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Man’s body found in woods


Dale City, Va. –– A man was found dead Wednesday morning in Dale City.

The body of 60-year-old George Dwight Doughty was found at a homeless encampment behind Ashdale Plaza on Dale Boulevard.

Police said his death appears to be medical-related, but had no further information. (more…)

Governor, Redskins to be in Woodbridge

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell

Woodbridge, Va. –– Gov. Robert F. McDonnell will appear in Woodbridge on Thursday as the Redskins donate a new fitness facility to a local school.

The state’s top official and his wife, Maureen, will be on hand when the Redskins Charitable Foundation and GlaxoSmithKline donate the ‘Redskins Youth Fitness Zone” at Fred M. Lynn Middle School, at 1650 Prince William Parkway.

The event will take place at 3:30 p.m., according to McDonnell spokeswoman Stacey Johnson. (more…)

Victim ID’d, burglaries probed, crasher charged

Victim identified
The pedestrian struck and killed in Mt. Vernon on New Year’s Day has been identified as 58-year-old Marino Sorto-Reyes, of Alexandria.

Sorto-Reyes was killed after being struck by a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee as he was trying to cross U.S. 1 in the area of Janna Lee Avenue.

Police said the victim was not using a crosswalk. No charges have been filed. (more…)

High-speed rail board to set agenda Friday

The White House’s vision of high-speed rail in the U.S. in 2009.

Woodbridge, Va. –– The second meeting of the Virginia – North Carolina High-Speed Rail Compact will be mostly an organizational one, says one of the local legislators who represents Virginia on the board.

The 10-member board, which includes five members of the Virginia House of Delegates, an engineer and four members of the North Carolina House of Representatives, will meet Friday in Richmond.

Virginia Del. Richard Anderson, R-51 (Lake Ridge, Woodbridge) was tapped by Gov. Robert F. McDonnell to serve on the board.

The board is expected to identify what they will work on over the coming months at the meeting.

“We need to maximize any sort of federal grants we get so that we can press forward on the construction of high speed rail. I definitely agree with the Obama administration on high-speed rail. It’s something we need, and in our area, it’s much more doable than bringing Metro to Woodbridge,” said Anderson. (more…)

VRE brass to hold Web chat

VRE’s top official wants to hear from you tomorrow, and he wants to know how things are going on the rails.

Dale Zehner will hold one another one of his regular online chats will passengers of Virginia’s only commuter rail service Wednesday at noon.

In addition to Zehner, Keolis Transportation (the company charged with operating VRE trains) manager for the Manassas line Scott Treece, will also take part in the Web chat.

Riders can post their questions early to this page on VRE’s website. Questioners are urged to check back to the same link, as it is where the chat will take place, according to a VRE press release.

Related: The Virginia – North Carolina High-Speed Rail Compact is scheduled to meet Friday in Richmond to discuss a planned high-speed rail line between Washington and Charlotte, N.C.

Woman carjacked outside Safeway

Fairfax County, Va. –– A woman was carjacked at gunpoint outside a grocery store Wednesday.

The 38-year-old victim was coming out of a Safeway at 5980 Kingstowne Center in Fairfax County when a man approached her and then pointed a gun.

He demanded her purse, keys and cell phone, got them, and drove off her in her 1993 Toyota Camry. (more…)

Car slams into community center

A car slammed into a community center in Lake Ridge on Sunday. (Submitted)

Lake Ridge, Va. –– One person was taken to the hospital after their car crashed into building in Lake Ridge.

OWL Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department crews were called to an apartment complex on Sherbrook Circle just after 5 p.m. Sunday. When they arrived, crews found a car had plowed into a community center, and rescue crews had to pull the unidentified driver to safety.

The driver was taken to a local hospital suffering injuries that did not appear to be life threatening, said OWL VFD Chief Jim McAllister.

No one was inside the building when the car plowed into the structure. (more…)

Pedestrian killed on U.S. 1

Mount Vernon, Va. –– A man was killed Saturday night in the Mount Vernon area while crossing U.S. 1.

The victim was struck by a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee at 9:52 p.m. in the area of Jana Lee Avenue.

The yet-to-be-identified victim was taken to a local hospital where he later died.

The driver of the Grand Cherokee, a 58-year-old man from Maryland, stayed on the scene, police said.

Speed, alcohol does not appear to be factors in the crash. Police also added the victim was not using a crosswalk when he was struck. (more…)

Area road work to resume

Fairfax County — Virginia transportation officials suspended roadwork on most major highway projects throughout the state in observance of the 2010 holiday season.

But the New Year means crews and equipment will soon be working again.

Here’s some info you need to get around two of the major road projects happening right now in the Potomac Communities:

BRAC/ Fairfax County Parkway Extension

Nighttime work – Closures occur between 9:30 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless otherwise noted.

I-95 north and south, and HOV for one mile south of Franconia Springfield Pkwy (Route 7900) overpass – Multiple lanes closed Monday – Friday nights for overhead sign work. (more…)

Free cab rides offered tonight

Plan on having a few too many tonight while ringing in the New Year? Some can get a free cab ride home.

SoberRide will offer free cab rides home (up to a $30 fare) from now until 6 a.m. Saturday.

While residents in south Fairfax and Woodbridge can get in on the free rides, no cab company in Stafford County is participating in the SoberRide program. (more…)

Late jazz musician frequented area high school

Dr. Billy Taylor, legendary jazz preformer and educator, died Wednesday at 89. (Credit: Travis Sullivan's Blog)

Woodbridge, Va. –– The legendary Dr. Billy Taylor died Wednesday at age 89.

The Washington native, renowned pianist and jazz educator often gave performances at C.D. Hylton High School in Woodbridge as part of “Billy Taylor’s Jazz at the Kennedy Center Program.”

The educational show was televised nationally by the Prince William Network, a media services division of the county public school system.

“He was our favorite artist and was always a gentleman who was never demanding. But when working with him you knew you were working with a giant of the jazz world and you made sure everything was perfect for his performances,” said Prince William Network Director Ben Swecker.

Taylor lived outside New York City and died of apparent heart failure, according to his website. (more…)

Metro robber said to have pockmarks

Fairfax County, Va. –– A man walking to the Franconia-Springfield Metro station Christmas Eve was robbed at gunpoint.

Police said the 41-year-old victim from New York was walking about 3 p.m. in the 6800 block of Frontier Drive, outside the transit station near Springfield Mall, when it happened.

As he was walking, the victim saw three men sitting in a newer model, light gray Dodge pick-up. One of the inside the truck got out, approached him, pulled out a handgun and then demanded money from the victim. (more…)

No VRE service Friday

Virginia Railway Express will not operate Friday Dec. 31, 2010 in observance of New Year’s Eve.

The commuter railroad will resume full service Monday Jan. 3, 2011.

Today, VRE operated trains only designated on the schedule as S.

The next time the railroad plans to modify their schedule will be Jan. 17, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, according to a press release.

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New ramp on 95 opens

(File) Drivers travel past the Pohick Road overpass at Lorton on the new fourth lane that opened Friday on Interstate 95 in Fairfax County. (VDOT)

Fairfax County, Va. –– Drivers on Interstate 95 today will have a new exit ramp to use in Fairfax County.

The ramp at mile post 166B south from the highway onto Fairfax County Parkway will reopen this afternoon, making travel easier for those headed to the northern section of Ft. Belvoir Army Base.

At 9 a.m., crews will close the right lane of I-95 south between Springfield-Franconia Parkway and Fairfax County Parkway. At noon, crews will remove traffic control devices put in place in November 2009, when the ramp closed to traffic, and plan to have the improved ramp open by 1:30 p.m. (more…)

Rumors, reward money and still no arrest in shootings

Editor’s note: The shootings at the National Museum of the Marine Corps and other military facilities in the region brought national media attention to the Potomac Communities in 2010.

National Museum of the Marine Corps (Mary Davidson)

Triangle, Va. –– It was quiet at the National Museum of the Marine Corps on the October day when someone shot at the building, damaging the custom-made glass that adorns its majestic facade.

Following the Oct. 16 shooting at the museum in Triangle, police found several bullet holes in the glass, supposedly put there by someone who federal investigators maintain has a grudge against the military, someone who could have suffered a significant loss or financial hardship.

Over the course of the next month, the museum would be targeted a second time. The Pentagon, a Marine recruiting center in Chantilly and a U.S. Coast Guard recruiting center outside Potomac Mills mall were also targets of the suspected gunman. (more…)

Small toiletries help homeless in big ways

Gayle Sanders is the Director of the Hilda Barg Homeless Prevention Center in Woodbridge.

Woodbridge, Va. –– For those living in the woods, in transitional housing, or for those who don’t know where they’ll sleep tonight, small donations really add up.

The AfterShare program at the Volunteers of America Chesapeake Hilda Barg Homeless Prevention Center (always a mouthful) is collecting shampoo, toiletries and other small, everyday items many people may not even think to donate.

The collection is part of VOA’s 15 Days of Giving drive, which urges residents to donate to the organization before the Dec. 31 federal deadline.

While clothes and cash are always welcome donations, the shelter in Woodbridge is always in need of ethnic hair products and deodorant. (more…)

Cell service expands in Stafford

Stafford County, Va. ­­–– Verizon has expanded its 3G data and cell phone coverage in Stafford County.

But the technology comes as customers in other parts of the region are seeing upgrades to even faster portions of the company’s cell phone data network.

Big Red announced Monday that two new cell sites have been constructed in the Berea section of the county, expanding Verizon’s service along the U.S. 17 corridor in south Stafford. (more…)

Is the trash worth it?

Fairfax County’s Energy Resource Recovery Center in Lorton is up for grabs, but one official says it will cost too much to buy it. (Fairfax County)

Lorton, Va. –– The Fairfax County incinerator is that large boxy-looking tower on the skyline overlooking Interstate 95. Now officials must decide if they want to buy it.

For the past 30 years, the county has leased the facility to a company called Covanta, which during that time has used the incinerator to convert waste into energy, powering up to 75,000 homes.

It has been in operation since 1990, but now that lease is running out. (more…)

Buzzed driving could get you cuffed

Get ready to see more police officers stopping drivers this holiday season.

Police in Prince William County plan to set up sobriety checkpoints in Woodbridge, Lake Ridge, Dale City, Dumfries, as well as other portions of the county, hoping to find some very worthy “buzzed drivers.”

Even if you’ve had a few to drink and then get behind the wheel, police say “buzzed” driving is just as bad as drunk driving. (more…)

Anderson to lead Civil Air Patrol


Woodbridge, Va. –– Richard L. Anderson has accepted a high-ranking position in with the Civil Air Patrol.

The republican delegate from Virginia’s 51nd District, which includes Woodbridge and Lake Ridge, was appointed chairman of the organization’s board of governors this fall.

He will assume his new role in February.

Anderson, a retired Air Force Colonel, brings with him more than 30 years of experience working with defense missile and space command.

He joined the Civil Air Patrol in 1969 and has served the organization as both a cadet and senior member.

“It is truly a privilege to be elected chairman of the Board of Governors,” Anderson said in a press release. “I look forward to this new opportunity to continue to serve this outstanding organization, one of the premier community service organizations in America.”

Later in his CAP career, Anderson from 1993 until 96 was one of the youngest national commanders ever to serve in the organization. (more…)

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