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Reston Zoo accused of mistreating animals


VIENNA, Va. (WUSA9) -- The Reston Zoo in Fairfax County is facing a federal complaint for the mistreatment of its animals, according to a complaint filed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The accusations filed by the USDA reach back years. If the accusations are found to be true, the Reston Zoo and two other zoos owned by the same family could lose their licenses and be shut down. You can find a copy of the complaint here:

The allegations made in this USDA complaint include details on the deaths of two animals in the zoo's care, including one that was intentionally drowned.

Some of the allegations have surfaced before, but with the USDA now involved, the allegations carry new weight.

Leaking gas causes Vienna service station explosion


VIENNA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Leaking acetylene caused a Vienna service station explosion early Friday morning, according to Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.

The explosion happened around 12:05 a.m. at the building located at 545 Maple Avenue, which is a service station and vehicle repair shop.

When crews got to the scene there was smoke and fire coming from the back of the building. Crews were able to quickly put the fire out.

Officials said the fuel pumps were open for business, however the repair garage was closed.

The one person who was inside of the station at the time of the explosion was able to get out without getting hurt. Nobody was injured.

Convicted school shooter, repeat robber detained in Va.


VIENNA, Va. (WUSA9) -- A convicted Tennessee school shooter and repeat robber who was allowed to live with his former counselor in Virginia has been detained in Vienna, WBIR reports.

Kenneth Bartley was detained in connection with a weekend robbery of a gas station in Tennessee, according to WBIR. His attorney, Greg Isaacs says Bartley was not in the state when the robbery happened.

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Motorcycle rider involved in accident in Vienna


VIENNA, Va. (WUSA9) -- A motorcycle rider was taken to the hospital after an accident on I-66 in Vienna Friday afternoon.

The accident happened near Nutley Street eastbound, according to Maryland State police.


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.

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.