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Bill introduced to let female pilots ashes rest at Arlington


WASHINGTON (AP) - An Arizona congresswoman is introducing legislation to ensure that a group of female World War II pilots can have their ashes laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.

The pilots, known as Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs, flew military aircraft in noncombat roles during the war to free up male pilots for combat. They were considered civilians until Congress retroactively granted them veteran status in 1977.

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Wife of lobbyist charged with abduction says he's innocent


ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- The wife of a lobbyist accused of threatening to kill a technician trying to fix his computer says she was home during the service call and her husband made no threats. 

"It's just destroying my husband, me and my son. It's amazing, like a living nightmare. I can't get out of it," said Lisette Mondello. 

Joseph Mondello is a registered lobbyist and was an advisor for former Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas. His LinkedIn page says he's an expert in legislative strategy and federal government relations

"I'm in complete disbelief. So is my family and apparently he made a gun charge and we never had a gun. My husband has never touched a handgun," said Lisette Mondello.

Suspect wanted in Arlington attempted bank robbery


ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- A suspect is wanted in connection with an attempted robbery at a bank in Arlington.

The robbery happened Wednesday around 4:45 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Bank located at 1300 Wilson Boulevard in Arlington, Va. Police say a suspect displayed a note to a teller and demanded money before fleeing on foot.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the identification, arrest and conviction of this bank robber.

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Search continues for missing boater in Potomac River


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Fog has been hampering efforts to find a missing boater along the Potomac River.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources police have been searching for the person since Tuesday.

The DNR tweeted out a photo of the boat they recovered, half filled with water.

The boat was found just north of Fort Hunt State Park, which is in Fairfax County, Va. but the waters fall to Maryland's jurisdiction.

Based on decoys and other items in the boat, investigators believe the person in it may have fallen out while hunting ducks.

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Va. man cited for bringing loaded gun to Reagan airport


ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- A Woodbridge man was cited for bringing a loaded handgun to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Wednesday, according to officials.

The man was cited after the checkpoint X-ray machine detected the gun as it passed along the conveyor belt along with the traveler's carry-on items. Officials say it was a compact 9 mm semi-automatic handgun and it was fully loaded including a bullet in the gun's chamber.

Police arrived at the checkpoint and stopped the man from bringing the gun onto a flight to San Francisco.

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Lobbyist arrested for holding computer technician hostage


ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- A lobbyist is accused of holding a computer technician hostage inside his home until they fixed his computer, Arlington County police said.

Joseph Mondello also allegedly had a gun in his possession and threatened to kill the technician at his home Monday morning in the 2700 block of S. Grove Street, according to police.

Mondello, a registered lobbyist, was charged with abduction by force or intimidation and use of a firearm in a felony. 

An Arlington County police spokesperson said the 50-year-old Arlington resident was involved in an earlier incident with another computer technician inside his home. In that incident, Mondello allegedly belittled and screamed at the technician, but no charges were placed.  

Family fighting to have WWII pilot grandmother interred at Arlington


 

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) --  The family of a local aviation legend is fighting to grant their grandmother’s final wish to be interred at Arlington National Cemetery. 

Elaine Harmon was among an elite group of women who joined the war effort during World War II by enlisting in WASP—the Women Airforce Service Pilots.

Members of the WASP were granted veteran status in 1977, but these pioneering women were civilians, not members of the military. So by law, they are unable to be buried or interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

"They flew all over the United States, they flew planes up to Montana so they could be flown over to the Allies in Europe," Erin Miller, Harmon's granddaughter said.