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Crews erecting overhead sign closing portion of I-95

Drivers on Interstate 95 south pass under Telegraph Road in North Stafford. (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

Road crews needing to install a new overhead sign on Interstate 95 near Dumfries must close a northbound portion of the highway late Wednesday night / early Thursday morning.

Here’s more in a press release from the Virginia Department of Transportation: 

Weather permitting, all northbound lanes on I-95, (near the truck-weigh station, mile marker 154.1, just north of Dumfries Road/Route 234), will close between midnight, Wednesday, Dec. 10 and 5 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 11, for the installation of an overhead sign structure.
This closure will last up to 15 minutes, and may be repeated a second time. Single lane closures will begin in this area of I-95 North on Wednesday night, starting as early as 9:00 p.m. Message signs will be posted in advance of the work so that motorists can plan accordingly.

The closures are part of VDOT’s project to add auxiliary lanes and enhance the safety shoulder along north- and southbound I-95 in Prince William County. These improvements are expected to be completed by summer 2015.

Would-be robber touches woman inappropriately

A woman walking in the parking lot said a man came up from behind her, grouped her buttocks, and then tried to steal her purse. 

Here’s more in a police report: 

Attempted Robbery

At approximately 9:20AM on December 8, 2014, Police responded to the area of Portner Ave and Sudley Rd for a report of an attempted robbery that had just occurred.  The victim, a 46-year-old female, told officers she was walking along Portner Ave towards Sudley Rd when an unknown male approached her from a back alleyway of Manassas Shopping Center.  The suspect groped her buttocks without speaking and attempted to steal her purse, then fled on foot towards the south end of Manassas Shopping Center after the victim spun around and verbally accosted the suspect.

                Description of suspect: Medium-skinned black male in his 20s, approximately 5’8”, possible mustache, wearing grey basketball-style shorts, a white hoodie pulled over his hair, and an orange sock on his right foot.

Anyone with information about the suspect’s identification or whereabouts is encouraged to call the Manassas City Police Department Investigation Services Division at (703) 257-8092 (reference case # 14-006138), or Crime Solvers.

Fire burns home on Musselman Road in Stafford

Photo:  Courtesy of Rusty Raines

Photo: Courtesy of Rusty Raines

Fire and rescue crews in Stafford County were called to a home on Mussleman Road on Monday night. 

Here’s more in a press release: 

Photo:  Courtesy of Rusty Raines

Photo: Courtesy of Rusty Raines

On Monday December 8th, 2014 at 1934 hours, Stafford County Fire and Rescue units responded to 214 Musselman Road for a residential structure fire.

Battalion Chief 1 arrived at 1938 hours and reported fire showing from the front of a single story single family dwelling. Engine 1 (Falmouth Station ) arrived at 1938 hours secured a water supply and deployed an attack line and mounted an aggressive interior attack while personnel from Quint 12 (Berea Station) conducted a primary search of the residence. The fire was brought under control in approximately 10 minutes; searches on all floors confirmed no occupants.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Stafford Fire Marshal and damage estimates are not available. Four adults and two children were displaced and received assistance from the Red Cross.
There were no fire department injuries during this incident.

The following departments responded to this incident. Falmouth, Berea, Mountain View, White Oak, Stafford, Brooke, Aquia, Rockhill, Medic 6, Medic 11, Fredericksburg Fire, Safford Sheriff’s Office.

Christmas pickle an emerging tradition?

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We have a pickle hanging on our Christmas Tree at home.

My wife hangs the green glass ornament on our tree each year. It’s made of the same material a traditional ball ornament is made of. 

It’s an ornament we didn’t have on our tree when I was a child. My family opted for glass ornaments, apples, or tiny mailboxes for letters to Santa with the current year printed on the side of them.

Our pickle is always hung on the inside of the tree or on its back side. It’s never the first ornament you see on our tree, at that appears to be for good reason.

It appears pickles on trees are becoming more commonplace at the holidays. A myth states the person who finds the Christmas pickle will have good luck the following year. In Germany, many hid the pickle and gave the first child who found it an extra present on Christmas morning.

I wanted to find out just how popular hanging a pickled cucumber on a Christmas Tree really is, even if it is made of glass. Is the tradition as as popular in the U.S. as it is in Germany?

A search on Quora turned up some interesting results. Some have heard of the tradition while others, like Josh Stein who said he had a pickle on his family’s Christmas Tree when he was a child.

Read Quote of Josh Stein’s answer to Is the “Christmas Pickle” habit really common in America? on Quora

Others like Marc Bodnick had never heard of such a thing.

Read Quote of Marc Bodnick’s answer to Is the “Christmas Pickle” habit really common in America? on Quora

A Christmas Pickle sells for $4.99 on Amazon. I’ve seen them listed for as much as $10 each elsewhere online.

Until now, I always thought it was slightly odd to see a glass pickle on our tree. Now that I have thoroughly researched the topic, or devoted as much time as one should to a pickle on a Christmas Tree, I see my wife was onto something.

Minor injuries in Prince William Parkway pedestrian crash

A pedestrian involved in a crash this morning on Prince William Parkway suffered minor injuries.

The crash occurred on the parkway, between Route 1 and Interstate 95. The closure prompted some delays for morning commuters in the area.

The road was closed for a police investigation following the crash. The road was reopened at 7:15 a.m., said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

Hit and run crash damages pillar at shopping center, witness says

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A hit and run crash damaged a pillar at the Potomac Festival shopping center in Woodbridge. [Submitted photo]

A driver hit a post inside the Potomac Mills Festival shopping center in Woodbridge.

The hit and run crash happened Monday night, according to Sarah Wyatt, who posted a photo of the damaged pillar to her Facebook page.

Never a dull moment. Watched a truck do this before my very eyes and then drive off, only to find out later he crashed into 2 more vehicles and crashed into a wall by Outback.

-Sarah Wyatt, photographer 

According to Wyatt, the crash happened near Swim Kids. As soon as the vehicle hit the pillar, the vehicle sped away, she added.

Chipotle opens to smiles in Stafford

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Chipotle Mexican Grill opened its doors at Stafford Marketplace on Monday.

It’s the first Chipotle to open in Stafford County, and the opening was celebrated with a line of hungry fans standing outside the door.

In addition to several Chipotle employees, Rep. Robert Wittman (R-Va. 1) attended a ribbon cutting for the business, as did Stafford County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jack Cavalier.

The new restaurant faces Garrisonville Road and is part of a recent addition to Stafford Marketplace. A Verizon Wireless store will soon join Chipotle as its next door neighbor.

Chipotle employees spent the weekend getting ready for the big opening, however, no menu specials or discounts were planned for the event. A new Chipotle restaurant opens every two days, according to the company’s website.

Best Western hotel in Woodbridge robbed

PWC police car

WOODBRIDGE, Va. – On Dec. 7, an employee at a Best Western hotel told police that an unknown man came in and went up to the counter with a handgun, demanding money. 

Here’s the latest from Prince William police:

Armed Robbery – On December 7th at 2:13PM, officers responded to the Best Western located at 14619 Potomac Mills Rd in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a robbery. Employees reported to police that an unknown man entered the lobby and approached the counter. The man implied he had a weapon and demanded money. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing the hotel on foot. No injuries were reported. A police K-9 was used to search for the suspect.

Suspect Description:

Black male, between 28 & 38 years of age, 5’10”, 180lbs with a medium build, dark complexion, short black hair, brown eyes and a goatee

Last seen wearing a gray long sleeve shirt and jeans

Student robbed at Woodbridge Senior High School

LAKE RIDGE, Va. – On December 5, a 15-year-old victim told police that while walking on school grounds, she was approached by three teenagers, one of whom stole the victim’s phone and left the scene on foot along with the other teens. 

Here’s the latest from Prince William police; 

Strong Armed Robbery – On December 5th at 5:45PM, officers responded to Woodbridge High School located at 3001 Old Bridge Rd in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a robbery. The victim, a 15 year old female juvenile of Woodbridge, reported to police that she was walking across school property when she was approached by an unknown male juvenile accompanied by two other female juveniles. During the encounter, the male suspect grabbed the victim’s phone and fled on foot with the other juveniles. No injuries were reported.

Suspect Description:

Black male, between 15 & 16 years of age, 5’10”, 150lbs with a thin build, medium complexion, a 2” black afro and brown eyes

Last seen wearing a light colored t-shirt and blue jeans

Robbery suspect sees photo on Facebook, turns himself in

Police said a suspect in a robbery in Woodbridge turned himself into police after seeing his picture on the department’s Facebook page.

Here’s more from Prince William police: 

Strong Armed Robbery *ARREST – On December 5th, the suspect involved in the robbery which was reported to have occurred in the 14400 block of Jefferson Davis Hwy in Woodbridge on November 24th turned himself into police without incident after seeing his information posted on the police department’s Facebook page. 

Arrested on December 5th:

David Nissan HUERTA, 18, of no fixed address

Charged with robbery

Court date: January 26, 2015 | Bond: held WITHOUT bond

Strong Armed Robbery [Previously Released] – On November 24th at 1:22PM, officers responded to the 14400 block of Jefferson Davis Hwy in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a robbery. The victim, a 43 year old man of Woodbridge, reported to police that he walking through the Prince William Plz when he was approached by an unknown man. During the encounter, the suspect grabbed the victim’s cell phone from his hands and fled the area on foot. No injuries were reported. On December 2nd, detectives from the Robbery Unit identified the suspect involved in this robbery. Following the investigation, detectives obtained a warrant for the suspect’s arrest.


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