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Human trafficking survivor speaks out


MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- The disturbing case of child pornography and abuse in a Maryland school is resonating in Manassas, Va.

That's where a woman who was abused by a child pornographer when she was a little girl is speaking out.

"There was rape, assault and everything else," said Jen Spry who was horribly abused by a next door neighbor when she was an 8-year-old child. 

"Two years of my life. I was tortured on a regular basis."

It happened after school in her abuser's studio apartment. 

"When the window was cracked it meant come in. When it was shut, it meant go home," Spry said explaining that the man groomed, coerced and threatened her.

Her mother never knew. When her mother was home she thought her daughter was just playing in the backyard. When young Jen would come home with wet hair, she'd tell her mother she was playing with the hose. 

CO-FOUNDER of BASIS INDEPENDENT MCLEAN to SPEAK in TYSONS CORNER, MON. FEB. 22

CO-FOUNDER of BASIS INDEPENDENT MCLEAN to SPEAK in TYSONS CORNER, MON. FEB. 22

In preparation of the opening of BASIS Independent McLean, (which is Tysons Corner’s first prek-12th grade school), Basis.ed’s co-founder Michael Block will speak at an introductory session on Mon., Feb. 22 at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel at 7 p.m., located at 8661 Leesburg Pike in Vienna, Va. The Washington Post recently ranked BASIS Oro Valley in Arizona the number one most challenging high school in America and now that  private school model is coming to McLean, Va. To register, go to http://mclean.basisindependent.com or call 703.854.1253.

Block was recognized not only as a top educator by Noodle, an education website helping parents and students make better decisions about learning, but Noodle also noted Block for ‘creating educational institutions that combined the rigors of Asian and European schooling with the American system’s emphasis on creativity and originality.’

BASIS INDEPENDENT MCLEAN, VA SCHOOL REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

BASIS INDEPENDENT MCLEAN, VA SCHOOL REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

School registration is underway for Tyson Corner’s new school, BASIS Independent McLean. BASIS Independent McLean will be Tysons Corner, Va.’s first, private school for pre-k to 12th grade. Enrollment is open now through Aug. 1, 2016. School will be located at 8000 Jones Branch Drive in McLean, Va. For more enrollment information, go to http://mclean.basisindependent.com or call 703.854.1253.

“We’ve have a global marketplace, a global economy‑‑‑and our children’s education should meet that global challenge, which is exactly what we’re doing at BASIS Independent, teaching our next generation to be globally competitive,” said Sean Aiken, head of school of BASIS Independent McLean, Va. “Whether it’s our select teacher recruitment, foreign language or critical thinking curriculum, BASIS Independent continually raises the bar for students to learn more,” said Aiken.

Apartments evacuated in Manassas for potential roof collapse


MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- Two apartment buildings in Manassas was evacuated early Sunday for signs of potential roof collapse, according to Prince William County fire. 

At approximately 12:25 a.m., officials say crews responded to the Coverstone Apartments located at 10934 Coverstone Drive in Manassas and discovered one partial roof collapse in an apartment building. A second building showed signs of potential roof collapse so officials decided to evacuate both buildings. 

A total of 67 people were displaced from the building and officials say none of the residents were injured but one firefighter did suffer minor injuries. 

The collapsed roof was cause by 28 inches of snow falling within the last 36 hours, officials said. 

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One chance for girl living with two diseases


 

Manassas, Va (WUSA9) 12-year-old Rhiannon and 7-year-old Reyna are as close as sisters get - maybe even closer.

"When Rhiannon is sick or crying at 2 o'clock in the morning, you walk in and see Reyna rubbing her head telling her it's going to be okay, singing her a little song," said mom Scherika Perry.

"Her being there for me is a happy and sad thing because it hurts me that she's sad about me," said Rhiannon.

Born with the sickle cell, Rhiannon was diagnosed with lupus at age five. Her hip and shoulder bones are now beginning to deteriorate.

"She fights through the pain everyday just to be normal," said Scherika.

The only relief is a risk this family is about to take.

"The risks are significant," said mom.

 "Ultimately the worst thing would be death."

CHRISTMAS EVE and NYE’s DINNER at CARMELLOS; Kids Under 10 Eat FREE

CHRISTMAS EVE and NYE’s DINNER at CARMELLOS; Kids Under 10 Eat FREE

Carmello’s of Historic Manassas, Va. is offering a Christmas Eve dinner, Thurs., Dec. 24 from 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and New Year’s Eve a la carte dinner on Thurs., Dec. 31 with seatings from 4:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. (Two-hour seatings are booked for parties of two to six people; larger parties have two and a half hour seatings). Complimentary Portuguese sparkling wine is served with all seatings. Late seatings receive party favorites if they stay until midnight. Children 10 and younger can eat free from the kids’ menu. Menu prices vary. For reservations, go to www.carmellos.com.

XMAS EVE MENU:
Appetizers – Family-Style House Appetizer, Brick-Oven Oysters Rockefeller, Spitada De Camarao, Mini Beef Wellingtons, Risotto Fritters, Calamari Fritti, Lobster Bisque, Roasted Butternut Squash

Salads - Autumn Mesclun Salad, Chopped House Salad, Caesar Salad

MISSING: 56-year-old Manassas woman


MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- Police need your help locating a missing 56-year-old Manassas woman.

Marion Geneveive Hall was last seen in the area of the Value Place Extended Stay Hotel located at 10910 Balls Ford Road around noon Tuesday.

Police say Hall left the area voluntarily and is considered endangered because she may be in need of assistance. Hall is believed to be homeless and is known to frequent the Sudley Road corridor.

Police say Hall will be driving a green Buick LeSabre with Virginia license plates: VFW6755. She is described as a white female, 5'2", 120 pounds with red hair. Police say she was last seen wearing a grey sweater and blue jeans.

Anyone with information on Marion's whereabouts is asked to call police at 703-792-6500.