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Two new arrests made in Rivas murder; Eight face charges

From Prince William police: 

Murder Investigation *ADDITIONAL SUSPECTS IDENTIFIED – Detectives from the Prince William County Homicide Unit have identified two additional 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 12, 2017. Additional information obtained in the ongoing investigation identified one of the suspects as 27-year old Dimas Misael CANALES SANTOS of Hyattsville, Maryland. The second suspect was identified as a 17-year-old male juvenile, also of Maryland. The juvenile suspect was located and arrested without incident on March 29 in Montgomery County by members of the Montgomery County Police Department. The juvenile suspect will be held in Maryland until he is extradited back to Virginia. The CANALES SANTOS suspect remains wanted and is being sought by police. Six other suspects, including a separate juvenile, were previously arrested in connection to this investigation.

Wanted: [No photo available]

Dimas Misael CANALES SANTOS, 27, of the 5000 block of 54th Ave in Hyattsville, MD

Described as a Hispanic male, 5’6”, 140lbs with black hair and brown eyes

Wanted for murder and conspiracy to commit a felony


Arrested on March 29: [Juvenile]

A 17-year-old male juvenile of Montgomery County, MD

Charged with principal in the 2nd degree [murder]

Court Date: Pending | Status: Awaiting Extradition

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Offending some may be worth the risk for Corey Stewart in run for governor

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WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Few politicians in Prince William County have endorsed Corey Stewart for governor.

But that doesn’t bother him.

“I haven’t sought anybody’s endorsement. That’s old style politics where you go out and get endorsements from a bunch of politicians and thinking that people actually care. They don’t,” said Stewart, a Republican who’s running a distant second to Ed Gillespie, a former Republican Party Committee Chairman and counselor to President George W. Bush, in the race for the Republican nomination for Virginia Governor.

Stewart holds the top elected job in Prince William County as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. He’s been on the Board for the past 10 years, and voters will head to the polls June 13 to decide if he is the Republican they want to face Democratic challengers current Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam or former congressman Tom Perrillo.

Now Willie Deutsch, the Coles District Representative on the Prince William County School Board, is calling for his resignation following Republican’s use of the word “cuckservative” in a recent “Ask me Anything” post on Reddit, a forum that connects celebrities and politicians to web users in what’s billed as an online press conference.

Depending on who you talk to, “cuckservative” is a word used by a younger generation of Republicans to describe someone who has abandoned the party’s principals of conservative government. It can be interchanged with RINO, or “Republican in name only.”

“The word has largely flown under the radar but it has become known in Republican circles recently after being used by alt-right, white supremacists to attack those who won’t support their ideology,” said Deutsch.

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    Updated: Pedestrians injured after PRTC commuter bus slams into Arlington apartment building

    From an email written by PRTC Interim Executive Director Richard Marx: 

    I’m writing to inform you that one of our OmniRide commuter buses was involved in an accident within the last half hour or so. Details are few and sketchy – all we know at this time is that bus number 355 appears to have struck the Lennox apartment building in Crystal City, that the operator has been transported to the hospital, that there were no passengers onboard, and that there appear to have been additional injuries.

    Update 8 p.m. from a PRTC spokeswoman: 

    It was a strategic bus, not in service. It actually wasn’t on a route at the time.  Two pedestrians injured, plus driver

    Update From PRTC: 

    A PRTC OmniRide bus was involved in an accident at approximately 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29 in Arlington, resulting in three people – the bus operator and two people outside the bus – being transported to the hospital. The bus was carrying no passengers at the time.

    The accident is still under investigation, but it appears the bus struck a vehicle on South 12th Street in Arlington. It’s unclear at this time if the vehicle struck by the bus was parked. After the collision, the bus ran onto the curb and struck the wall of a business on the first floor of the Lenox Club apartment building in Pentagon City.

    One pedestrian on the sidewalk and one person in the business appear to have non-life-threatening injuries. The operator also was injured; his condition remains unknown.

    The bus, a 2006 MCI, was towed from the scene and impounded by Arlington County Police. The bus was not carrying passengers because it was stationed in the area to be put into service only if necessary.

    PRTC and its contractor, First Transit Inc., are cooperating fully with the Arlington County Police investigation. 

    In addition to the investigation by Arlington authorities, PRTC and First Transit also will perform a review to determine what happened and if the crash was preventable. The internal investigation will include interviewing witnesses, reviewing video of the incident, checking the vehicle and reviewing the bus operator’s driving history.

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    Marine Corps Museum will be used tonight for Quantico exercise

    From the Quantico Marine Corps Base Public Affairs office: 

    A FORCE PROTECTION EXERCISE will be conducted at the National Museum of the Marine Corps on Wednesday, March 29 from 5 – 9:00 p.m.

    The museum and grounds will be closed.

    Expect an increased presence of Quantico and local emergency response teams in the area.

    This is a closed exercise and this advisory is for awareness only.

    The exercise will begin after the museum is closed to the public. The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.


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    Prince William now Virginia’s second-largest locality, surpassing Va. Beach

    Virginia’s population is increasing only half as fast as it was at the start of the decade, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

    From 2010 to 2011, the commonwealth’s population grew by more than 1 percent. But data released Thursday showed that the state’s populationincreased only about 0.5 percent between mid-2015 and mid-2016.

    Nationwide, the U.S. population rose by 0.7 percent last year. Among the 50 states, Virginia ranked in the middle in its one-year growth rate, sandwiched between Alaska and Oklahoma.

    Utah had the biggest increase in population last year – 2 percent. Nevada, Idaho, Florida and Washington were fractions of a percentage point behind.

    Eight states lost population, with West Virginia losing the most (0.5 percent).

    Since the start of the decade, Virginia’s statewide population has grown about 5 percent, similar to states such as California and Hawaii. Washington, D.C., with a 13 percent increase, grew faster than any state during those six years. Then came North Dakota (just under 13 percent) and Texas (almost 11 percent). (more…)

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    Kitchen fire to blame for Dale City home inferno

    On Tuesday, March 28th at 11:25 a.m., fire and rescue units were dispatched to a structure fire in a single family home located in the 14700 block of Darbydale Avenue in Woodbridge.

    Upon entry, fire and rescue crews encountered heavy smoke on the first floor and in the attic. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire.

    No injuries reported.

    According to the Fire Marshal’s Office, the home sustained moderate damage estimated at $30,000. (more…)

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    App for public transport now features PRTC bus arrivals

    From Potomac & Rappahannock Transportation Commission:

    PRTC bus arrival information is now available on Moovit, the world’s #1 transit app that’s free on iOS, Android and the Web.

    Moovit, which has more than 55 million users, combines information from public transit entities along with live information from users, offering travelers a real-time picture, including the best route.

    “Some people hesitate to use transit because of the uncertainty about when their bus will arrive. By providing real-time information, we’ll make our transit services more attractive and help to put riders’ minds at ease,” said PRTC Chairman Frank J. Principi. (more…)

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    Argument results in two arrests for weapons and drugs

    From Stafford County Sheriff’s Office:

    On March 25, 2017, at approximately 8:20 p.m., patrol deputies responded to an assault in-progress outside a residence on Cynthia’s Place. While en route, patrol units were informed that a male was assaulting a female in the parking lot and had pointed a handgun at her head.


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    Stafford County Fire and Rescue Recognizes life saving actions

    From Stafford County Fire and Rescue Department:

    The Stafford County Fire and Rescue Department held their annual awards ceremony on March 25 to recognize 49 civilian, volunteer and career members of the department for their outstanding work in 2016.

    Mrs. Kimberly Brorson was the guest speaker and shared the story of her daughter Lucy and how the Fire and Rescue Department has made a difference in their lives since Lucy’s diagnosis of Dravet’s Syndrome, a seizure disorder. “You could not have asked for a more touching or thoughtful story about the incredible work our men and women do day in and day out.” said Stafford County Fire and EMS Chief Mark Lockhart. (more…)

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    ‘Bright Resilient Youth,’ WRAP winners in 395 Express Lanes Community Grant Program



    395 Express Lanes Community Grant Program Awards Funding to the Bright Resilient Youth Committed to Enrichment and the Washington Regional Alcohol Program

    Interested organizations are encouraged to apply for next round of grants by March 31

    Transurban, the Virginia Department of Transportation’s partner on the 395 Express Lanes project, today announced that the Bright Resilient Youth Committed to Enrichment (BRYCE) and the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP)’s SoberRide each received a $5,000 grant this quarter through the 395 Express Lanes Community Grant Program.

    The BRYCE project is an enrichment program designed to engage young women in activities that develop their social and emotional skills. The participants learn the values of the community and give back by doing random acts of kindness as individuals and in groups. BRYCE encourages friendship, diversity, and individuality and plants the seed at an early age of the importance of education.

    “The BRYCE Project was pleased to receive a grant from the 395 Express Lanes grant program,” said LaVon Curtis, Founder, BRYCE Project. “As an all-volunteer organization, these funds allow us to continue our work in providing community, leadership, and mentoring to young women as they prepare for adulthood. One of our upcoming events supported by this grant is a career event which provides young women the chance to hear real-life lessons from professional women and engage in networking.”

    The WRAP is a non-profit focused on using effective education, innovative programs, and targeted advocacy to end alcohol-impaired driving and underage drinking in the Washington, D.C. metro area. It is best known for its free taxi service, SoberRide, which discourages drunk driving and has provided more than 65,000 free rides to would-be impaired drivers in the Greater Washington Area. The program is credited with keeping the area’s alcohol related traffic deaths lower than the national average. (more…)

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