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Police: Dad picked up 5-year-old by throat, threw her


WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA9) -- Prince William County police have arrested a man who they say picked up his five-year-old daughter by the throat and threw her against the wall.

Fernando Xavier Garcia, 32, has been charged with strangulation and reckless endangerment.

On June 30, police responded to the 14300 block of Bellona Rd in Woodbridge to investigate an assault that happened the day before.

Police say Garcia was watching his three kids when he became upset with one of them, a five-year-old girl. Garcia picked her up by the throat and threw her against the wall, according to police.

Family members noticed the injuries and reported the incident to Child Protective Services.

Garcia is being held without bond.


MANASSAS UTILITIES INSTALLS AUTOMATED METERED INFRASTRUCTURE

MANASSAS UTILITIES INSTALLS AUTOMATED METERED INFRASTRUCTURE

City of Manassas Utility crews won’t have to make periodic trips to read meters anymore, with the installation of Automated Metered Infrastructure (AMI). The utility department and the customers can now have better real-time consumption information. For more information, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8219.

Bond set for UMD lacrosse player accused of sex assault


WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Bond has been set at $10,000 for a University of Maryland lacrosse player accused of sexually assaulting a woman after she fell asleep at a concert at Jiffy Lube Live.

Nineteen-year-old Benjamin Chisolm faces a sexual battery charge after a 49-year-old woman told police that he touched her while she was sleeping during the Zac Brown Band concert.

The University of Maryland released the following statement regarding the incident:

"We are aware of the reported incident regarding one of our student-athletes. The University takes these matters very seriously and will cooperate with authorities during their investigation."

50 PERCENT OFF at BELLEZZA SPA for ACTIVE DUTY/RETIRED MILITARY/SPOUSES

50 PERCENT OFF at BELLEZZA SPA for ACTIVE DUTY/RETIRED MILITARY/SPOUSES

Bellezza Spa of Centreville, Va. is saluting our active duty and retired military, as well as their spouses by offering 50 percent off all spa services on Mon., July 7 and Tues., July 8. Offer valid for active duty military and spouses, and valid military identification is mandatory. For more information and appointments, go to www.bellezzaspava.com or call 703.266.0063.

“Independence Day is a time to honor our military and thank them for their sacrifices,” said Paola Berrios, owner of Bellezza Spa of Centreville, Va. “We’re grateful for their commitment, and service to our country,” said Berrios.

BELLEZZA SPA SUPPORTS OPEN ARMS: DONATES $230 SPA PACKAGE

BELLEZZA SPA SUPPORTS OPEN ARMS: DONATES $230 SPA PACKAGE

Bellezza Spa of Centreville, Va. joined Open Arms Worlwide’s gala, donating a $230 spa package to support the enrichment of children in under-served countries. For more information, go to www.bellezzaspava.com or call 703.266.0063.

“Open Arms is a wonderful organization that provides for so many children throughout the world, who are not as fortunate to have the  support, education and the comforts that so many of us take for granted,” said Paola Berrios, owner of Bellezza Spa of Centreville, Va.

REGISTER NOW: FALL CLASSES BEGIN SEPT. 8 AT METROPOLITAN SCHOOL OF THE ARTS STUDIOS

REGISTER NOW: FALL CLASSES BEGIN SEPT. 8 AT METROPOLITAN SCHOOL OF THE ARTS STUDIOS

Whether you’re into tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop or theatre, Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) studios’ fall curriculum provides a variety of classes for all ages, with classes beginning on Mon., Sept. 8. Renowned for its holistic teaching approach, positive reinforcement style and world-class instructors, the studios offer beginner and advanced instruction at their Alexandria and Lorton, Va. locations. Registration is available online at www.metropolitanarts.org.

Classes include: ballet, Pointe, hip-hop, jazz, Irish dance, contemporary, combination classes of tap/ballet or jazz/tap; musical theater, acting, as well as piano and guitar lessons.

HELP YOUTH LEADERSHIP PRINCE WILLIAM at MONZA: SEND KIDS TO CAMP CAMPAIGN

HELP YOUTH LEADERSHIP PRINCE WILLIAM at MONZA:  SEND KIDS TO CAMP CAMPAIGN

Monza of Old Town Manassas is hosting The Send Kids to Camp Campaign on Thurs., June 26 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Monza at 9405 Battle Street in Manassas, Va. to benefit Youth Leadership Prince William, a program geared toward teaching professional skills to emerging young leaders. Cover charge is $10 per person, and all proceeds go to Youth Leadership Prince William. For more information, go to www.eatmonza.com.

“We’re excited to host this campaign to help support kids’ education and leadership experience,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmello’s in Old Town Manassas, Va.

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