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Two men arrested, narcotics found in car in Haymarket

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On the morning of May 5, Haymarket police officers responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle on Lea Berry Way in Haymarket.

According to Haymarket police, when officers made contact and searched the car, they saw what they suspected to be narcotics, and items used with narcotics.

Two individuals, 33-year old Liden man James Boardwine, and 37-year old Front Royal man Glenn Sovereign were arrested. 

Boardwine is being charged with possession of a Schedule I or II controlled substance with intent to distribute and possession of controlled paraphernalia.

Sovereign is being charged with possession of controlled paraphernalia.

Electrical fire in Manassas causes $15K in damages

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Yesterday evening, Prince William fire and rescue crews responded to a call for a commercial fire on Sudley Road in Manassas.

According to Prince William fire and rescue, responders discovered the fire in an electrical room. They were able to put out the fire, and the fire did not extend to any other rooms.

No one was injured.

The Fire Marshal’s Office has estimated the damages at $15,000, stated Prince William fire and rescue.

The cause of the fire was electrical, and is being considered accidental.

After the fire was put out, NOVEC was able to secure the electrical service on the site.

 

 

 

 

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Lake Manassas still closed, Manassas police to increase patrols

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The Manassas City police have issued a reminder that residents are not allowed to use Lake Manassas, as it is not open to the public.

Lake Manassas is a 770-acre body of water near Gainesville and it is the primary source of the city’s drinking water, said a Manassas police release.

While the lake was previously monitored and open for public use, the city decided to close off access to the lake in 2004.

According to a police release, the closure occurred due to concerns about homeland security and several invasive species that had come into the area. Additionally, the lake has remained closed because of the inability to monitor the safety of residents using the area, said Manassas city police.

Due to the warmer weather, which may draw more residents out onto the property, the Manassas City police will be conducting extra patrols on the grounds and on the water.

Free flan, flowers for Mother’s Day

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Pollo Campero, a Latin chicken restaurant chain, will be celebrating Mother’s Day this Sunday by giving mothers a free dessert and flowers.

Any mothers that stop by one of the Pollo Campero locations on Sunday will get a free flan dessert and a fresh flower, said a release.

According to a release, Campero’s flan is a vanilla custard topped with caramelized sugar.

Here are the participating area locations:

 

Woodbridge

14083 Jefferson Davis Blvd.

Alexandria

7705 Richmond Hwy.

Manassas announces details on primary election for June 9

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On June 9, a Democratic primary election will be held for Virginia’s 29th Senate district in the City of Manassas.

The incumbent, Senator Chuck Colgan, will not be seeking reelection.

There are three candidates running in the primary for the Democratic nomination – Atif Qarni, Jeremy McPike and Delegate Michael Futrell.

According to a city release, the polls will open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

In order to vote in person, or file an absentee ballot, voters must bring a valid Virginia driver’s license, a DMV issued photo ID card, a valid United States passport, a valid employee photo ID card, a government-issued photo ID card, or a valid Virginia college or university student photo ID card, said a city release.

The city stated that if a voter does not have any form of photo ID, they should go to the Voter Registration office to obtain a free photo ID card.

Absentee voting began on April 24. The last day to register to vote in the primary is May 18.

June 2 is the deadline to request a mailed absentee ballot, and June 6 is the last day to vote absentee in-person.

 

Library Foundation gives libraries $14K for books, iPads

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The Prince William Public Library Foundation, an area non-profit, has awarded the Prince William library system more then $14,000 to fund two new programs.

The first program, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, is a national early literacy program. The program provides books and ways to incorporate reading into a family routine. With the Library Foundation’s full funding of the program, around 2,000 preschoolers will be able to participate within the first year, said a release.

The second program coming to the Prince William public library system is the introduction of Apple iPads for use with electronic reading apps. All of the county’s libraries, including the upcoming Haymarket Gainesville and Montclair Community libraries, will be equipped with the iPads.

In addition to the reading apps, librarians will be able to instruct residents on how to use the device, and use them as tools during other program activities at the libraries, said a release.

“We are overjoyed with the Foundation’s leadership in funding two indispensable programs such as early literacy and electronic assistance. I can’t thank Bryanna [Altman, Foundation Board President] and the rest of the Board enough for their continued support,” commented Connie Gilman, the Prince William Public Library System director.

Stafford man goes missing, last seen near Howard University

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The Stafford sheriff’s office is requesting assistance to locate a missing Stafford resident, 33-year old Lance Calvin Buckley.

According to a Stafford sheriff’s office release, Buckley was last seen at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, when he was dropped off at the Staffordboro Commuter Lot. Buckley slugs to Howard University from the commuter lot each day.

The Stafford sheriff’s office stated that Buckley’s wife received a text from him at 10:16 a.m. from the area near the university, which appeared to be written by him, but Buckley did not arrive at a meeting scheduled for 12 p.m. later that day. His family has not heard from Buckley since the text message.

Buckley is being described as a while male, 5’11”, 150 pounds with brown hair. The Stafford sheriff’s office stated that he was last seen wearing blue jeans, a dark colored t-shirt and gray Converse sneakers.

The sheriff’s office is asking that anyone with information on his whereabouts should call their office at 540-658-4400, or Crime Solvers at 540-659-2020.

More breweries, distillery plan to open in Prince William

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Growling Bear Brewery is opening in July.
The brewery will serve 12 craft beers made on site.
MurLarkey Distilled Spirits is opening this month.

In the next few months, a brewery and a distillery will open their doors in Prince William County.

Growling Bear Brewery

The microbrewery, Growling Bear Brewery, will be located at 14051 Crown Court in Woodbridge. The owners plan to open in the beginning of July.

According to the brewery owner, Mike Blivens, the idea to open the brewery came from his own experience with brewing at home.

“I’ve been a home brewer since 1998. I kind of got sick of my corporate job and figured I was going to go into something where I would enjoy going into work that I have a passion for,” said Blivens.

Growling Bear will offer 12 craft beers that are made on site, using equipment shipped over from Germany.

Blivens said that they plan to offer 4 core beers that they carry year round, 4 seasonal beers and 4 experimental beers.

“We are going to specialize in dark beers, and try to have at least four dark beers on tap all year long. A lot of breweries don’t do that for some reason – people stay away from dark beers until wintertime. But we tend to see that a little differently,” commented Blivens.

The brewery will offer a small menu, and they will be looking to have different food trucks come to the site during the weekends for customers looking to have some food with their beverages.

MurLarkey Distilled Spirits

On 7961 Gainsford Court in Bristow, co-owner Tom Murray is opening MurLarkey Distilled Spirits that will open its doors this month.

The distillery is located in the former Ferguson Electric building just off Wellington Road.

For Murray, the thought of opening up a local distillery was one that he had for a long time.

“I’m a former technology executive. My cousin and I founded the company [for the distillery] in 2013…it’s something that we’ve always been interested in…and it’s something we’ve been considering for a while,” said Murray.

At the distillery, they will be making hand-crafted vodka, as well as three varieties of infused whiskeys.

“We are using some traditional recipes that our grandparents brought over from Ireland,” Murray said.

Murray stated that while there is currently no ability to serve food, they would be working to do so in the future. There will also be a tasting area and special events on site.

More on the way 

Growling Bear Brewery will encompass 2,150 square feet of space inside the Prince William Commons business park near BJs wholesale club.

Mularkey Distilled Spirits will have 4,322 square feet of space when it opens.

In Woodbridge, county records show a Hard Times Café located in the Potomac Festival shopping center across from Potomac Mills mall applied for county permits to become Ornery Beer Company Public House. That’s a change from its usual fare of chili macs and billiards.

The new breweries and distilleries join similar businesses in Manassas that opened their doors for the first time or expanded their operation. BadWolf Brewery chose to expand in Manassas after Prince William County officials halted a possible expansion at the Tackett’s Mill Center in Lake Ridge due to rules on still on the books last fall.

County officials later changed their rules to allow craft breweries and distilleries to open in popular shopping centers.

KO Distillery in Manassas held its ribbon cutting this past winter, and several new breweries opened in Stafford County, too.

Brush fires plague Garrisonville businesses

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Fire fighters inspect and extinguish a second mulch fire by Alliance Physical Therapy on May 4.  [KJ Mushung/Stafford Local News]

Fire fighters inspect and extinguish a second mulch fire by Alliance Physical Therapy on May 4.
[KJ Mushung/Stafford Local News]

Several small brush fires occurred along Garrisonville Road in North Stafford yesterday, two of them in the same place but hours apart. 

The first incident was a mulch fire on the side of the building where Alliance Physical Therapy is located in the North Stafford Plaza shopping center at around 3:15 p.m. 

Two hours later, the Stafford County Fire and Rescue Department headed to a brushfire at 627 Garrisonville Road, in the area of Barton & Williams School of Dance.

Minutes after that call, another came in for a bush on fire in the parking lot of Home Depot in the Doc Stone Shopping Center. The main concern about this incident was that the burning bush was near parked cars. 

Around the same time as the Home Depot parking lot fire, a mulch fire by Alliance Physical Therapy, in the same location as before, was reported. 

A Home Depot employee said this was the bush that fire fighters doused earlier that evening. The ground around it was still wet. [KJ Mushung/Stafford Local News]

A Home Depot employee said this was the bush that fire fighters doused earlier that evening. The ground around it was still wet.
[KJ Mushung/Stafford Local News]

Each fire was extinguished in minutes. 

Although the causes of these fires have not been determined, Assistant Fire Chief Mark Doyle said that a lot of times in these situations the fire department will find “improper disposal of smoking materials” to be the cause. Since so few businesses allow smoking inside, people will go outside to smoke and then throw the cigarette on the ground. Sometimes the cigarette is burned up in the subsequent fire, so there’s no evidence to find. 

Man wanted after robbing BP station in Manassas

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On the evening of May 2, Prince William police responded to a call at the BP Service Station on Sudley Road in Manassas for a robbery.

A Prince William police release said that employees told officers that the suspect entered the service station and approached the counter. At the counter, the suspect displayed a handgun and demanded money and cigarettes from the cashier, said Prince William police.

No one was injured.

A K-9 unit was used to look for the suspect, who is still at-large.

According to Prince William police, the suspect is being described as a white male between 25 and 29-years old, 5’7”, 150 pounds with a thin build and tattoos on his neck and hand.

He was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with “Virginia” written on it in white letters, gray sweatpants, black shoes and a black hat with “K” written on the front.

The Prince William police are asking residents with any information to come forward.

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