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Report finds Prince William police in compliance with ICE

An internal audit of the Prince William County Police Department states the county is not a “sanctuary city.”

A WJLA story posted last month stated County police did not properly notify federal Immigration and Customs (ICE) officials when they come across an illegal alien on the street. The report labeled Prince William County as a haven for illegal immigrants in the Washington area.

Prince William County in 2007 and 2008 passed some of the toughest laws on the books for  illegal immigrants accused of committing crimes.

Police are permitted to arrest someone who is in the country illegally if they have committed a crime, and ICE is notified. Police must also notify ICE if they run across someone who is in the U.S. illegally but cannot arrest that person if no crime has been committed.

“This is because the Police Department has no legal authority to independently enforce Federal Immigration Law,” according to the final report issued by audit firm RSM.

It turns out police have been following proper procedure when it comes to properly notifying ICE. This year, there were 15 incidents required further investigation, three incidents last year, and eight in 2013. Procedures were followed properly in all instances, said Jennifer Mertha, of RSM, who briefed the Prince William County Board of Supervisors about the results of the audit on Tuesday.

RSM reviewed 3,000 documents from Prince William and Virginia State police departments, and then checked them against an ICE database during the audit.

Prince William County Police Chief Stephan Hudson said his public information office gave a WJLA reporter incomplete information, and that “corrective action” was taken.

More from an internal report from Prince William police:

“The WJLA report characterized the Prince William County Police Department (PWCPD) as not communicating with ICE when an officer encounters a subject with a civil or deportation warrant.

This was a result of a member of our Public Information Office not reviewing the entire General Order regarding Illegal Immigration, and a failure to consider the various methods by which we communicate with ICE, such as phone calls and Teletype Communications.

The Police Department’s General Orders on illegal immigration have been in effect since 2008, with no substantive changes. The only changes to date were minor grammatical changes and the removal of language related to the 287g agreement, which was terminated by ICE at the end of 2012.”

We have the full RSM audit and police audit reports posted.

Prince William Board of Supervisors Chairman, At-large Corey Stewart ordered the investigation following the airing of the WJLA story in November. On Tuesday, he said “wires were crossed” in this situation, accepted the report, and then adjourned the final Board of Supervisors meeting for 2015.

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Police search woods for Woodbridge robbery suspect

Police centered their search for a suspect in an armed robbery this morning on a homeless camp in Woodbridge.

Police said a man displayed a handgun and took someone’s car keys in the area of Noblewood Plaza, outside a Lowes store.

No one was injured in the incident. Students at Gar-Field Senior High School and Bel-Air Elementary School were placed in secure the building mode while police searched for a suspect. The secure the building order was lifted at 11 a.m. 

At 10:30 a.m., the search shifted to a wooded area behind the Woodbridge DMV office on Caton Hill Road.

This is the second day in a row that police activity has impacted the operations at schools in eastern Prince  William County.

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Youth ice hockey team says accused Manassas detective, coach had clean background checks

Manassas City Police Detective David Abbott was a 16-year ice hockey coach with the Potomac Patriots, a youth team that plays at the Prince William Ice Center in Dale City.

Abbott, a Manassas officer since 2001, turned a gun on himself Tuesday morning and killed himself after police officers came to his home to serve him with a search warrant. Police said Abbott was charged with two counts of indecent liberties with a minor, and that he had inappropriate relationships with two teenage boys.

Abbott met both boys while coaching ice hockey.

On Wednesday, Potomac Patriots General Manager RJ Ziegler issued this statement:

Patriot Families,
I wanted to update you on the situation involving David Abbott and our organization.

You’ve no doubt seen the ongoing reports regarding the circumstances surrounding David Abbott’s death. According to the Prince William County Police Department, David was under investigation for inappropriate communications with children when he took his own life.

I understand that this news is difficult to process for many in the club. David was a long time coach (16 years) and had come to know many parents and players over the years. I also understand this news is very concerning, particularly how it pertains to the inappropriate contact a coach in our program reportedly had with a child.

While there is still an ongoing investigation, we are not at liberty to discuss specifics of the case or David’s actions. I can tell you that immediately upon learning of the serious allegations about David’s conduct from a club parent, we took swift and immediate action to engage law enforcement authorities, to include the FBI. We also took immediate action to suspend David from all club activities, and banned him from entering the Prince William Ice Center until an investigation could be completed. We are so very appreciative of the professionalism and urgency our law enforcement agencies demonstrated in addressing the allegations.

In light of Dave’s death, I opted to cancel all Travel team practices yesterday. Instead, Tony Ryan and I met privately with David’s players and parents at an assistant coach’s home. Grief counselors provided by Prince William County (Kate Schell Smith and Tina DiGiacomo) were on hand for the meeting to provide assistance for those who needed it. They were fantastic and have offered to help in any way they can moving forward.

Two team captains pulled me aside and requested that Assistant Coach Fred Cundy take over for the rest of the season. This tells me that the players were already looking at how they can continue moving forward – together. The resiliency that this team is demonstrating is remarkable. It was one of the proudest moments of my coaching and management career.

So how did we get here? David Abbott, like our entire coaching staff, was subject to USA Hockey’s mandatory background checks and Safe Sport training. David was current in all of USA Hockey’s certification requirements. Despite these safeguards, we were not made aware of his alleged inappropriate activities until a brave club member spoke up. As mentioned before, when the inappropriate actions came to light, we were able to swiftly and decisively take appropriate actions to protect the safety of all players within our organization.

I talked to the President of USA Hockey by phone today who expressed how proud he was with how the Potomac Patriots have dealt with this situation. Our local affiliate (PVAHA), as well as the staff at USA Hockey, has been at our disposal since this process began and continue to offer their resources to us. We appreciate their support as well.

Parents: I encourage you to have a discussion with your children about appropriate relationships with adult coaches, mentors, etc. We rely on the trust of the adults we place our kids with, but as you know, we must always be vigilant about our children’s safety despite all of the safeguards we have in place. This discussion may not be an easy one to have with your child, but will prove critical over time in situations such as these.

USA Hockey provides guidance on fostering safe, abuse-free environments. This training is mandatory for coaches and staff…but the program’s informational resources and training are available to anyone. More information about USA Hockey’s SafeSport program can be found here: http://www.usahockey.com/page/show/908023-usa-hockey-safespor t-program

I know you will join me in reinforcing our commitment to a safe environment for our children. As a new parent myself, we spend a great deal of time preparing ourselves and our families for potential dangers, but sometimes we just can’t see it coming no matter how much we prepare.

I, like so many others today, have a range of emotions from frustration to sadness on several levels. But it’s the same people that help us prepare that also help us cope and recover – and it’s those people that we all need to surround ourselves with in times like these. I hope everyone can find strength to deal with the events that unfolded yesterday and I am confident we will work through this as a united, unified hockey family.

If a child or parent observes inappropriate behavior from one of our coaches or staff members, please contact me or a member of the club’s staff immediately. Please know that the safety of our players and hockey family is first and foremost. It is worth reinforcing that when the inappropriate actions came to light, we are able to swiftly and decisively take appropriate actions to protect the safety all players within our organization.

Moving forward, we should not let the actions of one individual define
us as an organization. I won’t let it. I won’t let the actions of one individual soil the legacy that many of you sacrificed so much to develop over the years. I won’t allow the transgressions of one individual to rob our children of the opportunity to grow…to develop…to excel. I’m confident that we will overcome this tragedy and we will all become stronger and wiser because of it.

Lastly, the Prince William Ice Center ownership understands the privacy concerns of our families and has agreed to post signs to keep the media off of rink property. I am very grateful for the solidarity that our facility has shown us during this very trying time.

Please keep the players, parents and coaches of the Bantam Red team in your thoughts and prayers through this difficult time. I will be sending out the Prince William County Grief Counselor’s contact information to the coaches and managers to distribute. Please do not hesitate to call them. They are genuine people who are eager to help.

I will continue to provide updates as I am permitted to do so.

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Updated: Dale City area schools lift secure building order

Updated 1:40 p.m. 

Prince William County Public Schools report the secure the building status has been lifted at all schools affected: C.D. Hylton High School, and Rosa Parks, McAuliffe, and Enterprise elementary schools.

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Police are on the scene of a burglary in the 5600 block of Roundtree Lane in Dale City. 

Nearby schools have been placed in “secure the building mode” while police investigate. Access to the schools buildings is restricted. 

 

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Stafford sheriff’s office said Tieri got upset when his keys didn’t’ work in other people’s cars

Stafford authorities say a man told then he placed his car key into the doors of several parked cars on Elkton Drive and became angry when the doors didn’t open.

The Stafford sheriff’s office was sent to the street in England Run near the Central Rappahannock Regional Library on Sunday, December 13 at 5:30 a.m. after reports of a suspicious man trying to break into cars on the street were called into 911.

The deputy arrived on the scene and found an intoxicated man, according to Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy. The deputy found several cars parked in the street had also been damage, to include a Honda that had its door and quarter panel kicked, and a green Ford that had its license plate ripped off and a mirror bent, said Kennedy.

The man told authorities he had been looking for his car, said Kennedy.

The deputy asked the man which car was his, and he responded by saying his car was the silver Chevrolet he was standing next to, said Kennedy. Later, the man told the deputy his car was a silver Cadillac, said Kennedy.

The man later told the deputy he became angry when he tried his set of car keys in the cars parked on Elkton Drive and they didn’t work, said Kennedy.

Gary Tieri, 26, of Spotsylvania County, is charged in the case. He was taken to Rappahannock Regional Jail.

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Manassas police officer accused of contact with minors kills himself

A former Manassas City police officer shot and killed himself this morning after he was charged with having a inappropriate relationship with two underage boys.

More in a press release from Prince William police, the investigating agency: 

AbbottIndecent Liberties by a Custodian | Barricade Situation – On December 15th, detectives from the Special Victims Unit attempted to execute a search warrant and multiple arrest warrants at a residence located in the 13700 block of Senea Dr in Gainesville (20155) regarding an active ongoing investigation.

When detectives made contact with the accused at the home, he refused to surrender to law enforcement. The accused was believed to be armed and precautions were taken to evacuate neighboring residences. While detectives were communicating with the accused, he pulled out a handgun and shot himself. The accused was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives began an investigation on December 14th involving inappropriate communication between the accused and a victim, identified as a 13 year old male juvenile. The investigation revealed that the accused was a coach for a local Prince William County hockey league where he had met the victim.

Detectives learned that the inappropriate contact between the accused and the victim began in June of 2013 when the victim was 11 years old. The contact consisted of soliciting sexual acts via phone, text, social media and email. The accused also had face to face interactions with the victim.

During the investigation, detectives learned of a second male victim who also affiliated with the hockey league and had inappropriate communication with the accused which began in June of 2008 when the victim was 13 years old. Following the investigation, detectives obtained warrants for the arrest of the accused and for a subsequent search of the home.

The accused was also identified as a Manassas City police detective who served on the Northern Virginia-Washington D.C. Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Identified:
The accused was identified as David Edward ABBOTT Jr., 39, of 13756 Senea Dr in Gainesville
Abbott was as detective with Manassas City Police, assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Abbott had been with the department since 2001, according to spokeswoman Adrienne Helms.
 
Today, that agency is mourning the loss of one  of their own. 
 
Manassas police released this statement: 
 
Manassas City Police Department is mourning the loss of one of our officers, who took his own life at his home in Prince William County early today. On Dec. 14, 2015, Manassas City Police was notified by Prince William County Police that an allegation of criminal misconduct was made against a Manassas City Police Officer. The Officer was identified as Det. D. E. Abbott, Jr., who was assigned to the Northern Virginia-Washington, DC (NOVA-DC ICAC) Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

This is a tragic and sad day for the Abbott family, the juvenile victims and their families, the Manassas City Police Department, and our community. In spite of these recent developments regarding the serious allegations against him, we are grateful for the contributions Det. Abbott made during his time with Manassas City Police, to include the prosecution and conviction of hundreds of criminals. His family and peers request privacy during this time as we grieve and struggle to accept the realities of such a loss.

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Some Stafford County residents learned it’s not OK to leave your car doors unlocked anymore

Investigators are looking into a series of vehicle break-ins in Stafford County.

A sheriff’s deputy was called to three streets in the county’s Rockhill District after someone broke into a series of cars and stole things like an iPod, a knife, and some loose change.

The streets are Wagoneers Lane in the Colonial Forge neighborhood, and the others are Lakeland Road and Kingsley Court in the Augustine neighborhood.

During the investigation, the deputy noted three cars had been broken into during the early morning hours of Saturday, December 12. No arrests have been made in the case.

All three cars that were broken into had been left unlocked. The Stafford sheriff’s office last week launched a campaign to urge drivers to lock their car doors when they leave their vehicle unattended.

“Keeping vehicles locked really cuts down on the number of thefts as thieves are looking in neighborhoods for vehicles to hit,” said sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

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Stephen Brown was killed by his son, and Prince William prosecutors called it justifiable homicide

A new report calls the October 4 death of a Prince William County man justifiable homicide. 

Police said 48-year-old Stephen Brown was killed by his son on Oct. 4, 2015 at their home in the 12700 block of Lost Creek Court near Dale City. 

Today, police said a report from Prince William Commonwealth Attorney Paul Ebert said the killing was justified. 

More in a press release: 

Homicide Investigation *UPDATE – On December 11th, detectives from the Homicide Unit reviewed the final autopsy results and investigative details in the October 4th death of Stephen C. BROWN with the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office. As a result, Prince William County Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul Ebert determined that the circumstances surrounding this incident and subsequent death were deemed self-defense and that the final finding of this homicide was justified.

On the day Brown was killed, he attacked both of his sons, Prince William Commonwealth Attorney Paul Ebert told Potomac Local. After Brown attacked his youngest son, he then went for second, oldest son who would stab Brown to death in self defense, said Ebert. 

“He ended up protecting himself and his younger brother in this attack,” said Ebert.

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This video shows a burglar breaking into Dan’s Wellness Pharmacy in Stafford for a 3rd time

An independent pharmacy owner in Stafford hopes investigators can find out who keeps trying to break into his store. 

A burglar tried to break into Dan’s Wellness Pharmacy, located at 418 Garrisonville Road in North Stafford, at 1:35 a.m. Saturday. The burglar broke into a back hallway but was not able to enter the pharmacy, owner Dan Singh told Stafford Local.

An alarm sounded when the burglar broke in notifying the Stafford sheriff’s office. Singh said fled the scene without stealing anything. 

This is the third time this has happened at the independent business. 

“Police have always arrived within minutes.  The burglar seems to know that after he gets in he only has a few minutes before police arrive,” Singh told Stafford Local.

Over the past five years in Stafford, the number of burglaries in the county has remained steady. The county saw 252 reported burglaries in 2012, making it the five-year high for this type of crime, according to a sheriff’s office report.

The number of reported burglaries in the county dropped below 200 to a total of 179. Last year, the number of reported burglaries in Stafford County fell to 165.

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Child porn charges filed against former Benton Middle teacher

Updated

Loudoun County sheriff’s spokesman Kraig Troxell said Stancill had encounters with an underage girl on several occasions, and that he met the girl at a public event. He could not provide any more species about the event. 

Stancill faces four charges of solicitation of a minor in Loudoun County, added Troxell. 

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Prince William police have filed a child pornography charge against a former Benton Middle School teacher. 

The teacher is identified as Tommy Stancill who taught at Benton Middle School during the 2013-14 school year. Prince William police charged Stancill with one count of possession of child pornography in March 2015, according to Prince William police spokesman Nathaniel Probus.

“Additionally, there were two direct indictment placed through the courts which were returned by the grand jury on December 8,”said Probus.

Stancill, 32, lived in Prince William County at the time of the incident, Probus added. 

The arrest comes after a joint investigation between Loudoun and Prince William authorities. We don’t know the age or gender of the victim. 

NBC Washington reports Stancill the victim was not a student at the school. 

Prince William school officials have notified parents at Benton Middle School, and gave us this statement: 

We let the Benton MS community know of this by autodialer yesterday after we heard of the charges. We let parents know they may hear media reports about the charges against a teacher who taught at Benton only during the 2013-14 school year.

The charges reportedly involve the use of computers to exchange inappropriate material with a minor in another county. Prince William County Public Schools will be cooperating with the police in their ongoing investigation.

Loudoun County is the lead investigating agency in this case, said Probus. We’ve contacted them and are awaiting more information from that agency.

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Christopher Ellis charged with murder in mother’s death

One man is in custody this morning charged in the death of 67-year-old mother. 

Here’s more in a press release: 

This morning, Friday, December 11, 2015 at 5:09 am, Stafford deputies were called to 532 Fagan Drive for a man who was in his backyard yelling and screaming and acting strangely.  After assaulting a deputy and a brief struggle with the responding deputies, Christopher Ellis was taken into custody.  When deputies checked the residence they located an elderly female dead from blunt force trauma to the upper body.  The investigation indicated that Christopher Ellis was the subject who inflicted the trauma to the female.  The female has been identified as Ellis’s mother, Elizabeth Ellis, age 67, of the same address.    

Christopher Michael Ellis, 38, of 532 Fagan Drive in Stafford County is charged with one count of first degree murder and is currently being held at Rappahannock Regional Jail.

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Hash turns herself into police

Prince William police said the second and final suspect in a robbery that occurred in Dumfries last month turned herself into police. 

Here’s more in a press release: 

Strong Armed Robbery *ARREST – On December 9th, Amanda HASH turned herself into police without incident at the Gar-Field Station in Woodbridge. This individual was the remaining suspect wanted in connection to a strong armed robbery which occurred in the 19300 block of Belleau Wood Dr in Dumfries on November 20th. The other suspect, Robert KING, was previously located and arrested without incident by officers on November 20th.

Arrested on December 9th: 

Amanda Marie HASH, 26, of 2819 Banks Ct in Dumfries

Charged with robbery

Court Date: December 22, 2015 | Bond: Held WITHOUT bond

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Inmate orders girl, mom killed, say Stafford investigators

A 22-year-old man already in jail on sodomy charges, he now faces charges of attempted murder after investigators said he tired to have a 13-year-old girl and her mother killed. 

Here’s more in a press release from Stafford County Sheriff’s Office: 

On Tuesday, November 24, 2015 Detective Bob Parsons uncovered information, as part of an ongoing investigation, that Tyrone Warren was attempting to pay a sum of money to have two individuals murdered.  The two, a 13 year old female and her mother, were involved in a previous incident with Tyrone Warren.  In August of 2015 Tyrone Warren was charged with 1 Count of Sodomy by Force of the 13 year old female and placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail. That trial is set for January of 2016.   

Over the next two weeks, Tyrone Warren, calling from the jail, contacted an undercover law enforcement officer who was posing as a “hit man” to broker a deal to kill the two individuals. Tyrone Warren was willing to pay $5,000.00 to have the two individuals murdered.  Detective Parsons presented his findings to the Stafford County Grand Jury on Monday, December 7, 2015.  The Grand Jury then indicted Tyrone Warren.  As a result of the early and intensive investigation the two intended victims never faced danger or were harmed in any way.

Tyrone Maurice Warren, 22, of no fixed address, is charged with two counts of criminal solicitation to commit murder and two counts of attempted murder. Warren is being held at the Rappahannock Regional Jail.

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7-Eleven on Featherstone Road in Woodbridge robbed

Prince William police are investigating a robbery at a 7-Eleven store in Woodbridge: 

Armed Robbery – On December 7th at 1:00AM, officers responded to the 7-Eleven located at 1701 Featherstone Rd in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a robbery. An employee reported to police that two unknown men entered the business, brandished handguns and demanded money. The suspects took an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing the business on foot. No injuries were reported. A police K-9 was used to search for the men who were not located. The investigation continues.

Suspect Descriptions:
Black male, 6’02’’– no further description provided 

Last seen wearing a black and silver jacket, a black mask with a hood, grey pants, black shoes, and black gloves

Black male, 5’7” – no further description provided
Last seen wearing black jacket, maroon scarf covering his face, black jeans, boots, pink gloves, and a lime colored back pack

Police are also investigating a robbery in Haymarket. This photo of a silver 4-door sedan is linked to that incident.

silversedan 

Armed Robbery – On December 5th at 9:41PM, officers responded to the 6400 block of Trading Square in Haymarket (20169) to investigate a robbery. The victim, a 60 year old man of Gainesville, reported to police that he was in the above area when he was approached by an unknown man brandishing a handgun. The man took the victim’s wallet before fleeing in a silver 4 door sedan driven by an unknown woman. No injuries were reported. The investigation continues.

Suspect Descriptions:

White male, between 25 & 30 years age, 5’7”, 165lbs with a medium build, brown hair and blue eyes

Last seen wearing a light grey shirt, dark pants, and a white mask

White female, between 25 & 30 years of age, with brown hair

No clothing description provided

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Peele charged with animal cruelty in deaths of Nokesville German Shepards

Police said Charles Lee Peele, III killed two German Shepard dogs in Nokesville last month. 

Here’s more in a press release: 

Felony Animal Cruelty | Reckless Handling of a Firearm – On November 8th, Animal Control Officers began an investigation after a German Shepherd was found deceased in a wooded area located in the 10700 block Lonesome Rd in Nokesville (20181). The owner of the dog initially reported this dog, and another German Shepherd, missing to Animal Shelter staff on November 6th. On November 8th, during a search of the property, the owner located the dog, identified as 5 month old “Zoey”, deceased with an apparent gunshot wound. After locating the deceased dog, the owner contacted police. The second dog, identified as 9 year old “Maddie”, was found deceased the following day on November 9th also with an apparent gunshot wound. Both dogs were turned over to Animal Control for further examination.

During the investigation, a possible suspect, identified as the accused, was identified. After necropsies were completed on both dogs, it was determined that both had died as a result of their gunshot related injuries. Following the investigation, warrants were obtained for the arrest of the accused on December 1st. The accused turned himself into police later that evening.

Arrested on December 1st:

Charles Lee PEELE III, 65, of 11025 Manley Rd in Nokesville

Charged with 2 counts of felony animal cruelty and 2 counts of reckless handling of a firearm

Court Date: January 13, 2016 | Bond: $5,000 securedol

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Man shot in leg during argument

A man is charged with domestic assault and battery along with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after police said he got into a fight with a woman.

The woman also faces chargeds, police said. 

Here’s more in a press release: 

Aggravated Malicious Wounding | Reckless Handling of a Firearm – On November 29th at 6:46AM, officers responded to a residence located in the 18500 block of Amidon Ave in Triangle (22172) to investigate a shooting. The investigation revealed that two occupants of the home, identified as Nathaniel BATTLE and Donna PERRY, were involved in a verbal altercation which escalated. During the encounter, Donna PERRY retrieved a firearm and fired a round into an interior wall of the home. The argument continued, at which point a third occupant of the home, identified as La Vonne BINNIX, attempted to break up the altercation and fired his own weapon twice. One of the rounds fired struck BATTLE in the leg causing a non-life threatening injury while the other struck the floor. He was transported to an area hospital for treatment. After the incident, BINNIX fled the home and was eventually located later in the day. Following the investigation, all parties were charged in connection to the incident.

PERRY

Perry

Arrested on November 29th:

La Vonne Michael BINNIX, 21, of 18525 Amidon Ave in Triangle

Charged with aggravated malicious wounding and use of a firearm in commission of a felony

 

Nathaniel Jerome BATTLE, 27, of 18525 Amidon Ave in Triangle

Charged with domestic assault & battery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

 

Donna Marie PERRY, 49, of 18525 Amidon Ave in Triangle

Charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and reckless handling of a firearm

               

Court Date: January 11, 2016 | Bond: Unavailable

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Death investigated at Stafford cemetery

 

Updated

The body of  a woman found at Carver Cemetery in Stafford County was sent to a medical examiner in Richmond. Authorities are working to determine the cause of death, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

Authorities said foul play is not suspected in this case.

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Investigators have surrounded the Carver Cemetery on Route 610 at the Stafford / Fauquier county lines.

An unattended death was reported to the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office this morning. There are no signs of foul play, said sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

Authorities worked in the drenching rains about 10 a.m. with their attention turned to the a blue Toyota SUV. A black sheet was erected to shield the view of passersby from the crime scene.

The Carver Cemetary is a small burial ground on the edge of Quantico Marine Corps Base.

More as we have it.

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Davis charged with stabbing Triangle man

A man is charged with malicious wounding after a 23-year-old was stabbed.

Here’s more in a police press release:

Malicious Wounding – On November 28th at 8:30PM, officers responded to the 16700 block of Harwood Oaks Ct in Dumfries (22026) to investigate a stabbing. The victim, a 23 year old man of Triangle, reported to police that he was in the area of Harwood Oaks Ct when he was involved in a verbal altercation with an unknown individual. During the argument, the suspect who was later identified as the accused, produced a knife and stabbed the victim in the abdominal area. The accused left the scene prior to police arrival but was later located in his residence nearby and arrested without incident. The victim was flown to a nearby hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Arrested on November 28th:

John Elkannah Davis Mead IV, 24, 16680 Harwood Oaks Ct in Dumfries

Charged with malicious wounding 

Court Date: Pending| Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond 

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Police Chief: ‘We appear to have failed to notify ICE’

Two investigations centering on how police work with federal immigration and customs officials are ongoing in Prince William County.

One is a public probe ordered Saturday by the Board of County Supervisors to learn if county police are talking to federal immigration and customs officials, or ICE when officers come across anyone has criminal, or civil administrative — also called a deportation order — against them.

The second is an internal investigation ordered by Prince William County Police Chief Stephan Hudson, who wants to know why some officers declined to properly notify ICE in about half of the cases involving illegal immigrants with a civil or administrative warrant for their arrest.

A WJLA story labeling Prince William as one of four “sanctuary cities” in the Washington, D.C. region for illegal immigrants prompted a swift reaction from At-large Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart. The Chairman in 2007 made national headlines when he pushed for some of the strictest measures in the nation when leading the Board to pass an ordinance that would require all county police officers to check the legal presence of anyone stopped or arrested.

In an email obtained by Potomac Local, Chief Hudson told county officials that only about half of the cases involving illegal immigrants were handled properly.

“I have some additional info I can share, but am still working to verify some facts with ICE. Basically, our officers appear to have made phone contact with ICE’s screening center in about half the cases when we got these hits. We appear to have failed to notify ICE in the remaining cases… I will conduct a formal internal investigation into this matter to determine how this apparent failure to notify (in at least some of the cases) has occurred, but that will take time.

-Prince William County Police Chief Stephan Hudson

Officers check the ID of anyone stopped by for a suspected offense. Information on that person is returned to them on a computer. And, if the person has a criminal warrant out of their arrest, police place the suspect in handcuffs.

If the suspect has a civil or administrative warrant against them, police do not have the authority to arrest that person, explained Stewart. Officials now want to know how many times Prince William officers have come encountered individuals with such warrants and did not notifiy ICE.

The Prince William County Police Department’s authority to check the legal status of immigrants ended in 2012 when the 287g program — a joint program with the feds that trained officers on how to check the legal status of those arrested went away. Officers at the county jail are still trained in checking the legal status of those arrested, and still do so today.

“We certainly disagree with Channel 7’s labeling of Prince William County as a “sanctuary county.” Law enforcement officials in Prince William County have a well-established history of cooperating with ICE. In all criminal custodial arrests, PWCPD officers inquire into the immigration status of the arrestee and document the response on arrest paperwork.

100% of all arrestees booked into the Prince William/Manassas Regional Adult Detention Center (Jail) are screened through the 287g program, and the Jail notifies ICE of those findings.

Furthermore, In the event our officers find a person to have a criminal “Previously Deported Felon” warrant from ICE, officers arrest that person and follow the same procedure at the jail.”

–Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok

Interacting with those who have administrative warrants is only a “small portion” of the department’s dealings with ICE, but that was the core focus of the WJLA story, added Perok.

The Board of Supervisors was beginning its search for a new police chief at the same time the police department’s 287g authority was coming to an end. Hudson was appointed Chief of Police in February 2013 after Charlie T. Deane, the department’s first second Chief of Police retired. It’s possible that someone could have dropped the ball during this changeover period, and at least some directives weren’t followed, said Stewart.

“There’s a lot that we don’t know yet, and we’re going to have to wait for the results of our audit,” added Stewart.

The county tasked private firm RSM with conducting the audit. The results could come before the end of the month.

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Woman, 66, killed in Woodbridge crash

A teenager lost her life after the car she was riding in collided with another vehicle.

Here’s more in a police press release: 

Fatal Crash Investigation – On November 6th at 10:35PM, officers responded to the area of Jefferson Davis Hwy and Powells Creek Blvd in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a two vehicle crash. The investigation revealed that the driver of a 1997 Mercury Grand Marquis was attempting a left turn against a red turn signal from southbound Jefferson Davis Hwy onto eastbound Powells Creek Blvd when the vehicle collided with the driver of a 2013 Toyota Avalon who was traveling in the northbound lanes. A passenger of the Avalon was transported to an area hospital where she later died from her injuries on November 18th. The driver of the Avalon sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene. Speed, alcohol and drugs do not appear to be factors in this crash. The driver of the Grand Marquis was initially charged with reckless driving at the scene. The investigation continues.

Identified:

Identified:

The passenger of the 2013 Toyota Avalon was identified as Arlinda WATERS, 66, of Springfieldd

The driver of the 2013 Toyota Avalon was identified as a 65 year old man of Springfield

The driver of the 1997 Mercury Grand Marquis was identified as Jasmine Janelle JOHNSON, 24, of 15084 Cardin Pl in Woodbridge

*This story has been corrected. An earlier version incorrectly identified the victim as a 19-year-old woman.

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