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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. 

All clear given at Reagan National Airport

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- The all-clear has been given after a suspicious piece of luggage was reported Monday evening at Ronald Reagan National Airport, according to authorities. 

An airport spokesperson said a small section of the airport was closed while officers investigated the luggage. Airport operations were never affected by the investigation. 

Officers were called to the airport after a package going through security required additional inspection, the spokesperson said.

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Thousands volunteer in annual Wreaths Across America

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- Tens of thousands of volunteers took part in an annual tradition at Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday.

Wreaths Across America is the organization behind the event where volunteers place roughly 230,000 remembrance wreaths on headstones.

A procession of trucks carried more than 230,000 wreaths and made its way into Arlington National Cemetery.

Roughly 50,000 volunteers came to greet them.

"It's really nice to be able to come down here to do something for others who did so much for us sacrificed their life for our freedom," said a high school volunteer from Maine. "It's just really moving."

Proposed toll for I-66 draws criticism

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) One of the most congested highways in the country could soon earn another unwanted distinction through extra tolls. 

But the Virginia’s Department of Transportation’s new plan to decrease traffic on I-66 inside the beltway by forcing single drivers to pay a toll has drawn a number of critics.

"There is nobody in Northern Virginia that I am aware of besides, VDOT and perhaps a subset of the Arlington County government that is actually in favor of VDOT’s plans," Greg Scott of 66 Alliance said. 

Scott and 66 Alliance represent about 1,000 commuters. 

New I-66 express lanes coming

At least 1 person injured in Arlington crash

ARLINGTON (WUSA9) -- At least one person is injured after a crash involving two cars in Arlington early Monday morning, Arlington police said.

South Arlington Ridge Rd is blocked between South 23rd and South Lang St. due to the crash. Two cars were involved in the crash that happened around 2 a.m.

There is no word on the condition, however authorities say at least one person is injured.

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Carmello’s of Historic Manassas, Va. is offering a Christmas Eve dinner, Thurs., Dec. 24 from 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and New Year’s Eve a la carte dinner on Thurs., Dec. 31 with seatings from 4:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. (Two-hour seatings are booked for parties of two to six people; larger parties have two and a half hour seatings). Complimentary Portuguese sparkling wine is served with all seatings. Late seatings receive party favorites if they stay until midnight. Children 10 and younger can eat free from the kids’ menu. Menu prices vary. For reservations, go to www.carmellos.com.

Appetizers – Family-Style House Appetizer, Brick-Oven Oysters Rockefeller, Spitada De Camarao, Mini Beef Wellingtons, Risotto Fritters, Calamari Fritti, Lobster Bisque, Roasted Butternut Squash

Salads - Autumn Mesclun Salad, Chopped House Salad, Caesar Salad