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Get a rabies vaccine and certificate for $10 at the Animal Shelter Open House on Sunday

From a press release: 

The Prince William County Animal Shelter will host its annual Open House on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, from Noon to 4 p.m. The Shelter is located at 14807 Bristow Road [near] Manassas (20112).

The event includes a rabies clinic, sponsored by the Prince William Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PWSPCA). Bring your dogs and cats to get a rabies vaccine and certificate for just $10 per animal. This clinic will run from 1 to 3 p.m.

For the safety of everyone, all dogs that attend must be on a leash; all cats that attend must be in carriers. There will be children’s activities, vendors, veterinarians and pet-and rescue groups as well as local businesses.

There will also be numerous raffle items on offer – each person gets one free ticket; additional tickets are available for sale. Food will also be available for purchase from Dave’s Dogs. Best of all, the Shelter will have animals for adoption.

Come select your “fur-ever” friend! For more information, visit the Animal Shelter’s and the Police Department’s websites and social media sites. You can also call the Shelter at 703-792-6465, or send an email to animalshelter@pwcgov.org.

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‘The homeowner, awakened by the sound of breaking glass, discovered fire’

From a press release: 

On Thursday, September 21st at 6:00 a.m., fire and rescue units were dispatched to a townhouse fire located in the 6800 of Avalon Isle Way in Gainesville. Upon arrival, fire and rescue crews observed fire emitting from the rear of the home that had extended to the side. Firefighters initiated suppression and immediately extinguished the fire.

The homeowner, awakened by the sound of breaking glass, discovered fire in the rear of the home and immediately began safely evacuating the remaining family members. No injuries reported.

The home received moderate damage estimated at $200,000. The Building Official has posted the home unsafe. Red Cross was on scene to assist the occupants, 2 adults and 1 child, displaced by the fire. The fire is currently under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s Office.

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Residents plea for a new signal light on Route 1

STAFFORD — Both residents and leaders want a new traffic signal erected on Route 1 near an iconic crucifix.

Stafford County resident Amy Wieman said the cross is there for a reason.

“…if you pull out that road especially at rush hour you’re not at all like you literally have to pray. That’s why the crucifix there,” she said.

OK, not really. The crucifix is a historical marker to note the nearby location of the first Catholic settlement in Virginia.

But the intersection of Route 1 and Telegraph Road has long plagued Stafford drivers, especially during the afternoon rush hours when parents go and pick up their children at the nearby Widewater Elementary and Sheirly Heim Middle schools.

“Every single time I leave school I say a little prayer and I hope I don’t get into an accident. It’s gotten to the point where I won’t even let my father-in-law pick up the kids from school because it is so dangerous,” one resident told the Stafford County Board of Supervisors.

Hers is a story shared with other residents, like this one from Stafford resident Amy Bancroft, of Aquia Harbour: (more…)

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New Prince William police station, still under construction, burns

WOODBRIDGE — A new police station under construction in Prince William County burned Friday morning.

Construction materials caught fire and caused damage to two floors and the roof, according to a source.

We’re still waiting to get official word on the damage, as well as what caused the blaze.

The nearly $30 million Central District Police Station near the intersection of Davis Ford Road and Prince William Parkway in Woodbridge remains under construction.

Earlier this week, a county public works official told the Board of Supervisors the opening of the station would be delayed to at least January due to construction delays. The delayed opening would put the station two months behind schedule.

More as we have it.

10:47 a.m.

No injuries reported. 

 

Noon

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Safety Services Patrolman struck in hit and run on I-95

Police are searching for the driver of a green Mustang who fled the scene after striking the safety patrolman while he was rendering aid to another disabled driver. 

From police: 

At 6:20 a.m.Friday (Sept. 22), Virginia State Police responded to a report of a hit-and-run of a VDOT Safety Services Patroller in the northbound lanes of I-95 near Exit 166B.

The Safety Services Patrol (SSP) unit had responded to that location to aid a disabled motorist. The SSP unit parked his vehicle on the right shoulder with its sign board and amber emergency lights activated. The SSP unit was in the process of setting out traffic cones for the safety of the disabled motorist when a green Mustang traveling north on I-95 struck the SSP employee. The Mustang then fled the scene.

Thanks to eyewitness accounts and assistance from local law enforcement, state police have detained an individual for questioning in this incident.

The SSP unit, an adult male, was transported to Fairfax Inova Hospital and is being treated for serious injuries.

The incident remains under investigation at this time.

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‘6 adults, 2 children and their pet, displaced by the fire’

From a press release: 

On September 20 at 9:33 p.m., fire and rescue units were dispatched to an apartment fire located in the 14900 block of Potomac Heights Place in Woodbridge.

Firefighters made entry to a fourth-floor apartment where they discovered an activated sprinkler within the kitchen.

The occupant sustained a non-life threatening injury that did not require medical transport.

The home received minimal damage estimated at $10,000.

The Building Official has posted the home unsafe.

Red Cross was on scene to assist the occupants, 6 adults, 2 children and their pet, displaced by the fire.

The origin and cause of the fire was a cooking fire and has been determined as accidental.

Prince William County Fire & Rescue Chief Kevin McGee urges residents to take the necessary precautions when cooking due to cooking fires being the number one cause of home fires and home fire injuries. These fires are preventable by simply being more
attentive when using cooking materials and equipment.

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Annual tank farm event in Nokesville this weekend

Seven years after winning approval from the Prince William County Board of Supervisors to build a new museum behind what used to be Kmart and today is At Home, they’re still raising money for the complex. 

The Americans in Wartime Museum will hold its annual Tank Farm demonstration event in Nokesville this weekend. 

From organizers: 

2017 Americans in Wartime Open House 

Sep 23 and 24 

10am – 4pm

13906 Aden Rd Nokesville, VA 20181

Some highlights of our event include: Military tanks and armored vehicles on display, Helicopter on display, Flamer Thrower Demonstration, Veterans Round Table, K9 Demonstrations, Horse Reenactor Team, 9/11 Artifacts, Scavenger Hunt for Kids, Veteran Welcome and Registration, Artifacts and displays, Living History Unit Displays, Voices of Freedom Recording Studio, Brickmania Display, Food and Drinks. Merchandise Sales

The Americans in Wartime Museum, when approved in 2010, was expected to cost $50 million, and feature military demonstrations and vehicles, set on 70 acres of land donated to the organization.

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