News Updated: Dumfries police in ‘desperate’ need of funding, volunteers for childrens Christmas program
From Town of Dumfries Director of Community Services Brittany A. Heine:
The Town of Dumfries Police Department is looking for volunteers to help with the “Christmas in Dumfries” event on Saturday December 17, 2016.
Christmas in Dumfries is a program in which those in need can apply on behalf of their children with a list of items that the child(ren) would like for Christmas. The Police Department organizes a day near Christmas for this event to take place. The day will start at the Dumfries Walmart where children will be matched with volunteers and can help them pick out the items on their lists. Afterwards there will be a FREE breakfast with Santa that is sponsored by and held at the Dumfries Triangle Rescue Squad on Graham Park Road.
This year’s Christmas in Dumfries event will be held on Saturday, December 17th. Volunteers are needed from approximately 8:00 am to 11:00 am to help the children with shopping. Due to working with minors, volunteers will need to submit a background check form to the Town of Dumfries (unless you have completed a background check with the Town in the last 12 months). Active Duty Military, First Responders, and Police Officers do not have to submit the form. Public School employees and Prince William County employees do not have to submit the form as long as they have a valid school ID or a letter from a supervisor stating that they are in good standing.
The Dumfries Police Department is in desperate need of both funding and volunteers to make this event possible. The money used for this event comes entirely from donations by local businesses, organizations, and residents. The amount of children we are able to help depends on how much money we have raised and how many volunteers we have to help us. No amount is too small and all money raised goes towards buying gifts for the children in our community. If you would like to make a donation for this program please contact us at (703) 221-3400. Checks can be made out to The Town of Dumfries with Christmas in Dumfries in the memo. You can also make cash donations at Town Hall on Monday-Friday from 8:30 am -5:00 pm.
If you would be interested in volunteering for this worthy cause, please email me at Bheine@dumfriesva.gov or call (703) 221-3400.
The background form can be found attached to this email. Please fill it out and submit it to me and I will process them free of charge. If you have any questions about the event or would like to make a donation, please contact the Dumfries Police Department at (703) 221-1111.
Armed Robbery – On November 14 at 9:43AM, officers responded to investigate a robbery which was reported to have occurred at the Exxon service station located at 13505 Minnieville Rd in Woodbridge (22192) the night prior, November 13, at approximately 9:40PM. A store employee reported to police that three masked men entered the business armed with handguns. The men approached the counter and took an undisclosed amount of money, cigarettes and other property before fleeing the business on foot. No injuries were reported. The men were only described as black males, one heavyset, wearing hooded shirts and masks.
Over-crowded classrooms are one of the most significant challenges facing our community. Data in recent years show Prince William County to have some of the most crowded classrooms in the entire Commonwealth of Virginia. This problem isn’t new – overcrowded classrooms have been a problem for several years. This problem has many possible causes; housing policy and th
This problem isn’t new – overcrowded classrooms have been a problem for several years. This problem has many possible causes; housing policy and the lack of education funding prioritization are two obvious reasons. However, finger-pointing and assigning blame are not marks of leadership. We need our leaders to come together on solutions.
The efforts of Brentsville School Representative Gil Trenum and Gainesville Supervisor Pete Candland have been great examples of leadership on the development of the County’s 13th high school. Working with Prince William County Schools staff, Mr. Trenum gave the community an alternate design known as the PRICE model. This new prototype for the next high school would increase student capacity at a time when it is greatly needed. PRICE stands for “Patriot Redesign Increasing Capacity Effectively.”
Due to the increased size of a PRICE model there would be additional cost. This model will cost about $9 million more than the Battlefield model, but will provide room for 500 more students. It was that additional cost that was used as an excuse to defeat a bi-partisan effort to approve the PRICE model last June by School Board Chairman Ryan Sawyers and the School Board. Yes, it would be more expensive, but the per-student cost in increased capacity would be the most economical solution to address the classroom overcrowding issue. When considering other questionable expenditures by both the existing School Board and the previous School Board, there is clearly a problem with how our schools prioritize funding at a time when government resources are limited.
The Revenue Sharing Agreement between our Board of County Supervisors and School Board is restrictive in allowing additional money to be provided to our schools on an as-needed basis. In previous years, a solution to this problem has been to provide additional funding for the education in the form of grants.
At the October 18 Board of County Supervisors (BOCS) meeting, Supervisor Candland announced that he would introduce a solution to provide additional grant funding for the PRICE model for the 13th High School. Specifically, this proposal will authorize an agreement between the BOCS and School Board and identify funding from the County general revenues to pay for the cost difference between the PRICE model and the previously approved Battlefield model. At the upcoming November 22 Board meeting, the BOCS will vote on this proposal.
Although it is slightly more expensive, passage of this resolution would be a crucial step toward solving the overcrowding of our high schools. We hope you will join us in supporting Supervisor Candland’s resolution at the next Board of County Supervisors meeting on November 22nd.
DJ Jordan and Paul O’Meara are both residents of the Coles Magisterial District. Paul lives near Manassas, and DJ in Woodbridge, and they are both Republicans.
DUMFRIES, Va. — The word of God is back on airwaves full-blast.
The Spanish Radio Zion broadcast heard on WPWC-AM Radio is restored to full power after a storm brought down two of four towers near the radio station.
From Pastor Israel Salguero, of Radio Zion:
“…Thank you for your interest, to God be the Glory, RADIO ZION 1480 AM is back on the air since 10/23/2016 practically a miracle was performed by the Radio engineers Roger and Al by using the limited resources available. But that’s exactly how God get all the credit.
Our audience is enjoying our broadcast on the 1480 AM Dial once more.”
Salguero said his radio show features “music, teaching, praying, and preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ to our Spanish speaking community and our English music listeners.”
HAYMARKET, Va. — Kimberly L. Murray will serve as the new Town Manager in Haymarket.
From a press release:
The Town Council unanimously confirmed Murray’s appointment at the Town Council meeting on Monday, November 7 after a several months’ search and receiving over thirty applications. Ms. Murray will assume the office on November 14, 2016.
Murray most recently served as the Economic Redevelopment Director for the City of Winchester and the Executive Director for the Economic Development Authority of the City of Winchester overseeing the City’s economic development programs and redevelopment initiatives. Prior to her work in Winchester she served as Economic Development and Planning Manager for the Town of Strasburg.
Before coming to Virginia in 2013, Murray served several years in municipal and state government in Vermont before relocating to Virginia with her family. She has twenty years of public service experience in the fields of economic development, planning, transportation, tourism, and downtown revitalization. She is a Certified Economic Developer through the International Economic Development Council and Certified Planner through the American Institute of Certified
Planners and holds a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Florida.
Brian Henshaw served as Haymarket Town Manager for three years. His last day on the job was June, 16, 2016.
Should the Prince William County School Board follow a rule it set in 2008 that mandates closing school on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, 2017?
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — Ask any teacher, parent, or student in Prince William County today and they’ll tell you school is in session on January 20, Inauguration Day, the day Donald Trump moves into the White House.
Why? The school calendar lists January 20, 2017, as a regular school day.
But school officials and parents might have to rethink their plans.
Following the election of President Obama in 2008, the School Board voted to make Inauguration Day 2009 — and all subsequent Inauguration Days, which happen every four years after a U.S. President is elected — a holiday.
But, memories appear to be short. And the current School Board has, apparently, forgot about this rule it put in place eight years ago.
From Prince William County Schools spokeswoman Irene Cromer:
“[Innaguration Day] is not currently on the calendar but we will let you know of any changes.”
Northern Virginia was a frenzy of anticipation leading up to Inauguration Day 2009. Aside from the fact that the historic event would see the swearing-in of the nation’s first black president, hundreds of thousands flocked to the area to bear witness or to be a part of inaugural festivities.
Virginia State Police closed Interstate 395 and a portion of I-66 at the Capital Beltway, forcing the thousands headed into Washington from Virginia to take Metro or to find another route through Maryland.
Teachers in Prince William County wanted to take off from work to go to the Inauguration. By declaring the date a holiday, Prince William teachers didn’t have to worry about using allocated time off to do so, according to the minutes of the same School Board meeting.
While the inauguration of Donald Trump may not be historical, the political upset that will put him in the White House is. We’ll update you on any changes the Prince William County School Board makes to its calendar.
The vote by the Prince William County School Board in 2008 declaring Inauguration Day a school holiday also made Presidents Day on Inauguration years a regular school day.
Prince William County Potomac District School Board member Justin Wilk says he wants to hear from students on this issue:
Student Poll: We currently have school on Inauguration Day. Do you think the schools should close for students? Please retweet and follow
— Justin David Wilk (@justindavidwilk) November 15, 2016
From Prince William County Fire and Rescue Department:
On Sunday, November 13th, at 7:58 p.m., fire and rescue crews were dispatched to an appliance fire in a single family home located in the 200 block of 3rd Avenue in Quantico.
Upon entry, fire and rescue crews discovered the fire had extended to the kitchen cabinets and immediately upgraded the incident to a structure fire. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire.
The occupants, one adult and three children, were alerted to the fire by the sounding of the smoke alarm allowing them to safely evacuate the home. They were transported and treated for smoke inhalation at a local medical facility.
Red Cross was on scene to assist the family displaced by the fire.
According to the Fire Marshal’s Office, preliminary damages are estimated at $5,000.00.
The origin and cause of the fire was a cooking fire on a kitchen stovetop and has been determined as accidental.
BRISTOW, Va. — Fire and rescue crews were called to 9856 Lucky Penny Court in Bristow this morning for a burning shed.
Crews found the shed ablaze in a backyard, about 20 feet away from home, at 10:13 a.m.
Crews extinguished the blaze. No injuries were reported.
A fire marshal was dispatched to the scene to investigate the cause of the fire.
WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Students set the record for the tallest cake shaped like a pyramid in Woodbridge.
The cake, topping nine feet two inches, was assembled inside the food court at Potomac Mills mall on Friday, November 12. Instructors, with help from students from Stratford University in Woodbridge. assembled the cake.
“We wanted to show the world that we have a lot of students in our culinary program working with chef instructors who are the top in the industry,” said Stratford Woodbridge Campus Director Ovette Finnell.
The school has 130 students enrolled in its culinary program, which has become one of the school’s most popular courses of study.
A representative from the Guinness Book of World Records traveled to the mall to measure the cake, which included hundreds of sheet cakes used to make up an 8,000-pound cake held together with no inside structures or supports.
After being awarded the record, the cake was cut and some 32,000 slices of cake were sold to onlookers at the mall.
“It is great to be a part of history. I get excited when the students get excited,” added Finnell.
HAYMARKET, Va. — A new park in Haymarket has a new name.
The Town Council on November 9 voted unanimously to name a new park on the east side of town, located at 14710 Washington Street, Haymarket Community Park.
Town officials three months ago solicited names for a new five-acre park that will be built on the old Harrover property. Town staff received 1,200 votes on its website, social media pages, and via text message from residents who wanted a say on what the new recreation space should be called.
The final two names selected were Haymarket Community Park and Harrover Park. “Haymarket Community Park” won the contest by 36 votes.
The park will take 10 years and $2.1 million to build in three phases. It will include a pavilion, playground, and walking trails.
The town’s police station used to sit on the Harrover property where the park will be built. When the police department relocated to Town Hall, located at 15000 Washington Street, a food pantry later opened at the site of the old police station.
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — Police arrested the final two suspects wanted in the murder of 22-year-old Edwin Chicas.
The victim was shot and killed outside a home near Manassas on October 29.
Murder Investigation *WANTED SUSPECTS APPREHENDED – On November 9, detectives from the Prince William County Police Homicide Unit and members of the U.S. Marshal led Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force received information regarding the location of the two remaining suspects wanted in connection to the murder of Edwin Ivan Chicas which occurred in the 7500 block of Quail Run Ln in Manassas on October 29. Information obtained by police indicated that the two men were staying at a residence in Medina, Ohio. Authorities in Virginia contacted members of the U.S. Marshal’s Northern Ohio Fugitive Task Force for assistance in apprehending these suspects. On November 10, the Task Force, with assistance from the Media Police Department, successfully located and arrested these suspects without incident following a traffic stop. Both men will remain in custody in Ohio until they are extradited back to Virginia. Seven other suspects, including one juvenile, were previously apprehended by police and federal authorities on November 9.
Arrested on November 10: [No photos available]
Kevin Vigil CRUZ, 22, of the 9400 block of Locust Terr in Manassas Park
Carlos Antoni CISNEROS-ESPINAL, 21, of the 10900 block of Coverstone Dr in Manassas
Both suspects above were charged with accessory after the fact
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — Police today announced the arrest of five people in the October 29 shooting death of Edwin Chicas, 22, who was killed outside a home near Manassas.
From Prince William police:
Murder Investigation *MULTIPLE ARRESTS – On November 9, detectives from the Prince William County Police Homicide Unit and Special Investigations Bureau, with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, the Manassas City Police Department and the City of Manassas Park Police Department, attempted to arrest several suspects involved in the murder of Edwin Ivan Chicas which occurred in the 7500 block of Quail Run Ln in Manassas on October 29.
The preliminary investigation into the murder revealed that the victim was fatally shot following an altercation in the above area. Two men, identified as Marlon Edenilson ARGUETA-FLORES and Gerson Aldair SORTO-RAMIREZ, are alleged to have caused the victim’s death. The investigation further revealed that several other individuals were also involved in the murder, either as accessories after the fact or as co-conspirators. Detectives determined this murder was gang related as several of the suspects arrested were identified as members of the criminal gang Mara Salvatrucha, commonly known as MS13.
Following the investigation, detectives obtained arrest warrants for eight adults and one juvenile. Seven of those suspects wanted by police were arrested without incident. Authorities also executed multiple search warrants at five residences in connection to this investigation.
Arrested on November 9:
Marlon Edenilson ARGUETA-FLORES, 23, of 8329 Shady Grove Cir in Manassas City
Gerson Aldair SORTO-RAMIREZ, 18, of 8828 Flatbush Ct in Manassas
Charged with murder
Omar Javier VILLEGAS-AYALA, 19, of 9450 Locust Terr, #1108, in Manassas Park
Kevin PORTILLO QUINTANILLA, 18, of 10110 Sabin Dr in Manassas
Both suspects above were charged with conspiracy to commit a felony
Ana Luisa HERNANDEZ-RAMIREZ, 29, of 9450 Locust Terr, #1108, in Manassas Park
Tania Manilo HENRIQUEZ-CARRONZA, 24, of 9450 Locust Terr, #1108, in Manassas Park
Both suspects above were charged with accessory after the fact
Court Date: January 9, 2017
Arrested on November 9: [Juvenile]
A 17-year-old male juvenile of Manassas
Charged with conspiracy to commit a felony
Kevin Vigil CRUZ, 22, of the 9400 block of Locust Terr in Manassas Park [No photo available]
Carlos Antoni CISNEROS-ESPINAL, 21, of the 10900 block of Coverstone Dr in Manassas [Photo from December 2015]
Both suspects above are wanted for accessory after the fact
Search Warrant Locations:
8329 Shady Grove Cir, City of Manassas
8828 Flatbush Ct, Manassas-Prince William County
9450 Locust Terr, #1108, City of Manassas Park
10110 Sabin Dr, Manassas-Prince William County
11052 Camfield Ct, #201, Manassas-Prince William County
LAKE RIDGE, Va. — A popular trail in Lake Ridge will close for the remainder of the month while crews work to improve it.
From Prince William County Parks and Recreation spokesman Brent Heavner:
PL: What work / improvements are being completed?
Heavner: Two culverts are going to be installed, and the trail tread is being improved. We should complete the work in about 3 weeks.
PL: Why is work is needed?
Heavner: This project addresses two areas on the trail that were by storm water runoff.
PL: How popular is this trail?
Heavner: The trail is a popular amenity for Lake Ridge Park and is a primary route for local residents to walk and jog. It’s one of our most popular trails.
PL: Where does the trail run (from where to where)?
Heavner: The trail runs from Springwood Drive through Lake Ridge Park to Hedges Run Drive.
PL: How long is the trail?
Heavner: Currently, the route of the trail runs roughly two miles. Though this particular project does not add new mileage to the trail, the long range plan calls for the extension of the trail all the way to the town of Occoquan for a total length of roughly 10 miles. As sections of trail are completed and connected, this trail corridor will grow in the coming years.
PL: How much is budgeted for work?
Heavner: The current culvert project carries an estimated cost of $85,000.
The Hawkins-Reeve VFW Post 7916 has been awarded a $2500 grant by the Home Depot Foundation and Team Depot for FY2016. The support of this generous grant will greatly improve the physical infrastructure of the Hawkins-Reeve VFW Post 7916 and its 740 Post and Auxiliary members.
The partnership established with the Home Depot Foundation and Team Depot will provide materials and labor to refresh the community fellowship hall – vastly improving its appearance and utility as a space for its membership, its sponsored Boys Scouts of America Troops, and ensure its viability as a community space for the Occoquan and Prince William communities.
About the Home Depot Foundation and Team Depot
Team Depot is comprised of an army of over 300,000 associates who are committed to supporting local communities. Team Depot is particularly committed to improving the lives of U.S. Military Veterans and their families. Through the Team Depot Foundation, thousands of Home Depot Associates dedicate their time and talent in the communities where they live and work. For more information, visit https://corporate.homedepot.com/community
About Hawkins-Reeve VFW Post 7916
Founded in 1946, our membership is fraternal, patriotic, historical, charitable, and educational as we preserve and strengthen comradeship among its membership to perpetuate the memory, legacy, and history of our warrior veterans, their widows, and orphans and to maintain true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of the United States of America.
Unopposed Congressman Gerald E. “Gerry” Connolly will keep his seat serving Fairfax and Prince William counties.
The Democrat won his fifth-straight term in office Tuesday night. He first won the seat in 2008.
“I thank the voters of Virginia’s 11th District for once again giving me their trust and sending me back to Congress. I love what I do and I love representing people of Northern Virginia. It’s been the greatest privilege of my life.”
Connolly served on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman, At-large prior to being elected to Congress.”
GAINESVILLE, Va. — The suspect now in custody and charged in the death of 26-year-old Lihn Thi Pham had a prior relationship with the man, and both shared a child.
Prince William police today announced the arrest of Bryan Christopher Yu, 33, and charged him with Pham’s death. The news comes one day after the department named Yu as as suspect in the crime.
She was shot and killed Sunday night in the Virginia Gateway shopping center in Gainesville.
More from police:
Murder Investigation *ARREST– On November 7, detectives from the Homicide Unit identified the suspect involved in the murder of Linh Thi Pham which occurred in the 7300 block of Atlas Walk Way in Gainesville on November 6. The preliminary investigation into the incident alleged that the accused, identified as Bryan Christopher YU, fatally shot the victim, an acquaintance, as she was sitting in her vehicle after leaving her place of employment. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested without incident.
Arrested on November 7:
Bryan Christopher YU, 33, of 22555 Windsor Locks Square in Ashburn
Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond
DUMFRIES, Va. — A water main ruptured on Possum Point Road for the second time in less than two weeks.
Prince William Service Authority crews headed to 18049 Possum Point Road in Dumfries about 3:30 p.m. The break is reported located near Summerduck Drive.
We don’t yet know how many customers are affected by the break.
A similar incident, a 12-inch water main break on Oct. 28 at the intersection of Possum Point Road and Summerduck Drive, impacted customers. It was repaired the same afternoon.
QUANTICO, Va. — A Veterans Day Ceremony will be held at Quantico National Cemetery on Friday.
Commandant of the Marine Corps General Robert B. Neller will be the keynote speaker for the event to honor the men and women in who serve, and have served their country in uniform.
The ceremony will take place at the flagpole, near Committal Shelter A, at 11 a.m., according to a press release.
More from a press release:
Veterans Day is intended to thank and honor all those who served honorably in the military – in wartime or peacetime. World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month – November 11, 1918.
In November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory …”
From Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller:
Early Monday (Nov. 7, 2016), 44 new Virginia State Police troopers reported to their respective Division Headquarters to begin the final phase of training. The 124th Basic Session celebrated their graduation Friday (Nov. 4, 2016), at the state police Academy in North Chesterfield County. Upon receiving their diplomas, the new troopers finished a rigorous 27-week training session. They received instruction in more than 100 different subjects spanning hundreds of hours. Academy training includes such areas as crime scene investigation, survival Spanish, judicial procedures, self- defense, cultural diversity and firearms. Each of the graduates will spend the next six weeks with a field training officer learning his or her new patrol area and day-to-day duties.
Woodbridge resident, Trooper Kelly A. Carrubba, returns home to Prince William County for her first patrol assignment. The 24-year-old is a graduate of Northern Virginia Community College with an associate’s degree in administration of justice. She sought a career with the Virginia State Police for the, “…chance to be able to help the community.”
In addition, Trooper Thomas R. Floch of Sayreville, N.J., joins the ranks of Area 11 in Prince William County along with two Southwest Virginia natives:
From Smyth County, Va., is graduate Trooper D. Cody Collins. Joining the Virginia State Police has been a lifelong dream of the 26-year-old Chilhowie native and his goal of “being able to help people.”
Trooper Daniel G. Giles, 23, heads to Northern Virginia to Prince William County for his first patrol assignment. The Duffield, Va., native chose the state police because he “wanted to challenge” himself and “be with the best
Lines at the polls this Election Day formed early on Tuesday.
Many across Prince William County reported long lines this morning at polling places. The pace was steady, and the mood of the voters: patient.
— Rachel Wakatsuki (@CaligirlinVA) November 8, 2016
About a 30 min wait at the King Elem polling site in Prince William County. Lines moved steadily. Pretty smooth process. #vote
— Dan Waddell (@DanWaddellCISSP) November 8, 2016
This photo was taken at Haymarket Elementary School:
— Ken Bayes (@a_Magillacutty) November 8, 2016
In Manassas Park City where voters choose between Barbara Comstock or LuAnn Bennet for the 10th Congressional District, will vote on a Mayor, and a slate of new Governing Body candidates, a total of 1,443 votes were cast in Manassas as of 9 a.m., according to Manasass Park City Deputy Registrar Nancy Van Wyen.
In Pricne William County, elections spokesman Forrest Winston said the pace at the polls was brisk, but reported no problems.
Stafford County General Registrar Greg Riddlemoser reported simliar conditions at the polls, and said there had been no issues with voting eqiuipment.
Submitted photos from the polls: