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Hannah Graham: Celebration of Life to be held at West Potomac

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- West Potomac High School will celebrate the life of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham on Saturday.

The Celebration of Life will take place Saturday, November 15 at 11 a.m. in the Springbank Auditorium at the high school, with a reception following in the cafeteria.

Hannah Graham's remains were found on an abandoned farm in Albemarle County, ten miles from the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville where the 18-year-old was last seen alive on Sept. 13.

2 teens arrested in series of Alexandria burglaries

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Two DC teenagers were arrested on Monday for a series of burglaries in the City of Alexandria, Alexandria Police said.

Police arrested a 16-year-old male and a 17-year-old male originally for a burglary that happened in the 300 block of S. Lee Street. Authorities learned later the the two teenagers were responsible for at least four other residential burglaries in Alexandria dating back to September, police said.

Both teenagers were charged with larceny with the intent to distribute, possession of burglarious tools, and conspiracy to commit burglary. One teenager was charged with four counts of burglary and the other was charged with five counts, according to authorities. Other charges may be pending as the investigation continues, police said.

The teenagers entered all of the homes through unlocked doors and windows, authorities said.

Alexandria crossing guard retires after nearly 50 years

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- An Alexandria elementary school crossing guard is hanging up her vest after nearly 50 years.

James Polk Elementary School gave a huge send off as Charlotte Ross retired at 89-years-old. Ross thought she was coming to the school to say goodbye to just the principal.

When she arrived Thursday, the entire student body stood guard as Ms. Ross walked the hallways. Everyone cheered as she went by.

"Oh my goodness. Hello everybody. I'm having a hard time not to cry," she said.

Ross had been a crossing guard for as long as the school has been around.

The children wrote cards and said thank you.

Ross said she never even had a close call and in five decades, she only recalls one student who didn't listen.

Alexandria sheriff's deputy sentenced for sex with inmate

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- An Alexandria sheriff's deputy was sentenced to two and a half years in prison Thursday for sexually assaulting an inmate at the detention center where he was working.

Bryant Duane Pegues, 53, of Oxon Hill, Md., pleaded guilty to one felony count of carnal knowledge of an inmate by a corrections officer for the May 27 assault.

Pegues was supervising the mental health unit at the Alexandria Adult Detention Center, which housed female inmates, when it happened. An inmate reported that Pegues entered her cell, touched her private parts and had sex with her in the cell, officials said.

Police: Man tried robbing kids of candy at gunpoint

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Alexandria police are searching for a suspect who they say tried to steal Halloween candy from a group of children at gunpoint.

The incident occurred on October 31 at about 8:30 p.m. on a school playground in the 2600 block of Commonwealth Avenue, police said. The suspect approached a group of 12 juveniles playing tag, displayed a handgun and demanded Halloween candy, police said.

The children fled the scene unharmed, police said.

The suspect is described as a black male in his late teens or early twenties, about 5'10" tall, police said. He was wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt, jeans and a black ski-mask and carrying a red and black backpack, according to police.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact Sergeant Michael Kochis at 703.746.6285.


City of Manassas Public Works and Utilities welcomes Monica Boehringer of Fredericksburg, Va. as their new refuse and recycling coordinator. Boehringer is responsible for managing the City’s refuse and recycling contract and collections, facilitating community outreach and education for recycling, waste reduction and stormwater, and managing programs, such as Adopt-A-Street, Adopt-A-Stream, Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Days and the Citizen’s Advisory Committee on Solid Waste. For more information, call 703-257-8252 or go to www.manassascity.org.Since starting at City of Manassas, Boehringer has also been instrumental in updating the refuse, recycling and storm-water websites, making them more user-friendly and providing more online options for customers.

George Mason Elementary School in VA will be closed Friday

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- George Mason Elementary School in Alexandria will be closed Friday due to sewage complications, the City of Alexandria said.

"Because of the nature of this school closure, George Mason student will not be required to make up the lost day" the City of Alexandria said in an email to the community.

Further information about Alexandria Public School closures can be found on their website.