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Police: Man Found Driving Truck Stolen From Auto Auction Lot

MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- Last week, a truck was reported stolen from the Manassas Public Auto Auction. Police say they found their suspect driving the same truck during a traffic stop.

Police report that an employee told them the company's 1995 red Ford Ranger was stolen from their lot on Mathis Avenue on June 4 sometime after midnight.

Police say a surveillance camera captured footage of a man wearing a dark colored t-shirt, jeans and white shoes enter vehicles on the property before leaving in the truck. The truck was heading northbound on Mathis Avenue, say police.

On June 8 at approximately 2:45 a.m., a police officer stopped the truck for a traffic offense. Police say 50-year-old Andrew Hembry, Jr. was arrested and charged with Possession of a Stolen Automobile and License Plate, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Connected Vehicle Technology Research on I-66

(WUSA9) -- If you drive I-66 Northern Virginia, you are well-acquainted with gridlock.  

But congestion and safety could improve on I-66 and elsewhere, thanks to new connected vehicle technology, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell cut the ribbon for a new research "test bed" along a four square mile area on I-66 from the Beltway to Nutley and on parallel Routes 50 and 29.  

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute has installed 45 radio devices in the test bed.  

The white devices with antennae will send V-Dot information about works zones, slow traffic, etc., to vehicles equipped with connected vehicle technology.   

Similar to how navigation systems evolved from, only on devices to installed in your car and smart phone, so too will it be for connected vehicle technology, according to Tom Dingus, the Director of the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.  

Man Accused Of Hitting 2 Cars Found Hiding In Bushes

MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- A man has been charged with DUI and other offenses after allegedly crashing his Jeep into two cars and then fleeing on foot in Manassas.

According to Manassas City Police, officers went to the scene of a reported hit-and-run crash involving three vehicles on Sunday at approximately 9:30 p.m. at the intersection of Liberia Ave and Prince William Parkway.

One of the victims told police that the driver of a Jeep Cherokee struck his vehicle and a second vehicle before fleeing on foot, say police.

Occupants from both vehicles that were struck were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to police.

Shed Fire In Manassas Under Investigation

MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- The cause of a fire in Manassas on Thursday is still under investigation, say fire and rescue officials.

Fire and rescue units responded to a structure fire in the 9400 block of Hensley Road at approximately 4 p.m. Thursday, according to fire officials. They say "heavy fire conditions" in a detached shed and started to battle the blaze, say authorities.

In total, approximately $35,000 worth of property was destroyed, according to officials.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Fire Marshal's Office.

Police: Va. Man Sexually Assaulted Boy On Church Camping Trip

CULPEPER, Va. (WUSA9) - A man was arrested on Thursday on charges of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old boy while at a church event, police said.

Thomas H. Clement, 62, of Clifton, was charged with two counts of felony Aggravated Sexual Battery of a Minor, police said. 


"The alleged sexual assault occurred during a church-sanctioned youth group camping trip. The church is located in Fairfax County," police said 

The camping trip was at Burke Lake Park in Fairfax County, police said in a news release. 

In a February 2013 complaint received by Virginia State Police Special Agent J.B. Root, the male victim alleged that Clement sexually assaulted him in October 2009. 



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8 People Injured When Golf Cart Flips In Va.

LOUISA, Va. (AP) - Eight people are recovering from injuries suffered when the golf cart they were riding in overturned in Louisa County.

Virginia State Police charged the driver, 72-year-old John R. Mleziva of Manassas, with reckless driving.

State police tell media outlets that Mleziva lost control of the golf cart while driving on Lake Forest Drive on Monday.

Mleziva, his son, 45-year-old Daniel M. Mleziva of Fairfax, his daughter-in-law, 39-year-old Mary B. Mleziva, and the couple's four children suffered minor injuries.

His wife, 69-year-old Mary E. Mleziva, suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries.