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Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive Ends November 12

From manassascity.org:

"Can you Imagine? - No food to place on your table for Thanksgiving? - A child going to bed hungry? - A local community food pantry with not enough food for those in need?"

"NOW, can you imagine a Thanksgiving Food Drive that could provide 5,000 canned food items to the Manassas SERVE/NVFS food pantry."

Prince William Hospital is sponsoring a Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive (November 1 - 12, 2010) in partnership with Fire and Rescue Departments from the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park and the County of Prince William, and Manassas Volunteer Fire Company. Donated items will be provided to SERVE/NVFS food pantry.

Please help by donating canned food during this holiday season to support the needs of the community.

Man Charged With Sex Assault In Church

WOODBRIDGE, VA (WUSA)--A Dale City man is being held without bond after being charged with inappropriately touching a 12-year-old girl in church.

According to police, at approximately 9:50 PM on Wednesday, November 3, officers were called to the La Gloria Church on the 13000 block of Millwood Drive in Woodbridge, VA, for a report of an assault.

At the scene, the 12-year-old Stafford girl told police that 23-year-old German Enrique Canelas Najera of Dale City, had touched her inappropriately on two occassions. 

Police say Canelas Najera is a member of the congregation but was not in any custodial role regarding the girl.

Canelas Najera who live on the 4600 block of Evansdale Road in Dale City, was charged with two counts of sexual battery and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. 

 

Recount Likely In Connolly-Fimian Race

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA) - Two unruly voting machines from precincts in Laurel Hill and Lorton that refused to spit out their tallies election night were opened up Wednesday morning. Both started working and delivered their much-anticipated results.

"Connolly won both precincts," said Edgardo Cortes, the Fairfax County Registrar.

The precincts boosted Gerald Connolly's lead from 480 votes to just more than 900 votes in the race for Virginia's 11th Congressional District.

"We're less than .04 percent of a difference," said Cortes.

Police Believe Serial Burglar Is Back

GREAT FALLS, Va. (WUSA) -  Police are investigating more cases that may involve the serial burglary suspects in northern Virginia.

Fairfax County Police are investigating more attempted burglaries that happened sometime overnight, including one that was reported at about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 10700 block of Riverscape Run.

Va. Gov. McDonnell's Father Dies

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- John F. "Jack" McDonnell, a World War II veteran and father of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, died Tuesday. He was 94.

The elder McDonnell had been ill for years with Alzheimer's disease.

Based in England during World War II, John McDonnell flew aboard bombers that made sorties into Nazi-occupied Europe. He served for 23 years in the Air Force.

The governor is the eldest of five children whom Jack and Emma McDonnell raised in a strict Irish-Catholic household in northern Virginia. In an 2009 interview, the governor described his father as "a tough, Boston Irish-Catholic Air Force officer who wasn't afraid to use the belt."

McDonnell said his father "encouraged me to work hard, dream big, and not make excuses in life and all things are possible."

"As the son of an Irish immigrant he lived the American Dream. I thank God he lived to attend my inauguration," McDonnell said in a statement.

Shooting At Coast Guard Recruitment Office Linked To Other Incidents

WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA) -- FBI Investigators are now confirming the shooting at the Coast Guard Recruitment office Tuesday is linked to the other recent military shootings in our area.

Prince William County Police investigated the bullet into the building at 2721 Potomac Mills Circle.  The FBI is also investigating all of the shootings.

Sgt. Kim Chinn, spokesperson for the Prince William County Police Department, says employees called police around 7 a.m. Tuesday, Police determined the damage was from a bullet.

No injuries have been reported according to police. 

The four other shootings at area military facilities in the last month: the Pentagon, a Marine recruiting center in Chantilly, and the National Museum of the Marine Corps, which was targeted twice.