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Updated: Police pursuit leads to manhunt in Lorton

Update

It appears police know the identify of the person who led them on a pursuit, and then on a manhunt late Wednesday night. 

Charges have not been filed in the case and no arrests have been made.

“The subject in question was actually known to the officer and he will seek warrants for his arrest. If/when he is charged we would then be able to release a name,” stated Fairfax County police spokesman Don Gotthardt. 

Police cleared the scene about 11 p.m. No one was injured. 

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Police are searching for a suspect who bailed out of his car during a pursuit shortly before 10 p.m.

Fairfax County police were searching the area of Southern Oaks and Linden Oaks courts for the unidentified man. A police helicopter was used during the search. The helicopter had been called off by 11 p.m.

No arrests have been reported. We don’t know where the police pursuit originated.

A Potomac Local reader tells us police cars were set up along Silverbrook Road and on South Run Road about 10:30 p.m. 

More on this as we have it.

Ribbon cutting for Chris Yung Elementary School set for Thursday

Chris Yung Elementary School in Bristow is named after a fallen Prince William County Police officer.
Chris Yung Elementary School in Bristow is named after a fallen Prince William County Police officer.
Chris Yung Elementary School in Bristow is named after a fallen Prince William County Police officer.

Chris Yung Elementary School will welcome students, parents, and teachers for the first time this year.

A ribbon cutting for the new school will take place Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 6 p.m. at the school located at 12612 Fog Light Way in Bristow.

The school is named after Prince William County Police Officer Chris Yung who was killed in the line of duty on New Year’s Eve 2012. His family will attend the ribbon cutting ceremony, according to Prince William County Public Schools spokesman Phil Kavits.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony is open to the public.

Chris Yung Elementary School is the only new school opening this year in the Prince William school division. The elementary school was formerly known as the “Devlin Road elementary school” while it was under construction.
Community members urged school officials to name the new school after the fallen police officer.

Yung, 35, was responding to a call for help on his police motorcycle when he was hit by a minivan, outside a Target store on Sowder Village Way in Bristow.

Yung was a Marine and was known for his kindness and dedication to the police force and the community. His death brought together community members for a series of vigils, a memorial parade, and a massive funeral in remembrance of the fallen officer.

Delays, closures expected tonight on I-95 South

vdotlogo600pixelsIf you’re traveling south on Interstate 95 overnight, expect some delays.

According to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), between 12 a.m. and 3 a.m. traffic will be stopped near the Fall Hill Avenue overpass, so that crews can lift beams.

More from a VDOT release:

Southbound Interstate 95 traffic at Fredericksburg will be stopped intermittently tonight so concrete beams can be lifted over all travel lanes for construction of a new overpass at Fall Hill Avenue.

I-95 travelers are advised to use Route 1 to avoid delays. Message boards on I-95 will provide advance notice of lane closures and detour routes.

The Fall Hill Avenue overpass is located at mile marker 131, just south of the Rappahannock River bridges and Safety Rest Area. It is located between I-95 exit 130/Route 3 and exit 133/Route 17.

Tonight, a single lane of I-95 southbound will close at the overpass at 9:30 p.m. Two southbound lanes will close at 10 p.m.

Between midnight and 3 a.m. all traffic will be stopped four times so workers can lift beams over the travel lanes. Each traffic stop will last approximately 15 minutes. After each closure, the waiting queue of vehicles will be cleared from the scene.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire donates much needed pillows to Woodbridge homeless shelter

Hilda Barg Homeless Prevention Center in Woodbridge Virginia.

Hilda Barg Homeless Prevention Center in Woodbridge Virginia.

The Hilda Barg shelter needs pillows.

ST Billingsley, owner of Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire, visited the Hilda Barg Homeless Prevention Center in Woodbridge, after hearing that the shelter needed some assistance.

After hearing that the shelter was in dire need of pillows for its residents, Billingsley wanted to help. The shelter goes through around 20 pillows a month.

“Being a part of the community is important to us, and we always want to help when we can. We’re proud at Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire to be able to donate these pillows and help out residents in need,” said Billingsley.

Delivering pillows to the Hilda Barg Homeless Prevention Shelter.

Delivering pillows to the Hilda Barg Homeless Prevention Shelter.

He went to deliver a month’s worth of pillows to the volunteers at the shelter, who were very excited about the donation.

“You don’t realize you need things like that, until you don’t have them,” said a shelter volunteer.

Friends of the Occoquan to use $10,000 grant for rain barrels

The Friends of the Occoquan environmental group received a $10,0000 donation to educate the community about rain barrels.

The barrels are used to collect rain water and to help conserve water.

Deborah Johnson from Dominion Virginia Power presented a $10,000 check to Friends of the Occoquan President German (pronounced Herman) Venegas on Tuesday at the Prince William County Government Center.

Friends of the Occoquan (FOTO) provided more information about the rain barrels project, and how the organization will use the funds:

FOTO will utilize the funds requested for the continuation of our Rain Barrel Workshops and to introduce local groups and organizations within the Prince William and Fairfax Counties to the benefits of establishing food gardens.

Our target for this project will be the Prince William County Schools, civic associations, senior retirement centers and Spanish speaking organizations. Funds will also go to preparing videos and literature that will advertise, educate and inform the public on these two projects.

To date FOTO has had several Rain Barrel Workshops that have included the Prince William County School System. When FOTO does a school workshop the barrels we work on are donated to the school for their use.

Our first goal with this project is to continue to educate the public on the multiple benefits of using rain barrels for both gardening and redirecting water run off to promote water conservation and prevent erosion. Secondly, to encourage the establishment of home/community food based gardening that has a foundation as a water-conserving garden. By establishing these gardens community members can grow their own local food and have a healthier diet. 

With both these projects we hope to increase a sense of community ownership and stewardship to both our watersheds and rivers as well as the foods we eat.
FOTO will evaluate their success by:

1. Conducting at least 3 workshops
2. Installing at least 10 rain barrels
3. Establishing at least 2 home/community food-producing gardens
4. Making at least one video and broadcast it in local TV stations.

Missing Burke woman located safe

Update

Crispina Cuejilo was located by police. 

2 p.m. 

Prince William police are looking for 78-year old Crispina Cuejilo.

According to Prince William police, Cuejilo was last seen near Maryland Avenue and Blackburn Road in Woodbridge at 3 p.m. on August 25.

Cuejilo is believed to have left a home on Enterprise Lane in Woodbridge voluntarily, but she may need assistance, so she is being classified as endangered, stated Prince William police.

Prince William police stated that Cuejilo has a home in Burke.

She is described as an Asian female, 5’1” and 115 pounds with black and brown shoulder-length hair. Cuejilo was last seen wearing blue jeans and a light blue shirt, stated Prince William police.

‘Steve’ the eagle released at Widewater State Park today

"Steve" the Bald Eagle was released in Stafford.
"Steve" the Bald Eagle was released in Stafford.

The bald eagle rescued by Stafford Animal Control was released today at Widewater State Park.

An Animal Control officer found the eagle – named ‘Steve’ by the child of the caller who alerted the Stafford Sherriff’s office – on the Potomac River in May.

According to a Stafford release, Steve was staying at the Wildlife Center of Virginia in Waynesboro, for rehabilitation.

“Stafford County is blessed with abundant natural resources and with that comes an array of wildlife. Our Animal Control officers do a wonderful job everyday ensuring that all our residents, both citizens and animals, can co-exist peacefully and safely. We are very pleased this eagle is coming home,” said Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Gary Snellings in a release.

More from a Stafford release:

Animal Control Officer Anthony McCall responded and flushed the bird from the water to the bank, where he was able to capture it safely. The bird was taken to the Wildlife Center where it was found to have a wrist injury and received medical care and rehabilitation services.

Stafford Animal Control handled 491 wildlife calls in 2014. Officers are trained in all types of animal investigations including criminal activity, cruelty, livestock, exotics and wildlife. Animal Control officers in Stafford are sworn law enforcement officers who conduct routine patrols in assigned areas and respond to complaints of citizens. Officers enforce the laws of the state and county for the purpose of compliance and education.

Manassas man charged with abduction, following sexual assault

Prince William police were called to a Manassas apartment for a reported sexual assault.

According to Prince William police, officers were called to an apartment on Lariat Lane in Manassas on the morning of August 25.

The victim – a 34-year old Warrenton woman – told officers that the incident took place on the evening of August 22, stated Prince William police.

Prince William police stated that the victim went to visit 36-year old Manassas man Brian Knox, a known acquaintance, at his apartment.

During the visit, Knox first attempted to sexually assault the victim, stated Prince William police. Then when the victim tried to leave the apartment, Knox restrained her and prevented her from leaving, before sexually assaulting her, according to Prince William police.

The victim was able to break away and lock herself in the bathroom, until Knox allowed her to leave the apartment, according to Prince William police.

Following the victim’s report, Knox was arrested and charged with abduction with intent to defile and object sexual penetration, stated Prince William police.

Single-vehicle crash kills Woodbridge man

Thirty-nine year old Woodbridge man Adam Calhoun died following a car accident on August 21.

Prince William police were called to Horner Road in Woodbridge that morning to investigate a single vehicle crash.

Calhoun was the only person in his 2003 Volkswagen Jetta when driving north on Horner Road, when he lost control of the vehicle and ran off the road, striking a utility pole, according to Prince William police.

Prince William police stated that Calhoun was transported to a nearby hospital, where he died from his injuries on August 23.

Calhoun was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, according to Prince William police. Speed was also found to be a factor in the crash.

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