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Prince William’s Chief Deane Retiring

BREAKING NEWS

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — The leader of the Prince William County Police Department, Chief Charlie T. Deane, one of the agency’s original officers when the department was founded in 1970, will retire. More from a press release:

Today, Prince William County Executive, Melissa Peacor, announced the retirement of Chief of Police Charlie T. Deane. Chief Deane is currently one of the longest standing police chiefs in the country. He has been chief for more than 24 years. During that time, Deane has overseen numerous investigations, such as the now famous D.C. Sniper Case, the East Coast Rapist Case, and more recently, he oversaw the County’s handling of the Illegal Immigration Enforcement Issue that has since become a hallmark of good policing. Deane was one of the original officers of the Police Department when he transferred from the Virginia State Police to the newly formed Prince William County Police Department as a detective in 1970. His last day as Chief of Police for Prince William County is Sept. 1, 2012.

MORE TO THE STORY: Aquia Harbour police Chief Trish Harmon recalls her 30 years of working with Deane

“This is a tough day for me personally and for the County. Chief Deane has served the citizens of this County with unparalleled integrity and commitment,” said Melissa Peacor, County Executive. “Chief Deane has been a stalwart of law enforcement in this community, this Commonwealth and this nation, bringing innovation and leadership to the business of Policing. Charlie has served with many County Executives over the years, and I believe I can speak for all of us when I say that he has been both a friend and an advisor”.

Since Deane started with the department, it has grown to more than 580 sworn and 300 civilians and has gained a sterling reputation under the guidance of Chief Deane, whose own reputation has grown to a national level. Chuck Wexler, Executive Director of the prestigious Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), a well-respected law enforcement think tank in Washington, D.C., said of Deane: “As the Vice President of our organization, Chief Deane has gained a solid national reputation as a fair, lawful and reasonable chief of police. His work on immigration has become a model for many other cities in the United States. Charlie is truly one of the great chiefs of police—a leader of excellent character, competence and caring.”

“I have been honored to work with Chief Deane over the past nine years,” said Corey Stewart, Chairman of the Board of County Supervisors. Chief Deane has provided outstanding service to the citizens of Prince William County and leadership to the Police Department and the entire organization. He has presided over a department known for its excellence and integrity, and although we are sad to see him go, he leaves us with a department made up of men and women who share his professionalism.”

Before deciding any future professional plans, Chief Deane plans on taking some time off, which he says will include some fishing, traveling and working on his family farm in Orange County.

 

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Crime Watch: Rape Probe Peers Back to 1990s

FROM POLICE REPORTS:

Jefferson

Rape / Aggravated Sexual Battery – On July 10th at 1:26PM, detectives from the Special Victims Bureau began an investigation into a sexual assault which was reported to have occurred at two addresses in Woodbridge (22192) – one on Rainbow Ct and the other on Bancroft Ln. The investigation revealed that the victim, a now 34 year old woman of Gainesville, was sexually assaulted by the accused, a known acquaintance, in the 1990’s when she was between 5 & 19 years of age. Following an investigation, the accused was subsequently arrested on July 25th.

Arrested:

Michael Karl JEFFERSON, currently 50, of 13500 Kingsman Rd in

Woodbridge

Charged with 5 counts of rape, 5 counts of aggravated sexual battery, 5 counts of

forcible sodomy and 5 counts of taking indecent liberties with a child

Court date unavailable, held WITHOUT bond

Malicious Wounding – On July 24th at 8:39PM, police responded to the 8000 block of Ashland Ave in Manassas (20109) for a stabbing. The victim, a 69 year old man of Manassas, reported to police that he and the accused, a known acquaintance, were inside a residence in the above area when a verbal altercation escalated. During the encounter, the accused allegedly stabbed the victim in the torso. The accused was also injured in the altercation. The victim and the accused were treated at an area hospital for minor injuries.

Arrested: (No Photo Available)

Nathaniel Tyrone SMITH JR, 45, of 10151 Parkview Dr #6 in

Manassas

Charged with malicious wounding

Court date set for September 21, 2012, held WITHOUT bond

Residential Burglary – On July 25th at 8:50AM, police responded to the 3600 block of Wharf Ln in Triangle (22172) for a burglary. Homeowner reported to police that the burglary occurred between 3:00PM on July 24th and 8:30AM on July 25th. Entry appeared to have been made through a rear glass door which had been broken out. A moped, 2 TV’s, 2 laptops and other electronics, valued around $2,400, were reported missing.

 

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Jury Text Messages Are False, police say

MANASSAS, Va. — Don’t pay any attention to that text message claiming to be from the courthouse: police say it’s a fake.

Prince William police this morning said text messages had apparently gone out to some residents in the area warning them they had missed jury duty and that are in trouble.

Police posted to a notice and said the Clerk’s Office at the Prince William County Courthouse in Manassas doesn’t send out text messages.

The alert from police:

*ALERT: The Prince William County Courthouse has received numerous phone calls this morning from concern citizens regarding a text message they received stating that they had missed jury duty at the “Manassas county courthouse” and are in violation.

**THIS MESSAGE IS NOT AN OFFICIAL MESSAGE AND WAS NOT SENT BY COURTHOUSE STAFF**

The Clerk’s Office of the Courthouse does not send any text messages. If you receive a text message about jury duty, please ignore the message and contact the courthouse at circuitcourt@pwcgov.org

 

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Ceremony Will Recognize Public Safety Promotions

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — The Prince William County Fire and Rescue Department on Thursday night will recognize 23 uniform members recently promoted to the ranks of Technician II, Lieutenant, Captain and Battalion Chief. Telecommunicators from the Office of Public Safety Communications will also be acknowledged for recent promotion.

A public ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. at Forest Park High School near Dumfries. Retired Battalion Chief Hadden Culp will lead the ceremony and a reception will follow.

Department of Fire and Rescue Technician II

Yasmin Ahmady

Gregory Briney

Jay Byler

Bobby Cook

Terry Fuller

Daniel Gough

Kyle Kosinski

Matthew Livingston

Brendon Malone

Andrew Marsh

Timothy Moore

Robert Moreau

Joshua Owens

Helton Pereira

Brian Reader

Matthew Stewart

Jessica Weatherly

David Wesley

Lieutenant

Andrew Jeremiah

Regina Miller

Captain

Gene Luckinbill

Chip Morrison

Battalion Chief

Curtis Brodie

Office of Public Safety Communications

Zachary Fuhrman, Telecommunicator II

Philip Hunnicuttt, Telecommunicator II

Karen Lackey, Telecommunicator II

Hesuk Kim, Telecommunicator III

 

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New Grants Benefit Free Clinic, Midwifery

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — A series of grants was awarded this month by the Potomac Health Foundation, based out of Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, to local non-profit agencies in the Potomac Communities. More from the foundation’s press release:

The all-volunteer Board of Directors of Potomac Health Foundation approved grants to 17 not-for-profit agencies. This is only the second set of grants the foundation has awarded since its founding in December 2009. The total dollars awarded was $3,720,427 to support 21 health related projects.

The grants ranged in size from approximately $35,000 to $800,000. Grants were awarded through a competitive application process that began in January 2012. “The grant process was very successful,” said Dr. Carol Shapiro, who chairs the Grants Committee. “We were pleased to award grants to nine first-time agency recipients.” The funded projects will address three community goals of Potomac Health Foundation.

The first foundation goal is to increase access to primary health care for underserved and hard-to-reach populations. An example of an agency serving the first goal is Prince William Area Free Clinic. The Clinic received a grant of $802,603 to expand their clinic on Church Hill Drive in Woodbridge. The grant funded expansion will allow Prince William Area Free Clinic to consolidate clinical services and substantially increase the operating hours and number of patients served.

The second foundation goal is to reduce the incidence of preventable disease and illness. An example of an agency serving the second goal is Project Mend-A-House. The agency received a grant of $75,000 to provide medical alert equipment, assistive living equipment and home repairs so that seniors and persons with disabilities may live safely at home, at less risk of falling or injury.

The third foundation goal is to address emerging health needs and foster innovation innovative projects. An example of an agency serving the third goal is Manassas Midwifery. This agency received a grant of $195,720 to expand their Centering Pregnancy and Centering Parenting programs, which provide prenatal care to at-risk women and a continuum of care to mother and baby through the first year of life. The grant will allow Manassas Midwifery to open a new location in the Dumfries areas.

 

PRTC Helps Thousands Travel in Northern Virginia

Welcome to Northern Virginia. Expect delays. Residents here know there is no shortage of cars and that congestion on local roads and highways can be a way of life.

That’s why thousands of people each day rely on the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission to help ease their ride, whether it be to work, school, or play.

OmniRide

One of the most popular commuter bus services in the region, PRTC OmniRide allows commuters a one-seat ride from areas in Prince William County and the independent cities of Manassas and Manassas Park to their jobs in Washington, D.C., Arlington, and other stops in the close-in suburbs of Northern Virginia.

See OmniRide bus routes and schedules.  See OmniRide fares.

Whether riders catch the bus from a park-and-ride commuter lot or they walk to an OmniRide bus stop in their neighborhood, commuters have come to rely on this safe, quiet, and reliable ride. OmniRide buses use High Occupancy Vehicle lanes on Interstates 95, 395, and 66 to get where they’re going, breezing by other cars that often slow down or get stuck in traffic in regular travel lanes.

“Northern Virginia has infamous traffic congestion, and by offering commuter bus services, we hope to take people out of their cars and allow them a quicker and stress-free ride in the High Occupancy Vehicle lanes,” said PRTC spokeswoman Christine Rodrigo.

PRTC Customer Service Agent Kenyetta Whitford takes a call from a customer. Whitford helps customers get where they need to go.

Tysons Express

OmniRide buses also take passengers to Tysons Corner, a job center full of financial, contracting, and technology firms as well as world-class shopping. Tysons Corner has become an overall economic juggernaut in the region, and it’s also where new highway construction as part of the I-495 Express Lanes Project and construction of the new Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project collide.

Tysons Express riders don’t need to worry about lane closures or finding parking.

See Tysons Express AM bus and PM bus schedules and fares.

Each weekday, Tysons Express buses pick up passengers at two commuter lots in Woodbridge, travel on the HOV express lanes on I-95, and then use a portion of the Capital Beltway to access Tysons Corner, all while passengers relax and enjoy amenities like free wireless internet access.

“Instead of just sitting behind the wheel stuck in traffic, listening to the radio, you can be online, be on your smart phone, be paying bills, you can be reading, you can nap.It’s time that gets put back into your schedule to do things that you need to get done every day,” said Rodrigo.

Many riders begin and end their commutes, or transfer to other PRTC buses at the agency’s Transit Center in Woodbridge.

Metro Direct

PRTC offers three options for those who need to travel to and from the nearby Metro stations. Those who live in eastern Prince William County have weekday connections with the Franconia-Springfield Metro, while those in the Manassas area have weekday connections with the West Falls Church Metro. And Gainesville area residents have rush-hour connections with the West Falls Church Metro.

See Metro Direct bus routes, schedules, and fares:

Linton Hall Metro Direct AM

Linton Hall Metro Direct PM

Manassas Metro Direct AM

Manassas Metro Direct PM 

Prince William Metro Direct AM

Prince William Metro Direct PM 

“The Metro station parking lots fill up early in the morning, but those who ride a Metro Direct bus don’t have to worry about parking because the bus drops passengers off near the Metro entrance,” said Rodrigo.

Many of the OmniLink local bus routes that serve eastern Prince William County stop at the PRTC Transit Center in Woodbridge.

OmniLink local bus service

Now we know how to get to and from Prince William, but what if you want to get around locally? From sun up to sun down OmniLink is your link around town.

From humble beginnings in 1995, OmniLink has grown to serve major transportation corridors in our area, including U.S. 1 in Woodbridge, Dale Boulevard in Dale City and Sudley Road in Manassas, taking passengers to popular destinations like Potomac Mills mall, government buildings, employment centers, schools, and colleges.

See OmniLink local bus routes and schedules. See OmniLink local bus service fares.

“We recognize that people are in one-car households but have two people working, or there’s a teenager who has a driver’s license but the family, for whatever reason, doesn’t want to have another vehicle…and then you have people just out of economic necessity or medical reasons who cannot have a driver’s license or a vehicle. Local bus service helps all of these people get around and do all of the things we do every day,” said Rodrigo.

PRTC training supervisor Delwyn Harvey, on left, goes over a safety check for one of the buses with prospective operators.

Cross County Connector

Those who need to travel between eastern Prince William and the Manassas area can rely on the Cross County Connector. The bus operates weekdays and connects Potomac Mills Mall and Manassas Mall with stops along Prince William County Parkway and Old Town Manassas.

See Cross County Connector bus routes, schedules, and fares:

Eastbound (Manassas to Woodbridge)

Westbound (Woodbridge to Manassas)

Dozens of OmniRide busses are lined up ready to go out on the afternoon runs at PRTC in Woodbridge.

OmniMatch

Sometimes the bus doesn’t suit a person’s work schedule or destination. That’s why PRTC created the OmniMatch ridesharing service. Simply answer a few questions about your work hours, origination point and destination, and you’ll be entered into a regional database of commuters who are looking for carpools and vanpools. The service is fast, free and couldn’t be easier!

OmniSmartCommute

Employers looking for a recruiting and retention tool are turning to this free program! The OmniSmartCommute staff helps employers to create, implement and expand commuter strategies to save their staff members money and hassles. Some popular options are providing preferential parking for carpoolers, installing bike racks and showers for bicyclists, and offering flextime, compressed work weeks and telework.

On-The-Go Travel Training

Some people want to use public transportation but don’t ride because they are not familiar with the services and how they operate. PRTC’s new grant-funded travel training program is designed to help potential riders get over the hurdle of the unfamiliar and become confident users of public transportation. This free program provides one-on-one or group training sessions.

Easy to ride and pay with SmarTrip

No matter where you’re going, and no matter if you take a PRTC bus or Metro train, bring your SmarTrip card for an easy way to pay for your ride. SmarTrip is a rechargeable fare card used on multiple transportation systems in the Washington, D.C. region. One card makes it easy to connect with other services and makes travel outside our local community easier.

It also takes away the need to have exact change or proper fare, and riders can easily add more fare to their cards.

With so many options to choose from, PRTC has the Ride that’s Right for You!

PRTC’s offices and Transit Center are located at 14700 Potomac Mills Road in Woodbridge.

 

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Crime Watch: Rape of Girl, 14, Investigated

FROM POLICE REPORTS 

Rape / Indecent Liberties – On July 19, detectives from the Special Victims Unit concluded an investigation into a sexual assault which was reported to have occurred in the 1300 block of Oregon Ave in Woodbridge (22191). The investigation revealed that victim, currently a 14 year old female, was raped by the accused, a known acquaintance, in March of 2010. Recently, in June of 2012, the accused sent the victim sexually explicit text messages. Following an investigation, the accused was subsequently arrested.

Arrested: (No Photo Available)

Gilberto ARANA MEJIA, 26, of the 1300 block of Oregon Ave in Woodbridge. charged with rape (for the March 2010 incident) and taking indecent liberties with a child (for the June 2012 incident). Court date unavailable, held without bond.

Residential Burglary – On July 18at 1:46AM, police responded to the 1300 block of East Longview Dr in Woodbridge (22191) for a burglary. Homeowner reported to police that the burglary occurred between 9 p.m. on July 16 and 1a.m. on July 17. There were no signs of forced entry into the residence. Entry is believed to have been made through an unlocked rear sliding glass door. A firearm, valued around $600, was reported missing.

Residential Burglary – On July 17 at 5:01 p.m., police responded to the 4700 block of Kirkdale Dr in Woodbridge (22191) for a burglary. Homeowner reported to police that the burglary occurred between 9:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. There were no signs of forced entry into the residence. Entry is believed to have been made through an unsecured door. Miscellaneous items, valued around $200, were reported missing.

Residential Burglary – On July 16 at 2:45 p.m., police responded to the 13600 block of Garfield Pl in Woodbridge (22191) for a burglary. Homeowner reported to police that the burglary occurred between 8:40AM and 2:40PM. Entry appeared to have been made through a sliding glass door which had been pried open. A laptop, jewelry and 2 cameras, valued around $1,400, were reported missing.

Attempted Residential Burglary – On July 18 at 12:46PM, police responded to the 15600 block of John Diskin Cl in Woodbridge (22191) for an attempted burglary. Homeowner reported to police that between 6:30AM and 9:00AM, an unknown person(s) attempted entry into the residence through the front door. Homeowner observed the door handle hanging from the door. No entry was made due to a secondary lock being in place. No items were reported missing.

Attempted Residential Burglary – On July 17 at 3:05PM, police responded to the 5100 block of Race Pointe Pl in Woodbridge (22193) for an attempted burglary. Homeowner reported to police that between 7:00AM on July 10 and 3:00PM on July 17, an unknown person(s) attempted entry into the residence through the front door. Homeowner observed drill holes in the deadbolt. No entry was gained into the residence and no items were reported missing.

 

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Storms Leave Power Out, More on the Way

Another round of violent storms swept through the region late Thursday into early Friday morning causing more power outages.

At 5 a.m. Friday, 66 Dominion Virginia Power customers who live near Leesylsvania State Park in Woodbridge and four who live in the Brooke section of Stafford County, were without power. Eight Northern Virginia Electric Power customers in Prince William County were also without power.

Today, a flash flood watch is posted from noon today through this evening as more storms could bring heavy downpours and localized flooding, according to the National Weather Service. The showers and thunderstorms are expected between 1 and 11 p.m.

Tomorrow, they’ll be a break in the recent heat wave as temperatures should reach 79 degrees, with showers and thunderstorms still in the forecast.

 

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Lemonade Popular in Occoquan This Weekend

OCCOQUAN, Va. — In Occoquan this weekend, visitors can mix lemonade, sunny weather, and a big dose of shopping to support local merchants.

The town will hold a Lemonade Yard Sale on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The small shops will have yellow ribbons hanging on them, will offer discounts of up to 75 percent, and, of course, have plenty of lemonade, organizers said.

Just one of the many offers in town will be Quinns Goldsmith will feature its million-dollar colored diamond event with white, blue, black, pink, chocolate, and yellow, and colored stones. They’ll also have plenty of cold lemonade to drink, said spokeswoman Donna Engborg.

Occoquan sits right off Va. 123 near Woodbridge and is home to two annual craft fairs, one in the spring and the other in the fall.

 

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Occoquan Schools Nominee a College Advocate

By URIAH KISER

OCCOQUAN, Va. — A retired educator and administrator with 35 years experience at Prince William County Public Schools will make a run for the School Board.

Lillie Jessie, of Lake Ridge, will run as a Democrat to represent the School Board’s Occoquan District — one of eight seats on the countywide Board. She will face Michael E. Wooten, who was appointed to the Board this spring following the sudden resignation of Grant Lattin in May.

Working now as an educational consultant and small business owner, Jessie retired from Prince William schools as Principal of Elizabeth Vaughn Elementary School in Woodbridge. During her tenure with the school system, she focused her work on the U.S. Department of Education’s Title I program that works to ensure fair access to higher education.

“Middle-class kids, my kids, I know are going to go to college. But some children don’t have that chance,” said Jessie.

Candidate Jessie appeared publicly for the first time Sunday night at Occoquan Town Hall. There she noted Prince William’s public schools as some as the best in the nation.

If elected in November, she said she’d do more to educate parents on the inner workings of schools, show them what educational options are available to their children.

She also said students need fewer multiple choice test and more exams that require critical thinking.

“I’m sticking with Prince William County School’s ‘World Class’ motto, and if our schools are world class you’ve got to make them teach students to be competitive in a world market,” said Jessie.

A product of a segregated school system in Newberry, S.C., Jessie was the first in her family, and was one of only a handful in her graduating class to go to college, she said. She credits the encouragement of a teacher, and his help filling out college applications, as the reason she continued her education beyond high school.

Jessie also has ties to Virginia Tech, and she developed a program called “Kindergarten to College” where fifth grade students at Vaughn Elementary School traveled to the Blacksburg school annually.

Wooten, her opponent, served as Marine Corps officer, holds a Doctorate of Higher Education Management, and serves as Vice Chairman of the Board at Northern Virginia Community College.

Jessie said her experience will make all the difference in this race.

“[Wooten] has a degree in education. I have a background in education, and my experience is documented,” she said.

 

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Crime Watch: Woman Accuses Man of Indecent Exposure

FROM POLICE REPORTS: 

Armed Robbery / Malicious Wounding – On July 11th at 11:30PM, police responded to the 18500 block of Old Triangle Rd in Triangle (22172) for a robbery. The victim, a 17 year old male juvenile of Triangle, reported to police that he encountered the accused, a known acquaintance, in the above area. The accused allegedly approached the victim from behind, punched him in the face, threatened him with a knife and kicked him numerous times in the head prior to fleeing the area on foot with the victim’s cell phone and wallet. Following an investigation, and utilizing a police K-9, officers were able to locate the accused in a wooded area nearby. The accused was subsequently arrested without incident. The victim was treated at an area hospital for minor injuries. The wallet and cell phone were recovered and returned to the victim.

Arrested: (Juvenile)

A 14 year old male juvenile of Woodbridge

Charged with armed robbery, malicious wounding and a probation violation

Court date unavailable, held at a Juvenile Detention Facility

Boyles

Indecent Exposure – On July 10th at 2:23PM, police responded to the area of Forrest Hill Rd and Fox Ridge Ct in Woodbridge (22192) for an indecent exposure. The victim, 42 year old woman of Woodbridge, reported to police that she and three other female juvenile victims, between 8 & 10 years of age, were in the above area when they encountered an unknown man, later identified as the accused. During the encounter, the accused allegedly exposed himself to the victims before fleeing the area. Police were able to locate the accused who was subsequently arrested without incident.

Arrested:

Brion Louis BOYLES, 51, of 13209 Delaney Rd in Woodbridge

Charged with three counts of indecent exposure

Court date unavailable, released on personal recognizance

Weir

Narcotics Investigation – On July 11th, detectives from the Street Crimes Unit concluded a narcotics investigation into the selling of marijuana with the execution of a search warrant at 15918 Donald Curtis Dr in Woodbridge (22191). As a result of the search and investigation, marijuana, firearms and an undisclosed amount of U.S. Currency were seized. The following arrest was also made without incident.

Arrested:

Tom Neil WEIR JR, 28, of 15918 Donald Curtis Dr in Woodbridge

Charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and a firearm with narcotics

Court date August 17, 2012, held on an $8,000 secured bond

 

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Crime Watch: Shooting Arrest Made

FROM POLICE REPORTS:

Weaver

Malicious Wounding ARREST – On July 6, detectives from the Violent Crimes Bureau were able to identify and arrest a suspect in regard to the shooting which was reported to have occurred in the 15700 block of Tassleford Ln in Woodbridge from July 5. Following the investigation, warrants were obtained against the accused who was later located at his residence on Keating Dr and was arrested without incident.

Arrested:

Stephen Hyrum WEAVER, 22, of 13423 Keating Dr in Woodbridge, charged with aggravated malicious wounding and the use of a firearm in commission of a felony. Court date unavailable, held WITHOUT bond

Malicious Wounding (Previously Released) – On July 5 at 8:56PM, police responded to the 15700 block of Tassleford Ln in Woodbridge (22191) for a shooting. The victim, a 17 year old male of Woodbridge, reported to police that he and other known acquaintances were involved in a verbal altercation with a group of unknown suspects which escalated. During the encounter, one of the suspects in the other group displayed a handgun. The victim and the group of known acquaintances ran from the suspects when the handgun was displayed. The suspect fired several shots towards the group and subsequently struck the victim in the lower body. All suspects fled the scene in a vehicle prior to police arrival. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. No other injuries were reported. The incident does not appear to be random. Investigation continues.

Malicious Wounding / Hit & Run – On July 7 at 2:54AM, police responded to the area of Spriggs Rd and Hoadly Rd in Manassas (20112) for a hit and run. The investigation revealed that the victim, a 19 year old man of Manassas, and another known acquaintance were involved in a physical altercation with an unknown suspect in the above area. During the encounter, the suspect returned to his vehicle while the victim and his acquaintance attempted to run from the suspect. The suspect allegedly drove his vehicle toward the victim and his acquaintance and subsequently struck the victim with his vehicle. The suspect fled the area in the vehicle prior to police arrival. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. No other injuries were reported. The incident does not appear to be random.

Investigation continues.

Lookout:

White male, between 18 & 25 years of age, 5’5” / 150 lbs, thin build with short black hair. Last seen wearing a white shirt and black pants

Vehicle Lookout: Newer model, silver, 4-door

Malicious Wounding – On July 8that 4:54AM police responded to the 13900 block of Jefferson Davis Hwy in Woodbridge (22191) for an assault. The victim, a 27 year old man of Woodbridge, was found, in the area above, unconscious with injuries to head. An investigation revealed the victim was involved in a physical altercation with a known acquaintance(s). The victim was transported to an area hospital with severe injuries. This incident does not appear to be random. Investigation continues.

Armed Robbery – On July 7 at 1:00AM, police responded to the area of Bel Air Rd and Jeffries Rd in Woodbridge (22191) for a robbery. The victim, a 19 year old man of Woodbridge, reported to police that he was walking in the above area when he was approached by two unknown men. One of the men displayed a handgun, pointed it at the victim and demanded he empty his pockets. The men took the victim’s iPod touch and a cell phone before fleeing on foot. No injuries were reported.

Lookout: two  males, unknown race, between 20 & 25 years of age, 5’7”/160lbs, medium build. Both were last seen wearing a long sleeve shirt, jeans and a mask. Shooting into an Occupied Dwelling – On July 8 at 12:39AM, police responded to the Shell Gas Station located at 13313 Occoquan Rd in Woodbridge (22191) for a shooting. Witnesses reported to police that a group of unknown suspects were driving in a white sedan in the above area and fired several shots from their vehicle in the direction of the Shell Gas Station. The suspects fled the area prior to police arrival. No injuries or property damage were reported.

No descriptions could be provided of the suspects. Investigation continues.

Residential Burglary – On July 6 at 8:41PM, police responded to the 13000 block of Lashmere Ct in Woodbridge (22192) for a burglary. A neighbor reported to police that the burglary occurred between 8:00PM on July 5 and 8:00AM on July 6. Entry appeared to have been made through rear basement window which had been broken out. No items were reported missing.

Residential Burglary – On July 6 at 4:27PM, police responded to the 15400 block of Wheatfield Rd in Woodbridge (22193) for a burglary. The homeowner reported to police that the burglary occurred between 5:00AM on June 26 and 3:00PM on July 6. Entry appeared to have been made through a basement window which had been broken out. Jewelry and other items, valued around $8,900, were reported missing.

Residential Burglary – On July 5 at 3:33PM, police responded to the 1600 block of Horner Rd in Woodbridge (22191) for a burglary. The homeowner reported to police that the burglary occurred between 2:45PM and 3:33PM. Entry appeared to have been made through the front door which had been forced open. Two televisions, valued around $1200, were reported missing.

Commercial Burglary – On July 5 at 7:44AM, police responded to the CITGO Gas Station located at 14101 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Woodbridge (22191) for a burglary. An employee reported to police that the burglary occurred between 10:00PM and 10:30PM on July 4. Entry appeared to have been made through a door which had been forced open. Cigarettes, valued around $13, were reported missing.

 

 

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County’s Swing Status Gets National Attention

OCCOQUAN, Va. — The Fox News Network was in Virginia’s Potomac Communities today showcasing area landmarks for an evening news show.

The network’s “Special Report with Bret Baier” broadcasted live from Maddigan’s Waterfront Grill in Occoquan from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday. The hour-long show came to Prince William County because the jurisdiction has been called a “swing county” that could determine or predict who will the presidency in the November General Election.

Baier visited the entrance to Quantico Marine Corps Base, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center in Woodbridge, and Georgio’s Restaurant in Montclair, covering topics such as what impact downsizing the federal government would have on workers in Prince William, a ordinance passed in 2007 that’s since been changed that required police to ask anyone for proof of legal presence, as well as regional and state issues.

The show also plans to make stops in Colorado, Ohio, Iowa, and Nevada, all in states with jurisdictions said to be swing counties.

 

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Gas, Charcoal Grills Banned on Balconies

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Fire officials remind condominium owners and apartment renters in Prince William County there are restrictions on grilling on balconies.

The reminder comes after a massive blaze displaced about 100 people and destroyed 24 homes at Woodbridge Station Apartments on Thursday. No one was injured and the American Red Cross was called to the scene to assist the displaced residents.

The fire was linked to the use of a propane grill. 

Charcoal, gas, or propane grills are not allowed to be used on or under balconies, according to an existing county ordinance. Electric grills are allowed but they should still be used with caution, said Prince William fire and rescue spokeswoman Kim Hylander.

Anyone charged with violating the ordinance is required to appear in court, and can be fined up to $2,500 and face one year of jail.

Prince William Woodbridge District Supervisor noted in a statement on Friday that everyone who was impacted by the fire did have renters insurance, which he says will help the families rebuild their lives.

 

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Strong Winds Possible Today

It could get windy and stormy around here tonight as we’re in for another day of hot and humid temperatures.

Virginia could face some strong winds this afternoon as a cold front moving in from the west could bring severe thunderstorms and hail. Some of the storms could produce localized corridors of higher winds, according to the National Weather Service Strom Prediction Center.

Dominion Virginia Power on Twitter this morning stated they are closely watching the area of developing storms, urged residents to prepare, and asked them to call 866-366-4357 if you lose power.

The high temperature is once again today set in the upper 90s with heat index values about 105 degrees. You’ll remember the derecho storm on June 29 that brought high winds following a day of similar heat. That storm brought power outages to hundreds of thousands of residents in the region, and misery as storm victims sweated it out in the sweltering heat waiting for power to be restored. 

The cold front, however, will usher in relatively cooler temperatures, as Monday’s highs are forecast in the 80s. Showers and thunderstorms will also be possible on Monday.

 

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Fox News Likes Occoquan as Prince William Noted Bellwether

Bret Baier

 FIRST ON POTOMACLOCAL.COM 

By URIAH KISER

OCCOQUAN, Va. — The political spotlight is once again on Prince William County as the Fox News Network plans to broadcast from Occoquan Monday afternoon.

The evening news show, Special Report with Bret Baier, will broadcast live from the deck of Maddigan’s Waterfront restaurant from 6 to 7 p.m. as part of their “counties that count” series that will examine Prince William as a political bellwether for Virginia.

Restaurant owner Cathy Maddigan said a producer visited her Occoquan riverside eatery and asked if they could use the deck for the Monday broadcast. Maddigan said she will learn more about the planned broadcast when she speaks with the show’s producers Sunday afternoon, and the network has already advertised the show on their website.

All of this comes as a recent blog post on Not Larry Sabato noted voters in Prince William County have correctly chosen the winners of every national and statewide election since 2004 – the year when the county went red and put President George W. Bush in office for a second term. Prince William voters also sent Governors Timothy M. Kaine (D) and Robert F. McDonnell (R), and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) to Richmond.

The blog notes Prince William’s Coles Magisterial District as being the bellwether for the county. Encompassing much of the midsection of the county of 400,000 residents, the Coles District stretches from Minnieville Road in Woodbridge to Manassas.

“The Coles District is a microcosm of Prince William County. It’s a district, more so than any other district, it has a rich mix of urbanized areas, of purely classic suburban neighborhoods with quarter-acre lots, a lot of semi-rural areas similar to what we see in southern Virginia, and then some rural areas on the outside areas of the Rural Crescent,” said Coles District Supervisor Marty Nohe.

And it’s not just bloggers or TV shows that have the attention of the Coles District and Prince William County, so does the state’s health department. Because of the cross section of residents in the district, the Virginia Department of Health with grant funding is studying the Coles district to determine trends in smoking and obesity, as well as other factors.

“The health department wanted to study the entire county but didn’t have the staff or resources to look at all of it, it’s just too big a piece of pie to eat all at once, so they decided to study the Coles District,” said Nohe.

In June, First Lady Michelle Obama stopped at Moms Apple Pie in Occoquan on her way to a campaign event for her husband inDale City. 

 

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Code Red Air Day, Temps Soar to 100 Degrees

It’s hot outside today, ridiculously so. It’s hot enough for the National Weather Service to issue an excessive heat warning. And the air quality is so poor that a Code Red ozone alert is place today from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

At noon today, the temperature at Aquia Harbour in North Stafford was 98 degrees. In Woodbridge, the mercury was set at 97 degrees, according to the weather service. 

The bottom line: don’t go outside if you don’t have to, as exposure to this kind of heat – with temperatures topping the century mark some places, and heat index values making it feel like 110 degrees outside – can cause heat exhaustion.

The heat will remain with us all weekend as temps are forecast near 100 degrees Sunday and heat index values of about 106, but there is relief in sight for Monday. Temperatures are expected to fall back into the 80s by then.

 

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5 Rescued from Potomac River

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KING GEORGE, Va. — Rescue crews pulled five people from the Potomac River early Saturday.

A boat with five onboard stalled in the middle of the Potomac River just after midnight. Three of the five occupants onboard decided to swim to shore to get help, but about 1,000 yards from the shoreline the swimmers determined they couldn’t make it to shore and 911 was called, said Prince William fire and rescue Battalion Chief Curtis Brodie.

Initially, the callers reported he was near Tims Rivershore restaurant in Dumfries. Rescue crews from Prince William County, Charles County, Md., and a police helicopter from Fairfax County, were dispatched to the area near Tims Rivershore.

But the caller soon determined his boat stalled near Tims II – Tim Rivershore restaurant’s second location in King George County.

“Once we got the word, the helicopters and rescue crews immediately diverted to Tims II where we found the boat,” said Brodie.

Rescue crews pulled three from the water and two from the boat. No one was injured.

Boating is popular on the Potomac River, but if a boat stalls out it’s important to use a map to determine your exact location, remain on the boat, and then use a cell phone to call for help.

“If your ship is not sinking, and it’s not a life-or-death situation, remain on the boat and call for help. They may send a tow boat to come rescue you,” said Brodie.

 

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Power Back On, So is the Heat

TRIANGLE, Va. — Everyone in the Potomac Communities who lost power after June 29’s derecho storm is back online.

An interactive map from Domnion Virginia Power shows no storm-related outages in our area today. Thursday afternoon, Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative announced it had also restored all power to those who lost it in last week’s powerful storm.

A Dominion dispatch order shows work crews today will still be on the job restoring power in portions of Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, Fauquier, and Loudoun counties in Northern Virginia.

Hampering their work early Thursday morning was another powerful storm that knocked out power to the Dumfries, Triangle, and Quantico areas. Blowing through the Potomac Communities about 2:30 a.m. Thursday, the storm took down trees and power lines at homes on Old Triangle Road, and knocked out to power to homes on Quantico Marine Corps Base.

A base spokesman Thursday said cooling shelters were set up on the base to accommodate those without power.

HEAT WATCH

While the lights have come back on, the sun is unrelenting. Another excessive heat advisory is in effect today until 8 p.m. Temperatures will range between 100 and 105 degrees, and the heat index could make it feel like it’s hotter than that.

On Saturday, temperatures could feel like 100 outside, states the National Weather Service. It’ll remain hot with on Sunday, but relief will come Monday with temperatures in the mid 80s.

(Uriah Kiser/PotomacLocal.com)

 

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County Calls for Verizon 911 Probe

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Emergency call centers in Prince William County are working again after a disruption in 911 service following Friday’s storm.

The storm knocked out 911 and cell service for much of the day Saturday. But it’s the lack of 911 service that has Prince William County officials calling for an investigation into what went wrong.

Verizon, the company responsible for providing 911 service in the, on Sunday blamed the failure on one of it’s facilities in Arlington. But in a press release Tuesday the company states it’s hard to identify just one weakest link in the chain that led to the failure.

“Verizon recognizes the critical public safety nature of 911 services, and we regret that some customers may have been without access to 911 this past weekend,” said Verizon Vice President of Engineering Mike Daigle. “Our 911 network is designed so that there is no one single point of failure anywhere in the network that can interrupt 911 service. Unfortunately, the nature and severity of this particular storm damaged multiple Verizon facilities inside and outside of offices in the affected area, and that’s what led to the weekend’s 911 issues.”

The failures were described as catastrophic, with public officials urging those with emergencies who could not get through to 911 to flag down first responders, to go to the nearest public safety center, or directly to a hospital.

Officials said this is the second time in as many years the 911 system failed. During a snow storm last year, officials said the emergency phone system went down.

“While we appreciate the efforts Verizon made to get the system back up and running, all efforts should be made to ensure that the critical 911 system does not fail in the future,” said Prince William Board of Supervisors Chairman At-large Corey A. Stewart. “We expect Verizon to conduct a full investigation into how the 911 service failed and offer solutions to better secure the system. It is imperative that residents of Prince William County and the entire Washington Metro area never have to face such emergencies without the critical 911 service that can be the difference between life and death for those in need.”

Stewart said he hopes other counties in the area will join with Prince William in calling for an investigation into the failure. Fairfax County officials have also called for an investigation into the 911 failure.

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Dominion Work Orders Posted

There are 2,534 Dominion Virginia Power customers without power in Prince William County as of 9:40 a.m. Tuesday.

There are 4,166 Dominion customers without power in Stafford County as of the same time Tuesday.

The utility just posted what neighborhoods you can expect to see power restoration crews today.

This comes as Stafford County set up a temporary cooling shelter for residents.

 

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