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Prince William Humane Society Wags-N-Wine

From a press release:

The Prince William Humane Society’s 5th Annual Wags-N-Wine fund-raising event and silent auction will take place on Saturday, September 23, 2017, at our new Pet Adopt Shop located in the Dumfries Shopping Plaza from 12 – 5 p.m.

This year our fund-raising efforts will go to support our new Pet Adopt Shop where homeless shelter pets live and thrive until they find their forever homes.

Prince William Humane Society is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit animal welfare organization whose mission is to help support and find forever homes for adoptable pets from the Prince William County Animal Shelter by creating the Pet Adopt Shop and implementing an improved adoption experience designed to increase adoptions. (more…)

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‘Access to all businesses, hotels and destinations in Central Park will be maintained during the road work’

From a press release: 

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) project to improve safety and operations at the Exit 130 interchange on Interstate 95 in Fredericksburg continues with overnight lane closures for water line and storm sewer work. 

The Central Park main exit at Carl D. Silver Parkway to Route 3 will be closed overnight on Sunday, Sept. 24 through early Monday, Sept. 25.

Drivers will be guided by detour signs to use Trade Street and Central Park Boulevard to exit Central Park during the work zone. Access to all businesses, hotels and destinations in Central Park will be maintained during the road work.

Weather permitting, the following lane closures are planned near the Exit 130 interchange beginning Sunday, Sept. 24:

Carl D. Silver Parkway (Central Park Exit)

Sunday, 10 p.m.  7 a.m. All southbound lanes on Carl D. Silver Parkway at Route 3 (Plank Road) will be blocked to allow crews to relocate water and sewer lines. Traffic will not be permitted to exit at the main entrance to the Central Park shopping area. Signs will guide traffic along the detour route to Trade Street and Central Park Boulevard. 

I-95 Southbound at Exit 130

Monday  Friday, 9 p.m.  6 a.m.

The Exit 130 off-ramp will be reduced to a single lane from I-95 southbound to Route 3 westbound at Carl D. Silver Parkway for storm sewer installation. All lanes will re-open at 6 a.m. Friday.

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Get a rabies vaccine and certificate for $10 at the Animal Shelter Open House on Sunday

From a press release: 

The Prince William County Animal Shelter will host its annual Open House on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, from Noon to 4 p.m. The Shelter is located at 14807 Bristow Road [near] Manassas (20112).

The event includes a rabies clinic, sponsored by the Prince William Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PWSPCA). Bring your dogs and cats to get a rabies vaccine and certificate for just $10 per animal. This clinic will run from 1 to 3 p.m.

For the safety of everyone, all dogs that attend must be on a leash; all cats that attend must be in carriers. There will be children’s activities, vendors, veterinarians and pet-and rescue groups as well as local businesses.

There will also be numerous raffle items on offer – each person gets one free ticket; additional tickets are available for sale. Food will also be available for purchase from Dave’s Dogs. Best of all, the Shelter will have animals for adoption.

Come select your “fur-ever” friend! For more information, visit the Animal Shelter’s and the Police Department’s websites and social media sites. You can also call the Shelter at 703-792-6465, or send an email to animalshelter@pwcgov.org.

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‘The homeowner, awakened by the sound of breaking glass, discovered fire’

From a press release: 

On Thursday, September 21st at 6:00 a.m., fire and rescue units were dispatched to a townhouse fire located in the 6800 of Avalon Isle Way in Gainesville. Upon arrival, fire and rescue crews observed fire emitting from the rear of the home that had extended to the side. Firefighters initiated suppression and immediately extinguished the fire.

The homeowner, awakened by the sound of breaking glass, discovered fire in the rear of the home and immediately began safely evacuating the remaining family members. No injuries reported.

The home received moderate damage estimated at $200,000. The Building Official has posted the home unsafe. Red Cross was on scene to assist the occupants, 2 adults and 1 child, displaced by the fire. The fire is currently under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s Office.

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Residents plea for a new signal light on Route 1

STAFFORD — Both residents and leaders want a new traffic signal erected on Route 1 near an iconic crucifix.

Stafford County resident Amy Wieman said the cross is there for a reason.

“…if you pull out that road especially at rush hour you’re not at all like you literally have to pray. That’s why the crucifix there,” she said.

OK, not really. The crucifix is a historical marker to note the nearby location of the first Catholic settlement in Virginia.

But the intersection of Route 1 and Telegraph Road has long plagued Stafford drivers, especially during the afternoon rush hours when parents go and pick up their children at the nearby Widewater Elementary and Sheirly Heim Middle schools.

“Every single time I leave school I say a little prayer and I hope I don’t get into an accident. It’s gotten to the point where I won’t even let my father-in-law pick up the kids from school because it is so dangerous,” one resident told the Stafford County Board of Supervisors.

Hers is a story shared with other residents, like this one from Stafford resident Amy Bancroft, of Aquia Harbour: (more…)

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New Prince William police station, still under construction, burns

WOODBRIDGE — A new police station under construction in Prince William County burned Friday morning.

Construction materials caught fire and caused damage to two floors and the roof, according to a source.

We’re still waiting to get official word on the damage, as well as what caused the blaze.

The nearly $30 million Central District Police Station near the intersection of Davis Ford Road and Prince William Parkway in Woodbridge remains under construction.

Earlier this week, a county public works official told the Board of Supervisors the opening of the station would be delayed to at least January due to construction delays. The delayed opening would put the station two months behind schedule.

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10:47 a.m.

No injuries reported. 

 

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Updated: Arrest made in safety services patrolman hit-and-run

Police are searching for the driver of a green Mustang who fled the scene after striking the safety patrolman while he was rendering aid to another disabled driver. 

From police: 

At 6:20 a.m.Friday (Sept. 22), Virginia State Police responded to a report of a hit-and-run of a VDOT Safety Services Patroller in the northbound lanes of I-95 near Exit 166B.

The Safety Services Patrol (SSP) unit had responded to that location to aid a disabled motorist. The SSP unit parked his vehicle on the right shoulder with its sign board and amber emergency lights activated. The SSP unit was in the process of setting out traffic cones for the safety of the disabled motorist when a green Mustang traveling north on I-95 struck the SSP employee. The Mustang then fled the scene.

Thanks to eyewitness accounts and assistance from local law enforcement, state police have detained an individual for questioning in this incident.

The SSP unit, an adult male, was transported to Fairfax Inova Hospital and is being treated for serious injuries.

The incident remains under investigation at this time.

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From a press release: 

Thanks to eyewitness accounts and assistance from local law enforcement, state police located and charged Ginnun S. Frazier, 27, of Alexandria, Va., with one felony count of hit-and-run and for driving on a revoked license.  State police also located the green Ford Mustang driven by Frazier.

The SSP unit, an adult male, was transported to Fairfax Inova Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. 

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