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Police issue reminder about coyotes in Va.

(WUSA9) --  The Prince William County Police Department's Animal Control Bureau is asking people to be careful if a coyote approaches them.

According to authorities, coyotes have been living in Prince William County for years and usually are no threat to humans unless the coyotes are sick, injured, or threatened.

Authorities are telling people that if a coyote does approach them, which is unusual, they can make a lot of noise either by clapping, yelling or stomping their feet. Police say this usually scares off the coyotes.

Coyotes will eat cats, small dogs, and other small pets. Authorities say pet owners should not leave their pets outdoors unattended, especially at night.  Dog owners are also encouraged to keep their dogs on a leash at all times when they are off of the owner's property.

Authorities are also asking people to stay on established trails in park areas to avoid areas where there may be dens.

Woman's 5-year battle with social media stalker

MEDINA, Ohio (WKYC) -- Parents, how many Facebook friends does your teen have? Or a better question is, how many do they actually know?

It's something a local woman wished she had considered more carefully in high school.

Allyssa Griffiths joined Facebook in 2007, when she was a student at Medina High School. Like many teens, she embraced the site with endless social possibilities.

"We posted a lot of pictures; you know, football games, homecomings and graduation. Vacations. You know the common things that you like to put on when you are in high school," Allyssa said on the day we visited her at Kent State.

When it came to Facebook friend requests, Allyssa said she accepted most of them.

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Hillary Clinton will endorse Dem Terry McAuliffe

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Former first lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is coming to Virginia this weekend to endorse an old family confidante and political ally, Terry McAuliffe.

Robbers, 1 with machete another wearing women's clothing, sought in Va.

WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA9) -- Police are looking for a man they say threatened a victim with a machete during a robbery in Woodbridge. He also had an accomplice who was wearing women's clothing.

According to police, at 11:56 p.m. on Friday officers responded to the 13600 block of Jefferson Davis Hwy to investigate a robbery. A man told them was approached by another man and at some point got into the other man's vehicle, which was occupied by another person.

Police say while he was in the vehicle, the other man pulled out a machete and demanded his wallet. His wallet was taken before the victim fled, say police. He was not injured.

Police are looking for a  Hispanic male, between 25 and 30 years old, 5'9", and 150 pounds with a medium build as well as a black male, between 25 and 30 years old, 5'9", 200 pounds with a heavy build. They say the second suspect was last seen wearing women's clothing.




Morais Vineyards of Bealeton, Va. is hosting a five-course, fall wine dinner with Carmello’s of Old Town Manassas, Va. on Thurs., Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m. Menu items highlight Caremello’s new fall menu, including clam cataplana, braised rabbit and beef short rib. Cost is $75 inclusive. For reservations, go to www.carmellos.com.

The five-course menu includes: Clam Cataplana, clams with coriander cilantro broth, served with Morais Vineyards Battlefield Green Wine; Spinach Salad with toasted walnuts, goat cheese, cherry, tomatoes, citrus vinaigrette, served with Morais Vineyards Rose; Braised Rabbit with fennel, leek and orange, paired with Morais Vineyards Touriga National; Beef Short Rib, with carrots and pickled shallots, paired with Morais Vineyards Cabernet Franc; and Poached Pears with moscatel wine syrup, served with Morais Vineyards Moscatel. 

Man arrested for robbery in Prince William Co.

WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA9) -- Police say a man was charged after he was accused of robbing an acquaintance in Woodbridge last week.

Last Thursday night, a woman reported that she and Darius Lamont Washington were walking in the 14900 block of Jefferson Davis Hwy when they started arguing over property she was carrying. She told them Washington displayed knife and began slashing towards her, according to police. The woman ran across the street but Washington caught up and assaulted her before taking her purse and fleeing the area, say police.

Police found Washington a short time later. He is now charged with robbery and attempted malicious wounding, according to police.


Pedestrian struck, killed by car while walking dog ID'd

WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA9)  - Police have identified the woman killed Saturday morning at Old Bridge Rd and Clipper Dr in Woodbridge when she was hit by a car while walking her dog.

Police say the 21-year-old driver of a 1998 BMW 328i was traveling eastbound on Old Bridge Rd when he lost control of the vehicle and struck 58-year-old Zenaida Ines Jimenez, who was walking her dog on the sidewalk.

Jimenez was transported to a hospital where she died a short time later, according to police. The dog was not injured and was released to family members, say police.

Police say the driver of the vehicle remained at the scene. 

At this point in their investigation, police don't believe speed, alcohol, and drug use were factors in the crash. No charges have been placed at this time.