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Car goes into building in Alexandria

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- A car crashed into a building Tuesday night at Route 1 and Potomac Avenue in Alexandria. 

Fortunately, the building was an empty retail space and no one was inside.

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Monza is presenting a four-course dinner that includes: Greeter Beer, Vienna Lager with a meat and cheese platter; Pilot Brau Czech Pilsener with calamari fritti, lightly battered squid with spicy marinara; Cranberry Gose, roasted butternut squash, curried pears, candied walnuts, Crème Fraiche, sage; Aged 16 Point Imperial IPA with all natural braised beef ragu and butternut squash gnocchi, arugula, Parmesan, olive oil; and Cocoa Danzig Porter with Cocoa Danzig Porter Ice Cream with chocolate-covered bacon, homemade ice cream, bacon, and chocolate.

Man arrested in 2 attempted Alexandria abductions

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- A 34-year-old man was arrested in connection with two attempted abduction incidents that happened Thursday in the Alexandria area, Alexandria police said.

The first attempted abduction happened around 9:04 p.m. in the 900 block of N. Patrick Street when a man followed a woman into her apartment building and into the elevator. The man tried to push her inside when she unlocked her door. The woman screamed and the suspect fled.

The second incident happened shortly after around 9:54 p.m. in the 700 block of N. Fayette Street when a man approached a woman while she was opening her front door and tried to push her inside of the apartment. The victim screamed and the man fled.

Marquette Johnson,34, was arrested and charged with two counts of attempted abduction and two counts of attempted burglary. He was held without bond.

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.