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Va. 4th grade teacher guilty to having sexually explicit chats with teen


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- A fourth grade teacher from Charlottesville, Va. pleaded guilty Thursday to having sexually explicit online chats with a 15-year-old girl.

Authorities said Corey Shock, 44, of Charlottesville, Va. was indicted on May 29 by a federal grand jury for online coercion and enticement of a minor.

The teacher is facing a least 10 years in prison and a maximum penalty of life behind bars once he is sentenced in August 2014.

According to authorities, the fourth grade teacher stated he had sexually explicit online chats with a 15-year-old teenager from Woodbridge, Va.

Shock sent sexually explicit pictures to the teenager and asked her to do the same. According to court documents, the teacher did this with several other minors over a two-year period.

Lawyer for Severance seeks gag order in Leesburg


LEESBURG, Va. (AP) - The lawyer for a Loudoun County man who is wanted for questioning in the shooting deaths of three Alexandria residents is seeking a gag order in an unrelated case.

Charles Severance is in jail awaiting trial in Loudoun County on a firearms charge. But his case is attracting attention because Alexandria Police have said they want to ask him about the unsolved shooting deaths of three city residents going back to 2003. Severance has not been charged in those shootings, and police have not named him a suspect.

A hearing is scheduled for Thursday afternoon in Loudoun County General District Court on a motion from Severance's lawyer seeking to bar lawyers in the case from talking to the media.

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Alexandria street closed due to water main break


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- A street in Alexandria is closed Sunday due to a water main break in the 1600-1700 block of King Street.

Authorities said the area will be closed for a significant part of day for repairs and drivers should avoid the area if possible.


Va. police search for missing 61-year-old man


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- The Alexandria Police Department is looking for a missing 61-year-old man who was last seen early Saturday morning in Alexandria.

Police said Stephen Pfeifer has trouble speaking and walking since suffering a stroke and needs medication. He was last seen at 2:30 a.m. in the 5300 block of Holmes Run Parkway.

According to authorities, he is often around metro stations and baseball fields.

Pfeifer is described as a white man and is about 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs around 170 pounds. He has blond hair and blue eyes.

Pfeifer was last seen wearing a yellow polo shirt.

If you see Pfeifer, police ask you to call 703-746-4444.


Alexandria looks to add lights to football stadium


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - The Alexandria School Board is looking at adding lights to the football stadium at T.C. Williams High School to allow for Friday night games after years of debate with neighbors.

The Washington Post reports a study is underway that could bring permanent lights to Parker-Gray stadium for the first time since it was built in the 1960s. It's the only public high school football field in northern Virginia that does not have lights.

School officials say it's time to give students, athletes and the community some Friday night events to rally around. The football team has played its home games on weekend afternoons. Football Coach Dennis Randolph says it's been a struggle to fill the bleachers and arrange schedules with other teams.

Neighbors have long opposed stadium lights.

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS TAP ENSEMBLE PERFORMS AT WEDNESDAY’s CHILD GALA

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS TAP ENSEMBLE  PERFORMS AT WEDNESDAY’s CHILD GALA

Metropolitan School of the Arts’ Youth Tap Ensemble tapped their way through a choreographed performance at the Wednesday’s Child Gala, which hosted potential adoptive parents and children at the Ritz-Carlton in Pentagon City, Va. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org.

The Metropolitan School of the Arts Tap Ensemble is the resident, pre-professional tap dance company at the Metropolitan School of the Arts in Lorton, Va.  Tap dancers are 12- to 17 years old, and most of them have been tap dancing since kindergarten.  The 11 dancers in this year’s company are selected and audition every year to be a part of the ensemble.  They have performed in a variety of venues from New York City to Chicago, as well as the Atlas Performing Arts Center and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Food truck pilot program approved in Alexandria


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Food trucks are coming to Alexandria this summer.

Last week, Alexandria City Council members approved a pilot program allowing food trucks to operate in off-street locations (and at permitted special events) on public and private property. There are at least 20 off-street parking locations for the trucks including parks and four recreation centers. Trucks will also be allowed at farmer's markets and public school properties based on the approval of managers and superintendent, respectively.

According to city officials, a food truck operator must have and maintain all applicable licenses and permits each year. Permit fees could total approximately $470 per year. Trucks are subject to the same food safety requirements and inspections as brick-and-mortar restaurants. They are also required to provide trash receptacles.