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Woman arrested for Arlington hit and run


ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- A woman is in custody after running over a man on Columbia Pike on Tuesday morning, police said.

Thirty-nine-year-old Alexandra Mendez of Fairfax has been charged with aggravated malicious wounding, malicious wounding, two counts of hit and run and driving on a suspended license. She was arrested at 6 a.m. at her home in Fairfax, say Arlington County police officials.

She is being held without bond in jail.

Mendez's car was also recovered from the home, say police.

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FRAUD ALERT: Jury Duty Phone Scam Resurfaces


ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) --The Arlington County Police Department and Sheriff's Office is warning residents about a missed jury duty phone scam.

According to police, the latest incident was reported Monday, when an Arlington County resident received a phone call from an individual claiming to be a Lieutenant with the Sheriff's Office. The caller accused the victim of failing to appear for jury duty and a warrant for their arrest was to be issued unless a fine is paid, police said. The caller asked for a "good faith" payment to be made with a debit card and PIN number. Police say the victim provided this information and fraudulent charges appeared in the victim's account.

Man killed in Arlington house fire ID'd


ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- A man is dead after a fire at a single family home in Arlington on Thursday morning, Arlington County Fire Department said. Arlington Fire has identified the man as 73-year-old Dennis Leigh.

A total of 70 firefighters responded to the house fire at 2112 South Randolph early Thursday morning, officials said.

Leigh was trapped inside of the home and crews quickly rescued him from the first floor. He was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries to Virginia Hospital Center, Arlington County Fire Department said. The victim was pronounced dead later Thursday. The cause of death is smoke inhalation, officials said.

Firefighters were able to put the fire out within 30 minutes. Nobody else was injured in the fire, according to the Arlington County Fire Department.

Report of dogs being poisoned in Arlington


ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- Residents in North Arlington are concerned that someone is poisoning their dogs.

Police say they've received reports of dogs being poisoned by pill-stuffed sausages.

The Animal Rescue League of Arlington says two dogs became ill. Both dogs have been released from Hope Center Animal Hospital and are recovering at home.



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BELLEZZA SPA DONATES CANNED GOODS to NO. VA. FAMILY SERVICES

BELLEZZA SPA DONATES CANNED GOODS to  NO. VA. FAMILY SERVICES

Bellezza Spa of Centreville, Va. has collected more than 75 non-perishable food items for Northern Virginia Family Services, while offering a 10 percent discount for any customer who donated five or more canned goods. For more information, go to www.bellezzaspava.com or call 703.266.0063.

“We appreciate the support from our customers who helped us contribute to Northern Virginia Family Services food pantry,” said Paola Berrios, owner of Bellezza Spa of Centreville, Va.

LEARNINGRx of VIENNA/RESTON, VA. LEADS AWARD-WINNING JOB SHADOW PROGRAM

LEARNINGRx of VIENNA/RESTON, VA. LEADS AWARD-WINNING JOB SHADOW PROGRAM

Maureen Loftus, executive director of LearningRx of Vienna, Va., and Reston, Va. is leading the kick-off of the Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce (TRCC) job shadow program for 11th and 12th grade students of Oakton, Madison and Marshall high schools in Fairfax County, Va., where students will shadow professionals in various industries in January and February. The program received a Blue Ribbon Award from Fairfax County Schools in 2014. Loftus is heading up the program as she is the chair of the TRCC’s Youth and Education Committee. For more information, go to www.learningrx.com.

MONZA to DONATE 10 PERCENT of PIZZA and HOUSE WINE SALES; SUPPORTS AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, Jan. 27

MONZA to DONATE 10 PERCENT of PIZZA and HOUSE WINE SALES;  SUPPORTS AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, Jan. 27

Monza of Old Town Manassas, Va. is hosting an American Cancer Society fundraiser on Tues., Jan. 27 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monza will donate 10 percent of all pizza and house wines sales from that night to the American Cancer Society. For information, go to www.eatmonza.com.

“We invite everyone to come out and help support the American Cancer Society, enjoy some brick-oven pizza and make a difference,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmello’s and Monza of Old Town Manassas, Va.