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Indecent exposure reported in Bristow

From police: 

Indecent Exposure – On October 19 at 3:47PM, officers responded to the area of Sir Reynard Ln and Shortbread Way in Bristow (20136) to investigate an indecent exposure. The caller reported to police that she was walking in the above area when she observed an unknown male, possibly a teenager, exposing himself. The caller yelled towards the male who immediately fled on foot. No injuries were reported and no further contact was made.

Suspect Description:

White male, between 14 & 15 years of age, 5’5” with a thin build and short blonde hair

Last seen wearing a light gray sweatshirt

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‘The last day to vote in-person absentee is Saturday, Nov. 4.’

From an email from Prince William County Government: 

People whose work times will exceed 11 hours between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Election Day, voters who have business or will be on vacation outside of the county on Election Day, and voters who have a disability or religious obligations don’t have to miss their opportunity to vote in this year’s General Election. They can vote by absentee ballot instead.

Those who would like to vote absentee by mail can request a ballot be mailed to them. Applications for mailed ballots can be found on the Office of Elections’ website. The application must be received by 5 p.m. on Oct. 31, and the ballot must be completed and returned by 7 p.m. on Election Day.

For those who would rather vote in person, absentee voting is available now at the Office of Elections, 9250 Lee Avenue in Manassas, and the Woodbridge Department of Motor Vehicles located at 2731 Caton Hill Road. Additional in-person absentee voting locations will open on Oct. 23, including:

— Dr. A.J. Ferlazzo Building, 15941 Donald Curtis Drive in Woodbridge

— McCoart Government Center, 1 County Complex Court in Woodbridge

— Haymarket-Gainesville Community Library, 14870 Lightner Road in Haymarket

— Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Road in Bristow

The last day to vote in-person absentee is Saturday, Nov. 4.

Items on this year’s ballot include races for Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General for the state of Virginia and Virginia House of Delegates races.

Visit the Prince William County Office of Elections website at www.pwcvotes.com for a complete list of qualifications to vote absentee.

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Bald eagle rescued by Stafford animal control takes flight

From Stafford County Sheriff’s Office:

Stafford, VA. An injured bald eagle rescued by a Stafford County Animal Control Officer in May was released last week at Caledon State Park in King George County. It is the 12th bald eagle rescued by Anthony McCall in his ten years of service with the county.

McCall shows up to work every day ready for an adventure and never knows what the day will bring—from  retrieving snakes hiding in kitchen cabinets to luring raccoons out of chimneys and conducting regular welfare checks on pets across the county. But the pinnacle of his job is bald eagle rescues.

On May 16, 2017 at approximately 4:00 p.m., McCall responded to a call regarding an injured bald eagle at the Rappahannock Regional Landfill on Eskimo Hill Road. When he arrived, McCall located the bird on the side of a steep ravine. He said the eagle was very weak and did not resist when McCall approached, wrapped the bird in a towel and carried it to his vehicle. (more…)

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Two-alarm blaze breaks out at house off Prince William Parkway

Fire crews are battling a 2-alarm blaze at a home off Prince Wiliam Parkway. 

Here’s the official word from Prince William Fire and Rescue: 

Dispatch 5:56
6300 block Hemlock Ridge Ct.
no injuries reported
FD arrived on scene with an attached garage fully involved.
Fire was extending into the home.
Went to 2 alarms.
Still active operations at this time.
Single family dwelling.

The home was located nearest the newest Prince William County Fire Station 2g, which opened Sept. 30.

However, crews from Buckhall Fire Department on Yates Ford Road were first on the scene. 

More as we have it. 

Updated — More from Prince William fire and rescue: 

Damage is extensive. The cause is under investigation. The Red Cross was on the scene to assist the displaced family.

Update

The home sustained extensive damage estimated at $500,000. The Building Official has posted the home unsafe.

The occupants were not home at the time of the fire; Red Cross is assisting the family, 2 adults and 4 children, displaced by the fire.

The fire is currently under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s Office.

Photos: Prince William fire and rescue 

 

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‘Upon arrival, firefighters observed smoke and fire showing from the side of an apartment’

From an email: 

On Thursday, October 19th at 10:24 a.m., fire and rescue units were dispatched to an apartment fire at Woodburn Apartments located in the 7800 block of Keara Court in Manassas.

Upon arrival, firefighters observed smoke and fire showing from the side of an apartment that had extended into the home. Upon entry, firefighters discovered an activated sprinkler head that helped contain the fire. Firefighters quickly suppressed and extinguished the fire.

No injuries reported.

The apartment sustained moderate damage estimated at $175,000.

The occupants were not home at the time of the fire. Red Cross is currently assisting the family, 6 adults and 8 children, displaced by the fire.

The fire is currently under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s Office.

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Does a pop-up store tarnish your impression of an ‘upscale’ shopping center?

When Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center opened in Woodbridge, community leaders sold it as a destination retail center that would be the model of future developments in Prince William County.

With its mix of restaurants, upscale shops, Wegmans grocery store, and homes, Stonebridge was going to be unlike other shopping centers that had come before it.

Some establishments in the shopping center, like Travinia Italian Kitchen, Golfsmith, and the flash-in-the-pan Toby Keith’s I love This Bar and Grill, have come and gone.

Some new ones, like Bar Louie and Spirit Halloween, have opened in their place.

In the case of Spirit, the Halloween shop is a seasonal operation.

From Spirit Halloween’s website:

“Spirit stores open in late August through early November each year, stocked with everything you can imagine for Halloween including costumes, masks, wigs, indoor and outdoor décor items, animatronics, makeup, collectibles, props and in-depth accessories.”

So, here’s the question: Does having a seasonal pop-up store at an upscale destination, near an Apple Store, tarnish the image of the shopping center?

Or, is it better to have a store fill a space on a temporary basis rather than having it sit empty, with the lights turned off?

Your thoughts in the comments, please.

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