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Shooting, stabbing investigated over New Year’s holiday weekend

From police: 

Badie, RaquanMalicious Wounding | Shooting InvestigationOn January 1 at 1:50AM, officers responded to investigate a shooting which occurred in the 15400 block of Wheatfield Dr in Dumfries (22025) earlier that evening. The investigation revealed that the accused was in the above area when he was involved in a verbal altercation with several subjects in a vehicle. During the encounter, the accused brandished a handgun and shot into the vehicle striking one of the occupants, a 19-year-old man of Woodbridge, in the upper body. The victim was transported to a local hospital with serious, non-life threatening injuries. Following the investigation, detectives with the Violent Crimes Bureau obtained warrants for the arrest of the accused. The accused was located and arrested without incident at his residence later that day.

Arrested on January 1:

Raquan Jamar BADIE, 21, of 13848 Delaney Rd in Woodbridge

Charged with 1 count of malicious wounding, 4 counts of attempted malicious wounding, 1 count of use of a firearm in commission of a felony, and 1 count of reckless handling of a firearm

Court Date: February 13, 2017 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

 

Sanchez, JoseMalicious Wounding | Stabbing Investigation On December 29 at 9:26PM, officers responded to the 3600 block of Elm Farm Rd in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a stabbing. The investigation revealed that the victim, a 24-year-old man of Woodbridge, and the accused were involved in a verbal altercation which escalated. During the encounter, the accused cut the victim in the upper body with a pocket knife. The parties eventually separated and police were contacted. The victim was transported to a local area hospital for further treatment. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested without incident.

Arrested on December 29:

Jose Maria SANCHEZ, 46, of 13721 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Woodbridge

Charged with malicious wounding

Court Date: February 9, 2017 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

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Update: Route 1 repopned Possum Point Road in Dumfries

One person was flown to a hospital following the incident. A white powder found at the scene was determined to be laundry detergent, said Prince William police spokesman Nathan Probus. 

More as we have it.

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Recycle your Christmas Tree in Prince William County

Submitted: 

After all the holiday festivities are over and the finery has lost its luster give your Christmas tree, wreath and other cut greenery another life as compost, mulch or habitat. Simply remove all ornaments, decorations, tinsel, nails and the tree stand and take the greenery to one of locations listed below to be recycled or repurposed.  

The Prince William County Landfill at 14811 Dumfries Road in Manassas.  Monday – Saturday, 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.  The facility is closed New Year’s Day. 703-792-4670

The Balls Ford Road Compost Facility located at 13000 Balls Ford Road in Manassas. Monday – Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.  The facility is closed New Year’s Day. 703-792-4670

Leesylvania State Park located at 2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Drive in Woodbridge (off Neabsco Road). Trees may be dropped off at Shelter 2 and will be used for habitat.

Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC) located at 5399 Wellington Branch Road in Gainesville.  Dec. 26 – Jan. 9.  The drop off area is located in the front parking lot in the area outlined with the orange safety cones.  NOVEC will deliver the wood-chip mulch to interested customer-owners at no charge, visit www.novec.com/mulch

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The most-read posts on Potomac Local in 2016

For all of you who wanted to know when 2016 will come to an end, here’s some news: 2017 begins on Sunday. 

We can’t let the old year pass without our annual look back at our most-read stories on Potomac Local for 2016. 

With 1.8 million page views from nearly 1 million readers, here are the most-read stories this year: 

10. Seven arrested in Prince William internet sting

On June 6, members of the Prince William County Police Departments’ Special Victim’s Bureau and Intel Unit began a week a long operation targeting offenders of crimes involving children.

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9. Fresh, hot, glazed Krispy Kreme doughnuts coming to Manassas

The fascination with Krispy Kreme doughnuts continued in 2016 as a post we wrote in 2015 ranked as this year’s 9th most-read story on Potomac Local.

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8. Two Woodbridge men charged in connection to ISIS

Federal authorities said two men from Woodbridge intended to go to Syria to join ISIS.

One man was arrested at Richmond International Airport. The second man was arrested in Woodbridge after he returned from driving the first suspect to the airport. 

7. Grief counselors at Battlefield High School after student death

Grief counselors were sent to Battlefield High School in October after a student took his own life. 

6. Manassas student tells school board she was beaten in hallway

A 7th-grade student at Metz Middle School told school officials she was beaten and bloodied in a school hallway.

5. Body found in Powells Creek under Route 1 in Woodbridge

Police found a body underneath a bridge that carries traffic on Route 1 over Powells Creek in Woodbridge.

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4. Najee Mason killed in Woodbridge

On June 5, detectives from the Homicide Unit identified the suspect involved in the murder of Najee Mason which occurred in the 14900 block of Potomac Heights Place in Woodbridge.

3. Rookie Officer Ashley Guindon killed in domestic shooting

“It is with profound sadness that we announce that Prince William County Police Officer Ashley Guindon, one of the officers involved in this evening shooting on Lashmere Ct, has died as a result of her injuries sustained during the incident.”

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2. Fatal shooting outside Dale City Food Lion

One man was shot outside a Food Lion at the intersection of Dale Boulevard and Hoadly Road in late November. foodlionshooting

1. Suspected MS13 gang members rounded up, charged in murder of Edwin Chicas

“On November 9, detectives from the Prince William County Police Homicide Unit and Special Investigations Bureau, with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, the Manassas City Police Department and the City of Manassas Park Police Department, attempted to arrest several suspects involved in the murder of Edwin Ivan Chicas which occurred in the 7500 block of Quail Run Ln in Manassas on October 29.”

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Dumfries building official claims wrongful termination, sues mayor

DUMFRIES, Va. — Dumfries Mayor Jerry Foreman is named in a lawsuit filed by a former town employee who claims he was wrongfully terminated.

Ray Jackson was hired January 18, 2016, to work as the town’s building code enforcement official. After retiring from the Prince William County Government after working a similar job, Jackson was hired to work 32-hours per week in a part-time, exclusive capacity. He says he was terminated via an email sent by Foreman in mid-September.

Jackson is now seeking at least $500,000 in punitive damages from the town — about 12% of the town’s annual $4 million budget. Foreman did not return a request for comment on Tuesday for this story.

During his time at building code enforcement in Dumfries, Jackson was to oversee compliance with town building codes for new and existing construction, according to court documents. The Dumfries Town Council unanimously approved Jackson’s hiring on July 5.

Jackson’s attorney Sid Kirstein said a building code official operates unlike other town employees and must have independence from the Dumfries Town Council to prevent any conflicts of interest.

Kirstein maintains that Jackson, by law, should have been given a hearing before the Town Council, where he is to be presented a list of grievances as well as the cause of his termination. To date, Jackson is unaware as to why he was fired, said Kirstein.

On October 5, the Dumfries Town Council voted unanimously to hire a new building official. The new building code enforcement official is not a town employee, according to Dumfries Town Clerk Dawn Hobgood.

Jackson maintains the job still belongs to him, according to court documents. He seeks $250,000 in compensatory damages following his dismissal in addition to the $500,000 punitive damages claim. He says the wrongful firing hindered his earning capacity and hurt his reputation. Jackson also wants his attorney’s and court fees paid by the town, according to court documents.

A copy of the alleged email from Foreman to Jackson notes the mayor asked to meet with Jackson before the email was sent, but the two did not meet. “Effective close of business on 26 September your services/employment are no longer required by the Town of Dumfries,” the email states.

The crux of the lawsuit asserts Foreman, acting alone as mayor and as one member of the seven-member Town Council, does not have the authority to terminate Jackson’s contract.

“Unlike me or you who work as at-will employees in Virginia, Mr. Jackson had contract and statutory rights not shared with other at-will employees of the town,” said Kirstein.

The alleged email from Foreman goes on to state that staff would review any back pay and benefits owed to Jackson following his termination. He has yet to be compensated, Kirstein said.

Kirstein says the Dumfries Town Attorney has until Jan 15 to make counter claims to Jackson’s suit or to request more time to review the case. The case could go to trial sometime in February or March.

In August, Foreman entered a Prince William County courtroom and pleaded no contest to trespassing charge following his arrest in April, when he was charged with petit larceny in connection with the disappearance of a campaign sign for his opponent running in the May 2016 Town Council elections.

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Fire Marshal investigates burnt-out car near Dumfries

DUMFRIES, Va. — Authorities are looking into the cause of a burnt out car in a secluded area near Dumfries. 

From Prince William fire and rescue: 

On Monday, December 26th, at 12:00 noon, fire and rescue crews were dispatched to a vehicle fire located at the 17500 block of Mine Road in Woodbridge.
 
Upon arrival, firefighters discovered a burned vehicle on private property that did not belong to the homeowner.
 
No injuries reported.
 
According to the Fire Marshal’s Office, the vehicle was burned completely to the frame; the vehicle is a total loss with estimated damages of $10,000.
 
The fire was incendiary and currently under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s Office.
 
 
 
 
 

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2016 Dumfries Christmas Parade winners

From Dumfries Community Services Director Brittany Heine: 

Scouts
1. Aquia Service Unit
2. Girl Scouts Nations Capital
3. Girl Scouts 80-04

Music
1. US Army Drum & Fife
1. Quantico Marine Corps Band

Police/Fire/Rescue/Honor Guard
1. Dumfries Triangle Vol. Fire Dept
2. PWC Sheriff and Honor Guard
3. Prince William County Mounted Horse Unit

ROTC
1. Freedom ROTC
2. Hylton AFJROTC
3. Stafford AFJROTC

Dance/Cheer
1. Young Expressions
2. Graham Park Dance Team
3. All that and Jazz

Vehicles/Motorcycle
1. Top Flight
2. Bates Trucking

Non-Profit
1. Toys for Tots
2. Prince William Forest National Park
3. ACTS

Church
1. River of Grace
2. Triangle Baptist
3. Mt Zion Baptist

Youth
1. Veteran Park Swim Team
2. Nikkis Christian Daycare
2. Star of Bethlehem

Business Nonperforming
1. Waggy’s Towing
2. TD Bank
3. DJ’s Towing

Business Performing
1. Luv-n-Laffs Clown Alley
2. Ronald McDonald
3. United Martial Arts

Animals
1.Dumfries Animal Hospital

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10 displaced after fire rips through Dumfries area townhome

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From Prince William fire and rescue: 

On Saturday, December 17 th at 3:53 a.m., fire and rescue crews were dispatched to a three-story townhouse fire located in the 17400 block of Cosgrove Way in Woodbridge. Upon arrival, firefighters observed fire on the rear of a mid-row townhome that had extended to two additional townhomes. Fire and rescue units began occupant searches while initiating suppression and extinguishment of the fire. All occupants had safely evacuated due to

All occupants had safely evacuated due to sounding of the smoke alarms allowing them additional time to escape. Two firefighters sustained minor injuries.

Red Cross provided assistance to 10 adults displaced by the fire. According to the Fire Marshal’s Office, preliminary damages are estimated at $400,000; a total loss. A Building Official has posted the homes unsafe.

Fire and rescue units began occupant searches while initiating suppression and extinguishment of the fire. All occupants had safely evacuated due to sounding of the smoke alarms allowing them additional time to escape. Two firefighters sustained minor injuries. Red Cross provided assistance to 10 adults displaced by the fire. According to the Fire Marshal’s Office, preliminary damages are estimated at $400,000; a total loss. A Building Official has posted the homes unsafe.

Two firefighters sustained minor injuries. Red Cross provided assistance to 10 adults displaced by the fire. According to the Fire Marshal’s Office, preliminary damages are estimated at $400,000; a total loss. A Building Official has posted the homes unsafe.

Submitted by Jacqueline Palmer, a neighbor who contacted Potomac Local about the fire incident: 

The Barber Family at 17413 Cosgrove Way near Dumfries lost everything in an electrical fire.

All made it out alive and unharmed but they did lose their family cat. The ages of the residents ranged from early 20s up to 81 years old and the home is considered to be a total loss.

The occupants of this Dumfries’ home lived there for over six years and brought so much life to the neighborhood with friendly smiles, warm greetings and festive holiday décor. 

The fire department didn’t leave the site until after 8 a.m.

The youngest man in the household is home from college, for the holidays, and will return to school with nothing as of right now. The Red Cross has provided hotel accommodations for the family for one week but after this Saturday, Christmas Eve, they are on their own. The family did not have insurance so they will have to piece their lives back together on their own and by the grace of others’ donations.

The Red Cross has provided hotel accommodations for the family for one week but after this Saturday, Christmas Eve, they are on their own.

The first thing the family needs is a place to stay following this Saturday. 

A GoFundMe page is up and running to collect donations for the Barber Family. 

Update

David Chesler, a disaster program manager at the Red Cross of the National Capital Region, said his organization provided financial assistance to 10 victims affected by the fire. Those funds could be used for expenditures to include food, clothing, or temporary lodging.

 

 

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Grant allows NOVA to develop Cybersecurity Career Pathways Project


Forest Park, Potomac high schools tapped to participate 

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Two centers for higher learning in our area have announced new cyber security initiatives. 

Submitted by Prince William Department of Economic Development: 

Two Prince William County-based Higher Education Institutes – Northern Virginia Community College and ECPI University – have announced new programs to enhance expanded learning in the field of cybersecurity.

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia, with two campuses located in Prince William County, received a $100,000 grant from Capital One Foundation to help develop the Cybersecurity Career Pathways Project that will inform and support middle and high school students in the Northern Virginia region who wish to explore and hopefully pursue a career in cybersecurity.  

ECPI University’s Northern Virginia campus has expanded its program offerings to include a Master of Science in Cybersecurity and a Bachelor of Science in Software Development.  The project aims to entice a future generation of cybersecurity workers and eventually fill a regional and national skills gap.

NOVA will be working as part of a cohort of 14 community colleges in D.C., Maryland, New York and Texas to develop some thematic areas of focus in relation to labor-market data and career pathways to create a pilot program with two Prince William County public high schools—Forest Park and Potomac—both chosen due to their high level of diversity and for the large number of students from underserved populations.

ECPI University’s decision to expand its offerings comes on the heels of Governor’s Terry McAuliffe’s recent call for a greater effort to draw more people towards careers in cyber and network security.  Both professions are in great demand, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, with employment of software developers projected to grow 17 percent from 2014 to 2024 – much faster than the average for all occupations.  Demand for information security analysts is also on the rise. Consequently, the need for computer and information systems managers is growing as well, with employment of computer and information systems managers projected to grow 15 percent from 2014 to 2024.

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United Bank robbed twice in 3 months: ‘This money is not worth our lives’

DUMFRIES, Va. — The robbers went inside the bank and put a gun to the manager’s forehead.

The United Bank branch just outside Dumfries has been robbed at gunpoint twice in the past nearly three months. On Wednesday, two men walked into the lobby of the bank on Route 1 about 2 p.m, pulled out handguns, and demanded cash.

“We saw them coming to toward the door, and I said to myself, oh my god, we’re going to be robbed,” said branch manager Nena Aninye, who took over the top job at the branch in March.

Before the entered the bank, Aninye and another teller looked out the drive-through window and saw the two men running toward the bank out from behind a nearby shopping center.

Once inside, one of the men put a gun to Aninye’s head and demanded cash. She handed it over, the two men stuffed it into the pockets and fled the scene.

“I couldn’t look at his face, I could only look at the gun,” Aninye said while describing the robbery.

No one was hurt, and the FBI is now offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction in the case. An armed guard stood post by the front door of the lobby on Friday.

“This money is not worth our lives,” said a shaken Aninye of her and her employees.

This is the third time in the 20 years Aninye has worked in the banking industry that she has been robbed. It’s especially disturbing that it has happened to her twice at the same location in the past 60 days, she added.

At least three bank employees were inside the bank at the time of the robbery. Glass does not separate customers from tellers working behind a counter.

Potomac Local holds an account with United Bank and conducts business at this branch.

At 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 6, a man walked into the bank, displayed a gun, and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. No arrests have been made in either case.

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United Bank in Dumfries robbed, FBI offers $5,000 reward

From Prince William police: 

Bank Robbery – On December 14 at 1:57PM, officers responded to the United Bank located at 17054 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Dumfries (22026) to investigate a robbery. Employee of the bank reported to police that two unknown, masked men entered the bank and immediately approached the teller counter. Once there, the men brandished handguns and demanded money. The suspects took an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing on foot. No injuries were reported. A police K-9 searched for the suspects who were no located.

Suspect Descriptions:

Black male, unknown age, 5’9”, 170lbs with a thin build

Last seen wearing a yellow hooded jacket with dark sleeves, dark jeans, and ski mask

Black male, unknown age, 5’9”, 185lbs with a medium build

Last seen wearing a dark colored jacket, dark colored jeans, and a ski mask

Today, the FBI said the agency was offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the robber. 

 

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Dumfries Town Council will command police chief, officers

DUMFRIES, Va. — The next Dumfries police chief and police officers will soon have seven bosses.

The Dumfries Town Council voted to consolidate oversight powers of the Police Chief and town police officers, taking it from the Town Manager and giving it to the Council. The elected, seven-member board of politicians will now have the final say over how the department is run.

The 4-2 vote, with Councilman William Murphy voting no, Derrick Wood abstaining from the vote, and Councilwoman Gwen Washington absent, charges the next Town Manager also to work with the next police chief to ensure the will of the politicians is carried out when it comes to police operations. The changes will take effect Jan. 3, 2017.

The Dumfries Town Council will hold two special meetings this month. Council members will use the meeting on December 13 to interview candidates for a new police chief.

Acting Police Chief Micheal Fink has been overseeing the town’s four police officers after Chief Rebecca Edwards quit earlier this year after the Town Council voted to reduce her salary and then use saved cash to hire more police officers, to provide town residents with 24-hour police coverage. It was part of campaign promises made in the May 2016 Town Council elections to rely less on services from the Prince William County Police Department, which fills gaps in Dumfries Town Police coverage.

The 24-hour coverage plan backfired when seven police officers followed Edwards out the door, said Councilman Derrick Wood. That left a department that had been fully-staffed  with 11 sworn officers now with four  — not enough manpower to provide around-the-clock policing.

Mayor Jerry Foreman and Vice Mayor Cliff Brewer pushed for the policy change. Foreman has served as the Acting Town Manager in addition to Mayor since former Town Manager and former Dumfries Chief of Police Dan Taber resigned in July.

The town has lost its directors of public works, planning and zoning, and information technology, in addition to a police chief and town manager since the sitting Town Council took office July 1.

Every resident who spoke at the public hearing about the police change before the vote spoke against the plan.

“Is police chief to have seven bosses? Who does the chief call when there is a problem? Is the entire council called to take action when there is a problem? asked Nancy West, a former Dumfries Mayor. “No police chief can serve seven members.”

Others who spoke, including Councilman Murphy, suggested the Town’s Charter be amended to reflect the new organizational structure instead of simply passing an ordinance to enact the policy change, as well as explore how other Virginia localities operate their police departments. Murphy also asked about HR policies for officers’ requested time off.

“If someone has been working for seven days a week for six weeks and needs time off, who do they come to ask for time off? Do they come to the Town Council, and we take a vote?” asked Murphy.

Foreman said the matter would go before the town’s HR manager, who right now is also town treasurer, who would decide if the officer would get the time off he or she requested. Foreman chalked up Murphy’s questions to nothing more than “showboating” to the audience, noting town leaders had two prior opportunities to ask questions prior to the public hearing and subsequent vote.

 

The changes follow the arrest of Foreman on April 30, before the May 3 Town Council election. Foreman, who’s current term expires in June 2018 and was not running for reelection, pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of trespassing after he was accused of stealing campaign sign belonging to Willie Toney, who lost his reelection bid.

Sources told Potomac Local then Town Manager Dan Taber ordered then Police Chief Rebecca Edwards to charge Foreman in connection to the stolen sign, instead of having one of the town’s officers press charges against the Mayor.

Afterward, the professional relationship between Foreman and Taber deteriorated and Foreman Taber resigned his position to protect his reputation, sources said. Before coming to Dumfries and becoming the longest-serving town manager with five years under his belt, Taber spent a career as an officer with the Prince William County Police Department.

Brewer said the move to consolidate police power is meant to root out corruption in the town.

“The whole point of this is to stop corruption whether it be one person, or by the council. This will stop wrongdoing by one person, whoever the person may be,” said Brewer during Town Council meeting, stopping short of naming names.

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Dumfries parade fun, cold, sparse around the reviewing stand

The 42nd annual Dumfries Christmas Parade was held Saturday.

This was my third year taking the microphone and announcing the marching groups, floats, and area elected officials who all participate in the Christmastime tradition.

I was honored to have Ms. Betty Covington on the stage to help me announce. Covington has done so much for Dumfries, serving as Dumfries Elementary School principal and later as the Dumfries District, renamed Potomac District School Board member.

In this day and age of video games, Netflix, and instant information, it’s great to see so many people bring their children to a parade, a time-honored tradition that brings communities together. Parents braved the cold and brought their children out on December day when temperatures never escaped the 30s.

From school dance troops, cheerleaders, Air Force JROTC, churches, businesses, the volunteer fire and rescue departments, and Santa and Mrs. Claus, there’s always a lot to look at the in the Dumfries show. All the marching organizations, bands, and floats were carefully judged they marched along the parade route. We’ll post the winners of the parade judging contest to Potomac Local as soon we have them.

The Toys for Tots float that appeared earlier this month in the Greater Manassas Christmas Parade held on December 3 that won first place at that event was also in Dumfries’ parade. We’ll see how it fared with the judges in Dumfries.

Going forward, Dumfries leaders may want to take a page out of Manassas’ book and move the reviewing stand to the end of the parade route at Graham Park Drive near Dunkin Donuts. Having both marched in the Dumfries parade, and announced the parade the past three years, I’ve noticed that many people gather at Town Hall at the start of the parade, and in a second large group at the end.

The announcer and the reviewing stand for the Manassas Parade are located at the very end of the route, at the intersection of Center and West streets. People line up along the over one-mile long parade route to see the procession, and then the participants are announced at the very end.

Very few people gather near the Dumfries parade review stand where I make my announcements.

The end of the parade is also a great place to snap photos, as many participants like to stop and perform for the parade judges to showcase their talents, and to show off their floats.

In Dumfries this year, parade marchers were told not to stop and perform in front of the viewing stand. However, some did and chose to dance or sing. Because their young hearts were enjoying themselves so much, who was we to tell them no? Where’s the Christmas spirit in that?

This year, the Dumfries parade was also competing with a series of events happening in eastern Prince William County, Winterfest, which also occurred Saturday. The festival was a daylong series of events that began with a Santa’s Lake Ridge Parade at Tacketts Mill, then caroling in Occoquan, capped off with nighttime fireworks at Prince William Marina.

Last year Winterfest was on the third weekend in the month, while the Dumfries parade has traditionally been held on the second weekend. With so many Christmastime events happening I’m sure it’s difficult to efficiently coordinate everything, but it’d be good to see the leaders of the small towns not competing for holiday event goers.

My hat is off to Dumfries Community Services coordinator Brittany Heine, who shows us what being a one-woman production is all about. Sure, Henie has help from many volunteers, but after years covering the town and participating in events, her role is the glue that makes the parade come to together.


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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Dumfries businessman bribed Department of Commerce official

Press release from U.S. Eastern District of Virginia Attorney Dana J. Boente:

James C. Bedford, 50, of Dumfries, pleaded guilty today to charges of conspiracy to commit bribery and bribery of a public official.

According to the statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, in 2006, the computer systems of the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), a bureau within the Department of Commerce, were infected by a computer virus that required BIS to shut down internet access to its computer systems and to construct a new computer network that had not been infected by the virus. Because BIS employees needed access to files that resided on the old system, files needed to be migrated from the old, infected network to the new, uninfected network.

According to the statement of facts, from May 2010 through October 2011, Bedford conspired with Raushi J. Conrad, then a BIS employee, to pay bribes to ensure that Bedford’s companies were awarded and maintained a lucrative subcontract and contract to perform the data migration work. Conrad was then serving within the Office of the Chief Information Officer for BIS and had been designated to oversee the data migration project. Conrad has been indicted for his role in the conspiracy and bribery scheme.

According to the statement of facts, Bedford made $208,000 in payments through a construction company he owned to a restaurant business owned by Conrad, many payments were concealed through false and fictitious invoices created by Conrad. The fake invoices made it appear that Conrad’s restaurant business had performed various services for Bedford’s construction company, when in fact no such services ever had been provided. Bedford also paid for over $7,000 worth of renovation work performed at Conrad’s residence. In exchange, Bedford’s companies reaped over $1 million in profits from the data migration subcontract and contract.

Bedford faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison sentenced on March 31, 2017. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.


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: I-95 Quantico crash involves Howitzer artillery cannon

QUANTICO, Va. — A portion of Interstate 95 south at Quantico was closed at 6:55 a.m. for a fuel spill clean up following a crash involving two trucks.

More from VDOT: 

All lanes of Interstate 95 southbound have closed again near Quantico Marine Corps Base in Stafford County to allow crews to remove a tractor-trailer, truck and spilled diesel fuel from an earlier crash.

All lanes of I-95 southbound are closed at mile marker 147, just south of Exit 148/Quantico. Additionally, the on-ramp to I-95 southbound from Exit 148/Quantico is closed.

I-95 southbound traffic is being detoured to Route 1 southbound at Exit 148/Quantico. Traffic can re-enter I-95 southbound from Route 1 at Exit 143/Garrisonville.  

8:43 a.m. 

The left lane of Interstate 95 southbound has re-opened at mile marker 147 in Stafford County, just south of Exit 148/Quantico.

8:55 a.m. 

The left lane of Interstate 95 southbound has re-opened at mile marker 147 in Stafford County, just south of Exit 148/Quantico.

11 a.m.

From Quantico Marine Corps Base Capt. Joshua Pena: 

The military vehicle and M777 Howitzer artillery cannon involved  in the incident this morning on I-95 were part of a Marine Corps convoy in route to Fort Pickett for training from The Basic School aboard Marine Corps Base, Quantico. The remainder of the vehicles, equipment, and all uniformed personnel assigned to the convoy have returned safely to base. There are no serious injuries reported.

News
Dumfries man gets 120 months for conspiracy to distribute cocaine

From: United States Attorney Dana J. Boente, Eastern District of Virginia

“Francis Joseph Douglas, 33, of Dumfries, was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and the use and carry of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.

Douglas pleaded guilty on September 7.  According to court documents, Douglas sold cocaine from October 2014 until his initial arrest in August 2015.  During this time, Douglas made bi-weekly trips to New York to obtain between $5,000 and $8,000 worth of cocaine, which Douglas redistributed in Prince William County.  While distributing cocaine, Douglas was regularly armed with a Glock .40 caliber pistol with an extended magazine.  Further, despite being convicted of multiple felonies, Douglas aided and abetted his wife in providing false statements during the purchase of four firearms for him, including an AK-47 and AR-15 rifle.  On Nov. 12, 2015, Douglas also aided and abetted McGary Dean Williams in providing false statements during the purchase of two firearms from a federal firearms dealer located in Woodbridge.”

News
Four arrested in stabbing near Dumfries

An 18-year-old man was stabbed outside a 7-Eleven store near Dumfries on Sunday.

From police: 

Malicious Wounding | Stabbing Investigation [Previously Released] On November 27 at 8:00PM, officers responded to the 7-Eleven located at 16806 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Dumfries (22026) to investigate a stabbing. The investigation revealed that the victim, identified as an 18-year-old man of Dumfries, was involved in a verbal altercation with several unknown men in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven. During the encounter, the victim was stabbed. The suspects fled the area and the police were contacted. The victim was flown to an area hospital with life threatening injuries and is expected to survive. This incident does not appear to be random. The investigation continues.

Two days later, police arrested a 17-year-old girl, an 18-year-old man, and a 53-year-old man in connection to the case: 

Howard

Howard

Malicious Wounding | Stabbing Investigation *ARRESTS – On November 29, detectives from the Robbery Unit, Gang Unit, and officers from the School Resource Unit identified four of the suspects involved in the stabbing which occurred in the 7-Eleven parking lot located at 16806 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Dumfries on November 27. Following the investigation, detectives obtained warrants for the arrest of these suspects. A search warrant was subsequently executed at 3417 Belleplain Ct where three of the suspects were apprehended without incident. A knife was recovered. 

 

Kevin HOWARD, 53, of 2513 Pembrook Ct in Woodbridge

Raekwon Malik BRYANT, 18, of 3417 Belleplain Ct in Dumfries [No Photo Available]

Charged with malicious wounding by mob

Court Date: January 17, 2017 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

 

A 17-year-old female juvenile of Dumfries [Juvenile]

Charged with malicious wounding by mob

Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held at the Juvenile Detention Center

Today, police arrested a third suspect in the case, 19-year-old Darrlye Clemons.

Clemons

Clemons

Malicious Wounding | Stabbing Investigation *ADDITIONAL ARREST – On November 29, detectives from the Street Crimes Unit located and arrested the fourth suspect, identified as Darrlye Amontae CLEMONS, who was wanted in connection to a stabbing which occurred in the 7-Eleven parking lot located at 16806 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Dumfries on November 27. CLEMONS was arrested later that evening while leaving his residence in Dumfries.

Arrested on November 29: [No Photo Available]

Darrlye Amontae CLEMONS, 19, of 3385 Vineland Pl in Dumfries

Charged with malicious wounding by mob

Court Date: January 17, 2017 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

 

 
 
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