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MISSING: Melissa Brannen in Fairfax, Virginia


FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA9) -- Melissa Brannen has been missing from Fairfax, Virginia since December 3, 1989.

She was born on April 12, 1984. She has blonde hair and blue eyes.

Melissa's photo is shown age-progressed to 21 years. She was last seen during a Christmas party held at her apartment complex. She has a burn scar on her right forearm.

If you have any information about Melissa please call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-8888.

*All info from National Center for Missing & Exploited Children


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MISSING: Karim Bouarfa in Fairfax, Virginia


FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA9) -- Karim Bouarfa has been missing from Fairfax, Virginia since December 26, 2013. He may still be in the local area.

He's 17 years old. He has black hair and brown eyes.

He is 6'1" tall and weighs approximately 280 pounds.

If you have any information about Karim please call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2233.

*All info from National Center for Missing & Exploited Children


MISSING: Kianna Berg in Fairfax, Virginia


FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA9) -- Kianna Berg has been missing from Fairfax, Virginia since August 22, 2009.

She was born on October 15, 2000. She has brown hair and brown eyes.

Gunnar's photo is shown age-progressed to 12 years and Kianna's photo is shown age-progressed to 11 years. They were allegedly kidnapped by their mother, Naoko Numakami. A Federal warrant for kidnapping was issued for Naoko on October 15, 2010. They may have traveled to Japan.

If you have any information about Kianna please call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

*All info from National Center for Missing & Exploited Children


MISSING: Gunnar Berg in Fairfax, Virginia


FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA9) -- Gunnar Berg has been missing from Fairfax, Virginia since August 22, 2009.

He was born on September 21, 1999. He has brown hair and brown eyes.

Gunnar's photo is shown age-progressed to 12 years and Kianna's photo is shown age-progressed to 11 years. They were allegedly kidnapped by their mother, Naoko Numakami. A Federal warrant for kidnapping was issued for Naoko on October 15, 2010. They may have traveled to Japan.

If you have any information about Gunnar please call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

*All info from National Center for Missing & Exploited Children


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MISSING: Shanea Lockwood in Fairfax, Virginia


FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA9) -- Shanea Lockwood has been missing from Fairfax, Virginia since September 6, 2013.

She was born on March 2, 1997. She has brown hair and brown eyes.

She is 5'4" tall and weighs approximately 110 pounds.

She may travel to Bronx, New York. When Shanea was last seen, she had blonde highlights.

If you have any information about Shanea please call Fairfax Police at 703-691-2131.

*All info from National Center for Missing & Exploited Children


Guardians of Rescue Begins Sting Investigations into Hazardous Internet Pet Sales

Guardians of Rescue Begins Sting Investigations into Hazardous Internet Pet Sales

As the world embraces the age of technology, everything is available online----including the sale of pets. Guardians of Rescue, a nationwide animal rescue organization, has stepped up to protect these poor animals from the cruelty of being bought and sold via the Internet. Guardians of Rescue is working with law enforcement in various states to try to reduce the amount of harm inflicted on these innocent dogs.

“Getting a new pet is always a big decision, and buying a dog you haven’t met in person is not smart,” says Dori Scofield, vice-president of Guardians of Rescue, an organization whose mission is to protect the well-being of all animals. “If you buy a dog through the Internet, you risk supporting puppy mill cruelty and being scammed out of your money. The Internet is also used by criminals to buy and sell fighting dogs, using certain understood language.”

If you looking to adopt a new dog, here are five tips to think about before you decide where to buy:

PW COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL/HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER TO PRESENT FREE ARTS ALIVE FESTIVAL, MAY 3

PW COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL/HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER TO PRESENT FREE ARTS ALIVE FESTIVAL, MAY 3

Prince William County Arts Council and the Hylton Performing Arts Center of Manassas, Va. are hosting their fourth annual ARTS ALIVE Festival, a free, family-fun event that features local, Prince William County dancers, singers, artists, and performances, on Sat., May 3 from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, at 10960 George Mason Circle Manassas, Va. Admission and parking are free. For a schedule of events, call 703-221-2150 or go to www.pwcartscouncil.org.