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Woodbridge man killed in crash

LAKE RIDGE, Va.—A Woodbridge man was killed in a car crash Monday.

Rescue crews were called to the area of Rolling Brook Drive and Tumbling Brook Lane in Lake Ridge about 9:45 p.m. The driver of a 2007 Chevrolet van was traveling north on Rolling Brooke Drive when it crossed a double yellow line, swerved out of control and struck a curb and several trees before landing on its side.

The driver, 37-year-old Luis Alfredo Cortez, of the 1900 block of Blair Rose Lane, was pronounced dead at the scene, said Prince William County police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

Police said the driver was not wearing a seatbelt.

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Police: Laser blinds flight crew

Michael E. Promisel, 18, is charged with endangering the lives on a flight crew.

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va.  – A Fairfax man was charged Thursday with endangering the lives of aircraft operators.

A county police chopper was flying over Mantua Elementary School, near George Mason University, when the pilot spotted a group of people at the elementary school at 11:26 p.m.

“The helicopter was returning from another mission at another location in the county when the pilot spotted the group at the elementary school,” said Fairfax police spokeswoman Tawny Wright.

The pilot called officers on the ground investigate, and as officers arrived one of the members of the group shined a laser light at the helicopter, blinding the crew members, said Wright.

There were no reports of injuries.

Michael E. Promisel, of 8938 Glenbrook Road in Fairfax, is charged with interfering with the operation and an aircraft, said Wright.

If convicted, Promisel could face up to 12 months in jail or a $2,500 fine, said Wright.

Pastor resigns amid underage sex charges

Jason Bolton, 32, is charged with sodomy, police say.

WOODBRIDGE, Va. – Police say a Baptist pastor has resigned from his church and now faces sex charge

A 17-year-old female told police that she and the pastor shared several consensual sexual encounters in April, but that the two began a close friendship in Sept. 2007, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

The man was working at Potomac Crest Baptist Church, at 15418 Cardinal Drive in Woodbridge, when the relationship began, said police. (more…)

BRAC Employees Could Reject Area

Joe Martin, Board Chair of Quantico/Belvoir Regional Business Alliance, discusses the benefits of having BRAC workers relocate to the area. (Photo: Mary Davidson)

MOUNT VERNON, Va. – Traffic congestion may force some of the 20,000 federal employees that are expected in the region next year because of BRAC to stay away. One local business group aims to convince them otherwise.

BRAC, the military’s acronym for base realignment and closure, authorized in 2005 by congress, will force the relocation of the tens of thousands of federal and military employees to Ft. Belvoir Army Base and Quantico Marine Corps Base.


Woman charged in father’s death

Patricia Blevins, 53, is charged in her father’s death.

WOODBRIDGE, Va. – Police said a Woodbridge woman is behind bars, charged in the death of her father.

Patricia Lee Blevins, 53, was arrested Friday in the death of 82-year-old Marden Warden.

On March 13, fire and rescue crews were called to the Residence Inn in Woodbridge, where the two were living, after Warden collapsed. He was taken to a local hospital where he later died, said Prince William police spokesman Mark Merriman. (more…)

Across Town: Hospital gets new president

In this week’s Across Town, a look at business happenings around the area: A local hospital gets a new leader and it’s your free chance to find out more about the BRAC relocation.

Megan Perry will serve as Sentra Potomac Hospital's president.

Hospital’s new president

Sentra Potomac Hospital announced it has a new leader.

Megan Perry, who has worked as a health care executive for the past 10 years with Sentra, was promoted to President of Northern Virginia operations as well as operations at Woodbridge’s Sentra Potomac Hospital.

She will be responsible for marketing efforts for the hospital. (more…)

Army eyes surplus VRE equipment

A Virginia Railway Express train pulls into the Woodbridge station. (Photo: Mary Davidson)

The Army is interested in purchasing surplus rail equipment from Virginia Railway Express.

According to a Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation spokesman, the Army plans to transport soldiers from Ft. AP Hill in Bowling Green to Ft. Lee in Petersburg twice a week for 37 weeks each year, and they want to do it by rail.

Obtaining suplus equipment from  the commuter rail agency appears to be a viable option for the Army.

The Army’s request comes as VRE has seen explosive growth in ridership over the past two years and when the agency is looking to add two new trains on the its Fredericksburg line, according to comments from VRE chairman Paul Milde, made at commuter railroad’s June officials meeting. (more…)

Crashes cause southbound delays

A head-on crash has forced the closure of U.S. 1 in Triangle.

Just before 4:30 p.m., a Ford F-150 collided with a sports car just south of the Marine Corps Museum. Fire and rescue units were called, but it appears no one was seriously hurt.

Police closed the northbound portion of the road due to the crash and the southbound side of the road, already full of cars, experienced even longer delays. (more…)

Woman charged after car gets stuck on 95

A driver exchanges information with a state trooper after her car became stuck on I-95.

Trying to skirt a traffic back-up on Interstate 95 didn’t pay for a Fairfax woman.

When the 28-year-old female driver of a tan sedan tried to bail out of heavy traffic on the southbound lanes in Woodbridge she hit a ditch and got stuck after sometime after 2 p.m. Friday.

The woman used a gravel median just south of Prince William Parkway, trying to make a break for the less-congested express lanes, said Virginia State police spokeswoman Corinne Geller.

Now stuck, the woman could be seen through a Virginia Department of Transportation traffic camera sitting in her seat looking around for help, but no one stopped. (more…)

Quake ranks with area’s biggest

The U.S. Geological Survey map depicting the Washington area quake.

The U.S. Geological Survey map depicting the Washington area quake.

Gloria Jean Parker-May felt thought Friday morning’s earthquake was something else.

“Right about 5 a.m. I thought I was dreaming, and then wondering why such a big truck would be driving through the neighborhood,” said May about the feeling the quake. “So that explains why the bed was shaking.”

She lives in Dale City, but the 3.6 magnitude quake was centered about 50 miles north in Germantown, Md., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake hit at 5:04 a.m., prompting at least six resdidents in Prince William to call 911 to report they felt something out of the ordinary.

Stafford County public safety officials said they received no calls.

No injuries and no damage was reported.

The quake quickly became the talk of local morning TV news shows and on social networking sites on the Web.

It’s not often the area residents feel the earth move.

The region last felt a large quake on Dec. 9, 2003, when a 4.5 magnitude earthquake shook homes in Charlottesville. The epicenter of that quake was located in Powhatan County, 104 miles south of Washington.

The largest quake ever recorded in the region, a magnitude 4.8, occurred in 1875, according to the U.S.G.S.

Friday Finds

Car lovers visit a North Stafford car show July 10, 2010. (Mary Davidson)

With the hot weather hanging around there are still plenty of cool things to do this weekend.

North Stafford Car Show

The North Stafford Car Show takes center parking lot Saturday, behind Brewster’s Real Ice Cream at Va. 610 and Travis Lane.

The show runs from 3 until 9 p.m. and features more than 50 classic and rare cars, along with contest giveaways raffled off every half hour and a lot of socializing among gear heads and local residents.

Admission is free. (more…)

Quake rattles area

The U.S. Geological Survey map depicting the Washington area quake.

The U.S. Geological Survey map depicting the Washington area quake.

A magnitude 3.6 earthquake struck the Washington region about 5 a.m. Friday.

The quake was reported to 10 miles northwest of Rockville, Md. and 15 east of Leesburg, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake struck 3.1 miles below the surface in Maryland.

According to initial reports, Prince William County public safety officials received calls about the quake.

Stafford County Public Safety officials say they did not receive calls about the quake.

We are working to find out how many other areas reported feeling the quake.

Blackberry with private medical records stolen

WOODBRIDGE, Va. – Prince William County officials say someone got a hold of a Blackberry containing medical records for more than 600 residents.

The mobile device was stolen between June 18 and 19, from a car parked at the home of a county employee.

Officials reported the theft for the first time Thursday morning.

The Blackberry holds medical information for approximately 669 residents, as well as their names, Social Security Numbers, credit card information, addresses and phone numbers.

The data is stored on the device’s hard drive, officials said.

Each of the affected individuals have been notified by county employees. They were encouraged to contact their banks and credit reporting agencies, and told not to confirm personal information to anyone over the phone to avoid possible identity theft or credit scams.

The county’s police department is looking into the case, but so far has not released a statement. It’s not yet clear when officials or police were made aware of the theft.

We’ll have more on this story when we get it.

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Beltway lanes to shift Friday

HOT lane work is ongoing at the Springfield Mixing Bowl. (VDOT)

HOT lane work is ongoing at the Springfield Mixing Bowl. (VDOT)

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. – A five-lane portion of the Capital Beltway will be reduced to four lanes tomorrow.

The Virginia Department of Transportation calls it a lane shift, and it will take place three-quarters of a mile before Va. 620 (Braddock Road). The new lane configuration will be in place until late December and comes as part of the Beltway High Occupancy Vehicle lanes project.

At 9:30 p.m. Friday, crews will work to re-stripe the pavement and place barriers around the construction zone, reducing traffic down to one lane in the area.

The new traffic pattern should be in place by 9 a.m. Saturday, a VDOT spokeswoman said.

Transportation officials tell motorists to expect major delays in the area during the construction hours.

Crews aimed to complete the lane shift on July 9, but inclement weather prevented them from doing so.

The HOT lanes will be two new lanes between Springfield and Dulles Toll Road, which will add capacity to the Beltway. Vehicles with three or more passengers will be able to use the lanes for free or single drivers can opt to pay a toll to use the lanes when they are completed in late 2013.

Woodbridge gas leak contained

WOODBRIDGE – Crews worked Tuesday night to contain a gas leak in a Woodbridge neighborhood.

Fire and Rescue crews were called to the 1200 block of East Longview Drive about 8:30 p.m. for a report of a leaking one-inch gas main.

No one was evacuated, but officials did close a portion of the two lane street, near Marumsco Acres Park, according to initial reports.

The gas leak was later capped Wednesday morning by crews from Washington Gas, said Prince William Fire and Rescue Department spokeswoman Kim Hylander.

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Road rage trial dates set

WOODBRIDGE, Va. – Two men involved in a road rage incident that left 13 rounds fired at a dump truck on Interstate 95 in Woodbridge have been indicted.

The trial for Gabriel Poventud, 25, of 15192 Bannon Way in Woodbridge, begins Dec. 28. He is charged with attempted murder, use of a firearm in commission of a felony, shooting at an occupied vehicle and reckless handling of a firearm.

The second man charged in the road rage incident, James A. Bingham, 44, of 3713 Cordell Avenue in Woodbridge, will have his day in court Jan. 4. He faces charges of attempted murder and reckless driving. (more…)

Found human remains still unidentified

LORTON, Va.—Skeletal remains found in Lorton on Monday night will be sent to Richmond for a closer examination.

The medical examiner’s office in Fairfax County worked Tuesday with an anthropologist to try and identify a human skull and skeletal remains found on Furnace Road about 8 p.m. Monday.

The team decided Tuesday to turn the case over to forensic scientists at the state medical examiner’s office in Richmond.

“It will hopefully happen sooner than later, but it could take weeks or months before we hear anything,” said Fairfax police spokeswoman Tawny Wright. (more…)

Crews working gas leak

WOODBRIDGE, Va. – A gas leak at a single family home in Woodbridge has got the attention of rescue personnel.

Gas company officials were called and fire and rescue personnel used to control the scene in the 1200 block of East Longview Drive in Woodbridge just after 8:30 p.m., after someone reported a gas leak.

No one has been evacuated from their homes, but several blocks of the two lane thoroughfare have been closed traffic, according to initial reports.

The homes affected by the reported two-inch gas line rupture sit near Marumsco Acres Park, between Lamar Road and Melbourne Avenue.

We’ll have more on this story when we get it.

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Girl pinned in crash still in pain

Rulla Andress watches police investigate the crash that injured her daughter.

WOODBRIDGE, Va.—Michaela Andress had to go to Fairfax Inova Hospital again Monday, four days after she was flown there after being struck by a van in Woodbridge.

The 15-year-old girl suffered a broken pelvic bone after the driver of a Chevrolet Astro van backed into her as she was getting out of a medical transport van Thursday in front of an orthodontist’s office on Optiz Boulevard. Michaela was going there to have her braces adjusted. She and her mother often take the medical van to the girl’s appointments because her mother doesn’t drive.

The medical van stopped in the middle of the parking lot that morning, blocking other vehicles that had parked in the lot. One of those blocked was the Astro, and when the driver backed out, she pinned Michaela between both vehicles.

That driver was going to pick up her father at their home in the Southbridge neighborhood to bring him back to a nearby doctor’s office for an appointment. Her cell phone rang as she was backing out, and she looked to see who was calling but didn’t take the call. (more…)

UPDATE: Human remains sent to Richmond

UDPATED: The human skull and skeletal remains found on Furnace Road in Fairfax County will be sent to the state’s medical examiner’s office in Richmond.

A state medical examiner and an anthropologist worked Tuesday to identify the remains during an autopsy but came up empty.

Once the remains have been sent, it could be weeks before an identification is made, said Fairfax police spokeswoman Tawny Wright. (more…)

Copy paper, supplies needed for schools

Cynthia McAree and Robert Sowell Sr. of Apple Federal Credit Union, and Stafford School Board Chairman Dana Reinboldt-Griffis-Widewater and School Board member Stephanie J. Johnson – Aquia, kick off the annual “Stuff the Bus" school supplies drive on Monday. (Mary Davidson)

STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. – When school officials last year set out to collect school supplies for children in Stafford County, residents and businesses donated $30,000 in supplies to the cause.

Those supplies, like pencils, notebook paper and marble composition books, went to help more than 350 families.

This year they hope to do better.

Members of Stafford’s school board and banking managers from Apple Federal Credit Union gathered in North Stafford on Monday to kick off this year’s Stuff the Bus school supplies drive.

As part of the drive, now through August 25 you can drop off new school supplies to the Apple FCU branch in the Doc Stone Shopping Center, at Chick-Fil-A at Doc Stone, Storage 2000 in Aquia and on Va. 610 in North Stafford, the Walmart at Stafford Lakes off U.S. 17 and the Stafford County Public Schools Administration Building near the county’s courthouse.

One item that elementary schools can use this year: white copy paper.

“A lot of jurisdictions across the country have faced financial difficulties and we’re no different. Copy paper is an important thing to have as teachers use it for worksheet assignments they pass out,” said Stafford County School Board Chairman Diana Rienboldt – Griffis-Widewater.

School officials reminded those who will donate this year that many stores, including the ones the Stuff the Bus drive has partnered with, already have school supplies stocked. (more…)

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