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Lighting strike hits gas line, causes Reston house fire

RESTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- A lighting strike hit a natural gas line causing a Reston townhouse fire Monday afternoon, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department said.

The townhouse fire happened Monday afternoon around 4:10 p.m. at the home located at 11153 Lake Chapel Lane, officials said.

When crews got to the scene there was smoke coming from the four-story townhouse. They did an aggressive fire attack and were able to quickly put out the fire.

Two people were inside when the fire started. They were both able to escape unharmed, authorities said. The residents discovered the fire before the smoke alarms went off.

Damages are estimated at $15,000.

The investigation shows that the fire was accidental. A lighting strike hit the natural gas line, entered a wall inside the home and caused the fire, officials said.

Music Theatre Workshop to Kick Off at Metropolitan School of the Arts/Broadway Instructors

Music Theatre Workshop to Kick Off at Metropolitan School of the Arts/Broadway Instructors

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) is bringing together an all-star instructor ensemble from around the U.S. to provide a Music Theatre Workshop tailored to provide real-world experience by teaching students the integration of drama, voice, movement and choreographed dance from July 13 to July 24 for ages 8 years-old to 18 years-old for $900 and a junior class from July 20 to 24 for ages 6 years to 7 years old for $500. Both classes are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the MSA Alexandria studio at 5775 Barclay Drive. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org.



LearningRx brain training centers in the Washington, D.C. area are helping parents avoid the academic “summer slide” by providing summer brain training tips. During the summer, kids can lose an average 2 months of grade-level equivalency in math skills and 25 percent of their reading skills. LearningRx suggests cognitive exercises and games that can build brain ‘muscle’ and be fun too. For a free booklet of games, or for more information, go to www.learningrx.com.

“In many ways, the brain is like a muscle and the old adage “use it or lose it” certainly holds true,” said Maureen Loftus, executive director of LearningRx of Reston, Va. and Vienna, Va.   “Mental exercise can keep the brain strong, just as physical exercise can keep the body strong,” said Loftus.

These exercises keep the brain energized while building cognitive skills, the underlying mental abilities needed to learn.

Third man charged in Reston robbery/shooting

RESTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- A third man was arrested and charged Wednesday in connection to a fatal robbery and shooting incident in Reston earlier in May.

Jalan Merrill, 21, of the Herndon area was arrested on charges of robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. He was apprehended in Leesburg.

Rashad Daye, 24, was shot and killed during the May 17 incident at a Stoneview Square apartment building. An investigation found Daye was shot during an apparent robbery attempt that lead to an altercation and shooting. Daye was identified as a visitor to the apartment.

Two men, Eddie Rodriquez, 22, of Woodbridge and Dominique May, 18, of Restorn have already been arrested and charged with robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in connection to the incident.


2 men charged, one man dead after Reston robbery attempt

RESTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- A man was shot and killed and two men have been charged after a robbery attempt in Reston Sunday afternoon, officials said.

The deceased has been identified as 24-year-old Rashad Kejuan Daye, police said.

Daye was one of a group of people who entered an apartment in the 11600 block of Stoneview Square in Reston around 2:52 p.m. Sunday, according to officials.

Officials say it was an attempted robbery involving five suspects and at least two people who were inside the apartment.

Eddie Rodriguez, 22, and Dominique May, 18, have been charged with attempted robbery and use of a firearm in commission of a felony in connection with the incident, according to police.

Police are trying to determine who fired the gun from inside the apartment. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be placed, police said.

Husband charged for shooting wife in Reston home

RESTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- A husband has been charged after police say he shot his wife and then himself Thursday in their Reston home, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

Stephen Thompson, 29, has been charged with with malicious wounding, police said.

His 33-year-old wife has not been identified. Thompson and his wife remain in the hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said.

At approximately 2:30 a.m., police say officers responded to a home in the 2300 block of Branleigh Park Court for the report of a shooting.

Upon arrival, police say officers found a man and woman suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Police believe there was an argument prior to the shooting. Police say it appears that Thompson shot his wife and then himself.

Both were transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said.

EASTER BRUNCH at CARMELLO’s, SUN., APR. 5; Kids 12 Yrs. Old and Younger Eat FREE

EASTER BRUNCH at CARMELLO’s, SUN., APR. 5; Kids 12 Yrs. Old and Younger Eat FREE

Carmello’s of Old Town Manassas, Va. is featuring a family-style Easter Brunch on Sun., Apr. 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The brunch is $30 per person (not inclusive), while kids 12 years old and younger eat free. The brunch will include a variety of eggs, waffles, paella, salads, meats, seafood, potatoes, pizza, biscuits, breads, fruits, desserts, as well as featured entrees. For reservations, go to www.carmellos.com

Carmello’s Easter Brunch menu includes:  an omelet station, waffle station, pizza station, paella pan, Portuguese salad, bruschetta, cheese and meat platter, risotto fritters, crab fritters, calamari, home fries, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, tortellini crema rosa, penne Italiano, chicken marsala, assorted fruit Pplatter, ham, bacon, sausage, croissants, bagels and assorted desserts.