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Accidental Herndon high-rise fire causes major damage


FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WUSA9) -- An accidental Herndon high-rise building fire that happened Tuesday night has caused damages worth $2 million, according to Fairfax County Fire and Rescue.

The second-alarm fire happened at the building located at 13820 Sunrise Valley Drive around 7:45 p.m., according to officials.

More than 60 firefighters encountered heavy smoke coming from the lower level of the ten-story building when they got to the scene. The investigation showed that the fire was coming from the first floor inside of the battery room. An outside transformer also caught fire close to the building. The firefighters were able to contain the fire to the battery room and transformer with no fire extension to any other parts of the building.

Man tries to lure Herndon middle school girl into car


HERNDON, Va. (WUSA9) -- Police are looking for information after a Herndon middle school girl was walking alone Wednesday afternoon and a man tried to persuade her to get in his car, officials said.

The girl was walking alone around 3:50 p.m. close to to the intersection of Locust Street and Center Street when an unknown man driving a silver four door sedan slowed down in his vehicle and tried to get the student to get in his car, Herndon police said.

After the girl told the man no he got out of his car, tapped her on the shoulder and asked again if she would get in the car. The girl refused again and he then drove off.

The man is described as a black male, between the ages of 35 to 40 years of age, police said. He is about 5'10" tall and weighs between 210 and 220 pounds. He is bald and has no facial hair. The man was wearing a white t-shirt at the time of the incident.

Fire at Va. 'Sizzling' deli caused by unattended pan


HERNDON, Va. (WUSA9) -- An unattended pan on the stove caused a fire at the Sizzling Express Deli in Herndon Saturday night, Faifax County Fire and Rescue said.

Crews responded to the restaurant fire Saturday around 9:40 p.m. at 13861 Sunrise Valley Drive. There was smoke coming from the first floor of the four-story building when they got there.

Firefighters were able to put the fire out quickly. Nobody was inside of the deli when the fire broke out, officials said. Nobody was injured.

The alarm company contacted police when the smoke alarm activated.

Damages are estimated at $50,000. The investigation shows that the fire was accidental. An unattended pan on a hot stove was determined to be the cause of the fire.

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METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENT to PERFORM in DISNEY’s NEWSIES at NATIONAL THEATRE

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENT  to PERFORM in DISNEY’s NEWSIES at NATIONAL THEATRE

Metropolitan School of the Arts’ (MSA) student, Ben Cook, 17, of Lorton, Va. will perform in the Tony Award®-winning production of Disney’s NEWSIES at National Theatre in Washington, D.C. from June 9 to June 21. Cook is an alumnus of Lorton Station Elementary School in Lorton, Va., where his family still resides. At age 7, Cook began theatre and dance training at Metropolitan School of the Arts in Alexandria, Va., and began to regularly audition for professional theatre at 9 years old. For more information on MSA, go to www.metropolitanarts.org.
 

LEARNINGRx HOSTS 21st ANNUAL TYSONS REGIONAL CHAMBER STARS EVENT; Awards 35 Local Students

LEARNINGRx HOSTS  21st ANNUAL TYSONS REGIONAL CHAMBER  STARS EVENT; Awards 35 Local Students

Maureen Loftus, executive director of LearningRx of Vienna and Reston, Va. hosted the 21st Annual Tysons Reginoal Chamber of Commerce Stars event which honored 35 students from 18 local schools for their positive achievements and significant improvements. For more information, go to www.learningrx.com.

Loftus serves as the chair of the youth and education committee for the Tyson’s Chamber of Commerce, and along with Dr. Karen Garza, superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools, awarded each student their certificate.

“Each of the students here chose to work hard to overcome their own obstacles, rather than quitting,” said Maureen Loftus, executive director of LearningRx of Reston, Va. and Vienna, Va. “It’s their perseverance and hard work that will empower these students to be shining stars for years to come,” said Loftus.

Man arrested for possible gang-related murder in Herndon


HERNDON, Va. (WUSA9) -- A Virginia man was arrested for a possible gang-related murder after a body was found in a wooded area in Herndon on March 16, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

Moises Dominguez, 18, of Sterling, Va. was charged with murder Wednesday, police said.

In March, the body of an adult male was found in a wooded area at Folly Lick Stream in Herndon. The deceased was identified as William Adolfo Rivas Leiva, 22, of the Herndon area.

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Leiva was discovered in the 1500 block of Hiddenbrook Drive. Police say he suffered trauma to the upper body.

DEVIL'S BACKBONE BREWERY BEER DINNER at MONZA

DEVIL'S BACKBONE BREWERY BEER DINNER at MONZA

Monza is hosting a Devils Backbone Brewery Beer Dinner on Thurs., Apr. 30 at 6:30 p.m. for $70 inclusive, per person. The four-course dinner will feature Devils Backbone beers that complement new spring menu items. For reservations, go to eatmonza.com.

Monza is presenting a four-course dinner that includes: Vienna Lager with meat and cheese platter; Striped Bass Pale Ale with gourmet fish tacos, cabbage, jalapenos, scallions, avocado, pico de gallo, Sriracha aioli and a corn tortilla; Apricot Weiss served with  insalata del palmera with hearts of palm, roasted peppers, fresh basil, balsamic vinaigrette; wood-aged Kilt Flasher 2014, comes with Kilt Flasher drunken NY strip with sautéed peppers, onions, potatoes, and beer molasses steak sauce; and for dessert, Schwartz Beer is served with homemade chocolate mousse cake with layers of homemade chocolate cake and chocolate mousse.