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Outdoor Food Festival to stock shelves for ACTS food pantry

From an email:

Manassas, VA– The Prince William Chamber of Commerce will host their annual Cuisine de Commerce on Thursday, November 2 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. in the parking lot of the Chamber’s building at 9720 Capital Court near the Manassas Airport.

This year the event transforms from a luncheon into an outdoor food festival; complete with live music by classic rock cover band Type A, cornhole boards and all-you-can-eat samples from the area’s best restaurants, caterers and food trucks. Those attending should bring a donation of non-perishable foods. Burke & Herbert Bank is sponsoring a food drive at Cuisine de Commerce with donations benefitting the ACTS food pantry in Dumfries. (more…)

‘The driver of the Dodge, a 55-year-old Haymarket, Va., male, was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital’

From an email: 

At 4:42 a.m.Friday (Oct. 13), Virginia State Police Trooper B.J. Burke responded to a two-vehicle crash in Loudoun County.  The crash occurred on Route 9, less than a mile west of Route 611.

There was a tractor-trailer traveling east on Purcellville Road/Route 9 when three vehicles following behind it pulled into the westbound lane to pass the tractor-trailer in a no passing zone. The first two vehicles made it around the tractor-trailer and back into the eastbound lane. The third vehicle, a 2001 Kia Spectra, did not. As the Kia came into the curve heading east in the westbound lane, it struck head-on a westbound 2014 Dodge Charger.

The driver of the Kia, Kevin R. Bell, 60, of Inwood, W.Va., died at the scene. He was wearing a seat belt.

The driver of the Dodge, a 55-year-old Haymarket, Va., male, was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. He was wearing a seat belt.

The crash remains under investigation.

Manassas man, 18, arrested on four counts of malicious wounding

From Prince William County police:

Malicious Wounding – On October 14 at 12:12 a.m, officers responded to a residence located in the 13000 block of Dane Valley Ct in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a fight. The investigation revealed that the victim, 19-year-old man of Woodbridge, was involved in a verbal altercation with the accused, an acquaintance, which escalated. During the encounter, the accused pushed the victim to the ground and kicked him in the mouth damaging several of the victim’s teeth.

The accused fled the area prior to officers arriving. On October 15 around 1:44 a.m., officers responded to investigate another fight which occurred at a residence located in the 13800 block of Holly Forest Dr in Manassas (20112). The investigation revealed that the accused arrived at another party where he was involved in a verbal altercation with a 19-year-old male and 17-year-old male. A fight broke out and the accused assaulted the victims with a crow bar and brass knuckles. (more…)

Traffic snarled on Yates Ford Road this morning — incidents in two places

Two incidents snarled commuters on Yates Ford Road this morning.

The first was a crash at Esther Court.

From Prince William police:

“…occurred at Ethel Ct at 6:55AM. It was a three-vehicle accident. One of the drivers was cited for following too closely.”

The second was in Fairfax County.

From Fairfax County police:

“Around 9:11 hours this morning, Oct 17 in the area of Old Yates Ford and Kincheloe Rd, there was an 18 wheeler attempting to turn around causing traffic backup.”

@FixRoute28 sent us the featured image for this post showing the backup on Google Maps.

We’ll be talking about Yates Ford and Davis Ford Roads, and the regular traffic backups commuters face on this popular road linking Fairfax and Prince William counties, at our town hall event on Thursday.

If you drive this route on a regular basis, you should attend this free event.

Leaked chemicals caused HAZMAT on Pageland Lane

Authorities report a HAZMAT situation on Pageland Lane this morning Gainesville is now in VDOT’s hands.

Emergency crews relinquished control of the HAZMAT scene to the state transportation agency.

Police provided us with the details on what led to the incident:

Pageland is closed for a two-vehicle accident. One of the vehicles involved was a lawn service truck and may have leaked some of the lawn application chemicals onto the roadway. HAZMAT cleanup of the fluid is underway. Traffic was being alternated on Sudley Rd past the scene. Traffic on Pageland is being diverted onto Thorton.

Update: Schools cancel public hearing on sale of excess land at 13th high school site

At its public meeting on Wednesday night, the Prince William County School Board is set to approve the sale of four and a half acres of unwanted land at the site of its soon-to-be-built 13th high school to NOVEC.

The new school will be located off Progress Court in Gainesville, near Jiffy Lube Live.

From school board documents: 

Summary: The Prince William County School Board recently purchased 101.5 acres of land for the 13th High School. Due to the extension of future University Boulevard, several acres of land will not be usable for the 13th High School. Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC) owns and operates a substation on property adjacent to the unusable land and needs to expand operations to serve the high school, as well as other new businesses in the area. NOVEC has requested to purchase approximately 4.46 acres of the unneeded property for that expansion at 8225 Linton Hall Road and 7801 Limestone Road.

The School Board paid $158,558 an acre for the area of land across the future University Boulevard and, in turn, is selling the land to NOVEC for the same per-acre value, which amounts to a total of $707,168.

The School Board held a public hearing on the sale of excess School Board property and retention of proceeds from the sale on October 18, 2017.

From NOVEC spokeswoman Priscilla Knight: 

“…NOVEC’s customer base is growing in Prince William County.  The extra acreage will allow us to expand the existing substation at Linton Hall Road and Limestone Road to better serve our customers.”

Wednesday’s meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Kelly Leadership Center, located at 14715 Bristow Road at Independent Hill.


Schoo officials tell us they have pulled tonight’s sale of land to NOVEC from the agenda, so there will be no public hearing. 

From Prince William County Public Schools: 

The following agenda items have been removed from tonight’s School Board meeting agenda. Staff will be re-evaluating the sale price.

10. Public Hearing

10.01 – Public Hearing – Sale of Excess Vacant Land – Portion of 13th High School

14. Adoption of Consent Agenda

14.09 – Sale of Excess Vacant Portion of 13th High School Land

At $25,000 per space, ‘structured parking is not recommended’ in Occoquan

A report on the crowded parking conditions will be given to the Occoquan Town Council Tuesday night.

The study does not recommend the town build a parking garage. 

From the study: 

“Providing public (Town-owned) structured parking is not recommended. A planning level cost estimate for building a new structured parking facility is $25,000 per space, and can increase from there based on incorporated technologies and architectural features for the garage. This cost does not account for the ongoing maintenance and operation for the facility. In addition, with the current development patterns, there is no open space remaining to accommodate the size needed for the structure, access, and other considerations necessary for the implementation of a parking garage as a town -owned facility.”

More from Occoquan Town Manager Kirstyn Jovanavich: 

We have a DRAFT report of the traffic and parking study on the town’s website here:  The consultant, JMT, will present the DRAFT report to Town Council at their work session tomorrowOctober 17, at 7:00 p.m. at Town Hall.  The presentation will focus on providing the initial findings and proposed recommendations, and obtain feedback from the Town Council.  As this is a work session, there is no opportunity for public comment at this meeting and the Town Council will not vote on implementing any recommendations at this time.  A final draft of the report is expected by November.  Any recommendations that the Town Council may consider in the future will go through a formal community input process prior to implementation.

I will note that we have received comments from the community concerned that the town is considering implementing timed or metered parking. I wanted to dispel this rumor and advise that at this time, the draft report does not include a recommendation for timed or metered parking within the business district.  The report does include other recommendations including shared parking of private lots, encouraging employee parking in off-street lots, and improving parking utilization in the town lots in order to free up on-street parking for customers and visitors to the historic district.

Flickr photo: Patrick DB

‘After this evening, it’s mainly a temperature forecast through the middle of the week, with attention paid to frost/freeze concerns’

From the National Weather Service: 

“DAY ONE…Today and Tonight Patchy frost is possible tonight, primarily away from the urban areas and away from the tidal waters. .DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…Tuesday through Sunday Patchy frost is possible Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, primarily away from the urban areas and away from the tidal waters.

SHORT TERM /6 PM THIS EVENING THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT/… After this evening, it`s mainly a temperature forecast through the middle of the week, with attention paid to frost/freeze concerns. High pressure will move in from the west tonight and then remain directly over the region through the middle of the week. Clouds will be minimal and winds light.

Have trended forecast toward colder guidance for overnight lows given what should be fairly good radiational cooling conditions. Tonight may be a little tricky since some wind is likely to linger, but it does look like calmer conditions are likely toward dawn. A Freeze Watch will be in effect for portions of the highlands tonight. Would not be surprised if there were some pockets of near-freezing temperatures in the rest of the western valleys as well. Will let the day shift determine which areas will need a Frost Advisory, with locations west of the Blue Ridge looking most favorable.

Temperatures will gradually moderate through the middle of the week, but not before another potential frost/freeze for outlying areas Tuesday night. Daytime highs will remain in the 60s Tuesday, but inch into the 70s for some areas on Wednesday.”

‘If one person looks at the pink rims, pink handcuffs, and decides they need to get a mammogram, it’s all worth it’

A total of 36 people participated in the 1st annual Haymarket Police Department Breast Cancer Walk.

Chief Kevin Lands said his mother died three years ago of breast cancer, and didn’t get regular mammograms. The effort to raise awareness for breast cancer is important to him, he told Haymarket Local.

All month, officers have been wearing pink badges, driving specialized pink police cruisers, and using pink handcuffs.

“If one person looks at the pink rims, pink handcuffs, and decides they need to get a mammogram, it’s all worth it,” said Lands.

More from the police department:

“The Haymarket Police Department would like to thank everyone that came out and participated in our 1st annual Breast Cancer 5K Walk. We had a great turn out as participants painted rocks at a booth sponsored by Suzanne Leake, took crazy pics at our photo booth, got refreshments from our hydration booth sponsored by State Farm Insurance and enjoyed lunch sponsored by Chick-Fil-A. We also had a representative from Congresswoman Barbara Comstocks office attend and read a letter from her praising the police department for putting this event together.

We had mobile medics on hand staffed by off duty nurse volunteers, and the police department lead the walkers on a 3 mile tour of our wonderful town and it’s beautiful neighborhoods.

We would like express our sincere gratitude to Kandice Michael, oncology program coordinator, and Jackie Glenn, breast health navigator of Novant Health: Haymarket Medical Center for passing out literature and for all the work they do for cancer patients in the area. We were able to raise $515 to give to them to buy gas cards to help local cancer patients get to and from their cancer treatments.”

Photos: Reader submitted

Sunday’s AMBER Alert case: ‘The accused used a sharp instrument to deflate three tires of a vehicle belonging to one of the witnesses ‘

Prince William police tell us the missing 16-year-old girl who was the subject of an AMBER Alert across the state on Sunday was found that afternoon on a park bench in Dale City, along with her suspected captor. 

When police questioned the couple about their identity, police said both provided a fake name. 

More from police: 

Abduction | Amber Alert – On October 15 at 1:43AM, officers responded to the 14800 block of Danville Rd in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a possible abduction. The investigation revealed the victim, a 16-year-old female, was attending a party at a home in the above area with the accused, an acquaintance.

According to witnesses, during the party, the victim and the accused got into a verbal altercation which escalated physically. Other attendees assisted the victim and the parties separated. At that point, the accused displayed a knife towards the witnesses and made claims to be a member of the criminal street gang MS-13.

The accused eventually left the area in a vehicle and returned a short time later with other associates. The accused used a sharp instrument to deflate three tires of a vehicle belonging to one of the witnesses who initially helped the victim. While at the residence, the victim and the accused came into contact and got into another argument. Witnesses then observed the victim being forcibly placed in the vehicle by the accused, seemingly against her will. Detectives listed the victim as missing and endangered and Virginia State Police issued an Amber Alert.

During the investigation, around 2:00PM, information was received indicating both parties were at an address on Barksdale St in Woodbridge. Officers arrived and located a female and male, both of whom provided a false identification to police. The individuals were eventually positively identified and questioned about the incident.

The victim was unharmed and reunited with her family. Following the investigation, the accused, identified as Roberto Antoni MEDRANO-SEGOVIA, was arrested.

                Arrested on October 15:

                Roberto Antoni MEDRANO-SEGOVIA, 21, of No Fixed Address

Charged with abduction, gang participation, destruction of property and providing a false name to law enforcement

Court Date: November 7, 2017 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

‘adding roundabouts at the Davis Ford…Yates Ford Rd in Prince William County…Henderson Rd…Old Yates Ford Rd in Fairfax County will help’

In advance of our upcoming Occoquan District Congestion Think Tank for Davis Ford and Yates Ford Road at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 (you should come), here’s an idea to help traffic flow along the popular two-lane commuter route that links Prince William and Fairfax counties.

From Mark Scheufler/@FixRoute28

Would Rt. 28 improvements help Yates Ford drivers?

Any additional crossing of the Bull Run/Occoquan River will help commuters currently using Yates Ford Road as a cut through option.  The only new capacity planned are an additional High Occupancy Toll Lane (HOT) in each direction on I-66 and along Route 28 north of Yorkshire.  It is unclear how much capacity will be added across the Bull Run on Route 28.  It could be one lane in each direction or two lanes in each direction.  But improvements are not expected until at least 2024.   Improving the Route 1/Route 123/I-95 interchange would also help commuters currently cutting through Clifton to get to Fort Belvior.

Until major improvements are completed along the major thoroughfares adding roundaboutat the Davis Ford Rd and Yates Ford Rd in Prince William County and at Henderson Rd and Old Yates Ford Rd in Fairfax County will help manage the flow/spacing of traffic along the corridor. ge

‘Queen and Amri knew that Qamar had attempted to travel overseas to join ISIS in 2014, yet they lied to and misled the FBI…’

From an email from the Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia office: 

An owner of a Fairfax gaming center was sentenced to prison today for obstructing justice and making false statements involving international terrorism.

Michael Queen, 28, of Woodbridge, was sentenced to 2 years in prison. According to court documents, Queen and Soufian Amri, 32, of Falls Church, lied to FBI agents to prevent them from learning about and investigating their friend Haris Qamar’s attempt to travel to join the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). Queen and Amri knew that Qamar had attempted to travel overseas to join ISIS in 2014, yet they lied to and misled the FBI by saying that the only person they knew who might travel to join ISIS was a “tall, thin, Indian” individual. Queen later told Qamar that Queen and Amri gave the FBI the name of a Hindu individual as someone who might support ISIS. Queen told Qamar, “I’m never going to throw a Muslim underneath the bus to try to do the right thing.”

Qamar was sentenced to 8 1/2 years in prison on February 17 for attempting to provide material support to ISIS. Amri is scheduled to be sentenced on October 27.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Andrew W. Vale, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gordon D. Kromberg and Collen E. Garcia prosecuted the case.

Do community service by playing in NOVEC HELPS’ Texas Hold’em fundraiser

From Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative:

MANASSAS, Va. – Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative’s group of employee volunteers, NOVEC HELPS, will hold its 7th annual Texas Hold’em fundraising poker tournament on Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Prince William County Police Association Hall, 14288 Independent Hill Drive, Manassas. Registration starts at 5:30 p.m. Games start at 6:30 p.m. The top 10 players will win prizes and other participants will win door prizes. Fee: $50 per player if registered before Oct. 20; $60 at the door.

NOVEC HELPS will give net proceeds to charitable, community, and school organizations supported by HELPS. Groups include: the American Red Cross, Easter Seals, ACTS, Northern Virginia Family Service, Britepath, and Rainbow Therapeutic Riding Center. (more…)

Puzzle Palooza outgrows Occoquan, expanding to a second location

From Puzzle Palooza:

We are very excited to be opening our second location in Manassas at 9411 Main St. Suite 101, the Trusler Hall Building, next to Philly Tavern. Our goal is to be open at 10 AM Monday morning November 13. We will be spending the entire weekend moving in and setting up shop. We will be open seven days a week starting at 10 AM till 7 pm M-F, with later hours in the evening on weekends.

As with their initial space, we will be featuring Puzzles and Puzzle accessories, books, brain teasers and puzzle games from four pieces to 40,000 pieces ranging from ages toddler to elderly. We started our first location in Occoquan 2013 and have watched it grow over the past five years into our own little empire.

We are listed as # 1 in “Things to Do in Occoquan” on Trip Advisor and feel honored and proud of the support from customers and the community. Puzzle building Is a common hobby/love for us since childhood and after visiting several out-of-state Puzzle/hobby shops, we knew that it was what we wanted to do. We quickly learned that it reconstituted the ideal framework of “family fun” and supported longtime traditions.

Updated: ‘Sinahi Aguilar-Cruz, both parties have been located in the Woodbridge area’

A 16-year-old girl was abutted from her Dale City home early this morning prompting an AMBER Alert. 

Here are the full details from Virginia State Police: 










10:25 a.m. 

From Prince William police: 

Missing Endangered Juvenile | Possible Abduction – On October 15 at 1:43AM, officers responded to the 14800 block of Danville Rd in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a possible abduction. The investigation revealed a female juvenile, identified as Sinahi Aguilar-Cruz, was attending a party at a home in the above area with a male acquaintance. During the gathering, the two parties got into a verbal altercation and separated. At one point, the female exited the home where witnesses observed her being forcibly placed in a vehicle by the male acquaintance. The vehicle was described as a dark color Honda Civic, possible a hatchback. Detectives believe the female is with the acquaintance against her will. Virginia State Police have issued an Amber Alert in this investigation and the female juvenile is currently listed as missing and endangered. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call Prince William County police at 703-792-6500 or Virginia State Police at 1-800-VACHILD.

Sinahi Aguilar-Cruz is described as a Hispanic female, age 16, 5’2”, 125lbs with long brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a purples tripe long sleeve shirt denim jeans and a light color jacket.

The male acquaintance was identified as Roberto Medrano Segovia, age 21, with short black hair and brown eyes. Last seen wearing a black V-neck style shirt, blue baggy denim jeans and white Nike Jordan shoes.

Update 3:15 p.m.

The AMBER Alert is canceled.

From Prince William police:

Reference the Amber Alert issued for Sinahi Aguilar-Cruz, both parties have been located in the Woodbridge area. The female juvenile is safe. Detectives are currently conducting interviews to ascertain what occurred. The investigation continues. 

Sunny Sunday? ‘Guidance indicates the low clouds will be very slow to lift today along the I-95 corridor’

From the National Weather Service: 

High pressure over the area will weaken rapidly through today. A cold front will push into the Mid Atlantic tonight followed by a return to high pressure early in the week and hold through the end of the week.

NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 PM THIS EVENING/…widespread low clouds with areas of fog and patchy light drizzle are present early this morning. Guidance indicates the low clouds will be very slow to lift today along the I-95 corridor. It will be much warmer today especially west of the Blue Ridge where low clouds/fog are expected to lift quicker and under SSW winds. [Cold front] will start entering the western areas late in the day with a slight chance of showers over the Potomac Highlands.

An additional 34 acres of land at Bristoe Station battlefield preserved

On the eve of the 154th anniversary of the Battle of Bristoe Station, The Civil War Trust announced it will preserve an additional 34 acres of land at the property near the intersection of Route 28 and Linton Hall Road in Bristow.

The land, which was marked for development, was donated to the trust, according to Civil War D=Trus t

From an email: 

“I’m excited to share with you today that the Civil War Trust has just preserved more land at Prince William County’s Bristoe Station battlefield.

Here’s what the county’s historic land steward had to say about this today:

“With this new property, the Civil War Trust has now worked to save 168 acres of the Bristoe Station battlefield,” said Rob Orrison, Prince William County’s historic site operations supervisor.  “This parcel is the first preserved land on the Union position during the Oct. 14, 1863, battle. The tract, which includes the position of Capt. Bruce Rickett’s  artillery and Gen. Alexander Webb’s 2nd Division of the 2nd Corps, will be crucial to interpreting the entire story of the Battle of Bristoe Station.”

Our national nonprofit announced today in a “Victory” email  to 53,000 members, supporters and other interested people. Saturday is the 154th anniversary of the Battle of Bristoe Station, which was a striking loss for the Confederate army. Prince William’s Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park invites the public to commemorate the occasion as its staff and volunteers light more than 1,000 luminary in honor of every fallen soldier from North and South on Saturday evening, and host living history and artillery events all weekend.

The trust intends to transfer this parcel to the county in the future for incorporation into the park.

The Civil War Trust is a national nonprofit land preservation organization devoted to the protection of America’s hallowed battlegrounds. Although primarily focused on the acquisition of Civil War battlefields, through its Campaign 1776 initiative, the Trust also seeks to save the battlefields connected to the Revolutionary War and War of 1812.  To date, the Trust has preserved more than 47,000 acres of battlefield land in 24 states, including 24,600 acres in Virginia. Learn more at”

Photo: Flickr user Stephen Little

Three suspects arrested in attempted armed robbery

From Prince William County police:

Attempted Armed Robbery – On October 11 at 3:14 p.m., officers responded to the area of Forestdale Ave and Beaumont Rd in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a fight. The victim, a 33-year-old man of Woodbridge, reported to police that an acquaintance displayed a handgun and demanded the keys to his vehicle.

The victim attempted to get back into his vehicle when two additional males approached him and assaulted him. Officers arrived and were able to detain the suspects. Minor injuries were reported. Following the investigation, the suspects were arrested. A handgun was recovered. (more…)

Public hearings set for $6 billion high-speed rail project

A series of public meetings will be held to discuss options for high-speed rail in Northern Virginia.

Located on the existing rail corridor that runs along the Potomac River in Prince William and Stafford counties, the “DC to Richmond Southeast High-Speed Rail,” or DC2RVA, service would add a third track along the corridor to improve passenger, commuter, and freight rail.

Planners say the project, which could top $6 billion and is dependent upon federal funding, will make rail a competitive transportation option in the Washington, D.C. region. They say it’s needed because of population growth in the region, increasing freight rail traffic (which has the right-of-way on the rails over passenger trains), and congestion on Interstate 95.

The trains would travel at about 110-mph along the 123-mile corridor from the Long Bridge Potomac River crossing in Arlington to Richmond. So, the speed wouldn’t be as fast as high-speed rail in other countries which can reach top speeds of over 300 mph, but it would be faster than the speeds of current Amtrak trains that travel at top speeds of about 80 mph.

In their current study, planners broke up the project into five sections, with the Northern Virginia section running from the Crystal City Virginia Railway Express Station to southern Stafford County. The projected cost to build this section is one of the costliest along the line at $1.6 billion. (more…)

‘But when BCM #137 Tom Bradley suggested “Whiteco[tt]” Amber as the new name and explained its inspiration, we instantly fell in love’

From the Waters End Brewery Facebook page

“This past Tuesday at our Beer Release Event, we received many great naming submissions for our new Amber Ale!

But when BCM #137 Tom Bradley suggested “Whiteco[tt]” Amber as the new name and explained its inspiration, we instantly fell in love.

Tom noted that, back in 1959, Steve Whiteco[tt] built what would later become one of the busiest aviation airports in Virginia and one of the most popular training fields for pilots in the Washington area: Woodbridge Airport. (more…)

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