For a Better Commute. For a Better Prince William County.

Prince William

Police Were Also Expecting Usher at School

Woodbridge, Va. –– Students at Woodbridge Middle School weren’t the only ones expecting to see Usher on Friday.

So were the additional Prince William police officers called in for extra security during the school’s day-long celebration for achieving high scores on standards of learning exams.

Everyone hopes were dashed, however, as the pop star was never scheduled to appear at the school.

A school employee working on a committee to help promote the school came in contact with an unauthorized representative from Usher, who said the singer would appear Friday.

That got the attention of students, parents and other members of the community who became excited for the chance to see the performer in their own backyard.

“We had the same information as everyone else,” said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

Extra officers were posted Friday in the school’s gym and on an outside field, where school officials told students Usher would take center stage.

Prince William County Public Schools spokesman Ken Blackstone said they are still trying to learn more about what lead to this miscommunication.

They do say Woodbridge Middle School did not pay any money to the authorized agent, nor will they have to reimburse the police department any money for the extra officers that were on hand that day.

In the future, the school system plans to involve more people in the decision-making process when it comes to promoting events, said Blackstone.

P-Nats Stormed Out Prior to Finale

By Will Flemming

Winston-Salem, N.C. –– For the second straight night, the Potomac Nationals surrendered the lead in the late innings as the Winston-Salem Dash stormed back for a 5-3 victory at BB&T Ballpark.

The Nationals belted two home runs for just the third time all year, but those were two of only five hits for Potomac, whose offensive woes continued. The P-Nats (11-20) fell to a season-low nine games below .500 and need to win the series finale in Winston-Salem to avoid six losses on their seven-game road trip.

Destin Hood got Potomac on the board in the first with a massive home run to left, his first of the season.

The Dash took the lead back in the second inning, with some help from the Potomac defense. With one out, Kyle Shelton doubled to center. Luis Sierra lined the next pitch into center, but Shelton held at third as the throw came home in plenty of time.

But Sandy Leon tried to throw behind Shelton, and fired into left field, which allowed Shelton to score and Sierra to move to second. After a wild pitch, the Dash took the lead when Nick Ciolli grounded out to second.

J.P. Ramirez surged the Nats back in front in the fourth. After Steven Souza walked with two outs, Ramirez drilled his second homer in as many days over the wall in right, and the Nationals led 3-2.

From there, Holder (1-4) found an incredible groove. From the third to seventh innings, he retired 13 Dash hitters in a row. But with one out in the seventh, things unraveled. Andy Wilkins singled to center and Shelton doubled to left to put two men in scoring position with one out. Sierra then slapped a ball into left field to tie the game at three.

Nick Ciolli then hit a blooper to right center field; Eury Perez took a sharp line to the ball and allowed it to roll all the way to the wall. Two runs scored (including Sierra all the way from first), and the Dash had the lead for good.

Addison Reed pitched two scoreless innings for his first save. Santos Rodriguez (2-0), brought on to pitch the seventh, got the win.

Potomac looks to Paul Demny to salvage the finale in Winston-Salem against Andre Rienzo at 7 p.m.

Will Flemming is the broadcast director for the Potomac Nationals.

Around Town

Survey of Virginians finds support for gay adoption
A Washington Post survey found most adults they surveyed in Virginia think gay couples who live in the state should be able to adopt children.

More delays on 14th Street Bridge expected
Drivers beware! The District Department of Transportation is beginning the next phase of the 14th Street Bridge rehabilitation project, and that means more lane closures, reports

Hiring help for college students
George Mason University has launched an online program to help its students and graduates find jobs, reports Connect2Mason.

New hotel approved for University of Mary Washington project
Fredericksburg leaders have approved a new 96-room hotel to be constructed near Mary Washington University, as part of the school’s Eagle Village project, reports Fredericksburg Patch.

Wiz break out new unis
The Washington Wizards have debuted new uniforms, and you can see what they look like in a slideshow from NBC Washington’s Capital Games.

Martin Bower to expand in Prince William
Food distribution company Martin Bower is making a $65 million investment into Prince William County, one that is expected to bring 65 new jobs, reports the Washington Post.

New jobs for Virginia
A manufacturing company moving to Virginia has promised to create 46 new jobs at a factory in southern Virginia, as well as 15 new executive jobs in Fairfax County.

Annual Taste of Lake Ridge
It was the annual Taste of Lake Ridge on Tuesday night, and many turned out to see what it was all about, reports Lake Ridge Patch.

Fire Caused $1.5 Million in Damage

A fire broke out at an apartment at Dominion Middle Ridge Apartment complex Tuesday afternoon. (Photo: Anthony Wilcox, Jr.)

Update 9:45 a.m. Wednesday
A total of 35 residents are displaced this morning after a fire ripped through their apartment complex in Lake Ridge.

The Red Cross has been called into help many displaced yesterday by the massive 2-alarm fire that required 75 firefighters to battle it, according to officials.

The fire started on the balcony, and caused $1.5 million in damage, said Prince William Fire and Rescue Department Battalion Chief Joseph Robertson.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Update 4:30 p.m.

“I didn’t know what I was going to do,” said Obenwa. “I didn’t want anything to happen to her because she is so little.”

Fire crews were able to pull Poochie, and many other animals to safety after a fire broke out in a fouth-story apartment at 3695 Golfside Circle, near Smoketown Road in Lake Ridge.

One firefighter suffered minor injuries while fighting the fire, and was treated at a local hospital and released, officials say.

No residents were injured, and fire officials are still investigating what sparked this major blaze that has displaced residents in at least 12 apartment units.

After fire crews had doused the blaze, major damage to the apartment complex’s roof could be seen.

“It appears the fire may have started in the rear of the apartment, possibly on a balcony, because of how intense the fire was on the back side of the building,” said Prince William Fire and Rescue Captain Curt Brodie.

The fire broke out about 1:45 p.m. and was massive. Drivers for miles around on Prince William Parkway could see smoke billowing into the sky.

Fire crews were forced to haul heavy equipment up to the fourth floor to battle the blaze, and two large ladder trucks each equipped with a deck gun fire hose battled flames, one attacking from the front and the other from the rear.

“Anytime you have fire in these conditions, in this temperature, and you have firefighters hauling gear up to a fourth-story apartment, a level of exhaustion sets in quickly,” said Brodie.

School children getting off buses on their way home stared in amazement wondering what had happened, and asked if their homes had been spared by the flames.

Investigators plan to be on the scene throughout the evening taking a closer look at the damage.

It’s not yet known when or residents in the affected buildings will be let back inside their homes.

Update 3:20 p.m.
A third-story apartment on Golf Side Circle in the Dominion Middle Ridge Apartments caught fire Tuesday afternoon.

It’s not clear if anyone was inside of the home when flames broke out, but rescue crews did pull a water-soaked cat from the complex that housed the burning apartment.

That cat was given to it owner, a teenage girl, who cried tears of joy when her cat was back in her arms.

Police have cordoned off the area, blocking all traffic into the affected neighborhood that sits off Smoketown Road.

As school children get off their afternoon school busses, many are coming home and asking how this fire started.

Original Post 2:15 p.m.
Lake Ridge, Va. ––
Rescue crews have called for a second alarm for a fire at an apartment complex in Lake Ridge.

According to initial reports, a blaze broke out at an apartment in a 3-story apartment complex on Golf Side Circle, just off Smoketown Road in Lake Ridge about 2 p.m.

It’s not clear if anyone was inside the home when the fire broke out.

Rescue crews are on the scene and we’ll bring you more on this when we have it.

A Police Officer Dies Every 53 Hours in U.S.

Prince William Police Chief Charlie T. Deane

Woodbridge, Va. –– Fallen police officers will be remembered tonight in Woodbridge.

Prince William police will hold its annual memorial tribute to officers who have paid the ultimate price to serve and protect their communities.

Every 53 hours in the U.S. a police officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in the U.S., on average, and that prompted President John F. Kennedy to declare National Peace Officer’s Memorial Day, observed annually as National Police Week.

This year, police will mark the remembrance between May 15 and 21.

“In 2010, 162 American law enforcement officers died striving to keep their communities safe. Sixty-one of these officers were gunned down by their assailant. While Prince William County was fortunate to not lose any police officers during 2010, 89 felonious assaults on officers were recorded. Each day of an officer’s career the inherent dangers of policing are acknowledged. Despite these risks, officers continue in their commitment to protect and serve,” said Prince William Police Chief Charlie T. Deane.

Prince William police will hold their annual ceremony tonight at 7 p.m. at the Ferlazzo Building on Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1) in Woodbridge. It’s open to the public.

Prince William County has released a list of the 14 men in law enforcement who have lived or worked in the county since 1970 who have died in the line of duty.
• Trooper Jackie M. Bussard, Virginia State Police – May 1970
• Officer Paul T. White Jr., Prince William County Police – Oct. 1973
• Investigator Claude Everett Seymour, Virginia State Police – April 1975
• Trooper Johnny R. Bowman, Virginia State Police – Aug. 1984
• Sergeant John D. Conner III, Manassas City Police – July 1988
• Officer Phillip M. Pennington, Prince William County Police – Nov. 1990
• Trooper Jose M. Cavazos, Virginia State Police – Feb. 1993
• Special Agent William H. Christian Jr., Federal Bureau of Investigation – May
• Detective John M. Gibson, United States Capitol Police – July 1998
• Officer Marlon E. Morales, Metro Transit Police – June 2001
• Second Lt. Francis Joseph Stecco, Fairfax County Police – Oct. 2008
• Special Agent Chad L. Michael, Drug Enforcement Administration – Oct.
• Special Agent Forrest N. Leamon, Drug Enforcement Administration – Oct.
• Officer Paul Michael Dittamo, Metropolitan Police – Oct. 2010

1 Charged in 95 Crash that Injured 3

Sergio A. Alvarenga-Vasquez, 34, of Fredericksburg, faces multiple charges after police say he was driving the wrong way on Interstate 95 on Saturday and collided with a car carrying four people, seriously injuring one of the occupants. (Submitted)

Triangle, Va. –– Police say one man was driving the wrong way on Interstate 95 Saturday night when he slammed into 1996 Volvo head on, injuring three occupants.

Virginia State Police were called to mile post 150 near at Quantico at 9:47 p.m. for a report of a crash.  They found the driver, 48-year-old Alison Conway of Maryland, and passengers; 78-year-old Geraldine Orrell and 19-year-old Amanda Conway.

Orrell is Alison Conway’s mother, and was taken to an area hospital with life threatening injuries.

Both Alison and Amanda –– mother and daughter –– were also taken to a hospital with injuries that did not appear to be life threatening, said Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller.

The driver that collided with the car was driving a 1993 Ford Explorer. Police found it at the crash scene, but say the driver fled on foot.

He was later found two miles north of the crash scene, walking along I-95 near on Dumfries Road (Va. 234). He was arrested without incident.

Sergio A. Alvarenga-Vasquez, 34, of Fredericksburg, is charged with drunk in public, felony hit and run and with reckless driving, driving without a valid license, failing to obtain insurance and failure to wear a seatbelt, said Geller.

The victims were all wearing seatbelts, added Geller.

Alvarenga-Vasquez is being held in a Manassas jail.

The crash caused northbound delays and forced the closure of that portion of the highway for at least two hours.

Carjacking Suspect Faces Charges in Stafford, Prince William

Travis Honore, 21, faces multiple charges after a carjacking occurred in Prince William County on Monday night.

Update 1 p.m.
Prince William police say the carjacking suspect arrested Monday night in North Stafford began his crime spree in Dale City.

At 8:31 p.m., a 39-year-old man from Fredericksburg said he had just pulled into a parking lot in the 2900 block of Dale Boulevard, at the Ashdale shopping plaza, when a man walked up to him and asked for money.

When the victim refused, the man brandished a firearm and took the keys to the victim’s car then drove off with the man inside, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

The car was later found abandoned in North Stafford.

Original Post 10:20 a.m.
North Stafford, Va. ––
A carjacking suspect threatened to kill everyone inside a Mexican restaurant Monday night, police say.

Stafford sheriff’s deputies about 9:30 p.m. were called to Salisbury and Greenspring drives off Garrisonville Road (Va. 610) after a report of a suspect in a carjacking in Prince William County had driven to Stafford. Deputies found the car involved in the carjacking abandoned off Salisbury Drive in North Stafford, and then began to search for the suspect who was believed to be on foot.

A bystander told a deputy that there was a “crazy man” that had just robbed his friend, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

Investigators would soon learn that a 16-year-old male walking to his father’s car parked outside Pancho Villa restaurant on Va. 610 was approached by a man who grabbed him, forced him over to the car and demanded that he drive him away.

The victim had been dining at the restaurant with his father and a friend.

The victim told the suspect that he didn’t know how to drive his father’s car because it had a stick shift transmission. The suspect punched the victim in the head and threatened to shoot him, said Kennedy.

Afterward, the suspect ordered the victim into the passenger seat of the car and then got into the driver’s seat. Apparently, the suspect also didn’t know how to drive a stick shift car.  The suspect then robbed the victim of a small amount of cash, and then demanded he go back into the restaurant and find the keys to an automatic car.

If he didn’t comply with his demands, the suspect threatened to kill everyone inside the restaurant, said Kennedy.

The victim went to the side door of the restaurant, spoke with his friend and asked him for the keys to his car. The suspect then walked up and a brief struggle ensued between the suspect and the victim’s friend, an d then thesuspect fled the scene.

Sheriff’s deputies set up a search and found the suspect about 40 minutes later at a nearby IHOP restaurant in the Doc Stone shopping plaza, said Kennedy.

Travis Honore, 21, of no fixed address, is charged with carjacking, robbery, abduction, and with driving under the influence and was held without bond.

Prince William police have yet to release details in this case.

P-Nats Couldn’t Hold Out for the Win

Winston-Salem N.C. –– Jared Mitchell broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh inning with a two-out double before Ian Gac blasted a home run to left that would prove the difference in the Winston-Salem Dash’s 5-3 victory Monday night.

The P-Nats led twice in the series opener but the bullpen faltered in the late innings, and the top of the order failed to deliver on numerous occasions that could have stretched the Potomac lead. Cutter Dykstra and Jeff Kobernus combined to go 0-for-9 and leave nine runners on base, including two in the seventh inning before the Dash surged ahead for good.

Potomac (11-19) led after the first inning for the second straight night. Destin Hood roped a two-out single and stole second base before Justin Bloxom drove him in with a single to right.

The Dash (13-18) tied the game in the second; a one-out bases loaded single by Jake Oester knotted things, though Mitchell Clegg did record a pair of outs to leave the bases loaded and limit the damage.

Potomac regained the edge in the fifth. Sandy Leon reached on a drop third strike and moved to third on Jose Lozada’s one-out double. Dykstra brought Leon home with a groundout to second, but Kobernus was retired to end the threat and keep the score 2-1.

Winston got the run right back in their half of the fifth. A leadoff triple by Daniel Wagner was turned into a run when Jose Martinez hit a sacrifice fly to deeep center.

In the seventh, Adam Olbrychowski (who had pitched a perfect sixth) got the first two batters. He then walked Martinez. The Nationals turned to Joe Testa to face the lefthanded Mitchell, who was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. But Testa missed with a 0-2 pitch and Mitchell hammered it off the wall in left to seize the lead for the Dash. On the very next pitch, Gac hit his league-leading ninth home run and Winston led 5-2.

J.P. Ramirez hit a leadoff homer in the ninth inning to cut the lead to two; it was the Nats’ first home run since April 23 (when Ramirez hit a ninth-inning blast in Salem). Lozada tripled with two outs but was stranded at third when Dykstra grounded out. Lozada was on base all four times with two walks, a double and a triple.

Orlando Santos (2-1) got the win for Winston-Salem, and Olbrychowski (1-2) was saddled with the loss. Brandon Kloess pitched the ninth and got his fourth save.

The two clubs resume the series Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Trevor Holder matches wits with Terry Doyle.

Around Town

Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va. 1) talks about keeping maintaining security on Facebook. (Mary Davidson/

Ticks have some ticked off
Some ticks that are normally found in the Gulf Coast area have turned up at a Fairfax County landfill. Officials are concerned that these invaders can cause disease, reports NBC Washington.

Tim Kaine rallies politicos
Former Governor and current U.S. Senate candidate Timothy M. Kaine rallied the troops Sunday night at Fairfax’s Jefferson Jackson Dinner, asking Democrats to get their hands dirty this upcoming election season, Kingstowne Patch reports.

Belvoir, Quantico aide in Bin Laden hunt
As U.S. Special Forces zeroed in on Osama Bin Laden’s hideout in Pakistan, they were using intelligence gathered right in our area Ft. Belvoir and Quantico, reports.

Is BRAC to blame for housing uptick?
Realtors are seeing a slight increase in people renting and buying houses in our area, reports Lorton Patch. Could BRAC be to blame?

Officials want tighter rail security after Bin Laden death
After intelligence collected at Osama Bin Laden’s compound told investigators terrorists were planning targeting Amtrak passenger trains, government officials want to increase security on the nation’s railways, reports NBC Washington.

1 Killed, 2 Injured in Crash

One person was killed and two others injured in a crash Monday afternoon on U.S. 1 in North Stafford. (Submitted)

Update 1:30 p.m. Tuesday
Police have identified the man who was killed last night in a crash on Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1) as 57-year-old Rex Allen Thiebolt.

Crash investigators say Thiebolt was traveling north on U.S. 1 when he veered off the road into the right shoulder, hit a guardrail, overcorrected and drove into the southbound lanes of the four-lane highway.

Thiebolt’s 1996 Ford Areostar Van stuck a 2011 Ford Expedition that was driven by a 37-year-old Stafford woman. The woman’s infant was also inside the SUV at the time of the crash, but both were not seriously injured, said Virginia State Police Sgt. Les Tyler.

Thiebolt, of Stafford County, was extracted from the vehicle and taken to Mary Washington Hospital where he later died.

Original Post 11:40 p.m.
North Stafford, Va. ––
One person is dead and two others injured after a crash Monday afternoon.

Fire and rescue crews were called to 3650 Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1) at 5:40 p.m. after two vehicles collided head-on, near the Stafford Diner and Potomac Hills Fire and Rescue Station.

One person was trapped inside one of the vehicles, and the damage to both cars was so extensive it took longer than normal to pull the patient from the vehicle, said Stafford fire and rescue spokesman Mark Doyle.

Once pulled from the wreckage, the patient was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition where they later died.

Two other patients that suffered injuries that appeared to be non-life threatening were also taken to a hospital, said Doyle.

Officials have yet to release the name or age of the victim, or have they said what types of cars were involved in the crash.

We’re told Virginia State Police are investigating the crash and we hope to bring you more information on this as soon as we get it.

Teacher Faces Charges

Lawrence Eric Lucchetti faces charges after he inappropriately touched a female student, police say.

Dale City, Va. –– A teacher at a Dale City middle school faces charges after a student said he inappropriately touched her during class.

The 12-year-old victim told police the incident happened at 2:58 p.m. Friday, at Beville Middle School at 4901 Dale Boulevard, while the girl was in the teacher’s care.

The teacher was arrested without incident, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

Lawrence Eric Lucchetti, 33, of Alexandria, is charged with taking indecent liberties by a custodian and aggravated sexual battery, said Perok.

He was held without bond and his court date was not released.

Redistricting Could Cost Virginia $10 Million

By Tracy Kennedy
Capital News Service

Richmond, Va. –– Now that the governor has approved the General Assembly’s redistricting plans, the State Board of Elections must find millions of dollars to implement the new maps.

“They split over 500 precincts, and we have to equip them,” said Charles Judd, chairman of the State Board of Elections. He estimates that it would cost about $20,000 to equip each of the 500-plus new precincts. That would put the total price tag at more than $10 million.

“This is what you’d call an unfunded mandate,” Judd said.

He said federal funds may be available to help localities prepare for the fall elections, when all 100 delegates and 40 senators in the General Assembly are up for election. If the federal funds don’t come through, localities will have to raise the money themselves.

For the past month, legislators have been trying to redraw political boundaries to account for population changes reflected in the 2010 census. For example, because of population growth in Northern Virginia, that region merited an additional Senate seat and three more House seats.

The General Assembly approved plans last month, but Gov. Bob McDonnell vetoed them, saying they split too many communities. So the assembly took another crack.

On April 28, lawmakers passed House Bill 5005, containing revised maps. The following day, McDonnell signed the bill.

“It is a great improvement over the previous plan that I vetoed,” the governor said in a statement.

Voting on HB 5005 was delayed after the unexpected death of the House clerk, Bruce Jamerson. After memorializing Jamerson in a series of commendation bills and recessing until April 27, the House voted 90-8 to pass the bill. The next day, the Senate approved it on a 32-5 vote.

The General Assembly still must redraw congressional districts

Stafford News & Notes

Volunteers needed at government center
Stafford is looking for a few good volunteers to help at the county’s government center.

Volunteers work at the visitor’s desk at the administration center at Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1) and Courthouse Road (Va. 630), from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

Volunteers answer questions from visitors face to face or on the telephone, monitor visitors to the government center and keep staff aware of any questions or concerns.

Volunteers must be at least 18-years-old, have basic computer skills, be able to interact with visitors, have a positive and friendly attitude, and have proper telephone etiquette.

Training will be provided, according to a county news release.

Applications to become a volunteer can be found on the county’s website under the Citizen Assistance and Volunteer Services section, or the can be picked up at the county government center.

For more information, please contact Jeff Shover, Citizen Assistance and Volunteer Services Manager, at 540-658-4516 or by email at

Stafford awards money for permanent Germanna campus
Stafford’s Economic Development Authority awarded Germanna Community College $1 million to purchase land for a permanent campus in Stafford County.

The community college currently has a location inside the Aquia Park shopping center at 2761 Jeff Davis Highway.

The money was awarded last week during party at Riverside Center in south Stafford to celebrate the county’s latest economic report, which shows Stafford with the second highest job growth rate in Virginia and the fourth highest business growth rate in the state between 2005 and 2010, according to a press release issued by county officials.

The celebration lunch was held as part of Business Appreciation Week, designated by Gov. Robert F. McDonnell to be held between May 2 and 6.

Stafford and Fredericksburg reduce and recycle
Stafford County and Fredericksburg both get high marks on recycling.

Both localities exceeded the state’s recycling mandate of recycling 25 percent of all waste generated.

Residents and businesses recycled 57 percent of waste generated in both localities since 2010, according to a press release.

The information is compiled by the Rappahannock Regional Solid Waste Management (R-Board), which also says the recycling rate exceeds that of the entire region.

Stafford and Fredericksburg recycled 104,948 tons of waste last year, a 2.3 percent increase over the previous year, officials say.

Officials say programs to raise awareness about recycling and composting, tours of the landfill, and educational classes on waste management have all helped to increase the amount of recycled material.

P-Nats Break Losing Streak

By Will Flemming

Kinston, N.C. –– The Potomac Nationals gutted out a 2-1 victory in extra-innings in Kinston to snap their five-game losing streak and salvage the finale of the four-game set at Grainger Stadium. Steven Souza’s sacrifice fly in the eleventh inning capped off a seesaw win that showcased special efforts by several of Nationals.

The Nationals (11-18) took the lead in the first inning, saw the game tied in the sixth, and escaped two huge jams to set the stage for Souza’s winner.

Justin Bloxom singled in Hood in the opening inning to get the Nats on the board and snap a string of 17 scoreless innings. Danny Rosenbaum took the lead and ran with it. The lefthander kept the Indians off the board until the sixth – and even then, the K-Tribe tied the game amidst some controversy.

After a leadoff single by Tyler Holt, Casey Frawley popped out to first. On a 2-2 pitch, Rosenbaum appeared to strike out Bo Greenwell with a fastball on the outside corner. It was called a ball, Greenwell eventually walked and Paul Menhart was ejected for an argument with home plate umpire John Bacon. Rosenbaum struck out Chase Burnette for the third time (which would have ended the inning) before Jason Smit hit a ground ball through the left side of the infield to score Holt and knot the score.

It would stayed tied through nine innings – though not without some harrowing moments for the Nationals. In the eighth inning Rob Wort, who relieved Rosenbaum after seven outstanding innings, walked the first two batters. Josh Smoker was summoned from the bullpen, and retired the Tribe in order, including a fourth strikeout of Burnette. Smoker retired the Indians in the ninth as well.

Marcos Frias entered in the tenth inning, and got into hot water right away. He walked Holt and hit Frawley to open the frame; Greenwell sacrificed them to second and third. After Burnette was walked to load the bases, Frias struck out Smit and got Doug Pickens to hit a ground ball back to him and end the threat.

The Nats broke the tie in the 11th, with a little help from Smit. After Cutter Dykstra walked and moved to second on Jeff Kobernus’s sacrifice bunt, Destin Hood hit a popup to right field. Smit lost the ball in the sun and dropped it, allowing the Nationals to put two men in scoring position with one out.

Souza then hit a two-strike line drive to medium right; Smit made an excellent throw to the plate but an even better slide from Dykstra broke the tie.

Pat Lehman pitched a perfect 11th for his seventh save, and the Nats avoided the sweep. Frias (2-2) got the win, while Jose Flores (0-3) was saddled with the loss.

Potomac looks to make it two in a row tomorrow night in Winston-Salem. Mitchell Clegg takes the bump for the Nats against Joe Serafin at 7:05 p.m.

Will Flemming is the broadcast director for the Potomac Nationals.

Kayakers Pulled to Safety

Falmouth, Va. –– Two kayakers were rescued late last night on the Rappahannock River.

Stafford sheriff’s deputies spotted two people on a small island just west of the Falmouth Bridge.

The two became stranded on the island after their kayak overturned and one of them suffered a head injury, said Stafford fire and rescue spokesman Mark Doyle.

The victim’s  were able to call 911 for help.

Crews from Stafford County and Fredericksburg worked to reach the victims, then worked to mobile the injured patient and pull both from the small island.

The injured patient was taken to a local hospital. No word on the severity of their injuries.

Delays Reported on 95, U.S. 1

Drivers travel north on Interstate 95 at Garrisonville Road (Va. 610) in North Stafford. (Mary Davidson/

Update 9:20 a.m.
A crash on Interstate 95 at mile post 148 is to blame for serious delays on the highway and U.S. 1, Stafford sheriff’s officials say.

Original Post 9 a.m.
Stafford County, Va. ––
Stafford authorities are reporting a major backup on northbound U.S. 1 and Interstate 95.

Drivers on I-95 are reporting backups from mile post 138, and drivers on U.S. 1 say traffic is backed up from the Rappahannock Regional Jail.

Officials say they do not know what is causing the back up.

We’ll have more on this as we get it.

Deputies Always Ready for What’s Next

Sgt. Renzo Beltran, Deputy Jeremiah Rakozy and Detective Ben Woodson investigate a stabbing in Falmouth's Old Forge neighborhood.

By Uriah Kiser

In Stafford, sheriff’s deputies use words like probable cause, indicators and articulate.

It’s probable cause that helps them identify potential dangers to the community and those who are breaking the law.

Indicators are used to that tell them whether or not their suspect is telling the truth, or if there’s more to a situation than meets the eye.

During an arrest, deputies must articulate to the suspect what laws he broke, what rights he has, and to potentially talk themselves out of danger if the suspect becomes combative.

One constant remains, however –– and it can’t be summed up in a single word –– you never know what’s going to happen next.

It’s just after 2 p.m. on a Tuesday and Sgt. Renzo Beltran has just hit the streets.

He drives his mobile office, a Ford Crown Victoria, to a car wash off Warrenton Road (U.S. 17). The attendant waives him into the wash bay when a voice the police radio calls out about a stabbing that had just occurred a few miles away in Falmouth’s Olde Forge neighborhood.

A deputy calls his cell phone to relay initial details about the case. At least five teenagers were outside playing a game of football when one of them pulled out a hunting knife and stabbed three of them. Still bleeding, the victims drove themselves to a nearby hospital in Fredericksburg.

Now, police are left to determine where the stabbing occurred.

They’ve roped off a playground but there are no signs of blood. Neighbors aren’t talking, leaving investigators with little to go on. “We’ll go ahead and search this area, and let me know what you find,” said Beltran to the deputies.

A crime scene technician and other deputies fan out across the neighborhood but find little. One of them is seen talking with a neighbor who is giving an official statement, but in this neighborhood the informant could be putting his well being in jeopardy by taking, as many who live here have known gang ties.

The victims in the stabbing suffered non-life threatening injuries, and a teenager was later charged.

“A stabbing right out of the gate…the first thing we get called to…I don’t know, reporter, you might be bad luck,” Beltran says to me.

Beltran is a veteran officer with a wife and two children that live in the same county he works tprotect. He’s Hispanic, bilingual, and knows what its like to be the focus of media attention. Another reporter interviewed him in 2007, after neighboring Prince William County passed an ordinance allowing their police officers to question anyone suspected of being an illegal immigrant.

That ordinance was later changed, and it had little if any effect on life in Stafford, where deputies here are already known for being a little tougher than your average Northern Virginia street cop.

Crime is colorless, and it happens everywhere, says Beltran.

Much of this job is about experience and being ready for what happens next.

“In Virginia, it you’re 18-years-old, graduated high school and able to pass the academy and you can be a police officer. They give you the basics but then its up you to learn the code, the laws and to become a better officer,” said Beltran. “I can’t say I’ve seen the worst thing I’ve ever seen this week because something will happen the following week that will surprise me even more.”

That night, Beltran went on to arrest a man from Woodbridge on shoplifting charges, stopped drivers who were speeding and those cars had defective equipment. He also found two young lovers in a parked car at a playground in North Stafford’s Park Ridge neighborhood. He told them to go home.

His cell phone rang at the end of his shift, and again it was another deputy with new details on another crime.

“You’re never going to believe what just happened, sir,” said the voice on the other end.

A man dressed like a cow crawled into Walmart, pushed a cart to the milk aisle, loaded it with 26 gallons of milk and then pushed it outside the store without paying for it and tried to give it away to bystanders. He was arrested at a McDonalds across the street.

It’s proof you never know what is going to happen next.

Around Town

Photos of two honorees were prominently displayed at the Stafford Education Foundation's Distinguished Service to Education Awards

Could it finally be? An improved Falmouth intersection?
It’s been years since discussion about improvements to the Falmouth intersection began, but now it appears plans are once again on the books to improve the section of Stafford County where drivers are plagued by delays caused by a single stoplight, reports

Teacher wins mentor of the year
A teacher from C.D. Hylton High School in Dale City has been named mentor of the year, and she found out from one of her students, reports Dale City Patch.

Former Manassas Park City Manager moves to Vienna
It was unclear what former Manassas Park City Manager Mercury Payton was going to do when he left his post. Now we know he prefers working for Vienna, reports Manassas Park Patch.

Miracle field to host second season
Players from Woodbridge and Dale City area about to converge on Manassas Park’s Miracle Field for the second season of community baseball, reports Manassas Park Patch.

Victim Burned in Fire

North Stafford, Va. –– A fire broke out at a Stafford County apartment complex injuring one man.

Fire and rescue crews were called to an apartment at 1401 Providence Street, off Mine Road and Greenspring Drive, at 4:41 a.m. Sunday.

Crews entered the three-story apartment building and found fire in the bedroom of apartment 203.

They extended a hand line into house, and also received help from the interior sprinkler system which contained the blaze which allowed crews to extinguish it, said Stafford fire and rescue spokesman Mark Doyle.

One man suffered burns to his feet and hands and was taken to a local hospital by a neighbor before rescue crews arrived. His injuries appeared to be non-life threatening.

No one else was injured in the blaze.

The Red Cross was called to help at least two residents that were displaced by the fire, said Doyle.

Damage to the home is estimated to be $100,000.

P-Nats Down Five Straight

By Will Flemming

Kinston, N.C. –– The Potomac Nationals’ offensive woes continued Saturday in Kinston, as the Nats were shutout in both games. With a 3-0 defeat in the matinee and a 5-0 loss in the nightcap, Potomac falls to eight games below .500 and has now lost five straight.

In Game One, top prospect Drew Pomeranz gave the Nationals (10-18) chances early. Once they failed to cash in, the lefthander settled in and dominated. Potomac stranded two runners in both the first two innings, and would have just two more the rest of the way. Pomeranz struck out eight over five innings, allowed just three hits and remarkably earned just his first win in the Carolina League (the southpaw has been dominant in six outings, allowing just five earned runs).

The Indians (13-15) took the lead they would never relinquish in the second inning. After a pair of one-out walks, Roberto Perez flied to center field to move Adam Abraham to third. A passed ball brought Abraham home and gave the Indians all the cushion they would need. Cameron Selik was solid in his Carolina League debut but received no run support.

The Tribe tacked on two runs with solo home runs; first by Bo Greenwell in the third then Chase Burnett in the sixth. Toru Murata and Preston Guimlet each struck out a pair in their scoreless innings; Guimlet earned his fifth save. The Nats struck out twelve times in the seven-inning opener.

Things did not get better in the nightcap. Again, they had two men aboard in the opening inning, after singles from Jeff Kobernus and Cutter Dykstra. But they did not score, and would not the rest of the way.

Clayton Cook struck out six over five innings and allowed only four hits while shutting out Potomac. The game stayed scoreless until the fifth, when the K-Tribe finally broke through.

A leadoff double by Jason Smit set the stage; Smit moved to third on a Doug Pickens groundout. Justin Toole then singled to center to score Smit. Once again, that run would hold up.

Kinston tacked on four insurance runs in the sixth. Bases loaded walks to Smit and Pickens made it 3-0, and a two-out single by Dan DeGeorge put the game away. Potomac would load the bases in the top of the seventh but again failed to push a run across.

The Nats look to Danny Rosenbaum to play stopper tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 PM. He will square off against lefthander Giovanni Soto in the series finale.

Will Flemming is the Director of Broadcasting for the Potomac Nationals.

Page 308 of 349« First...102030...306307308309310...320330340...Last »