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Police Investigate Series of Hotel Armed Robberies

PRINCE WILLIAM, Va. – On November 8 and 9, four separate hotels in the area reported armed robberies, all of which appeared to have been done by the same suspect. In all cases, the man enters the hotel, approaches an employee at the front desk, and demands money with a handgun before leaving the scene on foot. Police say that this same man is linked to the robbery of a Residence Inn on 7345 Williamson Blvd in Manassas from October 22.

Here’s the latest from Prince William police;  

Armed Robberies – On November 8th and 9th, officers have responded to four hotels in Prince William County to investigate armed robberies. In all cases, a man of similar description enters the lobby and approaches a clerk at the front desk counter. Once at the counter, the man displays a handgun and takes money before fleeing on foot. No injuries were reported in any of the robberies. The same suspect is also believed to be responsible for the October 22nd robbery of the Residence Inn on 7345 Williamson Blvd in Manassas. A timeline of the incidents are below.

Once at the counter, the man displays a handgun and takes money before fleeing on foot. No injuries were reported in any of the robberies. The same suspect is also believed to be responsible for the October 22nd robbery of the Residence Inn on 7345 Williamson Blvd in Manassas. A timeline of the incidents are below.

Suspect Description:

Black male, between 20 & 29 years of age, 5’10”-6’0”, 180-200lbs with a medium build

Last seen wearing a black skull cap, white cloth over his face, white work gloves with red grips and dark hooded sweatshirt or plaid shirt

 

• November 8th at 1:13PM – Wyndham Gardens Hotel, 10800 Vandor Ln in Manassas

• November 8th at 2:48PM – Days Inn, 7611 Centreville Rd in Manassas

 

• November 9th at 6:03PM – Sleep Inn, 14080 Shoppers Best Way in Woodbridge

• November 9th at 6:45PM – Wytestone Suites, 14525 Gideon Dr in Woodbridge

 

Armed Robbery [Previously Released] – On October 22nd at 10:40PM, officers responded to the Residence Inn located at 7345 Williamson Blvd in Manassas (20109) to investigate a robbery. An employee reported to police that an unknown man entered the lobby and approached the front desk counter. Once there, the man pulled out a handgun and demanded money from the employee. The man took an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing on foot. No injuries were reported. A police K-9 was used to search for the suspect.

 

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Orehowsky Charged with Abduction

TRIANGLE, Va. – On November 8, a 32-year-old woman told police that after an argument.

Abduction | Domestic Assault & Battery – On November 8th at 3:52PM, officers responded to investigate a domestic assault which was reported to have occurred at a residence located in the 3600 block of Stonewall Manor Dr in Woodbridge (22191) on September 29th.

The victim, a 32-year-old woman of Woodbridge, reported to police that on this date she and the accused, a known acquaintance, were involved in a verbal altercation which escalated. After the altercation, the victim left the home on foot and was followed by the accused.

At one point, the accused grabbed the victim’s arm and dragged her back into the home to an upstairs bedroom. The accused prevented her from leaving the bedroom multiple times. The two parties eventually separated. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested.

Arrested on November 8th:

Michael Francis OREHOWSKY, 32, of the 3600 block of Stonewall Manor Dr in Woodbridge

Charged with abduction and domestic assault & battery

Court date: pending | Bond: held WITHOUT bond

Woodbridge Senior High School Student Shot, Killed

Police work a crime scene outside Woodbridge Senior High School where a 16-year-old student was shot and killed. [Uriah Kiser / Potomac Local]

Police work a crime scene outside Woodbridge Senior High School where a 16-year-old student was shot and killed. [Uriah Kiser / Potomac Local]

8 p.m.

Several shots were fired outside Woodbridge Senior High School this afternoon.

When the gunfire stopped, the body of a 16-year-old Brenden Wilson, a student, lie lifeless, facedown, on a walking path behind the school.

“They must have emptied a whole magazine into him,” said Jerry King, who lives on Oakwood Drive at the scene of the shooting.

He was watching TV when shots rang out about 4:30 p.m. He ran to his sliding glass door to look out onto his backyard, and that’s when he saw one person running toward the street where pickup truck was waiting. King said the person jumped in, and the truck sped off to the top a hill and then drove out of sight.

“There was at least seven or eight shots,” added King.

Detectives at the scene were still examining the victim’s body at 7:30 p.m. It lies on the ground in what neighbors said is an area where teenagers go to use drugs.

“In just the last year, I’ve witnessed drug acts…I’ve witnessed three sex acts down here, there are kids that urinate here, and they don’t care,” said King.

King said his house had recently been broken into, and $3,000 in electronics were stolen. Police later captured the suspect who did it, he added. The burglar shoved snow for King prior to the theft.

“This place is getting pretty bad,” he resident of 40 years said.

King moved into his home just before Woodbridge Senior High School opened in its current location in 1974.

7:05 p.m.

The shooting victim is a student at Woodbridge Senior High School, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok. The victim’s family has been notified and police are expected to release the name of the victim shortly.

6:54 p.m.

Crime scene tape surrounds a portion of the parking lot at Woodbridge Senior High School.

Nearby the parking lot about 4:30 p.m. a 16-year-old male was shot to death on a walking path that bridges the gap between the school and Oakwood Drive in Lake Ridge.

We don’t yet know if the victim was a student at the school, as police have not released the teenager’s identity.

The suspects in this case were said to have fled the scene in a pickup truck. Two of them are black and a third is white, according to Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok. A search continues for the suspects.

The shooting victim was pronounced dead on the scene.

“We know the age of the victim so we’re obviously concerned it could be a student,” said Prince William Public Schools spokesman Phil Kavits.

Nearby, Old Bridge Elementary School still had children inside the building at the time of the shooting. The school was placed into “secure the building” mode and the children inside, part of a school-aged daycare program, were not allowed to picked up by their parents until police have an all clear.

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Winter Warm-UP Drive Benefits Local Students

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Withfall in full swing and early morning temperatures near freezing, the Prince William Chamber of Commerce would like to remind you that there are many children who need our help to stay warm this winter.

Michelle Rao, of Laser Quest Corporation, co-chair of the Chamber’s Education & Innovation Committee, said that while many coat drives are conducted over the holidays, often-times local children lack warm clothing underneath. To meet this need, each year the Committee organizes a Winter Warm-UP online clothing drive. For only $10, donors can purchase a “kit” containing a hat, gloves and fleece, and sweat shirt.

The Committee, with the help of students from Manassas Christian School, then distributes these warm clothing “kits” to Title I schools in Prince William County and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. The goal is to keep kids focused on learning by meeting one of their most basic needs; the need for warm clothing during cold weather months.

“We believe that strong business and strong community go hand in hand. These children are our future workforce, our future leaders. It is important that we let them know this is a community that values their education and stands ready to help them reach their full potential,” said Debbie Jones, President & CEO of the Prince William Chamber.

Last year, the Chamber raised enough money to purchase 501 kits through the program. This year, with the generous contributions from Lockheed Martin and the Prince William Education Association, the Education & Innovation Committee is hoping to exceed last year’s contributions for Winter Warm Up. All residents, community groups and businesses are invited to participate and help meet the goal and make a difference in the lives of local students.

Both long-time members of the Committee, Denyse Carroll, Prince William County Public Schools and Jamie McNealy, Invent Now, Inc, helped collect donations from attendees at the Chamber’s recent Cuisine de Commerce luncheon. They were pleased to report that in just over an hour, members of the local business community had given enough to purchase 10 kits just by pooling their pocket change.

To donate online, visit PWchamber.org and look for the Winter Warm-UP graphic in the homepage slider. Checks can also be mailed to the Chamber Headquarters at 9720 Capital Court, Suite 203, Manassas, VA, 20110, c/o Winter Warm-UP.

For questions about the Winter Warm-UP or other community outreach activities of the Prince William Chamber, visit PWchamber.org and click on the tab labeled “The Chamber” or call 703-368-6600.

Forest Park’s Marching Bruin Band Performs at Disney World

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Members of the Forest Park High School “Marching Bruin Band” became stars of their own Disney show on Nov. 2 when they entertained resort guests at the Magic Kingdom Park. The group traveled from Woodbridge to the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida to take part in the Disney Performing Arts program.

The marching band, under the direction of Donald Magee, entertained hundreds of Magic Kingdom Park guests as they marched through Frontierland and around Cinderella Castle onto Main Street, U.S.A. before the “Festival of Fantasy Parade.”

This was the group’s fifth visit to the resort with the Disney Performing Arts program.

In addition to their performance, the students participated in the Disney Performing Arts “You’re Instrumental Workshop,” where they learned how to get the most of their rehearsals and honed their sight-reading skills under the guidance of an experienced Disney Teaching Artist.

Dance, vocal and instrumental ensembles from all around the world apply to perform each year as a part of Disney Performing Arts at both the Disneyland Resort in California and the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Once selected, they are given the opportunity to perform at the resort for an international audience of theme park guests. Millions of performers have graced the stages of the Disney Parks in the more than 25-year history of the program.

Manassas Residents Invited to Shred Docs for Free

Manassas residents will be able to recycle their household hazardous waste, electronic waste, gently used clothing and even shred paper documents for free.

“Each year, the United States generates more than 250 million tons of municipal solid waste— that’s more than four pounds per person, per day,” said Monica Boehringer, refuse and recycling coordinator of Manassas Public Works and Utilities.

Last year, the City of Manassas generated more than 2,500 tons of single stream recycling from curbside collection, 77 tons of electronic waste at the monthly drop-off days and 2,000 tons of yard waste, which is reused as landscaping material.

The event will take place Saturday, Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. until noon at the Manassas Transfer Station at 8305 Quarry Road.

Stafford Airport Runway Extension Means More Planes

The Stafford Regional Airport wants to extend its runway at an estimated cost of $8 to $12 million.

The project would bring more air traffic to the airport from the north, and opponents worry it would bring more airplane noise to surrounding neighborhoods.

Facilities manager Ed Wallis said that with the growth and use of the airport in its current operations, the extension has already been a part of their master planning process.

“Currently the airport runway traffic pattern is all to the south. A normal airport has traffic on both sides of the runway…there’d be very few aircraft on that side of the runway…we wouldn’t come near the areas [Sterling is] worried about,” Wallis said.

A longer runway would also mean aircraft taking off from the airport could carry more fuel and reach destinations further away, such as the U.S. west coast.

“Right now, on a hot and humid day, one of the largest aircraft that use [the airport] could not take a full load of fuel or a full load of passengers and go to the West Coast, because the runway’s too short. By lengthening the runway, it gives planes the stopping distance they need, should there be an emergency right at takeoff.”

“We are not increasing the capability of the runway, size wise. What we’re doing is increasing the capability of the aircrafts that currently use us, to use the maximum capacity of fuel and passengers,” said Wallis.

Before any work to the runway can begin, an ongoing environmental assessment needs to be completed. Public hearings will be held in spring to discuss the findings in the assessment with the community. 

The project to extend the runway, which could top out at $12 million, would see 90% of funding from the FAA, 8% of the Virginia State Dept of Aviation, and the remaining 2% from the Stafford Regional Airport Authority, said Wallis.

This extension would mirror similar work completed at the Manassas Regional Airport in 2012. An additional 500 feet was added to their runway.

Juan Rivera, the director of the Manassas airport, understood the need for a runway extension to ensure that planes could take on a full load of passengers and fuel, that Wallis cited as a major reason for Stafford’s intended extension.

“It’s been good for [the airport]… We have not had any major issues as far as noise and safety,” Rivera said.

This comparison between the two airports could become important as some individuals are not in support of the potential runway extension. For Cord Sterling, Stafford County Rock Hill District Supervisor, there are safety and financial concerns related to the airport’s plans that need to be addressed.

“You’ve got to look at what they’re planning. They’re not only expanding it – they’re adding that Northern route. The route takes [planes] over Stafford High School and over neighborhoods,” Sterling said.

Sterling also said the plans for the runway extension contradict earlier comments made by the Stafford Airport Authority about safe use in the neighborhoods surrounding the airport.

“The Stafford Airport Authority has come out saying that the things like schools and neighborhoods are not compatible for those flight paths, that it’s a danger to people on the ground. It’s a danger to the quality of life,” said Sterling.

Sterling also pointed to the Airport’s financial dependence on subsidies from the Stafford County budget as further concern for the extension.

“I think they should just continue to operate how they’re operating. What’s the need for the expansion? [The airport hasn’t] been able to show us they can the deliver,” Sterling said, citing County money loaned for a terminal, the removal of an airplane pass and addition of fuel station at the airport.

Wallis insisted that there were no major safety concerns and that the addition of north side air traffic as they have currently planned, will not be a noise issue. Stafford County officials showed the latest plans for the runway expansion at a recent public meeting.

Rules Changing for Drivers on I-95 HOV Lanes

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The rules of the road are changing for those who use HOV lanes on Intestate 95.

When the newly built 95 Express toll lanes open in December, a 29-mile stretch of the road from Route 610 in North Stafford to Edsall Road in Alexnadria, to include a large portion of the existing HOV lanes, will be tolled 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Nearly everyone will need an EZ-Pass to use the lanes — even drivers of hybrid cars. Under the old rules, vehicles with three or more occupants, hybrid cars with a clean fuel designation printed on them, and motorcycles could use the lanes at all times. Under the new rules, motorcyclists can ride free but all other vehicles need an EZ Pass or EZ-Pass Flex.

Here’s more from the Virginia Department of Transportation:

Carpoolers: 

  • Carpools need an E-ZPass Flex
  • Carpools with three or more people can travel toll-free on the Express Lanes with an E-ZPass Flex set to HOV mode.   
  • E-ZPass Flex works like a standard E-ZPass but allows carpoolers to switch between HOV and toll-paying modes. The switchable E-ZPass Flex lets the Express Lanes operator know which vehicles are HOV-3+ so that they aren’t charged a toll.  

Drivers of Hybrid Vehicles with Clean Fuel Plates: 

 

When the 95 Express Lanes open, hybrid vehicles with clean fuel plates issued before July 1, 2006 must pay a toll or have three people in the car to use the Lanes.  The rules affecting hybrids are as follows:

  • Hybrid drivers can ride toll-free on the 95 Express Lanes with three people in the vehicle and an E-ZPass Flex set to HOV mode; or,
  • They can pay the toll with an E-ZPass if traveling with fewer than three people in the vehicle.
  • The 95 Express Lanes will end just north of Edsall Road. From Edsall Road to Washington, D.C., the HOV lanes will exist with the same rules that are in effect today. Hybrid vehicles with clean fuel plates issued before July 1, 2006 will continue to be allowed to use the HOV lanes without three people in the vehicle on the I-395 HOV lanes. For more information about the transition area just north of Edsall Road on I-395, please visit: 95ExpressLanes.com/transition

Drivers of Trucks, Commercial/18-Wheel Vehicles:  

  • Vehicles with more than two axles – including 18-wheel trucks – will not be permitted to access the 95 Express Lanes.
  • Small and mid-sized trucks with two axles may use the Express Lanes as toll paying customers or they may travel toll-free if they have an E-ZPass Flexset to HOV mode and three or more people in the vehicle.

Law Enforcement Officials: 

  • Local, state or federal law enforcement officials will not be exempt from toll and HOV requirements on the 95 Express Lanes unless in the direct pursuit of their duties, which does not include commuting to and from the workplace.
  • Law enforcement officials can contact the Express Lanes pre or post travel for trips they believe qualify as exempt.  Please contact customercare@expresslanes.com for more information.

Motorcycles: 

  • Motorcycles do not need an E-ZPass.

Unlike the existing HOV lanes, the rules of the road for the new 95 Express Lanes will be in effect 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including weekends.  Vehicles may not tow trailers on the 95 Express Lanes. HOV-3+ vehicles with an E-ZPass Flex set to HOV mode, motorcycles and transit will have toll-free access to the Express Lanes at all times; drivers with fewer than three occupants can choose to pay a toll with E-ZPass to use the lanes on occasions when they need to get somewhere on time.

Get an E-ZPass:

Drivers can get an E-ZPass or E-ZPass Flex at more than 75 convenient Northern Virginia retail locations including Wegmans, select Giant Food Stores, or at one of the E-ZPass Customer Service Centers, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles; online or by calling Virginia E-ZPass at (877) 762-7824.  Visit www.ezpassva.com or call the Customer Service Center for more information – (877) 762-7824.

The 95 Express Lanes are being delivered through a public-private partnership between VDOT and Transurban with Fluor-Lane 95, LLC constructing the Express Lanes.  For more information on how I-95 drivers can use the 95 Express Lanes please visit  www.95ExpressLanes.com.  For up-to-date construction information please visit  www.vamegaprojects.com.

 

NOVEC Operation Turkey Underway

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Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative’s group of employee volunteers, NOVEC HELPS, is asking area residents to donate non-perishable food to the Operation Turkey drive to help provide Thanksgiving meals for low-income people in Prince William County.

NOVEC HELPS will accept non-perishable food donations through Nov. 13 at three offices. SERVE, a campus of Northern Virginia Family Service, and ACTS, Action in Community Through Service, will distribute the food to people who need assistance.

Anyone requiring a receipt must drop donated items at the SERVE or ACTS locations. Donna Snellings, NOVEC HELPS executive director, says, “One of NOVEC‘s guiding principles is to serve the community with more than electricity. Helping to feed the needy through Operation Turkey is one way NOVEC and its members serve others every November.”

Suggested Food Items Breads and muffin mixes, Bisquick, instant mashed potatoes, pasta, rice, boxed desserts, sugar, flour, evaporated milk, pie crusts, and canned meats, vegetables, cranberry sauce, fruits, pie filling, and gravy. Drop-off Locations

NOVEC Offices, 10323 Lomond Drive near Manassas

Wellington Branch Road in Gainesville

14500 Minnieville Road  in Woodbridge, hours: 8:15 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday

SERVE, Inc. 10056 Dean Drive in Manassas 

ACTS 3900 Acts Lane in Dumfries

in VA 22026 NOVEC HELPS, Hands Engaged in Local Public Service, is a 501 (c) (3) organization. For more information, visit www.novechelps.org. NOVEC is a not-for-profit corporation that supplies and distributes electricity and provides energy-related services to more than 155,000 customers in Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William, Stafford and Clarke counties, the City of Manassas Park, and the Town of Clifton, Va. It is one of the largest electric cooperatives of its kind in the nation. For more information, visit www.novec.com, call 703-335-0500, toll-free 1-888-335-0500, or send mail to P.O. Box 2710, Manassas, Va. 20108.

Final 2 Tied to Oct. 6 Armed Robbery Nabbed

MANASSAS, Va. – On November 5, the two remaining suspects connected to an armed robbery on October 6 were found and arrested at a hotel in Rockville, Maryland. The suspects were originally a group of four, two of whom had already been arrested by police. 

Here’s the latest from Prince William police:

Armed Robbery | Assault by Mob *ADDITIONAL ARRESTS – On November 5th, members of the U.S. Marshals’ Fugitive Task Force located and arrested the two remaining suspects involved in the assault which was reported to have occurred in the 11800 Medway Church Lp in Manassas on October 6th. Both suspects were arrested without incident at a hotel in Rockville, MD.

Arrested on November 5th: [No photos available]

Richard Jong Chan PAK, 23, of the 13400 block of Wood Lilly Ln in Centreville

Charged with robbery and assault by mob

Court date: pending | Status: awaiting extradition

 

Kelly Dawn SAUNDERS, 20, of the 9000 block of Quarry St in Manassas

Charged with robbery and assault by mob

Court date: pending | Status: awaiting extradition

 

Armed Robbery | Assault by Mob [Previously Released] – On October 6th at 3:23PM, officers responded to investigate an assault which was reported to have occurred in the 11800 Medway Church Lp in Manassas (20109). The victim, an 18 year old man of Manassas, reported to police that he had made arrangements to meet up with a female acquaintance in the area above. During the encounter, a group of unknown men approached and assaulted the victim using blunt objects. The men took the victim’s cell phone and money before fleeing the area. The victim went to an area hospital for treatment where police were contacted. Detectives from the Robbery Unit were able to identify four of the suspects involved in the incident. Two of the four suspects were arrested between October 8th and October 9th. The remaining two suspects are currently being sought on active warrants.

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