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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

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1 Dead, Another Seriously Injured in Dale City Shooting

Updated

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.

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Youth Scouting Membership Declines

The number of Girl Scouts is on the decline nationally, but that isn’t the case in Prince William County.

The number of Girl Scouts “remained steady” in Prince William, while the numbers of girls joining the ranks of the scouts has declined 6% in the last year, down from 2.9 to 2.8 million Girl Scouts nationwide. Overall, the membership numbers have fallen 27% from its peak of 3.8 million in 2003.

There were 3,192 Girl Scouts in Prince William County last year supported by 1,000 adult volunteers. The 102-year-old organization prides itself on maintaining its core values while educating girls in the changing fields of science, technology, and math, commonly known as STEM.

“We remain committed to our mission: building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Girls continue to learn new skills and earn badges, participate in the outdoors and provide service to their community,” Girl Scouts spokeswoman Nancy Wood told Potomac Local.

It’s not quite the same story for the Boy Scouts in Prince William. Their membership numbers fell nearly 2% last year, a bit lower number when compared to the 2.5% decline in membership seen in Boy Scout troops across the U.S.

The Boy Scouts have also embraced STEM education as part of their curriculum, but the Boy Scouts also knows activities for participants must also be fun.

“We have been working on a number of projects to bolster the numbers of young men and women in our program,” said Ben Hazekamp, a district executive for the Boy Scouts of America National Capital Region. “We are working on new units at schools that currently do not offer a scouting program, so that we can offer the scouting experience to every youth. We are also working on several strategic partnerships through our Explorer’s program, which offers young men and women the opportunity to explore potential careers from the ages of 14 to 21.”

Another program open to Boy Scouts came about from a partnership with Prince William police, where boys get to explore the field of community policing.

There are 4,774 active youth members in the Boy Scouts organization in Prince William. It’s an average of 2.5 children to every one adult, according to Hazekamp.

The Boys Scouts recently held a fundraiser dinner honoring two women in our community, Ernestine Jenkins and Melissa Robson, awarding them the “Good Scout” award. The dinner served to raise awareness of scouting and also raised $10,000 for the local organization.

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Winter Warm-UP Drive Benefits Local Students

Withfall in full swing and early morning temperatures near freezing, the Prince William Chamber of Commerce would like to remind you that there are many children who need our help to stay warm this winter.

Michelle Rao, of Laser Quest Corporation, co-chair of the Chamber’s Education & Innovation Committee, said that while many coat drives are conducted over the holidays, often-times local children lack warm clothing underneath. To meet this need, each year the Committee organizes a Winter Warm-UP online clothing drive. For only $10, donors can purchase a “kit” containing a hat, gloves and fleece, and sweat shirt.

The Committee, with the help of students from Manassas Christian School, then distributes these warm clothing “kits” to Title I schools in Prince William County and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. The goal is to keep kids focused on learning by meeting one of their most basic needs; the need for warm clothing during cold weather months.

“We believe that strong business and strong community go hand in hand. These children are our future workforce, our future leaders. It is important that we let them know this is a community that values their education and stands ready to help them reach their full potential,” said Debbie Jones, President & CEO of the Prince William Chamber.

Last year, the Chamber raised enough money to purchase 501 kits through the program. This year, with the generous contributions from Lockheed Martin and the Prince William Education Association, the Education & Innovation Committee is hoping to exceed last year’s contributions for Winter Warm Up. All residents, community groups and businesses are invited to participate and help meet the goal and make a difference in the lives of local students.

Both long-time members of the Committee, Denyse Carroll, Prince William County Public Schools and Jamie McNealy, Invent Now, Inc, helped collect donations from attendees at the Chamber’s recent Cuisine de Commerce luncheon. They were pleased to report that in just over an hour, members of the local business community had given enough to purchase 10 kits just by pooling their pocket change.

To donate online, visit PWchamber.org and look for the Winter Warm-UP graphic in the homepage slider. Checks can also be mailed to the Chamber Headquarters at 9720 Capital Court, Suite 203, Manassas, VA, 20110, c/o Winter Warm-UP.

For questions about the Winter Warm-UP or other community outreach activities of the Prince William Chamber, visit PWchamber.org and click on the tab labeled “The Chamber” or call 703-368-6600.

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Rules Changing for Drivers on I-95 HOV Lanes

The rules of the road are changing for those who use HOV lanes on Intestate 95.

When the newly built 95 Express toll lanes open in December, a 29-mile stretch of the road from Route 610 in North Stafford to Edsall Road in Alexnadria, to include a large portion of the existing HOV lanes, will be tolled 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Nearly everyone will need an EZ-Pass to use the lanes — even drivers of hybrid cars. Under the old rules, vehicles with three or more occupants, hybrid cars with a clean fuel designation printed on them, and motorcycles could use the lanes at all times. Under the new rules, motorcyclists can ride free but all other vehicles need an EZ Pass or EZ-Pass Flex.

Here’s more from the Virginia Department of Transportation:

Carpoolers: 

  • Carpools need an E-ZPass Flex
  • Carpools with three or more people can travel toll-free on the Express Lanes with an E-ZPass Flex set to HOV mode.   
  • E-ZPass Flex works like a standard E-ZPass but allows carpoolers to switch between HOV and toll-paying modes. The switchable E-ZPass Flex lets the Express Lanes operator know which vehicles are HOV-3+ so that they aren’t charged a toll.  

Drivers of Hybrid Vehicles with Clean Fuel Plates: 

 

When the 95 Express Lanes open, hybrid vehicles with clean fuel plates issued before July 1, 2006 must pay a toll or have three people in the car to use the Lanes.  The rules affecting hybrids are as follows:

  • Hybrid drivers can ride toll-free on the 95 Express Lanes with three people in the vehicle and an E-ZPass Flex set to HOV mode; or,
  • They can pay the toll with an E-ZPass if traveling with fewer than three people in the vehicle.
  • The 95 Express Lanes will end just north of Edsall Road. From Edsall Road to Washington, D.C., the HOV lanes will exist with the same rules that are in effect today. Hybrid vehicles with clean fuel plates issued before July 1, 2006 will continue to be allowed to use the HOV lanes without three people in the vehicle on the I-395 HOV lanes. For more information about the transition area just north of Edsall Road on I-395, please visit: 95ExpressLanes.com/transition

Drivers of Trucks, Commercial/18-Wheel Vehicles:  

  • Vehicles with more than two axles – including 18-wheel trucks – will not be permitted to access the 95 Express Lanes.
  • Small and mid-sized trucks with two axles may use the Express Lanes as toll paying customers or they may travel toll-free if they have an E-ZPass Flexset to HOV mode and three or more people in the vehicle.

Law Enforcement Officials: 

  • Local, state or federal law enforcement officials will not be exempt from toll and HOV requirements on the 95 Express Lanes unless in the direct pursuit of their duties, which does not include commuting to and from the workplace.
  • Law enforcement officials can contact the Express Lanes pre or post travel for trips they believe qualify as exempt.  Please contact customercare@expresslanes.com for more information.

Motorcycles: 

  • Motorcycles do not need an E-ZPass.

Unlike the existing HOV lanes, the rules of the road for the new 95 Express Lanes will be in effect 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including weekends.  Vehicles may not tow trailers on the 95 Express Lanes. HOV-3+ vehicles with an E-ZPass Flex set to HOV mode, motorcycles and transit will have toll-free access to the Express Lanes at all times; drivers with fewer than three occupants can choose to pay a toll with E-ZPass to use the lanes on occasions when they need to get somewhere on time.

Get an E-ZPass:

Drivers can get an E-ZPass or E-ZPass Flex at more than 75 convenient Northern Virginia retail locations including Wegmans, select Giant Food Stores, or at one of the E-ZPass Customer Service Centers, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles; online or by calling Virginia E-ZPass at (877) 762-7824.  Visit www.ezpassva.com or call the Customer Service Center for more information – (877) 762-7824.

The 95 Express Lanes are being delivered through a public-private partnership between VDOT and Transurban with Fluor-Lane 95, LLC constructing the Express Lanes.  For more information on how I-95 drivers can use the 95 Express Lanes please visit  www.95ExpressLanes.com.  For up-to-date construction information please visit  www.vamegaprojects.com.

 

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NOVEC Operation Turkey Underway

Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative’s group of employee volunteers, NOVEC HELPS, is asking area residents to donate non-perishable food to the Operation Turkey drive to help provide Thanksgiving meals for low-income people in Prince William County.

NOVEC HELPS will accept non-perishable food donations through Nov. 13 at three offices. SERVE, a campus of Northern Virginia Family Service, and ACTS, Action in Community Through Service, will distribute the food to people who need assistance.

Anyone requiring a receipt must drop donated items at the SERVE or ACTS locations. Donna Snellings, NOVEC HELPS executive director, says, “One of NOVEC‘s guiding principles is to serve the community with more than electricity. Helping to feed the needy through Operation Turkey is one way NOVEC and its members serve others every November.”

Suggested Food Items Breads and muffin mixes, Bisquick, instant mashed potatoes, pasta, rice, boxed desserts, sugar, flour, evaporated milk, pie crusts, and canned meats, vegetables, cranberry sauce, fruits, pie filling, and gravy. Drop-off Locations

NOVEC Offices, 10323 Lomond Drive near Manassas

Wellington Branch Road in Gainesville

14500 Minnieville Road  in Woodbridge, hours: 8:15 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday

SERVE, Inc. 10056 Dean Drive in Manassas 

ACTS 3900 Acts Lane in Dumfries

in VA 22026 NOVEC HELPS, Hands Engaged in Local Public Service, is a 501 (c) (3) organization. For more information, visit www.novechelps.org. NOVEC is a not-for-profit corporation that supplies and distributes electricity and provides energy-related services to more than 155,000 customers in Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William, Stafford and Clarke counties, the City of Manassas Park, and the Town of Clifton, Va. It is one of the largest electric cooperatives of its kind in the nation. For more information, visit www.novec.com, call 703-335-0500, toll-free 1-888-335-0500, or send mail to P.O. Box 2710, Manassas, Va. 20108.

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Girl, 6, Sexually Assualted

DALE CITY, Va. – On October 31, police arrested a 12-year-old boy for aggravated sexual battery upon a 6-year-old girl, whom he knew. Police say that the incident happened on October 29 and the boy is currently being held at a juvenile detention center. 

Here’s the latest from Prince William police:

Aggravated Sexual Battery – On October 30th, detectives from the Special Victims Unit began an investigation into a sexual assault which was reported to have occurred at a residence located in the 3900 block of Deer Ct in Woodbridge (22193) the day prior on October 29th. The investigation revealed that the victim, a 6 year old girl of Woodbridge, was sexually assaulted by the accused, a known acquaintance. Following the investigation, detectives obtained a petition against the accused, a juvenile.

Arrested on October 31st: [Juvenile]

12 year old boy of Woodbridge

Charged with aggravated sexual battery

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

 

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Woman Stabs Victim in the Shoulder

DALE CITY, Va. – On October 30, a woman was arrested for assaulting and stabbing a 23-year-old female victim in the shoulder.  The victim was taken to a hospital for injuries that appeared to be non-life threatening. 

Here’s the latest from Prince William police:

Malicious Wounding | Domestic Assault & Battery – On October 30th at 1:32AM, officers responded to a residence located in the 3400 block of Belfry Ln in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a domestic related stabbing. The victim, a 23 year old woman of no fixed address, reported to police that she and the accused, a known acquaintance, were involved in a verbal altercation which escalated. During the encounter, the accused assaulted the victim and a struggle ensued. At one point, the accused retrieved a knife and stabbed the victim in the shoulder. Police were eventually contacted and officers located both parties still at the home. The victim was treated for non-life threatening injuries. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested.

Arrested on October 30th:

Lisa DE-BOROUS, 42, of 210 Onville Rd in Stafford

Charged with malicious wounding and domestic assault & battery

Court date: pending | Bond: held WITHOUT bond

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Winter Supplies Gathered for Homeless Facing Eviction

Organizers hope to purchase tents for homeless

 

U.S. Flags were flying in the wind and passersby were honking their car horns in front of soon-to-be-closed Kmart store.

Organizers on Saturday gathered in the parking lot of the 34-year-old store to show support and gather needed items for the homeless who live in camps behind Kmart and along Dale Boulevard and Interstate 95 in Dale City.

During the rally, volunteers with the Dale City Civic Association’s Homeless Outreach effort collected food, desperately needed water, blankets, and other goods to be donated to those who live in the camps – people whom activists say are Dale City residents, too, and should not be forgotten.

“I believe some people don’t know there are homeless camps here. If you want to know, you’ll find out but we’re here to tell you so now you can’t say you don’t know,” said Ashley Antley, with the Dale City Civic Association.

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Volunteers collect items the homeless in Dale City, Virginia.

The Kmart store will close Dec. 7 and there is no word yet on what will happen to the property on which it sits. The land behind the Kmart store is owned by the Americans in Wartime Museum which hopes to develop a destination, to be marketed alongside the nearby National Museum of the Marine Corps, where visitors can learn about life is like for war fighters and for those left to defend the home front during battle.

Volunteers at the rally said someone recently placed “no trespassing” signs in a wooded area near the store to send a message to homeless to get out.

Water is one of the more needed items for area homeless residents living in the woods.

Water is one of the more needed items for area homeless residents living in the woods.

The situation is reminiscent of March 2011, when homeless campers in the same woods were evicted by Virginia State Police. Many locally elected officials said at that time they didn’t know the homeless were being evicted. The Virginia Department of Transportation then cited safety concerns as the homeless were living on state-owned property along I-95, and becuase many of the homeless had to cross busy Dale Boulevard to get to a warming shelter for a shower and a hot meal.

The warming shelter is still open, but some of the same locations where homeless camps were in 2011 are no more as trees have been cleared for utility lines for the 95 Express Lanes Project.

Volunteers on Saturday said they were working to purchase tents for the homeless in the event they have to relocate. Some are fearful the tents in use today will fall apart if moved.

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Shots Fired From Mysterious Red SUV in Dale City

DALE CITY, Va. – On October 28, a 33-year-old man told police that he saw a red SUV approach the front of his home and fire shots at him and his friend twice. According to the report, there were no injuries, damage, or description of the driver or passengers.

Here’s the latest from Prince William police: 

Discharging a Firearm from a Vehicle | Attempted Malicious Wounding  On October 28th at 0:11PM, officers responded to the 4100 block of Hoffman Dr in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a shots fired call. The victim, a 33 year old man of Woodbridge, reported to police that he and a known acquaintance were standing in his yard when an unknown, red SUV pulled in front of the residence. Once stopped, an occupant of the SUV reportedly shot towards the victim and his acquaintance. The vehicle then continued down Hoffman Dr before making a U-turn and approaching the residence where the occupant fired towards the victim and the acquaintance a second time. No injuries or property damage were reported. Following the incident, the vehicle fled the area at a high rate of speed. No description of the driver or its occupants was provided to police. The incident does not appear to be random.

Pitkins Dale City Hardware Planning Ladies Night

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Ladies night event offers tips, food and drink

 

Pitkins Ace Hardware in Dale City will hold a Ladies Night on Wednesday, Oct. 29 at their store in Dale City.

The special event will feature power tool and paint demonstrations, car repair tips from Steve’s Auto Repair, jewelry from Quinn’s Jewelers, drinks and hors d’ouevres. The Sentara Mammovan will also make an early appearance at the Dale City store from 2 to 6 p.m. The van provides a hotel-like setting, complete with dressing rooms, were patients can come and have mammograms performed.

There will also be demonstrations of paint, as well as a class on how to repair a broken toilet.

This is a natural place for women because they make a lot of the paint, design, and décor decisions for the home,” said hardware store owner Sarah Pitkin.

The ladies night event will build on Pitkins effort to support women in during October. The staff has worn pink t-shirts to raise awareness of breast cancer.

Pitkin says her store offers great customer service, and many customers can find what they need and be in and out of the store in 10 minutes. This helps her compete with larger chain stores, said Pitkin.

Pitkin and her sister, Amy Monroe, have operated the family business for the past eight years following her father’s retirement. Her father and uncle founded the business.

Pitkins Home Center / Dale City Hardware is located at 4340 Dale Boulevard in Dale City. For more information about the ladies night event, call 703-670-2139.

This post is sponsored by Hometowne Auto Repair and Tire of Woodbridge

*This post originally listed the incorrect date for this event. 

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Virginia, Dominion Providing Respite for Butterflies

Monarch Butterfly habitats going up at rest stop, commuter lots 

 

Monarch butterflies migrating to warmer climates and those staying around here will soon be able to take comfort at a highway.

The Virginia Department of Transportation and Dominion Power will team up and will place 1,376 pollinator-friendly plants at four stops in Northern Virginia, including a car rest area on Interstate 95 in Dale City. The plants will provide nectar and shelter for the butterflies that, this time of year, are making their way to warmer regions of California and Mexico.

Here’s more in a VDOT press release:

At each of the four locations, volunteers will dig 900 square-foot beds and plant about 350 plants. Dominion is providing the funding and a cadre of volunteers; Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy is providing the technical expertise, and VDOT is providing the land along with volunteers to plant the way stations.

These butterfly refuge plant beds built by the volunteers will be called “way stations.” Volunteers will dig 900 square-foot flower beds and place 350 plants at each of the four locations. Other locations where butterfly refuges will be placed include a commuter lot near Dulles Airport and a lot off Dulles Greenway in Loudoun County, and at a commuter lot off Stringfellow Road in Fairfax County.

Only Monarch butterflies born in the late summer are prone to migration. The insects are born to fly.

Dominion Power said the Monarch Butterfly population in our area has reached its lowest point in 20 years

Winter Shelter Open November to March 2015

The Prince William County Winter Shelter, operated by the Department of Social Services, will open Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. The shelter is located at 14730 Potomac Mills Road, in Woodbridge and operates overnight 7 days a week from 6:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. until March 31, 2015.

The shelter serves single individuals only and operates on a first-come first-served basis. Single women may be referred to an overflow program. The intake capacity of the Winter Shelter is 48 clients. The program provides shelter, meals, beds, showers, and referrals to supportive services.

 

During daytime hours Monday – Saturday at the Winter Shelter facility, the Department of Social Services partners with the Cooperative Council of Ministries to provide a “Drop -In Center” for homeless individuals. Services available include mental health referrals, case management services, life skills & career training, peer counseling, wellness information, health care referrals and employment assistance.

 

For more information about the Winter Shelter or Drop-In Center programs please call: 703-897-0199.

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AMC Potomac Mills First to Show Mormon Movie

Documentary film meant to educate community about the faith

 

Meet the Mormons.

On Oct. 10, a documentary film of the same name produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) opened nationwide – including AMC Theaters in Woodbridge.

The movie shares the stories of six devote Latter-day Saints: the coach, the fighter, the humanitarian, the candy bomber and the missionary mom. Each of these stories challenges stereotypes about the Mormon faith while also examining how compassion changes oneself and others.

The LDS Woodbridge congregation worked hard to bring “Meet the Mormons” to our area as the movie was originally scheduled to only open in Fredericksburg and Arlington.

AMC at Potomac Mills generously responded by agreeing to open the show one day early, with showings starting on Thursday, Oct., 9.

“I felt the first showing was fairly historic; it was actually the first public showing of the film in the entire nation,” said Ian Houston, at the Oct 9 showing of the movie.

A steady turn out kept “Meet the Mormons” at the Potomac Mills AMC through Thursday, October 23rd. Though the LDS church sees the movie as an opportunity to tell their story to a national and international audience, the movie is not a meant to be a money-making venture for them. Instead, all net proceeds from the film will be donated to the American Red Cross.

Clark Price, the President of the Woodbridge Virginia Stake, who directs 9 local LDS congregations, explains, the church’s motivation for making the film, “the film clearly shows the great and rich diversity of membership in the church. There are hundreds of languages and cultures in our church membership.” President Price finished, ““We (have) invited all to attend with an open heart and mind to learn more about who Mormons really are.”

“I was surprised in general. That religion is not what I thought it was. It seems to have not only family but it seems to have love,” said Delzoria Hawkins, of Dale City, who was invited to see the movie by her LDS neighbor said,

“It dispels a lot of false assumptions people make about our church.” His wife, Angie Harrison added “the constant you see in the people (in the film) is they are at peace,” said Clark Harrison.

AMC at Potomac Mills sold over 1,200 tickets during the two weeks the movie played in Woodbridge. To date, Meet the Mormons has earned almost $5 million dollars nationally.

After covering distribution costs, the LDS church will donate the remaining net proceeds to further the charitable mission of the American Red Cross. The film is expected to be later released on Netflix.

Editor’s note: This story was written by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of Woodbridge, Virginia.

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Man Exposes Himself to Four Children in Woodbridge

DALE CITY, Va. – On October 16, police say a man exposed himself to four children between the ages of 6 and 10 years old as they were walking home. Investigation is on-going. 

Here’s the latest from Prince William police:

Indecent Exposure – On October 17th at 10:16AM, police responded to the 4500 block of Knoll Dr in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate an indecent exposure incident which was reported to have occurred on October 16th at 4:00PM. The investigation revealed that four children, between 6 and 10 years of age, were walking home in the above area when they were approached by an unknown man. During the encounter the man lowered his pants and exposed himself to the children prior to departing from the area on foot. No injuries were reported. A man similar in description to this incident was also reportedly seen jogging in the same area last week. No exposure or contact was reported in that incident. The investigation continues.

Suspect Description:

White male, between 30 & 40 years of age, 5’11”, 200lbs with a heavy build, light complexion, receding brown hair and a beard

Last seen wearing a black sweat suit

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Buffalo Wild Wings Funding Boys & Girls Club Football

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Buffalo Wild Wings donating $4 million to U.S. clubs

 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington announced today that Buffalo Wild Wings is supporting their ALL STARS Football program this fall with a $3,000 grant. As part of Buffalo Wild Wings’

As part of Buffalo Wild Wings’ Team Up for Kids   initiative and partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the company is supporting 285 Clubs across the country this fall, creating sports programs that promote physical fitness and good sportsmanship.

The BGC Bengals Football program runs seasonally from the end of July through the end of October. Players get to participate in 25 practices and seven games. Players on the BGC Bengals team are held to high standards both socially and academically. Coaches for the team monitor report cards and foster positive sportsmanship. Players are also expected to participate in the Boys & Girls Club’s Power Hour homework program and the Torch Club youth service and leadership program.

The grants also includes team jerseys and tools and resources from the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) which provides education and training programs for administrators and volunteer coaches to use across all team sports programs.

“During the out-of-school time, it is critical that we provide programming that helps kids learn about teamwork and the importance of good sportsmanship. These lessons become building blocks for skills that young people need as they move into adulthood,” said Jim Almond, Regional Vice President of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. “Thanks to Buffalo Wild Wings, our ALL STARS program is providing opportunities for kids to be part of a team – learning invaluable lessons and skills that will help them succeed at school, at home, at the Club and in life.”

“Once again, we are honored to partner with Boys & Girls Clubs of America for our ALL STARS program, impacting thousands of Club kids each year through team sports,” said Mary Twinem, Buffalo Wild Wings chief financial officer.  “We are committed to providing support and programs to the communities we serve, creating opportunities to teach life lessons and ignite a passion for sports.”

Buffalo Wild Wings is committed to donating $4 million to Boys & Girls Clubs of America by 2016 including funds raised through sauce and seasoning bottle sales and events in their restaurants. Now through October 31st, Buffalo Wild Wings is promoting a fundraising campaign where 100 percent of every paper pinup Guests purchase in-restaurant will support BGCA youth sports programs.  The paper pinups can be purchased for a $1 minimum donation and will be displayed in restaurants.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America believes that all kids deserve a great future. Through the organization’s Great Futures Campaign, Clubs and supporters are working to mobilize the country around the critical issues facing America’s youth. Boys & Girls Clubs are committed to leading the way, assuring that every young person who enters a Club is on track to graduate from high school on time, and is prepared to succeed in college or a career, while demonstrating good character and living a healthy lifestyle.

Thanks to Buffalo Wild Wings, the ALL STARS program motivates kids to lead a healthy lifestyle through team sports while building good sportsmanship and self-esteem for Club kids.  

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Police Arrest Man for Striking 43-Year-Old Woman

DALE CITY, Va. – On Oct. 7, a man was arrested after he threw multiple items at a 43-year-old woman and pulled out a knife towards her. According to the report, while holding the knife, he struck the victim in the face before police were contacted. The victim was taken to a hospital.  

Here’s the latest from Prince William police: 

Malicious Wounding – On October 7th at 9:45PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 12900 block of Queen Chapel Rd in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate an assault. The victim, a 43 year old woman of Woodbridge, reported to police that she and the accused, a known acquaintance, were involved in a verbal altercation which escalated. During the encounter, the accused threw objects at the victim and, at one point, pulled out a knife. While holding the knife the accused struck the victim in the face. The victim was able to separate from the accused and contact police. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested.

Arrested on October 7th:

Reynaldo Antonio ESPINOZA, 46, of the 12900 block of Queen Chapel Rd in Woodbridge

Charged with malicious wounding

Court date: November 19, 2014 | Bond: held WITHOUT bond

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Mother Leaves 8-Month-Old in Car for 45 Minutes, say Police

DALE CITY, Va. – On October 4, police went to the area to investigate a report that an 8-month-old infant had been left in a parked car. Police spoke with the suspect, identified as the mother, and say that the infant had been left inside the car for between 40 to 45 minutes and was sent to the hospital as a safety precaution.

Here’s the latest from Prince William police:  

Reckless Endangerment of a Child – On October 4th at 5:11PM, officers responded to the 4200 block of Cheshire Station Plz in Woodbridge (22193) after receiving a report of an unattended infant in a vehicle. A caller reported to police that they observed an infant alone in a vehicle parked in the parking lot of the Cheshire Station Plaza. Officers arrived and located the victim, identified as an 8month old girl, who was being evaluated by rescue personnel. Officers further questioned the accused, identified as the victim’s mother. The investigation revealed that the victim was left unattended in the vehicle for about 40 to 45 minutes. The victim was transported to an area hospital as a precaution. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested.

Arrested on October 4th:

Estela Patricia ROJAS, 26, of 333 Third St in Fredericksburg

Charged with reckless endangerment of a child

Court date: pending | Bond: $5,000 unsecured

 

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Man Charged With Felony Child Neglect of 15-Month-Old

DALE CITY, Va. – On October 2, a 911 caller told police that they saw a couple, who appeared to be intoxicated, leave a local Petco with a small child. The couple left before police arrived and upon arrival to a home, officers found the suspect intoxicated and in the driver’s seat of the car, as well as a 15-month-old boy, who police say was unharmed. 

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Felony Child Neglect – On October 2nd at 4:08PM, officers responded to the 14300 block of Westminster Ln in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a child neglect call. The caller reported to police that man and woman were believed to be impaired inside the Petco located in the Cheshire Station Plaza. There was also a small child in their care while inside the store. The couple left the plaza prior to police arriving in the area. The caller was able to obtain a license plate number which lead them to a residence in the above area. Once at the home, officers located the vehicle and the accused who appeared to be under the influence and in the driver’s seat of the vehicle. The child, identified as a 15 month old boy, was also located and appeared unharmed. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested.

Arrested on October 2nd:

Colin Michael SIBBET, 36, of 14384 Westminster Ln in Woodbridge

Charged with felony child neglect and driving under the influence

Court date: December 23, 2014 | Bond: held WITHOUT bond

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Man Stabbed in Dale City

DALE CITY, Va. – On October 3, a 35-year-old man was hospitalized with critical injuries after he was stabbed by an unknown person. Police say that the victim was walking in the area and never saw the suspect, the investigation is ongoing.

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Malicious Wounding – On October 3rd at 5:24PM, officers responded to the 14700 block of Darbydale Ave in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a stabbing. The investigation revealed that the victim, a 35 year old man of Woodbridge, was walking in the above area when he was approached and stabbed from behind by an unknown suspect. The victim was able to get away from the assailant before collapsing. A passerby located the victim and contacted police. The victim was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries. Initially, it was believed that the victim possibly knew the suspect but after further questioning, the victim never saw the suspect. The investigation continues.

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Gunshots Fired Inside Dale City Apartment

DALE CITY, Va. – On September 25, a 911 caller told police that someone in another apartment nearby was firing a gun inside of his home. Police were able to take the suspect into custody and discovered several shell casings inside and a back sliding door that seemed to have been shattered by some of the bullets. 

Here’s the latest from Prince William police: 

Reckless Handling of a Firearm | Destruction of Property – On September 25th at 9:13AM, officers responded to an apartment located in the 4300 block of Whitmer Dr in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a shots fired call. A caller reported to police that a resident in a neighboring apartment, identified as the accused, was firing his gun inside his residence. Officers arrived and were able to detain the accused without further incident. Multiple shell casings were located inside the residence. Officers checked nearby apartments and located a shattered rear sliding door which appeared to have been struck by one of the rounds fired by the accused. No injuries were reported. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested.

Arrested on September 25th: [No photo available]

Jerry Colin DAVIS, 69, of 4370 Whitmer Dr, Apt. 10 in Woodbridge

Charged with reckless handling of a firearm and destruction of property

Court date: November 17, 2014 | Bond: unavailable

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