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Minivan reported stolen in Prince William flips, hits Stafford patrol car

From Stafford County Sheriff’s Office: 

On April 21, 2017, at approximately 2:46 AM, a resident of Somerset Landing called 9-1-1 to report subjects tampering with cars on Pinehurst Lane. The caller advised that a van, without its headlights illuminated, was traveling slowly down the street while two subjects with flashlights were running back and forth from the van to parked cars. A car alarm was then activated, and the subjects dispersed. Multiple patrol units responded immediately to the area.

Deputy M.R. Flick responded and traveled through the neighborhood in search of the van. He soon observed a light-colored minivan, with headlights off, traveling east on Masters Drive. He activated his emergency equipment as the minivan quickly spun around and began driving at a high rate of speed toward him. The van missed Deputy Flick’s patrol vehicle. Deputy Flick pursued the minivan, as it increased speed and turned left onto Persevere Drive. The van then careened into a parked SUV, pushing the SUV a distance of approximately 20 feet. The minivan flipped to its side and slid head-on into an oncoming patrol vehicle.

The single male occupant of the Toyota minivan was uninjured. He was taken into custody and identified as a juvenile.

The Toyota minivan returned as stolen from the same neighborhood in Prince William County where the juvenile lived. The 15-year-old male was charged with Eluding Police, Attempted Malicious Wounding of Law Enforcement, Grand Larceny/Motor Vehicle, Destruction of Property, Trespassing and No Driver’s License. The subject was detained at the Juvenile Detention Center, as the investigation continues.

The Stafford sheriff’s office did not say from what address the van was stolen. 

U.S. Education Secretary, Virginia First Lady expected to visit area schools Tuesday

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is expected to visit Prince William County Public Schools next week. 

The details are still being hammered out. This is what we know so far, from a division spokeswoman: 

You heard correctly that we are anticipating a visit on Tuesday. However, nothing is yet finalized.  Indeed, we had planned to meet with members of the Secretary’s staff this morning, but they postponed. That is why we have not yet announced plans to the media. 

Absent a discussion with her team, I cannot be certain, but I fully expect that media will be welcome and (as soon as we have final details) invited.  As you may know, the reason for the visit is to learn about and highlight the great work that Ashland and PWCS are going with military families. This will probably involve a meeting with some families…. 

More information about Devos’ visit to Prince William County is expected Monday.

We have confirmed that Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe will visit Metz Middle School in Manassas also on Tuesday for a separate, unrelated event. 

From a Manassas City Public Schools spokeswoman: 

Metz Middle School has won the Virginia Breakfast Challenge based on breakfast participation growth over the past school year. Breakfast participation from October through December 2016 was compared to breakfast participation from October through December 2015.
First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe and Senator Jeremy McPike will be at the school on Tuesday, April 25th to recognize the school.
The school will receive funding to support equipment for its nutrition program and $4,000 to support technological enhancements, field trips or other equipment.
First Lady McAuliffe and Senator McPike are expected to arrive around 8:30 am. They will get a quick guided tour of the school which will end in the cafeteria where they will meet the Food Services staff.  The First Lady will assist with preparing the grab and go breakfast and she will also have an opportunity to meet students. “Checks” will be presented to the school and then around 9:10 – 9:20 am, they will entertain press questions.  The First Lady will also pull names for two raffles for teachers and students, which will be announced on the PA system.  They are scheduled to depart around 9:35/9:40.

Ruth Darlene Johnson

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Ruth Darlene Johnson, age 80 went home to glory on April 21, 2017, after a long illness. She was the widow of Lee Randolph Johnson and celebrated 52 years of marriage until his death in 2004. She was born on September 29, 1936 in Washington, DC, daughter of the late Fred M. and Ruth Zimbro Dove. She was also preceded in death by her brother Herbert Dove of Fairfax.

Ruth was a lifelong Virginia resident and was active in various churches serving as WMU and choir directors as well as a Sunday and Vacation Bible School teacher. An avid gardener, she was active in the Woodbine Homemakers Club.

She is survived by her six children: Faye Henry (Jimmy) of Bealeton; Wanda Wilson (Johnny) of Boone, NC; Deborah Hollingsworth (Eugene) of Madison; Martin Douglas Johnson of Montclair; Pomona Billig of Manassas and Susan Smith (John) also of Manassas. She was blessed with eight grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren who were the joy of her life. She is also survived by six brothers John Dove of Manassas; Ronnie, Marshall and Jerry Dove of Fairfax; Kenneth Dove of Woodbridge and Lapsley Dove of Front Royal and my many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 12:30 PM in Pierce Funeral Home, 9609 Center Street, Manassas, VA with the family receiving friends at 11:30 AM. Interment Stonewall Memory Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the National Parkinson’s Foundation in c/o Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741 or to Capital Caring Hospice of Aldie, VA.

Roucka charged with sexual battery, indecent liberties with a minor

From Prince William police: 

Sexual Assault Investigation – On April 17, detectives from the Special Victim’s Unit responded to investigate a sexual assault that was reported to have occurred at a residence in Manassas (20112). The investigation revealed that the victim, a 13-year-old female juvenile, was sexually assaulted by the accused, an acquaintance, on more than one occasion in November of 2016. The victim recently disclosed the incidents and the police were contacted. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested on April 19 without incident.

Arrested on April 19:

Caleb Inez-Lynn ROUCKA, 20, of 1406 Bayside Ave, Apt 11, in Woodbridge

Charged with 2 counts of aggravated sexual battery and 1 count of indecent liberties with a minor

Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

Someone burglarized Tobacco Hut in Gainesville

From Prince William police: 

Commercial Burglary- On April 20 at 4:46AM, officers responded to the Tobacco Hut located at 14654 Lee Highway in Gainesville (20155) to investigate a burglary in progress. An employee reported to police that two unknown suspects were observed on video surveillance inside the business.

When the employee responded to the business and challenged the suspects, they fled the area on foot. Further investigation revealed that entry was made into the business through the front door which was found damaged. A police K-9 was used to search for the suspects who were not located. No property was reported missing. There are no suspect descriptions available at this time. The investigation continues.

Leesylvania a ‘lesser known’ park? Not around here.

In a recent online list, Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge was ranked as one of the most “lesser known” parks in Virginia.

The park is located along the Potomac River in Woodbridge. It’s the site of the home of Major-Gen. Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee who served in the Revolutionary War and as the ninth governor of the state. He was also the father of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Aside from its history, the park serves as a public gateway to the Potomac and is popular with fishers, and picnicking families.

“Leesylvania State Park (LSP) is well used and loved by many many people. I would guess the location makes a big difference. It’s located in a densely populated area of the County and is well suited to family picnics and gatherings,” said Kim Hosen, with Prince William Conservation Alliance. “LSP is easy to access, inexpensive and has a large open area with picnic tables and a nature center nearby. The only other site in this area suitable for this type of family gathering is the County-owned Vet’s Park, which also attracts large numbers of picnic-type family gatherings.” (more…)

This year, celebrate Mother’s Day at Rangoli Indian Restaurant with the Grand Brunch Buffet

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Mommy, Mummy, Mama, Amma, Aai, Mata, Madre, Eomeoni, Taayi or whatever name you call her with, Mother is the reason we are all here. Celebrate and cherish the lady who cares and loves us the most. It is rightly said, “God could not be everywhere, so he created mothers!”

You may buy her the perfume or the cardigan, but you got to feed the lady who fed you.

Rangoli’s Mother’s Day buffet has been a special tradition for over eleven years. The spread includes an array of salads, fresh cut fruits, and condiments with Assorted Kebabs, the quintessential Butter Chicken, tender Goat Masala, succulent Fish Curry, aromatic Biryani and pilafs, a smorgasbord of vegetable side dishes and fresh bread baked for each table.

The buffet also includes South Indian delicacies like Idly, Vada, Sambar and on-the-spot Dosas. The pick is the favorite Indian street-side-pass-time of eating Pani Puri a.k.a Gol Gappas. Have unlimited pucchkas to your heart’s content.

Sweet endings include all time favorite Gulab Jamun and Kulfi Ice-Cream.

And while you are gorging on the tasty food, treat the lady to a Mimosa or fresh Bloody Mary at only $4 a glass. What’s not to be happy about this?

So, call ‘Rangoli’ now and add your name to the on-call list. The meal is super popular and Rangoli does not treat the advance callers as ‘Reservations.’

Their name is added to the wait list and bumped up when you show up. Large groups are encouraged to call in advance to enable quick seating.

Doors open early Sunday, May 14 at 11:30 a.m. and the Brunch is served through 3 p.m.

Call 703-957-4900 or Email Us!

Rangoli Indian Restaurant
Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Adults: $16.95 Kids: $8.95
10223 Nokesville Road
Manassas, VA 20110

Dean Keith Hoisington

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Dean Keith Hoisington, age 40, of Gainesville, Virginia passed away suddenly Sunday, April 16, 2017.

He was born on January 26, 1977 in Alexandria, Virginia son of the late Earl Everett Hoisington and Martha June (Terry) Hoisington of Manassas, Virginia. He was a Network Technical for NEOVERA. He was a member of Ohev Yisrael Messianic Jewish Congregation.

Survivors include his loving wife, Jessica L. Hoisington; one daughter, Caim Hoisington of Gainesville, Virginia; his mother, Martha J. Hoisington of Manassas, Virginia; two brothers, Terry E. Hoisington and wife Katherine of Bristow, Virginia and Scott E. Hoisington of Manassas, Virginia.

The family will receive friends from 3:00-5:00PM Sunday, April 23, 2017 at Pierce Funeral Home, 9609 Center Street, Manassas, Virginia. Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Monday, April 24, 2017 at Ohev Yisrael Messianic Jewish Congregation, 8196 R Terminal Road, Lorton, Virginia. Interment will follow at National Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Ohev Yisrael Messianic Jewish Congregation, 8196 R Terminal Road, Lorton, Virginia 22079 in loving memory of Dean Keith Hoisington.

Robert Lee Thornton

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On Monday, April 17, 2017, Robert Lee Thornton (74) departed this life peacefully, he was surrounded by his loving family. Robert was a loving father, husband and grandfather, who will be deeply missed by all. Robert is survived by his loving Wife Linda. They were married In October of 1989 and where life partners, never leaving each other’s side. Robert’s work ethic was unwavering, he loved to work with his hands; wood work was his passion, and it showed by the clocks, trains and ships he built by hand. Also, Robert loved old westerns, the show Gunsmoke was one of his favorites, and he enjoyed it so much, that he collected memorabilia. He loved to share it with his friends and family at every opportunity. Robert was an excellent cook, in fact, he shared this love of cooking with all of his children teaching each one how to cook; family gatherings often time revolved around great food, good music, laughter and love. Robert was born on May 21, 1942 in Portsmouth, Virginia. He was part of a large family and they moved to Brooklyn, New York; he was educated in the New York City school system; he later served in the United States Army as a Paratrooper in the 101st. After his military career, he went on to work for the New York City Transit Authority as a train conductor; he retired after 22 years of service. After his retirement, he immersed himself into his passion for carpentry ; he often times said “God has blessed me with the same gift (carpentry) that he had given his only son”. He was a master woodworker and could see something one time and construct it adding his own uniqueness to each piece. On October, 1989, Robert married Linda; he was the father of seven children, Tony, Cheryl, Robert Jr.; Qadir, Rashid, Wayde, and Yusef and countless foster children. There was always a special place in his heart for the children that were entrusted to his care and this was evident in the many foster children that he welcomed into his home over the years. He was a loving husband and a devoted father; never one to bridle his tongue when he felt the situation required a dose of reality; he had a way of combining common sense, wisdom and humor all in the same message. Robert leaves behind a loving and devoted wife, Linda; his five children Cheryl., Robert Jr., Rashid, Wayde and Yusef; daughter-in-law Elaine; son-in-law Willie Lee Martin Jr.; 5 grandchildren (Chris, Anthony, Ivory, Chania,Yasir); 2 Brothers, Perry Thornton and Steven Thornton; 2 sisters Annie Mae, Mary (Nancy) Parkinson, sister-in-laws (Ollie, Freda, Maxine,and Faridah), as well as in-laws from the beloved Lamont family; numerous nieces and nephews and close friends.