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Michele McQuigg

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Michele passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2017.

Michele was a resident of Woodbridge, Virginia at the time of her passing.

She graduated from Mary Washington College in 1968 and furthered her education with a Master’s degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1978.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 from 5-8 PM at Miller Funeral Home at 3200 Golansky Boulevard in Woodbridge. A memorial service will be held Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 7pm at All Saints’ Church at 14851 Gideon Drive, Woodbridge.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Prince William Historic Preservation Foundation – 17674 Main Street Dumfries, Virginia 22026 or CareNet PRCs ‘ PO Box 2040, Manassas, VA 20108.

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Updated: Khushbu Amanullah, 16, missing, no longer endandered

From Prince William police: 

*MISSING ENDANGERED JUVENILE: The Prince William County Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing and endangered juvenile, Khushbu Amanullah. The investigation revealed that Khushbu walked away from her residence located in the 13700 block of Greenbriar Drive in [Dale City] (22193).

On February 12th 2017, Khushbu left her residence voluntarily.  On February 19th, additional information was received that she may be in need of assistance which qualifies her as being endangered. Anyone with information on Khushbu’s whereabouts is asked to call the police at 703-792-6500.

Khushbu Amanullah is described as a white female, 16 years of age, 5’06”, 142lbs with black hair and brown eyes.
It’s unknown what she was last seen wearing.

Update 10:11 a.m. 

From Prince William police:

“Upon receiving additional information and further investigation Khushbu Amanullah, who was reported as a missing and endangered juvenile on Sunday, February 19, is no longer considered endangered.” 

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Bill lets women get 1 year of birth control pills

RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia Senate on Thursday passed legislation allowing pharmacists to provide women a full year of birth control pills at once if prescribed by a doctor.

HB 2267, was sponsored by Del. Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Springfield. The bill, titled the Birth Control Access Act, will now be sent to Gov. Terry McAuliffe to be signed into law.

Women’s right activists praised the measure’s passage. Many insurance policies currently limit women to a 90-day supply of birth control pills.

“Passing the Birth Control Access Act is a huge victory for women. Women lead busy lives, and going back and forth to the pharmacy every few weeks to get the birth control they need isn’t necessary, so we’re thrilled that the General Assembly has passed this common-sense solution,” said Anna Scholl, executive director of Progress Virginia. “Everyone in a community benefits when women are able to take control of their own bodies, and passing this bill is a step in the right direction.” (more…)


Retail space for rent on Zimbro Avenue in Manassas

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Retail space for rent on Zimbro Avenue in Manassas. This is a high-visibility, attractive leasing opportunity.

The space is situated along heavily trafficked Route 28 and is surrounded by many neighborhood amenities. Space is ideal for a bookstore, tutoring services, laundry mat, pet hospital, food services, or restaurant.

I’m looking to rent this 2,000-square-feet of retail space. Please call Irene at 703-225-9824.

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How about those 70-degree temps in February?

This President’s Day weekend has been unusually warm with high temperatures reaching the low 70s.

From Ornery Beer Company in Woodbridge: 

“It’s a Biergarten kinda day!”

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And Manassas residents also got in on the nice weather in Downtown. 

From Manassas City Councilman Ian Lovejoy:

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So, will that nice weather continue today? 

 

 

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ALDI expanding existing grocery stores

At least two ALDI grocery locations in Prince William and Stafford counties are being expanded. 

In Stafford the Ali at 263 Garrisonville Road in North Stafford Plaza, and in Woodbridge at 13782 Smoketown Road are being enlarged, we’re told. The improved stores will feature a new concept layout. 

The move comes as the discount grocery chain has opened new stores, including one outside Dumfries, with floor plans that differ from their other locations, and as German competitor Lidl (pronounced Lee Dell) plans to open several new stores in the region this summer. 

From Jeff Baehr, Frederick division vice president for ALDI:

“We’re excited to share that we’re updating the ALDI store experience as part of our $1.6 billion nationwide plan to remodel and expand more than 1,300 of our stores by 2020.

With approximately 20 stores in the Washington, DC and Northern Virginia Region, we can’t wait to bring the new look of ALDI to shoppers who know and love us, plus new fans, as we make more room for a larger selection of fresh products, plus customer favorites like organics, gluten-free foods and premium baby items.

We know you’re eager to learn about plans for our store in Stafford, so we’ll be sure to reach out with more specific details at a later date.”

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Wheels stolen from backyard neighborhood kid bike repair

Submitted: 

“[Saturday] at around [4 p.m.] this bike was stolen from my back yard [near the intersection of Lindendale Road and Lombard Lane in Dale City]. My daughter watched the child walk back, in broad daylight and ride away on my son [Ethan’s] bike.

Ethan repairs bikes for all of the neighborhood kids. He has a workshop in our yard and this kid went into his workshop and just walked away.

I went to the child’s house to try to deal with the situation parent to parent but to no avail. The police went to the child’s house and still no results.

We just want the bike back. We believe it was dumped somewhere around Beville Middle or in the Lindendale area.

It’s very distinctive looking- narrow front tire, wide back tire, black with some blue showing through on the underneath.” 

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Two adults, 6 children displaced by Montclair fire

From the Prince William County Fire and Rescue Department: 

“On Friday, February 17th at 6:53 p.m., fire and rescue units were dispatched to a townhouse fire located in the 14400 block of Whisperwood Court in Montclair.

Upon arrival, fire and rescue crews observed fire on two levels of the mid-row two story townhome with basement. As firefighters initiated attack and extinguishment of the fire, they were informed the residents were not home.

No injuries reported.

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

A Building Official has posted the home unsafe.

Red Cross was on scene to assist the family, 2 adults and 6 children, displaced by the fire.

The fire started in the kitchen; the cause is undetermined. The fire is currently under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s Office.”

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What is Mug Shot Monday?

All of most recent mug shots included in crime stories posted to PotomacLocal.com will be shared weekly in Monday Mug Shots.

Today marked the first day for the weekly Monday Mug Shots email to be sent every Monday at 8 a.m. The email will feature a round-up of arrests from Prince William and Stafford counties, as well as the Greater Manassas area.

Monday Mug Shots is free, and you can get it by signing up on PotomacLocal.com.

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Environmentalists disappointed by House’s coal ash bill

RICHMOND, Va. – A bill approved by the House on Friday would require Dominion Virginia Power to study whether its controversial coal ash ponds might pollute the water, but environmentalists say the legislation doesn’t do enough.

SB 1398 would require energy companies to identify the risks of heavy metals polluting the groundwater and alternatives methods of disposal when they apply for a permit to decommission a “coal combustion residuals unit,” commonly called a coal ash pond.

These ponds, a mixture of the byproduct of coal combustion and water, are often near rivers. Dominion has four sites around Virginia containing millions of tons of coal ash. The company hopes to close the ponds by treating and discharging the water and then burying the remaining coal ash with a protective seal. (more…)

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Motorcyclist killed on Mapledale Avenue in Dale City

From Prince William police: 

Fatal Crash Investigation – On February 18 at 1:38AM, investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit responded to the area of Mapledale Ave and Meadowbrook Rd in [Dale City] (22193) to investigate a crash involving two motorcycles.

The investigation revealed that both motorcycles were traveling southbound on Mapledale Ave approaching Meadowbrook Dr when one of the operators, an adult male, applied a hard brake in an attempt to turn onto Meadowbrook Dr. The second motorcycle, operated by an adult female, was following behind the first motorcycle and unable to stop causing a collision. (more…)

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Update: Silvia Patricia Ramos Guillen stabbed to death

From Prince William police:

Stabbing Investigation- On February 17 at 6:22PM, officers responded to the 7300 block of Forrester Ln in Manassas (20109) to investigate a stabbing.

When officers arrived on scene, they located two victims, both adults, suffering from injuries to the body.

All involved parties are accounted for and the incident does not appear random. More information will be released when it is available.

Update 9:56 p.m.

*UPDATE* Stabbing Investigation – One victim, identified as an adult female, has been pronounced dead due to her injuries. The second victim, identified as an adult male, has been transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries.

The incident appears to be domestic in nature and all involved parties are accounted for. The investigation is ongoing and more information will be released when it is available.

1:20 p.m. Saturday, Feb, 18, 2017: 

Homicide Investigation – On February 17 at 6:22PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 7300 block of Forrester Ln in Manassas (20109) to investigate a stabbing. When officers arrived on scene, they located an adult male and an adult female suffering from stab wounds to the body. The investigation revealed that both parties were involved in an altercation inside the residence. During the encounter, the female victim was stabbed, allegedly by the male party.

After the stabbing, the male suspect proceeded to another area of the home where he reportedly stabbed himself. Other residents of the home attempted to intervene and contacted police. First responding officers attempted first aid on both parties before Fire & Rescue arrived on scene at the residence.

The female victim was pronounced dead on scene. The male suspect, identified as 40-year-old man of Manassas, was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. This incident appears to be domestic related. Charges are pending.

The investigation continues. This is Prince William County’s second homicide of 2017.

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               The victim was identified as Silvia Patricia RAMOS GUILLEN, 40, of Manassas

Their exact relationship is unknown at this point and it is still being investigated further. The male has not been charged but is still hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

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Possum Point residents fight Dominion coal ash ‘cap in place’ plan

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WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Dumfries residents and local leaders spoke loud and clear: They don’t want state regulators to allow Dominion Power to leave behind toxic coal ash at Possum Point.

Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality held a two-and-a-half hour public hearing that began at 7 p.m. Thursday at Potomac Senior High School in Woodbridge. It was a chance to go on the record about Dominion’s request to “cap in place” millions of tons of coal ash that the utility has consolidated in a 64-acre pool dubbed “Pond D.”

A new cap would be installed on the top of the pond to keep out rainwater and prevent spillage.

“The final cover for Pond D will contain a high-density polyethylene cap to prevent rainwater or any moisture from coming into contact with the ash,” Dominion Environmental Advisor Cathy Taylor told two representatives from DEQ. (more…)

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It’s going to be a Sheetz

Submitted: 

“Intersection of 28 & Linton Hall, please and thank you, what are they building on the corner by the red and gray building?”

Prince William County Brentsville District Supervisor Jeanine Lawson’s office tells us a Sheetz gas station will be built here.

A WaWa gas station is located about a mile and a half east on Route 28.

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New superintendent of Manassas National Battlefield Park named

From the National Park Service: 

Brandon Bies has been named superintendent of Manassas National Battlefield Park in Virginia, where he will manage the lands and resources associated with two major Civil War battles. The historic meadows and woodlands of the 5,000-acre park draw more than 500,000 visitors annually.

Bies’s appointment to this position was finalized before the Presidential Memorandum Regarding the Hiring Freeze was issued on January 23, 2017.

Bies (pronounced BIZE) has served as the legislative coordinator for the National Capital Region of the National Park Service (NPS) since 2014.  During that time, he also served as the regional project manager for the rehabilitation of Arlington House, Robert E. Lee’s historic  home, made possible by a $12.35 million donation from philanthropist David M. Rubenstein. (more…)

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Stafford woman hired as superintendent of Prince William Forest Park

Fron the National Park Service: 

Tanya M. Gossett has been named the new superintendent of Prince William Forest Park in Virginia. 

Gossett’s appointment to the position was finalized before the Presidential Memorandum Regarding the Hiring Freeze was issued on January 23, 2017.

Gossett brings more than 17 years of National Park Service (NPS) experience to her new position. She comes to the park from National Capital Parks – East, in Washington, D.C., where she served as chief of resource management, overseeing the care and management of diverse ecosystems and treasured historic places such as Frederick Douglass National Historic Site and Capitol Hill parks included in the L’Enfant Plan. She has advanced the park’s partnerships with the District of Columbia and conservation partner organizations to improve the Anacostia River ecosystem and preserve the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House and the Carter G. Woodson Home national historic sites. (more…)

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Prince William County Clerk of the Circuit Court Michele McQuigg dies

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — Prince Willaim County Clerk of the Circuit Court Michele McQuigg, 69, has died.

The lifelong public servant was working in her second eight-year term as clerk. We don’t know the circumstances of her death. 

“Prince William County and Manasses have lost yet another committed public servant in Michele McQuigg. We are devastated about her sudden passing and our prayers are with the loved-ones that she leaves behind. Michele will always be known for her great passion for this County and its people; she will be sorely missed” –said Prince William County Republican Committee Chairman Dottie Miller.

McQuigg won her second term in the court in 2015. She made preserving historical court documents and making them available to the public her later life’s work. (more…)

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Argument escalates, woman choked

From Prince William police:

Strangulation | Domestic Assault & Battery – On February 15 at 12:00p.m., officers responded to a residence located in the 8100 block of Halsey Ct in Manassas (20110) to investigate a domestic assault. The victim, a 25-year-old woman of Manassas, reported to police that she and the accused, an acquaintance, were involved in a verbal argument which escalated.

During the encounter, the accused pushed the victim and, at one point, placed his hands around her neck preventing her from breathing. A struggle ensued and both parties eventually separated. Minor injuries were reported.

Following the investigation, the accused, identified as Jorge Antonio GONZALEZ AMAYA, was arrested.

Arrested on February 15:
Jorge Antonio GONZALEZ AMAYA, 23, of the 8100 block of Halsey Ct in Manassas
Charged with strangulation and domestic assault & battery
Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond


The Prince William K-9 Unit: Ready at a moment’s notice

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1st Sgt. Michael Blake and K-9 partner Luke make a great team. Blake has been with the Prince William Police Department for almost twenty years. Luke is a German shepherd rookie – he will only be two in March. But Blake has already said when it’s time, he wants to retire with Luke.

The Journey and Training Begin

The Prince William County Police Department doesn’t buy dogs like Luke at the local pet store. They bring these intelligent animals from the Netherlands, Slovakia, Czech Republic and parts of Eastern and Western Europe. The male dogs bought from this region are worth the $7,000 price tag because there is less chance of them having inherited conditions like hip dysplasia. Since German Shepherds are active dogs, a condition like hip dysplasia could limit their mobility early in life.

The dogs have an average lifespan of ten to twelve years. This means that K-9 German Shepherds are career dogs because they typically work until they are nine to ten years old unless they get hurt.

Dogs that work in the K-9 unit undergo training to go out “on the job.” Luke completed fourteen weeks of full-time training to graduate to support the patrol officers. Luke continues to attend reinforcement training two days per month.”

Home Life

K-9 officers get to bunk with their handlers. The dogs do best if they are integrated with the family, Blake said, so Luke lives at home with Blake and his family. Blake and Luke bond over playing in the backyard, and tummy rubs. But when it’s time to work, Luke can be at attention and sprint off in a matter of seconds.

“The bond you create with these guys is incredible,” Blake said. “We’re inseparable at home.”

Luke loves to play with his toys. His favorite toy is a “Kong,” a kind of rubber ball. “He’ll do anything and everything for that ball,” said Blake, “but he has to do what I ask him to do first.”

In this way, Luke learns discipline in both work and play.

On the Job Experience

On and off the job, Luke follows verbal commands like “heel.” He also follows hand signals to sit and stay.

But a police K-9 isn’t there to do tricks. Police dogs are trained to sniff out different things. Luke supports the Patrol Unit by sniffing out the human scent to help locate suspects and items a suspect might have touched. And when it comes to apprehending a suspect, dogs like Luke are taught to bite.

Like most police dogs, Luke is trained on a “bite sleeve,” a special padded sleeve that protects an officer’s arm during training. During the interview, Luke demonstrated some of his bite sleeve skills.

Sgt. Heath Oyler volunteered to wear a bite sleeve. Luke first started on a lead when he lunged and bit onto the sleeve. After he was let off the lead, he sprinted towards Oyler, bit the sleeve hard and would not let go. Blake encouraged Luke, saying, “Hold him, buddy!”

Then Oyler let the sleeve slip off while Luke held on to it. When the dogs bite, they bite to hold, not to tear, Blake said.

In another practice drill, a credit card was thrown into the field at the Manassas Western District Station, and Luke ran around the field, sniffing and hunting. When he found the card, he didn’t pick it up in his mouth – he laid down next to it, waiting for Blake.

Even though Luke must stay alert, be prepared and ready to go, Blake said the department is only allowed to use dogs in certain circumstances.

When they do, they must announce to the suspect that they are releasing the dog. They give the warning in English and Spanish. Blake said most suspects are smart enough to stop and put their hands in the air once they know the dog has been released.

A Popular Unit

The K-9 Unit is often coveted by recruits eager to work with the dogs. However, not all on the waiting list will be eligible for the position. First, officers must serve two to three years in the Patrol Unit before applying.

Then, they must pass a specific agility test. Those with tactical experience are preferred. They must also live in the county in order to be ready at a moment’s notice.

The greater lead time a suspect has to get away, the harder it is for the dogs to find the suspect’s scent or items the suspect has left behind, so K-9 Unit officers must be local.

See more about the Prince William Police Department K-9 unit.

Read about last year’s K-9 graduates.

For more information and to apply online, go to joinpwcpd.org

Read more from our series

Prince William County Police detectives chosen to work for a higher cause

Prince William on patrol: ‘This Job is About Integrity’

Prince William County Police Digital Forensics team puts heart, soul, and mind into solving cases

How a love for animals and a vet degree spawned a career as a Prince William County Police officer

 

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New planning, budget directors chosen for Prince William County

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From Prince William County: 

Following a nationwide search and competitive hiring process, the Board of County Supervisors announced that Rebecca Horner is the new Planning Director and Dave Sinclair is the new Office of Management and Budget Director for Prince William County. (more…)



Historic Manassas reveals new logo

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Featured photos in slideshow: New logo, old logo

Over the last year, Historic Manassas, Inc. (HMI) has worked endlessly on their rebranding efforts and are excited to announce the release of their new logo. The new logo features a streetscape of Main Street as well as the welcoming historic water tower. To represent Historic Manassas’ close partnership with the City, their new tag line ‘Historic Heart. Modern Beat.’ was also incorporated into the logo.

Patrick King, CEO of Imagine, worked to create the perfect logo.

“We are humbled to be a part of this rebrand, excited that Manassas is undergoing a wonderful amount of growth and change, while still staying true to its history. We felt it was fitting to create a logo that married a vibrant energy to its beautiful architecture, and we are very proud of the result,” said King.

HMI began their rebranding efforts within the community by creating a survey last spring to determine who the community thought HMI was. The former logo, the downtown train depot, gave many the impression that HMI was just those who ran the train station or a committee involved with the museum and historic preservation within the City. Very few realized the involvement HMI has in the community including the numerous events that take over the streets of downtown each year.

Historic Manassas, Inc. was formed to promote a positive image of Historic Downtown Manassas and to perpetuate its revitalization. HMI feels this new logo helps to push forth its mission statement to engage the community in promotion, preservation, and enhancement of our vibrant Historic Downtown. Those interested in learning more about HMI’s four committees can find information here on their website.

Keep an eye out for the new logo and be sure to check out all of the events coming up in downtown. Next up is First Friday – March Madness on March 3!

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