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2 taken to hospital after Springfield fire


SPRINGFIELD, Va. (WUSA9) -- Eight people were injured in a fire and two of them were transported to a hospital after a fire in Springfield late Thursday night.

Fire officials say that none of the injuries were life threatening.

The fire occurred at an apartment building in the 6100 block of Backlick Road in Springfield. Firefighters that arrived at the scene shortly before 11 p.m. saw some smoke and fire coming from the back of the building, according to fire officials.

The fire appears to have started on the first floor.

Forty five people were displaced by the fire and given temporary shelter at Lynbrook Middle School, say officials. The Red Cross was called to offer assistance.


Man charged in Springfield townhouse fire


SPRINGFIELD, Va. (WUSA9) -- A 46-year-old man has been charged after a townhouse fire in Springfield on Tuesday.

According to officials with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, fire investigators charged Eric Donnell Parker with burning or destroying a dwelling house and setting fire to woods, fences, grass, or other items capable of spreading fire on land.

Officials say the charges stemmed from a townhouse fire in the 7600 block of Northern Oaks Court. There were no injuries and only minor damage to the home, say officials.

Parker is being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center without bond.


Springfield woman gets lucky in Va. Cash 5 twice


SPRINGFIELD, Va. (WUSA9) -- A lucky Springfield woman bought two lottery tickets and won $200,000 in Va. Cash 5.

Shirley Cameron lucked out April 2013, after she won the top prize of $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery's Cash 5 game. One time was clearly not enough for Cameron.

Lottery officials said, this time around she has doubled her prize money. She bought two tickets with the same winning numbers.

Cameron matched all five numbers in the Cash 5 drawing that happened on February 7, 2014, officials said.

The lucky numbers for the February drawing were 7-11-14-19-27. Authorities said Cameron choose those particular numbers because of her birthday, the rest however were randomly picked from the pool.

ENJOY FREE DELIVERY on VALENTINE’s DAY from OCCASIONALLY CAKE

ENJOY FREE DELIVERY on VALENTINE’s DAY from OCCASIONALLY CAKE

On Fri., Feb. 14, Occasionally Cake of Old Town Alexandria is offering FREE delivery of their Valentine’s Day sweets to anyone purchasing $30 or more, limited to a 20-mile radius from the Old Town Alexandria and Mount Vernon stores. This is a $25 value. You must order and pay in full before February 14th to receive FREE delivery. Call 703-780-2253 to order or visit www.occasionallycake.com for more information.

Occasionally Cake is offering four Valentine’s Day specials, including:

Va. school employee arrested for sex offenses

SPRINGFIELD, Va. (WUSA9) -- Fairfax County Police say a police sting ended in the arrest of a Fairfax County Public Schools employee for sex offenses involving children.

Twenty-four-year-old Patrick Wietz has been charged with attempting to take indecent liberties with children under 15 years old and the use of communications systems to facilitate certain offenses involving children, according to officials.

Police tell WUSA9 that Patrick Wietz was in an online chat room thinking that he was communicating with a 15-year-old boy. Officials say he was arrested after he showed up to meet the boy and was met by police instead.

Police say Wietz has worked as an IT specialist for the Fairfax County Public School system full-time for approximately two years.

Anyone with information should call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

SUE LHOTKA: Well-Respected TRASH LADY RETIRES FROM CITY Of MANASSAS

SUE LHOTKA: Well-Respected TRASH LADY RETIRES FROM CITY Of MANASSAS

 

Susan E. Lhotka has been the City of Manassas refuse and recycling coordinator since 1995 and assisted with the management and oversight of solid waste management programs for Manassas including the residential refuse and recycling contracts. Lhotka is retiring this month after 18 years of service to the City of Manassas, Va.  For details, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8276.

Police: Teen fled stolen mini van during chase

SPRINGFIELD, Va. (WUSA9) -- Virginia State Police say a 17-year-old male bailed a stolen minivan that he was driving during a police chase, sending the car crashing into a tree.

At approximately 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, an officer tried to pull over a minivan traveling south on Interstate 95 near Exit 169 in Springfield for speeding. Police say the minivan was traveling more than 90 mph.

The driver of the minivan refused to stop. During the pursuit, the minivan exited I-95 at Route 123. As the driver turned left onto Forest Greens Drive in Lorton, police say he bailed from the van, which then rolled off the road and hit a tree.

The driver fled into the woods where he was located and taken into custody, officials say.

The driver, a 17-year-old male from D.C., was transported to Fairfax Juvenile Detention Center and charged with reckless driving, driving without a license, and possession of stolen property/grand larceny.