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BASIS INDEPENDENT MCLEAN, VA SCHOOL REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

BASIS INDEPENDENT MCLEAN, VA SCHOOL REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

School registration is underway for Tyson Corner’s new school, BASIS Independent McLean. BASIS Independent McLean will be Tysons Corner, Va.’s first, private school for pre-k to 12th grade. Enrollment is open now through Aug. 1, 2016. School will be located at 8000 Jones Branch Drive in McLean, Va. For more enrollment information, go to http://mclean.basisindependent.com or call 703.854.1253.

“We’ve have a global marketplace, a global economy‑‑‑and our children’s education should meet that global challenge, which is exactly what we’re doing at BASIS Independent, teaching our next generation to be globally competitive,” said Sean Aiken, head of school of BASIS Independent McLean, Va. “Whether it’s our select teacher recruitment, foreign language or critical thinking curriculum, BASIS Independent continually raises the bar for students to learn more,” said Aiken.

Va. man wins $7 million thanks to lottery ticket mistake


FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WUSA9) -- Like thousands of lottery retailers across the country, Michael Donnelly sold a lot of Powerball tickets in January. 

So when a customer visited the Harris-Teeter on Columbia Pike in Falls Church to buy a Powerball ticket, it was something Michael Donnelly had done plenty of times before.

But this time, Donnelly hit the wrong button on the terminal and rang the customer up for a Cash4Life ticket instead of a Powerball ticket. Because of his mistake, Donnelly ended up buying the Cash4Life ticket himself.

And on January 7 as millions of people watched a jackpot-less Powerball drawing, Donnelly hit all six numbers on his accidental Cash4Life ticket.

Three people shot after Falls Church concert


FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WUSA9) --  Falls Church Police are searching for the person or persons responsible for shooting three people outside the State Theatre early Monday morning as a concert was ending. Go-Go band Northeast Groovers and rapper Scarface had been playing an event billed as the Love Peace and Unity concert.

Shootings are rare in the City of Falls Church. This one could have been deadly because the concert had just ended and there were about a hundred people outside when the shooting started.  

Severals bullets hit an office building across the street from the State Theatre. One bullet came through the window of government contractor Polu Kai Services.

Employee Charlotte Eversburg said, "It is crazy to wake up to bullet holes in your building."

1 dead, 1 arrested in Christmas Day stabbing in Falls Church


FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WUSA9) -- The murder of a 23-year-old man early Christmas morning has left a quiet residential neighborhood in Falls Church unnerved and saddened. 

Santos Narcisco Osorio, 34. was arrested Friday in the stabbing death of Edgar Armando Serrano of Annandale. 

Early Friday morning, police found Serrano unresponsive and on the ground outside a home in the 7600 block of Trail Run Road. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The stabbing took place in a neighborhood directly behind Falls Church High School in a place where any type of crime is rare. The neighborhood awoke to crime scene tape and the remnants of a violent death.

“My Mom said she heard screaming,” Cristie Samaha said. “She thought it was just animals.” 

“It was very unusual,” Oscar Collado said. “My daughter said Dad come out here, there’s a lot of cops out there.”

Christmas carolers protest outside Va. abortion clinic


FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WUSA9) -- A group of protestors outside a Falls Church abortion clinic was told by police they couldn't sing Christmas carols outside the clinic because they were singing too loud. 

Mary Flores of Manassas was one of the protestors and took a video of police telling the group they could not sing. Falls Church Police Chief Mary Gavin says her officers informed the protestors about the noise ordinance.

"The spirit in which that ordinance, in particular the sound, if it's amplified [and] disruptive to businesses. This was not the case with them. It [our visit] was born out of a phone call that they were blocking the sidewalk, blocking the businesses," Gavin said. 

Info wanted in Falls Church gas station armed robbery


FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WUSA9) -- Police are looking for information in connection with an armed robbery that happened on Friday at a Falls Church gas station, authorities said.

The robbery happened around 9 p.m. at the gas station located in the 6700 block of Wilson Blvd. Falls Church police said the man went into the store, pulled out a gun and then left without cash. He fled on foot in the direction of Roosevelt Blvd. No injuries were reported.

The suspect is described as a white man in his 20s, with an average build, full beard, and about 5'10" tall. He was wearing glasses, a blue hat with yellow lettering, a gray pullover fleece shirt or jacket, with light blue jeans and black shoes.

Anyone with information should contact the City of Falls Church Police at 703-248-5053 (TTY 711).

DMV-area leaders attend mosque service after threat


 

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., and other elected officials are expressing solidarity with the region's Muslim population following an appearance at a northern Virginia mosque.
    
Beyer was joined Friday by District of Columbia Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., and state officials at prayer services at the Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church.
    
Last month, Fairfax County authorities charged a man with leaving a fake bomb at the mosque. Dar al-Hijrah, one of the region's largest mosques, has been in the spotlight since the Sept. 11 attacks. Its then-imam, the late Anwar al-Awlaki, later left the country and became a leader in al-Qaeda.
    
Beyer said he wanted to counter a wave of anti-Muslim rhetoric that has taken hold in the aftermath of recent terrorist attacks.