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Gunshot victim found in Lake Ridge home

From Prince William police: 

“Shooting Investigation – On June 17 at approximately 11:17 pm, officers responded to a residence located in the 12000 block of Cinnamon St in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a shooting. Officers arrived at the home and located the victim, a 36-year-old man from Woodbridge, suffering from a gunshot wound to the lower body.

The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The suspects fled the scene on foot in an unknown direction.  

Detectives from the Violent Crimes Bureau are currently investigating the incident.  More information will be released when available.  

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contract police by calling 703-792-6500. The investigation continues.”

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Man fatally struck near Woodbridge VRE

A man was struck and killed Friday night by an Amtrak train in Woodbridge.

The unidentified victim was walking on the tracks near the Woodbridge Virginia Railway Express station about 7:30 p.m.

Police are working to notify the next of kin.

Amtrak 90 from Florida to New York was scheduled to be passing through the region at the time of the collision. Amtrak has not responded to a request for comment on this story.

The collision sparked delays for riders on Virginia Railway Express.

From a VRE spokesman:

“VRE Train 315, our last train of the evening was stopped at the Lorton Station. We contacted PRTC, and they provided three buses to accommodate the 147 passengers on board. Buses arrived at 9:00 pm. Passengers were loaded on buses and departed to southern stations.”

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Minor League Baseball president to testify in Prince William ahead of Potomac Nationals stadium vote

Whether or not a proposed $35 million Potomac Nationals baseball stadium goes to a referendum in November comes down to one swing vote.

Coles District Supervisor Marty Nohe will be the deciding factor on Tuesday whether or not voters will have a say in a project, which for which taxpayers mean they would on the hook for an annual $425,000 land lease payment should the baseball team be unable to pay the rent.

Nohe said he likes the idea of letting voters decide, but he’s yet to decide to support a referendum. The Potomac Nationals have threatened to kill the project should the Board send the project to a referendum.

The team also maintains it can pay the lease over 30 years and in negotiation with the Prince William County officials, offering a $2.7 million as an insurance policy to so county that covers all stadium expenses for one year, including the land lease price.

“We need to negotiate the best deal we can, and we haven’t finished negotiations yet,” said Nohe. “We risk losing the best deal altogether if the team walks away.”

The Potomac Nationals held attended a meeting Thursday night of the Woodbridge Potomac Communities Civic Association to drum up support for its proposed 6,000-seat baseball stadium to be located behind Wegmans at Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center. The new ballfield would replace the team’s 33-year-old Richard G. Pfitzner Stadium behind the Prince William County Government Center. (more…)

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King wants recount in 2nd District race in Prince William, Stafford

A total of 12 votes separates Democrats Josh King and Jennifer Carrol Foy.

Voters in Virginia’s 2nd District, in eastern Prince William and northern Stafford counties, went to the polls Tuesday to choose which Democrat they want to represent them in the fall General Election.

“Upon official certification by the State Board of Elections, the Josh King campaign will request a recount to assure every vote is counted accurately. The accurate accounting of ballots is the cornerstone of American democracy and we intend to ensure that principle is upheld in this election,” said Anthony Fragale, Josh King Campaign Manager.

The campaign went on to thank King supporters in the same statement.

Virginia law permits a recount if a candidate is apparently defeated by not more than a one percent margin. 
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Down but not out: Stewart returns to Prince William with 2 more years as county’s top elected leader

Corey Stewart regularly makes a good political showing in Prince William County.

When he won a 2015 bid to keep his seat as County Board Chairman, At-large, the Republican beat his Democratic opponent winning 57% of the vote. He not only did well in the county’s more conservative western precincts, but he also did well in mid-county precincts like Coles, Penn, Marshall, Hylton, and Spriggs.

On the county’s heavily Democratic-leaning eastern side, the voters in the Occoquan District who originally voted him as their district supervisor in 2006 overwhelmingly voted for him again in 2015, as the Republican won every precinct in the Occoquan District except York.

Current Occoquan District Supervisor Ruth Anderson, a Republican, also won her campaign that year running against former Occoquan Mayor Earnie Porta, a Democrat, who carried name recognition not only from his time in office but his involvement in non-profit groups and the chamber of commerce. At the time, local political pundits said Anderson, a political newcomer, was able to ride Stewart’s coattails in the Occoquan District as voters cast ballots down party lines.

Stewart on Tuesday night lost his Primary Election bid to be Virginia’s next Republican gubernatorial candidate to Ed Gillespie by just over one percent. It was the second time Stewart sought higher state office following a losing 2013 bid to be Virginia Lt. Governor. (more…)

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Man robbed at gunpoint after agreeing to meet on Minnieville Road

A man was robbed at gunpoint of his purse along Minnieville Road, according to police. 

More from Prince William police: 

Armed Robbery – On June 13 at 9:09PM, officers responded to the 14600 block of Minnieville Rd in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a robbery. The investigation revealed that the victim, a 51-year-old man of Woodbridge, made arrangements to meet an acquaintance in the above area. During the encounter, the victim was approached by several men. 

At some point, one of the men brandished a firearm. The suspects took the victim’s purse and money before fleeing the area in a vehicle. No injuries were reported. Following the investigation, detectives with the Robbery Unit identified one of the suspects involved as Joseph Blane WILBURN and obtained warrants for his arrests. Attempted to locate WILBURN have been unsuccessful. The investigation continues.

Wanted: [Photo from September 2016]

Joseph Blane WILBURN, 25, of the 3100 Oakmont Dr in Triangle

Described as a white male, 5’05”, 150lbs with a thin build, brown hair and brown eyes

Wanted for robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, conspiracy to use a firearm in the commission of a felony, and conspiracy to violate the drug control act.”

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Gillespie wins Virginia Republican nomination

Republican Ed Gillespie won his party’s nomination to be his party’s candidate for Virginia Governor.

He’ll go on to face Virginia Lt. Governor Ralph Northam in the General Election in November. Gillespie won the state with just over one percent of the vote, beating out Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart, and Virginia State Senator Frank Wagner.

“When you look at the campaign the Democrats are running, they constantly seek to divide us. We are not going to divide our way to greater prosperity, better schools, and more roads. I will be a governor for all Virginians, and our policies will benefit all Virginians. Our fight to put Virginia on the right track is only just beginning. Tomorrow morning, Jill Vogel, John Adams and I begin a statewide tour where we’ll take this campaign to every corner of our Commonwealth and every voter in Virginia,” stated Gillespie in an email.

Locally, Stewart did better than many thought he would. Republican on of his Board of Supervisors endorsed Gillespie but won Prince William County with 60% of the vote.

In Manassas and Manassas Park, Stewart also cleaned up with 55% and 61% of the vote, respectively.

Prince William County Republicans promised a unified ticket in the months ahead.

“After a hard-fought race in Virginia, we have our Republican ticket. Prince William Republicans will unify and make sure Ed Gillespie, Jill Vogel and John Adams win in November. The Democrats have moved way too far to the left – too far left for a state like Virginia. Ed, Jill, and John will enact mainstream policies that will lead us towards a more prosperous and free Commonwealth. As a state, we can do better in job creation, economic growth, and education,” said Prince William Republican Committee Chairman Dottie Miller.

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McAuliffe and Trump share an idea: Raise the federal gas tax

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe today called on Congress to raise the federal gas tax.

“I think they should raise the gas tax. No one else will say that,” said McAuliffe.

The increased tax could be used to pay for transportation improvements, to include repairing and American Legion Bridge, a structure that connects the state with Maryland on I-495 Capital Beltway he said is in need of repair.

“It’s fine right now, but it needs some work. But what if we had to shut that down? That is a major thoroughfare between Maryland and Virginia,” said McAuliffe.

The governor Congress to find a dedicated source of funding for transportation maintenance and improvements. It’s an idea he shares with President Trump, who last month suggested raising the gas tax not touched since 1993. (more…)

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1 flown from I-95 crash that snarled rush-hour traffic at Dale City

All lanes of Interstate 95 south were closed for a brief time about 8 p.m. Tuesday for a crash. 

A car overturned at Dale City near Potomac Mills mall. 

From Virginia State Police: 

“At 7:30 p.m., Virginia State Police responded to a traffic crash in the northbound lanes of I-95 at Exit 156. One vehicle ran off the road, struck the guardrail and overturned. One person was flown to Fairfax Inova Hospital for the treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.”

A helicopter was called to land on the highway to take the patient to a local hospital. The highway was reopened after the helicopter cleared the crash scene.

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Updated: Stewart wins Prince William County, but Gillespie has late surge

Prince William County decided selected a winner Tuesday night in Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam.

Northam won in a Democratic Primary Election the county of nearly half a million people by less than one percent. He beat former Congressman Tom Perriello, a candidate that was seen to stand more to the left of Northam.

Northam went on to win the state and will go on to become the Democratic gubernatorial candidate in the fall. Northam had 55% of the total vote statewide by 8:30 p.m. with 70% of the precincts reporting, an hour-and-a-half after polls closed across the state.

Gov. Terry McAulliffe, the man who hopes to be replaced by Northam when his term ends in January, endorsed him last year.

In the Lt. Governor’s race, Democrat Justin Fairfax easily beat out his two Primary Election candidates Gene Rossi and Susan Platt. At 8:45 p.m., Fairfax with 48% of the vote with 71% of the precincts reporting. (more…)

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Fire and Rescue units dispatched to Pope Street townhouse fire

On Thursday, June 8th at 12:45 a.m., fire and rescue units were dispatched to a townhouse fire located in the 10900 block of Pope Street in Manassas.

Upon arrival, fire and rescue crews observed a mid-row townhouse with heavy fire to the rear quickly spreading to adjoining townhomes. During interior operations, conditions quickly changed causing two firefighters to quickly exit the building.

During the exit the crew became slightly disoriented and declared a “Mayday”. The crew was able to self-exit with assistance from nearby personnel. Firefighters continued suppression and extinguishment of the fire. (more…)

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Esperanza charged with assault & battery on cop, domestic assault

From Prince William County Police Department:

Assault & Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer – On June 11 at 9:10 p.m., officers responded to an apartment located in the 18100 block of Kilmer Ln in Triangle to investigate a domestic violence call. The victim, a 21-year-old man of Triangle, reported to police that he and the accused, a family member, were involved in a verbal argument which escalated. (more…)

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Riders that ‘dump the pump’ will entered to win prizes

From PRTC: 

“The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) is encouraging Prince William County area residents to Dump the Pump by leaving their vehicles at home on June 15 and using transit instead. 

All PRTC riders are encouraged to tell a friend about the benefits of public transportation and invite that friend to ride with them on June 15. After riding, the new rider can take a survey on PRTC’s website so they and their friend can be entered into separate prize drawings. New riders will be entered into a drawing for one of five $20 SmarTrip cards, while the friend who recommended transit will be entered into a drawing for one of five $20 Starbucks gift cards.

The 12th annual Dump the Pump Day is sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association, APTA, to highlight the benefits of using public transportation. In 2016, Americans took 10.4 billion trips on public transportation. Among its benefits:

–A two-person household can save, on average, $9,823 a year by downsizing to one car;

–Residential property values performed 42 percent better on average if they were located near public transportation with high-frequency service;

–U.S. public transportation use saved 865 million hours in travel time and 450 million gallons of fuel in 498 urban areas in 2011, according to the latest research;

–87 percent of public transit trips impact the economy; and

–Households near public transit drive an average of 4,400 fewer miles than households with no access to public transit.

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Woodbridge civic association to discuss planned Potomac Nationals stadiun

From the Woodbridge Potomac Communities Civic Association: 

“The Woodbridge Potomac Civic Association invites you to our upcoming monthly meeting on June 15, 2017, from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm at the Potomac Shores Social Barn, 1801 Potomac Shores Parkway, Dumfries, VA 22026. 

The event features a social reception provided by The JPG Companies beginning at 6:30 pm. Beginning at 7:15 pm, the topic for discussion will be the proposed baseball stadium and commuter-parking garage at Potomac Town Center. We have confirmed speakers, Tom Sebastian, Senior Vice President, The JBG Companies and Seth Silber, Treasurer, Potomac Nationals to discuss the proposal and provide details on recent developments.

In addition, we have invited Dominion Energy, the Prince William County Service Authority, and Milestone Communications to discuss other projects occurring in the community. We hope you will join us as we meet with fellow residents and listen to invited guests discussing the proposed baseball stadium.”

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‘Paws4Pops’ Fathers Day adoption event: $25 dogs, free cats

From Prince William police: 

“The Prince William County Animal Shelter, with its partner the Prince William Humane Society, are hosting a Father’s Day weekend adoption event at the Shelter, 14807 Bristow Road, Manassas, VA (20112), and at the Humane Society’s Pet Adopt Shop, 17983 Dumfries Shopping Plaza, Dumfries, VA (22026).

The “Paws4Pops” adoption event is Saturday and Sunday, June 17-18, 2017. Both locations will be participating on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday from Noon to 4 p.m. During this adoption event, the fee to adopt a dog is $25; there is no adoption fee for cats! If you are still searching for the perfect gift, why not consider a furry, new best friend for the fathers in your life? Your gift will also save the life of a Shelter pet.” 

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Updated: Woman, man shot at hotel on Horner Road

From Prince William police: 

“UPDATE: Incident at Quality Inn remains contained. Police attempting contact with possible other party inside one of the rooms.?

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*UPDATE: One female victim has been located and transported to an area hospital. Unknown condition. A room inside the hotel is contained. Area rooms were evacuated. Call came in around 8:50am. **This is not an active shooter situation.**

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*INCIDENT: Officers are currently on scene investigating a shooting at the Quality Inn located on Horner Rd in Woodbridge. Vehicle traffic in front of the hotel has been redirected. The incident is contained to the hotel. More information will be released when available.”

Update 1:50 p.m. 

From Prince William police: 

“Shooting Investigation – On June 12 at 8:49AM, officers responded to the Quality Inn located at 1109 Horner Rd in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a shooting. Staff members reported to police that a female guest of the hotel, identified as a 54-year-old woman of New York, walked into the lobby area with a gunshot wound to the upper body. The woman reported that an altercation had taken place inside one of the rooms with a male acquaintance. The woman was immediately transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Officers secured the hallway and evacuated other guests from around the incident location. Several attempts to make contact with the occupant inside the room were unsuccessful. At approximately 11:30AM, a tactical team entered the room and located the male party, identified as a 55-year-old man of New York, suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper body.

The man was transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. A handgun was recovered inside the room. Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division are continuing the investigation into what led up to the initial altercation between the two parties.

Both parties are known to one another and the incident was isolated to the room. The investigation continues.”

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Prince William SPCA needs Board of Directors candidates

Good morning Prince William – You don’t want to miss this! Join in the fun with Super Hero Bunco Game Night on Friday, June 30th, 5:30-9pm at the Wellington Community Center. Sure to be a blast to support all the great programs at Project Mend A House. Please call Liz at (571) 264-9228 to reserve your tickets.

· Meals on Wheels has an urgent need for drivers to deliver a warm meal at mid-day to a homebound senior. This is a fantastic job to meet a few neighbors and bring joy. You can sign up for a regular day or be a fill-in driver. It’s very easy to do by just picking up a few meals at either Senior Center kitchen and delivering them out to your route. It only takes 2 hours or so! If you are age 55+ then please call Jan at (571) 292-5307 to be part of the RSVP team. Adults age 54 and under please call Melodee at (703) 792-4583.

· The food pantries are low just as kids are getting out of school and families will be more stressed to meet their basic needs. Please pick up a few extra basics of canned vegs, meats, pasta, sauces, cereal and such for both the SERVE pantry and the ACTS pantry. (more…)

Bare Knuckle American Rye release June 17: ‘Everyday, all of us on the on this planet are fighting for something’

For the first time since prohibition in the 1920s, a distillery in Manassas will sell its very own rye whiskey to the public.

Bare Knuckle American Rye Whiskey, bottled at KO Distillery is a drink that harkens back to older times but produced for a younger generation. An explosion of rye whiskey drinkers at area restaurants, mostly among millennials, has made popular once again a drink that was popular in the mid 20th century.

While rye whiskey may have been a favorite of the Don Draper era, KO’s new spirit is not your grandfather’s whiskey.

“What was old before is now new again,” said KO Head Distiller John O’Mara. “The younger people are trying out all of the older type cocktails at restaurants and really spurred on a big interest.”

Rye differs from the other whiskeys because a mix of spices that bring out, as O’Mara calls it, the “heart of the heart” in the brew. At 90 proof, Bare Knuckle American Rye is a smooth drink.

“You know, I was always strictly a Bourbon drinker, but the spiciness of the rye, that big, bold mouth feel that you get with the Rye. I just I just love the complexity that it has,” he said. “I drink it on the Rocks mostly, but in cocktails, I drink Manhattans. I’m starting to experiment with those.”

KO’s rye has aged 18 months in a barrel and will be ready for a release at the distillery on Saturday, June 17

“What happens inside that barrel is amazing. Basically, not through anything we do, but by the chemistry of the spirit, and the barrel, and the char inside the barrel, it’s amazing how liquor, over time, transforms into something that’s like golden nectar,” said KO Distillery Co-Owner Bill Karlson.

This is the second whiskey in the Bare Knuckle line for KO. On Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving 2016, the distillery released its first wheat whiskey under the same brand name. A third, yet-to-be-announced brown spirit is also planned for the Bare Knuckle line.

The Bare Knuckle bottle label features the early 1900s bare knuckle fighter and African American world heavyweight boxing champion Jack G. Johnson. Johnson’s image printed on the bottle’s label came from a trading card once distributed by a cigarette company.

“We started doing some research and found out that in 1910, The American Tobacco Company, if you bought cigarettes, inside that carton would be a coupon, and if you got enough of those coupons, you could mail them in,” explained Karlson. “What came back was a boxing trading card. And it wasn’t the size of the current baseball trading cards; it was called cabinet card, probably five inches by seven inches, really nice card.”

Karlson and O’Mara, both founders of KO Distilling, hence the initials, found an un-copyrighted image of the boxer Johnson and decided it embodied the Bare Knuckle brand. To the distillers, the image represents less of a bloodied fighter and more of a symbol of handcrafted, artisan whiskey.

“Everyday, all of us on the on this planet are fighting for something, and it’s tough. Everybody has their good and their bad days,” said Karlson. “I’d like people to think of it less like a boxer, but that we’re making this whiskey every day with our hands you’re out there in the world doing it every day with your hands. And, you know what? It’s OK to take a break and enjoy life.”

A release party for Bare Knuckle American Rye will take place Saturday, June 17 from noon until 7 p.m. To mark this special occasion, KO is offering a limited number of commemorative bottles of Bare Knuckle Rye.

Each rye bottle comes with a commemorative label that has been hand-numbered and signed by both Bill Karlson and John O’Mara, KO’s founders.

Admission to this event is free. Food and beverages provided by Burnt Ends BBQ and BadWolf Brewing Company will be available for purchase. Live music will be provided by the Rogue Johnsen Trio.

KO Distilling is located at 10381 Central Park Drive #105 in Manassas.

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Your guide to Tuesday’s Primary Election in Prince William County

Voters will head to the polls on Tuesday for the state’s Primary Election.

Voters statewide will choose who they want to be their respective party’s gubernatorial candidates. In Prince William County, voters will choose Democratic Party candidates in four House of Delegates Races.

In what district do I live? Where do I go to vote? 

Here’s a breakdown:

VIRGINIA GOVERNOR

Democrat Governor
Ralph Northam
Tom Periello

Republican Governor
Ed Gillespie
Corey Stewart
Frank Wagner

VIRGINIA LT. GOVERNOR

Lt. Governor Democrat
Justin E. Fairfax
Gene J. Rossi
Susan S. Platt

Lt. Governor Republican
Bryce E. Reeves
Glenn R. Davis, Jr.
Jill H. Vogel

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY HOUSE OF DELEGATES

Here is the breakdown for House of Delegate races in Prince William County that have Primary Elections on Tuesday. All candidates in these primaries are Democrats seeking to become their party’s nominee for the respective seat.

2nd District — House of Delegates Democrat
Jennifer D. Carroll Foy
Joshua L. King

Republican Laquan Austion is his party’s the nominee for this seat. The current seatholder Mark Dudenhefer announced he would not seek reelection.

13th District — House of Delegates Democrat
Mansimran Singh Kahlon
Danica A. Roem
Steven A. Jansen
Andrew A. Adams (No social media or campaign website found, so we linked to his VPAP page)

Republican Bob Marshall is the incumbent for this seat.

31st District — House of Delegates Democrat
Elizabeth R. Guzman
Sara E. Townsend

Replican Scott Lingamfelter is the incumbent for this seat.

51st District — House of Delegates Democrat
Kenny Allen Boddye
Hala S. Ayala

Republican Richard Anderson is the incumbent in this seat.

There was to be a Republican Primary Election in the 50th District in Manassas. However, Hal Parrish II dropped out of the race to be the next 50th District Delegate after the incumbent Jackson Miller lost his April bid to be the next Clerk of the Prince William County Circuit Court. Miller will move ahead to the fall election as the GOP candidate in this race.

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Spotted mountain lion slows dismissal at Chris Yung Elementary

From Prince William schools: 

“About 3:20 p.m. today, Chris Yung Elementary School was placed in secure-the-building status because a mountain lion was spotted near the school.

This action is precautionary and staff and students are safe. Teachers will walk students to their buses at dismissal at 3:50 p.m. One bus will be loaded at a time. Parents are asked to come pick up their children if they are walkers.  

Updates will be placed on the school website, https://chrisyunges.pwcs.edu/

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