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Whitlock Wealth Management Holding Ribbon Cutting

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Whitlock Wealth Management celebrating 20 years in business

 

Whitlock Wealth Management will hold a ribbon cutting for their newly renovated offices in Lake Ridge.

The company is celebrating 20 years in business, and the ribbon cutting event is free to attend.

The celebration will take place Wednesday, Nov. 5 from 4 to 6 p.m. at their offices 12848 Harbor Drive, Suite 101, in Lake Ridge, near Tacketts Mill shopping center.

For more information visit whitlockwealth.com.

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Man Attempts to Sexually Assault Woman, 37, in Lake Ridge

 LAKE RIDGE, Va. – On October 15, police arrested a man for forcing a 37-year-old woman into a bedroom and attempting to sexually assault her. According to the report, the two were arguing before the incident and minor injuries were caused. 

Here’s the latest from Prince William police:

Attempted Rape | Abduction – On October 15th at 6:27PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 12100 block of Greatbridge Rd in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate an attempted sexual assault. The victim, a 37 year old woman of Woodbridge, reported to police that she and the accused, a known acquaintance, were involved in a verbal altercation which escalated. During the encounter, the accused forced the victim into a bedroom where he attempted to sexually assault her. At one point, the victim tried to callpolice but the accused took the phone from her and left the room. The victim was eventually able to contact police. Minor injuries were reported. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested.

Arrested on October 15th:

Evert Emmanuel VENTURA-MEJIA, 25, of the 12100 block of Greatbridge Rd in Woodbridge

Charged with attempted rape and abduction

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

 

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Man Charged with Assault after Police Officer Pushed

LAKE RIDGE, Va. – On Oct. 6, police were in the area investigating an apparent domestic assault and battery when they found and arrested the suspect when he pushed an officer in the chest and resisted arrest while in handcuffs. 

Here’s the latest from Prince William police:

Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer / Resisting Arrest – On Monday, October 6 at 10:37 PM, officers were investigating a possible domestic assault and battery that occurred at Dillingham Square in Lake Ridge (22192).  During the course of that investigation, officers located James Horton III at his residence on Allspice Court, also in Lake Ridge.   Mr. Horton pushed the investigating officer in the chest and then began to actively resist being handcuffed after being told he was under arrest.  The officer was not injured in the course of arresting Mr. Horton.

                Arrested on October 7th:

                James Pierce Horton III, 45, of 12235 Allspice Court in Lake Ridge

                Charged with Resisting Arrest and Assault and Battery on a LEO

                Court date – 11/18/2014   Bond – $5,000 secured bond

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Lake Ridge Church Counts 400 Waiting at Door for Charity Event

Lake Ridge Church Latter Day Saints Charity Sale

Church fills tables with linen, toys, games for community

 

On Friday, Sept. 12, the chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Old Bridge Road in Woodbridge, filled with 120 teens and many adults preparing for the annual community Gifts of the Heart event. 

Sister Pam Gauch, the Relief Society President for the local Woodbridge Virginia Stake, addressed them briefly to explain the spiritual nature of the service they were about to perform.

“The important thing is to keep things moving,” said Gauch.

The youth, some of whom were not of the LDS faith, then spent the next two hours unloading donated items from cars, trunks, and the backs of minivans. Soon tables in the large church gym were piled with clothes, another room filled with shoes, others with linens, toys and games.  Well over 1,100 volunteer hours went into orchestrating this year’s Gifts of the Heart clothing exchange, a free event open to the public that is done in conjunction with the Day to Serve project. 

The community donated all of the items available at the exchange. Additionally, during Gifts of the Heart, the community also donated over 240 pounds of food for the Action in Community Through Service (ACTS) food pantry.

“This year I brought a friend from school.  It’s a good representation of what our church is about: family, service, the pure love of Christ,” said Rebecca Prymak, a 16-year-old junior at Gar-Field Senior High School.  This was her fourth year volunteering during Gifts of the Heart. A total of 148 youth, and 264 adults volunteered to make the event possible.

When the doors opened the next day at 9 a.m., there were over 400 people in line.  Many had come early, in hopes of finding certain needed items. 

“If you’re looking for something you really need, you’ll find it here,” said volunteer Will Marda, of Lake Ridge. 

“This is our fourth time coming.  If something doesn’t fit, we always pass it on.  This year we’re looking for winter coats and shoes,” said Michelle Sackrider, sifting through the wares. 

“It’s a beautiful thing to do, especially for free, it helps everyone,” said Digna Ruiz, through a translator, of Woodbridge.

This was her second year benefiting from items that the community donated to Gifts of the Heart. By the time the event ended, and all of the left-over, donated clothing and other things were packed into a truck for AmVets, more than 1,150 people were able to shop the Gifts of the Heart exchange.

 

Editors note: This story was submitted by the community relations department at the Church of Latter Day Saints in Woodbridge.

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Weapon Appears at Lake Ridge Middle School

LAKE RIDGE, Va. – On Sept. 22, staff at Lake Ridge Middle School told police that they saw a young male student with a pellet gun near school grounds. Police arrived on the scene as the student was stopped by school staff and it was determined that this same student and another male student were connected to a previous incident at the school on Sept. 21. 

Here’s the latest from Prince William police:

Weapon on School Property – On September 22nd at 2:41PM, officers responded to Lake Ridge Middle School located at 12350 Mohican Rd in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a report of someone with a gun near the school. School staff was able to detain the person, identified as a male juvenile student from Woodbridge Senior High School, prior to police arriving in the area. The weapon in his possession was also quickly determined to be a pellet gun. No injuries were reported and the pellet gun was never pointed towards the school, students or staff. The investigation revealed that during a scheduled fire drill, staff observed the older student walk out of a nearby wooded area carrying, what was believed to be, a weapon. Staff immediately called police and were able to detain the student without incident. While investigating this incident, officers were able to connect the same student to an incident the prior evening. On September 21st at 7:28PM, officers responded to Lake Ridge Middle School after a caller reportedly observed a juvenile male shooting a pellet gun at a can near the school’s track area. As police were responding to the incident, the student fled into the wooded area where he reportedly left the pellet gun. The student then went to retrieve the gun the next day where he was seen by the school’s staff during the fire drill. Another male juvenile from Lake Ridge Middle School was also connected to the incident on September 21st. This case has been turned over to the Juvenile Court System for review and further action.

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Burglars Force Themselves into Home, Two Teens Robbed

LAKE RIDGE, Va. – On September 13, two teenage victims told police that during the night three male suspects forced themselves into the home, one of which had a handgun, and stole multiple pairs of shoes and cell phones before fleeing the scene. Police say that the victims knew the suspects and that this was not a random incident. 

Here’s the latest from Prince William police:

Armed Robbery | Residential Burglary – On September 13th at 12:37PM, officers responded to investigate a robbery which was reported to have occurred at a residence located in the 12100 block of Dapple Gray Ct in Woodbridge (22192) on September 12th around 11:30PM. The victims, a 16 year old male juvenile and a 15 year old male juvenile – both of Woodbridge, reported to police that three known male acquaintances forcibly entered their residence in the above area. During the encounter, one of the men pulled out a handgun. The men took several pairs of shoes and cell phones before fleeing the home. No injuries were reported. This incident was not random.

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Officer Kicked in Leg, Police Car Damaged

LAKE RIDGE, Va. – On September 2, officers went to investigate a fight and upon arrival, discovered and identified the suspect, who was drunk. As police were trying to arrest her, the female suspect resisted by kicking an officer in the leg several times and she damaged a part of a police car while she kicked. 

Here’s the latest from Prince William police; 

Assault & Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer [LEO] – On September 2nd at 12:11AM, officers responded to the area of Springwoods Dr and Chaucer Ln in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a domestic incident. During the encounter, officers located one of the parties involved and identified her as the accused. Officers further determined that the accused was intoxicated. Officers attempted to detain the accused who actively resisted. At one point, the accused kicked an officer multiple times in the leg. Once at a police cruiser, the accused continued to kick, striking the cruiser and damaging the rear quarter panel. Following a brief struggle, the accused was detained without further incident. No injuries were reported.

Arrested on August 31st: [No photo available]

Elena MASLYUKOVA, 41, of 3814 Koval Ln in Woodbridge

Court date: October 15, 2014 | Bond: $10,000 secured

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Lake Ridge Home Broken Into

LAKE RIDGE, Va. – On August 28, a homeowner told police that they saw an unknown man walking up their stairs after hearing a noise from a sliding glass door. According to the report, the man left the home before police arrived but no forced entry was made and nothing was stolen.

Here’s the latest from Prince William police:

Residential Burglary – On August 28th at 5:55AM, officers responded to a residence located in the 11500 block of Hill Meade Ln in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a burglary. The homeowner reported to police that an unknown noise was heard coming from a lower level sliding glass door. Upon checking the home, the homeowner observed an unknown man was walking up the stairs. The homeowner immediately called police and the suspect fled. No property was reported missing. There were no signs of forced entry into the home. A police K-9 was used to search for the suspect.

Suspect Description:

Black male, unknown age, 5’10”, 150-170lbs with a medium build and short black hair

Last seen wearing a white t-shirt – no further description

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Man Knocked to the Ground, Struck in the Face

LAKE RIDGE, Va. – On August 21, a 34-year-old man was hospitalized after being struck in the face and knocked to the ground by the male suspect, causing him to become unconscious. After the incident, the suspect left the scene and police have issued a warrant. 

Here’s the latest from Prince William police:

Malicious Wounding – On August 21st at 6:03PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 12500 block of Queensbury Ct in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate an assault. The victim, a 34 year old man of Woodbridge, reported to police that he and the accused, a known acquaintance, were involved in a verbal altercation in front of the home. During the encounter, the accused struck the victim in the face, knocking him to the ground. As a result of the fall, the victim struck his head on the pavement rendering him unconscious. The victim regained consciousness and was transported to an area hospital for treatment. The accused fled prior to officers arriving in the area. Following the investigation, officers obtained a warrant against the accused.

                Wanted: [Photo from August 2014]

                Douglas Eugene TRUMP Jr, 32, of no fixed address

Described as a white male, 5’11”, 170lbs with a medium build, short brown hair, blue eyes, an unshaved face and several tattoos

                Wanted for malicious wounding

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Employee Robbed, Beaten Outside Tire Shop

LAKE RIDGE, Va. – On August 14, a 55-year-old employee at Merchants Tire & Auto was assaulted and robbed in the parking lot by an unknown man. 

Here’s the latest from Prince William police:

Armed Robbery – On August 14th at 9:17PM, officers responded to the Merchants Tire & Auto located at 12741 Harbor Dr in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a robbery. The victim, a 55 year old man of Woodbridge, reported to police that he was an employee of the business and was walking to his vehicle in the parking lot when he was approached by an unknown man. The man pulled out a knife and demanded money. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of U.S. Currency then assaulted the victim before fleeing the area on foot. Minor injuries were reported. A police K-9 was used to search for the suspect.

Suspect Description:

Black male, between 20 & 25 years of age, 5’10”, 150lbs with a thin build, dark complexion and an unshaven face

Last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants

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Intruder Tries to Enter Lake Ridge Home

 LAKE RIDGE, Va. – On August 12, a homeowner told police that an intruder tried to enter the home through a back window. According to the report, the intruder was not successful at entering the home and nothing was stolen. 

Here’s the latest from Prince William police:

Attempted Residential Burglary – On August 12th at 6:30PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 11500 block of Overleigh Dr in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate an attempted burglary. The homeowner reported to police that between 8:00AM and 11:30AM, someone attempted to enter the residence through an unsecured rear window. No entry is believed to have been made into the residence and no property was reported missing. 

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Police Investigate Two Armed Robberies

LAKE RIDGE, Va. – On August 8, two incidents of armed robberies happened in the same location. According to the report, cell phones, wallets, and money were stolen and police believe that the incidents are related. 

Here’s the latest from Prince William police:

Armed Robberies – On August 8th at 11:20PM, officers responded to investigate a robbery which was reported to have occurred in the 12200 block of Allspice Ct in Woodbridge (22192) around 10:30PM. The victims, a 19 year old man of Stafford, a 19 year old man of Lorton and an 18 year old man of Alexandria, reported to police that they had just arrived in the area above to attend a party. As the victims were approaching the home, they encountered three unknown men. One of the men displayed a handgun and demanded the victim’s property. During the encounter, the armed suspect struck one of the victims in the face with the handgun. The suspects took a cell phone, wallet and an undisclosed amount of U.S. Currency from the victims before fleeing on foot. Minor injuries were reported. While investigating the above incident, a separate victim approached an officer on an unrelated call to report a robbery in the same location that occurred around 10:45PM. This victim, an 18 year old man of Woodbridge, reported to the officer that he was getting into his vehicle when he was approached by an unknown man who demanded the victim’s property. After taking the victim’s cell phone, the man pulled out a handgun and ordered the victim to leave the area. No injuries were reported. Detectives are investigating both incidents as being related. The investigation continues.

Suspect Descriptions: [1st Incident]

Black male, between 20 & 25 years of age, 6’2”, 160lbs with a thin build, dark complexion, black shoulder length dreadlocks and brown eyes – armed suspect

Last seen wearing a light colored shirt, blue jeans and tennis shoes

Black male, between 20 & 25 year of age, 160lbs with a thin build and short hair

Last seen wearing a dark colored shirt and blue jeans

Black male, between 20 & 25 years of age, 160lbs, with a thin build, dark complexion, long black hair and brown eyes

Last seen wearing a dark colored shirt and blue jeans

Suspect Description: [2nd Incident]

Black male, unknown age with dreadlocks – no further description

Last seen wearing a gray tank top, red shoes and red sweatpants

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Three Men Burglarize Lake Ridge Home

LAKE RIDGE, Va. – On August 11, a homeowner told police that three men, two of whom revealed handguns, burglarized a home in Lake Ridge, Va. According to the report, the men entered the home through a basement door and left the scene before police could arrive. 

Here’s the latest from Prince William police:

Residential Burglary | Use of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony – On August 11th at 12:43AM, officers responded to a residence located in the 11400 block of Bacon Race Rd in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a burglary in progress. The homeowner reported to police that three unknown men entered the residence through a rear basement door. Two of the men displayed handguns and demanded property from the six occupants of the home. The men fled the home as police were arriving in the area. No injuries were reported and no property was taken from the home. A police K-9 was used to search for the suspects. Detectives have determined that this incident is not random. The investigation continues.

Suspect Descriptions:

Black male, between 18 & 25 years of age, with a heavy build and beard

Last seen wearing a track suit

Black male, between 18 & 25 years of age, 5’3”

Last seen wearing a black t-shirt and ski mask

 

Black male, between 18 & 25 years of age, with a thin build and a large cross tattoo on his left forearm

Last seen a black tank top and red bandana

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Burglar Pushes Homeowner Into Wall

LAKE RIDGE, Va. – On August 6th, a homeowner told police that a woman, looking for someone who lived at the home, forced herself inside and pushed a homeowner into a wall. According to the report, the woman left before police could arrive and an arrest warrant has been issued. 

Here’s the latest from Prince William police:

Residential Burglary – On August 6th at 12:05PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 12900 block of Augustus Ct in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a burglary. The homeowner reported to police that the accused came to his residence looking for another family member who resides at the home. The homeowner informed the accused that the person she was looking for was not at the residence. At that point, the accused forced her way into the home and assaulted the homeowner. During the encounter, the accused pushed the homeowner into a wall, causing damage. Another resident of the home attempted to separate the two parties, while another resident contacted police. The accused fled the area prior to officers arriving at the home. Minor injuries were reported. Following the investigation, officers obtained warrants against the accused.

Wanted: [Photo from February 2012]

Roberta Edlina BRANDON, 20, of 14814 Evey Turn in Woodbridge

Described as black female, 5’10”, 154lbs with a medium build, light complexion, black shoulder length dreadlocks and brown eyes

Wanted for burglaryassault & battery and destruction of property

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Man Hospitalized After Being Struck With Handgun

LAKE RIDGE, Va. – On August 6, a 22-year-old man was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries after being struck with a handgun that went off after an argument with two male friends. According to the report, the friends left before police could arrive and took the victim’s firearm. 

Here’s the latest from Prince William police:

Armed Robbery | Malicious Wounding – On August 6th at 9:16PM, officers responded to the 3900 block of Penshurst Ln in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a robbery. The victim, a 22 year old man of Dumfries, reported to police that two known male acquaintances confronted him in the above area over a previous encounter. A verbal altercation ensued which escalated between the three men. During the struggle, one of the suspects struck the victim with a handgun causing the firearm to discharge.

The suspects fled prior to officers arriving in the area. Before fleeing, the suspects took a firearm belonging to the victim. No injuries or property damage were reported as a result of the gunshot. The victim did sustained non-life threatening injuries from the physical altercation. This incident was not random.

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Jewelry, Safes Stolen from Lake Ridge Home

LAKE RIDGE, Va. – On Sunday, a homeowner told police that someone stole two safes that had jewelry and other various items inside of them. According to the police report, entry was made through a back window. 

Here’s the latest from Prince William police:

Residential Burglary – On August 3rd at 10:10PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 11800 block of Bacon Race Rd to investigate a burglary. The homeowner reported to police that the burglary occurred between 2:20PM on August 1st and 9:30PM on August 3rd. The investigation revealed that there were no signs of forced entry into the home. Entry is believed to have been made into the home through a rear window. Two safes containing jewelry and other miscellaneous property were reported missing.  

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2 Elementary Schools Burglarized

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. – On July 30 and 31, Police went to two elementary schools to investigate burglaries. 

Here’s the latest from Prince William police;

Burglary to a School | Grand Larceny – On July 31st at 7:46AM, officers responded to Lake Ridge Elementary School located at 11970 Hedges Run Dr in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a burglary. Staff reported to police that the burglary occurred between 4:30PM on July 30th and 5:15AM on July 31st. The investigation revealed that entry was made into the school through a temporary plywood door to the building due to ongoing construction. No property was missing from the interior of the school. A construction trailer located on the property was also entered after the padlock was broken and removed. Copper tubing, total value around $1,250, was reported missing from the trailer. 

Burglary to a School | Destruction of Property – On July 30th at 10:31PM, officers responded to River Oaks Elementary School located at 16950 McGuffey’s Trail in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a burglary. Staff reported to police that the burglary occurred between 4:30PM and 10:30PM. The investigation revealed that three windows to the school were discovered broken. The suspect(s) then made entry into the school and moved several items. A water hose was also placed inside one of the windows and turned on causing an unknown amount of damage. A police K-9 was used to search the interior of the school building. No suspects were located and no property was reported missing. Damage to the windows was estimated around $1,200.

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Girl, 13, Killed in Auto Crash in Lake Ridge

LAKE RIDGE, Va. — Police were called to a fatal crash early Sunday morning.

Here’s more in a press release:

Crash – Fatality – On July 6th at 1:41AM, investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit responded to the area of Touchstone Cir and Old Bridge Rd in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a crash. The investigation revealed that the driver, and only occupant, of a 2010 Nissan Sentra was traveling westbound on Old Bridge Rd when he disregarded the red traffic signal at the intersection above and struck a 1998 Ford Explorer which was making a left turn from Touchstone Cir onto Old Bridge Rd with a green traffic signal.

Two children, a 13 year old boy and a 13 year old girl, were unrestrained in the backseat of the Ford Explorer and were both ejected from the vehicle. All occupants of the Ford Explorer, including the driver, 19 year old male passenger, and both children, were transported to area hospitals.

The driver of the other vehicle fled the scene on foot following the crash. A police K-9 was used to search for the driver who was eventually located a short distance away and identified as the accused. The accused was determined to be under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision and was arrested. While in custody, it was learned that the accused sustained internal injuries and was transported to an area hospital for treatment. The 13 year old girl seated in the backseat of the Ford Explorer died as a result of her injures on July 7th. The other occupants sustained non-life threatening injuries. The investigation continues.

Arrested on July 6th:

Duane Chaldron BROWN, 32, of 14609 Danville Rd in Woodbridge

Charged with manslaughter – DUI relatedfelony hit & rundriving under the influencedriving on a revoked license, andunreasonable refusal

Court date unavailable | Bond: held WITHOUT bond

Identified:

The rear passenger, the deceased, of the 1998 Ford Explorer was identified as Antoinette PETERS, 13, of Alexandria

The driver of the 1998 Ford Explorer was identified as a 46 year old woman of Woodbridge

The front passenger of the 1998 Ford Explorer was identified as a 19 year old man of Woodbridge

The second rear passenger of the 1998 Ford Explorer was identified as a 13 year old boy of Woodbridge

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Lake Ridge Storm Water Improvement Cost Estimates Top $1.1 Million

LAKE RIDGE, Va. — Two storm water management ponds have floated to the top of the list of needed storm water improvements along the Occoquan River.

Prince William County officials walked six miles and looked at 20 streams in the Occoquan River watershed, which includes streams and creeks that collect rainfall in areas like Brenstville and Independent Hill and points south of Manassas, where it then flows toward the Town of Occoquan and Lake Ridge.

Of those looked at, a storm water management site nestled underneath power lines along Old 062114-occoquan-watershed-sBridge Road, between Antietam Road and Oakwood Drive in Lake Ridge, is in the most in need for improvements. Here, large sewer pipes are exposed after years of erosion from an unnamed creek that flows water into the storm water management pond. It’s feared that logs could strike the exposed pipes rupturing the sewer line. The storm water pond also sits near multiple homes in a densely populated suburban area.

“This is exactly the kind of project we’re looking for,” said Prince William County Chief of Environmental Services Marc Aveni. “The project will give a lot of credit when looking at storm water management with the state…we’re not just fixing a storm water management, we’re fixing a stream that leads into the facility.”

Officials said the improvements are needed to curb pollutants from flowing from streams into the river, and ultimately into the Potomac River to the Chesapeake Bay.

The improvements would be similar to those made to the Cow Branch, a stream that runs underneath U.S. 1 in Woodbridge and flows into the Quantico Creek. The county, which managed the Cow Branch project, says these stream restoration projects help reduce or prevent flooding, improve water quality, and protect flood plains when the projects are complete.

A second storm water management area in Lake Ridge that is marked for improvement is in a wooded area near Mayflower Drive and Old Bridge Road. It’s the Ballywhack Creek that runs into the Town of Occoquan and flooded out the town during period associated with Tropical Storm Lee in 2011.

“This is one of the facilities that we’ve had our eye on for a long time. A retrofit to make this facility bigger would help with downstream flooding concerns in the Town of Occoquan,” said Aveni.

Aveni pointed out that the study that identified the need to fix the storm water management area is not a flooding study for the Town of Occoquan.

The improvements would be funded by county tax dollars to the tune of $965,000 per year. Grants and federal and state subsidies can be tapped to help offset the cost of the projects.

The project between Antietam Road and Oakwood Drive is slated to cost $519,000, and the Ballywhack Creek project should cost $600,000, according to initial estimates. Both projects remain unfunded.

Both of the areas identified for restoration sit on land owned by the Lake Ridge Parks and Recreation Association (LRPRA). The projects were on a long list of recommended sites along the Occoquan Reservoir LRPRA said the county should look at. That list includes sites at Golden Eagle Drive, Avariy way, Collingwood Court and Shearwater Court.

“There’s small relative to these larger storm water management ponds in the area,” said LRPRA Assistant Facilities Director Brodie Freer.

In all, there are 14 storm water ponds in the Lake Ridge area. Freer says he plans to meet again with county officials to learn what next steps will be taken to begin work on the projects on Old Bridge Road.

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More Express Lanes Work Means More Free Bus Rides

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — More headaches for drivers is actually good news for bus riders.

The Prince William Metro Direct buses that run on Saturday between Potomac Mills mall and the Franconia-Springfield Metro station will continue to be free.

The free fares are subsidized by the state as a way to mitigate traffic delays as work to convert Interstate 95’s HOV lanes to express toll lanes continues, as well as add new lanes from Dumfries to North Stafford. The conversion has meant the frequent closure of the HOV facility and caused drivers major delays since construction began in 2012.

The free fares were expected to come to an end May 17, when construction crews anticipated the need to frequently close the HOV would diminish. Now, the bus riders will continue to be able to ride the Metro Direct bus free of charge.

Here’s a statement from the bus’ operator, Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission:

Virginia Megaprojects, which is a collaboration of the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, is paying 100% of operational costs for the Saturday Metro Direct bus service to encourage drivers to share their ride during weekends when the I-95/I-395 HOV lanes are closed for construction of the Express Lanes.

Previously, weekend closures of the HOV lanes were to end in the spring and Megaprojects intended to end its full funding for the bus service at that time. The PRTC Board of Commissioners had decided to continue offering the Saturday Metro Direct service but fares were to be charged and buses were to run less frequently starting on May 17.

However, Megaprojects recently informed PRTC that weekend HOV lane closures will continue throughout the summer, and as a result Megaprojects will continue its 100% support of the Saturday Metro Direct service.

Schedule brochures are being reprinted and will be available to the public as soon as possible. In the meantime, customers can find the most up-to-date timetables at PRTCtransit.org.

The Saturday Prince William Metro Direct bus service was introduced in September 2013 and has proven popular. The service’s high ridership mark was set on April 26 when 720 passengers used the service.

The HOV lanes between Dumfries and the Pentagon will close again this weekend from 11:30 p.m. Friday until 9:30 a.m. Saturday, and again from 11 p.m. Saturday until 4 p.m. Sunday as crews work to install new conduit, excavate, and erect new highway signs.

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Chick-fil-A Seeks Drive Through for new Lake Ridge Location

LAKE RIDGE, Va. — Another restaurant is coming to the growing Prince William Parkway corridor.

The Prince William County Planning Commission will decide if they will allow a Chick-fil-A restaurant to have a drive-through at a planned location on the corner of Prince William Parkway and Old Bridge Road. The new restaurant will sit in front of the Chinn Aquatics and Fitness Center, when constructed.

The Planning Commission will take up the mater at their 7 p.m. meeting on Wednesday at the county’s Government Center not far from where the proposed restaurant would be located.

The county’s report describes concerns about the drive through, and namely how many cars could fill its parking and create potential traffic jams on surrounding streets. Chick-fil-A needs the Commission to issue a special use permit if they are to have a drive-through, as one is not permitted under the current zoning rules.

County documents state the area where the one-story restaurant would sit should be reserved for buildings three to five stories tall, and that the restaurant does not fit with a vision of a mixed-use, walkable neighborhood.

But the Prince William County zoning staff that reviewed Chick-fil-A’s likes the proposal and recommended its. They also noted some of its strengths, especially proffer monies that would be used to improve Old Bridge Road and Prince William Parkway that will make it easier for drivers to get in and out of the restaurant’s parking lot.

Several restaurants have sprung up along this corridor of Prince William Parkway. A popular Chipotle opened just last year.

A Chick-fil-A restaurant on Prince William Parkway, east of this location and next to Interstate 95 in Woodbridge, is regularly busy and often asks for police assistance to direct traffic in its drive through on weekends.

Another Chick-fil-A restaurant will soon be built off Va. 234 near Dumfries, in addition to the one proposed next to the Chinn Center.

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