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Vienna teen lifts car off father, saves family from fire


VIENNA, Va. (WUSA9) -- It sounds like a scene straight out of a movie. A young woman lifts a truck to rescue  her father, then saves the rest of her family from a raging fire. 

But that scenario is all too real for 19-year-old Charlotte Heffelmire, whose heroic actions saved her family from an unthinkable tragedy.

Days after Thanksgiving, her father, Eric Heffelmire, was working on his GMC truck when the truck fell, gasoline spilled and a fire was ignited, all in an instant.

"I was on my back, face up, and I was trying to get some corroded brakes lines when apparently the jack slipped and fell down on me." Eric Heffelmire said. "Pinned me across right here on my shoulder,"

Then, there was an explosion. 

"I thought they'd be pulling out a dead body later in the evening," Eric Heffelmire said. 

Boy who died of injuries on Mother's Day deemed abuse victim


VIENNA, Va. (WUSA9) – A three year-old boy who died of injuries his guardians claimed he suffered by falling off a short set of stairs had been the victim of serious physical abuse, a Child Protective Services investigation determined. 

CPS issued their one-page report in October, and the father of three year old Beckett Podominick provided it to WUSA9 on Wednesday. In it, CPS says Beckett suffered “level one” physical abuse, the most serious category but does not elaborate. 

“This finding means that a preponderance of evidence indicates Beckett Podominick was physically abused by an unknown abuser,” the report from a child protective services reads in part. 

CHRISTMAS EVE and NYE’s DINNER at CARMELLOS; Kids Under 10 Eat FREE

CHRISTMAS EVE and NYE’s DINNER at CARMELLOS; Kids Under 10 Eat FREE

Carmello’s of Historic Manassas, Va. is offering a Christmas Eve dinner, Thurs., Dec. 24 from 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and New Year’s Eve a la carte dinner on Thurs., Dec. 31 with seatings from 4:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. (Two-hour seatings are booked for parties of two to six people; larger parties have two and a half hour seatings). Complimentary Portuguese sparkling wine is served with all seatings. Late seatings receive party favorites if they stay until midnight. Children 10 and younger can eat free from the kids’ menu. Menu prices vary. For reservations, go to www.carmellos.com.

XMAS EVE MENU:
Appetizers – Family-Style House Appetizer, Brick-Oven Oysters Rockefeller, Spitada De Camarao, Mini Beef Wellingtons, Risotto Fritters, Calamari Fritti, Lobster Bisque, Roasted Butternut Squash

Salads - Autumn Mesclun Salad, Chopped House Salad, Caesar Salad

Lucky dog survives 3rd near death experience, family needs help


 

VIENNA, Va. (WUSA9) -- 5-year-old yellow Labrador "Espen" is named after the sports channel. Appropriately, he runs and jumps like an athlete.

He also gets himself in a heap of trouble sometimes.

"He was hit by a car and had to have a plate and 10 pins placed in his leg," Stacey Muscarella, his owner, said.

Heating lamp causes house fire in Vienna


VIENNA, Va. (WUSA9) -- A Vienna house fire was caused by a heating lamp for a terrarium on a bedroom floor, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue said.

The fire happened at the home located at 404 Macarthur Avenue NE on Monday around 3:35 p.m. The fire was quickly put out in the bedroom, officials said.

There were no working smoke alarms. The homeowner called 911 and reported the fire when they got home.

Nobody was displaced by the fire and nobody was injured. Damages are estimated t $15,000.

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NATURE VISIONS PHOTO EXPO COMES to HYLTON ARTS CENTER, NOV. 14, 15:

NATURE VISIONS PHOTO EXPO COMES to HYLTON ARTS CENTER, NOV. 14, 15:

Nature Visions Photo Expo (NVPE) will showcase nature photography at its best at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, Va. Sat., Nov. 14 and Sun., Nov. 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.

Carmello’s Presents Wines of Spain Wine Dinner, Nov.6 in Historic Manassas

Carmello’s Presents Wines of Spain Wine Dinner, Nov.6 in Historic Manassas

Carmello’s Presents Wines of Spain Wine Dinner, November 6th, 2015 @  6:30pm

Menu includes: Greeter Wine, Basa Lore Txakoli 2014; 1st CourseAcon Ribera Del Duero 2013, Beef Wellingtons, Fluffy Pastry, Filet Mignon Tips, Mushrooms; Ventoso Vines Bobal 2012, Paela Valenciana, Pork Loin, Chicken, Chourico, Saffron Rice Casserole, Chicken Broth, Peas, Roasted Red Bell Peppers; Priorat Lo Mon 2011, Lamb Stew, Carrots, Potatoes, Mushrooms, Celery, Red Wine; Bodegas Riojanas Vina Albina Gran Reserva Rioja 2001, Spanish Flan, Egg Custard, Vanilla, Sugar