Child loses control of dirt bike, dies


An 11-year-old boy died in a dirt bike accident on Sunday. 

Crash – Fatality – On October 11th at 1:27PM, investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit responded to the 8400 block of Cabin Branch Ct in Manassas (20111) to investigate a crash involving a dirt bike.

The investigation revealed that the victim, identified as an 11 year old boy, was riding a 2007 CR85 Honda dirt bike with two other acquaintances on private property along a dirt track in the wooded area above. At one point, the victim lost control and struck a tree. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he died a short time later as a result of injuries.

The victim was wearing a helmet at the time at the time of the incident.


The victim was identified as Colby Thomas SMITH, 11, of Manassas

-Prince William police

Are you feeling creative? The call for the 2nd banner art contest for 2016 is open

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A creative spirit and an artistic flare contribute to the City of Manassas’ “modern beat.” Once the historic downtown was designated an Arts and Tourism district, it became PL 2a growing destination for public art, galleries, and events. From works of art by local artists on display in restaurants and in City Hall to the curated shows and performances at the Center for Arts, the community embraces and celebrates creativity. This month, however, the City of Manassas’ art scene is interactive. Artists and art lovers have three opportunities to contribute to the community’s creative vibe.

First, it’s time to vote for your favorite banner on the lampposts in downtown. Historic Manassas Inc. sponsored a contest calling for banner designs and received more than 130 works of art from area artists. Faced with a tough decision, a Selection Committee chose 60 pieces of art to decorate the downtown and named the contest’s winner – “Train Station” by Kelly Willis, which featured the City’s historic depot.

But there is a second prize still up for grabs – the $500 People’s Choice Award. After months of admiring the works of art blowing in the breeze, you can now vote for your favorite. You have many choices ranging from fiery sunsets to cherry blossoms to teetering tea cups. Pick up a walking tour guide at the Manassas Visitor’s Center in the train depot and stroll downtown to view each banner one more time. Enjoy a day downtown, pick up a cup of coffee, do a little shopping, and deliberate over lunch before dropping off a ballot at the Manassas Visitor’s Center by Oct. 30.

Be apart of the Manassas art scene.
Be apart of the Manassas art scene.
Be apart of the Manassas art scene.

Are you feeling creative? The call for the second banner art contest for 2016 is now open. Artists over 16 may submit their designs and vie for a chance to be a part of Manassas’ art scene. The application and guidelines are available on Historic Manassas’ Inc.’s website. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 15, 2016. Don’t wait for the last minute. In addition to having your work on display in the community, there is a $1,000 grand prize.

Lastly, since it is never too early to get into the holiday spirit, the City has issued a call for ornaments for the holiday tree at Virginia’s Executive Mansion. All submitted ornaments will be on display at City Hall, but one lucky ornament will be sent to Richmond. The Governor is seeking one-of-a-kind, handmade ornaments that fit in with the theme, “Celebrating Virginia’s Localities.” If you have an idea for a unique way to represent the City of Manassas, drop your 6-inch ornament off at City Hall by Oct. 20. Learn more online.

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Stafford to enlarge landfill, treating groundwater issues


Stafford County’s Rappahannock Regional Landfill will be enlarged by about an acre because of problems with groundwater.

County documents state Dichloroethane, an agent known to cause cancer, was found “in concentrations exceeding the permitted groundwater protection standards [GPS] in monitoring well MW-B, which is located on the western boundary of the property.”

Stafford County spokeswoman Shannon Howell states the groundwater contamination is not affecting any homes or businesses, and the levels are lower than permitted limits. A treatment plan put in place last year helped to lower the levels, stated Howell.

Stafford will purchase 1.3 acres of land that had been used by the Virginia Department of Transportation to house a storage facility on Eskimo Hill Road. The land is valued at $18,000.

There is a closed, unlined cell in the area where the landfill be expanded. When looking at it on a map, the new land will bump out the boundary of the landfill, and that will allow more room for the landfill to extend its “permit compliance point” further out from the existing footprint.

“To address the compliance matter, the landfill staff can treat the Dichloroethane to eliminate the exceedance and/or purchase a portion of the VDOT parcel to extend the boundary and ensure that any future exceedance will be contained within our property limits. We are doing both,” stated Howell in an email.

The landfill took in 127,000 tons of waste in 2014, an 11% increase over the previous year.

Hylton rolls over Gar-Field in homecoming game 61-20


The Hylton Bulldogs charged onto the field for their homecoming game Friday night after an hour-long lightning delay.

DJ Wright received the ball from the Gar-Field Indians and ran it down to the 35-yard line. A pass to Christian Brisueno brought the ball down to the one, where Jared Austin carried the ball in for a touchdown with 11:26 to go in the first quarter, bringing the score to 7-0.

The Indians fumbled the ball with 8:43 left in the quarter, and it was recovered by Albert Nunez. Later, a 19-yard pass to DJ Wright allowed Hylton to score their second touchdown of the night. Hylton was up 14-0 with 7:58 left to go in the first.

Seconds later in the game, the Indians fumbled the ball and the Bulldogs recovered it and took over on the 20-yard line. The play set up the team for its third touchdown of the night, scored by DJ Wright, bringing the score 20-0.

While Gar-Field struggled with fumbles, Hylton was plagued with penalties. Game officials called a pass interference play on a pass meant for Gar-Field wide receiver Malachi Smithen. It was one of many penalty calls on the Bulldogs during the game.

Gar-Field tried to come alive last in the first with a pass that was nearly picked off by Teryance Thomas. With 7:07 left in the first, Hylton’s Brandon Benson passed the ball down to the one-yard line, and that set up another touchdown for Jared Austin making the score 20-0.

With 1:30 left to go in the explosisve first quarter, a 20-yard run by Hylton’s Ishmeal Farmah set up the team to score again, this time on a pass play. Quarterback Brandon Benson threw the ball to Seshun Mickens who was waiting in the end zone.

With Hylton now up by 54 points, Gar-Field put eight points on the board late in the 2nd quarter with a touchdown and two-point conversion.

A touchdown catch by Gar-Field’s Chris Frederick brought the score to 54-14. Frederick made another touchdown, allowing the team to score 20 points in the game.

The final score was 61-20 Hylton.

Call to Action: Volunteers needed for Farm Field Days at Prince William Fair Grounds


Good morning  – Farm Field Days 2015 needs volunteers on Wednesday October 21st or Thursday October 22nd from 10am-1pm at the Prince William County Fairgrounds. This super fun event has hundreds of kids learning about agriculture and our community. Please email the Soil and Water Conservation office at: to learn more.

· Cheers to Battlefield Garden and Stone Center for hosting Volunteer Prince William at their Fall Festival on Saturday October 17th from 10am-4pm. Bring the kids and enjoy free concert, local crafters, food vendors, free kids’ activities and a beer/wine garden. All proceeds from the beer garden benefit the Un-Trim-A-Tree Holiday Gift Program for needy kid’s right here in our community.

· Brain Injury Services is still looking for a good hearted golfer to hit golf balls with a client on Sunday afternoons at Burke Lake Park. Please call Michelle at (703) 451-8881 ext. 232 to learn more.

· Nominate your volunteers! The 2016 Virginia Governor’s Volunteerism & Community Service Awards Program is open for you to nominate your wonderful volunteers. It’s really easy to do right on-line at: The deadline for nominations is December 16, 2015 so you have a little time but don’t forget to do it.

· Saved Hands Foundation is looking for volunteers to help with marketing, admin tasks and grant writing. Please call Pamela at (571) 572-9013 to learn more.

· SERVE needs volunteers to pick up donated food from local stores and bring it to the food pantry. You’ll be the solution for feeding over 800 families a month. Please email Jan at: to learn more.

· Catholic Charities- Hogar Immigrant Services needs volunteer teachers at their Woodbridge location. Classes are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings 7-9pm. No experience needed as materials and training provided. Please call Cynthia at (571) 208-1572 ext. 103 to learn more.

· Volunteers are needed for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday October 17th at the Harris Pavilion. Please visit their website: to learn more.

· Come support the ACTS I-Walk on Saturday October 17th at Pfitzner Stadium at 9am. Registration is just $20 per person or $50/family. Great way to kick off your weekend. Please visit: to learn more.

· Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers at their ReStore, for clean-up projects or preparing lunches for the other volunteers. Please visit their website at: for all the specifics and to register for any of these fun events.

· Historic Manassas is looking for volunteers on Saturday October 24th for their fun Haunted Happenings event as well as the new date of Fall Jubilee. This fun event includes trick or treating at local shops and fun activities throughout the Center Street are. Please email Erin at: to learn more.

· Keep Prince William Beautiful needs volunteers for the Recycling Day on October 17th from 9am-2pm or at their Clean Sweep event at the Hypothermia Shelter on October 24th from 9am-2pm as well. Please call Claudia at (571) 285-3772 to learn more.

· Community Residences Group Homes in Manassas Park is having a fall clean-up on Saturday October 24th from 9am-2pm. Great way to help others and enjoy a beautiful fall day. Please email Liya at: for all the specifics.

· Pathway Homes in Woodbridge needs volunteers as friendly visitors and to help out in their group homes for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Please call Abigail at (703) 876-0390 to learn more about these activities.

· Volunteer Prince William invites all volunteer managers to the next Volunteer Management Training series starting October 27th from 9am-12noon and continues for the next 4 Tuesday mornings. This is a great course that includes exploring the heart of the volunteer, recruiting, training, supervising and evaluating your program. Please register for this free training series at:

· Neighbors in Need are looking for volunteer help in the office answering the phones and other admin duties during daytime hours. Please email Mrs. Cahill at: to learn more.

· MADD needs volunteers for their Annual 5K Walk/Dash on October 31st at Burke Lake from 7am-noon. Please check out their website at: walklikemadd/ to learn more.

· House of Mercy is hosting their 2015 Campaign to End Hunger on Saturday October 17th. Volunteers are needed to lift 50# bags of rice for this event either for a 2hr morning or afternoon shift. Please call (703) 659-1636 or via email at: to learn more

· If you are looking for other opportunities, please don’t forget to call my wonderful team at Volunteer Prince William. Coleen can help you with the Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP) opportunities at (703) 369-5292 ext. 1, Shelley can help with any individual or group project and send you weekly updates if you’d like. Shelley is at (703) 369-5292 ext. 0, and Bonnie can help you with opportunities available in Disaster Preparedness at (703) 369-5292 ext. 3. Please visit our newly re-vamped website at Thanks so much for all you do in our community.

Call to Action is a column written by Volunteer Prince William Director Mary Foley.

Police investigate shooting in Dale City shopping square




Police tracked 18-year-old Brandon Luis Crosby to Prince Georges County, Md. and arrested him in connection to the shooting.


Police are searching for this suspect in the shooting. 

Wanted [Photo from June 2014]:
Brandon Luis CROSBY,18, of 13848 Delaney Rd in Woodbridge
Wanted for Aggravated Malicious Wounding, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, and Reckless Handling of a Firearm

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Police were called to a shooting at Delaney Plaza in Dale City on Friday night.

One man was shot in the leg, and police are searching for a suspect in the case.

Police said the male victim showed up at a local hospital where he was treated for injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening according, to Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok. The shooting appears to have stemmed from an argument and does not appear to be random, he added. 

Witnesses say they heard at least 4 gunshots ring out night in the parking lot of the small shopping center, and that shooter appeared to fire a gun into a parked car. Windows of a vacant dry cleaning business we’re shattered, and broken glass was strewn about the sidewalk

At 10 p.m., detectives were speaking with employees of nearby businesses and searching the crime scene. About half the the parking lot was roped off as police conducted their investigation.

A nearby Papa Johns pizza delivery shop and a 7-Eleven convenience store remained open during the investigation. The shopping plaza is located at the intersection of Dale Boulevard and Delaney Road.

Police investigate a shooting at Delaney Plaza in Dale City
Police investigate a shooting at Delaney Plaza in Dale City
Police investigate a shooting at Delaney Plaza in Dale City



Video: 36th District Senate Debate in Dumfries


Democrat Scott Surovell and Republican Jerry Foreman met for a debate at the Dumfries Community Center on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Both men seek to replace long-serving Virginia State Senator Toddy Puller.

This is uncut video taken from taken from the audience by Scott Surovell’s legislative aide. 

Suroovell currently serves in the Virginia House of Delegates representing the 44th District in Fairfax County. 

Foreman currently serves as the Mayor of the Town of Dumfries in Prince William County.

Krieger will be on hand for sports complex groundbreaking


A dedication ceremony for a soon-to-be built sports complex at Potomac Shores. 

The new complex will be named after Ali Krieger, member of the 2015 U.S. Women’s Soccer World Cup Championship team. Krieger grew up in Montclair and went to Forest Park High School.

A ceremony will be held 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, at 17700 Dominican Drive in Dumfries. Krieger is expected to attend the ceremony. 

The Prince William County Parks Department originally scheduled a ceremony for Oct. 10 but rescheduled when it learned Krieger could not make that date.

Prince William County Potomac District Supervisor Maureen Caddigan pushed to name the new sports complex after Krieger. 

“The naming of the complex is most appropriate. Ali and her team are all world cup champions.  Yes, the womens team are world cup champions this year. I was glued to my TV watching the game; I wouldn’t take any phone calls, and I usually don’t do that,” said Caddigan.

When it’s built, the new sports complex will be located at 2400 River Heritage Boulevard in the new Potomac Shores neighborhood.

Police: Nurse, unlicensed doc distributed pain meds


Police said two people working inside a Woodbridge pharmacy illegally wrote prescriptions and sold medication.

Detectives went to the Excel Medical Clinic, located at 14904 Jefferson Davis Highway in Woodbridge on Oct. 7. Police said the physician working inside the clinic was not licenced, and he was arrested. A woman who worked as a nurse practitioner was also arrested, according to police.

Police said the clinic was improperly



dispensing large amounts of medications.

Police released this statement:

The Prince William County Police Department is committed to providing educational assistance on current trends with pill diversion to the prescribers of these medications. Any prescriber wishing to speak to a detective is asked to call 703-686-6522. Our goal through this educational assistance is to have prescribers gain a better understanding of the behavior of addicts, learn more about the relationship between prescription pills and the current heroin epidemic, and further discuss the utilization of systems currently in place such as the prescription monitoring program.

Shriharsh Pole, 61, of Rose Creek Court in Oakton, and Janelle Annette Hibson, 60, of South Pointe Lane in southern Stafford County each face seven counts of distribution of a schedule I or I narcotic, according to police.

Pole is identified as the physician. Hibson is identified as the nurse practitioner. 

Potomac Senior High School celebrates homecoming week


Students at Potomac Senior High School’s celebrated spirit week this week.

Monday kicked off with jersey/sport day. Students were able to show their appreciation for a favorite sports team or a favorite sport. 

Tuesday left us seeing double, as staff and students were given the opportunity to twin with whomever they wanted. 

Mr. Mesterhazy twinned with Mrs. Ramos by replicating her baby bump. On Wednesday, we were able to show our school spirit by dressing “Wacky Tacky.” The hallways were flooded with an array of vibrant colors and frilly tutus. 

Thursday we were able to release our inner nerd with “Nerd Day.” Different variations of the classic “Steve Urkel” look were sprinkled throughout the school building.

Spirit week will end Friday with “Break Out the Blue” day. Each class has been assigned their own class color. Freshmen will wear white, sophomores will be wearing Columbia blue, juniors will be wearing navy, and the seniors will be wearing black royalty. 

Potomac’s official end to spirit week will be with a pep rally Friday afternoon; classes will be shortened.

Our homecoming parade will start about 5:15pm in Newport Estates. Each class and many clubs will be represented throughout the parade.

Potomac’s homecoming game will be against Mountain View High School. The game will begin about 7 p.m. Friday.. The prices of the game ticket and dance ticket were bundled into one. 

Be sure to bring your dance ticket so you will be able to get into the game.

Homecoming will be this coming Saturday, October 10. The dance will begin around 7 o’clock with it ending at 11 o’clock in the evening. This year’s theme is “Hollywood.”

Tayah Nicole is a student reporter at Potomac Senior High School in Woodbridge.

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