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Walker stumps for president in Prince William


Scott Walker on the road to the White House made a stop in Prince William County on Saturday.

The Republican Wisconsin Governor rallied the county’s GOP faithful while touting himself as a reformer different from most Republicans in office.

“We need someone who can put reform back into government, for the “R” next to our names,” said Walker.

Walker called the Obama presidency an “abysmal failure” due the president’s lack of executive leadership in government or business prior to being elected, and promised to continue the effort to repeal Obamacare, and the Iran nuclear inspections treaty on his first day in office.

Walker also advocated for a larger military, noting the nation should adopt a Ronald Regan-era policy of a large military to achieve “peace through strength.”

Shortly after he was elected governor of Wisconsin, Walker introduced legislation to limit the collective bargaining abilities of unions. Mass protests formed, and a recall election was held where Walker became the first U.S. state governor to defeat an opponent in a recall.

The Republican came to Prince William County after a rally at the University of Virginia. Walker tasked Virginia State Senator Mark Obenshain to lead the effort to collect enough signatures to get him onto he ballot for the Primary Elections next year.

The has longed served as a bellwether for the state, and has been visited by a presidential candidate of both major parties of the past two presidential elections.

Walker is the frist presidential candidate of the 2016 race to visit Prince William County.

“Prince William County has changed a lot. Just 10 short years ago we were just a rural stop in Virginia that supplied beef and dairy to Washington, D.C.,” Gainesville District Supervisor Peter Candland told a GOP crowd before Walker spoke. “Politicians from Washington, D.C., even politicians from Richmond did not pay us that much attention. That has changed. Whether you have migrated from Fairfax County or all the way from El Salvador or India, Prince William County has become a place for prosperity.”

The Walker rally was held at “the hut” on Prince William Parkway, the small house that serves as the GOP headquarters for the region. Several candidates that are vying for local offices, to include the 36th District Virginia Senate seat for Fairfax, Prince William, and Stafford, and two Prince William County School Board seats spoke.

“Everyone north of us next year is going to vote blue. Almost everyone south of us next year is going to vote red. Prince William County is a pivotal county in 2016,” said Tim Singstock, who is running to replace Milton Johns, who is stepping down as the Chairman of the Prince William County School Board.

Dumfries Mayor Gerald “Jerry” Foreman seeks the 36th District Seat and is running against Delegate Scott Surovell. Foreman said Surovell has outspent the Foreman campaign three to one, and that polls show he is 2 points behind his Democratic rival.

“I’m right where I need to be,” said Foreman. “Two percent… he’s looking over his shoulder, he’s right in front of me.”

Prince William County Young Republicans Chairman Terrance Boulden organized the rally. Boulden was celebrated for helping to bring a national candidate to stump in the region.

Virginia eyes Tropical Storm Erika

S115331tormy weather may be ahead for Virginia.

According to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Tropical Storm Erika may become a hurricane by Monday, and has the potential to hit Virginia.

The storm is currently approaching the Dominican Republic, and is still impacting the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, stated the National Weather Service.

Tropical Storm Erika currently has wind speeds of 50 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service.

According to the track, released by the National Weather Service, the storm could impact Virginia by Monday.

Work on massive Woodbridge church starts, again

Work on Harvest Life Changers Church in Woodbridge is underway once again.

Cranes can be seen lifting steel beams into the place at the church site on a hill near the intersection of Route 1 and Neabsco Mills Road. The church’s website notes construction of the new worship center resumed in July as concrete for the foundation was poured.

Work on the project began five years ago when the Prince William County Board of Supervisors approved new signage for the church. Retaining walls were built at the site to support the construction and parking lots.

There had been little work taking place at the site in recent years. No one at the church was available to speak with Potomac Local about the construction.

Landfill not beholden to Dumfries without deal

Dumfries officials weighed in on a plan to close a controversial landfill in the town.

The Potomac Landfill is full of building materials and is easily visible from Interstate 95. It’s located squarely inside the Town of Dumfries and has been a magnet for odor complaints filed by town residents.

The dumping ground is also on a state watch list because it piled debris, such as used wood, drywall, and concrete above a maximum legal height of 195 feet.

The Potomac Landfill is now rectifying the situation reducing the size of the debris pile and spreading it around the site. The landfill also sells the old materials to recycling firms that remake it into new construction material.

Landfill president Phillip Peet proposed a new agreement to the town that would allow the landfill to continue piling debris up to 250 feet high, effectively stopping the height remediation efforts mandated by the state. In exchange, the town would then receive up to $3 million over the next 20 years from the landfill — a portion of the profits made from the landfill recycling old materials.

Peet would also close the landfill in 20 years and build a park and playing fields on the reclaimed site. If Dumfries officials agree, Peet said the state height requirement gets tossed out.

“If there is an agreement for vertical expansion, we vacate the consent order. “If there is no agreement, materials will continue to be removed, and the landfill will expand laterally,” said Peet.

If the town does not accept the proposal, there would be no guarantee the facility would close.

“I’m concerned if we do nothing the Potomac Landfill doesn’t have a closure date it can remain opened, and they can go back into the ground and re-mine to get materials that have value,” said Dumfries Mayor Gerald “Jerry” Foreman.

The landfill has been known to disturb older portions of the landfill to go back in search of materials that can be sold for cash and recycled, added Foreman.

Dumfries Councilwoman Helen Reynolds scorned Peet for presenting the proposal before the company reached compliance with the state order to reduce the height of the debris pile.

“They put these restrictions on the landfill, and before we can talk about moving forward, up, down, or sideways with the landfill. You all had to correct those violations,” said Reynolds.

The company is well on its way to reducing the height of the pile agreement or no agreement, said Peet. The landfill met its first milestone in 2013, and will meet another one this year in the effort to bring down the trash pile, he said.

Peet said the landfill’s parent company Potomac Recycling, which he oversees, aims to run the landfill until it closes. However, if an agreement is not struck between it and the town, Peet said the company could sell the junkyard to another party is if the opportunity presented itself.

Peet said he hoped to strike a deal with the town by late summer or early fall. Foreman and Councilwoman Gwen Washington urge more public participation in the matter before a decision is made. Peet is anxious to solidify a deal soon due to the upcoming closure of a much taller debris landfill in Lorton. Business at his site will pick up once the Lorton landfill closes, he said.

“I don’t think it’s a decision that seven people are capable of making,” said Washington.

“The seven of us will have to make this decision, and that’s the point,” said Vice-Mayor Willie J. Toney.

The town scheduled two public workshops on the matter earlier this summer, were plans, maps, and detailed charts were presented outlining the planned closure of the landfill. Another public meeting on the matter is scheduled September 15 and is open to the public.

How Downtown Manassas changed empty buildings into a regional entertainment destination

Hopkins Candy Factory under revitalization.
Fairfax Windows & Doors Before
The farmers market at Harris Pavilion in Downtown Manassas.
Changes in Downtown Manassas.
Changes in Downtown Manassas.

When people visit the farmer’s market at the Harris Pavilion or navigate the crowds during First Fridays, they are surrounded by a beautiful historic downtown, thriving businesses, and lots of friends and neighbors. It is hard to believe that just 30 years ago, the streets of historic Manassas were desolate, buildings were in disrepair, and almost half of the storefronts were empty and boarded up.

How did downtown turn around?

In 1985, a group of business owners, residents, and City leaders rallied. Determined to revive the heart of Manassas, they needed to lure businesses and customers back from the sprawling strip malls and shopping malls. A series of community meetings explored both problems and opportunities before crafting a vision for a vibrant, walkable downtown filled with restaurants, shops, arts, and a city square

To realize this vision, the City embraced the Main Street Four-Point Approach that was designed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to revive struggling historic downtowns. At this time, Historic Manassas Inc. (HMI) was born.

In 2003, HMI was nationally recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation for revitalization excellence. Downtown Manassas was held up as a model when it won a Great American Main Street Award for rehabbing 54 buildings, dropping the vacancy rate to zero, creating 350 new jobs, and spurring $12

million in private investment.

These successes are attributed to HMI’s strong public-private partnerships, committed vision, and volunteer support. Main Street programs like HMI rely on dedicated community members who volunteer on committees and the board of directors to help carry out its work together with staff.  

The Main Street Approach is also unique in that it tackles multiple problems throughout the community at once. Instead of relying on a single “white knight,such as a stadium or a company to save a community, Main Street rebuilds a downtown by leveraging its local assets like heritage, historic buildings, independent businesses, walkable streets, and events. Community projects and improvements are done incrementally

Gradual successes over time have made Manassas a place where people want to spend time and money again.

Downtown’s revitalization got a jump start in the 1990s when Virginia Railway Express started commuter service and the museum was built, which created an attraction for new visitors. Businessman Loy E. Harris sustained the momentum by restoring three historic buildings, including the 1906 Opera House. 

This motivated others to fix up their buildings, too, and new businesses began opening. Later, the community was given a place to gather when a vacant half-acre lot in the heart of downtown was transformed into the city square and an all-season pavilion, which was named after Harris.

HMI isn’t resting on its laurels; it continues to work in partnership with the City and local businesses to strengthen the downtown. It hosts a full calendar of events all year long and supports those produced by others

In September alone, the Historic Downtown Manassas Bridal Showcase will show off the local businesses that make Manassas a perfect wedding destination, while Bands, Brews & Barbecue turn the City into a regional entertainment destination. Manassasgrowing cluster of restaurants was made even stronger when the Battle Street enhancements created space for outdoor dining. And, excitement continues to grow with each new piece of public art, arts-oriented venue, and gallery.

Why this island soon won’t block your flow on Prince William Parkway


A small concrete island blocking the flow of three travel lanes on Prince William Parkway will be moved.

With nothing more than a crosswalk signal on it today, the concrete island stands in the way of drivers and Prince William County transportation planners who would prefer to have three continuous travel lanes on eastbound Prince William Parkway at Minnieville Road in Woodbridge.

Ongoing work on widening a portion of the parkway — from Minnieville Road to Old Bridge Road — will be completed next week. But that project didn’t address the island, whichprevented the county from building three continuous lanes of traffic on Prince William Parkway across Minnieville Road.

The about-to-be-completed widening work on Prince William Parkway widened the road to six lanes east and west, up from four. Drivers headed east in the newly added right lane must turn right onto Minnieville Road and cannot continue straight onto Prince William Parkway, as the lane ends.

Drivers in the center and left lanes may continue toward Potomac Mills mall.

Prince William County Transportation spokesman Rick Canizales said there wasn’t enough money in the soon-to-be-completed widening project to move the concrete island — which is very important to traffic flow.

“If we didn’t have that island there, it would cause Minnieville Road to become very congested,” he said.

The island allows drivers on eastbound Minnieville Road turning right on Prince William Parkway toward Potomac Mills mall a continuous “free flow movement” right turn. After they turn, the lane continues and drivers do not have to merge left into a travel lane.

Canizales added that without the island and free-flow lane, traffic waiting to turn right onto the parkway would stack up on Minnieville Road as drivers would be forced to wait for their turn to merge into oncoming traffic.

An additional $2.5 million in monies made available to the county transportation department following the annual budget process this past spring will allow crews to “retrofit” the island. The island will be moved a bit to the west, and a new “free flow movement” lane will be constructed for drivers turning right from Minnieville onto the parkway.

The old free-flow lane will be converted into a regular travel lane, and that will allow for three continuous travel lanes across Minnieville Road. When the newly added free-flow lane opens, drivers turning right onto the parkway from Minnieville Road will have to merge left from the new free-flow lane into one of the three travel lanes to continue toward Potomac Mills mall.

Canizales said the county was in talks with three property owners who will need to give up some land in exchange for at least $68,000 in right of way monies paid by the county to affected land owners. The affected properties include a business building at the corner of Prince William Parkway and Minnieville Road and two townhomes inside the nearby Lakeside neighborhood across from BJ’s Wholesale Club.

No buildings or homes will be demolished as part of the work. Only small portions of the property, or “partial take right-of-ways” will be required to construct the new free-flow lane and to move the island, said Canizales. Large poles at the intersection that support traffic signals had already been moved as part of the soon-to-be-completed road work in preparation for moving the island.

Utility relocation should begin in September after right-of-way negotiations wrap up. Construction is slated to begin in spring 2017 2016 and should be finished later that summer.

Updated: Police pursuit leads to manhunt in Lorton


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

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

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

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

Original post 

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

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

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

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

More on this as we have it.

Ribbon cutting for Chris Yung Elementary School set for Thursday

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

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

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

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

The ribbon-cutting ceremony is open to the public.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Missing Burke woman located safe


Crispina Cuejilo was located by police. 

2 p.m. 

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

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

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

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

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

Manassas man charged with abduction, following sexual assault

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Single-vehicle crash kills Woodbridge man

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

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

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

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

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

Woodbridge man faces pro chefs on NBC’s ‘Food Fighters’


Will Spencer is ready for a ‘food fight’.

Spencer, a Woodbridge resident and father of four, will be featured on NBC’s new cooking challenge show ‘Food Fighters’ on NBC on August 27 at 8 p.m.

“I’ve been cooking since I was about 14 – it’s been a passion throughout my life. In my family I’ve been the designated cook and barbecuer for a long time. Growing up in the area, I went away to college to play football and I came back and have been working in the area ever since, but I’ve never really given up that passion for food,” said Spencer.

The show pits Spencer against several well-known chefs in five rounds. If he can win all five rounds, he’ll receive $100,000.

“This show is really about that one dish that your friend or family member makes, that you truly believe is better than what anyone else can do. It’s taking the best home cooks, and their signature family recipes or signature dishing, and pitting them against professional chefs,” said Spencer.

According to Spencer, his cooking style is a fusion of soul food and Latin cuisine.

“I do classic soul food things like shrimp and grits, and smothered chicken and all of the slow cooked sides, but I also do a lot of fresh Latin food with plantains and mangoes and papaya. I like to work with seafood and right now I’m really trying to fuse those two culinary tastes together,” Spencer said.

While Spencer currently works as a personal trainer, he said that the show has pushed him to begin his culinary career.

“This Food Fighters opportunity has really kind of jumpstarted my passion…I’ve been working in fitness and doing meal prep. So my culinary background has been preparing meals for people to get in shape…I’ve been doing with the personal training and now I’m looking at expanding that,” said Spencer.

Dumfries barbecue joint moves to Quantico gate


The Lazy Pig has moved from Dumfries to Triangle.

The roadside barbecue joint has been on Waters Lane in Dumfries for more than two years, but decided to expand into a bigger space on 18723 Fuller Heights Road – just outside the Quantico Marine Corps Base gate.

“We smoke all of our meats on location – brisket, pork, ribs…and we do Southern-style cuisine, as far as your collared greens. Everything we do is homemade,” said Lazy Pig owner Ken Harris.

Harris realized that as the business had grown, they didn’t have enough space to serve their customers at the Dumfries location.

“What we found is that our customer base has grown so fast…and we were actually missing just as many customers as we were servicing because of the parking and we didn’t have any inside seating,” said Harris.

The new location has 40 inside seats and 20 seats on the deck area outside.

“We wanted more space to be able to serve our customers,” Harris said.

As part of the business’ expansion, the Lazy Pig is now offering lunch specials from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will soon be offering a kid’s meal, according to Harris.

Woodbridge picnic table case tossed out

Disabled Marine veteran Mickey Triplett was nervous when he walked into the Prince William General District Court this morning.

But shortly after the court was called to order at 9 a.m., the Prince William Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul Ebert stood before the judge and called for ‘null process’ – a legal term that means that the court will not prosecute the case – for a destruction of property charge brought against Triplett for painting a picnic table at his former apartment complex.

Triplett had painted the deteriorating picnic table behind his building at Potomac Ridge Apartments in Woodbridge as a nice gesture before his granddaughter came to visit him in July.

The apartment complex, which is managed by Klingbeil Capital Management, decided to have Triplett charged with destruction of property for painting the table white, according to Prince William County General District Court documents.

Had the null process not been declared in court, Triplett could have faced a $2,500 fine or up to a year in jail, according to the Virginia Code.

Despite the case being dropped, Triplett’s lawyer Jason Pelt, may be filing a civil suit on Triplett’s behalf against Potomac Ridge Apartments for ‘malicious prosecution’.

According to Virginia law, a malicious prosecution case can be filed when an individual or group uses the judicial system with malicious intent, and for prosecution against someone without probable cause.

Ebert told Potomac Local this morning that he had received several calls proceeding this morning’s hearing, asking that he declare ‘null process’ for the case.

“I’m so relieved and so thankful to everyone that came out and helped me. I tried to do a good thing, and it got out of hand…I’ve been going through a rough time, and I’m happy about what happened in court today,” said Triplett.

14 individuals indicted in cocaine conspiracy, several from Woodbridge, Manassas

A law enforcement task force, including Prince William police, has indicted 14 people in a cocaine conspiracy case.

Following a year long investigation, the task force was able to make the indictments in federal court for the 14 individuals – several of whom are from Prince William County.

Included in the indictment was 26-year old Dale City man Roberto Esparza Suarez, 41-year old Triangle man Juan Delao, 24-year old Dale City woman Lisette Cordova and 34-year old Woodbridge man Jose Hernandez Lopez, according to a U.S. Justice Department release.

According to a release, the individuals are being indicted for their involvement in a criminal enterprise that was importing large quantities of cocaine from Mexico into the United States, before being distributed in the Washington D.C. area.

A U.S. Justice Department release stated that officers involved in the task force’s investigation found firearms, distribution amounts of cocaine and more than $45,000.

There were also several individuals from the area that pled guilty as co-conspirators, including 35-year old Dumfries man Jose Sanchez, 27-year old Woodbridge man Guillermo Castellon, 27-year old Manassas man Oscar Marroquin and 24-year old Manassas man Sifredo Barrientos, according to a release.

A release stated that many of the individuals indicted could face a minimum penalty of ten years to a maximum penalty of life in prison, if they are convicted.

Man struck during attempted robbery in Woodbridge

Prince William police have charged a man following an attempted armed robbery in Woodbridge.

According to Prince William police, officers responded to G Street in Woodbridge on the evening of August 15 for the attempted robbery.

The victim – a 45-year old Woodbridge man – told officers that he was walking on G Street when he was approached by 25-year old John Banks, according to Prince William police.

Prince William police stated that during the incident, Banks struck the victim with a blunt object and demanded money. Banks fled the scene before taking any money, according to Prince William police.

The victim had minor injuries and went to an area medical facility for treatment, stated Prince William police.

On August 19, the victim saw Banks walking on Occoquan Road and alerted Prince William police.

Banks is being charged with attempted armed robbery and malicious wounding, according to Prince William police.

Fire crews battle blazes in Lake Ridge, Stafford

Fire crews were called to a several house fires over the weekend.  

3681 Meandering Way in Lake Ridge


The blaze broke out at 3681 Meandering Way, behind the Dillingham Sqaure shopping center at 11:46 p.m. 

The fire was contained to one apartment building with no extension to a second building, however fire tactics required cutting the roof away on the adjoining building to stop the spread of fire, thereby making it uninhabitable.  Red Cross was called and working with 58 occupants and an undetermined number of pets. The fire is under investigation by the Prince William County Fire Marshal’s Office.  There were minor injuries to two firefighters. Fire and Rescue units from OWL VFD, Dale City VFD, PWCDF&R, Manassas City and Fairfax responded to the incident.

-OWL Volunteer Fire Department Spokeswoman Rebecca Barnes

2823 Madeira Court in Lake Ridge 


Fire crews on earlier in the day on Sunday were also called to Mederia Court in Lake Ridge for a fire at 12:46 p.m.

The fire was contained to one unit with no extension and the blaze was knocked down within 10 minutes.  The fire is under investigation by the Prince William County Fire Marshal’s Office.  There were no injuries. Fire and Rescue units from OWL VFD, Dale City VFD, PWCDF&R, Manassas City and Fairfax responded to the incident.

-OWL Volunteer Fire Department Spokeswoman Rebecca Barnes

15 Blacksmith Court in Stafford County 

Blacksmith Court fire.
Blacksmith Court fire.

Another fire broke out at 3:11 p.m. Friday at 15 Blacksmith Court, just off Austin Ridge Drive in Stafford County. 

The Deputy Chief of Training was the first arriving unit with a 6 minute response time. His initial size-up revealed active fire conditions on the second story of a 2-story single-family dwelling.

The occupants of the house had evacuated prior to the arrival of units. Engine 9 from the Aquia station was the first arriving fire suppression unit with a 7 minute response time.

Units deployed fire attack handlines to the second story of the building. A majority of the fire was extinguished 19 minutes after the time of dispatch.

The property was valued at $450,000.00 with damage estimated at $100,000.00. The cause was ruled accidental by the Fire Marshal’s office. The were no reported injures during the incident. The occupants consisting of two adults and two children were displaced but didn’t require assistance from the Red Cross.

-Stafford County fire and rescue Assistant Chief Mark Doyle

Updated: Afternoon VRE Fredericksburg line trains on ‘S’ schedule after pedestrian killed

A Virginia Railway Express train struck and killed a man this morning near the Leeland Road station in Stafford County. 

Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller made this statement by email:

At 5:20 a.m. Monday, Virginia State Police responded to a fatal crash in Stafford County.  A northbound Virginia Railway Express (VRE) train struck and killed a pedestrian on the tracks. The incident is under investigation at this time.

Police did not release the name of the victim.

Trains on VRE’s Fredericksburg line were delayed due to the incident. The commuter railroad urged riders to find another way to work

The incident will have impacts on the afternoon commute, too. 


Trains on the Fredericksburg line resumed operation just before 10 a.m. 


Dumfries completes multi-modal sidewalk project

Officials in Dumfries cut the ribbon on a multi-modal sidewalk along Route 1. 

Mayor Gerald Foreman and members of the Town Council, as well as town staff came the Liberty Village retail and office complex to cut the ribbon the project. The three-eights of a mile sidewalk links Route 234 and Liberty Village along busy Route 1.

“This is a great project,” stated Foreman.  “The multi-modal has been put in the town in stages. It started quite a few years ago when we did the study, the charette, and the charette revealed that we had antiquated sidewalks, cracked sidewalks, and that we didn’t have total connectivity in the town. So Town Council of the past few years has made it a conscious effort to put money into connectivity. To making the town one.”

In addition to sidewalks, the town has added three crosswalks since 2012 at busy intersections.

Crews are still hard at work adding new sidewalks, curb, gutter drainage, and a new street surface on nearby Tripoli Boulevard. That project should be complete in December. 

“…that’s one of our oldest parts of the town — and those citizens greatly deserve that infrastructure improvement. It will give them a quality of life that they have been waiting for for a long time,” said Foreman.

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