VRE to Haymarket: If you build it will home developers come to the Rural Crescent?

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Those behind a study to expand Virginia Railway Express in western Prince William County say the region’s population numbers will explode.

The transit agency said it used statistics from the Prince William County Planning Office that show more 43 percent of the growth in the county between now and 2040 will be centered along a planned 11-mile extension of VRE’s Manassas line, from the city to Haymarket.

The proposed $550 million extension would have three commuter rail stations — one at Innovation Park, another at Gainesville near Virginia Gateway, and a terminus outside Haymarket. (more…)

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City of Manassas celebrates its business community in May

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Recognizing that businesses are the backbone of Manassas, the Manassas City Council recently issued a proclamation night declaring May “Business Appreciation Month.”

“The strength of the City of Manassas relies on the strength of its business community,” says Mayor Harry J. Parrish II. “Our businesses create jobs and make the City a great place to live, work, and do business.” (more…)

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Man, dog displaced in Woodbridge house fire

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Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Firefighters responded to the report of a fire at 1324 Congress Street in Woodbridge.  OWL VFD crews arrived on scene to find fire in the basement of a single family home.

Entry was made thru the front door and the fire was knocked down in less than 10 minutes.  The blaze is under investigation by the Prince William County Fire Marshal’s Office.  American Red Cross was called and assisted one adult and one small dog with temporary housing. Fire and Rescue units from OWL VFD, Dale City VFD, Fairfax, and [Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue] responded to the incident.

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Police investigate homicide at Dale City middle school

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Police went to the grounds of Godwin Middle School to investigate a fatal shooting.

Police were called to the 4800 block of Darbydale Avenue at 8:49 p.m. Wednesday for a report of a shooting. They found a man suffering from a gunshot wound who was later taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The victim’s identification was not released. Police did not name a suspect in the case.

Godwin Middle School opened on time this morning. The victim was not a staff member at the school, said Prince William County Public Schools spokesman Phil Kavits.

This is the second fatal shooting this week in Prince William County. Investigators found a man shot to death in the early morning hours of Tuesday, May 3, outside the Chesapeake Apartments near Dumfries.

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Sudley Road named after forgotten Sudley community

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Like many road names throughout Prince William County, Sudley Road and Sudley Manor Road find their beginnings with the influential Carter Family.

In the 1750s, Landon Carter was deeded a portion of land from the Middle Bull Run tract in northern Prince William, eastern Loudoun, and western Fairfax counties. While Landon primarily lived in Richmond County at Sabine Hall, the task of developing the Middle Bull Run tract was given to two of his sons: John Carter and Landon Carter II. (more…)

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Coal ash water treatment process ‘unprecedented’

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At the top of the hill overlooking the Possum Point Power Station you get a clear view of the Potomac River.

Helicopters are buzzing in the air near Quantico Marine Corps Base.

There’s also a large pond below the hilltop, one of five that contain the deadly heavy metals arsenic, boron, and chromium to lead, mercury, selenium, and zinc, all sitting at the bottom of the pond. The heavy metals combine to form coal ash — a byproduct created when coal was burned at Possum Point to generate electricity from 1947 to 2003. (more…)

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Jail house life recreation one of several events during Prince William Historic Preservation Month

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May is Historic Preservation Month, a nationwide event that highlights the contributions that historic preservation has made in strengthening local communities.

Prince William County is lucky to have many organizations that help preserve our community’s history, including a County Historic Preservation Division. The Prince William County Historic Preservation Division is the caretaker of nearly a dozen historic sites and properties that interpret the history of all of Prince William County’s residents from the pre-colonial era to today.

The early history of our county is best showcased at Rippon Lodge Historic Site in Woodbridge. The 1747 estate of a colonial elite, Rippon Lodge was restored in 2007 and follows the history of the building and the county as new sections were added in the following 200 years. (more…)

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Shooting victim pronounced dead on scene

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Updated May 5, 2016

Police made an arrest in the shooting death of Jamal Hakeem Ahmad Joseph Bryant, 21, of Woodbridge.

New information from Prince William police: 

Murder Investigation *ARREST – On May 3, detectives from the Homicide Unit identified a suspect involved in the shooting death of an adult male which occurred in the 3100 block of Chesapeake Dr in Dumfries earlier that day.

The investigation revealed that the victim, identified as Jamal Hakeem Ahmad Joseph BRYANT, made arrangements to meet in the above area. Once in that area, the victim was approached by the suspect, identified as Derick Dwabena PREMPEH. During the encounter, the victim was shot.

Officers arrived and attempted to render aide to the victim who succumbed to his injures. Following the investigation, detectives obtained warrants for the arrest of PREMPEH who was subsequently located and arrested in Maryland on May 5 by members of the U.S. Marshals’ Fugitive Task Force. PREMPEH remains in custodyin Maryland pending extradition back to Virginia. The investigation continues.

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Derick Dwabena PREMPEH, 25, of No Fixed Address

Charged with murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony

Court Date: Pending | Status: Pending Extradition

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A police investigation is underway into a homicide in near Dumfries overnight. 

Here’s more from police: 

Homicide Investigation- On May 3rd at 1:03AM, officers responded to the 3100 block of Chesapeake Dr in Dumfries (22026) to investigate a shooting. When officers arrived on scene, they located the victim, an adult male, suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation continues and additional information will be released once it is made available. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call Prince William County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS.

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Stewart running for governor, taking cues from Trump

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Corey Stewart is running for governor in 2017.

He’s positioning himself as a Donald Trump-like candidate who will say whatever he wants, who means what he says, and, if elected, does what he means. Stewart since December has led the effort in Virginia to get Trump elected, serving as his statewide campaign coordinator — crisscrossing the state campaigning for the billionaire.

Many have said Stewart aligned himself with Trump to be a better-looking candidate, as the ideal conservative for an eventual run for the state’s highest office. They were correct. (more…)

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