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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Reader photo: Ryan St. Louis

Updated 

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

Identified:

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

Updated 

Police on December 2 told us they arrested Brandon.

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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.

                Identified:

                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.

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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*.

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

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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.

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Democrats pick up seats on Manassas Park Governing Body

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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

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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. 

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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.

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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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Suspected MS13 gang members rounded up, charged in murder of Edwin Chicas

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — Police today announced the arrest of five people in the October 29 shooting death of Edwin Chicas, 22, who was killed outside a home near Manassas.

From Prince William police: 

Murder Investigation *MULTIPLE ARRESTS – On November 9, detectives from the Prince William County Police Homicide Unit and Special Investigations Bureau, with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, the Manassas City Police Department and the City of Manassas Park Police Department, attempted to arrest several suspects involved in the murder of Edwin Ivan Chicas which occurred in the 7500 block of Quail Run Ln in Manassas on October 29.

The preliminary investigation into the murder revealed that the victim was fatally shot following an altercation in the above area. Two men, identified as Marlon Edenilson ARGUETA-FLORES and Gerson Aldair SORTO-RAMIREZ, are alleged to have caused the victim’s death. The investigation further revealed that several other individuals were also involved in the murder, either as accessories after the fact or as co-conspirators. Detectives determined this murder was gang related as several of the suspects arrested were identified as members of the criminal gang Mara Salvatrucha, commonly known as MS13.

Following the investigation, detectives obtained arrest warrants for eight adults and one juvenile. Seven of those suspects wanted by police were arrested without incident. Authorities also executed multiple search warrants at five residences in connection to this investigation.

                Arrested on November 9:

                Marlon Edenilson ARGUETA-FLORES, 23, of 8329 Shady Grove Cir in Manassas City

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

 

                Gerson Aldair SORTO-RAMIREZ, 18, of 8828 Flatbush Ct in Manassas

                Charged with murder

 

                Omar Javier VILLEGAS-AYALA, 19, of 9450 Locust Terr, #1108, in Manassas Park

                Kevin PORTILLO QUINTANILLA, 18, of 10110 Sabin Dr in Manassas

                Both suspects above were charged with conspiracy to commit a felony

                Ana Luisa HERNANDEZ-RAMIREZ, 29, of 9450 Locust Terr, #1108, in Manassas Park

                Tania Manilo HENRIQUEZ-CARRONZA, 24, of 9450 Locust Terr, #1108, in Manassas Park

                Both suspects above were charged with accessory after the fact

 

Court Date: January 9, 2017

 

Arrested on November 9: [Juvenile]

A 17-year-old male juvenile of Manassas

Charged with conspiracy to commit a felony

 

                Wanted:

Kevin Vigil CRUZ, 22, of the 9400 block of Locust Terr in Manassas Park [No photo available]

Carlos Antoni CISNEROS-ESPINAL, 21, of the 10900 block of Coverstone Dr in Manassas [Photo from December 2015]

                Both suspects above are wanted for accessory after the fact

 

Search Warrant Locations:

  • 8329 Shady Grove Cir, City of Manassas

  • 8828 Flatbush Ct, Manassas-Prince William County

  • 9450 Locust Terr, #1108, City of Manassas Park

  • 10110 Sabin Dr, Manassas-Prince William County

  • 11052 Camfield Ct, #201, Manassas-Prince William County

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Suspect in fatal Virginia Gateway shooting identified

GAINESVILLE, Va — Police identified the suspect in the fatal shooting of a 26-year-old woman at Virginia Gateway shopping center on Sunday night.

Police today identified the victim as 26-year-old Linh Thi Pham.

Police just released this statement and associated photo: 

Murder Investigation *ARREST– On November 7, detectives from the Homicide Unit identified the suspect involved in the murder of Linh Thi Pham which occurred in the 7300 block of Atlas Walk Way in Gainesville on November 6. The preliminary investigation into the incident alleged that the accused, identified as Bryan ChristopherYU, fatally shot the victim, an acquaintance, as she was sitting in her vehicle after leaving her place of employment. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested without incident.

No arrests have been made in the case.

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Update: Woman, 26, shot on Atlas Walk Way in Gainesville, dies

GAINESVILLE, Va. —  A woman was shot in the Virginia Gateway shopping center tonight. 

The shooting happened at 5:35 p.m. in a parking lot between a Hampton Inn hotel and a Five Guys restaurant in the 7300 block of Atlas Walk Way. 

One woman suffered serious injuries to her upper body and was flown to a local hospital for the treatment of injuries that appeared to be life-threatening, according to Prince William police spokesman Nathan Probus.

Police took photos of the area that has been roped off for the shooting investigation. The photos show a now vacant store that was home to a Gym Source.

We’ll have more on this story as we get it. 

Updated 10 p.m. 

From police: 

Homicide Investigation – On November 6 at 5:35PM, officers responded to a parking lot located in the 7300 block of Atlas Walk Way in Gainesville (20155) to investigate a shooting. Once on scene, officers located a victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper body. The victim, identified as a 26-year-old female of Gainesville, was transported to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead. Detectives from the Homicide Unit are continuing to investigate this case. Currently, no arrests have been made. At this time, this shooting does not appear to be random.  More information will be released as it becomes available. This is Prince William County’s 20th homicide for 2016. *

Updated Monday, Nov. 7, 2016

Police identified the victim as 26-year-old Linh Thi Pham, of Bristow.

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Charges filed in fatal Minnieville Road crash

DALE CITY, Va. — Policed filed charges in the fatal crash of a motorcycle rider killed last week on Minneville Road in Dale City. 

From police: 

Fatal Crash Investigation *CHARGES FILED – On November 2, investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit filed charges in connection to the fatal crash which occurred in the area of Minnieville Rd and Cheshire Station Plz in Woodbridge on October 25. The investigation revealed that the driver of a 2015 Honda Accord failed to yield the right-of-way upon making a left hand turn which caused the collision with a passing motorcycle. The motorcycle operator was transported to an area hospital where he died as a result of this injuries. Following the investigation, the driver of the Honda Accord, identified as Charles James ALLEN, was served a summons related to the crash on November 3.

                Charged on November 3: [No photo available]

                Charles James ALLEN, 69, of 14196 Regent Ct in Woodbridge

                [The driver of the 2015 Honda Accord]

Charged with failure to yield the right-of-way on a left turn

                Court Date: December 14, 2016 | Status: Issued a Court Summons

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Suspect in custody after traffic stop leads to manhunt in Occoquan

OCCOQUAN, Va — One person is in custody after fleeing a police traffic stop. 

Police tell us a Virginia State Police trooper tried to stop a driver in a Nissan Altima traveling on Interstate 95 southbound. The suspect fled the scene and police pursued the driver.

The driver took exit 161 and fled police. A helicopter and units from Prince William County were called in to search for the man. 

An unidentified person is in custody. 

Here’s more from Virginia State Police: 

At 12:28 p.m., Tuesday (Oct. 25), Virginia State Police initiated a traffic stop on a Nissan Maxima traveling south on I-95 at the 168 mile marker. The Nissan refused to stop for the trooper and sped off. A pursuit was initiated. The Nissan took Exit 161 and then the driver fled on foot. Troopers lost sight of the suspect driver. With the assistance of Prince William County Police, a search was conducted and state troopers apprehended the male suspect without incident at approximately 1:10 p.m. Investigation remains ongoing at this time. No injuries reported.

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Updated: Woodbridge man faces attempted murder charge after Stafford standoff

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The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office just released the names of two men charged in the overnight shots fired call turned police standoff in North Stafford: 

Kevin Wayne Smith, Jr., age 23 of Salem Way Drive in Woodbridge was charged with Attempted 2nd Degree Murder and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony.

Brandon Christopher Baker, age 24 of Westminster Lane in Stafford was charged with Assault by Mob.

Authorities are withholding photos of the suspects as they are expected to appear in a witness line-up in the coming days, Moncure said. 

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A fight in the parking of the Buffalo Mos restaurant in North Stafford led to shots fired, and then to a nearly four-hour standoff outside the home a suspect. 

More from Stafford sheriff’s spokeswoman MC Moncure: 

On October 14, 2016 at approximately 2:00 a.m. Stafford Sheriff’s Office responded to a fight in progress at Buffalo Mo’s in northern Stafford County. The caller reported four or five males were outside fighting with a single male.

During the fight, one of the males from the group brandished a semi-automatic handgun and fired several rounds. After the gunfire, the group of men fled the scene in a vehicle. When Patrol Units arrived they were able to confirm that no one was injured in the shooting. Witnessed were able to provide the names of two of the suspects in the group, a vehicle description and tag number. Deputies began to search for the vehicle which was found unoccupied at the Staffordboro Commuter Lot.

DMV records showed that the vehicle was registered to a residence at 105 Westminster Lane. Patrol units conducted surveillance at the residence and were able to confirm that the two, previously identified suspects were inside.

The Special Weapons and Tactics Team responded to the scene at approximately 7:30 a.m. and established a perimeter around the residence. Negotiators attempted to make contact with the suspects for several hours by home phone, cell phone and a public address system.

Both suspects finally emerged from the townhome and surrendered to authorities at approximately 11:50 a.m. without further incident. At the present time, the names of the suspects are being withheld as the investigation continues.

Arrest warrants were obtained for one of the suspects for Attempted Murder and Reckless Handling of a Firearm. The second suspect has a warrant for Assault by Mob. The Sheriff’s Office would like to advise that all suspects are now in custody and there is no danger to the public involving this incident.

Moncure did not release the names of the suspects.

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1 dead in shooting on Bayside Avenue in Woodbridge

Updated 

Police identified the victim in Saturday night’s shooting as Jose Moises Garcia Flores, 40, of Woodbridge. 

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More from Prince William police:

On October 9, members of the Prince William Police Search & Rescue Team, with assistance from the Virginia State Police, conducted an extensive search of the area. During the investigation, descriptions of two possible suspects were developed. The victim’s body was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Manassas where he was positively identified. The investigation continues. 

Suspect Descriptions:

Black male, unknown age, 5’7” with a thin build and medium complexion

Last seen wearing a gray hooded jacket and blue jeans

 

Black male, unknown age, with a heavy build and full mustache & beard

Last seen wearing all dark clothing including a black cap with white front

Updated 

The shooting occurred outside the Bayvue Apartments. 

From Prince William police: 

Homicide Investigation- On October 8 at 5:56PM, officers responded to the 1400 block of Bayside Ave in Woodbridge for a report of gunshots. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male suffering from apparent gunshots to the body in front of one of the apartment buildings.  The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.  Officers conducted an extensive search of the area.  No suspects have been identified.  The identity of the victim will be released once positively identified and next of kin has been notified.  More information will be released when available.  The investigation continues.

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One man is dead after a shooting on Bayside Avenue in Woodbridge. 

Police said don’t have any suspects in the murder case.

More as we have it.

From Prince William police: 

 

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United Bank Dumfries Branch robbed at gunpoint

A United Bank location just outside Dumfries was robbed this afternoon. 

From Prince William police: 

Bank Robbery – On October 6 at 3:30PM, officers responded to the United Bank located at 17054 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Dumfries (22026) to investigate an armed bank robbery. The investigation revealed that a black male suspect entered the bank and approached the counter where he brandished a firearm and demanded money. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing the bank on foot. No injuries were reported. A police K-9 is responding to the scene. Residents can expect a heavy police presence in the area as the investigation continues.

Attachments: Suspect photo from video surveillance.

Please follow our social media pages for further updates as they are made available.

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Hepatitis A case linked to Gainesville Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Health officials in Prince William County want to talk to anyone who purchased food or drink at Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Gainesville.

A male store employee in his early 20s this week was diagnosed with hepatitis A, a virus that attacks the liver and can be fatal in rare cases. Anyone who purchased anything at the restaurant between 28 and August 16 is see their doctor.

From the Prince William Health District:

Susceptible individuals who ate or drank anything from the Tropical Smoothie Café in Gainesville on August 12, 13, 15, 16, 17 or 18 may still benefit from vaccine or immune globulin to prevent hepatitis A if received within two weeks of the date of exposure. Susceptible individuals who ate or drank anything at the restaurant on those dates should contact their health care providers, or may contact the Prince William Health District information line at 703-792-6345. Vaccine is available at various urgent care clinics and pharmacies in the community and at the Prince William Health District.

The Tropical Smoothie store that employs the infected worker, at 8069 Stonewall Shops Square, remained open on Friday afternoon. The store employee notified the owners of the store Dennis and Nicole Drake on Wednesday that his was showing signs of an illness.

The owners said the employee was told to stay home.

A lab test revealed he had contracted Hepatitis A, which can be transmitted by fecal matter or orally, according to health officials. The employee regularly handed food, and has worked at the restaurant since June, said Drake.

Customers who may not be showing symptoms now could develop them later. Those infected with hepatitis A may show symptoms between 15 and 50 days after contracting the virus, according to health officials.

The Gainesville infection comes as Virginia Department of Health officials last week traced the cause of 28 other Hepatitis A infections at Tropical Smoothie Cafes across Virginia to strawberries imported from Egypt.

“I never order anything with strawberries in it,” said Tyler Long, of Bristow, who purchased two smoothies on Friday from Tropical Smoothie in Gainesville.

Long works at a neighboring barbecue restaurant and goes to Tropical Smoothie each time he works, about four to five times a week.

The Drakes, owners of the Gainesville Tropical Smoothie, attended a press conference on Friday at the Prince Willaim Health District Office in Manassas. The husband and wife owner team said their store regularly passes state health inspections, that the company uses a private firm to perform additional health inspections, and that proper food handling training is administered to all employees.

“We’ve been impacted by this… it hurts us,” said Dennis Drake. “And it hurts more so than the business aspect… this is our food, these are our employees, and we’re all members of this community.”

The Drakes employee 17 people at their Gainesville location. The couple said they were at their Gainesville store until 2 a.m. Friday performing a “deep clean” of the restaurant.

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Reopened: I-95 south snarled after tractor trailer crash

Updated  5:20 p.m. 

Interstate 95 southbound travelers should expect significant afternoon travel delays due to a tractor-trailer crash that has closed all southbound lanes just before Exit 104/Carmel Church in Caroline County.

Southbound traffic will be diverted to use Route 1 southbound as detour route from Exit 110/Ladysmith in Caroline County.

Several miles of congestion exists leading up to the incident scene.

Original post 4 p.m. 

From VDOT: 

Interstate 95 southbound travelers should expect significant afternoon travel delays due to a tractor-trailer crash that has closed all southbound lanes just before Exit 104/Carmel Church in Caroline County.

Southbound traffic will be diverted to use Route 1 southbound as detour route from Exit 110/Ladysmith in Caroline County.

Several miles of congestion exists leading up to the incident scene.

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Heat advisory issued, ‘feels like’ temps to push 105 degrees

From the National Weather Service: 

...HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 8 PM EDT THIS
EVENING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS
ISSUED A HEAT ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO
8 PM EDT THIS EVENING.

* HEAT INDEX VALUES...AROUND 105 DEGREES.

* TEMPERATURES...HIGHS IN THE MIDDLE 90S.

* IMPACTS...RISK OF HEAT-RELATED ILLNESS FOR THOSE WITHOUT AIR-
  CONDITIONING OR THOSE OUTDOORS FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A HEAT ADVISORY MEANS THAT A PERIOD OF HIGH TEMPERATURES IS
EXPECTED. THE COMBINATION OF HIGH TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY
WILL CREATE A SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE POSSIBLE.

TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS IF YOU WORK OR SPEND TIME OUTSIDE. WHEN
POSSIBLE, RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES TO EARLY MORNING OR
EVENING. KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT
STROKE. WEAR LIGHT WEIGHT AND LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING WHEN
POSSIBLE AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER.

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2 men, 4 dogs found inside burning home

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From Prince William police:

Lomond Dr in Manassas, detectives from the Homicide Unit and investigators from the Fire Marshals’ Office are investigating this incident as an arson-related double homicide. One of the victims has been positively identified as a 17 year old male juvenile of Manassas.

Due to extensive injuries, the identity of the second deceased male victim is pending confirmation through the Medical Examiner’s Office. The third man located by officers near Manassas Mall has been identified as a 35 year old man of Manassas and is still hospitalized.

No arrests have been made at this point in connection to this incident. The deaths related to this investigation are Prince William County’s 14th and 15thhomicide for 2016*. The investigation continues. 

Identified:

One of the victims has been identified as Jose Javier AVALOS, 17, of Manassas

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From Prince William police: 

Death Investigation – On July 31 at 12:24AM, officers responded to a residence located in the 10300 block of Lomond Dr in Manassas (20109) to assist the Department of Fire and Rescue with a house fire. During their checks of the residence, fire crews located two men inside the home.

One of the men was pronounced dead at the scene while the other was flown to an area hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries. Four dogs were also located deceased inside the residence and were turned over to Animal Control.

A short time later, around 1:45AM, police received a call about a third man walking in the area of Manassas Mall appearing to be injured. Officers arrived and located the man suffering from extensive burns to his body. This man was transported to an area hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The remains of the two deceased men will be transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office for further analysis and identification. The identity of the deceased men will be released once confirmed and their next of kin has been notified.

This incident is being jointly investigated by the Prince William County Police Homicide Unit and the Department of Fire and Rescue’s Fire Marshals’ Office. More information will be released when available. The investigation continues.

 

 

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