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Urgent Care Plans Drive-Through Shot Clinic in Gainesville

GAINESVILLE, Va. — Drive through and get your flu shot.

NOVA Urgent Care in Gainesville will hold a drive-through flu shot clinic on Saturday, Sept. 14.

Here’s more in a press release:

Back by popular demand, Nova Urgent Care will host its annual Drive Thru Flu Clinic for patients of all ages at the Ashburn & Gainesville offices. Vaccines will be administered to patients from the comfort of their car. $20 per person; self-pay, cash only.

Children over 6-months-old, seniors, pregnant women, and those with chronic illness are encouraged to get vaccinated.

NOVA Urgent Care is located at 6950 Piedmont Center Plaza in Gainesville.



U.S. 29 Traffic Being Shifted over Railroad, Train vs. Car Collisions will be Thing of the Past

GAINESVILLE, Va. — Remember a few weeks back when we told you to avoid Gainesville like the plague? Tonight, you’ll want to heed that warning.

Construction crews will close all but one lane in each direction on U.S. 29 and Linton Hall Road. It’s a busy intersection near Interstate 66 that draws not only cars and trucks, but it also has a busy street-level railroad crossing.

The reason for the roadwork is actually about the railroad as crews are working to shift traffic on U.S. 29 to a new bridge that will carry vehicles over the street level crossing, which has been the site of several vehicle vs. train collisions over the years.

The work will break down like this:

From 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23 until noon Sunday, Aug. 25, only one lane in each direction will be open on Route 29 and Linton Hall Road and some turning movements will be restricted.

Motorists can avoid delays of up to an hour through Gainesville by using I-66 and Route 15.

In order to switch traffic, crews need to construct a tie-in to the new bridge and pave and stripe the area. Police will be on the scene to assist with traffic control.

Originally, the Virginia Department of Transportation scheduled the traffic shift last weekend but a Jimmy Buffett concert at nearby Jiffy Lube Live, and the traffic it would bring, prompted officials think better of their decision and postpone the work to this weekend.

This work is apart of a project that began in the early part of the last decade, as crews began widening a portion of I-66 to eight lanes between Va. 234 (Sudley Road) to Va. 234 Bypass (Prince William Parkway), which was completed in 2006.

Another leg of the project, a 4-lane University Boulevard in Gainesville, also opened in 2006. Subsequent work also included widening I-66 from Va. 234 Bypass to U.S. 29, as well as improving the interchange at U.S. 29 and I-66.

A congested area, Gainesville is a magnet for shoppers, and serves as a gateway to Charlottesville and other portions of Virginia for traveling by way of U.S. 29.

Man Charged with 3 Counts of Rape

GAINESVILLE, Va. — A 26-year-old-man was arrested and charged with three counts of rape.

More in a police press release.

On August 13, 2013 at 2:46PM, police responded to investigate a sexual assault which was reported to have occurred in the 8000 block of Crescent Park Drive in Gainesville (20155).

The investigation revealed the victim, a 24 year old woman of Gainesville, had been sexually assaulted by the accused, a known acquaintance, while residing at the residence in the above area. Following the investigation the accused was subsequently arrested.


Christopher Kim SHAFER, 26, of the 8000 block of Crescent Park Drive in Gainesville

Charged with three counts of Rape

Court date unavailable l Held without bond


Sold-Out Jimmy Buffett Show Prompts VDOT to Reconsider Gainesville Traffic Shift

GAINESVILLE, Va. –– Jimmy Buffett proved to be too much for construction crews, so work to switch the flow of traffic at a major Gainesville intersection has been postponed.

The Virginia Department of Transportation will shift traffic on to a new bridge that will carry on Linton Hall Road over U.S. 29, which will eliminate an at-grade crossing notoriously known as the site of several collisions with trains and cars.

More in a VDOT press release:

VDOT has delayed the traffic switch by a week due to the sold-out Jimmy Buffet concert at Jiffy Lube Live, which is located about a mile from the construction zone. “With 25,000 concert-goers coming to Gainesville Aug. 17, that weekend clearly was not the best one for us to take away a lane on Route 29,” said Bill Cuttler, VDOT’s district construction engineer in northern Virginia.

From 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23 until noon Sunday, Aug. 25, only one lane in each direction will be open on Route 29 and Linton Hall Road and some turning movements will be restricted.

Motorists can avoid delays of up to an hour through Gainesville by using I-66 and Route 15. Message signs will be posted several days in advance of the traffic switch..

“The weekend of Aug. 24-25 will be a major inconvenience for Gainesville area motorists but by Sunday afternoon the hazardous at-grade railroad crossing will be no more,” said Cuttler. Getting traffic off Route 29 and onto the new bridge is a safety improvement that cannot happen soon enough.”

In order to switch traffic, crews need to construct a tie-in to the new bridge and pave and stripe the area. Police will be on the scene to assist with traffic control.

VDOT held an informational meeting earlier this month to detail the traffic shift. Many residents, business owners, and emergency crews were concerned that the planned traffic shift and influx of concert-goers to the region would create major traffic problems in the area.

Major Construction Detours to Impact Jimmy Buffett Weekend, Delays Expected

GAINESVILLE, Va. — What do you get when you mix a major construction project and Jimmy Buffet? On the weekend of August 16 through 18, it’s a recipe for road delays.

Virginia Department of Transportation officials working to improve the intersection at U.S. 29 and Linton Hall Road, where a series new bridges will carry traffic on Linton Hall Road over U.S. 29 and a railroad, told drivers Wednesday to soon expect major delays in the area.

All the traffic in busy intersection will be reduced to one lane in each direction, on U.S. 29 and Linton Hall Road, so traffic can be shifted to a new bridge over the railroad. But major delays of up to an hour are expected over the weekend the work will take place, and officials have posted a detour, according to information presented at a town hall meeting last night:

– 8/16 9 PM

– Rt 29 NB Left & Right Turns Closed

– Rt 29 SB Left Turns Closed

– Linton Hall Rd WB Limited Lanes (Right, Left & Straight

– John Marshall Hwy WB closed and detoured via Catharpin movements permitted)

(Local traffic permitted to Dave’s Store Lane) Linton Hall & Rt 29 Intersection Construction

– 8/17

– Rt 29 NB moved into Stage 3 Configuration Single Lane early


– Midnight I66 WB to RT 29 SB ramp closed. Traffic detoured to Rt

– Rt 29 SB moved into Stage 3 Configuration Single Lane early morning

– Midday Linton Hall Rd & Rt 29 Signal would be reopened to its 29 NB Exit and allowed to make a left at the Rt 29 Signal.complete Stage 3 Configuration with the exception of single lane closures on RT 29 NB & SB.

– 8/17 Cont. & 8/18

– Construction of the Ramp G (I66 WB to RT 29 SB) detour would begin immediately following the closure of the existing ramp and the moving of SB Rt 29 into the Stage 3 Configuration.

Construction of this Detour is anticipated to be completed on 8/18

“There has been a lot of planning on VDOT’s part and the contractor’s part, and we’re asking for for everyone’s patience,” said Mike Trabucco, a spokesman for Shirley Contractors, the firm overseeing construction of the project.

Nearby the construction area sits Jiffy Lube Live, one of the region’s largest outdoor concert venues. It’s here, on the weekend when the detours are planned, that singer Jimmy Buffett will make his annual pilgrimage to the Jiffy Lube stage, drawing thousands of fans to the concert venue.

VDOT officials hope drivers heed the warnings and plan to take another route. Instead of using Linton Hall Road to Wellington Road to access Jiffy Lube Live, a better route around the mess from Interstate 66 would be Prince William Parkway to Balls Ford Road, to Wellington Road.

The new $267 million bridge over the railroad and U.S. 29 will be completely finished by this fall. Two new bridges — one that will carry traffic on U.S. 29 over railroad tracks and another that will carry traffic on Va. 55 (John Marshall Highway, which intersects with Linton Hall Road at U.S. 29) over railroad tracks — should open sometime next year.

Currently, U.S. 29 crosses the railroad and it’s often a site where vehicles both big that are sitting on the a railroad crossing and small are hit by trains, including the latest accident last week. No one was injured, and signs have been posted at the intersection warning drivers not to stop on the tracks.

Expect Increased Police Patrols on U.S. 15 This Weekend

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — U.S. 15 in Virginia is a popular north-south route for travelers hoping to sidestep the state’s busy Interstate 95 corridor. The road runs from the North Carolina border connecting towns like Haymarket, Warrenton, and Leesburg. Ultimately it links South Carolina to New York, and this weekend police from all six jurisdictions in which the highway traverses will increase patrols

on U.S. 15 in an effort to save lives.

Between midnight Friday through Sunday, police from six agencies including Virginia State Police, will be out conducting sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols as well as other law enforcement duties in an effort to slow drivers and combat criminal behavior along this heavily traveled, non-interstate highway.

The enforcement efforts marks the first time police in all six states in which U.S. 15 is located have worked together on a major enforcement task like this. Last year, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia authorities launched the first such joint operation to patrol the highway and netted 509 speeders and 16 reckless drivers, according to Virginia State Police. In addition, seven drunken drivers in were arrested in Virginia and Maryland, and a total of 24 felony arrests to include two drug arrests were made.

Crashes are up 23 percent over 2011 along Virginia’s 230-mile stretch of U.S. 15, police said. There were nearly 400 crashes along the highway in Virginia last year, up from 2011’s 318 crashes. Five of the crashes in 2012 were fatal, said police.

U.S. 15 in Virginia alternates between a 2-lane and 4-lane road configuration. In Fauquier and Prince William counties, a portion of the roadway is shared with U.S. 29 before splitting off north toward Haymarket and Loudoun County.

2 Gaming Systems Taken in Store Robbery

GAINESVILLE, Va. – It appears someone wanted to level up with a new gaming console, and used a knife to take the fun home for himself.

Two gaming systems were stolen yesterday from a GameStop store in Gainesville. Police said the man used a knife in the heist.

Here’s more in a police press release:

On February 24th at 5:55PM, police responded to the GameStop located at 7336 Atlas Walk Way in Gainesville (20155) for a robbery.  Employees reported to police that just prior to closing; an unknown man entered the business and walked into a rear storage area holding a knife. The man took 2 gaming consoles, valued around $600, and fled the store. The suspect was last seen getting into the passenger seat of an awaiting vehicle. No injuries were reported.


White male, between 25 & 30 years of age, 6’1”, 180 lbs, medium build with short brown hair and a goatee

Last seen wearing a brown shirt, blue jeans, brown/red hat, and a brown cardigan jacket

Vehicle Lookout:

A black, 2dr Chevrolet Monte Carlo with “Official Pace Car” on the sides

Anyone with information relating to this case is asked to call Crime Solvers at 703-670-3700 or 1-866-411-TIPS. You don’t have to give your name, just the information. You could earn up to a $1,000 cash reward.

Train Hits Trailer in Gainesville: Portion of U.S. 29 Closed

GAINESVILLE, Va. – It’s happened again – a trailer that was stopped on train tracks at U.S. 29 in Gainesville was swiped by a train.

No one was injured, but the accident has forced the closure of a portion of the busy commuter route just south of Interstate 66 near the Virginia Gateway shopping center. Police said the closed portion of the roadway will remain that way for at least another two to three hours while an investigation takes place.

Police said drivers in the area will need to follow police direction to get around the road closure. Those who need to go to the area should find another route, police added.

This latest closure comes after a train collided with an SUV at the same location just before Christmas last year. No one was injured in that collision, but investigators said the SUV had come to a stop on the tracks in heavy traffic and could not clear the area as the train approached.

A project from the Virginia Department of Transportation is underway to build a grade-separated interchange that will allow drivers to pass over the train tracks. The project is expected to be completed in 2015.

Computers Donated to PACE West

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GAINESVILLE, Va. — Earlier this week, local Gainesville business, QBE, and the Rotary Foundation of Gainesville/Haymarket donated 15 laptop computers to PACE West School in Haymarket.

In response to this donation, Supervisor Candland issued the following statement:

“This gift from QBE and the Rotary Foundation are the epitome of generosity and community service. QBE has made an investment in our community by committing to purchase the former PACE West building and creating local jobs, and they have again shown their commitment to Prince William County by partnering with the Rotary Foundation to donate laptops for the IT lab at the new PACE West,” said Prince William Gainesville District Supervisor Peter Candland. “These computers will go a long way toward training and educating the next generation that will face a job market that increasingly depends on robust computer skills. I can’t thank QBE and the Rotary Foundation enough for their generosity and service to the Western Prince William County community.”


UPDATE: Murder Charges Filed in Stringfellow Homicide

An arrest has been made in the death of a 19-year-old Manassas man.

More in a Fairfax County police press release:

Johnny E. Bonilla, 22, 13289 Catharpin Valley Drive, Gainesville was charged with murder at around 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 29. Members of the U.S. Marshals Service were assisted by Prince William County and Fairfax County officers and arrested the suspect at his home.

Police determined that the suspect and victim did not know each other prior to the evening of the incident. They had planned to meet up on the evening of Friday, December 28. Apparently, they met; there was a struggle and the victim was stabbed.



Insidenova.com reports the victim was an all-state football player at Battlefield High School.



4 p.m. 

Police in Fairfax County have identified a 19-year-old found dead inside of a car overnight. They are now treating the case as a homicide.

The latest statement from police:

Police have identified the deceased in last night’s incident as Zavier O. Stringfellow, 19, of Gales Court in the Manassas area. Detectives are investigating the death as an apparent homicide. According to the Medical Examiner, the man died of a trauma wound to the upper body.

Detectives continue to follow up on leads and the investigation is continuing.


FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. — A man from Gainvesville was found dead inside of a car in Fairfax County. Investigators want to know more about how he died.

Here’s more in a press release from Fairfax County police:

Police are investigating a death that occurred in a vehicle at around 7 p.m. Friday, December 28 in the Vienna area.

An officer came across a minivan that had crashed into a barrier at the end of a service road off of Chain Bridge Road near Glengyle Drive. The officer summoned for rescue and it was determined that the driver was deceased. Evidence suggested that the driver’s injuries may not have been caused by the crash; detectives and crime scene investigators responded to the scene.

Police have identified the deceased as a 19-year-old Gainesville area man. They are investigating the incident as “suspicious” and are determining whether or not criminal circumstances are involved. An autopsy is being conducted by the Office of the Medical Examiner to determine the exact cause and manner of death.

The investigation is continuing.

SUV vs. Train Snarls Traffic in Gainesville

GAINESVILLE, Va. — What a mess for commuters on Wednesday night. An SUV that was sitting at a railroad crossing on U.S. 29 in Gainesville was hit by a train about 7 p.m.

The train damaged the front of the SUV  but the female driver inside was not injured, according to a Prince William police official on the scene.

Police closed a portion of U.S. 29 from Va. 55 at the Virginia Gateway Shopping to Heathcoate Boulevard. Virginia State Police also blocked exit ramps from Interstate 66 to prevent traffic exiting the highway from entering southbound U.S. 29 at the scene of the crash.

Needless to say traffic was snarled in Gainesville as police conducted their investigation.

About 8:30 p.m., railroad officials allowed the train to move. That ultimately allowed them to clear the SUV from the scene and to get traffic flowing again.

This is the third vehicle vs. train collision at this intersection in about a year. Highway improvements underway in this area will see the construction of an overpass that will carry drivers above the railway to prevent these types of at-grade collisions. With improvements already made to the I-66 / U.S. 29 interchange nearby, the overall $97 million improvement project should be complete in 2015.

U.S. 29 is expected to carry 57,000 vehicles per day through Gainesville by 2035, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

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