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Deaf man sues after 6 weeks in Va. jail without interpreter


ARLINGTON, Va. – Abrehem Zemedagegehu just wanted someone to listen to him. He couldn't understand, he repeatedly tried to tell police and he needed an ASL interpreter.

The Ethiopian immigrant, who never mastered written English but is fluent in American Sign Language, was arrested at Reagan National Airport last February on suspicion he had stolen an iPad.

That's what he was told later. At the time, he said he was frightened and confused as airport police took him to the Arlington County Detention Center.

In a lawsuit filed in federal court in the Eastern District of Virginia, Zemedagegehu alleges that the Sheriff's department, which runs the Arlington County Detention Facility where he was held for six weeks, as well as the Virginia Department of Corrections, violated his rights by not complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Arlington County Manager Barbara Donnellan to retire


ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- After serving the Arlington community for nearly 32 years, Arlington County Manager Barbara M. Donnellan announced Friday that she will retire in June 2015.

Donnellan was named County Manager is October 2010. She started her career in the county government as Budget Analyst in the Department of Management and Finance.

Donnellan released the following statement in an announcement on the Arlington County website:

Driver charged after carrying jogger on hood of car


ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- An Arlington man was arrested and charged after a jogger was thrown from the hood of his car Saturday, police said.

Geoffrey Fisher, 65, of Arlington was charged with attempted unlawful wounding, police said.

The incident happened after a verbal altercation at a crosswalk in the 2300 block of N. 10th Street around 10:18 a.m. Police say Fisher proceeded to drive forward, forcing the victim to jump on the hood of the car. Fisher continued to drive with the victim on the hood for approximately 20-30 feet before hitting the brakes and throwing the victim to the ground, police said.

The victim did not sustain any injuries and police say Fisher was located at his residence shortly after the incident.

Fisher was released on a $5000 unsecured bond, police said.

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Monza and Carmello’s of Old Town Manassas, Va. are featuring a Flying Dog Beer Dinner with a four-course dinner, featuring beers like Bloodline IPA, Single Hop Imperial IPA HBC 431, Earl Grey Black Wheat, Lucky SOB Irish Red Ale and Mexican Hot Chocolate Stout on Thurs., Mar. 26 at 6:30 p.m. for $70 inclusive per person; and the Ruffino Winery Wine Dinner on Thurs., Apr. 2 at 6:30 p.m. for $85 inclusive. For reservations, go to www.eatmonza.com

Arlington Public Schools announce make-up day plan


ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- Arlington Public Schools announced a make-up day plan for the lost days and late openings during the 2014-2015 school year due to inclement weather.

Arlington Public Schools released the following schedule on Wednesday:

Elementary schools with early release will have full instructional days on the Wednesdays below:

•Wed, March 11

•Wed, April 15

•Wed, April 22

•Wed. April 29

Arlington Public Schools said if the schools have a late opening or are closed March 5 and/or 6 due to bad weather, elementary schools with early release will not have made up the days because they were being used as parent-teacher conference days, according to a press release.