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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.

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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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.

New red light cameras to be installed in Arlington Co


ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- Seven red light safety cameras will be installed at five different Arlington County intersections in the near future, according to Arlington County Police Department.

Construction is expected to begin at the intersection of Columbia Pike and George Mason Drive, authorities said.

Cameras will be installed at the following intersections:

  • Eastbound on Columbia Pike at S. Glebe Road

  • Westbound on Columbia Pike at S. Glebe Road

  • Eastbound on Columbia Pike at S. George Mason Drive

  • Northbound on N Glebe Road. at Washington Boulevard

  • Westbound on Lee Highway at N. George Mason Drive

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.

Large water main break in Arlington


ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA 9) -- A large water main break is causing water to gush down a steep hill in Arlington, according to Arlington Police County Police Department.

The main break happened at 5th Place North and North Littleton Street in Arlington, police said.

We will update this story as more information become available.

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