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Violent Gangs: Stafford’s Growing Problem

1st Sgt. Eric Jessee shows the crowd a photo of Roberto Roque, Jr., who was arrested late last year and is suspected to be involved in six to 10 robberies and for soliciting girls into prostitution at Brooke Point High School in Stafford. (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

Stafford County, Va. –– Violent gangs are a home-grown problem in Stafford County, filled with teenagers –– even some children –– looking for a sense of family they aren’t getting at home.

That’s the message Stafford Sheriff Charles E. Jett delivered to area business owners Wednesday, presenting a condensed version of a report on gang activity he delivered to county supervisors earlier this year.

Jett touted the work of the Rappahannock Regional Gang Taskforce created in 2005 to combat the southward progression of gang activity, and praised taskforce member 1st Sgt. Eric Jessee who delivered the presentation.

“A lot of times in the past, you had gang members who lived with their parents in Northern Virginia. Their parents wanted to get them out of the gang so they moved down here. The problem is if the child doesn’t want to get out of the gang you’re just bringing the problem here,” said Jessee.

The average age of gang members in Stafford County is estimated to be between 18 and 19-years-old.

Of the estimated 244 – 263 gang members in the Rappahannock region, up to 50 of them are juveniles who have joined organizations like 218 Boys, Goon Squad, Savage Boys and Killer Mafia.

There known for using guns to rob convenience stores and gas stations, invade house parties while armed, and for stealing weapons from parked police cruisers. In all cases, the gangs are considered to be violent.

Since children are being recruited into gangs at young ages, police say parents must become better managers of their children.

“There is nobody in a gang in Stafford, or in Fredericksburg, or Spotsylvania or Fairfax that’s not in that gang by choice. This is not the 60s, you’re not in Brooklyn, you’re not in Chicago, you’re not in East L.A. … so when a parent says ‘my kid was forced to join’ that’s not true for here. They’re diluting themselves,” said Jessee.

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Quantico: Shootings Violated Marines

(File photo)

Quantico, Va. –– The person who shot at iconic U.S. military buildings last fall is still out there.

That’s the message from Quantico Marine Corps Base Commander Col. Daniel J. Choike, who reminded the public that the search is still on for whoever shot at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, The Pentagon, a U.S. Marine Corps recruiting facility in Fairfax County and a U.S. Coast Guard recruiting facility outside Potomac Mills mall in Woodbridge.

Those shootings took place in the overnight or early morning hours of Oct, 17, 19, 25, 26, and 29. No one was injured, but an FBI investigation has linked ammunition in each of the shootings to a single weapon.

“If anyone in our military community has heard or knows something about the past shootings, then I encourage them to pick up the phone and call the FBI.  Every piece of information is relevant and investigators will work diligently to tie all the pieces together to complete the puzzle in an effort to solve this case,” said Choike in a press release. “These shootings are a direct attack on our nation’s assets that honor the sacrifice, commitment, accomplishments of all Marines, as well as fellow service members.  Each shot fired violates everything that we stand for and this community has a duty to stand up and reject these acts of violence by calling the appropriate authorities.”

During an FBI press conference last fall, authorities said whoever fired the shots most likely has a grievance toward the U.S. Marine Corps, or may have been wronged in his or her personal or professional life. Authorities asked that person to come forward, say they were willing to listen to “their side of the story.”

Following the shootings, a $20,000 reward was offered by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for the shootings.

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Church Collection Plate Robbed

Woodbridge, Va. –– Two men are in jail after they took cash from the collection plate Sunday morning, police say.

A man walked into the Christ is Lord Ministry at 14338 Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1) in Woodbridge at 11:45 a.m., brandished a gun and took an undisclosed amount of cash that was collected that morning during church service. None of the parishioners were hurt, and the man fled the scene, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

When officers arrived at the scene, parishioners were able to identify the man who took the money.

Police then learned he fled in a vehicle and then met up with a suspected accomplice in Lorton.

Police later arrested their suspect at his home in Dumfries without incident, and that’s where they recovered the stolen money, said Perok.

Stephen Ernest Wing, Jr., 19, of Dumfries, is charged with abduction, robbery and use of a firearm in commission of felony, said Perok.

Wing’s suspected accomplice, 18-year-old Andrew Phillip Coneth, of Lorton, faces the same charges, added Perok.

Both were held without bond.

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2 Nabbed in Woodbridge Burglaries

Woodbridge, Va. –– Arrests have been made in a string of burglaries that occurred in Woodbridge late last month.

On May 20, police were called to Eisenhower Circle just off Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1) behind Aquinas Catholic School.

The homeowner told police someone broke into the house between 11:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and stole a telescope.

A second burglary took place between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. May 26, where another homeowner reported an iPod and camera stolen.

Then another burglary on the same street on Wednesday lead police to develop the identity of the suspects in each of the Eisenhower Circle burglaries, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

Marcus Deqiann McClurkin, 19, of Woodbridge, is charged with two counts of burglary, two counts of grand larceny and with two counts of intent to sell stolen property, said Perok.

Travis Jamal Caison, 19, of Woodbridge, is charged with burglary, grand larceny and with intent to sell stolen property, said Perok.

Both live in the same neighborhood in which the burglaries occurred, and both are scheduled to appear in court June 29 and were held without bond.

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Rite Aid Robbed, Employee Charged

Keishana Joy Pittman, 23, of Dumfries, is charged in connection to a robbery at a Dumfries-area pharmacy. (Submitted)

Dumfries, Va. –– A woman who works at a pharmacy in Dumfries participated plan to rob the store, police say.

Police say she knowingly allowed a gunman to enter the store and steal cash.

Officers were called to the Rite Aid at 4423 Fortuna Center Plaza at 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, after it had closed for the night, where a 23-year-old and 24-year-old woman told police a masked man initially entered the store, brandished a handgun and demanded money.

The man then ordered the 23-year-old woman to tie up the second employee, and he placed both women in a bathroom, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

The woman who had been tied up was able to get free and call police. No one was injured.

The robber was able to make off with an undisclosed amount of cash and then fled the store.

After police arrived, the two women were interviewed and investigators learned the 23-year-old woman let the man into the store, said Perok.

Police still do not know how the robber and 23-year-old woman know each other.

Keishana Joy Pittman, 23, of Dumfries, is charged with robbery, abduction and use of a firearm in commission of a felony, said Perok. She was held without bond.

Police are looking for a black male believed to have been the gunman. He’s between 20 and 25-years-old, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 180 pounds, with a medium build, police say.

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Student Shot in Classroom

Update 11:40 a.m.
A teacher was present in a classroom when a student was shot in the shoulder on Wednesday.

The male teacher had turned his back to the class while using a whiteboard, and the student who has been charged with possessing the BB gun pulled it from his backpack, said Stafford County Public Schools spokeswoman Valerie Cottongim.

Original Post 10:41 a.m.
Stafford, Va. ––
A student from Brooke Pointe High School is facing charges after another student was shot with a BB gun.

A school resource officer who was on duty at the Stafford County high school Wednesday afternoon said witnesses saw the student showing off the weapon while inside a classroom.

During this time, authorities say another student was shot in the shoulder and had to be treated by the school nurse. After being treated, the student was allowed to return to class, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

Sheriff’s deputies placed petitions for the arrest of the 17-year-old student, charging him with possession of a weapon on school grounds, brandishing a weapon and unlawful injury, said Kennedy.

The suspect was taken to the Rappahannock Regional Juvenile Detention Center.

PotomacLocal.com is waiting to hear back from the school division to determine what the students were doing inside the classroom when the BB was fired, and if a school employees or adults were present at the time of the shooting.

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Crack Cocaine Found, 5 Charged

North Stafford, Va. –– A Stafford County sheriff’s deputy first though two cars were either involved in an accident, but drug charges were filed after he spoke with the cars’ occupants.

Police were called over the weekend to the intersection of Widewater and Flippo roads, off Decatur Road in the Widewater section of Stafford County, where he saw two cars parked and a woman standing outside of the vehicles.

The deputy questioned the woman and those inside the car, and then spoke with a man who appeared to have bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and a smell of alcohol on his breath, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

The occupants of the cars –– all five of them –– told the deputy they were on their way to a party.

Police searched the cars and found marijuana, crack cocaine and alcohol, said Kennedy.

Alicia Izman, 23, of Silver Spring is charged with possession of marijuana and conspiracy to commit a felony.

Thomas Howard, 33, of Lorton, is charged with possession with the intent to distribute a schedule 1 substance.

William Smallwood, of Brownsville, N.J., is charged with drunk in public and with attempting to passes a schedule 1 substance.
Tommy Clark, 55, of Stafford County, is charged with drunk in public, attempted possession of a scheduled 1 substance and with conspiracy to commit a felony.

Carol Dotson, 44, of Spotsylvania County, is charged with attempted possession of a schedule 1 substance and with conspiracy to commit a felony.

Each was held on $2,500 bond.

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Armed Man Arrested at House Fire

Update Tuesday
Police have released the name of the man charged in an house fire over the holiday weekend.

Daniel Martin, 48, of Hope Road, is charged with arson, obstruction of justice, resisting arrest and drunk in public, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

Authorities say Martin set fire to a house on Hope Road on Saturday afternoon, then holed himself up in an attached garage at the home with a gun.

When fire crews arrived to douse the blaze, they were told to retreat from the scene because an armed man was nearby, according to officials with the Stafford Fire and Rescue Department

Original Post 8:52 p.m.
Stafford County, Va. —
An armed man impeded firefighters from dousing a blaze at a Stafford home.

Fire and rescue crews were called at 3:33 p.m. to 594 Hope Road in the Aquia section of Stafford County for a report of a fire in a single-story home.

When fire crews arrived, they found the house fully engulfed in flames and were told that someone was possibly trapped inside the sturcture, said Stafford fire and rescue spokesman Mark Doyle.

Firefighters deployed attack lines into the house and began searching for anyone who might still be inside, but as they entered the house crews were notified of an armed man in a detached garage adjacent to the burning home.

Evacuation tones were sounded and fire crews ordered to exit the burning house, said Doyle.
Sheriff’s deptuties were callled to the scene and eventually arredted the man.

Afterward, fire crews learned that the two adults and one child that had been inside the house before fire crews arrived had made it out of the house safely and, and firefighters resumed their attack.

They were able to bring douse the flames within 45 minutes, said Doyle.

A fire marshal is working to determine the cuase of the fire.

A Stafford sheriff’s office spokesman was unable to provide inforamtion on the man who was arrested.

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Crime Watch: Woman Abducted, Shots Fired

Warrants issued after woman abducted, assaulted
A woman was abducted by an acquaintance after an argument, police say.

Officers were called to a home in the 1500 block of Walnut Street in Woodbridge after the 33-year-old victim said she was assaulted by a male acquaintance that held her against her will.

The victim was eventually able to leave the house and call police the following day, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

Police are unable to locate the man accused in the attack.

Investigators have issued warrants for Juan Carlos Ramirez, 24, of Woodbridge, charging him with abduction, intent to defile and malicious wounding, said Perok.

He’s described as Hispanic, between 5 feet 8 inches tall, with brown eyes and black hair.

Woman hears shots, finds bullet holes
A woman who was watching TV at her home Friday heard gunshots ring out, and then noticed a large hole in her bathroom window.

The shots were fired at 12:03 a.m. in the 3100 block of Chesapeake Drive in Woodbridge, just off Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1).

After seeing the hole in her bathroom window, she noticed another one in an adjacent window, police said.

No one was injured.

Home burglarized, cash missing from safe
Cash was reported missing from a safe at a home in North Stafford on Thursday.

Police say a home on Park Road in the Windsor Forest neighborhood was broken into between 8 and 11 a.m. Thursday.

The homeowner told Stafford sheriff’s deputies when he returned home items in the house were out of place, and saw that a window had been opened, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

Man robbed in Triangle
A 56-year-old man told police he was robbed in the 18200 block of Graham Court in Triangle at 12:50 a.m. Saturday.

The man was getting out of his vehicle when he was approached by a group of men that took his wallet, which had an undisclosed amount of money inside, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

The men fled on foot and the victim was not injured. The victim was not able to provide a description of any of the men, police say.

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Vandals Hit Woodbridge High School, Stafford Neighborhood

Aaron Gilliam, 18, is charged in connection to a vandalism at Woodbridge Senior High School. (Submitted)

Woodbridge, Va. –– Two people have been charged in connection to a vandalism at Woodbridge Senior High School.

Police say someone broke into the high school on Old Bridge Road in Lake Ridge between 1:25 and 2:30 a.m. Saturday and sprayed fire extinguishers, poor liquids on floors and glued coins to door locks.

On Thursday, police say they’ve arrested the culprits behind the vandalism.

Aaron Alexander Gulliam, 18, of Colby Drive in Lake Ridge, is charged with burglary and destruction of property, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

He is scheduled to appear in court June 22 and was released on his own recognizance.

A 17-year-old from Woodbridge was also charged in connection to the vandalism, said Perok.

His name was withheld because he is a minor.

Police in Stafford County are also investigating a series of vandalisms that prompted several calls to that county’s sheriff’s department Wednesday.

At least seven vehicles parked in the Stafford Lakes area had been spray painted. One of the cars that had been left unlocked had its interior spray painted, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

Anyone with information in this case is encouraged to contact the Stafford Sheriff’s Department.

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Stafford Seeks 7 New Deputies

Stafford County, Va. –– Sheriff Charles E. Jett wants more deputies on the streets to engage in community policing. To do that, he’ll need at least seven new deputies.

The Stafford County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved his request to seek grant funding for the new deputies.

Jett pointed out a post-911 study revealed law enforcement officers should spend at least 40 percent of their time on duty working in communities, building stronger relationships.

The $1.4 million, three-year grant from the Department of Justice would include funding for the new officers, and would include annual three-percent salary increases.

After the grant term is up, county taxpayers would be asked to foot the bill for the officers for at least 12 months at an estimated cost of $508,000, according to county documents.

“Because of the economy, I’ve presented to you each [previous] year in the budget where we are at and that the need still exists for the positions, but understanding the fiscal climate and understanding those positions could not be funded, but the current need still exists” Jett told the Board.

The sheriff’s department has not added any new positions in the past three years, according to Jett.

“So another way to put this is, if you don’t get this grant you’ll be back here next year asking us for money,” asked Supervisor Paul Milde, III of Jett.

“That’s correct, Mr. Milde,” Jett replied.

Supervisors also said it was important to hire new deputies to keep up with the county’s growth rate.

“I am going to support this because of the fact that we have not been able to hire any deputies in 09, 10 and 11, and that is one of our priorities,” said Supervisor Susan Stimpson.

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Police Shatter Window to Make Arrest

Byron Christopher McCaskill-Bey, 42, faces charges after he tried to assault a police officer, police say.

Dale City, Va. –– One man is charged with assaulting a police officer during a traffic stop.

Police tried to stop a vehicle in the area of Minnieville and Delaney roads at 10:44 p.m. Monday. The male driver did not stop, and continued about a block west to Minnieville Road and Estate Drive.

When he did stop, the male driver rolled up the car windows, locked the doors and ignored the officer’s commands to identify himself, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

At one point, the driver cracked the driver’s side window wide enough for the officer to get his arm inside the vehicle so he could roll it down further. But the driver tried to roll up the window on the officer’s arm, said Perok.

The officer pulled his arm out of the window, and when the man again refused to comply with police demands they shattered the passenger side window of the car and took the male into custody without incident, said Perok.

Byron Christopher McCaskill-Bey, 42, of Portsmouth, is charged assault and battery on a law enforcement officer, obstruction of justice, resisting arrest, reckless driving and driving on a revoked license, said Perok.

He was held without bond and is scheduled to appear in court June 23.

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Lorton Man Killed in Crash

A Lorton man was killed in a crash Friday morning in Spotsylvania County.

Marshall Mitchell, 34, was killed when he was riding in a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe traveling south on Benchmark Road, near Mine Road.

The SUV ran off the right side of the road, and Mitchell was ejected when the driver crossed over the left side of the road and over corrected, said Virginia State Police Sgt. Les Tyler.

Mitchell was not wearing a seatbelt.

The driver of the SUV, 32-year-old Jui Shelton of Spotsylvania, is charged with driving under the influence, said Tyler.

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Robbery, Eluding Suspects Caught

Update 5:45 p.m.
The occupants of a car that fled from police this morning following a bank robbery have been identified.

Police say a man walked into a Union Bank and Trust on Morris Road in Spotsylvania County at 10:30 a.m. Friday. The man handed the teller a note and asked for money, which the teller provided to the man.

With cash in hand, the robber runs from the bank and enters a silver car with Maryland tags, and along with another occupant in the car speeds away, said Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Sgt. Scott Davis.

At 10:48 a.m., a Stafford sheriff’s deputy was sitting in the median of Interstate 95 and witnessed a silver car that matched the description of the one used in the robbery, and then pulled up behind it.

“Before she could activate her emergency equipment, the car sped up ahead of her,” said Davis.

The car then turned onto a crossover in the median of the highway and crashed.

Two males jumped out of the car and took off ­­–– one man running to the northbound side and the other running to the southbound side of the highway, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Kennedy.

Stafford authorities set up a search perimeter for the two men using K-9 dogs, and had help from several police agencies including a police helicopter form Fairfax County.

At 1:45 p.m., one of the men was found along Potomac Creek on just east of the highway.

Fifteen minutes later, the second man was found west of the highway on Centreport Parkway.

Ronald David Green, 30, of no fixed address, and 46-year-old Gregory Everett Sr., also of no fixed address, have pending charges against them in Stafford County to include eluding police, said Kennedy.

Spotsylvania officials have also filed bank robbery charges.

There were no reports of injuries in the pursuit of the two men.

Update 2:45 p.m.
Two males are in custody after they fled police during a traffic stop on Interstate 95, police say.

The suspects have yet to be identified, and charges are pending.

Police stopped a car matching the description of a car used in a bank robbery this morning in Spotsylvania County, on I-95 at Centreport Parkway, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

That’s where both men were arrested by Stafford sheriff’s deputies about two hours later.

The Spotsylvania sheriff’s department has not returned a call for information about the robbery.

Original Post 1:35 p.m.
Stafford, Va. ––
Two bank robbery suspects were stopped on Interstate 95 this morning, but quickly fled from their car and eluded police.

The car was stopped on the northbound side of the highway about 11:30 a.m., at Centreport Parkway near the Stafford Regional Airport, because the vehicle matched the description of one that was used in a bank robbery earlier this morning in Spotsylvania County, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

Much of I-95 south between Woodbridge and Stafford resembled a parking lot at 1:30 p.m. Friday.

Stafford officials said traffic on U.S. 1 is also delayed.

We’ll have more on this as it becomes available.

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Arson Causes $20,000 in Damage

Woodbridge, Va. –– Police want to know who set someone’s front porch ablaze Monday.

Fire and rescue crews at 1:06 a.m. were called to a home in the 1700 block of Averet Street, off Blackburn Road, and found a resident dousing the fire with a garden hose.

Damage to the home is estimated to be at $20,000, and no one was injured, said Prince William fire and rescue spokeswoman Kim Hylander.

The Prince William Fire Marshall is actively investigating this case.

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Prince William Crime Rate Falls Slightly

Prince William Police Chief Charlie T. Deane

Woodbridge, Va. –– Overall crime in Prince William County fell slightly in the past year, according to newly released crime statistics.

Falling slightly was the number of rapes that were reported, down four from the five-year high in 2009 of 57 reported rapes in Prince William.

Police heralded the capturing the notorious East Coast Rapist that terrorized women for 14 years, and in his most recent suspected attack, raping two of three girls behind in woods behind a shopping center at gunpoint in Dale City on Halloween night 2009.

“This was a case that we put a lot of effort into…this is truly a stranger abduction, rape of the worst kind,” said Prince William Police Chief Charlie T. Deane.

As the county population increased over the past year, the county’s overall crime rate slightly fell from 19.5 to 19.2 percent. That continues a trend of a falling crime rate over the past five years, when it was at a recent high of 21.6 percent in 2006, according to the crime stats report.

The number of murders in the county fell last year by one to nine, and all of which have been solved, said Deane.

There were some categories of crime that rose last year, including larcenies (virtually any type of theft), and cases of aggravated assault.

Of the 224 people charged with aggravated assault last year, at least 20 of them used a firearm, knife or some type of cutting instrument.

Several illegal immigrants were arrested last year, including 274 for not having a driver’s license, six for rape and three for murder.

Prince William began keeping track of illegal immigrants who were arrested after county officials passed an illegal immigration ordinance in 2008.

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School Bus Driver Resigns Following Charges

Prince William County, Va. –– A Prince William County school bus driver has resigned after she was charged with assaulting two students.

Police say the 10 and 12-year-old boys were assaulted at 12:06 p.m. Friday while they were on the bus parked at Independent Hill School at 14800 Joplin Road, police said.

The driver resigned after four years on the job, said Prince William County Public Schools spokesman Ken Blackstone.

School officials would not comment on the extent of the children’s injuries because of privacy concerns.  Police say the children did not suffer any injuries.

Minnie Pearl McBride, 29, of Woodbridge, is charged with two counts of assault and battery, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

Her court date was not released.

Pearl is the fifth Prince William schools employee to faces charges since April.

One week ago, a 13-year-old girl told police a teacher at Woodbridge Middle School inappropriately touched her. The teacher now faces charges.

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2 Charged in Prescription Fraud

North Stafford, Va. –– Charges have been filed in the case of two men who tried to fraudulently obtain a prescription, authorities say.

About 9 p.m. Friday, Stafford sheriff’s deputies were called to a CVS Pharmacy on Garrisonville Road (Va. 610) by an employee who said he had fake order for a prescription.

A call from the pharmacy to the doctor’s office listed on the order also revealed the order was fake, and that’s when deputies posted outside the pharmacy and waited for the suspect to return, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

The man who had dropped off the prescription order returned, where he was confronted by a sheriff’s deputy about the prescription.

Sheriff’s deputies say another man was involved in trying to obtain a fraudulent prescription. That man, who was sitting in his car in the parking lot of the pharmacy while the first man went inside, suddenly drove away when he saw sheriff’s deputies arrive, said Kennedy.

Both men were arrested and charged.

David Brown, 22, and Mark Annunzi, 27, both of Fredericksburg, are charged with prescription fraud, said Kennedy.

Annunzi remains in the Rappahannock Regional Jail. Brown posted bond and was released.

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Infant Nearly Shot, Dog Grazed by Bullet in Home Invasion

Stafford County, Va. –– A child was nearly shot and a dog grazed by a bullet in a violent home invasion Thursday afternoon.

Now five men — four of them from Woodbridge — are now in custody.

Stafford sheriff’s deputies were called at 1:20 p.m. to an apartment complex on Kendrick Court in the England Run area, near the England Run Branch of the Central Rappahannock Library, after a man had barricaded himself and an infant in a bathroom.

The victim told police that a man he hadn’t seen in a year, known to him only as “AB,” knocked at his door Thursday.

The man opened the door and then was pushed back into his apartment as “A.B.” and several others rushed inside, said Stafford County Sheriff’s Charles E. Jett.

One of the pulled out a handgun and demanded money, and with the infant on the floor, the victim told the intruders he had to get the cash from his bedroom.

At the same time the victim’s dog, a Boxer, came out of the kitchen and lunged at the gunman. The gun was fired and the bullet grazed the dog and nearly struck the child, said Jett.

The victim picked up the child and ran into the bathroom and locked the door.

The men then left, but not before neighbors could get a good description of the getaway car, which investigators used to track down the vehicle on Interstate 95.

The car was spotted traveling northbound at mile post 140, at Stafford. Four men were arrested at gunpoint, said Jett.

A search of the vehicle turned up a secret compartment in the passenger seat, a loaded gun and 30 packets of marijuana, said Jett.

The man known as “AB” has been identified as Abraham E. Owen of Fredericksburg and arrested, said Jett.

Others arrested in connection to this case are Robert L. Schneider, Jamel J. Schneider, Dequintus J. Brooks and Michael T. Joyce, all of Woodbridge, said Jett.

All have been charged with use of a firearm in commission of a felony, conspiracy to commit robbery, attempted murder, said Jett. The suspects were not granted bond.

Additional charges could be filed next week, to include child endangerment and animal cruelty.

The victim and the child were not injured, and the dog did not suffer life-threatening injuries.

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Latest Sex Arrest Will Be Addressed by School Administrators

David F. Blount, 62, is charged with attempted indecent liberties by a custodian, police say.

Woodbridge, Va. –– Another Prince William County teacher has been charged with taking indecent liberties with a child.

This latest incident happened at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Woodbridge Middle School, when a 13-year-old female student told police her teacher inappropriately touched her.

The teacher was arrested the following day in North Stafford, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

David F. Blount, 62, is charged with attempted indecent liberties by a custodian and was held on $2,500 bond.

Bount’s arrest comes less than a week after a teacher at nearby Beville Middle School in Dale City was also arrested on similar charges.

Since April, Blount is the fourth teacher in Prince William County to face sex charges. Two teachers at Woodbridge’s Gar-Field Senior High School are also facing sex charges.

Prince William County Public Schools spokesman Ken Blackstone said the recent rash of sex arrests will be a addressed in a series of regularly scheduled meetings that will be attended by county school administrators.

“We have 10,000 employees, and after thorough background screening and ongoing professional development, ultimately, we rely on each of those 10,000 employees making a conscious choice to follow our policies, regulations, procedures, and – most importantly – the law. Since one violation is too many, we will continue to diligently remind all employees of the public trust for which they are accountable,” said Blackstone.

The county school division has an existing tip line for parents, students and school employees to use if they see in appropriate behavior. Callers may dial 703-791-2821 to report activity, and remain anonymous if they choose.

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Charges Filed in Fatal Lorton Crash

Carlos Edgar Portillo, 27, of Dale City, faces charges in a crash that took the life of a 57-year-old Manassas woman. (Fairfax County police)

Lorton, Va. –– Police have made an arrest after a woman was killed in a car crash in February.

Carlos Edgar Portillo, 27, of Dale City, is charged with involuntary manslaughter, Fairfax County police say. His court date was not released.

The victim in the crash, 57-year-old Sharon Parrish of Manassas, was killed Feb. 9 when she was driving her 2000 BMW north on Ox Road (Va. 123) and was struck by another car, driven by the accused, police say.

Portillo was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries following the crash.

Parrish was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said speed was a factor in the crash.

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