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Updated: First time in 60 years Fort Hunt Baseball wins the Majors



TRIANGLE — The Virginia Little League Championship wrapped up today with a local team taking home the state title. 

From emails: 

Local [Northern Virginia] wins and is head to regionals in Georgia. Fort Hunt Little League wins with a walk off single against Atlee Little League.
Another email: 
Fort Hunt…Atlee’ 6 to 5 in the bottom of the sixth
The majors, as they’re called, were held this week at Fuller Heights Park in Triangle at 18511 Old Triangle Road.
9:40 a.m. Friday, July 28, 2017
From an email: 
The Fort Hunt Little League (FHLL) Majors All-Star team won the 2017 Virginia State Championship on Tuesday, July 26 beating Atlee Little League 5-4 at the Fuller Heights baseball complex in Triangle, VA. 
This is the first time Fort Hunt Baseball, in it’s nearly 60 year history, has ever won the Majors Virginia State Championship. FHLL was 6-0 at the state tournament outscoring their opponents 94-12. Including the District 9 tournament, the team has gone 12-0 since starting All-Star play earlier this month. FHLL will next play at the Southeast Regional Little League Championship Tournament in Warner Robins, Georgia starting on August 4 in their bid to earn a spot in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in mid-August.
Manager Chuck Gupton said, “this exceptional group of players earned this opportunity through hard work and by never giving up. Playing at the Little League Southeast Regional Championship is a once in a life-time opportunity for these players and so exciting for our families and fans. We look forward to representing our Fort Hunt community and Virginia at the next level.” 
-Tony Castrilli, Fort Hunt Little League board member and one of the coaches of the Majors All-Star team


Updated: Arrest made in stabbing, victim expected to survive

WOODBRIDGE — Fire and rescue crews were called to a fire in the basement of a house at 12100 block of Randall Drive in Woodbridge for a report of a house fire.

Crews reported smoke coming from on Randall Drive near the intersection of East Longview Drive, as they arrived on scene about 4:40 p.m.

Two children who were reported missing before rescue crews arrived were found with an adult female, according to initial reports.

A dog was found in the basement of the home.

Fire crews on the scene called for a second alarm.

More as we have it.

5 p.m. 

The fire is out.

At least three people suffered smoke inhalation and will be treated at a local hospital.

Second-alarm fire units called to the scene given the all-clear. 

5:23 p.m.

From Prince William police:

On July 27 at 4:24PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 1300 block of East Longview Dr in Woodbridge to investigate a reported stabbing. Officers arrived on scene and located the residence on fire and an adult woman suffering from stab wounds. The victim was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. Two children were also involved but were uninjured. The Department of Fire and Rescue responded to handle the fire. Three officers who entered the home to check on potentially more victims are being transported and treated for smoke inhalation. The suspect is in custody. More information will be released when available.

6:30 p.m. 

A total of 10 adults, two children, and two pets were displaced from the home when a fire broke out.

The American Red Cross was called to assist the family. 

Police tell us a dog found inside the home after the fire is OK.

Police closed a portion of Long View Drive in front of the house where the victim was stabbed. The closure snarled traffic on multiple neighborhood side streets to include Bayside Avenue and Mount Pleasant Road.

9 p.m. 

From Prince William police: 

Stabbing | House Fire *ARREST – Detectives have charged Noel Antonio QUINTEROS-RAMIREZ, age 30, with 1 count of malicious wounding. Additional charges are pending. Two of the officers remain hospitalized, the third has been released. The victim, an adult woman – no further information at this time, is expected to survive her injuries. The cause of the fire and details surrounding the assault are still under investigation. More information will be released when available as the investigation continues.

Updated 4:30 p.m. July 28, 2017

This just in from the Prince William County Fire Marshal’s Office, more charges for the suspect in the stabbing incident. From a press release: Charged with § 18.2-77. Burning or destroying dwelling house, etc. (Felony)

From a press release: Charged with § 18.2-77. Burning or destroying dwelling house, etc. (Felony)

Charged with § 18.2-77. Burning or destroying dwelling house, etc. (Felony)

Dominion discusses power line routes, urges Prince William leaders come back to negotiating table

HAYMARKET — Dominion will take a breather when it comes to building a new overhead power line in Haymarket.

The utility has met stiff opposition from residents its plan to build a 230,000 kv transmission line to power a new data center reportedly owned by Amazon, Inc. along Carver Road, an area where many freed slaves first owned property.

“We are asking the [Virginia State Corporation Commission] to hold the current proceeding for 60 days. This will give additional time for the company and [Prince William County] to continue our discussion of these issues. It should also provide enough time for us to receive a formal answer to our requests related to the Carver Road Route and go back to the SCC to ask them to reconsider other routes in the case, if need be,” stated Dominion Energy Director of Electric Transmission Project and Execution Bob McGuire in a letter (PDF) to the Prince William County Board of Supervisors. “However, it would appear the county is working to obstruct, at all costs, the needed power to reach a project which it was instrumental in luring.”

The last part of that statement, about luring data centers, is key to Dominion’s latest argument in what has become a three-year back and forth between the utility, county leaders, and residents. Dominion says Prince William County wants the data centers but doesn’t want it to build the cost-effective infrastructure to support them. (more…)

Bristow man, 26, charged with assault & battery on a law enforcement officer

From Prince William County police:

Assault & Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer [LEO] – On July 24 at 8:20 p.m., officers responded to the 7600 block of Aaron Lane in Manassas to investigate a large fight possibly involving weapons. Officers arrived on scene and located a large group in the Barron Park pavilion area.

During the encounter, an odor of marijuana was detected and the group was detained. While investigating, one of the individuals, later identified as the accused, fled on foot. An officer attempted to stop the accused, at which point, he pushed down on the officer. Officers gave chase and were able to take accused in custody.

During the chase, the accused disposed of suspected marijuana and prescription medication. The accused was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries. The officer was not injured. Following the investigation, the accused, identified as Sheldon O’Neil TAPSCOTT, was arrested. (more…)

Updated: Kaine cancels visit to Haymarket

From Senator Tim Kaine:

Tomorrow, July 28, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committees, will travel to Haymarket and Manassas to discuss the health care needs of servicemembers, veterans, and individuals with disabilities in Virginia. In Haymarket, Kaine will visit Serve Our Willing Warriors, a non-profit organization that serves as a retreat for wounded servicemembers to reconnect with their families during the healing process, to meet with the Willing Warriors founders, staff, and volunteers and discuss the needs facing veterans who have suffered from injuries in service.

In the afternoon, Kaine will tour the Independence Empowerment Center, a community-based, non-profit organization operated by and for people with disabilities, in Manassas. Kaine will participate in a roundtable discussion with the executive director and members of the Center to hear their concerns about Senate Republican plans to slash Medicaid. In Virginia, Medicaid provides health care to more than one million Virginians – including 186,000 people with disabilities. On Tuesday, Republicans voted to open debate on their health care bill that would cause tens of millions of Americans to lose their insurance.

‘Brew Republic’ a nation devoid of craft beer snobs

Prince William Beer Trail

Editors note: This is the fourth in a series of posts showcasing breweries in Prince William County, Virginia.

Inspired by familial ties in the industry and an obsession for beer, the Heisey family, and the Frederick family came together in a joint venture to create Brew Republic Beirwerks, a new brewery in Potomac Town Center.

Brew Republic’s roots are embedded in beer culture. The Heiseys had been home-brewing for many years, becoming natural experts on commercial brewing. The Frederick’s pursued a venture to revive an old Yuengling affiliated brewery.

The venture fizzled, but in junction with The Heiseys, the two families joined forces to create an establishment in an unlikely venue. Brew Republic’s edge over its competitors is its unique environment, courtesy of its location.

“We have created a hybrid between full-service brewpubs and industrial package breweries by bringing the production to an upscale retail town center,” said Frederick. “Ordinarily, breweries are located in industrial parks or agricultural areas, far away from the beaten path, or they exist as part of a large restaurant with a full menu and mixed drinks.” (more…)

500 officers will have body cameras by Thanksgiving

WOORBDRIDGE — Taxpayers will begin to see their $2.7 million investment into body-worn police cameras this fall.

Prince William County Police Chief Barry Barnard said up to 500 cameras will be given to patrol officers between Labor Day and Thanksgiving.

Officers who patrol the streets, work traffic enforcement, in the K9 division, and school resource officers will all be trained to use the body-worn camera system.

“The officers are required to turn on the camera whenever they are going to have what would be described as an enforcement encounter which could lead to reasonable suspicion or probable cause that there is criminal activity occurring or that an arrest may likely result,” said Barnard.

The department’s policy requires officers to activate their camera during traffic stops, car, and foot chases while making arrests, when taking suspects to and from jail, when an officer makes a show of force, or whenever else the officer deems a body-worn camera should be activated. (more…)

Seasonably low temperatures and significant rainfall likely this week

Lower temperatures and possibly heavy rainfall accompanying thunder storms are likely Thursday through Saturday. 

From the National Weather Service:

Widespread showers and thunderstorm are likely Friday and Friday night. Scattered incidents of flash flooding are possible from torrential downpours. Isolated severe thunderstorms are possible as well.

‘During the encounter, the accused allegedly put the victim in a chokehold’

From Prince William County police:

Strangulation | Domestic Related – On July 25 at 10:33 p.m., officers responded to a residence located in the 3200 block of Berlin Court in Woodbridge to investigate a domestic assault. The victim, a 19-year old woman, reported to police that she and the accused, a family member, were involved in a verbal altercation, which escalated physically.

During the encounter, the accused allegedly put the victim in a chokehold. Once released, the victim fell to the ground. The parties eventually separated and the accused left the home. Following the investigation, officers obtained a warrant for the arrest of the accused, identified as Tony Edward BEST. The warrant on accused was served on July 26. (more…)

Man suspected of domestic related abduction arrested

Michael Kelly Puckett, previously sought for abduction and domestic assault and battery has been located and arrested by police, thanks to an anonymous tip. 

From Prince William County police:

Abduction | Domestic Related *ARREST – On July 25, officers located the accused, Michael Kelly PUCKETT, who was wanted in connection to a domestic altercation which occurred at a residence located in the 10400 block of Lonesome Road in Nokesville on July 23. Police received an anonymous tip, which ultimately led officers to his location where he was arrested without incident.

Arrested on July 25:
Michael Kelly PUCKETT, 48, of the 10400 block of Lonesome Rd in Nokesville
Charged with abduction, domestic assault & battery, and destruction of property
Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

Abduction | Domestic Related [Previously Released] – On July 23 at 3:30 a.m., officers responded to investigate a domestic call which occurred earlier that morning at a residence located in the 10400 block of Lonesome Rd in Nokesville. The investigation revealed that the victim, a 48-year-old woman of Nokesville, was involved in a verbal altercation with the accused, a family member, which escalated.  (more…)

In rain, heat, it’s game on for volunteers at Little League majors


From an email from Amy Craig: 

“Taken SaturdaySunday and Monday. Plus these of our volunteers during the rain delay on Sunday.”

The Virginia Little League Championship scheduled Friday, July 21 to Tuesday, July 25 at Fuller Heights Park.

It is the crowing event for Little League teams in the state. The winner will head to Williamsport, Pa. for the Little Leauge World Series. 

Police charge man identifying himself as Cowboy’s player Lucky Whitehead

Lucky Whitehead of the Dallas Cowboys was recently charged with petit larceny and wanted for failure to appear in court, or so Prince William County Police thought. According to police, an individual arrested for those crimes, not possessing identification verbally identified himself as Rodney Darnell Whitehead, Jr. to include the date of birth and social security number. 

From Prince William County police:

Upon reviewing the June 22, 2017 arrest of an individual named “Rodney Darnell Whitehead, Jr.”, the police department is confident that the man charged with petit larceny, and who is subsequently being sought on an active warrant for failure to appear in court, is not Lucky Whitehead of the Dallas Cowboys.

The man charged on the morning of June 22 was not in possession of identification at the time of the encounter; however, did verbally provide identifying information to officers, which included a name, date of birth, and social security number matching that of Rodney Darnell Whitehead, Jr. Officers then checked this information through the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) database. The DMV photo on file was then used to compare to the man who was in custody. (more…)

Surovell: Voluntary background check system is a failure

In 2016, the General Assembly enacted a legislation requiring the Virginia State Police to staff gun shows and be available to conduct voluntary background checks upon request by private, non-federally licensed gun sellers as part of a broader compromise on concealed weapon permits. The law has been a total failure.

The legislation required the state to spend $300,000 to hire three new Virginia State Police employees to be present at all gun shows. What have we got for our $300,000?

In January, The Daily Press reported that as of January 1, 2017, one person was denied a purchase at 41 gun shows after thirty-nine checks. (more…)

Call if you can, but Text to 911 is now available in Prince William

From Prince William County:

Calling is still the best way to contact 911 in an emergency, but in certain situations, a text might be better. The Prince William County Office of Public Safety Communications can now accept text-to-911 emergency messages from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless customers who find themselves needing assistance in Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. The service should only be used when someone has a physical disability or special need where calling is not possible or when speaking out loud would put the caller in danger.

Certain communities will find text-to-911 particularly helpful, said Prince William Public Safety Communications Director Captain Alfred Miller. People who are deaf or hard of hearing, those with speech disabilities or who are unable to speak, and community service or suicide hotlines will find the service useful.

The texts can be up to 140 characters and should include the location and type of emergency. They should be short, with simple words, and without abbreviations or slang. People should be prepared to answer questions and follow directions provided by the 911 call taker. They should not text and drive. (more…)

Manassas man charged with indecent exposure, public intoxication

From Prince William police:

Indecent Exposure – On July 23 at 5:20 a.m., an officer was patrolling in the area of Rolling Road and Sudley Road in Manassas when a male exposed himself to the officer and made an obscene gesture. When the officer approached the man, it was determined that he was intoxicated. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested without incident.

Arrested on July 23:
Eduardo SALAZAR NAVARRO, 20, of 9073 Reynolds Place in Manassas
Charged with indecent exposure, public intoxication, and possession of marijuana
Court Date: September 29, 2017 | Bond: Held on a $2,000 secured bond

Hope for ‘Suicide Hill’ coming with traffic improvements

WOODBRIDGE — It’s a cramped, crowded, and congested intersection in Woodbridge referred to as “Suicide Hill.”

And it was a topic of discussion at a “Conversation with the Chief,” a candid conversation with Prince William County Police Chief Barry Barnard on July 17.

The hill is where East Longview Drive intersects with busy Route 1. There’s also an entrance to Marumsco Plaza, and this all can make for troublesome traffic conditions.

Drivers that turn onto Suicide Hill at East Longview Drive, or continue straight from West Longview Drive onto East Longview, mix in with cars entering and exiting the Marumsco shopping plaza.

Drivers exiting the shopping plaza can also create chaotic traffic conditions as many turn out of the shopping plaza, head down the hill, and then quickly dart across traffic to turn left to head south on Route 1. (more…)

Sell for FREE, shop at the Chick-fil-A Bristow Community Appreciation Yard Sale

Chick-fil-A Bristow will host its first-annual Community Appreciation Yard Sale on Saturday, August 5.

The community-staple restaurant will offer spaces for area residents to sell their wares at no charge — that’s right, FREE!

Each participant will be given a parking space where they can set up to sell their wares. Participants must bring their own table, up to a 10×10-sized tent, as well as bring items to sell, and remove any leftover items.

The yard sale is open to residents, crafters, and the community. There will also be a bounce house set up for children during the community yard sale.

Electricity to the vendor area and spaces will not be provided.

The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants should head over to Chick-fil-A Bristow’s website to register (click on Aug. 5) and RSVP to grab your FREE space.

Two more house fires reported in Prince William

Fire officials in Prince William County told us about two more fires that occurred on Friday.  Coupled with a fire on Bolter Lane in Bristow, fire crews responded to three fires on Friday.

From Prince William fire and rescue: 

On Friday, July 21st at 7:03 p.m., fire and rescue units were dispatched to an apartment fire at the Regency Apartment Homes complex located in the 9900 block of Shallow Creek Loop in Bristow.

Upon entry, fire and rescue units discovered a fire had occurred in the kitchen of a second-floor apartment. The fire on the kitchen’s stove top had extended to the kitchen cabinets. The stove top and cabinets that were on fire had been contained and extinguished by the building’s sprinkler system. Firefighters finished the extinguishment and checked for further extension to ensure the fire was out and the building was safe.

No injuries reported.

The occupants, home at the time of the fire, were alerted to the fire by the smoke alarm sounding enabling them to safely evacuate the home. They also had a sprinkler system that contained and extinguished the fire preventing further damage and potential loss of life. According to the Fire Marshal’s Office, preliminary damages are estimated at $2,500.00. The Building Official has posted two apartments unsafe; the apartment in which the fire

The Building Official has posted two apartments unsafe; the apartment in which the fire originated and the residence housed directly below due to water damage.

Red Cross was on scene to assist, 4 adults and 2 children, displaced by the fire. The fire originated on the stovetop. The cause was unattended cooking and has been

The fire originated on the stovetop. The cause was unattended cooking and has been determined as accidental.


Smoking caused fire on Bolter Lane, fire marshal says

From Prince William fire and rescue: 

On Friday, July 21st at 1:35 p.m., fire and rescue units were dispatched to a structure fire in a two-story single-family home located in the 12000 block of Bolter Lane in Bristow.

Upon arrival, fire and rescue crews observed fire in the rear of the home on the second floor deck. Firefighters immediately extinguished the fire that caused minor damage to the deck and siding but no extension into the home.

No injuries reported.

According to the Fire Marshal’s Office, preliminary damages were minimal estimated at $7,500.00.

The origin of the fire was the rear deck; the cause was improper disposal of smoking materials and has been determined as accidental.

Puckett wanted in connection to domestic assault

From Prince William police: 

Abduction | Domestic Related – On July 23 at 3:30AM, officers responded to investigate a domestic which occurred earlier that morning at a residence located in the 10400 block of Lonesome Rd in Nokesville (20109). The investigation revealed that the victim, a 48-year-old woman of Nokesville, was involved in a verbal altercation with the accused, a family member, which escalated.

During the encounter, the accused retrieved a kitchen knife and threatened the victim. The accused then punched the victim in the face and prevented her from leaving the residence. At some point, the victim was able to escape and get in her vehicle. As the victim was attempting to drive away, the accused broke a window and attempted to grab her.

The victim was eventually able to flee the area then contact police. Following the investigation, officers obtained warrants for the arrest of the accused, identified as Michael Kelly PUCKETT. Attempts to locate the accused have been unsuccessful.

Wanted: [Photo from April 2017]

Michael Kelly PUCKETT, 48, of the 10400 block of Lonesome Rd in Nokesville

Described as a white male, 5’09”, 190lbs, with green eyes and brown hair

Charged with abduction, domestic assault & battery, and destruction of property

Slushies keep players cool at Little League championship

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TRIANGLE — The concession stand is easily one of the busiest places at the Virginia Little League Championships.

And the business comes in waves.

“You go through ketchup like crazy,” said Valerie Barlow, one of the volunteers working today where games are being played at Fuller Heights Park in Triangle.

And that ketchup: It’s going on everything from cheeseburgers, hot dogs, to pretzels. There’s also cheese — the gooey kind for topping pretzels or nachos.

“We’ve got all kinds of weird candy, too, like gushers and Warheads that are sour,” she added.

The sweet treat that’s selling the most on a hot summer afternoon with temperatures in the mid-80s: cherry or blue raspberry slushies.

It’s a way for Little League Baseball players from all over the state, and their parents to keep cool. So far, volunteers here have used more than 800 pounds of ice. They’ll use nearly 200 more before the tournament is scheduled to end tomorrow.

If you’re following the games, taking photos, and want to report on the action to our readers, email photos and game info to news@potomaclocal.com.

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