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Stafford County Fire and Rescue Recognizes life saving actions

From Stafford County Fire and Rescue Department:

The Stafford County Fire and Rescue Department held their annual awards ceremony on March 25 to recognize 49 civilian, volunteer and career members of the department for their outstanding work in 2016.

Mrs. Kimberly Brorson was the guest speaker and shared the story of her daughter Lucy and how the Fire and Rescue Department has made a difference in their lives since Lucy’s diagnosis of Dravet’s Syndrome, a seizure disorder. “You could not have asked for a more touching or thoughtful story about the incredible work our men and women do day in and day out.” said Stafford County Fire and EMS Chief Mark Lockhart. (more…)

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‘Bright Resilient Youth,’ WRAP winners in 395 Express Lanes Community Grant Program

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395 Express Lanes Community Grant Program Awards Funding to the Bright Resilient Youth Committed to Enrichment and the Washington Regional Alcohol Program

Interested organizations are encouraged to apply for next round of grants by March 31

Transurban, the Virginia Department of Transportation’s partner on the 395 Express Lanes project, today announced that the Bright Resilient Youth Committed to Enrichment (BRYCE) and the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP)’s SoberRide each received a $5,000 grant this quarter through the 395 Express Lanes Community Grant Program.

The BRYCE project is an enrichment program designed to engage young women in activities that develop their social and emotional skills. The participants learn the values of the community and give back by doing random acts of kindness as individuals and in groups. BRYCE encourages friendship, diversity, and individuality and plants the seed at an early age of the importance of education.

“The BRYCE Project was pleased to receive a grant from the 395 Express Lanes grant program,” said LaVon Curtis, Founder, BRYCE Project. “As an all-volunteer organization, these funds allow us to continue our work in providing community, leadership, and mentoring to young women as they prepare for adulthood. One of our upcoming events supported by this grant is a career event which provides young women the chance to hear real-life lessons from professional women and engage in networking.”

The WRAP is a non-profit focused on using effective education, innovative programs, and targeted advocacy to end alcohol-impaired driving and underage drinking in the Washington, D.C. metro area. It is best known for its free taxi service, SoberRide, which discourages drunk driving and has provided more than 65,000 free rides to would-be impaired drivers in the Greater Washington Area. The program is credited with keeping the area’s alcohol related traffic deaths lower than the national average. (more…)

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    Two charged with fraudulently purchasing U.T.V.

    From Stafford County Sheriff’s Office:

    On March 23, 2017, at 11:45 a.m., Fredericksburg Motor Sports alerted the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office of a female who was attempting to purchase a UTV (Utility Task Vehicle) while using another person’s identity. Detective Ed McCullough and Detective Robert Firkin were assigned to the investigation.

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    Expect overnight work on I-95 ramp at Dale Boulevard

    From VDOT: 

    A portion of the ramp from southbound I-95 to Dale Blvd (Route 784) will be closed the nights of Tuesday, March 28 through Friday, March 31 for tree clearing related to the ramp realignment project, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

    The ramp will be closed between the Potomac Mills Road spur ramp and Dale Boulevard according to the following schedule:

    • Tuesday, March 28 through Thursday, March 30: 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
    • Friday, March 31: 10 p.m. to 9 a.m.

    Traffic will be detoured via Potomac Mills Road and Gideon Drive back to Dale Boulevard.

    All work is weather permitting.

    The project will realign the ramp and add a traffic signal so that traffic from southbound I-95 can merge more safely onto westbound Dale Boulevard. The project is scheduled for completion in summer 2017.

                                 

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    Haymarket enters lease for 5 new police SUVs

    HAYMARKET, Va. — The town of Haymarket will lease five new police SUVs and replace its current mismatched fleet of police cars.

    The town will pay $149,390 for five 2017 Ford Police Interceptor Utility Vehicles that will be delivered all at once. A five-year loan from the Virginia Association of Counties, with about a 2% interest rate will be used to fund the new cars.

    Each new car will cost $29,878, and all will need to be fitted with new lights, sirens, radios, cages and radios at the total cost of $40,000. That money is already in the town’s budget and will not be rolled inot the loan.

    The town originally budgeted to purchase one new police car a year for the next five years. Leaders chose a “municipal leasing” program that does not penalize the town for placing high mileage on the new vehicles, or for any damages that they could incur while being use to patrol the streets.

    The SUVs will all have matching paint and reflective decals and offer the officers inside more room to work in the front, and more space to store gear in the rear. It also provides more room for the prisoner in the back seat. Over the years, the role of Haymarket police officers has evolved from watching for speeders on Route 15 near Interstate 66 to paroling more inside the village’s main street.

    “Even though the highway is in our jurisdiction, 95 percent of what we do is in town,” said Haymarket Police Chief Kevin Lands. “The focus of this council and this mayor is to make Haymarket a walking town, so we have to slow traffic on Washington Street.” (more…)

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    Updated: Human remains found belong to missing Manassas area man

    From Prince William police: 

    Death Investigation *VICTIM IDENTIFIED – Detectives from the Homicide Unit have positively identified the body located on March 27 along the creek bed of Bull Run near the 7500 block of Ben Lomond Park Dr in Manassas (20109).

    The victim was previously reported as missing and endangered on March 26. Detectives are currently working in conjunction with the Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the exact cause of death. There is no public threat or need for concern from the surrounding community as this incident does not appear to be random and no foul play is suspected at this time. The investigation continues.

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    The victim has been identified as Roger GONZALEZ, 23, of Manassas

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    Police found human remains along the Bull Run River today. 

    From Prince William police: 

    Death Investigation – On March 27 around 11:30AM, officers located human remains while conducting a canvass along the creek bed of Bull Run near the 7500 block of Ben Lomond Park Dr in Manassas (20109). The remains were recovered then transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office for further examination and identification.

    The identity of the deceased will be released once confirmed and next of kin is notified. There is no public threat or need for concern from the surrounding community as this incident does not appear to be random and no foul play is suspected at this time.

    More information will be released when available. The investigation continues.

    A search and rescue team searching for a missing endangered person stumbled upon the unidentified remains. 

    “Officers with our search and rescue team along with the assistance of a bloodhound were looking for the missing endangered person from last night when they discovered the remains,” stated Prince Willliam police spokesman Nathan Probus.

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    Verbal altercation results in attempted malicious wounding with axe

    From Prince William County Police:

    Attempted Malicious Wounding | Domestic Related – On March 23 at 5:12 p.m., officers responded to a residence located in the 8700 block of Yorkshire Lane in Manassas to investigate a domestic incident.

    The investigation revealed that the victim, a 65-year-old man of Manassas, and the accused, a family member, were involved in a verbal altercation that escalated. During the encounter, the accused grabbed a small axe and attempted to strike the victim. (more…)

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    Beville Middle School holds color run

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     Beville Middle School hosted a Color Run this past Saturday. The race began at 8:30 a.m.

    Color Run is a 5K fun run for all ages and fitness abilities. The route for Saturday’s race wound from the middle school west along Dale Boulevard, left onto Mapledale Avenue, then onto Lindendale Road, then back to the school. Along the route, participants pass through color zones. A powder color packet is thrown in the air at the final color celebration at the finish line.

    A total of 315 runners and 45 volunteers participated in the event. 

    Volunteers helped to put on the event, and they included participants from Zeta Phi Beta (Phi Kappa Zeta Chapter of Woodbridge sorority), Garfield High School JROTC, Beville PTSO, and the Dale City Civic Association.Giant, Subway, Wegmans, Modell’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods all helped sponsor the event.

    Giant, Subway, Wegmans, Modell’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods all helped sponsor the event.

    Beville Middle School is located at 4901 Dale Boulevard in Dale City.

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    If amended bill passes, coal ash closure process at Possum Point could slow

    Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe amended a bill that would give more time to communities facing the possibility of a cap-in-place closure of a coal ash pond.

    Bill SB1398 by State Senator Scott Surrovell (D-Fairfax, Prince William, Stafford) placed a one-year moratorium on the permitting of coal ash ponds int the state. This would give residents and elected leaders in Prince William County more time to evaluate whether or not a plan to close by capping a coal ash pond at the Possum Point Power Station near Dumfries is feasible and environmentally sound.

    Before making it to the governor’s desk, the General Assembly stripped the moratorium provision from the bill. The bill, which addresses the closure of coal ash ponds across the state, will go back to the Senate on April 5 where it will again be voted on with the governor’s amendments. If it passes, it heads back to the House of Delegates.

    “This is a problem that states across the U.S. are trying to solve in their own ways: what to do about these coal ash ponds,” said Surrovell. (more…)

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    Health department needs volunteers for hypertension and diabetes prevention program

    Good morning Prince William – TOPSoccer is looking for volunteers to help on Saturday mornings at the Vint Hill Gym. This program provides safe, fun and inclusive environment for children with development issues to enjoy the game of soccer. This promises to be a very fun Saturday morning. Please email Beth to learn more at: bbrooks2umcgrace.org

    · The Retired and Senior Volunteer program has an urgent need for Meals on Wheels drivers to deliver the noon meal in both the Manassas and Woodbridge areas. It’s a super 2 hours or so while you provide a warm meal and check on their welfare. This program is for individuals age 55+, have valid driver’s license and proper insurance. A small mileage stipend is available as well training. Please email Jan at: jhawkins@volunteerprincewilliam.org to learn more.

    · The PW Medicare Counseling Program is looking for volunteers with basic computer skills to help in the office 4 hours a week. You must be 18 yrs. +, complete certification training, State Police background check and commit to a minimum 6 month commitment. Please call Melody at (703) 792-4583 to learn more. Volunteers cannot be a licenses insurance agent or consultant.

    · The Prince William Health Department is looking for volunteers to help with their hypertension and diabetes prevention program. Hours are flexible, training is provided with successful background check. Please email Valda at: valda.wisdombrown@vdh.virginia.gov to learn more. (more…)

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