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Building collapses during fire

Fire crews on Thursday evening secure the scene after battling a blaze at a used car dealership in Stafford County. (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

Update 9 p.m.
A fire that ripped through a used car dealership on Thursday destroyed a building and damaged several cars.

Flames broke out at Auto City at 492 Cambridge Street (U.S. 1) in Stafford County at 4:56 p.m., prompting fire and rescue crews from more than six fire stations in Stafford and Spotsylvania counties, and Fredericksburg to come and help douse the blaze.

Crews battled the blaze for 45 minutes before it was extinguished. (more…)

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Updated: Jeep accelerates, crashes

A 58-year-old man was injured after he crashed into some trees and flipped his car on U.S. 1 in Woodbridge.

Update Friday 3 p.m.
A 58-year-old man was taken to a hospital Thursday after his Jeep struck several trees and overturned.

It happened while the man was traveling north on U.S. 1 in Woodbridge.

His 2009 Jeep Wrangler accelerated and the driver swerved into oncoming traffic to avoid hitting other cars on the road. Then the driver swerved completely off the road and into some trees that line Fox Lair Drive, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok. (more…)

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Teachers talk schools to ESOL parents

The Prince William County Public Schools Central Registration and World Languages Center began their 2011 series of educational workshops for Limited English Proficient (LEP) parents and students.

The first workshop of the year, “Everything You Need to Know About the Schools and Recreation Programs in Prince William County,” was held Jan. 25 at the Ann Ludwig Center in Woodbridge. (more…)

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Belvoir gas leak contained

Update 4:00 p.m.
The gas leak that prompted evacuations this morning at Ft. Belvoir has been fixed.

By 2:45 p.m., utility crews from Washington Gas completed their repair of a four-inch gas main that ruptured in the town center area of the Army base.

Residents, business owners and their employees have been allowed to return to the areas that were cordoned off about 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

Traffic was also affected by the gas main break: Drivers on Gunston Road south of the affected area will be diverted onto Theote Road where they can link with Pohick Road. (more…)

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Neighbors called shooting victim ‘kind’

Update 3:30 p.m.
The victim in this morning’s deadly shooting in Woodbridge has been identified as 48-year-old Alice Jenkins Everette, of Dumfries.

Neighbors say she was a kind woman with wonderful children, and say they are saddened by her tragic loss.

Her husband, 52-year-old Daniel Lunie Everette, of Burke, is charged with murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

He was arrested following the shooting and is being held without bond, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok. (more…)

Traffic
OmniRide buses routed away from 14th Street

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

Some OmniRide buses will now use 15th Street instead of congested 14th Street in Washington.

Passengers who take the commuter buses from the State Department weekday afternoons will be affected by the change, which will have all OmniRide buses re-routed away from 14th Street between H Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.

The change comes as Washington’s Department of Transportation has for months been working on a plan to reduce traffic congestion in the corridor. (more…)

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Alexandria officials: Give us a ramp from HOV to Mark Center
Officials at the newly constructed and yet to open federal building at Alexandria’s Mark Center – the behemoth structure at Interstate 395 and Seminary Road – are pushing for a exit ramp from the High Occupancy Vehicle lanes. The facility will become part of Ft. Belvoir’s military installation once the BRAC relocation of federal and military workers is complete later this year.

Stafford’s new fire fighters will come with strings attached
Stafford County will set out to hire 14 new career fire fighters after they are awarded a 3-year grant from the Department of Homeland Security. But the new fire fighters come with strings attached, as county taxpayers have to fund to the their cost during the third year of the program.

Woodbridge resident indicted in abduction, sexual assault case
A man whose last known address was in Woodbridge has been indicted in West Virginia for the abduction and sexual assault of a woman in Florida. Prosecutors say DNA evidence links 46-year-old Brian K. Ansley to the 2003 abduction of a woman at a Barnes and Noble bookstore. The woman was taken to a secluded place and sexually assaulted, prosecutors say.

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Stafford Borders to close

North Stafford, Va. –– Borders Books and Music at Stafford Marketplace will close its doors as part of a company reorganization.

Company officials today said they will file for Chapter 11 re-organizational relief as the company looks for new ways to reinvent itself for the long term.

The company’s Stafford location, along with others Tyson’s Corner and Downtown Washington are expected to close by the end of April. (more…)

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Bus ridership up in 2010

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

Woodbridge, Va. –– More people in Prince William took the bus last year than they did in 2009.

Statistics released this week from the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission state ridership on local and commuter buses in Prince William and nearby neighbors Manassas and Manassas Park increased 1.6 percent in 2010 when compared to 2009. (more…)

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Liquor store moving

Woodbridge, Va. –– You’ll no longer be able to get your choice spirits at Woodbridge plaza starting next week.

The Virginia ABC store located inside shopping plaza at U.S. 1 and Occoquan Road in Woodbridge will close its doors Thursday Feb. 24. (more…)

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Fairfax to hire for summer jobs

A group of AmeriCorps volunteers clean up Mason Neck State Park in Fairfax County in May 2010. (Courtesy: Virginia State Parks)

Fairfax County, Va. –– Those looking for summer work have a chance to get a job with Fairfax County’s Summer RECQuest Program.

RECQuest provides affordable activities for children in grades k through 12 during the spring and summer months when school is not in session.

Applicants must be 18-years-old or older with a high school diploma, and must have previous experience working with children in a group setting.

Those selected for jobs will also need to have CPR and First Aid certifications for children and adults, according to information from Fairfax officials. (more…)

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Bill targets those who don’t stop for school buses

Woodbridge, Va. — A bill now on its way through the Virginia Senate aims to slap drivers who don’t stop at school buses.

Del. Richard Anderson (R-51, Lake Ridge, Woodbridge) sponsored the bill, which states all drivers could be charged with reckless driving if they do not stop for school buses that are picking up and dropping off students. (more…)

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Brooke area poised for growth
It looks like the area near the Brooke Virginia Railway Express station in Stafford is another hot growth area in the county. At the Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday, officials designated the area as an Urban Development Area, one of seven areas where most development in the county will take place over the next 10 to 20 years.

Prince  William votes to sue over illegal immigrant records
Prince William County officials last night agreed to sue the Department of Homeland Security in order to obtain the records of more than 3,000 illegal immigrants handed over the federal agency from the county’s police department. The move comes after an illegal immigrant in Manassas was accused in a shooting spree that left three dead and three injured.

Lorton should be the next magisterial district, says newspaper
The Lorton Valley Star says Lorton should become the tenth magisterial district in Fairfax County, noting that much of the growth in the county has occurred in the Lorton area. The newspaper also states growth in the area will continue with the influx of more federal and military jobs at Fort Belvoir later this year when the BRAC military relocation is complete.

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SUV and school bus collide

Woodbridge, Va. –– Police say no one is injured after an SUV collided with a school bus at Powell’s Creek Boulevard and U.S. 1 in Woodbridge.

Police investigated the crash but no lanes of either road were reported to be closed at 3:45 p.m., said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

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2 sought in dollar store robbery

Woodbridge, Va. –– Police released surveillance photos in the robbery of a dollar store in Woodbridge.

Investigators said a man walked into the Dollar City Plus at 13817 Foulger Square, showed handguns, demanded everyone get on the floor and then took an undisclosed amount of cash.

The men also tool a store employee’s cell phone, but no one was injured, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

The dollar store sits in the same shopping plaza as Home Depot and Kohls. (more…)

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Lorton man’s murder charge spurs death penalty debate

There’s talk in West Virginia about reinstating the death penalty for a Lorton man accused of killing a mother and her child.

Authorities in that state charged last June charged 34-year-old Antonio “Tone” Prophet with first degree murder.

He was accused after a 22-year-old woman was found to have her throat cut, and her body and the body of her son were found in an apartment.

In light of the slayings, West Virginia legislators are expected hear arguments today about reinstating the policy.

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Child porn suspect caught

Michael Michaud, 50, is charged with three counts of child pornography possession, authorities say. (Submitted)

Update 2:55 p.m.
Stafford authorities say they’ve captured a man wanted in Stafford County on child pornography charges.

Michael Neal Michaud was arrested at his home at 32 Arrowhead Drive in the Rock Hill area of Stafford County at 1:52 p.m. Tuesday.

After the sheriff’s department released information this morning about his charges, a neighbor called investigators and said they saw Michaud’s car parked at the house, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

Sheriff’s deputies surrounded the house, saw Michaud standing in the doorway and then told him to get on the ground, said Kennedy. (more…)

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Passing school buses a growing problem

Fairfax County, Va. –– Fairfax County officials are concerned more and more drivers are illegally passing school buses.

Police in the county have noticed an increase in summonses issued – 1,700 in the past five years – and say drivers are behaving dangerously near school buses. (more…)

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PWC talks possible DHS lawsuit
Prince William County officials are expected to decide today if they are going to sue the Department of Homeland Security over for records of the thousands of illegal immigrants turned over to the agency. Prince William Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart could call for a full congressional investigation of DHS practices.

Free tax help
Stafford County’s Head Start schools program will offer free tax help on Friday. The details are listed today at Fredericksburg.com.

Parents fight to save science and math program
After school officials in Fairfax said they would eliminate a popular science and math program at an elementary school, parents banded together to raise money to save the program.

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2 female students enticed

Dumfries, Va. –– Police in Dumfries are looking for a man they say went to two bus stops this morning and offered girls a ride.

It happened between 7:35 and 7:45 a.m. to two Graham Park Middle School students.

The first girl was standing at a bus stop in the area of Main Street and Graham Park Road when a man in an older model silver van with tinted windows pulled up and asked her if she wanted a ride. The girl declined and the man sped off, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok. (more…)

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Victim recovers stolen GPS

Fairfax County, Va. –– One man fought back and recovered his stolen items that had been posted on Craigslist, police say.

The victim had two GPS devices stolen from his car parked in the 13000 block of Pleasant View Lane in Fairfax County on Thursday.

Afterward, he saw similar items posted for sale on Craigslist.com and arranged to meet the seller at a doughnut shop on U.S. 1 in Fairfax County. (more…)

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