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Manassas City Council considers reopening lake


MANASSAS, Va. (AP) - The Manassas City Council is considering reopening Lake Manassas to the public for fishing and boating.

The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/1rtQDG4) reports lawmakers voted Tuesday to have staff members look at options for opening the lake for recreation. Staff is expected to report back to the council in about six months.

The lake supplies drinking water to about 100,000 residents of Manassas, Manassas Park and Prince William.

The city eliminated public access to the lake in the 1990s and banned boating in 2004.

MANASSAS UTILITIES NOW OFFERS E-BILLING TO ITS CUSTOMERS

MANASSAS UTILITIES NOW OFFERS E-BILLING TO ITS CUSTOMERS

City of Manassas residents can now use a more convenient way of receiving and paying their utility bill online. They have the option to pay by electronic check for free or pay a nominal fee to use their credit card. As of Sept. 1, the City of Manassas had more than 800 customers that have paid bills online, and almost 500 are using e-billing, enabling electronic notifications of due dates. For more information, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8219.

Customers choosing to pay their bills by mail or in-person, can continue to do so.

For those customers who register for e-billing now through Nov. 30, they will be automatically entered for a raffle to win an Ipod Nano.

VA police investigate multiple break-ins


MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- The Manassas City Police are investigating several break-ins that occurred in the same area between September 4th and September 9th.

Police are requesting the public's assistance in solving these crimes. The series of crimes have been listed as follows:

ATTEMPTED BURGLARIES:

A. Champ Auto Parks (9088 Euclid Ave)
Discovered by Police 12:40AM on 9/8/14
Front door broken out; nothing reported stolen

B. Northside Auto Sales (8916 Reb Yank Dr)
Occurred between 6PM on 9/5/14 and 7:30AM on 9/8/14
Front door broken out; nothing reported stolen

C. La Monarca Furniture (9025 Centreville Rd)
Window broken out; nothing reported stolen
Occurred between 11PM 9/7/14 and 1PM 9/9/14

BURGLARIES:

Pilot lost consciousness in Va. plane crash


CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) - Coast Guard crews are searching the waters off the Virginia coast for a single-engine plane that crashed after the pilot lost consciousness.

The Coast Guard says the plane had drifted into restricted airspace over the nation's capital this afternoon, scrambling two Air Force fighter jets that stayed with the single-engine Cirrus plane until it ran out of fuel and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean.

A National Transportation Safety Board spokesman says the plane took off from Waukesha, Wisconsin, and was headed to Manassas, Virginia, which is about 30 miles southwest of Washington, D.C.

The plane was registered to Ronald Hutchinson, of Brookfield, Wisconsin. Relatives reached at a phone listing for him didn't want to comment.

Police: Man was abducted and robbed in VA


MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- A 53-year-old Manassas man was abducted and robbed in Virginia on Wednesday, Prince William County police said.

Officer were called by the victim, a 53-year-old man at about 8:13 a.m. Thursday, police said. The victim reported that he had been abducted at about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday morning in the 7700 block of Stream Walk Drive in Manassas, police said.

The man told police that he was in a parking lot when a gray car with a man and a woman inside pulled up. The man in the car offered to hire the victim for landscaping work. The victim then entered the car, police said.

The victim reported that the couple drove to a convenience store and then to a wooded area. When they arrived at the wooded area the male in the car grabbed the victim by his neck and held a knife to him, police said.

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.