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Manassas office vacancy rates fall below 5-year average

 

FY 2016 3rd Quarter Commercial Report

Office Market

Office vacancy rates across the region remain high, but Manassas has fallen to a low of 7.5 percent. This is significantly below the 5-year average of 10.6 percent. Rental rates fell during the quarter to $18.80 but are expected to rebound; the average over the last five years has been $19.68.

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Retail Market

The retail market remains strong as development and relocation interest grows from prospective developers and businesses. At the close of the 3rd quarter, rates hit a 2016 high of $22.80 while vacancy was just over 5 percent.

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Industrial/Flex Market

The 4.5 percent vacancy rate in the City is consistent with neighboring communities. With average rental rates of $9.38, and new product entering the market, the City will be at a competitive advantage-offering new, Class A Flex space at a lower price than others.

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The Economic Development Office maintains an inventory of available commercial space which can be found on the City webpage at www.manassasva.gov/ED or call 703-257-8881.

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Store inside B-Thrifty robbed at knife point

From Prince William police: 

Armed Robbery – On December 6 at 1:36PM, officers responded to Ventura Gold which is inside of the B Thrifty store located at 13412 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a robbery. An employee reported to police that two unknown men approached the counter displaying a knife. The men took an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing the business. No injuries were reported. Officers searched the area for the suspects who were not located. The investigation continues.

Suspect Descriptions:

Black male, between 20 & 28 years of age, with brown eyes No further description provided

Last seen wearing all black clothing

Black male, between 20 & 28 years of age, 5’10”, 180lbs with brown eyes

Last seen wearing a tan hoodie

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Suspect in Featherstone 7-Eleven robbery arrested

From Prince William police: 

Armed Robbery *ARRESTS – On December 6, detectives from the Robbery Unit identified the suspect involved in a robbery which occurred in the 7-Eleven parking lot located at 1701 Featherstone Rd in Woodbridge on December 4. Following the investigation, detectives obtained warrants for the arrest of the suspect, identified as Anthony RYANS. A search warrant was subsequently executed at his residence and the accused was arrested without incident.

Arrested on December 6:

Anthony RYANS, 28, of 14919 Enterprise Ln in Woodbridge

Charged with robbery and use of a firearm in commission of a felony

Court Date: January 26, 2017 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

Armed Robbery [Previously Released] On December 4 at 8:40PM, officers responded to the parking lot of the 7-Eleven located at 1701 Featherstone Rd in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a robbery. The victim, a 31-year-old woman of Woodbridge, reported to police that she was sitting in her car in front of the business when she was approached by an unknown man. During the encounter, the suspect brandished a handgun and took an undisclosed amount of money and car keys from the victim before fleeing the area on foot. No injuries were reported. A police K-9 was used to search for the suspect who was no located. The car keys were recovered a short time later. No injuries were reported. The investigation continues.

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Dumfries Town Council missing meeting minutes violates open government law

DUMFRIES, Va. — The Town of Dumfries has not made available minutes of its regular Town Council meetings.

Minutes from Town Council meetings between June 7 and November 15 have not been transcribed, according to Dumfries Town Clerk Dawn Hobgood. Virginia open records law mandates such minutes must be made available to the public. 

“Even draft versions of minutes are a public document under FOIA law,” said said Virginia Coalition for Open Government Director Meghan Rhyne. “The localities are required to keep minutes, and then retain them indefinitely.”

Hobgood suggested Potomac Local view video of the meetings on the town’s website if such video was made available. But that’s not always an option as, for example, there was no audio or video recording of the town’s November 15 meeting due to technical difficulties, Hobgood added.

Potomac Local used the Freedom of Information Act to order records of all Town Council meetings between the dates above. 

The lack of minutes comes after a new Town Council took office on July 1 following a May election that shook up the public body. Newcomers Melva Willis and former town police officer Brian Fields unseated the long-serving Vice Mayor Willie Toney, and the one-term Helen Reynolds.

That same month, Town Manager Daniel Taber resigned after serving five years in the role, and as temporary police chief before that. The town has yet to replace Taber, and Mayor Jerry Foreman has been pulling double duties as acting town manager.

State law does not require local governments to post minutes to a public website, but they are required to keep them and to make them available to the public. It’s a different story for state agencies. 

“Unlike local governments, state agencies must keep and post meeting minutes to the web, she added.”

The Virginia FOIA Advisory Council this past summer discussed changing the requirement but decided to leave the rule as is, Rhyne added.

The only meeting minutes posted to the Dumfries Town website in 2015 were recorded on Jan. 6, and Jan. 20. No minutes from 2016 have been posted on the town website.

When it comes to the other towns in Prince William County, there were three instances of Haymarket Town Council meeting minutes that did not appear on the town’s website but were made available to the public. When requested by Potomac Local, Town Manager Kimberly Murray sent meeting minutes between June 7 and November 15 via email. She also included this statement as to why the minutes did not appear online.

“We have realized a glitch with our software and the minutes are showing up for some who access the website and not for others. We are working on making the correction.”

The Town of Quantico does not post meeting minutes to its town website, but copies of the requested minutes were sent to Potomac Local by the town clerk and town attorney.

The Occoquan Town Council has posted the majority of its meeting minutes for 2016 to its website. The minutes for the first two meetings in November are available to the public, and copies were sent to Potomac Local.

Keeping and posting meeting minutes isn’t just something that only local government workers and reporters care about, said Rhyne.

“I think this is something — open government — that the public cares very much about or organizations like ours wouldn’t exist,” said Rhyne.


Earn a Degree or Certificate in Less time with NOVA Weekend College @ the Woodbridge Campus

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Beginning in the spring 2017 semester, Northern Virginia Community College students can finish a semester’s worth of classes in only 14 weeks through the NOVA Weekend College @ the Woodbridge Campus.

NOVA Weekend College @ The Woodbridge Campus enables students to take an entire semester of classes in only two days. Adult learners who are busy balancing full-time jobs and family responsibilities can enroll in a 12-credit schedule of Friday and Saturday morning classes, with an option of selecting from a wide variety of classes needed to earn a degree or certification.

This new, innovative approach to accommodate those with busy schedules offers flexible, hybrid (half classroom & half online) courses that meet at 9 a.m. and/or 11 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, with classes ending at 12:30 p.m. The rest of the work and class interaction is done at home using the internet.

“NOVA Weekend College @ the Woodbridge Campus offers a flexible schedule for busy working adults to take a full course load in only two mornings per week,” said Provost of the Woodbridge Campus, Dr. Sam Hill. “This new initiative provides an amazing opportunity for busy people in our region to earn a degree or certificate at a much faster pace, to advance and to become an expert in their chosen profession.”

Visit NVCC.EDU/WOODBRIDGEWEEKEND for more information. Online registration is open 24 hours a day at www.nvcc.edu/startstrong.

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These new faces will help raise money for the Prince William Public Library

From the Prince William Library Foundation: 

The Board of Directors of the Prince William Public Library System Foundation is happy to welcome new board members Bethanne Kim, Marlo Watson, D’Andrea Wooten, Caroline Shaaber, Bennie Herron and Greg Wright. Bethanne, Marlo, D’Andrea, Caroline, Bennie, and Greg will support the board’s efforts in raising funds for the library’s special programs and events.

Bethanne Kim is a self-published author of seven books under the pen name Liz Long. She is a blogger and brings to the position fundraising experience, community experience as a Cub master for her two sons Cub Scout pack. Her passion for libraries is a result of living 30-45 minutes from a library growing up. She feels strongly about having libraries with physical and program resources that invite kids and teens into the library so that it becomes a natural part of their lives and routines. She is a strong advocate for the new Haymarket Gainesville Community Library.

Marlo Watson is presently the President and Chief Engagement Officer of the Marlo Company, Inc., a talent and community development firm. She received her Master’s in Public Administration from Central Michigan University and has a Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management from Keller Graduate School of Management. Marlo brings to the Board more than 20 years of people and community development experience. She is very passionate about community and it is reflected in her service: Committee of 100 Secretary 2014-2015, graduate of Leadership Prince William 2015 and was awarded (one of five) Prince William County’s most influential women for 2016 and runner-up for 2015.

D’Andrea Wooten is currently on the Hylton Performing Arts Center Executive Board and the Tackett’s Mill/Clearbrook Foundation. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Santa Clara University. She has prior fiduciary responsibility for the operations of the Pohick Episcopal Church. She volunteers as the co-chair for the Education Commission at the Pohick Episcopal Church. She also volunteers with the Woodbridge Rotary Club and as Superintendent of Sunday Schools at Pohick Episcopal Church.

Caroline–Louise Shaaber is presently the Arts Recreation Specialist for Prince William County. She is the liaison between the County and the Prince William Arts Council. She has both an Interior Design and Architectural Drafting degree and various certifications in the Education field. She is the owner of Vision Finders, her design consulting company, and previously owned an Educational Franchise teaching young children language classes and camps; computer skills and STEM related camps. Raised in Europe, Caroline speaks five languages fluently. She has experience as a volunteer for numerous organizations in local and military communities. She is a member of Lake Ridge Rotary and a mother of two children.

Bennie Herron is presently an author and poet, and brings to the position a Master’s degree in Psychology from San Diego State University and a Master’s of Fine Arts degree in creative writing with an emphasis in contemporary poetry from National University. He participates in the poetry scene locally and regionally. His love for quality education allows him to be a part of the solution by raising funds for the Foundation’s special projects in the community.

Greg Wright is presently the Surgical Technology Program Director and a Health and Medical Science teacher at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, VA. He has served on the Virginia Department of Education Curriculum Writing Committee for Career and Technical Education. Greg graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Education. His prior work experience has been in the medical field and education. He lives in Dumfries, VA.

The six new members join a 21-member board that participates in the Foundation’s fundraising efforts.

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Updated: Police arrest suspect in massage assault case

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WOODBRIDGE, Va. — A man at a massage parlor asked a woman for a hug and then later assaulted her when he didn’t get one, police said.

Abduction | Assault & Battery – On December 4th at 3:06PM, officers responded to ZY Massage located at 2578 Dynasty Loop in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate an assault. The victim, later identified as a 44 year-old-woman of Woodbridge, reported to police that at approximately 10:00AM that day, an unknown man entered the business and asked to use the restroom.

While the subject was exiting the business, he requested a hug from the victim which was declined. The subject then left the store but returned after a short period of time.

When the subject reentered the business, he locked the door with the victim inside, preventing her from leaving.  A struggled ensued between the two and the subject assaulted the victim, causing minor injuries. The victim was able to break free from the subject and ran from the business.

The subject also exited the business and was last seen on foot walking towards Telegraph Rd. The investigation continues and more information will be released once it is made available. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call police at 703-792-6500.

The suspect is described as a Black male, 23-27 years of age, 6’0’’, and 180lbs. He also has dark hair with a dark colored unshaven beard and mustache. He was last seen wearing blue jeans with a skull on the back right pocket, a black shirt with “Blackwatch” written on the front, a gray New York Yankees hat, and dark colored shoes.

Updated 

Prince William police named the suspect shown in these photos, wanted in connection to this reported abduction. 

From police: 

Abduction | Assault & Battery *SUSPECT IDENTIFIED – On December 5, detectives from the Intel Unit received a tip from a citizen which helped identify the suspect involved in an abduction and assault which occurred at the ZY Massage located at 2578 Dynasty Loop in Woodbridge on December 4. Following the investigation, detectives obtained warrants for the arrested of the suspect, identified as Clarence Olutayo OLOWU. Attempts to locate the accused have been unsuccessful. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of OLOWU is asked to contact Prince William Crime Solvers anonymously by calling 703-670-3700 or 1-866-411-TIPS, texting “PWC” plus your tip to 274637, submitting a WebTip, or by using the app for Android or iPhone.

Wanted: [Photo from November 2016]

                Clarence Olutayo OLOWU, 32, of the 6200 block of Alistair Dr in Manassas

Described as a black male, 6’00”, 190lbs, brown eyes, black hair, and a full beard

                Wanted for abduction and assault & battery

Updated 4 p.m. 

From police: Abduction | Assault & Battery *ARREST – On December 6, members of the U.S. Marshals’ Fugitive Task Force and officers from the Prince William County Police Warrant Unit located and arrested Clarence Olutayo OLOWU this afternoon without incident.  The accused was wanted for an abduction and assault which occurred at the ZY Massage located at 2578 Dynasty Loop in Woodbridge on December 4. The accused was located at a residence located in Woodbridge.

 

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Woman charged in Food Lion murder found in Maryland

From police: 

Murder Investigation *ARREST – On December 2, members of the U.S. Marshal led Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested the suspect involved in the murder of Cordrey Douglas Jackson which occurred at the Food Lion located at 6306 Hoadly Rd in [near Dale City] on November 29. The suspect, Roberta Edlina BRANDON, was located at a residence on Addison Rd in Capitol Heights, Maryland where she was arrested without incident. The accused will remain in custody in Maryland until extradited back to Virginia.

Arrested on December 2: [No photo available]

Roberta Edlina BRANDON, 23, of the 2800 block of Bixley Hill Ct in Woodbridge

Charged with murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony

                Court Date: Pending | Status: Awaiting Extradition

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Updated: Suspect, victim named in Food Lion shooting

DALE CITY, Va. — One man was shot outside a Food Lion at the intersection of Dale Boulevard and Hoadly Road.

More from police

Officers are currently on scene investigating a shooting which occurred at the Food Lion shopping center located in the 6300 block of Hoadly Rd near Dale Blvd. The victim, an adult woman man, was reportedly shot and transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. Residents can expect a heavy police presence in the area as the investigation continues. The scene is contained and secured by police. More information will be released when available.

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Reader photo: Ryan St. Louis

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From police: 

Homicide Investigation – On November 29 at 7:29PM, officers responded to the Food Lion located at 6306 Hoadly Rd in Manassas (20112) to investigate a shooting. When officers arrived, they located an adult male suffering from gunshot wounds to the body. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he died as a result of his injuries a short time later. The victim will be transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. The identity of the victim will be released once confirmed and their next-of-kin have been notified. The investigation continues. More information will be released when available.

This is Prince William County’s 22nd homicide this year. This latest incident comes less than a week after a man was stabbed to death outside a shopping center near Manassas.

Updated 12:20 p.m. Wednesday, November 30

Police have named the suspect in the shooting who remains on the loose, and the victim who died last night at an area hospital.

Wanted: [Photo January 2015]

                Roberta Edlina BRANDON, 23, of the 2800 block of Bixley Hill Ct in Woodbridge

                Described as a black female, 5’10”, 154lbs, black hair, and brown eyes

Wanted for murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony

Identified:

The victim was identified as Cordrey Douglas JACKSON, 24, of Dumfries

Updated 

Police on December 2 told us they arrested Brandon.


How a love for animals and a vet degree spawned a career as a Prince William County Police officer

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This is the fourth of six stories in our series that will examine the unique assignments within the Prince William County Police Department.

When Assistant Chief Dawn Harman was growing up in Prince William County, she imagined a very different career path. Harman majored in veterinary science in college and was once with the Animal Control Unit of the Prince William County Police Department. Now Harman’s days are filled with duties that help keep the Prince William County Police Department a well-oiled machine.

All in a Day

Harman’s day may start with a series of meetings or just a clearing of ongoing matters on the desk in her office. She may also be called to Roll Call to speak on issues affecting the department.

Currently, this means fielding concerns about the heightened dangers of police work.

“People never call us when they are having their best day,” explained Harman. “The only difference between a cop and someone else is they [the perpetrators] have made a bad decision or had something bad happen to them.”

Harman wants those that are considering law enforcement as a career to know that public perception is hyped by media.

“People have always been fascinated with law enforcement,” she said, noting that officers are scrutinized every day by people with cell phone cameras, written about on blogs, and featured on social media. It is important to keep a sense of balance, remembering that the people they serve are no different than they are.

Up in the Ranks

From hiring to patrol to promotion, there is a sense of dedication, thoroughness, and fraternity, Harman said. While some also call the career a passion or a calling, Harman noted, “I think this is like any other job. You need skills.” Academy for new recruits is held in January and July. Harman said that through that process you can see who has skills and who will make the cut.

Also needed is the ability to take on opportunity. There are always job openings in different units, leading to some great opportunities. Harman knows this firsthand. Starting as an animal control officer, she moved up through different positions and ranks while juggling family and career, working in crime prevention and as Western District Commander while with the department.

Meeting the challenges of the job can definitely mean promotion. Others pay attention to rank, and Harman can remember considering it a big deal. Promotions are completely elective and based on consideration of skills as well.

“We try to balance everything the best we can,” Harman said about the promotion process, noting that they work with several different evaluation styles adjusting for issues, such as test anxiety.

When asked about rank, Harman called sergeant the toughest. The sergeant is no longer just ‘one of the troops,’ and a friendly detachment becomes necessary.

“It’s not the same relationship. You have to hold people accountable now,” she said. “You have to be straight forward. Some people aren’t comfortable with it.”

Sacrifice, Communication

There are sacrifices, too. Officers work set shifts, but family events and holidays may be missed because there’s a need in the department. Many people forgo certain positions or promotions because of the demands of both family and career. Harman shared that, while she has a great support system, she chose not to work in Criminal Investigations so she was not on call in the evenings.

“Challenges had to coincide with where I was with my family at the time,” she said.

Communication was big on Harman’s list of skills for which the department seeks. Good listening skills and the ability to ask constructive questions are important. The goal is to serve the community well. A successful encounter with the public includes the feeling that everyone is treated as a human being.

“You absolutely have to be an effective communicator, or you’re part of the problem,” she said.
Harman pointed out that some people want to be in Law Enforcement for power. “We
don’t want that.”

In the Community

Harman said that the people of Prince William County are very supportive of their police department, some even bringing food to officers earlier in the year after a fatal shooting of an officer.

“It’s a little morale boost,” she said.

This positive relationship may be directly related to the professional attitude that is widespread through the Prince William County Police Department, including by Harman, who has found the career to be very rewarding.

“I’d encourage people to go into the profession.”

For more information on career opportunities with the Prince William County Police Department, visit  www.joinpwcpd.org

Read more from our series

Prince William County Police detectives chosen to work for a higher cause

Prince William on patrol: ‘This Job is About Integrity’

Prince William County Police Digital Forensics team puts heart, soul, and mind into solving cases

 

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The Force is strong with Boy Scout Troop 501: ‘Star Wars Days’ returning to Gar-Field High School

Submitted by Justin Youtz, of Boy Scout Troop 501 in Woodbridge: 

Friends of Boy Scout Troop 501 is hosting Star Wars Days on December 3 and 4, 2016, at Gar-Field High School, 14000 Smoketown Road in Woodbridge.

Star Wars Days is a family friendly, fan convention for all things Star Wars, science fiction, comics, anime, cosplay, scouting, art and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).

Boy Scout Troop 501 was named after the 501st Legion in the Star Wars universe. Scouts in Troop 501 are huge Star Wars and science fiction fans, as well as, being students interested in STEM subjects.

A fan convention is a perfect way to celebrate all of these areas, in addition to being the annual fundraiser for Troop 501. Boy Scouts from Troop 501, along with their families, are responsible for locating vendors, promoting the event and working as staff at the convention.

Any profit from the event is shared with scouts to fund their scouting trips and training materials, community service projects, equipment, and uniforms.

It is the second year for the Star Wars Days event. Fans of every age are expected to attend, including members of the 501st Legion (a local Star Wars cosplay group).

Vendors are from Virginia, Washington, D.C., Maryland, and other states, and they will offer unique and fan items. New this year at the event are food trucks, including “Stay Cheesy,” a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich maker.

Winners of the Star Wars costume contest (adult and child) will receive cash prizes. There is a children’s area with theme craft items, artists will lead drawing activities, STEM area including 3D printers, demonstrations – from light saber fighting to rocket launches – and panel discussions. Boys Scouts may also sign up for specific merit badge classes and Cub Scouts can complete some advancement activities.

Advance tickets are available online at starwarsdays.com; click on the button at the top left of the page to pay by credit card. Advance tickets are $7 for Saturday or Sunday, or $12 for both days (plus service fee). Children age four and under are free. Tickets are $10 at the door. One-of-a-kind Star Wars Days t-shirts show posters and patches are also available for purchase.

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Scott C. Dayton, 42, of Woodbridge killed in Syria blast

From the Department of Defense: 

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a sailor who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott C. Dayton, 42, of Woodbridge, Virginia, died Nov. 24 in northern Syria, of wounds sustained in an improvised explosive device blast.

He was assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Two, which is based in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Dayton obtained the following qualifications during his military career: Enlisted Explosive Ordnance Disposal Warfare Specialist and Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist.

Dayton entered the U.S. Navy on Feb. 17, 1993 and during his service received 19 awards, which included: Bronze Star, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, seven Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation, Navy “E” Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, two Iraq Campaign Medals, and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

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This island on Prince William Parkway is now missing. That’s a good thing for drivers.

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — A multi-phase effort to widen Prince William Parkway in Woodbridge is complete. 

The Prince William County Department of Transportation this month finished work on removing an island in the eastbound lanes of Prince William Parkway and Minnieville Road in Woodbridge. With the island gone, drivers headed toward I-95 can make use of all three lanes of the eastbound parkway, which was widened between Minniville and Old Bridge roads last fall.

From Prince William County Transportation Director Rick Canizales:

The Prince William Department of Transportation is happy to have completed the final phase of the Prince William Parkway widening from Old Bridge Road to Minnieville Road.  This final phase allows for the all three lanes of the Parkway to continue through the Minnieville intersection, allowing for a free flow movement of all three lanes through the intersection and increasing capacity by 30%.  The project eliminated a bottleneck and a through-lane that turned into a right-turn lane at Minnieville.  The intersection on the new leg now consists of two left-turn lanes, three through-lanes and a right-turn lane.

This was the third and final phase of widening Prince William Parkway in eastern Prince William County.

Last fall, county leaders celebrated a $15 million project that saw the widening of the parkway between Minnieville and Old Bridge roads. In August 2011, transportation celebrated the completion of a $10.4 million project to widen the portion of the parkway between Hoadly and Old Bridge roads. 

Prince William Parkway is six lanes between Route is now six lanes between Interstate 95 and Hoadly Road.

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High winds prompts 2nd alarm for Woodbridge house fire

From the Prince William Couty Department of Fire and Rescue: 

On Monday, November 21st , at 11:15 a.m., fire and rescue crews were dispatched to a structure fire in a two-story single family home located in the 4900 block of Frishman Court in Woodbridge.

Upon entry, fire and rescue units observed fire in the basement that had extended to the living room floor with heavy smoke filtering throughout the home. Due to high winds, a second alarm was sounded. Firefighters initiated suppression and quickly extinguished the fire.

No injuries reported.

The home was unoccupied at the time of the fire. Red Cross was on scene to assist, 3 adults, displaced by the fire.

Utility crews working in the front yard reported hitting the main electrical line prior to noticing the fire.

According to the Fire Marshal’s Office, preliminary damages are estimated at $200,000.

The Building Official has posted the home unsafe.

The fire originated in the main electrical panel; the cause is undetermined and currently under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s Office.

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2 adults, pets displaced after house fire on Ridgeway Drive

From Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue: 

On Sunday, November 20th at 12 :47 p.m., fire and rescue crews were dispatched to a structure fire in a single family home located in the 7200 block of Ridgeway Drive [near] Manassas.

Upon arrival, fire and rescue units observed fire showing from the top of the chimney with extension to the attic. Firefighters initiated suppression and quickly extinguished the fire.

The occupants, two adults, home at the time of the fire, were alerted to the fire by the sounding of the smoke alarm enabling them to safely evacuate the home. Two adults and 2 pets were displaced by the fire.

According to the Fire Marshal’s Office, preliminary damages are estimated at $20,000. The Building Inspector was on scene and has posted the home unsafe.

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Pour FOG in the trash, not down the drain

This public service announcement comes to us from the Prince William Service Authority. We’d thought we would share it before Thanksgiving. 

From PWSA: 

Did you know that Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) can damage your plumbing and the sanitary sewer system if you pour it down the drain?

After dining on your holiday dinner this year, please be sure to properly dispose of the leftover FOG by canning it and tossing it in the trash. More than 80 percent of clogs in the Service Authority sewer system can be attributed to grease being poured down the sink.

Sewer mains are often home to “fatbergs” a term for grease that has congealed onto the interior of sewer pipes. These obstructions can be easily seen by our field staff when they video inspect the lines.


Plan your Prince William historic holiday events with tours, seasonal music, cider, and Santa Claus

It is the time of year time to start thinking of plans for the holidays, scheduling family trips, booking airline tickets, and creating delicious menus for hungry guests. During the last few months of 2016, consider bringing family and friends to one or more of our historic sites to participate in our special and unique holiday programs.

After the Greater Manassas Christmas Parade, come by and enjoy Lunch with Santa Claus at the Old Manassas Courthouse! On Saturday, December 3, families may partake in a delicious lunch, have a chance to meet Santa Claus, and directly deliver your “wish list” to him.

Kids may make a historic holiday craft before or after their meeting with Santa. If possible, please participate in our efforts to support Toys for Tots by bringing a new, unwrapped toy for donation. Lunch with Santa runs from 1 – 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 3; admission is $20 for ages 6 and up, $10 for ages 5 and below. Call 703-792-4754 for reservations. (Reservations are required as space is limited). The event will take place at the Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Avenue in Manassas.

Holidays through the Ages returns to Rippon Lodge Historic Site in December. The historic house’s interior spaces shall be dressed with holiday decorations from various time periods, with a special dedication to the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. Visit each weekend for these holiday-only tours on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, December 2 – 4, 9 – 11, and 16 – 18.

Tours begin on the hour on the front porch. Tour times are 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Fridays and Sundays); 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. (Saturdays); $5 per person, children under six are free. The Rippon Lodge Historic Site is located at 15520 Blackburn Road in Woodbridge. Call 703-499-9812 for more information.

On Saturday evenings (5 p.m.-8 p.m.) enjoy colorful outdoor lights and tree displays decorated for the season by local schools, art studios and organizations, live seasonal or period music by local schools and guitarists, and holiday songs sung by school choirs. Children’s crafts, light refreshments, a warm beverage, and shopping for unique Rippon Lodge merchandise round out a wonderful holiday tour.

Reservations strongly recommended for groups larger than four guests. 

If you love seasonal music, then join us on Saturday, December 10 for two special Holiday Concerts at Brentsville’s Historic Union Church. Enjoy classic, seasonal music performed by the Brentsville District High School. A nice cup of hot cider and cookies by a warm bonfire round out this special event.

Concerts are Free and open to the public from 5 p.m. -7 p.m. Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Road, Bristow. 703-365-7895.

You better watch out! You better not cry! The one and only Santa Claus comes to Rippon Lodge Historic Site on Saturday, December 10. This visit is for one afternoon only!

Be on your best behavior and keep your name on the “Nice” list. Parents will be given special “Things Santa Should Know” cards upon arrival. Bring your camera for pictures!

With large numbers of excited tots expected, we ask parents bring plenty of snacks and extra activities for young children. Admission is from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.; $2 per child. Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, 703-499-9812.

We look forward to your visit to one of our great historical locations during this holiday season! For more information about our programs, please call the sites or call 703-792-4754.


Open House: 13537 Princedale Drive, Woodbridge, VA

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13537 Princedale Drive, Woodbridge VA 22193
Neighborhood: Dale City
Listing Price: $334,900
Open House: Sunday, November 20 from 2-5 p.m.

Completely remodeled and move-in ready! This stunning single-family home boasts three finished levels with 4 bedrooms, 3 full and 1 half baths.
Watch the children walk to school from your oversized country style front porch.

With a more traditional floor plan featuring enhanced crown moldings, brand new front door, six-panel interior doors and wainscoting; the trim package in this home is luxurious and amazing.

Neutral decor, appropriated room size top of the line ceiling fan, recessed lighting package and brand new light hardwood floors give this family room it’s sought after updated look.

Upgraded tiled baths, to include state of the art stainless steel appliance package in kitchen, granite counter tops, new cabinetry, breakfast bar in kitchen opens to dining room with new fixture, newer windows thought-out as well breathtaking double door french doors on two levels.
The full finished walk-out basement offers tons of storage with two walk-in finished closets, nice sized laundry room 4th bedroom and full bath; all opening to a large fully fenced backyard with storage shed.

This home has great curb appeal and no HOA! Come see everything this great home has to offer at our OPEN HOUSE THIS SUNDAY, November 20th from 2-5 p.m.

Please contact Coretta at More Options Realty 703-831-1077 or CorettaMcKinney@gmail.com, and visit us online at MoreOptionsRealty.com
Licensed in VA, DC, MD
Prior Service US. Army

News
Police continue search for Alan Cohee, missing from Woodbridge home since November 11

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Prince William police continue to search for a man who went missing from his home on Featherstone Road in Woodbridge.

“*MISSING ENDANGERED ADULT — UPDATE: The Prince William County Police Department continues to ask for the public’s assistance in locating Alan Cohee, who was reported as missing and endangered by a family member on November 11. Since Mr. Cohee’s disappearance, the Prince William County Police Department, with assistance from other local and state agencies, have conducted multiple searches of the immediate area surrounding his home. On November 11, Prince William County officers, with helicopter and Bloodhound assistance from the Fairfax County Police Department, conducted a search around Mr. Cohee’s residence on Featherstone Rd in Woodbridge and the immediate area after learning he was believed to have left his home on foot. The following day, on November 12, Prince William County Search & Rescue Teams conducted an extensive ground search of the same area. On November 14, Search & Rescue Teams, with K-9 assistance from the Virginia State Police, expanded their search further down Featherstone Rd to include areas in and around Veterans Park. In addition to this ground search, the Prince William County Underwater Search & Rescue Team conducted a search of two nearby shallow ponds. After all searches, nothing of note was located. There has been no known contact with Mr. Cohee since he was last seen on November 10. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mr. Cohee is asked to call the non-emergency line at 703-792-6500.”

Original police press release: 

*MISSING ENDANGERED ADULT [Previously Released]: The Prince William County Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing, endangered adult. Alan Cohee was last seen on Thursday, November 10 at approximately 4:30PM at his residence on Featherstone Rd in Woodbridge.Alan Cohee is believed to have left the residence on foot voluntarily and may be in need of assistance which qualifies him as being classified as endangered. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of this individual is asked to call police at 703-792-6500.

Alan Cohee is described as a 61-year-old white male, 6’1’’, 160lbs with white & gray hair

He was last seen wearing a black, gray & white hooded jacket, blue jeans and white & black sneakers

News
Shattered glass bottles used in fight at Woodbridge motel

Cruz-Reyes, Abdulio
Artola, Pastor

From police: 

Malicious Wounding – On November 16 at 7:29PM, officers responded to the Potomac Inn located at 13964 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a fight. When officers arrived, they located two victims, both 27-year old men of no fixed addresses, who reported to police that they were involved in a physical altercation with two other unknown men outside the hotel. During the encounter, both men broke glass bottles and attempted to strike the victims. One of the suspects, identified as Pastor ARTOLA, was able to strike one of the victims in the upper body with the broken bottle causing superficial injuries. The other victim was able to deflect the other suspect, identified as Abdulio CRUZ-REYES, and avoided being struck. After the altercation, both suspects fled in a vehicle. Detectives were able to identify both men who were eventually located and subsequently arrested following the investigation. Minor injuries were reported.

Arrested on November 16:

Pastor ARTOLA, 50, of 17 Wedgedale Dr in Sterling

Charged with malicious wounding

Court Date: December 19, 2016 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

Abdulio CRUZ-REYES, 50, of 1066 Garden View Lp, #201, in Woodbridge

Charged with attempted malicious wounding

Pictured above: Cruz-Reyes, Artolla

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