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Va. police arrest 2 in homicide of man found near dumpster

MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- Manassas City Police Department have arrested two people in connection with the death of a man, who was found close to a dumpster on August 17 in Manassas, Va.

Authorities responded to Colonial Village Apartments for the report of a body left by a dumpster area. The victim has been identified as 26-year-old Cesar Benjamin Contreras of Manassas, police said.

The death was not just a random attack, the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force determined. At least six people were involved in the homicide, authorities said.

Police have arrested two suspects thus far. Jose Rafael Ramirez Lopez, 18, of NW, Washington was arrested and charged with murder, police said. Authorities also arrested Ludwig Ulises "Negro" Mena Romero, 20, of Manassas, Va. He was also charged with murder.

Take the Plunge: Join Design Army X Karla Colletto for Pool Party, Fashion Show on Friday, Aug. 22

Take the Plunge: Join Design Army X Karla Colletto for Pool Party, Fashion Show on Friday, Aug. 22

Design Army X Karla Colletto to debut their swimwear collection - Swim At Your Own Risk - on Friday, August 22 from 7-10 p.m. at Capitol Skyline Hotel

On the heels of judging the global 61st Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in France as one of two US judges in the Design category, Pum Lefebure, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Design Army, just released her first swimwear collection, Swim At Your Own Risk, in collaboration with Karla Colletto. A capsule collection for Colletto’s Cruise 2015 line and Lefebure’s first venture into fashion design, the five-piece graphic swimsuits and beachwear debuted at the Miami Swim Show on July 19th.

Va. police investigate mosque vandalism

MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- Prince William County Police Department responded to the report of a vandalized mosque in Manassas on Tuesday, after a Muslim civil rights group asked authorities to do so.

Authorities responded to the mosque located at 12950 Center Entrance Dr. in Manassas, Va. Tuesday afternoon.

A security guard at the mosque was the first person to notice the vandalism, police said. The incident happened sometime between 11:30 p.m. Monday and 4:45 a.m. Tuesday, police said.

The exterior walls, the windows and the doors of the building were all spray painted with orange spray paint, authorities said. An outer glass pane on the back side of the door was also damaged, authorities said.

It has not been determined as of yet whether this was a hate crime, police said.

Police have no lookouts.

15-year-old girl missing from Manassas

MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- Officials with the Manassas City Police Department are looking for Ciera Sharnee Dawkins a.k.a. "CeeCee" or "Shar." They say the 15-year-old was last seen on Monday at 7 p.m. at a family cookout on Nicol Lane in Manassas.

Police released photos of Dawkins on the department's Facebook page. According to police, she was wearing the same clothes pictured and carrying a yellow purse.

Dawkins is described as a 15-year-old girl with black hair and brown eyes, standing 5'10" tall and weighing 190 pounds.

If you have any information, contact police at (703) 257-8000 or Det. van Noppen at (703) 257-8049 or cvannoppen@manassasva.gov

Virginia teen gets probation in sexting case

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) - A Virginia teenager has been given a year on probation in a sexting case that once included a search warrant for a picture of his genitals.

A judge on Friday placed the teen on probation and said he would consider dismissing the two child pornography counts against the teen if he stays free of trouble for a year. The case drew attention because police at one point sought to take pictures of the teen's erect penis in order to prove the case against him.

Police and prosecutors faced criticism, and police later said they would not seek the photos. Police wanted the pictures to compare against images he is accused of sending to his girlfriend, who was 15 at the time.

The Associated Press generally does not identify juvenile suspects.

Sexting VA teen gets one year of probation

MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- The Manassas teenager arrested for sexting his 15-year-old girlfriend was sentenced today.

The 19-year-old was sentenced to a year of probation for distributing child-pornography.

A juvenile court judge decided that there was sufficient evidence to charge the teen with 2 counts of distributing child pornography and decided to put the case on hold and give the teen one year of probation.

Read more on the case here: http://on.wusa9.com/1nhaRlM



The City of Manassas Utilities are using new load management devices which will enable them to decrease usage demand during high peak periods and help lower utility rates, while customers can get a one-time $25 utility credit for each load management installed on their electric hot water heater, heat pump and air conditioner. In addition, the hot water heater load management devices earns an annual $2 credit on utility bills, while air conditioning devices get $9 credit per month from July through October, and $3 per month credit for electric heat pumps from November through June.  For more information, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8219.