Power outage affects residents near Manassas Regional Airport

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A large power outage affected Manassas residents late Friday night.

City officials had this to say about the outage:

A large portion of the city near the Manassas Regional Airport was without power about 10 p.m. A witness said a large beacon near the airport — one that can usually be seen from Prince William Parkway — was not active.

We also heard some city residents had trouble accessing the internet from their homes during the outage.

We don’t know the cause of the outage. We’ll bring you more as we have it.

Prince William police officer wins gold at World Police and Fire Games

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Prince William police officer Justin Bonner won a gold medal this week at the 2015 World Police and Fire Games.

The 28-year old officer joined Prince William police in 2006, and became an officer in 2008. He has been with the motor unit for two years.

Bonner won in the novice cone courses for precision and time, and his gold medal for Overall Novice.

According to Bonner, his interest riding on the police motorcycles came when he was still a cadet.

“As a cadet, I got the opportunity to work with our traffic unit and I found it was something I really enjoyed doing. I like to try and promote traffic safety, and you get to do some honorable events – escorts for VIPs, funerals and different things like that,” said Bonner.

All officers in the motor unit have the option to compete in yearly motorcycle skills competitions. This year, the competition was combined with the World Police and Fire Games.

Bonner said that in order to prepare for competitions, there is a lot of training work that goes in.

“We do a two week basic motor school to qualify to ride the motorcycle at work – and we also do training once a month to practice our skills and maintain proficiency on the motorcycle. Besides that, we are allowed to go up to the track at our police academy and practice occasionally,” said Bonner.

In the World Police and Fire Games there are several motorcycle competitions including, precision, speed, slow ride, partner ride, team slow ride and challenge ride competitions.

“I felt good going in – we had some great instructors here in Prince William that helped us out a bunch – training for this and day to day operations. I’m very honored to represent the department and to end up winning – it was great training. That’s really why we do it. You end up rooting for all of the competitors who are out there, and you learn a lot from just being out there,” Bonner commented.

Bonner stated that he will continue to compete in the years ahead.

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‘Manassas Pete’ talks rock n’ roll, candles and inspiration

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Manassas native Pete Evick – known by many as ‘Manassas Pete’, has had an interesting assortment of life experiences.

The Stonewall Jackson High School graduate has worked with rockstar Bret Michaels for the last 10 years as his lead guitarist, and co-writer and producer of Michael’s last two records.

“I was a huge fan of Poison growing up, and my band was his opening act for a tour, and we got to be buddies then. And then he invited me to be his guitar player and my band to be his band – and we’ve just seen the world,” said Evick.

Despite living the rockstar lifestyle, Evick decided early on that he wanted to keep living in Manassas, and raise his family there.

“Was born and raised [in Manassas] and still live here to this day. Manassas – it’s always been my home – it’s where I grew up. And even when I raised my kids – I’ve been in the music business my entire life…and I spent a lot of time in New York, and some time in [Los Angeles] but I never wanted to go live that life. I lived the life in a small town and then once I had kids, I wanted them to have that same kind of life too,” Evick commented.

During his music career, he stumbled on to candle making, and began his own company – Shining Sol Candle Company – which manufactures products in Virginia.

“Being a musician, my life has been loud. And we were off tour a little bit, and I was taking a break…I spent a lot of time in Arizona [for music]…and in Arizona they put candles in their fireplace instead of lighting fires…then I happened to go to a candle store and buy a candle that was supposed to smell like a fireplace. And I had never had a hobby in my entire life aside from music…and I just started thinking about if I could make one of those…and finally I was doing something quiet, peaceful,” Evick said.

Evick’s most recent adventure has been writing a book about his life experience, following a personal tragedy, titled ‘The Moments That Make Us.’

“Most musicians at some point in their life, I think, tend to write a book. With such an interesting life you live, you manage to pick up an amazing amount of stories. I started writing this book when I was forced with the fact that my family was going to split up – me and my wife were getting a divorce and had two kids. The book was originally a collection of thoughts and fears about what was going to happen with my children…but after writing, I realized I had written a book that was much more inspiring,” said Evick.

Evick still performs and tours with Michaels, and runs Shining Sol Candle Company.

Woodbridge man shot, killed in Alexandria

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A Woodbridge man was killed during a shooting in Alexandria last night.

Alexandria police were called to N. Fayette Street in Alexandria to investigate.

According to Alexandria police, the victim – 22-year old Shakkan Elliot-Tibbs – was found by officers, suffering from a gunshot.

Elliot-Tibbs was transported to a hospital where he later died of his injuries, said Alexandria police.

The investigation is still ongoing.

This is the first homicide in Alexandria this year, said Alexandria police.

Dale City 4th of July Parade to be shown live online

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You won’t be able to watch the Dale City Fourth of July Parade live on TV tomorrow.

For the first time in at least 20 years, Comcast will not telecast Virginia’s largest Independence Day parade live on its cable system in Prince William County.

Viewers will be able to watch the parade online.

Here’s the latest from parade organizers:

Through the efforts of Monte Cansler of Frame Magic Video, the 2015 Dale City Parade will be streamed live.

Compton & Duling, LC Attorneys at Law are sponsoring the live feed. Please go to tinyurl.com/Dale-City-Parade-2015

Frame Magic Video Productions is a full-service production company with over 15 years of experience.

They specialize in motion graphics, social media videos, commercials, promotional, training videos, music videos and cinematic weddings.

Compton and Duling, LC Attorneys at Law, Community-Driven for the past 40 years. For more than 40 years, the experienced attorneys of Compton & Duling have provided cost-effective legal services to individuals, businesses and organizations with Northern Virginia.

Longtime parade organizer Ernestine Jenkins said she hopes the video of the parade will be shown later on Comcast.

Comcast did not return a request for comment on this story.

The parade takes place from 10 a.m. to noon on Dale Boulevard, from Kirkdale Drive to the a commuter lot on Gemini Way.

Officer dies following cycling accident in World Police and Fire Games in Prince William

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48-year old Carlos Silva died during a cycling event yesterday.
The cyclists were coming down a hill when the accident happened.
Three cyclists were brought to the hospital with serious injuries.
Individuals have left flowers at the scene of the crash.
Pieces of the bikes involved in the crash littered the scene.
The World Police and Fire Games will continue.

Update

A memorial vigil will be held at 8 p.m. tonight at the Reston Town Center in honor of Silva.


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A competitor in the 2015 World Police and Fire Games has passed away, following a bicycle accident.

The deceased – 48-year old Brazilian Carlos Silva – was one of three seriously injured officers the accident, which took place during one of the Game’s events at Prince William Forest park in Triangle.

Silva died at the hospital due to his injuries at 5 p.m. yesterday, stated Prince William police.

Prince William police’s Crash Investigation Unit was called to the scene of the incident to investigate yesterday afternoon.

What happened at Prince William Forest Park

According to Prince William police, the accident happened when several cyclists were traveling downhill and one of the bicyclists had a front tire blowout. The blowout and crash caused a collision with several other bicyclists in the area.

The accident happened on a closed cycling course near Turkey Run Road, on Scenic Drive.

Potomac Local went to the scene of the crash and saw that the collision took place as cyclists were coming around a curve, where the road turns into a hill.

Several bicyclists were injured during the crash, but only the three were taken to area hospitals for their serious injuries, said Prince William police. Several members of Prince William fire and rescue and Fairfax police were at the event and were able to immediately assist injured cyclists.

An unidentified 44-year old man and 43-year old man were the other two individuals taken to area hospitals for treatment.

The bicyclists involved in the crash were all wearing safety equipment, said Prince William police.

People express sadness, condolences over the death

Several law enforcement officers and elected officials expressed their condolences for Silva’s passing.

“On behalf of the Prince William County Police Department, I want to express my sincere condolences to the family of the deceased athlete, Carlos Silva.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the other injured athletes, fellow team mates, and the public safety family throughout the world,” said acting Prince William County Police Chief, Major Steve Thompson.

In a joint statement, Fairfax chairman Sharon Bulova, Fairfax police chief Ed Roessler, Fairfax fire chief Richard Bowers, Fairfax sheriff Stacey Kincaid, World Police and Fire Games president Michael Graham and others expressed their condolences.

“We are deeply saddened that an athlete participating in the World Police & Fire Games passed away today at the cycling event in Prince William County. Two other athletes are severely injured. Please join us as we keep these athletes, their families and friends in our thoughts and prayers during this tragic and challenging time,” said an issued statement from the group.

Potomac Local has reached out to officials from the World Police and Fire Games on how Silva’s passing has impacted the games, the mood of the Game’s athletes and what they will do to honor him, but they have not returned request for comment.

I-95 traffic already congested for upcoming July 4 weekend

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For those planning to head out of the area for the Fourth of July weekend – prepare for some heavy traffic.

Currently Interstate 95 going southbound in North Stafford was already seeing congestion at 9 a.m. this morning.

Additionally, there will be some lane changes for those traveling on the I-95 Express Lanes this weekend.

More on the changes from Transurban:

Friday, July 3:  No changes to reversal time.  The reversal from northbound (NB) to southbound (SB) will begin around 11 a.m. with the SB lanes open around 1 p.m.  

Saturday, July 4: 

Reversal from SB to NB will begin at midnight with the NB lanes open around 2 a.m.

Reversal from NB to SB will begin around 7 p.m. with the SB lanes open around 9 p.m.

Sunday, July 5:  Reversal from SB to NB will at midnight with the NB lanes open around 2 a.m.

Monday, July 6:  No changes to reversal time.  The reversal from NB to SB will begin around 11 a.m. with the SB lanes open around 1 p.m.  

SoberRide offers free cab rides on July 4

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Make sure 11666199_871854766197291_5909740074273665784_nthat your Fourth of July is both fun and safe.

The Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) is offering their SoberRide program from 10 p.m. on July 4 to 4 a.m. on July 5.

According to a WRAP release, individuals can receive a free cab ride home, up to a $30 fare.

In order to utilize the program, riders must be 21 years and older.

More on July 4’s SoberRide program:

Important note: All requests for SoberRide service must be called to and dispatched from 1-800-200-8294. Do not call a taxi company directly for SoberRide service as the ride will not be covered under this program.

General SoberRide Information
WRAP’s SoberRide , called one of the nation’s most successful free cab ride programs for would-be impaired drivers, has helped to ensure greater Washington, DC residents have a safe way home on high-risk holidays. Since 1993, WRAP has provided over 62,536 safe rides home. Currently, SoberRide operates during the December/January holiday season, St. Patrick’s Day, CInco de Mayo, Independence Day and Halloween.
WRAP’s SoberRide provides a free cab ride home up to a $30 fare.
Callers are financially responsible for anything over $30.

You must be 21 or older to use the SoberRide service. All calls must originate in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland; the Cities of Rockville, Bowie, College Park, Gaithersburg, Greenbelt and Takoma Park in Maryland; the District of Columbia; Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William and Eastern Loudoun Counties in Virginia; and the Cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, Manassas and Manassas Park in Virginia.

You cannot reserve a SoberRide or schedule a pickup in advance. To receive a ride, you must call 1-800-200-8294 (TAXI) during the program hours. A SoberRide call operator will direct your request to the correct participating cab company.

Participating Taxi Companies:
Alexandria Yellow Cab (Alexandria)
Barwood, Inc. (Montgomery County)
Fairfax Yellow Cab (Fairfax County)
Loudoun Yellow Cab (Eastern Loudoun County)
Northern Virginia Checker (Prince William County)
Red Top Cab Company (Arlington County)
Silver Cab of Prince George’s County (Prince George’s County)
Yellow Cab of District of Columbia (District of Columbia)
Yellow Cab of Prince William County (Prince William County)
When waiting for a SoberRide, please watch for a cab from the participating taxi company in the area from which you are calling.

Officers injured at World Police and Fire Games in Prince William

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Several officers were severely injured at a cycling event for the 2015 World Police and Fire Games.

Prince William police’s Crash Investigation Unit are on the scene of the incident at Prince William Forest Park.

Today at Prince William Forest Park, there were two cycling events for the games – the road race and time trials, according to the World Police and Fire Games website.

According to Prince William police, several bike riders collided into one another when participating in the games.

Three of the officers received serious injuries and were transported to area hospitals for treatment, according to Prince William police.

Investigation into the cause of the accident is still ongoing.

New Virginia traffic laws start today

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Starting today, there are some new rules of the road in Virginia.

During their last session, the Virginia General Assembly made amendments to state codes that are meant to increase safety measures for bicycles, postal vehicles, and garbage trucks, among others.

One change is that any vehicle that provides roadside assistance or traffic management aide is now qualified for the “Move Over” law in Virginia, because the vehicle may have blinking or flashing warning lights. The “Move Over law mandates that drivers change lanes to allow certain vehicles, including law enforcement, room on the road to provide assistance.

Another measure is meant to keep postal workers safe. A new regulation passed in the House now requires drivers passing a mail vehicle that has blinking or amber lights on to use caution and a safe speed.

A similar regulation now requires that those passing garbage trucks on roadways that have less than four lanes have to decrease their speed to 10 miles per hour lower than the speed limit. Additionally, drivers must leave two feet of room between where they pass and the left of a vehicle.

An interesting regulation passed this legislative session protects individuals on bicycles and mopeds, as vehicles can now be cited for following too closely.

For those that have been convicted in a federal court for a DUI offense that is similar to one within Virginia law, now has the ability to petition the court in their jurisdiction for restricted driving privileges, which is found in other states. The driving privileges, according to the text of the passed bill, would be restricted to areas including their workplace and church.

Prior to this change, only individuals convicted in a Virginia court of a DUI offense could petition the court.

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