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Fairfax Co. considers meals tax


FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WUSA9) -- Fairfax County residents could see a four percent meals tax on ready-to-eat foods.

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova created a special task force to explore the possibility. The tax would be applied to ready-to-eat foods and beverages wherever they are sold. It would not apply to groceries.

County officials say the meals tax, which already exists in Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church and Fairfax City,
would generate revenue of approximately $88 million annually.

"All of the cities and towns around and within Fairfax County have adopted a meals tax," Chairman Bulova said. "Throughout the past few years, there has also been growing sentiment from constituents and organizations for our Board to allow voters to decide whether they wish to avail themselves of this additional source of revenue."


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Police: Woman with knife bit victim's leg

Police: Woman with knife bit victim's leg


MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- Prince William County police have arrested a woman who they say bit another woman's leg and pushed a police officer.

Bonnie Lu Jackson, 42, of Manassas, has been charged with attempted malicious wounding, assault & battery on a LEO, and domestic assault & battery.

On April 19 at 12:51 a.m., officers responded to the 7300 block of Castle Road to investigate a domestic disturbance. The victim, a 44-year-old woman, reported that she and Jackson were involved in a verbal altercation that had escalated, according to police.

Police say that Jackson assaulted the victim and bit her leg. At some time during the altercation, Jackson grabbed a knife and charged towards the victim. Another person was able to separate the two women.

April is Litter enforcement month in PWC

 PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VIRGINIA . . . Did you know that dumping trash, companion animals and other stuff on a public roadway is a crime? Or that pitching lighted matches, cigarettes, cigars, etc., from your vehicle can result in a ticket? Did you know that it’s against the law to drive trucks and other vehicles that let contents drop, sift, leak or otherwise escape from them? These and many other litter and illegal dumping laws will be enforced throughout this month as Prince William County Police join law enforcement agencies throughout the metropolitan Washington region in observing Litter and Illegal Dumping Enforcement Month. This campaign is part of an effort to raise awareness of litter, illegal dumping and related crimes, as well as reduce litter by strictly enforcing existing laws.Officers will concentrate on litter laws, illegal dumping and unsecured truck load laws throughout the County.

MISSING: Fatina Jovel in Reston, Virginia


RESTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- Fatina Jovel has been missing from Reston, Virginia since March 24, 2013.

She was born on December 28, 1995. She has brown hair and brown eyes.

She is 5'6" tall and weighs approximately 130 pounds.

She may be with a male companion. They may travel to New York.

If you have any information about Fatina please call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

*All info from National Center for Missing & Exploited Children


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Silver Line contractors submit project


RESTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- The Dulles Transit Partners led by Bechtel, submitted Phase I of the Silver Line to the Metropolitan Airports Authority for substantial approval.

The DTP and Bechtel made today's deadline to avoid liquidated damages. That means the contractor could have faced fines of up to $25,000 dollars a day if it had not submitted the project for substantial completion on April 9, 2014.

The last time the contractors submitted the project for substantial completion was in February. MWAA did not accept the submission then, sending the contractors back with a laundry list of fixes.

Today, WUSA9 discovered not all the fixes are complete.

Guardians of Rescue Begins Sting Investigations into Hazardous Internet Pet Sales

Guardians of Rescue Begins Sting Investigations into Hazardous Internet Pet Sales

As the world embraces the age of technology, everything is available online----including the sale of pets. Guardians of Rescue, a nationwide animal rescue organization, has stepped up to protect these poor animals from the cruelty of being bought and sold via the Internet. Guardians of Rescue is working with law enforcement in various states to try to reduce the amount of harm inflicted on these innocent dogs.

“Getting a new pet is always a big decision, and buying a dog you haven’t met in person is not smart,” says Dori Scofield, vice-president of Guardians of Rescue, an organization whose mission is to protect the well-being of all animals. “If you buy a dog through the Internet, you risk supporting puppy mill cruelty and being scammed out of your money. The Internet is also used by criminals to buy and sell fighting dogs, using certain understood language.”

If you looking to adopt a new dog, here are five tips to think about before you decide where to buy:

PW COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL/HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER TO PRESENT FREE ARTS ALIVE FESTIVAL, MAY 3

PW COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL/HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER TO PRESENT FREE ARTS ALIVE FESTIVAL, MAY 3

Prince William County Arts Council and the Hylton Performing Arts Center of Manassas, Va. are hosting their fourth annual ARTS ALIVE Festival, a free, family-fun event that features local, Prince William County dancers, singers, artists, and performances, on Sat., May 3 from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, at 10960 George Mason Circle Manassas, Va. Admission and parking are free. For a schedule of events, call 703-221-2150 or go to www.pwcartscouncil.org.