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Tires slashed in Dale City

Dale City, Va. –– Tires were slashed on about 20 cars in Dale City, and now police want to know who’s behind the vandalisms.

Police were called at 2:42 p.m. Thursday to the Glendale area of Dale City after someone reported the tire slashing.

At least 20 vehicles all parked on Glendale Road, Granby and Greenwood drives, all had their tires slashed, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to call Prince William County Crime Solvers at 703-670-3700.

Sex offender & former pastor gets probation

Jason Bolton plead guilty to taking indecent liberties with a child.

Dumfries, Va. –– A convicted sex offender was sentenced today to two years probation.

Jason Roy Bolton, a former pastor at a Woodbridge area Baptist church who plead guilty in October to taking indecent liberties with a minor, was sentenced to three years in jail with all three years suspended, according to Prince William County court records.

Bolton lives in Dumfries and his probation will be supervised, court records state.

Bolton was involved a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old female in April 2010.

He was arrested and charged with sodomy in July.

Man’s throat cut following snowball toss

Lake Ridge, Va. –– One man threw a snowball at someone shoveling snow and had his throat cut, police say.

It happened at 4:21 a.m. Thursday in the 3800 block of Core Place in Lake Ridge.

The victim apparently threw a snowball at a man shoveling snow, then the man approached the victim, a fight ensured and the suspect pulled out a box cutter and slit the victim’s throat, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok. (more…)

D.C. police officer charged

Joanne Nicole Marshall Ivy, 27, of Woodbridge is charged with obstruction of justice.

Woodbridge, Va. –– A Metropolitan Police officer faces a charge in Prince William County.

Police were called on Sunday to the 2700 block of Brier Pond Circle near Dumfries for a report of shots fired. They arrested one man in connection to the incident, but now there’s word of another arrest in the case.

Joanne Nicole Marshall Ivy, 27, of Woodbridge was charged Tuesday with obstruction of justice after police say she provided false information to prevent being arrested.

Ivy is a police officer in Washington, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

Her court date was not released.

One dead following stabbing

Glen A. Roberson, 43, of Alexandria, is charged with malicious wounding. (Submitted)

Fairfax County, Va. –– One man died two days after being stabbed in Springfield.

Police said 47-year-old Dennis Bryant of Arlington was stabbed during a physical altercation about 7 p.m. Friday in the 6700 block of Metropolitan Center Drive.

Police were called, and when they arrived found both the victim and the man he had been fighting with still on the scene.

Bryant was taken that night to an area hospital with injuries that appeared to be non-life threatening, said a Fairfax County police spokesman. (more…)

Carjacking arrest made

Woodbridge, Va. –– Police say they arrested a man who carjacked a woman in Woodbridge early Monday.

It’s one of three arrests in as many separate incidents that took place during the past two days.

The 35-year-old victim told police she had just started her car to let it warm up at Marumsco Plaza in Woodbridge at 12:01 a.m. Monday, when a man walked up and forced her from the car. (more…)

Former pastor to be sentenced

Jason Bolton plead guilty to taking indecent liberties with a child.

A former pastor at a Woodbridge church will be sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to taking indecent liberties with a child.

Jason Roy Bolton plead guilty to the charge in October.

He will be sentenced in a Prince William County courtroom at 1:30 p.m., according to court records.

Bolton was a pastor at Potomac Crest Baptist Church in Woodbridge.

Walmart thief targets electronics

Stafford County, Va. –– Investigators in Stafford County want to know who is walking into Walmart stores and walking out with loads of stolen goods.

Three Walmart stores in the county, including one on Garrisonville Road (Va. 610) in North Stafford, have been hit several times since early December.

A man who appears to be in his late 30s or early 40s has been captured on security cameras taking items like computers, stereos and video games, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

He can be seen leaving the stores in a gold Toyota Corolla or dark colored sedan, possibly a Pontiac Sunfire.

He’s been seen wearing red shirt, white jacket with red sleeves, blue jeans, and in some cases a blue sweatshirt.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Stafford County Crime Solvers at 540-658-2020.

Questions linger after shots fired

Police surrounded a shopping center at Va. 234 and Country Club Drive in Montclair. (Submitted)

Police determined the man who fled a car during a traffic stop Tuesday was armed with gun.

A manhunt ensued in the Montclair area just after Noon Tuesday after the man fled from the car, police said.

Two others who were inside the automobile did not flee, and were arrested.

It all started when police received a call from a neighbor who said they heard shots being fired in a wooded area near Marshall Court. The witness told police the alleged shooter jumped into a car and sped off. (more…)

Drug bust nets schools employee

Update Noon
Rachel Domina, who now faces drug charges, was suspended from her job as a math teacher at Graham Park Middle School in Dumfries after her arrest last month, said Prince William County Public Schools spokesman Ken Blackstone.

Woodbridge, Va. –– Police just released details on a drug bust that took place last month that netted a public schools employee and four others.

A search warrant was carried out Dec. 17 at 15431 Silvan Glen Drive in Montclair, and during the search of the home officers found Oxycodone, drug paraphernalia, an undisclosed amount of cash and several documents, police said. A BMW automobile was also seized. (more…)

Do Fairfax residents need a closer watch on police?

Mount Vernon, Va. –– Residents and officials in Fairfax County are wrangling with the idea of forming a citizen review board for the police department, following the fatal shooting of an unarmed man.

Police Chief David Rohrer in the next few months will make the decision to allow a the board, the Mount Vernon Gazette reports.

The 52-year-old shooting victim, David Masters, was shot while behind the wheel of his Chevrolet Blazer in November 2009, on Fort Hunt Rood U.S. 1, the Washington Post reported.

Officers approached Master’s Blazer, but they said the vehicle continued to roll forward, nearly striking an officer. At one point, an officer thought he saw Masters reach for a weapon and Ziants shot and killed him. (more…)

Bill would push PWC immigration policy statewide

Del. L. Scott Lingamfelter (R-31, Woodbridge) thinks Prince William County’s immigration policy – where everyone who is arrested is questioned about their immigration status – would work well in jurisdictions across the state.

He’s introduced a bill in the General Assembly that would not only require agencies to inquire about detainee’s immigration status, it would also allow them to hold those arrested without bond if authorities think they will not appear for a hearing.

The bill is still pending a hearing.

NBCWashington.com has more on a University of Virginia study on Prince William County’s immigration policy that found crime in the county has decreased in recent years, but has also created a wider racial divide.

Woman escapes captor in Woodbridge

U.S. 1 in Woodbridge, at the intersection of E. Longview Drive and Prince William Parkway.

Lorton, Va. –– A woman from Lorton was abducted Wednesday and driven to Woodbridge, where she narrowly escaped her captor, police said.

It happened at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday when the 20-year-old victim was walking along U.S. 1 south, near Woodside Lane in the Gunston area of Fairfax County.

While the woman was walking near a shopping center, the alleged captor yelled out to her while the car was still moving. As the car stopped, the woman walked over to the passenger side of the car to speak to the man. (more…)

Firefighter charged with DUI

Update 3:15 p.m.

The firefighter charged with DUI on Monday is a volunteer with OWL Volunteer Fire Department in Woodbridge, but officials stress he was not on company time when he was arrested.

OWL VFD Chief Jim McAllister said Pottier was operating his own vehicle and was not on duty, and when he was arrested, did not identify himself to police as a volunteer firefighter.

Original post 1:48 p.m.
Lake Ridge, Va. –– A volunteer firefighter in Prince William County has been arrested and charged with DUI, police said.

Nathan Collier Pottier, 25, of Vienna, was stopped at 11 p.m. Monday in the area of Hedges Run Drive and Old Bridge Road in Lake Ridge.

When the officer questioned him, he determined Pottier to be driving under the influence of alcohol, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

Police said Pottier is a volunteer firefighter in Prince William.

More on this story as we get it.

Man tased in robbery

North Stafford, Va. –– One man was tased during a robbery at a Radio Shack store in North Stafford on Monday night.

Two men at 9 p.m. walked into the electronics store at 418 Garrisonville Road (Va. 610), showed a knife and taser and demanded the two male employees, ages 20 and 25, go the manager’s office.

The robbers threatened to kill both employees if they did not comply with their demands, and one the attackers used a taser to assault one of the victims while the other was kicked, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

The robbers took cell phones, computers and game consoles and then left through a rear door. (more…)

Police nab man in Lake Ridge burglaries

Jason Thomas Blake, 29, of Woodbridge, faces charges in a string of burglaries that have occurred in that neighborhood since Dec. 16. (Submitted)

Lake Ridge, Va. –– An arrest has been made in case of a series of burglaries in Lake Ridge.

Jason Thomas Blake, 29, of Woodbridge, faces charges in a string of burglaries that have occurred in that neighborhood since Dec. 16.

During the spree, police believe at least 12 homes have been burglarized, and more than $60,000 in valuables taken from the homes combined.

Blake is one of two suspects police believe is behind the burglaries. He is charged with two counts of burglary, three counts of grand larceny, three counts of destruction of property, one count of obtaining money under false pretenses, drug possession charges and one contempt of court charge which stems from a previous arrest warrant for him reports NBCWashington.com.

Police are still looking for the second suspect in the case.

Most of the burglaries have taken place during daytime hours with the intruders entering the house through a rear door.

In some cases, the burglars have used bricks and rocks to smash windows and gain entry to homes.

Victim ID’d, burglaries probed, crasher charged

Victim identified
The pedestrian struck and killed in Mt. Vernon on New Year’s Day has been identified as 58-year-old Marino Sorto-Reyes, of Alexandria.

Sorto-Reyes was killed after being struck by a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee as he was trying to cross U.S. 1 in the area of Janna Lee Avenue.

Police said the victim was not using a crosswalk. No charges have been filed. (more…)

School buses vandalized in Stafford

North Stafford, Va. –– Someone painted some yellow school buses black.

Stafford sheriff’s deputies were called H.H. Poole Middle School at 800 Eustace Drive in North Stafford on Dec. 29, after school administrators found seven buses had been vandalized.

Vandals used black spray paint and painted the driver, passenger and back sides of the parked buses, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

It’s estimated it will cost $5,700 to remove the paint from the buses.

Anyone with information about the vandalism is encouraged to call Stafford County Crime Solvers.

Authorities have also posted information about graffiti in Stafford County.

Exposure suspect also charged with DUI

Alfred Glascock, 66, faces multiple charges in Stafford County. (Submitted)

North Stafford, Va. –– Stafford sheriff authorities say a Caroline County man exposed himself to a deputy.

A Stafford sheriff’s deputy was flagged down by a woman about 9:15 a.m. Friday, who told him a car was blocking the entrance to the Kings Crest subdivision at Va. 610 and Hermitage Drive in North Stafford.

The deputy went to investigate and saw a white coupe stopped in the middle of Hermitage Drive.

A man standing near the car fell to the ground, and the deputy went to assist him, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

Lying on the ground, the man seemed disoriented, his speech was slurred, and when asked how he got to Hermitage Drive, he couldn’t answer the deputy, said Kennedy.

The man then told the deputy that he came to the area was going to feed some geese at a nearby pond. The deputy saw the nearby pond was frozen over, and there were no geese, said Kennedy. (more…)

Woman carjacked outside Safeway

Fairfax County, Va. –– A woman was carjacked at gunpoint outside a grocery store Wednesday.

The 38-year-old victim was coming out of a Safeway at 5980 Kingstowne Center in Fairfax County when a man approached her and then pointed a gun.

He demanded her purse, keys and cell phone, got them, and drove off her in her 1993 Toyota Camry. (more…)

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