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METROPOLITAN SCHOOL OF THE ARTS RAISES $8,000 for BLACK BOX THEATRE PROJECT in ALEXANDRIA, VA.

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL OF THE ARTS RAISES $8,000 for BLACK BOX THEATRE PROJECT in ALEXANDRIA, VA.

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) raised $8,000 at their second Annual Benefit Concert to go toward construction of their Black  Box Theatre project in Alexandria, Va. MSA is working toward a fundraising goal of $100,000 to complete the theatre project. Visit www.metropolitanarts.org for more information.

Metropolitan Youth Ballet, Metropolitan Youth Tap Ensemble and iMpulse Jazz Ensemble performed at the concert at the George Washington National Memorial in Alexandria, Va., hosted by FOX 5’s anchor, Annie Yu.

“We are so grateful to the community for helping our dance companies get closer to our goal of building our Black Box Theatre,” said Melissa Dobbs, presidents of the Metropolitan School of the Arts in Alexandria and Lorton, Va.

Restaurant worker arrested for skimming credit cards


SOUTH RIDING, Va. (WUSA9) -- Authorities say a restaurant worker was charged with credit card fraud and identity theft after a customer saw him do something suspicious with his credit card.

According to Loudoun County Sheriff's Office officials, 22-year-old Yaoliang Gao of New York was working at the Moca Asian Bistro in the Eastern Marketplace Plaza when he was confronted by a customer on April 8th. The restaurant owner stepped in and kept Gao on the scene until deputies arrived, say officials.

Deputies found a skimmer on the scene. They determined information from more than 1,000 credit cards were on the device, say officials. Gao was recently hired at the restaurant. Officials say that the card information was taken between March 11 and April 8.

Police: Woman with knife bit victim's leg

Police: Woman with knife bit victim's leg


MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- Prince William County police have arrested a woman who they say bit another woman's leg and pushed a police officer.

Bonnie Lu Jackson, 42, of Manassas, has been charged with attempted malicious wounding, assault & battery on a LEO, and domestic assault & battery.

On April 19 at 12:51 a.m., officers responded to the 7300 block of Castle Road to investigate a domestic disturbance. The victim, a 44-year-old woman, reported that she and Jackson were involved in a verbal altercation that had escalated, according to police.

Police say that Jackson assaulted the victim and bit her leg. At some time during the altercation, Jackson grabbed a knife and charged towards the victim. Another person was able to separate the two women.

Rescue dogs, handlers heading home from Wash.


CHANTILLY, Va. (AP) - Three Fairfax County rescue dogs and their handlers are heading home after two weeks searching for victims of a deadly mudslide in Washington state.

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova will welcome the dogs and handlers home on Thursday morning at the rescue team's headquarters in Chantilly.

The dogs and handlers found the bodies of several mudslide victims. County officials say they were specifically requested to aid in the recovery efforts.

Thirty-nine people have been found dead following the March 22 mudslide, which buried dozens of homes in a community about 55 miles northeast of Seattle.

Bulova says the Fairfax K-9 team members helped bring closure to victims' families.

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Guardians of Rescue Begins Sting Investigations into Hazardous Internet Pet Sales

Guardians of Rescue Begins Sting Investigations into Hazardous Internet Pet Sales

As the world embraces the age of technology, everything is available online----including the sale of pets. Guardians of Rescue, a nationwide animal rescue organization, has stepped up to protect these poor animals from the cruelty of being bought and sold via the Internet. Guardians of Rescue is working with law enforcement in various states to try to reduce the amount of harm inflicted on these innocent dogs.

“Getting a new pet is always a big decision, and buying a dog you haven’t met in person is not smart,” says Dori Scofield, vice-president of Guardians of Rescue, an organization whose mission is to protect the well-being of all animals. “If you buy a dog through the Internet, you risk supporting puppy mill cruelty and being scammed out of your money. The Internet is also used by criminals to buy and sell fighting dogs, using certain understood language.”

If you looking to adopt a new dog, here are five tips to think about before you decide where to buy:

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ‘SINGING the ‘BLUES’ for AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ‘SINGING the ‘BLUES’ for AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

In support of Autism Awareness Month, Metropolitan School of the Arts is asking all of its studio students to ‘go blue’ now through April 30.  Students who wear blue during class, Monday through Friday in April, Metropolitan School of the Arts will donate $1 for each student that wears blue, per day. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org for a full schedule of classes and registration.

Metropolitan School of the Arts offers pre-professional dance, theatre, musical and vocal studio classes for youth and teens, as well as adult dance and fitness classes, including Metro Barre, yoga and Pilates.

Police to crack down on distracted driving


CHANTILLY, Va. (WUSA9) -- Thousands of people are killed every year in our country by drivers who are texting.

Police in Virginia are receiving additional training to step up enforcement starting in April which is 'Distracted Driving Awareness' month. Today's class included a heartbreaking story.

A driver who takes his off the road to read an email or text on, will not be able react to what is in the road. Police officers know that well, but this new training program, Fairfax County officers are also hearing from a mother who lost her 24-year-old daughter to a texting driver.

"I can't ever begin to describe the devastating impact that losing Lanie has had on me and her sisters," said Patty Kruszewski, whose youngest daughter Lanie, 24, was riding her bike in Richmond when she was hit by a Dodge Durango.