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Expect overnight work on I-95 ramp at Dale Boulevard

From VDOT: 

A portion of the ramp from southbound I-95 to Dale Blvd (Route 784) will be closed the nights of Tuesday, March 28 through Friday, March 31 for tree clearing related to the ramp realignment project, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

The ramp will be closed between the Potomac Mills Road spur ramp and Dale Boulevard according to the following schedule:

  • Tuesday, March 28 through Thursday, March 30: 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Friday, March 31: 10 p.m. to 9 a.m.

Traffic will be detoured via Potomac Mills Road and Gideon Drive back to Dale Boulevard.

All work is weather permitting.

The project will realign the ramp and add a traffic signal so that traffic from southbound I-95 can merge more safely onto westbound Dale Boulevard. The project is scheduled for completion in summer 2017.


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Haymarket enters lease for 5 new police SUVs

HAYMARKET, Va. — The town of Haymarket will lease five new police SUVs and replace its current mismatched fleet of police cars.

The town will pay $149,390 for five 2017 Ford Police Interceptor Utility Vehicles that will be delivered all at once. A five-year loan from the Virginia Association of Counties, with about a 2% interest rate will be used to fund the new cars.

Each new car will cost $29,878, and all will need to be fitted with new lights, sirens, radios, cages and radios at the total cost of $40,000. That money is already in the town’s budget and will not be rolled inot the loan.

The town originally budgeted to purchase one new police car a year for the next five years. Leaders chose a “municipal leasing” program that does not penalize the town for placing high mileage on the new vehicles, or for any damages that they could incur while being use to patrol the streets.

The SUVs will all have matching paint and reflective decals and offer the officers inside more room to work in the front, and more space to store gear in the rear. It also provides more room for the prisoner in the back seat. Over the years, the role of Haymarket police officers has evolved from watching for speeders on Route 15 near Interstate 66 to paroling more inside the village’s main street.

“Even though the highway is in our jurisdiction, 95 percent of what we do is in town,” said Haymarket Police Chief Kevin Lands. “The focus of this council and this mayor is to make Haymarket a walking town, so we have to slow traffic on Washington Street.” (more…)

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    Human remains found along banks of Bull Run

    Police found human remains along the Bull Run River today. 

    From Prince William police: 

    Death Investigation – On March 27 around 11:30AM, officers located human remains while conducting a canvass along the creek bed of Bull Run near the 7500 block of Ben Lomond Park Dr in Manassas (20109). The remains were recovered then transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office for further examination and identification.

    The identity of the deceased will be released once confirmed and next of kin is notified. There is no public threat or need for concern from the surrounding community as this incident does not appear to be random and no foul play is suspected at this time.

    More information will be released when available. The investigation continues.

    A search and rescue team searching for a missing endangered person stumbled upon the unidentified remains. 

    “Officers with our search and rescue team along with the assistance of a bloodhound were looking for the missing endangered person from last night when they discovered the remains,” stated Prince Willliam police spokesman Nathan Probus.

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    Verbal altercation results in attempted malicious wounding with axe

    From Prince William County Police:

    Attempted Malicious Wounding | Domestic Related – On March 23 at 5:12 p.m., officers responded to a residence located in the 8700 block of Yorkshire Lane in Manassas to investigate a domestic incident.

    The investigation revealed that the victim, a 65-year-old man of Manassas, and the accused, a family member, were involved in a verbal altercation that escalated. During the encounter, the accused grabbed a small axe and attempted to strike the victim. (more…)

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    Beville Middle School holds color run


    Photos submitted by Atif Qarni

     Beville Middle School hosted a Color Run this past Saturday. The race began at 8:30 a.m.

    Color Run is a 5K fun run for all ages and fitness abilities. The route for Saturday’s race wound from the middle school west along Dale Boulevard, left onto Mapledale Avenue, then onto Lindendale Road, then back to the school. Along the route, participants pass through color zones. A powder color packet is thrown in the air at the final color celebration at the finish line.

    A total of 315 runners and 45 volunteers participated in the event. 

    Volunteers helped to put on the event, and they included participants from Zeta Phi Beta (Phi Kappa Zeta Chapter of Woodbridge sorority), Garfield High School JROTC, Beville PTSO, and the Dale City Civic Association.Giant, Subway, Wegmans, Modell’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods all helped sponsor the event.

    Giant, Subway, Wegmans, Modell’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods all helped sponsor the event.

    Beville Middle School is located at 4901 Dale Boulevard in Dale City.

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    If amended bill passes, coal ash closure process at Possum Point could slow

    Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe amended a bill that would give more time to communities facing the possibility of a cap-in-place closure of a coal ash pond.

    Bill SB1398 by State Senator Scott Surrovell (D-Fairfax, Prince William, Stafford) placed a one-year moratorium on the permitting of coal ash ponds int the state. This would give residents and elected leaders in Prince William County more time to evaluate whether or not a plan to close by capping a coal ash pond at the Possum Point Power Station near Dumfries is feasible and environmentally sound.

    Before making it to the governor’s desk, the General Assembly stripped the moratorium provision from the bill. The bill, which addresses the closure of coal ash ponds across the state, will go back to the Senate on April 5 where it will again be voted on with the governor’s amendments. If it passes, it heads back to the House of Delegates.

    “This is a problem that states across the U.S. are trying to solve in their own ways: what to do about these coal ash ponds,” said Surrovell. (more…)

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    Health department needs volunteers for hypertension and diabetes prevention program

    Good morning Prince William – TOPSoccer is looking for volunteers to help on Saturday mornings at the Vint Hill Gym. This program provides safe, fun and inclusive environment for children with development issues to enjoy the game of soccer. This promises to be a very fun Saturday morning. Please email Beth to learn more at: bbrooks2umcgrace.org

    · The Retired and Senior Volunteer program has an urgent need for Meals on Wheels drivers to deliver the noon meal in both the Manassas and Woodbridge areas. It’s a super 2 hours or so while you provide a warm meal and check on their welfare. This program is for individuals age 55+, have valid driver’s license and proper insurance. A small mileage stipend is available as well training. Please email Jan at: jhawkins@volunteerprincewilliam.org to learn more.

    · The PW Medicare Counseling Program is looking for volunteers with basic computer skills to help in the office 4 hours a week. You must be 18 yrs. +, complete certification training, State Police background check and commit to a minimum 6 month commitment. Please call Melody at (703) 792-4583 to learn more. Volunteers cannot be a licenses insurance agent or consultant.

    · The Prince William Health Department is looking for volunteers to help with their hypertension and diabetes prevention program. Hours are flexible, training is provided with successful background check. Please email Valda at: valda.wisdombrown@vdh.virginia.gov to learn more. (more…)

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    Two adults, 3 children taken to hospital after blaze


    On Friday, March 24th at 2:36 a.m., fire and rescue units were dispatched to a structure fire in a single-family home located in the 11200 block of Ramrod Road in Woodbridge.

    Upon arrival, firefighters encountered the home fully involved in flames. As fire and rescue crews initiated defensive and rural water operations to extinguish the fire, they were informed all occupants had safely evacuated the home; 5 escaped through a second-story window onto the roof of the front porch and 2 from the basement.

    Of the seven occupants, 2 adults and 3 children, were transported to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

    A Building Official was on scene and has posted the home unsafe.

    According to the Fire Marshal’s Office, damages are estimated at $525,000, a total loss.

    The fire started on the outside of the home caused by improper discarding of smoking materials.

    Prince William County Fire and Rescue Chief Kevin McGee urges residents to take precautions when using smoking materials. 

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    VDOT looks at extending I-95 Express Lanes to Fredericksburg

    WOODBRIDGE, Va. — From 50,000 feet, the 10-mile stretch of the Interstate 95 E-ZPass Express Lanes proposed by the Virginia Department of Transportation is known as “Component 3A” of the Atlantic Gateway project launched by Governor Terry McAuliffe (D-VA) last year.

    From ground level, the new express lanes extension proposal is a step in the right direction according to Lorenza Cooper who said: “they’re not extending is as far as it needs to go.” Cooper, was one of the attendees looking over the express lanes maps and fliers at a VDOT public information meeting March 21 at Freedom High School in Woodbridge. He is a Stafford resident that uses the existing lanes when he has to but admits the tolls are something he’s not comfortable with. “I only take small segments since it’s so expensive,” Cooper said.

    The 10-mile extension VDOT will run from Route 610 in North Stafford to Route 17 in, just north of the Rappahannock River outside Fredericksburg. There are three major access points in the new plan: at Russell Road near Quantico; Courthouse Road, or Exit 140; and Route 17. The Russell Road access point isn’t even in the new stretch but is needed for those headed to Quantico. As with the other express lanes on I-95 and I-495, there are tolls for vehicles with one or two occupants, but those with three or more can ride toll-free.

    The meeting was just to test the waters and let residents know what is on the planning tables, said VDOT spokesperson Kelly Hannon. (more…)

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    Bank robbery suspects arrested, connection to additional robberies under investigation

    From Prince William County Police:

    Attempted Bank Robbery ARREST – Upon further investigation into the reported attempted bank robbery which occurred at the BB&T Bank located at 13920 Noblewood Plz in Woodbridge on March 22, detectives have charged the driver of the suspect vehicle involved, identified as James Robert MOTON.

    The passenger in the same vehicle, identified as William Howard ROBINSON, was also arrested on an unrelated charge. The investigation continues into this incident and possible connections to other additional robberies in Prince William County. Additional charges are pending. (more…)

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