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Winter storm will impact travel Monday night, Tuesday

From VDOT: 

Road crews are preparing for major snowfall to start during the evening commute Monday, and the Virginia Department of Transportation asks that drivers and residents do the same.

Crews are pre-treating interstates and high-volume roads with brine today, to help prevent snow from sticking when the storm begins. VDOT asks that drivers give these large, slow-moving tankers plenty of room.

By tomorrow afternoon, about 4,500 pieces of equipment will stage through the region to begin pushing snow once two inches have fallen.

How you can prepare: (more…)

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Potomac Nationals stadium lease deal would be most expensive in Minor League Baseball

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Photos: Potomac Nationals fans pack the Board of Supervisors chambers, Potomac Nationals Owner Art Silber

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — The owner of the Potomac Nationals told Prince William County leaders they had to choose to move forward with a proposal to build a new baseball stadium in Woodbridge or lose the team.

“We’re outta time…We need to know if we’re going to move. The lead time for another ballpark for another community is two years. We will sell the team. We’re not going to own the team unless it is here,” Potomac Nationals Owner Art Silber told the Prince William County Board of Supervisors.

Supervisors listened, and to move ahead with a non-binding agreement that calls for the prospect of building a $35 million baseball stadium with as many as 7,000 seats for the Potomac Nationals to lease from the county for 30 years. In addition to construction costs, county taxpayers would be on the hook for up to $7 million in site work to prepare the stadium site and cover the cost of a $450,000 annual rent payment to JBG Companies, the owners of the Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center where the new stadium would be built.

The annual rent payment would be the most expensive in all of Minor Leauge Baseball, said Michelle Attreed, who works in the county budget office. With a rent escalator clause in the contract, the county would pay millions in rental fees to JBG Companies for the seven acres of land on which the stadium will sit, across from Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center. (more…)

Why is the Woodbridge voter registration office on the chopping block?

Several days ago, I was shocked to learn that the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has given notice to terminate its arrangement with the Prince William County Registrar at the Caton Hill DMV Office. I could not believe what I was hearing.

Voter participation is one of the most important things in any democracy but not all citizens are given equal access to that franchise- and we are learning that this week here in Woodbridge. Virginia has a long history in this area and none of it has been positive.

A few precincts in Woodbridge actually became nationally known because of four to five hour long lines in order to cast a vote in the 2012 election. Of course those also happened to be the precincts with the largest percentage of minority voters, and the precincts where President Obama was expected to be the strongest.

Now once again, Woodbridge voters are being targeted by Virginia in a way that could hamper attempts to turn our voters out. For the last decade the one refuge from potentially long lines on election day was the option to vote early at the DMV office in Woodbridge. In Virginia, early voters must state a reason in order to vote- but most residents in our area qualify for either expecting to leave Prince William County at any time on election day or having a combined work/commute schedule on election day that exceeds 11 hours.

As residents have learned of this option, turnout has increased at the Woodbridge DMV every year and turnout in our area continues to rise- especially for important off year elections. I support no excuse needed absentee voting to raise turnout even higher. But despite all of that somehow the Commissioner of DMV has decided that the Commonwealth will close our voter registration and early vote center at the Woodbridge DMV.

I’m absolutely appalled that this is even being discussed and without any notice or input from our community. As your next State Delegate, I pledge to introduce legislation that would force all state agencies to accommodate early voting when requested by the locality. This is a no brainer decision, and will save local taxpayer dollars. We can not allow thousands of voters to be silenced.

Here in the Route 1 corridor most of our residents work jobs and have long commutes- we need to make it easy for them to participate in voting, not harder. Just last year Alabama made national news for closing its opportunities for early voting in the areas with the most minority voters.

Please join me in raising our voices together now to ensure Virginia- and specifically those of us in southern Prince William County- does not follow that example. Virginia’s history may be voter suppression, but let’s make our future into being a state that encourages voter participation. If you agree I hope you will join my campaign by visiting my website.

jennifercarrollfoy.org

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Update: Victims in Prince William Parkway crash identified

From Prince William police: 

Double Fatal Crash Investigation – On March 11 at 8:50PM, investigators with the Crash Unit responded to Prince William Pkwy between I-95 and York Dr in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a two-vehicle accident. Two victims, identified as adult males, were pronounced dead at the scene. A third victim, also an adult male, has been flown to an area hospital with

A third victim, also an adult male, has been flown to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. The investigation into the cause of the crash is currently underway. Further information on the crash will be released when available. The identity of the deceased will also be released once a next of kin is notified.

Prince William Pkwy is expected to be closed for an extended period and will reopen as soon as the roadway is cleared. The investigation continues. 

Update 

Further investigation revealed that the driver of a 2006 Honda Civic was traveling westbound on Prince William Pkwy between York Dr/Summerland Dr and the I-95 northbound on ramp at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control of the vehicle.

The Civic then veered across the median onto the eastbound side of the roadway and struck a 2001 Mitsubishi Mirage traveling in the eastbound lanes. The driver of the Civic and a passenger of the Mirage were pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Mirage was flown to an area hospital with life threatening injuries and is expected to recover. It is unknown at this time if alcohol and drugs are a factor. The investigation continues.

Identified:

The driver of the 2006 Honda Civic was identified as Kevin Jonathan MARTINEZ, 20 of Woodbridge

The passenger of the 2001 Mitsubishi Mirage was identified as Miguel Montae GRIFFITH, 24, of Ft. Washington, Maryland

The driver of the 2001 Mitsubishi Mirage was identified as a 30-year-old man of Manassas

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One trapped after sedan collides with semi truck

QUANTICO, Va. — One person is trapped inside sedan after it collided with a tractor-trailer on Interstate 95 near Quantico.

Fire and rescue crews are working to remove the patient from the wrecked car. A right lane on I-95 south at milepost 150 is blocked.

More as we have it.

3:47 p.m. 

The victim is pulled from the wreckage. 

‘It is a sad day when we use words like bigot and white supremacists…because of differing political views’

If Harry Wiggins didn’t single handedly hand over the election to Jackson Miller, he certainly helped him along to victory.

Wiggins, the Chairman of Prince William’s Democratic Committee on Tuesday likened Miller — a long-serving Republican in the House of Delegates, past Manassas City Counselor, and a former police officer in Arlington and Prince William counties — to President Trump, and called both white supremacists.

Residents both black and white have denounced his statement.

“The official comment from the [Prince William County] Democratic Chair may have just solidified my undecided vote for Mr. Miller. The name-calling in national politics is bad enough. If Mr. Wiggins wishes to bring that style of politics to [Prince William County], I will vote against his candidate every time,” James Johnson, of Bristow posted to Facebook.

Wiggins’s comments plunge our community deeper into the political divide, escalating our county into what many see the new national political status quo of an angry, polarized nation full of discontent and hate. (more…)

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Everything is New Here explores history from a local perspective

Did Washington sleep in Prince William County? Did Dumfries play a part in Confederate Colonel John Mosby’s famous Christmas raids of 1862? Who were the “Courageous Four” of Prince William County schools? How did a devastating fire change the young town of Manassas? How did Marines of the area face the onslaught of World War I?

Everything is New Here, a March 25 Prince William County/Manassas history symposium, will answer these questions and offer attendees a chance to explore historical events from a local perspective. (more…)

Gainesville parking lot unavailable on March 10

From PTRC Transit:

The lot at the Gainesville United Methodist Church will be unavailable for parking by Gainesville OmniRide and Linton Hall Metro Direct passengers on Friday, March 10, 2017 due to a Boy Scouts mulch sale.

Alternate parking will be across the street at the rear of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. This alternate parking arrangement is for Friday, March 10 only.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Public hearings on proposed VRE fare increases

From Virginia Railway Express:

Virginia Railway Express (VRE) is holding a series of public hearings throughout the next two weeks to solicit comments on a proposed increase to its fares. A three percent fare increase is being proposed in order to pay for increased operations costs and the Amtrak Step-up tickets would increase from $5 to $7.

If adopted, this change would become effective the first week of July 2017, to coincide with the start of the FY 2018 budget year. The proposed fare charts can be found on our website here. (more…)

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Suspect wanted for abduction arrested without incident

Abduction | Unlawful Wounding * ARREST – On March 8, John David CABRERA-BONILLA, wanted for a domestic incident which occurred at a residence located in the 14400 block of Brandon Ct in Woodbridge on February 24, was arrested without incident at his residence.

Arrested on March 8:
John David CABRERA-BONILLA, 19, of the 14400 block of Brandon Ct in Woodbridge
Charged with abduction and unlawful wounding
Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond (more…)

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Man, 26, arrested for dealing drugs via Uber

Abduction | Narcotics Investigation – On March 7 at 12:58 p.m., officers responded to the area of Minnieville Rd near Cardinal Dr in Woodbridge to investigate a possible ongoing abduction. A third party caller reported to police that her friend, a 26-year-old woman of Woodbridge, had picked up an unknown man in the above area with her Uber vehicle. (more…)

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Virginia ranked 7th for low DUI arrests

According to Prince William County Police, 1,033 people were arrested for driving under the influence in Prince William county in 2015. While this number might seem high, Virginia is one of the 10 states in the nation with the lowest number of DUI’s. 

From BackGroundChecks.org Spokesperson Jason Quimby:

In an effort to keep Americans safer on the roads this year, BackgroundChecks.org researched state DUI rankings. The report was released on March 9, 2017. BackgroundChecks.org used a combination of CDC, Department of Transportation data, and local state data, to create a comprehensive score for each state. (more…)

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Baseball star pours beer to support TS and Autism

On Tap for TS
Saturday April 1, 2017
4-8pm
BadWolf Brewing Company
8420 Kao Circle
Manassas, VA 20111

Come drink some great beer and support Tyler’s Tap.

Supports Tuberous Sclerosis and Autism
% of beer sales will be donated
-Food Truck 5-9pm
-Band 7-9pm

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-Guest Pourer: Jeff Baker (American Professional Baseball Player)
Jeffrey “Jeff” Baker is an American professional baseball player. He has played in Major League Baseball for the Colorado Rockies, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers and Miami Marlins. Primarily a second baseman and first baseman. (more…)

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Prince William Democratic Committee chief calls Delegate Jackson Miller a ‘white supremacist’

MANASSAS, Va. — The Chairman of the Prince William County Democratic Committee had some choice words for  Delegate Jackson Miller on Wednesday.

Harry Wiggins on Facebook posted “Trump and Jackson Miller two unqualified bigots and white supremacists.”

“I can sit here and say nothing and watch Jackson Miller pat himself on the back and pretend like he is a wonderful person or I can state facts,” Wiggins told Potomac Local.

Miller, a Republican, represents the 50th House of Delegates District (Manassas) and is running to be the next Clerk of the Prince William Circuit Court. (more…)

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PRTC selects Schneider to oversee bus system

Robert “Bob” Schneider is the new executive director at the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC). 

Schneider will oversee the operation of PRTC’s commuter and local buses. He replaces interim executive director Eric Marx who told Potomac Local he didn’t apply to be the permanent director. 

Schneider comes to the area from Columbia, S.C. 

From his LinkedIn page: 

“Executive Director, The COMET
Company NameThe COMET–Central Midlands Transit
Dates EmployedNov 2011 – Present Employment Duration5 yrs 5 mos Location Columbia, South Carolina Area
After more than 18 months as the Executive Director and General Manager for the Columbia, South Carolina property, I have been selected by the Board of Directors to exclusively serve as the Executive Director of Central Midlands Transit, known as The COMET.

With the focus on the creation of The COMET, Columbia’s unique and innovative brand for transit services, I will focus my energy of build the system of the future and giving life to the Vision: 2020 established by The COMET’s Board of Directors.

We are proud to have won FTA Region IVs “Rising Star” award for the system’s accomplishments over the past two years.”

Prior to Marx, Al Harf was PRTC’s Executive Director for 16 years before retiring in July 2015.

Marx worked as PRTC’s Director of Planning and Operations for 22 years before temporarily succeeding Harf. He told Potomac Local he may choose to go back to a lower-level position at PRTC, or he may choose retirement. 

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Fire crews douse blaze at Comcast building

From Prince William Fire and Rescue: 

On Tuesday, March 7th at 4:52 p.m., fire and rescue units were dispatched to a reported fire in a commercial business in the 11000 block of University Boulevard in Manassas (Comcast building).

Upon arrival, fire and rescue crews observed fire and heavy smoke in a storage/mechanical room in which the sprinkler system had activated.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire.

No injuries reported.

According to the Fire Marshal’s Office, preliminary damages are estimated at $200,000.

The fire originated in a storage/mechanical room; the cause was electrical and has been determined as accidental.

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Bullet pierces floor, strikes woman

From Prince William police: 

Reckless Handling of a Firearm | Shooting Investigation On March 7 at 8:08PM, officers responded to the 6100 block of Popes Creek Pl in Haymarket (20169) to investigate a shooting. When officers arrived, they made contact with the victim, a 52-year-old woman of Haymarket, who was suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg. Officers rendered immediate aid before rescue crews arrived. The victim was flown to a local hospital with serious, non-life threatening injuries.

The investigation revealed that the victim was involved in a verbal altercation with an acquaintance inside the garage of the townhome. During the encounter, another resident of the home, identified as the accused, went to retrieve a handgun from an upper level room.

While doing so, the accused allegedly inadvertently discharged a round that traveled through the floor and struck the victim below. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested. The handgun was recovered from the residence.  

Arrested March 7: [No Photo Available]

Thomas Riley BAGGERLY, Jr., 48, of the 6100 block of Popes Creek Ln in Haymarket

Charged with reckless handling of a firearm

Court Date: April 10, 2017 | Bond: Released with a court summons


3rd Annual Historic Manassas Bridal Show

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The 3rd Annual Historic Manassas Bridal Show is taking place on Sunday, March 12, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory. This free event is proving to be that the third times a charm for this growing event with a wide variety of 30 wedding-related vendors. In years past, the event has been held at two other potential wedding venues in the City – the Harris Pavilion and the Manassas Museum Lawn. This year will be the first indoor show at another great downtown wedding venue – Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory.

This year’s Bridal Show will make the most out of this unique, gorgeous location. The first floor of the Center for the Arts features a gallery ideal for a happy hour before the reception. Hop on the elevator to the third floor featuring the perfect space for a reception. With gorgeous exposed brick walls and hardwood floors, this space is perfect for a reception with around 120 guests.

This year’s show will feature 30 vendors located on both the first and third floors. Local downtown merchants including Amy’s Bridal Boutique, Shining Sol Candle Company, Scatter Seeds, Jirani Coffeehouse, Travel Place, and Okra’s Cajun Creole will be set up along with popular venues such as Morais Vineyards and Airlie. Photographers, bakers, entertainment providers, specialty gift providers and more will be set up as well. A complete listing of all participating vendors can be found here. (more…)


Manassas Park builds community, finds success with youth basketball

Ask any Manassas Park, Department of Parks and Recreation staff member what is the most popular program offered and without hesitation, they will respond, “The youth basketball league.”

The Manassas Park Youth Basketball League (MPYBL) is going into its 20th year, and lots of credit is owed to the community spirit the residents and employees of Manassas Park exude.

“Whenever we come there’s always a sense of family,” writes 2016-2017 MPYBL Coach Steve Gaskins, “There’s something here for everyone. It’s like a second home. The staff is always friendly and knowledgeable, and the building is organized and clean.”

Gaskins is not exaggerating. Generations of families have grown up with Manassas Park Parks and Recreation including children who enrolled in Manassas Park Community Center (MPCC) preschool before the current building was built and are now graduating from high school. Children who participated in Extended Care and MP3, afterschool programs for school-age children and teenagers respectively, are now working part time jobs at the Community Center.

Many players return year after year to participate in the league. High school freshman Jonathan Ojo enjoys the basketball league for its great level of competition. (more…)

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Prince William acts as coal ash deadline looms

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Environmental officials on Tuesday said the EPA continues to investigate the release of 27 million gallons of water from a Prince William County coal ash pond in 2015.

Dominion Power, which owns the pond next to the Possum Point Power Station on the Potomac River near Dumfries, released the untreated water in April 2015. While the EPA is investigating this specific water release, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Northern Virginia Regional Director Tom Faha said discharged was allowed under the state-issued permit Dominion was using at the time.

In fact, during the 60 months leading up to the April 2015 water discharge, even larger discharges of more than 27 million gallons of water were released from a coal ash pond on the site during 18 of those 60 months, said Faha.

In January 2016, the Virgina Water Control Board approved a modified permit which allowed Dominion to treat the toxic coal ash water, remove contaminants, and then release the treated water into Quantico Creek and the Potomac River. (more…)

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Congratulations to Floyd and Marjoire Brown, of Gainesville, married 65 years

Bishop Floyd B. Brown Jr. (9/15/30) Evangelist Marjorie A Brown (5/6/33)
 
Married 3/9/52 65 years in Capitol Heights MD
 
Living on Carver Rd Gainesville, Va. since 1967 
 
Pastor church at 15011 Sacred Lane Centreville, VA. (www.tcbtholiness.org)
 
Three Children: Floyd B Brown III (12/11/52), Ezora J. Brown (9/23/54), and Eric K Brown I (3/25/64)
Grandchildren: 5
Great Grandchildren: 4
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