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Rabid 'suspect' raccoon caught in Fairfax County


FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WUSA9) -- Animal Control captured a suspect raccoon that could be responsible for biting a woman Wednesday morning in a Springfield park, police said.

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Animal Control responded to the report of a raccoon that was "walking in a wobbly manner" close to a walking path at Monarch Oak Lane and Oak Hollow lane, close to a creek, according to Fairfax County police.

2nd person attacked by raccoon in Springfield


SPRINGFIELD, Va. (WUSA9) -- A woman was attacked by a raccoon in Springfield Wednesday morning only days after a man was attacked by one in his Springfield garden on Sunday.

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Man attacked by rabid raccoon in Springfield

A 75-year-old woman was walking along a path close to South Run Rec Center around 9:30 a.m. when she stopped to take a picture of the raccoon. The animal suddenly charged at her. The raccoon bit her on her leg, hands and forearms, according to Fairfax County Police Department. She was then taken to the hospital.

Man attacked by rabid raccoon in Springfield


SPRINGFIELD, Va. (WUSA9) -- A man was attacked by a rabid raccoon Sunday in Springfield, prompting Fairfax County police to distribute information about rabies to nearby residents.

Police say a man was working in his garden on the 5300 block of Kings Park Drive at about 12:30 p.m. Sunday when a raccoon quietly approached him behind and bit him, causing a laceration that was nearly a foot long.

Animal control responded to the scene and shot the raccoon when it charged at an officer. The animal was taken back to the lab and tested positive for rabies, police say.

The man was treated for the bite and is taking the appropriate medications.

Police say there have been 21 positive rabies cases investigated by animal control in Fairfax County so far this year. There were 50 such cases of rabies in 2014.

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Unattended food on stove causes Springfield house fire, 3 displaced


SPRINGFIELD, Va. (WUSA) -- Three people have been displaced after unattended food on a stove inside of Springfield home caused a fire.

The fire happened at the house located at 8678 Center Road around 9:55 a.m. on Sunday, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue said.

When crews got to the scene they found smoke and fire coming from the split-level home. They did an aggressive fire attack and were able to get the fire under control within 10 minutes. The occupants inside of the home were able to get out of the house unharmed, officials said.

Three people had to be displaced. Red Cross offered to help those displaced, however they declined.

The investigation shows that the smoke alarms inside of the house were not working.

Damages are estimated at $163,750. The cause of the fire was unattended food on the stove.

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENT to PERFORM in DISNEY’s NEWSIES at NATIONAL THEATRE

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENT  to PERFORM in DISNEY’s NEWSIES at NATIONAL THEATRE

Metropolitan School of the Arts’ (MSA) student, Ben Cook, 17, of Lorton, Va. will perform in the Tony Award®-winning production of Disney’s NEWSIES at National Theatre in Washington, D.C. from June 9 to June 21. Cook is an alumnus of Lorton Station Elementary School in Lorton, Va., where his family still resides. At age 7, Cook began theatre and dance training at Metropolitan School of the Arts in Alexandria, Va., and began to regularly audition for professional theatre at 9 years old. For more information on MSA, go to www.metropolitanarts.org.
 

LEARNINGRx HOSTS 21st ANNUAL TYSONS REGIONAL CHAMBER STARS EVENT; Awards 35 Local Students

LEARNINGRx HOSTS  21st ANNUAL TYSONS REGIONAL CHAMBER  STARS EVENT; Awards 35 Local Students

Maureen Loftus, executive director of LearningRx of Vienna and Reston, Va. hosted the 21st Annual Tysons Reginoal Chamber of Commerce Stars event which honored 35 students from 18 local schools for their positive achievements and significant improvements. For more information, go to www.learningrx.com.

Loftus serves as the chair of the youth and education committee for the Tyson’s Chamber of Commerce, and along with Dr. Karen Garza, superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools, awarded each student their certificate.

“Each of the students here chose to work hard to overcome their own obstacles, rather than quitting,” said Maureen Loftus, executive director of LearningRx of Reston, Va. and Vienna, Va. “It’s their perseverance and hard work that will empower these students to be shining stars for years to come,” said Loftus.

DEVIL'S BACKBONE BREWERY BEER DINNER at MONZA

DEVIL'S BACKBONE BREWERY BEER DINNER at MONZA

Monza is hosting a Devils Backbone Brewery Beer Dinner on Thurs., Apr. 30 at 6:30 p.m. for $70 inclusive, per person. The four-course dinner will feature Devils Backbone beers that complement new spring menu items. For reservations, go to eatmonza.com.

Monza is presenting a four-course dinner that includes: Vienna Lager with meat and cheese platter; Striped Bass Pale Ale with gourmet fish tacos, cabbage, jalapenos, scallions, avocado, pico de gallo, Sriracha aioli and a corn tortilla; Apricot Weiss served with  insalata del palmera with hearts of palm, roasted peppers, fresh basil, balsamic vinaigrette; wood-aged Kilt Flasher 2014, comes with Kilt Flasher drunken NY strip with sautéed peppers, onions, potatoes, and beer molasses steak sauce; and for dessert, Schwartz Beer is served with homemade chocolate mousse cake with layers of homemade chocolate cake and chocolate mousse.