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Hospital Rolls Out ‘Community Care Cart’ for Patients

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WOODBRIDGE
, Va. – Sentara Hospital’s Auxiliary volunteer group has decided to launch a ‘Community Care Cart’ as a new and innovative way to provide care for patients in their hospital.

The cart aims to provide free items to help provide the patients with some relief and brighten their day. On the cart there are small donated things like lotions, back scratchers and crossword puzzles that patients can have, free of charge.

For Jim Cassidy and his wife, who both volunteer at the hospital as patient reps, the Community Care Cart adds another element to patient care that they feel is valuable.

“You try to put a smile on the patient’s face. You spend time with someone – because some of these patients – if they come from a nursing home, they have no other visitors. You are their visitor. And now with this new program, the Community Care Cart, that’s just an extra feather you’re putting out there to them,” Jim said.

Nan Wehmeyer, another volunteer with the auxiliary, agreed that the cart is a way to connect with Sentara’s patients.

“I do it because I look at the Community Care Cart as a conduit. It gets me in the room with a patient, and it allows me to get to know the patient, and that’s how I bond with them. Yes, the cart is giving things away that are free, and are things that they need, but more importantly it’s me bonding with them,” Wehmeyer said.

The auxiliary that makes the cart possible is a volunteer-based organization with 300 active volunteers comprised of adults and juniors. The junior program component is a way for high school students to get involved and give back to their community, providing them with valuable experiences at the hospital.

“We have the most robust and comprehensive junior program in Northern Virginia. That’s my opinion, and I say that because we have a year-round junior program,” said Phim Gilberry, the hospital’s Volunteer Coordinator.

As a whole, the auxiliary serves many functions at the hospital. “In addition to donating volunteer hours, our auxiliary [volunteer group] also does fundraising through various activities…Money raised benefits the community and the auxiliary has a long history of purchasing and donating much needed medical equipment and other resources,” Gilberry said.

Among the group’s many accomplishments was the recent donation of a mobile health van, which cost $130,000, purchased with funds raised by the auxiliary. The van is frequently out in the community providing much needed services.  To raise funds for their projects and donations to the hospital, the auxiliary hosts sales, fundraisers and events throughout the year.

When working in the hospital, the 300 volunteers assist in administrative functions, running the hospital’s gift shop and serving as patient reps to advocate for patient’s needs.

“The things that we do here [as volunteers] are much different than what I’m told other volunteers do at other hospitals. And when I leave for the day, I feel like I’ve done something of value,” said Edie Lewis, a volunteer in the auxiliary.

Free Clinic Plans Fiesta to Celebrate Opening of New Center in Woodbridge

WOODBRIDGE, Va. -- It’ll be a fiesta at the Prince William Area Free Clinic.

The clinic will celebrate the opening of its unified health center on Church Hill Drive in Woodbridge by holding a special dinner on Aug. 16.

“We wanted to have a community event where our patients and the community can celebrate,” said Prince William Area Free Clinic Director Linda Franklin.

The idea is the brainchild of several volunteers and patients at the clinic, as many were looking for a way to give back the agency that has helped them.

Diners can expect burrito, enchilada, tostada, rice and beans on each plate followed by a desert, said Franklin. Todos and Americana markets will donate all of the meat and other items to make the celebration possible.

A guitarist will also play music while event goers eat their meals.

Tickets for the dinner are $7 for adults, $5 for children under 12 years old. The clinic is located at 13900 Church Hill Drive in Woodbridge.

Last year, the Prince William Area Free clinic saw patients in more than 15,000 medical visits, 240 dental visits, and more 20,000 hours of volunteer time were donated to the clinic by dedicated volunteers. 

Burglars Use Handgun to Crash Party in Dale City, Assault Victim

DALE CITY, Va. - On August 9, a homeowner told police that during a party, two men entered his home, revealed handguns, and forced him and three others upstairs. According to the report, while searching a bedroom, one person was struck with a handgun that went off during the incident causing minor injuries. 

Here’s the latest from Prince William police;

Residential Burglary | Use of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony – On August 9th at 11:53PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 14000 block of Golden Ct in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a burglary in progress. The homeowner reported to police that he was having a small gathering at his residence when two unknown men entered the home through a rear unlocked door. Once inside, the men displayed handguns and forced the homeowner and three other guests to an upstairs bedroom where they proceeded to search the room. During the encounter, one of the men assaulted a resident of the home by striking him with a handgun causing the weapon to discharge. Following the altercation, the men fled the home. Minor injuries were reported as a result of the assault only. No property was taken from the home. Detectives have determined that this incident is not random. The investigation continues.

Suspect Descriptions:

Black male, unknown age, 6’2”, 230lbs with a muscular build, dark complexion and brown eyes

Last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a skull design on the front, a black mask with a skull on the front and dark colored pants

 

Black male, unknown age, 6’0”, 180lbs with a thin build, dark complexion, short black hair, brown eyes and a goatee

Last seen wearing a black NY Yankees hat, brown & white stripped polo shirt and black jeans

4th Annual IWALK for ACTS Set to Help Families in Need

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ACTS of Prince William and Image Church are partnering with the Potomac Nationals to host the 4th Annual IWALK for ACTS on Saturday, October 18 at Pfitzner Stadium (7 County Complex Ct, Woodbridge). Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the 5K walk starts at 10 a.m. Registration is $20/individual or $50/family. Proceeds benefit ACTS of Prince William County. To register for IWALK, visit www.iwalkforacts.com or e-mail iwalk@imagechurch.com for more information.

Following the walk, the community can enjoy a free family festival from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Attendees will enjoy food vendors, clowns and various performances, and kids activities such as face painting, moon bounces, carnival games, crafts, and much more.

The mission of ACTS of Prince William County is to provide relief, foster hope and promote self-sufficiency for our Prince William area neighbors in crisis due to hunger, homelessness and interpersonal violence. For more information about ACTS, visit actspwc.org.

“We anticipate that 90% of the gross proceeds will go to support ACTS programs. To date we have raised roughly $20,000 in sponsorships,” said Sara Jennings-May, an ACTS spokesperson. 

Image Church meets at 13900 Church Hill Drive in Woodbridge on Sundays at 9:30 and 11 a.m. For more information, visit imagechurch.com.

Clinic Hosting Series of Free Events During National Health Center Week

WOODBRIDGE, Va. – The Greater Prince William Community Health Center together with our community partners will conduct the 6th Annual National Health Center Week Celebration on August 12-14, 8:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. each day.

The Health Center and its partners will provide free health tests, screenings, education, free car seats, free lunch, and free children’s entertainment during the three-day celebration.

The event will take place outdoors under tents and on-board vehicles at 4379 Ridgewood Center Drive, Woodbridge. All activities are free and open to the public. The largest outdoor annual health fair in the region will offer the public – adults and children – a wide range of free health tests and screenings for diabetes, depression, anxiety, dental diseases, hypertension, anemia, breast cancer, cholesterol, hearing, vision, and obesity. Depending on the test/screening, results will either be provided real-time or after the event.

Participants with be assisted with follow-up treatment, as needed. Eligibility requirements, proof of income, and scheduled appointments are required for free mammograms and car seats. Proof of income is required for WIC enrollment.

The 2014 theme for the national event, “America’s Health Centers – Local Engines for Healthier Communities” illustrates the impact community health centers and our partners are having in providing affordable access to health care for all area residents regardless of age, income or insurance status.

Eligibility requirements apply to the free mammograms and car seats. Proof of documentation and an appointment are required
for both. The Health Center and our community partners welcome the entire Prince William community to our 2014 National Health Center Week Celebration. The event will occur rain or shine.

In addition to screenings, the Health Center and partners will host a free cook-out lunch, including hamburgers and hot dogs.

Click here for a full list of events for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Stafford Locals say Brewing is an Everyday Adventure

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STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. – At 150 degrees, the enzymes inside begin to break down and sugars start to separate from the grains. What remains is poured into a boil kettle where the batch begins to boil at 210 degrees. Hops are added for flavor and then removed.

In the end, there will be 85 to 90 gallons of Backpack Wheat – it will be the only batch made this week, and it will last them just as long.

“Everything we do is done here… beer is brewed here… it’s served here,” said Stan Johnson, co-owner of Adventure Brewing Company in Stafford.

“Backpack” is a refreshing beer meant to quench thirsts and is one of at least five brewed here in this warehouse just off U.S. 1, by a group of guys who work by day in technology and are beer craftsmen by nights and weekends.

The beer makers also pride themselves on their IPA, stout, and “Super Power Pale Ale.” Each batch made is like a small science project as the crafters try to get the brew to measure up to the last batch. But science didn’t always come easy.

“I was terrible at chemistry,” said Adventure Brewing Company co-owner Tim Bornholtz. “I’m now going back to take graduate-level courses on chemistry – it’s hard.”

Never planned on opening a brewery

Johnson, Bornholtz, and John Viarella are the brew masters at “Adventure.” Johnson, Bornholtz say they’re from Stafford County, and they all began brewing beer together in the late 1990s for friends at parties and barbeques.

Later, “life happened,” said Bornholtz, and the guys had children and raised families.

“It was purely a hobby, something that we did and then we got a batch beer at the end of end of it. Never did we have plans to open a brew house,” said Bornholtz.

They guys got back together in 2011 and began brewing again and decided to make their dream of a production brewery and tasting room a reality. A new law passed in 2012 allowed Virginia breweries to have a tasting room and that, and a rezoning order passed by Stafford County officials, were the catalysts to spring Adventure Brewing into life.

Bar a sycamore cut down nearby Stafford Courthouse

The guys tele-commnute to their day jobs which allows them to work out of the brewery during the days. At nights and on weekends they open the tasting room so beer enthusiasts can sample some local brew.

There are several beer taps connected to several cold kegs all containing genuine Stafford County brewed beer. The bar is a 186-year-old sycamore tree cut down nearby the Stafford County Courthouse.

And, just like those who go to wineries, brew house customers are discerning.

“People go from brewery to brewery, come in and want to try something they’ve never had before,” said Bornholtz. “If they come in and nothing is new, they’ll say ‘OK, see you next week.”

Plans to expand to restaurants

“Adventure” opened in May and is one of two breweries in Stafford County. A third is in the works.

While they perfect their beer, unlike wineries, don’t look for food to be served here anytime soon. Food trucks park sometimes outside the brewery on weekends and sell food to beer drinkers.

“We’re a production brewery. Getting beer out to people whether in kegs or bottles is what we do. We make beer. Period,” said Bornholtz.  

Drinkers may one day within the next two years see Advenutre’s beers on taps at area restaurants – most likely at a craft beer bar, the kind of place that has at least 30 taps, said Bornholtz.

While customers wanting tastings fill the brewery on Saturdays, Thursday nights are quickly becoming popular for a “geeks who drink” trivia night. If you want to go, it costs $6 for a growler and $12 to fill it. A pint costs $6 and $2.50 for a six-once taster.

The tasting room is open Thursdays and Fridays from 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday noon to 10 p.m., and Sunday noon to 6 p.m. 

Arrests Made in Robbery Retaliation Case

DALE CITY, Va. - On August 7, police arrested two male suspects, one of whom was struck with the handgun the night before, for waving a firearm at a man tied to the incident. During the investigation, police arrested him too and another male accomplice for striking the suspect with the handgun and stealing the firearm from previous night.

Here’s the latest from Prince William police:

Grand Larceny | Brandishing *ARREST – On August 7th at 11:44AM, officers responded to a residence located in the 15000 block of Ashdale Cir in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a brandishing. Officers arrived and determined that this incident was in retaliation for the robbery which occurred the night prior in the 3900 block of Penshurst Ln in Woodbridge [see release below].

The investigation revealed the victim of the robbery the night before, identified as Tyler JONES, went to the home of one of the suspects, Corey SELLERS, on Ashdale Cir to confront him over the incident. Tyler JONES was accompanied by another acquaintance, identified as Landon JONES, during this altercation. During the encounter, both men reportedly brandished a firearm at Corey SELLERS.

Another resident of the home contacted police and both suspects fled the area prior to police arriving at the home. Officers eventually located the suspects a short time later and detained both of them without further incident. Upon further investigation into the alleged robbery the night before, detectives from the Robbery Unit determined that Corey SELLERS and another man, identified as Christopher PETERSON, arranged to have Tyler JONES purchase marijuana on their behalf and gave him money to do so. Tyler JONES then reported back to the men that he was robbed of the money they give him. At that point, an altercation ensued which was reported in the release below.

The Ashdale Cir encounter on August 7th was determined to be retaliation against that incident. Following the investigation, all parties were arrested and charged in connection to their involvement in the incidents.

Armed Robbery | Malicious Wounding [Previously Released] – On August 6th at 9:16PM, officers responded to the 3900 block of Penshurst Ln in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a robbery. The victim, a 22 year old man of Dumfries, reported to police that two known male acquaintances confronted him in the above area over a previous encounter. A verbal altercation ensued which escalated between the three men. During the struggle, one of the suspects struck the victim with a handgun causing the firearm to discharge. The suspects fled prior to officers arriving in the area. Before fleeing, the suspects took a firearm belonging to the victim. No injuries or property damage were reported as a result of the gunshot. The victim did sustained non-life threatening injuries from the physical altercation. This incident was not random.

Arrested on August 7th:

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Tyler George JONES, 23, of 15663 Viewpoint Cir in Dumfries

Charged with grand larcenycarrying a concealed weapon and conspiracy to violate the Drug Act

Charged [by citizen] with brandishing

Court date: September 24, 2014 | Bond: unavailable

 

 

 

 

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Landon Rodgers JONES, 24, of 6423 Tinkling Springs Ct in Manassas

Charged [by citizen] with brandishing

Court date: September 3, 2014 | Bond: unavailable

 

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Corey Dashawn SELLERS, 21, of 15007 Ashdale Cir in Woodbridge

Charged with grand larceny of a firearm and conspiracy to violate the Drug Act

Court date: September 24, 2014 | Bond: unavailable

 

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Christopher Paul PETERSON, 18, of 2670 Seville Cir in Woodbridge

Charged with grand larceny of a firearm and conspiracy to violate the Drug Act

Court date: September 24, 2014 | Bond: unavailable

 

Police Arrest Four Men for Marijuana

DALE CITY, Va. - On August 7, police arrested four men after finding marijuana with the intent to distribute it. According to the report, police also found other drugs, weapons, and money.

Here’s the latest from Prince William police; 

Narcotics Investigation – On August 7th, detectives from the Street Crimes Unit concluded a narcotics investigation involving the distribution of marijuana with the execution of a search warrant at 14757 Dyer Ct in Woodbridge (22193). As a result of the search, marijuana, cocaine, handguns, evidence of distribution and an undisclosed amount of U.S. Currency were recovered. The following arrests were also made without incident.

Arrested on August 7th:

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Isaac Alexander Edward BRANDON, 24, of 14757 Dyer Ct in Woodbridge

Charged with 2 counts of distribution of marijuana and 1 count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana

Court date: October 10, 2014 | Bond: unavailable

 

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Kevin Louis RAMOS, 22, of 6071 River Forest Dr in Manassas

Charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana

Court date: October 10, 2014 | Bond: unavailable

 

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Lawrence Kenneth COLLINS, 23, of 1384 East Longview Dr in Woodbridge

Charged with possession of a scheduled I or II narcotic

Court date: September 12, 2014 | Bond: unavailable

 

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Stephen Russel SMITH, 32, of 600 Torbert Lp in Stafford

Charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana

Court date: unavailable | Bond: unavailable

Burglar Pushes Homeowner Into Wall

LAKE RIDGE, Va. - On August 6th, a homeowner told police that a woman, looking for someone who lived at the home, forced herself inside and pushed a homeowner into a wall. According to the report, the woman left before police could arrive and an arrest warrant has been issued. 

Here’s the latest from Prince William police:

Residential Burglary – On August 6th at 12:05PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 12900 block of Augustus Ct in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a burglary. The homeowner reported to police that the accused came to his residence looking for another family member who resides at the home. The homeowner informed the accused that the person she was looking for was not at the residence. At that point, the accused forced her way into the home and assaulted the homeowner. During the encounter, the accused pushed the homeowner into a wall, causing damage. Another resident of the home attempted to separate the two parties, while another resident contacted police. The accused fled the area prior to officers arriving at the home. Minor injuries were reported. Following the investigation, officers obtained warrants against the accused.

Wanted: [Photo from February 2012]

Roberta Edlina BRANDON, 20, of 14814 Evey Turn in Woodbridge

Described as black female, 5’10”, 154lbs with a medium build, light complexion, black shoulder length dreadlocks and brown eyes

Wanted for burglaryassault & battery and destruction of property

Children Left in Car at Walmart

WOODBRIDGE, Va. - On August 7, a man was arrested for leaving two young children in a car at a Walmart parking lot. According to the report, the children were unharmed. 

Here’s the latest from Prince William police:

Cruelty or Injuries to Children – On August 7th at 6:49PM, police responded to the Wal-Mart located at 14000 Worth Ave in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a child neglect call. The caller reported to police that they had located two children that were unsupervised in a vehicle parked in the parking lot. Officers arrived and located the vehicle and the children, identified as an 8 year old boy and a 3 year old girl. The investigation revealed that the children were in the vehicle unsupervised for approximately 40 minutes before a guardian, identified as the accused, exited the store and approached officers. Both children were unharmed. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested.

Arrested on August 7th:

Milton Javier ROCHA-ENCINAS, 38, of 13140 Hillendale Dr in Woodbridge

Charged with 2 counts of cruelty or injuries to children

Court date: pending | Bond: $3,000 unsecured

County Employees Reminded About Professional Dress

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. —  As we get into the traditionally hotter dog days of summer, Prince William County Executive Melissa Peacor is reminding county employees to mind their appearance in the workplace.

Here’s an email memo that went out to employees on August 6 and obtained by Potomac Local News:

From: “Announcements” <Announcements@pwcgov.org>
Sent: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 12:32
To:
Subject: Please Dress Appropriately on the Job

Hello everyone,

One of the commitments I made to you when I became County Executive is that I would discuss issues with you even when they were difficult. There is one issue I want to raise with you that is important to discuss– professional dress at work. This is particularly important as we are in August when folks tend to dress more casually.

We currently do not have an adopted dress code, and I am reluctant to do so. We are all adults who should be able to make appropriate choices for what to wear to work. However, in my travels around the County, I have noticed some dress choices that don’t exemplify our values as an organization. You have all heard me talk about the fact that each one of us represents the entire organization. How we present ourselves makes an impact on others and how they view this organization. So, if we dress sloppily or unprofessionally, we may give the impression to others that we don’t care about our work or our customers. For those in positions that require them to go to someone’s home or place of business and exercise authority to enforce codes or laws, we don’t give the impression of the authority we are enforcing if we are dressed too casually.

I realize that in some cases, your dress depends on your job. However, there are standards with which we can all agree. I am not asking folks to wear suits/ties, dresses/skirts etc. (unless of course it is appropriate for the occasion). However, some examples of attire that do not meet the standard of professional dress, which I have seen in our organization, include:

· jeans/denim (unless you are in the very small percentage of employees where your job would make this appropriate and you have had that discussion with your supervisor). Denim includes not just blue jeans but any color jeans and denim skirts as well,

· t-shirts (particularly with writing/sayings on them),

· rubber beach flip flops,

· sweat pants,

· sweatshirts,

· pajama bottoms,

· casual sundresses,

· spaghetti straps/tank tops, and

· undergarments showing.

Oh, by the way, this list is not meant to be inclusive because it is not meant to be a code. So, if I haven’t mentioned something that you think is questionable to wear, it probably is.

Again, none of us want to have a dress code, so please think about the impression we want to make on our fellow employees, our customers and our community; and use good judgment.

I know that you are all dedicated employees who want to do good work and to have your work taken seriously for the important contribution it makes. Part of making sure you and your work are taken seriously is dressing appropriately and professionally for the job.

So, there is the end of the difficult discussion, and I know you will take it seriously.

I hope the summer has been fun and that you are getting some much-deserved time off with your families.

Melissa S. Peacor

County Executive

County spokesman Jason Grant said the message about proper attire was part of a regular briefing sent out by the County Executive. Like any employer, says Grant, Prince William County Government has standards and has to be diligent about upholding them.

“This isn’t just edict from the County Executive. “We as department directors have an expectation of what professionalism looks like, how we speak to people, and how we carry ourselves,” said Grant.

Neighboring Manassas City Government has a dress policy that has banned jeans, shorts, sundresses, sneakers, flip flops, baseball caps, t-shirts, halter and tank tops, and stretch or Capri pants.

Officials recognize that not all government employees need to dress up, especially those who work in the field, and they wear logo wear or are provided a proper uniform.

In neighboring Stafford County, the rule is to look professional in the office to maintain a comfortable work environment.

“Of course is someone comes and says ‘this individual makes me feel uncomfortable, they may not be wearing appropriate work attire,’ we may have a conversation with that employee and no matter what the season they have to abide that our policy,” said county spokeswoman Cathy Vollbrecht. 

Charity Motorcycle Ride Benefits Teen Battling Cancer

The Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally rolls through Dumfries on Memorial Day weekend 2011. (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

080814 jarrod hillDUMFRIES, Va. – Motorcyclists will take to the streets of Dumfries on Saturday in support of a recent high school graduate battling testicular cancer.

The Harley Davidson of Quantico dealership will host a charity fund raiser poker run called “Nobody Fights [Cancer] Alone,” for 18-year-old Jarrod Hill, who graduated from C.D. Hylton High School in June. Diagnosed last fall, Hill underwent chemotherapy treatments in January and February. He was homeschooled at the time but was later allowed to graduate with his class.

“We anticipate several hundred motorcycles to participate in the event, which is an event that will draw people’s attention,” said event organizer Dave Jarrell.

Hill and his girlfriend, Emily, gathered a group of friends this spring when they gathered a group of friends and all wore surgical masks to their high school prom. It was a show of support for Hill whose \ immune system was too weak to withstand any outside impact for any airborne issues, said Jarrell.

Hill’s grandfather, Clint, will also be at the poker run charity event. Clint Hill is a retired Secret Service agent who was protecting President John F. Kennedy on the day he was shot and killed.

“…[Hill] jumped onto the back of the limousine when President Kennedy was shot in Dallas Texas on November 22, 1963,” said Jarrell.

The charity fundraiser will begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Harley Davidson of Quantico at 17975 Main Street in Dumfries. 

Man Hospitalized After Being Struck With Handgun

LAKE RIDGE, Va. - On August 6, a 22-year-old man was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries after being struck with a handgun that went off after an argument with two male friends. According to the report, the friends left before police could arrive and took the victim’s firearm. 

Here’s the latest from Prince William police:

Armed Robbery | Malicious Wounding – On August 6th at 9:16PM, officers responded to the 3900 block of Penshurst Ln in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a robbery. The victim, a 22 year old man of Dumfries, reported to police that two known male acquaintances confronted him in the above area over a previous encounter. A verbal altercation ensued which escalated between the three men. During the struggle, one of the suspects struck the victim with a handgun causing the firearm to discharge.

The suspects fled prior to officers arriving in the area. Before fleeing, the suspects took a firearm belonging to the victim. No injuries or property damage were reported as a result of the gunshot. The victim did sustained non-life threatening injuries from the physical altercation. This incident was not random.

Woman Struck in Face, Torso

DALE CITY, Va. - On August 6, a 21-year-old woman was hospitalized after being assaulted multiple times and struck in the face and torso by a male friend after an argument. According to the report, the male friend left the scene but police were able to issue a warrant against him. 

Here’s the latest from Prince William police:

Malicious Wounding | Abduction – On August 6th at 8:18PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 14700 block of Endsley Turn in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate an assault. The victim, a 21 year old woman of Woodbridge, reported to police that she and the accused, a known acquaintance, were involved in a verbal altercation which escalated. During the encounter, the accused repeatedly assaulted the victim, striking her to the face and torso. The accused also took the victim’s phone and prevented her from contacting police or physically leaving the residence. The victim was eventually able to contact police and the accused fled the residence prior to officers arriving in the area. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment. Following the investigation, officers obtained warrants against the accused.

Wanted: [Photo from August 2013]

Branden Alfonso WILLIAMS, 23, of 14716 Endsley Turn in Woodbridge

Described as a black male, 6’0”, 230lbs with a heavy build, medium complexion, long braided hair and a goatee

Wanted for abduction and malicious wounding

Man Tells Bank Teller he has Bomb the Pedals Away

LAKE RIDGE , Va. - On August 6, a man tried to rob a Bank of America after threatening that he had a bomb in his backpack. According to the report, the man left before police could arrive to the scene. 

Here’s the latest from Prince William police;

Attempted Bank Robbery – On August 6th at 10:10AM, officers responded to the Bank of America located at 1708 Old Bridge Rd in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate an attempted robbery. Employees reported to police that an unknown man on a black or dark colored BMX or mountain style bicycle approached one of the drive-up teller speakers and demanded money. The suspect indicated to one of the employees that he had a bomb in his backpack. No money was taken and the suspect fled prior to police arriving in the area. No injuries were reported.

Suspect Description:

White or light skinned male, early to mid-20’s, 5’10”-6’, 150lbs with a thin build

Last seen wearing all black or dark colored clothing included a hat, aviator style glasses, and bandana

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The Five Costly Mistakes of Car Ownership (Promoted Post)

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If a modern car is treated with care, it can last for over 100,000 miles without needing major costly repairs. However, neglecting you car’s maintenance needs can leave you with a large bill that could have been avoided. Do you really want to be spending extra money?

Here are five commonly-made mistakes to avoid. Doing so will not just save money, but keep you and your passengers safe as well.

 

 

Putting off an Oil Change

While oil technology has improved dramatically over the past couple of decades, it is still important to change your oil as recommended by your car’s manufacturer. Motor oil gradually breaks down as it is circulated through your engine. After a certain number of miles, the oil doesn’t provide adequate lubrication. In modern engines, many manufacturers use some form of variable valve timing or hydraulic pressure from the oil pump to help make the cars more powerful and efficient. Not changing the oil greatly affects these systems. Changing your oil is one of the kindest, simplest things you can do for your vehicle to insure your engine performs like it is supposed to for a very long time. Skipping this simple task can shorten the life of your car.

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Regular oil changes are one of the easiest ways to maintain the life of your vehicle.

Changing Tires without an Alignment

An alignment ensures that the wheels of your car are positioned properly on the road. When a car is out of alignment, the tires wear out prematurely or in places where they’re not supposed to. If you are replacing two or more tires it is important to have this checked to get the most life out of the tires.

Installing Oversized Aftermarket Wheels

While some aftermarket wheels are carefully designed to be compatible with certain vehicles, getting the wrong wheels can harm your vehicle’s suspension and ride comfort. Also, if you buy wheels that are too large for your car, you can damage your fenders and wheel wells. Even though, the wheels and tires may technically fit on the vehicle it puts more force on the wheel bearing and brakes and can make them wear out prematurely although it looks cool, (and I agree) be prepared for some extra repairs.

jump start kit

A portable jump start device is great to keep with you in your vehicle.

Buying a Cheap Battery

A dead battery is a huge hassle. Often times, it means waiting for a jump start, or having to wait for a ride to get a battery to put in your car. And it’s important to find the exact battery for your car. A less expensive battery generally has fewer cells and less reactive material in it then a higher end battery so therefore the cold cranking amp ability and the longevity will generally be less. Going to a garage with ASE certified technicians with the right battery test equipment can help you avoid an inconvenient break down.

Getting Cheap Body Work

If you have a dent on your car, sometimes you can be approached by a “professional” in a shopping mall parking lot, or a friend might offer to take care of the problem. Beware, because sloppy body repair can cost more to correct than the original damage. Once an amateur has damaged the paint, a dent that could have been repaired by a professional for $100 dollars or (3 egg laying hens, and 5 pounds of bacon) * according to google July 29th, 2014, might now cost five times as much to be fixed.

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Police Issue Arrest Warrant in Domestic Assault Case

TRIANGLE, Va. - On August 4, a 29-year-old woman told police that a male friend kept her from leaving after an argument. She was hospitalized for non-life threatening injuries. Police have issued an arrest warrant against the male friend. 

Here’s the latest from Prince William police:

Abduction | Domestic Assault & Battery – On August 4th at 1:07PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 18100 block of Kilmer Ln in Triangle (22172) to investigate a domestic assault. The victim, a 29 year old woman of Triangle, reported to police that she and the accused, a known acquaintance, were involved in a verbal altercation which escalated. During the encounter, the accused assaulted the victim and prevented her from leaving the residence. A neighbor heard the altercation and separated the two parties. The accused left the residence prior to police arriving in the area. The victim was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Following the investigation, officers obtained warrants against the accused.

Wanted: [Photo from February 2014]

Nestor Joel VILLALOBOS, 29, of the 18100 block of Kilmer Ln in Triangle

Described as a Hispanic male, 5’6”, 140lbs with a thin build, collar length black hair, brown eyes, a goatee and tattoos on his arms & chest

Wanted for abduction and domestic assault & battery

 

Plans for New Police, Fire Stations on Track

WOODBRIDGE, Va. – Plans for the construction of two new public safety facilities – a fire and rescue station and a police station – are still in the works.

Both separate buildings will be built at the corner of Prince William Parkway and Davis Ford Road in Woodbridge. Combined, the stations will cost $30.2 million.

A public meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Buckhall Volunteer Fire Department at 7190 Yates Ford Road just outside Manassas.

Here’s a statement from Prince William Supervisor Mike May, whose district the new public safety building will be located in:

Prince William County will construct this dual Police and Fire & Rescue complex near the intersection of the Prince William Parkway and Davis Ford Road to better serve the residents of Dale City, Lake Ridge, and the Davis Ford Corridor. While the project is still in the planning stages, this meeting is an opportunity to come learn more about the project and to answer any questions you may have.

The new stations will sit close to the Prince William County Government Center’s McCoart Building.  The 15,000-square foot Bacon Race Fire Station will include four apparatus bays to house fire and rescue vehicles, a kitchen, sleeping quarters, and offices.

The 20,000-square foot Central District Police Station will house several divisions of the police department including patrol, criminal investigations, and special operations. The Office of the Chief of Police will be moved from the McCoart Building to the new station.

Construction of both facilities is slated to be complete in 2017.

 

 

Stuck Truck Closes Portion of Shelton Shop Road

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NORTH STAFFORD, Va. – Drivers on Shelton Shop Road in North Stafford were turned around by sheriff’s authorities on Wednesday. 

The driver of a tractor trailer apparently misjudged how much space he had on the small two-lane road when he tried to turn around. 

The portion of Shelton Shop Road between Oakwood Drive and Winding Creek Road was closed to traffic about 3 p.m. Sheriff’s authorities were seen assisting the driver. 

No injuries were reported. 

Fire Breaks out at Dale City Apartment Complex

[Dale City Volunteer Fire and Department]

DALE CITY, Va. – Fire crews were called to a blaze at an apartment complex on Darbydale Avenue in Dale City. 

The fire broke out at a home in the Dale Forest Apartments about 7 p.m. Members of the Dale City Volunteer Fire Department said the blaze was knocked down quickly but major overhaul work was required after flames were doused. 

No injuries were reported. 

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