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Pets to adopt at Stafford County SPCA

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Rose
Willy went missing from his home.

BC

BC is an 11 month old DSH cat that is UTD on shots and neutered. He has a huge personality and gets along very well with the other cats in his room. He enjoys interacting with volunteers and is a silly, curious boy. He is by far our favorite goofball!

Rose

Rose is a 1 year old Jack Russell Terrier/Pomeranian mix that is UTD on shots, spayed, and microchipped. Rose is a bit quieter than her brothers and sisters and is usually the first one in your lap if given a chance to cuddle. If you’re looking for a cuddle bug this is your girl!

Lost dog

Willy – LOST DOG – Last seen 3/26 at 12 PM. Just a year old, blue collar, name tag, rabies tag, county tag and is micro-chipped. If you see him, PLEASE call 703-899-0604.

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

How friends and family will honor Prince William’s first fallen firefighter

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The Prince William County Professional Fire Fighters Local 2598 group is working with George Mason University to host the 8th annual walk to honor Kyle Wilson on April 18. 

Wilson was the first career firefighter in Prince William County’s fire and rescue department’s 41-years to die in the line of duty back in 2008. 

The Kyle Wilson 10K Walk for Fitness will take place at C.D. Hylton High School in Woodbridge. 

More from a press release:

Prince William County Professional Fire Fighters Local 2598 in cooperation with George Mason University will be holding the 8th annual Kyle Wilson 10K Walk for Fitness on April 18th, 2015 at C.D. Hylton High School. Registration will begin at 9am and the walk will begin at 10am. All proceeds from the walk will go to The Kyle Wilson Memorial Scholarship Fund at George Mason University.

Kyle Robert Wilson gave the ultimate sacrifice on Monday April 16th, 2007 while searching for occupants during a house fire. His passion for the profession of fire fighting and physical fitness are the inspiration for this walk. Kyle was a graduate of Hylton High School and George Mason University with a degree in Athletic Training. Kyle joined the Prince William Department of Fire and Rescue in 2006. 

For more information or to pre-register please go to www.KyleWilsonMemorial.com.

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New construction recycling facility to be built in Manassas

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On February 24, the Prince William County Board of Supervisors approved the request to build a construction materials recycling facility in Manassas.

The facility will be located at 6326 Old Compton Road, just north of the intersection of Balls Ford Road.

Residents and county workers will be able to recycle concrete, asphalt and wood on the site, according to board documents.

Additionally, a recycling materials separation facility will be built on the site, according to board reports.

Once completed, residents will be able to drop off these materials Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

According to board documents, the recycling facility is set for completion by May of this year.

No public hearing for the site has been set, and the county planning office has not yet sought input from area property owners, according to board documents.

Stafford sheriff’s office lights torch for Special Olympics event

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Last weekend, the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office partnered with the Special Olympics to light the torch at the opening ceremonies for their annual Special Olympics Basketball Championships in Stafford.

The championships, which take place every March, included more than 800 participants with a wide array of special needs.

The competition has been happening in Stafford for more than 15 years.

“It’s one of the six state level events that we offer…athletes usually compete locally and regionally, and then have the chance to come to this state event. It’s the culmination of their season – they’ve been practicing, playing and training for six weeks for the final event,” said Holly Claytor, Public Information Officer for the Special Olympics.

The organization used eight schools in Stafford to host the athletes in full court, half court and individual skills competitions, said Claytor.

According to Claytor, the Sheriff’s office has always been a big supporter of the event.

“The Stafford Sheriff’s office is extremely supportive, so they’re always out and involved in our opening ceremony…the Stafford sheriff’s [deputies] along with athletes bring in the flame of hope and light the cauldron,” Claytor.

Additionally, several of the sheriff’s deputies volunteer in Special Olympics programs with the individuals.

“We have great support from the local community – a lot of them come out and cheer and watch the games. The Special Olympics program is free for our participants…through sponsor support, we’re able to put on the event in addition to bringing 800 athletes in town,” said Claytor.

Claytor stated that while the championships for this event only take place once a year, the Special Olympics are looking for more special needs and community residents to take part.

“Even though this is a big state level competition, we are year round…people have a chance to be a part of our program at any point in all communities, and we have some really great opportunities that we’re focusing on, trying to get more youth and students involved,” said Claytor.

Investigation into bomb-making materials expands to Newport News area

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An investigation into explosive devices found in a Dale City apartment took authorities this morning to a trailer home just outside Newport News.

The home of Alan Michael Blischak was searched during the early hours of Tuesday morning by authorities by Prince William and York counties. An explosive device was also found inside the trailer, according to Prince William fire and rescue spokesman Thomas Jarman. Investigators are mum on exactly what was found.

The Newport News bomb squad, Virginia State Police Bomb K9 Unit, the Department of Homeland Security, York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office, and York County Fire and Life Safety Office were all involved. 

The discovery follows a search of an apartment police said Blischak occupied at Dale Forest Apartments in Dale City when he was arrested last March 26. Bomb making chemicals, a self-timer, a circuit board, propane torch, tripod, battery pack, and blood samples were taken from the apartment, according to a search warrant filed in Prince William County court.

Blischak is charged in Prince William County with creating explosive devices. Jarman said officials in York County will also file charges on Blischak .

Blischak was released from jail on a $50,000 bond. He is expected in a Prince William County courtroom on May 7.

Fugitive who escaped Inova Fairfax Hospital in custody

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12:30 p.m.

The fugitive Ossen Assaye is in custody. 

Assaye led police on a manhunt this morning after escaped from Inova Fairfax Hospital. Metropolitan Police in Washington, D.C. made the arrest, according to Fairfax County police. 

More as we have it.

Police said Assaye uesd two vehicles when he escaped capture. One was a Silver Toyota Camry that was abandoned. The next was a Hyundai sedan that was later recovered by authorities.

A press conference called to address questions about the search were shared on Twitter

8:30 a.m.

The prisoner who escaped overnight from Inova Fairfax Hospital drove away, police said.

Ossen Assaye is believed to be in a silver 2002 Toyota Camry with Virginia tags XZP-8153. Police urge anyone who spots the vehicle to call 911.

The car was stolen by the fugitive, according to police.

Roads around Inova Fairfax Hospital are reopened to traffic. There is still a heavy police presence in the area, according to Fairfax County police.

7:21 a.m.

A prisoner who was in custody escaped this morning at Inova Fairfax Hospital.

Wossen Assaye overpowered a private security guard, took his gun, and fire one shot, according to Fairfax County police. No one was injured, and Assaye fled on foot.

Assaye may be with a girlfriend, according to police who posted a photo of her on Twitter.

Police closed several roads around Inova Fairfax Hospital as a manhunt is underway to find the escaped prisoner.

Assaye was arrested on federal charges of bank robbery in Alexandria. His captors took him to Inova Fairfax Hospital for medical treatment, according to police.

Assaye is wearing a hospital gown, police said. They also warn neighbors to stay indoors, and to be ready to encounter several road closures if they must leave home. Residents are encouraged to call 911 if they see Assaye.

Inova Fairfax employees are asked to go to Falls Church High School where a shuttle bus is waiting to take them to work. No one is able to drive onto the hospital property as the center is on lockdown.

No schools in the are affected, according to police.

Members of the Prince William County Police Department were not called to assist Fairfax police, according to spokesman Jonathan Perok.

Inova Fairfax Hospital is a level one trauma center. There are no such trauma centers in Prince William County, and people who suffer life-threatening injuries in Prince William County are regularly taken to Inova Fairfax.

 

Local Representatives Show Support for Howell in Stafford

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Speaker of the House Bill Howell (right) chats with a supporter March 22, 2015. [KJ Mushung/Potomac Local News]

Speaker of the House Bill Howell (right) chats with a supporter March 22, 2015. [KJ Mushung/Potomac Local News]

There’s been a lot of publicity about Susan Stimpson, former member of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors, vying for the Republican nomination against William J. “Bill” Howell (R-Stafford), Speaker of the House of Delegates and reportedly Stimpson’s former mentor. Since she announced her candidacy in December, Stimpson has been outspoken about the race, but Howell hasn’t engaged the narrative as much. However, on March 22, local political and business leaders put the attention on Howell’s message.

The Spring for Bill Howell event was held at the Hampton Inn and Conference Center that sits by exit 143 just off of Interstate 95 in North Stafford. It was organized by Stafford County Supervisor Paul Milde III as a fundraiser and a way to gather county residents to talk about why they should vote for Howell in the upcoming primary. 

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[KJ Mushung/Potomac Local News]

Approximately 160 people attended and nearly $15,000 was raised, according to Milde, who matched the money raised from ticket sales. Another $2,500 in food, labor, space, mailings and postage was donated in kind, he added.

 

“It would be a mistake to replace Bill Howell with Susan Stimpson,” said Milde. “She has nothing to offer of any benefit that we’re not already getting from Bill Howell. She’s no more conservative, and I would venture to say she’s a lot less effective. She has spent more time campaigning than she ever did governing.”

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[KJ Mushung/Potomac Local News]

In speaking with Potomac Local, Howell pointed out that five of the seven members who served with Stimpson on the Stafford Board of Supervisors support him. Of the other two, one is a Democrat and therefore not involved in the Republican primary, and the other is Meg Bohmke, whom Howell described as Stimpson’s hand-picked successor and who will therefore stand by her, he said. 

Howell has been a delegate for nearly 28 years. If he wins the primary and reelection, he said he plans to focus on much of the same issues he’s been working on, like helping to create jobs, improving K-12 education and reforming the Virginia Retirement System. 

“I’m proud of my record,” he said.

[KJ Mushung/Potomac Local News]

[KJ Mushung/Potomac Local News]

Stimpson lost a bid to be the Republican candidate in a 2013 primary for Virginia’s lieutenant governor.

The Republican primary is Tuesday, June 9, and anyone of any political party (or of no party affiliation at all) may vote. 

 

[KJ Mushung/Potomac Local News]

[KJ Mushung/Potomac Local News]

Three injured in partial building collapse in Gainesville

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The Prince William County Fire and Rescue Department responded to a call at 1:35 p.m. this afternoon about a partial building collapse in the Wentworth Green development on Senea Drive in Gainesville.

On a construction site for new townhomes in the development, the wind caught hold of roof trusses that were tacked into place on the third floor – which is standard practice – and caused the collapse, according to Thomas Jarman, Battalion Chief for Prince William fire and rescue.

“It really wasn’t a whole building collapse – it was houses under construction – and they had some of the roofing trusses collapsed,” said Jarman.

Jarman stated that Jim Forgo, the incident commander, and other responders arrived at the scene and found three adult males had been injured.

A rope system and elevated anchor point were used to retrieve the three victims, according to Jarman.

One of the victims has a lower body injury, believed to be a fracture, said Jarman.

The injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, according to Jarman.

“We actually ended up transporting a total of three patients. One was a little more serious – I believe there was a fracture. He was the one that was removed from the third floor of the townhouse,” Jarman said.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are on the scene and investigating.

Easter egg hunt starts Dumfries spring events series

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An annual Easter Egg hunt will take place Saturday in Dumfries.

The Dumfries-Triangle Rescue Squad purchased Easter Eggs purchased eggs to be hidden at Ginn Memorial Park on Graham Park Road. The event begins at 11 a.m.

Pillar Church in Dumfries will provide a children’s bounce house, as well as volunteers to run family games at the Easter event. The church will also provide an Easter Bunny suit to be worn by Dumfries Parks and Recreation Committee member Matthew Critchley.

Face Odyssey will also be on hand to paint childrens’ faces, according to Dumfries Community Services Director Ryan Gandy.

Easter is the following day, Sunday, April 5.

The following Saturday on April 11, volunteers will gather in Dumfries for the annual Quantico Creek Clean Up. Coffee, bagels, and donuts will be served starting at 8 a.m. at Town Hall while participating volunteers are registered for the event, according to Public Works Director Richard West.

The clean up will take place from 9 a.m. to noon. Lunch will be served after the clean up ends, and volunteers will tally up the amount of garbage collected, said West.

Community Services Director Ryan Gandy is also organizing the town’s Multicultural Festival. It is slated to take place May 9 at 11 a.m. at Merchant Park, next to the Weems-Botts Museum.

Gandy said this year’s event will focus more on celebrating the ethnic heritage of many cultures and less on vendors selling products and services. 

“I am part of the organizing committee, and last year someone came to me and said that [last year’s multicultural festival] wasn’t a multicultural festival,” said Vice Mayor Willie Toney. “We were wondering if we should even continue with that name. The intent was to have a multicultural event to have different people, different food.”

Toney told Gandy he was pleased that this year’s festival will focus more on celebrating diversity in the community.

“I looked back last year on what it became it wasn’t really a multicultural festival,” added Gandy.

Festival goers should expect displays on native and African-African American life as it pertains to the early days of the Town of Dumfries, provided by Historic Dumfries, Inc. Gandy also contacted several food vendors that would “provide cuisine of their native lands,” said Gandy. The details of which food vendors will participate are still being worked out.

The festival is free to attend.

 

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