Cash taken during 7-Eleven robbery in Manassas
On October 28, a robbery occurred at a 7-Eleven store located on 10438 Dumfries Road. Police were told that at around 9:30 pm the suspect entered the store and with a handgun, demanded money from an employee at the register, said Manassas police spokeswoman Adrienne Helms.
Once the suspect got the money, he fled and was last seen between Nikki Place and Barrington Park Circle, said Helms. The suspect is described as tall black male, slim, wearing dark clothing, sunglasses, a beanie on his head, and a white shirt or cloth around his face, said Helms.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Manassas City Police Department.
The Woodbridge campus of Stratford University will hold a free job fair from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. today.
The job fair will be held in collaboration with Virginia’s SkillSource center in Woodbridge.
The campus is located at 14349 Gideon Drive, near Potomac Mills mall.
Attendees are asked dress professionally and bring several copies of their resume.
The event is free to the public. Click here for a list of companies attending the fair.
Starting in November, Occoquan’s Secret Garden Cafe is beginning a donation program where 10% of sales on a particular evening go to a deserving nonprofit organization in the community.
On Friday, November 7, the Secret Garden Cafe will donate 10% of the evening’s proceeds to Rolling Thunder’s Wounded Warrior Program. Then, on Friday, January 2 and Friday, February 6, 10% of sales will go to the Occoquan Historical Society.
The Secret Garden Cafe is located at 404 Mill Street in Occoquan and is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.
The restaurant’s website posted this to describe their menu:
When asked to describe our menu, after many attempts to describe it, we are left simply saying, “well, its food we like.” From the far east of the globe to the far west, we are not afraid to be adventurous.
Quincy Foundation race begins 8 a.m. at Lake Ridge Middle School
The Quincy Conner Foundation (TQCF) is pleased to announce the third annual ‘5Q’, a 5K run/walk, which will be held at Lake Ridge Middle School in Lake Ridge, Va, on Nov. 1 beginning at 8 a.m.
New this year, a Kids Costume Fun Run for ages 4-12. The ‘5Q’ is a USATF Certified Course.
The ‘5Q’ is one oftwo annual fund-raising events that TQCF has hosted since their inception in 2009. This race intends to bring the Lake Ridge community together to help make “strides in students’ lives.”
TQCF is a 501(C)(3) organization that is devoted to the remembrance of Quincy Conner, a Woodbridge native, devoted son, father, husband, and friend, whose life ended suddenly at the age of 28 from a massive heart attack in December of 2005. The Foundation’s goal is to raise money through various events and award scholarships to high-school students.
“Being a member of the TQCF board is an honor. It’s amazing to be involved with a group of friends to do great work in honor of a friend whose life was cut too short,” said Tracey Watson, 5Q chair. ”We hope to see lots of runners, walkers, and kids in costumes on November 1 to carry on the spirit of our friend, Quincy Conner.”
The community is invited to join us on Saturday. A childrens costume run will immediately follow the 5K run and walk.
For more information on the ‘5Q’ or the Foundation, visit The Quincy Conner Foundation web site, TheQuincyConnerFoundation.com, where you can register for the race and make donations to help support this charity.
TQCF would like to thank Confections Bakery, VA Runner, the Wall family, Jenni Toole, the Kidder family, Kristin Gartner, Bright Horizons Consulting, LLC, Marigold and Grey, and DJ Jeremy Whitham for supporting this year’s race as the sponsors.
TCQF is a 501(C)(3) charitable foundation that raises education dollars, awarded in the form of college scholarships. The foundation was established in 2009 to honor the late Quincy Conner, a young father, husband, beloved son and cherished friend.
-Press release submitted by the Quincy Foundation.
MANASSAS, Va. - On October 16, police went to a Macy’s department store at Manassas Mall to investigate a case of shoplifting. Macy’s security told police that when the male shoplifter tried to leave, he tried to bite one of the security guard’s hands. When officers arrived, police say that he resisted arrested and gave a false identity while in custody.
Here’s the latest from Prince William police:
Attempted Malicious Wounding – On October 16th at 11:44AM, officers responded to the Macy’s in Manassas Mall located at 8270 Sudley Rd in Manassas (20109) to investigate a shoplifter. Officers arrived at the business and were informed by store security that the accused took clothing items and left the business without paying. As security went to detain the accused, he attempted to bite one of them on the hand. No contact was made. As officers attempted to arrest the accused, he actively resisted. Following a brief struggle, the accused was detained without further incident. During questioning, the accused provided officers with a false identity.
Arrested on October 16th: [No photo available]
Roger GONZALEZ, 21, of no fixed address
Charged with attempted malicious wounding, resisting arrest, grand larceny and providing false ID to police
Court date: November 17, 2014 | Bond: $7,500 secured
WOODBRIDGE, Va. - On October 22, police were in the area to investigate a crash. Police determined that one of the drivers had been driving while intoxicated. When officers tried to arrest the driver, the driver pushed then struck an officer in the face with his elbow but the officer was not injured.
Here’s the latest from Prince William police:
Assault & Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer [LEO] – On October 22nd at 5:58PM, officers responded to the area of Jefferson Davis Hwy and East Longview Dr in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a crash. As a result of the investigation, one of the driver’s, identified as the accused, was arrested for driving under the influence. During the arrest, the accused pushed the arresting officer and then struck him in the face with his elbow. The accused was eventually detained without further incident. The officer was not injured.
Arrested on October 22nd:
Alvaro ARBOLEDA SOLIS, 49, of 12892 Grays Pointe Rd, apt. 92C in Fairfax
Charged with assault & battery on a LEO, resisting arrest and driving under the influence
Court date: November 24, 2014 | Bond: $7,500 secured
Ladies night event offers tips, food and drink
Pitkins Ace Hardware in Dale City will hold a Ladies Night on Wednesday, Oct. 29 at their store in Dale City.
The special event will feature power tool and paint demonstrations, car repair tips from Steve’s Auto Repair, jewelry from Quinn’s Jewelers, drinks and hors d’ouevres. The Sentara Mammovan will also make an early appearance at the Dale City store from 2 to 6 p.m. The van provides a hotel-like setting, complete with dressing rooms, were patients can come and have mammograms performed.
There will also be demonstrations of paint, as well as a class on how to repair a broken toilet.
This is a natural place for women because they make a lot of the paint, design, and décor decisions for the home,” said hardware store owner Sarah Pitkin.
The ladies night event will build on Pitkins effort to support women in during October. The staff has worn pink t-shirts to raise awareness of breast cancer.
Pitkin says her store offers great customer service, and many customers can find what they need and be in and out of the store in 10 minutes. This helps her compete with larger chain stores, said Pitkin.
Pitkin and her sister, Amy Monroe, have operated the family business for the past eight years following her father’s retirement. Her father and uncle founded the business.
Pitkins Home Center / Dale City Hardware is located at 4340 Dale Boulevard in Dale City. For more information about the ladies night event, call 703-670-2139.
This post is sponsored by Hometowne Auto Repair and Tire of Woodbridge.
*This post originally listed the incorrect date for this event.
Whitlock Wealth Management celebrating 20 years in business
Whitlock Wealth Management will hold a ribbon cutting for their newly renovated offices in Lake Ridge.
The company is celebrating 20 years in business, and the ribbon cutting event is free to attend.
The celebration will take place Wednesday, Nov. 5 from 4 to 6 p.m. at their offices 12848 Harbor Drive, Suite 101, in Lake Ridge, near Tacketts Mill shopping center.
For more information visit whitlockwealth.com.
MANASSAS, Va. - On October 24, Adrienne Helms of the Manassas City police department issued a press release about drunk driving prevention this Halloween. Around the area, the Washington Regional Alcohol Program will also be offering alternative options to get riders home safe, said Helms.
Here’s the latest from Manassas City police;
Please see the attached drunk driving prevention press release, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over this Halloween” as well as information on the Washington Regional Alcohol Program’s Sober Ride Program, available in both English and Spanish. Don’t let this Halloween turn into a nightmare – designate a sober driver. You might just save a life.
Monarch Butterfly habitats going up at rest stop, commuter lots
Monarch butterflies migrating to warmer climates and those staying around here will soon be able to take comfort at a highway.
The Virginia Department of Transportation and Dominion Power will team up and will place 1,376 pollinator-friendly plants at four stops in Northern Virginia, including a car rest area on Interstate 95 in Dale City. The plants will provide nectar and shelter for the butterflies that, this time of year, are making their way to warmer regions of California and Mexico.
Here’s more in a VDOT press release:
At each of the four locations, volunteers will dig 900 square-foot beds and plant about 350 plants. Dominion is providing the funding and a cadre of volunteers; Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy is providing the technical expertise, and VDOT is providing the land along with volunteers to plant the way stations.
These butterfly refuge plant beds built by the volunteers will be called “way stations.” Volunteers will dig 900 square-foot flower beds and place 350 plants at each of the four locations. Other locations where butterfly refuges will be placed include a commuter lot near Dulles Airport and a lot off Dulles Greenway in Loudoun County, and at a commuter lot off Stringfellow Road in Fairfax County.
Only Monarch butterflies born in the late summer are prone to migration. The insects are born to fly.
The Prince William County Winter Shelter, operated by the Department of Social Services, will open Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. The shelter is located at 14730 Potomac Mills Road, in Woodbridge and operates overnight 7 days a week from 6:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. until March 31, 2015.
The shelter serves single individuals only and operates on a first-come first-served basis. Single women may be referred to an overflow program. The intake capacity of the Winter Shelter is 48 clients. The program provides shelter, meals, beds, showers, and referrals to supportive services.
During daytime hours Monday – Saturday at the Winter Shelter facility, the Department of Social Services partners with the Cooperative Council of Ministries to provide a “Drop -In Center” for homeless individuals. Services available include mental health referrals, case management services, life skills & career training, peer counseling, wellness information, health care referrals and employment assistance.
For more information about the Winter Shelter or Drop-In Center programs please call: 703-897-0199.
Documentary film meant to educate community about the faith
Meet the Mormons.
On Oct. 10, a documentary film of the same name produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) opened nationwide – including AMC Theaters in Woodbridge.
The movie shares the stories of six devote Latter-day Saints: the coach, the fighter, the humanitarian, the candy bomber and the missionary mom. Each of these stories challenges stereotypes about the Mormon faith while also examining how compassion changes oneself and others.
The LDS Woodbridge congregation worked hard to bring “Meet the Mormons” to our area as the movie was originally scheduled to only open in Fredericksburg and Arlington.
AMC at Potomac Mills generously responded by agreeing to open the show one day early, with showings starting on Thursday, Oct., 9.
“I felt the first showing was fairly historic; it was actually the first public showing of the film in the entire nation,” said Ian Houston, at the Oct 9 showing of the movie.
A steady turn out kept “Meet the Mormons” at the Potomac Mills AMC through Thursday, October 23rd. Though the LDS church sees the movie as an opportunity to tell their story to a national and international audience, the movie is not a meant to be a money-making venture for them. Instead, all net proceeds from the film will be donated to the American Red Cross.
Clark Price, the President of the Woodbridge Virginia Stake, who directs 9 local LDS congregations, explains, the church’s motivation for making the film, “the film clearly shows the great and rich diversity of membership in the church. There are hundreds of languages and cultures in our church membership.” President Price finished, ““We (have) invited all to attend with an open heart and mind to learn more about who Mormons really are.”
“I was surprised in general. That religion is not what I thought it was. It seems to have not only family but it seems to have love,” said Delzoria Hawkins, of Dale City, who was invited to see the movie by her LDS neighbor said,
“It dispels a lot of false assumptions people make about our church.” His wife, Angie Harrison added “the constant you see in the people (in the film) is they are at peace,” said Clark Harrison.
AMC at Potomac Mills sold over 1,200 tickets during the two weeks the movie played in Woodbridge. To date, Meet the Mormons has earned almost $5 million dollars nationally.
After covering distribution costs, the LDS church will donate the remaining net proceeds to further the charitable mission of the American Red Cross. The film is expected to be later released on Netflix.
Editor’s note: This story was written by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of Woodbridge, Virginia.
The Woodbridge Wound Healing Center for Stafford Hospital, which offers state-of-the-art treatment practices and protocols to reintroduce the body’s innate ability to heal, has appointed Peter VanDerMeid as medical director.
Dr. VanDerMeid will be responsible for reviewing patient care and results, evaluating new clinical products and providing oversight and guidance on policies and procedures. A member of the Healogics™ network, the Woodbridge Wound Healing Center of Stafford Hospital employs a rigorous scientific approach to explore, test, find and develop the clinically proven methods and technologies that help people heal faster and more completely than before.
A Stafford resident, Dr. VanDerMeid most recently served as Medical Director in Somerset, PA at Somerset Hosptial’s Wound Care Center.
Dr. VanDerMeid holds a Medical Degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA. He then did his family practice residency for the U.S. Army at Fort Belvoir. He has practiced at two family medical care facilities in Virginia and is a Certified Wound Specialist.
The Woodbridge Wound Healing Center of Stafford Hospital is located at 14010 Smoketown Rd., Suite 103, Woodbridge, VA 22192. The center offers leading-edge treatments including hyperbaric oxygen therapy, negative pressure therapies, bioengineered tissues and biosynthetics.
Chronic wounds affect more than 8 million people in the U.S. and the incidence is rising fueled by an aging population and increasing rates of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity and the late effects of radiation therapy.
Tysons bus fares to rise Dec. 1; changes planned for Mark Center bus
A commuter bus from Prince William County to Tysons Corner survived the chopping block
But riders will soon pay more to use the five-year-old Tysons Express bus service. And the service on the newly planned bus from Prince William to Alexandria’s Mark Center, home to a massive federal building, won’t be as robust as originally planned.
The bus to Tysons Corner carries riders from the Woodbridge Virginia Railway Express station and commuter lot at Route 123 and Interstate 95 to Tysons via relatively new 495 Express toll lanes.
The bus service was fully funded by Virginia’s transportation department while the lanes were being built as a way to get more cars off the road during construction. With the I-495 lanes being open for nearly two years and construction complete, funding for the bus was going to be cut completely.
But the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation stepped in to keep the wheels turning.
“The decision is sure to please the dozens of Tysons Express passengers who attended a September public hearing and sent comments to PRTC urging the agency to find a way to retain a route that many describe as indispensable to their daily commute,” said Christine Rodrigo, a spokeswoman for the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission, the agency that operates the Tysons Express bus.
Riders currently pay “promotional” fares of $3.60 for a one-way trip on Tysons Express, or $2.90 if riders use a SmarTrip card. Starting Dec. 1, fares will increase to $7.70 if paid with cash or $5.75 with a SmarTrip card.
PRTC also plans to begin operating a new commuter bus service from Prince William to the Mark Center in Alexandria in 2016. Original plans for the new service had the bus traveling to neighborhoods in the county and commuter lots to pick up passengers.
Now, the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation will shift funds from the Mark Center bus to the Tysons bus to help cover the ongoing cost for the bus.
Rodrigo said PRTC had previously made plans to modify the routing of the new Mark Center bus from picking up riders at commuter lots and not in neighborhoods.
“We looked at our ridership information and saw that few people would board the bus in the neighborhood locations, and having the bus make that run would only add to our operating cost and add to the time the bus would be on the road,” said Rodrigo.
The Tysons bus uses HOV lanes on I-95 to get to the 495 Express Lanes. The HOV lanes are also being converted into toll lanes — a process that is expected to be completed by December.
The 95 Express Lanes open, all vehicles will need an EZ-Pass or EZ-Pass Flex to use the lanes. Vehicles with three or more occupants will not be charged a toll but vehicles with under three occupants may use the lanes for a fee.
The 95 Express Lanes will carry motorists from Garrisonville Road (Route 610) in North Stafford to Edsall Road in Alexandria, just before the Mark Center.
Official Payments website would allow residents to pay for car decals
Residents of Dumfries must place a decal on their car windshield to prove the paid their annual personal property tax.
Now town leaders are looking at using the online Official Payments portal used by various other government agencies to collect the $24 fee for the decal.
Should members of the Town Council choose to use the Official Payments website, residents would pay a total of $25.50 to purchase their town decal. The web payment service collects $1.50 per transaction – money kept by Official Payments for the use of their services.
Currently, the town’s treasurer each year uses a list containing the names and addresses of town residents who have not paid for their decals. A letter reminding residents that decal fees are due is then mailed to those who have not already purchased.
“[residents] do send their money in with that letter and the town treasurer sends their decal out to the residents,” said Theresa Young, Dumfries IT manager.
Young researched area counties such as Prince William, Stafford, and Spotsylvania, and found they also residents to use the Official Payments website to collect tax payments. But these larger jurisdictions also collect payments for services like water bills, real estate taxes, and parking citations. Young said similar options may not work in the town as residents send payment for many of those items directly to Prince William County.
Town Mayor Gerald Foreman says residents would be better served if they could go online to fill out tax forms for payment. He also called for working together with Prince William County tax officials and to use the same database to see who has and has not paid their personal property taxes.
“We need to partner with prince William County, now we don’t have to chase vehicles,” said Foreman.
Slower growth would give schools time to catch up, panel says
This past weekend, the Virginia Leadership Institute hosted a forum at the Northern Virginia Community College Woodbridge campus to examine the state of education policy in Prince William County.
The October 18 forum, “Divinely Standing For Scholarship: The State of Education Policy In Prince William,” panel included vocational and community leaders in education who represent the nine historically Black Greek Letter Organizations.
The panelists focused on school overcrowding, the recent drop in full accreditation for some county schools, the achievement gap among ethnic communities, minority parent involvement, and testing measurements. The members of the Prince William County chapter of the Virginia Leadership Institute planned, coordinated and hosted the Forum.
Among the many solutions discussed, the panel supported a slower County development strategy that allowed the school system to catch up with population growth, a more robust initiative to hire teachers that reflect the cultural diversity of the student body, a plan to build greater awareness about available local scholarships, and a better method to inform parents of expected academic standards for incoming kindergarten students.
The panel also stressed the need to use creative methods to engage parents who might work long hours or several jobs throughout the week, such as phone conference-calls and weekend meetings.
“Today’s forum provided a great dialogue on the state of education policy in Prince William County,” said Virginia Leadership Institute founder and CEO Krysta Jones. “The nine represented fraternity and sorority organizations are doing great work in the community; this forum further demonstrated their commitment to work together, with local government, to improve an already solid education system.”
“Prince William County is a great place to live and raise children, however, there are some challenges that our school system faces,” said forum moderator and Member of the Virginia State Board of Social Services D.J. Jordan. “Rapid growth and development has put a tremendous strain on our schools, and overcrowded classrooms are making it difficult for our teachers to try to improve achievement gaps.”
Jordan continued, “Because of our reputation as one of the top ten wealthiest counties in America, it is easy to forget about the family challenges of the 37 percent of our students who are economically disadvantaged. Education provides a pathway out of poverty, so we must make sure that every child has an opportunity for a quality education here in Prince William County.”
The nine historically Black fraternity and sorority organizations are often referred to as “The Divine Nine”.
On the panel, NVCC Manassas campus Dean of Students Mark Kidd represented Phi Beta Sigma; local teacher and Army veteran Steve Blakely represented Omega Psi Phi; federal government worker and Kappa Alpha Psi
Fraternity Guide Right Mentoring Program Vice Chairman Robe’rt Palmer represented Kappa Alpha Psi; local teacher and owner of The Educated Babysitter, LLC in Alexandria Tracy Smith Houston represented Sigma Gamma Rho; local special education teacher Brenda Bowden represented Zeta Phi Beta; consultant and author Melvin Brown II represented Alpha Phi Alpha; Occoquan School Board Member Lillie Jessie represented Delta Sigma Theta; NVCC Woodbridge campus professor Cedric Howard represented Iota Phi Theta; and local elementary school principal Marlene Coleman represented Alpha Kappa Alpha.
In addition to School Board Member Jessie, Woodbridge School Board Member Loree Williams and Gainesville School Board Member Alyson Satterwhite were in attendance.
The Virginia Leadership Institute (VLI) aims to empower the African-American community to engage local and state government through training, mentoring, and networking opportunities. To learn more about VLI, visit virginialead.org
Portion of Karen Radley Acura dealership needed to widen Route 1
Officials have nearly wrapped up financial negotiations with an auto dealer as work to widen Route 1 in Woodbridge.
The highway is being widened from four to six lanes from Dale Boulevard to Featherstone Road. The road carries motorists through a neighborhood historically known for strip malls and auto dealers.
A deal has been struck between the county and Karen Radley Acura dealership at 14700 Jefferson Davis Highway, but no specific details of the agreement have been released yet.
“We have verbally agreed to a price for the easements and damages but until we have a signed deal, I do not think it’s appropriate or fair to either party to share to share the terms of the deal,” Blaser told Potomac Local.
Officials previously offered $120,619 for a portion of land on which the Radley at the dealership. Details of the deal could be made public soon he added.
Karen Radley Acura did not return a request for comment for this story.
A public hearing on taking the Radley property was held on Oct. 7, but the action on acquiring the property was deferred when Woodbridge District Supervisor Frank Principi requested two more weeks to work out a deal.
County leaders on also on Tuesday voted to exercise “quick take” powers over another nearby property at 14524 Jefferson Davis Highway needed to accommodate the wider Route 1. Documents state the county offered $66,831 for a portion of land currently occupied by a trailer park and two restaurants. Now that money will be paid to the land owner after a settlement could not be reached.
As of Tuesday, there was $1.5 million in the right of way acquisition budget for the Route 1 widening project. The effort to improve the roadway has also prompted the county to take portions of several other properties in the area. Officials say property negotiations need to be finalized so the overall project to widen the road can move ahead on time and on budget.
When complete, Route 1 will be a six-lane road between Cardinal Drive and Featherstone Road. The highway has already been widened to six lanes in Triangle, from Brady’s Hill Road to Joplin Road. There are also plans in the works to widen Route 1 in Woodbridge from Mary’s Way to the Occoquan River.
WOODBRIDGE, Va. - On October 21, a man, identified as the driver, was arrested for driving under the influence and for making contact with a police officer who was directing traffic after a fatal car crash. The officer was hospitalized for his injuries and then released.
Here’s the latest from Prince William police:
Driving under the Influence | Injured Officer – On October 21st at 9:51PM, a Prince William County police officer was directing traffic in the area of Horner Rd and Occoquan Rd in Woodbridge (22191) related to the fatal crash on Jefferson Davis Hwy. As the officer was controlling the intersection, a driver of a vehicle, identified as the accused, proceeded through the intersection and clipped the officer. The accused remained at the scene and was determined to be under the influence of alcohol. Following the investigation, the accused was subsequently arrested. The officer was transported to an area hospital where he was treated and released.
Arrested on October 21st:
Jose Osmin LIZAMA, 45, of 8160 Gilroy Rd in Lorton
Charged with driving under the influence and unreasonable refusal
Court date: November 24, 2014 | Bond: unavailable
GAINESVILLE, Va. - On October 19, police say an intoxicated man was arrested after he refused to leave a 911 caller’s home as well as resisting arrest and trying to bite an officer’s hand. According to the report, there were no injuries after the incident.
Here’s the latest from Prince William police:
Attempted Assault & Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer [LEO] – On October 19th at 10:50AM, officers responded to a residence located in the 12800 block of Thornton Dr in Catharpin (20143) to investigate a disorderly call. The caller reported to police that the accused, a known acquaintance, was intoxicated and refusing to leave the residence. Officers arrived and made contacted with the accused outside of the home. The accused was placed under arrested and refused to cooperate with police. At one point, the accused attempted to bite one of the officers on the hand. No contact was made and no injuries were reported. The accused was eventually detained without further incident.
Arrested on October 19th: [No photo available]
Brian Edward LISI, 38, of 4389 Canterbury Ln in Gainesville
Charged with attempted assault & battery on a LEO, resisting arrest and intoxication in public
Court date: December 2, 2014 | Bond: held WITHOUT bond
WOODBRIDGE, Va. - On October 21, officers investigated a fatal car crash involving a female pedestrian. The driver of a 2003 Toyota Highlander was traveling south on Jefferson Davis Highway when a pedestrian got hit while crossing the street. The pedestrian was identified and taken to a hospital where she died from her injuries. The driver stayed at the crash scene and was not charged due to numerous identified factors.
Here’s the latest from Prince William police;
Crash – Fatality – On October 21st at 6:58PM, investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit responded to the 13400 block of Jefferson Davis Hwy in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a crash involving a pedestrian. The investigation revealed that the driver of a 2003 Toyota Highlander was traveling southbound on Jefferson Davis Hwy in the area above. At the same time, a pedestrian, identified as an adult woman, was crossing the street and was subsequently struck by the vehicle. The driver remained at the scene and was unharmed. The pedestrian was transported to an area hospital where she died as a result of her injuries. Investigators determined that at the time of the crash, the pedestrian was not in a designated crosswalk and was wearing dark clothing. Weather may have also made it difficult to see the pedestrian as she attempted to cross the road. The driver of the vehicle was not charged. No other contributing factors were determined.
The pedestrian was identified as Amelu G. FELIX, 51, of Woodbridge
The driver of the 2003 Toyota Highlander was identified as a 61 year old woman of Springfield
School took early root in Virginia, expanded to 5 states
American National University’s Northern Virginia Center opened its doors in Manassas in February, and it is the university’s 31st and newest campus.
Doug Earhart, a retired Army Officer, has been working in higher education since his retirement. In 2009, Earhart was the Director of Financial Aid and eventually became a Dean at a large university before becoming the Director of the Northern Virginia Center of ANU. Earhart has seen the Manassas location grow from a few employees into a “viable campus,” complete with courses, faculty, and educational resources.
American National University has a long-standing tradition of higher education excellence in the Commonwealth dating back to 1886 when it began as a local business school in Roanoke, Virginia. It expanded quickly into a national business school and developed multiple campuses within the state, including in the cities of Charlottesville, Danville, Harrisonburg, and Lynchburg. Eventually, it expanded into West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Tennessee. Since its expansion, American National University has added on various academic and medical programs including its highly acclaimed Medical Assistant Associates (MAA) Degree.
ANU’s MAA program is one of the few in the region fully accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
The Manassas center offers an English as a Second Language (ESL) program at its English Language Institute, including preparation for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). In addition, the Northern Virginia Center offers the MAA program as well as Pharmacy Technician and Medical Coding and Billing diplomas. Next year the campus will expand its academic programs to include bachelor degrees in Cybersecurity and Business Administration.
The Northern Virginia Center has developed valuable educational programs that caters to both international and local students. Earhart said that many students have come from embassies to learn English at the Northern Virginia Center and upon completion, they can have a “seamless” transition into an academic program.
The Northern Virginia Center’s medical assistant program began on Sep. 15. One student, Earhart said, was a single mom, working at a fast food restaurant when she chose to attend ANU. The student had to make a “hard decision” to go, but now with medical assistant coursework under her belt she will graduate and go on to find a job and a limitless futures said Earhart.
“Another student had faced significant life challenges but after enrolling in that same program, she now has plenty of options and can essentially start over. The people who are ‘perfect’ for ANU are those who may be “lost…[or] unemployed” and have General Education Development (GEDs) that are not allowing them to reach their full potential. On average, the students at the center are in their late 20s and 30s, with some exceptions,” said Earhart.
Earhart believes American National University stands apart from other colleges and universities in the area by their CAAHEP accredited programs, by offering internships and by placing students into careers. Unlike at many other colleges and universities, at the center, career placement is not only a “nice thing to do” it is something that Earhart regards as both his and the university’s “responsibility” to find students good jobs that “directly correlate” with their degrees. The university’s success is ultimately measured by this factor.
Lastly, Earhart explained that there is much more focus on career training than on socializing the students. Career training is the main goal of the school and so far, that and ANU’s crucial formula has resulted in great “success” for the Northern Virginia Center. Finally, Earhart added “students do have fun while learning” and urged anyone looking for more information to check out ANU on Facebook or at an.edu.