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Cyclist dies after striking back of SUV in Manassas

From Manassas police:

On June 21, 2017, at approximately 0855 hours, The Manassas City Police responded to the intersection of Godwin Drive at Ashton Avenue for a report of an accident with injuries involving a bicycle.

On scene, Officers investigated the incident and it was later determined the cyclist struck the back of a Sports Utility Vehicle, which was stopped at the traffic light. The victim sustained serious injuries and was flown to a local area hospital.

The victim was later identified as, Thomas Jefferson GRIZZARD JR, a 70-year-old resident of Manassas.

On June 24, 2017, GRIZZARD JR succumbed to the injuries sustained during the crash and died at the hospital.

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Fairfax police nab man suspected of stealing truck, impersonating cop

From Prince William police: 

Impersonating a Police Officer | Stolen Vehicle *ARREST – On June 23, detectives with the Intel Unit were notified by detectives from the Fairfax County Police Department that they had identified and arrested the suspect who had impersonated a police officer in the area of Prince William Pkwy and Reids Prospect Dr in Woodbridge on June 18 while driving a stolen white 2016 Chevrolet Silverado. The accused, identified as Tyson RASCHER, was charged by Fairfax for charges related to the stolen vehicle. Detectives with the Prince William Police Intel Unit subsequently obtained additional charges for impersonating a police officer and eluding police.

Arrested on June 23:

Tyson RASCHER, 19, of 6020 Martins Landing Ln in Burke

Charged with impersonating a police officer: 3rd offense and eluding police

Court Date: July 20, 2017 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

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Walmart Neighborhood Market opening in Stafford on Wednesday a prototype store

From a press release: 

Stafford’s very first Walmart Neighborhood Market – and the second business in the Stafford Complex Center development – will open on Wednesday, June 28. In addition to being a new prototype that only exists in limited markets across the country, the store offers the convenience of a drive-thru pharmacy, the first Online Grocery Pickup service in the area and creates approximately 95 local jobs.

The 40,000-square-foot Neighborhood Market at 14 N. Stafford Complex Center is a new prototype – featuring wider aisles, lower counter tops in the deli and bakery for easy ordering, and made-to-order pizza. Customers can pick out their pizza toppings and shop while their pizza cooks, or take it home and cook in their own oven.

Neighborhood Market offers fresh produce and organic selections; a full-service deli and in-store bakery with fresh bread and more; convenient Grab-and-Go prepared meals; and a full grocery department with favorite name-brand products at the same affordable prices as our larger stores. In addition, customers will find a convenient, full-service pharmacy with a drive-thru, health and beauty items, baby and pet supplies and select household goods.

A grand opening ribbon-cutting will be held at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 28, preceded by a short performance by the North Stafford High School Drumline. Area residents are also invited to a community celebration, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 1 and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 2. Highlights will include music, activities for kids and food samples, including pizza, hot dogs, fresh fruit and Marketside cookies.

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Janice "Pat" Dufresne

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Janice Arlene “Pat” Dufresne, age 83, of Manassas, Virginia passed away Sunday, June 26, 2017 at her residence.

She was born on May 17, 1934 in Connecticut the daughter of the late Woodrow Wilson and Ethel Mary (Douglas) Sullivan. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jared Dixon Dufresne, step-daughter, Karen Jenkins and
brother, Woodrow Edward Sullivan.

Pat was an avid Quilter for over 20 years with the Stonehouse Quilters Guild. She donated over a hundred baby quilts to local hospitals.

Survivors include her two daughters, Donna Bray and husband Thom, Diane Morvay and husband Les; one brother, Ronald Sullivan; five grandchildren, Andrea Bray, Thomas Bray, Jr., Christopher Morvay, Megan Morvay and Amy Patterson and husband Steve; seven great grandchildren, Jared Madden, Hayden Madden, Thomas Bray III, Brianna Bray, Joshua Cooke, Shelby Cooke and Ryan Patterson.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-7:00PM Thursday, June 29, 2017 at Pierce Funeral Home, 9609 Center Street, Manassas, Virginia where funeral services will be held at 7:00PM with Rev. Linda Monroe officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society or to Buckhall United Methodist Church, 10251 Moore Drive, Manassas, VA 20111.

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Grace Collidge Blevins

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Grace Coolidge Blevins, age 91, of Manassas, VA passed away Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Birmingham Green Nursing Home.

She was born on April 19, 1926 in Fairfax County, Virginia the daughter of the late Herschell and Bertha (Kirk) Blevins. She was preceded in death by her siblings, “Ruby” Blanch Vannoy, Alice “Marie” Shelton, Lavina “Sister” Vannoy, Jennie “Louise” Buckley, “Frances” Christine Fontnot, James “Ralph” Blevins, James “Melvin” Blevins.

Survivors include her children, Patti May, Sue Wolfe, Bruce McDaniel; one sister Dora “Mabel” Graves; one brother, Herschell “Junior” Blevins; three grandchildren, Mike May, Tracie Counts, Jason Phipps; seven great grandchildren, Krystal Jones, Aaron Degeneff, Sabrina Phipps, Kylie Phipps, Audrey Phipps, Braxton Phipps and Kendra Phipps; three great-great grandchildren, Rose Jones, Lily Jones and Johnathan Jones

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00PM Thursday, June 29, 2017 at Pierce Funeral Home, 9609 Center Street, Manassas, VA where funeral services will be at 11:00AM Friday, June 30, 2017 with Rev. Bobby Vannoy officiating. Interment will follow at Stonewall Memory Gardens.

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Explore Summer Reading at your Prince William Public Library

Free special events all summer, plus prizes for reading!

Visit your local Prince William Public Library to begin your journey through books. Summer reading kicked off June 19 and will run through August 19 with plenty of free fun, challenges, and prizes along the way. Register at any branch or in person by visiting www.pwcgov.org/summerreading.

Explore Summer Reading for Kids, Infants through Students Entering 5th Grade

Come to any library branch to pick up your Passport and we’ll give you your first stamp. When you come in for a second visit, tell us what you’re reading and you’ll receive a coupon for free food. At six library visits, you pick out a brand-new book to keep! Come back for up to nine visits; each stamp is an entry into the kids’ grand prize drawing of an Asus flip laptop! You can receive one stamp in a 24-hour period, regardless of how many libraries you visit.

Weekly Challenges

Don’t lose precious brain cells this summer! Each of the nine weeks of summer reading will have a different theme and a special challenge. Come in to your library to complete the weekly challenge and you’ll be entered into a drawing for even more prizes. There will be a different challenge for each week, so visit often. (more…)

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Alice Eileen Gresham

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Alice Eileen Gresham, 92, passed away, died Friday, June 23, 2017, with her family by her side at her Manassas, Virginia home.

She was a member of the Manassas Church of the Nazarene for many years, a cornerstone and integral part of the foundation of the church. Other than loving being the pianist at her church, she enjoyed doing puzzles, reading the Bible and spending time with her family. Her passionate love for her grandchildren and great grandchildren was witnessed in the time she spent with them.

She is survived by her children; Susan Larry (Carl), Paul Robert Gresham (Grisel) and David John Gresham, grandchildren: Nicholas Connolly (Brittany), Isaac Gresham (Melissa), Kimberly Kennedy (Adam), Jessica Hopkins, C.J. Larry and Rachel Larry (Jacob) and her great grandchildren, Camden Kennedy, Levi Gresham and Olivia Connolly. She was predeceased by her husband, Pastor Robert John Gresham and 7 siblings.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, June 29, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Manassas Church of the Nazarene. The Celebration of Life service will follow at 11:00 a.m. at the church and with burial at Catlett Methodist Cemetery.

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