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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!”

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

From Manassas City Councilman Ian Lovejoy:

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So, will that nice weather continue today? 

 

 

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Could new Virginia grant money offset Lake Arrowhead dam costs?

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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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    Martinez, Mercer face charges after traffic stop

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    From the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office: 

    “On February 17, 2017, at approximately 2:25 AM Deputy J.A. Mangan responded to a vehicle crash on Courthouse Road. Upon arrival, he observed a dark colored Toyota 4Runner that had collided with a parked plow truck.

    A male and female subject were at the scene, both were evaluated for injuries and identified. The male, Nicholas Martinez, did not possess a valid operator’s license but explained that he was driving the Toyota because his girlfriend was too intoxicated to be behind the wheel.

    Mr. Martinez advised that he was forced to swerve to avoid something that had run across the road and subsequently hit the parked plow truck. During Deputy Mangan’s assessment of the scene, he observed a glass container and a glass smoking device hidden behind the rear tire of the vehicle that had been struck. (more…)

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    ALDI expanding existing grocery stores

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    At least two ALDI grocery locations in Prince William and Stafford counties are being expanded. 

    In Stafford the Ali at 263 Garrisonville Road in North Stafford Plaza, and in Woodbridge at 13782 Smoketown Road are being enlarged, we’re told. The improved stores will feature a new concept layout. 

    The move comes as the discount grocery chain has opened new stores, including one outside Dumfries, with floor plans that differ from their other locations, and as German competitor Lidl (pronounced Lee Dell) plans to open several new stores in the region this summer. 

    From Jeff Baehr, Frederick division vice president for ALDI:

    “We’re excited to share that we’re updating the ALDI store experience as part of our $1.6 billion nationwide plan to remodel and expand more than 1,300 of our stores by 2020.

    With approximately 20 stores in the Washington, DC and Northern Virginia Region, we can’t wait to bring the new look of ALDI to shoppers who know and love us, plus new fans, as we make more room for a larger selection of fresh products, plus customer favorites like organics, gluten-free foods and premium baby items.

    We know you’re eager to learn about plans for our store in Stafford, so we’ll be sure to reach out with more specific details at a later date.”

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    Wheels stolen from backyard neighborhood kid bike repair

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    Submitted: 

    “[Saturday] at around [4 p.m.] this bike was stolen from my back yard [near the intersection of Lindendale Road and Lombard Lane in Dale City]. My daughter watched the child walk back, in broad daylight and ride away on my son [Ethan’s] bike.

    Ethan repairs bikes for all of the neighborhood kids. He has a workshop in our yard and this kid went into his workshop and just walked away.

    I went to the child’s house to try to deal with the situation parent to parent but to no avail. The police went to the child’s house and still no results.

    We just want the bike back. We believe it was dumped somewhere around Beville Middle or in the Lindendale area.

    It’s very distinctive looking- narrow front tire, wide back tire, black with some blue showing through on the underneath.” 

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    Two adults, 6 children displaced by Montclair fire

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    From the Prince William County Fire and Rescue Department: 

    “On Friday, February 17th at 6:53 p.m., fire and rescue units were dispatched to a townhouse fire located in the 14400 block of Whisperwood Court in Montclair.

    Upon arrival, fire and rescue crews observed fire on two levels of the mid-row two story townhome with basement. As firefighters initiated attack and extinguishment of the fire, they were informed the residents were not home.

    No injuries reported.

    According to the Fire Marshal’s Office, preliminary damages are estimated at $200,000; a total loss.

    A Building Official has posted the home unsafe.

    Red Cross was on scene to assist the family, 2 adults and 6 children, displaced by the fire.

    The fire started in the kitchen; the cause is undetermined. The fire is currently under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s Office.”

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    What is Mug Shot Monday?

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    All of most recent mug shots included in crime stories posted to PotomacLocal.com will be shared weekly in Monday Mug Shots.

    Today marked the first day for the weekly Monday Mug Shots email to be sent every Monday at 8 a.m. The email will feature a round-up of arrests from Prince William and Stafford counties, as well as the Greater Manassas area.

    Monday Mug Shots is free, and you can get it by signing up on PotomacLocal.com.

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    Environmentalists disappointed by House’s coal ash bill

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    RICHMOND, Va. – A bill approved by the House on Friday would require Dominion Virginia Power to study whether its controversial coal ash ponds might pollute the water, but environmentalists say the legislation doesn’t do enough.

    SB 1398 would require energy companies to identify the risks of heavy metals polluting the groundwater and alternatives methods of disposal when they apply for a permit to decommission a “coal combustion residuals unit,” commonly called a coal ash pond.

    These ponds, a mixture of the byproduct of coal combustion and water, are often near rivers. Dominion has four sites around Virginia containing millions of tons of coal ash. The company hopes to close the ponds by treating and discharging the water and then burying the remaining coal ash with a protective seal. (more…)

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    Motorcyclist killed on Mapledale Avenue in Dale City

    From Prince William police: 

    Fatal Crash Investigation – On February 18 at 1:38AM, investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit responded to the area of Mapledale Ave and Meadowbrook Rd in [Dale City] (22193) to investigate a crash involving two motorcycles.

    The investigation revealed that both motorcycles were traveling southbound on Mapledale Ave approaching Meadowbrook Dr when one of the operators, an adult male, applied a hard brake in an attempt to turn onto Meadowbrook Dr. The second motorcycle, operated by an adult female, was following behind the first motorcycle and unable to stop causing a collision. (more…)

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    Update: Silvia Patricia Ramos Guillen stabbed to death

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    From Prince William police:

    Stabbing Investigation- On February 17 at 6:22PM, officers responded to the 7300 block of Forrester Ln in Manassas (20109) to investigate a stabbing.

    When officers arrived on scene, they located two victims, both adults, suffering from injuries to the body.

    All involved parties are accounted for and the incident does not appear random. More information will be released when it is available.

    Update 9:56 p.m.

    *UPDATE* Stabbing Investigation – One victim, identified as an adult female, has been pronounced dead due to her injuries. The second victim, identified as an adult male, has been transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries.

    The incident appears to be domestic in nature and all involved parties are accounted for. The investigation is ongoing and more information will be released when it is available.

    1:20 p.m. Saturday, Feb, 18, 2017: 

    Homicide Investigation – On February 17 at 6:22PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 7300 block of Forrester Ln in Manassas (20109) to investigate a stabbing. When officers arrived on scene, they located an adult male and an adult female suffering from stab wounds to the body. The investigation revealed that both parties were involved in an altercation inside the residence. During the encounter, the female victim was stabbed, allegedly by the male party.

    After the stabbing, the male suspect proceeded to another area of the home where he reportedly stabbed himself. Other residents of the home attempted to intervene and contacted police. First responding officers attempted first aid on both parties before Fire & Rescue arrived on scene at the residence.

    The female victim was pronounced dead on scene. The male suspect, identified as 40-year-old man of Manassas, was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. This incident appears to be domestic related. Charges are pending.

    The investigation continues. This is Prince William County’s second homicide of 2017.

                   Identified:

                   The victim was identified as Silvia Patricia RAMOS GUILLEN, 40, of Manassas

    Their exact relationship is unknown at this point and it is still being investigated further. The male has not been charged but is still hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

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