Gas explosion rips through Woodbridge home

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A house exploded in Woodbridge Sunday afternoon after a gas leak, according to fire and rescue officials.

OWL Volunteer Fire Department crews were called to the 14000 block of Franklin Street and West Longview Drive at 3:03 p.m. for a report of a gas leak that appeared to be outside of the house.

Crews arrived and found the smell of gas inside the home, and upgraded the call to an “inside gas leak.” High levels of gas were found inside the house, according to OWL Volunteer Fire Department spokeswoman Rebecca Barnes.

As firefighters exited the home, an explosion erupted creating a fireball that ripped through the basement. Windows inside the home were blown out, Barnes added.

Afterward, a fire in the utility room was extinguished. No one was injured, and area homes were checked for gas levels, said Barnes.

Crews from Washington Gas were called to the investigate, said Barnes. A Fire Marshal from the Prince William County Fire and Rescue Department was also called to the scene.

The incident remains under investigation.

1-3 inches of snow could fall Monday night, Tuesday

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More snow, you ask?

This next winter storm that’s expected to impact our area Monday night into Tuesday won’t be anywhere near as big as the January blizzard that dumped more than two feet of snow on our area.

This time, forecasters at the National Weather Service said we’re looking at the potential of only two inches at most from this storm.

Rain on Monday will turn to snow after the sun sets, according to the weather service. Most of the snow should fall overnight, and warmer temperatures on Tuesday will limit higher amounts of snow we could see with this storm.

Low temperatures on Monday night should dip reach the freezing mark. Expect high temperatures on Tuesday in the upper 30s.

Higher snow accumulations are expected further north and west of Washington, D.C. Expect one to three inches of snow possible for our immediate area, according to the weather service.

On Wednesday, a chance of snow showers remains with high temperatures in the high 30s. Wednesday night will be mostly cloudy and cold with low temperatures in the low 20s.

Thursday will be mostly sunny and cold with high temperatures in the low 30s.

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33-year-old man shot and killed in North Stafford

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Tolliver turned himself into police, according to the Stafford sheriff’s office. 

Chancellor Tolliver was taken into custody this evening without incident after turning himself into authorities in Stafford County.  Tolliver is currently being held without bond at the Rappahannock Regional Jail.   

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A 33-year-old man was shot and killed in Stafford County.

The victim was involved in an argument that took place in the area of 202 Garrison Woods Drive, just off Onville Road in North Stafford. The argument escalated, and the victim was at 4:48 a.m. Sunday, February 7.

Deputies called to the scene found the victim unresponsive. The man was taken to a local hospital but died while in route to the medical center, according to Stafford sheriff’s spokesman 1st. Sgt. Eric Quinn.

The victim was identified by the sheriff’s office as Maurice Williams Scott, of Stafford County.

Following the shooting, Stafford detectives obtained murder arrest warrants for the arrest of Chancellor Tolliver, 20, of Stafford, said Quinn.
Tolliver is said to be armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information on Tolliver’s whereabouts is encouraged to call Stafford County Crime Solvers.

Blizzard brings delays for report cards, college transcripts

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As students mourn the loss of their beloved snow days, some stop to ask themselves; What does this mean for the remainder of the school year?

Prince William County  Public Schools are allotted 12 snow days this school year. After the #sNOVAlanche storm that blanketed the region with up to to two feet of snow January 22 and 23 , Prince William County Public School students and teachers have about 5 snow days left.

As of now, Prince William public schools students will not have to make up the missed time, according to school officials. Keep Reading…

Habitat for Humanity Manassas ReStore needs lots of volunteers

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Happy Valentine’s Day and Heart Month! Catholic Charities –Hogar Immigrant Services has an urgent need for ESOL teachers for the classes in Manassas. You don’t need teaching experience or speak another language to make a huge difference in the life of another. Please call Cynthia at (571) 208-1572 ext. 103 to join this great team.

· SERVE has an urgent need for dedicated volunteers with fluency in Spanish to help with food intakes on weekdays. You must be 18 yrs. +, have good computer skills and pass a background check. It’s that time of year when families aren’t getting the hours at work and you can make a huge impact at SERVE. Please email Jan at: jhawkins@nvfs.org to learn more.

· Historic Manassas has a number of super fun volunteer’s positions. Positions include assisting with the farmers market on Thursday and Saturdays from April through November. They also are looking for volunteers to give tours at the Historic Liberia Plantation from May 29 through September 4th on Sundays at noon or downtown Manassas walking tours on Thursdays and Fridays at 12 noon. There’s always lots of fun event going on throughout the spring and summer with Historic Manassas. Please call Erin at (703) 361-6599 to learn more. Keep Reading…

Threats, slashed tires challenges for beer keg delivery service

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“Business Beat” is a sponsored column written by One Degree Capital CEO and President Rod Loges. His column examines ideas and best practices that help local businesses succeed.

When I tell people about One Degree Capital, I often hear things like “Oh, I’d love to start my own business doing ‘XYZ’ someday.”

To the outsider, it often looks easy to own a business. The reality is that business owners face challenges and surprises all the time. It takes a lot of perseverance to overcome them and be successful.

My lessons in perseverance came to me early in life. I started my first business as a sophomore at Miami University, where I discovered an opportunity to help solve a disturbing problem in the community.

The two-lane, windy highway between small-town Oxford, Ohio (home of Miami of Ohio – go Hawks!), and the nearby City of Hamilton had been nicknamed “The Highway To Heaven” because so many college students died traveling that road. Students regularly drove to Hamilton to pick up kegs of beer for parties from local distributors. Sadly, many drove under the influence, which added to the trouble. Keep Reading…

Freshman Senator McPike passes bill allowing food trucks to sell in commuter lots

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Sen. Jeremy McPike (D-Prince William County) had a major breakthrough in the legislature this week. On Tuesday, he passed Senate Bill 515—the first bill passed by the freshman senator.

“I am happy to see such strong support from my colleagues and the food truck industry,” said McPike regarding the bill. “These are very active venues and I just wanted to help provide commuters with options to and from work.”

SB 515 granted food truck vendors the ability to sell food in commuter lots in Planning District 8—encompassing most of the Northern Virginia region. However, the bill required the vendors to apply for a permit and to pay business fees to the Virginia Department of Transportation, (VDOT). VDOT, in turn, will use the collected fees to pay for security cameras and to increase security personnel in these lots. Keep Reading…

Manassas woman in Humvee gets patients to critical care during snowstorm

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Two feet of snow didn’t stop Debra Bobitt from helping to get residents to critical medical care.

Area road conditions were treacherous when the major winter storm brought the region to the standstill on Jan. 22, 23 and 24. Despite the snow, hospitals, and medical clinic can’t afford to take a snow day when they have to accommodate patients who need daily treatment.

Bobitt was particularly of help to patients who needed to get to DaVita Dialysis in Woodbridge during the storm. With the help of her H1 Hummer that’s she’s owned for 15 years, Bobitt carried patients from their homes to the clinic. Then she waited two to three hours for them to complete their dialysis, and took them back to their homes.

Bobittt, of Manassas, has experience with operating large vehicles in harsh conditions thanks to her time in the military. She has given her time to Volunteer Prince William for more than five years. Keep Reading…

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