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Sherwood murder trial continued until June 20

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The murder case against John Sherwood has been continued until June 20.

Sherwood is accused of killing his 21-year-old wife Erica Renae Sherwood in a violent incident at home in Dale City on New Year’s Day 2015. A witness told a court last year Sherwood was trying to escape from her husband and took refuge at her friends house where she would be killed.

John Sherwood came to the house where his wife and son were staying on New Years Eve. The couple got into a fight where Sherwood accused is wife of cheating on him, cornered her in a bathtub, and slit her throat, according to a witness who testified in court.

The case was set to go to trial January 4 but was continued until June 20. Keep Reading…

Taulbee arrested in N.C., charged in Manassas bank heist

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Police arrested a man in connection to a robbery at a TD Bank .

Ben R. Taulbee, Jr., 36, was apprehended in Warsaw, N.C., about 50 miles outside Jacksonville, N.C.

Taulbee is charged with grand larceny in the robbery of a TD Bank on the corner of Digges and Sudley roads in Manassas on Dec. 28.

Taulbee is awaiting extradition back to Virginia, according to Manassas police spokeswoman Adrienne Helms.

Police said Taulbee walked into the bank at 12:50 p.m. and demanded cash. The teller complied, and the man left the bank on foot in the direction of a nearby housing development.

Shots fired at Stafford New Years Eve party

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At least three residents in the area of Westminster and Picadilly lanes called 911 to report a large party, and then hearing what sounded like fireworks or gunshots.

“They turned out to be gunshots,” said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

Deputies arrived on the scene at 12:30 a.m. Friday to find a crowd of 30 to 50 people on the streets who had been attending a party. An argument broke out, and then someone fired a handgun.

“They heard what sounded like five or six shots… heard pops, a pause, and then several more pops,” said Kennedy.

Deputies found bullet holes inside nearby apartments. The residents came home to find bullet holes in walls and bedroom furniture.

“It was right where they slept, and had they been home they couldn’t have been injured,” said Kennedy.

No one was hurt.

The shooter could have fled the scene on foot, running in the direction of the Route 610 – Staffordboro Commuter Lot. He’s described as black, with dreadlocks, thin build, 5 feet 9 inches tall, said Kennedy.

Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to call Stafford Crime Solvers.

Argument leads to charges for 19-year-old man

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The 16-year-old victim and suspect were involved in a verbal argument that escalated leading to the victim being assaulted as well as prevented from leaving the home. 

The suspect is charged with abduction, domestic assault and battery, and destruction of property, said police. 

Abduction | Domestic Assault & Battery – On December 31st at 2:25PM, officers responded to an apartment located in the 14500 block of Piccolo Ln in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a domestic assault. The victim, a 16 year old juvenile female of Woodbridge, reported to police that she and the accused, identified as a family member, were involved in a verbal alteration which escalated. During the encounter, the accused assaulted the victim then stood in front of a doorway and prevented the victim from leaving. The parties eventually separated and police were contacted. Following the investigation, the accused was located and arrested without incident.

Arrested on January 1st:

Harbin ARGUETA, 19, of the 14500 block of Piccolo Ln in Woodbridge

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

Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

PRTC lost $1.5 million when HOT lanes opened on I-95

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New toll lanes on Interstates 95 and 395 brought more options to commuters when they opened one year ago.

Single drivers can now pay a toll and ride the lanes, whereas before all vehicles had to have at least three occupants during peak times. Today, the toll lanes are monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and all drivers must have an electronic E-ZPass to use them. A vehicle with three or more occupants still rides free.

The lanes were always designed to move more people than vehicles. But when the newly converted HOT lanes opened, they ended up hurting the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission — the agency that moves nothing but people by providing commuter bus service in Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park.

The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission lost $1.5 million per year in federal “State of Good Repair” funding when the old HOV lanes were converted to toll lanes. The Federal Government made the change on Jan. 15, 2015, and it affected all transit agencies that operate services on HOT lanes across the country. Keep Reading…

Shell gas station on Route 17 in Stafford robbed

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A gas station on Route 17 in south Stafford was robbed at 6:12 a.m. Monday.

Authorities said a man walked into a Shell gas station at 535 Warrenton Road and demanded cash. He then walked out with an undisclosed amount of cash he had taken from the register.

The suspect is described as a black man, between 190 and 200 pounds, 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet tall, wearing dark blue jeans, gloves, a mask, and a blue hooded sweatshirt with “Mossy Oak” printed on it, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

Anyone with information on this robbery is encouraged to contact Stafford Crime Solvers.

This is the third robbery at a Stafford gas station in the past two weeks.

Last week, another gas station on Route 17 was robbed. An in North Stafford, a group of thevies made off with gas from the 5 Twelve C store on Garrisonville Road.

Didlake scores new land next to Manassas headquarters

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The I.J. and Hilda M. Breeden Foundation, has donated a plot of land to Didlake, Inc.

A 1.6- acre plot was donated to Didlake. The plot sits at 8601 Breeden Ave next to the Didlake headquarters in Manassas.

This is not the first time the Breeden Foundation has teamed up with Didlake. Thanks to the Breeden Foundation, Didlake headquarters is on Breeden Ave. The plot of land was donated to Didlake in 1984.

Didlake has no immediate plans for the plot of land, says Rick Sebastian, the president and CEO of Didlake.

Didlake is a government contractor based in Manassas. According to Terrence Nowlin, the marketing communications manager for Didlake, they’re committed to creating opportunities for people with disabilities. Didlake caters to more than 2,000 people with disabilities throughout Virginia, the DC area, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.

The I.J. and Hilda M. Breeden Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides annual support to human service organizations. The Breeden Foundation assists many other Manassas and Prince William County community service organizations.

Boat burns at Occoquan dock

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A large boat burned in Occoquan on Sunday. 

Here’s a press release from OWL Volunteer Fire and Rescue

Fire and Rescue Units from OWL responded to a reported boat fire on the Occoquan River near Poplar Ln in Occoquan around 1230 PM on Sunday.

First arriving units reported a 36-foot cabin cruiser, attached to a dock, fully engulfed in fire.

The first arriving engine made an aggressive fire attack from the dock while the fireboat was en-route and transitioning through a lengthy no-wake zone on the Occoquan River.

Through the coordinated use of attack lines from the engine, high volume water from the fireboat and de-watering tactics, the fire was extinguished and the burned vessel was kept afloat, reducing the release of pollutants into the river. Marina personnel towed the vessel to their facilities where they were able to lift it from the water and completely mitigating the incident.

Updated: Lighting problem delays Montclair Library opening

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The opening of the Montclair Community Library is delayed.

The library was scheduled to open Jan. 11, as noted in our initial report. However, we’ve learned that employees with the Prince William County Department of Public Works hit a snag that involves electrical power at the $16 million facility.

More in a statement from Prince William County spokesman Jason Grant:

I understand from our Public Works Department that the contractor has run into an issue involving electrical power to the building’s emergency lighting, which has caused the need for additional lighting equipment. A rush order has been placed, but this has caused a delay in the date the building can be occupied by Library staff, and ultimately the public.

Assuming the lighting equipment arrives this week, we believe the facility will be ready for occupancy by Library staff within the next two to three weeks barring any setbacks or delays with the new equipment. We understand from Library staff that they then need one week from the date of occupancy to train staff in the new facility before opening to the public.

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Marvin Clyde Smith

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Mr. Marvin Clyde Smith, age 80, of Bracey, died January 2, 2016 in Retreat Hospital, Richmond. He was a retired Interior Communication Chief for the United States Navy.

Mr. Smith is survived by his wife of fifty-six years Myrtle Frances Smith, two daughters; Cynthia Lescault (Robert) and Mary Catherine Spooner (Mark) all of Gainesville, Va., two sons; Timothy D. Smith of Bracey and Andrew C. Smith (Lydia) of Richmond, a sister Jean Russell of Niceville, Fl., two brothers; Howard C. Smith, Jr of Clarksburg, WVA. and Gail Lee Smith (Sharon) of Venice, Fl., eleven grandchildren, five great grandchildren and a step brother Blaine Gooden of Maryville, TN. He was predeceased by a step brother Thomas Gooden.

A funeral service will conducted Wednesday at 11:00 A.M. in All Saints Episcopal Church in South Hill with interment to follow in Canaan Cemetery, Brodnax, with full military honors. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Crowder-Hite-Crews Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project, P. O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. Condolences may be sent to www.crowderhitecrews.com.

Crowder-Hite-Crews Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.

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