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Prince William

Occoquan wants to name its new riverfront park

occoquan, riverfront park,

Leaders in Occoquan have begun the discussion on what to name their upcoming riverfront park.

Demolition of an old water treatment plant once operated by Fairfax Water until it was decommissioned in 2007 began late last summer. Work to remove old water tanks, as well as other structures, is expected to be completed this winter, and then construction of the new park will commence.

The park will include scenic views of the Occoquan River, a public restroom, a storage facility and possibly a pavilion.

Town officials want to come up with a name for the park. The name should be entirely new and not mirror other names of places and buildings in the town such as “Mill,” as the town already has a historic mill and a street of the same name. The park will not be named after a person, either, according town documents.

A list of proposed names for the park is being compiled by town staff. That list is expected to be made available Feb. 3 during a public meeting when residents will be able to weigh in on the new name.

Last week, the town council was scheduled to meet with its engineers to review conceptual plans for the park. Improvements to a pedestrian bridge that crosses the Occoquan River at the end of Mill Street, as well as a looped walking path, and new interpretive signage pointing out historic facts and places of interest are also being considered as part of the park project.

The new riverfront park is slated to open this year.

Full day kindergarten, specialty busing all on chopping block at Prince William schools


For the first time, Prince William County’s School Board will provide budget guidance to Schools Superintendent Dr. Steven Walts.

The elected board will tell Walts of key items they would like to see funded as well as areas that could be cut to help make up for a coming $11 million shortfall in the fiscal year 2016 schools operating budget.

The move comes as the Prince William County Board of Supervisors directed officials to create a budget based on a 1.3% growth rate in the average real estate property tax bill, not the 4% tax growth rate as was approved last year. Since the county gives 57% of its entire budget to the school division, the lower rate means fewer tax fewer resources for county schools.

On the chopping block cutting full-day kindergarten for non-Title 1 schools, something that’s been the norm for the past 10 years. Slashing transportation funding for high school and middle school specialty programs, which provides buses for students to attend classes at selected school sites across the county that provide a student’s specialty program like arts, math, and sciences, is also on the table.

The resolution also calls for halting some $52 million in capital improvements to schools that were to take place this year. Things like renewal of six elementary schools in eastern Prince William, HVAC repairs and replacement, window replacement, and energy infrastructure improvements are all on the list.

The Board is expected to tell Walts to find ways to continue to fund class size reduction plans, as well as to find a way to fund a salary step increase for schools employees.

“If we want to do these two things which we told the Board of Supervisors are priorities for us, we’re going to have to look at other areas to cut, said School Board Chairman Milton C. Johns, who proposed the new budget guidance measure.

Johns called this a “watershed year” for the school division as it looks to make up an overall $20 million shortfall, with the $11 million deficit included following the county’s 1.3% tax bill growth.

“I hate this. We’ve pushed off orders for replacement buses. We’ve pushed off technology upgrades. But we’re going to have to make some tough decisions – and it’s not just $11 million one time, its $11 million each year over the course of the next five years,” said Gainesville School Board representative Allison Satterwhite.

The stalled technology upgrades Satterwhite mentioned were supposed to cost $4.5 million and included upgrades to phone systems, computer servers, and interactive projectors.

The School Board is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4. The Board also expects to hear from Dr. Walts at that meeting about the state of the upcoming budget.

New York City men face drug distribution charges in Prince William

Four men now face charges after police said they were involved in separate drug cases


Here’s more in a police press release:



Narcotics Investigation – On December 18th, members of the Prince William-Manassas-Manassas Park Narcotics Task Force concluded a narcotics investigation involving the selling of suspected cocaine with the below arrests. As part of the investigation, search warrants were obtained and subsequently executed on two vehicles belonging to the suspects. As a result of the search and the investigation, an undisclosed amount of money was seized. Both arrests were made without incident and were previously held for investigative purposes.

Arrested on December 18th:



Genesi M. LEDESMA, 39, of 241 Sherman Ave, Apt. M, in New York, NY


Jose PENA, 42, of 1315 Amsterdam Ave, Apt 15, in New York, NY


Both suspects were charged with conspiracy to possess a scheduled I or II narcotic with intent to distribute

Court date: February 6, 2015 | Bond: unavailable

In a separate, unrelated incident, police say they searched a home in Manassas where another drug arrest was made.


More in a press release: 




Narcotics Investigation – On December 17th, members of the Prince William-Manassas-Manassas Park Narcotics Task Force concluded a narcotics investigation involving the selling of suspected cocaine with the below arrests. As part of the investigation, a search warrant was obtained and subsequently executed at the home of one of the suspects on Prince Cole Ct in Manassas. Both arrests were made without incident and were previously held for investigative purposes.

Arrested on December 17th:

Rafy Salvador SOSA-RODRIGUEZ, 24, of 9680 Cisler Ln in Manassas



Charged with 2 counts of possession with intent to distribute a scheduled I or II narcotic

Court date: February 25, 2015 | Bond: held WITHOUT bond                                                       


Santiago Dejesus FUENTES, 31, of 7503 Prince Cole Ct, Apt 3, in Manassas

Charged with 2 counts of possession with intent to distribute a scheduled I or II narcotic

Court date: February 6, 2015 | Bond: held WITHOUT bond

Teen charged in Woodbridge burglaries

PWC police car

Police made an arrest of a teenager they say is responsible for two burglaries this month at a home in Woodbridge.

Here’s more in a press release:

Residential Burglaries *ARRESTS – On January 20th at 10:28AM, officers responded to a residence located in the 2300 block of Battery Hill Cl in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a burglary in progress. A neighbor reported to police that two unknown suspects were seen breaking into a home in the above area. Officers arrived and located two individuals matching the description provided by the witness. When officers attempted to stop those individuals, one fled on foot through several backyards. After a brief foot pursuit, the suspect was detained without further incident. Both individuals were identified as a male and female juvenile and were determined to be the suspects involved in the burglary. The investigation revealed that the suspects made entry into the home through a rear window which was broken out. No property was reported missing. The investigation further revealed that the male juvenile suspect was responsible for a separate burglary to the same residence on January 12th. Following the investigation, both suspects were charged.

Arrested on January 20th: [Juveniles]

16 year old male juvenile of Woodbridge

Charged with 2 counts of burglary, 2 counts of grand larceny and 1 count of resisting arrest

Court date: pending | Status: held at the Juvenile Detention Center

16 year old female juvenile of Woodbridge

Charged with burglary and grand larceny

Court date: pending | Status: released to guardian

Residential Burglary [Previously Released] – On January 12th at 7:42PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 2300 block of Battery Hill Cl in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a burglary. The homeowner reported to police that the burglary occurred between 8:49AM and 7:25PM. The investigation revealed that there were no signs of forced entry into the home. Entry is believed to have been made through a basement window after the screen was cut and removed. A gaming console, iPhone, tablet and other property were reported missing.

Dale City, Lake Ridge, Manassas rank as Virginia’s ‘most boring’ places to live

We often think of our homes as a respite from work and the outside world. Many of us make long commutes between home and our jobs to so we can enjoy better schools for our children, better shopping, and an overall better quality of life on the weekends.

Well, congratulations all you better quality of lifers out there – three neighborhoods in our area are ranked as some of Virginia’s “most boring” places to live. Two neighborhoods ranked in the top 10.

We’ll start with Lake Ridge, the community that ranked seven of 46 of the most boring places in the state, according to real estate website Movato. The riverside community’ s reputation on the survey was dinged due to its lack of independently-owned restaurants. And, while the website gave Lake Ridge high marks for having dense population, that meant little to surveyors because they say Lake Ridge has a low population of those aged 18 to 34 – you know, the demographic of people known for getting out and going places — and that means the place is, according to them, boring.

Not all Lake Ridge residents agree that their neighborhood is boring. Though they do note it could use more cultural options.

Dale City ranked one lower on the list at number eight. The community’s “almost a complete lack of nightlife” and lack of “active life options” counted against the bedroom community. Movato’s list also noted Dale City to have few restaurants, and that makes us wonder if they’ve been to the area around Potomac Mills mall?

Lower on the list at number 36 is Manassas City, and Fredericksburg City ranked number 40. That means that, according to the survey, both cities are more interesting that Lake Ridge or Dale City.

Danville was the “most boring” place in Virginia while Charlottesville was the least boring of the 46 communities ranked. Movato ranked the communities cities by population, population of those aged 18 to 34, number of nightlife spots and music venues, and the number of fast food vs. independently-owned restaurants.

Dumfries veterans’ resource fair begins 10 a.m. Saturday

The Rural Health Initiative team from McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond brought their Mobile Vet Center program to Stafford. (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

A veterans’ resource fair will be held Saturday in Dumfries.

The fair will allow veterans the chance to learn more about healthcare options, education opportunities, as well as preventing homelessness.

Here’s more in a press release:

The fair will provide a number of veteran-related services in a one-stop setting. Onsite will be Department of Veterans Affairs’ representatives from the Center for Minority Veterans, the Veterans Health and Benefits Administrations, and the National Cemetery Administration. Other invited organizations will provide information related to GI Bill education assistance, finding jobs, completing wills, preventing homelessness, and how to participate in the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project.

Participants include the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Dumfries Police Department, ALBAN CAT, Virginia State Police Recruiter, Integrity Applications, Prince William County Police, Strategy and Management Services Inc, BAI, Inc. Vesper Wave Solutions, LLC, Volunteers of America Chesapeake, Stratford University and so many more.

The 2015 Veterans Resource and Job Fair is a joint effort of Dumfries Councilman Derrick Wood, Delegate Micheal Futrell, and Women’s Veterans Interactive.

The fair will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and will run through 2 p.m. It will take place at 3800 Graham Park Road in Dumfries, at  Dumfries-Triangle Rescue Squad.

ANU students take MLK Day, register to vote in Prince William County

Vote, MLK day, election

In recognition of the Martin Luther King holiday and a day of service, Medical Assistant students from the Northern Virginia Campus of American National University collectively registered to vote in Prince William County. 

Their inspiration came not only from Dr. Martin Luther King, but also from the ANU Mission Statement, which states, “Graduates of American National University should understand and practice their responsibilities to their families, their fellow men and their communities by becoming effective and contributing citizens.”

Led by their instructor, MJ Williams of the Roanoke Campus, the students committed to volunteering in the community and becoming informed voters.

Updated: Prince William cancels evening activities

(Photo: Prince William County Public Schools)

Prince William County Public Schools canceled all evening activities tonight. 

Here’s full information in a statement from the school division: 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015: After School and Evening Activities Canceled-Normal Dismissal today. 

All Prince William County Public Schools divisionwide after-school and evening activities are canceled for tonight. All after-school and evening activities including night school, GED, and adult education classes, are canceled this evening. SACC and the Next Generation programs will close at 5 p.m. School will continue to operate on a normal schedule for the remainder of today.  

A School Board meeting that had been scheduled for 7 p.m. is also canceled. 

On the Prince William County Government side of the house, tonight’s meeting of the planning commission is also canceled. All cases will be rescheduled for Feb. 18, according to a press release. 


Manassas First Friday February: It’s the ‘Souper Bowl’

Souper Bowl
  • Historic Manassas, Inc.
  • Address: 9431 West Street, Manassas, Virginia
  • Phone: 703-361-6599
  • Website: http://visitmanassas.org/

Historic Downtown Manassas is putting on the Soup for First Friday February.

On Feb. 6 from 6 to 9 p.m., city restaurants are pairing up with downtown merchants to offer a soup for sampling. Five-dollar wristbands allow participants to sample the soups from each location and vote to name a champion of the “Souper Bowl.”

A list of participating merchants for Manassas First Friday is available at visitmanassas.org.

Inspired by the success of the monthly event concept held in other localities, First Friday in Historic Downtown was created by the Historic Manassas, Inc. promotions committee to enhance tourism and entertainment offerings in the City of Manassas. The initial First Friday event was held in February 2014 and has grown and evolved. Some months feature roving musicians and caricature artists, while other months feature sidewalk art or special foods, like this month.

Region to readying to welcome 12,000 athletes for Fairfax World Police & Fire Games


Prince William County is getting in on the action during the Fairfax 2015 World Police and Fire Games.

Dubbed the Olympics of public safety personnel, the games will take place June 26 to July 5. More than 12,000 firefighters and police officers currently serving or retired, from all over the globe, are expected to descend apron the area. They’re expected to bring with them some 30,000 spectators, according to Fairfax 2015.

Of the 53 venues where the games will take place, to include baseball, basketball, cycling, clay shooting, motor cross racing, tennis, and karate just to name a few nine will be held on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University.

In Prince William, here’s a list of competitions being held in the county:

  • Prince William Forest Park – Cycling time trials
  • Prince William Ice Center in Dale City – Ice hockey 35+
  • Quantico – Rifle range bore

Other venues are scatted throughout Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. Participants will register for the competition and will gather during the competition week at an athletes village in Reston.

Unlike Olympic athletes who have travel expenses paid for, athletes in these games must pay the cost of their own travel. At an information meeting for the games earlier this month, organizers asked area businesses to offer discounted items and special offers for athletes to entice more to come.

Country Inns and Suites off Prince William Parkway in Woodbridge will serve as the official transportation hub for athletes who stay in the county. Eight buses will take athletes to competition areas each morning and return them at night

Fairfax 2015 officials said they expected 55,000 hotel nights to be booked at area hotels. The Country Inn in Woodbridge is offering a special room rate for athletes, but no rooms have been booked yet.

“We haven’t seen a whole lot picking up yet, but it’s still a little early,” said Rebecca Anderson, who handles group sales for the hotel.

These latest games will take place following the most recent World Police and Fire Games that were held in Belfast, Ireland, and drew 7,000 athletes to the games.

For this year’s games, volunteers will also be needed to assist the athletes and spectators. “We need volunteers for parking, helping familes, we need ambassadors of Fairfax County and this whole region,” said Kim Palmese, director of workforce for Fairfax 2015.

Woodbridge fire department replaces 6 faulty smoke detectors in homes

Teams of O.W.L. V.F.D members visited 55 homes Saturday, in the River Ridge community to test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and change batteries.  Residents were ready, with new batteries in hand and open doors to welcome the fire fighters. In all, they found and replaced 6 faulty smoke detectors.

Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Fire Department reminds residents that one easy step can help save their lives and the lives of those around them. Twice a year, (when clocks move forward or back,) change the batteries in their own smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, test the alarms and remind friends, family, neighbors and fellow community members to do the same. (the fall date had to be rescheduled due to inclement weather.)


Changing smoke alarm batteries twice a year, testing those alarms and reminding others to do the same are some of the simplest, most effective ways to reduce tragic deaths and injuries. Non-working smoke alarms rob residents of the protective benefits home fire safety devices were designed to provide. The most commonly cited cause of non-working smoke alarms: worn or missing batteries. Additionally, the International Association of Fire Chiefs recommends that smoke alarms in homes should be replaced every 10 years and having both ionization and photo electric smoke alarms are best to alert people to all types of home fires.


 “The peak time for home fire fatalities is between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most families are sleeping,” says Assistant Chief, Steve Godin“Smoke alarm maintenance is a simple, effective way to reduce home fire deaths. Children and senior citizens are most at risk, and a working smoke alarm can give them the extra seconds they need to get out safely.”


OWL VFD is one the largest and busiest volunteer fire departments in the United States with more 300 members. OWL VFD provides fire suppression, EMS care, and rescue services to 80,000 residents in our 27 square mile area through the operation of three fire stations. OWL volunteer Firefighters and EMTs work the 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. shift, five days a week, plus 24/7 holidays and weekends.

Work stalls on new Fuddruckers in Woodbridge


Fuddruckers will occupy old Cheeseburger in Paradise

The “world’s greatest hamburgers” will once again be served in Woodbridge – eventually.

Fuddruckers, a restaurant chain known for their burgers – some made of one pound of beef – still has plans to open a new location inside Foulger Square in Woodbridge. It’ll be located at the old Cheeseburger in Paradise, which has sat dark and dormant for more than a year.

The exterior walls of the restaurant have been painted red, and signs hung are hung in the parking lot with the Fuddruckers logo on them. Inside, some signature décor hangs on the wall including a marquee that states “100% fresh.” Blueprints for the restaurant were seen sitting on a table.

But it’s clear work on this new restaurant has halted. And, there’s no indication from Fuddruckers as to when the first hamburger will be served here.

“Unfortunately, at this time, we don’t have any projected opening dates, nor any projections as yet as to when construction will begin,” said restaurant spokeswoman Toni Neice.

Fuddruckers, or Fudds as its known, has served Woodbridge residents before, in an old restaurant nearby on Prince William Parkway next to Chuck-E-Cheese. When it closed, it was later demolished, and a McDonalds was built in its place.

Fudds is now under different ownership than the original company that owned that location. The hamburger joint falls under the same corporate ownership as Cheeseburger in Paradise.

In addition to Woodbridge, the Fuddruckers used to have locations in multiple towns in Virginia including Fredericksburg. Today, Fudds locations at Regan National Airport, Dulles Airport, in Fairfax and Loudoun counties, and one in Newport News are all that remain in Virginia.

Would closing Prince William schools in zones mean fewer snow days?

David Kline, associate superintendent for Prince William schools, Lilly Jessie, Prince William School Board, and others spoke on a panel at Northern Virginia Community College.

It’s been a rough start to the New Year for the Prince William County Public School division.

On Jan. 6, it snowed heavily across portions of Prince William and Fairfax counties as a clipper system “over performed” and peppered frozen precipitation across the area, resulting in more snow than forecasters originally thought the storm would bring.

Schools in Prince William and Fairfax were not canceled, and that led to delays and children being stuck on buses en route to school. It led to outrage among parents and students who took to social media to denounce the school division’s decision not to close schools.

Prince William County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Steven Walts issued a public apology for not closing schools.

On Wednesday, snow fell again, accumulating more this time in our region’s southern counties like Stafford and Spotsylvania. Prince William picked up a dusting of snow, and this time school was canceled. Canceling school for a dusting of snow drew the ire of some, proving once again that you cannot (especially the school division) please everyone.

Last night at a meeting of the Prince William Committee of 100 at the Northern Virginia Community College’s Woodbridge Campus, the question was asked “would it be better for Prince William County to divide the county into a western, central, and eastern zones,” and then close schools by zones in the event of inclement weather?

The question was directed to David Cline, associate superintendent for finance at Prince William schools.

Cline said other schools systems, neighboring Loudoun County, tried to split that county into zones, but it didn’t work. A similar plan in Prince William, he said, probably wouldn’t work, either.

“Two days ago, there was snow in Dumfries on the I-95 corridor and there was nothing on Bull Run Mountain,” said Cline.

During a usual snow storm, the mountain in the western portion of the county sees more snow than the east side of the county.

It would be easy to close schools in zones if all schools offered the same programs at each campus. However, since different language, arts, and technical classes are offered at specific school sites, and because some school buses transport children to their respective schools throughout the county, Cline said closing schools by zones wouldn’t make much sense in the long run.

After McDonalds robbery, young mom shown path to a degree

degree, credit, mcdonalds

Amercian National University (ANU) student Jazmin Lopez works toward her medical associates degree.

ANU provides young mother flexibility, path to medical assisting degree     

Jazmin Lopez, 20, of Manassas, knew that she needed to make a change in her life, and ANU offered her an opportunity to work toward her degree in a growing field.
Her neighbor was the first to recommend American National University, which has a campus in Manassas located on Liberia Avenue.

“They were promoting the school [at Gold’s Gym], when [my neighbor] met a recruiter from ANU,” Lopez said, continuing, “She was giving me information, but I wasn’t so sure about going to school.”

Lopez had made an appointment to meet with the recruiters on the campus, but still wasn’t sold about pursuing her degree.

Then, one night while working at a McDonalds, she was robbed.

“I wasn’t  speaking at the moment,” Lopez said of the experience, which traumatized her. “I thought it was time to change, and turn my life around,” Lopez said, prompting her motivation to get out of the fast food industry and earn her degree.

A few days after the incident, Lopez did meet with an ANU ad visor about the school’s opportunities for her. The robbery proved to be a turning point in her life that made her want to seek new opportunity and a higher education.

“The recruiter asked me why it took me so long to finally decide to go back to school. And I enrolled that same day…I thought it was really a great idea, because it’s only five minutes away from my house. And it caught my eye because they have really small classes, which means more attention for us as students,” said Lopez.

For her, the flexibility of the classes and assistance that the school has provided her, have allowed her to continue her education as a working young mother.

While still working at McDonalds, Lopez is currently obtaining her Medical Assistant degree, as a member of the class of 2016.

credit, mcdonalds, degree

This Manassas woman was robbed while working at a McDonalds. It was then she decided she need to change her life. She went to ANU in Manassas for a better opportunity.

Blunt metal rod used in Manassas burglary

On January 13, two victims living in a Manassas apartment were assaulted using a blunt metal rod. The female suspect and her female friend were at the apartment hours earlier and returned with a group of male suspects.

The suspects then forced their way into the apartment, where they assaulted the victims, causing non-life threatening injuries, police said. Three suspects have been located and identified, the investigation is ongoing.

Here’s the latest from Prince William police;  

Malicious Wounding | Burglary while Armed – On January 13th at 1:38AM, officers responded to the 8100 block of Peakwood Ct in Manassas (20111) to investigate a burglary. The investigation revealed that the accused, identified as Brianna O’TOOLE, was attending a gathering at an apartment in the above area with another female acquaintance when both were asked to leave by the resident for causing problems. Both females left and returned a few hours later with several other male suspects. The accused and the group forcibly entered the apartment and assaulted two of the occupants, identified as a 17 year old male juvenile of Manassas Park and a 21 year old woman of Manassas, with a blunt metal rod. Non-life threatening injuries were reported. The group dispersed prior to officers arriving at the apartment. Detectives have since located and arrested accused, in addition, to two of the suspects involved in the incident. The investigation continues.

Arrested on January 13th:

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Brianna Seval O’TOOLE, 18, of 14713 Basingstoke Lp in Centreville

Charged with 2 counts of malicious wounding and 1 count of burglary while armed

Court date: March 17, 2015 | Bond: held WITHOUT bond


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Nashuran Salim ABDULLAH, 18, of 9651 Laurencekirk Pl in Bristow

Charged with 1 count of burglary while armed

Court date: March 17, 2015 | Bond: held WITHOUT bond


Arrested on January 13th: [Juvenile]

17 year old male juvenile of Bristow

Charged with 2 counts of malicious wounding and 1 count of burglary while armed

Court date: pending | Status: held at the Juvenile Detention Center

Stepfather stabbed to death, stepson charged

 On January 14, a 42-year-old man of Woodbridge was hospitalized and died after being stabbed in his living room. According to the report, the victim’s step son stabbed the man several times, while the mother of the suspect called police. The suspect’s brother tried to stop him and once police arrived to the scene, the two were fighting, police said.

The suspect was taken into custody and subsequently arrested. 

Here’s the latest from Prince William police; 

Murder Investigation – On January 14th at 10:54PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 5600 block of Northton Ct in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a stabbing. The investigation revealed that the victim was sitting in his living room when the accused, the victim’s stepson, entered the residence and went to the kitchen area. Once in the kitchen, the accused retrieved a knife and began pacing. The suspect’s mother attempted to get the accused to drop the knife. During the encounter, the accused walked around his mother and into the living room where he proceeded to stab the victim multiple times. The mother of the accused immediately called police while the victim’s brother attempted to stop the attack. The victim’s brother and the accused were physically fighting when officers arrived. The accused was detained without further incident. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he died as a result of his injuries. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested. This is Prince William County’s 2nd murder of 2015.

Arrested on January 14th:

Brian Antonio HERNANDEZ, 29, of the 5600 block of Northton Ct in Woodbridge

Charged with murder

Court date: pending | Bond: held WITHOUT bond



The victim has been identified as Mauro Reynaldo RODRIGUEZ, 42, of Woodbridge

Prince William County’s first murder of 2015 also took place in Dale City on New Year’s Day. Then, and 21-year-old woman was murdered by her her 22-year-old husband, police said. 


Arrest made in Woodbridge attempted rape

Police arrested a man they say broke into a house in Woodbridge’s River Oaks neighborhood and tried to rape a woman.

Here’s the latest in police press release:

Burglary with Intent to Defile | Attempted Rape *ARREST – On January 12th, members of the U.S. Marshals’ Fugitive Task Force and detectives from the Street Crimes Unit with the assistance of K-9 and patrol officers located the suspect involved in the burglary and assault incident which occurred at a residence located in the 2500 block of Miranda Ln in Woodbridge earlier that morning. The accused was located at an address on Bobcat Ct in Woodbridge and was arrested without incident.

Arrested on January 12th:

Demarcus Lamar IRISH, 25, of no fixed address

Charged with 2 counts of burglary with intent to commit a felony, 2 counts of burglary with intent to commit a misdemeanor, 1 count of attempted rapedomestic assault & batterydestruction of property and threating text messages

Court date: pending | Bond: held WITHOUT bond


Burglary with Intent to Defile | Attempted Rape [Previously Released] – On January 12th at 3:58AM, officers responded to a residence located in the 2500 block of Miranda Ln in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a burglary in progress. The victim, a 25 year old woman of Woodbridge, reported to police that she was asleep inside her home when she woke to a sound coming from a lower level of the residence. Upon checking the home, the victim determined that the accused, a known acquaintance, forcibly entered the residence through a rear window. The victim and accused then got into a verbal altercation which escalated. During the encounter, the accused sexually assaulted the victim before fleeing the home. The victim further reported that she has been involved in an ongoing dispute with the accused for several weeks. Warrants were already on file against the accused for previous encounters with the victim. Multiple officers, including a police K-9, searched the immediate area and neighbor in an attempt to locate the accused. Following the investigation, detectives obtained additional warrants against the accused relating to this incident.

Takedown: Woodbridge power lines will be buried along Route 1

Power lines will be buried along Route 1 in the northern section of Woodbridge as planned.

An effort mounted by Gainesville District Supervisor Peter Candland, and seconded by newly elected Brentsville District Supervisor Jeanine Lawson, to defund the $12 million project to bury power lines on a 1.5 mile stretch of Route 1 failed to pass the Prince William County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

Candland and Lawson were the only Supervisors on the Board willing to reverse a December 2013 decision to fund the project that will coincide with a project to widen that stretch of road from four to six lanes between Mary’s and Annapolis ways.

Supervisors like Marty Nohe, of the Coles District, and Michael May, of the Occoquan District voted today in favor of funding the project but had originally voted against it the first time around.

“Voting against these improvements in Woodbridge is tantamount to saying we’re not going to make these types of improvements in Yorkshire,” said Nohe.

While no plans are on the books to bury streetside power lines in Yorkshire, Nohe drew similarities between that neighborhood and Woodbridge.

For nearly two hours Candland contended that defunding the power line project was the right move, and said that funding could be better spent on adding additional classrooms to crowded schools, purchasing new buses for the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission, expand the county’s jail, or build six new miles of sidewalks in neighborhoods known for their incomplete pedestrian pathways, or “sidewalks to nowhere.”

“When you come up here and this Board says ‘we just don’t’ have the money,’ weigh that on the burial of the power lines,” said Candland.

Woodbridge Supervisor Frank Principi mounted a full-court press, mounting an email campaign designed to get constituents to the Board meeting to speak in favor of burying the lines. It worked.

“There’s nothing wrong with making an area attractive to visitors and residents,” said one resident who spoke. “We’ve made other areas of our county more inviting, and now were looking to do the same at our front door.”

Officials have called the stretch of Route 1 a southern gateway to the county from Fairfax. Power lines and long-blighted areas are the first images drivers see of the area.

“This is not a beautification project… it is a revitalization of an area that desperately need it… its foundation, not a revitalization,” spoke one resident. “We’re not talking about Route 1… we’re talking about the surrounding area that people call “Hoodbridge” and they call it “Hoodbridge” because its dangerous and they’re afraid to go there.”

Organizations like the Prince William Chamber of Commerce and LOCCA also spoke in favor of burying the lines.

“The opportunity for this revitalization project won’t happen again in the lifetimes of anyone in this room” said Betty Dean, representing the chamber of commerce.

Candland’s said the Board didn’t debate the $12 million expenditure when it was approved in December 2013, and added residents had little if any chance to weight in. Conversely, Prince William residents approved a $12 million bond to build two new libraries after a series of public hearings and comment. Work on those libraries began in earnest last year.

After deciding earlier this month to couple her budget committee with Candland’s to work on the upcoming 2016 budget, Lawson, who wasn’t on the Board in December 2013 when the power line burial was first approved, strengthened her ties with Candland on today’s vote.

“I hear your comments that the power lines need to be buried, but I’m not convinced that spending $12 million is the way to get there,” said Lawson.

New Brentsville Supervisor’s office cost estimates rise to nearly $220,000

A new office space for Prince William County’s newest Supervisor could cost nearly $220,000.

Employees from the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office moved from the Prince William County Judicial Center into the old Brentville District Supervisors office inside the Old Manassas Courthouse at 9248 Lee Avenue. Now county officials are shopping for new office space that will house newly Brentsville District Supervisor Jeanine Lawson and her staff. Lawson will complete the term for Covington, who stepped down from the Board of Supervisors to become a judge.

Lawson is working out of a temporary office in 9440 Innovation Drive in Innovation Park just outside Manassas. It’s office space owned leased by the Prince William County Public Works division.

County officials are working on finding and then moving Lawson into new digs.

“I just think the current location is somewhat wearhousy and it’s not centrally located within the Brenstville District,” said Prince William Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart, At-large. “It really does need to be a little more retail, in my opinion, but ultimately is going to be up to you Ms. Lawson.”

Lawson was unavailable to comment for this story.

Prince William County owns the Old Manassas Courthouse so no new expenditures expected after Commonwealth Attorney staff was moved into the office. There was also little if any additional impact to the county budget when the office was occupied by Supervisor Covington in that building.

As the Old Manassas Courthouse no longer an option for Lawson, three properties are being reviewed as a permanent home for the Brentsville District Office. The new costs for the new office will come from the county’s general fund and are covered under the county’s five-year plan that currently envisions a 4% tax increase each year. Budget guidance for 2015, however, would see the number lowered to a 1.3% tax increase.

The county is looking at a total of 2,000 square feet of office space  at Beacon Hall, a new mixed-used development on the Prince William Campus of George Mason University, just across from the Hylton Performing Arts Center. It houses graduate students in apartments on the upper floors with retail space on the ground floor, where a new Subway restaurant is open for business. For a five-year lease, the county was quoted $184,179.

The price goes up as county officials explore other options off of the George Mason campus nearly 20 miles away at Bristow Commons at 9100 Devlin Road, near Linton Hall Road. For 1,220 square feet of space, the county was quoted $102,080 for a 5-year-lease. Additionally, Bristow Commons quoted the county $219,640 for 2,500 square feet of space for a 5-year lease.

Each quote includes costs for moving, new furniture, installation of equipment, permits, and a “very rough estimate” of $50,000 per each quote for the county’s IT department to properly wire the space for computer use.

In 2012, Supervisor Peter Candland moved his office from a the county-owned Sudley North Government Center at 7987 Ashton Avenue outside Manassas to an office building at 7001 Heritage Village Plaza in Gainesville shortly he was elected.

Here’s a breakdown of details of the lease signed in 2012, provided by Prince William County:


$23.70/square foot

1,463 square feet.

Interior renovations paid for by landlord as part of lease.

$34,685.51 rent for FY15.  3% escalation per year.

Furniture and Furnishings

$39,000.  (This included 4 desks w/hutches; one small desk; reception counter in front of office; storage/supply hutch; conference table and chairs; conference room wipe board unit).

Chairs – 4 Kimball Skye – $4,000

Special Coffee Table – $600

Total: $43,600


$5,530 – labor and materials for wiring network devices including wall mounted rack, jacks, cables, etc.

$5,500 – I-Net fiber into the office space from Heathcote Blvd.  This will be different for any new office space.

$1,400 – $350 per each telephone, estimate 4 phones

$2,500 – 12 port network switch

Total:  $14,930

The 2012 order for the new office space also contained $65,000 charge to run a new fiber internet line for the office complex inside the Heritage Hunt neighborhood. The county also took cost-saving measures with Candland’s new office by tasking county jail inmates with painting office walls, and having the landlord wash and touch-up the walls as well as install storage closet racks, according to a county spokesman.

During a Jan. 6 meeting, Lawson told constituents that her current office at Innovation Park is open for business while officials search for a permanent office location.

Used tires are mysterious. New Cooper Starfire Tires cost about the same


Cooper Starfire Tires offer superior life and performance for just a few dollars more than the cost of a used tire

Instead of buying a used tire that you might have to replace sooner than later, consider a new Cooper Starfire Tire.

It’s a great option for someone looking for an inexpensive tire that will help keep their vehicle on the road longer and their occupants of the car safe.

Cooper Starfire Tires are available for multiple makes and models of vehicles. They’re manufactured in Asia and designed in the U.S. to compete with premium brands without the higher price tag of comparable tires.

The tire offers high-performance ability, improved grip and road handling, with an improved overall tire life.

Cooper Starfire Tires are great for drivers who may have purchased a vehicle that is more costly to maintain than first thought, but are still looking for a quality tire that delivers great handling and a quiet performance on the road. With the Starfire option available, drivers should think before purchasing a used tire.

Typically, drivers have no idea what type of life the used tire had before they obtain it. Used tires could be six to eight years old, perhaps older, and have spent the majority of their life as a used tire strapped to a vehicle. While used tires may look good, the rubber can be worn down or degraded after years of sitting idle. Some used tires may also be missing tread and show signs of wear.

Purchasing a Starfire Tire costs about $30 more than what a used tire might cost, but a new tire, on average, will provide three times the life of a single used tire. The price of a Starfire Tire is up to 30% less than other newer tires.  There are many Starfire Tires produced for SUVs, trucks, and the popular Honda Civic and Toyota Camry models.

Hometowne Auto Repair and Tire in Woodbridge, Virginia is now an authorized Cooper Tire dealer and offers a full line of Starfire Tires.

Teen wins NYC trip with “Say I Won’t” video with Manassas City Police Department

#SayIWont, manassas city police department

Captain Trey Lawler and Chief Doug Keen stand behind Mark Johnson.

In December, City of Manassas resident Mark Johnson had an idea for the #SayIWont video contest put on by Grammy Award winner Lecrae Moore and Reach Records. The video contest asked participants to make a 15 second video showing how “you’re not scared to be different.” Mark’s video featured members of the Manassas City Police Department.

Mark Johnson had the idea, in light of current happenings in other areas of the country, to show a positive relationship between the Manassas City Police Department and a City resident. His video shows him coming into MCPD Roll Call and encouraging the officers about to go out in the field.

Mark went to Osbourn High School in the City of Manassas. After a rocky start, including being expelled from school, Mark went back to Osbourn to finish high school with an advanced diploma. When asked why he chose the Manassas City Police Department to feature in his video, Mark said he remembered the great conversations he had in high school with Officer Cahill and he used that contact to make the video happen. 

On Dec. 12, while attending the Manassas City Police Department holiday luncheon, Mark received a phone call from Reach Records saying he had won the national video contest and had won a trip to New York City to accompany Lecrae Moore to a Brooklyn Nets game.

“We are honored that Mark chose the MCPD to feature in his video,” said Chief Doug Keen from the Manassas City Police Department. “Mark Johnson’s video sheds a positive light on relationships with police officers and those relationships are something we want to promote in the City of Manassas. We congratulate Mark on his award winning video.”

Johnson traveled to New York City in December.

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