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POLICE: Woman abused children at Va. Day Care

MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- The director of a day care center has been arrested for abusing two children at the facility, police said.

It happened at the S.M.I.L.E. Day Care, at 7171 New Market Ct. on February 26, when police got a complaint about child abuse at the day care center.

Arousha Shahin, 39, of Haymarket, was arrested on March 21. She's being charged with two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and two counts of a assault and battery, police said.

"The allegations were received anonymously and reported that the daycare's director, identified as the accused, was physically abusing children in her care. The investigation revealed that in February of 2014, the accused assaulted two children, a 6 year old boy and a 5 year old girl," police said.

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Info sought on missing person last seen 4 years ago

NOKESVILLE, Va. (WUSA9) -- Prince William County police are asking the public for information about a man who went missing four years ago in March 2010.

Shane Ryan Donahue was reported missing from his residence in the Nokesville area of Prince William County on March 24, 2010. Police say he was last seen on March 22, 2012 at his home in the 12000 block of Aden Road.

According to police, Donahue did not have access to a vehicle and was known to frequently get rides from friends and other known acquaintances.

Police say he has known ties to the Northern Virginia, D.C., and Baltimore areas. He was entered into the national missing persons database when he was reported missing in 2010.

Donahue would be 27 in 2014. At the time of his disappearance, he was described as a white male, 5'11", 180 lbs, medium build with brown eyes and brown hair.

Prince William Co. schools finalize weather make-up plan

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. (WUSA9) -- Prince William County School Board announced Wednesday that Easter Monday will now become a full day of school for students at all levels, and the last day for classes for PWCS students will be two days later than on the original school calender.

The board said both changes will help make up for the missed instructional hours that were lost to weather-related closings this year.

The changes were approved in a Wednesday meeting. Extra minutes will be added to every school day through the end of the school year, the board said.

Taking these measures will allow all PWCS students to have no less than the required 990 instructional hours required by the state of Virginia every year, the board said.

Driver charged in I-95 police chase & crash

FORT BELVOIR, Va. (WUSA9) -- Virginia State Police have charged a driver who they say crashed a stolen van after a police chase on an Interstate 95 exit ramp Tuesday morning.

Twenty-two-year-old Sonia E. Lopez of Herndon, Va., has been charged with DUI, eluding police and grand larceny.

Police say Lopez was driving a Toyota Sienna that had been reported stolen from a Herndon residence.

Tuesday, Virginia State Police said that the van was traveling more than 100 miles per hour before it hit a guardrail and overturned on the Exit 156 ramp. The occupants of the Toyota Sienna were males and females between the ages of 15 and 23.

George Mason buildings reopen after bomb threat

(WUSA9) -- The investigation into a bomb threat at George Mason University's Prince William Campus in Manassas is over. Discovery Hall, Occoquan Building, and Bull Run Hall were evacuated Thursday morning.

According to the university's website at 12:05 p.m., the campus is resuming normal operations. Shuttle Service will resume at 1:00 p.m. and the event set for the Hilton Performing Arts Center will be held as scheduled, say officials.

For other events, students and staff are asked to contact the events' coordinators.

Police release new photos of bank robbery suspect

NOKESVILLE, Va. (WUSA9) -- Police have released additional photos of a man sought in connection with a bank robbery in Nokesville on March 6.

The robbery happened at the Carter Bank & Trust int he 12900 block of Fitzwater Driver at approximately 11:18 a.m.

Employees reported to police that a man entered the bank and approached the teller counter. The man then passed a note demanding money and saying he had a weapon, authorities said.

The man fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of money. Tuesday, police say that he made his getaway in an older model, two-door Chevrolet S10 pickup truck. Surveillance photos from a nearby business parking lot showed the vehicle, say police.