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Prince William

Police Search for Fast Fuels Robbers

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Prince William police are investigating a robbery that occurred at a gas station at the intersection of Old Bridge Road and Route 123 near Occoquan.

Here is more in a press release from Prince William poilce:

Armed Robbery – On November 23rd at 6:16PM, officers responded to the Fast Fuel Service Station located at 1320 Old Bridge Rd in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a robbery. An employee reported to police that three unknown men entered the business and approached the counter. Two of the men display handguns while the third took money from the register and a purse belonging to an employee. Following the encounter, all three men fled the store on foot. No injuries were reported.

Suspect Descriptions:

Black male, between 25 & 29 years of age, 5’10” with a thin build

Last seen wearing a black HH winter coat with a hood, tan brown pants and black & white shoes

Black male, between 25 & 29 years of age, 6’0” with a thin build and short dreadlocks

Last seen wearing a black hooded jacket over a green hooded shirt and blue jeans

Black male, between 25 & 29 years of age, 5’8” with a medium build

Last seen wearing a black long coat, red shirt, black mask and tan work boots

Nyea’s Party Store a Sign of Life for Featherstone Square

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New homes being constructed at Featherstone Square

A new store owner hopes a party will once again happen inside Woodbridge’s Featherstone Square.

Ania Jaffa is the managing director, chief proprietor, and just about any other official-sounding title you can come up with for Nyea’s Party store. The independent business owner opened the store this fall after retiring from working in the account management department at AT&T, not a job one would associate with parties.

Nyea’s caters to everyone but has found a niche market with the Hispanic market in Woodbridge. In addition to baby shower party goods, the store has been selling a lot of party favors like plates, napkins, and cups designed by Uzuri Kid Kidz. It’s an Ohio-based artist that draws the characters with the familiar Disney look and feel, but feature Hispanics and African-American children to “mirror their lifestyle and will help fill the void in the current market.”

After Jaffa, of Manassas, retired, she looked around the area for a location for a party store.

“Then I came to Woodbridge and said “you know what, there is a niche here that I think I can fill,” said the New York City native.

The independent party store opened in a place many would consider to be an unlikely spot. For years, Featherstone Square has seen its share of small tenants come and go. The shopping center is anchored by a Food Lion and a large furniture rental store.

The surrounding neighborhood along Route 1 is noted more for its “brown” spots in need of redevelopment, and for its congested traffic.

Much of that is changing. Ryan Homes has opened a new sales office inside the center as construction is now underway for new condos and 30 townhomes on nearly 9 acres of land of Featherstone Road, just across from the shopping center.

The owner of the shopping center is also petitioned the county to build the new homes.

The new construction will bring more people to the neighborhood, and more people to the shopping center, Jaffa hopes.

“I’m used to transitional neighborhoods, you see a lot of that in New York, It’s a cyclical thing,” said Jaffa.

 

Firefighters Go to Great Heights to Rescue Cat

PWC Firefighter goes over 89 feet in the area to rescue a resident's cat.

PWC Firefighter goes over 89 feet in the area to rescue a resident’s cat.

Video shows cat rescue in Montclair

 

Four firefighters with the Prince William Department of Fire & Rescue went out of their way to make sure that a Woodbridge resident’s family cat was returned safely.

The cat, referred to by the firefighters as “Kitty”, had gotten stuck in a tree over 89 feet late last week in the area of Tallowwood Drive and Spring Branch Blvd. in Montclair.

“We received a phone call from our Battalion Chief — he asked us to check out an incident. Station 17 in Montclair had gotten a phone call requesting assistance – that their pet cat was stuck in a tree,”

The cat and its owner [Submitted]

The cat and its owner [Submitted]

said Lieutenant Dave Caruana, one of the firefighters at the scene.

 Technicians Adam Mowry, Shawn Riley, Shawn Bliss and Lt. Caruana were called out to the scene when Station 17 was unable to retrieve the cat.

“Engine 17 headed over there to check the incident out, to see if they could handle it and the cat was in the tree further than their ground ladders could reach,” Caruana said.

The four men quickly responded to the call, and were able to safely remove the cat from the tree, returning it to its owner.

“We arrived onscene and our driver, Shawn Riley, positioned the [ladder] appropriately…and we retrieved the cat out of the tree,” said Caruana.

Jennifer Leigh Titus, a witness who was present and filmed the rescue, feels grateful to have such dedicated firefighters on call in her neighborhood.

“They were pretty awesome, the first truck came and the ladder was too short and then they called in the big guns. That cat would have either fallen or froze to death. They didn’t have to [trek] out in that freezing weather to save a cat, but they did. That makes me feel really safe knowing that they would go through so much for a kitten, imagine what they would do for us,” said Titus.

Hudson: Recent Prince William Murders Not a Trend

Chief praises police officers for hard work following murders

 

Two murders back to back, less than a week apart, has some Prince William County residents talking about safety.

On Nov. 10, a Woodbridge Senior High School student was shot and killed on a walking path just outside the school. Police said the victim was killed in a drug-related robbery. Five people, including a 16-year-old girl, were arrested and charged in connection to Williams’ death.

In the early hours of Nov. 16, Christopher Nathaniel Weaver, 19, and a 15-year-old boy were shot in Dale City. Both were taken to a hospital where Weaver died, and a 15-year-old suffered injuries that did not appear to be life threatening.

One shooting suspect was arrested the following day in Arlington, and the second was taken into custody last night in Manassas.

The two shootings were not related.

In an interview with Potomac Local, Prince William Police Department Chief Stephan Hudson says the county has seen some troubling incidents in recent days, but says crime in the community continues to be at historically low levels.

“Even with two recent murders that have occurred within five or six days of each other, we still are at a total of six murders for the entire year. Historically, over the past 30 plus years, [the number of] our murders vary every single year. They’ve gone from lows of one and two to a high of 16. So, I am not overly concerned that this represents some kind of a trend that we need to be concerned about,” said Hudson.

Statistically, Prince William is on par with having the same number of murders this year as last. A total of 16 people were murdered in Prince William in 2006, and 12 people were murder in the county in 2008. Those two years, out of the past 10, saw the most murders in the county.

The department’s policy of directing a massive amount of resources to the county’s most violent crimes immediately after they occur is what helped detectives to quickly track down suspects in the two most recent murders. Keep Reading…

Patterson in Custody, Charged with Murder

The final suspect in a shooting death last week was arrested in Manassas.

Bryan Lamonte Patterson, 25, of 4716 Kirkdale Drive in Dale City, was taken into custody without incident at a house in Manassas last night. Patterson is charged in the murder of 19-year-old Christopher Nathaniel Weaver, killed in the early morning hours of Nov. 16. A second victim, a 15-year-old boy, was also shot and taken to a hospital with injuries that did nto appear to be life threatening.

Police released a description of Patterson yesterday at the same time they announced the Nov. 17 arrest of 35-year-old Christopher Coward, also of Dale City, who is also charged with murder in Weaver’s death.

Both men are scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 14, 2015.

Police Nab 1, Seek 2nd in Dale City Murder

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One man is in custody and another is sought in the shooting death of a Dale City man.

Christopher Weaver was shot and killed at a home on the 13400 block of Keating Drive in Dale City early Sunday. A 15-year-old boy was also wounded during the shooting.

Police then arrested their first suspect in the shooting, 35-year-old Christopher Coward, of Kirkdale Drive in Dale City, during a traffic stop in Arlington on Nov. 17. Coward is charged with murder and is suspected of

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fleeing the scene of the shooting with another suspect – Bryan Patterson, 35, of 914 Hillcrest Drive in Vienna.

Patterson is charged with murder and is sought by police. He is described as black, 5 feet 11 inches tall, 165 pounds, with short black hair and a beard.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Patterson is encouraged to call police at 703-792-6500.

Dumfries ‘First Town Center’ Land Sale Moving to Public Hearing

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The “Promenade at First Town Center” project in Dumfries is moving ahead.

Dumfries will hold a public hearing to get feedback on a plan to sell nearly four acres of land on Main Street (Route 1 south), between the ACTS Thrift Store and the existing “First Town Center” office building next to Town Hall for $150,000.

Real estate developer Pete Singh needs the parcel to build the “Promenade at Dumfries First Town Center,” a mix of retail and residential in the heart of the town.

A date for the public hearing should be set at the next town council meeting on Dec. 2. The town council unanimously approved the motion to move the land sale to a public hearing on Tuesday.

The area in which the Promenade will be built is slated to be dubbed a conservation area revitalization area on Dec. 2. The designation will allow Singh to apply for low-interest financing from the Virginia Housing Development Authority to construct the center, according to town documents.

Councilman Derrick Wood also wants to also include both of the town’s major shopping centers, Dumfries Shopping Center on Route 1 north, home to Todos Market and a public library, and Triangle Shopping Center that is home to a McDonald’s and the town’s police department, as conservation revitalization areas.

Prince William Fire & Rescue Collect Donations for Toys for Tots

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Prince William County’s Department of Fire & Rescue has started to collect toys for the Toys for Tots Foundation for this holiday season. The toy donation drive will run from November 14 to December 20.

 

 

 

 

 

More information from a press release from the Prince William County Department of Fire & Rescue:

The Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue has begun collecting toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation. The toy collection began on November 14th and will run through December 20, 2014.

Please drop off toys to any Prince William County, City of Manassas Park and Manassas City fire station, Prince William County Public Safety Training Center in Nokesville as well as the lobby at the McCoart Government Center in Woodbridge. Toys must be new and unwrapped. Due to the requirements of the Marine Toys for Tots, clothes and used toys cannot be received for this event. Please drop off used toys and clothing to churches and shelters in your neighborhood.

All toys will be delivered to the Toys for Tots collection site for processing and delivery to pre-authorized organizations who have requested toys. Fire stations are not permitted to deliver these toys directly to citizens. Please contact your local Marine Toys for Tots Foundation distribution center for details.

Toys for Tots can use your time as well; the distribution center needs help sorting thousands of toys. Donations of food and drinks for the volunteer workers are appreciated.

Toys for Tots is a national charity program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which collects and distributes toys to less fortunate children whose parents may be struggling financially and unable to purchase gifts during the traditional Christmas Holiday season. It is the only charitable endeavor associated with the Department of Defense that reaches out to local communities. The program was started in 1947, in California, by Major William L. Hendricks and was inspired by his wife, Diane, when she tried to donate a doll to a needy child but could not find an organization to do so. At Diane’s suggestion, Major Hendricks gathered a group of local Marine reservists who coordinated and collected 5,000 toys for local children. Hendricks used his position as director of public relations at Warner Brothers Studio to enlist celebrity support and later asked his friend, Walt Disney, to design a poster for a national campaign. The result was the three-car, red train logo.

Catholic High School Race Supports Students with Intellectual Disabilities

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This Saturday, Nov. 22, Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School near Dumfries will host their 4th annual JP5K Run/Walk for Options. The race, which will take place on the school campus and the surrounding neighborhood, is being hosted to raise funds for the school’s Options program, which provides educational opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities.

“[This race] supports our Options program, which currently serves about six students with intellectual impairments,” said Jennifer Cole, Director of Admissions and Marketing for Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School. 

Last year the race had about 600 participants, and they’re hoping for a similar turnout this year. In last year’s run, the school raised several thousands to help fund the Options program.

“It’s really important to us that families know that there is a Catholic school that has a program that can meet the needs of students with these disabilities, because it’s not something that has traditionally been very available,” said Cole of the importance of such a program in the community, noting that children from all faith backgrounds are accepted.

The goal of this program is to give students a place where they can contribute to the educational community, spending part of their time with an individualized curriculum, and another part of their day spent with other students in the classroom.

“We have a program where they spend part of their day in the classroom – it’s a very individualized program and they’re learning at the level that is appropriate for each one of them. And the other part of the day, our Options students are in our mainstream classrooms with ‘buddies’…these are students that are like mentors,” said Cole.

Runners for the race can register on the race website, or the day of at the race, from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. The address for the campus is 17700 Dominican Drive in Dumfries.

Gar-Field High School, Smoketown Road Traffic Impacted by Gas Leak

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A contractor doing work in the area of Smoketown Road hit a gas main this afternoon causing the closure of a portion of the road and the evacuation of Gar-Field Senior High School, said a spokesman for Washington Gas.

Gas crews are assessing the situation and are expected to provide us with more information soon.

3:43 p.m.

A gas leak promoted the evacuation of a high school and closed a major road in Woodbridge.

A portion of Smoketown Road at Gar-Field Senior High School is closed at this hour. Students at the high school have been evacuated to the parking lot in front of T.J. Maxx at Potomac Mills mall due to the leak.

School officials say all children are safe, and issued this statement:

Officials have expanded the precautionary evacuation of Gar-Field HS due to a gas line repair in the area. All are safe but being moved to the TJ Maxx parking lot. Students—and GRAD program pre-schoolers—may be picked up there. The activity bus will pick up students there at 4 p.m. All athletics activities and Adult Ed classes are canceled. ?

Police urge drivers to use caution when traveling in the area of the gas leak.

Beer Boon: Craft Brewers Now Welcome in Prince William

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Restrictive zoning ordinance amended

It is now legal to open a craft brewery in a shopping center in Prince William County.

In what seemed like a happy hour session, that last call of the night for the County Board of Supervisors was to amend zoning laws that once prevented small craft breweries, like Bad Wolf Brewing in Manassas, from opening in commercial or retail district.

Unlike bars or restaurants, most craft breweries stick to serving only beer. New legislation signed earlier this year by Gov. Terry McAuliffe now allows these small breweries that were once banned under Virginia ABC laws.

“We’re always trying to catch up with the market,” said Nick Evers, with Prince William County’s planning office.

Like small wineries, craft breweries are growing in popularity and have sprung up in Manassas City and Stafford County. Recently, Bad Wolf Brewery in Manassas chose to expand its operation in that city. But not before exploring their options to expand at Tacketts Mill in Lake Ridge only to be told no due to the old zoning law.

“We’ve already lost potential business in this development area,” said Occoquan District Supervisor Mike May.

Small craft breweries allowed to make 10,000 barrels per year, and are no longer restricted to being located in industrial zones in Prince William. For brew masters that grow their ingredients for their beers on farms with two acres of land or more, those breweries can make 15,000 barrels of beer per year, said Evers.

But it’s not all Miller time yet for the Supervisors on this issue. As the Board voted to allow small craft breweries, they also voted to revisit the issue to refine the language that states exactly what types of alcoholic beverages may be brewed in the county.

Chairman Corey Stewart, At-large, said the language in the new law does not address breweries that make alcoholic cider, or Mead, a drink rooted in ancient history throughout Asia and Europe made by fermenting honey with water.

“Yeah, it’s coming up. They make Meade,” said Stewart.

Craft breweries will be allowed to host beer tastings at their facilities but will need to obtain a permit for events with more than 100 people in attendance.

Teen Stabbed at Clubhouse Fight in Woodbridge

LAKE RIDGE, Va. – On Nov. 14, officers arrived at a community clubhouse to investigate a fight and discovered that a 13-year-old boy had been stabbed in the chest, and that gunshots were heard in the area.

Here’s the latest from Prince William police:

Malicious Wounding | Impersonating a Police Officer – On November 14th at 9:07PM, officers responded to a community clubhouse located in the 16300 block of Kramer Estates Dr in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a large fight.

As officers were responding to the location additional information informed police that a person had been stabbed and that gun shots were heard in the area. Officers arrived at the clubhouse and located a victim, identified as a 13 year male juvenile, suffering from a stab wound to his chest.

The investigation revealed the accused was working as a security guard at a birthday party being held at the clubhouse. At one point, the accused identified himself as a police officer and began turning attendees away due to capacity. As a result, a fight subsequently broke out at the location.

During the encounter, the accused pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim in the chest and slashed him across the face. Injuries were later determined to be non-life threatening. Gunshots were also reported by attendees. No one was reportedly struck by gun fire and no shooter was located. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested.

                Arrested on November 14th:

                Joseph Dionte DERAMUS, 19, of 3345 Canton Ct in Dumfries

                Charged with malicious wounding and impersonating a police officer

                Court date: December 17, 2014 | Bond: held WITHOUT bond

 

Woman Uses Cable, Extension Cord to Strike Teen

DALE CITY, Va. – On Nov. 13, officers arrested a woman they said used a “coaxial cable and an electrical extension cord” to strike a 14-year-old female victim after an argument.

Here’s the latest from Prince William police; 

Malicious Wounding | Felony Child Abuse – On November 13th, detectives from the Physical Abuse Unit began an investigation into an assault which was reported to have occurred at a residence located in the 15100 block of Concord Dr in Woodbridge (22193) on November 12th. The investigation revealed that the victim, a 14 year old female juvenile, was involved in a verbal altercation with the accused, a family member, which escalated. During the encounter, the accused used a coaxial cable and an electrical extension cord to repeatedly strike the victim. As a result, the victim sustained significant injuries to her back, legs and lower body to include deep bruising, lacerations and swelling. The victim reported the incident to school officials who in turn informed Child Protective Services and police. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested on November 13th.

                Arrested on November 13th:

                Belky Maria BONILLA-PALACIOS, 33, of the 15100 block of Concord Dr in Woodbridge

                Charged with malicious wounding and felony child abuse

                Court date: pending | Bond: held WITHOUT bond

Entrepreneurs Swap Ideas on Success, a Better Prince William

Dr. John Kim, of Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialist, said giving back to the community is one of the best things an entrepreneur can do.

“There’s always something inside of you that keeps pushing you”

 

A panel of business owners Monday shared insights into the characteristics of what makes a good entrepreneur.

The panel, Entrepreneurs on Leadership, assembled by Leadership Prince William, featured leaders from businesses like manufacturing, auto repair, communications, medicine, and retail.

The majority of those who spoke said they never intended to become a successful business owner. However, they decided it was a goal worth pursuing.

“I didn’t want another business,” said Sarah Pitkin, owner of Pitkin’s Hardware in Dale City.

She bought the store from her father, and she said owning your own business is a mix of trial and error.

“There’s always something inside of you that keeps pushing you to keep moving for and having ideas and seeing what works,” said Pitkin.

Many entrepreneurs search for their niche and some niches may not always be the most popular ideas.

“I listen for things like ‘you shouldn’t do that,’ or I listen for ‘I wouldn’t do that’ when talking to others. That is a trigger point for me to look into something,” said ST Billingsley, owner of Steve’s Auto Repair and Tire in Woodbridge.

Teamwork was also a much-discussed topic at Monday’s session.

“Entrepreneurism is taking advantage, taking risk, and saying ‘it’s going to work’ and ‘I can figure it out with other people helping me,’” said Patty Baisden, owner of QMT Wind Chimes.

The discussion later morphed into a conversation about how to better promote Prince William County, its amenities, and the quality business community it has to offer. Many said only negative news is reported about the county and few “good news” stories are told about Prince William.

Mark Shaaber, of SCS Integrated Support Solutions, hosted the event. He chose to retire from his job at the Pentagon in Arlington and live in Prince William County.

“I heard the community options were good and the price of housing was lower. What got me to stay here in prince William County is when I looked at a map of Prince William and saw I can take a ride on a country road, and saw it was a place that had a tree or two left we could be proud of,” he said.

While there were many comparisons between Prince William’s larger neighbors Fairfax and Loudoun counties.

“We’re a really great community, but were not [Fairfax], and that’s OK because we have enough. It’s just a sense that we’re good, and that’s enough,” said Baisden.

The Prince William Association of Realtors building in Woodbridge hosted the event.

Stonebridge Lighting Tree at 6:25 p.m. Nov. 28

Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

Join Roadside Development for the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting at Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center on Nov. The event begins at 6 pm with a 20 minute performance by Those Funny Little People following by the official lighting of the tree at approximately 6:25.

Additional performances by Those Funny Little People – Elves Wally & Abby throughout the evening, carriage rides, free family activities, holiday craft show, light refreshments and the New Dominion Choraliers

The event includes a toy drive to benefit the Children’s National Medical Center Holiday Toy Store, a pop-up store within the hospital during the holidays so parents can shop for presents for their children who are patients. The store also has items that children can buy for their parents. Roadside Development will supplement the toy drive with a cash donation.

Event Timeline:
– 6:00: Those Funny Little People kick off the event
– 6:25: Tree Lighting
– 6:30: Carolers (directly after tree lighting)
– 7:00: Those Funny Little People
– 7:25: Carolers
– 8:00: Those Funny Little People Meet and Greet
– 8:15: Carolers
– 6:00-8:00 Family Activities including carriage rides, face painters, balloon artists, roving entertainers and photograph opportunity ($5 charge)
– Holiday Craft Show is Friday from 10 am to 8 pm and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm.

Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center is a 24/7 project that brings style, convenience, flavor and activity to a Prince William County, Virginia marketplace that has experienced tremendous growth over the recent past. Conveniently located in Woodbridge, Virginia between two major interchanges on the high traffic and highly visible I-95 Interstate, Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center features approximately 550,000 square feet of exciting retail in a boulevard environment.

Workhouse Plans Black Friday Celebration

Workhouse Arts Center  in Lorton (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

The Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia will open its galleries and studios for extended hours on Black Friday, Nov. 28, from 10am-7pm, offering a free, fun and festive alternative to a day at the mall. Instead of standing in lines, come and explore the art work of nearly 100 of the area’s most prominent  artists; participate in interactive demonstrations; and find unique artisan gifts—all while supporting local artists in your community.

This annual event is full of free activities, events, and experiences for you to enjoy with your friends and family, such as:

  • Holiday Sing-A-Long & Tree Lighting
    Gather around our tree and spread holiday cheer with music and song! Ceremony begins at 5:45pm after the sun sets in the Rizer Pavilion.
  • Fire Pits with S’mores & Free Hot Cider
    Warm-up next to our outdoor fire pits, while you make s‘mores and enjoy hot cider!
  • Doughnuts with Santa
    Presented by Mestey Films Productions, join Santa and his helpers for a special holiday experience. Participants will enjoy two doughnuts and a choice of juice or coffee while Santa and his elves read a classic Christmas story and lead a fun-filled family sing-a-long. Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras for those special photos! $20 for children & adults.
  • Kid’s Activities: “Stay, Create!”
    Young artists can get creative with fun make-and-take art projects while parents browse the diverse art galleries of the Workhouse. Suggested donation of $5 per child for this activity, which supports Workhouse arts, education, and history programs.
  • Holiday Ballroom Dance
    Bring your dancing shoes and a partner to this free holiday ballroom dance from 4-5pm! No experience is necessary and all ages are welcome to twirl around the dance floor. A short lesson/demonstration will be provided by our resident Ballroom instructor Cookie Bell! 
  • “This Side’s For You” Cooking Demonstrations
    Join Chef Kathleen Linton in our Culinary Classroom for lessons in how to create tasty holiday-themed side dishes.
  • Art of Movement Demonstrations and Workshops
    Get on the move in Building W-11 with free classes and demos in Hula, Lei-Making, Surfset (Indoor Surfing Fitness), Bodyblade, Pilates, Yoga and more! All ages and abilities are welcome.

Police Catch Burglar in Haymarket

HAYMARKET, Va. – On Nov. 11, a homeowner told police that they discovered that several crossbows and a firearm were missing from a detached shed and a parked car.

Here’s the latest from Prince William police:  

Residential Burglary – On November 11th at 8:31AM, officers responded to the 3700 block of Mountain Rd in Haymarket (20169) to investigate a burglary. The homeowner reported to police that the burglary occurred between 6:30PM on November 10th and 5:30AM on November 11th.

The investigation revealed that entry was made into a detached shed, as well as, the homeowner’s vehicles parked on the property. Multiple crossbows and a firearm were reported missing. Around the same time, officers responded to investigate a suspicious vehicle in the 3800 block of Delashmutt Dr. Officers arrived and located the vehicle unoccupied. A crossbow was observed in the vehicle similar to one reported in the burglary.

The caller further reported seeing the driver of the vehicle carry a large bag to a residence in the 4100 block of Crescent Hill Dr. Officers and detectives made contact at the home and identified the driver as the accused. Following the investigation, the accused was connected to the reported burglary and was subsequently arrested.

Arrested on November 11th:

Zachary Ryan ALLUE, 18, of 1509 Summit Dr in Haymarket

Charged with burglary, grand larceny and grand larceny of a firearm

Court date: December 10, 2014 | Bond: $7,500 secured

Trummer’s and Uncle Julio’s to Open at Promenade

Photo from Virginia Gateway's Facebook page.

Photo from Virginia Gateway’s Facebook page.

Expect to see Trummer’s Coffee & Wine Bar and Uncle Julio’s Rio Grande to join the list of new businesses that have opened a location at the Promenade at Virginia Gateway in Gainesville.

More information from a Peterson Companies press release:

Peterson Companies announced today that Trummer’s Coffee & Wine Bar and Uncle Julio’s Rio Grande will open new locations at Promenade at Virginia Gateway. The two latest additions join the growing roster of upscale shopping, dining and entertainment destinations at the 300,000 square foot lifestyle center that opened in April 2014 in Gainesville, VA.

The 1,400 square foot Trummer’s Coffee & Wine Bar will feature a robust coffee menu, unique European coffee creations, house-made pastries, fresh fried Beignets, open-faced sandwiches, cheese plates, soups, salads, specialty cocktails and wine by the glass. This is the next concept from the owners of Trummer’s on Main, an award-winning restaurant in Clifton, VA, and Cupcakes Actually. The new Gainesville restaurant will be located near the Plaza, next to Francesca’s, and will open December 2014.

“Trummer’s Coffee & Wine Bar will be modeled after European Coffee Houses that have been around for hundreds of years in countries such as Austria, Hungary, Italy and France. By day it will be a fabulous spot to plug in your laptop and sip coffee with European pastries. By night, stop in for a light dinner and fabulous wines” says Victoria Trummer, co-owner of Trummer’s Coffee & Wine Bar and Trummer’s on Main. Adding, “Promenade at Virginia Gateway is the perfect location for our second restaurant, and we look forward to joining the Gainesville community.”

The 8,100 square foot Uncle Julio’s Rio Grande will be its fifth location in the state. The popular Mexican restaurant serves authentic, house-made Mexican dishes with the freshest ingredients. Uncle Julio’s at Promenade will offer its traditional tacos, enchiladas and tamales, along with specialties like marinated and mesquite grilled beef and chicken fajitas, ribs and jumbo shrimp. The new Mexican restaurant will be located adjacent to BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse and will feature a full bar serving signature drinks like The Swirl, Julio’s Skinny Guavarita, Passion Fruit Margarita and more. Uncle Julio’s Rio Grande at Promenade will offer outdoor dining and plans to open in summer 2015.

“These new restaurants will nicely round out our current mix of offerings at Promenade, further solidifying it as the premier shopping and dining destination in Gainesville,” stated Taylor O. Chess, President of Retail for Peterson Companies. Adding, “We’re thrilled to bring these two popular, local and award-winning restaurants directly to the Gainesville community.”

1 Dead, Another Seriously Injured in Dale City Shooting

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The shooting victim has been identified as 19-year-old Christopher Nathaniel Weaver, of Woodbridge.

The second victim is a 15-year-old boy from Woodbridge.

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One person is dead and another seriously injured following a shooting.

Police were called at 12:09 a.m. Sunday to the 13400 block of Keating Drive off Kingsman Road in Dale City. There they found two men suffering gunshot wounds, said Prince William police.

The two men were taken to a hospital where one of the men died, said police. The victims have not been identified.

Those who live in the area where shooting took place will see an increased police presence today as detectives investigate the incident. Police did not provide a description of a suspect in this shooting.

This is the second gun death in Prince William County in less than a week. On Monday, 16-year-old Brenden Wilson was shot and killed outside Woodbridge Senior High School. Four males were arrested in what police said is a drug-related crime.

Smoke, Heat Damage Woodbridge House

On Friday, November 14th, at approximately 5:30 a.m., fire and rescue units were dispatched to a structure fire in a two-story single family home located in the 14000 block of Grayson Road in Woodbridge.

Upon arrival, fire and rescue crews entered the home and discovered a fire in a first floor bedroom. Firefighters proceeded to attack and extinguish the fire as they searched for further extension of fire; no further extension was found; however, smoke and heat damage was discovered throughout the first and second floor.

No injuries reported.
The occupants, 3 adults, who were home at the time of the fire, were alerted to the fire by a smoke detector allowing them to safely evacuate the home.

The fire is currently under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s Office.

Updated: New Arrests Made in Murder of Woodbridge High School Student

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10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 17

Two teenagers wanted in connection to the shooting death of Brenden Wilson have been arrested. 

More from Prince Wiliam police: 

Murder Investigation *ARRESTS – On November 14th, the remaining juvenile suspect sought in connection to the November 10th murder of Brenden Wilson turned himself into police without incident. Detectives from the Homicide Unit have further connected a 5th suspect, identified as a 16 year old juvenile female, to this incident. All arrested suspects were determined to have been present during the shooting of Wilson and knowingly setup the incident as a robbery under the guise of a drug transaction. During the encounter, the victim was fatally shot and killed.

Arrested on November 14th: [Juvenile]

A 17 year old male juvenile of Woodbridge

A 16 year old female juvenile of Woodbridge

 

Both were charged with conspiracy to commit a felony

Court date: pending | Status: held at a juvenile detention facility

First arrests made

New arrests have been made in the murder of a 16-year-old Woodbridge Senior High School student.

After taking Kawain Tyrell Smalls, 20, of Woodbridge into custody on Tuesday – the day after the murder of Brendan Wilson, of Lake Ridge, police made another arrest and released this information:

On November 12th, detectives from the Homicide Unit identified four suspects in connection to this case. The investigation revealed that the shooting was drug related and that all parties were known to one another. Police have located and arrested three of the suspects in this case. The fourth, identified as a juvenile, is still being actively sought. This is Prince William County’s 5th murder of 2014. The investigation continues.

Arrested on November 11th:

 

Kymothy-Tyriq Desean WILSON, 18, of 13816 Breeze Ridge Way in Woodbridge

Charged with conspiracy to commit a felony

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

 

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Arrested on November 11th: [Juvenile]

A 17 year old male juvenile of Woodbridge

Charged with conspiracy to commit a felony

Court date: pending | Status: held at a juvenile detention facility

 

The fourth juvenile’s, a 16-year-old boy, saw his name released to the public yesterday. In the statement below, Prince William police say he remains wanted:

 

Pursuant to a court order issued today, the Prince William County Police have been authorized to publicly release the below information on the juvenile suspect sought in connection to the November 10th murder of Brenden Wilson. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact police. This suspect may be armed and dangerous.

Wanted: [Photo from November 2013]

Deion Nathaniel MOSES, 17, of Woodbridge

Described as a black male, 5’8”, 175lbs with a medium build, dark complexion, short black hair, brown eyes and may have earrings in both ears

Wanted for conspiracy to commit a felony

Police said the kiling was drug-related. 

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