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MISSING: Katherine A. Rodriguez Navarrete, 15, Herndon


HERNDON, Va. (WUSA9) -- Herndon Police Department is searching for a missing 15-year-old who left home on August 16, 2014 and said she would return home the same night, however did not return, police said.

Katherine Rodriguez Navarrete, 15, is 5 feet and weighs 140 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes, police said.

She was last seen wearing a blue and gray North Face jacket, black leggings, and blue, and white, and gray Nike shoes, authorities said.

Katherine is believed to be in Fairfax County, police said.

Please contact Det. Michael Croson at 571-237-4987 or Michael.Croson@herndon-va.gov if Katherine is located or if you have any information.


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Battleground Virginia: Warner vs. Gillespie


HERNDON, Va. (WUSA9) -- In less than two months, Virginia voters across the state will decide whether to re-elect Democratic Senator Mark Warner or choose Republican challenger and former party Chairman Ed Gillespie.

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WUSA9's Derek McGinty had the opportunity to moderate a forum between the two candidates hosted by WUSA9 and four local Chambers of Commerce Friday.

MANASSAS UTILITIES NOW OFFERS E-BILLING TO ITS CUSTOMERS

MANASSAS UTILITIES NOW OFFERS E-BILLING TO ITS CUSTOMERS

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.

NYC’s BROADWAY DANCER CENTER’s ELITE COMES TO METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS

NYC’s BROADWAY DANCER CENTER’s ELITE COMES TO METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS

Broadway Dance Center of New York City is the epicenter of elite dance training; some of their veteran dance staff are visiting Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) along with international dance teachers from New Zealand, Japan and Brazil. Classes are taught at the MSA Alexandria studio at 5775 Barclay Drive, and include master dance classes in street jazz, Broadway jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, rhythm tap, ballet, and Broadway tap on Sat., Sept. 20, from 3:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 21 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. For registration and class fees, go to www.metrpolitanarts.org.

“We’re honored to have such well-trained instructors from all over the world visit our studio, each with their own dance expertise, they share their skill and experience with our students from a real-world perspective,” said Melissa Dobbs, president of Metropolitan School of the Arts in Lorton and Alexandria, Va.

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Floor cleaning machine sparked school fire


HERNDON, Va. (WUSA9) -- Fire officials say an electrical anomaly within a floor cleaning machine caused a fire at a Herndon school on Thursday evening.

According to Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department officials, firefighters responded to a Dranesville Elementary at 1515 Powells Tavern Place, at approximately 5:05 p.m. Thursday.

Firefighters saw smoke coming from the loading dock and hallway area. They then quickly extinguished the fire in a kitchen storage room, say officials.

According to officials, sprinklers activated, helping to contain the fire to the storage room.

Officials say all students and staff were evacuated before firefighters arrived and there were no injuries.

The damage is estimated at $5,000, say fire officials.


Take the Plunge: Join Design Army X Karla Colletto for Pool Party, Fashion Show on Friday, Aug. 22

Take the Plunge: Join Design Army X Karla Colletto for Pool Party, Fashion Show on Friday, Aug. 22

Design Army X Karla Colletto to debut their swimwear collection - Swim At Your Own Risk - on Friday, August 22 from 7-10 p.m. at Capitol Skyline Hotel

On the heels of judging the global 61st Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in France as one of two US judges in the Design category, Pum Lefebure, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Design Army, just released her first swimwear collection, Swim At Your Own Risk, in collaboration with Karla Colletto. A capsule collection for Colletto’s Cruise 2015 line and Lefebure’s first venture into fashion design, the five-piece graphic swimsuits and beachwear debuted at the Miami Swim Show on July 19th.

BOOK a BACK-to-SCHOOL MANICURE/PEDICURE PARTY at BELLEZZA SPA; and HELP No.Va. FAMILY SERVICES

BOOK a BACK-to-SCHOOL MANICURE/PEDICURE PARTY at BELLEZZA SPA;  and HELP No.Va. FAMILY SERVICES

For those moms and daughters looking to enjoy one last summer pedicure or manicure, Bellezza Spa of Centreville, Va. is now offering a special Back-to-School Manicure/Pedicure package, available to a party of five for $250, available now through Sept. 7, 2014. Each member of the party will receive a free nail polish of their choice, and for each party of five booked, Bellezza Spa will donate a $50 gift card to the Northern Virginia Family Service’s (NVFS) homeless shelter of Oakton, Va. and will be collecting book bags and school supplies for NVFS now through Sept. 7. For more information, go to www.bellezzaspava.com or call 703.266.0063.

Smaller groups of two to four clients, will be charged $50 per person. Gift card donations are valid with parties booked with five or more participants.