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Updated: One dead in Manassas Park blaze

Updated July 12

The victim in Friday’s fatal fire in Manassas Park is Jerry Wayne Lusk, 73, of Luxor Street, according to a city fire investigator.


The man who died in a fire today while inside a single family home at 108 Luxor Street in Manassas Park lived alone.

He was the only person inside the home when it caught fire and was unable to make it out of the home. We were told the man who lived here was ill and was unable to evacute the house on his own. 

Fire investigators are still working to notify the victim’s next of kin. More information about this deadly blaze should be available this evening, we’re told.

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From Manassas Park Fire Chief David Dixon: 

At approximately 7:30 am, City of Manassas Park Fire Rescue, City of Manassas Park Police, City of Manassas Fire Rescue, and Prince William County Fire Rescue responded to a single family structure fire located at 108 Luxor Street in the City of Manassas Park. Upon arrival, firefighters found the dwelling fully engulfed in fire. There was one fire fatality involved in this fire incident. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the City of Manassas Park Fire Marshal’s Office and Manassas Park Police.

Potomac Local is headed to the scene to get more information. Check back soon.

62 children evacuated from Minnieland Academy in Manassas

Fire and rescue crews evacuated 62 children from a Minnieland Academy daycare center on Technology Drive.

A construction contractor working in the area struck a gas main, and that prompted the evacuation said Manassas Fire and Rescue Batallion Chief Mark Nary.

No injuries were reported, and no gas was found inside the daycare center located in Manassas. Two office buildings sit next to the daycare center, and neither were impacted by the gas leak, said Nary.

Minneland Academy used private buses to evacuate children from the center. Evacuees were taken to Minnieland Academy at Wellington off Hastings Drive in Manassas.

We asked Minnieland if parents could come pick up their children from the Wellington center. They responded:



Repair crews were called to fix the leak.

A mini storage facility is being built behind the Minnieland Academy, said Manassas City Economic Development Director Patrick Small.

Founded in Woodbridge, Minnieland  Academy is one of the largest childcare providers in the region with locations  in Prince William, Stafford, Fairfax, and Loudoun counties, and in the Richmond area. 

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Barnard named Prince William Police Chief

Barry Barnard will fill the role of Prince William County Police Chief full time. 

He had been acting chief since the departure of Chief Stephan Hudson in April.

From a county press release: 

Following a nationwide search and competitive hiring process, the Board of County Supervisors announced Barry M. Barnard as the new Prince William County Chief of Police for Prince William County.

Barnard joined the Prince William County Police Department as a Patrol Officer in 1976. He has had a stellar career and worked his way through the ranks serving in a variety of capacities for the Department. He has served as the Assistant Chief of Police since 2000, and was acting Police Chief following the retirement of Chief Dean in 2012, and again following the retirement of Chief Hudson in 2016.

“We have one of the finest police departments in the nation,” said Corey A. Stewart, Chairman Prince William Board of County Supervisors. “With 40 years of service with the Prince William County Police Department, Barry Barnard has been an integral part of that success. He has demonstrated his ability to lead this department and to maintain the safety of the residents of Prince William County.”

“The Prince William Police Department is a dynamic group of men and women who selflessly serve this community,” said Barnard. “It is truly an honor to be named the new Chief of Police, and I am humbled to have the opportunity to serve alongside my fellow officers and county employees in this new capacity as we continue to make Prince William County a safe place to live, work and enjoy.”

Barry Barnard received his Bachelor of Science degree in criminology from Florida State University and a Master of Public Administration from George Mason University. He resides in Prince William County with his wife, Debbie. reports the 63-year-old Barnard was hired this morning during a special meeting of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, and that his annual salary is $186,000 168,000.

History of police chiefs in Prince William

George Owens 1970 to 1988

Charlie T. Deane 1988 – 2012

Stephan Hudson 2012 to 2016

Barry Barnard 2016 – 

Pedestrian struck by train is Friday’s second fatality in Prince William

One person was struck by a train outside Manassas tonight. 

We don’t have much, just these notifications from police: 


This is the second confirmed fatality tonight in Prince William County.


Motorcyclist killed in crash on Occoquan Road at G Street in Woodbridge

Updated June 27, 2016

From Prince William police: 

Fatal Crash Investigation – On June 24 at 4:06PM, investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit responded to the area of Occoquan Rd and G St in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a two vehicle crash. The investigation revealed that the operator of a 2006 Yamaha R1 was traveling eastbound on Occoquan Rd in the above area at an excessive speed when he collided with the driver of a 2014 Nissan NV2500HD van. The operator of the Yamaha R1 was transported to an area hospital where he died as a result of his injuries. Minor injuries were reported by the driver of the 2014 Nissan NV2500HD van. Alcohol and drugs do not appear to be factors in this crash. The victim was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. The investigation continues. 


The driver of the 2006 Yamaha R1 motorcycle was identified Javier VANEGAS MORATAYA, 23, of Woodbridge.


The driver of the 2014 Nissan NV2500HD van was identified was identified as 23 year old man of Woodbridge.

Update 6:55 p.m.

From Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok: 

…this will be a confirmed fatal. Motorcycle operator, an adult male, succumbed to inquiries from the crash. Other driver of a work van was not injured.

Police plan to provide more information on the crash on Monday.

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Serious crash involving a motorcycle. That’s all we know right now. 


Next rounds of Metro SafeTrack work to impact Virginia commuters; PRTC plans temp changes

PRTC will implement some temporary changes for the next phases of Metro SafeTrack work to impact Virginia commuters. 

Potomac Mills mall announced it would add some additional temporary commuter parking during the work. We asked Potomac Mills how many more spaces drivers could expect, but they didn’t respond.  A PRTC spokeswoman also didn’t have the information.

From a PRTC email: 

The third and fourth phases of WMATA’s SafeTrack work are scheduled to shut down a segment of the Blue and Yellow lines in Arlington and Alexandria. Visit Metro’s SafeTrack webpage for details about train frequency and shuttle buses.

   –From July 5 through July 11, there will be no rail service between Braddock Road and National Airport. 

   –From July 12 through July 18, there will be no rail service between National Airport and Pentagon City.

PRTC will implement a few minor changes (detailed below) to help PRTC and Metro passengers.

Also to assist during SafeTrack, Potomac Mills Mall will temporarily increase the number of spaces set aside for commuter parking starting on June 29.

 –Several evening trips on the Prince William Metro Direct route will leave later than scheduled, enabling more passengers to make connections. These accommodations will be in place only during these phases of SafeTrack.

The 7:45 p.m. weekday trip will depart the Franconia-Springfield Metro Station at 7:55 p.m.

The 10:40 p.m. weekday trip – the last trip of the night – will depart the Metro station at 10:55 p.m.

The 10:35 p.m. Saturday trip – the last trip of the night – will depart the Metro station at 10:50 p.m.

   –Eastern Prince William County residents may want to ride one of the many PRTC OmniRide buses to the Pentagon, Crystal City orRosslyn-Ballston and transfer to Metrobus, Arlington Transit bus or Alexandria DASH bus.

   –Those who travel mid-day should consider PRTC’s Dale City – Washington OmniRide MX-1 trip, which leaves PRTC at 11:05 a.m. and picks up passengers at the Route 123/ I-95 Commuter Lot before traveling straight to multiple destinations in downtown D.C. 

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Keep your eyes to the skies: High winds, hail possible

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1:30 p.m. 

The severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 9 p.m. 

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