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FBI Seeks Suspect In 38 Restaurant Robberies

BALTIMORE (AP) -- The FBI Baltimore field office says law enforcement agencies are searching for a man suspected of robbing dozens of restaurants in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and northern Virginia.

The FBI says since February 2009, there have been 38 armed robberies of restaurants in the region. That includes Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Harford, Howard and Montgomery counties in Maryland; Newark, Del.; York, Pa.; and Fairfax and Prince William counties in Virginia.

Authorities say the man has displayed a gun in all the robberies and is considered armed and dangerous. The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

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Emma's Revolution in Concert

Emma’s Revolution will be performing on Friday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Oakton, VA. The concert will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, which is located at 2709 Hunter Mill Road. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. This concert will be suitable for all ages and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Coal River Mountain Watch.

Teens Missing Message On Road Texting Risk

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA) -- On any busy road in the Washington area, you can easily watch drivers texting behind the wheel... like this man who's at a light, and doesn't even look up when he starts moving forward. And now, new worries that young people are not getting the message that it's dangerous.

"I've gotten pretty good at using the knew for driving," said Dominique Struthers, and George Mason University Junior.

Out of four Mason students randomly chosen, two said they did not text.

"If it I have to, I wait until I'm stopped to text," said Troy Thornton, a sophomore.

"It just takes a second to get into an accident. But people text because they think it's never going to happen to them," said Sonia Abdulbaki, a senior.

The other two admitted that they did. Josh Trikakas even got into an accident because of texting.

Book Discussion Groups in Burke

Tomorrow, September 21, marks the first official day of fall. It also is a day filled with 3 different book discussion groups meeting in Burke, VA! 

The first book discussion is over The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston. The group will meet at Kings Park Library located at 9000 Burke Lake Road in Burke, VA from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The next meeting time at Kings Park Library is 6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. and the book that will be discussed is Kim by Rudyard Kipling. 

Another evening book discussion group will be held at Pohick Regional Library from 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to discuss One of Ours by Willa Cather. Pohick Regional Library is located at 6450 Sydensricker Road in Burke, VA. 

 

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Fall Pumpkin Festival

Ticonderoga Farms is a hidden treasure right next to South Riding in Chantilly. It's on over 1000 acres and is family owned for over 5 generations. This is a great secret to those who normally love Cox's Farm right down the road. You won't find the dreaded lines like those at Cox's. And although there aren't as many slides as Cox's, you will find some other amenities that aren't offered elsewhere.

The best amenity they offer is you can pick your own pumpkin and gourds from the vines. You ride on a hayride (you won't have to wait 20-30 minutes in line) through the farm and are dropped off in the field to go find your desired pumpkin. Kids get the true feel of where they come from, instead of just picking it out of a bin. They also have my favorite, the Smore's pit. You can roast your own Smores. I'd recommend bringing your own bag of Marshmellow's and Chocolate. They used to give them out for free, but now they charge a bit for them.

Closure For Victims Of Gold Burglaries

NORTHERN Va. (WUSA) -- A huge victory for the Indian-American community in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties after a thief pleads guilty.

A New York woman pleaded guilty to 37 burglaries and stealing more than half a million dollars worth of gold and other valuables.

34-year-old Melinda Soto's crime spree has ended.  But she nearly got away with it all. Her husband Dagoberto Ramirez-Soto and another man Francisco Gray have also been charged. 

Soto will testify against her husband as part of the plea deal. Gray has been deported to Peru.

Manashi Laha had 100 thousand dollars worth of diamonds and family gold snatched up last October.

Manashi Laha says, "Wow! I believe there is a justice system. We feel safe again."

But feeling safe was hardly the case for her and her South Riding community and dozens of other South Asian Americans who became victims.

FALL FOR THE BOOK

FAIRFAX, VA (WUSA) From fiction to poetry, parenting to politics and cooking to historical biography, there's an author for you at Fall for the Book, George Mason's annual festival of writers from across the literary spectrum.

Participants will lead discussions, take questions from readers and sign their work.

Most events are free and open to the public. The event begins Sunday, September 19th and runs through September 24th.