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‘I’d bet these hard working folks would love a homemade treat or nice bottle of cold water to thank them for their good work’

Good morning Prince William – Prince William Health Department needs volunteers on Friday mornings, 8am-9:30am at the Woodbridge office to help with client screenings and referrals to their SBRIT Program. This program assesses the severity of substance use and identifies appropriate level of treatment. Please call Isabella at (703) 792-7341 to learn more.

· Mark your calendars for the week of June 12th to recognize trash and recycling collectors. I’d bet these hard working folks would love a homemade treat or nice bottle of cold water to thank them for their good work.

· Historic Manassas is looking for volunteers for the Annual Manassas Jazz Festival on Sunday June 18th. Duties include VIP tent assistants, will call, and wine glass distributors and age ID verifiers. The morning shift is 10:45-3pm and the afternoon shift is 2:45-6:45pm. Please call Erin at (703) 361-6599 to learn more. (more…)

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Griffin charged with abduction, malicious wounding

From Prince William police: 

“Attempted Abduction | Malicious Wounding *ARREST– On May 20, detectives from the Special Victims Unit were able to identify the suspect involved in the attempted abduction and assault which occurred in the area of Castile Court and Oakwood Drive in Woodbridge.  Following the investigation, detectives located and arrested the suspect, identified as Keith Richard GRIFFIN, later that afternoon.  A search warrant was subsequently executed at this residence.

Arrested on May 20:
Keith Richard GRIFFIN, 43, 12681 Castile Ct in Woodbridge
Charged with abduction and malicious wounding
Court Date: July 11, 2017 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

Attempted Abduction | Assault & Battery[Previously Released] –  On May 20 at 5:16AM, officers responded to the area of Castile Court and Oakwood Drive in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate an assault.  The victim, a 33 year-old woman of Woodbridge, reported to police that around 5:10AM she was walking in the area of Castile Court when she was approached by an unknown male.  During the encounter, the male grabbed her and attempted to pull her towards a nearby area.  A struggle ensued and the suspect assaulted the victim, causing minor injuries.  The victim evetually broke free from the suspect and contacnted police.  The suspect was last seen fleeing on foot.  A police K-9 was used to search for the suspect who was not located. Officers also searched the area, but were unable to locate the suspect. The Investigation continues.

The suspect is described as a black male, 30-35 years of age, 5’5”, and 170lbs.  He also has dark hair with no facial hair. He was last seen wearing a black shirt and khaki shorts.”

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Woman, 104, dies in Manassas house fire

From a Manassas City spokeswoman: 

“On Sunday, May 21, at approximately 12:15 a.m., the City Of Manassas Fire and Rescue Department along with units from Manassas Park and Prince William County Department of Fire & Rescue responded to the 10300 block of Poe Drive for a two-alarm structure fire.

The home was occupied by three adults at the time. Two of the occupants were able to escape the blaze unharmed.  The third occupant was found by firefighters in her bed in the one-story rambler. She was 104.

The home was posted as unsafe and uninhabitable by City Fire Investigators, and the Red Cross was called to assist the surviving residents.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.”

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Driver killed in Woodbridge crash

From Prince William police: 

Fatal Crash Investigation – On May 19 at 10:48AM, investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit responded to the area of Great Oaks Dr and Smoketown Rd in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a single vehicle crash. An officer was patrolling in the above area when a citizen reported finding a vehicle located down an embankment at the dead end of Great Oaks Dr.

When officers went to investigate, they located a sedan overturned with the driver still located inside. The driver, identified as an adult, was pronounced dead at the scene. The initial investigation revealed that the driver, and only occupant, was traveling northbound on Great Oaks Dr when for unknown reasons ran off the roadway down an embankment located at the dead end. The driver was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. It is unknown at this time if speed, alcohol, or drugs are factors.

The identity of the deceased driver will also be released once a next of kin is notified. The investigation into the exact cause of the crash continues.

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2 children at Dumfries Elementary School get bicycles on Bike to Work Day

DUMFRIES, Va. — Iris Gomez had never ridden a bicycle.

That all changed for the second grader at Dumfries Elementary School on Friday when she was given a brand new 20-inch pink and purple bike, and safety helmet.

Iris, with the help of her principal Marlene Coleman, strapped on her helmet and quickly hopped onto the new bike. She sat proud and tall on the seat.

Her physical education teacher would have to show her how to ride the bike before she took home, said Coleman.

Iris’ classmate second-grader Deshawn Lang was thrilled at the sight of his helmet and bicycle, a shiny new red a black 20-inch two-wheeled machine.

“We won the bike,” exclaimed DeShawn as he walked up to it. (more…)

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I-95 south work at Dale City continues through Monday morning, major delays expected

The work to repair a bridge that carries Interstate 95 traffic south over the Neabsco Creek in Dale City continues tonight and throughout the weekend. 

The work had been postponed for the past two weeks due to weather. The work is slated to wrap up Monday morning, but not before causing major delays for southbound travelers. 

Here’s the latest from VDOT:  (more…)

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