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Greater Prince William Food Council Launches at Manassas Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory

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MANASSAS, Va. — Prince William County’s newly formed group that will focus on food, and on how to help those who aren’t getting enough of it,  launched Thursday.

The Greater Prince William Food Council held a special ceremony at the Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory in Manassas to announce their plan to work with area food banks, schools, business, and individuals, to tackle the problem of hunger in the community.

 

Greater Prince William Food Council Launches as New Community Service

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MANASSAS, Va. – Prince William County’s newly formed group that will focus on food, and on how to help those who aren’t getting enough of it,  launched Thursday.

The Greater Prince William Food Council held a special ceremony at the Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory in Manassas to announce their plan to work with area food banks, schools, business, and individuals, to tackle the problem of hunger in the community.

The new community service organization aims to bring multiple organizations together whose mission is to feed hungry county residents.

 

Bomb Threat at Fred Lynn Middle School a False Alarm

WOODBRIDGE, Va. – Police said a bomb threat was called into Fred M. Lynn Middle School today. It turned out to be a false alarm.

Here’s the information police posted:

*UPDATE [11:37AM]: The school has been checked by officers and a police K-9. No threat was located. The incident was determined to be a false call. Students should be returning to the school momentarily.

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*INCIDENT: Bomb threat reported at Fred Lynn MS, 1650 Prince William Pkwy in Woodbridge. Students, faculty and staff have been evacuated from the building as a precaution and moved to a safe location. Officers are currently conducting an extensive check of the school at this time. More information will be released when available.

Wittman, Mosher Do Congressional Forum in Manassas

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MANASSAS, Va. – In Thursday’s night’s 1st Congressional District forum, Republican incumbent Rob Wittman put his knowledge and seven years of congressional experience on display to get across his conservative viewpoints.

The newcomer and challenger, Democrat Norm Mosher, said the event was his first public campaign forum, and it showed as Mosher stuck to a script of Democratic talking points.

The Prince William Committee of 100 held the candidates forum, which was also to include Independent Gail Parker who did not show. The event was moderated by Dr. Steven Farnsworth, Professor and Director of Center for Leadership and Media Studies at Mary Washington University.

Crisis in the Middle East

On the topic of how do deal with ISIS, the group calling itself the Islamic State, the opinions of the two candidates differed.

“ISIS must be destroyed,” said Wittman. “Extremisms, in all nations, it’s a chance to stand against this type of treachery that should be wiped out…the focus of these groups is to wipe out everyone who doesn’t believe in their narrow view of the Quran, and I know there are many in Islam that don’t believe in that.”

Mosher called on strengthening relationships with countries around Iraq and Syria, where the ISIS movement has taken a stronghold.

“We upset balance of Iraq when we invaded,” said Mosher. “I would like to see stronger role by Saudi Arabia and Qatar and a stronger relationship with Turkey and Egypt. What’s going on is just an extension of 1,400 years of religious warfare. We can’t put boots on the ground in that region without being seen as an occupier.”

Immigration

On the topic of children coming across U.S. borders illegally, and illegal immigrants who have been here for years, Mosher said deportation is not an option.

“There aren’t enough buses in the world to deport 12 to 14 million illegal’s who are here in our country. They’re here and they’re contributing to our culture,” said Mosher. “We should focus on a wall south of Mexico to stop countries from sending children here that we have to deal with.”

Wittman said a mix of physical barriers, and increased use of technology will do more to stop the flow of illegal immigrants across the U.S. southern border. He also called for tightening the visa program in the U.S., calling for increased enforcement and finding those who have overstayed their welcome.

Money

Questions turned to money, taxes, and to whether or not the national minimum wage should be raised, which currently sits at $7.25 per hour in Virginia and varies by state.

“Min wage should be wage. When you have companies making their labor plans with the assumption their employees will go on government assistance is shameful,” said Mosher, who suggested $10.10 per hour would be an acceptable minimum wage.

“When you look at information from the Congressional Budget Office, which found that if the minimum wage was raised, 1 million jobs would be lost. The real issue we need to address is finding the jobs people need to move into after leaving minimum wage jobs,” said Wittman, who also advocated for more career and technical education.

On corporate tax reform, Wittman said companies should pay less corporate taxes and should not be penalized for sending jobs over seas. Mosher fired back and said while the coporate tax rate may be 38%, only about 12% is actually being paid due to tax evasion.

“…you can’t change the tax code until all the loopholes are stopped so we actually know what were getting for national revenue,” he said.

Healthcare

On healthcare, Mosher is a strong supporter of Obamacare while Wittman said it has failed to launch. The two agreed, however, on two specifics of the Obamacare plan – allowing adults age 26 and under to remain on their parents healthcare plan, and for guanrateeing health coverage for those with pre-existing conditions.

Of the most important issues facing Virginia, Mosher said climate change is already affecting coastal towns in eastern Virginia in the 1st District, as well as impacting the coastal City of Norfolk.

Wittman said improving the road system so more businesses can get goods to market faster is key to bettering the region.

“Mass transit is part of the solution, but ask anyone that transacts business or delivers goods — they’ll tell you have to have roads and major corridors to get goods to market,” said Wittman.

Voters will have their say as to which candidate will represent them when they go to the polls Nov. 4.

Wittman, Mosher Do Congressional Voter Forum in Manassas

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MANASSAS, Va. – In Thursday’s night’s 1st Congressional District forum, Republican incumbent Rob Wittman put his knowledge and seven years of congressional experience on display to get across his conservative viewpoints.

The newcomer and challenger, Democrat Norm Mosher, said the event was his first public campaign forum, and it showed as Mosher stuck to a script of Democratic talking points.

The Prince William Committee of 100 held the candidates forum, which was also to include Independent Gail Parker who did not show. The event was moderated by Dr. Steven Farnsworth, Professor and Director of Center for Leadership and Media Studies at Mary Washington University.

Crisis in the Middle East

On the topic of how do deal with ISIS, the group calling itself the Islamic State, the opinions of the two candidates differed.

“ISIS must be destroyed,” said Wittman. “Extremisms, in all nations, it’s a chance to stand against this type of treachery that should be wiped out…the focus of these groups is to wipe out everyone who doesn’t believe in their narrow view of the Quran, and I know there are many in Islam that don’t believe in that.”

Mosher called on strengthening relationships with countries around Iraq and Syria, where the ISIS movement has taken a stronghold.

“We upset balance of Iraq when we invaded,” said Mosher. “I would like to see stronger role by Saudi Arabia and Qatar and a stronger relationship with Turkey and Egypt. What’s going on is just an extension of 1,400 years of religious warfare. We can’t put boots on the ground in that region without being seen as an occupier.”

Immigration

On the topic of children coming across U.S. borders illegally, and illegal immigrants who have been here for years, Mosher said deportation is not an option.

“There aren’t enough buses in the world to deport 12 to 14 million illegal’s who are here in our country. They’re here and they’re contributing to our culture,” said Mosher. “We should focus on a wall south of Mexico to stop countries from sending children here that we have to deal with.”

Wittman said a mix of physical barriers, and increased use of technology will do more to stop the flow of illegal immigrants across the U.S. southern border. He also called for tightening the visa program in the U.S., calling for increased enforcement and finding those who have overstayed their welcome.

Money

Questions turned to money, taxes, and to whether or not the national minimum wage should be raised, which currently sits at $7.25 per hour in Virginia and varies by state.

“Min wage should be wage. When you have companies making their labor plans with the assumption their employees will go on government assistance is shameful,” said Mosher, who suggested $10.10 per hour would be an acceptable minimum wage.

“When you look at information from the Congressional Budget Office, which found that if the minimum wage was raised, 1 million jobs would be lost. The real issue we need to address is finding the jobs people need to move into after leaving minimum wage jobs,” said Wittman, who also advocated for more career and technical education.

On corporate tax reform, Wittman said companies should pay less corporate taxes and should not be penalized for sending jobs over seas. Mosher fired back and said while the coporate tax rate may be 38%, only about 12% is actually being paid due to tax evasion.

“…you can’t change the tax code until all the loopholes are stopped so we actually know what were getting for national revenue,” he said.

Healthcare

On healthcare, Mosher is a strong supporter of Obamacare while Wittman said it has failed to launch. The two agreed, however, on two specifics of the Obamacare plan – allowing adults age 26 and under to remain on their parents healthcare plan, and for guanrateeing health coverage for those with pre-existing conditions.

Of the most important issues facing Virginia, Mosher said climate change is already affecting coastal towns in eastern Virginia in the 1st District, as well as impacting the coastal City of Norfolk.

Wittman said improving the road system so more businesses can get goods to market faster is key to bettering the region.

“Mass transit is part of the solution, but ask anyone that transacts business or delivers goods — they’ll tell you have to have roads and major corridors to get goods to market,” said Wittman.

Voters will have their say as to which candidate will represent them when they go to the polls Nov. 4.

When Covington Leaves, It’ll be a While Before Brentsville Has a Say in Local Government Again

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. – When Wally Covington steps down, don’t expect Brentsville to have a voice any time soon.

Covington, who serves on the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, was confirmed today for a new position as a Prince William General District Court Judge, according to the woman who is running to replace him.

Here’s a statement received by Potomac Local from candidate Jeanine Lawson:

Today, Brentsville Supervisor, Wally Covington, was confirmed as a Prince William County General District Court Judge by the Virginia General Assembly. Per Virginia law, Supervisor Covington will have to resign his position on the Prince William Board of County Supervisors.  On Wednesday, October 1 at Patriot High School starting at 7:00 p.m. the Republicans will hold a nominating meeting to choose their candidate who will run in a special election to fill the Brentsville District seat.

Covington didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. The job as judge was a position the county supervisor said he was seeking, and there were several comments made by his fellow Board of Supervisors members during public meetings about Covington taking the bench – a job he cannot hold while serving as supervisor.

Covington was awaiting action from Virginia’s General Assembly, which met today in a special session to approve a new budget that essentially clears the way for his ascension to the bench.

When he steps down, that will leave a vacancy on the Board. A special election will need to be scheduled no sooner than 45 days, but no longer than 60 days after his resignation.

And that means it could be at December or January before Brenstville has a supervisor again. That’s because of a law unique to Prince William.

“The law only applies to Prince William Supervisors. We call it the Michelle McQuigg law,” said Prince William County Electoral Board Chairman Keith Scarborough. “When Michelle was elected [to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1998], there was a vacancy on the Board of Supervisors, and she wanted a particular person to be appointed, so Michelle went to Richmond and wrote a law that only applies to Prince William Supervisors that states when there’s a vacancy, you can’t appoint an interim person.”

This differs from the county’s elected School Board that in recent years has appointed two interim candidates, in the Occoquan and Woodbridge magisterial districts, only to have them unseated in a later special election.

Scarbarough says he’s working to change the law authored by McQuigg, who now is the county’s elected Clerk of the Court after being elected to the position in 2008, and hopes to have action in the coming General Assembly session in January.

Lawson is a Republican who also faces Realtor Scott Jacobs, who is also seeking the seat. Lawson concluded her press release with this statement:

“I’d like to congratulate Supervisor Covington on his judicial appointment.  I look forward to having the opportunity to represent the residents of the Brentsville District and my campaign is in position to run a strong race in the upcoming election. I will continue to share my plans for balanced growth, responsible spending, and quality of life issues with the voters of the Brentsville District.”

When Covington Leaves, It’ll be a While Before Brentsville Has a Say in Local Government Again

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. – When Wally Covington steps down, don’t expect Brentsville to have a voice any time soon.

Covington, who serves on the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, was confirmed today for a new position as a Prince William General District Court Judge, according to the woman who is running to replace him.

Here’s a statement received by Potomac Local from candidate Jeanine Lawson:

Today, Brentsville Supervisor, Wally Covington, was confirmed as a Prince William County General District Court Judge by the Virginia General Assembly. Per Virginia law, Supervisor Covington will have to resign his position on the Prince William Board of County Supervisors.  On Wednesday, October 1 at Patriot High School starting at 7:00 p.m. the Republicans will hold a nominating meeting to choose their candidate who will run in a special election to fill the Brentsville District seat.

Covington didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. The job as judge was a position the county supervisor said he was seeking, and there were several comments made by his fellow Board of Supervisors members during public meetings about Covington taking the bench – a job he cannot hold while serving as supervisor.

Covington was awaiting action from Virginia’s General Assembly, which met today in a special session to approve a new budget that essentially clears the way for his ascension to the bench.

When he steps down, that will leave a vacancy on the Board. A special election will need to be scheduled no sooner than 45 days, but no longer than 60 days after his resignation.

And that means it could be at December or January before Brenstville has a supervisor again. That’s because of a law unique to Prince William.

“The law only applies to Prince William Supervisors. We call it the Michelle McQuigg law,” said Prince William County Electoral Board Chairman Keith Scarborough. “When Michelle was elected [to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1998], there was a vacancy on the Board of Supervisors, and she wanted a particular person to be appointed, so Michelle went to Richmond and wrote a law that only applies to Prince William Supervisors that states when there’s a vacancy, you can’t appoint an interim person.”

This differs from the county’s elected School Board that in recent years has appointed two interim candidates, in the Occoquan and Woodbridge magisterial districts, only to have them unseated in a later special election.

Scarbarough says he’s working to change the law authored by McQuigg, who now is the county’s elected Clerk of the Court after being elected to the position in 2008, and hopes to have action in the coming General Assembly session in January.

Lawson is a Republican who also faces Realtor Scott Jacobs, who is also seeking the seat. Lawson concluded her press release with this statement:

“I’d like to congratulate Supervisor Covington on his judicial appointment.  I look forward to having the opportunity to represent the residents of the Brentsville District and my campaign is in position to run a strong race in the upcoming election. I will continue to share my plans for balanced growth, responsible spending, and quality of life issues with the voters of the Brentsville District.”

Quantico Hosting Blockade Run Kayak and SUP Races

QUANTICO, Va. – The Town of Quantico is pleased to partner with the Ft. Belvior/Quantico Chapter of Team River Runner and the American Canoe Association (ACA) in hosting the 2nd Annual Blockade Run Kayak and SUP Races on Saturday Sept. 20, from 3 to 7 p.m. 

This event will include the following races: 1K kayak race, 1K kayak 4-person team relay race, 1K SUP race, 1K SUP 4-person team relay, 250M Kids kayak race and 250M Kids SUP race. An awards ceremony will follow the races.

All equipment will be provided and is included in the registration fee. The registration fee for this event is $20 for adults, kids race for free. Same day registration will be available on race day. This event is open to the public.

Children eight years old and over are welcome to participate but must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. This event will be held at Raftelis Potomac River Park 408 River Road in Quantico. Team River Runner (TRR), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, gives active duty service-members and veterans an opportunity to find health, healing, and new challenges through whitewater boating and other paddling sports. Participants/individuals wishing to learn more about the mission of Team River Runner are encouraged to visit www.teamriverrunner.org. 

To register, please contact Mayor Kevin Brown at cell/text (571) 334-3432 or mayor@townofquantico.org. Find out more about this and other town events by visiting www.townofquantico.org or by searching for “Town of Quantico” on Facebook.

Prince William Approves Plan to Takeover Coles District Firehouse

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PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. – Prince William County plans to take over the Coles District Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad.

The county’s career fire and rescue division wants to shift the management of the department, located at 13712 Dumfries Road near Independent Hill,  to them, officially dissolving the 65-year-old volunteer fire company and forming new hybrid organization in its place.

“Over the past two years, the Fire and Rescue Association conducted numerous processes addressing Cole and we have determined that Coles no longer is able to meet important obligations as fire and rescue department,” said Prince William fire and rescue Chief Kevin McGee.

The chief told the Board of Supervisors, which voted this month to allow the takeover, that the fire company could no longer function on its own and meet could no longer meet certain contractual requirements. McGee assured officials there would be no impact to the county’s current fire and rescue budget following the takeover.

Last year, the volunteer department came under fire after a panel concluded it didn’t follow state fire and rescue policies and couldn’t properly manage its fleet of vehicles.

McGee said his Fire and Rescue Association drew up a plan in August about a merger between the county career department, which staffs fire stations between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays, the volunteers who take watch from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. weeknights, on weekends, and on holidays.

That plan has been well liked due, in part, to a provision that will allow the Coles station to keep its volunteer program in place, McGee said. In fact, a sign posted outside the Coles station states the department is still seeking volunteer recruits and that all training is provided.

McGee credited Dale City Volunteer Fire Department Chief Christopher Hool with offering to help train new volunteers who want to serve at the Coles station. The volunteers at Coles will wear uniforms different from their career counterparts, and McGee promised they would have an open seat on fire trucks and ambulances when called into action.

Under the plan, McGee’s department will manage the budget for the Coles station, but Acting Chief David Wood would remain on at the station as a battalion chief.

The volunteers are expected to take a vote to implement on the new plan on Oct. 7, said McGee.

“Today marks a victory for Prince William County and public safety in Prince William County. When I think back to seven or eight years ago, when this board had to make the very difficult decision to shut down and terminate the Gainesville Volunteer Fire Company, we all saw that as an act of desperation… we had ran out of options,” said Prince William County Coles District Supervisor Marty Nohe.

The volunteer department in Gainesville was shut down by McGee in 2009 and replaced with career staff after an internal audit of the department found the chief was living in one of the stations. 

Dog Falls into Pipe

STAFFORD, Va. — A small dog fell into a pipe outside an apartment complex at the Villages of Aquia on Forreston Woods Drive, about 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Authorities in Stafford County say it’s not the first time this has happened, either. 

Here’s more in a press release.

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Division is requesting the public’s assistance in preventing incidents involving dogs or small animals from falling into uncapped 4-inch “clean out” pipes.

On Tuesday, September 16, 2014 the Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Division, Stafford Fire & Rescue and Stafford Utilities were contacted to assist in rescuing a small yorkie dog that had fallen into a 4 inch, uncapped, “clean out’ pipe. The dog’s owner had been walking the dog off leash, in an apartment complex, when the dog fell into the 8 foot deep pipe. Ultimately the dog was rescued by personnel on scene. In March of this year a similar incident occurred which resulted in an excavation and failed attempt to remove a small dog. Unfortunately in that incident the dog did not live. Once again multiple agencies had responded with shovels and digging equipment in an attempt to rescue the animal.

Citizens are requested, that if they have “clean out” pipes on their property, to make sure that they are capped properly. Citizens may contact Stafford County Utilities if they have questions about the type of cap to place on the exposed “clean out” pipes. It is the responsibility of the property owner to cap the open pipe. If citizens’ notice uncapped pipes on public property they are urged to contact Stafford County Utilities at 540-658-8630.

RACSB Plans Stafford Open House

STAFFORD, Va. – The Rappahannock Area Community Services Board (RACSB) will host a series of open house events their five outpatient clinics. The events are an opportunity for RACSB to provide local and state elected officials as well as community members with an update on the community-based mental health, intellectual disability, substance abuse, prevention, and early intervention services offered by RACSB. 

An event in Stafford will be held on Wednesday, October 29 at the Stafford County Clinic, Charles A. Cooper Building, 15 Hope Road from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

4 Teens Tied to Molotov Cocktail Incident

MANASSAS, Va. – On September 16, City of Manassas Fire Marshals and police officers arrested four teenagers connected to a Molotov Cocktail found in front of a home in the 9600 block of Shannon Lane on August 11. Each of the teenagers were charged with three felony counts.

According to the report, no court date has been scheduled and the teenagers will remain at the Prince William County Juvenile Detention Center. 

 

Homeowner Finds Man Trying to Climb into Bedroom Window

TRIANGLE, Va. – On September 16, a homeowner told police that while he was watching TV, he saw a man trying to climb into his home through a bedroom window. Police say that once the homeowner approached the intruder, the intruder left the scene on foot. 

Here’s the latest from Prince William police; 

Attempted Residential Burglary – On September 16th at 1:03PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 18900 block of Barnette Cir in Triangle (22172) to investigate a burglary in progress. The homeowner reported to police that he was watching TV when he observed an unknown man attempting to enter his residence through a bedroom window. When confronted by the homeowner, the man fled on foot. No entry was made into the home and no property was reported missing. A police K-9 and the Fairfax County Police helicopter were used to search for the suspect.

Suspect Description:

White male, between 40 & 49 years of age, 5’09”, 180lbs with a medium build, brown hair, brown eyes, a salt & pepper beard and a tattoos on both shoulders

Last seen wearing green & brown hat and shirt – no further description

4 Teens Tied to Molotov Cocktail Incident

MANASSAS, Va. – On September 16, City of Manassas Fire Marshals and police officers arrested four teenagers connected to the Molotov Cocktail found in front of a home in the 9600 block of Shannon Lane on August 11. Each of the teenagers were charged with three felony counts.

According to the report, no court date has been scheduled and the teenagers will remain at the Prince William County Juvenile Detention Center. 

 

 

Suspect in Potomac Mills Strangulation Arrested

WOODBRIDGE, Va. – On September 16, officers identified and arrested a male suspect connected to an incident that occurred on March 20, police say that he grabbed, choked, and then tried to force a 34-year-old female victim into a car after demanding her car keys. 

Here’s the latest from Prince William police:

Abduction with Intent to Defile | Strangulation *ARREST – On September 16th, detectives from the Special Victims Unit were able to identify the suspect involved in the abduction incident which was reported to have occurred in a parking lot located in the area of Potomac Mills Cir and Nazarene Way in Woodbridge on March 20th. Detectives were able to link the below listed suspect to the incident after DNA evidence collected at the scene was analyzed. Officers located the suspect on Golansky Blvd where he was detained without incident. Following the investigation, the suspect was arrested.

Arrested on September 16th:

Victor Alberto SERRANO, 33, of no fixed address

Charged with abduction with intent to defile and strangulation

Court date: October 10, 2014 | Bond: held WITHOUT bond

 Here’s the police report issued back in March: 

Abduction with Intent to Defile | Strangulation [Previously Released] – On March 20th at 9:29PM, officers responded to a parking lot located in the area of Potomac Mills Cir and Nazarene Way in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate an attempted abduction. The victim, a 34 year old woman of Lorton, reported to police that she was standing next to her vehicle after getting off of work when she was approached by an unknown man who asked the victim for directions. During the encounter, the man grabbed the victim and began to choke her leading to a struggle. Both the victim and the suspect fell to the ground, at which point, the man continued to strangle the victim. The man demanded the victim’s car keys and attempted to force her into the backseat of the vehicle. After a struggle, the suspect fled on foot. Minor injuries were reported. A police K-9 was used to search for the suspect.

Man Breaks Windows with Brick, Charges and Spits at Officers

MANASSAS, Va. – On September 15, a 911 caller told police that his friend was trying to get into their home by breaking the windows using a brick. Once officers arrived and tried to approach the man, police say that the man charged at them and spat at one of the officers once in custody.

Here’s the latest from Prince William police:  

Assault & Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer [LEO] – On September 15th at 10:34PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 10200 block of Winchester Ct in Manassas (20109) to investigate a disorderly complaint. The caller reported to police that the accused, a known acquaintance, was at the residence and was breaking windows in attempt to get into the home. Officers arrived at the residence and made contact with the accused standing outside. The accused was still actively breaking windows with a brick when officers approached him. At one point, the accused began to charge towards the officers. He was eventually detained without further incident. While in custody, the accused spat in the face of one of the arresting officers. No injuries were reported. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested. 

 Arrested on September 15th: [No photo available]

Tyrek VINING, 18, of 9407 Lafayette Ave in Manassas

Charged with assault & battery on a LEOresisting arrestthrowing projectiles into an occupied dwelling and intoxication in public

Court date: November 5, 2014 | Bond: unavailable

Man Breaks Windows with Brick, Charges and Spits at Officers

MANASSAS, Va. – On September 15, a 911 caller told police that his friend was trying to get into their home by breaking the windows using a brick. Once officers arrived and tried to approach the man, police say that the man charged at them and spat at one of the officers once in custody.

Here’s the latest from Prince William police:  

Assault & Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer [LEO] – On September 15th at 10:34PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 10200 block of Winchester Ct in Manassas (20109) to investigate a disorderly complaint. The caller reported to police that the accused, a known acquaintance, was at the residence and was breaking windows in attempt to get into the home. Officers arrived at the residence and made contact with the accused standing outside. The accused was still actively breaking windows with a brick when officers approached him. At one point, the accused began to charge towards the officers. He was eventually detained without further incident. While in custody, the accused spat in the face of one of the arresting officers. No injuries were reported. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested. 

 Arrested on September 15th: [No photo available]

Tyrek VINING, 18, of 9407 Lafayette Ave in Manassas

Charged with assault & battery on a LEOresisting arrestthrowing projectiles into an occupied dwelling and intoxication in public

Court date: November 5, 2014 | Bond: unavailable

Stephen Matthew Taber, son of Dumfries Town Manager, Has Died

MANASSAS, Va. – The son of Dumfries Town Manager Daniel Taber has died at age at 28.

Stephen Matthew Taber died Sept. 12. He had been working in a store that sells electronic cigarettes, located in Morgantown, WVa. He was also the owner of an internet business, Vapor Swag, which sold e-cigarettes online, according to Taber’s obituary.

Here’s more from his obituary:

An avid reader with a scientific curiosity rarely seen, he could carry on educated conversations about the origins of the universe and astrophysics with the same ease as others would talk about the most recent win of the University of West Virginia Mountaineers.

He was a talented cook and would invite his special friends over for sleepovers and great food, but he expected them to watch two or three documentaries with him as payment for his hospitality.
He was known for his red hair, impish smile and an enormous sense of humor and his mere presence would keep everyone around him laughing and smiling. An accomplished amateur magician, he amazed family, friends and strangers alike with his card tricks and slights of hand. He was a caring individual who always put other people before himself and he was loved by many.

Stephen is survived by his father Dan and his mother Judy, of Manassas. He has two brothers – one who lives in Washington and another in Fredericksburg.

A memorial service will be held at Peirce Funeral Home at 9609 Center Street in Manassas at 2 p.m. Saturday. The Taber family will greet friends and family an hour before the start of the service.

We don’t know the cause of death.

“He was called to heaven way too soon and he will be remembered and missed” the obituary added. 

Daniel Taber retired from the Prince William County Police Department as an assistant chief after nearly 30 years of service before accepting the job as Dumfries Town Manager.

Alfredo N. Fernandez, of Montclair, Completed U.S. Navy Basic Training

Navy Seaman Apprentice Alfredo N. Fernandez, son of Claudia Fernandez of Montclair, Va., recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Fernandez completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

The capstone event of boot camp is “Battle Stations”. This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. “Battle Stations” is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Its distinctly ”Navy” flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a Sailor. 

Fernandez is a 2011 graduate of Forest Park Senior High School, Woodbridge, Va. 

Future of Quantico Farmers Market in Doubt

QUANTICO, Va — Last Thursday marked the end of season and possibly the run of the farmers’ market at Quantico.

When the program launched last year, it was funded as a part of the Healthy Base Initiative pilot program. With funding cut for next season, Elizabeth Borst, Quantico Farmers’ Market Manager,said they are working on alternative resources to keep the market afloat. On average, 500 people visited the market each week. It’s a hopeful number but Borst admits that numbers need to double to remain viable.

One of the biggest challenges for the market is the transient nature of a military lifestyle.

“We would build our customer base and then they would all move away and then we’d have to start again,” Borst said. “Our lesson learned with that is we should get out in front of PCS season, and let Marines know about the farmers’ market as soon as they know of their active duty station.”

Borst who also manages the Spotsylvania Farmers’ Market, advocates the importance of fresh, local and affordable foods on base. This year, the market partnered with Semper Fit, the Marine Corps Exchange, the Commissary and other base organizations to advocate the importance of a healthy diet.

“It’s been about trying to expose military families to fresh food right in their community so that’s it’s easy for them to eat healthy,” Borst said.”We had a stronger season this year, than last. We hope to grow more each season but it takes time to change peoples’ eating habits and behaviors.”

Thanks to the help of Lauren King, dietitian at Semper Fit, people were able to get information and advice on food education and preparation. King attended the market bi-weekly as the “Vegucation Station” expert, offering materials that were provided by the Virginia Cooperative Extension. Each week  King offered counseling and take-home material with preparation instructions and recipes based on in-season produce.

“We have found in the military community that these farmers markets look nice and pretty and Marines [their families and civilians] want to buy produce but they’re not really sure what to do with it once they bring it home,” King said.

In addition to food education, the market also invited a variety of food trucks each week. They also changed start times this season from 2 p.m. to 10 a.m., to accommodate work schedules. But regardless of the time switch, Lucia Anderson, a Marine spouse and an avid farmers’ market participate, said the base hours have always been much better than farmer’s market out in town, which usually are on Sundays and overcrowded, she said.

“I’m really delighted that they have a farmers’ market here for military families,” said Anderson, a Woodbridge resident. “The farmers’ market in Dale City near my home is only open on Sundays during church hours. The market here is very convenient because you can get you produce and then your groceries at the commissary.”

The future of the market is up in the air, but King and Borst said they remain hopeful. They also encourage families, civilians and military members who want to see the market back, voice their opinion and support.

Food Council to Focus on Feeding Prince William’s Impoverished

MANASSAS, Va. – Not knowing where one’s next meal will come from, or when it will come, is a widespread problem.

So, some area leaders in their respective fields decided to do something about it on the local level. On Thursday, the Greater Prince William Food Council will launch. The group, an idea born out of Leadership Prince William;s Class of 2014, will focus its efforts on making food more readily available to children and seniors in our community.

We all recognized in order to have any kind of an impact in whatever direction we wanted to take, we needed to have those involved with emergency food assistance, school meals, and anyone who helps connect at risk people for hunger with food be apart of our group,” said Greater Prince William Food Council Chairwoman Pam Ryan.

Though Prince William County regularly ranks as one of the nation’s top wealthiest counties, people here are going hungry.

“It’s one of those invisible problems,” said Ryan. “We go from to home to work to the store and see everyone who looks like us, so hunger is not that easy to spot…hunger plays a role in the lives of so many people, even though we’re such an affluent county.”

The group is working to engage churches and community groups that operate food pantries in the county. Ryan say’s they’re an integral resource in helping put food in the mouths area hungry.

The group is also working to increase child participation in free meal programs at schools, and to provide more food to homeless, veterans, and to members of Prince William’s aging senior population.

In 2012, 45.6 million people in the U.S. lived below the poverty line. A total of 22% of them were children.

The group will hold its kick off event at the Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory, at 9419 Battle Street in Manassas, at 9 a.m. Thursday. Former Occoquan Mayor Earine Porta will host the event, and Manassas Mayor Hal Parrish, and Prince William County School Board Chairman At-large Milton Johns will speak.

The Greater Prince William Food Council holds its regular meetings on the third Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at the Chinn Library.

The council’s Board of Directors includes the following members: 

Deniece (Dee) R. Brown
Director of Social Services
City of Manassas Park

Celeste Corrigan
Liaison
Haymarket Regional Food Pantry

Matthew Dela Cuesta
Virginia Regional Coordinator – SNAP
Capital Area Food Bank

Mary Finnigan
Chief Operating Officer
Benedictine Sisters of Virginia

Ron King
Director of Family Services
City of Manassas

Kelly Lindquist, Vice Chair
Director, Client Support Services
Action in Community Through Service (ACTS)

Sherri Longhill
Director for Emergency Assistance
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington

Rebekah McGee
Deputy Director
Action in Community Through Service (ACTS)

Brad Marshall
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney
Prince William County

LaTonya Reed
Staff Attorney
Virginia Hunger Solutions – An Initiative of the Virginia Poverty Law Center and the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)

Dede Rutherford
HR Manager II
USFoods

Pam Ryan, Chair
Director of Development
Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS)/SERVE

Susan Sanzone
Food Services Manager, SERVE
Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS)/SERVE

Lisa Tatum, Government Liaison
Division Chief – Benefit, Employment & Child Care Programs
Prince William County

Cecelia Vergaretti
Sr. Director, NOVA Region
Head of Partner Engagement
Capital Area Food Bank

Addie Whitaker
Director of Social Services, Retired
City of Manassas Park

Eric Williams
Board Member
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Prince William County

Advisors

Kathy Bentz
Bentz Communications

Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)
Washington, D.C.

Brian Jacks
AARP Associate State Director

Patrick King and Rebecca Vaughan-King
Imagine Design

Caroline Shaaber
Vision Finders

 

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