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Prince William police to deploy body worn cameras

From Prince William County Police Department Chief Barry Barnard:

The staff of the Prince William County Police Department remain committed to our mission of enhancing the quality of life here in the County by providing effective police services to our community members. We accomplish our mission by building upon our existing relationships, pledge to make new connections and continue our focus of enhancing trust with those we serve.

For quite some time, our organization has made community policing and building trust a primary focus with the people of Prince William County. We will continue this effort to improve our organization through proactive means and creating dialogue with our stakeholders. Over many years, your Police Department has seen positive satisfaction ratings from Citizen Surveys. While we deeply appreciate this support, we understand there are always ways we can improve our delivery of police services to the community.

To assist us with this important task, and after significant discussion and research, the Police Department will begin deploying Body-Worn Cameras (BWC) within our community as early as September 2017. Policing in today’s society has seen a dramatic change in technological advancements in our profession. These opportunities have shown to help law enforcement agencies improve upon their dedication to providing the highest level of professionalism to our public. (more…)

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Prince William SPCA looks to fill Board of Directors

Good morning Prince William – Summer is getting busy but don’t let it get past you without providing a little volunteer service. You will be glad you did!

· Volunteer Prince William invites you to shop at www.smile.amazon.com/ch/54-1177488 this Tuesday, July 11. Amazon’s third-annual Prime Day will feature more than 1000,000 deals for Prime members and if you use the link shown above, Amazon will donate to Volunteer Prince William. Thanks for your support!

· Project Mend-a-House is registering participants for their summer 2017 Live Well Workshop – free 6-week classes! If you have a condition such as asthma, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic pain, or other condition, this workshop can help you take charge of your life. This Chronic Disease Self-Management program meets once a week at St. Thomas United Methodist church in Manassas beginning July 18 – August 22 from 10:00am to 12:30pm. Contact Jodi at Jodie@pmahweb.org or call 571-494-5577.

· Housing Resources for People with Developmental Disabilities Information Session – presented by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services’ on Saturday, August 5th 10:00am to 12:00pm at the cafeteria of the A.J. Ferlazzo Building, 15941 Donald Curtis Dr., Woodbridge. Learn more about who is in the Settlement Agreement Target Population and what resources are available. Contact j.cummins@dbhds.virginia.gov by 7/28/17 if you require reasonable accommodation. (more…)

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NOVEC worker flown to hospital after injury

Fire and rescue crews were called to NOVEC offices in 10300 block of Lomond Drive near Manassas at 3:30 p.m. 

The medevac was called for an injured worker at the NOVEC offices, said Prince William fire and rescue spokesman Matt Smolsky.

The shopping mall is located about two miles away from the NOVEC offices and was chosen as the flyout site.

Smolsky did not have details on the worker’s injuries. 

News
Sentara warns of phone scam

From an email: 

Earlier this week, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center received notification from community members they had been contacted by a would-be scammer offering a lower interest rate from a 703-670 prefix with caller ID displaying “Potomac Hospital.”

The caller reportedly told the recipients a lower interest rate was available if personal information, like a credit card or social security number, was given. In the course of the investigation, it was determined the caller had used old exchanges from when Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center operated as Potomac Hospital.

Sentara values our patients’ trust and are troubled that thieves would use our good name to commit fraud. Sentara does not call patients, or former patients, and ask for personal information. If you get such a call, hang up, never give personal information over the phone and contact your service provider with the caller’s details.  

Traffic
Motorcycle crashes on exit ramp in Dale City

A motorcycle crashed at mile marker 156 south on Interstate 95 in Dale City. 

Fire and rescue crews were dispatched to crash reported to be on the exit ramp of 156-A. 

Traffic is already delayed in the area due to a heavy volume of cars traveling south.

More as we have it. 

Updated

One person was taken to Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center. We don’t know the extent of the victim’s injuries.

News
Former Redskins star Randle El speaks about fatherhood at Waterworks

From a press release: 

Former star football player for the Washington Redskins, Antwaan Randle El, spoke to a group of local fathers and their kids at the Prince William County Fatherhood Initiative’s ‘Dad’s Play Day’ event last Saturday. Randle El was the special guest for the third annual event at Leitch Waterworks Park in Dale City.

Antwaan Randle Ed played in the National Football League for nine years for the Redskins and also the Pittsburgh Steelers as a wide receiver and kick returner. He is the father of six children, and owns a nonprofit, called The EL Foundation, that does leadership development. At ‘Dad’s Play Day,’ Randle El encouraged the fathers to prioritize their responsibility as father above their careers and hobbies. He also encouraged the fathers to be sure to spend quality time with their kids as much as possible.

The Prince William County Fatherhood Initiative is also looking for volunteer leaders to help the Initiative grow and serve more fathers and children across the County. The Initiative’s mission is to empower fathers to do what is in the best interest of their children. When fathers are involved in the lives of their children, especially their education, kids learn more, have better self-esteem, perform better in school, and exhibit healthier behavior, according to proven research. (more…)



MyLink – ‘There is no way I would have been as successful in my academics, job, or even in my athletics’ without it

Teens who are striving for independence but lack a driver’s license or access to a vehicle need the MyLink Teen Summer Bus Pass! With the pass, teens can travel around the Prince William County area without relying on their parents for a ride!

Here’s a MyLink teen testimonial:

“I have used [a MyLink pass] for the past several years, and there is no way I would have been as successful in my academics, job, or even in my athletics” without it, one teen told PRTC in 2016. “My dedication to the various aspects of my busy lifestyle has undoubtedly been made possible thanks to the Teen Summer Pass.”

Now in its 10th year, the MyLink program is offered by the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC). The pass enables those ages 13-19 to get unlimited local bus rides all summer long for $30. In addition, teens who use a MyLink pass get credit for the local fare when traveling on PRTC buses to nearby Metro stations and destinations including Washington, D.C.

In a 2016 survey, 69% of teens who used a MyLink pass last summer said they bought it because they didn’t have a driver’s license. Half said they used their pass to spend time with friends and get to summer school or other school-related activities.

MyLink passes are loaded onto SmarTrip cards, making it easy for teens to transfer to Metro trains or other regional transit providers. If the teen doesn’t already have a SmarTrip card, there is an additional $2 fee to purchase one.

PRTC’s one-way local fare is $1.55. At that rate, a teen who takes more than 10 local round-trips over the summer will save money with a MyLink pass. The pass is valid through Saturday, September 2, 2017. (more…)

News
Firefighters to face off with police in 1st charity ice hockey tournament

Ice, prince william, skating, hockey

From an email: 

On July 8, 2017, members of the Prince William County Fire and Rescue will square off against members of the Prince William County Police Department in a friendly charity hockey event to raise money for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and Law Enforcement United. The game will be held at the Prince William Ice Center, 5180 Dale Blvd, Dale City, VA 22193. The puck is set to drop at 12:00 noon. Please join us in support of your local public safety representatives for a great benefit and cause to
include raffles, contests (including chuck-a-duck) and food trucks.

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Mission: To honor and remember America’s fallen fire heroes, to provide resources to assist their survivors in rebuilding their lives, and work within the fire service community to reduce firefighter deaths and injuries. For more information visit our web site www.firehero.org or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/NationalFallenFirefightersFoundation.

Law Enforcement United
Mission To remember and honor fallen law enforcement officers and support the survivors left behind. Law Enforcement United raises money for Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) and the Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP). The proceeds help support the annual C.O.P.S. kids’ summer camp, a vital part of the healing process. The weeklong event is free to children of fallen officers. For more information visit our web site www.leunited.org or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/lawenforcementunited/.

From Prince William fire and rescue Captain Bruce Tucker: 

This is the first year but plans are already in the works to make this an annual event.

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Prince William’s Barnard to hold ‘Conversation with the Chief’

From Prince William poilce: 

Chief Barry Barnard of the Prince William County Police Department will host a “Conversation with the Chief” on Monday, July 17, 2017 at the A.J. Ferlazzo Building located at 15941 Donald Curtis Drive inWoodbridge starting at 7:00PM. We would like to extend an invitation to those who live in the community and the surrounding area to come out, meet the chief, and engage in conversation.

Chief Barnard will personally answer questions and discuss any topics of concern from the public and residents. This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to get to know their Police Department and ask questions directly to the Chief and other police staff. Members from the Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit and Personnel Bureau will also be on hand to answer questions and provide useful information regarding safety tips, neighborhood watches and recruitment.

The Chief plans to hold additional community engagement conversations at other locations across Prince William County in the future. We look forward to having a productive discussion.

News
Colato charged in child sex assault

From Prince William police: 

Sexual Assault Investigation – On June 15, detectives from the Special Victim’s Unit responded to investigate a sexual assault which was reported to have occurred on June 10 at a home in Woodbridge (22193). The investigation revealed that the victim, a 5-year-old boy, was inappropriately touched by the accused, identified as a family member. The victim disclosed the incident to a school teacher who contacted Child Protective Services. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested without incident.

Arrested on July 2:

Sara COLATO, 27, of 12770 Tadworth Pl in Woodbridge

Charged with object sexual penetration

Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

Traffic
Flood warning continues after rain-soaked morning of traffic problems

Flooded roadways have been a problem in Prince William County today. 

While they’ve cleared the scenes, police were called to direct traffic around flooded roads at the intersections of Route 1 and Mary’s Way in Woodbridge and Route 29 and Sudley Road near Manassas.

Conditions have improved over the past several hours. 

From Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Peork: 

No road is under active police direction. There are a few closures with high water but that’s it. Signs and cones are in place. Here’s a map.

Authorities in Stafford County were also working a crash on Route 1 near the Stafford County Courthouse. 

From VDOT: 

All lanes of Route 1 are closed between Hospital Center Boulevard and Courthouse Road in Stafford County for a crash involving downed utility lines.

Travelers are advised to use Interstate 95 and other alternate routes.

Heavy rain moved through the region during the early morning hours leading to multiple crashes on Interstate 95. At 7 a.m., one of the crashes on I-95 involved serious injury. 

From Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corine Geller:  (more…)

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Didlake, Hylton partner for sensory friendly performance of the musical ‘Oklahoma!’

From an email: 

We have partnered with the Hylton Performing Arts Center (HPAC) and the Prince William Little Theater (PWLT) to offer a sensory friendly performance of the musical Oklahoma! On Saturday, July 22 at 2:00 pm at the Hylton in Manassas.

Didlake’s Director of the Autism Center of Excellence, Rachel Payne, and Marit Majeske the Hylton’s Community Inclusion Manager are providing consultative services to the PWLT to ensure the performance is both entertaining and accessible. I’ve attached the flier for the event. 

News
Woodbridge kitchen fire ‘had extended from the stove to the cabinets’

From a press release: 

Woodbridge, VA July 4th, 2017 12:03 p.m.: Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Firefighters responded to the report of a house fire at 1266 Everett Ave, Woodbridge. Initial units arrived on scene and found fire in the kitchen.

The fire had extended from the stove to the cabinets and was under control within minutes.

The cause of the fire was food cooking on the stove. Fire and Rescue units from OWL VFD, Dale City VFD and [Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue] responded to the incident.

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Fire crews called to roof fire in Lake Ridge on July 4

From a press release: 

Lake Ridge July 4, 2017 9:41 p.m. Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Department responded to the report of a house fire at 2255 Spinnaker Court, Lake Ridge. Initial units arrived on scene within minutes and reported fire from the roof. Crews worked quickly to fight the blaze which had spread over much of the roof. The fire was under control within 15 minutes.

Fire & Rescue units from OWL VFD, Dale City VFD and PWC Department of Fire & Rescue and PWCPD, responded to the incident. No one was injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Prince William County Fire Marshal’s office.

Multi-family yard sale in Lake Ridge

Multi-Family Yard Sale, Saturday, July 8 from 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 3221 Culbreth Court, Lake Ridge, VA: Appliances, Electronics, Baby clothes, and toys, exercise equip, much more 

Appliances, Electronics, Baby clothes, and toys, exercise equip, much more 



PotomacLocal.com is the newest tenant at CENTERFUSE

PotomacLocal.com is the newest tenant at CENTERFUSE, the budding co-workspace in Downtown Manassas.

The seven-year-old digital media company with a focus on local news, politics, and transportation issues in the Prince William County region will not only produce news coverage and content at the Manassas co-working center but will engage with readers and local business owners there, too.

“My job as an entrepreneurial journalist on any given day requires me to be in multiple places in Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park. While a traditional office has never been in our plans, the flexibility, open work environment, and business support from the staff at CENTERFUSE are just what our company needs to grow,” said Potomac Local Media Founder and Publisher Uriah Kiser.

With Potomac Local’s acquisition of a dedicated workspace at CENTERFUSE, the company will launch a new podcast to discuss issues facing area residents. Additionally, Potomac Local will hold community events at CENTERFUSE to engage readers and residents, as well as hold scheduled publisher’s “office hours” where readers may visit with Potomac Local writers to share story ideas, as well as voice
neighborhood concerns in a one-on-one setting.

“We’re very pleased to welcome Potomac Local as our newest member of CenterFuse.  Our facility, located in Downtown Manassas lends a perfect opportunity for Uriah to connect with areas of Prince William County while working in a pristine location in the City of Manassas,” said Historic Manassas Inc. Director Debbie Haight. 

CENTERFUSE opened in early May and caters to entrepreneurs in need of shared workspace. Historic Manassas Inc. is contracted to provide small business support services to CENTERFUSE members.  

News
Man, 18, charged in Lake Ridge picnic table fire

From a press release: 

On, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, fire and rescue units were dispatched to an outside fire in the 12800 block of Clipper Drive in Lake Ridge.

Upon arrival, firefighters discovered the fire had destroyed a picnic table, valued at $650 and belonging to the homeowners’ association. Based on the situation and conditions observed, the fire crews called for the Fire Marshal’s Office to investigate the incident. The investigators were able to determine the fire was intentionally set and developed suspects based on the scene and interviews. The investigators were able to obtain a felony arrest warrant for one of the suspects in the case.

On June 23, 2017, members of the Prince William County Fire Marshal’s Office and the Police Department, located the suspect and placed him under arrest without incident.

The investigation is continuing.

Arrested on June 23:
Hakeem Koroma, 18 years old, of Lake Ridge.

Charged with §18.2-81 to burn personal property greater than or equal to $200; a class 6 felony. Mr. Koroma was released on a $5,000.00 unsecured bond and ordered to be admitted into pre-trial services.

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Virginia’s November GOP ticket stumps in Dale City

From a press release: 

This year’s Republican candidates for Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General [on Sunday, July 2, 2017] visited Dale City as part of their statewide kick-off tour for November’s election season. The kick-off rally featured Ed Gillespie (Governor), Jill Vogel (Lt. Governor) and John Adams (Attorney General) and was the first official event for the Republican ticket in Prince William Count since the June 13 Primary Election.

The location of the kick-off event, Mapledale Plaza in Dale City, will serve as a campaign headquarters for Del. Scott Lingamfelter and Ed Gillespie. The Gillespie campaign has indicated that they’ll commit a significant amount of resources to win Prince William County this year because of its importance to winning statewide elections. No one has won a statewide race in Virginia without winning Prince William County since 2001, when Mark Warner won the race for Governor.

“Prince William County is the second largest municipality in Virginia and an important bellwether for statewide elections,” said Prince William Republican Committee Chairman Dottie Miller. “We will fight for every vote including in precincts and areas of the County that normally vote more Democratic. Today’s kick-off in eastern Prince William is proof that we will compete for every single vote here.”

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‘The accused poured a glass of wine on the victim then threw her to ground and choked her’

From Prince William police: 

Strangulation | Abduction | Burglary | Domestic Related – On July 2 at 1:26AM, officers responded to a residence located in the 16000 block of Pitner St in Haymarket (20169) to investigate a domestic assault. 

The investigation revealed that the accused, an acquaintance, broke into the residence of the victim, a 45-year-old woman of Haymarket, while she was out walking her dog. When the victim returned home and found the accused inside, a verbal altercation ensued.

During the encounter, the accused poured a glass of wine on the victim then threw her to ground and choked her. The accused eventually took the victim to an upstairs bedroom where he prevented her from leaving for several hours. The accused also took the victim’s cell phone preventing her from contacting police.

At some point, the victim was able to use another phone to contact police and the accused fled the residence prior to officers arriving. A short time later, an officer with the Haymarket Police Department located the suspect’s vehicle in the area of the Walmart located at 6500 Trading Sq.

A police K-9 responded to search the area for the suspect. An officer located the accused a short time later and took him into custody without incident. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested.

Arrested on July 2:

Kenneth Clayton GRIFFIN II, 44, of 12813 Wishing Well Way in Bristow

Charged with strangulation, abduction, burglary with intent to commit assault, grand larceny, assault & battery, and preventing the summoning of law enforcement

Court Date: August 9, 2017 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

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Police search for suspect in Monique’s Boutique robbery

From Prince William police: 

Armed Robbery – On July 1 at 10:51AM, officers responded to Monique’s Boutique located at 13239 Occoquan Rd in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a robbery. An employee reported to police that two unknown man entered the business and approached the counter. During the encounter, the suspects began to take jewelry from the counter. When the employee attempted to stop the suspects, she was pepper sprayed by the suspects. The suspects then fled the business on foot. Minor injuries were reported. A police K-9 searched for the suspects who were not located. The investigation continues.

Suspect Descriptions:

Hispanic male, approximately 20 years of age, 5’09”, with a thin build
Last seen wearing a long sleeve button down blue shirt

Hispanic male, approximately 20 years of age, 5’07”, with a thin build
Last seen wearing a black hat, black shirt, and white shoes

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