Raymond Utz, head of Prince William County’s planning office, is charged with two counts of indecent exposure.
Here’s the full police report:
Indecent Exposure | Obscene Sexual Display – On November 17th at 11:58AM, officers responded to investigate an indecent exposure which was reported to have occurred in the area of Gideon Dr and Smoketown Rd in Woodbridge (22193). The victim, a 38 year old woman of Triangle, reported to police that she was stopped at the above intersection when an unknown vehicle pulled beside her. The victim then observed the driver, and only occupant of the vehicle, lower the passenger side window. At that point, the victim noticed that the driver was exposing himself and making an obscene sexual display. The victim was able to provide police with a description and license plate information of the vehicle. Officers were able to determine that the vehicle, a black Honda CRV, was registered to the accused and that the same vehicle was reported to have been involved in a similar encounter reported earlier in the day. In that incident, the victim, a 39 year old woman of Woodbridge, reported to officers that a black Honda CRV with a similar looking driver pull next to her while stopped in the area of Old Bridge Rd and Mohican Dr in Woodbridge (22192). As with the later incident, the driver lowered the passenger side window to get the attention of the victim. As the victim looked over towards the suspect vehicle, she observed the driver expose himself while making an obscene display. The victim pulled away from the other vehicle and immediately contacted police. Following the investigation, the accused was connected to both incidents and was subsequently charged.
Arrested on November 19th: [No photo available]
Raymond Ernst UTZ, 49, of 44 Bexley Ln in Fredericksburg
Charged with 2 counts of indecent exposure and 2 counts of obscene sexual display
Court date: pending | Bond: released on court summons
Prince William County just entered the rap game.
A new video produced by county’s communications staff features Prince William County Communications Director Jason Grant rapping a list of items you’ll need in your emergency preparedness kit. The video was produced in October in honor of National Preparedness Month.
The video was shot in front of a green screen in the format of a mock newscast. Grant wrote the rap and then recorded it for the video.
“There’s tons of videos out there with people walking you through want to have in an emergency preparedness kit,” said Grant. “We wanted to create something memorable, something that someone would watch again.”
The video also features Nicole Brown, who works with Grant inside the county’s communications office. Grant said the video has been well received in the halls of county government at the McCoart Building in Woodbridge, and that it has been shown in several staff meetings.
When not rapping, Grant oversees the production of the county’s website, newsletters, as well as other media the county uses to get out their message. He also takes questions from reporters on a regular basis.
Grant minored in theater and does improvisational comedy in his spare time, he said. He’s also available for holiday parties, birthdays, and bar mitzvahs.
Four firefighters with the Prince William Department of Fire & Rescue went out of their way to make sure that a Woodbridge resident’s family cat was returned safely.
The cat, referred to by the firefighters as “Kitty”, had gotten stuck in a tree over 89 feet late last week in the area of Tallowwood Drive and Spring Branch Blvd. in Montclair.
“We received a phone call from our Battalion Chief — he asked us to check out an incident. Station 17 in Montclair had gotten a phone call requesting assistance – that their pet cat was stuck in a tree,”
said Lieutenant Dave Caruana, one of the firefighters at the scene.
Technicians Adam Mowry, Shawn Riley, Shawn Bliss and Lt. Caruana were called out to the scene when Station 17 was unable to retrieve the cat.
“Engine 17 headed over there to check the incident out, to see if they could handle it and the cat was in the tree further than their ground ladders could reach,” Caruana said.
The four men quickly responded to the call, and were able to safely remove the cat from the tree, returning it to its owner.
“We arrived onscene and our driver, Shawn Riley, positioned the [ladder] appropriately…and we retrieved the cat out of the tree,” said Caruana.
Jennifer Leigh Titus, a witness who was present and filmed the rescue, feels grateful to have such dedicated firefighters on call in her neighborhood.
“They were pretty awesome, the first truck came and the ladder was too short and then they called in the big guns. That cat would have either fallen or froze to death. They didn’t have to [trek] out in that freezing weather to save a cat, but they did. That makes me feel really safe knowing that they would go through so much for a kitten, imagine what they would do for us,” said Titus.
Stafford County Fire and Rescue crews were dispatched to Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, the North Stafford location to investigate a strange odor at 10:30 this morning.
The children’s hospital unit was evacuated, said Stafford fire and rescue Asst. Chief Mark Doyle. Several adults and at least one child waited outside while fire fighters checked for a cause of the reported odor.
Children’s Hospital is located in the Aquia Park Shopping Center on Jefferson Davis Highway. It’s next door to Engineering for Kids.
Fire fighters reported not smelling an odor and said no cause was evident. They wanted to enter the adjacent business to determine if there was a problem of some kind coming from that location, but Engineering for Kids was closed and no problems could be seen through the glass door.
After discovering that a fire wall was between each unit of the building, even through the roof, it was determined that, if there was a problem, it likely would not be coming from another unit with the fire wall in place.
Rescue crews left the scene about an hour after arriving.
Fire crews were called to Panera Bread on Liberia Avenue in Manassas.
A false alarm triggered the response, said Manassas spokeswoman Patty Prince.
Photo credit: Allissa Jones
TRAFFIC: Lomond Drive is closed at Fairmont Ave for a water main break. It is likely Lomond Dr will remain closed for most of today.
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Two murders back to back, less than a week apart, has some Prince William County residents talking about safety.
On Nov. 10, a Woodbridge Senior High School student was shot and killed on a walking path just outside the school. Police said the victim was killed in a drug-related robbery. Five people, including a 16-year-old girl, were arrested and charged in connection to Williams’ death.
In the early hours of Nov. 16, Christopher Nathaniel Weaver, 19, and a 15-year-old boy were shot in Dale City. Both were taken to a hospital where Weaver died, and a 15-year-old suffered injuries that did not appear to be life threatening.
One shooting suspect was arrested the following day in Arlington, and the second was taken into custody last night in Manassas.
The two shootings were not related.
In an interview with Potomac Local, Prince William Police Department Chief Stephan Hudson says the county has seen some troubling incidents in recent days, but says crime in the community continues to be at historically low levels.
“Even with two recent murders that have occurred within five or six days of each other, we still are at a total of six murders for the entire year. Historically, over the past 30 plus years, [the number of] our murders vary every single year. They’ve gone from lows of one and two to a high of 16. So, I am not overly concerned that this represents some kind of a trend that we need to be concerned about,” said Hudson.
Statistically, Prince William is on par with having the same number of murders this year as last. A total of 16 people were murdered in Prince William in 2006, and 12 people were murder in the county in 2008. Those two years, out of the past 10, saw the most murders in the county.
The department’s policy of directing a massive amount of resources to the county’s most violent crimes immediately after they occur is what helped detectives to quickly track down suspects in the two most recent murders.
“The department has worked exceeding hard, and the folks in our criminal investigations division, as well as many others, have worked tireless hours to try and make sure we resolve these cases quickly. One of our primary focuses is on serious violent crimes is that we pour every resource on to those as quickly as we possibly can to make sure we bring those responsible to justice,” said Hudson.
The police department is “always recruiting,” said Hudson. The budget passed by county leaders this year funds hiring 25 new police officers. A new cadet class will begin in January.
“Up until the crash in the real estate market, we had a staffing plan of adding 25 new officers every year going back to the late 90s. We’ve always been in the hiring mode. As the county continues to grow and as the population continues to explode around us, the department needs to grow to keep pace with that,” said Hudson.
Will adding more officers continue to keep crime low?
“Absolutely. We feel that being able to add more officers to the force and more officers onto the street, we’re going to be able to keep this community safe. If we are not able to keep pace with population growth, I would be concerned about the impact that could create, however, if we are able to maintain the staffing plan of being able to add 20 to 25 officers per year, on top of our current contingent of staff, I’m confident we will continue to maintain a safe community as we have been doing,” said Hudson.
Hudson recently returned to the U.S. after attending terrorism training in Israel.
The final suspect in a shooting death last week was arrested in Manassas.
Bryan Lamonte Patterson, 25, of 4716 Kirkdale Drive in Dale City, was taken into custody without incident at a house in Manassas last night. Patterson is charged in the murder of 19-year-old Christopher Nathaniel Weaver, killed in the early morning hours of Nov. 16. A second victim, a 15-year-old boy, was also shot and taken to a hospital with injuries that did nto appear to be life threatening.
Police released a description of Patterson yesterday at the same time they announced the Nov. 17 arrest of 35-year-old Christopher Coward, also of Dale City, who is also charged with murder in Weaver’s death.
Both men are scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 14, 2015.
The footprint of Old Town Manassas could soon expand east.
A proposal calls for 140 new condos to be built at Manassas Station, a new four-story housing development that would replace the old ABC Photo Processing Center on Prince William Street, originally built in 1953 and modified in 1985.
If approved, the new homes would have the same look and feel of the buildings in Old Town and would come on the heels of Manassas City leaders approving 94 new condos at the site of the old Manassas Journal Messenger building on Church Street.
The same developer who built Historic Courts of Manassas on Center Street would also be developing Manassas Station. A new Baldwin Intermediate School will be built across the street where ballfields outside Osbourn High School are in what is an already changing neighborhood. In order for the project to move forward, the land needs to be rezoned from industrial to residential use.
The city’s planning commission twice denied approval of the condo building because it would be built too close to existing historic homes on Fairview Avenue. But those who work in the city’s planning office said Manassas Station should go forward because it fits the city’s downtown development plan.
“There’s been very little interest in the property until our people came in and proposed something,” said John Foote, a lawyer representing the developer.
The amount of increased traffic that would come from the development is a concern. A new traffic signal at the nearby intersection of Fairview Avenue and Tudor Lane would need to be installed, and the developer has proffered $117,000 for the needed signal.
The developer has also offered $671,860 in proffers to the city’s school system to help offset the cost of educating new students who would move into the condo building. Foote said he used the city’s own data to determine that condo buildings in the city generate fewer school children than a nearby townhouse community and a trailer park.
Opponents of the project said the character of Old Town is changing too fast, fear its population will become denser, and that they don’t want the city to someday look like Arlington.
“I feel that the look and feel of this massive building will further erode the look and feel of our historic district, a district that so many people care about and what makes Manassas unique. Soon it will be hard to find historic buildings if we continue to allow development of this scale in the historic district,” said Mary Ann Jenkins, who lives on Windsor Street in the city.
Supporters of the new project called the condos a sign of “progress” being made in the city. They, along with Foote, also said many young Millenials are choosing to rent rather than buy a home due to the down economy.
“I’m 30 years old and I’m not in a position to purchase a home. It’s a tough world, economically, and I don’t know what can be done to support home ownership because it’s a difficult thing,” one woman told city leaders.
Manassas Station would be built on nearly four acres of land, feature 85 one-bedroom units and 55 two-bedroom units. Among other proffers, the developer has offered $50,000 to improve parking in Old Town, $121,800 for public safety improvements, $6,300 for parks, and would not allow owners to sublease any condo unit in the building.
The Prince William County School Board voted 7-1 to accept the new boundary plans for the 12th high school, including several amendments. Click here for the full story from our news partner Bristow Beat.
Police busted three people suspected of making meth in an area motel.
Investigators made the bust Nov. 3 at Red Roof Inn just off Interstate 66 near Manassas
A search warrant indicates police suspected meth was being made inside room 237, and it was being sold to people staying at the motel. Detectives went to the door to speak with and spoke with two men staying in the room. While there, they and saw batteries, tin foil, butane, gas masks, tubing and a clear jar with a white powdery substance that
indicate the manufacturing of methamphetamine, all lying in plain sight, according to the search warrant.
The two men told police that meth had recently been made inside the room and that the man who rented the room would return shortly, according to the search warrant.
The renter of the room returned a short time later driving a Toyota Highlander, according to the search warrant. Needles, a spoon and a battery were all items listed on the search warrant as recovered.
James Kiger, 45, of no fixed address, is charged with manufacture of methamphetamine.
Lindsey Elizabeth Rengstorff, 24, of Bowling Green, is charged with possession.
Samuel Hoak, 21, of Pembridge Road in Manassas is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.
The suspects are due in court Jan. 9, 2015.
One man is in custody and another is sought in the shooting death of a Dale City man.
Christopher Weaver was shot and killed at a home on the 13400 block of Keating Drive in Dale City early Sunday. A 15-year-old boy was also wounded during the shooting.
Police then arrested their first suspect in the shooting, 35-year-old Christopher Coward, of Kirkdale Drive in Dale City, during a traffic stop in Arlington on Nov. 17. Coward is charged with murder and is suspected of
fleeing the scene of the shooting with another suspect – Bryan Patterson, 35, of 914 Hillcrest Drive in Vienna.
Patterson is charged with murder and is sought by police. He is described as black, 5 feet 11 inches tall, 165 pounds, with short black hair and a beard.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Patterson is encouraged to call police at 703-792-6500.
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