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Boy, 8, dies in Nokesville ATV crash


From Prince William police: 

Fatal Crash Investigation – On February 18 at 5:45PM, investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit responded to the 14900 block of Deepwood Ln in Nokesville (20181) to investigate a crash involving an ATV. The investigation revealed that the victim, identified as an 8-year-old boy, was riding a 2002 Kawasaki Prairie 650 without a parent’s knowledge or permission when he lost control and struck a tree. The victim was flown to an area hospital where he died as a result of his injuries on February 21. The victim was not wearing a helmet.


            The victim was identified as Franklin FLORES, 8, of Nokesville

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Virginia Speaker of the House Bill Howell, of Stafford, to retire

Statement from Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Paul Milde:

“On behalf of the Board of Supervisors and the citizens of Stafford County, I would like to thank Bill Howell for his outstanding representation of our area during his 29 years in the General Assembly and 15 years as Speaker.

The fact that Bill served the second longest time of any speaker in Virginia history says so much about his leadership ability and his character. For an elected official, it can be difficult to balance the needs of your district and the needs of other districts, but Bill did a remarkable job of doing the best for the citizens of Stafford County as well as all citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia. He kept our state financially sound, gaining three AAA bond ratings for Virginia. He stood up for us against burdensome federal programs, and supported and enabled efforts to conserve open land. He helped us preserve our Civil War Park, Crow’s Nest and Widewater State Park through his support of land conservation. He worked hard to find – and enact – solutions for our transportation challenges.

As impressive and substantial as those accomplishments are, Bill’s best contribution to Stafford County is his love of the people and the history of the area. Bill and Cessie Howell never failed to greet their constituents and neighbors with warm smiles of welcome. We will greatly miss Speaker Howell’s exemplary leadership. We thank him for the many things he accomplished for Stafford County and the sacrifices he and his entire family made to serve the people of Virginia.”

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    Mattei Makayla, 15, missing from Dumfries home


    From Prince William police: 

    *MISSING ENDANGERED JUVENILE: The Prince William County Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing and endangered juvenile, Mattei Makayla. The investigation revealed that Mattei walked away from her residence located in the 2800 block of Banks Ct in Dumfries (22026) at approximately 6:45AM on February 17th 2017. Mattei left her residence voluntarily and may be in need of assistance which qualifies her as being endangered. Anyone with information on Mattei’s whereabouts is asked to call police at 703-792-6500.

    Mattei Makayla is described as a black female, 15 years of age, 5’04”, 180lbs with black hair and brown eyes.
    Mattei was last seen wearing dark colored leggings, pink zip-up Georgia State hoodie and a black Georgia State backpack.

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    ‘We never send people out to ask for or collect money under any circumstances’


     A reader told us she spotted someone collecting cash for the homeless on Sunday, Feb. 12 in Manassas.

    “Helps homeless children.” New life ministries out of Fredericksburg. Corner of Liberia and Euclid.”

    After receiving the tip, Potomac Local contacted every church in the Fredericksburg area — from just north of Richmond to Colonial Beach, Va. — and each one told us no one from their church was collecting cash in Manassa on that date. 

    “We don’t do ‘canning’ collections, where someone stands on the street corner, traditionally with a bucket and asks for cash,” said Jason Sweezy, with New Life Chruch in Beaver Dam, Va. 

    We were also provided this statement from another church, New Life Outreach Int’l Church: 

    “Hello, there are no fundraising efforts we ever do in the community, or on the streets from our Ministry – New Life Outreach International in Fredericksburg VA. Thank you for checking. We never send people out to ask for or collect money under any circumstances. Thank you for asking us to confirm. Blessings!”


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    Michele McQuigg

    Michele passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2017.

    Michele was a resident of Woodbridge, Virginia at the time of her passing.

    She graduated from Mary Washington College in 1968 and furthered her education with a Master’s degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1978.

    Visitation will be on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 from 5-8 PM at Miller Funeral Home at 3200 Golansky Boulevard in Woodbridge. A memorial service will be held Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 7pm at All Saints’ Church at 14851 Gideon Drive, Woodbridge.

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Prince William Historic Preservation Foundation – 17674 Main Street Dumfries, Virginia 22026 or CareNet PRCs ‘ PO Box 2040, Manassas, VA 20108.

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    Updated: Khushbu Amanullah, 16, missing, no longer endandered

    From Prince William police: 

    *MISSING ENDANGERED JUVENILE: The Prince William County Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing and endangered juvenile, Khushbu Amanullah. The investigation revealed that Khushbu walked away from her residence located in the 13700 block of Greenbriar Drive in [Dale City] (22193).

    On February 12th 2017, Khushbu left her residence voluntarily.  On February 19th, additional information was received that she may be in need of assistance which qualifies her as being endangered. Anyone with information on Khushbu’s whereabouts is asked to call the police at 703-792-6500.

    Khushbu Amanullah is described as a white female, 16 years of age, 5’06”, 142lbs with black hair and brown eyes.
    It’s unknown what she was last seen wearing.

    Update 10:11 a.m. 

    From Prince William police:

    “Upon receiving additional information and further investigation Khushbu Amanullah, who was reported as a missing and endangered juvenile on Sunday, February 19, is no longer considered endangered.” 

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    Bill lets women get 1 year of birth control pills

    Photo: Mike Mullin

    RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia Senate on Thursday passed legislation allowing pharmacists to provide women a full year of birth control pills at once if prescribed by a doctor.

    HB 2267, was sponsored by Del. Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Springfield. The bill, titled the Birth Control Access Act, will now be sent to Gov. Terry McAuliffe to be signed into law.

    Women’s right activists praised the measure’s passage. Many insurance policies currently limit women to a 90-day supply of birth control pills.

    “Passing the Birth Control Access Act is a huge victory for women. Women lead busy lives, and going back and forth to the pharmacy every few weeks to get the birth control they need isn’t necessary, so we’re thrilled that the General Assembly has passed this common-sense solution,” said Anna Scholl, executive director of Progress Virginia. “Everyone in a community benefits when women are able to take control of their own bodies, and passing this bill is a step in the right direction.” (more…)

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    Retail space for rent on Zimbro Avenue in Manassas


    Retail space for rent on Zimbro Avenue in Manassas. This is a high-visibility, attractive leasing opportunity.

    The space is situated along heavily trafficked Route 28 and is surrounded by many neighborhood amenities. Space is ideal for a bookstore, tutoring services, laundry mat, pet hospital, food services, or restaurant.

    I’m looking to rent this 2,000-square-feet of retail space. Please call Irene at 703-225-9824.

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    How about those 70-degree temps in February?

    This President’s Day weekend has been unusually warm with high temperatures reaching the low 70s.

    From Ornery Beer Company in Woodbridge: 

    “It’s a Biergarten kinda day!”


    And Manassas residents also got in on the nice weather in Downtown. 

    From Manassas City Councilman Ian Lovejoy:


    So, will that nice weather continue today? 



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    Could new Virginia grant money offset Lake Arrowhead dam costs?


    From the Virginia Department of Recreation and Conservation (DCR): 

    Dam owners and local governments may apply for $1.2 million in grants available from the Virginia Dam Safety, Flood Prevention and Protection Assistance Fund.

    The fund is managed by the Virginia Resources Authority on behalf of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

    All grants are reimbursements and require a 50 percent match. The maximum amount per grant will be determined based on amounts requested from eligible projects, application scores and available funds.

    Requests must be submitted by 4 p.m., March 31, 2017.

    The Stafford County Board of Supervisors earlier this month voted to loan Lake Arrowhead residents about $700,000 to repair and retain two failing dams.

    Could this new grants be used to offset some of the cost?

    From Stafford County Rock Hill District Supervisor Wendy Maurer: (more…)

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