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Arrest made in malicious wounding where woman knocked unconscious

From Prince William police: 

Malicious Wounding *ARREST – On March 1, Jorge de la FUENTE, wanted for an assault which occurred at a residence located in the 14700 block of Arizona Ave in Woodbridge on February 25, was arrested without incident.

Arrested on March 1:

Jorge de la FUENTE, 25, of the 14700 block of Arizona Ave in Woodbridge

Charged with malicious wounding

Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

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Another suspect arrested in Dumfries robbery

From Prince William police: 

Armed Robbery *ADDITIONAL ARREST – On March 3, Raymond Laird DAVIS, the remaining suspect wanted for an armed robbery which occurred in the 18000 block of Fraley Blvd in the Town of Dumfries on August 18, was arrested in Washington, DC. The other suspect involved, identified as Darius Lamont DAVIS, was previously arrested on September 11. Raymond Laird DAVIS has been extradited back to Prince William and remains in custody.

Arrested on March 3:

Raymond Laird DAVIS, 22, of 3521 Buena Vista Terr in Woodbridge

Charged with abduction, robbery, and use of a firearm in commission of a felony

Court Date: April 6, 2017 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond (more…)

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Gray Face Acres provides care and a home for senior dogs

From Gray Face Acres:

We are located on a beautiful, secluded 10 acres in Haymarket, VA. The mission of Gray Face Acres is to provide the love and comfort of a home and family for senior dogs abandoned or left in shelters.

We work with many of the local shelters, taking senior dogs who have special needs, medical issues, and whose chances of adoption are slim to none. Some of them just needing hospice care. Many of them retire here with a life of love and comfort in our home. Some find their forever homes with the wonderful people we meet who also have big hearts for senior dogs.

After 13 years of taking in, and finding homes for over 250 dogs, my husband and I decided to make things official, so we started Gray Face Acres last April. So many of the senior and special needs dogs we fostered for other rescue groups through the years ended up staying here!

We also see the need to help many of the rural shelters, who have very limited resources, by taking their senior and special needs dogs into an environment where we have the time and resources to help them. We feel very passionate about making their final days, weeks, months, and in some cases, years, the very best they have ever had!!

It is not an option for us to leave the very old and sick dogs in shelters to spend their final days.
We are growing our network of senior and hospice dog foster homes in order to help as many dogs in need as we possibly can.

We are an all volunteer, registered 501c3 charity, entirely funded by ourselves and very generous donors who share our passion. We all love what we do! grayfaceacres.org

UPDATE: Woodbridge man, 54, missing and believed endangered

From Prince William County Police:

**MISSING ENDANGERED ADULT**: The Prince William County Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing, endangered adult, Peter Dailey COOPER. The investigation revealed that Peter left his residence located in the 5800 block of Anthony Dr in Woodbridge (22193) sometime around 10:00AM on March 4.

Peter is believed to have left his residence voluntarily but may be in need of assistance, which qualifies him as being endangered. Peter may be driving a Red 2007 Hyundai Sonata with Va Tags JNE6918. Anyone with information on Peter’s whereabouts is asked to call police at 703-792-6500.

Peter Dailey COOPER is described as a white male, 54 years of age, 5’10″, 175lbs with blue eyes and blonde/gray hair.
He may be wearing a faded brown leather jacket.

**UPDATE**: Peter Dailey COOPER, who was reported as missing and endangered earlier this afternoon, has been located and is safe.

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Ed Gillespie takes Prince William GOP straw poll; Corey Stewart reacts

Submitted by Gillespie campaign:

“Longtime conservative leader, 2014 U.S. Senate nominee and 2017 Republican candidate for governor Ed Gillespie won the straw poll at the Prince William County GOP Lincoln-Reagan Dinner Saturday night with over 60 percent of the vote.

Gillespie won with 62 percent of the vote, followed by Corey Stewart at 24 percent, Denver Riggleman at eight percent, and Frank Wagner at three percent. The Prince William County straw poll is the largest straw poll conducted in the primary to date.

Full Results

Gillespie – 62%, 165 votes

Stewart – 24%, 65 votes

Riggleman – 8%, 23 votes

Wager – 3%, 8 votes”

Corey Stewart, who is the county’s top politician on the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, reacted to the news on Twitter. 

From Stewart’s Twitter Account: 

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Smith, Miller are Prince William Clerk of Court candidates for April 18 special election

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The stage is set for a special election for Prince Willaim Clerk of the Circuit Court.

Democrat Jacqueline Smith and Republican Delegate Jackson Miller (Manassas) are the two candidates who will face off on for an April 18, 2017, special election. The chosen candidate will replace the late Michele McQuigg who died late last month.

From the Prince William County Republicans:

On February jacksonmiller28, 2017, the 31st Judicial Circuit Court of Virginia filed a Writ of Election for a special election on April 18, 2017 to fill the Clerk of Court vacancy. Virginia Code Section 24.2-510(5) requires political parties to make and complete their nominations within five days of a Court’s Writ of Election, or 60 days before the election. To accommodate this extremely short five-day timeline, the chairmen of the Prince William County Republican Committee, City of Manassas Republican Committee, and Manassas Park Republican Committee chose a March 4 Party Canvass election to nominate the Republican candidate for Clerk of Court. Del. Jackson Miller was the only candidate to file for the nomination, therefore, he became the nominee by acclimation, and the Party Canvass was canceled.

We’ve asked Smith and Miller to fill out a Project: Election survey, and we’ll publish the answers to those surveys once we receive them.

Smith kicked off her campaign last week at City Tavern in Manassas. This is her second run for the job after challenging McQuigg for the seat in 2015.

Smith is a lawyer with an office in Dumfries.

Jackson Miller was elected to the House of Delegates in November 2006 and is a Realtor with an office in Manassas.

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Updated: Shoplifter stabs to death Burlington Coat Factory guard at Potomac Mills

From Prince William police: 

Homicide Investigation – On March 4 at 2:33PM, officers responded to the Burlington Coat Factory located at 2700 Potomac Mills Cir in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a stabbing. The investigation revealed that the suspect was observed shoplifting inside the store. Two loss prevention employees confronted the suspect as he exited the business.

During the encounter, a struggle ensued and one of the loss prevention employees was stabbed. The suspect then fled on foot. Police conducted an extensive search of the area and were unable to locate the suspect. The victim, an adult male, was transported to an area hospital where he died as a result of his injuries.

The other loss prevention employee was not injured. The identity of the victim will be released once a next-of-kin has been notified. The investigation continues. This is Prince William County’s third homicide for 2017.*

Updated 8:41 p.m.

From Prince William police: 

Murder Investigation *SUSPECT & VICTIM IDENTIFIED – On March 4, detectives from the Homicide Unit identified the suspect involved in the fatal stabbing which occurred at the Burlington Coat Factory located at 2700 Potomac Mills Cir in Woodbridge earlier that afternoon.

The suspect, Jamel Carlos KINGSBURY, was identified by officers through a previous unrelated domestic related call that morning. Following the investigation, detectives obtained a warrant for the arrest of this suspect who has not been apprehended.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact police at 703-792-6500 or Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS.

Wanted: [Photo from April 2012]

Jamel Carlos KINGSBURY, 35, of no fixed address

Described as black male, 6’2”, 190lbs with black hair and green eyes
Wanted for murder

Update 

Identified:

The victim was identified as Larry Donnell DRUMGOLE, 44, of Rappahannock Academy

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Someone tried to rob Family Dollar on Route 1 in Woodbridge

From Prince William police: 

Attempted Armed Robbery – On March 2 at 9:10AM, officers responded to the Family Dollar located at 13975 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a robbery. An employee reported to police that an unknown man entered the business and approached the counter. During the encounter, the suspect implied he had a gun and demanded money. The suspect eventually fled the area without taking any property. No injuries were reported. A police K-9 was used to search for the suspect who was not located. The investigation continues.

Suspect Description:

Black male of an unknown age, 5’07” with a thin build holding a washcloth covering his face

Last seen wearing a hat with a white brim, black jacket with a hood, light blue jeans, and white shoes

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Prince William County now in severe drought

According to The National Drought Mitigation Center, Prince William County, along with most of Northern Virginia, is now in a severe drought. Water shortages will become common, crop and pasture losses are likely.

 

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McAuliffe suggests lowering fine for left-lane dawdlers

RICHMOND – Gov. Terry McAuliffe wants the General Assembly to reduce from $250 to $100 the fine in legislation that would punish motorists for driving too slowly in the left lane on Virginia highways.

Under current Virginia law, driving in the left lane at less than the normal speed of traffic is illegal except when passing or when it is deemed “otherwise impractical,” but there is no fine for failing to obey the law. House Bill 2201, sponsored by a bipartisan team of legislators including Del. Israel O’Quinn, R-Bristol, Del. Kaye Kory, D-Falls Church, and Sen. Scott Surovell, D-Fairfax, would change that. (more…)

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Wells Fargo Bank in Dale City robbed, police search for suspect

DALE CITY, Va. — The Wells Fargo Bank branch at on Dale Boulevard, near the intersection of Interstate 95 was robbed this morning.

Police were called to the bank in Dale City about 9:15 a.m., as well as to areas around Ashdale Plaza, and the area around Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center search for the suspect.

A black man wearing a long black wig, sunglasses, a red jacket with the letters S and F on the back, and black pants, walked into the bank, passed a note, and made off with about $3,000, according to initial information.

The man was not armed, according to initial information.

We’ll have more as it becomes available.

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Old Bridge Road such a hot topic, we need a drink

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Residents, experts to talk transportation fixes at Waters End Brewery on Wednesday, March 8

LAKE RIDGE, Va. — For Lake Ridge residents, it’s no secret that a quick jaunt down Old Bridge Road to Interstate 95 is a thing of the past. There’s only so much room on the four-lane road, and couple that with a growing population, and rush hours seem to go on longer than expected.

Folks at the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Prince William County hear the complaints about the traffic and are looking for solutions, even if it means extending a turn lane or adjusting the timing on a particular traffic signal. These are low-cost fixes that benefit the motorists to some extent but are not the magic pill that everyone is looking for.

“It’s a congested corridor,” said Richard Burke, VDOT Transportation and Land Use Director. “There’s only so much we can do. “The suggestions help red flag certain parts of the problem, but any action needs “a little more analysis.”

Diverting the traffic to a lesser used route is one fix that VDOT has utilized in the past, and they are now looking at it for the Old Bridge Road corridor as well. For Prince William Parkway traffic coming in from the northwest, a sign was erected near the intersection of Prince William Parkway and Old Bridge Road in February to entice motorists bound for I-95 to stay on Prince William Parkway and not use Old Bridge Road. (more…)

Suspect in homicide dies from self-inflicted wounds

From Prince William County Police:

Homicide Investigation *UPDATE* – On March 1, the male suspect involved in the homicide of Silvia Patricia RAMOS GUILLEN on February 17 died as a result of his injuries. Upon reviewing the circumstances and all evidence collected at the scene, detectives, in concurrence with the Medical Examiner’s Office, have classified the death of the suspect, identified as Jose Amilcar VELIS, as a suicide.
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Manassas, Woodbridge included in hhgregg store closings

From a press release: 

hhgregg, Inc. (“hhgregg” or the “Company”) today announced that as part of its turnaround efforts, the Company plans to close three distribution facilities and 88 store locations in order to reallocate resources to align more closely with its strategic goals to improve liquidity and return to profitability. These decisions will help the Company refocus efforts on its core markets and goals to enhance customers’ experience both in-store and online.

Current inventory in the affected stores will be sold over the coming weeks, with final closings expected to be complete by mid-April. The closings will result in the elimination of approximately 1,500 positions.

As a result of the store actions, hhgregg will close its distribution and delivery centers located in Brandywine, Maryland; Miami, Florida and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. These facilities will continue to support customer orders of all product sold in the closing locations until all product has been delivered.

Stores to close in our region: 

Woodbridge 
Fredericksburg 
Manassas


Manassas City businesses shine, take home top awards

This past Tuesday evening, the Prince William County Chamber of Commerce hosted its 6th annual business awards dinner at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas to honor the best of the local business community. Awards recognize excellence in business, innovative practices, outstanding contributions to the community and businesses/organizations that stand out among their peers.

The City of Manassas presented its first “Business of the Year Award” to Management and Training Consultants Inc. (MTCI).  For more than 15 years MTCI has specialized in federal and military recruiting, retention and personnel management. MTCI is led by Dalena Kanouse, President and CEO.  Under Dalena’s leadership, MTCI has received a number of national and international certifications.  She is passionate about ensuring the principle upon which MTCI was founded — “maximizing human potential” is at the core of everything they do.  She truly believes the greatest asset of MTCI is the people who carry out the mission.  76 percent of the company’s associates are veterans; of those, 50 percent are retirees and 26 percent are combat veterans.

Additionally, many of the City’s businesses were nominated in the eleven categories of Chamber awards, including local favorite Jirani Coffeehouse for its commitment to enriching the lives of those in our community as well as Weber Rector Commercial Real Estate Services for providing outstanding professional services in the Greater Manassas region.

Four City businesses received top honors:

  • Tech Company of the Year: Aurora Flight Sciences

Headquartered at the Manassas Regional Airport, Aurora Flight Sciences is a world-wide leader in the research and development of unmanned aircraft systems, robotics and autonomous flight technologies.

  • Emerging Business of the Year: KO Distilling

Craft distillery KO Distilling opened their doors in the City of Manassas on September 12, 2015 with a 12,000 square foot facility featuring a state-of-the-art distilling plant, barrel storage, and tasting room. Co-founded by college classmates and long-time friends Bill Karlson and John O’Mara, KO Distilling is part of the emerging craft spirits industry in Virginia, providing exports as well as tourism revenue.

  • Business Excellence Award (11+ Employees): Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, PC

From their start in 1986, one of Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian’s goals was to become a sophisticated law firm providing top-notch work for the community’s legal needs. Over the years, Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian has grown to include twelve practice areas and 29 employees who all work in concert to provide every client with the best possible outcome for their legal needs.

  • Agnes L. Colgan Community Service Award, Arts and Education: Center for the Arts

The mission of the Center for the Arts is to enrich the creative community by engaging people of all ages; celebrating diversity, fostering innovation and cultivating collaboration and communication. Where similar organizations may be focused solely on visual arts, or dance, or theatre with programs for either adults or children; the Center for the Arts is proud to offer programs for all ages, in a multitude of mediums.

Additional Nominees from the City of Manassas:

Innovative Practice/Partnership of the Year: Historic Manassas Inc., Novant Health UVA Health System

Community Outreach Award: Jirani Coffeehouse, Mr. Handyman, Apple Federal Credit Union, Transaction Expert

Government Contractor of the Year: MTCI-Management and Training Consultants Inc.

Outstanding Professional Service: Weber Rector Commercial Real Estate Services Inc., Twin Air LLC, Mr. Handyman

Tech Company of the Year: Tracen Technologies Excellence in Small Business: Transaction Expert Business Excellence Award: Hepburn and Sons, Apple Federal Credit Union

Chuck Colgan Visionary Award: Mike Vanderpool

Agnes L. Colgan Community Service Awards: Health and Human Service: Action in Community Through Service (ACTS), Apple Federal Credit Union

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Updated: Boy, 9, missing from Manassas area home

From Prince William police: 

**MISSING ENDANGERED JUVENILE**- The Prince William County Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing, endangered juvenile, Franklin UCEDA-MERCADO. On March 1 at 8:54PM, officers responded to an apartment located in the 7400 block of Prince Charles Ct in Manassas (20109) to investigate a missing juvenile. Family members reported to police that Franklin left the apartment voluntarily around 8:00PM. It is believed that Franklin may still be in the area on foot or riding his bicycle. Franklin is listed as endangered due to his age and the weather conditions. Anyone with information on Franklin’s whereabouts is asked to call police at 703-792-6500. 

Franklin UCEDA-MERCADO is described as a 9-year-old Hispanic male, 4’10’’, 80lbs, with brown eyes and black hair.

He was last seen wearing a light blue t-shirt, dark jeans, and black socks with white and black sandals. There is no description available for Franklin’s bicycle.

Update 10:30 p.m.

**UPDATE Franklin UCEDA-MERCADO, who was reported as a missing and endangered juvenile earlier this evening, has been located and is safe. The Prince William County Police Department thanks you for your assistance.

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Here is an infographic showing how many bills each Virginia legislator passed during the 2017 session

This post has been corrected: The previous graphic erred in saying that Bulova had a zero (0.000) rate in passing the bills he sponsored in 2016. In fact, he batted 0.500 — he passed 7 of his 14 bills.

 

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Martin suspected of using a gun to rob a shoe store near Manassas

From Prince William police: 

Armed Robbery *ARREST – On February 26, detectives from the Robbery Unit identified the suspect involved in the robbery which occurred at the Famous Footwear located at 11146 Bulloch Dr in Manassas (20109) on February 1. Following the investigation, detectives obtained warrants for the arrest of the accused, identified as Christopher Alan MARTIN. The accused was located and arrested in Arlington on February 28.
Arrested on February 28:
Christopher Alan MARTIN, 32, of 3522 12th Street South in Arlington
Charged with 2 counts of robbery and 2 counts of burglary while armed
Court Date: March 13, 2017 | Bond: Held WITHOUT bond

Armed Robbery [Previously Released] – On February 1 at 8:15PM, officers responded to the Famous Footwear located at 11146 Bulloch Dr in Manassas (20109) to investigate a robbery. An employee reported to police that an unknown man entered the business brandishing a handgun and demanding money. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing the business on foot. No injuries were reported. A police K-9 was used to search for the suspect who was not located. The investigation continues.

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