Pro golfer’s father, retired Prince William cop missing


Police in Prince William County are looking for one of their own.

William “Bill” Hurley retired as a sergeant from Prince William County in the early 2000s. Hurley left his Leesburg home Monday night in his green truck and has not been heard from since.

On Tuesday at the Quicken Loans National tournament in Gainesville, PGA star Billy Hurley made a tearful plea for his father to return home. Hurley said he would play Quicken Loans in hopes his father would see him and return home.

Billy Hurley makes an emotional plea for his father to return during the Quicken Loans National Tournament in Gainesville. [Mary Davidson / Potomac Local]

Billy Hurley makes an emotional plea for his father to return during the Quicken Loans National Tournament in Gainesville. [Mary Davidson / Potomac Local]

Here is a statement from Leesburg police on Bill Hurley’s disappearance:

The Leesburg Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating the whereabouts of Willard (Bill) Hurley. A missing person report was filed yesterday, July 27, 2015 by Mr. Hurley’s wife stating that Hurley left their residence voluntarily on July 19, 2015 and has not been seen or heard from since. Mr. Hurley left the residence in his 1998 Ford F150 truck, green in color with Virginia registration YWH-5898. The truck has a camper shell on the back.

After leaving his residence in Leesburg, Mr. Hurley utilized a credit card for gas in Woodstock, Virginia. On July 23, 2015 it has been determined that Mr. Hurley stayed overnight at a Hotel in Texarkana, Texas.

Mr Hurley is 61 years old, 5′-10″, 210 LBS, with Brown eyes and gray hair.

The Leesburg Police Department is asking that anyone who has any information or may have seen Mr. Hurley or his vehicle, please contact us immediately at (703) 771-4500. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call the Leesburg Crime Line at (703) 443-TIPS (8477). The department can also receive information from the public using a program called TIPSUBMIT. Tips about a specific crime or criminal activity can be sent by text, email or smartphone. Simply Text LPDTIP plus your message to 274637.

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Quicken Loans National – Golf and much, much more!

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  • Address: 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 240, Gainesville, Va. 20155
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The Quicken Loans National golf tournament has officially begun – eyes from all over the world are on Prince William County, Virginia.  And while this major event at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club is the venue for internationally known golfers to compete – it’s so much, much more!

According to tournament director Mike Antolini, since the tournament began in 2007, there has been a focus on charitable and military support.

“Charity is at the heart of the PGA TOUR.  So, all net proceeds from the Quicken Loans National goes back into the community, to benefit charities like the Tiger Woods Foundation.  Since the tournament’s inception in 2007, we’re very proud of the fact that we’ve raised around $22 million for the Tiger Woods Foundation, and other local charities,” said Antolini.

Providing education funding to students

This focus on giving back to the community has led to the Tiger Woods Foundation building three learning centers – most recently in Prince William County (Marine Corps Base Quantico)– as well as the Earl Woods Scholarship Program.  The scholarship program provides $5,000 a year to each recipient, for use on educational expenses.  Twenty-five area students are currently enrolled in the program.

One of these recipients is 20-year old George Mason University junior, James Green.

“I was in high school, in my senior year, and I didn’t have complete funding to go to college.  So I was either going to community college classes, or I was going to enlist in the Marine Corps…[My principal] called me, and told me there was an opportunity with the Tiger Woods Foundation, and they offered me a scholarship,” said Green.

Green’s father is a retiring Marine, based out of Marine Corps Base Quantico.  Green plans to follow in his father’s footsteps, and would like to attend Officer Candidate School for the Marine Corps.

According to Green, the generosity of the Tiger Woods Foundation has been life changing.

“It’s changed my life, because I’m able to pursue my dream.  Nobody else has been an officer in the military in my family, and there’s a long line of military members in my family. Financially, it’s great to go to school and be able to study and focus on my schoolwork, rather than other students that have to focus on ‘am I going to be able to pay for this semester’ and balance that with their schoolwork,” said Green.

Honoring men and women who served

In addition to the charitable giving that has been at the heart of the Quicken Loans National, the Tiger Woods Foundation also made the men and women in the Armed Forces, and veterans, an important part of the tournament.

“When the Quicken Loans Nation began in 2007, honoring the brave men and women of our Armed Forces was a main focal point, and that has not changed,” said Antolini.

Several military members will be attending the event free of charge, and discounted tickets are available for veterans, said Antolini.

One of the tournament’s sponsors – Lockheed Martin – has sponsored a pavilion on the 15th green, where military families can view the tournament comfortably.

“More than 30,000 complimentary tickets were given to local men and women of the military…so when they come on site, they can have a place to congregate and to enjoy the tournament in a relaxed, climate controlled setting,” said Antolini.

On site at the tournament, two highlights are the ‘Shot for Heroes’ 19th hole, and the ‘We Salute Our Heroes’ tribute wall.

The tribute wall will be located behind the first tee. Anyone that attends the tournament can write a note of appreciation to the military on the wall – which will later be framed and sent to the various military branches.

The 19th hole for heroes combines fun and fundraising for our troops.

“This year, at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club…there’s an actual 19th hole…it has the Quicken Loans ‘Shot for Heroes’.   All week, fans are going to be able to take an actual shot from 100 yards, on to an actual green, and with each attempt…money is raised for the Warrior Support Foundation,” said Antolini.

Potomac Local will continue to provide coverage on the ongoing Quicken Loans National Tournament, so be sure to check back with us.

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Woman bound, robbed, at Manassas area hotel


A female hotel employee was tied up during an armed robbery in Manassas.

According to Prince William police, officers were called to the Candlewood Suites on Balls Ford Road in Manassas early this morning.

The victim – a 32-year old Manassas woman and hotel employee – told Prince William police that an individual entered the hotel and demanded money, while showing a handgun.

During the incident, the individual brought the victim to a back room, where he tied her hands before fleeing the hotel on foot, with an undisclosed amount of money, stated Prince William police.

The victim was able to free her hands, and no one was injured.

Prince William police K-9 units and a helicopter were used to search for the individual, who has not yet been found.

The suspect is described as a male, between 30 and 35 years old, 5’11” and 250 pounds with black hair. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, a dark colored jacket, a black wool cap, gloves, boots and sunglasses, stated Prince William police.

VDOT announces $18M project to make two I-95 exits safer

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The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) plans to make changes to I-95 exits in Stafford and Fredericksburg.

Using $18 million from VDOT’s Highway Safety Improvement Program, improvements will be made to Exit 130 (Route 3/Fredericksburg) and Exit 133 (Route 17/Falmouth).

“Last fall, VDOT reviewed crash data on Interstates 64, 81 and 95 to find spot locations with elevated crash rates where these federal funds could be applied,” said Stafford spokeswoman Shannon Howell.

These two highway exits had crash rates above the statewide average, stated VDOT Communications Manager Kelly Hannon.

During the project, VDOT would make four major changes.

More on the proposed changes, from Kelly Hannon:

Extend the acceleration lane on the interstate for Interstate 95 northbound traffic entering from Route 3 westbound, giving them more time to merge.

Extend the ramp entrance lane on Route 3 westbound for traffic entering the I-95 northbound cloverleaf ramp.

Increases the number of lanes exiting Interstate 95 southbound to Route 3 westbound

Separate, free-flowing ramp lane (divided) leading to the Carl D. Silver Parkway entrance at Central Park. This seeks to reduce the vehicle weaving and conflict point at the end of the ramp today.

Triple (3) lanes on the remainder of I-95 southbound exit ramp to Route 3 westbound.

These lanes would make a slight right turn onto westbound Route 3, controlled by a traffic signal. On a green light, this would give traffic exiting the opportunity to enter Route 3 westbound without any traffic conflict, eliminating the weaving. We have a similar pattern in place for traffic exiting I-95 SB at Exit 143/Aquia.

Extends length of deceleration lane for I-95 southbound traffic exiting at Route 3 westbound.

 Route 17 – Extends acceleration ramp on the interstate for I-95 southbound traffic entering from Exit 133, prior to the Rappahannock River Bridge.

Currently the design for the project’s improvements is being drafted. Construction will begin in 2016, and will finish in late 2017, stated Hannon.

Car slams into Woodbridge 7-Eleven


7 Eleven crash in Woorbridge.
7 Eleven crash in Woorbridge.
7 Eleven crash in Woorbridge.

An Acura sedan slammed into the front of a 7-Eleven store.

The crash happened about noon on Tuesday at the convenience store located at 15621 Jefferson Davis Highway in Woodbridge.

No one was injured in the crash. A technical rescue team was called to the scene. There was no sign of structural collapse following the crash, said Prince William fire and rescue Battalion Chief Dewayne Spitzer.

Prince William police investigated the crash. A man pulled personal items from the trunk of the crashed car.

A 7-Eleven employee said she was not permitted to discuss the incident.

Haymarket bridge replacement underway


Old Carolina Road bridge
Old Carolina Road bridge
Old Carolina Road bridge

Work to replace the Old Carolina Road overpass bridge is well underway in Haymarket.

The new $2.7 million bridge will carry drivers on Old Carolina Road onto Jefferson Street in the town, over Interstate 66.

It will be two lanes, and will have shared use paths for bicycling and hiking to connect Piedmont and Somerset Crossing communities on the north side of I-66.

The bridge replaces an old two-lane bridge of the same name.

The new bridge is part of the Interstate 66 widening project that will add one new high occupancy vehicle lane on each direction on I-66, between Route 29 in Gainesville and Route 15 in Haymarket.

“This bridge is a critical artery to our town, and businesses in our town have been impacted since its closure,” said Haymarket Mayor David Leake.

Shops in the town have seen about a 30% reduction in revenue since the old bridge was closed and work on the new bridge began, said Leake.

During construction, drivers must use a the Route 15 bridge over I-66.  That route is congested during the morning and evening rush hours.

Haymarket will also maintain the new lighting that will be installed on the bridge. The lighting will be similar to the lighting scheme in the town, said Leake.

The new bridge is expected to be complete in spring 2016.

Also part of the I-66 HOV lane project, the Catharpin Road overpass is also being reconstructed as part of the project. Virginia transportation officials also estimate a spring 2016 completion date for that project.

Dumfries police host fifth ‘Kids Academy’

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Dumfries police want to educate kids and keep them safe.

The Town of Dumfries Police Department just wrapped up their fifth Kids Academy – a program started by Chief Dan Taber.

The goal of the program is to let children connect with police officers in a safe environment, and give them information on alcohol, drugs, cyberbullying and social media safety, according to a Dumfries police release.

More on the program, from a Dumfries police release:

This year’s academy also included demonstrations and presentations from the Prince William County Police Department K9, TTRU (“SWAT”), and Motor units.  Other County public safety agencies were introduced in this year’s academy so the kids could expand their knowledge and learn the different functions of, and interact with personnel from, the various agencies they see in Town.  Personnel from the Prince William County Sheriff’s Office, Dumfries-Triangle Rescue Squad Station 3 (DTRS), and Dumfries-Triangle Fire Station 3, interacted with the kids and discussed some of their duties.  Additionally, this year’s academy included a presentation and demonstration from representatives of an Army Ordnance Unit.

During one afternoon, the kids became “Junior Detectives” and worked to solve a crime scene that had been created while they were attending an outside activity.  An overview of the crime was presented to the entire group.  The kids then cycled through different stations to analyze pieces of evidence left at the crime scene to develop a suspect and solve mystery of what had occurred. 

The kids participated in several hands-on activities throughout the academy that included individual and group contests.

The Kids Academy was held at the Dumfries-Triangle Rescue Station 3.  This was the second year the DTRS has partnered with the Dumfries Police Department by allowing the Kids Academy to be held at their facility.  This year the DTRS also provided and prepared most of the food for the academy.

Heavy traffic expected for Quicken Loans tournament in Gainesville

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The Quicken Loans National Tournament kicks off today at Robert Trent Jones Golf Course in Gainesville.

More than 100 PGA players, including Tiger Woods, were invited to come participate in the event.

The event is expected to bring traffic congestion on Route 29 in Gainesville.

Prince William police issued this statement:

Quicken Loans National Golf Tournament | Gainesville;
Motorists traveling in and around the area of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club off Lee Hwy and Jiffy Lube Live off Wellington Rd can expect increased traffic and possible delays starting Tuesday in through the weekend during the morning and afternoon commute. Officers will be on site at multiple intersections between both locations to assist with traffic issues. Golf tournament attendees will be directed to park at Jiffy Lube Live via Lee Hwy to University Blvd where shuttle buses will be used to carry them to the venue. Non-event attendees are encouraged to find an alternate route if possible to avoid delays in their commute. Use caution when traveling in the area and follow police direction.

Woman charged with DUI after fatal accident in Manassas


Prince William police have charged a Woodbridge woman with DUI, following a fatal car crash.

According to Prince William police, early in the morning on July 26, officers responded to a call for a single vehicle crash near Centreville Road and Rugby Road in Manassas.

At the scene, officers found that the driver of the vehicle – a 1996 Infiniti I30t – was traveling south on Centreville Road when the vehicle left the road and hit a utility pole, said Prince William police.

The driver and passenger in the vehicle were flown to a local hospital for medical treatment. The passenger – 56-year old Manassas man Ellery Penn – died at the hospital as a result of his injuries, according to Prince William police.

Prince William police stated that the driver – 45-year old Woodbridge woman Carroll Smith – is still in the hospital, but is expected to recover.

Following an investigation into the incident, Smith was determined to be under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. Smith is being charged with driving under the influence and driving on a revoked license, stated Prince William police.

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