caramel popcorn and mint.

Man charged in 2009 Alexandria murder

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Police have charged a man for a 2009 murder in Alexandria after interviewing people in the case again.

Willie Smith, 48, is accused of stabbing Michael James Horton to death on the evening of June 18, 2009 after an altercation.

Horton was found lying on the ground in the 600 block of N. Payne Street with several stab wounds to his upper body. He was pronounced dead at the hospital, police said.

"Arrests such as these are meaningful professional victories for our detectives", said Police Chief Earl Cook, "Our detectives carry a full case load and they investigate these "cold cases" in addition to their normal duties because of their commitment to the families of the victims."

Judge: Cop shooter not guilty by reason of insanity

A former taxi driver who shot and almost killed an Alexandria police officer was found not guilty by reason of insanity Thursday.

A judge ruled that Kashif Bashir is not guilty for shooting Officer Peter Laboy in the head because the preponderance of the evidence shows Bashir was psychotic.

The judge, nearly in tears as he spoke of the permanent brain damage inflicted on Laboy, said that it's a heartache for the family, but mental health experts unanimously agreed that Bashir was insane at the time of the shooting.

6 implicated in National Guard bribery scheme

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - Prosecutors say six people have been implicated in contract-rigging schemes involving the bribery of National Guard officials. Three of them have pleaded guilty.

The Department of Justice on Wednesday unveiled charges against the group in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Court documents show the schemes involved two businesses headed by retired National Guardsmen, one from Forest Lake, Minnesota, and another from Stafford, Virginia. Prosecutors say both businesses bribed National Guard officials to steer contracts to certain minority-owned businesses. They say the businesses that provided the bribes then did the actual work and got most of the money.