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Laboy to receive valor award in Alexandria


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Thursday, a police officer recovering from injuries he suffered in a shooting in Old Town Alexandria will receive an award.

Officer Peter Laboy will be among the public safety personnel of the Alexandria Fire Department, Police Department and Sheriff's Office honored for heroic acts of valor at the 2014 Public Safety Valor Awards Ceremony & Luncheon.

The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce is hosting the event at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on N. Fairfax Street.

WUSA9's Surae Chinn will have an update on the event tonight at 5 p.m.


READ PREVIOUS STORIES ABOUT LABOY: http://search.wusa9.com/default.aspx?ct=r&q=laboy


Alexandria police: No one charged yet in Lodato homicide


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- In response to a question on Twitter on Wednesday, Alexandria police tweeted that no one has been charged in the Ruthanne Lodato homicide.

Charles Severance has been called a "person of interest" in three Alexandria murder cases. Severance is being held in the Ohio County, W.Va. jail on a weapons violation charge in Loudoun County. In March, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed an extradition order to return Charles Severance to Virginia.

To charge Severance, Alexandria police need some solid evidence, such as DNA. Finding the gun used in the killing, a .22 caliber, would also be solid evidence.

See previous stories on the Alexandria murders and Charles Severance here:http://bit.ly/1g7HhHw


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!!"