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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.

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.


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.



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.

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.

Car sliding into guardrail causes 8 cars to crash in VA

SPRINGFIELD, Va. (WUSA9) --- A car that slid into a guardrail in Springfield, Va., caused eight other cars to collide Sunday, according to authorities.

The accident happened on southbound 395 going toward exit ramp 495 on the Outerloop to Baltimore. Nobody was injured in the accident, police said. The crash happened around 2:28 p.m.