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Park on the odd side of the street, please

Mt. Vernon, Va. –– Residents in the Mt. Vernon area should park their cars on of the sides of the streets with odd numbered addresses.

The request from Fairfax County officials comes following the snow that blanketed the region Wednesday night.

Leaving the even-numbered sides free of parked cars will allow snow plows to more easily access areas that need plowed, stated an email from Fairfax County Supervisor Gerry Hyland’s office.

The email also encouraged residents to clear snow from sidewalks, mailboxes and fire hydrants.

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Supervisors meetings have new start time

Stafford, Va. –– The Stafford County Board of Supervisors has changed the meeting times of its regular monthly meetings from 1 to 3 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month. The new schedule will begin with the Board’s February 1, 2011 meeting. In addition, the Board has established nine standing committees to help focus their work on various issues.

“Our goal with these changes is to enhance our services and our responsiveness to the community’s needs,” said Mark Dudenhefer, Chairman of the Board. “Our committee work will allow us to focus on the details of an issue so that we can make our decisions based on thorough analysis and discussion that will benefit our citizens.”

Information on the committees, including meeting times follows: (more…)

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Man’s throat cut following snowball toss

Lake Ridge, Va. –– One man threw a snowball at someone shoveling snow and had his throat cut, police say.

It happened at 4:21 a.m. Thursday in the 3800 block of Core Place in Lake Ridge.

The victim apparently threw a snowball at a man shoveling snow, then the man approached the victim, a fight ensured and the suspect pulled out a box cutter and slit the victim’s throat, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok. (more…)

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Crews face abandoned cars, downed trees

Traffic was light at 7:50 a.m. Thursday, following the storm that forced many area drivers to abandon their cars on the roads. (VDOT)

Fairfax County, Va. –– It’s the morning after the first major snowfall of the season and stalled and abandoned cars, icy conditions, downed power lines and trees are making it a slow going for commuters and road crews.

Many school systems have closed, federal offices are opening two hours late, and those commuters who must work today are making plans as to how they’re going to get there.

It was just as tough for commuters yesterday afternoon as Virginia State Police in Northern Virginia were called to 532 calls for help, between 5 and 10 p.m. (more…)

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Closings and Delays for Jan. 27

Fairfax: Meeting scheduled at South County Secondary School to discuss future ownership of the waste-to-energy plant in Lorton has been postponed until 7 pm. February 3.

Fairfax County Public Schools will be closed. Offices are open with unscheduled leave in effect.

Prince William County Public Schools will be closed. Code Red in effect for employees. The School Age Care program will not be open.

Stafford County Public Schools will be closed. Code 1 in effect for employees. Employees are encouraged to check with the Stafford schools website by 7 a.m. to see if the code has changed.

Northern Virginia Community College is closed.

George Mason University classes canceled, offices closed.

University of Mary Washington Stafford and Fredericksburg campuses opening at 9:30 a.m.

Federal agencies are opening two hours late. Employees have option of unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework.

Stafford County Government offices opening on time. Liberal leave in effect for employees.

Prince William County Government offices opening on time. Unscheduled leave in effect for employees.

Fairfax County Government is open. Employees granted unscheduled leave.

Ft. Belvoir on 2-hour delayed arrival.

Quantico Marine Corps Base operating on Code Blue schedule

Fairfax County General District, Circuit, Juvenile Courts closed today.

Stafford County General District Court opening at 8 a.m. Stafford County Circuit Court closed.

Stafford County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court closed.

Virginia Railway Express operating on S schedule today.

PRTC OmniRide, OmniLink, operating on snow emergency today. All rides free.

Have a closing or delay? Email it to us at news@potomaclocal.com

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Continuing Storm Coverage

Update 1 p.m.

Dominion Virginia Power is reporting outages in the following areas:

Lake Ridge (the hardest hit in the Potomac Communities) 1,475 customers without power

Mt. Vernon 755 customers without power.

After what was a light morning rush hour the roads are a slushy mess, but more importantly passable.

The past 24 hours have been a busy time for police officers in Prince William County, as they were called to 1,300 incidents. Police today are using unmarked vehicles to help them better navigate the slush-covered roads. (more…)

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D.C. police officer charged

Joanne Nicole Marshall Ivy, 27, of Woodbridge is charged with obstruction of justice.

Woodbridge, Va. –– A Metropolitan Police officer faces a charge in Prince William County.

Police were called on Sunday to the 2700 block of Brier Pond Circle near Dumfries for a report of shots fired. They arrested one man in connection to the incident, but now there’s word of another arrest in the case.

Joanne Nicole Marshall Ivy, 27, of Woodbridge was charged Tuesday with obstruction of justice after police say she provided false information to prevent being arrested.

Ivy is a police officer in Washington, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

Her court date was not released.

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Bill aims to consolidate PRTC

OmniLink switch buses at the Potomac Rappahannock Transportation Center in Woodbridge.

Woodbridge, Va. –– The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission has appealed to the governor for its own continued existence.

A new bill in Virginia’s General Assembly sponsored by Del. David Albo (R-52 Fairfax) aims to consolidate PRTC, charged with overseeing operations of OmniRide and OmniLink buses and Virginia Railway Express, and Northern Virginia Transportation Authority and other transit agencies into one organization that serves Northern Virginia. (more…)

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Water main break hits south Stafford

Water service was disrupted last night for about 200 residents in the Old Forge Neighborhood on U.S. 17 in south Stafford.

A water main burst was reported about 8:30 p.m., but crews had the water back on by 10 p.m., said Stafford County spokeswoman Cathy Riddle.

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Winter Storm Warning

(NBCWashington.com)

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A winter storm warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Potomac Communities.

Five to 10 inches of snow could fall across the region tonight and into the overnight hours, making it a rough go for afternoon commuters.

A mix of rain and snow that is expected to begin falling this afternoon will quickly change over to all snow.

It’ll all be out of here by midnight, according to the NWS.

View more news videos at: http://www.nbcwashington.com/video.

5:45 a.m.

Wintry precipitation has moved into the region and more is expected by this afternoon.

Right now, a mix of rain, sleet and snow appears to be falling across the Potomac Communities and the National Weather Service has winter weather advisory has been issued for the area during the morning hours.

But the big action with this storm should pick up later this afternoon into the evening, when snow should begin falling – up to five inches of snow in some places – between 6 p.m. and midnight.

Schools in Fairfax and Prince William counties have already closed for the day.

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Closings and Delays for Jan. 26

Stafford: The Law Enforcement/Private Property Tow Board meeting scheduled for Thursday January 27 has been canceled due to impending inclement weather.  The meeting has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the Public Safety Building located at 1225 Courthouse Road, Stafford, Va. 22554.

The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission has instituted its Emergency Service Plan. All bus rides are free.

Northern Virginia Community College will close at 3 p.m.

Stafford: The public workshop on Urban Development Areas that was scheduled for tonight at Rocky Run Elementary School has been postponed due to impending inclement weather.

Staff is working to reschedule the meeting for early February, but a date has not yet been set.

Virginia Railway Express will operate on a regular schedule during  the afternoon rush hour.

Prince William County Public Schools are closed today, Wednesday Jan. 26 for inclement weather. Code Red for employees.

Fairfax County Public Schools are closed today. Offices are open with unscheduled leave in effect.

Stafford County Public Schools have canceled after school and evening activities are canceled for Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011.  This includes the CGS Information Night and the Meet the Superintendent events.

Stafford  County Public Schools are operating on a two-hour delay. No morning preschool. Afternoon preschool will be delayed one-half hour.

The delay has also affected the school system’s exam schedule:

At the middle and high school levels only, the exams will be administered as scheduled.

The school day will be extended appropriately, and a 15-25 minute break will be scheduled in-between exams periods and bag lunches will be provided.

The following are the start and end times for the middle and high schools:

Middle School:            10:20 am – 2:20pm

High School:                9:40 am – 1:45 pm

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Principi talks transit, development, day laborers

Woodbridge District Supervisor Frank J. Principi

Woodbridge, Va. –– The lack of commuter parking was one of the hot topics Tuesday night during Woodbridge Supervisor Frank Principi’s first Tele Town Hall meeting.

After Potomac Mills mall announced earlier this month they will reduce the amount of commuter parking spaces there by 725, some wanted answers as to where they should park once that mall forces them out Feb. 14.

“We are a victim of our own success. In 2008, the mall announced their plans for expansion but the the plans weren’t clearly defined at that time, saying they were interested in building some new stores and restaurants and that they needed more room to build,” said Principi.

Principi suggested commuters park at underutilized lots nearby the mall, including the commuter lots at Interstate 95 and Va. 123, Bethel United Church at Minnieville and Smoketown roads, the parking lot at the Rippon Virginia Railway Express station, and in Dale City at Kmart and at Dale Boulevard and Gemini Way. An expanded Horner Road commuter lot could be opened within a year, he added. (more…)

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Comcast customers report outage

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Comcast has put the blame for yesterday’s service outage on a work crew who was installing guard rails along an area road. That crew, apparently, cut a fiber line while they were working which lead to a wide service outage for Comcast customers in Woodbridge.

Service was restored overnight.

“Comcast technicians were immediately alerted to the issue through our internal monitoring systems and were promptly on scene to begin assessing the situation and repairing the damage to the fiber line.  As you noted, all services were restored late last night.  We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused our customers,” stated Comcast spokeswoman Aimee Metrick in an email.

The outage affected both cable TV and internet customers. (more…)

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Video: Could it be snow?

The National Weather Service map for our region is now shaded in blue, which means a Winter Storm Watch has been issued for the Potomac Communities.

Forecasters say up to five inches of snow could fall beginning Wednesday afternoon into the evening.

Any snow that does fall will follow what could be a mixture of rain or wintry precipitation during the early afternoon hours. (more…)

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Park fees could rise in Fairfax

Fairfax County, Va. –– Going to a county park in Fairfax may soon cost you more.

The Fairfax County Park Authority wants to raise the fees it charges park users by eight percent.

As part of their proposal, the price for adults to use park services could rise from $9.15 to $9.90 and a monthly pass could go from $96.50 to $104, reports the Annandale, VA blog.

A public meeting on the proposed increases will be held at 7 p.m. February 2, in the Herrity Building, room 106, at 12055 Government Center Parkway in Fairfax.

Residents can also email their comments to parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.

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Fire takes Stafford home

Fire crews in Stafford were called to a house fire Sunday where one person suffered minor burns. (Submitted)

Stafford County, Va. –– One person was treated for minor burns Sunday after their home in Stafford County caught fire.

Fire and rescue crews were called to 1087 Ramoth Church Road at 8:55 p.m. after flames broke out there.

Fire crews arrived and learned everyone had made it out of the home of the house and then began to battle the blaze, which took 45 minutes to extinguish, said Stafford County Fire and Rescue Department spokesman Mark Doyle.

Of the two adults who were home when the blaze broke out one was treated for minor burns.

One bystander who was not a victim of the house fire was taken to a local hospital after they suffered a medical emergency.

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One dead following stabbing

Glen A. Roberson, 43, of Alexandria, is charged with malicious wounding. (Submitted)

Fairfax County, Va. –– One man died two days after being stabbed in Springfield.

Police said 47-year-old Dennis Bryant of Arlington was stabbed during a physical altercation about 7 p.m. Friday in the 6700 block of Metropolitan Center Drive.

Police were called, and when they arrived found both the victim and the man he had been fighting with still on the scene.

Bryant was taken that night to an area hospital with injuries that appeared to be non-life threatening, said a Fairfax County police spokesman. (more…)

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College to host ‘dealing with police’ film

A screenshot the from “10 Rules from Dealing with Police” film.

Woodbridge, Va. –– A new documentary film that will be shown tonight in Woodbridge aims to show residents how to respond to demands from police.

The docudrama “10 Rules for Dealing with Police” will be screened at Northern Virginia Community College’s Woodbridge campus.

The film was produced by Washington non-profit Flex Your Rights, and aims to better help residents understand their constitutional rights, according to information posted to the web by the college. (more…)

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Carjacking arrest made

Woodbridge, Va. –– Police say they arrested a man who carjacked a woman in Woodbridge early Monday.

It’s one of three arrests in as many separate incidents that took place during the past two days.

The 35-year-old victim told police she had just started her car to let it warm up at Marumsco Plaza in Woodbridge at 12:01 a.m. Monday, when a man walked up and forced her from the car. (more…)

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