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Bodies of driver, dog found after crash causes house fire in Gainesville

From Prince William police: 

Death Investigation – On July 22 at 3:42PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 13200 block of Catharpin Valley Dr in Gainesville (20155) to investigate a single vehicle crash into a garage. When fire crews from the Department of Fire and Rescue arrived, the vehicle and residence were found to be fully engulfed in flames.  

The driver was located inside the vehicle in the garage and pronounced dead at the scene. A dog was also located deceased inside the residence. Other occupants of the home were able to evacuate the residence without injury.

The remains of the driver will be transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office for further analysis and identification. The identity of the deceased will be released once confirmed and next of kin has been notified. This incident is being jointly investigated by the Prince William County Police Homicide Unit and the Department of Fire and Rescue’s Fire Marshals’ Office. More information will be released when available.

The investigation continues.

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Snake bites man cleaning out car in Dale City

A man cleaning his car in Dale City was bitten by a snake Wednesday.

Rescue crews were called to the 13800 block of Rockford Court in Dale City at 8:55 p.m. where the incident took place.

The snake was killed after biting the man. Authorities told Potomac Local the snake could have been a Copperhead snake, one of the three poisonous snakes commonly found in Virginia.

The snake that bit the man had the colors white, gray, and brown, according to Prince

The man was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Information about the nature of his condition was not released.

Eastern Cottonmouth and the Timber Rattlesnake are also poisonous snakes commonly found in Virginia.

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McAuliffe praises Leesylvania shoreline restoration project partners

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From the Virginia Governor’s office: 

WOODBRIDGE – Governor Terry McAuliffe highlighted Virginia’s successes in land conservation and water quality today at Leesylvania State Park in Prince William County. The event honored the many partners behind the Potomac Heritage Trail and the under-construction living shorelines at the park.

“Investing in Virginia’s natural resources is critical to ensuring future generations can enjoy the same fresh air, clean parks, and clear waters that we have today,” said Governor McAuliffe, speaking at today’s event. “Since 1980, Virginia has spent hundreds of millions of dollars improving our water quality and my administration is bolstering this commitment. We have directed $30 million for land conservation and over $84 million for agricultural best management practices and technical assistance in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Every dollar we spend is an investment in this $1.1 trillion dollar economic asset and the results are plain to see: increased blue crab abundance, improved habitat, and a healthier bay for all to enjoy.”

The living shorelines erosion control project is the product of collaboration between the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Leesylvania State Park, Prince William County, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, and Dominion Power. Additional partners include Virginiaforever, Virginia Association for Parks, Friends of Leesylvania State Park, the College of William and Mary, local and regional leaders, the Living National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Prince William Conservation Alliance and the National Park Service.

“Virginia’s government and citizens share a commitment to water quality and the Chesapeake Bay. It’s great to see the diverse set of partners united behind living shorelines and other crucial projects. We couldn’t have come so far so fast were it not for the generosity and support of the Chesapeake Bay community,” said Secretary of Natural Resources Molly Ward.

“Leesylvania State Park’s living shoreline will protect and stabilize this portion of the Potomac riverbank and support a thriving natural community,” said DCR Director Clyde Cristman. “This project encompasses everything we are working to do: protect the bay, restore habitat, improve recreational access to the Potomac River, and increase the quality of life for everyone and everything living on the bay.”

Living shorelines serve as a protective fringe between aquatic areas and uplands, controlling erosion and providing habitat critical for wildlife. The Leesylvania project was designed by scientists at the Virginia Institute of Marine Service and is expected to restore about 800 feet of critical Chesapeake Bay shoreline.

In addition to its direct environmental impact, this project will increase public awareness about living shorelines and demonstrate their considerable benefits to a large audience. Leesylvania State Park is home to one of Northern Virginia’s only public beaches and attracts more than 500,000 visitors annually.

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Woodbridge man charged with tampering with meter box

From Prince William County Fire Marshal’s office: 

On July 13, 2016 at 3:02 PM, Fire Marshals responded to the 15200 block of Grist Mill Terrace in Woodbridge regarding an electrical hazard complaint in which a meter box had been jumped. Upon further assessment by Fire and Rescue, it was discovered that the meter circuit had been jumped by using two 4-gauge copper wires with welds holding it in place. This created a very dangerous situation with the potential of risk to nearby occupants. Further investigation revealed the suspect, John Anthony McClain.

On Thursday, July 14, Fire Marshals apprehended the suspect at his residence and he was placed under arrest.

Arrested on July 14:

Jason Anthony MCCLAIN, 40 years old, of 15286 Grist Mill Terrace in Woodbridge, Virginia.

Charged with 1 count of obstructing or injuring canal, railroad, power line, etc.,(Class 4 Felony) and 1 count of violation of the Virginia Fire Prevention Code. (Class 1 Misdemeanor)

Court Date: July 21, 2016 Bond: Released on $3500 Unsecured Bond

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Leesylvania will be backdrop for McAuliffe budget announcement

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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe will speak at Leesylvania State Park on Tuesday.

He’s expected to make a budget announcement that will have to do with the funding of conservation efforts in state waterways and on land, according to a Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation spokeswoman.

Leeylsvania State Park is home to an effort called the Living Shoreline project — an effort to stop the erosion of land by the Potomac River.

The Governor is also expected to laud the many partnerships involved with the half-million project, to include members of Dominion Virginia Power, The College of William and Mary, and Friends of Leesylvania State Park.

McAuliffe is scheduled to speak at the park at 11 a.m.

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Truck that caught fire at Haymarket loaded with tomatoes

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Truck burns underneath one-of-a-kind interchange under construction 

A tractor trailer hauling tomatoes caught fire this morning under a brand new bridge in Haymarket.

The truck was traveling on Interstate 66 when it hit a guard rail. The truck them burst into flames underneath the new bridge that carries Route 15 traffic over I-66, known as the Diverging Diamond Interchange.

The driver of the truck suffered minor injuries. Inspection crews from the Virginia Department of Transportation went to investigate damage to the bridge after fire crews extinguished the blaze, said Haymarket Mayor David Leake.

This was the first fire at the new bridge, and “it fared well through it, it seems,” added Leake.

More from Virginia State Police:

At 8:06 a.m., Monday (July 18, 2016), Virginia State Police Trooper R.E. Curiel responded to a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 66 under the Route 15 overpass.

A tractor-trailer was traveling east on I-66 when it ran off the left side of the interstate, struck the guardrail, and traveled approximately 1/10 of a mile against the guardrail before coming to a stop. The truck then caught fire.

The driver, Jose E. Martinez, 50, of Brownsville, Texas, suffered minor injuries in the crash. He was charged with reckless driving. Fatigue was a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.

The tractor-trailer was loaded with tomatoes.

Westbound lanes of I-66 were reopened at about 9 a.m. Eastbound lanes of I-66 will remain closed for cleanup and removal of the charred tractor-trailer. Motorists are advised to seek an alternate route and be prepared for delays.

Photos are attached. The photos are property of the Virginia State Police, which grants permission for the republication and rebroadcast of the images.

 

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Wounded Dumfries vet, family gifted $10,000 in furniture

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This post has been updated. Jacqueline Goodrich asked Potomac Local to remove the address of her family home from this post. 

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Now they’ll have a comfortable place to sleep.

The Goodrich’s, A Dumfries-area family on Thursday, received a donation of Basset Furniture valued at $10,000.

Goodrich family members Michael and Jacqueline, Lucy, 7, and Tag ,4, were on hand for the delivery.

More in a press release:

What: Bassett Furniture will have the privilege of unloading a delivery truck filled with nearly $10,000 worth of donated furniture, in partnership with the Freedom Alliance, an educational and charitable organization which sponsors numerous program activities aimed at supporting and honoring military service members and their families.

With the help of Freedom Alliance, Bassett Furniture identified a nearby military family in need of new bedroom furnishings. Special Operations Team Sgt. Timothy Goodrich and his family of Dumfries, Va. were selected by Bassett and Freedom Alliance as the perfect recipient for the upcoming donation.

Goodrich was wounded in combat in Afghanistan in 2012 and was medically evacuated out of the country as he suffered a brain injury and other major shrapnel wounds that required numerous surgeries. His wife and children have had to stay by his side and assist him with daily living activities ever since. Goodrich and his wife have never owned bedroom furniture which is where Bassett Furniture it stepping in to help redesign and furnish the space.

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Th family lives in the … block of … near Dumfries. The donation coincides with the opening of a new Bassett Furniture store in Loudoun County. 

Why:     This is Bassett’s sixteenth such donation and delivery since October 2013 and is part of the company’sMake(over) a Difference initiative that creates fresh living spaces for organizations that serve the communities in which Bassett operates. The local Bassett Furniture store located at 21315 Windmill Parc Dr., Sterling, Va. 20166 is celebrating the grand opening of its new store. Store hours are 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday, and 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Freedom Alliance’s mission is to advance the American heritage of freedom by honoring and encouraging military service, defending the sovereignty of the United States and promoting a strong national defense. Through their Support Our Troops program, Freedom Alliance honors members of Armed Forces by hosting events to express thanks and appreciation to the military; providing financial and other help to the troops in a time of need; and honoring and assisting their families.

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Rest stop custodian stabbed, suspect steps in front of train

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Investigators said the man who stabbed a custodian multiple times about 6 a.m. Wednesday at a rest stop on westbound Interstate 66 outside Manassas later committed suicide. 

From Virginia State Police: 

The investigation into an assault at a Prince William County Interstate 66 Rest Area Wednesday (July 13, 2016) has led Virginia State Police to an individual who died in Warren County later that same morning.

At 6:22 a.m., Wednesday (July 13, 2016), Virginia State Police responded to a call for a medical emergency at the Interstate 66 westbound Rest Area in Prince William County. Upon arrival, troopers discovered one of the custodians who worked at the Rest Area, a 60-year- old Woodbridge, Va., man, had been stabbed multiple times. The man was transported by ambulance to Inova Fairfax Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

At 8:27 a.m., Virginia State Police responded to a railroad crossing at Payne Lane off of Stonewall Jackson Highway in Warren County’s Bentonville community. A male subject had stepped in front of an oncoming train. The train was unable to stop in time and Khalif R. Privott, 21, of Manassas, Va., died at the scene. Privott’s abandoned vehicle was recovered at the scene.

Through the course of the investigation and evidence collected at the scene in Warren County, Virginia State Police special agents have identified Privott as the subject responsible for the attack at the I-66 The investigation into the attack and suicide remain ongoing by the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Fairfax Field Office and Virginia State Police Area 13 Office in Winchester.

Police are trying to determine if the two men knew each other, as well as the suspect’s motive, added Geller.

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Soil & Water Conservation District seeks volunteers for E.coli study of Quantico Creek

A list of volunteer opportunities in our community

Good morning Prince William – Embrace Treatment Foster Care has an urgent need for new foster families. This is an opportunity to make a significant impact on a child with your loving home. Come hear how to make this huge difference in a child’s life at their next information session on Tuesday, July 26th at 6:30 pm at the Chinn Park Library. Tons of training and support given to all families. Please call Gretchen at (540) 613-5120 to learn more.

· The 9th Annual ADA Celebration is Saturday, July 23rd at the Harris Pavilion in Old Town Manassas. The event runs 10am-2pm with lots of fun, activities, food, and live music to celebrate!

· Chapel of His Glory provides legal, social services, financial management workshops and fun family gatherings to families in the Manassas community. Volunteers are needed on Saturday, July 23rd at 10 am with their Immigration Assistance Clinic. Come and join their team in Georgetown South Community! Please email Mr. Herbert at: treasuredglory@gmail.com for more info.

· Catholic Charities- Hogar Immigrant Services is urgently seeking teachers for the English classes in Manassas, Woodbridge, and Dale City. These classes are held Monday-Thursday, but volunteers are only asked to teach once a week. Training is provided, and you do not need to know any other language. Please call Cynthia at (571) 208-1572 ext. 103 to learn more.

· Habitat for Humanity has lots of volunteer opportunities. Please visit the volunteer calendar for all the specifics at: www.habitatpwc.org. They especially need lunch donors to bring lunch to the other volunteers. It’s easy- just make some sandwiches, a bag of chips, few cookies and a drink to make their day.

· Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 16th for the 19th Annual Evening under the Stars to benefit CASA’s advocacy for over 500 abused children. It’s the place to be with all your friends and for a great cause. Please visit their website at: casacis.org for more info and tickets.

· StreetLight Ministries in Woodbridge offers some services to homebound seniors and other fragile clients. Volunteers are needed to provide transportation to doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping, and other simple chores. Please email Rev. Powers rpowers@streetlightcom.org to learn the many ways you can help another in the greater Woodbridge community.

· The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program –RSVP welcomes Jan Hawkins as our new program director. She can be reached at: jhawkins@volunteerprincewilliam.org or rsvp@volunteerprincewilliam.org. She has lots of new and fun volunteer opportunities in the community. Cheers to senior power!

· The American Red Cross needs volunteers on Saturday, July 23rd from 8am-12noon for their Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. This event educates the community on fire safety and installs smoke alarms where needed. Registration is at 8 am, training at 8:30 am and out the door in teams in the Irongate community from 9am-12 noon. The event starts at the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Manassas. Please register online at: volunteerconnection.redcross.org/?nd=form_5867 or call Erwin at (571) 293-1771 to join the fun.

· The PW Soil & Water Conservation District is looking for volunteers to help with the E.coli study of Quantico Creek. Veronica tells me it’s not rocket science but fun science just the same! Please email her at: waterquality@pwswcd.org to learn more.

· The PW Conservation Alliance is sprucing-up of the K9 Gunner Dog Park on: August 6th from 9:30am-12pm. The address is 13000 Minnieville Rd., Woodbridge 22192. Wear long pants, sturdy shoes, and a hat to keep off the sun!

· Historic Manassas is gearing up for the Bands, Brews, and BBQ festival on September 10th. They need 60 people to poor beer from noon to 6 pm. There will be two shifts for pourers and over 50 craft beers and ciders for sampling! Contact Erin at: erin@historicmanassasinc.org.

· Walk to end Alzheimer’s is coming up on October 15 in Manassas at the Harris Pavilion – visit their website for details on walking and volunteering! www.alzheimersassociationnca.volunteerlocal.com.

· If you are looking for other opportunities, please don’t forget to call my wonderful team at Volunteer Prince William. Jan can help you with the Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP) opportunities at (703) 369-5292 ext. 1, Shelley can help with any individual or group project and send you weekly updates if you’d like. Shelley is at (703) 369-5292 ext. 0, and Bonnie can help you with opportunities available in Disaster Preparedness at (703) 369-5292 ext. 3. Please visit our newly re-vamped website at www.volunteerprincewilliam.org. Thanks so much for all you do in our community.

Call to Action is a column written by Volunteer Prince William Director Mary Foley.

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Tips on how to prevent your pets from starting fires at your home

English Bulldog, Max, took a dip in Veterans Memorial Park’s swimming pool during summer 2011. (Photo: Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

Did you know your pet could start a fire in your home? 

The Prince William County Police Department today, on National Pet Fire Safety Day, offers some tips on how to prevent your pet from burning down your home. 

From Prince William police: 

Prevent your pet from starting fires

— Extinguish open flames – Pets are generally curious and will investigate cooking appliances, candles, or even a fire in your fireplace. Ensure your pet is not left unattended around an ope flame and make sure to thoroughly extinguish any open flame before leaving your home.

— Remove stove knobs – Be sure to remove stove knobs or protect them with covers before leaving the house. According to the National Fire Protection Association, a stove or cook top is the number one piece of equipment involved in your pet starting a fire.

— Invest in flameless candles – These candles contain a light bulb rather than an open flame, and take the danger out of your pet knocking over a candle. Cats are notorious for starting fires when their tails turn over lit candles.

— Beware of water bowls on wooden decks – Do not leave a glass water bowl for your pet outsideon a wooden deck. The sun’s rays when filtered through the glass and water can actually heat up and ignite the wooden deck beneath it. Choose stainless steel or ceramic bowls instead.

Keep your pets safe

— Keep Pets Near Entrances When Away From Home – Keep collars on pets and leashes at the ready in case first responders need to rescue your pet. When leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas or rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them.Secure Young Pets – Especially with young puppies, keep them confined away from potential

— Secure Young Pets – Especially with young puppies, keep them confined away from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home such as in crates or behind baby gates in secure areas.

— Since Pets Left Alone Can’t Escape a Burning Home – Consider using monitored smoke detectors which are connected to a monitoring center so emergency responders can be contacted when you’re not home. These systems provide an added layer of protection beyond battery-operated smoke alarms.

— Affix a Pet Alert Window Decal – Write down the number of pets inside your house and attach the decal to a front window. This critical information saves rescuers time when locating your pets.

— Make sure to update the number of pets listed.

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Number of 4th of July visitors at Leesylvania up ‘significantly’ over last year

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From Leeslyvania State Park Manager Karen Lambey: 

Leesylvania’s attendance numbers for this past 4th of July weekend were 26,744 for the four-day holiday weekend stretch.  This is up significantly from last year and follows a several year trend of substantially higher numbers of park guests coming out to visit.

Due to the variable weather, not many park guests braved the rain on Monday, July 4, but a number of families came out on both Saturday and Sunday.  The park experienced off and on showers on Sunday, but that did not dampen spirits. 

A number of guests brought their own shelters, set them up in the picnic area, and spent the entire day cooking out and enjoying the park together.  

On major holiday weekends, such as for Independence Day, shelters are not available for advance reservation and are instead first-come, first-serve for any park guests arriving upon opening.

The Woodbridge park is not alone. Attendance at state parks over the July 4 holiday was up across the state: 

From Virginia State Parks: 

Virginia State Parks hosted a star-spangled holiday weekend with increases over last year in visitation and revenue.

Despite intermittent rainy weather in some parts of Virginia, attendance increased by 74,816, a 36 percent increase over last year’s holiday weekend.

Overall revenue for the weekend was up 43 percent, with increases in cabin rentals, swimming fees, merchandise sales and nearly every other category of visitor spending.

“We’re really pleased,” said State Parks Director Craig Seaver. “It was a great weekend despite sporadic rain events throughout the state. The weekend of the 4th is our traditional  mid-point to the summer season, and guests took advantage of the many recreational opportunities available in their state parks to include fishing, boating, swimming, camping, hiking and mountain biking to name a few.”

Overall attendance is up 16 percent in 2016.

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Missionaries from Russia and Germany come to Dumfries

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Submitted: 
Hi Uriah, my name is John Stolnis and I am the Director of Publicity at Crossroads Presbyterian Church in Dumfries, VA. I’m writing to you to pitch a story that I think would be terrific for Potomac Local.

In just about a month, a group of missionaries from Russia and Germany will be coming to northern Virginia to take part in an annual missions project. It’s part of a partnership between our three churches that saw us visit Russia two years ago and Germany last year to do work on several service projects as well as spend time with other believers from different cultures.

For the first time, our Russian and German friends are visiting the U.S. for 10 days from July 8 through the 18th, and I thought it would be something that might be of interest to you. It’s a historic partnership, the first of its kind that we are aware of.
Here’s a portion of a press release also sent to Potomac Local. 

Crossroads has partnered with two “sister” churches, a Baptist church in Gera, Germany, and another in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. In all, 28 Germans and 12 Russians will be coming to Northern Virginia from July 8-July 18, 2016, where they will be joined by congregants of Crossroads Church to help renovate and preserve historic cabins in Prince William Forest Park, which celebrates its 80th anniversary as a park, as well as the 100th anniversary of the US National Park System.

Past projects by the three churches include trips to Russia to help build a sanctuary for the Russian church, and to Germany to help renovate the city zoo in Gera, as well as to participate in the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

This will be the first trip made to the U.S. by the German and Russian groups.

In addition to working in Prince William Forest park, the three teams will assist women in transition at the Women’s Empowerment Center, a facility operated by ACTS (Action in Community Through Service) headquartered in Dumfries. Work will include improving the appearance of the organization’s grounds and building a fence that will help keep women and children safe as they enter the facility. The group will also tour the US Capitol Building, meet Members of Congress and other governmental officials and experience an old-fashioned Virginia farm barbeque.

The goal of this unique partnership is to serve the communities where these churches live, work and play, and to promote understanding between three very different cultures that were once World War II enemies, all while demonstrating the reconciliation that comes through a relationship with Jesus Christ.

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Firefighter training in Haymarket will use synthetic smoke

Don’t be alarmed if you see smoke in the area of Interstate 66 and Route 15 in Haymarket this weekend.

More from Prince Willliam County Department of Fire and Rescue: 

On Friday, July 15, 2016, Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue First Battalion Companies will begin training in acquired structures located on James Madison Highway in Haymarket.

The three structures were made available to the Fire Department by VDOT (Virginia Department of Transportation) who is currently working on the Interstate 66 expansion project.

Fire Department units will be using synthetic smoke to create a realistic training environment for firefighters to practice search, rescue, ventilation, and hose line operations. Fire Department training will conclude on Sunday, July 17, 2016.

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Prince William Courthouse chiefs up for a pay raise

Prince William Sheriff Glen Hill is sworn in for his next term, a position he’s held since 2003. [Photo courtesy: Prince William County]

The Chief Constitutional Officers in the Prince William County Courthouse will get a three-percent raise this year.

The County Board of Supervisors is expected to approve raises for Sheriff Glen Hill, Commonwealth Attorney Paul Ebert, and Clerk of the Circuit Court Michele McQuigg.

Here are their current annual salaries, according to county spokesman Jason Grant:

Sheriff $172,648.06
Clerk of Court $161,097.82
Commonwealth Atty $222,711.06

ebertThe current five-year plan adopted by Prince William County Government allows for additional three percent pay raises for these constitutional officers in fiscal years in 2019 and 2021, according to county documents.

The Board of Supervisors also has the option to approve an additional two percent market adjustment raise in 2028 and 2020, according to county documents.

All three constitutional officers were reelected to serve new terms in fall 2015.

Hill serves a four-year term and has been Prince William Sheriff since 2004. He’ll be up for reelection again in 2019.

mcquiggTaking office in 1968, Ebert is Virginia’s longest-serving Commonwealth Attorney. He serves a four-year term and he’ll be up for reelection in 2019.

McQuigg serves an eight-year-term, and she will be up for reelection in 2023.

The pay raises are on the consent agenda for the Prince William County Board of Supervisors July 12, 2016 meeting.

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Homebound seniors need transportation to doctors appointments

· Good morning Prince William – StreetLight Ministries in Woodbridge offers a number of services to homebound seniors and other fragile clients. Volunteers are needed to provide transportation to doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping and other simple chores. Please email Rev. Powers rpowers@streetlightcom.org to learn the many ways you can help another in the greater Woodbridge community.

· The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program –RSVP welcomes Jan Hawkins as our new program director. She can be reached at: jhawkins@volunteerprincewilliam.org or rsvp@volunteerprincewilliam.org. She has lots of new and fun volunteer opportunities in the community. Cheers to senior power!

· Embrace Treatment Foster Care has an urgent need for new foster families. This is an opportunity to make a significant impact on a child with your loving home. Training and support given to all families. Please call Gretchen at (540) 613-5120 to learn more.

· The American Red Cross needs volunteers on Saturday July 23rd from 8am-12noon for their Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. This event educates the community on fire safety and installs smoke alarms where needed. Registration is at 8am, training at 8:30am and out the door in teams in the Irongate community from 9am-12 noon. The event starts at the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Manassas. Please register online at: volunteerconnection.redcross.org/?nd=form_5867 or call Erwin at (571) 293-1771 to join the fun.

· The PW Soil & Water Conservation District is looking for volunteers to help with the E.coli study of Quantico Creek. Veronica tells me it’s not rocket science but fun science just the same! Please email her at: waterquality@pwswcd.org to learn more.

· The PW Conservation Alliance will also conduct a spruce-up of the K9 Gunner Dog Park on the following days: July 17 from 2pm-4pm; August 6th from 9:30am-12pm. The address is 13000 Minnieville Rd., Woodbridge 22192. Wear long pants, sturdy shoes, and a hat to keep off the sun!

· Lake Ridge Fellowship House senior living needs a volunteer who speaks Korean to help interpret for one gentleman in particular but they also have several other residents with limited English skills. This gentleman needs help with a hearing test soon. Come share your special gift. Please call Kathleen at (703) 494-4455 for more info.

· Prince William Area Free Clinic needs 1-2 registered nurse volunteers to work a few mornings a month at their clinic. Specific duties include case management and running the clinic. Another fabulous opportunity to share your expertise with those most vulnerable. Please email Caitlin at: Caitlin.denney@pwafc.org for more info.

· Historic Manassas is gearing up for the Bands, Brews, and BBQ festival on September 10th. They need 60 people to poor beer from noon to 6pm. There will be two shifts for pourers and over 50 craft beers and siders for sampling! Contact Erin at: erin@historicmanassasinc.org.

· Chapel of His Glory provides legal, social services, financial management workshops and fun family gatherings to families in the Manassas community. They are looking for volunteers with legal skills, translators to a host of languages, admin support, events and children minders. Come join their team in Georgetown South Community! Please email Mr. Herbert at: treasuredglory@gmail.com for more info.

· Catholic Charities- Hogar Immigrant Services is urgently seeking teachers for the English classes in Manassas. These classes are held Monday-Thursday but volunteers are only asked to teach once a week. Training is provided and you do not need to know any other language. Please call Cynthia at (571) 208-1572 ext. 103 to learn more.

· Helping Neighbors Outreach Center in Dale City needs volunteers to help in the office on Thursdays from 9:30-3:30. Duties include answering the phone, mailings and other admin duties. Please call Pastor Edmonds at (703) 964-7725 for more info.

· The Community Health Network at the Manassas Park Community Center needs volunteers on Tuesdays from 8am-12noon. Duties include assisting patients with medical forms, assisting with tracking information on electronic software and other admin jobs. Great training is provided by the VA Dept. of Health. Please call Valda at (703) 792-6755 to learn more.

· Habitat for Humanity has started the new home makeover on Central Park Drive. Lots of volunteer opportunities on this home. Please visit the volunteer calendar for all the specifics at: www.habitatpwc.org for all the specifics. They especially need lunch donors to bring lunch to the other volunteers. It’s easy- just make some sandwiches, a bag of chips, few cookies and a drink to make their day.

· Walk to end Alzheimer’s is coming up on October 15 in Manassas at the Harris Pavilion – visit their web site for details on walking and volunteering! www.alzheimersassociationnca.volunteerlocal.com.

· If you are looking for other opportunities, please don’t forget to call my wonderful team at Volunteer Prince William. Jan can help you with the Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP) opportunities at (703) 369-5292 ext. 1, Shelley can help with any individual or group project and send you weekly updates if you’d like. Shelley is at (703) 369-5292 ext. 0, and Bonnie can help you with opportunities available in Disaster Preparedness at (703) 369-5292 ext. 3. Please visit our newly re-vamped website at www.volunteerprincewilliam.org. Thanks so much for all you do in our community.

Call to Action is a column written by Volunteer Prince William Director Mary Foley.

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Local officers more vigilant after Dallas police slayings

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The shootings deaths of five police officers overnight in Dallas have local police on guard.

Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok said the murders have prompted local officers to be more vigilant.

“Not aware of anything other than increased vigilance. Hopefully, we learn more about the incident in the days ahead.”

Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Peork in an email to Potomac Local.

Twelve police officers were shot, five fatally, outside a peaceful protest after a police officer shot and killed Philando Castile inside a car Wednesday in St. Paul, Minn.

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Virginia Attorney General visits Dar Alnoor Islamic Community Center in Woodbridge

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Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring on Wednesday visited Dar Alnoor Islamic Community Center in Woodbridge. 

More about Herring’s visit from center director Rafi Ahmed: 

We had invited him as we invite other candidates and elected official as part of our civic  education process

He wished our community Happy Eid, which is end of the Holy month of Ramadan. And he stated that as Virginia attorney general he will protect rights of all Virginians. 

We had Delegates Rich Anderson, Jackson Miller, State Senators George Barker, Jeremy McPike, [Prince William County Coles District Supervisor] Marty [Nohe], Briana Sewell from congressman [Gerry][ Connolly’s office, Anh Phan from Senator Mark Warner’s office, and [former Virginia State Senate candidate] Ed Gillespie were there.
 
It means a lot to us that our elected officials attend these services, it show that they care. 
 

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Rescue crews called to crash on Dale Boulevard

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Police, fire and rescue crews were called about 11 p.m. Monday, July 4 to a crash on Dale Boulevard, we’re told. 

The crash occurred on the four-lane road between Glendale Drive and Greenwood Road.

Initial reports indicated at least one person was trapped inside one of the vehicles. That turned out to be false, were told.

 



More on this crash as we have it.

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Changes come to ACTS Thrift Store in Dumfries

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There’s been some changes at the CTS Thrift Store in Dumfries. 

More in an email between Potomac Local and ACTS spokeswoman Jessica Bibb: 

1. What exactly has changed? Please describe new items, fixtures, signage, pricing, new or difference items not before in the store? 
 
We’ve made the thrift store more shopper friendly. We’ve reorganized the shopping experience by categorizing the clothing, housewares, furniture, etc. We’ve added a purse wall and sorted the accessories as well. Paul Bartosch is the one who complete redesigned and improved the thrift store!
 
2. Why the changes? 
 
We made the changes to better accommodate the shoppers and the wonderful variety and quality of good we sell. We have a little bit of everything for everybody.  It’s also a fun and inexpensive way to experiment with different styles of clothing and jewelry. Thrift stores are the original “one stop shopping” experience to meet different needs. So, it was important for us to make our space more engaging to the community.
 
3. How many thrift stores does ACTS operate? Changes at one or all stores? 
 
ACTS owns and operates one thrift store. It’s extremely important to highlight that 100% of the thrift store revenue goes directly back to ACTS to better serve those in need in our community.
The ACTS Thrift Store is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 6 p.m. 
 
Here’s an older view of the store before they changed the sign: 
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Here are some more photos ACTS shared with us:

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Harley to BMW? Police test 4 new motorcycles, explore potential cost savings

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Some Prince William police officers are changing up their rides. 

From Prince William police:

SWITCHING GEARS: Our Motor Unit is testing 4 BMW motorcycles as we consider transitioning from our long-time Harley Davidsons as a cost saving measure for the police department. Price comparisons for the initial cost are lower and maintenance cost comparisons will be reviewed upon completion of the first year. #ShareTheRoad

Each Prince William police officer in the traffic unit, also known as the motor unit, is issued a motorcycle, Today, the department uses 19 Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

The department is exploring just how much money it could save in maintenance costs with these new motorcycles.

Here’s more from Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok:

“Cost savings are not known right now. Price comparisons for the initial cost appear to be lower but overall maintenance, which is the bigger cost, is not known right now.”

“The 4 BMW’s that we have are only being tested and may be incorporated into the fleet if we find they meet our needs and can set up something for future, long-term maintenance.”

“No decision has been made to switch and we don’t know when that will be right now. We need to be able to determine through testing and maintenance that this is a better fit for us.”

Multiple police departments across the U.S. use BMW motorcycles, he added.

 

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