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Two men, women, teen charged in January murder

Murder Investigation *MULTIPLE ARRESTS – On February 22, detectives from the Prince William County Homicide Unit, with the assistance from multiple federal and local law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania, located and apprehended three suspects wanted in connection to the murder of Christian Alexander SOSA RIVAS.

The victim’s body was located along the shoreline of the Potomac River on January 13. After determining that the suspects were directly involved in the victim’s murder, information was received which indicated they were in the Newtown Township area of Pennsylvania. Prince William County police detectives with local assistance from the Newtown Township Police Department, Upper Merion Township Police Department, Haverford Township Police Department and the Marple Township Police Department, and with federal assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force successfully located and arrested the three suspects, one of which was identified as a juvenile. (more…)

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Comstock speaks in Manassas while protesters line sidewalk

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MANASSAS, Va. — Rep. Barbara Comstock spoke today at the Rotary Club of Manassas.

We’re told the Republican representing Virginia’s 10th Congressional District discussed rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure, and about replacing Obamacare with a new GOP-backed plan.

Constituents for days have urged Comstock, and other GOP lawmakers to hold a town hall meeting about the health care issue. They’re using Indivisible Guide website, which touts itself as “a practical guide to resisting the Trump agenda” to organize their efforts.

Protestors stood outside the Rotary Club meeting, held at the Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory in Downtown Manassas, while Comstock spoke.

Potomac Local called Comstock’s office seeking a statement for this post but has yet to hear back. We’ll post any statement from Comstock’s office in this post when/if we receive it.

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    Osbourn High School student a winner in Yearbook Excellence Contest

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    From Manassas City Public Schools:

    Osbourn High School (OHS) yearbook student R’ Asya Philbert has been recognized in a national Quill and Scroll contest. The OHS senior was one of 297 winners nationwide in the 2016 Yearbook Excellence Contest. Her winning entry, “Senior Ads,” in the contest’s Advertising division earned her a spot among 36 Sweepstakes winners, and the opportunity to apply for Quill and Scroll journalism scholarships.

    Over 1,400 contest entries were evaluated for reporting, in-depth captions and strong visual packages. The award also recognizes the excellent work of the high school’s journalism program and Yearbook advisor Ms. Ruth Lindenfelser.

    Visit Quill and Scroll and partners present 2016 Yearbook Excellent Winners for more information.
    Winning Yearbook staff member Ms. Philbert is seen in the attached picture with her award plaque from Quill and Scroll.

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    PRTC submits proposed FY18 budget

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    From the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission:

    The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) Board of Commissioners voted February 9 to submit the agency’s proposed FY18 budget to its six member jurisdictions for their consideration. The member jurisdictions are Prince William, Stafford and Spotsylvania Counties and the Cities of Manassas, Manassas Park and Fredericksburg.

    PRTC provides commuter and local buses and ridesharing services in Prince William, Manassas and Manassas Park. PRTC also operates the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) in partnership with the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC), serving all six member jurisdictions. (more…)

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    Assembly amends description of ‘dangerous dog’

    RICHMOND – Both the House and Senate have unanimously approved a bill that would change the legal description of a “dangerous dog” and possibly put fewer animals on a state registry.

    HB 2381 cleared the Senate, 40-0, on Tuesday after winning approval in the House on Feb. 6. The bill now goes to Gov. Terry McAuliffe for his signature. (more…)

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    Additional suspect still sought for Manassas area home invasion

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    From Prince William County Police:

    “Malicious Wounding *ARRESTS & ADDITIONAL SUSPECT IDENTIFIED – On February 18, detectives from the Robbery Unit obtained warrants for a sixth suspect, identified as Devaun Andrew JENKINS, involved in a home invasion which occurred at a residence located in the 7900 block of Deward Ct in Manassas on January 22. On February 21, Tyreek VINING and Deangelo ROBERTSON turned themselves into police without incident. Attempts to located Rashad THOMPSON have still been unsuccessful.

     

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    Farm Brew Live getting ready for beer, live music, and 100 new employees

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    PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — The owners of Farm Brew Live have a big job ahead of them: Get ready to brew 3.5 million pints of beer, but not before hiring 100 new employees.

    The $8 million brewery, restaurant, live music venue, and event complex represents owners Villagio Hospitality Group hope will be a destination for beer lovers, foodies, and music fans.

    Prince William County sold the Thomasson Barn, the location of the new Farm Brew Live complex to Silva Holdings for $1 million in 2015. The barn had sat empty for 40 years, was filled with snakes, and was an iconic throwback to the county’s farming past.

    The new complex developing here at the intersection of Prince William Parkway and Route 28 just outside Manassas City will feature 2 Silos Brewing Company, housed in the old, renovated barn which aptly has two silos. (more…)

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    Honored Prince William K9 Hawkeye dies

    From Prince William police: 

    GOODBYE HAWKEYE: It is with heavy hearts we announce that Retired K9 Hawkeye passed away this past weekend. Hawkeye served a distinguished career from 2006 – 2015, along with his partner Master Police Officer Bill VanAntwerp. Hawkeye passed peacefully, with his family by his side. He was 13 years old.

    Hawkeye was a valiant K9 who worked diligently catching criminals who were wanted for serious offenses. He was an instrumental piece of an effective dog team handled by Master Police Officer William VanAntwerp. He was a dual purpose dog certified in narcotic detection and criminal apprehension. He made countless apprehensions, ultimately locating suspects in every possible environment. There was comfort knowing K9 Hawkeye was on the street patrolling at night.

    See Hawkeye in action in 2010

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    Boy, 8, dies in Nokesville ATV crash

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    From Prince William police: 

    Fatal Crash Investigation – On February 18 at 5:45PM, investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit responded to the 14900 block of Deepwood Ln in Nokesville (20181) to investigate a crash involving an ATV. The investigation revealed that the victim, identified as an 8-year-old boy, was riding a 2002 Kawasaki Prairie 650 without a parent’s knowledge or permission when he lost control and struck a tree. The victim was flown to an area hospital where he died as a result of his injuries on February 21. The victim was not wearing a helmet.

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                The victim was identified as Franklin FLORES, 8, of Nokesville

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    Virginia Speaker of the House Bill Howell, of Stafford, to retire

    Statement from Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Paul Milde:

    “On behalf of the Board of Supervisors and the citizens of Stafford County, I would like to thank Bill Howell for his outstanding representation of our area during his 29 years in the General Assembly and 15 years as Speaker.

    The fact that Bill served the second longest time of any speaker in Virginia history says so much about his leadership ability and his character. For an elected official, it can be difficult to balance the needs of your district and the needs of other districts, but Bill did a remarkable job of doing the best for the citizens of Stafford County as well as all citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia. He kept our state financially sound, gaining three AAA bond ratings for Virginia. He stood up for us against burdensome federal programs, and supported and enabled efforts to conserve open land. He helped us preserve our Civil War Park, Crow’s Nest and Widewater State Park through his support of land conservation. He worked hard to find – and enact – solutions for our transportation challenges.

    As impressive and substantial as those accomplishments are, Bill’s best contribution to Stafford County is his love of the people and the history of the area. Bill and Cessie Howell never failed to greet their constituents and neighbors with warm smiles of welcome. We will greatly miss Speaker Howell’s exemplary leadership. We thank him for the many things he accomplished for Stafford County and the sacrifices he and his entire family made to serve the people of Virginia.”

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