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Suspect wanted in series of Falls Church bank robberies


FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WUSA9) -- The FBI along with Fairfax County Police are searching for a serial bank robber dubbed the "Forever Loyal Bandit," who may be connected with three bank robberies and an attempted bank robbery in the Falls Church area, police said.

The bank robberies happened between June and August 2014 at different banks along the Leesburg Pike corridor, authorities said.

The suspect is being described as a black man, about 30-years-old, who wore a white t-shirt with a the logo "Forever Loyal" on the chest. He was also wearing a dark baseball hat pulled low over his face during the robberies, police said. The word "VIBES" is on the hat in one of the robberies, police said. In another robbery it appears that the letters have been made darker in order to hide his identity.

MANASSAS CITY ‘OPERATION ROUND UP’ HELPS THOSE IN NEED with UTILITY BILLS

MANASSAS CITY ‘OPERATION ROUND UP’ HELPS THOSE IN NEED with UTILITY BILLS

Colder weather has set in and that means people are turning up their thermostats and seeing higher utility bills.  The City of Manassas’ Operation Round Up is in full force, where customers that authorize the City of Manassas to "round up" their monthly electric bill to the next higher dollar. If the bill is $73.80, it is rounded up to $74 and the extra 20 cents is contributed to the Operation Round Up® fund.  Single donations from customers are also accepted, simply by adding the additional dollars to their payment with a notice that the overpayment is for Operation Round Up. For details, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8276.

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENTS AWARDED for ALL-STAR CAST

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENTS AWARDED for ALL-STAR CAST

Ben Cherington and Kylie Levy of Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) Performing Arts Academy of Lorton, Va. and Alexandria, Va. were recently recognized for All-Star Cast by the Virginia Theatre Association Conference for their performances in I Never Saw Another Butterfly. This was the first time Metropolitan School of the Arts had participated in the conference. Cherington, an 11th grader from Burke, Va., and Levy, a 10th grader from Fairfax, Va. are students at Metropolitan School of the Arts. For more information, go to www.metropolitanarts.org.

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) also earned the 2014 Virginia Theatre Association Conference award for Best Costume Design and was recognized for Staging, as well as received an honorable mention for Best Play, I Never Saw Another Butterfly.

DOGFISH HEAD BREWERY BEER DINNER at MONZA, Wed., Dec. 17

DOGFISH HEAD BREWERY BEER DINNER at MONZA, Wed., Dec. 17

Monza is hosting a Dogfish Head Brewery Beer Dinner on Wed., Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m. for $75 inclusive, per person. The four-course dinner will feature Dogfish Head beers that complement new fall menu items. For reservations, go to eatmonza.com.                                         

The four-course dinner includes the 90 Min IPA with Meat and Cheese Platter; Namaste with Namaste Drunken Smoked Bacon Mussels, includes garlic, shallots, scallions, dijon crème fraiche and crostini; Punkin Ale with Four-Cheese Ravioli, served with wilted spinach, diced tomatoes, parmesan, creamy alfredo and pumpkin seeds; Indian Brown Ale with All Natural Braised Beef Ragu and Butternut Squash Gnocchi, served with carrots, celery, arugula, parmesan and olive oil ; and Aged-World Wide Stout with Homemade Bread Pudding, includes chocolate, cherries and crème anglaise.

Falls Church High posts big gains in SAT scores


FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) - A high school that often lags behind its counterparts in Fairfax County is posting some big gains.

The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/1wYiMHP) reports Falls Church High School saw its average composite SAT score jump 35 points in 2014 compared with 2012. Dean of Students Colleen Lally says the number of students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses is also rising after a culture shift in the school.

The average SAT score increased from 1485 to 1520 this year. Falls Church students saw gains in reading and writing scores.

MANASSAS CITY HIRES NEW REFUSE and RECYCLING COORDINATOR

MANASSAS CITY HIRES NEW REFUSE and RECYCLING COORDINATOR
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.

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.