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Smoking caused fire on Bolter Lane, fire marshal says

From Prince William fire and rescue: 

On Friday, July 21st at 1:35 p.m., fire and rescue units were dispatched to a structure fire in a two-story single-family home located in the 12000 block of Bolter Lane in Bristow.

Upon arrival, fire and rescue crews observed fire in the rear of the home on the second floor deck. Firefighters immediately extinguished the fire that caused minor damage to the deck and siding but no extension into the home.

No injuries reported.

According to the Fire Marshal’s Office, preliminary damages were minimal estimated at $7,500.00.

The origin of the fire was the rear deck; the cause was improper disposal of smoking materials and has been determined as accidental.

Puckett wanted in connection to domestic assault

From Prince William police: 

Abduction | Domestic Related – On July 23 at 3:30AM, officers responded to investigate a domestic which occurred earlier that morning at a residence located in the 10400 block of Lonesome Rd in Nokesville (20109). The investigation revealed that the victim, a 48-year-old woman of Nokesville, was involved in a verbal altercation with the accused, a family member, which escalated.

During the encounter, the accused retrieved a kitchen knife and threatened the victim. The accused then punched the victim in the face and prevented her from leaving the residence. At some point, the victim was able to escape and get in her vehicle. As the victim was attempting to drive away, the accused broke a window and attempted to grab her.

The victim was eventually able to flee the area then contact police. Following the investigation, officers obtained warrants for the arrest of the accused, identified as Michael Kelly PUCKETT. Attempts to locate the accused have been unsuccessful.

Wanted: [Photo from April 2017]

Michael Kelly PUCKETT, 48, of the 10400 block of Lonesome Rd in Nokesville

Described as a white male, 5’09”, 190lbs, with green eyes and brown hair

Charged with abduction, domestic assault & battery, and destruction of property

Slushies keep players cool at Little League championship

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TRIANGLE — The concession stand is easily one of the busiest places at the Virginia Little League Championships.

And the business comes in waves.

“You go through ketchup like crazy,” said Valerie Barlow, one of the volunteers working today where games are being played at Fuller Heights Park in Triangle.

And that ketchup: It’s going on everything from cheeseburgers, hot dogs, to pretzels. There’s also cheese — the gooey kind for topping pretzels or nachos.

“We’ve got all kinds of weird candy, too, like gushers and Warheads that are sour,” she added.

The sweet treat that’s selling the most on a hot summer afternoon with temperatures in the mid-80s: cherry or blue raspberry slushies.

It’s a way for Little League Baseball players from all over the state, and their parents to keep cool. So far, volunteers here have used more than 800 pounds of ice. They’ll use nearly 200 more before the tournament is scheduled to end tomorrow.

If you’re following the games, taking photos, and want to report on the action to our readers, email photos and game info to news@potomaclocal.com.

Groundbreaking planned for new Moncure Elementary School

STAFFORD — We’ve been talking about a new Moncure Elementary School in North Stafford since 2011.

Now it looks like it’s going to happen.

From a press release:

Stafford County Public Schools and Board of Supervisors are scheduled to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for Anne E. Moncure Elementary School. Contractors will break ground on building the new school in the coming weeks.

School officials, staff and Board of Supervisors will mark the occasion at the site of the new school. The construction project is expected to cost $29,942,000. The school is expected to open in the fall of 2019.

The design of the new Anne E. Moncure Elementary School supports the SCPS C5W vision, which focuses on: communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, citizenship, and wellness. The abundant interior transparency will create a strong sense of community connections for students, staff, and parents. The exterior transparency connects Moncure’s community of learners to the natural setting that exists on the site. (more…)

I-95 double lane closures in Stafford all week

We’re talking about possible headaches this week for drivers headed north on Interstate 95 in Stafford County.

From VDOT: 

Beginning tonight, July 24 through Friday, July 28, motorists should anticipate overnight travel delays with double lane closures at various locations along I-95 in Stafford County and Spotsylvania County. 

The following lane closures are planned, weather permitting:


Recycling rate is up, but landfill officials say don’t get complacent

There’s a slight increase in recycling in Prince William County over the past year.

From a press release: 

Prince William County achieved a recycling rate of 36.8% in 2016. The Prince William County Public Works, Solid Waste Division Recycling Office received confirmation from Virginia Department of Environment Quality (DEQ) of the County’s Recycling Rate in July. This was an increase from the 2015 rate of 33.7%.

The recycling rate is a measure of the materials diverted for reuse, recycling, or composting from the waste stream compared to materials that go into to the trash. Regular trash is buried in the County’s sanitary landfill located on Dumfries Road or combusted at the Fairfax County I-95 Energy/Resource Recovery Facility in Lorton. Items diverted for recycling and composting are sorted, processed, and converted into materials to produce new products.

Although the recycling rate appears to be moving in the right direction, Scott MacDonald, the County’s recycling manager, cautions against becoming too complacent. There is still work to do because currently, 62% of the County’s waste goes into the landfill. Likewise, Prince William County’s recycling rate is below both the Northern Virginia average of 47.4% and the statewide average of 44.2% for the calendar year 2016 (the most recent year for which statewide results are available).

How is the recycling rate tabulated? Well, that’s complicated: (more…)

Mark your calendar for the Walk to End Alzheimer on October 21

Good morning Prince William – Leesylvania State Park is looking for volunteers every Monday until Labor Day 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for lots of fun clean-up projects. Gather your work clothes, boots, water bottle, and friends to join in the fun. Please call (703) 583-6904 to learn more.

· Brain Injury Services is looking for a volunteer of Pakistani heritage to walk 1-2 times a month with a gentleman who lives in Springfield. What a great way to share your experiences with another. Please call Michelle at (703) 451-8881 ext. 232 to learn more

· Think cool fall weather! Mark your calendar for the Walk to End Alzheimer on Saturday, October 21 at the Harris Pavilion. Volunteers are needed with event set-up, clean-up, refreshments, route monitoring and much more. Please email Ben at: bedonnelly@alz.org to learn more.

· The National Counseling Group is collecting school supplies for at-risk kids. Items needed include backpacks, notebooks, pens, pencils to name just a few. Donation boxes at set up at each one of their locations including 9301 Forest Point Circle in Manassas. (more…)

Little League Championship kicks off at Marine Corps museum

Parents and children gathered on Thursday night for a dinner at the National Museum of the Marine Corps to mark the opening of the Virginia Little League Championship. 

The dinner was a ticketed-only event and attracted players and their families from all over the Commonwealth — some as far as eight hours away. 

The tournament will be held this week near the museum at Fuller Heights Park. 

These photos are by Catherine Hanafin: 


Driverless cars to be tested in E-ZPass Express Lanes

Automation is coming to Northern Virginia’s E-ZPass Express Lanes.

Driverless cars, or CAV’s (connected and autonomous vehicles) will soon be tested on the E-ZPass Express Lanes on Interstates 95 and 495 “during non-rush periods at times when the Lanes are closed or traffic is not heavy.”

More in a press release from Transurban, the operator of the E-ZPass Express Lanes:

Authorization to begin testing connected vehicles and vehicle automation technologies on the 495 and 95 Express Lanes was approved earlier this week by the Commonwealth Transportation Board. The Commissioner of Highways agreed to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration and Transurban, the operator of the 495 and 95 Express Lanes, to study how connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) may improve safety and mobility. The program will enable the partnership to perform research, and develop and trial demonstration tests on the Express Lanes to examine real-world applications for the developing technologies. Program development is scheduled to begin later this month with on-road tests beginning as soon as summer 2018.