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Carlos Augusto Hernandez

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Carlos Augusto Hernandez, age 82, of Bristow, Virginia passed away Friday, April 21, 2017 at the Novant Health Haymarket Medical Center.

He was born on September 19, 1934 in Aguada, Puerto Rico, the son of the late Emilio and Filomena (Romaguera) Hernandez. He graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1958, and later retired as a Major in the US Air Force. After his military retirement, he also retired as an engineer after 13 years at the Mitre Corporation. He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and the Lions Club in Manassas, Virginia.

Survivors include his first, only, and last love, Sonia G. Hernandez, wife of 58 years; three children, Vivian E. Tragesser and husband Michael of Carmel, Indiana, Lizzie O. Hernandez and husband Joe Wilks of Manassas, Virginia, Royce A. Hernandez and wife Leesa of Germantown, Maryland; one brother, Emilio A. Hernandez and wife Rosa of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico; seven grandchildren.

The family will receive friends Monday, April 24, 2017 from 4:00-6:00 PM and Tuesday April 25, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Pierce Funeral Home, 9609 Center Street, Manassas, Virginia. A mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30AM Thursday, April 27, 2017 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 8213 Linton Hall Road, Bristow, VA. Interment will follow at Quantico National Cemetery at 1:00PM.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to either:
– House of Mercy. To make a donation, call 703.659.1139 or visit https://houseofmercyva.org/.
– Northern Virginia Family Services SERVE. To make a donation, call 571.748.2680 or visit http://www.nvfs.org/hunger.

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Tour guide, 8 students rescued on Rappahannock River

From the Stafford County Fire and Rescue Department:

Eight students and one tour guide were rescued from the Rappahannock River Saturday evening in a nearly four-hour operation by Stafford County Fire and Rescue firefighters and paramedics assisted by Spotsylvania County and the City of Fredericksburg. Students from the University of Mary Washington were on a guided tour of the river Saturday afternoon when they became separated from the guide after his canoe overturned.

The Stafford County Emergency Communications Center received a call from one of the students at 5:11 p.m. indicating that some of the students were still on the water while others had made it to shore near the confluence of the Rappahannock and Rapidan Rivers.

Utilizing four-wheel drive vehicles and all-terrain vehicles, crews covered approximately two miles of ground off of Richards Ferry Road to gain access to the last known location of the students. Crews were staged down-river as look-outs for the students still on the water and to act as a safety for crews operating up-river.

All nine subjects were located within an hour and forty minutes of the initial 911 call. Crews worked for an additional hour and a half to get the students off the water safely. All nine were checked by paramedics and refused any further care. The students and their guide were transported back to the University of Mary Washington.

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Ausberry charged with aggravated malicious wounding after shooting

From Prince William police: 

Aggravated Malicious Wounding – On April 21 at 9:53PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 11100 block of Privates Ct in Manassas (20109) to investigate a shooting. When officers arrived at the home, they located the victim, a 27-year-old man of Manassas, suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper body.

First responding officers provided aid to the victim who was flown to an area hospital for treatment. Initially, officers believed the suspect was still inside the residence which prompted the response of the Department’s tactical team. Officers later determined that the suspect had actually left the area in a vehicle.

Detectives from the Violent Crimes Bureau were able to determine both parties were family members and that the incident was domestic in nature. The suspect, identified as Ronald Aaron AUSBERRY II, eventually turned himself into police without incident earlier this morning.

Arrested on April 22:

Ronald Aaron AUSBERRY II, 24, of the 8700 block of Farnham Way in Manassas

Charged with aggravated malicious wounding and use of a firearm in commission of a felony

Court Date: June 28, 2017 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

 

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Updated: Sheriff Hill rescinds Stewart support, joins Supervisors in endorsing Gillespie

Corey Stewart last month told us that seeking endorsements from sitting politicians is “old-style politics.”

The only sitting politician in Prince William County who endorsed Stewart rescinded today rescinded his praise for the county Board of Supervisors Chairman At-large turned Virginia Gubernatorial candidate.

“Today, I am pulling my endorsement of Corey Stewart for Governor. He is a friend, but his campaign has become more focused on division, rather than the unifying values and the history of the Republican Party. I now support Ed Gillespie to be our next Governor,” stated Prince William County Sheriff Glenn Hill in a statement released by the Gillespie campaign.

Hill’s move follows Stewart’s appearance at the Old South Ball in Danville earlier this month, where the Washington Post quoted him as saying”

“I’m proud to be next to the Confederate flag…That flag is not about racism, folks. It’s not about hatred. It’s not about slavery. It’s about our heritage…It’s time that we stop running away from our heritage. It’s time that we embrace it.”

Stewart in February also held rallies in Charlottesville after that city’s Council moved to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

At the same time Hill rescinded his endorsement, Marty Nohe, and Jeanine Lawson, Ruth Anderson, and Peter Candland who sit with Stewart on the Board of Supervisors also endorsed Gillespie.

““Throughout his campaign, Ed has clearly demonstrated that he understands what Virginia needs to get moving again,” stated Lawson in a press release. “I appreciate his commitment to running a unifying campaign based on a policy agenda that will grow our economy, bring jobs back to the Commonwealth, and make government more transparent and accountable. I have known Ed for a long time, and I believe that he will be an effective governor that all Virginians can be proud of.”

Gillespie won a straw poll at the Prince William County Lincoln-Reagan Dinner by 62%, with Stewart coming in second with 24% of the vote. Afterward, Stewart tweeted the was rigged.

Republican Maureen Caddigan who also sits on the Board of Supervisors has yet to endorse a gubernatorial candidate. A majority of GOP members in the county have thrown their support behind Gillespie.

“…Senator Dick Black, Delegate Richard Anderson, Delegate Tim Hugo, Delegate Scott Lingamfelter, Delegate Jackson Miller, Prince William County School Board Member Willie Deutsch, and former Prince William County School Board Chairman Milton John, announced their support of Gillespie for Governor,” the Gillespie press release stated.

Voters will head to the polls June 13 for a Primary Election to choose a Republican governor candidate. Virginia State Senator Frank Wagner, in addition to Gillespie and Stewart, is also seeking the GOP nomination for Virginia Governor.

Updated April 23

“They don’t understand that this issue is not about the Confederate flag. It’s about out-of-control political correctness that shames people for celebrating their ancestry and heritage. It’s about the radical left tearing down historical monuments. And it’s about weak-kneed establishment politicians like Ed Gillespie refusing to do anything about it,” stated Corey Stewart in an email to Potomac Local.

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Ruth Estelle Gardner

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Ruth Estelle Gardner, age 85, passed away on Saturday, April 22, 2017 in Stafford, Virginia.

Mrs. Gardner was born on February 12, 1932 in Alexandria, VA to the late Preston Sylvester German, Sr. and Nellie Elizabeth (Pettit) German.

Predeceased by her parents; three sons: Jerry Gardner, Ronald Gardner and Ricky Gardner; one daughter: Sheila Lynn Lear; and one son-in-law: Danny Cornwell.

Survivors include three sons: Garland Dodson and wife Rose of King George, VA; Michael Dodson of Catlett, VA; and Jeff Dodson and wife Marilyn of Stafford, VA; one daughter: Gloria Jean Cornwell of Beaumont, TX; one brother: Wayne German and wife Janet of Chase City, VA; a special great niece: Bonnie L. Jenkins of Stafford, VA; 17 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; 5 great great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 10:30 AM at Pierce Funeral Home, 9609 Center Street, Manassas, VA where the family will receive friends from 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM. Interment will follow at Woodbine Cemetery in Manassas, VA.

Condolences may be sent to: www.piercefh.com

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Tonya Joy Jocewicz

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Tonya Joy Jocewicz, age 43, of Woodbridge, VA, passed away on April 17, 2017. Loving mother of Deanna Mace and Sierra Mace. Adored daughter of Donald and Patricia Jocewicz. Dear sister of Donna Howard, Justin Jocewicz (Julissa), and Melissa Romero (Salvador), Cherished aunt of Jacob Howard, Dylan Howard, Jared Howard, Aidan Howard, Jonathan Jocewicz, Josiah Jocewicz, Raquel Sosa and Marlissa Romero. Also, survived by brother in law James Howard, long time friend Dawn Bird and the father of her children; Joseph Mace.

Tonya was an accomplished musician. She loved writing songs, singing, playing the guitar, piano and many other instruments. She also had a passion for and composed electronic beat recordings. She had an amazing talent to play music by ear and to play instruments. In her off time, Tonya enjoyed creating music, socializing with her friends, traveling and working out. She was working as a security officer for Kaiser Permanente and recently achieved her security guard certification.

A Celebration of her Life will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 with visitation from 1-3 pm; memorial service at 3pm with refreshments to follow at Mountcastle Turch Funeral Home 4143 Dale Boulevard, Dale City, VA 22193.

If desired in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Tonya’s daughters Deanna Mace or Sierra Mace.

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Forrest Grant Dotson

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Forrest Grant Dotson, age 37 of Manassas, VA died at Medstar Georgetown Hospital on April 19, 2017.

He was preceded in death by his father Ernest Ulysses Grant Dotson, Jr and is survived by his loving mother Ruth Ann Bean Dotson; his sisters Melody Sue Lagrave, Barbara Dawn Cleary, Michelle Renee Jansen and Charity Anne Pearson. He is also survived by his many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at Pierce Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 9609 Center Street, Manassas, VA on Friday, April 28, 2017 at 10:30 AM with the family receiving friends one hour prior to the service. Interment Quantico National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family ask that contributions be made to Medstar Georgetown Hospital Surgical Intensive Care Unit, 3800 Reservoir Road, Washington, DC 20007

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Patricia Carol Tuthill

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Patricia Carol Tuthill, age 71, of Montclair, VA, passed away on April 21, 2017. Beloved wife of 46 years to Lanny Y. Tuthill. Loving mother of Kendra Tuthill, and Scott Tuthill (Amy). Cherished grandmother of Hailey Tuthill and Brody Tuthill.

Patricia was loving wife, mother and grandmother, She enjoyed gardening, jazzercising with Gerda’s Girls, and crocheting. She will be missed by all who knew her.

The family will receive friends at the Mountcastle Turch Funeral Home, 4143 Dale Boulevard, Dale City, VA 22193 on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 2:00 PM until the time of her Life Celebration at 4:00 PM

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 1:30 PM in the Sound Avenue Cemetery, Aquebogue, NY.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Gerda’s Girls Relay For Life, or the American Cancer Society. www.cancer.org