Prince William County Executive Melissa Peacor to retire in January


Prince William County Executive Melissa Peacor will hang it up after 30 years on the job. 

Peacor is in charge of overseeing all operations of Prince William County Government. She reports directly to the Board of Supervisors.

County officials issued this statement tonight: 

On Tuesday, Dec. 1, County Executive Melissa Peacor announced her plan to retire after 30 years of service to Prince William County. Peacor’s retirement will be effective January 31, 2016. 
“I am proud of the career I have had here in Prince William County. I am honored to have served alongside so many amazing women and men who share my passion and commitment to public service,” said Peacor. “The Boy Scouts have a saying, ‘Leave this world a little better than you found it.’ I am grateful for the opportunities I have had to make an impact on this community and leave it, I hope, a little better than I found it when I arrived 30 years ago.”

Peacor started her career in Prince William County with the Planning Office and served as the County’s first Strategic Planning Coordinator overseeing the Future 2010 Report and first citizen-based strategic planning process. In 1997, Peacor was named the Budget Director and in 1999, was promoted to Deputy County Executive. Peacor was appointed by the Board of County Supervisors to serve as the County Executive in 2010.

“Ms. Peacor has been a tremendous asset to Prince William County,” said Corey Stewart, Chairman of the Board of County Supervisors. “She worked with this Board to achieve its first triple AAA bond rating, reduce county budget expenditures, and bring needed infrastructure to the County. We cannot replace what she has brought to this community or organization, but we wish her all the best on her new endeavors.”

Peacor will continue her involvement in higher education helping to encourage a new generation to enter a career in public service. She also looks to spend more time with her family.
Peacor underwent an annual performance review earlier this year when she was awarded a raise that her boosted her annual salary to just under $250,000 per year.
The retirement announcement comes after the Prince William County Board of Supervisors launched an investigation to find out if county police officers were properly notifying federal immigration and customs workers when they encountered someone on the street with a administrative, or deportation warrant. The police department launched an internal investigation into why the process wasn’t followed in about half of the cases.
Police officers are not permitted to arrest individuals with deportation orders and are to report them to ICE, said Prince William County Chairman At-large Corey Stewart.
Prince William County is the second-most populous jurisdiction in Virginia behind Fairfax County.

Man shot in leg during argument


A man is charged with domestic assault and battery along with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after police said he got into a fight with a woman.

The woman also faces chargeds, police said. 

Here’s more in a press release: 

Aggravated Malicious Wounding | Reckless Handling of a Firearm – On November 29th at 6:46AM, officers responded to a residence located in the 18500 block of Amidon Ave in Triangle (22172) to investigate a shooting. The investigation revealed that two occupants of the home, identified as Nathaniel BATTLE and Donna PERRY, were involved in a verbal altercation which escalated. During the encounter, Donna PERRY retrieved a firearm and fired a round into an interior wall of the home. The argument continued, at which point a third occupant of the home, identified as La Vonne BINNIX, attempted to break up the altercation and fired his own weapon twice. One of the rounds fired struck BATTLE in the leg causing a non-life threatening injury while the other struck the floor. He was transported to an area hospital for treatment. After the incident, BINNIX fled the home and was eventually located later in the day. Following the investigation, all parties were charged in connection to the incident.



Arrested on November 29th:

La Vonne Michael BINNIX, 21, of 18525 Amidon Ave in Triangle

Charged with aggravated malicious wounding and use of a firearm in commission of a felony


Nathaniel Jerome BATTLE, 27, of 18525 Amidon Ave in Triangle

Charged with domestic assault & battery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon


Donna Marie PERRY, 49, of 18525 Amidon Ave in Triangle

Charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and reckless handling of a firearm


Court Date: January 11, 2016 | Bond: Unavailable

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Chuys will hire 175 employees for Woodbridge diner


Chuy’s will open inside the old Macaroni Grill in Woodbridge in January, and the Tex Mex restaurant plans to hire 175 workers.

Here’s more in a press release: 

Chuy’s Woodbridge, scheduled to open January 2016, will be located near Potomac Mills at 2641 Prince William Pkwy, Woodbridge, Virginia 22192.

“We are thrilled to expand our reach and bring authentic Tex-Mex to even more Northern Virginia residents,” said Skylar Bell, local Owner/Operator of Chuy’s Woodbridge. “We are looking for excited and motivated staff that are as passionate as we are about making and serving quality, fresh food.”

To support its vibrant and friendly atmosphere, Chuy’s will be hiring a variety of full- and part-time positions, including hosts, servers, bussers and bartenders. The authentic Tex-Mex restaurant is also looking for talented kitchen staff to help prepare its made from scratch dishes and signature sauces. Priding themselves on working hard and having fun at the same time, Chuy’s will be looking for new employees in Woodbridge to continue that trend.

Interested applicants can apply Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Chuy’s hiring office located at the future site of Chuy’s Woodbridge.

Chuy’s has locations in Springfield Mall and on Route 29 in Fairfax County. The company opened in 1982, and its restaurants serve Tex Mex food with recopies inspired by food consumed in border towns in south Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico.

Death investigated at Stafford cemetery


Investigators have surrounded the Carver Cemetery on Route 610 at the Stafford / Fauquier county lines.

An unattended death was reported to the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office this morning. There are no signs of foul play, said sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

Authorities worked in the drenching rains about 10 a.m. with their attention turned to the a blue Toyota SUV. A black sheet was erected to shield the view of passersby from the crime scene.

The Carver Cemetary is a small burial ground on the edge of Quantico Marine Corps Base.

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2-alarm blaze rips through house on Ivy League Court in Lake Ridge

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Fire and rescue in Lake Ridge were called to a 2-alarm blaze at 2:44 a.m. Tuesday.

Here’s more in a press release: 

Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Firefighters responded to the report of a townhouse fire in Lake Ridge.  Crews located the fire at 12247 Ivy League Court within minutes and reported smoke from the back of the townhouse.  Crews had difficulty entering the home due to the amount of furniture and household items inside the home. Entry was not possible from the front door. As a result, a second alarm was called.   

Entry was gained from the back of the home and crews reported heavy smoke and fire due to the volume of material, making fighting the fire more difficult.  Fire was knocked down approximately 20 minutes later and contained to that townhouse unit.  Crews remained on scene for several hours.  

The blaze is under investigation by the Prince William County Fire Marshal’s Office.  American Red Cross was called and assisted the occupants with temporary housing.

Fire and Rescue units from OWL VFD, Dale City VFD, PWCDF&R, Dumfries-Triangle VFD, Fairfax and PWCPD responded to the incident.

HMI paints positive picture of Downtown Manassas business, tourism

Slushy sidewalks and streets were left behind in Old Town Manassas after a winter ice storm moved across Northern Virginia on Dec. 9, 2013. [Photo: Daniel Foose]

The Norfolk and Western “611” steam engine will return to Manassas for the annual Heritage Railway Festival in 2016.

The 65-year-old Class J steam engine was the centerpiece of the 2015 annual Heritage Railway Festival. The engine was fresh off of a restoration and on a statewide viewing tour when it rolled into Downtown Manassas.

“[The engineers] were just so excited to be here,” said Historic Manassas Inc. Director Debbie Haight. “They loved that everyone came out to see the steam engine.”

The “611” is a rolling museum that serves as a window back in time that showcases the technology that was used to transport people and goods via the railroads. The 611 also gave festival goers an excursion ride from Manassas to Front Royal, and back.

Dates for the 2016 Heritage Railway Festival have yet to be announced.

News of the 611’s imminent return to the city came has Haight, and Historic Manassas Inc. President Charles Patullo told Manassas City Council members that things were looking up in Downtown.

“The total overall occupancy rate is about 99%,” Haight told Councilman Ian Lovejoy.

HMI hosts the farmer’s market in Downtown twice a week and hosts several signature events, from the city’s annual wine and jazz, railway, and bands and brews festivals, as well as the city’s “First Friday” celebrations held on the first Friday of each month.

“First Friday has taken hold,” said Haight. “We’ve heard back from all the merchants, and they’re pleasd with an uptick in sales and additional foot traffic in their stores.”

One of the most successful First Friday events came last winter when each participating merchant passed out cups of soup.

“We were out of soup after an hour and a half.” added Haight.

It’s estimated 180,000 people attended the city’s festivals in the past year. Those visitors shop and dine in the city, and that brings in additional sales tax revenue for city coffers.

Candle and soap maker “Calico Jacks,” one of the vendors at the city’s farmer’s market, has been so successful that they are transitioning from space at the market into a brick and mortar retail location in Downtown, said Haight. HMI staff attended 11 ribbon cuttings in 2015, including the opening of Paradise Donuts where Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe chowed down on some power rings.

HMI will work to rebrand its logo and its mission statement over the winter. A new logo and mission statement could come by April.

“A lot of people don’t know what we do,” said Patullo. “They think we’re a part of the [Manassas] Museum.”

HMI contracts with the city to operate the visitors center inside the train station / Virginia Railway Express station in Downtown. The organization recently turned 30 years old.

Manassas Mayor Hal Parrish, and Councilman Jonathan Way praised HMI for its work.

“It’s very important that the nucleus of the city is a healthy place to be. If the center of the city isn’t doing well, the rest of it isn’t either,” said Parrish.

Parades, pancakes, ornaments, & Santa pet photos: Don’t miss holiday fun at the Manassas Park Community Center

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‘Tis the Season at the Manassas Park Community Center!

There’s just something about the holiday season that makes it one of my favorite times of the year. Maybe it’s because this is the season for spreading happiness, togetherness, and well-wishes to everybody you meet. To help you get into the spirit of the season the Manassas Park Community Center has lots of special events lined up!

The festivities kick off on Thursday, December 3 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. where you and your family can decorate dough ornaments for only $3 a person. You can literally create a lifelong memory to include on your Christmas tree or to keep at your desk all year round.

As a baking enthusiast, nothing brings me more holiday cheer than gingerbread houses! You and your family can decorate your own gingerbread houses Thursday, December 10 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for just $5 per participant. We’ll supply everything but feel free to bring your own special candy to make your houses extra unique.

Holiday fun at the Manassas Park Community Center.
Holiday fun at the Manassas Park Community Center.
Holiday fun at the Manassas Park Community Center.
Holiday fun at the Manassas Park Community Center.

Our popular 10th Annual Light Parade is on Saturday, December 12 starting at 5:45 p.m. There’s a new route this year! It will start at the General’s Ridge Golf Course and follow Manassas Drive to the Manassas Park Community Center. There’s still time to have your vehicle be a part of the parade. Contact Tony Thomas at for more details.

Santa will be visiting the Manassas Park Community Center for a pancake breakfast on Saturday, December 19 from 9 to 11 a.m. It’s only $5 per person for Breakfast with Santa and kids 2 years old and under can join us for free. Make sure to bring your wishlist!

Your pups can meet Santa on December 19 as well! From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. bring your dogs to take pictures with Santa during our Santa Paws special event! It’s only $5 per dog and you’ll get a high quality digital photo to keep for years to come.

In addition to all of our special events, our monthly promotion gets in on the holiday action! Get 12% off an annual Basic or All-Access membership or 12% off any rental you book during the month of December! For more details on memberships and rentals you can visit our website at or call the front desk at 703-335-8872.

We hope to see you soon here at the Manassas Park Community Center!

Davis charged with stabbing Triangle man


A man is charged with malicious wounding after a 23-year-old was stabbed.

Here’s more in a police press release:

Malicious Wounding – On November 28th at 8:30PM, officers responded to the 16700 block of Harwood Oaks Ct in Dumfries (22026) to investigate a stabbing. The victim, a 23 year old man of Triangle, reported to police that he was in the area of Harwood Oaks Ct when he was involved in a verbal altercation with an unknown individual. During the argument, the suspect who was later identified as the accused, produced a knife and stabbed the victim in the abdominal area. The accused left the scene prior to police arrival but was later located in his residence nearby and arrested without incident. The victim was flown to a nearby hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Arrested on November 28th:

John Elkannah Davis Mead IV, 24, 16680 Harwood Oaks Ct in Dumfries

Charged with malicious wounding 

Court Date: Pending| Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond 

Quantico to use scanners for security screenings at base gates

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Those coming aboard Quantico Marine Corps Base will have their IDs scanned beginning in January.

The new security measure comes as Quantico upgrades the equipment and processes used at the base’s entrance gates. A new system called RAPIDGate will be installed, and everyone entering the base — including visitors to Quantico Town — will have their IDs scanned with electronic security scanners.

Once scanned, the information on the ID is entered into a computer system and then reviewed in the RAPIDGate database. The security check will alert guards at the gate if the person is on a terrorist watchlist, a debarment list, or if they’ve had their privileges revoked.

The types of IDs that will be accepted at the gate include include common access cards, transportation worker identification card, TESLIN brand ID cards, and state drivers licenses.

“These changes to our access control procedures will improve the installation’s overall security posture, though the process will require additional time at the gates to scan each credential. Consequently, there may be minor delays associated with the implementation of this system.” said Lance Hunziker, Quantico Marine Corps Base critical infrastructure protection manager.

The new system cannot solve all of the base’s securtiy challenges.

“Automated access control systems are not new to the Marine Corps. Marine Corps Installations Command chose to deploy RAPIDGate as an interim solution, because until recently, the technology had not been developed that met all DoD guidelines,” said Pete Russett, director installation protection branch, Marine Corps Installations National Capital Region.

“Though not the final solution for automated access control, this system fills a gap in security and provides us with more capabilities than we currently have.”

Vendors, especially those who makes deliveries to the base, can enroll in the RAPIDGate program.

Here’s more in a press release:

Rollout of the RAPIDGate program and equipment has been funded through Marine Corps Installations Command. Contractors, venders, and service providers interested in using the RAPIDGate system are responsible for registration and signup cost. The base policy states that all commercial vehicles (box-truck size and larger), not enrolled in RAPIDGate, shall continue to utilize a one-time pass granted to each vehicle after completing a security inspection.

Contractors who choose to participate in the voluntary program will receive a CAC-like (Personal Identity Verification Interoperable, PIV-I) credential. This credential will allow them to be instantly checked at the gates and granted access, while avoiding the requirement for a vehicle inspection. The cost associated with enrollment and participation in the RAPIDGate program will be borne by the contractor.

Vendors, suppliers and service providers are a large part of traffic coming aboard the base. Those who regularly access the base will receive a letter explaining the details about use and enrollment into RAPIDGate.

Access control procedures and inspections for large commercial vehicles currently take place at the commercial vehicle inspection lot adjacent to the Ponderosa-Y Gate. Operators of commercial vehicles can voluntarily apply for a RAPIDGate long-term access pass to streamline the inspection process and speed access onto the installation.

The new RAPIDGate system is expected to be in place Jan. 11, 2016.

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