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2 men carrying guns in bags stopped at DCA Airport


ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- Transportation Security Administration officers stopped two men from bringing guns onto airplanes at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport this weekend, officials said.

According to TSA officials, an Alexandria man was stopped at checkpoint with a loaded gun Wednesday and a Frederick man was found with an unloaded handgun early Thursday morning. Both men have been cited on weapons charges.

TSA officers found a .45 caliber gun, loaded with six rounds, including one in the chamber in the carry on bag of the Alexandria man. The man was passing through the airport checkpoint when the gun was found, according to officials. A TSA officer spotted the gun while the bag was going through the X-ray machine.

Feds launch investigation of jail's care of deaf inmates


ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Court documents show that the Department of Justice has launched an investigation of how the Arlington County jail cares for deaf inmates.

The investigation follows a federal lawsuit by an inmate who says his requests for a sign-language interpreter were ignored during a six-week stay.

The inmate, Abreham Zemedagegehu, alleged that medical procedures were performed without his consent and that his jailers failed to communicate basic details to him.

Susie Doyel, a spokeswoman for the county sheriff's office, said the DOJ investigation is the result of a specific complaint Zemedagegehu submitted to the Justice Department. The jail has defended its treatment of deaf inmates.

Deer crashes stage at Arlington Co. theater


SHIRLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- A deer with a flair for the dramatic crashed the stage Tuesday at the Signature Theatre as the crew was preparing to open a new show.

"He was young and he was frightened," said Mick Coughlin who was in a production meeting at 9:30 a.m. when the deer bolted through an open loading dock door.

The young buck with velvety antlers made its way down a long hallway, past dressing rooms onto the stage of the theater where set construction for an upcoming show "The Fix" was underway.

The Signature tweeted a fuzzy photo of the deer.

As crew members scattered and shut doors to confine the deer, Coughlin worked to shoo the animal back down the hallway where it exited a backstage door that had been propped open.

Man wanted for Arlington office burglaries


ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- Arlington County police are asking for the public's help identifying a man wanted in connection to numerous office burglaries in the county.

Police describe the suspect as a 190-pound black man with a height between 5-feet 11-inches and 6-feet. In some incidents, the man appears to be carrying a small towel in or on his hand.

The suspect was caught by surveillance cameras during a July 7 robbery at an office suite in the 2300 block of Clarendon Boulevard. At around 7:40 a.m., police believe the suspect entered the building and stole an unsecured laptop computer. He allegedly put the laptop into a black and blue colored backpack before leaving the building.

Police say the suspect targets office suites during the early mornings as employees begin to arrive or later in the afternoon when most people have gone home for the day.

Planned Arlington gun shop won't open


ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- A planned gun shop for North Arlington won't open its doors after the property owner backed out of the lease.

Nova Firearms had planned to open a store in the shopping center on North Pollard Street near Lee Highway.

The store had been a source of controversy for some nearby residents, who created a petition opposing the store and threatened to boycott nearby shops.

The property owner said the decision to sever the lease was independent of the public outcry.

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Man with scissors robs Arlington bank


ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) – A man holding a pair of scissors and with a black cloth covering his head robbed an Arlington bank on Monday evening.

The man entered the Capital One bank in the 4700 block of N. Lee Highway shortly before 5 p.m. Monday, say Arlington County Police Department officials.

The suspect was described as a male between 5'4" and 5'7" tall with a slim build. He was wearing a black, long sleeve shirt, black pants and no shoes with white socks.

Police released images from bank surveillance video on Tuesday.

The Arlington County Police Department and FBI's Washington Field Office are investigating the robbery.

Music Theatre Workshop to Kick Off at Metropolitan School of the Arts/Broadway Instructors

Music Theatre Workshop to Kick Off at Metropolitan School of the Arts/Broadway Instructors

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) is bringing together an all-star instructor ensemble from around the U.S. to provide a Music Theatre Workshop tailored to provide real-world experience by teaching students the integration of drama, voice, movement and choreographed dance from July 13 to July 24 for ages 8 years-old to 18 years-old for $900 and a junior class from July 20 to 24 for ages 6 years to 7 years old for $500. Both classes are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the MSA Alexandria studio at 5775 Barclay Drive. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org.