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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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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Naked man arrested in Dale City, charged with indecent exposure

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Videos of this arrest were posted all over Facebook Sunday afternoon. We won’t post the video here because it includes full frontal nudity.

Police confronted a man near the intersection of Dale Boulevard and Gideon Drive. The man in the video is seen naked, yelling at police officers, and resisting arrest. 

Here’s the police version of what happened: (more…)

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Dumfries Mayor arrested, accused of stealing campaign sign

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Dumfries Mayor Jerry Foreman is accused of stealing a campaign sign from a property in the town.

The twice-elected mayor was arrested Saturday afternoon. Vice-Mayor Willie J. Toney said the stolen campaign sign belonged to him.

The arrest comes prior to Tuesday’s General Election for Dumfries Town Council. Foreman was reelected as Mayor last year and is not running this election cycle. (more…)

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Manassas homeowner first in city to install solar panels

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Mike Freeland made history last year. In August, he became the first Manassas resident to install solar panels on his home.

This was something Freeland had always wanted to do. But he repeatedly got sidetracked and kept putting the ecofriendly initiative on the back burner.

One day, while perusing his church’s website, he saw a post about Interfaith Power and Light, a co-op devoted to green initiatives. Freeland decided to join the co-op for various reasons.

I wanted to decrease my carbon footprint, and also the price was affordable,” Freeland said. “I also get a 30 percent tax credit for solar panels.”

Interfaith Power and Light was started in 2000 in San Francisco. Its mission is to respond to global warming by promoting energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy. The co-op has helped inform thousands of congregations nationwide about these issues.

Through the co-op, Freeland contacted Edge Energy, a green government contractor that operates in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., to install solar panels on his home. “The installers were good at what they did, and they were also friendly,” Freeland said. “I would definitely recommend them to relatives and friends.”

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Leaders discuss name change for Prince William Forest Park

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Prince William Forest Park has a 70-year history.

Today campers, hikers, and wildlife enthusiasts flock to the park nestled between Prince William and Stafford counties, and Quantico Marine Corps Base.

The park formed in 1936 as the Chopawamsic Recrational Demonstration Area, part of President Franklin Rosevelt’s Depression-era New Deal program, the park served as a place to educate inner-city youth from Washington, D.C. about nature.

The youth camps closed during WWII, and the 15,000 acres of parkland was used to train spies under the Office of Strategic Services, known today as the CIA. Many of the buildings the OSS used are still in use today as cabins. (more…)

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Call to Action: Luggage needed for foster children

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Good morning – Volunteers are needed for the 2nd Annual Cajun Occasion Crawfish Boil on Sunday May 15th. This year’s event benefits the Un Trim A Tree Holiday Gift program for needy kids. Jobs include serving beer and wine, checking ID’s, set up and take down to name a few. This promises to be great fun and for a great cause. Work a couple of hours then enjoy all the fun. Please call Mary at (571) 292-5303 to register.

· Helping Neighbors Outreach Center in Dale City needs volunteers to help in the office on Thursdays from 9:30-3:30. Duties include answering the phone, mailings and other admin duties. Please call Pastor Edmonds at (703) 964-7725 for more info. (more…)

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Body of Lizeth Lopez found in Lake Ridge

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Police said they found the body of 36-year-old Lizeth Lopez.

Her body was found this morning in Lake Ridge. Lopez, of Alexandria, was reported missing April 19.

More in a press release:

On April 29 at 10:56AM, officers responded to the area of Cotton Mill Dr and Griffith Ave in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a found body. Officers arrived in the area and located the body of an adult woman presumed to be Lizeth Yadira Lopez, 36, who was reported as missing and endangered on April 19. The body was located near a drainage ditch in the above area and will be transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. At this time, the death is being investigated as a homicide and more information will be released when available. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call Prince William County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS. The investigation continues.

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