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Dale City shooting suspect in custody

From police: 

Attempted Malicious Wounding *ARREST – On November 15, the accused, identified as Lee O’Neal DICKERSON, who was wanted in connection to a shooting which occurred at an apartment located in the 14300 block of Westminister Ln in Woodbridge on October 23, was arrested. The accused turned himself police without incident.

Arrested on November 15:

Lee O’Neal DICKERSON, 33, of the 14300 block of Westminister Ln in Woodbridge

Charged with attempted malicious wounding, use of a firearm in commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

Court Date: December 14, 2016 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

The shooting occrred after the suspect was involved in an argument with the 35-year-old victim, police stated. 

More from police: 

Attempted Malicious Wounding [Previously Released] – On October 23 at 7:45PM, officers responded to an apartment located in the 14300 block of Westminister Ln in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a shooting. When officers arrived on scene, they located the suspect, identified as a 33-year-old man of Woodbridge, inside the apartment suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the upper body. The investigation revealed that this individual was involved in a verbal argument with the victim, identified as a 35-year-old man of Florida. After the argument, the victim attempted to leave the apartment and was followed by the suspect. The victim retrieved a wooden board to defend himself, at which point, the suspect went to the bedroom and retrieved a handgun which he then shot towards the victim. The victim was not struck and a struggle ensued. During the altercation, the handgun discharged striking the suspect in the upper body. The suspect was flown to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and is expected to survive. All parties remained on scene and were questioned. Charges are pending. The investigation continues.

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Police called to Minnieville Exxon morning after robbery

From police: 

Armed Robbery – On November 14 at 9:43AM, officers responded to investigate a robbery which was reported to have occurred at the Exxon service station located at 13505 Minnieville Rd in Woodbridge (22192) the night prior, November 13, at approximately 9:40PM. A store employee reported to police that three masked men entered the business armed with handguns. The men approached the counter and took an undisclosed amount of money, cigarettes and other property before fleeing the business on foot. No injuries were reported. The men were only described as black males, one heavyset, wearing hooded shirts and masks.

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Let them eat cake: World record for tallest pyramid cake set in Woodbridge

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WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Students set the record for the tallest cake shaped like a pyramid in Woodbridge.

The cake, topping nine feet two inches, was assembled inside the food court at Potomac Mills mall on Friday, November 12. Instructors, with help from students from Stratford University in Woodbridge. assembled the cake.

“We wanted to show the world that we have a lot of students in our culinary program working with chef instructors who are the top in the industry,” said Stratford Woodbridge Campus Director Ovette Finnell.

The school has 130 students enrolled in its culinary program, which has become one of the school’s most popular courses of study.

A representative from the Guinness Book of World Records traveled to the mall to measure the cake, which included hundreds of sheet cakes used to make up an 8,000-pound cake held together with no inside structures or supports.

After being awarded the record, the cake was cut and some 32,000 slices of cake were sold to onlookers at the mall.

The previous record for the tallest pyramid cake was set in September in India, coming in at about six and a half feet tall.

“It is great to be a part of history. I get excited when the students get excited,” added Finnell.

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$85,000 improvements underway on Lake Ridge trail

LAKE RIDGE, Va. — A popular trail in Lake Ridge will close for the remainder of the month while crews work to improve it. 

From Prince William County Parks and Recreation spokesman Brent Heavner: 

PL: What work / improvements are being completed?

Heavner: Two culverts are going to be installed, and the trail tread is being improved. We should complete the work in about 3 weeks.

PL: Why is work is needed?

Heavner: This project addresses two areas on the trail that were by storm water runoff.  

PL: How popular is this trail?

Heavner: The trail is a popular amenity for Lake Ridge Park  and is a primary route for local residents to walk and jog. It’s one of our most popular trails.

PL: Where does the trail run (from where to where)?

Heavner: The trail runs from Springwood Drive through Lake Ridge Park to Hedges Run Drive.

PL: How long is the trail?

Heavner: Currently, the route of the trail runs roughly two miles. Though this particular project does not add new mileage to the trail, the long range plan calls for the extension of the trail all the way to the town of Occoquan for a total length of roughly 10 miles. As sections of trail are completed and connected, this trail corridor will grow in the coming years.

PL: How much is budgeted for work?

Heavner: The current culvert project carries an estimated cost of $85,000.

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Kelly Carrubba, of Woodbridge, now a Virginia State Trooper

From Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller: 

Early Monday (Nov. 7, 2016), 44 new Virginia State Police troopers reported to their respective Division Headquarters to begin the final phase of training. The 124th Basic Session celebrated their graduation Friday (Nov. 4, 2016), at the state police Academy in North Chesterfield County. Upon receiving their diplomas, the new troopers finished a rigorous 27-week training session. They received instruction in more than 100 different subjects spanning hundreds of hours. Academy training includes such areas as crime scene investigation, survival Spanish, judicial procedures, self- defense, cultural diversity and firearms. Each of the graduates will spend the next six weeks with a field training officer learning his or her new patrol area and day-to-day duties.

Woodbridge resident, Trooper Kelly A. Carrubba, returns home to Prince William County for her first patrol assignment. The 24-year-old is a graduate of Northern Virginia Community College with an associate’s degree in administration of justice. She sought a career with the Virginia State Police for the, “…chance to be able to help the community.”

In addition, Trooper Thomas R. Floch of Sayreville, N.J., joins the ranks of Area 11 in Prince William County along with two Southwest Virginia natives:

            From Smyth County, Va., is graduate Trooper D. Cody Collins. Joining the Virginia State Police has been a lifelong dream of the 26-year-old Chilhowie native and his goal of “being able to help people.”

            Trooper Daniel G. Giles, 23, heads to Northern Virginia to Prince William County for his first patrol assignment. The Duffield, Va., native chose the state police because he “wanted to challenge” himself and “be with the best

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Lines form early, stay brisk on Election Day

Lines at the polls this Election Day formed early on Tuesday.

Many across Prince William County reported long lines this morning at polling places. The pace was steady, and the mood of the voters: patient. 

In Manassas Park City where voters choose between Barbara Comstock or LuAnn Bennet for the 10th Congressional District, will vote on a Mayor, and a slate of new Governing Body candidates, a total of 1,443 votes were cast in Manassas as of 9 a.m., according to Manasass Park City Deputy Registrar Nancy Van Wyen.

In Pricne William County, elections spokesman Forrest Winston said the pace at the polls was brisk, but reported no problems.

Stafford County General Registrar Greg Riddlemoser reported simliar conditions at the polls, and said there had been no issues with voting eqiuipment. 

Submitted photos from the polls: 

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Pictured on the left, Virginia State Senator Scott Surrovell (Fairfax, Stafford, Prince William) — who is not up for election this year — out with voters in Stafford County.

Pictured in the center Prince William Count Occoquan Distinct Supervisor Ruth Anderson, and Prince William County State Delegate Rich Anderson -- both not running for election this year -- with voters at the Prince William County Government Center.

Pictured in the center Prince William Count Occoquan Distinct Supervisor Ruth Anderson, and Prince William County State Delegate Rich Anderson — both not running for election this year — with voters at the Prince William County Government Center.

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Police find children alone, locked outside of home

A Woodbridge woman faces child neglect charges after police found three children home alone.

From police: 

Felony Child Neglect – On November 4 at 4:43PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 1400 block of Eisenhower Cir in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a child neglect call. Officers received information that three young children were possibly left unattended. When officers arrived, they made contact with three children, ages 11, 10 and 6, who were not under adult supervision and locked outside of their residence for several hours. Officers eventually made contact with the mother of the children who responded back to the residence later that evening. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested. The children were not injured and released to the custody of a family member.

Arrested on November 4:

Katy Lynn SMITH, 31, of the 1300 block of Eisenhower Cir in Woodbridge
Charged with 3 counts of felony child neglect and 3 counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor
Court Date: Pending | Bond: $6,000 secured

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Car flips on Occoquan Road

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Rescue crews were called to a report of an overturned car at the intersection of Occoquan Road and Davis Street. 

The car reportedly flipped at the Woodbridge intersection at 10:55 a.m. The crash involved two cars, both Ford automobiles, according to initial information. 

Callers to 911 told operators that at least one of the cars involved was traveling at a high rate of speed before the crash occurred.

Rescue crews closed one lane of eastbound Occoquan Road when they arrived.

More as we have it.

Updated

Emergency crews report the crash is in the intersection of Occoqaun and Horner roads. Multiple cars are involved in the crash, they said. 

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Woodbridge Senior High School is performing Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’

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WOODBRIDGE, Va. — The spirits of Christmas will visit the stage at Woodbridge Senior High School in Lake Ridge this season. 

The drama department there is putting on the finishing touches on Charles Dicken’s classic “A Christmas Carol.” 

From Woodbridge Senior High School volunteer Jennifer Rokasky: 

Woodbridge Senior High School is performing Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol on Friday and Saturday November 11 and 12 at 7:30pm (with a matinee performance at 2pm on Saturday, November 12th) at the Woodbridge Senior High School Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults, and they are available for purchase at the door.

The play is directed by Woodbridge’s theatre teacher Terri Caretti.

A Christmas Carol is more than a tale about Christmas.  It is a story about personal redemption; the importance a family and friends; and our collective responsibility to care for the weak and destitute.  Charles Dickens changed the way England, and Europe, viewed the Holiday season.  Because of A Christmas Carol, the Holiday season is as much about charity and helping the poor, as it is about our family and friends.

Come get an early start to the Christmas Season at Woodbridge.  Although it is only early November, we wish you a merry Christmas, and a happy New Year.

Woodbridge Senior High School is located at 3001 Old Bridge Road in Lake Ridge.

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Clinton wins Beville Middle School: Students hold mock election

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DALE CITY, Va. — They stood outside the gym chattering, excited, waiting — some not so patiently — to cast their vote for the next U.S. President.

“Stop! I did not call you in here yet,” shouted Tiffany Graczyk, a history and civics teacher at Beville Middle School in Dale City, who worked to keep order at the polling place while telling two anxious students to get back into a long line outside formed in a hallway outside the gym.

Graczyk on November 3 was serving as a poll worker in the school’s mock election, allowing voting students 12 and 14-years-old to place their ballots into a box and then giving each an “I voted” sticker. Many of those stickers wound up on voters’ faces.

“I won’t be able to vote for president, for real, until I’m 21-years-old, so this is my chance to be heard,” said 13-year-old AJ Royall.

The students and teachers participating in Beville Middle School’s mock election took it seriously. Once voters entered the polling place, they stood in a line until called to a table staffed by volunteers from the Prince William County Leauge of Women Voters, where each was asked for voter ID.

A card given to each student at the begging of the year with the student’s phone number, or the “lunch number” were accepted as valid forms of ID. Poll workers checked their names against a list of student voters, and then each voter was sent to a booth to fill out an individual ballot to include all four candidates for president: Clinton, Trump, Gary Johnson, of the Libertarian Party, and Jill Stein, of the Green Party.

Also on the students’ ballot: The same two constitutional amendment questions adults will see when they go to the polls on Tuesday, and the name Gerald E. “Gerry” Connolly, who is running unopposed, seeking his 5th term in Congress representing Prince William and Fairfax counties.

“I didn’t like that we had only one option for Congress,” said Sarah-Myra Nzeutcheb, 13. “I hoped to see more options.”

Beville Middle School instructors Graczyk, Jim McGovern, and Atif Qarni, who last year ran for Virginia State Senate in Prince William County, worked together since the beginning of the school year to pull off the mock election. The teachers rearranged their governmental teaching unit that explains about the election process and the Electoral College and moved it from the end of the year to the beginning so students could understand what is happening on Election Day November 8.

“We want our students to be educated about the process, we show them TV campaign coverage, like CNN vs. Fox News and we show them campaign ads on TV, and we show them campaign mailers,” said Qarni. “We want them to experience the election as if they were voting in it.”

Graczyk counted the more than 400 ballots during 7th period, and an announcement declaring the winner of the vote was made before students left school for the day.

Hillary Clinton won the day at Beville with 242 votes, while Donald Trump won 32 votes. The remainder of the votes were split between Johnson and Stein.

All schools in Prince William County will be closed on November 8, as many are used for polling places.

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Potomac Local Voter Guide 2016: What’s on my ballot?

It’s been a long election season, and in it will be all over in about 48 hours.

We crafted this local voter guide for residents in Prince William and Stafford counties and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. This handy guide will tell you who is on your ballot, from presidential candidates, city council, and school board.

Also in the Guide: Links to profiles for the two candidates running in the special Manassas City Treasuer election, and links to the two constitutional amendments all Virginia voters will see when they go to the polls on Tuesday.

PotomacLocal.com’s Project: Election sent candidate surveys to all of the candidates listed this post. We have linked to the responses submitted by the candidates. 

If there is no link provided for a candidate for local offices, that candidate did not provide Project: Election questionnaire. 

For Presidential and Congressional candidates, we linked to their campaign websites. An asterisk notes incumbents. 

U.S. President 

Prince William County

1st Congressional District 

10th Congressional District

11th Congressional District

City of Manassas 

10th Congressional District

Manassas City Mayor 

City of Manassas Park 

Manassas Park City Mayor 

Governing Body 

Stafford County 

1st Congressional District 

Griffis-Widewater District School Board Representative 

Now for the two Constitutional Amendment questions that all Virginia residents will see.

Here is the first Constitutional Amendment question on the ballot: 

Should Article I of the Constitution of Virginia be amended to prohibit any agreement or combination between an employer and a labor union or labor organization whereby (i) nonmembers of the union or organization are denied the right to work for the employer, (ii) membership to the union or organization is made a condition of employment or continuation of employment by such employer, or (iii) the union or organization acquires an employment monopoly in any such enterprise?

Here is the second Constitutional Amendment question on the ballot: 

Shall the Constitution of Virginia be amended to allow the General Assembly to provide an option to the localities to exempt from taxation the real property of the surviving spouse of any law-enforcement officer, firefighter, search and rescue personnel, or emergency medical services personnel who was killed in the line of duty, where the surviving spouse occupies the real property as his or her principal place of residence and has not remarried?

See more 2016 election coverage

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Would-be phone customer robbed at gunpoint outside Sams Club

From Prince William police: 

Armed Robbery On November 2 at 9:13PM, officers responded to the Sam’s Club located at 14050 Worth Ave in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a robbery. The victim, 36-year-old man of Woodbridge, reported to police that he made arrangements to meet an unknown man in the parking lot of the above store to purchase a phone. When the man arrived, an argument ensued and the man displayed a handgun before taking the victim’s wallet containing an undisclosed amount of money. After the encounter, the man got into a vehicle and fled the area. No were injuries reported.

Suspect Description:

Black male, between 25 & 35 years of age, 6’0’’, 220lbs with a muscular build and black hair

Last seen wearing a gray shirt and unknown colored jeans

Vehicle Description:

Described as a silver four door sedan, possibly a Mercedes, with Maryland tags

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Charges filed in fatal Minnieville Road crash

DALE CITY, Va. — Policed filed charges in the fatal crash of a motorcycle rider killed last week on Minneville Road in Dale City. 

From police: 

Fatal Crash Investigation *CHARGES FILED – On November 2, investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit filed charges in connection to the fatal crash which occurred in the area of Minnieville Rd and Cheshire Station Plz in Woodbridge on October 25. The investigation revealed that the driver of a 2015 Honda Accord failed to yield the right-of-way upon making a left hand turn which caused the collision with a passing motorcycle. The motorcycle operator was transported to an area hospital where he died as a result of this injuries. Following the investigation, the driver of the Honda Accord, identified as Charles James ALLEN, was served a summons related to the crash on November 3.

                Charged on November 3: [No photo available]

                Charles James ALLEN, 69, of 14196 Regent Ct in Woodbridge

                [The driver of the 2015 Honda Accord]

Charged with failure to yield the right-of-way on a left turn

                Court Date: December 14, 2016 | Status: Issued a Court Summons

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Police pursue stolen car, search for suspect in felony hit and run

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Police are searching for one man after an automated license plate reader found a stolen car and the suspects inside the car fled police and collided with another driver on Dale Boulevard.

From police: 

Vehicle Pursuit | Felony Hit and Run– On November 1 at 11:37PM, an officer was in the area of Bel Air Rd and Saxophone Way in Woodbridge (22191) investigating an unrelated call when the cruiser’s Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) alerted to a stolen vehicle that was being driven past the officer.

The officer gave a lookout for the stolen vehicle to surrounding officers and was quickly located by another officer traveling southbound on Jefferson Davis Hwy. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle near Opitz Blvd. The driver failed to stop and accelerated away from the officers.

While attempting to negotiate a turn onto Dale Blvd, the driver lost control and struck another vehicle that was driven by a 34-year-old man of Woodbridge. After the collision, the driver of the stolen vehicle, later identified as Dwayne Hakeem WESTFIELD, fled on foot. The passenger, later identified as Adrien D’Lante JACKSON, was taken into custody without incident.

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Attempts to locate WESTFIELD with a police K-9 and helicopter were unsuccessful. Following the investigation, officers obtained warrants for the arrest of WESTFIELD. 

Wanted: [Photo from February 2015]
Dwayne Hakeem WESTFIELD,24, of the 2500 block of Sedgewick Pl in Dumfries
Described as a black male, 5’8’’, 135lbs with black hair and brown eyes
Wanted for felony eluding, possession of stolen property, felony hit & run and driving with no operator’s license

Arrested on November 2: [Identified as the passenger]
Adrien D’Lante JACKSON,24, of 1055 Gardenview Loop #204 in Woodbridge
Charged with possession of stolen property
Court Date: Pending | Bond: $3000 Secured

 

No injuries were reported in the collision.

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No charges in staged Walmart abduction

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Police tell us no charges will be filed in a staged abduction attempt outside a Woodbridge Walmart store. 

From police: 

Possible Abduction – On November 2, police were able to identify the alleged victim involved in the possible abduction at the Wal-Mart on Worth Ave in Woodbridge which occurred on October 28. The victim was positively identified as an 18-year-old man of Woodbridge. Investigators have since determined the alleged abduction was a prank after confirming the details with this individual. The parties involved appeared to have filmed the incident to later post on YouTube. After determining no criminal activity occurred, no charges will be placed in the incident.

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Prince William police Sgt. Perok picks up wandering pup

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Police picked up a stray pup at a gas station in Woodbridge today. 

From Facebook: 

Pup ride-along: Sgt Perok picked up this sweet pup at the Shell service station on Gordon Blvd near I-95. If you know the owner, call police. In the meantime, Sgt Perok will enjoy his temporary K-9 Unit status.

The Prince William County Police Department operates the county’s animal shelter, located at 14807 Dumfries Road at Independent Hill.

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Mark Gilvey Creative opens Woodbridge studio

Submitted:

Mark Gilvey Creative announces his new photo studio location in Prince William County, Virginia. Mark Gilvey has opened the (garage) door of his new 1,100 sq. ft. photo studio located in Great Oaks Business Park (part of PS Business Parks.) Located at 2809 PS Business Center Dr. in Woodbridge, VA (near Home Depot and Global Food) the studio will have ample space to handle catalog photo shoots of products as small as jewelry and as large as a motorcycle or small vehicle.

Gilvey recently signed a new client to photograph their line of plumbing supplies, photographing everything from small fittings up to large bathtubs.

Mark Gilvey Creative, LLC offers commercial photography studio and on location; “gorilla” video; and retouching and image compositing services. Mark Gilvey Creative is a member of the Prince William County Chamber of Commerce, the Professional Photographers of America, the Northern Virginia Professional Photographers Association, and Manassas Warrenton Camera Club. www.mgcre8v.com

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No PRTC service cuts in coming year, funding dwindles 

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — As transit officials in Prince William County wrangle with how to keep buses rolling, riders won’t have to worry about service cuts in the coming year.

Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission Interim Director Eric Marx issued this statement to riders of OmniRide commuter, and OmniLink local buses:

“PRTC has started preparing its FY18 budget, and I’m pleased to share some encouraging news with you.

At a special meeting on October 24, the PRTC Board of Commissioners agreed that bus services should not be cut in FY18, which runs from July 2017-June 2018.

 A stable year with no service cuts will enable PRTC to complete its strategic planning effort and allow the Board, our customers and other interested parties in our community to form a vision of what public transportation should look like in the Prince William area in the future. It also provides us with additional time to seek a stable and sustainable alternate source of funding.

 Those of you who are familiar with PRTC know that we’ve cut service often over the past eight years due to declining revenues from the area’s motor fuels tax combined with other federal and local funding issues. While we still have a long budget process in front of us, the prospect of being able to continue providing bus services at current levels is noteworthy.”

Local bus service in Prince William County is funded now solely through the state’s 2.1% motor fuels tax, charged at the pump each time drivers fill up in Northern Virginia.

The Prince William County Government earlier this year moved to rely on the motors fuels tax exclusively to fund buses. At the same time, shifted its source of funding for Virginia Railway Express commuter rail trains from fuels tax funding to a pot of money given to the county by the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission that supposed to be used for roadway improvements.

PRTC officials still face a shortfall in funding as the motors fuels tax continues to produce less funding year over year as gas prices fluctuate and new cars continue to earn better fuel economy ratings.

From PRTC: 

Why is an alternative funding source necessary? “Alternative sustainable funding sources are needed because (as you know) funding from the 2.1% motor fuels tax revenue has been insufficient to cover existing services due to the continued drop in fuel prices.”

What sources are being reviewed? “PRTC is in the midst of a strategic planning effort, which includes examining other possible sources.”

Where are we with the budget this year vs. last year? “The FY2018 proposed budget process is under way and will be presented to the Commission at its January 2017 meeting.”

Last year in the light of a budget shortfall, OmniRide riders faced the threat of potential cuts to commuter routes as the system explored the possibility of rerouting buses to have them serve only Metro stations. Thankfully for many, those service changes never happened.

So, what does PRTC need to do to secure a permanent, reliable source of funding? Potomac Local asked state legislators and local officials and received these responses. We’ve posted them in the order we received them: 

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Delegate Mark Dudenhefer (Stafford, Woodbridge)

“I’m not on [the PRTC Board of Commissioners], so my knowledge is superficial. I believe that the majority of their problems with funding shortfalls has come from the decline is gas prices which the gas tax is based on. Gas prices have stabilized a bit which has stopped the leak temporarily.
 
At the state level we hear most often about setting a tax floor. As you can imagine this is a touchy subject. Where do you set the floor? Many don’t think we should set a floor at all. “
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“I am pleased that PRTC is not cutting service, but the General Assembly needs to step up and correct the drafting error that resulted in Prince William County losing millions of dollars in transit revenues.  We tried to correct this legislatively last year, but it got caught up in politics.”  
Updated Nov. 5, 2016
 
 
AndersonDelegate Richard Anderson (Prince William County)
“The PRTC Board met on October 24th to adopt budget guidelines for FY18 and decided that we would maintain services in FY18 (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018). That decision gives us the necessary time to identify alternate funding sources to fill the hole left by declining tax revenues that result from dramatically lower gas prices. For now, the way ahead is indefinite, but will take on greater clarity after we get beyond several key events that include the following:

– PRTC Board Strategic Planning Session, December 3rd, 8am-12pm, McCoart Government Center (open to the public)

– Governor’s Budget Presentation to the annual joint meeting of the House and Senate money committees, December 16th, 9:30-11am, General Assembly Building in Richmond (open to the public). This event puts the Governor’s proposals in the hands of the legislative branch and permits us to consider PRTC’s budget concerns.

– Convening the 2017 legislative session of the Virginia General Assembly on January 11th (adjourns February 28th). Sometime prior to the opening of session, we’ll have a detailed legislative plan in hand from Hefty Wiley & Gore (HWG), the firm recently hired by PRTC to advocate for a solution to the challenge presented by declining tax revenues. HWG is working on the plan now, and I don’t have visibility into the plan as I type these words.”

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Bathroom brawl breaks out at Food Lion: Cops injured, man charged

From police: 

Assault & Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer [LEO] – On October 21 at 7:14PM, officers responded to the Food Lion located at 12420 Dillingham Square in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a suspicious person. When officers arrived, an employee of the store reported that a man was inside the bathroom and appeared to be acting strangely. Officers located the man inside the bathroom and identified him as the accused who appeared intoxicated. While officers were conducting the investigation, suspected narcotics were located in the pocket of the accused. As officers went to detain the accused, he pulled away and attempted to run. The accused continued to resist and, at one point, attempted to push both officers. The accused was eventually taken into custody and transported to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Both officers also sustained injuries as a result of the incident and one officer was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. Following the investigation, the accused, identified as Joseph Christopher KRANZ, was arrested.
Arrested on October 21:
Joseph Christopher KRANZ, 27, of no fixed address
Charged with 2 counts of assault & battery on a LEO, 1 count of resisting arrest, 1 count of possession of a schedule I/II and 1 count of public intoxication
Court Date: November 22,2016 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

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