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NOVA picks up $14,000 tab for coder boot camp giving transitioning military members new skills, job options

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Missing your child’s baseball game because you’re stuck in traffic: There’s an app for that.

It’s called the Interactive Scorebook, and it was developed at the Workforce Development Center in Woodbridge as part of an intensive 14-week coding boot camp. The application can be used to score games, pinpoint players on the diamond, and to post the data for real-time monitoring for those who can’t make it to the field.

“If you’ve ever scored a baseball game, there’s a lot of paper involved. We’ve eliminated all of that, and we’ve made it more user-friendly,” said the application’s developer Kevin Allen.

Later, he and his partner Olympew Jordan might add more features like the current weather on the field, a text message function to alert parents to canceled games, or a feature that allows team moms to coordinate who is bringing the snacks. (more…)

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Members of a Manassas homeless community told fire investigators someone was burning their tents

From Prince William County Fire and Rescue Department press release: 

On April 21, the Fire Marshal’s Office received a complaint from a member of the Sudley Road/Lomond Drive homeless community indicating that people were vandalizing other members of the homeless community’s tents and personal belongings by means of fire. Investigators from the Prince William County Fire Marshal’s Office developed a suspect and obtained a warrant for SHAVONIA “Mi Mi” EAFFORD.

During the course of a witness interview, Fire Marshals determined that the same suspect also threatened the life of the witness by means of fire, and illegally burned the witness’ property.

Arrest warrants were obtained and executed by the Fire Marshal’s Office and members of Prince William County Police Department.

Arrested on April 28th:
SHAVONIA “Mi Mi” EAFFORD, 21 years old, no fixed address.

Charged with Class 4 Felony 18.2-52 attempted malicious bodily injury by means of any caustic substance or agent or use of any explosive or fire, Class 1 Misdemeanor 18.2-81 burning or destroying personal property, standing grain, etc. by fire.

SHAVONIA EAFFORD is being held on $3000 bond and is currently at the Prince William/Manassas Regional Adult Detention Center.

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    Fire breaks out on roof of 800 Corporate Drive

    A fire broke out on the roof of a building inside the Quantico Corporate Center at Stafford. 

    Fire and rescue units from Prince William County and Quantico were called to help douse the blaze.

    A press release from Stafford County: 

    Stafford County Fire and Rescue units responded to an automatic alarm at 800 Corporate Drive this morning at 10:29 a.m. The building is a commercial office building in the Quantico Corporate Center. As units responded, dispatchers advised them that callers were reporting black smoke from the roof.

    The assignment was upgraded to a Commercial Fire with a request for a second alarm being transmitted. Fire and EMS units from Stafford County, Marine Corps Base Quantico and Prince William County responded to the incident. Upon arrival, the crews found smoke evident from the roof of a four-story building that was in the process of being evacuated.  The crews found a fire on the roof of the structure that was spreading across the area. The fire was ultimately contained to the roof and fourth floor of the structure. Smoke had traveled through all four floors making ventilation difficult. One civilian incurred non-life-threatening injuries during the event.

    Personnel operated on the scene for five hours assisting occupants and working to remove smoke from the structure. The damage to the building is estimated to be $400,000.

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    3 adults, 5 children, pet displaced by Woodbridge townhouse fire

    From Prince William Fire and Rescue: 

    On Thursday, April 27th at 2:51 p.m., fire and rescue units were dispatched to a townhouse fire located in the 2100 block of Gunsmith Terrace in Woodbridge.

    Upon arrival, firefighters observed smoke showing from the rear of the first and second floor. As fire and rescue crews made entry they encountered a small kitchen fire which was quickly extinguished.

    One occupant was transported to a local medical facility for minor injuries. No additional injuries reported.

    According to the Fire Marshal’s Office, the townhome sustained minimal damage estimated at $25,000. The Building Official has posted the home unsafe.

    Red Cross was on scene to assist the family, 3 adults, 5 children and their pet.

    The origin and cause of the fire was unattended cooking on a kitchen stove top and has been determined as accidental.

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    OmniRide buses will be delayed due to I-95 lane closures this weekend

    Riding OmniRide buses to the Franconia-Springfield Metro station this weekend? 

    A closure of two one southbound lanes of I-95 at the Neabsco Creek bridge near the Dale City rest area will cause delays for bus riders. 

    From the Potomac and Rappahannock Transit Agency: 

    All PRTC bus services that use I-95 and Route 1 may experience significant delays on Saturday, April 29 and Saturday, May 6 due to lane closures for bridge repair work on I-95 between Dale Boulevard and Cardinal Drive.

    During the weekend repair work, the Express Lanes will remain pointed southward. This is expected to cause delays for Prince William Metro Direct buses serving Franconia-Springfield Metro Station. It also will prompt many drivers to use Route 1, causing increased congestion for Saturday OmniLink buses on routes serving Dumfries, Woodbridge/Lake Ridge, and the Route 1 corridor.

    The Express Lanes are expected to be open for northbound traffic for the commute on Monday, May 1.

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    Woodbridge man, 18, charged with armed robbery

    From Prince William County Police:

    Armed Robbery *ARREST – On April 26, detectives from the Robbery Unit identified and arrested the suspect involved in the robbery which occurred in the area of Vantage Dr and John Diskin Cir in Woodbridge on April 25. The suspect, identified as Demetrious Jerome DONIGAN, was arrested without incident.

    Arrested on April 26:
    Demetrious Jerome DONIGAN, 18, of 15481 Chopawamsic Ct in Woodbridge
    Charged with robbery and use of a firearm in commission of a felony
    Court Date: June 5, 2017 |Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond (more…)

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    Prince William County police to host neighborhood watch training

    From Prince William County Police Department:

    The Crime Prevention Unit of the Prince William County Police Department is hosting a Neighborhood Watch training on Tuesday, May 2, at 7 p.m. The event should last about an hour.

    Has it been awhile since you and your Watch members were trained? Are you a new coordinator taking over an existing Watch, or a new coordinator looking for training for everyone in your neighborhood? If you answered “yes” to any of these, then this training is for you! (more…)

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    Manassas students fill up on ‘second-chance breakfast’

    It’s 9 a.m., and a quiet middle school cafeteria suddenly fills with the voices of hungry students making a dash for the breakfast line.

    On the menu: Mini blueberry pancakes, fruit, milk, and juice. Students walk through the line, grab their favorite quick-serve breakfast items and find a table to sit, eat, and chat with their friends.

    “I eat it every day. I love the pancakes,” said Christopher, 14.

    The students at Grace E. Metz Middle School in Manassas sit for about 10 minutes, scarf breakfast, and then it’s back to class.

    On Tuesday, Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe and State Sen. Jeremy McPike joined them to recognize a nutritional milestone: getting more children to eat school breakfast.

    The Manassas public school won its division in a contest to increase the number of students who eat breakfast. There were 19% more Metz students eating school breakfast between October and December 2016 versus the same time the year before. McAuliffe on Tuesday, along with “No Kid Hungry Virginia” announced the winners of the Virginia Breakfast Challenge, a campaign to increase school breakfast participation across the state. (more…)

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    Fare hikes, western maintenance facility funding comes with new PRTC budget

    Fare hikes are coming for bus riders in Prince William County.

    OmniRide commuters paying with SmarTrip will pay $6.90, up from $6.50, and cash fares are up from $8.75 to $9.20. A single ride on local OmniLink bus would increase to $1.55, up from $1.50. Overall, it’s an average 5% fare increase for the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission.

    There will also be service cuts to some routes, removing underused services such as the route between Manassas Junction shopping center and Manassas Mall, and the elimination of a route between Lindendale Road and the Dale City commuter lot on the system’s Navy Yard route.

    The eliminations and reroutings are expected to save PRTC $200,000. (more…)

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