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Manassas man charged with abduction, impersonating law enforcement

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On April 26, the Prince William police responded to a call from an apartment on Camfield Court in Manassas to investigate an assault.

The victim, a 26-year old woman, told officers that she and the suspect, 25-year old Stephen Kwaku Buadu, were involved in a verbal alteraction, said Prince William police.

A statement from Prince William police said that after the initial incident, Buadu knocked on the door of the victim, identifying himself as a police officer. 

When the victim opened the door, Buadu held her against her will and assaulted her, said Prince William police.

Buadu fled the scene before officers arrive. No injuries were reported. 

Following their investigation, Prince William police arrested Buadu without incident. He is currently being charged with abduction, domestic assault and battery and impersonating a law enforcement officer and is being held without bond.

 

Coal ash pond at Possum Point Power Station outside Dumfries will be drained

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A pond used to store coal ash in Prince William County will be drained into Quantico Creek.

Dominion Virginia Power says it no longer uses coal to generate electricity at the Possum Point Power Station near Dumfries, and tho of its other power plants in Virginia.

Coal ash is what’s left over after coal is burned to generate electricity.

Dominion says once water inside the ponds at Possum Point has been deemed safe and complies with new EPA and Virginia Department of Environmental Quality rules, the water will be drained.

The waters of Quantico Creek flow into the Potomac River.

Here’s more in a press release:

The company will close ponds at four locations in Virginia: Bremo Power Station in Fluvanna County, Chesapeake Energy Center inChesapeake, Chesterfield Power Station in Chesterfield County, and Possum Point Power Station in Prince William County. 

Coal ash is the remainder left after coal is burned to generate electricity. In recent years, Dominion has closed or converted to cleaner fuel five coal-fired power stations serving Virginia. Nearly two-thirds of the electricity produced by Dominion’s generation serving the state now comes from carbon-free nuclear generation, clean-burning natural gas and renewables.

The company no longer uses coal as a fuel at its Bremo, Chesapeake and Possum Point power stations.

The pond at Possum Point will be drained and covered with an impermeable liner. Then 24 inches of soil will be placed where water once was. Grass seed or sod will then be placed on top of the soil, depending upon rules set up by Virginia DEQ.

A Dominion Virginia Power spokesman said he could not accommodate a request from Potomac Local to view the pond due to an outage causing safety issues in the area. The company offered to send a submitted photo of the pond, and said a photographer would be permitted to access the site once the safety issues had been resolved. .

The Possum Point Power Station on the bank of the Potomac River generates electricity by using natural gas, oil, and a dual fired combined cycle unit that uses natural gas converted from coal.

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“Movie Night” on the Manassas Museum lawn May 15

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On May 15, the Baldwin Elementary School PTO will be hosting their annual Family Movie Night on the Manassas Museum lawn.

The movie – Paddington Bear – will begin at 8:15 p.m. 

Entry to the movie is free for all participants.

Prior to the movie, residents can take part in lawn games at 6:30 p.m. with the OHS Community Action Athletes, OHS Honors History Club, OHS, Mayfield & Metz Robotics teams, Premier Martial Arts and the NOVA Music Center Conga drum line.

Pizza, hot dogs, popcorn, candy, chips and other food items will be available to purchase with cash. All food and drink sales will benefit the Baldwin Elementary PTO.

If there is rain, the event will be rescheduled for May 29.  

Should government seize your property without a criminal conviction?

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In 2012, Mandrel Stuart, the 35-year-old owner of a small Staunton barbecue business, was stopped for a routine traffic violation in Fairfax County. In his vehicle was $17,550 in cash from his business that was going to be used for payroll and other expenses. Without being convicted of a crime, the Fairfax County Police Officer took the $17,550 under the authority of the current Virginia Asset Forfeiture laws.

He rejected a settlement for half his money, demanding a jury trial. He eventually got all of his money back, but lost his business because he didn’t have cash to pay his costs. Currently a local sheriff or police officer can seize your property without a criminal conviction. In fact you can be found not guilty of the criminal charge and the forfeiture action could continue.

Delegate Mark Cole, representing the 88th District which includes parts of Stafford and Spotsylvania Counties, is leading the fight against this practice with HB1287.

“Current Virginia law allows for seizure of personal property without a criminal conviction. My legislation would require criminal conviction before property could be taken,” said Delegate Mark Cole. I believe most commonwealth’s attorneys, sheriffs, and police are using the system responsibly,” Cole said. “However, there is the potential for abuse and it is fundamentally un-American for the government to take someone’s property when they have not been convicted of a crime. This legislation will protect property owners from potential misuse or abuse of the state asset forfeiture provisions.”

And why would there be potential misuse and abuse of this power? The state collected an average of $7.2 million a year between 2000 and 2008 by seizing cash and selling property involved in suspected drug-related activity, according to the Institute for Justice. Keep Reading…

First quarter campaign funds show competitive race in Virginia’s 29th district

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The cScreen Shot 2015-04-01 at 11.26.47 AMampaign finance reports for the three Democratic primary candidates in Virginia’s 29th Senate district – Jeremy McPike, Delegate Michael Futrell and Atif Qarni – show that the race is going to be very competitive.

“What these numbers show is, is that we are looking at a competitive race for this Democratic nomination,” said Stephen Farnsworth, professor and director at the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington.

According to the State Board of Elections website, McPike reported $50,000, Qarni reported $35,743 and Futrell reported $31,716 for this first quarter.

“All three [candidates] have shown an ability to raise roughly comparable amounts of money, which will enable them to spend roughly comparable amounts of money – yard signs, and flyers,” said Farnsworth.

Farnsworth stated that while money is typically very important in political races in Virginia, given that the race is a primary, and all three candidates have raised similar amounts – money is not the most important factor right now.

“The turn out in primaries is very, very low in Virginia. As a result, you have to spend a significant amount of energy to convince people to support you – and then after that – you have to spend a significant amount of money after spending [a lot] of energy, to get them to turn out. So it’s a doubly difficult task to win in a primary…Fundraising will intensify in the weeks ahead as more people start to think about the primaries,” said Farnsworth.

All three candidates will be taking part in a primary debate, hosted by Potomac Local, on May 18.

Sprinkler bursts at Manassas senior home

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Fire and rescue crews were called to Amerisist of Manassas on Saturday.

A sprinkler head inside the building broke and water spewed inside the facility. No one was injured, said Manasass City spokeswoman Patty Prince.

Amerisist in Manassas is located at 10410 Hastings Drive.

Amerisist operates seven locations in Virginia. All are assisted living homes for senior citizens.

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Public hearing for $12.9B in road improvements on April 30

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The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will be holding a public hearing for the Six-Year Improvement Program (SYIP) on April 30 in Fredericksburg.

The hearing will be held at 6 p.m. at the Germanna Community College location in Fredericksburg.

The SYIP outlines road improvements that VDOT plans to support in the area from fiscal years 2016 to 2021, said a VDOT release. 

The Commonwealth Transportation Board released their draft of the SYIP on April 15, which outlines almost 3,000 transportation projects to be completed over the 6-year period – totaling $12.9 billion. 

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Power outage in Triangle effects 1,900 residents

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More than 1,900 customers have been effected.
Dominion Power is fixing the outage.
Police blocked off the scene of the accident.
A power utility pole will be replaced.

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According to Prince William County Police spokesperson Jonathan Perok, the driver in the vehicle that crashed into the utility pole in Triangle has been charged with a DUI.

A resident stated that the power had been out since 2:30 a.m.

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Two outages in Triangle have left more than 1,900 customers without power.

According to Dominion Power, the energy supplier for the area, there are two outages in the Graham Park area.

The first outage has effected 1,902 customers, due to a vehicle accident, said Dominion Power’s outage map. The expected restoration time for the outage is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

The second outage has effected 21 customers, due to emergency work on the scene, according to Dominion Power’s outage map. The expected restoration time from the outage is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Workers from Dominion Power are on the scene at the intersection of Olde Port Lane and Graham Park Road, replacing two power poles that were down.  

Prince William County Public Schools experienced bus delays at several schools in the area due to the road closures where Dominion Power was fixing the downed lines. 

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Updated: Stafford shooting victim an FBI employee

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The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office says they have their suspect in an early morning shooting in the county: 

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that Antoine Gray Johnson, age 26, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland has been charged with 1 Count of 1st Degree Murder and 1 Count of Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony.  Johnson is currently in the process of being incarcerated at the Rappahannock Regional Jail. 

Johnson knew is victim, 29-year-old Jeremy Brown, according to investigators. 

The victim has been identified as Jeremy Brown, age 29 of 110 Abbey Lane in Stafford County.  Officer Brown, a police officer with the FBI Police, was leaving his residence at 5:01 this morning, in uniform, when he was confronted by Antoine Johnson.  Officer Brown and Antoine Johnson knew each other.  Gun shots were exchanged during the confrontation and Officer Brown was killed.  Stafford deputies responded immediately and were able to get a description of Johnson as well as the vehicle he was driving from witnesses in the neighborhood.  The reason for the confrontation is part of the ongoing investigation.

Following the shooting, police tracked their suspect to Dahlgren. 

Local jurisdictions were notified of the incident as well as a description of the suspect and the vehicle he was driving.  In 20 minutes a deputy from the King George County Sheriff’s Office spotted Antoine Johnson and his vehicle in the area of Caledon Road and Dahlgren Road, and he was subsequently taken into custody in the Route 301, Dahlgren area. Located in the vehicle was a handgun of the same caliber that was used in the homicide.  Stafford detectives’ investigation during the day clearly indicated that Antoine Johnson was responsible for the homicide.

Authorities say this is an isolated incident. 

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Jeremy Brown, 29, was killed in a shooting this morning in Stafford County. Brown served 5 and a half years in the FBI Police, according to Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

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The victim in this morning’s shooting is an FBI employee, according to Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

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One person is dead this morning in the White Oak section of Stafford County.

Shots rang out at a home on Clint Lane at 5:01 a.m. Monday, April 27. Sheriff’s investigators found a male suffering a fatal gunshot wound.

“Currently Stafford detectives and deputies are on scene investigating.  There is no further danger to the community,” stated sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy in a press release.

School bus drivers this morning were routed around the area affected by the investigation. A message went out to residents notifying them of the shooting, according to Kennedy.

Clint Lane is off Town and County Drive, just off the busy White Oak Road in southern Stafford County.

Motorcyclist flown to hospital after Stafford crash

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A driver of a motorcycle was airlifted to Inova Fairfax Hospital after crashing his bike in Stafford’s Lake Arrowhead neighborhood.

The crash occurred shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday when the driver of the bike was traveling on Beech Drive toward Lakeside Drive. The biker was rounding a curve when he lost control of his bike and slid off the road. The bike landed near a tree. Witnesses said the biker was found about 20 yards away from the bike and was unresponsive.

Speed appears to be factor in the crash.

The biker was identified by witnesses as Mike Wells. He was said to be in his 20s.

Friends described Wells as an experienced bike rider.

Wells was flown from nearby Rockhill Volunteer Fire Department. Virginia State Police are investigating the crash.

 

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