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Several Activities Planned for Haymarket Day

HAYMARKET, Va. — More than 30,000 people are expected to descend on the tiny Town of Haymarket Saturday for the annual Haymarket Day.

The fall festival will kick off with a parade at 9:30 a.m along the town’s main street, Washington Street.

Afterward, four stages of live entertainment will be available around the festival, and a beer garden, childrens’ and family activities, and trolley and pony rides.

The festival will also raise money for the Rainbow Equestrian Center’s Children with Disabilities program, according to the festival’s website.

This is the largest event held in Haymarket each year. Washington Street will be closed from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Fire Station Time Capsule Offers Glimpse into Haymarket’s Past

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Prince William County Preservationist Peter Krause, center, gently removes a newspaper from 1946 that was inside the firehouse time capsule. Looking on, from left to right, are Gainesville Supervisor Peter Candland, Haymarket Mayor David Leake, and Prince William Fire and Rescue Chief Kevin McGee. [Leigh Giza / For Potomac Local News]

HAYMARKET, Va. — A box sealed away inside a building for more than 65 years was recovered, and its contents provided a window into a community’s past.

About forty people gathered Thursday evening in the driveway of the old Haymarket Firehouse on Washington Street to witness the opening of the contents of a time capsule that were sealed inside the cornerstone of the building in 1946.

The cornerstone was removed from the building and its contents were carefully removed from it by Robert Krause, preservationist for Prince William County’s Public Works Department. With gloves on his hands to protect the items, he removed a folded, yellowed front page of the Manassas Messenger newspaper dated October 19, 1946, which featured a short article about the dedication of the building, which took place four days later on October 23. He also took out several coins that were inside the cornerstone.

After the items were removed from the cornerstone, they were placed on a table to allow attendees to get a close look at them. According to Krause, the capsule contents will be curated by the county before they are made available for public viewing, possibly in the Haymarket Museum.

Jeff Saylor, who works for the Buildings and Grounds Division of the county’s Public Works department, said it took him and one other person using a concrete saw “the whole day” on Wednesday to extricate the cornerstone in preparation for its removal from the building Thursday evening. He didn’t think it would take that long to do, but “it’s heavy,” he said.

The firehouse was completed in 1947, and it served the community until 1990, when a new one was built at a location about a mile southeast on Va. 55 (John Marshall Highway) in Gainesville. That station serves the Gainesville and Haymarket communities; there is another county fire station north of Haymarket on Va. 55 which serves the Evergreen, Bull Run Mountain and Catharpin communities.

The ceremony was held a month shy of the sixty-seventh anniversary of the cornerstone placement to ensure the contents of the time capsule would be removed before the building is purchased by its new owner. The firehouse is currently in the process of being sold by the county to a private owner who, according to Haymarket Mayor David Leake, plans to use the space to sell wines and cheeses.

Former and current Prince William County firefighters, Prince William Gainesville Supervisor Peter Candland, Haymarket Mayor David Leake, State Delegate Bob Marshall, R-Prince William, Manassas Park, and Prince William Fire and Rescue Chief Kevin McGee all made comments during the ceremony.

Red Light Scam Alert

HAYMARKET,Va. –– Scam Alert issued by police, someone posing as a member of the Sheriff’s Office scammed a man out of $300.

More in a press release:

Obtaining Money by False Pretenses [Scam Alert] –

On September 8th at 9:45PM, police responded to the 1900 block of Ridge Rd in Haymarket (20169) to investigate a scam. The victim, a 69 year old man of Haymarket, reported to police that he received a phone call from someone claiming to be “Lieutenant Mike Stevens” with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspect informed the victim that he was caught on a red light camera committing a traffic violation and had missed his court date. The suspect further told the victim that a warrant had subsequently been issued for his arrest.

The suspect informed the victim that he could have the warrant dropped if he obtained a prepaid card, valued over $300, and provide him with the card information. The victim complied with the suspect and gave the card information over the phone. This investigation continues.

The Prince William County Police Department would like to advise residents that any legitimate government agency or private business will never ask for a pre-paid or green dot card to pay for anything including outstanding bills or fines.

If you suspect that you are being scammed, we ask that verify the caller’s claim before sending any money or contact the police directly.

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.

700 Students Expected at New ‘Haymarket Drive’ Elementary School in 2014

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[Photo: Uriah Kiser / Potomac Local News]


HAYMARKET, Va. — With the population in western Prince William County steadily on the rise, officials on Tuesday broke ground for the county’s 57th elementary school.

Now known as the “Haymarket Drive” elementary school, all that’s here now is red clay, and construction equipment that will be used to transform this rural landscape into a bustling campus for children.

“The school division builds buildings, we build shells, we stack brick on brick, but it will be the members of this school community that build the Haymarket Drive elementary school,” said Prince William School Board Chairman Milton C. Johns.

The school board will be responsible for naming the building that is scheduled to open in September 2014. When it does, it’ll help alleviate overcrowding at nearby Buckland Mills Elementary School in Gainesville, said Schools Superintendent Steven Walts.

Sitting in Prince William’s rural Brenstville District, the 24-acre school site is near the Town of Haymarket, in a wooded area of Haymarket Drive – from which the site takes its name. The $19 million building is set to include 45 classrooms, activity rooms, community rooms, media center, computer lab, a baseball field, and two play areas – one with a concrete surface and the other a mulch surface playground.

More than 700 students are expected to call  this school, designed by Mosley Architects and to be built by Scheibel Construction, their home when it opens next year.

A second school already under construction in Nokesville will be the first in Prince William to house students in kindergarten through eighth grades. It will also open next year.

“We are still the second-largest School Division in Virginia. We anticipate enrolling over 2,000 additional students next year, bringing our projected enrollment to about 86,000,” said Walts, who noted the new Haymarket elementary school’s location’s close proxminity to the Fauquier County line.

“Each new school we open is a milestone, and demonstrates the commitment that Prince William County Public Schools has to Providing A World-Class Education in the best learning and teaching environment possible,” said Prince William Brentsville District School Board member Gill Trenum.

Brentsville Supervisor Wally Covington was also at the ceremony and touted his Board of Supervisors increased support for education after a decision this year to allocate 57.23% of its budget to the county school system in an annual automatic transfer of funds, up from 56.75% in previous years.


Crime Watch: Woman Jailed After Target Practice; Thieves Hit Unlocked Cars in Manassas

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Armed Robbery | Att. Armed Robbery | Abduction – On January 27th at 9:09PM, police responded to the CVS located at 15250 Washington St in Haymarket (20169) for a robbery. Employees reported to police that an unknown, masked man entered the store then lit and threw a smoke bomb. The man then approached the counter, displayed a handgun and demanded pills from the pharmacy area. The man held 2 employees and a customer in the rear of the store where he continued to demand pills. The man eventually fled the store.No injuries were reported and no property was taken. A police K-9 and helicopter were utilized in the search for the suspects.

At 9:55PM, a separate robbery was reported at the 7-11 located at 4075 Sudley Rd in Haymarket (20169). There, employees reported to police that an unknown, masked man entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded money. The man took an undisclosed amount of U.S. Currency before fleeing the store. No injuries were reported.

A short time later, officers located the suspect vehicle in the area of Shelter Manor Ln. As officers attempted to detain the occupants, 1 fled on foot. Two additional suspects were detained at the scene. The suspect that fled was eventually located and arrested a short distance away from the scene. The investigation revealed that all 3 males were involved in both robberies, however, only 1 of the males, a juvenile, entered both stores to commit the robberies. The 2 remaining suspects waited nearby in a vehicle.

Arrested on January 27th: (Juvenile)

A 17 year old male of Manassas

Charged with [in connection to the CVS robbery] attempted robbery, using a firearm in commission of a felony, 3 counts of abduction, wearing a mask in a public place and possessing an explosive device

Charged with [in connection to the 7-11 robbery] robbery, using a firearm in commission of a felony and wearing a mask in public

Court date unavailable, held at a Juvenile Detention Facility

Arrested on January 27th:

Adam Doyle JUSTICE, 21, of 4564 MacKenzie Ct in Warrenton

Charged with [in connection to the CVS robbery] attempted robbery and using a firearm in commission of a felony

Charged with [in connection to the 7-11 robbery] robbery and using a firearm in commission of a felony

Court date set for March 20, 2013, held WITHOUT bond

Arrested on January 27th: (No Photo Available)

Adam Joseph GIZINSKI, 19, of 3911 Clifton Manor Pl in Haymarket

Charged with [in connection to the CVS robbery] attempted robbery and using a firearm in commission of a felony

Charged with [in connection to the 7-11 robbery] robbery and using a firearm in commission of a felony

Court date set for March 20, 2013, held WITHOUT bond



Reckless Handling of a Firearm | Shooting into an Occupied Dwelling – On January 26th at 2:00PM, police responded to the 11800 block of Nokes Rd in Nokesville (20182) for a shooting into an occupied dwelling call. Occupants reported to police that they were sitting in their living room when they heard the sound of glass breaking.

Upon checking out the noise, the occupants discovered, what appeared to be, a bullet hole. Officers determined that the round came from an address on Marstellar Dr where the accused was located.

The investigation revealed that the accused and a 16 year old female were outside targeting practicing when a round struck the other residence. No injuries were reported. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested.

Arrested on January 26th:

Amberly Elizabeth MITCHELL, 34, of 12910 Marstellar Dr in Nokesville

Charged with reckless handling of a firearm, shooting into an occupied dwelling and contributing to the delinquency of a minor

Court date and bond information unavailable



Reckless Handling of a Firearm – On January 27th at 10:15PM, police responded to the 14300 block of Ferndale Rd in Woodbridge (22193) for a shots fired call. Several callers reported hearing multiple gunshots in the area. Officers arrived and located were the shots originated. The investigation revealed that the accused was involved in a verbal altercation with another member of the residence. The altercation took place in front of the residence. During the encounter, the accused fired a handgun into the air. No one was struck and no property damage was reported. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested.

Arrested on January 27th:

Terrel Xavier DOWNING, 24, of 14324 Ferndale Rd in Woodbridge

Charged with reckless handling of a firearm

Court date set for March 19, 2013, held on a $3,000 secured bond

Attempted Assault & Battery on Law Enforcement Officer [LEO] – On January 25th at 8:21PM, police responded to the 4000 block of Camelot Ct in Dumfries (22025) for a suspicious person. Caller reported to police that there was an unknown man walking around the neighborhood knocking on doors. Police located the man, identified as the accused, sitting in a vehicle in the above area. As officers approached, the accused exited the vehicle and appeared intoxicated. During the arrest, the accused began to kick and spit towards officers. No injuries were reported.

Arrested on January 25th: (No Photo Available)

Harold Alton THOMAS, 23, of 4160 Agency Lp in Triangle

Charged with attempted assault & battery on LEO, resisting arrest and intoxication in public

Court date set for March 8, 2013, held WITHOUT bond

012913-ramirez-webFiling a False Police Report – On January 24th at 11:45PM, police responded to investigate a robbery which was reported to have occurred in the 8700 block of Sudley Rd in Manassas (20109). The victim, now the accused, initially reported to police that he was in the area above when he was approached by an unknown man with a knife. The accused stated he attempted to disarm the man when he was cut, causing an injury to his arm. Following the encounter, the man supposedly fled the area. The accused was transported to an area hospital where police were contacted. Officers were able to determine that no robbery took place and that the accused struck a tree with his fist following an argument with a friend.

Arrested on January 24th:

Jose Alonso RAMIREZ, 21, of 17 Johnny Cake Ln in Harpers Ferry, WV

Charged with filing a false police report

Court date set for April 5, 2013, held on a $1,000 secured bond.

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Copper stolen, properties vandalized in Stafford

Stafford sheriff’s deputies were called to Greenbriar Drive in Stafford County about noon Monday for a report of stolen copper at a home construction site.

The deputy spoke with a construction crew that reported several shower diverters and about 80 feet of copper wire had been stolen from homes. Houses were also damaged in the process, as vandals caused about $3,500 in damage and stole $1,800 in copper, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

In a separate incident over the weekend, a company in south Stafford – the Fischel Company on U.S. 17 – told sheriff’s deputies someone also broke into a trailer located on their property by cutting the latch on the door and took 1,000 pounds of copper used to power streetlights, said Kennedy.

It’s estimated about $3,500 in damage and copper was lifted from the business. This is the third time in two weeks that copper had been stolen and that business vandalized, added Kennedy.

Investigators suspect the thieves broke into the trailer during this most recent heist sometime between Friday night and Sunday.




The Manassas City Police Department is investigating an attempted robbery, which occurred near the 8300 block of Georgian Court. Two sixteen year olds reported that they were walking in the area between 4:00PM and 4:30PM Sunday, January 27. They said they were followed from the pool and playground area off of Devonshire Court by two males. One suspect allegedly punched the male victim in the face and attempted to take his Jordan athletic shoes. The victim’s friend threw a drink at the suspects, who dropped the shoe and ran back toward Devonshire Court. The victim was not seriously injured and refused medical treatment. He and his friend described the first suspect as a light skinned male with crystal blue eyes, between 16 and 18 years old, wearing a gray jacket, jeans and purple low top shoes. They described the second suspect as a black male, 16 to 18 years old, wearing a black puffy jacket and blue jeans.

The investigation is ongoing.

Larcenies from Auto

The Manassas City Police Department is investigating the larceny of items from eight different vehicles parked in the following areas: 8900 block of Meadowview Drive; 10100 block of Allwood Court; 8500 block of Clearridge Lane; 9400 block of Flowerden Lane; 10000 block of Willa Lane; 9300 block of Flanagan Court. Residents reported that during overnight hours in the past week (January 20th through 27th), unknown suspect(s) went into their vehicles and stole cash and portable electronics. Seven of the eight cars were reported to have been left unlocked. There was no evidence of forced entry into the vehicle reported to have been locked.

Larcenies from vehicles are one of the easiest crimes to prevent if you follow some simple crime prevention tips. These are available in our most recent Public Service Announcement “Larcenies from Vehicles.” For a copy of this PSA, go to www.manassascity.org/pressroom.


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