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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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LEARNINGRx’s SUMMER STUDY TIPS; AVOID THE ACADEMIC ‘SUMMER SLIDE’

LEARNINGRx’s SUMMER STUDY TIPS; AVOID THE ACADEMIC ‘SUMMER SLIDE’

LearningRx brain training centers in the Washington, D.C. area are helping parents avoid the academic “summer slide” by providing summer brain training tips. During the summer, kids can lose an average 2 months of grade-level equivalency in math skills and 25 percent of their reading skills. LearningRx suggests cognitive exercises and games that can build brain ‘muscle’ and be fun too. For a free booklet of games, or for more information, go to www.learningrx.com.

“In many ways, the brain is like a muscle and the old adage “use it or lose it” certainly holds true,” said Maureen Loftus, executive director of LearningRx of Reston, Va. and Vienna, Va.   “Mental exercise can keep the brain strong, just as physical exercise can keep the body strong,” said Loftus.

These exercises keep the brain energized while building cognitive skills, the underlying mental abilities needed to learn.

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.


EASTER BRUNCH at CARMELLO’s, SUN., APR. 5; Kids 12 Yrs. Old and Younger Eat FREE

EASTER BRUNCH at CARMELLO’s, SUN., APR. 5; Kids 12 Yrs. Old and Younger Eat FREE

Carmello’s of Old Town Manassas, Va. is featuring a family-style Easter Brunch on Sun., Apr. 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The brunch is $30 per person (not inclusive), while kids 12 years old and younger eat free. The brunch will include a variety of eggs, waffles, paella, salads, meats, seafood, potatoes, pizza, biscuits, breads, fruits, desserts, as well as featured entrees. For reservations, go to www.carmellos.com

Carmello’s Easter Brunch menu includes:  an omelet station, waffle station, pizza station, paella pan, Portuguese salad, bruschetta, cheese and meat platter, risotto fritters, crab fritters, calamari, home fries, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, tortellini crema rosa, penne Italiano, chicken marsala, assorted fruit Pplatter, ham, bacon, sausage, croissants, bagels and assorted desserts.

MONZA COLLECTS 60 COATS for SERVE

MONZA COLLECTS 60 COATS for SERVE

Monza of Old Town Manassas, Va. collected 60 coats for the local community shelter, SERVE, during January. For more information, call 703.368-5522 or go to www.eatmonza.com.

“Our winter coat drive was a great success due to the generous support of the Manassas community,” said Alice Pires, owner of Monza of Old Town Manassas, Va. “SERVE does so much for those in need, it’s our honor to help them with their programs,” said Pires.