Police investigate shooting in Dale City shopping square


Police were called to a shooting at Delaney Plaza in Dale City on Friday night.

One man was shot in the leg, and police are searching for a suspect in the case.

Police said the male victim in the leg showed up at a local hospital where he was treated for injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening according, to Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok. The shooting appears to have stemmed from an argument and does not appear to be random, he added. 

Witnesses say they heard at least 4 gunshots ring out night in the parking lot of the small shopping center, and that shooter appeared to fire a gun into a parked car. Windows of a vacant dry cleaning business we’re shattered, and broken glass was strewn about the sidewalk

At 10 p.m., detectives were speaking with employees of nearby businesses and searching the crime scene. About half the the parking lot was roped off as police conducted their investigation.

A nearby Papa Johns pizza delivery shop and a 7-Eleven convenience store remained open during the investigation. The shopping plaza is located at the intersection of Dale Boulevard and Delaney Road.

Police investigate a shooting at Delaney Plaza in Dale City
Police investigate a shooting at Delaney Plaza in Dale City
Police investigate a shooting at Delaney Plaza in Dale City



Video: 36th District Senate Debate in Dumfries


Democrat Scott Surovell and Republican Jerry Foreman met for a debate at the Dumfries Community Center on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Both men seek to replace long-serving Virginia State Senator Toddy Puller.

This is uncut video taken from taken from the audience by Scott Surovell’s legislative aide. 

Suroovell currently serves in the Virginia House of Delegates representing the 44th District in Fairfax County. 

Foreman currently serves as the Mayor of the Town of Dumfries in Prince William County.

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Krieger will be on hand for sports complex groundbreaking


A dedication ceremony for a soon-to-be built sports complex at Potomac Shores. 

The new complex will be named after Ali Krieger, member of the 2015 U.S. Women’s Soccer World Cup Championship team. Krieger grew up in Montclair and went to Forest Park High School.

A ceremony will be held 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, at 17700 Dominican Drive in Dumfries. Krieger is expected to attend the ceremony. 

The Prince William County Parks Department originally scheduled a ceremony for Oct. 10 but rescheduled when it learned Krieger could not make that date.

Prince William County Potomac District Supervisor Maureen Caddigan pushed to name the new sports complex after Krieger. 

“The naming of the complex is most appropriate. Ali and her team are all world cup champions.  Yes, the womens team are world cup champions this year. I was glued to my TV watching the game; I wouldn’t take any phone calls, and I usually don’t do that,” said Caddigan.

When it’s built, the new sports complex will be located at 2400 River Heritage Boulevard in the new Potomac Shores neighborhood.

Police: Nurse, unlicensed doc distributed pain meds


Police said two people working inside a Woodbridge pharmacy illegally wrote prescriptions and sold medication.

Detectives went to the Excel Medical Clinic, located at 14904 Jefferson Davis Highway in Woodbridge on Oct. 7. Police said the physician working inside the clinic was not licenced, and he was arrested. A woman who worked as a nurse practitioner was also arrested, according to police.

Police said the clinic was improperly



dispensing large amounts of medications.

Police released this statement:

The Prince William County Police Department is committed to providing educational assistance on current trends with pill diversion to the prescribers of these medications. Any prescriber wishing to speak to a detective is asked to call 703-686-6522. Our goal through this educational assistance is to have prescribers gain a better understanding of the behavior of addicts, learn more about the relationship between prescription pills and the current heroin epidemic, and further discuss the utilization of systems currently in place such as the prescription monitoring program.

Shriharsh Pole, 61, of Rose Creek Court in Oakton, and Janelle Annette Hibson, 60, of South Pointe Lane in southern Stafford County each face seven counts of distribution of a schedule I or I narcotic, according to police.

Pole is identified as the physician. Hibson is identified as the nurse practitioner. 

Potomac Senior High School celebrates homecoming week


Students at Potomac Senior High School’s celebrated spirit week this week.

Monday kicked off with jersey/sport day. Students were able to show their appreciation for a favorite sports team or a favorite sport. 

Tuesday left us seeing double, as staff and students were given the opportunity to twin with whomever they wanted. 

Mr. Mesterhazy twinned with Mrs. Ramos by replicating her baby bump. On Wednesday, we were able to show our school spirit by dressing “Wacky Tacky.” The hallways were flooded with an array of vibrant colors and frilly tutus. 

Thursday we were able to release our inner nerd with “Nerd Day.” Different variations of the classic “Steve Urkel” look were sprinkled throughout the school building.

Spirit week will end Friday with “Break Out the Blue” day. Each class has been assigned their own class color. Freshmen will wear white, sophomores will be wearing Columbia blue, juniors will be wearing navy, and the seniors will be wearing black royalty. 

Potomac’s official end to spirit week will be with a pep rally Friday afternoon; classes will be shortened.

Our homecoming parade will start about 5:15pm in Newport Estates. Each class and many clubs will be represented throughout the parade.

Potomac’s homecoming game will be against Mountain View High School. The game will begin about 7 p.m. Friday.. The prices of the game ticket and dance ticket were bundled into one. 

Be sure to bring your dance ticket so you will be able to get into the game.

Homecoming will be this coming Saturday, October 10. The dance will begin around 7 o’clock with it ending at 11 o’clock in the evening. This year’s theme is “Hollywood.”

Tayah Nicole is a student reporter at Potomac Senior High School in Woodbridge.

Singstock is ‘Safe Schools’ candidate


Welcome back to another school year here in Prince William County; I am confident it will be a great one.

My name is Wendy Dempsey. I am a resident of Prince William County and a mother of two Prince William County School students: one is in middle school and the other is in elementary school. We have been in the Prince William County Public School System system going on seven years; I am a strong believer in Prince William County Schools. In 2013, I was appointed by my School Board representative, Loree Williams, to be a member of the Safe Schools Advisory Council.

It was a pleasure meeting Tim Singstock when I attended my first meeting of the Safe Schools Advisory Council (SSAC). The following school year (2014-2015) the SSAC unanimously selected Tim to be our chairman. The SSAC consists of parents and school division staff members. Our meetings are open to the public and held at the Kelly Leadership Building once every month. We discuss safety issues that may need to be brought to the attention of the School Board and the community as a whole.

As Chairman, Tim was in charge of running these meetings and keeping the council focused on the task at hand. Tim respects every member’s position and stays on schedule by starting and ending the meetings on time. Tim not only gives each member time to voice their opinion but he encourages each member to contribute to the conversation.

Tim led our council in two expos during the 2014-2015 school year. The May 2015 Social Media expo at Benton Middle School drew more than 250 parents, teachers and kids. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive with parents requesting more events like this in the future. When Tim has something in mind he will deliver with astonishing results.

In our time together serving on the council I have had the opportunity to get to know Tim. He is not only a fellow Prince William County Public School System parent, but he completed his thirteen years of public school here in the county graduating from Potomac high school in 1993. Tim later went on to serve our country as an officer in the U.S. Army where he learned many leadership skills. In 2002 Tim chose to come back to the county he calls home and to the school system that he believes in. This assures me that his passion for the Prince William County Public School System is one of true rarity.

Tim is very passionate about school safety. Tim would like to provide a safe, healthy and drug free learning environment for kids and staff. Having worked with Tim directly, I can see that he understands how to collaborate with other people and build consensus. Tim is “The Safe Schools Candidate.” He will deliver positive results for the families, teachers and children in Prince William County! Please join my family in voting Tim Singstock for School Board Chairman on November 3.

Wendy Dempsey is the Woodbridge District Representative on the Prince William County Safe Schools Advisory Council.

Maureen Caddigan delivered because she listens to her constituents


Maureen Caddigan has served the Potomac District well for many years and continues to persevere on issues of smart growth, age restricted communities, big box stores, schools, parks, regional library, storm water management, transportation, and employment opportunities.

Take a drive along Route 234, Spriggs Road, Cardinal Drive, Route 1 to Quantico and Fuller Heights Road. You will see many of Maureen’s accomplishments.

Quality living communities such as Ashland, Montclair, Four Seasons, Brittany, South Bridge, Potomac Shores, Thomasson Crossing, Stonewall Manor, the town of Quantico to name a few. All of these communities have reached out to Maureen during the planning stages or as they were being developed, time and again, to seek her help in resolving numerous issues that addressed the quality of living.

Quantico Center, one of Prince William County’s largest employment centers, started with a vision of what Maureen realized it could become. Walmart, on Route 1, created a whole new design standard for big box stores because Maureen fought the establishment and changed the rules on which big box stores could be built in Prince William County.

Fortuna Shopping Center and the list of quality stores were the hard work of Maureen as she stood fast and opposed development until she could deliver what the citizens wanted. The American Steak House in Ashland, is another great negotiation that Maureen delivered because she listens to her constituents and delivered what was needed and what she promised.

When Maureen entered office as a supervisor, there were 41 schools in Prince William County, today there are 98 schools. Drive around the Potomac District and you will see quality schools.

Most are schools of excellence.” Quality schools come from quality neighborhoods. Maureen taught me this early on in my service to her as a planning commissioner. Libraries, parks, and schools are centers of community.

Maureen paved the way to enable the Marine Corp Museum, Fuller Heights Park, and the Montclair Regional library to be built and strengthen our communities within the Potomac District. Route 1 expansion and the Potomac Shores Town Center with the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) Station, Route 234 and Quantico intersections are all part of Maureen’s vision.

The ground breaking of the Park Complex at Potomac Shores on 10 October is another example of Maureen’s vision and the community’s desire to provide the largest sports center on the eastern side of Prince William County. Maureen was instrumental in negotiating all the needs and desires of the Potomac Community, John Paul High School, and Prince William County Schools. When the project is complete, Prince William County will have a recreational complex that will be the model for other counties to obtain.

I will finish with this one last thought. When a constituent walks into Maureen Caddigan’s Office, she doesn’t ask if you are a Republican or a Democrat, she always greets you with a smile and asks, “How can I help you?” I have learned well from Maureen that families grow strong from good communities and good communities grow strong by great leadership. Maureen truly is a Great Leader.

Rene Fry is serves as the Potomac District representative on the Prince William County Planning Commission. He is appointed to that role by Maureen Caddigan, by vote of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors. 

Tolls on I-66 are not the answer


Western Prince William County is a wonderful place to live. We chose to live here because we love the sense of community and the cost of living is lower.

Many other families chose this area for similar reasons. When we moved to Gainesville over a decade ago, traffic was challenging, but not impossible.

Over the years, it has continued to get worse and the commute gradually takes more time from our families. Now VDOT is discussing the possibility of tolls on I-66, removing the exemption for HOV-2, and retiring the Clean Special Fuel plate exemption.

Many working-class families who live here left the inside-the-beltway world of higher taxes and cost of living and we can’t afford an extra $85 a week just to get to work. I oppose any effort to toll the lanes on I-66, to remove the exemption for HOV-2, or to retire the Clean Special Fuel plate exemption.

I encourage you to join me and the 66 Alliance, of which I’ve been a member since the second week of its existence, and stand for the tens of thousands of commuters who use I-66 each week.

There are better ways to reduce congestion and improve our commutes. In 2013, the General Assembly passed a bipartisan transportation bill that was intended to address some of the costs of transportation in Northern VA.

Let’s push for full implementation of the bill rather than jumping to implement an onerous toll that will take even more money out of commuters’ pockets. Our solutions must be numerous; there is no one way to fix our traffic problem.

We must extend the VRE to Haymarket, explore bus rapid transit, and study metro extension to our area. But most importantly, we must create a business-friendly environment that brings high-paying jobs to Prince William County.

The fastest way to get cars off the road is to bring the jobs to where we live. Tolls are not the answer. Don Shaw is the Democratic nominee running for Delegate in the 13th House of Delegates District. 

Don Shaw is a Democrat running for the 13th District Virginia House of Delegates seat.

Wells Fargo Bank in Ashdale Plaza robbed

wells fargo robbery


Police called in a helicopter and dispatched search dogs, but did not find the suspect. 

Suspect Description:

Black male, between 20 & 30 years of age, 5’11”-6’0”, 150-160lbs with a thin build, medium complexion, black hair and brown eyes

Last seen wearing a red polo shirt with a black stripe across the middle, and the word “SPAIN” on the front, black pants or jeans and white tennis shoes

10:26 a.m. 

Prince William police are on the scene of a bank robbery in Dale City. 

Someone walked into a Well Fargo Bank at 2876 Ashdale Plaza, brandished a gun, and took an undisclosed amount of cash. The man fled on foot toward the rear of the bank, according to police.

The bank is located just off Dale Boulevard, between Gideon Driver and Interstate 95.

The suspect is described as black, 6 feet 2 inches tall, slender, wearing a red shirt with “11” on the back.


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Prince William School Board at odds over new high school design, cost


The Prince William County School Board once again finds itself arguing about transparency, and how to be the best stewards of taxpayer funds.

The discussion comes nearly two years after it approved one of the costliest high schools ever to be built in Virginia.

School officials Wednesday night were tasked once again with voting on a design to be used for the county’s 13th high school to be built in western Prince William County, slated to open in 2020.

The Board voted on April 23, 2014 to build new high schools using cheaper, a 20-year-old floor plan first used in 1991 to build C.D. Hylton High School in Woodbridge, and last used in 2004 to build Battlefield High School outside Haymarket.

school prototype

School staff on Wednesday urged the governing body to rescind their vote and built a the new school based on designs used at Patriot High School, and the new Colgan High School that will open next fall.

The Battlefield model will cost $13.7 million less to construct. The Patriot model is more modern and includes more windows for natural light — something school staff said helps children learn better, according to a 1999 study cited by school division staff.

Both the Battlefield and Patriot design will accommodate 2,053 students. Classrooms in the Patriot model are 50-square feet larger than the 700-square-feet classrooms in at Battlefield High School.

“The greater square footage drives the greater cost,” said Prince William County Public Schools Associate Superintendent David Cline.

Larger open spaces to include courtyards, cafeteria, gymnasium, auditorium, hallways, and better energy efficiency are all selling points for the newer Patriot model. Cline also pointed to a series of meetings held in September where “the vast majority of about 75 citizens who spoke, the overwhelming majority indicated they liked the Patriot prototype,” said Cline.

“To get this on the on the agenda tonight, someone had to ask for it,” said Neabsco District School Board member Lisa Bell. “We did take a vote, and now were being asked to revisit it. We held two community meetings to stir up the community again.”

The school division held two public meetings last month to discuss where the 13th high school will be located. The locations include a site proffered by a housing developer that would build a the Stone Haven neighborhood in Bristow, still awaiting approval from the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, or on a site off Rollins Ford road bequeathed to the county for use as a public park.

The meetings also dredged up the topic of how the school building should be built. Schools Superintendent Steven Walts said the meetings were held in the name of transparency with the public. 

Bell, along with Coles District member Michael Otaigbe said the school design topic should not have been discussed since the Board already voted last year to use the Battlefield design.

“We voted to use the one that was less costly and the community applauded…with that and we learned our lessons, and here we are being told we should go for a higher model,” said Otaigbe.

Bell and Otaigbe opted not return to the School Board next year. Otagibe said this was the first time in his 12 years on the Board he has been asked to revisit a prior vote.

Occoquan School Board member Lillie Jessie said she cannot fathom the cost of the more expensive model when so many students in her district in eastern Prince William County attend classes outside their school buildings in trailer classrooms.

“Do wider hallways serve any instructional purposes?” asked Jessie.

The Occoquan District representative also asked school staff for a study more recent than the 1999 study cited, noting children perform better in schools with more natural light.

“Osbourn Park and Battlefield [high schools] are nationally ranked, and they don’t have glass,” she added.

The School Board is trying to avoid a repeat of the Colgan High School debate, which ignited local bloggers that denounced the division for spending too much on the school, and for including the division’s first school pool. Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart argued then that school pools are not uncommon, and that the pool was necessary to attract more affluent residents to the county

Colgan High School, located on Route 234 near Hoadly Road near eastern Prince William County, will open next fall with a price tag of $111 million — one of the most costliest ever built in the state.

Crowded schools are also a problem in the county, as many new schools are filled to the brim with students as soon as they open.

“We do need to be building larger schools with larger capacity because land is not readily available. I’m more concerned about capacity than lighting at this time,” said Potomac District School Board member Betty Covington.

School Board Chairman Milton Johns opted not to return to the School Board in 2016 after 12 years on the Board. He said overcrowding in county schools is nothing new, and that schools on the eastern side of the county dealt with severe overcrowding issues in the 1980s and 90s.

Johns supports building the Patriot model for the 13th high school.

“We pay a lot of people a lot of money to be expert professionals and advise us, and the message I’m getting is that they think [building the Battlefield model] is a big mistake,” said Johns.

The clock is ticking on the school board to decide not only what the new school will look like, but where it will be located if it will open on time in 2020. A decision on the school design must be made this month, said Cline.

Johns tabled the discussion, and a possible vote to rescind the 2014 decision to build the Battlefield model to the next School Board meeting at 7 p.m. October 21.

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