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Virginia and Family Pet Festival supports charity working to keep animals out of shelters

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Buster Wayne has a growth that needs to be removed.

He is a dog that belongs to a 17-year-old girl from Charlottesville who recently lost both of her parents who were killed in a car crash. Now in the care of a state social worker, Buster Wayne is all the 17-year-old girl has left.

Social services contacted the Saint Seton’s Orphaned Animals charity which works with Loving Touch Animal Hosptial in Route 1 in Stafford County. Buster Wayne was brought there three weeks ago, where veterinarians found the dog suffering from a tick-bourne disease.

The dog was placed on medication until it’s well enough to have the growth removed from its backside. When ready, veterinarians at Loving Touch will remove the growth.

“The people we work with — the disabled, low-income, wounded warriors — they rely on their pet for companionship. The cat or the dog is like their child… when its sick, they reach out to us,” said Jeanette Allard, executive director of Saint Seton’s Orphaned Animals.

Allard said her charity goes beyond providing low-cost vet care. Her organization wants to end the practice of people dropping off animals at a kill shelter because they can no longer care for them.

“We call it economic euthanasia,” said Allard.

Saint Seton, like all other organizations, relies on donations to keep going. The gifts help continue the work of the animal hospital and a “Meals on Wheels 4 Petz” that distributes pet food to neighbors in need.

The charity will hold the 2016 Virginia and Family Pet Festival in support of animals in need of veterinary care. The festival will feature bands, beer, and wine gardens, food, zip line, rock wall, slides, petting zoo, camel rides. Animal welfare organizations will bring dogs and cats available for adoption. The festival also features dog games, contests, and exhibitions, said Allard.

The festival will be held at the Stafford Regional Airport, located at 75 Aviation Way in Stafford County on Saturday, June 4 from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is $5 per car. Wristbands for rides are $10 per person.

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Two found in Triangle apartment pronounced dead

Police were called to a home in Triangle where they found two adults who were pronounced dead on the scene. 

More in a police press release:

Death Investigation- On May 23 at 6:45PM, officers responded to an apartment located in the 3600 block of Jurgensen Dr in Triangle (22172) to investigate the deaths of two adults. A family member reported to police that he was unable to contact one of the victims. When officers arrived at the apartment, they forced entry into one of the rooms of the apartment and located two victims who were pronounced dead at the scene. There is no public threat or need for concern from the surrounding community as this incident does not appear to be random. More information will be released when available. The investigation continues.

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Jones wanted for attempted murder after Woodbridge robbery

Police said a robbery escalated when the victim tried to hit the suspect with his car. The suspect pulled out a gun and fired at the victim and missed, according to police.

The victim then crashed into a tree. 

Here’s more from police:

Attempted Murder | Shooting Investigation – On May 22 at 12:00PM, officers responded to the 1400 block of Eisenhower Cir in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a shooting. The victim, a 27 year old man of Woodbridge, reported to police that he drove to the above area to meet with several acquaintances.  

During the encounter, one of the men grabbed money from the victim and a verbal argument ensued. At some point, the victim attempted to hit one of the men, identified as Jordan Jaycee JONES, with his vehicle. JONES then brandished a handgun and fired at the victim missing him.

The victim then crashed his vehicle into a nearby tree.  

The parties eventually separated and the suspects left the area. Minor injuries were reported to the victim as a result of the crash. Detectives have determined that this shooting was not random.  

Following the investigation, detectives with the Robbery Unit obtained warrants for the arrest of JONES. Attempts to located JONES have been unsuccessful. The investigation continues.  

Wanted: [Photo from April 2016] Jordan Jaycee JONES, 28, of 13661 Mary’s Way Apt 204 in Woodbridge  Described as a black male, 5’11”, 130lbs with brown hair and brown eyes Wanted for attempted murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and reckless handling of a firearm  

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Wells Fargo bank in Lake Ridge robbed

Police are on the scene of a bank robbery in Lake Ridge. 

From police:

Armed Bank Robbery – On May 23 at 3:51PM, officers responded to the Wells Fargo Bank located at 12771 Harbor Dr in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a robbery. An employee reported to police that an unknown man approached the bank area then brandished a handgun and demanded money. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing the area possibly in an white older model Acura. No injuries were reported. Additional information to include pictures will be released when available. The investigation continues.

Suspect Description:

Black male, 5’08” with a thin build and short dark hair

Last seen wearing a black mask, yellow construction vest, black hoodie, and dark pants

 

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McAuliffe headed to Micron in Manassas to sign FOIA bill

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe will be in Manassas on Friday to sign into a law a piece of legistlation dealing with the Freedom of Information Act

SB645, the exempt records concerning critical infrastructure information bill, introduced by freshman Sen. Jeremy McPike defines what exactly is “critical infrastructure” information.

The bill comes after several state agencies have asked major corporations, to include railroads, utility companies, and cyber security providers for information about how it plans to respond to national security threats or attacks.

Those organizations have been less than forthcoming when it comes to providing that information, a McPike spokeswoman said, because of fears the secure information would appear on a public website, and that information falling, ultimately, into the wrong hands.

McAuliffe is expected to sign the bill into law at 12:30 p.m. Friday during a visit to Micron Technologies, located at 9600 Godwin Drive in Manassas.

Coaching your kids can be tough. Competitive Edge offers insights on being a better coach and parent.

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The coaches at Competitive Edge in Woodbridge, Virginia are changing the way young athletes train.

Competitive Edge is a youth performance center offering 18,000 square feet of skill-building space, indoor batting cages, pitching tunnels, a full weight room, running lanes and a multi-use sports court, all which enables athletes to practice and train for baseball, track and field, basketball, soccer, football, volleyball, lacrosse, tennis and more.

But expert coaches are the real game changers at Competitive Edge. These coaches have more than just coaching skills; They also have unique parenting skills because they are coaches to their own children.
 
Expert coaches are the real game changers at Competitive Edge.
Expert coaches are the real game changers at Competitive Edge.
Expert coaches are the real game changers at Competitive Edge.
Expert coaches are the real game changers at Competitive Edge.
 
 

Monte-1Monte Evans, Co-owner and Director of Sports Management

Over the years, Monte Evans has learned a thing or two about coaching. As a dad to three athlete daughters, he co-founded the Dale City Track Club in 2010. He saw how much his twin daughters enjoyed running and began looking for clubs. When he saw there weren’t a lot of options, he started his own club.

Now over 300 strong, the club participates in cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field, with members from ages six to 18.

Evans says there are several things he’s learned as a parent, a coach and now a co-owner of Competitive Edge. First, he advises parents who are coaching their kids to let others coach their children, too.

This allows the kids to acknowledge other coaches and know other coaching styles, he says. He also advocates for separating roles.

“Have an understanding with your child that when you correct them as a coach, it’s as a coach and not a parent…When you’re putting on the father hat, do something totally different and develop another relationship with them to balance things out.”

 

Darnell-1Darnell Washington, Director of Athletic Performance

Washington coaches his oldest child’s football travel team. At 13, his son is in basketball, too, but Washington only coaches him in football right now.
“I try to be involved in coaching, but I try to be hands off….parents have to learn that line,” he said.

He acknowledges that “being there as a father and being supportive while treating your child equal to the others on the team can be difficult.” But, Washington says, “You want the kids to be disciplined and want to treat people equally so other players don’t think you are playing favorites.”

Similar to Evans, Washington advises parents to differentiate between the parent and coach roles. “You kind of realize they need a different voice,” Washington says, so he also steps back and allows other coaches to coach his son.

What else is important? “Keep it fun for them, and keep the activity as an activity,” he says. “If you’re down their back, the kids won’t be successful, the team won’t be successful. Let kids know they are out there to have a good time. Coaching is a teaching tool. But don’t make it so it’s not fun anymore.”

Maurice-1Maurice Briddell, Director of Baseball

 

Briddell has been coaching his teenage son’s travel baseball team for the past 8 years and has walked the fine line between coach and parent, even recognizing that he needed to take a step back to assistant coach. Briddell says he learned that lesson when his son was 12.

“I was coaching all the time…in the car, going to the game, in the game, coaching on the way home, coaching him at home…that didn’t work for me. That didn’t work for our relationship,” he said.

Briddell says he was coaching more than parenting, and this was confirmed when his son would only go to his mother for things he needed and for advice. Once he took a step back, he says, his parent-child relationship improved.

Bridell advises other parents not to fall into the same pattern he did.

Magnus-1Magnus Ellerts, General Manager

 

Ellerts has been coaching his two boys ages 15 and 10 since they were in T-ball. He also advises parents not to coach outside of the field. He says if you do, children don’t hear what you’re saying when you’re on the field.

Regarding any conflict of being both dad and coach, Ellerts says, “Whether or not it’s my son out there with them, they are just a team at that point. You can’t be Dad to one of them and Coach to the rest. Some of that is the child’s responsibility. If you want Dad to be Dad in the car, you need to have Dad as Coach on the field.”

Ellerts also suggests parents take a step back and remember that “these players are kids. Winning or losing doesn’t matter. You just want them to get better and learn something.”

For more information on Competitive Edge, visit competitiveedgeva.com.

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WJPN is on the air: John Paul The Great Catholic High School launches FM radio station

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John Paul The Great Catholic High School is on the air.

The school near Dumfries debuted a new low-power FM radio station 106.3 WJPN. The radio station will be used to broadcast classes, community information, and to simulcast the EWTN Catholic Radio Network.

“The sky is really the limit as to what we can with it,” said Jennifer Cole, director of enrollment and communications at the school.

A three-minute interview of the Principal Sister Mary Jordan Hoover recorded by two 11th grade students using an iPad was the first content to air on the station. Next year, the school will begin a communications course to teach 25 to 30 interested students about radio broadcasting, and to create more original content for the station that could include broadcasting sports games. The school still must build a radio studio for students to use.

Listeners in their cars can hear the low-power FM station within a 10 to 12-mile radius of the radio station tower affixed to new field lighting at the high school. “The signal is strong here locally, but as it travels farther out things like hills can kill the signal,” said Dave Morales, the school’s technology director.

The school spent four years and $250,000 developing the new radio station to cover permit costs, legal fees, to purchase equipment. The bulk of the expense came with the purchase of stadium lights for their football field, which ended up being the only feasible place to install the radio antenna. 

The seed money for the radio came from Tom Vetter of Montclair, and the donation for the stadium lights from Corrine and Mike Kosar of Woodbridge. Until now, the school regularly rented large lights for outdoor events before the installation of the new lights, said Cole.

The new lights meant the school did not have to build a radio tower. The FM transmitter is now placed on one of the light poles 102 feet above the football field, the highest spot on campus, said Morales.

 

The school held a ceremony Friday night to celebrate the new lights and the radio station’s inaugural broadcast.

The FCC will not allow the school to sell advertising the same way a commercial radio station does due to its low-power status. However, the school may thank contributing families and businesses on air similar to the way NPR announces its underwriting companies.

“It’s no longer just about what is happening within these four walls. Now we want to share our message with the community,” said Cole.

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Udpated: Domestic leads to shooting in Stafford

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Austen Tyler Agnor, 20, of Chester, Va.,  was pronounced dead Friday night at Stafford Hospital. 

Authorities said he was shot outside an Exxon gas station at 1049 Courthouse Road in Stafford at 7:15 p.m. The shooting stemmed from a domestic situation, said Stafford sheriff’s spokeswoman M.C. Moncure.

Moncure said the suspect — 27-year-old Corey Andrew Terry, of Richmond — fired several shots and then fled the scene, running down the a southbound entrance ramp to Interstate 95 located next to the gas station. He was arrested by a Virginia State Trooper two miles south of the shooting scene at the American Legion Road overpass on I-95 at 9 p.m. 

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One person was shot near the intersection of Interstate 95 and Courthouse Road in Stafford County.

Stafford sheriff’s spokeswoman M.C. Moncure stated the shooting took place at 7:15 p.m. Friday at a business, and that a shooter fled the scene but was later apprehended.

Authorities did not provide the gender or age of the victim. The shooting stemmed from a domestic situation, according to Moncure.

The shooter fled the scene on foot and was later arrested with the help of a police helicopter from Fairfax County and a K-9 unit from Spotsylvania County, according to Moncure.

Corey Andrew Terry, of Richmond, is charged with first-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, according to Moncure.

An investigation is ongoing. More as we have it.

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Stafford charges 2 with attempted indecent liberties with minors

Two separate investigations led to a Stafford Sheriff’s Detective charging two men in connection to online sex crimes.

Police began looking into these crimes in 2014, said Stafford sheriff’s spokeswoman M.C. Moncure.

Here’s more in a press release:

For the past few months, the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office has been conducting online investigations into persons who target children for exploitation. Detective Darryl Wells portrayed juveniles in various social media and chat rooms to identify and locate individuals who are interested in such activity.

The investigation has culminated in two recent arrests. 

Allan Lewis Bentley, age 65, of Doraville, Georgia, was arrested on May 5, 2016 and charged with six counts of Attempted Indecent Liberties with a Juvenile, six counts of using an Electronic Communications Device to Solicit a Juvenile and 25 counts of Distribution of Child Pornography.

All of these charges are felonies under Virginia law. Arrest warrants were obtained for Bentley on May 5, 2016. He is being held in Georgia and has waived extradition. He will be tried in the Circuit Court of Stafford County. 

Bentley propositioned “the juvenile” that Wells was portraying and transmitted pictures of pre-pubescent children that meet the definition of Child Pornography under the Code of Virginia, while online.

Christopher Samuels Hawthorne, age 41 of Springfield, Virginia, was arrested on May 12 at his home.

Hawthorne was arrested on capiases from Stafford Circuit Court. A search warrant of the premises was executed and electronic devices were seized. Direct Indictments were delivered from the Stafford Grand Jury on April 4, 2106, for; two counts of Attempted Indecent Liberties with a Minor and four counts of the Use of Electronic Means to Procure Minor.

Hawthorne engaged the juvenile that Wells was portraying in sexual activity propositions while online. Hawthorne is now being held at the Rappahannock Regional Jail.

The investigation into Hawthorne began in March 2016. The investigation into Bentley began in April 2016.

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