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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.



Monza of Old Town Manassas, Va. is hosting a four-course Devil’s Backbone Brewery fall beer dinner, featuring beers like Vienna Lager, Kilt Flasher, Gold Leaf Lager and 4-point Pale Ale on Thurs., Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. for $65 inclusive. For reservations, go to www.eatmonza.com.

The four-course menu includes: Vienna Lager with Meat and Cheese Platter; Kilt Flasher with Kilt Flasher Beer Cheddar Soup with potatoes, bacon, chives; Gold Leaf Lager served with Pan-Roasted Wild Rockfish and artichoke, tomato fennell ragout, herb fingerling potatoes, grapefruit buerre blanc; 4-Point Pale Ale with All-Natural Slow Braised Beef Short Ribs, maple vanilla, sweet potato puree, caramelized bacon brussels sprouts, and crispy onions; and Danzig Porter Bittersweet Chocolate Cake Morello with cherry mousse, caramel popcorn and mint.

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.

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 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.



City of Manassas residents can now use a more convenient way of receiving and paying their utility bill online. They have the option to pay by electronic check for free or pay a nominal fee to use their credit card. As of Sept. 1, the City of Manassas had more than 800 customers that have paid bills online, and almost 500 are using e-billing, enabling electronic notifications of due dates. For more information, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8219.

Customers choosing to pay their bills by mail or in-person, can continue to do so.

For those customers who register for e-billing now through Nov. 30, they will be automatically entered for a raffle to win an Ipod Nano.

Woman carjacked and robbed in Falls Church

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WUSA9) -- A 26-year-old woman was carjacked and robbed late Thursday night, Fairfax County police said.

It happened in the 7100 block of Kenfig Place, Falls Church.

The victim was texting and listening to her radio when a man approached her car window, opened her door and told her to get out, police said.

The man grabbed her purse, got in the car and sped away, according to police. The victim's vehicle was a blue Saab 9000.

She ran for help and called police, who spotted the car speeding on Kenfig Place heading towards Hewett. Officers lost sight of the car in traffic after several miles, police said.

The suspect entered Maryland and was last seen on Indian Head Highway near Livingston Road in Prince Georges County, police said.