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    Police: 6-year-old girl sexually assaulted by acquaintance multiple times since 2013

    From Prince William police: 

    Sexual Assault Investigation On September 23, detectives from the Special Victims Unit responded to investigate a sexual assault which was reported to have occurred at a residence located in Woodbridge (22191). The investigation revealed that the victim, a 6-year-old girl, was sexually assaulted by the accused, an acquaintance, on more than one occasion since 2013. The victim recently disclosed the assaults to a family member who contacted police. Following the investigation, detectives obtained warrants for the arrest of the accused, identified as Edgard Hernesto CRUZ. On September 27, CRUZ was located and arrested without incident leaving a residence in Woodbridge by members of the U.S. Marshals’ Fugitive Task Force.

    Arrested on September 27:

    Edgard Hernesto CRUZ, 25, of the 1700 block of Florida Ave in Woodbridge

    Charged with 2 counts of forcible sodomy, 1 count of object sexual penetration, 1 count of aggravated sexual battery, 1 count of indecent liberties by a custodian

    Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

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    Driver charged after woman riding killed while riding on mattress

    From Prince William police: 

    Fatal Crash Investigation *ARREST On September 27, investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit obtained warrants for the driver of the 2006 Chevrolet Express Van involved in the fatal crash which occurred in the area of Bent Grass Dr and Waverly Farm Dr in Haymarket on September 23. The accused, identified as Norma Guadron CANALES, turned herself into police without incident at the Western District Station in Manassas later that afternoon.

    Arrested on September 27: [No Photo Available]

    Norma Guadron CANALES, 41, of 1100 Friendship Way in Culpeper

    Charged with reckless driving and driving without a license

    Court date: October 15, 2016 | Bond: Released on a $5,000 unsecured bond

     

    Fatal Crash InvestigationOn September 23 at 6:42AM, investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit responded to the area of Bent Grass Dr and Waverly Farm Dr in Haymarket (20169) to investigate a single vehicle crash. The investigation revealed that the victim was riding on a mattress which was placed unsecured on top of a 2006 Chevrolet Express Van. While the van was traveling northbound on Waverly Farm Dr just south of Bent Grass Dr, the mattress and the victim separated from the top of the van. The victim was later pronounced dead at the scene. Speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in this crash. The driver of the van remained at the scene of the crash. Charges are pending for the driver of the Express Van. The investigation continues. 

    Identified:

    The passenger was identified as Sindy Zelaya GONZALEZ, 20, of Culpeper

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    SAT scores up in Prince William, still short of state average

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    From Prince William County Public Schools: 

    The newly released 2016 average of SAT scores for Prince William County Public School (PWCS) students was unchanged from last year, remaining above national averages. Over the past five years, PWCS student scores rose by a combined total of 17 points, largely matching the rise seen across Virginia, though falling short of the statewide average score.

      Reading Math Writing Combined Change Since 2011-12
    PWCS 513 507 487 1507 +17
    Nation 494 508 482 1484 -14
    Virginia 520 517 498 1535 +18

    Mulgrew noted that the number of PWCS students taking the SAT has increased by seven percent over the past five years, while statewide SAT participation dropped by six percent over the same period. “The increase in our SAT tests over the past few years is directly tied to our success in getting more students involved in rigorous AP, IB, and Cambridge courses,” he said. “Students who take courses like that are better prepared for college and for overall academic success.”

    Among notable achievements in this year’s SAT results, Four schoolsBrentsville, Freedom, Potomac, and Woodbridge, increased scores in all three areas, with Freedom and Potomac, the schools most in need of improvement, showing the largest gains;

    Osbourn Park increased in reading and writing; and

    Combined totals at Battlefield, Osbourn Park, and Patriot all exceeded state and national averages. Brentsville, Forest Park, and Woodbridge all exceeded national averages.

    At some schools, test participation decreased from last year because the released scores only go through January 2016. A new version of the SAT was introduced in March 2016. As of next

    September, College Board Reports for seniors will reflect performance on the new test and launch a new trend. The new test combines Critical Reading and Writing into one score.

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    Between 2 and 5 inches of rain expected, floods possible

    Our region is in for heavy rainfall over the next 48 hours. Between two and five inches of rain could fall across the area. 

    From the National Weather Service: 

    ...FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH
    FRIDAY MORNING...
    
    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A
    
    * FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF MARYLAND...THE DISTRICT OF
      COLUMBIA...VIRGINIA AND WEST VIRGINIA...INCLUDING THE
      FOLLOWING AREAS...IN MARYLAND...ANNE ARUNDEL...CALVERT...
      CARROLL...CENTRAL AND EASTERN ALLEGANY...CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST
      HOWARD...CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST MONTGOMERY...CHARLES...
      FREDERICK MD...NORTHERN BALTIMORE...NORTHWEST HARFORD...
      NORTHWEST HOWARD...NORTHWEST MONTGOMERY...PRINCE GEORGES...
      SOUTHEAST HARFORD...SOUTHERN BALTIMORE...ST. MARYS AND
      WASHINGTON. THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. IN VIRGINIA...
      ARLINGTON/FALLS CHURCH/ALEXANDRIA...CLARKE...CULPEPER...
      EASTERN LOUDOUN...FAIRFAX...FREDERICK VA...GREENE...KING
      GEORGE...MADISON...NORTHERN FAUQUIER...NORTHERN VIRGINIA BLUE
      RIDGE...ORANGE...PAGE...PRINCE WILLIAM/MANASSAS/MANASSAS
      PARK...RAPPAHANNOCK...SHENANDOAH...SOUTHERN FAUQUIER...
      SPOTSYLVANIA...STAFFORD...WARREN AND WESTERN LOUDOUN. IN WEST
      VIRGINIA...BERKELEY...EASTERN MINERAL...HAMPSHIRE...HARDY...
      JEFFERSON AND MORGAN.
    
    * FROM LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT INTO FRIDAY MORNING
    
    * AN UPPER LEVEL LOW PRESSURE OVER THE WESTERN GREAT LAKES WILL
      DROP SOUTHWARD INTO THE OHIO VALLEY WEDNESDAY INTO THURSDAY. AS
      THE UPPER LOW DROPS SOUTHWARD...LOW LEVEL FLOW IS FORECAST TO
      RAPIDLY INCREASE OVER THE AREA WEDNESDAY NIGHT RESULTING IN
      SIGNIFICANT MOISTURE TRANSPORT INTO THE AREA. PERIODS OF HEAVY
      RAINFALL ARE ANTICIPATED LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY
      NIGHT ACROSS THE CENTRAL MID-ATLANTIC. THE PERIOD OF MOST
      INTENSE RAINFALL IS EXPECTED LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH EARLY
      THURSDAY AFTERNOON. WIDESPREAD RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 5 INCHES
      ARE EXPECTED WITH LOCALIZED HIGHER TOTALS IN AREAS OF REPEATED
      ACTIVITY. EASTERN SLOPES OF MOUNTAINS SUCH AS THE NORTHERN BLUE
      RIDGE AND CATOCTIN MOUNTAIN ALSO HAVE AN INCREASED RISK FOR
      HIGHER RAIN TOTALS.
    
    * POTENTIAL EXISTS FOR FLASH FLOODING OF SMALL STREAMS...CREEKS
      AND URBAN AREAS ESPECIALLY IN AREAS OF REPEATED ACTIVITY.
    
    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
    
    A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD
    TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.
    
    YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION
    SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.
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    VDOT will close lanes on I-95 south in Stafford to remove tractor trailer

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    A tractor trailer overturned on Interstate 95 south at mile post 145 in Stafford at 4:45 a.m. 

    From VDOT: 

    Interstate 95 southbound in Stafford County will be reduced to one lane tonight at 8 p.m. just north of Garrisonville Road to remove an overturned tractor trailer.

    Southbound lane closures are estimated to be in place for approximately one hour to remove the tractor trailer from the interstate shoulder at mile marker 145.

    Virginia State Police will provide traffic control at the scene. Motorists are encouraged to use Route 1 southbound as an alternate route to avoid delays.

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    Stafford Armed Services Memorial Commission issues call for a special graphic art design to be engraved on the Memorial Wall that will be a focal point of the Stafford Armed Services Memorial

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    Submitted: 

    The Stafford Armed Services Memorial Commission has amended its call for a special graphic art design to be engraved on the Memorial Wall that will be a focal point of the Stafford Armed Services Memorial. The call is now open to all artists and the deadline has been extended to Monday, October 31, 2016. Interested artists are asked to create an original design that represents the diversity of services, time, eras and demographics for each of the five branches of the military (Army, Navy Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Air Force) and their families over the entire history of the Revolutionary War to present day.

    For more than 200 years, residents of Stafford County have served honorably in our nation’s armed forces to preserve freedom and democracy. From the Revolutionary War to the present conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and throughout the world, many of these men and women have made the ultimate sacrifice. The goal is to recognize and remember their sacrifice, and that of their families, by constructing an inspiring memorial that will preserve not only their memory for future generations but also honor all veterans who have served the nation. The memorial will be a fitting place for the public to honor the fallen, salute veterans, and remind citizens that the preservation of freedom requires service and sacrifice.

    After juried review of submitted materials, three finalists will be selected for secondary review by the Armed Services Memorial Commission. The finalists will be selected based on artistic merit, relevance to the exhibition theme, inclusion of required elements and suitability for display in the exhibition space. One winner will be selected and awarded an honorarium of $4,800 along with recognition at the memorial.

    The Stafford Armed Services Services Memorial will be built on the grassy hill directly behind the parking lot behind the George L. Gordon, Jr., Government Center, at 1300 Courthouse Road, Stafford, VA 22554. Stafford plans to break ground by the end of the year on the project.

    For detailed submission guidelines, please visit the Stafford Armed Services Memorial website at www.StaffordArmedServicesMemorial.weebly.com. There is no fee to enter the competition. The deadline for submissions is 8:00 p.m. on Monday, October 31, 2016. For more information, please contact Sue Henderson at (540) 842-4995 or sue@focusbyhenderson.com.

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    Yosue Joel Rios is missing, endangered from Manassas area

    From Prince William police: 

    *MISSING ENDANGERED ADULT: The Prince William County Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing, endangered adult. Mr. Yosue Joel Rios was last seen on Saturday, September 24 at approximately 9:30AM at an address located in the 8200 block of Wycliffe Ct in Manassas. Mr. Rios is believed to have left the residence voluntarily and may be in need of assistance which qualifies him as being endangered. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of this individual is asked to call police at 703-792-6500.

    Yosue Joel Rios is described as a 26-year-old Hispanic male, 5’6’’, 180lb with brown hair, brown eyes, a mustache, and full beard.

    At the time, he was last seen wearing a black shirt, khaki shorts, black shoes, and a “LA Lakers” black baseball cap with yellow lettering

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    The Donation Place at Prince William County Landfill to close temporarily

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    The Donation Place, formerly known as the Too Good to Waste Place, at the Prince William County Landfill will temporarily close Oct. 1.

    The landfill chose not to renew its contract with World Trade Co. in Woodbridge which operated the Donation Spot. The contract expires Sept. 30, 2016, said landfill spokeswoman Deborah Campbell.

    More in a press release:

    Beginning October 1, 2016, The Donation Place @ The Landfill will be temporarily closed to find a new operator and to make necessary repairs to the building that houses the program.

    The County’s Solid Waste Division, which operates the Landfill, is evaluating alternatives for the program and trying to identify the right kind of partner(s) to operate the facility once the building improvements are complete. The Solid Waste Division remains committed to offering reuse programs at its’ two citizen convenience sites, but right now we need to take some time to improve our facility and to try to find the right type of operator,” states Scott MacDonald, Recycling Program Manager. “Our goal is to keep this material out of the landfill, which will extend the life of the landfill and give these materials additional useful life.”

    Residents are encouraged to donate reusable clothing, shoes and textiles as well as larger household items and furniture to not-profit organizations like ACTS, B-Thrifty, Carousel Consignments, Community Thrift Consignment Solutions, Goodwill, GreenDrop, Habitat Restore, Salvation Army, SAVERS, Sisters Thrift & Consignment, Village Economy Stores, Vincent DePaul Thrift Shop, Your Favorite Boutique or other businesses and charities that accept reusable items. For now, residents will not be able to donate or leave these items at Prince William County Solid Waste Facilities.

    In preparation for the closing, Solid Waste staff has updated its website listing of area second hand, thrift, and consignment shops. In addition, there are also several web-based exchange sites such as Craigslist and Freecycle where residents can exchange, or sell reusable items.

    Visit www.pwcgov.org/trashandrecycling under Recycling/Reuse to find more donation, consignment and resale options.

     

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    With farming dwindling, Prince William County looks at new rural land preservation tools

    Prince William County will explore three new devices in its toolbox to protect the rural land.

    County Planning Director Christopher Price, under the direction of the Board of Supervisors, will develop guidelines for a Purchase of a Development Rights (PDR), Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) programs, and new rules that would govern cluster developments along the boundary of the Rural Crescent — land preserved in 1998 meant for farming, as well as homes built on lots no smaller than 10 acres.

    Purchase of development rights 

    A PDR would allow a landowner in the Rural Crescent to sell development rights to the county or a non-profit organization aimed at preserving rural land. Farmers and residents told county leaders that agriculture is no longer a way of life in western Prince William County and that they want to sell their land to developers and move away.

    A PDR program will need significant public funding from the county if put in place, said Price. The Board of Supervisors would also need to identify which properties are included in PDR program, as it is not outlined in the county’s comprehensive plan.

    A new staff member would also need to be hired in the county’s planning department to manage the program, said Price. Protecting the village of Nokesville, stopping development and encroachment near Quantico Marine Corps Base, preventing encroachment and land degradation at Manassas National Battlefield, and protecting the view of Bull Run Mountain are all reasons to set up a PDR program.

    “The honest to god truth about PDRs, really, is that they usually don’t work…I’m glad that we are going to explore the possible use for them but they are probably not going to work,” said Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman At-large Corey Stewart.

    “They’re working successfully in Fauquier County; I know they’re working in Montgomery County [Md.],…I think that the PDRs are a great compromise for everybody at the table… we’ll excuse me… the developers aren’t’ at the table, and they’re the ones that don’t want it,” said Brentsville District Supervisor Jeanine Lawson.

    Transfer of development rights 

    The county will also consider TDRs, which would allow a property owner in the Rural Crescent to sell development rights to a developer. In exchange, that developer will then develop a property in a more urban area of the county — most likely in Woodbridge, where plans call for more walkable, urban town centers that include retail, office, and residential spaces. Developers want bonus density with TDRs, where they county would allow the developer who purchased a TDR to build more capacity in an urban area than it could have in the rural area.

    “We would take 10 units that would have went in rural area, and th developer would want to build 20 or 30 units in the urban area,” said Price. “We have to be willing to identify places where we want preservation but also places where we’re willing to accept that extra density through some kind of negotiated process.”

    “I selfishly want to move forward… selfishly want to move…forward. North Woodbridge is a receiving area for TDRs,” said Woodbridge District Supervisor Frank Principi, referencing the area around the Woodbridge Virginia Railway Express station that has long been identified as an urban redevelopment center.

    If a property is purchased under PDR or TDR, it can never be developed at a later date, according to Price.

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    Cluster developments

    The county will also explore cluster developments, type of zoning that would allow a home builder to develop a small portion of a tract of rural land, mostly along the border of the Rural Crescent while preserving the rest of tract. The homes are placed in a village, while roads are built with berms and vegetation so they better blend into the rural landscape.

    Sewer and water lines are extended to the property, but can never be extended past the development further into the rural area. Existing septic systems in the Rural Crescent are failing, he added.

    Many spoke for maintaining the rural character of the land, which makes up 52% of Prince William County. They said development should not pass beyond the boundary line of the Rural Crescent noted on county maps.

    “People talked tonight about the Rural Crescent boundary and how important it is to maintain it, and we would agree with that, but that line right now is a line on a map. Without some type of conservation easements that’s donated or purchased or negotiated through the development review process, that’s all it is, is a line on a map,” said Price.

    The county paid for a Rural Crescent Preservation Study in 2014 that outlined how to best preserve the rural area. It was ordered after the Board of Supervisors in 2012 wanted to learn what tools other localities are using to preserve open space and to protect the property rights of landowners.

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