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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.

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENTS AWARDED for ALL-STAR CAST

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENTS AWARDED for ALL-STAR CAST

Ben Cherington and Kylie Levy of Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) Performing Arts Academy of Lorton, Va. and Alexandria, Va. were recently recognized for All-Star Cast by the Virginia Theatre Association Conference for their performances in I Never Saw Another Butterfly. This was the first time Metropolitan School of the Arts had participated in the conference. Cherington, an 11th grader from Burke, Va., and Levy, a 10th grader from Fairfax, Va. are students at Metropolitan School of the Arts. For more information, go to www.metropolitanarts.org.

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) also earned the 2014 Virginia Theatre Association Conference award for Best Costume Design and was recognized for Staging, as well as received an honorable mention for Best Play, I Never Saw Another Butterfly.

DOGFISH HEAD BREWERY BEER DINNER at MONZA, Wed., Dec. 17

DOGFISH HEAD BREWERY BEER DINNER at MONZA, Wed., Dec. 17

Monza is hosting a Dogfish Head Brewery Beer Dinner on Wed., Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m. for $75 inclusive, per person. The four-course dinner will feature Dogfish Head beers that complement new fall menu items. For reservations, go to eatmonza.com.                                         

The four-course dinner includes the 90 Min IPA with Meat and Cheese Platter; Namaste with Namaste Drunken Smoked Bacon Mussels, includes garlic, shallots, scallions, dijon crème fraiche and crostini; Punkin Ale with Four-Cheese Ravioli, served with wilted spinach, diced tomatoes, parmesan, creamy alfredo and pumpkin seeds; Indian Brown Ale with All Natural Braised Beef Ragu and Butternut Squash Gnocchi, served with carrots, celery, arugula, parmesan and olive oil ; and Aged-World Wide Stout with Homemade Bread Pudding, includes chocolate, cherries and crème anglaise.

Police looking for car that caused Route 7 crash


STERLING, Va. (WUSA9) -- The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office needs your help finding the man or woman responsible for a crash on Route 7 Wednesday night.

It happened around 9:30 p.m. on November 19 in the area of Route 7 and Lexington Drive in Sterling, Va.

The car is a dark colored, possibly green or black, Honda Civic (Si model) two-door with neon green wheels and a loud, aftermarket exhaust. The driver was driving recklessly and caused another vehicle to run off of the roadway and roll over, officials said.

The photo attached to this story, provided by police, is a picture of a similar vehicle. It is not the actual vehicle involved in the incident.

Three people in the car that rolled over sustained non-life-threatening injuries, according to officials. Two of them were taken to local hospitals.

Million-dollar Va. lottery ticket expires in 1 month


STERLING, Va. (WUSA9) -- Time is running out for the winner of a $1 million lottery ticket to come forward.

The winning Powerball ticket was purchased on June 21 at at the Getty Mart located at 209 East Holly Avenue in Sterling.

The winning numbers were 5-6-37-41-54, and the Powerball number was 26. This ticket matched the first five numbers and missed only the Powerball number.

It's been almost five months, and the ticket is going to expire if the winner doesn't claim his or her million-dollar prize by December 18.
By law, winning tickets in Virginia expire 180 days after the drawing.

The person who has that ticket should contact the Virginia Lottery at 804-692-7777 or 703-494-1501.

Ryan Williams gets life sentence for murder of Jovaughn Johnson


LEESBURG, Va. (WUSA9) -- A Virginia man convicted of first degree murder for fatally shooting a man in 2012 will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Ryan Blaine Williams, 33, was sentenced to life in prison plus three years after a judge affirmed the jury verdict Thursday in Loudoun County Circuit Court.

Williams was found guilty of one count of first degree murder and one count of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony for the December 2012 death of Jovaughn Johnson, 30, of Sterling.

"Given the sheer brutality of this crime I see no reason not to impose the jury's recommendation," said Judge Thomas D Horne.

Johnson's family members testified at the hearing, recalling how Jovaughn could always make them laugh and how their lives will never be the same without him.

Detectives investigate series of Sterling armed robberies


STERLING, Va. (WUSA9) -- The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is concerned about several armed robberies in Sterling in the last couple of weeks.

The fourth and latest one happened Friday afternoon at the High Up convenience store off Sterling Boulevard.

The store clerk had only been working at the cash checking store for less than six months when she found herself face to face with a gunman.

"Whatever he said, we did that. Give me the money, we gave the money. Whatever the money was here."

The shaken 29-year-old clerk says the man pointed the gun at her and demanded cash. She came face to face with him while the other female clerk was at another register calling 9-1-1.

She says the man came in with his face covered with a scarf.