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Police: Burglary suspect ran through glass door to get away


DUMFRIES, Va. (WUSA9) – Prince William County police have arrested a man who they say ran through a sliding glass door while trying to escape after a burglary.

Mike Lewis Watson, 28, has been charged with burglary, attempted burglary, destruction of property, and possession of a schedule I or II narcotic.

On April 14 around 5:30 a.m., police responded to a home in the 16100 block of Taconic Circle in Dumfries to investigate a burlgary in progress.

Upon arrival, police say they located a man standing on top of a fence a few homes away. The suspect jumped from the fence, ran through the backyard, and smashed through the rear sliding glass door to the residence, according to police.

Once inside, police say the man ran through the residence and smashed through a front window of the home before fleeing on foot.

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Guardians of Rescue Begins Sting Investigations into Hazardous Internet Pet Sales

Guardians of Rescue Begins Sting Investigations into Hazardous Internet Pet Sales

As the world embraces the age of technology, everything is available online----including the sale of pets. Guardians of Rescue, a nationwide animal rescue organization, has stepped up to protect these poor animals from the cruelty of being bought and sold via the Internet. Guardians of Rescue is working with law enforcement in various states to try to reduce the amount of harm inflicted on these innocent dogs.

“Getting a new pet is always a big decision, and buying a dog you haven’t met in person is not smart,” says Dori Scofield, vice-president of Guardians of Rescue, an organization whose mission is to protect the well-being of all animals. “If you buy a dog through the Internet, you risk supporting puppy mill cruelty and being scammed out of your money. The Internet is also used by criminals to buy and sell fighting dogs, using certain understood language.”

If you looking to adopt a new dog, here are five tips to think about before you decide where to buy:

PW COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL/HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER TO PRESENT FREE ARTS ALIVE FESTIVAL, MAY 3

PW COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL/HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER TO PRESENT FREE ARTS ALIVE FESTIVAL, MAY 3

Prince William County Arts Council and the Hylton Performing Arts Center of Manassas, Va. are hosting their fourth annual ARTS ALIVE Festival, a free, family-fun event that features local, Prince William County dancers, singers, artists, and performances, on Sat., May 3 from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, at 10960 George Mason Circle Manassas, Va. Admission and parking are free. For a schedule of events, call 703-221-2150 or go to www.pwcartscouncil.org.

Manassas City UTILITES DEPT. AWARDED PLATINUM LEVEL-RELIABLE PUBLIC POWER DESIGNATION

Manassas City UTILITES DEPT. AWARDED PLATINUM LEVEL-RELIABLE PUBLIC POWER DESIGNATION

City of Manassas, Va.  is one of 184 of the nation’s more than 2,000 public power utilities to earn the Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3®)1 designation from the American Public Power Association (APPA) for providing consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service. This is the fifth year that the City of Manassas Public Works/Utilities department has received this designation. The City of Manassas was one of two public utilities in Virginia to be awarded the RP3 in 2013, out of 16 Virginia public power providers. For more information, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8276.

The chair of APPA’s RP3 Review Panel presented the designees on April 7 during the association’s annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference held in Oklahoma City, Okla.

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METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ‘SINGING the ‘BLUES’ for AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ‘SINGING the ‘BLUES’ for AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

In support of Autism Awareness Month, Metropolitan School of the Arts is asking all of its studio students to ‘go blue’ now through April 30.  Students who wear blue during class, Monday through Friday in April, Metropolitan School of the Arts will donate $1 for each student that wears blue, per day. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org for a full schedule of classes and registration.

Metropolitan School of the Arts offers pre-professional dance, theatre, musical and vocal studio classes for youth and teens, as well as adult dance and fitness classes, including Metro Barre, yoga and Pilates.

Va. man accused of raping 15-year-old girl


WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA9) -- Prince William County police have arrested a man who they say sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl on multiple occasions.

Jose Roberto Castillo, 39, of Woodbridge, has been charged with two counts of rap and two counts of indecent liberties with a child.

On April 2, police were called to investigate a sexual assault at a residence located in the 14700 block of Birchdale Ave. Investigation revealed that Castillo sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl on more than one occasion between January and February 2012, according to police.

Castillo is being held without bond. His court date is unavailable at this time.


5 suspects arrested in Prince William Co. burglaries


LAKE RIDGE, Va. (WUSA9) -- Prince William County police say they have arrested multiple people following an extensive investigation into a series of burglaries in February.

The burglaries occurred in the Lake Ridge area on February 7, according to police. During the investigation, police say they connected the suspects to three other burglaries on February 10. One of those burglaries was in Triangle and another was in Woodbridge.

Police say in most cases, the suspects entered the homes during the day through a rear sliding glass door which was broken out. Electronics, cash, jewelry, and firearms were reported missing, according to police.

Police say they have arrested and charged the following suspects: