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Storms bring light show to our region, major damage further south on Potomac River

After thunderstorms rolled through our region Friday night, there was quite the light show. 

This photo was taken of storm cloud packed with lightning over North Stafford at 11:50 p.m., long after the thunderstorms that fired up earlier in the afternoon had rolled out.

The storms were not severe enough to produce major damage in our region, but storms intensified by the time they reached Virginia’s Northern Neck Penninsula. 

The town of Colonial Beach on the Potomac River sustained $1 million in damage after a storm wreaked havoc on the small town. A curfew was set up to stop people from walking or driving into the most damaged areas of the small town.

There’s more rain in store for our areas as forecasters at the National Weather Service say 1 to 2 inches of rain is possible Monday and Tuesday. However, the storms are not forecasted to be severe. 

It’s been a busy weather month so far this April as seven tornadoes touched down Virginia and Washington, D.C. April 7. A rarity for Washington, one of the tornadoes hit Arlington before crossing the Potomac River and blowing a roof off of a church.

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Ausberry charged with aggravated malicious wounding after shooting

From Prince William police: 

Aggravated Malicious Wounding – On April 21 at 9:53PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 11100 block of Privates Ct in Manassas (20109) to investigate a shooting. When officers arrived at the home, they located the victim, a 27-year-old man of Manassas, suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper body.

First responding officers provided aid to the victim who was flown to an area hospital for treatment. Initially, officers believed the suspect was still inside the residence which prompted the response of the Department’s tactical team. Officers later determined that the suspect had actually left the area in a vehicle.

Detectives from the Violent Crimes Bureau were able to determine both parties were family members and that the incident was domestic in nature. The suspect, identified as Ronald Aaron AUSBERRY II, eventually turned himself into police without incident earlier this morning.

Arrested on April 22:

Ronald Aaron AUSBERRY II, 24, of the 8700 block of Farnham Way in Manassas

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

Court Date: June 28, 2017 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

 

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U.S. Education Secretary, Virginia First Lady expected to visit area schools Tuesday

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy Devos is expected to visit Prince William County Public Schools next week. 

The details are still being hammered out. This is what we know so far, from a division spokeswoman: 

You heard correctly that we are anticipating a visit on Tuesday. However, nothing is yet finalized.  Indeed, we had planned to meet with members of the Secretary’s staff this morning, but they postponed. That is why we have not yet announced plans to the media. 

Absent a discussion with her team, I cannot be certain, but I fully expect that media will be welcome and (as soon as we have final details) invited.  As you may know, the reason for the visit is to learn about and highlight the great work that Ashland and PWCS are going with military families. This will probably involve a meeting with some families…. 

More information about Devos’ visit to Prince William County is expected Monday.

We have confirmed that Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe will visit Metz Middle School in Manassas also on Tuesday for a separate, unrelated event. 

From a Manassas City Public Schools spokeswoman: 

Metz Middle School has won the Virginia Breakfast Challenge based on breakfast participation growth over the past school year. Breakfast participation from October through December 2016 was compared to breakfast participation from October through December 2015.
 
First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe and Senator Jeremy McPike will be at the school on Tuesday, April 25th to recognize the school.
 
The school will receive funding to support equipment for its nutrition program and $4,000 to support technological enhancements, field trips or other equipment.
 
First Lady McAuliffe and Senator McPike are expected to arrive around 8:30 am. They will get a quick guided tour of the school which will end in the cafeteria where they will meet the Food Services staff.  The First Lady will assist with preparing the grab and go breakfast and she will also have an opportunity to meet students. “Checks” will be presented to the school and then around 9:10 – 9:20 am, they will entertain press questions.  The First Lady will also pull names for two raffles for teachers and students, which will be announced on the PA system.  They are scheduled to depart around 9:35/9:40.

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Roucka charged with sexual battery, indecent liberties with a minor

From Prince William police: 

Sexual Assault Investigation – On April 17, detectives from the Special Victim’s Unit responded to investigate a sexual assault that was reported to have occurred at a residence in Manassas (20112). The investigation revealed that the victim, a 13-year-old female juvenile, was sexually assaulted by the accused, an acquaintance, on more than one occasion in November of 2016. The victim recently disclosed the incidents and the police were contacted. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested on April 19 without incident.

Arrested on April 19:

Caleb Inez-Lynn ROUCKA, 20, of 1406 Bayside Ave, Apt 11, in Woodbridge

Charged with 2 counts of aggravated sexual battery and 1 count of indecent liberties with a minor

Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond


This year, celebrate Mother’s Day at Rangoli Indian Restaurant with the Grand Brunch Buffet

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Mommy, Mummy, Mama, Amma, Aai, Mata, Madre, Eomeoni, Taayi or whatever name you call her with, Mother is the reason we are all here. Celebrate and cherish the lady who cares and loves us the most. It is rightly said, “God could not be everywhere, so he created mothers!”

You may buy her the perfume or the cardigan, but you got to feed the lady who fed you.

Rangoli’s Mother’s Day buffet has been a special tradition for over eleven years. The spread includes an array of salads, fresh cut fruits, and condiments with Assorted Kebabs, the quintessential Butter Chicken, tender Goat Masala, succulent Fish Curry, aromatic Biryani and pilafs, a smorgasbord of vegetable side dishes and fresh bread baked for each table.

The buffet also includes South Indian delicacies like Idly, Vada, Sambar and on-the-spot Dosas. The pick is the favorite Indian street-side-pass-time of eating Pani Puri a.k.a Gol Gappas. Have unlimited pucchkas to your heart’s content.

Sweet endings include all time favorite Gulab Jamun and Kulfi Ice-Cream.

And while you are gorging on the tasty food, treat the lady to a Mimosa or fresh Bloody Mary at only $4 a glass. What’s not to be happy about this?

So, call ‘Rangoli’ now and add your name to the on-call list. The meal is super popular and Rangoli does not treat the advance callers as ‘Reservations.’

Their name is added to the wait list and bumped up when you show up. Large groups are encouraged to call in advance to enable quick seating.

Doors open early Sunday, May 14 at 11:30 a.m. and the Brunch is served through 3 p.m.

Call 703-957-4900 or Email Us!

Rangoli Indian Restaurant
Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Adults: $16.95 Kids: $8.95
10223 Nokesville Road
Manassas, VA 20110
www.rangolirestaurant.com

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Jimmy Jazz opens at Manassas Mall

Jimmy Jazz is now open at Manassas Mall.

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East coast based and rapidly expanding, the Manassas Mall store is Jimmy Jazz’s first location in Northern Virginia. Jimmy Jazz carries athletic and streetwear from top brands like Nike, Adidas, and Polo. They also sell official team apparel and have two walls stocked with the latest shoe releases. 

Join Jimmy Jazz for their official Grand Opening Event on Saturday, April 29th beginning at 10 a.m. Customers will receive a voucher card for 25% off clothing purchase for the entire day, along with a live DJ and giveaways.


Open House: 9491 McGuinn Lane, Nokesville, VA

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9491 McGuinn Ln, Nokesville, VA 20181

Neighborhood: Nokesville

Listing Price: $510,000

Open House: Sat 1-4pm

New Listing!! Awesome colonial on a VERY PRIVATE 6+ Acre lot, minutes to Route 234. This custom built home is three finished levels with 4 bedrooms, 2 full and one-half bath. Boasting a UNIQUE FIRST FLOOR MASTER SUITE!!

Upper level has 2 guest bedrooms, full bath, and huge playroom w/built in window seats and shelving. Remodeled kitchen w/granite counters, stainless appliances, tile backsplash & ceramic tile floor.

Finished bright and open walk out basement w/rec rm, den/office w/built-in shelving and tons of extra storage space.

The main feature of this property is the private lot!! Surrounded by trees, there are 2 huge decks, fire pit w/BBQ spit, 3 sheds (one w/power, ht & a/c) brick paver walkways, mature shrubs, extensive landscaping, GREAT FOR ENTERTAINING!!

Extra features include recessed lighting, upgraded light fixtures, crown molding, built-ins galore, chair rail, decorative columns, custom drapes and blinds.

Original owners have taken great care of this home, a true 10+. Must see.

Contact C.C. Bartholomew at 703-282-4800 or email cc@ccbartholomew.com

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Neighbors help family escape Manassas townhouse blaze

From Manassas City spokeswoman Patty Prince: 

On April 19 at 5:04 p.m. City of Manassas Fire and Rescue units were called to the 8700 block of Bretton Woods Drive in Manassas for a structure fire.  Prior to their arrival, neighbors witnessed heavy black smoke coming from upper level bedroom windows with two juveniles yelling for help.  Two neighbors went into action, both putting ladders up to the house.  One neighbor rescued the juveniles; while another helped other family members escape.

City of Manassas Fire and Rescue transported one juvenile to the hospital for smoke inhalation.  In total, eight people were displaced by the fire and assisted by Red Cross.  There was heavy fire damage to the kitchen and dining room areas, and the rear exterior of the townhouse. 

Fire and Rescue staff members attempted CPR on one family dog, but were unsuccessful.   Another dog was transported to the veterinarian. 

 


Live Well Festival to feature health and wellness activities, farm to table brunch, and paint class

It’s time for the year’s first outdoor festival in historic Downtown Manassas.

The 11th Annual Live Well Festival, will be held on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Harris Pavilion and along West Street. Health and wellness information, exercise classes, a farm-to-table brunch, paint class and more will be available.

This year, bedrock YOGA will be teaching two free yoga classes at a.m. and 11 a.m. If you’ve never taken yoga and are interested it’s the perfect opportunity for your first class! Novant Health will be bringing out the Mammography Mobile, teaching Hands-Only CPR, and host information from their Wound Care Center, all great options to staying informed on your health. Several artists from the Banner Art Project will be displaying and selling work under the Pavilion, moon bounces will be out for the kids, and at 1 p.m. enjoy a performance by Lou Rosgen, or better known to some as Woodbridge Willie. A new paint class hosted by Emily Thomson of Manassas Olive Oil Company will also add to the entertainment schedule. All supplies will be provided and a gorgeous field of tulips will be your final product. Get your tickets here for the class which will begin at noon.

Another community favorite back this year is the Shred-It Truck. Last year’s new location in the Train Depot Lot was a huge success and it will return there again this year. Attendees planning to use the Shred-It Truck should follow the posted route signs along Prince William Street – cars will be able to turn into the parking lot via West Street and exit via Battle Street to then park in the garage and enjoy the rest of the festival. Bring a small box of papers or fill your trunk with all your old documents ready to be shredded – it’s free!

Back by popular demand, the Live Well Festival will feature a farm-to-table brunch prepared by Chef Will Landay, of C.J. Finz and BadWolf Public House. The 3-course brunch will be set up atop the flat railcar behind the iconic LOVE sign at 10:30 a.m. with the main course featuring roasted chicken with jalapeño cheddar grits. Tickets for the brunch can be purchased here.

For more information on the Live Well Festival along with other events in the City, please go to www.visitmanassas.org