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Guilty plea entered in Popeye’s slaying

Daniel Lipscomb, 28, pled guilty to abduction in the 2008 death of a 23-year-old fast food restaurant manager. (News & Messenger)

Woodbridge, Va. –– The man charged in the 2008 murder of a fast food manager pleaded guilty this morning.

According to News & Messenger, Daniel Lipscomb, 28, pleaded gulty of abduction this morning in Prince William County court, and the judge accepted. That clears the way for him to be sentenced to five years in prison.

Lipscomb was charged after he entered the Popeye’s Chicken restaurant in Smoketown Plaza in Woodbridge on Jan. 22, 2008, demanded cash from the 23-year-old manager, and shot the manager in the head when he told Lipscomb he couldn’t open the safe, police originally reported.

The victim was rushed to Potomac Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Dumfries body identified as homeless man

Dumfries, Va. –– The body found behind a Dumfries shopping plaza this week is that of a homeless man.

Kenneth Michael Hostetter, 66, was found behind a closed restaurant in the Triangle Shopping Plaza on Wednesday.

Investigators told News & Messenger they do not suspect foul play, and that the body was so badly decomposed police had to bring in a forensic anthropologist to identify the remains.

Those who had met Hostetter said he was a man of very limited financial means. (more…)

Body found behind old restaurant

Dumfries, Va. –– A badly decomposed body was found behind an old restaurant in Dumfries, according to News & Messenger.

Prince William County Police did not return a request for comment on this story, but News & Messenger reports the body was found behind the old True Grit restaurant in the Triangle Shopping Plaza.

A specialist was called into help identify the badly decomposed body, and police say the death does not appear to be suspicious, according to News & Messenger.

The body was found early Wednesday morning, and investigators suspect the body had been behind the old restaurant for at least two months.

Armed robber hits 610 gas station

Investigators question two men who were involved in an armed robbery Sept. 25, 2010. (Mary Davidson/

North Stafford, Va, –– It was an armed robbery at a Sunoco gas station in North Stafford that sent K9 units searching a neighborhood and a nearby shopping plaza as others looked on.

The Stafford sheriff’s office on Thursday released the details of an armed robbery that happened at the gas station, at 488 Garrisonville Road (Va. 610), about 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

A man walked into the gas station with a handgun in his right hand and placed a backpack on the counter. He then told the clerk to fill it with cash, and when the clerk did, the man calmly walked out of the store and went in the direction of Center Street, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy. (more…)

Police: Victim slapped, robbed

Palma (Fairfax police)

Fairfax County, Va. –– A Woodbridge man has been charged in connection to a robbery at a Springfield shopping plaza.

On Sunday, a 28-year-old man flagged down a police officer and told him that a man slapped him and then demanded that he hand over all of his cash, said Fairfax police spokesman Richard Henry.

The victim did as he was told and handed over the cash, and the alleged robber fled the scene.

But police today are crediting a fast police response with being able to apprehend their suspect. (more…)

Hungry robber takes food, cash

North Stafford, Va. –– One man took $5 and a lot of pizza from a delivery driver on Monday, sheriff’s officials said.

The robbery happened about 8 p.m., in the 500 block of Lakewood Drive in North Stafford, near Stafford Marketplace on Va. 610.

The driver, who was working for Dominos Pizza, went to the address to deliver a lot of pizza, sub sandwiches and wings.

When he arrived, a man met him, brandished a knife, and demanded the victim hand over all of the food and money he had on him, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy. (more…)

Marines warn Salvia use is illegal

Salvia-divinorum plant (Photo:


Quantico, Va. ––  Officials at Quantico are cracking down on the use of a substance that when smoked mimics the affects of marijuana.

Base commanders call the drugs “Spice,” or K2,” which contain synthetic compounds that mirror THC – the psychotropic agent found in pot.

The drugs are made with Salvia divinorum, a naturally occurring plant and was sold in tobacco shops in Virginia until it was banned by the General Assembly in 2008.

At that time, Virginia joined a handful of states that forbid the sale of the plant – which has yet to be banned on a federal level. (more…)

K9s search North Stafford gas station

North Stafford, Va. –– Sheriff’s deputies swarmed a Sunoco gas station in North Stafford on Saturday night.

Officials about 10:30 p.m. offered no comment as to why they cordoned off the gas station’s parking lot with crime scene tape, or why K9 units were searching the rear of the building in front of onlookers. (more…)

Woman attacked in Lorton

The man who tried to snatch a purse from a Lorton woman, and then pushed her to the ground, looked like this. (Fairfax County police)

Lorton, Va. –– A woman told police a man tried to steal her purse, and now investigators have asked Lorton residents to keep an eye out for the would-be thief.

The victim was walking to her home in the 9400 block of Cherwek Drive, just off U.S. 1, at 8:50 p.m. Sept. 15, when a man approached her and grabbed her purse, said Fairfax police Franconia District spokesman Richard Henry on Thursday.

The purse was hanging around the woman’s neck by its strap, which prevented the man from taking it.

But a struggle ensued during the attempted theft, and the man grabbed the woman by the shoulder and threw her to the ground, said Henry. (more…)

Murder-suicide victims identified

Police roped off a portion of Widewater Drive in Montclair on Saturday morning after a man shot and killed his wife, and then killed himself, police said. (Uriah Kiser/

The shooting victims from Saturday morning’s murder-suicide in Montclair have been identified as 42-year-old Robert Bates from Nokesville, and 38-year-old Jennifer Bates, according to the Associated Press.

The two were killed this morning after they stepped out of the SUV they were riding in, on Widewater Drive, had an argument and Robert Bates shot Jennifer Bates in the upper body, according to police.

The man then shot himself in the head. (more…)

3 charged in Craigslist robberies

Stafford County, Va. – Three men now face charges in a string of apparent Craigslist robberies, investigators say.

The attempted robberies date back to July 18, when two different victims were told to meet the suspects at a predetermined location in Stafford to pay for an iPhone and Playstation 3 the victims thought they had purchased on the popular trade services Web site, Craigslist, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy. (more…)

7 robbed in home invasion

Stafford County authorities are looking for who robbed seven people inside their home.

The victims told investigators that a man and woman broke into the their home in the 900 block of Anvil Road in south Stafford, near Interstate 95 and U.S. 17, at 10:30 p.m. Thursday.

Once inside, the man pointed a handgun at the residents, ordered them from the middle floor of the home to the basement then to lie on the floor, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy. (more…)

Illegal immigrant data to be released

Carlos Martinelly Montano, 23, is charged with involuntary manslaughter in Prince William County after a 66-year-old Catholic nun who was killed in a car crash Aug. 1.

Immigration officials say they will now release information about all illegal aliens who have been arrested in Prince William County.

Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials told Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey A. Stewart they will now release identities and final disposition of every convicted illegal immigrant who was turned over to ICE, according to

Stewart said this breakthrough ends years of “stiff responses” from ICE officials after similar requests to release the information were made. (more…)

Auto thefts common before Labor Day

It’s peak auto theft season in  the Washington area.

Officials say between Memorial Day and Labor Day is when your car is most likely to be stolen. And though the number of auto thefts in the area has dropped in recent years, more than 17,000 cars were stolen last year in the Washington area, said AAA Mid Atlantic spokesman John Townsend. (more…)

Man indicted in antique store homicide

Julian Lee “Buzz” Burke is charged in the shooting death of a store owner.

Stafford County, Va. – One man faces murder charges in the death of a Stafford County antique store owner.

Stafford County detectives traveled to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center in Winchester on Tuesday night and served an arrest warrant for 63-year-old Julian Lee “Buzz” Burke, who was already in jail on a first-degree murder charge from an incident that took place in Fauquier County in November 2009, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy. (more…)

Immigration opinion prompts no changes

A new opinion from Virginia’s Attorney General puts police officers on the front lines of the illegal immigration battle, but it won’t change the way local departments conduct business.

Kenneth T. Cuccinelli stated that like officers in Arizona, Virginia police officers have the ability to inquire about the immigration status of those who they arrest.

That’s nothing new, as Stafford County Sheriff Charles E. Jett says the immigration statuses of persons they arrest have always been checked at the jail. (more…)

Police probe kayaker’s death

Kayaks for rent at Belle Haven Marina near Alexandria.

Fairfax County, Va. – Police want to know how a man went missing and later died in the Potomac River.

Dive teams found the body of Kenneth E. Huggins, 46, of Suitland, Md., after he went missing at 11:36 a.m. Saturday while kayaking off Belle Haven Marina in Fairfax County. (more…)

Credit cards taken from gym

Investigators say this woman took cell phones and credit cards from a North Stafford gym one week ago, then used the credit cards at area stores. (Stafford sheriff’s office)

North Stafford, Va. – Cell phones and credit cards were stolen from gym lockers at a North Stafford health club.

Sheriff’s deputies were called to Sport and Health Club at 315 Garrisonville Road on Friday, where they found that the items had been stolen from lockers that had been left unlocked, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy. (more…)

Iowa man charged in Woodbridge woman’s death

A 19-year-old Iowa man is charged in the death of a Woodbridge woman who was struck by a train in April.

Michael Caldron-Cody, of Ames, Iowa, is charged with a simple misdemeanor after police said he gave alcohol to 19-year-old Raven Gileau.

The night Gileau died, the Iowa State University student was walking back to campus with Caldron-Cody in the rain. Investigators said he left her under a railroad overpass to go and get a car to drive home. (more…)

Police officer faces charges

STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. – A veteran police officer is charged with resisting arrest in Stafford County.

Kevin Barrett, 49, was arrested at his home on Mountain View Road about 10:15 p.m. Friday, after he became confrontational with Stafford sheriff’s deputies who were called to his home for a report of a domestic dispute, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

Barrett has worked as a Dumfries police officer for the past 10 years and has been put on administrative leave pending an internal investigation following the arrest, said Acting Chief Maj. Raymond Colgan. (more…)

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