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Alexandria community prays for missing teen

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- If you have children, you can only imagine what the parents of 16-year-old Zainesha Hawkins of Alexandria in Fairfax County, are going through. Wednesday night marked the 29th night they'll try to sleep, knowing their daughter is missing. And on Wednesday, more than 100 people in the community came out to pray for her safe return. 

They came to the Harvest Assembly Baptist Church to hear songs, prayer and listen to Zaneisha's mom, Tammi Daniels.

"It has been a nightmare. I don't know where my baby is, I haven't heard her voice since August 11th," Daniels said.  

But Wednesday was about holding up her parents, both Daniels and Zaneisha's dad Cecil Hawkins. It was also about keeping Zaneisha's spirit alive. Daniels says it gets tougher to deal with every day. 

MISSING: 15-year-old Alexandria girl

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Police are searching for a missing 15-year-old from Alexandria, who was last seen on August 11.

Zainesha Hawkins, 15, is believed to possibly still be in the local area.


Alexandria Mayor Euille announces write-in campaign

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille officially announced his re-election campaign as a write-in candidate during an event Sunday. 

Euille lost the Democratic primary in June to Councilmember Allison Silberberg by a little more than 300 votes. It was the first time Euille had been challenged in a primary since he was elected Alexandria Mayor in 2003.

During Sunday's event, Euille was endorsed by former Alexandria Mayor Kerry Donley, who also ran in the June primary.  

"I was born and raised here and I will not go quietly into the night – not when the jobs, the decent paychecks and the lifestyles of the people I love the most are at stake,” Euille said in a statement. 

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Victim in fatal Alexandria hit and run crash ID'd

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- A 60-year-old woman was killed in a hit and run crash in Alexandria on Thursday. Friday, police identified her as Deborah Ann Bogart of Alexandria. 

The accident happened between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Commonwealth Avenue and Braddock Road.

According to police, Bogart was hit by a car passing through the intersection. She passed away at the scene of the accident. 

The driver was later identified but they are asking anyone who witnessed anything to call 703-746-6873.


Man arrested for sexual assault on Va. bus

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- A man has been arrested after he allegedly sexually assaulted a woman on a commuter bus in Virginia.

According to Alexandria police, Tracy Lewis of Alexandria was arrested Wednesday and charged with abduction and sexual battery in connection to the incident.

An investigation found that on August 29, Lewis sat down next to an 18-year-old on a commuter bus at Lee Highway near Annadale Road. While the two were talking, Lewis allegedly inappropriately touched the woman and prevented her from leaving her seat.

Police say Lewis exited the bus near Lee Highway and Carlin Springs Road. The victim got off at the next stop and called police. She did not require any medical attention.   

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Carmello’s is hosting a J. Lohr Winery Wine Dinneron Thurs., Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m. for $80 inclusive, per person. The four-course dinner will feature J. Lohr Winery wines that complement dishes from Carmello’s new fall menu. For reservations, go to www.carmellos.com.  

The wine dinner includes four courses: 2013 J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc with insalata frutti di mare, chilled shrimp, scallops, calamari, lime juice, garlic, onions, bell peppers; 2013 J. Lohr Estates Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir, quinoa black bean salad, quinoa, black beans, peppers, red onions, cilantro; 2011 J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon Costeleta De Porco with marinated pork chops, sautéed onions, peppers, house fried potatoes, zucchini, yellow squash; and 2013 J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot with chocolate lava cake.

2 displaced in accidental Alexandria house fire

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- An unattended burner on a gas stovetop inside of an Alexandria home caused a fire over the weekend, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department said.

The fire happened at the home located at 8077 Buckman Court around 12:30 a.m., according to officials. The house suffered major damage and left two people displaced. A neighbor reported the fire when they saw smoke coming from their kitchen sink.

Nobody was inside of the home when the fire started, according to officials. There were no injuries. The house was a complete lose, officials added.

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