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Surovell: Voluntary background check system is a failure

In 2016, the General Assembly enacted a legislation requiring the Virginia State Police to staff gun shows and be available to conduct voluntary background checks upon request by private, non-federally licensed gun sellers as part of a broader compromise on concealed weapon permits. The law has been a total failure.

The legislation required the state to spend $300,000 to hire three new Virginia State Police employees to be present at all gun shows. What have we got for our $300,000?

In January, The Daily Press reported that as of January 1, 2017, one person was denied a purchase at 41 gun shows after thirty-nine checks. (more…)

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Call if you can, but Text to 911 is now available in Prince William

From Prince William County:

Calling is still the best way to contact 911 in an emergency, but in certain situations, a text might be better. The Prince William County Office of Public Safety Communications can now accept text-to-911 emergency messages from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless customers who find themselves needing assistance in Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. The service should only be used when someone has a physical disability or special need where calling is not possible or when speaking out loud would put the caller in danger.

Certain communities will find text-to-911 particularly helpful, said Prince William Public Safety Communications Director Captain Alfred Miller. People who are deaf or hard of hearing, those with speech disabilities or who are unable to speak, and community service or suicide hotlines will find the service useful.

The texts can be up to 140 characters and should include the location and type of emergency. They should be short, with simple words, and without abbreviations or slang. People should be prepared to answer questions and follow directions provided by the 911 call taker. They should not text and drive. (more…)

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Get towed from BB&T in Downtown Manassas? Get a $50 gift card.

MANASSAS — In May, Potomac Local was the first to tell you about a brewing parking problem at a BB&T bank branch in Downtown Manassas.

The bank hired a towing company to remove parked cars from their parking lot, one of the few in downtown. 

While that sparked outrage for some, it has also led to some creativity over at the nearby restaurant Zandra’s Taqueria.

More from an email: 

Get towed from the BB&T parking lot in Historic Downtown Manassas? If it happens to a customer of Zandra’s Taquiera, owner Miguel Pires wants to make it up to you, with a $50 gift card to the popular eatery located on Center Street. 

“We just don’t want anyone who visits Old Town to be turned off and not want to return. What has made Historic Downtown Manassas great is the many wonderful business working together to make it a welcoming place to visit. The decision by BB&T to starting towing customers could have a very damaging effect for all of us,” explained Pires. “We want to make things up to customers who had a bad experience. We do the same thing when something goes wrong in the restaurant. Hopefully other restaurants and shops will join in.”
You’ll need to show proof of being towed. 
“We just ask for some type of proof… anyway the person can verify their story,” Pires states in an email to Potomac Local.


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Manassas man charged with indecent exposure, public intoxication

From Prince William police:

Indecent Exposure – On July 23 at 5:20 a.m., an officer was patrolling in the area of Rolling Road and Sudley Road in Manassas when a male exposed himself to the officer and made an obscene gesture. When the officer approached the man, it was determined that he was intoxicated. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested without incident.

Arrested on July 23:
Eduardo SALAZAR NAVARRO, 20, of 9073 Reynolds Place in Manassas
Charged with indecent exposure, public intoxication, and possession of marijuana
Court Date: September 29, 2017 | Bond: Held on a $2,000 secured bond

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Hope for ‘Suicide Hill’ coming with traffic improvements

WOODBRIDGE — It’s a cramped, crowded, and congested intersection in Woodbridge referred to as “Suicide Hill.”

And it was a topic of discussion at a “Conversation with the Chief,” a candid conversation with Prince William County Police Chief Barry Barnard on July 17.

The hill is where East Longview Drive intersects with busy Route 1. There’s also an entrance to Marumsco Plaza, and this all can make for troublesome traffic conditions.

Drivers that turn onto Suicide Hill at East Longview Drive, or continue straight from West Longview Drive onto East Longview, mix in with cars entering and exiting the Marumsco shopping plaza.

Drivers exiting the shopping plaza can also create chaotic traffic conditions as many turn out of the shopping plaza, head down the hill, and then quickly dart across traffic to turn left to head south on Route 1. (more…)

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Sell for FREE, shop at the Chick-fil-A Bristow Community Appreciation Yard Sale

Chick-fil-A Bristow will host its first-annual Community Appreciation Yard Sale on Saturday, August 5.

The community-staple restaurant will offer spaces for area residents to sell their wares at no charge — that’s right, FREE!

Each participant will be given a parking space where they can set up to sell their wares. Participants must bring their own table, up to a 10×10-sized tent, as well as bring items to sell, and remove any leftover items.

The yard sale is open to residents, crafters, and the community. There will also be a bounce house set up for children during the community yard sale.

Electricity to the vendor area and spaces will not be provided.

The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants should head over to Chick-fil-A Bristow’s website to register (click on Aug. 5) and RSVP to grab your FREE space.

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Two more house fires reported in Prince William

Fire officials in Prince William County told us about two more fires that occurred on Friday.  Coupled with a fire on Bolter Lane in Bristow, fire crews responded to three fires on Friday.

From Prince William fire and rescue: 

On Friday, July 21st at 7:03 p.m., fire and rescue units were dispatched to an apartment fire at the Regency Apartment Homes complex located in the 9900 block of Shallow Creek Loop in Bristow.

Upon entry, fire and rescue units discovered a fire had occurred in the kitchen of a second-floor apartment. The fire on the kitchen’s stove top had extended to the kitchen cabinets. The stove top and cabinets that were on fire had been contained and extinguished by the building’s sprinkler system. Firefighters finished the extinguishment and checked for further extension to ensure the fire was out and the building was safe.

No injuries reported.

The occupants, home at the time of the fire, were alerted to the fire by the smoke alarm sounding enabling them to safely evacuate the home. They also had a sprinkler system that contained and extinguished the fire preventing further damage and potential loss of life. According to the Fire Marshal’s Office, preliminary damages are estimated at $2,500.00. The Building Official has posted two apartments unsafe; the apartment in which the fire

The Building Official has posted two apartments unsafe; the apartment in which the fire originated and the residence housed directly below due to water damage.

Red Cross was on scene to assist, 4 adults and 2 children, displaced by the fire. The fire originated on the stovetop. The cause was unattended cooking and has been

The fire originated on the stovetop. The cause was unattended cooking and has been determined as accidental.


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