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Grease fire closes Va. restaurant, leaves $100K in damage


TYSONS CORNER, Va. (WUSA9) -- A restaurant in the Tysons area suffered damage after a fire broke out on Tuesday afternoon.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department officials say the fire happened at the China Wok in the 8300 block of Leesburg Pike at approximately 2:45 p.m. Tuesday. Employees failed to put out the fire with an extinguisher, according to officials. Approximately a dozen employees and customers escaped unharmed.

Officials tell us that firefighters encountered heavy black smoke coming from the roof as well as fire from the ventilation ducts. They were able to get the fire under control in approximately 25 minutes, but the fire still resulted in approximately $100,000 worth of damage.

About 20 employees and customers from adjoining businesses were evacuated until 6 p.m., according to officials.
The restaurant remains closed.

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.

1st bear sightings of season include Dulles Toll Rd.


VIENNA, Va. (WUSA9) -- This weekend, Fairfax County police officials say they received their first reports of bear sightings this season.

A bear was reportedly struck on the Dulles Toll Road, say police. Later, someone reported a bear in his backyard in the 1600 block of Fremont Lane, located just behind the busy roadway. Police say officers do not know whether or not this bear was the one that was struck on the toll road.

Police want to remind you that bears typically avoid humans, but you may see one if it's searching for food. If it can't find food, the bear will usually leave the area.

Police ask you to take the following precautions to keep bears and other wildlife away from your home:

• Do not store trash on porches, decks or in vehicles.

• If a bear is sighted in your neighborhood, remove birdfeeders.

One firefighter injured battling Vienna blaze


VIENNA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Fairfax County Fire and Rescue officials say one firefighter was injured while battling a two-alarm fire at a Vienna home on Monday.

Officials got the call around 3:15 p.m. for a fire at a two-and-a-half story home located on 1712 Abbey Oak Drive. When crews arrived, they could see heavy smoke and fire coming from the attic and the roof.

Approximately 60 firefighters conducted and aggressive fire attack and brought the black under control in 20 minutes.

No one was home at the home of the fire and no injuries have been reported. The damage is estimated at $300,000.

One firefighter was transported to INOVA Fairfax Hospital for a non-life threatening injury.

Officials are still investigating the cause of the fire.

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.

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:

Buyers: Keep An Eye Out For The Ghost!

Buyers: Keep An Eye Out For The Ghost!

If you’re looking to buy a home in Northern Virginia, make sure you’re looking for the ghost – the ghost inventory, that is!

With today’s market conditions & extremely low inventory, it’s more important than ever for Buyers to work with well-connected agents who typically sell a lot of homes in the area you’re looking in. Why? A lot of homes are selling without ever coming on the market! We call this “ghost inventory”.