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Burglars Force Themselves into Home, Two Teens Robbed

LAKE RIDGE, Va. – On September 13, two teenage victims told police that during the night three male suspects forced themselves into the home, one of which had a handgun, and stole multiple pairs of shoes and cell phones before fleeing the scene. Police say that the victims knew the suspects and that this was not a random incident. 

Here’s the latest from Prince William police:

Armed Robbery | Residential Burglary – On September 13th at 12:37PM, officers responded to investigate a robbery which was reported to have occurred at a residence located in the 12100 block of Dapple Gray Ct in Woodbridge (22192) on September 12th around 11:30PM. The victims, a 16 year old male juvenile and a 15 year old male juvenile – both of Woodbridge, reported to police that three known male acquaintances forcibly entered their residence in the above area. During the encounter, one of the men pulled out a handgun. The men took several pairs of shoes and cell phones before fleeing the home. No injuries were reported. This incident was not random.

Woman Pushed off Motorcycle After Argument

WOODBRIDGE, Va. – On September 13, a female victim told police that a male friend pushed her off of a stopped motorcycle after an argument, from which she had minor injuries. After the pair left separately, police obtained a warrant against the suspect and arrested him.

Here’s the latest from Prince William police:

Malicious Wounding – On September 13th at 7:16PM, officers responded to investigate an assault which was reported to have occurred in the area of West Longview Dr and Franklin St in Woodbridge (22191) on September 12th around 10:30PM. The victim, a 20 year old woman of Woodbridge, reported to police that she was riding with the accused, a known acquaintance, on his motorcycle when they stopped in the above area. Once stopped, a verbal altercation ensued. During the encounter, the accused pushed the victim off of the motorcycle causing her to strike injury her wrist and head. The parties separated after the altercation. Following the investigation, officers obtained warrants against the accused who was arrested the next day.

Arrested on September 14th:

Tyrone Guy WILLIAMS II, 25, of 16614 Fern Pl in Woodbridge

Charged with malicious wounding and malicious bodily injury

Court date: November 14, 2014 | Bond: unavailable

$3,200 Worth of Converters, Batteries Stolen from Auto Parts Store

WOODBRIDGE, Va. – On September 12, employees at Penny’s Used Auto Parts told police that someone entered the store and stole multiple converters and batteries valued at a total of $3,200.

Here’s the latest from Prince William police: 

Commercial Burglary – On September 12th at 10:45AM, officer responded to Penny’s Used Auto Parts located at 13059 Minnieville Rd in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a burglary. Employees reported to police that the burglary occurred between 8:00PM on September 11th and 8:45AM on September 12th. The investigation revealed that entry was made into a secured lot on the premises. Several catalytic converters and batteries, total value around $3,200, were reported missing.

1st District Candidates to Speak Committee of 100 Forum

Rep. Rob Wittman (R-1st). (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

Rep. Rob Wittman (R-1st). (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

MANASSAS, Va. – The candidates seeking office in Virginia’s 1st Congressional District will speak Thursday in Manassas.

The Prince William Committee of 100 will hold a candidates forum at the Wyndam Garden near Manassas, at 10800 Vandoor Lane. The program starts at 7:45 p.m., and a dinner social will be held for those who purchased dinner tickets starting at 6:30 p.m.

Republican incumbent Rob Wittman, Democratic challenger Norm Mosher, and Gail Parker from the Green Party have all been invited to speak.

Parker (Image: University of Mary Washington)

Parker (Image: University of Mary Washington)

“The philosophy was that we wanted to have all the candidates that were registered on the ballot to participate,” said Prince William Committee of 100 President Dr. Jack Kooyoomjian.

Moderating the forum will be Dr. Stephen Farnsworth, of the University of Mary Washington’s College of Arts and Sciences.

The program portion of the forum, which starts at 7:45 p.m., is free and open to the public.

“We wanted to hear from all the candidates registered to learn why they wanted to run,” added Kooyoomjian.

Mosher

Mosher

1st District Candidates to Speak Committee of 100 Forum

Rep. Rob Wittman (R-1st). (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

Rep. Rob Wittman (R-1st). (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

MANASSAS, Va. – The candidates seeking office in Virginia’s 1st Congressional District will speak Thursday in Manassas.

The Prince William Committee of 100 will hold a candidates forum at the Wyndam Garden near Manassas, at 10800 Vandoor Lane. The program starts at 7:45 p.m., and a dinner social will be held for those who purchased dinner tickets starting at 6:30 p.m.

Republican incumbent Rob Wittman, Democratic challenger Norm Mosher, and Gail Parker from the Green Party have all been invited to speak.

Parker (Image: University of Mary Washington)

Parker (Image: University of Mary Washington)

“The philosophy was that we wanted to have all the candidates that were registered on the ballot to participate,” said Prince William Committee of 100 President Dr. Jack Kooyoomjian.

Moderating the forum will be Dr. Stephen Farnsworth, of the University of Mary Washington’s College of Arts and Sciences.

The program portion of the forum, which starts at 7:45 p.m., is free and open to the public.

“We wanted to hear from all the candidates registered to learn why they wanted to run,” added Kooyoomjian.

Mosher

Mosher

Overcrowded Schools in Woodbridge a Concern as Rivergate Complex Up for Review

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WOODBRIDGE, Va. – Drivers crossing south into Woodbridge from Fairfax County on U.S. 1 could soon be greeted by a new apartment development on the Occoquan River.

A plan to build 720 apartment homes along the banks of the Occoquan River next to a concrete plant is set to be heard Wednesday night at a meeting of the Prince William County Planning Commission. The development is called Rivergate and, if approved, will consist two buildings five to six stories tall, on about 14 acres of property accessible by Annapolis Way in Woodbridge.

This Rivergate plan is a scaled-back version that dates back at least 10 years which called for three high-rise buildings with three levels of parking. Earlier this year during a meeting of the Woodbridge Potomac Communities Civic Association, the developer of the project, Arlington-based Rivergate Holdings, said the homes will attract younger Millennials who would rather not purchase a larger single-family home. The developer also said they would build this project off earlier successes of projects the company developer in Arlington.

The proposed project lies within the North Woodbridge corridor, the area of U.S. 1 and Va. 123 (Gordon Boulevard) has a master redevelopment plan. The hope is, according to officials, high-rise buildings and mixed-use, transit-oriented development will someday replace the series of strip malls that line the streets. While this version of Rivergate is not as tall as originally envisioned, those who review development proposals inside Prince William County’s government offices say that, overall, this plan works and have marked recommended it for approval.

If the Planning Commission approves the project Wednesday, it will then head to the Board of Supervisors where it will ultimately be approved or denied.

And while new development in a blighted section of Woodbridge might seem like a sure thing, a statement from Woodbridge District Supervisor Frank Principi on Monday night pointed out some of the drawbacks of the plan:

“As a County, we need to make sure our infrastructure keeps pace with development. In the Woodbridge District, we have an influx of new apartment buildings, but the proffers offered by developers have not mitigated the effects of the additional children added to our classrooms or the traffic congestion on our roads. The revised Rivergate development proposed for North Woodbridge gives us more of the same. It will add another 720 residential apartments to our inventory and will put additional children in our already crowded classrooms.”

Most concerning is the situation at Belmont Elementary School where, according to county documents, classrooms are already over capacity. At Freedom High School and Fred M. Lynn Middle School, the other public schools that will receive students who would live at Rivergate, conditions are nearing capacity.

By the time Rivergate is built, the latter schools are expected to have exceeded their capacity.

Principi stated:

“Elementary classes in Prince William have climbed to an average of 23 students and secondary school classes topped 30 students, making them the largest in Virginia and in the Washington region. This is not fair to our students or our teachers. It is estimated that Belmont Elementary School, Fred Lynn Middle School and Freedom High School will be over capacity by the time this development is completed.   The amount proffered by the developer for the school system is based on proffer guidelines written a decade ago, meaning nearly $5.7 million less for the public school system than we would expect from a similar development project proposed under today’s guidelines.”

Another drawback is the available fire and rescue services in the area. Crews at the closest fire stations are already overworked, according to county documents.

The Planning Commission will meet at the Prince William County Government Center’s McCoart Building at 1 County Complex Court in Woodbridge at 6 p.m. for a work session. The regular meeting is scheduled to begin the Pledge of Allegiance at 7 p.m. 

Rivergate is one of several new apartment complexes being built in Woodbridge.

 

 

Fall for the Book: Haute Cuisine at the Hylton is Sept. 18

 

Miller

Miller

091514-fall-for-bookMANASSAS, Va. – Read Manassas author Belinda Miller’s Winterfrost, part of the Phillip’s Quest Series, and you may find yourself whipping up a batch of Ivy’s Tater Dumplings (gnocchi) with Phillip’s Hazelnut Sauce (marinara with hazelnuts) in the kitchen. It’s her mother’s recipe, and it’s in the back of the book. You’ll find the recipe for her mother’s Pine Nut Cookies (Amaretti con Pignoli) in her newest book, Above the Stars.

“Those are three recipes she always served at Christmas,” said Miller. “They mean ‘familia’ – family.”

Belinda Miller is one of the featured writers at Haute Cuisine at the Hylton, a Fall for the Book event this Thursday, Sept. 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, on the Prince William Campus of George Mason University. The event is free.

While Miller talks with fans of Ragwort Chronicles, Chef Anthony, a friend and former chef at the Stanley Hotel in Estes, Colorado, will be handing out samples of her gnocchi with hazelnut sauce, prepared by Miller’s friends, Ciro D’Augustino, of Ciro’s Italian Pizzeria in Centreville and Andy Travers (100 pignoli). “They wouldn’t let me cook,” she said.

Novelist Claudia Lefeve will bring her new Texas-based crime novel, “Destined for Trouble, a Jules Cannon Mystery,” to the at the Hylton event, along with her husband, Dave Lefeve, a chef at The Cock and Bowl restaurant in Occoquan. Chef Dave will be serving samples of scallop ceviche, a dish featured in the fictional town of Trouble Island, where Lefeve’s main character comes to the rescue of a friend who is the prime suspect in the murder of a local restaurant owner. Haute Cuisine at the Hylton is all about mixing up food and fiction or, at least, flair.

Claudia Lefeve

Claudia Lefeve

The event starts at 6:15 p.m. with a food writing workshop led by Jason Shriner, the Aubergine Chef, familiar to many for his popular and affordable baking classes at the Manassas Park Community Center.

At 7 p.m., headlining novelist Laura Florand takes the stage to discuss her bestselling and award-winning Amour et Chocolat series, including The Chocolate Thief, The Chocolate Kiss, and more. Now a lecturer at Duke University, Florand is very dedicated to her research into French chocolate.

For patrons who with that sudden craving for chocolate, at 7:30 p.m.,individual stations open for tastings, demonstrations, and discussions by a variety of chefs and food celebrities, including Robert Kingsbury of Kingsbury Chocolates and Confections, distributed throughout No.Va. and D.C.; Amy Riolo, author of The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook, and Joe Yonan, food and travel editor of The Washington Post and the author of Eat Your Vegetables: Bold Recipes for the Single Cook.

Miguel Pires, owner of Zandra’s Taqueria, and recognized as Top 40 Under 40 Rising Stars in Full Service Restaurants Magazine in March 2014, will be giving patrons a sneak peek at the fare available at his new restaurant opening in historic downtown Manassas.

Representatives of Heritage Brewing Company will offer samples of their organic and locally sourced craft beers, direct from the tasting room of the veteran owned and operated microbrewery on the outskirts of Historic Manassas. They’ll be sharing news about their new “Freedom Isn’t Free” canning line.

Recently appointed Prince William County Poet Laureates Robert Scott and Alexandra “Zan” Hailey will be in the house, sharing original food poems and the latest news about their ongoing community outreach – Zan’s Ekphrasis program and Robert’s 10,000 Poems project. Both just returned from making waves in Williamsburg as part of a Poetry Society of Virginia event.

The second annual Haute Cuisine at the Hylton is sponsored by Write by the Rails, the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information on the complete schedule of Fall for the Book events—taking place Sept. 11-18 at George Mason University and at locations throughout VA, DC, and MD—visit www.fallforthebook.org.

Fall for the Book: Haute Cuisine at the Hylton is Sept. 18

 

Miller

Miller

091514-fall-for-bookMANASSAS, Va. – Read Manassas author Belinda Miller’s Winterfrost, part of the Phillip’s Quest Series, and you may find yourself whipping up a batch of Ivy’s Tater Dumplings (gnocchi) with Phillip’s Hazelnut Sauce (marinara with hazelnuts) in the kitchen. It’s her mother’s recipe, and it’s in the back of the book. You’ll find the recipe for her mother’s Pine Nut Cookies (Amaretti con Pignoli) in her newest book, Above the Stars.

“Those are three recipes she always served at Christmas,” said Miller. “They mean ‘familia’ – family.”

Belinda Miller is one of the featured writers at Haute Cuisine at the Hylton, a Fall for the Book event this Thursday, Sept. 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, on the Prince William Campus of George Mason University. The event is free.

While Miller talks with fans of Ragwort Chronicles, Chef Anthony, a friend and former chef at the Stanley Hotel in Estes, Colorado, will be handing out samples of her gnocchi with hazelnut sauce, prepared by Miller’s friends, Ciro D’Augustino, of Ciro’s Italian Pizzeria in Centreville and Andy Travers (100 pignoli). “They wouldn’t let me cook,” she said.

Novelist Claudia Lefeve will bring her new Texas-based crime novel, “Destined for Trouble, a Jules Cannon Mystery,” to the at the Hylton event, along with her husband, Dave Lefeve, a chef at The Cock and Bowl restaurant in Occoquan. Chef Dave will be serving samples of scallop ceviche, a dish featured in the fictional town of Trouble Island, where Lefeve’s main character comes to the rescue of a friend who is the prime suspect in the murder of a local restaurant owner. Haute Cuisine at the Hylton is all about mixing up food and fiction or, at least, flair.

Claudia Lefeve

Claudia Lefeve

The event starts at 6:15 p.m. with a food writing workshop led by Jason Shriner, the Aubergine Chef, familiar to many for his popular and affordable baking classes at the Manassas Park Community Center.

At 7 p.m., headlining novelist Laura Florand takes the stage to discuss her bestselling and award-winning Amour et Chocolat series, including The Chocolate Thief, The Chocolate Kiss, and more. Now a lecturer at Duke University, Florand is very dedicated to her research into French chocolate.

For patrons who with that sudden craving for chocolate, at 7:30 p.m.,individual stations open for tastings, demonstrations, and discussions by a variety of chefs and food celebrities, including Robert Kingsbury of Kingsbury Chocolates and Confections, distributed throughout No.Va. and D.C.; Amy Riolo, author of The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook, and Joe Yonan, food and travel editor of The Washington Post and the author of Eat Your Vegetables: Bold Recipes for the Single Cook.

Miguel Pires, owner of Zandra’s Taqueria, and recognized as Top 40 Under 40 Rising Stars in Full Service Restaurants Magazine in March 2014, will be giving patrons a sneak peek at the fare available at his new restaurant opening in historic downtown Manassas.

Representatives of Heritage Brewing Company will offer samples of their organic and locally sourced craft beers, direct from the tasting room of the veteran owned and operated microbrewery on the outskirts of Historic Manassas. They’ll be sharing news about their new “Freedom Isn’t Free” canning line.

Recently appointed Prince William County Poet Laureates Robert Scott and Alexandra “Zan” Hailey will be in the house, sharing original food poems and the latest news about their ongoing community outreach – Zan’s Ekphrasis program and Robert’s 10,000 Poems project. Both just returned from making waves in Williamsburg as part of a Poetry Society of Virginia event.

The second annual Haute Cuisine at the Hylton is sponsored by Write by the Rails, the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information on the complete schedule of Fall for the Book events—taking place Sept. 11-18 at George Mason University and at locations throughout VA, DC, and MD—visit www.fallforthebook.org.

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Novant Health Announces ‘TrueBeam’ as Cancer Treatment Option

GAINESVILLE, Va. – Novant Health’s cancer center in in Gainesville has added a new tool to its center at the entrance of Lake Manassas.

The “TrueBeam” system is designed to perform sophisticated surgeries, and it will expand the treatment options for those with challenging cases of cancer, according to a hospital spokeswoman who released the following statement:

The system works by choreographing highly sophisticated systems—imaging, beam delivery and motion management—and makes it possible to deliver treatments quickly while monitoring and compensating for tumor motion. It will enable faster, accurate tumor targeting in the treatment of challenging cancers throughout the body, including those in the brain, spinal cord and lung. The $6 million construction project is expected to be complete with the new TrueBeam system operational in the spring of 2015.

“TrueBeam is a breakthrough technology that enhances our ability to treat cancer and other diseases with noninvasive image-guided radiosurgery,” said Dr. Sanjeev Aggarwal, medical director of Novant Health Cancer Center. “It represents a quantum leap in terms of the spectrum of advanced treatment options we can offer patients fighting serious disease.”

Improving the patient experience
TrueBeam also offers features to improve the patient experience. The machine’s mechanisms run smoothly, quietly and fast. Three closed-circuit television systems and a two-way audio system allow for comprehensive monitoring of the patient from outside the treatment room and facilitate interactions between patient and therapist. Enhanced technology enables music to be played during the short treatments, helping to create a more soothing treatment environment.

Fast, precise treatments
The system can deliver treatments 2.4 to 4 times faster with a dose delivery rate of up to 2,400 monitor units per minute—double the output of most other radiosurgery systems, including CyberKnife. This is important, as independent studies have shown that with faster treatments there is less tumor and patient movement.

“Intelligent” automation further speeds treatments with an up to five-fold reduction in the number of steps needed for imaging, positioning and treating patients compared with earlier Varian technology. A complex radiosurgery that typically takes 30 to 60 minutes can be completed in just 5 to 20 minutes. 

Novant Health Cancer is nationally recognized by the American College of Radiology, and is a vital part of Novant Health’s comprehensive cancer care program. That program includes Novant Health Prince William Medical Center whose cancer care is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, and the Novant Health Breast Center, recognized by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. The collaborative and multidisciplinary clinical care team treat cancers, including bladder; bone; brain; breast; colorectal; esophageal, gynecologic, head and neck; lung; pancreatic, prostate; skin; stomach; and testicular.

Novant Health Announces ‘TrueBeam’ as Cancer Treatment Option

091514-novant-cancer-center

GAINESVILLE, Va. – Novant Health’s cancer center in in Gainesville has added a new tool to its center at the entrance of Lake Manassas.

The “TrueBeam” system is designed to perform sophisticated surgeries, and it will expand the treatment options for those with challenging cases of cancer, according to a hospital spokeswoman who released the following statement:

The system works by choreographing highly sophisticated systems—imaging, beam delivery and motion management—and makes it possible to deliver treatments quickly while monitoring and compensating for tumor motion. It will enable faster, accurate tumor targeting in the treatment of challenging cancers throughout the body, including those in the brain, spinal cord and lung. The $6 million construction project is expected to be complete with the new TrueBeam system operational in the spring of 2015.

“TrueBeam is a breakthrough technology that enhances our ability to treat cancer and other diseases with noninvasive image-guided radiosurgery,” said Dr. Sanjeev Aggarwal, medical director of Novant Health Cancer Center. “It represents a quantum leap in terms of the spectrum of advanced treatment options we can offer patients fighting serious disease.”

Improving the patient experience
TrueBeam also offers features to improve the patient experience. The machine’s mechanisms run smoothly, quietly and fast. Three closed-circuit television systems and a two-way audio system allow for comprehensive monitoring of the patient from outside the treatment room and facilitate interactions between patient and therapist. Enhanced technology enables music to be played during the short treatments, helping to create a more soothing treatment environment.

Fast, precise treatments
The system can deliver treatments 2.4 to 4 times faster with a dose delivery rate of up to 2,400 monitor units per minute—double the output of most other radiosurgery systems, including CyberKnife. This is important, as independent studies have shown that with faster treatments there is less tumor and patient movement.

“Intelligent” automation further speeds treatments with an up to five-fold reduction in the number of steps needed for imaging, positioning and treating patients compared with earlier Varian technology. A complex radiosurgery that typically takes 30 to 60 minutes can be completed in just 5 to 20 minutes. 

Novant Health Cancer is nationally recognized by the American College of Radiology, and is a vital part of Novant Health’s comprehensive cancer care program. That program includes Novant Health Prince William Medical Center whose cancer care is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, and the Novant Health Breast Center, recognized by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. The collaborative and multidisciplinary clinical care team treat cancers, including bladder; bone; brain; breast; colorectal; esophageal, gynecologic, head and neck; lung; pancreatic, prostate; skin; stomach; and testicular.

Mulch Truck Catches Fire in Woodbridge

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WOODBRIDGE, Va. – Firefighters rushed to put out flames that engulfed a mulch truck in Woodbridge.

Prince William County fire and rescue crews were called to the intersection of Radburn Street and Upsala Court in the Harbors of Newport neighborhood about 12:15 p.m. Monday.

There, a work truck hauling mulch burst into flames. The driver of the truck told Potomac Local he was behind the wheel the smoke began billowing from the hood of the vehicle. Then flames burst out.

The driver said he stopped the truck, got out, and then went to a nearby house to look for a garden house to douse the flames. Finding none, he called 911. The uninjured driver then sat on the side of Radburn Street and watched fire crews extinguish the flames.

Billowing smoke from the fire could be seen from nearby U.S. 1 and Cardinal Drive.

Once flames were out, the vehicle’s hood and cab were visibly charred.

A portion of Radburn Street was closed to traffic as fire crews worked to douse the fire.

Newton, Thomas to Perform at Celebration Stage

STAFFORD, Va. — Stafford County is proud to announce that one of its own, renowned bluegrass musician Mark Newton, and his partner, Steve Thomas, will perform the first concert held at Stafford’s new Celebration Stage at Pratt Park. Newton and Thomas are set to play the stage, an initiative of the Stafford’s 350th Anniversary Celebration, on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.

“We are delighted to have a wonderful venue to offer performances of this caliber to our citizens,” said Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Jack Cavalier, Griffis-Widewater District. “I think it’s fitting that a native son of Stafford County performs the first concert at a stage that symbolizes our 350 years of history.”

Newton is a veteran of the Heights of Grass, Cabin Hill, the Knoxville Grass, Virginia Squires, Tony Rice Unit and even the Seldom Scene for a brief stint. Thomas has toured with award-winning artists such as Barbara Mandrell and Del McCoury. He’s played the Grand Ole Opry with Jim & Jesse and the Osborne Brothers. They bring with them years of musical experience, a Grammy nomination, a CMA nomination and multiple IBMA awards.  The duo formed in 2012 and just released their first album Reborn.

Tickets for the concert are $1 and may be purchased online, at a Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities office, or at the concert. No alcohol is allowed at the park and patrons are asked to bring their own chairs and blankets. Celebration Stage is located near the entrance to Pratt Park at 120 River Road, Falmouth, VA 22405.

On U.S. 1, Police Find Drugs, Firearm Inside Truck

STAFFORD, Va. – In the early morning of Sept. 6, a male suspect was arrested on Jefferson Davis Highway on several drug charges and possessing a firearm after a Stafford County Sheriff deputy saw the suspect’s car weaving in between lanes. 

Major David P. Decatur said that at around 2 a.m., a Stafford County Sheriff deputy saw a car identified as a “silver-colored Dodge Ram pickup truck” that was traveling south bound on Jefferson Davis Highway. Decatur further said that the deputy on duty noticed that the driver of the car had difficulty staying in the designated lane which prompted the deputy to perform a traffic stop.  

As the deputy conducted the stop and searched the car, multiple drugs and a firearm were found which added up to three separate charges and in addition, the driver of the car will face added legal penalties for hazardous driving, said Decatur.  

During the investigation, the deputy found many items in the car that included a rifle, an unknown amount of cocaine and drug paraphernalia, as well as a large amount of money on the suspect, said Decatur. Lastly, Decatur identified the suspect as Kenneth Wayne Kissenberger, 27, of 5284 Browning Road, of Culpeper and he was sent to Rappahannock Regional Jail while being placed on a $2000 bond.

How Race and ‘Islands’ Factor into Boundaries for Prince William’s New High School

(Photo: Prince William County Public Schools)

Following a preliminary inquiry, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has informed Prince William County Schools that it has concerns over the demographic makeup of the 12th High School located on Hoadly Road.

Due to these concerns, the DOJ is asking that PWCS delay the zoning of the new high school until the school division address some of their concerns.

DOJ addressed the department’s concerns in a September 4th letter addressed to James E. Fagan, Division Counsel for the school division. Kelly D. Gardner, Trial Attorney, wrote the letter on behalf of the Federal department.

Chief among the department’s concerns is that while the high schools feeding into the new school are demographically diverse, fewer minority students have been selected to attend the new school than white students. This selection of students is the result of the residential neighborhoods that PWCS chose to rezone.

The letter notes that although 70.1 percent of Hylton High School students belong to a racial minority group, only 40.3 percent of students being rezoned from Hylton to the new high school belong to a minority group. Meanwhile, a greater number of white students are being rezoned, leaving minority numbers to increase at Hylton while the new school will have a smaller minority population than other nearby schools.

The data provided by the District indicates that approximately 80% of the students slated to attend 12th High School will be reassigned from Hylton and Osbourn Park High Schools. Although 70.1% of high school students currently living in the Hylton attendance boundary belong to a minority group, only 40.3% of the high school students being rezoned from Hylton to the 12th High School belong to a minority group. Conversely, white students represent 29.9% of all high school students living in the Hylton attendance boundary but 59.6% of the Hylton high school students set to be reassigned to 12th High School. Under the proposed reassignment, the percentage of high school students living in the Hylton boundary who are minority increases from 70.1% to 74.8%.

The letter likewise criticizes similar practices in regards to Osbourn Park High School.

Similar patterns exist with respect to the reassignment of students from Osbourn Park High School. For example, 51% of the high school students currently living in the Osbourn Park attendance boundary belong to a minority group, but only 35% of the high school students being rezoned from Osbourn Park to 12th High School belong to a minority group. White students, on the other hand, represent 49% of high school students living in the Osbourn Park attendance boundary but 65% of the high school students reassigned from Osbourn Park to 12th High School.

The letter notes that the concern is heightened due to the irregular shape of neighborhood boundaries. The letter said the Osbourn Park boundaries include non-contiguous “islands” of students that would cross over one boundary to attend another school. They also note that these “islands” tend to have a majority of minority students.

As a result, the DOJ notes that the school division’s boundary proposal is not in compliance with the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974.

These preliminary findings raise significant concerns regarding the boundary proposal’s compliance with the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974 (“EEOA”), 20 U.S.C. § 1701 et seq., which the Department of Justice is charged with enforcing. The EEOA provides that “[n]o State shall deny equal educational opportunity to an individual on account of his or her race, color, sex, or national origin, by . . . the assignment by an educational agency of a student to a school, other than the one closest to his or her place of residence within the school district in which he or she resides, if the assignment results in a greater degree of segregation of students on the basis of race, color, sex, or national origin among the schools of such agency than would result if such student were assigned to the school closest to his or her place of residence within the school district of such agency providing the appropriate grade level and type of education for such student.” 20 U.S.C. § 1703(c).

The letter goes on to say that the boundary plan is even more egregious since the boundaries include certain irregularities or “islands” in which mostly minorities reside. It seems these areas were excluded from the new boundary plan.

“Irregularities in the proposed Osbourn Park and 12th High School attendance boundaries, including what appear to be departures from traditional zoning principles like contiguity, may raise additional equal protection concerns,” the letter reads.

The DOJ has requested a phone conference with PWCS.

Supervisor of Planning Dr. Matthew Cartlidge for PWCS had said the school division does not make a determination whether or not a minority-majority school is good or bad.

At boundary meetings for the 12th High School held in late spring, some residents of smaller neighborhoods requested that their neighborhoods not be redistricted again, if they have recently redistricted. Those requests may account for some of the “island” neighborhoods.

The 12th Prince William County High School has been under scrutiny from the public and the local media for a multitude of other reasons. These include the cost of the school, the location, its high profile aquatic center and a hundred-plus-year-old family cemetery found on the school site.

Police Station Getting Help with Poor Cell Phone Signals

MANASSAS, Va. – So, what do police officers do when they’re having problems getting getting a signal down at the station?

It’s simple – ask AT&T to install a device inside the police station valued at nearly $60,000 that will improve service. And, get it all at no cost.

That’s what’s happening at Prince William County’s Western District Police Station outside Manassas. According to county documents, the wireless carrier will install a MetroCell low-power transmitting device, weighing about five pounds and smaller than 10 inches, inside the police station.

The installation won’t cost anything, but should the police department decide they no longer want the device – it’ll cost to remove it.

“Should the removal of the device be required, a fee will be charged based on years of use. A maximum fee of $8,850 would be charged for removal in the first year of use, $5,900 in the in the second year of use, and $2,950 thereafter,” according to county documents.

The new device, approved by the Prince William County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, comes as people who work inside the police station have had problems using their cell phones on the AT&T network, and have encountered dead zones inside the office. AT&T is one of two companies contracted to provide cell service inside the building.

Legislators Reigniting License Plate Reader Debate

PWC police car

WOODBRIDGE, Va. – Automatic License Plate Readers are once again about to be the center of a debate in Richmond.

The readers, or ALPRs, are mounted to the rear of police cars and are equipped with high-speed cameras that capture license plates. Those photos are then processed by a computer, and the letters and numbers on the license plates are then cross-checked on a list of vehicles that have been reported stolen. If the ALPR returns a hit on a stolen car, the police officer can then pursue the driver and then could make an arrest.  

Police in Prince William County say ALPRs have become a useful tool in their fight against crime.

ALPR data was used in a case where multiple larcenies from auto had taken place. A license plate number was provided but did not return as valid through Virginia.

A query of the ALPR database showed the vehicle returned to a particular location. A check of the same area resulted in the suspect being located and the stolen property recovered.

Additionally, a hit and run suspect was similarly located when his license plate returned to an Alexandria address. A check of the ALPR database showed local entries. A check of one of those areas resulted in the location of the suspect. 

ALPR technology was also utilized to help identify and arrest the suspect involved in the shootings of the Marine Corps Museum, Pentagon and Coast Guard Recruiting Center.

– Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok

Anderson

Anderson

Prince William police hold onto the license plate data captured for up to six months unless the data is used in a criminal case, and then it’s kept on file longer.

Two locally elected leaders from both sides of the aisle, Virginia State Senator J. Chapman Petersen (D-Fairfax) and Delegate Richard Anderson (R-Prince William) are set to hold what they’ve dubbed the “Benjamin Franklin Privacy Caucus.” Both legislators have introduced bills addressing the use of ALPRs, and both have delayed their bills until the upcoming legislative session in Richmond in January to “permit consultation with law enforcement officials and citizen groups.”

Petersen

Petersen

The caucus takes its name from Franklin’s saying “they who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety,” according to the legislators hosting the event.

It will take place in House Room 3 of the Virginia state capitol building on Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 2-4pm. Anyone is able to attend and speak.

“We must strike a reasonable balance between the crime fighting tool that this technology represents and the privacy and other Constitutional rights of citizens in Prince William County and across Virginia,” stated Anderson in a press release. “My bill, which I submitted in 2014 and delayed until 2015, reflects the views of our Prince William neighbors and will specify a reasonable rule set for the use of this new technology.”

Police say the ALPRs capture only information on license plates, something that is already in public view at all times.

There is no personal information obtained through the use of the ALPR system, therefore no invasion of privacy. The ALPR system only captures pictures of state issued vehicle license plates with the location and date/time of where the plate is captured. Any further information on the vehicle itself and/or its owner must be obtained through a separate query through the DMV and/or VCIN.

Such queries are restricted by Virginia law and may only be performed for legitimate law enforcement purposes. It should be noted that license plates are in public view for all to see and anyone can easy capture a plate with a cell phone or other camera. The ALPR system simply allows us to capture more license plates quickly and automatically.

- Prince William spokesman Jonathan Perok

These days, license plate readers are being used for more than law enforcement purposes. In Florida, where many of the state’s toll roads no longer have manned toll booths and accept only cash-less forms of payment, a system called “toll-by-plate” is in use.

The arrangement allows drivers without a electronic transponder in their car that can be linked to a credit card, to be sent a bill for the toll to the address where the license plate is registered.

Quantico Incidents Cause Brief Base Closure

QUANTICO, Va. – There was some commotion at the entrance of Quantico Marine Corps Base this afternoon, as well as on base.

Here’s more in a press release: 

At approximately 2:45 p.m. a military working dog trained in explosive detection indicated on a vehicle at the main gate on Fuller Road.

Military police at the scene closed the gate and explosive ordnance disposal Marines responded to the scene and searched the vehicle.

The vehicle suspected to contain explosives was cleared. At this time, all gates have now resumed normal operations.

In a separate incident, an individual who was driving around the base was allegedly shouting threats.

That person was detained by military police. Following an interview by Marine Corps Criminal Investigation Division, the individual was released. Marine Corps Base Quantico Police worked in concert with Prince William Country Police to secure both scenes.

Both incidents on base also promoted changes to the local bus service in the area, according to the Potomac and Rapphannock Transportation Commission: 

Due to road closures in the Triangle/Quantico area, the following changes are in effect for Dumfries and Route 1 OmniLink buses.

Dumfries OmniLink buses are not serving stops:

-South of Graham Park Road

-Along Old Triangle Road

-Along Fuller Heights Road

Alternate stop:

-Graham Park and Old Triangle Rd

 

Route 1 OmniLink buses are unable to serve the Town of Quantico. A supervisor is being sent to the scene to assist.

Alternate stop:

Route 1 and Anderson Road

Further updates will be sent as necessary.

PRTC Creates Agreement for Sears Parking Lot

Dozens of OmniRide busses are lined up ready to go out on the afternoon runs at PRTC in Woodbridge.

MANASSAS, Va. – The folks at the Sears store at Manassas Mall want a formal agreement with the local bus agency for riders who park their cars in their lot.

For years, the agency, the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission, has been sending buses bound for Washington to the parking lot outside the store to pick up commuters who park their cars in the. The whole time, the practice has been informal, according to PRTC.

But now, according to PRTC, the mall and Sears want a formal agreement with the transit agency if they’re going to continue to use the lot. Negotiations were completed, and now a formal agreement is in place.

It’s not expected to have any impact on commuter bus or local bus service at the stop in the Sears parking lot.

Manassas is one of two malls served by PRTC. The other is Potomac Mills in Woodbridge, and PRTC does have an agreement with it, but it’s a bit different.

“We do have an agreement with the Potomac Mills shopping center but that one pertains simply to bus stops and shelters, not parking,” said PRTC spokeswoman Christine Rodrigo. “While commuter parking is also present at the Mills, the Mills-PRTC agreement is silent on that because the commuter parking accommodations there are the subject of a separate proffer agreement between the Mills and [Prince William] County.”

In 2011, Potomac Mills removed some 900 parking spaces that were used each weekday by commuters who work in Washington. Ultimately, three new restaurants – Cheesecake Factory, Bobby’s Burger Palace, and Bahama Breeze – were built where those parking spaces were.

The Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir Performs at Hylton Performing Arts Center

091114-senegalMANASSAS , Va. – The Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir, an inspiring West African ensemble that lifts the hearts and spirits of all those who hear its glorious voices, brings two soul-stirring evenings of music direct from Dakar to Northern Virginia.

The choir performs at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 at 8 p.m. and George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 at 8 p.m. Pre-performance discussions, free to ticketholders will be held 45 minutes prior to each performance in the Buchanan Partners Art Gallery at the Hylton Center and Grand Tier III at the Center for the Arts (sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts).

The Senegal St. Joseph’s Gospel Choir has become a symbol of peace, hope, humanity and brotherhood throughout its homeland of Senegal since the ensemble’s founding in 1950 by the late Julien Jouga, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s Ambassador Artist for Peace.

In addition to being a commandant in the Senegalese Army and a coach of the National Basketball Team of Senegal, Jouga was a musician and an ecumenical partisan who was passionate about creating harmony between the Catholic and Islamic cultures of Senegal.

Each Sunday, the choir performs at St. Joseph of Medina Cathedral in the heart of one of Dakar’s working-class neighborhoods. The voices rise in the polyphonic sounds of traditional African songs, gospel spirituals and magnificent masses composed by the choir’s brilliant founder. Singing in the country’s four national languages – Wolof, Diola, Sérère and Portuguese Creole – the 15-member choir is accompanied by four musicians playing African drums, guitar and kora.

Novant Health is the 2014-2015 Hylton Presents season sponsor.

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