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Prince William now Virginia’s second-largest locality, surpassing Va. Beach

Virginia’s population is increasing only half as fast as it was at the start of the decade, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

From 2010 to 2011, the commonwealth’s population grew by more than 1 percent. But data released Thursday showed that the state’s populationincreased only about 0.5 percent between mid-2015 and mid-2016.

Nationwide, the U.S. population rose by 0.7 percent last year. Among the 50 states, Virginia ranked in the middle in its one-year growth rate, sandwiched between Alaska and Oklahoma.

Utah had the biggest increase in population last year – 2 percent. Nevada, Idaho, Florida and Washington were fractions of a percentage point behind.

Eight states lost population, with West Virginia losing the most (0.5 percent).

Since the start of the decade, Virginia’s statewide population has grown about 5 percent, similar to states such as California and Hawaii. Washington, D.C., with a 13 percent increase, grew faster than any state during those six years. Then came North Dakota (just under 13 percent) and Texas (almost 11 percent). (more…)

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Kitchen fire to blame for Dale City home inferno

On Tuesday, March 28th at 11:25 a.m., fire and rescue units were dispatched to a structure fire in a single family home located in the 14700 block of Darbydale Avenue in Woodbridge.

Upon entry, fire and rescue crews encountered heavy smoke on the first floor and in the attic. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire.

No injuries reported.

According to the Fire Marshal’s Office, the home sustained moderate damage estimated at $30,000. (more…)

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    App for public transport now features PRTC bus arrivals

    From Potomac & Rappahannock Transportation Commission:

    PRTC bus arrival information is now available on Moovit, the world’s #1 transit app that’s free on iOS, Android and the Web.

    Moovit, which has more than 55 million users, combines information from public transit entities along with live information from users, offering travelers a real-time picture, including the best route.

    “Some people hesitate to use transit because of the uncertainty about when their bus will arrive. By providing real-time information, we’ll make our transit services more attractive and help to put riders’ minds at ease,” said PRTC Chairman Frank J. Principi. (more…)

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    Argument results in two arrests for weapons and drugs

    From Stafford County Sheriff’s Office:

    On March 25, 2017, at approximately 8:20 p.m., patrol deputies responded to an assault in-progress outside a residence on Cynthia’s Place. While en route, patrol units were informed that a male was assaulting a female in the parking lot and had pointed a handgun at her head.

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    Stafford County Fire and Rescue Recognizes life saving actions

    From Stafford County Fire and Rescue Department:

    The Stafford County Fire and Rescue Department held their annual awards ceremony on March 25 to recognize 49 civilian, volunteer and career members of the department for their outstanding work in 2016.

    Mrs. Kimberly Brorson was the guest speaker and shared the story of her daughter Lucy and how the Fire and Rescue Department has made a difference in their lives since Lucy’s diagnosis of Dravet’s Syndrome, a seizure disorder. “You could not have asked for a more touching or thoughtful story about the incredible work our men and women do day in and day out.” said Stafford County Fire and EMS Chief Mark Lockhart. (more…)

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    ‘Bright Resilient Youth,’ WRAP winners in 395 Express Lanes Community Grant Program

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    395 Express Lanes Community Grant Program Awards Funding to the Bright Resilient Youth Committed to Enrichment and the Washington Regional Alcohol Program

    Interested organizations are encouraged to apply for next round of grants by March 31

    Transurban, the Virginia Department of Transportation’s partner on the 395 Express Lanes project, today announced that the Bright Resilient Youth Committed to Enrichment (BRYCE) and the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP)’s SoberRide each received a $5,000 grant this quarter through the 395 Express Lanes Community Grant Program.

    The BRYCE project is an enrichment program designed to engage young women in activities that develop their social and emotional skills. The participants learn the values of the community and give back by doing random acts of kindness as individuals and in groups. BRYCE encourages friendship, diversity, and individuality and plants the seed at an early age of the importance of education.

    “The BRYCE Project was pleased to receive a grant from the 395 Express Lanes grant program,” said LaVon Curtis, Founder, BRYCE Project. “As an all-volunteer organization, these funds allow us to continue our work in providing community, leadership, and mentoring to young women as they prepare for adulthood. One of our upcoming events supported by this grant is a career event which provides young women the chance to hear real-life lessons from professional women and engage in networking.”

    The WRAP is a non-profit focused on using effective education, innovative programs, and targeted advocacy to end alcohol-impaired driving and underage drinking in the Washington, D.C. metro area. It is best known for its free taxi service, SoberRide, which discourages drunk driving and has provided more than 65,000 free rides to would-be impaired drivers in the Greater Washington Area. The program is credited with keeping the area’s alcohol related traffic deaths lower than the national average. (more…)

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    Two charged with fraudulently purchasing U.T.V.

    From Stafford County Sheriff’s Office:

    On March 23, 2017, at 11:45 a.m., Fredericksburg Motor Sports alerted the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office of a female who was attempting to purchase a UTV (Utility Task Vehicle) while using another person’s identity. Detective Ed McCullough and Detective Robert Firkin were assigned to the investigation.

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    Expect overnight work on I-95 ramp at Dale Boulevard

    From VDOT: 

    A portion of the ramp from southbound I-95 to Dale Blvd (Route 784) will be closed the nights of Tuesday, March 28 through Friday, March 31 for tree clearing related to the ramp realignment project, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

    The ramp will be closed between the Potomac Mills Road spur ramp and Dale Boulevard according to the following schedule:

    • Tuesday, March 28 through Thursday, March 30: 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
    • Friday, March 31: 10 p.m. to 9 a.m.

    Traffic will be detoured via Potomac Mills Road and Gideon Drive back to Dale Boulevard.

    All work is weather permitting.

    The project will realign the ramp and add a traffic signal so that traffic from southbound I-95 can merge more safely onto westbound Dale Boulevard. The project is scheduled for completion in summer 2017.

                                 

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    Haymarket enters lease for 5 new police SUVs

    HAYMARKET, Va. — The town of Haymarket will lease five new police SUVs and replace its current mismatched fleet of police cars.

    The town will pay $149,390 for five 2017 Ford Police Interceptor Utility Vehicles that will be delivered all at once. A five-year loan from the Virginia Association of Counties, with about a 2% interest rate will be used to fund the new cars.

    Each new car will cost $29,878, and all will need to be fitted with new lights, sirens, radios, cages and radios at the total cost of $40,000. That money is already in the town’s budget and will not be rolled inot the loan.

    The town originally budgeted to purchase one new police car a year for the next five years. Leaders chose a “municipal leasing” program that does not penalize the town for placing high mileage on the new vehicles, or for any damages that they could incur while being use to patrol the streets.

    The SUVs will all have matching paint and reflective decals and offer the officers inside more room to work in the front, and more space to store gear in the rear. It also provides more room for the prisoner in the back seat. Over the years, the role of Haymarket police officers has evolved from watching for speeders on Route 15 near Interstate 66 to paroling more inside the village’s main street.

    “Even though the highway is in our jurisdiction, 95 percent of what we do is in town,” said Haymarket Police Chief Kevin Lands. “The focus of this council and this mayor is to make Haymarket a walking town, so we have to slow traffic on Washington Street.” (more…)

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    Updated: Human remains found belong to missing Manassas area man

    From Prince William police: 

    Death Investigation *VICTIM IDENTIFIED – Detectives from the Homicide Unit have positively identified the body located on March 27 along the creek bed of Bull Run near the 7500 block of Ben Lomond Park Dr in Manassas (20109).

    The victim was previously reported as missing and endangered on March 26. Detectives are currently working in conjunction with the Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the exact cause of death. There is no public threat or need for concern from the surrounding community as this incident does not appear to be random and no foul play is suspected at this time. The investigation continues.

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    The victim has been identified as Roger GONZALEZ, 23, of Manassas

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    Police found human remains along the Bull Run River today. 

    From Prince William police: 

    Death Investigation – On March 27 around 11:30AM, officers located human remains while conducting a canvass along the creek bed of Bull Run near the 7500 block of Ben Lomond Park Dr in Manassas (20109). The remains were recovered then transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office for further examination and identification.

    The identity of the deceased will be released once confirmed and next of kin is notified. There is no public threat or need for concern from the surrounding community as this incident does not appear to be random and no foul play is suspected at this time.

    More information will be released when available. The investigation continues.

    A search and rescue team searching for a missing endangered person stumbled upon the unidentified remains. 

    “Officers with our search and rescue team along with the assistance of a bloodhound were looking for the missing endangered person from last night when they discovered the remains,” stated Prince Willliam police spokesman Nathan Probus.

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