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Children Found Wandering Street; Va. Mother Arrested

Children Found Wandering Street; Va. Mother Arrested

MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- Two children were found wandering in a neighborhood in Manassas on Friday morning, Prince William County Police said in a news release. 

The mother, Esmeralda Carolina Acosta Montoya, 28, of Manassas, was arrested about 45 minutes after police were notified that the kids were missing, police said. 

It happened at around 10:28 a.m., when a person called police, informing them that the caller had found the two children wandering, police said. 

"The caller located two children, a 3 year old girl and 5 year old boy, walking the area above unsupervised. The caller took the children to nearby Westgate Elementary School where police were notified. The investigation revealed that the accused had left the children in a locked room of the residence while she was gone for about for two hours," police said. 

Charged with two counts of felony child endangerment and she has been released on a $4,500 bond. 

Metro Fine Arts Center Donates $5000 To Make-A-Wish Foundation

Metro Fine Arts Center Donates $5000 To Make-A-Wish Foundation

Metropolitan Fine Arts Center (MFAC) of Alexandria, Va. raised $5000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, after pledging $1 of every ticket sold from their Nutcracker performances.

The MFAC Nutcracker was featured one weekend, each show sold-out.  Call 703.339.0444 or visit www.metrofinearts.com for class schedules.

“We are honored to be able to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which has a personal significance to us, as we lost one of our young students a few years ago to cancer,” said Melissa Dobbs, founder and executive director of Metropolitan Fine Arts Center of Alexandria and Fairfax Station, Va. “We appreciate the support of our community in helping us give back to an organization that inspires and lifts the spirits of those struggling with illness,” said Dobbs.

Life Of Local Marine Remembered Through Dance

MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- This weekend, the life of a Virginia Marine will be remembered through dance. He died while serving overseas, like so many of our young men and women in the military he will be remembered in a special way. 

Va. High School Student Dies From Flu Complications

MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- A high school student died due to flu and pneumonia complications on Monday, school officials say. 

According to a press release from Osbourn High School, Joshua Long was a 10th grader at the school at the time of his death. 

The school has a Crisis Intervention Team made up of professionals trained to help anyone in need during difficult times, the press release stated. 

"We are saddened by the loss to our school community and will make every effort to provide support for you and your child as needed," the school principal said in the release. 

Virginia Transportation Plan Includes Higher Taxes For Northern Virginia

RICHMOND, Va.  (WUSA9) -- Virginia lawmakers negotiating a transportation plan compromise have worked out a deal that includes a fundraising component for Northern Virginia.

Del. Dave Albo, who was one of the conference committee members, said the plan would raise the sales tax in Northern Virginia to 6%, while the rest of the states would only go up from 5% to 5.3%.

That .7%, along with a Northern Virginia hotel tax of 2% and a grantor tax on buying houses at cents, would add up to $345 million earmarked specifically for Northern Virginia Transportation. The taxes will be collected by the state but distributed through The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority.

The entire state plan includes replacing the 17.5 cents per gallon gasoline tax with a 3.5% wholesale gasoline tax paid by distributors. Diesel fuel taxes would remain the same, but would be shifted from a per gallon tax to a 6% wholesale tax.

Fleeing Shoplifter Nearly Hits Officer With Car

Manassas, Md. (WUSA) -- Officials arrested a man who nearly hit an officer with his car while attempting to flee a Home Depot.

Officials say that police responded to shoplifting at a Home Depot located in Manassas. They say employees witnessed Frye opening packages of batteries and taking them.

Officials report that officers spotted Frye leaving the store. He was able to get into his car before officers got a hold of him. As Frye drove away he nearly hit one of the officers.

Frye stopped the vehicle in the University Blvd. and Wellington road area, and police took him into custody with no further problems.

No injuries have been reported. A trial date and bail has not been set.

Roof Collapses On Firefighters At Manassas Apartment

MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- Firefighters experienced a close call when crews rushed to an apartment building in Manassas on Monday at 10:57 p.m. At first, firefighters tried to douse the flames from inside the building in the 11200 block of Lady Jane Loop, but part of the third floor roof collapsed on their heads. They were wearing protective equipment, according to officials.

The firefighters sent a Mayday signal, but all managed to evacuate the building.

One resident was sent to the hospital, say fire officials. Two firefighters were taken to a hospital for observation and two others sustained minor injuries, according to officials.