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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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Forest Park’s Marching Bruin Band Performs at Disney World

Members of the Forest Park High School “Marching Bruin Band” became stars of their own Disney show on Nov. 2 when they entertained resort guests at the Magic Kingdom Park. The group traveled from Woodbridge to the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida to take part in the Disney Performing Arts program.

The marching band, under the direction of Donald Magee, entertained hundreds of Magic Kingdom Park guests as they marched through Frontierland and around Cinderella Castle onto Main Street, U.S.A. before the “Festival of Fantasy Parade.”

This was the group’s fifth visit to the resort with the Disney Performing Arts program.

In addition to their performance, the students participated in the Disney Performing Arts “You’re Instrumental Workshop,” where they learned how to get the most of their rehearsals and honed their sight-reading skills under the guidance of an experienced Disney Teaching Artist.

Dance, vocal and instrumental ensembles from all around the world apply to perform each year as a part of Disney Performing Arts at both the Disneyland Resort in California and the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Once selected, they are given the opportunity to perform at the resort for an international audience of theme park guests. Millions of performers have graced the stages of the Disney Parks in the more than 25-year history of the program.

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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.

 

Truck Driver Dies in Highway Crash

A tractor-trailer driver was killed in a crash late Friday on Interstate 95 in Prince William County. 

Here’s more in a press release: 

Virginia State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash Friday night (Nov. 7) in Prince William County. The crash occurred on Interstate 95 at the 149 mile marker.

 At 10:52 p.m., Virginia State Police received a call from a motorist about a disabled dump truck blocking the middle northbound lane of I-95 at the 149 mile marker. A trooper was immediately dispatched to assist the truck; however, within two minutes of the first call being received, a northbound tractor-trailer struck the dump truck. The impact of the crash caused both vehicles to overturn. 

 The driver of the tractor-trailer died at the scene. The driver of the dump truck was transported to Sentara Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The cause of the crash remains under investigation. The Virginia State Police Fairfax Division Crash Reconstruction Team and State Police Motor Carrier Safety Team responded to the scene to assist with the investigation. Northbound I-95 traffic was detoured off at Exit 148 onto Route 1 north. All I-95 lanes were reopened by 4:45 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 8).

 

 

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Kristen Forrester to Leave Dumfries Town Council

Forrester headed to Spain for new job

 

Kristen Forrester will step down from the Dumfries Town Council.

Forrester has accepted a new job in Spain working for the U.S. Government. The councilwoman has served on the Town Council since 2010 and is expected to leave early in the New Year.

Forrester’s departure from the Council will leave the remaining six members to decide if a new council member will be appointed by the governing body or if a special election will be held following Forrester’s departure.

Dumfries Mayor Jerry Foreman says the town needs to hold and pay for a special election.

“The fairest way to do this is to let the citizens decide who is sitting in that seat,” he said. “If the council is going to pick someone to fill that seat they are going to pick someone who is only going to be there until next November.”

The Town Council could also decide to directly appoint a new council member. It’s an option that the Prince William County Board of Supervisors was not permitted by law to do when Brenstsville District Supervisor Wally Covington stepped down and accepted a new job as a judge at the Prince William County Judicial Center.

The special election to fill the Brentsville seat will be held Dec. 23. Democrat Eric Young, Republican Jeanine Lawson, and Independent Scott Jacobs will appear on the ballot.

Forrester, a Republican, has never shied away from speaking her mind while on the Council. She’s been an outspoken critic of Prince William County’s elected leaders, including Potomac District Supervisor Maureen Caddigan, who she said has not done enough to help the town.

Forrester also got fed up with members of the Council when members reportedly mocked her sarcastically, playing air violins when she spoke.

Dumfries voters elected Forrester to a brand new term in May.

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2 Sought in Attempted Bike Theft

DUMFRIES, Va. – On October 31, a 17-year-old male victim told police that two unknown girls came up to him while he was riding his bike in the area. One of them knocked him off of his bike and tried to steal it, police said.

Here’s the latest from Prince William police:

Attempted Strong Armed Robbery – On October 31st at 5:10PM, officers responded to the 16600 block of Reservoir Lp in Dumfries (22026) to investigate a robbery. The victim, a 17 year old male juvenile of Dumfries, reported to police that he was riding his bicycle in the above area when he approached two unknown female suspects. One of the suspects knocked the victim off his bike and attempted to take it. The victim was eventually able to get back on the bike and get away. No injuries were reported.

Suspect Descriptions:

Black female, between 16 & 19 years of age, 5’11”, 119lbs with a thin build, medium complexion, shoulder length brown hair and brown eyes

Last seen wearing a pink sweater with “PINK” on the front and black shorts

White female, between 16 & 17 years of age, 150lbs with a medium build, shoulder length brown hair and glasses

No clothing description reported

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Review Board: Dumfries Sign Doesn’t Belong

Public hearing for Town Hall sign scheduled today

 

Everywhere, there’s a sign. Tonight, the Dumfries Town Council will invite the public to speak about theirs.

A marquee sign that sits in front of Town Hall is a recent addition to the property. The changeable letters on the sign allow town staff to create signs to let residents know when the next meeting of the Town Council is scheduled, as well as the upcoming Dumfries Christmas Parade.

The Architectural Review Board, the people whose job it is to make sure signs and buildings up to snuff in Virginia’s oldest, continuously chartered town, say the sign looks too modern and doesn’t conform to what is supposed to be the town’s historic look and feel.

The Board filed an appeal with the town’s government asking it to add the town seal to the top of the sign that has already cost $5,000 to install. Normally, the ARB must approve signs and structures before they are erected or built, respectively, so this process is almost in reverse.

A rendering of a sign in front of Dumfries Town Hall showing how the ARB sign should look.

A rendering of a sign in front of Dumfries Town Hall showing how the ARB thinks the sign should look.

“The Town Government should have worked with the Board to make sure the sign was in compliance before it went into the ground,” said Mayor Jerry Foreman. “And rather than gone through this appeals process, the Town Manager should’ve have asked Town Council what they wanted to do.”

Vice Mayor Willie Toney says the sign needs to stay.

“I think we should keep it up with some modifications to come in compliance with regulations. We do need to have something to show people what events the town is sponsoring and showing what’s going on,” said Toney.

Councilwoman Helen Reynolds said the sign, as it sits today, doesn’t fit the town’s “historical” surroundings.

“We’re going to have a public hearing, and we’re going to get the opinion of our citizens, but I like the idea of ‘historical,” said Reynolds.

The public hearing is a formality. Ultimately, the Town Council will decide to modify the sign or leave it as is.

Before the sign went up earlier this year, banners were hung on the side of the Dumfries Community Center adjacent to Town Hall to advertise upcoming events. The banners were costly and ultimately thrown away afterward.

A public hearing on the matter will take place during a meeting of the Town Council starting at 7 p.m.

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Dumfries Explores Online Tax Payments

Official Payments website would allow residents to pay for car decals

 

Residents of Dumfries must place a decal on their car windshield to prove the paid their annual personal property tax.

Now town leaders are looking at using the online Official Payments portal used by various other government agencies to collect the $24 fee for the decal.

Should members of the Town Council choose to use the Official Payments website, residents would pay a total of $25.50 to purchase their town decal. The web payment service collects $1.50 per transaction – money kept by Official Payments for the use of their services.

Currently, the town’s treasurer each year uses a list containing the names and addresses of town residents who have not paid for their decals. A letter reminding residents that decal fees are due is then mailed to those who have not already purchased.

“[residents] do send their money in with that letter and the town treasurer sends their decal out to the residents,” said Theresa Young, Dumfries IT manager.

Young researched area counties such as Prince William, Stafford, and Spotsylvania, and found they also residents to use the Official Payments website to collect tax payments. But these larger jurisdictions also collect payments for services like water bills, real estate taxes, and parking citations. Young said similar options may not work in the town as residents send payment for many of those items directly to Prince William County.

Town Mayor Gerald Foreman says residents would be better served if they could go online to fill out tax forms for payment. He also called for working together with Prince William County tax officials and to use the same database to see who has and has not paid their personal property taxes.

“We need to partner with prince William County, now we don’t have to chase vehicles,” said Foreman.

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The Shores Club at Potomac Shores Coming 2016

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Potomac Shores breaks ground on new social center

 

A ground-breaking ceremony was recently held for The Shores Club, a multi-building, 13,000 square-foot recreational and social center to be located within the Potomac Shores master-planned community in Prince William County, Va.  A private club for community residents, the Club is planned to open in 2016.

Members of master developer SunCal’s development team and representatives of NVR Inc., the community’s homebuilder, joined for the ground-breaking moment at the Club’s future site.

Situated on the banks of the Potomac River in Prince William County, Potomac Shores is a 1,920-acre master-planned community being developed by SunCal, one of the largest real estate development companies in the U.S. that specializes in large-scale, mixed-use master-planned communities. 

The Shores Club will feature a Social Barn with a spacious multi-purpose room; a covered outdoor dining patio; a well-appointed living room/lounge; a professional boardroom for meetings; and a demonstration kitchen for culinary events.  The Rec Barn will offer a state-of-the-art gym with cardio equipment and weights; a movement studio and yoga garden; and member lockers, showers and changing rooms.

Residents visiting the Club will also find a family pool area with sundeck, cabanas, kids’ pool and spa; a poolside snack bar with restrooms; an eight-lane Junior Olympic competition pool with amphitheater-style viewing areas; and community gardens with a working greenhouse/ potting shed.

“We’re very excited to be moving earth in preparation for The Shores Club,” said Eddie Byrne, Vice President of Project Management for Potomac Shores.  “We already have new residents living here at Potomac Shores, and I know that they and future residents will be thrilled by the variety of recreational features and social opportunities they will find in their new Club.”

In Phase 1 of the community, 371 single-family homes will be built by NVR, Inc. under the NV and Ryan Homes brand names.  To date, in just over a year, more than 154 homes have been sold to homebuyers.  Potomac Shores represents a ground-floor opportunity for people looking to live in a high-end, upscale development.   NVR is offering beautifully designed homes inspired by the region’s Tidewater architectural style with entry-level homes starting in the $450,000s.

Potomac Shores covers 1,920 acres and features nearly two miles of shoreline, 1,000 acres of preserved hardwood forests and streams, traditional Virginia Tidewater architectural designs and a new Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. The transit-oriented development will offer a mixed-use town center, a new VRE commuter rail station, a planned marina and waterfront village, a resort hotel, and a corporate campus.  It will also feature the private recreation center, two public schools, multiple sports fields, 10 miles of trails and over 3,800 residences. For more information, visit www.potomacshores.com.

SunCal acquires, entitles and develops major residential properties and commercial developments.  The company creates distinctive master-planned and mixed-use communities that emphasize quality of life, environmental sensitivity and recreational opportunities.  SunCal is one of the largest real estate development companies in the U.S. that specializes in large-scale, mixed-use master-planned communities, and has offices in Irvine, Calif.; Northern California; New York City; Washington, D.C.; Las Vegas; Denver; Austin, Texas; Savannah, Ga.; and Melbourne, Fla.  For more information, visit www.suncal.com

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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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12-Year-Old Girl Sexually Assaulted

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. – On October 7, following an investigation, detectives arrested a man for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl, whom he knew, more than one time since August 2014. According to the report, when a family member found out, police were contacted.  

Here’s the latest from Prince William police: 

Rape | Aggravated Sexual Battery – On October 7th, detectives from the Special Victims Unit responded to investigate a sexual assault which was reported to have occurred at a residence located in the 16600 block of Hardwood Oaks Ct in Dumfries (22026). The investigation revealed that the victim, a 12 year old girl, was sexually assaulted by the accused, a known acquaintance, on more than one occasion since August of this year. A family member learned of the incidents and contacted police. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested.

Arrested on October 7th:

Ezequiel SALAZAR RANGEL, 35, of the 16600 block of Hardwood Oaks Ct in Dumfries

Charged with 3 counts of forcible sodomy, 3 counts of aggravated sexual battery and 1 count of rape

Court date: pending | Bond: held WITHOUT bond

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Mayor Asks for Blanket Donations

Quilts will help refugees from Syria

 

As Mayor, I’d like to ask for your assistance. The Northern Virginia Regional Commission (of which the Town of Dumfries is a member) is once again coordinating the regional effort to collect blankets for refugees who have fled Syria and other countries to a safe haven in the nation of Turkey due to the violence in the Middle East.

The Blanket Drive for Syrian Refugees is currently underway in the Town and will end 22 November 2014. This is the second NVRC drive; in 2013 the effort was a phenomenal success, with a huge outpouring of support from residents and businesses from across Northern Virginia. More than 18,000 blankets (12 tons) were collected and shipped to Turkey. The NVRC is blessed with the pro bono services of both Paxton Van Lines and Maersk who collected and shipped the blankets for free. Both firms have committed to assist in the efforts again this year. The NVRC’s goal is to fill several shipping containers that will then be delivered to Turkey where a local relief agency will distribute them to the refugee families.

If you’d like to donate a new or gently used blanket (no sheets), please deliver the blanket cleaned and folded. Bring the blanket to Dumfries Town Hall and ask Town Staff to give the blanket to Mayor Foreman.

From October 1st to November 21st you can drop off new and/or gently used blankets at Town of Dumfries Town Hall, Mayor’s Office, 17755 Main Street

Weekdays: 8:30 to 5PM

Gerald “Jerry” Foreman
Mayor, Town of Dumfries

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Endangered Missing Teen May be with Girlfriend

 

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Police in Prince William County are searching for a teenager missing from his Dumfries-area home. 

Here’s more from the police department: 

*MISSING ENDANGERED JUVENILE : The Prince William County Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing, endangered juvenile. Family members reported to police that Royce Ratcliff, age 16, was last seen this morning around 6:30AM at his residence on Gullwind Dr in Dumfries.

093014-missing-2Royce is believed to be in the company of another reported missing juvenile, Angelina Occhiuzzo, also age 16. Both teens are believed to have left their respective homes voluntarily and are possibly in a vehicle belonging to Angelina.

Royce may be in need of assistance which qualifies him as being endangered. Angelina resides on Andorra Dr in Woodbridge and is not considered to be endangered at this time. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of either teen is asked to call police at 703-792-6500.

Royce Ratcliff is described as a white male, 16 years of age, 6’1”, 150lbs with dark blonde/light brown hair and blue eyes 

Angelina Occhiuzzo is described as a white female, 16 years of age, 5’1”, 96lbs with brown hair and brown eyes

Vehicle: A white 2011 Kia Forte, 4-door sedan with MD-temp tags: 223376T

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Several Gunshots Fired in Dumfries

DUMFRIES, Va. – On September 24, a woman was arrested in the area for firing several gunshots. According to the report, police were notified by a 911 caller with no reports of injuries or damage. 

Here’s the latest from Prince William police;

Reckless Handling of a Firearm – On September 24th at 9:34PM, officers responded to the 18500 block of Old Triangle Rd in Dumfries (22025) to investigate a shots fired call. A caller reported to police that multiple gunshots were heard in the area. Officers arrived and determined that the accused had fired several rounds into the air. No injuries or property damage were reported. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested without incident.

Arrested on September 24th:

Nata’sha Ann HENDERSON, 30, of 1329 Orren St NE, Washington DC

Charged with discharging a firearm in a public place

Court date: October 27, 2014 | Bond: $10,000 unsecured

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Almost $6,000 Worth of Equipment Stolen from Church

DUMFRIES, Va. – On September 21, staff at Winner’s House Church told police that someone forced open a back door and stole nearly $6,000 worth of items that included a camcorder, projector, and three computers, as well as a safe holding an unknown amount of money from the church.  

Here’s the latest from Prince William police; 

Burglary to a Church – On September 21st at 8:18AM, officers responded to the Winner’s House Church located at 17221 Wayside Dr in Dumfries (22026) to investigate a burglary. Staff reported to police that the burglary occurred between 12:01AM and 8:10AM. The investigation revealed that entry was gained into the church through a rear door which was forced open. A camcorder, projector and three computers, total value around $5,800, in addition to, a safe containing an undisclosed amount of U.S. Currency was reported missing.

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Woman Robbed After Being Followed by Two Men

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. – On September 13, a 24-year-old woman told police that two unknown men forced themselves into her home and threatened her with handguns while demanding money. Police say that the men stole a laptop before leaving the scene and that these two men followed her home after she was in the neighborhood walking her dog. 

Here’s the latest from Prince William police:

Armed Robbery | Residential Burglary – On September 13th at 12:56AM, officers responded to a residence located in the 16900 block of Porters Inn Dr in Dumfries (22026) to investigate a robbery. The victim, a 24 year old woman of Dumfries, reported to police that two unknown men forcibly entered her home in the above area. Once inside the home, the men displayed handguns and demanded money. The men took a laptop before fleeing the residence. No injuries were reported. The men are believed to have followed the victim to her home after she had walked her dog in the neighborhood.

Suspect Descriptions:

Black male, unknown age with a thin build and light complexion– no further description

Last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans

Black male, unknown age with a medium build and medium complexion– no further description

Last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans

 

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Want a Garden Plot in Dumfries? Follow These 24 Rules

DUMFRIES, Va. — A new community garden has been built in Dumfries. Want a garden plot? Well, first you have to know the rules.

The Town Council had a look at the new rules for the garden – all 24 of them that outline how big each plot should be, how you shouldn’t steal vegetables from other people’s plots, and how community gardeners are expected to attend regular garden club meetings and workshops.

“The community garden brings together people of all ages. It helps people learn to be self-sustaining and learn more about healthy living,” said Dumfries Town Councilman Derrick Wood, who pushed for the creation of the new garden as part of the town’s recently formed Parks and Recreation Commission.

The garden, located in the town’s Ginn Park on Graham Park Road, has only been in use for three months and has five gardeners and one church group who have claimed 11 of the 26 plots. Wood says he hopes to have all of the garden plots claimed by next spring, just in time for the next growing season.

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Burglar Steals Gaming Consoles, Laptops from Home in Dumfries

DUMFRIES, Va. – On August 22, a homeowner told police that an intruder forced open a back door and stole various items including three gaming consoles and two laptops. 

Here’s the latest from Prince William police:

Residential Burglary – On August 22nd at 4:52AM, officers responded to a residence located in the 17900 block of Dr David Cline Ln located in Dumfries (22026) to investigate a burglary. The homeowner reported to police that the burglary occurred between 6:00PM on August 21st and 4:30AM on August 22nd. The investigation revealed that entry was made into the home through a rear door which was forced open. Three gaming consoles, two laptops and other property, total value around $2,000, were reported missing.

 

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Cote Charged with Cocaine Possession

DUMFRIES, Va. – On July 16, police arrested a male suspect for having illegal drugs and for distributing them. According to the report, police had stopped a car at a Days Inn in Dumfries and the suspect was found, along with others, in the car. 

Here’s the latest from Prince William police:

Narcotics Investigation – On July 16th, detectives from the Street Crimes Unit stopped a vehicle in the parking lot of the Days Inn located at 16925 Old Stage Rd in Dumfries (22025). During the investigation, illegal narcotics including cocaine, as well as, evidence of distribution were discovered. Following the investigation, the below individual was one of the occupants of the vehicle arrested. This arrest was previously held for investigative purposes.

Arrested on July 16th:

David Keith COTE, 57, of 6400 Cherry Ridge Ct in Manassas

Charged with possession of a schedule I or II narcotic

Court date: pending | Bond: unavailable

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Motorcycle Stolen From Home Near Dumfries

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. – On August 18, a homeowner told police that an intruder entered the home, damaged the basement door, and stole various items, including a motorcycle, television, and a gaming console. 

Here’s the latest from Prince William police;

Residential Burglary – On August 18th at 6:52PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 17600 block of Avenel Ln in Dumfries (22026) to investigate a burglary. The homeowner reported to police that the burglary occurred between 4:00PM on August 15th and 6:30PM on August 18th. The investigation revealed that entry was made into the residence through a basement door which was found damaged. A gaming console, television, camera and other property, total value around $3,000, were reported missing. The homeowner’s vehicle, which was parked in the garage, was also reported stolen.

Stolen Vehicle:

A 2010 gray 4-door Ford Fusion with VA tags: WSX-7335

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The Lazy Pig BBQ and Catering Serves Up Homestyle Cooking

DUMFRIES, Va. – The Lazy Pig BBQ and Catering is a southern carry-out restaurant located off of U.S. 1 in Dumfries. The restaurant is housed in a small, rambler house that has been converted into a commercial space. 

At The Lazy Pig BBQ and Catering, barbecue lovers will find their favorites like macaroni and cheese, corn on the cob, cornbread, and collard greens. The Lazy Pig’s ribs, pulled pork, and briskets are all smoked on site in their two large smokers that sit in front of the restaurant. 

The owner, Ken Harris, created Lazy Pig BBQ and Catering in 2005. Before opening his business, Harris gained a lot of experience cooking for his friends and family.

Now after nine years, Harris said that customers still love the ribs, pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, and collard greens. Besides being local residents, much of the reason why Harris, last November, chose Dumfries to open The Lazy Pig’s newest location is that outside of Woodbridge and Stafford, finding barbecue restaurants independent of fast food was difficult. Harris said that there needed to be a home cooked barbecue restaurant that could be convenient for residents. 

The Lazy Pig, said Harris, is all about providing excellent customer service with high quality food. The Lazy Pig also prides itself on efficiency so that customers are in and out in the shortest amount of time. Overall, Harris said that he wants customers to know that The Lazy Pig BBQ and Catering cares about its customers and their needs.

The Lazy Pig BBQ and Catering is located at 17530 Waters Lane, Dumfries, VA, 22026. The restaurant is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. It is open Wednesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Sundays from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. For more information call 703-221-4511. 

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