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Dumfries businessman bribed Department of Commerce official

Press release from U.S. Eastern District of Virginia Attorney Dana J. Boente:

James C. Bedford, 50, of Dumfries, pleaded guilty today to charges of conspiracy to commit bribery and bribery of a public official.

According to the statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, in 2006, the computer systems of the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), a bureau within the Department of Commerce, were infected by a computer virus that required BIS to shut down internet access to its computer systems and to construct a new computer network that had not been infected by the virus. Because BIS employees needed access to files that resided on the old system, files needed to be migrated from the old, infected network to the new, uninfected network.

According to the statement of facts, from May 2010 through October 2011, Bedford conspired with Raushi J. Conrad, then a BIS employee, to pay bribes to ensure that Bedford’s companies were awarded and maintained a lucrative subcontract and contract to perform the data migration work. Conrad was then serving within the Office of the Chief Information Officer for BIS and had been designated to oversee the data migration project. Conrad has been indicted for his role in the conspiracy and bribery scheme.

According to the statement of facts, Bedford made $208,000 in payments through a construction company he owned to a restaurant business owned by Conrad, many payments were concealed through false and fictitious invoices created by Conrad. The fake invoices made it appear that Conrad’s restaurant business had performed various services for Bedford’s construction company, when in fact no such services ever had been provided. Bedford also paid for over $7,000 worth of renovation work performed at Conrad’s residence. In exchange, Bedford’s companies reaped over $1 million in profits from the data migration subcontract and contract.

Bedford faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison sentenced on March 31, 2017. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

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Store inside B-Thrifty robbed at knife point

From Prince William police: 

Armed Robbery – On December 6 at 1:36PM, officers responded to Ventura Gold which is inside of the B Thrifty store located at 13412 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a robbery. An employee reported to police that two unknown men approached the counter displaying a knife. The men took an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing the business. No injuries were reported. Officers searched the area for the suspects who were not located. The investigation continues.

Suspect Descriptions:

Black male, between 20 & 28 years of age, with brown eyes No further description provided

Last seen wearing all black clothing

Black male, between 20 & 28 years of age, 5’10”, 180lbs with brown eyes

Last seen wearing a tan hoodie

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Suspect in Featherstone 7-Eleven robbery arrested

From Prince William police: 

Armed Robbery *ARRESTS – On December 6, detectives from the Robbery Unit identified the suspect involved in a robbery which occurred in the 7-Eleven parking lot located at 1701 Featherstone Rd in Woodbridge on December 4. Following the investigation, detectives obtained warrants for the arrest of the suspect, identified as Anthony RYANS. A search warrant was subsequently executed at his residence and the accused was arrested without incident.

Arrested on December 6:

Anthony RYANS, 28, of 14919 Enterprise Ln in Woodbridge

Charged with robbery and use of a firearm in commission of a felony

Court Date: January 26, 2017 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

Armed Robbery [Previously Released] On December 4 at 8:40PM, officers responded to the parking lot of the 7-Eleven located at 1701 Featherstone Rd in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a robbery. The victim, a 31-year-old woman of Woodbridge, reported to police that she was sitting in her car in front of the business when she was approached by an unknown man. During the encounter, the suspect brandished a handgun and took an undisclosed amount of money and car keys from the victim before fleeing the area on foot. No injuries were reported. A police K-9 was used to search for the suspect who was no located. The car keys were recovered a short time later. No injuries were reported. The investigation continues.


Open House: 182 Washington Street, Occoquan, Va.

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182 Washington Street, Occoquan, Va. 22125
Neighborhood: Historic Occoquan
Listing Price: $495,000
Open Sunday, December 11th from 2 -4 p.m.

This beautiful townhouse is steps from HISTORIC OCCOQUAN, across the street from Mom’s Apple Pies, and three blocks from Mill Street and the Occoquan River.

This home has a brand new two-zone HVAC and cedar roof. Currently configured as three-bedroom home, the basement bedroom can be easily restored to a 4th bedroom, and is currently used as music/media room.

Beautiful kitchen with family room and private deck nearby for amazing entertaining. The garage is workman’s paradise. Six miles to Lorton VRE Station. Home warranty provided.

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For more information, please contact Lawrence Rondon at Better Homes and Garden RE, Premier at 703-596-4446 or visit online at http://premier.bhgre.com/

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Updated: Boil water advisory issued for Gainesville, Haymarket areas

GAINESVILLE, Va. — A water main break on University Drive, between Route 29 and Wellington Road in Gainesville has prompted utility officials to order residents to boil water. 

Affected communities are located north of Virginia Gateway/Atlas Walk, and include (among others):

— Heritage Hunt

— Piedmont

— Dominion Valley

— Virginia Oaks

— Town of Haymarket

— Heritage Farms

— Villages at Piedmont

— Somerset

— Hopewell’s Landing

— Heathcoate Commons

— Gates Mill

— Parks at Piedmont

Crews are still working to repair the water main break, but water has been restored to all affected homes, according to a Service Authority spokesman. 

From the Prince William Service Authority: 

The Prince William County Service Authority is advising residents to use boiled tap water or bottled water for drinking and cooking purposes as a safety precaution. This precaution is necessary because of a loss in water pressure in the system due to a water main break in the Haymarket area. This Boil Water Notice will remain in effect for a minimum of 48 hours to provide adequate time for water quality testing. As more information becomes available, customers in the affected area will be notified.

Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, beverage and food preparation, and making ice until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. Boiling is the preferred method to ensure that your tap water is safe to drink. Bring all tap water to a rolling boil, let it boil for one (1) minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water.

If you cannot boil your tap water, an alternative method of purification for residents that do not have gas or electricity available is to use liquid household bleach to disinfect water. The bleach product should be recently purchased, free of additives and scents, and should contain a hypochlorite solution of at least 5.25%. Public health officials recommend adding 8 drops of bleach (about ¼ teaspoon) to each gallon of water. If using extra strength bleach (8.25% solution) add 6 drops to each gallon of water. After adding bleach, the water should be stirred and allowed to stand for at least 30 minutes before use. 

The Service Authority will inform you when you no longer need to boil your water. To address this issue, the utility is working diligently to restore the water distribution system to full operation. Additionally, we are taking the necessary bacteriological samples to test the quality of the water.

For more information call Service Authority Emergency Dispatch at (703) 3357982.

Updated: 

From the Prince William Service Authority:

Crews are assessing the water main break today, but it is highly unlikely that repairs will start this week. Due to lower winter time water demands, isolating this location has no impact on our ability to serve water to our customers. The main that failed is an 18” main that passes under I-66.

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Nokesville’s new bridge project may not provide the additional road capacity we thought it would

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NOKESVILLE, Va. — A new bridge on Aden Road may not provide additional lane capacity as promised. 

The new one-lane bridge that replaces an old one-lane truss bridge over railroad tracks in Nokesville will open on Wednesday.

From VDOT: 

A new Aden Road bridge over the Norfolk Southern Railroad in Prince William County will open to one-lane traffic on Wednesday, Dec. 7, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).

The crossing has been closed since May 2015 in order to repair the historic 134-year-old wrought-iron truss bridge. VDOT originally planned to repair the truss bridge and reopen it for northbound use, however, upon removal, the bridge showed substantial structural deficiencies. The extensive repairs needed to return the truss bridge to service for vehicles would also remove it from the National Register of Historic Places.

VDOT is working with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and the community to determine how the old truss bridge will be preserved and used to pay homage to its history in the future.

A detour that routed drivers down Marsteller Drive into Nokesville during construction of the new bridge is no longer in place. 

The original plan to build the new bridge, and put the old bridge back into service to carry cars at a total cost of about $5 million. The old bridge was taken to Florida for restoration work. after workers found more-than-expected damage on the old bridge. Now, officials said the old bridge could be used as a pedestrian-only crossing.  

From VDOT spokeswomen Ellen Kamilakis:

“The truss bridge will come back from Florida, but the decision has not been made as to its function. If we were to repair it to the standard that it could carry vehicles, it would no longer meet the requirements for the National Register of Historic Places. If we put it back in service as a pedestrian bridge, pedestrian facilities would need to be constructed. The discussion is in process between the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, VDOT, the community, and other stakeholders to determine the course of  action.”

Brentsville Supervisor Jeanine Lawson was under the impression that the old bridge would be put back into use for cars. 

“We have some questions for VDOT,” stated a  spokeswoman in Lawson’s office. 

Updated 

VDOT will return to the old bridge span to Nokesville where it will carry cars next to the new bridge opening Wednesday, according to a spokeswoman for Brentsville District Supervisor Jeanine Lawson.

 

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Dumfries Town Council missing meeting minutes violates open government law

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DUMFRIES, Va. — The Town of Dumfries has not made available minutes of its regular Town Council meetings.

Minutes from Town Council meetings between June 7 and November 15 have not been transcribed, according to Dumfries Town Clerk Dawn Hobgood. Virginia open records law mandates such minutes must be made available to the public. 

“Even draft versions of minutes are a public document under FOIA law,” said said Virginia Coalition for Open Government Director Meghan Rhyne. “The localities are required to keep minutes, and then retain them indefinitely.”

Hobgood suggested Potomac Local view video of the meetings on the town’s website if such video was made available. But that’s not always an option as, for example, there was no audio or video recording of the town’s November 15 meeting due to technical difficulties, Hobgood added.

Potomac Local used the Freedom of Information Act to order records of all Town Council meetings between the dates above. 

The lack of minutes comes after a new Town Council took office on July 1 following a May election that shook up the public body. Newcomers Melva Willis and former town police officer Brian Fields unseated the long-serving Vice Mayor Willie Toney, and the one-term Helen Reynolds.

That same month, Town Manager Daniel Taber resigned after serving five years in the role, and as temporary police chief before that. The town has yet to replace Taber, and Mayor Jerry Foreman has been pulling double duties as acting town manager.

State law does not require local governments to post minutes to a public website, but they are required to keep them and to make them available to the public. It’s a different story for state agencies. 

“Unlike local governments, state agencies must keep and post meeting minutes to the web, she added.”

The Virginia FOIA Advisory Council this past summer discussed changing the requirement but decided to leave the rule as is, Rhyne added.

The only meeting minutes posted to the Dumfries Town website in 2015 were recorded on Jan. 6, and Jan. 20. No minutes from 2016 have been posted on the town website.

When it comes to the other towns in Prince William County, there were three instances of Haymarket Town Council meeting minutes that did not appear on the town’s website but were made available to the public. When requested by Potomac Local, Town Manager Kimberly Murray sent meeting minutes between June 7 and November 15 via email. She also included this statement as to why the minutes did not appear online.

“We have realized a glitch with our software and the minutes are showing up for some who access the website and not for others. We are working on making the correction.”

The Town of Quantico does not post meeting minutes to its town website, but copies of the requested minutes were sent to Potomac Local by the town clerk and town attorney.

The Occoquan Town Council has posted the majority of its meeting minutes for 2016 to its website. The minutes for the first two meetings in November are available to the public, and copies were sent to Potomac Local.

Keeping and posting meeting minutes isn’t just something that only local government workers and reporters care about, said Rhyne.

“I think this is something — open government — that the public cares very much about or organizations like ours wouldn’t exist,” said Rhyne.

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Rape reported at home near Manassas

From Prince William police: 

Rape Investigation – On November 22 at 7:15PM, detectives from the Special Victims Unit responded to investigate a sexual assault which was reported to have occurred at a residence located in the 7800 block of Gateshead Ln in Manassas (20109) earlier that day. The victim, a 14-year-old female juvenile of Manassas, reported to police that she was approached by an acquaintance, later identified as the accused, while she was in her backyard. During the encounter, the accused was repeatedly told to leave. The accused refused to leave then followed the victim into her residence where he sexually assaulted her before leaving the home. The victim later disclosed the incident to a family member who contacted police. Following the investigation, detectives obtained a warrant for the arrest of the accused on December 2. The accused was located and arrested without incident at his residence later that afternoon.

Arrested on December 2:

Andre Dimitri CABAN, 20, of 7808 Gateshead Ln in Manassas

Charged with rape

Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond


Earn a Degree or Certificate in Less time with NOVA Weekend College @ the Woodbridge Campus

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Beginning in the spring 2017 semester, Northern Virginia Community College students can finish a semester’s worth of classes in only 14 weeks through the NOVA Weekend College @ the Woodbridge Campus.

NOVA Weekend College @ The Woodbridge Campus enables students to take an entire semester of classes in only two days. Adult learners who are busy balancing full-time jobs and family responsibilities can enroll in a 12-credit schedule of Friday and Saturday morning classes, with an option of selecting from a wide variety of classes needed to earn a degree or certification.

This new, innovative approach to accommodate those with busy schedules offers flexible, hybrid (half classroom & half online) courses that meet at 9 a.m. and/or 11 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, with classes ending at 12:30 p.m. The rest of the work and class interaction is done at home using the internet.

“NOVA Weekend College @ the Woodbridge Campus offers a flexible schedule for busy working adults to take a full course load in only two mornings per week,” said Provost of the Woodbridge Campus, Dr. Sam Hill. “This new initiative provides an amazing opportunity for busy people in our region to earn a degree or certificate at a much faster pace, to advance and to become an expert in their chosen profession.”

Visit NVCC.EDU/WOODBRIDGEWEEKEND for more information. Online registration is open 24 hours a day at www.nvcc.edu/startstrong.

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These new faces will help raise money for the Prince William Public Library

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From the Prince William Library Foundation: 

The Board of Directors of the Prince William Public Library System Foundation is happy to welcome new board members Bethanne Kim, Marlo Watson, D’Andrea Wooten, Caroline Shaaber, Bennie Herron and Greg Wright. Bethanne, Marlo, D’Andrea, Caroline, Bennie, and Greg will support the board’s efforts in raising funds for the library’s special programs and events.

Bethanne Kim is a self-published author of seven books under the pen name Liz Long. She is a blogger and brings to the position fundraising experience, community experience as a Cub master for her two sons Cub Scout pack. Her passion for libraries is a result of living 30-45 minutes from a library growing up. She feels strongly about having libraries with physical and program resources that invite kids and teens into the library so that it becomes a natural part of their lives and routines. She is a strong advocate for the new Haymarket Gainesville Community Library.

Marlo Watson is presently the President and Chief Engagement Officer of the Marlo Company, Inc., a talent and community development firm. She received her Master’s in Public Administration from Central Michigan University and has a Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management from Keller Graduate School of Management. Marlo brings to the Board more than 20 years of people and community development experience. She is very passionate about community and it is reflected in her service: Committee of 100 Secretary 2014-2015, graduate of Leadership Prince William 2015 and was awarded (one of five) Prince William County’s most influential women for 2016 and runner-up for 2015.

D’Andrea Wooten is currently on the Hylton Performing Arts Center Executive Board and the Tackett’s Mill/Clearbrook Foundation. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Santa Clara University. She has prior fiduciary responsibility for the operations of the Pohick Episcopal Church. She volunteers as the co-chair for the Education Commission at the Pohick Episcopal Church. She also volunteers with the Woodbridge Rotary Club and as Superintendent of Sunday Schools at Pohick Episcopal Church.

Caroline–Louise Shaaber is presently the Arts Recreation Specialist for Prince William County. She is the liaison between the County and the Prince William Arts Council. She has both an Interior Design and Architectural Drafting degree and various certifications in the Education field. She is the owner of Vision Finders, her design consulting company, and previously owned an Educational Franchise teaching young children language classes and camps; computer skills and STEM related camps. Raised in Europe, Caroline speaks five languages fluently. She has experience as a volunteer for numerous organizations in local and military communities. She is a member of Lake Ridge Rotary and a mother of two children.

Bennie Herron is presently an author and poet, and brings to the position a Master’s degree in Psychology from San Diego State University and a Master’s of Fine Arts degree in creative writing with an emphasis in contemporary poetry from National University. He participates in the poetry scene locally and regionally. His love for quality education allows him to be a part of the solution by raising funds for the Foundation’s special projects in the community.

Greg Wright is presently the Surgical Technology Program Director and a Health and Medical Science teacher at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, VA. He has served on the Virginia Department of Education Curriculum Writing Committee for Career and Technical Education. Greg graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Education. His prior work experience has been in the medical field and education. He lives in Dumfries, VA.

The six new members join a 21-member board that participates in the Foundation’s fundraising efforts.

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Updated: Police arrest suspect in massage assault case

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WOODBRIDGE, Va. — A man at a massage parlor asked a woman for a hug and then later assaulted her when he didn’t get one, police said.

Abduction | Assault & Battery – On December 4th at 3:06PM, officers responded to ZY Massage located at 2578 Dynasty Loop in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate an assault. The victim, later identified as a 44 year-old-woman of Woodbridge, reported to police that at approximately 10:00AM that day, an unknown man entered the business and asked to use the restroom.

While the subject was exiting the business, he requested a hug from the victim which was declined. The subject then left the store but returned after a short period of time.

When the subject reentered the business, he locked the door with the victim inside, preventing her from leaving.  A struggled ensued between the two and the subject assaulted the victim, causing minor injuries. The victim was able to break free from the subject and ran from the business.

The subject also exited the business and was last seen on foot walking towards Telegraph Rd. The investigation continues and more information will be released once it is made available. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call police at 703-792-6500.

The suspect is described as a Black male, 23-27 years of age, 6’0’’, and 180lbs. He also has dark hair with a dark colored unshaven beard and mustache. He was last seen wearing blue jeans with a skull on the back right pocket, a black shirt with “Blackwatch” written on the front, a gray New York Yankees hat, and dark colored shoes.

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Prince William police named the suspect shown in these photos, wanted in connection to this reported abduction. 

From police: 

Abduction | Assault & Battery *SUSPECT IDENTIFIED – On December 5, detectives from the Intel Unit received a tip from a citizen which helped identify the suspect involved in an abduction and assault which occurred at the ZY Massage located at 2578 Dynasty Loop in Woodbridge on December 4. Following the investigation, detectives obtained warrants for the arrested of the suspect, identified as Clarence Olutayo OLOWU. Attempts to locate the accused have been unsuccessful. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of OLOWU is asked to contact Prince William Crime Solvers anonymously by calling 703-670-3700 or 1-866-411-TIPS, texting “PWC” plus your tip to 274637, submitting a WebTip, or by using the app for Android or iPhone.

Wanted: [Photo from November 2016]

                Clarence Olutayo OLOWU, 32, of the 6200 block of Alistair Dr in Manassas

Described as a black male, 6’00”, 190lbs, brown eyes, black hair, and a full beard

                Wanted for abduction and assault & battery

Updated 4 p.m. 

From police: Abduction | Assault & Battery *ARREST – On December 6, members of the U.S. Marshals’ Fugitive Task Force and officers from the Prince William County Police Warrant Unit located and arrested Clarence Olutayo OLOWU this afternoon without incident.  The accused was wanted for an abduction and assault which occurred at the ZY Massage located at 2578 Dynasty Loop in Woodbridge on December 4. The accused was located at a residence located in Woodbridge.

 

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Updated: I-95 Quantico crash involves Howitzer artillery cannon

QUANTICO, Va. — A portion of Interstate 95 south at Quantico was closed at 6:55 a.m. for a fuel spill clean up following a crash involving two trucks.

More from VDOT: 

All lanes of Interstate 95 southbound have closed again near Quantico Marine Corps Base in Stafford County to allow crews to remove a tractor-trailer, truck and spilled diesel fuel from an earlier crash.

All lanes of I-95 southbound are closed at mile marker 147, just south of Exit 148/Quantico. Additionally, the on-ramp to I-95 southbound from Exit 148/Quantico is closed.

I-95 southbound traffic is being detoured to Route 1 southbound at Exit 148/Quantico. Traffic can re-enter I-95 southbound from Route 1 at Exit 143/Garrisonville.  

8:43 a.m. 

The left lane of Interstate 95 southbound has re-opened at mile marker 147 in Stafford County, just south of Exit 148/Quantico.

8:55 a.m. 

The left lane of Interstate 95 southbound has re-opened at mile marker 147 in Stafford County, just south of Exit 148/Quantico.

11 a.m.

From Quantico Marine Corps Base Capt. Joshua Pena: 

The military vehicle and M777 Howitzer artillery cannon involved  in the incident this morning on I-95 were part of a Marine Corps convoy in route to Fort Pickett for training from The Basic School aboard Marine Corps Base, Quantico. The remainder of the vehicles, equipment, and all uniformed personnel assigned to the convoy have returned safely to base. There are no serious injuries reported.

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Service Authority: We stopped the groundwater leak into Gainesville sewer

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GAINESVILLE, Va. — The Prince William Service Authority reports it sealed a pipe where tens of thousands of gallons of ground water was seeping daily into the pipe. 

From the Service Authority: 

This fall, the Service Authority discovered groundwater entering into the sanitary sewer system through a small, unused section of sewer main near the intersection of Glenkirk Road and Linton Hall Road. The estimated amount of water seeping into the 350-foot line was 68,000 gallons a day – or the equivalent of 24 hours of water consumption by 180 homes.

Eventually, that water flowed to the  to be treated as wastewater.

Eventually, that water flowed to the H.L. Mooney Advanced Water Reclamation Facility  Upper Occoquan Service Authority’s (UOSA) wastewater treatment plant in Centreville to be treated as wastewater.

Since the line is not currently in use, the Service Authority was able to seal it off at the nearest manhole to prevent any more infiltration of groundwater. Ultimately, this discovery will save money on treatment cost, free up capacity at UOSA and, most importantly, help to save our customers money.

It’s not known what caused when the groundwater to begin seeping into the pipe, but it was likely after improvements were made to the intersection and the line was abandoned, according to a Service Authority statement. 

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Woman charged in Food Lion murder found in Maryland

From police: 

Murder Investigation *ARREST – On December 2, members of the U.S. Marshal led Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested the suspect involved in the murder of Cordrey Douglas Jackson which occurred at the Food Lion located at 6306 Hoadly Rd in [near Dale City] on November 29. The suspect, Roberta Edlina BRANDON, was located at a residence on Addison Rd in Capitol Heights, Maryland where she was arrested without incident. The accused will remain in custody in Maryland until extradited back to Virginia.

Arrested on December 2: [No photo available]

Roberta Edlina BRANDON, 23, of the 2800 block of Bixley Hill Ct in Woodbridge

Charged with murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony

                Court Date: Pending | Status: Awaiting Extradition

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Dumfries man gets 120 months for conspiracy to distribute cocaine

From: United States Attorney Dana J. Boente, Eastern District of Virginia

“Francis Joseph Douglas, 33, of Dumfries, was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and the use and carry of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.

Douglas pleaded guilty on September 7.  According to court documents, Douglas sold cocaine from October 2014 until his initial arrest in August 2015.  During this time, Douglas made bi-weekly trips to New York to obtain between $5,000 and $8,000 worth of cocaine, which Douglas redistributed in Prince William County.  While distributing cocaine, Douglas was regularly armed with a Glock .40 caliber pistol with an extended magazine.  Further, despite being convicted of multiple felonies, Douglas aided and abetted his wife in providing false statements during the purchase of four firearms for him, including an AK-47 and AR-15 rifle.  On Nov. 12, 2015, Douglas also aided and abetted McGary Dean Williams in providing false statements during the purchase of two firearms from a federal firearms dealer located in Woodbridge.”

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Two face murder charges in Jose Garcia Flores death

From police: 

Murder Investigation *ARRESTS – On December 1, detectives from the Homicide Unit identified the suspects involved in the murder of Jose Moises GARCIA FLORES which occurred in the  on October 8. The preliminary investigation into the incident alleged that the suspects, identified as Robert Ellis ROBINSON and Terrell Lejuan HARRIS, attempted to rob the victim. During the encounter, the victim was shot and killed. The victim and the suspects were not known to one another. Following the investigation, detectives obtained warrants for ROBINSON and HARRIS. Both suspects were previously in custody at the Adult Detention Center on unrelated charges.

Arrested on December 1:

Robert Ellis ROBINSON, 47, of 1055 Gardenview Lp, Apt 204, in Woodbridge

Terrell Lejuan HARRIS, 21, of 1312 Bayside Ave #12 in Woodbridge [No Photo Available]

Both were charged with murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony

Court Date: January 23, 2017 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

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Gainesville to Pentagon bus starts December 12

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GAINESVILLE, Va. — The state will fund a new bus route for commuters in Gainesville. 

From PRTC

“A new state-funded commuter bus route linking Gainesville directly with the Pentagon will start operating on Monday, December 12, encouraging western Prince William County residents to share their commutes as plans proceed to build Express Lanes on I- 66.

The new Gainesville-Pentagon OmniRide route will be offered by the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC), which provides commuter and local bus services and encourages ridesharing in Prince William County and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. All funding for the new route is being provided by the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) as part of its efforts to move more people and reduce traffic congestion on I-66 Inside the Beltway.

Also starting on December 12, PRTC’s existing Manassas OmniRide commuter bus service will be split into two separate routes – one serving Washington, D.C., and the other serving the Pentagon. The split will benefit all Manassas OmniRide passengers by providing:

— More reliable on-time performance;

— Shorter travel times to and from D.C.;

— Increased rider capacity without higher operating costs; and

— A better chance of having a seat on afternoon/evening trips leaving the Pentagon because buses will be starting the route at that point.

In addition, the Manassas-Washington route will offer service to a new destination: L’Enfant Plaza.

PRTC updates its schedules twice annually to reflect current running times and changes in routing. Once the December 12 service change takes effect, PRTC will have a total of 18 commuter bus routes and seven local bus routes in the Prince William County area. Updated maps and timetables for all PRTC routes will be available in early December.’

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Do you know how to use the Haymarket DDI?

HAYMARKET, Va. — State transportation officials want you to know how to use the new diverging diamond interchange opening this month. 

From VDOT:

The Virginia Department of Transportation invites local residents and drivers to attend one of two upcoming meetings to learn about the opening of northern Virginia’s first Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) at Interstate 66 and Route 15.

Wednesday, Dec. 7 and Tuesday, Dec.13 – Bull Run Middle School cafeteria, 6308 Catharpin Road, Gainesville, VA. Both meetings start at 6:30 p.m. and feature a brief presentation at 7 p.m. and an interactive DDI walk-through.

Although construction on the overall project is ongoing until summer 2017, the new DDI alignment is scheduled to open on Saturday, Dec. 17, weather permitting. The interchange will be closed the night before for final lane striping.

The DDI’s innovative bow-tie design shifts vehicles to the opposite side of the road and eliminates left turns that cross oncoming traffic. Two-phase traffic signals at each end of the interchange reduce time spent at red lights and move twice the number of vehicles as a traditional diamond interchange. VDOT recently completed its first two DDIs in Louisa and Roanoke, and has two more in the works in Blacksburg and Stafford.

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Four arrested in stabbing near Dumfries

An 18-year-old man was stabbed outside a 7-Eleven store near Dumfries on Sunday.

From police: 

Malicious Wounding | Stabbing Investigation [Previously Released] On November 27 at 8:00PM, officers responded to the 7-Eleven located at 16806 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Dumfries (22026) to investigate a stabbing. The investigation revealed that the victim, identified as an 18-year-old man of Dumfries, was involved in a verbal altercation with several unknown men in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven. During the encounter, the victim was stabbed. The suspects fled the area and the police were contacted. The victim was flown to an area hospital with life threatening injuries and is expected to survive. This incident does not appear to be random. The investigation continues.

Two days later, police arrested a 17-year-old girl, an 18-year-old man, and a 53-year-old man in connection to the case: 

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Malicious Wounding | Stabbing Investigation *ARRESTS – On November 29, detectives from the Robbery Unit, Gang Unit, and officers from the School Resource Unit identified four of the suspects involved in the stabbing which occurred in the 7-Eleven parking lot located at 16806 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Dumfries on November 27. Following the investigation, detectives obtained warrants for the arrest of these suspects. A search warrant was subsequently executed at 3417 Belleplain Ct where three of the suspects were apprehended without incident. A knife was recovered. 

 

Kevin HOWARD, 53, of 2513 Pembrook Ct in Woodbridge

Raekwon Malik BRYANT, 18, of 3417 Belleplain Ct in Dumfries [No Photo Available]

Charged with malicious wounding by mob

Court Date: January 17, 2017 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

 

A 17-year-old female juvenile of Dumfries [Juvenile]

Charged with malicious wounding by mob

Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held at the Juvenile Detention Center

Today, police arrested a third suspect in the case, 19-year-old Darrlye Clemons.

Clemons

Clemons

Malicious Wounding | Stabbing Investigation *ADDITIONAL ARREST – On November 29, detectives from the Street Crimes Unit located and arrested the fourth suspect, identified as Darrlye Amontae CLEMONS, who was wanted in connection to a stabbing which occurred in the 7-Eleven parking lot located at 16806 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Dumfries on November 27. CLEMONS was arrested later that evening while leaving his residence in Dumfries.

Arrested on November 29: [No Photo Available]

Darrlye Amontae CLEMONS, 19, of 3385 Vineland Pl in Dumfries

Charged with malicious wounding by mob

Court Date: January 17, 2017 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

 

 
 

News
ADAMS mosque decision coming December 7

ADAMSsite

BRISTOW, Va. — A decision to support or deny the construction of a mosque in Bristow could be made on December 7.

The Prince William County Planning Commission deferred a decision on the All Dulles Area Muslim Society’s (ADAMS) proposal to build a 22,000 square foot mosque at the corner of Vint Hill Road and Schaeffer Lane.

If built, the mosque would sit inside the coveted Rural Crescent — land set aside for preservation. County leaders have allowed other churches to be built inside the preservation area.

The ADAMS mosque would be located in the Brenstville Magisterial District. Brentsville District Supervisor Jeanine Lawson had this to say about the proposed mosque:

“I have concerns about the ADAMS proposal as did my predecessor, Supervisor Covington. The Vint Hill Road site is particularly challenging for a religious institution of this size. The transportation impacts to the local community, and the request for public sewer in the Rural Crescent makes support of the application even more challenging. In my initial meeting with the ADAMS representatives last year, I encouraged them to look for land in the development area where they would not face as many obstacles. As a strong defender of the rural area, the fact that they have chosen to proceed to pursue the Schaeffer location is disappointing.”

Editor’s note: We contacted ADAMS Center on Saturday for a comment for this post. We’ll add to the post once we have it. 

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