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U.S. Senator questions Fairfax County's actions in John Geer case


SPRINGFIELD, Va. (WUSA9) -- A United States Senator is criticizing Fairfax County leaders for withholding information about a fatal police shooting from the public.

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee and he says it's time Fairfax officials release the 9-11 call, and the name of the police officer who shot John Geer 15 months ago. He's written a letter about the case to the Fairfax County Commonwealth's Attorney.

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BELLEZZA SPA COLLECTS CANNED GOODS for N.Va. Family Service; 10 % OFF SPA SERVICE; 20 % OFF PRODUCTS

BELLEZZA SPA COLLECTS CANNED GOODS for N.Va. Family Service; 10 % OFF SPA SERVICE; 20 % OFF PRODUCTS

Bellezza Spa of Centreville, Va. encourages all their clients to bring in at least five canned goods between now and Dec. 31 for Northern Family Services in Fairfax, Va. For every customer who brings in five canned goods of food, they will receive 20 percent off any product (except intraceuticals) and 10 percent off a spa service of $50 or more. For more information, go to www.bellezzaspava.com or call 703.266.0063.

Bellezza Spa will offer one 10 percent discount off a spa service, per person that drops off five canned goods. The discount can only be applied once, per person.

“Many homeless shelters and food pantries are in need of extra supplies and food during the holiday season, so we want to help give back to our local community,” said Paola Berrios, owner of Bellezza Spa of Centreville, Va.

DROP OFF TOYS FOR CASA at MONZA/CARMELLO’s and GET $10 GIFT CARD

DROP OFF TOYS FOR CASA at MONZA/CARMELLO’s and GET $10 GIFT CARD

From now through Dec. 24, Manassas residents can drop off toys for CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates of Children) of Manassas, Va., at Monza and Carmello’s of Old Town Manassas, Va. in return for a  $10 Monza/Carmello’s gift card. For more information, go to www.carmellos.com.

“CASA is a tremendous support for kids in need of support, guidance and love, and we want to be able to bring them some extra kindness during the holidays, by offering them some surprise holiday gifts,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmello’s and Monza of Old Town Manassas, Va.

CHRISTMAS EVE and NYE's DINNER at CARMELLOS

CHRISTMAS EVE and NYE's DINNER at CARMELLOS

Carmello’s of Old Town Manassas, Va. is offering a Christmas Eve a la carte dinner on Tues, Dec. 24 from 2:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Menu prices vary. For reservations, go to www.carmellos.com.

Appetizer selections include: Brick-oven Oysters Rockefeller, Spitada de Camarao, Mini-Beef Wellingtons, Risotto Fritters and Calamari Fritti, as well as two soups, Lobster Bisque and Roasted Butternut Squash.

Autumn Mesclun Salad, Caesar Salad and Chopped House Salad will be offered along with several entrees, including Lobster Mascarpone Ravioli, Deconstructed Veal Agnolotti Lasagna, Pan-seared Filet Mignon with Bacon-Wrapped Scallops, Pan-roasted Fish of the Day, Slow-braised Beef Short Ribs, Portuguese Paella Valenciana and Red-Wine Braised Duroc Pork Shank.

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John Geer's family wants answers in Springfield shooting


SPRINGFIELD, Va. (WUSA9) -- It's been more than a year since a police officer shot and killed an unarmed man in Fairfax County, but no charges have been filed in the case.

In August 2013, an unidentified officer shot and killed John Geer, who was standing in the front door of his home in the 7900 block of Pebble Brook Court. Police had been called to the scene for a domestic dispute.

Sixteen months after Geer was killed, his father is still looking for an explanation from police.

Don Geer witnessed the shooting of his son. He was called by a friend of his son's and arrived to see officers with their guns drawn and at least one pointed at his son. Pictures taken by neighbors show John Geer with his hands raised in his door way.

MANASSAS CITY ‘OPERATION ROUND UP’ HELPS THOSE IN NEED with UTILITY BILLS

MANASSAS CITY ‘OPERATION ROUND UP’ HELPS THOSE IN NEED with UTILITY BILLS

Colder weather has set in and that means people are turning up their thermostats and seeing higher utility bills.  The City of Manassas’ Operation Round Up is in full force, where customers that authorize the City of Manassas to "round up" their monthly electric bill to the next higher dollar. If the bill is $73.80, it is rounded up to $74 and the extra 20 cents is contributed to the Operation Round Up® fund.  Single donations from customers are also accepted, simply by adding the additional dollars to their payment with a notice that the overpayment is for Operation Round Up. For details, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8276.

LEARNINGRx to COLLECT TOYS for LOCAL SALVATION ARMY; AND DONATES BRAIN-BUILDING TOYS

LEARNINGRx to COLLECT TOYS for LOCAL SALVATION ARMY;  AND DONATES BRAIN-BUILDING TOYS

LearningRx of Vienna, Va., Reston, Va. Fairfax, Va., Chantilly, Va., Leesburg, Va., and N. Potomac, Md. are collecting toys at their brain-training centers from now through Dec. 24 for the their respective, local Salvation Army facilities. For every five toys that are collected, LearningRx will also donate one of their ‘smart’ brain-building toys to Salvation Army; toys that help build cognitive skills, like memory, auditory, logic, attention and processing speed. For more information, go to www.learningrx.com.