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Wells Fargo Bank in Dale City robbed, police search for suspect

DALE CITY, Va. — The Wells Fargo Bank branch at on Dale Boulevard, near the intersection of Interstate 95 was robbed this morning.

Police were called to the bank in Dale City about 9:15 a.m., as well as to areas around Ashdale Plaza, and the area around Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center search for the suspect.

A black man wearing a long black wig, sunglasses, a red jacket with the letters S and F on the back, and black pants, walked into the bank, passed a note, and made off with about $3,000, according to initial information.

The man was not armed, according to initial information.

We’ll have more as it becomes available.

Suspect in wife slaying succumbs to injuries

From Prince William police: 

Homicide Investigation *UPDATE –  On March 1, the male suspect involved in the homicide of Silvia Patricia RAMOS GUILLEN, which occurred on February 17 at a residence located in the 7300 block of Forrester Ln in Manassas, died as a result of his injuries sustained during the incident. Detectives with the Homicide Unit are currently working in conjunction with the Medical Examiner’s Office to determine his exact cause of death. This incident was isolated to the parties involved and there is no threat to the public. The investigation continues.

Suspect Identified:

The suspect was identified as Jose Amilcar VELIS, 46, of Manassas

Updated: Six face charges after body found on Potomac River

Murder Investigation *MULTIPLE ARRESTS – On February 22, detectives from the Prince William County Homicide Unit, with the assistance from multiple federal and local law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania, located and apprehended three suspects wanted in connection to the murder of Christian Alexander SOSA RIVAS.

The victim’s body was located along the shoreline of the Potomac River on January 13. After determining that the suspects were directly involved in the victim’s murder, information was received which indicated they were in the Newtown Township area of Pennsylvania. Prince William County police detectives with local assistance from the Newtown Township Police Department, Upper Merion Township Police Department, Haverford Township Police Department and the Marple Township Police Department, and with federal assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force successfully located and arrested the three suspects, one of which was identified as a juvenile. (more…)

Motorcyclist killed on Mapledale Avenue in Dale City

From Prince William police: 

Fatal Crash Investigation – On February 18 at 1:38AM, investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit responded to the area of Mapledale Ave and Meadowbrook Rd in [Dale City] (22193) to investigate a crash involving two motorcycles.

The investigation revealed that both motorcycles were traveling southbound on Mapledale Ave approaching Meadowbrook Dr when one of the operators, an adult male, applied a hard brake in an attempt to turn onto Meadowbrook Dr. The second motorcycle, operated by an adult female, was following behind the first motorcycle and unable to stop causing a collision. (more…)

Update: Silvia Patricia Ramos Guillen stabbed to death

From Prince William police:

Stabbing Investigation- On February 17 at 6:22PM, officers responded to the 7300 block of Forrester Ln in Manassas (20109) to investigate a stabbing.

When officers arrived on scene, they located two victims, both adults, suffering from injuries to the body.

All involved parties are accounted for and the incident does not appear random. More information will be released when it is available.

Update 9:56 p.m.

*UPDATE* Stabbing Investigation – One victim, identified as an adult female, has been pronounced dead due to her injuries. The second victim, identified as an adult male, has been transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries.

The incident appears to be domestic in nature and all involved parties are accounted for. The investigation is ongoing and more information will be released when it is available.

1:20 p.m. Saturday, Feb, 18, 2017: 

Homicide Investigation – On February 17 at 6:22PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 7300 block of Forrester Ln in Manassas (20109) to investigate a stabbing. When officers arrived on scene, they located an adult male and an adult female suffering from stab wounds to the body. The investigation revealed that both parties were involved in an altercation inside the residence. During the encounter, the female victim was stabbed, allegedly by the male party.

After the stabbing, the male suspect proceeded to another area of the home where he reportedly stabbed himself. Other residents of the home attempted to intervene and contacted police. First responding officers attempted first aid on both parties before Fire & Rescue arrived on scene at the residence.

The female victim was pronounced dead on scene. The male suspect, identified as 40-year-old man of Manassas, was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. This incident appears to be domestic related. Charges are pending.

The investigation continues. This is Prince William County’s second homicide of 2017.


               The victim was identified as Silvia Patricia RAMOS GUILLEN, 40, of Manassas

Their exact relationship is unknown at this point and it is still being investigated further. The male has not been charged but is still hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

Prince William County Clerk of the Circuit Court Michele McQuigg dies

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — Prince Willaim County Clerk of the Circuit Court Michele McQuigg, 69, has died.

The lifelong public servant was working in her second eight-year term as clerk. We don’t know the circumstances of her death. 

“Prince William County and Manasses have lost yet another committed public servant in Michele McQuigg. We are devastated about her sudden passing and our prayers are with the loved-ones that she leaves behind. Michele will always be known for her great passion for this County and its people; she will be sorely missed” –said Prince William County Republican Committee Chairman Dottie Miller.

McQuigg won her second term in the court in 2015. She made preserving historical court documents and making them available to the public her later life’s work. (more…)

Updated: Train collides with car in Nokesville


Photos by Tim at Nokesville Tire

NOKESVILLE, Va. — A train collided with a car on railroad tracks today in Nokesville at 10:56 a.m. 

One person was said to be inside the car and suffered serious injuries. Rescue crews said the victim would be flown to a local hospital.

It appears the train collided with the vehicle and pushed it east down the track toward Manassas. 

Train traffic was stopped along the rail line owned by Norfolk-Southern.  The crash should not impact Virginia Railway Express service. 

More as we have it. 

Update from Prince William police: 

An elderly female appeared to be suffering from a medical emergency when she strayed onto the tracks where they cross Fitzwater Dr in Nokesville around 11AM. A freight train traveling north struck the vehicle in the rear pushing it north a short distance along the tracks.

The driver was subsequently flown to an area hospital as a precaution. No serious injuries were reported. The train suffering little to no damage and continued on its journey a short time later. The vehicle was totaled. The train crossing at Fitzwater Dr was not impacted as the trained cleared the crossing before it was able to come to a stop.


Found remains belong to Woodbridge man missing since November

From Prince William police: 

Death Investigation *UPDATE – On February 6, 2017, the Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the identification of the human remains found on February 4 in the 1100 block of Marseille Ln in Woodbridge as Alan Cohee.

Mr. Cohee was reported as missing and endangered to police on November 11, 2016 by family members. Since his disappearance, the Prince William County Police Department, with assistance from other local and state agencies, conducted numerous searches of the area without success.

Mr. Cohee was last seen on November 10 and had no known contact since that time. Based upon the autopsy conducted and the police investigation, the death of Mr. Cohee is being classified as a suicide.


                The deceased was identified as Alan COHEE, 61, of Woodbridge

Dumfries Councilman William Murphy found dead inside home

DUMFRIES, Va. — Dumfries Councilman William Murphy was found dead inside his home.

Police and fire and rescue crews were at the appointed leader’s home at 18256 Linton Court at 3 p.m. today processing the scene where Murphy was found. Police said no foul play appears to be involved in Murphy’s death. They worked for hours to notify next of kin, while officers fanned out knocking on neighbors’ doors asking questions.

The cause of death is not known at this time. Two men from Mountcastle Funeral Home removed Murphy’s body from the home at 3:41 p.m.

Murphy spent five years on the Dumfries Board of Zoning Appeals before being appointed to the Town Council two years ago. A seat on the council opened following the resignation of Kristen Forrester.

In recent months as Republican’s formed a voting block on the Town Council, Murphy was more independent and often questioned Mayor Jerry Foreman. Most recently, Murphy voted no to changing the rules and allowing the Town Council to oversee the operations of the police department, removing the responsibility from the Town Manager. (more…)

‘I-395 HOV northbound lanes will close at 3 a.m.’ for Trump Inauguration

From Virginia State Police: 

Virginia Vehicular Restrictions:
· I-395 HOV northbound lanes will close at 3 a.m. on January 20. HOV lanes on I-395 will re-open southbound upon the conclusion of the Inaugural parade.

· HOV restrictions will be lifted on I-66 (as well as on I-395 when the lanes reopen Friday evening).

· I-395 main lanes and I-66 will be open to all traffic.

· Memorial Bridge will be open to pedestrian traffic and authorized vehicle traffic only.

· Key Bridge, Chain Bridge, Woodrow Wilson Bridge and the American Legion Bridge will be open to all traffic.

· North Washington Street at Montgomery Street (City of Alexandria) to Reagan National Airport will be open.

For street closures and restrictions within the District and Maryland, visit www.secretservice.gov/events/2017-Inaug/

To avoid congestion and travel delays, residents are encouraged to use Metro, Virginia Railway Express (VRE), and Amtrak for travel from Virginia into Washington, D.C., on Inauguration Day.

Those needing to travel are encouraged to seek alternate means of transportation and develop a backup route. For real-time Virginia traffic information, visit 511virginia.org or download the 511 mobile app.

Those in the Northern Virginia region not attending inaugural activities should anticipate and plan for potential traffic congestion and delays. Those needing to travel are encouraged to also seek alternate means of transportation or alternate traffic routes. For the real-time Virginia traffic information, click on the VDOT 511 Website or download the free 511 app.


Body found in Cherry Hill along banks of Potomac River

From Prince William police: 

Suspicious Death – On January 12 at 12:40PM, officers responded to the 1500 block of Cherry Hill Rd in Dumfries (22026) to investigate a death. The caller reported to police that while walking in the above area, a man’s body was observed along the shoreline of the Potomac River. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Detectives from the Homicide Unit are investigating the death as suspicious. The body was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office for further examination and autopsy. The victim’s identification will be released once confirmed and a next of kin has been notified. The investigation continues.

Detectives from the Homicide Unit are investigating the death as suspicious. The body was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office for further examination and autopsy. The victim’s identification will be released once confirmed and a next of kin has been notified. The investigation continues.


Body of Sosa Rivas, 21, of Fairfax, found in Cherry Hill

Exclusive: Mark Dudenhefer won’t seek reelection to House of Delegates

STAFFORD, Va. — After this year, Mark Dudenhefer is done in Richmond.

The two-term Republican represents northern Stafford County and Woodbridge in eastern Prince William County. His term is up at the end of 2017. 

Dudenhefer is expected to make a formal announcement by press release later today. He told Potomac Local on Thursday that he will serve out the remainder of his term, and attend the General Assembly which begins Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2017. 

“My family, and my wife and I have been talking about it for a long time,” said Dudenhefer. “They’ve stood by me through seven elections, but they don’t want me to do House of Delegates Election again.”

Dudenhefer, who lives in Stafford, was first elected to the newly created 2nd District House of Delegates seat in 2011. He was unseated two years later by Democrat Micheal Futrell, of Woodbridge. 

Dudenhefer won back the seat in a 2015 election against Futrell Josh King by winning a majority of the votes in Stafford County. King is once again seeking this seat this year, said Trent Armitage, Virginia House Democratic Caucus.

Before going to Richmond, Dudenhefer served on as Chairman of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors. Serving on that Board again is something he has not ruled out. 

“I really enjoyed my time on the Board of Supervisors because I felt like I got more done. It’s easy to get more done when you are a big fish in a small pond,” said Dudenhefer. 


Senator Charles J. Colgan in hospice care

The longest-serving Virginia State Senator is in hospice care tonight.

Senator Charles J. Colgan, 90, is being cared for by nurses tonight in his home state of Maryland Aldie, Va. 

From Delegate Richard Anderson:

“The Colgan family is asking for prayers. Senator Charles Colgan has been placed in Hospice. According to Mary his daughter it happen very quickly. I have posted her message under mine.

Asking for prayers for greatest man we know, our super man, our hero. At age 90 dads age is finally catching up with him and he currently in Hospice. This happened very quickly and we ask for your prayers. The Colgan Family.”

Colgan retired from the Virginia State Senate last year. Virginia State Senator Jeremy McPike was elected to replace him, and on Friday afternoon wished Colgan a full recovery.

“He’s an absolute legend. He’s one of those from the Greatest Generation, one of longest serving members of the oldest legislative bodies in America, and he’s also a WWII veteran,” said McPike.

Colgan was first elected to the Virginia State Senate in 1976. He founded and later sold Colgan Air.

On his birthday in September, officials at George Mason University dedicated a statue of Colgan at the Science and Technology Campus in Manassas. He also has a hall and theater named after him at Northern Virginia Community College’s Manassas Campus.

Charles Colgan High School in Prince William County opened this fall. It is one of the costliest high schools ever to be built in the state and is the only school with a swimming pool in the county.

County school officials gave Colgan a private tour of the facility prior its opening.

VRE expansion to Haymarket, Gainesville dead; Railroad to relocate Broad Run station

The proposal to extend Virginia Railway Express to Haymarket and Gainesville is dead.

The Virginia Railway Express Operations Board on Friday will vote to relocate the Broad Run station from Manassas Regional Airport about a mile east, near the intersection of Route 28 and Godwin Drive, according to multiple sources familiar with the project.

This is the recommendation put forth by the Operations Board by the Gainesville-Haymarket Extension study team that has spent the last 18 months examining the option of expanding VRE service 11 miles west of Manassas.

Relocating the station will allow VRE to expand a storage yard at the Manassas Airport, and that will allow Virginia’s only commuter railroad to expand the number of daily trains on its Manassas line from 16 to 22 per day. The additional trains are expected to generate 5,100 more passenger trips by 2040, whereas extending the rail line to Haymarket would have generated 1,110 in the same timeframe at the cost of as much as $660 million.

The extension to Haymarket would have required the railroad pay for the construction of at least one new set of tracks along Norfolk-Southern’s B-line, which branches off in Manassas at Wellington Road and Prince William Street. VRE trains would not have been allowed to use the existing freight line.

The findings of the first phase of the Gainesville-Haymarket Expansion study were presented last week, which showed the cost of the extension outweighing the benefits. Becuase of that fact, VRE officials were skeptical about winning federal dollars to build the extension, and that would have left VRE going hat-in-hand to state and local sources of funding to build and maintain the expanded rail line.

VRE plans to add three of 14 new coaches to the Manassas line in 2018 to expand one of the trains on the line. The railroad maintains the Broad Run yard, where locomotives and railcars can be stored, must be expanded for the service to grow.

There is the talk of adding a midday shuttle train between Manassas and Alexandria that would, for the first time, provide bi-directional service during the day, allowing passengers to use the service operating similar to a Metro train.

Woman charged in Food Lion murder found in Maryland

From police: 

Murder Investigation *ARREST – On December 2, members of the U.S. Marshal led Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested the suspect involved in the murder of Cordrey Douglas Jackson which occurred at the Food Lion located at 6306 Hoadly Rd in [near Dale City] on November 29. The suspect, Roberta Edlina BRANDON, was located at a residence on Addison Rd in Capitol Heights, Maryland where she was arrested without incident. The accused will remain in custody in Maryland until extradited back to Virginia.

Arrested on December 2: [No photo available]

Roberta Edlina BRANDON, 23, of the 2800 block of Bixley Hill Ct in Woodbridge

Charged with murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony

                Court Date: Pending | Status: Awaiting Extradition

Updated: Suspect, victim named in Food Lion shooting

DALE CITY, Va. — One man was shot outside a Food Lion at the intersection of Dale Boulevard and Hoadly Road.

More from police

Officers are currently on scene investigating a shooting which occurred at the Food Lion shopping center located in the 6300 block of Hoadly Rd near Dale Blvd. The victim, an adult woman man, was reportedly shot and transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. Residents can expect a heavy police presence in the area as the investigation continues. The scene is contained and secured by police. More information will be released when available.


Reader photo: Ryan St. Louis


From police: 

Homicide Investigation – On November 29 at 7:29PM, officers responded to the Food Lion located at 6306 Hoadly Rd in Manassas (20112) to investigate a shooting. When officers arrived, they located an adult male suffering from gunshot wounds to the body. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he died as a result of his injuries a short time later. The victim will be transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. The identity of the victim will be released once confirmed and their next-of-kin have been notified. The investigation continues. More information will be released when available.

This is Prince William County’s 22nd homicide this year. This latest incident comes less than a week after a man was stabbed to death outside a shopping center near Manassas.

Updated 12:20 p.m. Wednesday, November 30

Police have named the suspect in the shooting who remains on the loose, and the victim who died last night at an area hospital.

Wanted: [Photo January 2015]

                Roberta Edlina BRANDON, 23, of the 2800 block of Bixley Hill Ct in Woodbridge

                Described as a black female, 5’10”, 154lbs, black hair, and brown eyes

Wanted for murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony


The victim was identified as Cordrey Douglas JACKSON, 24, of Dumfries


Police on December 2 told us they arrested Brandon.

Updated: Police share names of man, child killed in Gainesville crash

GAINESVILLE, Va. — Police are working a serious crash involving a tractor trailer a large truck in the area of Interstate 66 and Route 29 in Gainesville. 

More from Prince William police spokesman Nathan Probus: 

“Serious crash involving a vehicle which became trapped underneath a truck. Two victims were trapped with serious, life threatening injuries. Road will be closed for some time.”

The crash is located on the northbound lanes of Route 29.

The exit ramp from I-66 west to north Route 29, Exit 43B, was closed due to the crash, according to initial reports.

Update 12:25 p.m. 

Two people were killed in a crash in Gainesville this morning.

The unidentified victims were killed when a heavy-duty truck crashed into their sedan.

The driver of the truck suffered was injured.

More as we have it.

Update 12:35 p.m. 

From police: 

Double Fatal Crash Investigation – On November 28 at 9:48AM, investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit responded to the area of Lee Hwy and Heathcote Blvd in Gainesville (20155) to investigate a crash. The investigation revealed that the driver of a 1999 Honda Accord was traveling northbound on Lee Hwy approaching Heathcote Blvd when the vehicle struck the rear of a Kenworth delivery truck which was stopped at the intersection. The driver of the Honda Accord and a child seated in the backseat of the vehicle were pronounced dead on scene. The driver of the truck remained at the scene and was not injured. Both deceased occupants of the Honda were transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. The identities of the deceased will be released once their family has been notified. No charges are pending at this time. The investigation continues.


                The driver of the 1999 Honda Accord was identified as a 32-year-old man of Gainesville


                The child occupant of the 1999 Honda Accord was identified as a 2-year-old boy of Gainesville


                The driver of the Kenworth truck was identified as a 46-year-old man of Stafford

Updated 3:20 p.m. 

From police: 

Double Fatal Crash Investigation *VICTIMS IDENTIFIED – Investigators with the Crash Investigation Unit have positively identified the victims of today’s earlier fatal crash as Daniel Sasha VELASCO, 32, and Ronin William VELASCO, 2, both of Gainesville.

Stabbing victim is Prince William’s 21st homicide of 2016

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — One man is dead after being stabbed at a shopping center near Manassas. 

The suspect in this case continues to elude police. 

From police: 

Homicide Investigation – On November 24 at 8:20PM, officers responded to the 8000 block of Stream Walk Ln in Manassas (20109) to investigate a reported stabbing. When officers arrived, they located an adult male victim suffering from multiple stab wounds. First responding officers attempted first aid on the victim who was subsequently transported to an area hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries. The preliminary investigation revealed that the incident possibly stemmed from an altercation between the victim and a known male behind a business in the above area. The suspect was not immediately located and remains at large. The victim was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. This incident does not appear to be random. The identity of the victim will be released once confirmed and their next-of-kin have been notified. The investigation continues. This is Prince William County’s 21st homicide of 2016*.

Update: Man, woman, 2 children found dead inside Stafford County home


STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. — The bodies of four people were found inside a home this morning.

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office is the sole investigating agency on the scene at 8 Wilderness Court, just off Longwood Drive in the Windsor Forest subdivision.

Authorities are withholding a lot of details in this case until they notify the victims’ next of kin. There was no sign of forced entry at the house, and there is no cause for the public to be alarmed, said sheriff’s spokeswoman MC Moncure.

Stafford County Sheriff David Decatur was called to the scene. So was the county’s animal control division to manage multiple animals, including a horse, that was found alive at home. The horse roamed within the confines of its pen located next to the single family house were investigators concentered their attention.

A worker who had just finished installing a new floor at a nearby home said the sheriff’s office was on the scene as early as 9 a.m. Thursday.

“I’m shocked to see this, ” said Crystal, a passerby who told us she just moved to Windsor Forest from Arizona two months ago.

The neighborhood is filled with single-family homes on large lots.

Update 5:30 p.m. 

From the Stafford Sheriff’s office:

The preliminary investigation has determined the incident was a domestic related murder-suicide. The ages of the deceased are a 35-year-old male, a 30-year-old-female, a five-year-old female and an 18-month-old-female.

Additional information will not be released today.

Democrats pick up seats on Manassas Park Governing Body



MANASSAS PARK, Va. — Donald Shuemaker, Hector Cendejas, and Miriam Machado will all take seats on the Manassas Park Governing Body.

The results of the General Election held Tuesday. November 8 were just released to Potomac Local. The ballot count was extended to the unusual number of write-in votes during the election.

Shuemaker, and independent, is the only candidate whose name was listed on the ballot. He won the most votes, with 3,081 of the about 4,000 cast.

Two Democrats running as write-in candidates picked up seats on the Governing Body. Cendejas won



with 1,349 votes, and Machado won with 559 votes.

Independent Mehtab Sign Kahlon lost his bid for a Governing Body seat to Machado by two votes.

Manassas Park General Registrar Patrica Brendel told us this morning that the ballot count was slowed due to a large number of write-in ballots cast. 



Here is the breakdown for the remaining candidates: 

Micheal Rogers, 483

— Bill Treuting, Jr., 415

— Melissa Garza, 385

Richard Schubert, 181

— Jessie Ludvigsen 110

We’ve linked to the candidate profiles in this post to the candidates who responded to our Project: Election questionnaire sent to all Manassas Park candidates prior to Election Day.

Also notable in this election, Democrat Jeanette Rishell unseated longtime Republican Mayor Frank Jones

Bryan E. Polk and Keith Miller, who both hold seats on the Manassas Park Governing Board, decided not to seek re-election this year.

Suspect in Stafford Halloween roadside sex assault arrested in North Carolina

STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. — Authority in Stafford County say they have one person in custody in an hours-long sexual assault that occurred on Halloween. 

From Stafford Sheriff’s spokeswoman MC Moncure: 

After developing a lead, Stafford County Detectives located the suspect, Roberto Carlos Flores Sibrian, in North Carolina and, along with partner agencies, participated in his arrest.

Flores Sibrian was arrested on November 10 at a construction site in Sanford, North Carolina. He has been charged with Rape and Aggravated Sexual Battery and is being detained in the Lee County Jail on a $100,000 secured bond and an U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Detainer. Flores Sibrian, age 26 has no fixed address, but was living in the Fredericksburg Region prior to the incident on October 31.

Approximately 100 leads were developed with the assistance of an aware and supportive public. All leads were investigated and the Sheriff’s Office gratefully acknowledges the vital role engaged citizens play in helping protect our community.

The Sheriff’s Office also commends the efforts of our partner agencies including Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Lee County North Carolina Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office, the King George County Sheriff’s Office, the Fredericksburg Police Department, the Fredericksburg Sheriff’s Office, the Virginia State Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Marshal Service.

This is an active investigation and in order to protect the integrity of the case and the privacy of the victim no further information will be released at this time.



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