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Sudley Road named after forgotten Sudley community

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Like many road names throughout Prince William County, Sudley Road and Sudley Manor Road find their beginnings with the influential Carter Family.

In the 1750s, Landon Carter was deeded a portion of land from the Middle Bull Run tract in northern Prince William, eastern Loudoun, and western Fairfax counties. While Landon primarily lived in Richmond County at Sabine Hall, the task of developing the Middle Bull Run tract was given to two of his sons: John Carter and Landon Carter II. (more…)

Coal ash water treatment process ‘unprecedented’

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At the top of the hill overlooking the Possum Point Power Station you get a clear view of the Potomac River.

Helicopters are buzzing in the air near Quantico Marine Corps Base.

There’s also a large pond below the hilltop, one of five that contain the deadly heavy metals arsenic, boron, and chromium to lead, mercury, selenium, and zinc, all sitting at the bottom of the pond. The heavy metals combine to form coal ash — a byproduct created when coal was burned at Possum Point to generate electricity from 1947 to 2003. (more…)

Jail house life recreation one of several events during Prince William Historic Preservation Month

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May is Historic Preservation Month, a nationwide event that highlights the contributions that historic preservation has made in strengthening local communities.

Prince William County is lucky to have many organizations that help preserve our community’s history, including a County Historic Preservation Division. The Prince William County Historic Preservation Division is the caretaker of nearly a dozen historic sites and properties that interpret the history of all of Prince William County’s residents from the pre-colonial era to today.

The early history of our county is best showcased at Rippon Lodge Historic Site in Woodbridge. The 1747 estate of a colonial elite, Rippon Lodge was restored in 2007 and follows the history of the building and the county as new sections were added in the following 200 years. (more…)

Shooting victim pronounced dead on scene

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A police investigation is underway into a homicide in near Dumfries overnight. 

Here’s more from police: 

Homicide Investigation- On May 3rd at 1:03AM, officers responded to the 3100 block of Chesapeake Dr in Dumfries (22026) to investigate a shooting. When officers arrived on scene, they located the victim, an adult male, suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation continues and additional information will be released once it is made available. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call Prince William County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS.

More as we have it.

Stewart running for governor, taking cues from Trump

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Corey Stewart is running for governor in 2017.

He’s positioning himself as a Donald Trump-like candidate who will say whatever he wants, who means what he says, and, if elected, does what he means. Stewart since December has led the effort in Virginia to get Trump elected, serving as his statewide campaign coordinator — crisscrossing the state campaigning for the billionaire.

Many have said Stewart aligned himself with Trump to be a better-looking candidate, as the ideal conservative for an eventual run for the state’s highest office. They were correct. (more…)

Naked man arrested in Dale City, charged with indecent exposure

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Videos of this arrest were posted all over Facebook Sunday afternoon. We won’t post the video here because it includes full frontal nudity.

Police confronted a man near the intersection of Dale Boulevard and Gideon Drive. The man in the video is seen naked, yelling at police officers, and resisting arrest. 

Here’s the police version of what happened: (more…)

Dumfries Mayor arrested, accused of stealing campaign sign

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Dumfries Mayor Jerry Foreman. [Photo: Uriah Kiser / Potomac Local News]

Dumfries Mayor Jerry Foreman is accused of stealing a campaign sign from a property in the town.

The twice-elected mayor was arrested Saturday afternoon. Vice-Mayor Willie J. Toney said the stolen campaign sign belonged to him.

The arrest comes prior to Tuesday’s General Election for Dumfries Town Council. Foreman was reelected as Mayor last year and is not running this election cycle. (more…)

Leaders discuss name change for Prince William Forest Park

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Prince William Forest Park has a 70-year history.

Today campers, hikers, and wildlife enthusiasts flock to the park nestled between Prince William and Stafford counties, and Quantico Marine Corps Base.

The park formed in 1936 as the Chopawamsic Recrational Demonstration Area, part of President Franklin Rosevelt’s Depression-era New Deal program, the park served as a place to educate inner-city youth from Washington, D.C. about nature.

The youth camps closed during WWII, and the 15,000 acres of parkland was used to train spies under the Office of Strategic Services, known today as the CIA. Many of the buildings the OSS used are still in use today as cabins. (more…)

Body of Lizeth Lopez found in Lake Ridge

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Police said they found the body of 36-year-old Lizeth Lopez.

Her body was found this morning in Lake Ridge. Lopez, of Alexandria, was reported missing April 19.

More in a press release:

On April 29 at 10:56AM, officers responded to the area of Cotton Mill Dr and Griffith Ave in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a found body. Officers arrived in the area and located the body of an adult woman presumed to be Lizeth Yadira Lopez, 36, who was reported as missing and endangered on April 19. The body was located near a drainage ditch in the above area and will be transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. At this time, the death is being investigated as a homicide and more information will be released when available. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call Prince William County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS. The investigation continues.

Flores turns herself in, charged in Wells Fargo armed robbery

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The woman police said robbed a bank at the intersection of Dale Boulevard and Interstate 95 earlier this month is behind bars. 

Armed Bank Robbery *ARREST – On April 27, Vicky Samantha FLORES turned herself into police without incident at the Adult Detention Center in Manassas. The accused was wanted in connection to a robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank located at 2867 Dale Blvd in Woodbridge on April 5.

Arrested on April 27:

Vicky Samantha FLORES, 23, of no fixed address

Charged with robbery

Court Date: June 9, 2016 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

The 23-year-old has a list of previous charges filed in Prince William County General District Court to include larceny of vehicle and drug distribution. 

Dumfries 7-Eleven robbed at gunpoint

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An 18-year old Woodbridge man is charged with robbery, malicious wounding, burglary while armed, and use of a firearm in commision of a felony. The second suspect has not been located.
 
According to police, the suspects robbed the 7-Eleven located on Jefferson Davis Highway near Dumfries by using a handgun to demand money. One of the suspects was struck on the head by an employee with a stick causing a large cut. The suspects fled on foot with an unknown amount of money, said the police. 

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Gun permit fees go down, Prince William Court budget goes up

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The cost to get a concealed carry gun permit in Prince William County went down. But the amount of funding for the offices that process the applications is going up.

Members of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors in February negotiated a deal with the County’s Sheriff Glen Hill to lower the cost of obtaining a concealed carry permit from $50 to $15. Hill agreed for drop his $35 portion of the license fee in exchange for getting more money for additional staffing in his department.

With the deal, Hill will get two new sheriff’s deputies and a new patrol car in 2017 and 2018, respectively. The Prince William County Board of Supervisors agreed to fund the new positions if Hill agreed to the permit fee reduction — something he didn’t have to do as he is an elected official and is not bound to follow the direction of the Board of Supervisors, as the county’s police chief is required to do. (more…)

$450,000 project aims to stop shoreline erosion at Leesylvania

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Wave action along the Potomac River continues to erode the shoreline at Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge.

This summer, the park will begin work to prevent shoreline erosion with a new project that calls for placing rocks that sills, or jetties parallel to the shoreline. Sand and aquatic plants will be placed behind the rocks. As plant life grows, the roots will hold the sand in place, and rocks will help stop erosion caused by wave action. (more…)

IKEA remodels Woodbridge restaurant

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Reginald Thomas looks forward to his breakfast.

A bus driver for PRTC, the hot meal is a chance to take a welcome break and put fuel in his tank to keep going for the rest of the day. The price of his meal at a newly remodeled IKEA Restaurant at Potomac Mills mall in Woodbridge is easy to swallow, too.

“It’s 99 cents. By far, this is the best breakfast deal in town,” said Thomas, of Lake Ridge, who is a regular here on workdays.

With a plate piled high full of sausage and potatoes, Thomas poured himself a drink from a self-serve beverage station that sits in the middle of the floor and then he found himself a seat.

“I don’t eat the eggs here,” he said. “For some reason, they’re not cooked the way I like them. I like my eggs cracked, and they don’t do that here.” (more…)

SUV overturns near Dumfries

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A overturned SUV halted traffic on Interstate 95 near Dumfries today.

The driver of an Acura was traveling north on the highway and crashed about 12:56 p.m. and turned onto its side in the left lane of the highway just before milepost 152.

Rescue crews and Virginia State Police were called the scene. Minor injuries were repoted, said Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller.

Several motorists stopped and got out of their vehicles to help the occupant of the SUV. The bystanders began pushing on the car in an attempt to right the vehicle.

Aden’s origins remain a true mystery

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Was Aden ever more than a Country Store?

Traveling on the back roads toward Nokesville from Route 234, there is a four-way stop at the crossroads of Aden Road and Fleetwood Drive. (more…)

Dumfries woman charged with assaulting sheriff’s deputy

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A Dumfries woman is charged with one count of assault and battery on a law enforcement officer, two counts of obstruction of justice, and one count of assault and battery. 
 
According to police, the accused threatened a 25-year-old man with a knife after they were involved in an argument. When authorities attempted to detain the accused, she hit an officer in the face. With the assistance from another officer she was detained, says report.
 
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