A fire that broke out at an Amherst County home Tuesday evening resulted in a fatality.

Firefighters responded to the call at 1376 Boxwood Farm Road in northern Amherst County at about 8:20 p.m., according to Sam Bryant, the county’s public safety director.

One person died from the incident. He did not identify the victim.

Amherst County Public Safety and the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office is investigating, according to the county.

— Justin Faulconer

Teacher arrested, police say he held student upside down

WOODBRIDGE — A middle-school teacher in northern Virginia has been arrested and charged with assault after police said he grabbed an 11-year-old student and held her upside down by the ankles.

Prince William County Police said Tenkoran Agyeman, 40, of Alexandria faces the assault-and-battery charge after an incident early last month at Rippon Middle School in Woodbridge.

Police said Agyeman grabbed an 11-year-old girl by the ankles in a classroom and that the girl hit her head on a desk as a result.

The victim asked Agyeman to stop, but he didn’t, police spokesman Jonathan Perok said. Perok did not say what precipitated the incident.

Agyeman was arrested Tuesday and released on bond. He did not respond to an email seeking comment. A staff directory lists him as a sixth grade math teacher at Rippon.

The school’s principal sent a letter to parents Wednesday saying Agyeman has been placed on leave and he’s disappointed by the allegation, but declining to provide details about the incident.

Postal worker shot at a Virginia post office

LOVETTSVILLE — Authorities said a postal worker has been shot at a northern Virginia post office by an agent for the Postal Service’s Inspector General’s office.

News outlets reported it happened Wednesday morning at the parking lot of the Lovettsville post office in Loudoun County.

The Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General said one of its special agents was “involved in a critical incident which resulted in the agent discharging his firearm.”

The worker was taken to a hospital but his injuries are not life-threatening.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting along with the inspector general’s office.

— From wire reports

Officials released no details on what precipitated the shooting.

The post office reopened Wednesday afternoon. Lovettsville is a small town in western Loudoun County, about 55 miles northwest of the nation’s capital.

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Reach Justin Faulconer at (434) 385-5551.

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