From Prince William police:
Indecent Exposure – On April 22 at 8:00AM, officers responded to the area of Rippon Blvd and Old Coach Rd in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate an indecent exposure. The victim, a 63-year-old woman of Woodbridge, reported to police that she was walking her dog in the above area when she observed an unknown man standing in a nearby wood line exposing himself and making an obscene gesture. The suspect then followed the victim as she walked back toward her residence. The suspect eventually fled area and was not located by responding officers. No physical or verbal contact was made between the two parties. The investigation continues.
Black male, approximately 35 years of age, 5’11”, 150lbs with a thin build and a dark complexion
Last seen wearing a dark blue hoodie, jean shorts, and construction boots
From Prince William police:
Fatal Crash Investigation – On April 11 at 5:54AM, investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit responded the 7500 block of Centreville Rd in Manassas (20111) to investigate a two vehicle crash involving a motorcycle. The investigation revealed that the driver of a 2015 Jeep Patriot was traveling northbound in the center shared turning lane on Centreville Rd in the above area when he collided head-on with the operator of a 2003 Yamaha XVS1100 who was stopped southbound in the center lane attempting a left turn into a local business.
The operator of the Yamaha SVS1100 was transported to an area hospital where he died as a result of his injuries on April 23. The driver of the 2015 Jeep Patriot was also transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. Speed, alcohol and drugs are not factors in this crash. The victim was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Charges are pending. The investigation continues.
The driver of the 2003 Yamaha XVS1100 motorcycle was identified Timothy Warren FLEMING, 55, of Manassas.
The driver of the 2015 Jeep Patriot was identified was identified as 40-year-old man of Manassas.
This is a reminder that PRTC has scheduled two public hearings to present its proposed FY 2018 budget in the amount of $60,252,600 and invite public review/comment. The proposed FY 2018 budget has virtually no locally-funded service expansion except for state-sponsored services associated with the I-95/395 and I-66 transit/TDM plans. The proposed budget also calls for a fare increase, as detailed in the budget presentation.
PRTC is the federal grant applicant for federally participating projects that PRTC and Virginia Railway Express envision applying for in FY 2018. Public comment is invited on all those projects as proposed.
Public Hearings are scheduled at 7:00 PM as follows, with question/answer periods thereafter:
Monday, April 24, 2017
PRTC Transit Center
14700 Potomac Mills Road
Woodbridge, VA 22192
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Manassas City Hall
9027 Center St.
Manassas, VA 20110
The budget presentation is available for viewing and download. Print copies are available upon request by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments may be made in person at one of the Public Hearings, via email (to email@example.com), or in writing no later than May 1, 2017. Comments in writing that are not furnished at one of the Public Hearings should be directed to:
PRTC Attn: Public Hearing
14700 Potomac Mills Road
Woodbridge, VA 22192
United Bank today completed the acquisition of Cardinal Bank, rebranding multiple Cardinal Bank branches in our region to include Manassas, Woodbridge, and Stafford.
From a press release:
United Bankshares, Inc. (“United”) (NASDAQ: UBSI) announced the completion of its acquisition of Cardinal Financial Corporation (“Cardinal”), a financial services holding company, with $4.3 billion in assets, headquartered in Tysons Corner, Virginia. This transaction marks the 31st acquisition United has completed under the current administration and the tenth acquisition in the D.C. Metro region.
Today, United Bank, United’s Virginia chartered bank, added 22 newly acquired banking locations to its Greater Washington footprint. United Bank is the largest locally headquartered community bank and holds the #1 deposit market share among community banks in the Washington, D.C. MSA. In addition, United welcomed George Mason Mortgage, LLC, the largest locally headquartered home mortgage lender in the D.C. Metro region, to its family of companies.
United now has over $19 billion in assets with 145 full-service offices in Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, and Washington, D.C. United is the 38th largest banking company in the country based on market capitalization. In 2016, United increased dividends to shareholders for the 43rd consecutive year. This is a record only one other major banking company in the nation has been able to achieve. For more information, visit www.ubsi-inc.com.
After thunderstorms rolled through our region Friday night, there was quite the light show.
This photo was taken of storm cloud packed with lightning over North Stafford at 11:50 p.m., long after the thunderstorms that fired up earlier in the afternoon had rolled out.
The storms were not severe enough to produce major damage in our region, but storms intensified by the time they reached Virginia’s Northern Neck Penninsula.
The town of Colonial Beach on the Potomac River sustained $1 million in damage after a storm wreaked havoc on the small town. A curfew was set up to stop people from walking or driving into the most damaged areas of the small town.
There’s more rain in store for our areas as forecasters at the National Weather Service say 1 to 2 inches of rain is possible Monday and Tuesday. However, the storms are not forecasted to be severe.
It’s been a busy weather month so far this April as seven tornadoes touched down Virginia and Washington, D.C. April 7. A rarity for Washington, one of the tornadoes hit Arlington before crossing the Potomac River and blowing a roof off of a church.
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WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Power lines along Route 1 in Woodbridge are coming down.
A portion of the highway between Mary’s Way and Occoquan Road is being widened to six lanes. The utilities that used to run above ground are being buried as part of the project.
There’s also a lot more happening here during this $168 million effort.
“The project is continuing to install underground utilities, water, sewer, and drainages pipes and structures. This phase will continue for several months. In addition, retaining walls and stage 1 of the new bridge are underway,” said VDOT spokeswoman Ellen Kamilakis.
The project began about a year ago and is expected to wrap up in fall 2019. When it’s finished, here’s a full list of improvements VDOT says drivers can expect to see:
–Enhanced access to the Woodbridge VRE kiss-and-ride facility
–A new Route 1 bridge at Marumsco Creek
–Improvements to Occoquan Road, including a median and turn lanes from U.S. 1 to south of Horner Road
–Additional through and turn lanes on Route 1 and Occoquan Road to improve traffic operations
–A ten-foot shared-use path and six-foot sidewalk
–Demolition of several vacant buildings along the corridor
Route 1 currently carries about 35,000 vehicles per day and will carry 75,000 by 2036, according to VDOT.
It cost about $12 million to bury the utility lines for the project. That’s money Prince William County leaders ultimately approved in 2015.
But it wasn’t without a fight. Originally approved in 2013 by the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, two members of the Board — Peter Candland, of Gainesville and Jeanine Lawson, of Nokesville — attempted to get the Board to reverse its decision.
At the time, Candland argued the money could have been better spent on the county’s school division.
From Prince William police:
Aggravated Malicious Wounding – On April 21 at 9:53PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 11100 block of Privates Ct in Manassas (20109) to investigate a shooting. When officers arrived at the home, they located the victim, a 27-year-old man of Manassas, suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper body.
First responding officers provided aid to the victim who was flown to an area hospital for treatment. Initially, officers believed the suspect was still inside the residence which prompted the response of the Department’s tactical team. Officers later determined that the suspect had actually left the area in a vehicle.
Detectives from the Violent Crimes Bureau were able to determine both parties were family members and that the incident was domestic in nature. The suspect, identified as Ronald Aaron AUSBERRY II, eventually turned himself into police without incident earlier this morning.
Arrested on April 22:
Ronald Aaron AUSBERRY II, 24, of the 8700 block of Farnham Way in Manassas
Charged with aggravated malicious wounding and use of a firearm in commission of a felony
Court Date: June 28, 2017 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond
Corey Stewart last month told us that seeking endorsements from sitting politicians is “old-style politics.”
The only sitting politician in Prince William County who endorsed Stewart rescinded today rescinded his praise for the county Board of Supervisors Chairman At-large turned Virginia Gubernatorial candidate.
“Today, I am pulling my endorsement of Corey Stewart for Governor. He is a friend, but his campaign has become more focused on division, rather than the unifying values and the history of the Republican Party. I now support Ed Gillespie to be our next Governor,” stated Prince William County Sheriff Glenn Hill in a statement released by the Gillespie campaign.
Hill’s move follows Stewart’s appearance at the Old South Ball in Danville earlier this month, where the Washington Post quoted him as saying”
“I’m proud to be next to the Confederate flag…That flag is not about racism, folks. It’s not about hatred. It’s not about slavery. It’s about our heritage…It’s time that we stop running away from our heritage. It’s time that we embrace it.”
Stewart in February also held rallies in Charlottesville after that city’s Council moved to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
At the same time Hill rescinded his endorsement, Marty Nohe, and Jeanine Lawson, Ruth Anderson, and Peter Candland who sit with Stewart on the Board of Supervisors also endorsed Gillespie.
““Throughout his campaign, Ed has clearly demonstrated that he understands what Virginia needs to get moving again,” stated Lawson in a press release. “I appreciate his commitment to running a unifying campaign based on a policy agenda that will grow our economy, bring jobs back to the Commonwealth, and make government more transparent and accountable. I have known Ed for a long time, and I believe that he will be an effective governor that all Virginians can be proud of.”
Gillespie won a straw poll at the Prince William County Lincoln-Reagan Dinner by 62%, with Stewart coming in second with 24% of the vote. Afterward, Stewart tweeted the was rigged.
Republican Maureen Caddigan who also sits on the Board of Supervisors has yet to endorse a gubernatorial candidate. A majority of GOP members in the county have thrown their support behind Gillespie.
“…Senator Dick Black, Delegate Richard Anderson, Delegate Tim Hugo, Delegate Scott Lingamfelter, Delegate Jackson Miller, Prince William County School Board Member Willie Deutsch, and former Prince William County School Board Chairman Milton John, announced their support of Gillespie for Governor,” the Gillespie press release stated.
Voters will head to the polls June 13 for a Primary Election to choose a Republican governor candidate. Virginia State Senator Frank Wagner, in addition to Gillespie and Stewart, is also seeking the GOP nomination for Virginia Governor.
Updated April 23
“They don’t understand that this issue is not about the Confederate flag. It’s about out-of-control political correctness that shames people for celebrating their ancestry and heritage. It’s about the radical left tearing down historical monuments. And it’s about weak-kneed establishment politicians like Ed Gillespie refusing to do anything about it,” stated Corey Stewart in an email to Potomac Local.
From Prince William police:
Sexual Assault Investigation – On April 17, detectives from the Special Victim’s Unit responded to investigate a sexual assault that was reported to have occurred at a residence in Manassas (20112). The investigation revealed that the victim, a 13-year-old female juvenile, was sexually assaulted by the accused, an acquaintance, on more than one occasion in November of 2016. The victim recently disclosed the incidents and the police were contacted. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested on April 19 without incident.
Arrested on April 19:
Caleb Inez-Lynn ROUCKA, 20, of 1406 Bayside Ave, Apt 11, in Woodbridge
Charged with 2 counts of aggravated sexual battery and 1 count of indecent liberties with a minor
Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond
From Prince William police:
Commercial Burglary- On April 20 at 4:46AM, officers responded to the Tobacco Hut located at 14654 Lee Highway in Gainesville (20155) to investigate a burglary in progress. An employee reported to police that two unknown suspects were observed on video surveillance inside the business.
When the employee responded to the business and challenged the suspects, they fled the area on foot. Further investigation revealed that entry was made into the business through the front door which was found damaged. A police K-9 was used to search for the suspects who were not located. No property was reported missing. There are no suspect descriptions available at this time. The investigation continues.
In a recent online list, Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge was ranked as one of the most “lesser known” parks in Virginia.
The park is located along the Potomac River in Woodbridge. It’s the site of the home of Major-Gen. Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee who served in the Revolutionary War and as the ninth governor of the state. He was also the father of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
Aside from its history, the park serves as a public gateway to the Potomac and is popular with fishers, and picnicking families.
“Leesylvania State Park (LSP) is well used and loved by many many people. I would guess the location makes a big difference. It’s located in a densely populated area of the County and is well suited to family picnics and gatherings,” said Kim Hosen, with Prince William Conservation Alliance. “LSP is easy to access, inexpensive and has a large open area with picnic tables and a nature center nearby. The only other site in this area suitable for this type of family gathering is the County-owned Vet’s Park, which also attracts large numbers of picnic-type family gatherings.” (more…)
Sponsored Post This year, celebrate Mother’s Day at Rangoli Indian Restaurant with the Grand Brunch Buffet
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Rangoli’s Mother’s Day buffet has been a special tradition for over eleven years. The spread includes an array of salads, fresh cut fruits, and condiments with Assorted Kebabs, the quintessential Butter Chicken, tender Goat Masala, succulent Fish Curry, aromatic Biryani and pilafs, a smorgasbord of vegetable side dishes and fresh bread baked for each table.
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Rangoli Indian Restaurant
Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Adults: $16.95 Kids: $8.95
10223 Nokesville Road
Manassas, VA 20110
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9491 McGuinn Ln, Nokesville, VA 20181
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Open House: Saturday, April 22, 2017, 1-4pm
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From Prince William police:
Attempted Bank Robbery – On April 19 at 4:44PM, officers responded to the Wells Fargo Bank located at 13891 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate an attempted robbery. An employee reported to police that an unknown woman approached the bank area then passed a note demanding money.
When the teller refused, the suspect fled the bank. No injuries were reported. During the investigation, detectives with the Robbery Unit identified the suspect as Amanda Renee SEGURA. The accused was located and detained without incident a short time later at a hotel in Dumfries. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested.
Arrested on April 19:
Amanda Renee SEGURA, 32, of 306 Richelieu Ln in Wilmington, NC
Charged with attempted robbery
Court Date: June 28, 2017 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond
From Prince William County Fire and Rescue Department:
On Thursday, April 20th at 6:31 a.m., fire and rescue units were dispatched to an apartment fire located in the 16800 block of Flotilla Way in Woodbridge.
Upon entry, fire and rescue crews observed fire damage to a bedroom’s carpet and television from a fire extinguished by the occupant. No injuries reported.
According to the Fire Marshal’s Office, the apartment sustained minimal damage estimated at $1,000.
The fire originated in the bedroom; the cause was an unattended candle and has been determined as accidental.
Sponsored Post Live Well Festival to feature health and wellness activities, farm to table brunch, and paint class
It’s time for the year’s first outdoor festival in historic Downtown Manassas.
The 11th Annual Live Well Festival, will be held on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Harris Pavilion and along West Street. Health and wellness information, exercise classes, a farm-to-table brunch, paint class and more will be available.
This year, bedrock YOGA will be teaching two free yoga classes at a.m. and 11 a.m. If you’ve never taken yoga and are interested it’s the perfect opportunity for your first class! Novant Health will be bringing out the Mammography Mobile, teaching Hands-Only CPR, and host information from their Wound Care Center, all great options to staying informed on your health. Several artists from the Banner Art Project will be displaying and selling work under the Pavilion, moon bounces will be out for the kids, and at 1 p.m. enjoy a performance by Lou Rosgen, or better known to some as Woodbridge Willie. A new paint class hosted by Emily Thomson of Manassas Olive Oil Company will also add to the entertainment schedule. All supplies will be provided and a gorgeous field of tulips will be your final product. Get your tickets here for the class which will begin at noon.
Another community favorite back this year is the Shred-It Truck. Last year’s new location in the Train Depot Lot was a huge success and it will return there again this year. Attendees planning to use the Shred-It Truck should follow the posted route signs along Prince William Street – cars will be able to turn into the parking lot via West Street and exit via Battle Street to then park in the garage and enjoy the rest of the festival. Bring a small box of papers or fill your trunk with all your old documents ready to be shredded – it’s free!
Back by popular demand, the Live Well Festival will feature a farm-to-table brunch prepared by Chef Will Landay, of C.J. Finz and BadWolf Public House. The 3-course brunch will be set up atop the flat railcar behind the iconic LOVE sign at 10:30 a.m. with the main course featuring roasted chicken with jalapeño cheddar grits. Tickets for the brunch can be purchased here.
For more information on the Live Well Festival along with other events in the City, please go to www.visitmanassas.org
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A photo of the Lake Jackson Dam near Manassas taken today at 11:11 a.m. Rain showers were moving through the area at the time the photo was taken.
In 2014, the county worked to fill the 89-year-0ld dam on the Occoquan River with concrete after two toe drains at the bottom were seen spilling an unusually high amount of water into the river from the bottom of the structure.
The dam was filled with concrete and the unusual flow of water stopped.
When contractors went to fix the dam, there was no blueprints leftover from the time the dam was built for them to work with.
DUMFRIES, Va. — The culdesacs in the Knolls of Dumfries have a fresh layer of black pavement.
Tebbs Lane — the main thoroughfare from Route 1 that connects drivers to the courts — does not.
And that makes neighborhood resident Francesca Rusk-Wallace piping mad.
Here’s a portion of an email she sent us:
“In the past year, the entrance to The Knolls of Dumfries (Tebbs Lane) has been repaved twice – this past week, the side roads (Wilmer Porter Ct., Tompkins, Ct, etc.,) were repaved for the first time since I have lived here (12 years).”
“In the process, the main road (Tebbs Lane) now has orange spray paint on all of the manholes and various other parts of the road. the previously twice paved road now has been trashed and there is a huge tar spill at the entrance to Route 1. The street itself is cracked and in poor shape and now it is stained black from this work. The stains go all the way onto Route 1 and through the Triangle Shopping Center parking lot.”
“This is not the first time I have inquired about paving of Tebbs Lane, only to be told that it will not be done. This is now the second time I am also advising you that the road is now in WORSE shape after work has been done.”
Dumfries Mayor Jerry Foreman addressed Rusk-Wallace’s email at Tuesday night’s Town Council meeting.
“The lady in Knolls of Dumfries is pretty fired up about paving the culdesacs, and she’s right. We need to find the money to pave the main drag,” said Foreman.
That money could come in the form of $100,000 in the town’s proposed budget for the fiscal year 2018. The new funds didn’t exist in last year’s budget and would be used for street paving and maintenance.
“The annual paving priorities are identified by the Public Works director, who evaluates the streets annually. A list of priorities is usually approved by the Town Manager in the Fall for milling and paving in the Spring,” stated Dumfries Acting Town Manager Larry Hughes in an email.
The Virginia Department of Transportation maintains Route 1 and Route 234, while the town public works department maintains the streets in the town.
Another resident says the paving work would be welcomed.
“We don’t have too many potholes on the street, there is some cracking,” Heather Vivian, a Knolls of Dumfries resident. “I think it could go for another few years before paving, but I’m glad to see my tax dollars at work.”
The Dumfries Town Council is expected to adopt its 2018 budget by June 30.
From Novant UVA Health System:
Safe disposal of expired and unused prescription drugs can be a challenge. If residents have these, then they are encouraged to attend Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 29, at two locations, one in Haymarket and the other in Manassas.
In collaboration with local law enforcement agencies, the Prince William Crime Prevention Council and the Drug Enforcement Administration, Novant Health UVA Health System will host a Prescription Drug Take Back Day event on April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Novant Health UVA Health System Haymarket Medical Center and Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center.
At Prince William Medical Center, officers will assist with the collection at a tented area in the parking lot outside of the Novant Health UVA Health System Hylton Family Women’s and Children’s Center or at the front parking lot tented area at Haymarket Medical Center.