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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 insidenova.com.

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…)

Victim punches gunman in face

STAFFORD COUNTY, Va.–One man tried to fight back against another who was holding him at gunpoint.

A 30-year-old man was sitting in his car in the parking lot of a 7 Eleven, at 3623 Jeff Davis Highway near Boswell’s Corner at 2:30 a.m. Friday, waiting for a friend when a man walked up and pointed a gun at his head.

The gunman ordered the victim out of his car as and two other males who were with him looked on, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy. (more…)

Jail cars used as trampolines

The Stafford sheriff’s “decoy car” sits on the median of Va. 610 on July 12. (File)

STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. – It appears one man was frustrated with jail officials and he took it out on their cars.

A 27-year-old man who had just been released from jail sometime after 9 a.m. Friday walked out of the detention center and then jumped on top of jail officials’ cars, authorities say.

A Stafford sheriff’s deputy was called to the Rappahannock Regional Jail at 9:22 a.m., after witnesses saw the man jump on at least three Ford Crown Victoria cruisers that were parked outside the jail. (more…)

Pimp sentenced to 13 years

Mark Brickhouse, 32, and Julie McKenna, 21, were convicted for prostituting a 16-year-old girl. (Photo: Insidenova.com)

WOODBRIDGE, Va.–A New York man was sentenced to 13 years in prison for pimping out a 16-year-old girl.

Marc Shawn Brickhouse, 32, with the help of another one of his prostitutes, 21-year-old Julie McKenna, lured a girl from California to the east coast using an online social networking service to work as a prostitute, according to court records.

In February, the girl was brought to a hotel off Prince William Parkway in Woodbridge to be pimped out. She was able to escape to a Babies R Us store for help, according to police. (more…)

Teens charged in North Stafford robbery

NORTH STAFFORD, Va. – Three teenagers from Prince William County are charged in a North Stafford robbery.

The teens approached a man who was walking home from work at 2:28 a.m. Friday, in the area of Pinnacle Drive and Highpointe Boulevard, and two of them pulled guns, then forced the man to lay on the ground, searched him for money and took his duffle bag, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy. (more…)

Driver is victim of road rage, nail gun

Dionel Barrios is charged with brandishing a weapon during a case of road rage.

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va.–Police say a Dale City man used his car to ram another driver three times and then threatened him with a nail gun.

The case of road rage started on Smoketown Road in Woodbridge at 12:25 a.m. Wednesday, when the victim called police to report his car had been rammed by a belligerent driver, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

The attacking driver then brandished what appeared to be a handgun  and then drove off. (more…)

College seminar aims to stop underage drinking

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va.–In addition to laptops and dorm supplies, rising college students should know the dangers of underage drinking, Fairfax officials say.

The county’s police department will hold a free seminar on the rising risk of binge drinking on college campuses on Wednesday July 28, at Northern Virginia Community College’s Annandale Campus.

The event will include a screening of the movie “HAZE,” a documentary chronicling the underage drinking problem on college campuses in the U.S.

Afterwards, a panel to include Jeff Levy, whose son died after drinking at a college party, will take questions from parents and students, according to event organizers. (more…)

Police: Laser blinds flight crew

Michael E. Promisel, 18, is charged with endangering the lives on a flight crew.

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va.  – A Fairfax man was charged Thursday with endangering the lives of aircraft operators.

A county police chopper was flying over Mantua Elementary School, near George Mason University, when the pilot spotted a group of people at the elementary school at 11:26 p.m.

“The helicopter was returning from another mission at another location in the county when the pilot spotted the group at the elementary school,” said Fairfax police spokeswoman Tawny Wright.

The pilot called officers on the ground investigate, and as officers arrived one of the members of the group shined a laser light at the helicopter, blinding the crew members, said Wright.

There were no reports of injuries.

Michael E. Promisel, of 8938 Glenbrook Road in Fairfax, is charged with interfering with the operation and an aircraft, said Wright.

If convicted, Promisel could face up to 12 months in jail or a $2,500 fine, said Wright.

Stafford standoff ends peacefully

Investigators search the hotel room where a woman holed herself up Tuesday afternoon. (Photo: Mary Davidson)

STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. ­– Stafford authorities forced their way into a hotel room after a woman who was thought to be armed holed herself up Tuesday afternoon.

Sheriff’s deputies forced their way into the room about 4 p.m. and found a 54-year-old woman who refused to check out of the hotel earlier that morning. (more…)

Woman barricaded in hotel room

FALMOUTH, Va. – A woman who refused to check out of a hotel this morning got the attention of police.

The manager of the Howard Johnson on U.S. 17 in south Stafford called police when a woman wouldn’t leave the room, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

When a deputy went to the room and knocked on the door to confront the woman, he heard what sounded like a shotgun being loaded. The woman then refused to come out. (more…)

Pastor resigns amid underage sex charges

Jason Bolton, 32, is charged with sodomy, police say.

WOODBRIDGE, Va. – Police say a Baptist pastor has resigned from his church and now faces sex charge

A 17-year-old female told police that she and the pastor shared several consensual sexual encounters in April, but that the two began a close friendship in Sept. 2007, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

The man was working at Potomac Crest Baptist Church, at 15418 Cardinal Drive in Woodbridge, when the relationship began, said police. (more…)

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