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Woman struck, killed by car


FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WUSA9) -- A woman was struck and killed while crossing the street near Falls Church on Thursday night, police said.

Irma Taracena, 61, of Falls Church was crossing Leesburg Pike near Row street when she was hit by a Toyota Camry, police said.

The area of the road was not well lit, police said.

"The driver of the Camry did not initially stop at the scene but was quickly located by nearby officers at Patrick Henry Drive, as he was in the process of driving back to the crash scene. The driver, Sukhwinder Singh Jhuj, 67, of Manassas Park was charged with failure to render aid," police said in a news release.

The accident happened at around 9:45 p.m., police said. The incident is still under investigation.


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Va. elementary principal sued for discrimination


FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) - Three former teachers and administrators at Fairfax County's biggest elementary school allege they faced racial discrimination and anti-pregnancy bias during their time there.

The lawsuit, filed last month in federal court in Alexandria, alleges that Bailey's Elementary Principal Marie Lemmon told her assistants to only hire pretty, young blondes.

An assistant principal, Rachel Charlton, who now works at another Fairfax County school, said Lemmon began treating her with hostility once she got pregnant, and told her that she shouldn't start a family until she became a principal.

MANASSAS CITY HOSTS ANNUAL PUBLIC UTILITIES DAY; FREE FAMILY EVENT and DIGGER DEMO

MANASSAS CITY HOSTS ANNUAL PUBLIC UTILITIES DAY; FREE FAMILY EVENT and DIGGER DEMO

On Sat., Oct. 11, the City of Manassas Utilities and Public Works department is hosting their annual Public Utilities Day event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their facility at 8500 Public Works Drive in Manassas, Va. The event features free tours of the facility, various utility displays, electric city, water shed, sewer shed and digger derrick demonstrations, kids’ activities, raffle prizes, a barbecue lunch by Virginia Barbecue, ice cream by Nathan’s and Miss Lyn balloonist. For more information, go to www.manassascity.org, or contact Ana Davis 703-257-8276.

Accused molester Michael Gardner arrested again for child sex abuse


FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WUSA9) -- A Virginia man accused of molesting two young girls in 2011 was arrested again for aggravated sexual battery of a child.

Michael Gardner, whose conviction for allegedly molesting two girls at a sleepover was overturned two months ago, is now accused of assaulting a family member who was under 13 at the time of the assault, officials said.

"On September 29, 2014, the Arlington Circuit Court Grand Jury returned two indictments charging Gardner with Aggravated Sexual Battery of a Child, with offense dates spanning 2009," according to police.

The two 2009 incidents happened two years before Gardner would be accused of molesting three girls, ages 9 and 10 in 2011. But this latest allegation only came to light after the Virginia Supreme Court overturned that prior sex assault conviction because a character witness was not allowed to testify that Gardner was a good caretaker of children.

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Police seek information in dog bite incident in VA


FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WUSA9) -- Falls Church Police are seeking information about a dog bite incident that occurred on September 28th.

The incident happened between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. near the intersection of James Street and James Circuit at Virginia Avenue. A boy was bitten on the leg by a small dog being walked on a leash by an adult, police said.

It is possible the owner of the dog did not know the victim had been injured by the bite, police said.

The dog is described as a small dog with mostly brown and some white fur, possibly a beagle or Jack Russel terrier. The person walking the dog is described as a white female, about 30-years-old, average height with brown hair.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the City of Falls Church Police Department, Animal Control Division at 703-241-5052 (TTY 711) immediately.


CARMELLOS/MONZA SUPPORT BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

CARMELLOS/MONZA SUPPORT BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

Carmellos and Monza are supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month, from Th., Oct. 2 to Oct. 31. Carmello’s will offer their ‘Go Pink’ dish of Lamb Meatballs with Fettuccine with 10 percent of the dish being donated to the American Cancer Society, while Monza is giving away 10 percent of all their pizza sales throughout October. For more information, go to www.carmellos.com or www.eatmonza.com.

“Breast cancer affects so many, whether it be a friend, mother, sister, daughter, and we’re committed to support any efforts to help eradicate and support breast cancer research,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmello’s and Monza in Old Town Manassas, Va. “Enjoy some delicious lamb or pizza and help support breast cancer awareness,” said Pires.

WEAR PINK in OCT.; BELLEZZA SPA SUPPORTS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

WEAR PINK in OCT.; BELLEZZA SPA SUPPORTS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

Bellezza Spa of Centreville, Va. is donning pink in October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month . Each customer that wears pink to their appointment in October, Bellezza Spa donates $5 to the American Cancer Society. Customers will also be entered to win a FREE oxygen-infused facial, valued at $150, which will be awarded in November. For more information, go to www.bellezzaspava.com or call 703.266.0063.

Bellezza Spa will donate $5 for each service valued at $50 or more.

“We’re are reminding all of our October customers to wear pink this October and help us support Breast Cancer Awareness,” said Paola Berrios, owner of Bellezza Spa of Centreville, Va. “Most of us know someone that has been affected by breast cancer, and we want to do our part to call attention to prevention, research and screenings, just wear pink,” said Berrios.