Officers injured at World Police and Fire Games in Prince William


Several officers were severely injured at a cycling event for the 2015 World Police and Fire Games.

Prince William police’s Crash Investigation Unit are on the scene of the incident at Prince William Forest Park.

Today at Prince William Forest Park, there were two cycling events for the games – the road race and time trials, according to the World Police and Fire Games website.

According to Prince William police, several bike riders collided into one another when participating in the games.

Three of the officers received serious injuries and were transported to area hospitals for treatment, according to Prince William police.

Investigation into the cause of the accident is still ongoing.

New Virginia traffic laws start today


Starting today, there are some new rules of the road in Virginia.

During their last session, the Virginia General Assembly made amendments to state codes that are meant to increase safety measures for bicycles, postal vehicles, and garbage trucks, among others.

One change is that any vehicle that provides roadside assistance or traffic management aide is now qualified for the “Move Over” law in Virginia, because the vehicle may have blinking or flashing warning lights. The “Move Over law mandates that drivers change lanes to allow certain vehicles, including law enforcement, room on the road to provide assistance.

Another measure is meant to keep postal workers safe. A new regulation passed in the House now requires drivers passing a mail vehicle that has blinking or amber lights on to use caution and a safe speed.

A similar regulation now requires that those passing garbage trucks on roadways that have less than four lanes have to decrease their speed to 10 miles per hour lower than the speed limit. Additionally, drivers must leave two feet of room between where they pass and the left of a vehicle.

An interesting regulation passed this legislative session protects individuals on bicycles and mopeds, as vehicles can now be cited for following too closely.

For those that have been convicted in a federal court for a DUI offense that is similar to one within Virginia law, now has the ability to petition the court in their jurisdiction for restricted driving privileges, which is found in other states. The driving privileges, according to the text of the passed bill, would be restricted to areas including their workplace and church.

Prior to this change, only individuals convicted in a Virginia court of a DUI offense could petition the court.

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Helicopters search for man wanted in PNC bank robbery in Lake Ridge


A PNC bank in Giant Foods was robbed today.
The suspect fled from the scene on foot.
The store is currently open for customers, but the bank is not.
A helicopter is being used to track down the suspect


A PNC bank location inside of a Giant Foods on Hedges Run Drive in Lake Ridge was robbed.

According to Prince William police, the individual entered the bank area, showed a handgun and demanded money.

The individual fled the scene with money and was last seen running towards the rear of the Giant.

No one was injured.

The suspect is described as a male with a light complexion, between 20 and 30 and under 5’7”. He was last seen wearing a gray jacket with gray sleeves, black on the shoulders and a black hood, with blue jeans and gray sneakers.

Prince William police are still currently on the scene investigating.

A helicopter is being used to search the area, and police vehicles are posted around the neighborhood to watch for the suspect.

PNC bank employees that witnessed the robbery declined to comment on the incident.

The store is currently open for customers.



Woodbridge woman charged with child neglect, reckless driving


On the morning of June 29, Prince William police responded to a call for child neglect that took place at the A.J. Ferlazzo building in Woodbridge.

According to Prince William police, the caller stated that they met with 29-year old Woodbridge woman Shaquann Wilson in front of the building for a child custody exchange.

When the caller attempted to secure the 6-year old child in the backseat of Wilson’s car, Wilson drove away, said Prince William police.

Both the caller and a witness stated that the child was not secured in the seat and Wilson’s vehicle door was open when she pulled away, stated Prince William police.

Wilson turned herself into the police after officers made contact with her.

No one was injured.

Wilson is being charged with felony child neglect and reckless driving and is being held on a $2,000 bond.

Reported gunshots at Navy Yard shut down streets, block buses


There is a possible active shooter situation at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.
Police have blocked off all surrounding streets.
There was a deadly shooting at the Navy Yard back in 2013.


Washington D.C. police and the U.S. Navy have issued statements on the alleged incident at the Navy Yard this morning, and have given the all clear. 


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There is a potential active shooter situation this morning at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.

Currently there has been no confirmed visual on the potential shooters, according to WUSA9.

D.C. police are looking for the individuals involved in the possible incident. They have been described as a white male and a black male.

Potomac Local spoke with an employee at the Navy Yard who stated that the facility is locked down. According to the employee, everyone at the Navy Yard has been told to shelter in place.

According to Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission spokeswoman Christine Rodrigo, the final OmniRide commuter buses from Prince William County bound for the Navy Yard of the morning were not able to make its final stop. 

Police prevented the bus from proceeding due to a massive lockdown at the facility, and passengers were dropped off a few blocks from their destination, said Rodrigo.

OmniRide officials are monitoring the situation as commuters who live in Virginia and work at the Navy Yard look to get home later today.

“There is no service that we could offer right now because M Street is closed,” said Rodrigo.

If there are changes in OmniRide service today, the agency expects to update riders via an email alert system, as well as its website, stated Rodrigo.

The Virginia Railway Express (VRE), which runs trains through nearby Union Station, does not anticipate any changes to the train schedules.

“It should not affect our trains this afternoon,” said VRE Director of Public Affairs Bryan Jungwirth.

Fort Belvoir has issued an alert, asking that everyone avoid the area near the Navy Yard. Additionally, the alert stated that many of the roads near the area are closed while police are on the scene.

There is a massive police presence on M Street in Southeast Washington, D.C., according to Rodrigo.

Fort Belvoir police have implemented added protection measures.

Animals to adopt at Stafford SPCA

Found dog
Solomon is a 7-year-old Rottweiler that is a staff and volunteer favorite. He loves playing with his basketball and getting belly rubs.
He is a pro at yard zoomies! Solomon needs a 6 foot, fully enclosed fence to run and play in. He would do best as an only pet in a home that has prior big dog experience and no young children. Solomon is neutered, UTD on vaccines, and microchipped.
Kingston is a 2-year-old, black and white, short haired kitty with lots of love to give! He is sure to entertain you with his quirky personality, while still being a cool, calm guy that enjoys the quieter moments in life. Kingston is neutered, UTD on all vaccines, and is ready for his forever home!
FOUND DOG. Beautiful white Pit / Pit Mix rescued from the road @ midnight on 06/22 in the Stafford area. The family was on their way home to Alexandria, and they took the pup home and he has been cared for there ever since.  If you have any information please call 540-657-7387.

-Information provided by the Stafford SPCA. Contact them for more information on any of the animals shown above. 

Here’s where you can check out fireworks this Fourth of July


Wondering where you can celebrate July 4 and see the fireworks in your area? Potomac Local has a list of July 4 events you can check out.

Prince William

In Prince William County there are several events you can attend to celebrate July 4, including the Dale City Parade on Dale Boulevard at 10 a.m.

More on July 4 events in Prince William:

Dale City Parade (July 4th 10 a.m. on Dale Blvd)
Leesylvania State Park Kid’s Fishing Tournament (9:00 a.m.)
Freedom Firecracker 5k Run & 1 Mile Fun Run (Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center 8:30 a.m.)
Pfitzner Stadium P-Nats Ball Game followed by fireworks show
Montclair Dolphin Beach fireworks display  (You must be an MPOA member to be on the beach.  However, you do not have to be an MPOA member to take advantage of a side-street view.)


On July 4, the City of Manassas will be hosting their Celebrate America event from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Downtown Manassas.

More on the excitement from the City of Manassas:

The celebration begins with the Bicycle Decorating contest. At 5 p.m. visitors are invited to take part in a Watermelon-eating contest.

Next, Judges from around the City will lend their culinary expertise to judge the Apple and Peach Pie Baking Contest. This is Americana at its best. To sign up for these contests, visit

Visitors can bring a blanket or a lawn chair to lay claim to a spot for viewing the best fireworks in Virginia. Beginning at 3 p.m., there will be children’s rides, food vendors, and other vendors. The celebration centers around the Harris Pavilion, the Manassas Museum and the Train Depot.

The City of Manassas loves pets, but pets do not love loud noises. Their ears are more sensitive and the City asks that pets be left at home in the air conditioning. This time of year, streets and sidewalks are hot enough to burn puppy paws.

Manassas Park

Fourth of July celebrations in Manassas Park include a fireworks display at Signal Hill Park, starting at 6:30 p.m.

More information on the fireworks display:

The City of Manassas Park invites you to join us Saturday, July 4th for a display you won’t want to miss. 

Free Admission
Fireworks Display at Dark
Free shuttles from VRE & City Hall Starting at 6:30pm
$5 Parking Available at 5pm – On-Site Parking: Handicap Only
Limited General Parking Across Street
PLUS! We will be having food trucks featuring: Bella Vita, Guapos, Bauji’s Kitchen, and Snowie!
No Alcohol
No fireworks allowed in park (this includes sparklers) 
Expect traffic delays from 8pm-11pm in the areas of Signal View Drive/Signal Hill Drive, Manassas Drive/Signal View Drive, Manassas Drive and Centreville Road. 


Stafford and Fredericksburg will also be celebrating that day with their Heritage Festival and fun run event.

More on the July 4 events from Stafford:

Fredericksburg’s July 4th Heritage Festival 
7:45 a.m.: Heritage Festival Five-Mile Run Sponsored by Fredericksburg Host Lions Club
6:30 a.m.: Registration at Visitor’s Center
9:30 a.m.: Heritage Day Parade Sponsored by Children’s Museum of Richmond/Fredericksburg
Downtown: Lafayette to Caroline to Princess Anne to Lafayette Prizes for Best Costume & Most Creative Bicycle
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Festival of the Streets Craft Show with more than 100 vendors Sponsored by Beth Sholom Temple, Classic Car Display Sponsored by Stafford Car Club & Rosner Motor Sports, Dunk your Favorite Local Celebrity Sponsored by Rappahannock Rotary
Children’s Activities: Face Painting, Balloon Creations, Moon Bounce & Photo Booth with free pictures
Live Music: Wil Gravatt – Gravatt Entertainment, Steve Jarrell & Sons of the Beach
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Ferry Farm’s Let Freedom Ring Sponsored by George Washington Foundation $1.00 admission Catch a bus or trolley from downtown or from the Eagle’s Lodge on Cool Springs Road. Ferry Farm parking will be handicapped only. Patriotic, Family Activities, Re-Enactors
1:00 p.m.: Flag Retirement Ceremony with Anthony Campbell
12:00 p.m.: Presentation of Colors — American Legion Post 290 Welcome — Matt Kelly – Councilman at Large
4:30 p.m.: Pratt Park Opens for the July 4th Spectacular Bring lawn chairs & picnic dinners Food Vendors available
6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.: Quantico Marine Corps Rock and Roll Band
7:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Special Appearance by the cast of: The Wedding Singer from Riverside Center Theater 
8:00 p.m. – through the Fireworks: Quantico Marine Corps Band
9:15 p.m.: Fireworks Sponsored by City of Fredericksburg & Stafford County
View fireworks from Pratt Park or Old Mill Park. No alchoholic beverages. No sparklers. No grills. Dogs must be on leashes.


Evidence that the evil of racism resides here in our community


Recently, I had the honor of joining the Race Coalition of Fredericksburg at a beautiful commemoration of Juneteenth – a day of liberation. I reflect on how the day comes in a week that has been marked by a horrific event in Charleston – the ruthless murder of nine innocent people by a racist young man filled with hate and armed with a gun.

This tragedy shakes us to our core, but we have witnessed racially motivated violence before. That sense of fear and horror brings us back to the same question: When will this violence and terror finally end?

I search for words to try to stay uplifted and strong, so I can be an effective witness and an instrument for peace. I struggle with being so angry at this mayhem and the racism that caused it.

Every time I have to drive by that racist flag on I-95, evidence that the evil of racism resides here in our community, I feel this anger. It would be easy to give into it, but Dr. King told us, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Justice will be served. But to drive out the hate that brought this tragedy, we must love one another. I am reminded to keep building the Beloved Community that Dr. King wanted for us all. “The end is reconciliation; the end is redemption; the end is the creation of the Beloved Community. It is this type of spirit and this type of love that can transform opposers into friends … It is this love which will bring about miracles in the hearts of men.”

And so, Juneteenth. A day born of celebration for the righting of a wrong. A day when justice and freedom were finally brought to an enslaved people. A day we can focus on goodwill and understanding, and building our Beloved Community.

I am running for the House of Delegates, and if I am given that honor of representing our community, I will do everything I can to make Juneteenth a state holiday so that our Commonwealth can spend this day working for freedom from fear, and freedom from hate as we build the Beloved Community that we all deserve.

Potomac Local advertiser spotlight for July 2015 welcomes several new and returning advertisers in July.

We’ll take a moment and recognize each of the new businesses and organizations that support this local news organization, and ensure you get local news about news and events where you live.


The Applegate Team

With over 100 years of combined real estate service, The Applegate Team is a virtual encyclopedia of information about homes in the Northern Virginia area. The Applegate Team can help you if you are buying or selling. You contact them today.



An informational open house will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 15 in the cafeteria of Battlefield High School, where residents may learn more about a 230 kilovolt transmission line the electric company proposes to build in the area to serve existing customers and support new business growth., More information about the upcoming session is online.


JTC, Inc.

Helping deliver big business solutions for the small business budget, JTC, Inc. will showcase a series of informative promoted posts on The posts will educate Potomac Local readers on how JTC, Inc. delivers quality customer service to their clients, and how they can help your business grow.


Prince William County Public Library System

The Prince William County Library’s Summer Reading Program is underway between now and August 22. Titled “Read to the Rythm,” this year’s program allows your child to complete activities and earn points, the chance to enter to win a Kindle Fire HD6, and to attend free performances and programs, and check out books, DVDs, CDs, popular magazines and more.


MyLink Summer Pass

Those ages 13-19 get unlimited rides this summer on all OmniLink and Cross County Connector buses for a one-time cost of $30. Passes are valid for rides on Monday, June 1 through Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015. Check out the Places of Interest page to see some popular destinations on the local bus routes on


Scott Surovell Democrat for Virginia Senate

Longtime Virginia Delegate Scott Surovell is running for Virginia Senate in the 36th District, an area that encompasses Mount Vernon, Woodbridge, Dumfries, Quantico, and portions of North Stafford. You can learn more about Surovell’s campaign by visiting his website.


TelNet of Virginia

There are few things more important to a business than it’s phone system, and ensuring your business phone system works flawlessly is what TelNet of Virginia does every day. Based in Manassas, the company was recently awarded a contract to serve four Dale City Volunteer Fire Department stations.

Thank you to these businesses, and all of our advertisers, who support bringing you local news in Virginia’s Potomac Communities.

JTC, Inc. named Prince William Chamber ‘Behind the Scenes Business of the Year’

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John Jewell and the team at JTC, Inc. have been the Chamber’s IT services provider since 2009.

Each month, for the last six years, they have provided a number of in-kind service hours to keep the Chamber staff’s office technology up and running, including regular back-ups. Anyone who has been to a meeting in the Chamber offices has also benefited from JTC’s provision of free WiFi access.

Following the merger they worked to provide the staff, working in three different locations, with access to one server system in a matter of days.

Then when it was time to move into the new headquarters, they coordinated the moving of all of the Chamber’s computers and servers into the new office just before the Christmas holiday in December 2010.

In addition to all of this, they’ve proven to be excellent neighbors. Their office is located just one floor above our Chamber’s home at Capital Court.

Please join us in congratulating John Jewell and the team at JTC, Inc. on being named the “Behind the Scenes Business of the Year!”

JTC, Inc. is located in Manassas. The firm specializes in providing big business technical solutions on a small business budget.

This post was written by the Prince William Chamber of Commerce


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