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Police: 20 vehicles tampered with in Culpeper

CULPEPER, Va. (WUSA9) -- About 20 cars had been rummaged through and items stolen from in Va., police said.

Police were alerted of these activities early Thursday morning. By 8:30 a.m. officials found that between 10:00 p.m. Wednesday night and 4:00 a.m. Thursday morning, about 20 residents had complained that their vehicles had been rummaged through and five of the vehicles had items missing from them, police said.

The cars that had been broken into were unlocked and no damage was reported, police said. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Police at at 540-727-7900.

Woodbridge football star to play for Alabama

WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA 9) -- A Woodbridge High School senior and one of the top football recruits in the county has chosen to play for Alabama.

Da'Shawn Hand made the announcement at a pep rally on Thursday, which was also his birthday. The defensive end says he plans to study civil engineering.

Hand's other two finalists were Florida and Michigan. This is a verbal commitment and not binding. Hand can change his mind up to Nationals Signing Day, which is February 5, 2014.

Hand had offers from five colleges in his freshman year. Since then, he received a total of 94 offers. 

You can read more about Hand in our feature story here: http://www.usatodayhss.com/dc/article/meet-top-ranked-defensive-end-woodbridges-dashawn-hand--273070 

 

31 arrested after narcotics operation in Va.

MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- Officials in Virginia conducted a narcotics operation which centered on street level buys of prescription medications and heroin. 

This operation which was called "Blue Dragon" started in September of this year and 31 out of 41 suspects are in custody. This operation was carried out in the following seven locations: 

  • 3516 Bath Ct in Woodbridge
  • 9402 Lomond Dr in Manassas
  • 122 Walden St in the City of Manassas Park
  • 8667 Braxted Ln in the City of Manassas
  • 4129 Hoffman Dr in Woodbridge
  • 288 Manassas Dr in the City of Manassas Park
  • 9717 Kennoway Ct in Bristow 

PAULA CANO NAMED HEAD CHEF AT CARMELLO’S

PAULA CANO NAMED HEAD CHEF AT CARMELLO’S

Paula Cano was recently named head chef of Carmello’s in Old Town Manassas. Hired by Carmello’s more than two years, Cano’s artistic passion for beauty and creativity showed through in the finest details of her dishes, which is how she claimed her spot as head chef of Carmello’s. A Colombian-native, Cano began with a love for art before she knew food was her real passion. As a graduate of Art Institute of Washington, D.C., she merged her two loves of food and art. Cano is currently designing Carmello’s winter menu. For more information, go to www.carmellos.com.

NORTHERN VA. SISTERS OPEN ‘ABOVE GRADE LEVEL’- IN-HOME TUTORING SERVICE

NORTHERN VA. SISTERS OPEN ‘ABOVE GRADE LEVEL’- IN-HOME TUTORING SERVICE

Above Grade Level of Northern Virginia recently opened its doors; an inspiration born from two Northern Virginia sisters, Elizabeth Colon and Christa Huntley of Alexandria, Va. Both new moms of infant daughters, they joined their passions for education and children. Above Grade Level of Northern Virginia serves most of Fairfax County, providing an in-home tutoring service for kindergarteners through 12th graders, including a free skills assessment. The program uses a customized approach with an in-home professional tutor, diagnostic evaluation, specialized teaching curriculum and a guarantee for results. For more information on Above Grade Level of Northern Virginia, call 571.620.0245 or visit www.AGLNOVA.com.

Man accused of abusing 4-year-old boy

WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA9) -- A man is accused of hitting a 4-year-old boy multiple times in the face.

According to Prince William County Police, detectives investigated an assault at a home on Ripple Creek Ct. in Woodbridge on Tuesday night. Their investigation revealed that a 4-year-old boy was struck in his face multiple times 19-year-old Brima Kargbo, say police.

Police say the boy sustained swelling and other injuries. He was subsequently taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Kargbo was arrested and charged with felony child abuse.

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