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Two adults, 3 children taken to hospital after blaze

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On Friday, March 24th at 2:36 a.m., fire and rescue units were dispatched to a structure fire in a single-family home located in the 11200 block of Ramrod Road in Woodbridge.

Upon arrival, firefighters encountered the home fully involved in flames. As fire and rescue crews initiated defensive and rural water operations to extinguish the fire, they were informed all occupants had safely evacuated the home; 5 escaped through a second-story window onto the roof of the front porch and 2 from the basement.

Of the seven occupants, 2 adults and 3 children, were transported to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

A Building Official was on scene and has posted the home unsafe.

According to the Fire Marshal’s Office, damages are estimated at $525,000, a total loss.

The fire started on the outside of the home caused by improper discarding of smoking materials.

Prince William County Fire and Rescue Chief Kevin McGee urges residents to take precautions when using smoking materials. 

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VDOT looks at extending I-95 Express Lanes to Fredericksburg

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — From 50,000 feet, the 10-mile stretch of the Interstate 95 E-ZPass Express Lanes proposed by the Virginia Department of Transportation is known as “Component 3A” of the Atlantic Gateway project launched by Governor Terry McAuliffe (D-VA) last year.

From ground level, the new express lanes extension proposal is a step in the right direction according to Lorenza Cooper who said: “they’re not extending is as far as it needs to go.” Cooper, was one of the attendees looking over the express lanes maps and fliers at a VDOT public information meeting March 21 at Freedom High School in Woodbridge. He is a Stafford resident that uses the existing lanes when he has to but admits the tolls are something he’s not comfortable with. “I only take small segments since it’s so expensive,” Cooper said.

The 10-mile extension VDOT will run from Route 610 in North Stafford to Route 17 in, just north of the Rappahannock River outside Fredericksburg. There are three major access points in the new plan: at Russell Road near Quantico; Courthouse Road, or Exit 140; and Route 17. The Russell Road access point isn’t even in the new stretch but is needed for those headed to Quantico. As with the other express lanes on I-95 and I-495, there are tolls for vehicles with one or two occupants, but those with three or more can ride toll-free.

The meeting was just to test the waters and let residents know what is on the planning tables, said VDOT spokesperson Kelly Hannon. (more…)

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    Bank robbery suspects arrested, connection to additional robberies under investigation

    From Prince William County Police:

    Attempted Bank Robbery ARREST – Upon further investigation into the reported attempted bank robbery which occurred at the BB&T Bank located at 13920 Noblewood Plz in Woodbridge on March 22, detectives have charged the driver of the suspect vehicle involved, identified as James Robert MOTON.

    The passenger in the same vehicle, identified as William Howard ROBINSON, was also arrested on an unrelated charge. The investigation continues into this incident and possible connections to other additional robberies in Prince William County. Additional charges are pending. (more…)

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    Man previously sought for aggravated sexual battery arrested

    From Prince William Police Department:

    Aggravated Sexual Battery *ARREST – On March 21, Eduyn Misael BELTRAN-ROMERO turned himself into police without incident at the Adult Detention Center in Manassas. The accused was wanted for a sexual assault which occurred at a residence in Dumfries in July of 2016.

    Arrested on March 21:
    Eduyn Misael BELTRAN-ROMERO, 43, of no fixed address
    Charged with aggravated sexual battery and production of child pornography
    Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond (more…)

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    Drug Store employee arrested for embezzlement

    From Stafford County Sheriff’s Office:

    On March 21, 2017, at 7:09 p.m., Deputy C.N. Mireles responded to a larceny at the Rite Aid located at 1095 International Parkway. When he arrived he met the loss prevention officer who advised a store employee, Tyra Powell, had been making suspicious returns of store merchandise. The loss prevention officer stated Ms. Powell would ring up a cash sale and if the customer failed to take the receipt, would use it to fictitiously return the item and pocket the cash. These returns had occurred as many as nine times on eight different days in March. (more…)

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    Attempted robbery at Woodbridge bank, police detain two suspects

    From Prince William County Police:

    Attempted Bank Robbery – On March 22 at 9:41 a.m., officers responded to the BB&T Bank located at 13920 Noblewood Plz in Woodbridge to investigate a robbery. An employee reported to police that an unknown man approached the bank area then passed a note demanding money. When the teller refused, the suspect fled the bank possibly in a vehicle. No injuries were reported.

    A short time later, a responding officer observed the suspect vehicle driving on Opitz Blvd near Potomac Center Blvd. Officers initiated a traffic stop and detained the driver and a passenger believed to be involved in the attempted bank robbery. The investigation continues and further information will be released when available.

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    Man arrested for attempted malicious wounding of two Stafford Deputies

    From Stafford County Sheriff’s Office:

    On March 20, 2017, at 11:54 p.m., Deputy W.C. Betush was stopped in the parking lot of 1739 Jefferson Davis Highway when a Honda CRV pulled into the lot and parked approximately 10 feet away from his marked cruiser. Deputy Betush felt that the subject was possibly in need of assistance and he exited his cruiser in order to speak with the driver. (more…)

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    Mikes Diner demolished to make way for wider Stafford Route 610

    A backhoe ripped through Mikes Diner on Monday, what was one of the only independently owned restaurants in North Stafford. 

    The staple eatery popular with its regulars for its breakfast is demolished to make room for a wider Route 610. 

    An unsuccessful effort was launched last year to save the diner from demolition. 

    Also demolished this week was a house that sat across the street from Mikes Diner. It, too, was taken so that Garrisonville Road can be widened from four to six lanes between Onville and Eustace roads. 

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    Holiday Inn Express North Stafford part of growing ‘select service’ hotel catering to business travelers

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    It’s been about a month since the Wingate Inn in North Stafford changed its name to Holiday Inn Express, and there’s already been a noticeable improvement.

    The rooms are completely renovated, and the pool went from a chlorine-filled swimming hole to a salt water oasis, and the continental breakfast is now anything but bland.

    The changes are part of an $6 million renovation project at the hotel located the heart of North Staford, across from Stafford Marketplace. Changing the brand of the hotel was a significant move to attract and cater to business travelers.

    “If we’re going to do a full renovation we’re going to go for a higher brand,” said Amal Lambaraa, Managing Director of Lambaraa Hospitality LLC at the Holiday Inn Express in North Stafford.

    The new name not only means fresh linens and a brighter coat of paint. It means a better, healthier complimentary breakfast with low-calorie pancakes, waffles, and grab-and-go healthy options like fruit and gourmet coffee.

    “Some days, the breakfast you take away can also be your lunch. You can take your food with you, and that prevents you from needing to run out to a gas station to get food or coffee,” added Lambarra.

    There is over $1 billion in new hotel construction happening across Virginia right now. Leading the pack are these types of “select service” hotels. (more…)

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    Traffic accident leads to muliple charges

    From Stafford County Sheriff’s Office:

    On March 19, 2017, at 1:24 a.m. Deputy M. R. Flick responded to a reported hit and run in the area of 2862 Jefferson Davis Highway behind McDonald’s.

    Upon arrival, Deputy Flick observed a silver Nissan situated on top of a median. He also observed uprooted shrubs and a broken McDonald’s entrance sign. There were two male subjects standing near the Nissan’s driver’s door. As he approached, one of the males walked away. (more…)

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