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Drug bust nets schools employee

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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…)

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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…)

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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.

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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…)

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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.

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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…)

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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.

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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…)

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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.

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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…)

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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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Highway chase leads to arrest

Stafford County, Va. –– A chase along Interstate 95 in Stafford County led to an arrest.

A county sheriff’s deputy at 2:50 p.m. Dec. 27 tried to stop a driver on Centreport Parkway.

The driver of the car he was speeding, ignored the deputy, and then got onto the highway and sped off in the northbound direction.

The deputy gave chase, caught up with the car, watched it weave in and out of traffic and eventually into the far left lane, and then pulled the car over, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy. (more…)

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Girl shot, police say pellet guns not toys

The Crosman Storm XT scoped air rifle, used in last week's shooting, say police. (Prince William police)

Dale City, Va. –– A girl who was shot in the chest last week with a pellet gun remains hospitalized in critical condition. Now police remind residents BB and pellet guns are not toys.

The 12-year-old victim was shot at her home in Dale City by a 17-year-old boy who now faces a felony charge of aggravated malicious wounding.

If convicted, the charge could bring with it 20 years in prison and or a $20,000 fine, said Prince William spokeswoman Sharon Richardson.

Police say many times the guns are given as gifts during the holidays, but some models are capable of firing projectiles at 1,000-feet-per-second.

That kind of power can seriously injure or kill someone, said Richardson. (more…)

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Metro robber said to have pockmarks

Fairfax County, Va. –– A man walking to the Franconia-Springfield Metro station Christmas Eve was robbed at gunpoint.

Police said the 41-year-old victim from New York was walking about 3 p.m. in the 6800 block of Frontier Drive, outside the transit station near Springfield Mall, when it happened.

As he was walking, the victim saw three men sitting in a newer model, light gray Dodge pick-up. One of the inside the truck got out, approached him, pulled out a handgun and then demanded money from the victim. (more…)

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Death penalty denied, family probes civil suit

Carillo Dean admitted to killing his family in 2009. (Prince William police)

The family members of two murdered children cried foul when they learned the killer would not face death for his crime.

Carillo Dean admitted in a Manassas courtroom Tuesday he killed his wife, 45-year-old Elizabeth Dean, and her children, 13-year-old Connor and 15-year-old Brittany on Feb. 12, 2009.

He is expected to be sentenced to life in prison April 1, but the childrens’ uncle, Kelly Kirk, says the family until three weeks ago was assured by Prince William County Commonwealth Attorney Paul Ebert that prosecutors were going to seek the death penalty in the case.

In a meeting earlier this month, Kirk, and the children’s surviving father, Kevin Kirk, were called to Ebert’s office and were told prosecutors were going to seek a plea deal instead.

The family is now considering filing a civil suit against Dean, and possibly Prince William County officials. (more…)

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Rumors, reward money and still no arrest in shootings

Editor’s note: The shootings at the National Museum of the Marine Corps and other military facilities in the region brought national media attention to the Potomac Communities in 2010.

National Museum of the Marine Corps (Mary Davidson)

Triangle, Va. –– It was quiet at the National Museum of the Marine Corps on the October day when someone shot at the building, damaging the custom-made glass that adorns its majestic facade.

Following the Oct. 16 shooting at the museum in Triangle, police found several bullet holes in the glass, supposedly put there by someone who federal investigators maintain has a grudge against the military, someone who could have suffered a significant loss or financial hardship.

Over the course of the next month, the museum would be targeted a second time. The Pentagon, a Marine recruiting center in Chantilly and a U.S. Coast Guard recruiting center outside Potomac Mills mall were also targets of the suspected gunman. (more…)

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Dean guilty in murder of wife, children

Prince William County, Va. — The man who killed his wife and two step children will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Carillo Dean, a former Prince William County park ranger who last year shot his 45-year-old wife, Elizabeth Dean, her 13-year-old son, Connor, and 14-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, plead guilty Tuesday to three charges of capital murder in connection to the Feb. 2009 slayings.

Dean will not receive the death penalty in the case as part of a plea deal, which has surviving members of the family – including Kevin Kirk, the father of the slain children and Elizabeth’s former husband – upset with prosecutors.

Prince William County Commonwealth Attorney Paul Ebert told Insidenova.com that a psychiatrist brought in by his team found Dean not to be insane, but found he did suffer from severe emotional problems. (more…)

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Buzzed driving could get you cuffed

Get ready to see more police officers stopping drivers this holiday season.

Police in Prince William County plan to set up sobriety checkpoints in Woodbridge, Lake Ridge, Dale City, Dumfries, as well as other portions of the county, hoping to find some very worthy “buzzed drivers.”

Even if you’ve had a few to drink and then get behind the wheel, police say “buzzed” driving is just as bad as drunk driving. (more…)

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After defending woman, man beaten

Fredericksburg, Va. –– Two Woodbridge men are charged in the brutal beating of a man who came to the aid of a woman.

A police officer saw four men beating a man who appeared to be unconscious outside Fatty J’s bar in Fredericksburg after it had closed at 1:06 a.m. Saturday, the Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star reports.

Two of the attackers fled when they saw the police officer, but two others were arrested.

The victim was treated on the scene and declined to go to the hospital, according to the report.

As it turns out, the victim earlier that night saw a group of four men harassing a 24-year-old woman from Spotsylvania County who had also been inside the bar. He then approached the men and told them to leave the woman alone. (more…)

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FBI offers cash for military shooter

National Museum of the Marine Corps (Mary Davidson)

Woodbridge, Va. –– Investigators now hope a 20 thousand dollar reward will help lead them to whoever shot at five military installations in Northern Virginia.

The FBI announced the reward this morning, saying the money would be handed out for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person responsible in a series of shootings at military installations beginning Oct. 16 at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle.

“We are following every lead that comes in and continue to call for the assistance of the public in helping us identify the person or persons responsible,” said John G. Perren, Acting Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office.  “We are confident that someone out there has additional information that will be helpful to this investigation.”

No one has been injured in the shootings, but the Marine museum has twice been struck by the same shooter, police said. (more…)

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Red shirt robber turns himself in

Marcus O’Neal Kelly, 25, is charged in the robbery of a Bank of America in Woodbridge. (Submitted)

Woodbridge, Va. –– A surveillance photo captured his face, and now police say an alleged bank robber is in custody.

Police on Thursday obtained warrants for 25-year-old Marcus O’Neal Kelly, of 2056 Aquia Drive in North Stafford, charging him in arobbery that happened Tuesday afternoon at a Bank of America on Prince William Parkway in Woodbridge.

Kelly turned himself into police on Friday without incident, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

He is charged with robbery, entering a bank while armed with intent to commit larceny and with two counts of use of a firearm in commission of a felony, said Perok.

Kelly is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 15 and was held without bond. (more…)

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