Ex-Manassas school worker pleads to sex abuse
A former kindergarten aide for Manassas city schools has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing at least seven young boys in the '80s and '90s.
Steffon Christian entered his plea Monday in Prince William County Circuit Court. He admitted to molesting boys he met while working at Baldwin Elementary School between 1980 and 1999.
The News & Messenger reports Christian pleaded guilty to 22 felony counts; prosecutors dropped 45 other charges in exchange for the plea.
Christian was arrested in November, after a now-adult victim came forward. He was indicted by a grand jury in March.
7-year-old hospitalized after near-drowning
A 7-year-old girl was hospitalized Monday afternoon after nearly drowning in a Montgomery County pool.
The girl was unconscious when a bystander pulled her from the pool at the River Falls Community Center in Potomac, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service.
Authorities later described her condition as conscious and improving. No other details about what happened were available.
Woman charged with manslaughter in fatal crash
A Virginia woman was charged with manslaughter after a fatal car wreck in Manassas killed another woman and a dog.
Prince William County police said Monday that 52-year-old Lori Love Shipe, of Fauquier County, was charged with DUI-related aggravated involuntary manslaughter and maiming by DUI in the Saturday night crash. She had previously been charged only with driving under the influence.
Police say she ran her Lexus SUV through a red light on Dumfries Road at Brentsville Road and hit a Ford Focus, which then hit a third car.
A passenger in the Focus, Judith Ann Meyer, 57, of Powhatan, was killed. A dog in the vehicle also died. Shipe was unharmed.
-- Emily Babay and Naomi Jagoda