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‘All Interstate 95 northbound traffic in Stafford County will be stopped’

From a press release: 

All Interstate 95 northbound traffic in Stafford County will be stopped intermittently for 20-minute intervals between midnight and 3 a.m. on Saturday, June 24 as part of a work zone for the I-95 Express Lanes Southern Terminus Extension.

Crews will be installing overhead signs between Exit 140 (Courthouse Road) and Exit 143 (Route 610) as part of a 2.5 mile extension of I-95 Express Lanes from its current southern terminus. Virginia State Police will assist with traffic control in the work zone.

The following lane closures are planned for this evening and early Saturday, weather permitting:

  • Single lane closure at 10 p.m. between Exit 140 (Courthouse Road) and Exit 143 (Route 610)

  • Double lane closure at midnight

  • Between midnight and 3 a.m.

    full traffic stops for up to 20 minutes at a time

  • All lanes open by 4:30 a.m.

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Murders, traffic fatalities increase in Prince William County

Chief Barry Barnard of the Prince Willam County Police Department looked back on a violent year.

There were 22 murders in the county in 2016, marking the highest murder rate in Prince William County in 15 years. It topped 2006 when there were 16 murders in the county.

A total of 18 of the 22 murder victims in the county knew their killer. Some, like Prince William police Officer Ashley Guindon, were killed in domestic valence situations.

“We lost a brave and courageous police officer who responded to a call and was murdered, along with Crystal Sheree Hamilton, inside,” said Barnard.

Hamilton, 29, was shot and killed inside her home on Lashmere Court in Dale City on February 28, 2016. Police say that after shooting his wife,  33-year-old Ronald Hamilton then turned his gun on Guindon, 29, killing her.

The murder of 23-year-old Pablito Kamara, 23, on May 30, 2016, is the only homicide case from last year that remains unsolved. Pablito was shot sometime after 2 a.m. outside a nightclub on Golanski Boulevard in Woodbridge and was taken to a local hospital where he later died. (more…)

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Orangetheory Fitness opens in Lake Ridge tonight


This Friday, June 23 from 5:30pm – 8pm come join us for our Grand Opening Party at Orangetheory Fitness Lake Ridge in the Glen.  Please invite friends and family.  Come join us at our brand-new studio in the Glen. We will have plenty of giveaways, food, drinks and much more… We are located at 4172 Merchant Plaza.

If you have not signed up for your free classes you must call now. This is your last chance to sign up for classes this week before Grand Opening. 

Also come in and sign up for our weight loss challenge. A six-week competition winner receives $2,500.

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‘The three existing I-95 southbound lanes in this area would be converted to lanes for local traffic’

From a press release: 

The public is invited to attend a citizen information meeting next week to learn more about the revised design for the Interstate 95 southbound collector distributor lanes – Rappahannock River Crossing project between Exit 133 (Route 17) in Stafford County and Exit 130 (Route 3) in the City of Fredericksburg.    

The citizen information meeting will be held:

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

5-7 p.m.  

Fredericksburg Hospitality House & Conference Center

Fredericksburg Room

2801 Plank Road (Central Park)

Fredericksburg, VA 22401

A brief presentation will be delivered at 6 p.m.

The revised design includes construction of three new I-95 southbound lanes in the current median of I-95 for through traffic. The new through traffic lanes would be built from north of Exit 133 at Route 17 in Stafford to just south of Exit 130 at Route 3 in Spotsylvania. (more…)

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William Shepherd Colonna

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William "Bill" Shepherd Colonna age 67 of Manassas VA died on 6/17/17. He is predeceased by his Father, Edward "Ed" A. Colonna, Mother, Blanche Kelley Colonna, brother, Edward "Ned" Colonna. Services will be held at Pierce Funeral Home, Manassas VA on June 26, 2017 6 PM-8 PM. Graveside service will be held at Greenlawn Memorial Park Newport News, VA on 6/27/17 1 PM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to New Hope Christian Church Manassas VA.

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Sedan ‘jumped the curb and went through the front wall of the business’


From a press release:

On Thursday June 22, 2017 at 0857 hours, units from the Stafford County Fire and Rescue Department responded to the Curves Salon at 11 Hope Road for a Technical Rescue.Units arrived within two minutes to find a four door sedan that had jumped the curb and went through the front wall of the business. There were seven civilians inside the business who had sought shelter in the rear of the suite when the vehicle struck the building.

Fortunately, there were no injuries to either the driver of the vehicle or those within the occupied building. In addition to the damage to the Curves, the Urgent and Primary Care facility next door also sustained damage to an interior wall.

Crews worked with the County Building Inspector to ensure structural safety and secured the damaged interior walls between the suites. Power was disconnected to both businesses and they will remain closed for an undetermined amount of time.

Photos submitted by: Stafford County Fire and Rescue Department Chief Mark Lockhart

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Manassas Journal Messenger building demolished

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The vacant home of a newspaper that served Manassas for more than 150 years is under demolition today.

Heavy equipment rolled into the former home of the Manassas Journal Messenger at 9009 Church Street in Downtown Manassas on Thursday. Walls were torn down to make way for a new development called Messenger Place, which will feature 94 new apartments in a new multi-storey building. There will be 3,500 square feet of retail space on the first floor.

The Manassas Journal Messenger was a daily newspaper that served the city, Manassas Park, and western Prince William County. The paper, along with the Potomac News in Woodbridge, was purchased by Media General in 2008.

The two newspapers featured similar content but had separate banners until Media General merged the papers in 2009, changing its name to News & Messenger. The combined newspaper operated under that name until Media General sold it to Berkshire Hathaway in 2012.

The paper was closed shortly after that.

Photos: Patty Prince, Manassas City spokeswoman 

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