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Trash hauler tips over on Interstate 95

DUMFRIES — A trash hauler tipped over Thursday on Interstate 95.

The crash resulted in the truck spilling its load across the highway at milepost 152 in Dumfries.

No one was injured in the crash that occurred about 9 a.m.

A portion of the highway near the crash site was closed while crews uprighted the rig and cleaned debris from the roadway.

Traffic started moving again about an hour after the crash. State officials told drivers to use Route 1 as a way to get around the crash.

Police were still investigating what led to the crash on Thursday afternoon. No charges have been filed. 


JES Foundation Repair honors veterans through U.S. Flag retirement efforts

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Stella, TJ flags

MANASSAS — In honor of Veterans Day, November 11, 2017, JES Foundation Repair delivered 45 worn and tattered U.S. Flags to Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) Post 392 for proper retirement.

JES accepts timeworn flags throughout the year and distributes them to Boy Scout troops and VFW posts that provide proper and respectful flag retirement programs.

“Many people have old American flags and aren’t sure what to do with them,” Stella Waltz, Vice President and co-founder of JES said. “The JES offices throughout Virginia serve as a resource where people can hand over or drop off their old flags. It is gratifying to see and hear expressions of relief from people who have long flown their flags with pride.”

VFW Post 392 Senior Vice Commander Teresa “TJ” DeChamplain was present to accept the flags. “We appreciate Stella and the JES team’s efforts,” TJ remarked. Retired from the United States Navy, she spent her career respecting the flag and honoring it in her work. “Many VFWs, Boy Scout troops and other organizations accept flags, so there are many places to retire Old Glory when it’s time,” she added.

Besides leading the flag retirement efforts at JES, Stella Waltz provides free, educational presentations on the history of and proper etiquette with the American flag. She has presented to schools, churches, civic organizations, corporations and retirement communities. For more information contact Eric Lackey at 877-537-9675.

About JES Foundation Repair

JES Foundation Repair specializes in residential foundation repair, crawl space encapsulation, basement waterproofing, and concrete leveling. The firm is part of JES Companies, which is comprised of JES Foundation Repair, JES Evergreen, Indiana Foundation Service, and Mount Valley Foundation Services. JES Companies operates out of five offices in Virginia including Manassas, Virginia Beach, Chester, Appomattox, and Salem as well as Whiteland, Indiana, and Columbia, South Carolina locations. JES has been named to the Fortune 5000 Fastest Growing Companies, Virginia Chamber of Commerce Fantastic 50, Inside Business Roaring Twenty and Best Places to Work. JES Companies serves Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Indiana, South Carolina, and Georgia. For more information about JES, please visit jeswork.com.

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Prince William police deploy officers to assist with recovery efforts in Puerto Rico

From Prince William County police:

Prince William County, Virginia: The Prince William County Police Department, in conjunction with the Virginia and Prince William County Departments of Emergency Management, has begun deploying officers to Puerto Rico to assist first responders in that area with the ongoing recovery efforts from Hurricane Maria which devastated the area in September.

Today, the first rotation of eight officers will fly to the region for a 14-day assignment. Two additional rotations of eight officers are scheduled for staggered deployment over the next six-weeks. In preparation for this assignment, over 100 officers on the Department volunteered to assist in this effort knowing conditions were less than desirable in the area. This tremendous, overwhelming response demonstrates our officer’s willingness and selflessness to help others in time of need. (more…)

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Woman assaulted after man jumps from behind bushes

WOODBRIDGE — A woman walking along a sidewalk was assaulted early Wednesday.

The victim was in the area of Walnut and Sycamore streets when a man jumped out from bushes and grabbed her. The woman broke free and fled to a nearby business, according to a Prince William police spokesman.

At 6:56 a.m., police dispatched K9 units and a helicopter to search for the suspect but turned up nothing.

The woman was taken to a local hospital as a precaution.

Police said residents should expect to see a stepped-up police presence in the area as they continue to investigate the incident.

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Massive motivation: How Democrats swept the local races

In a wave of blue, Democrats on Tuesday swept out almost every last Republican in Prince William County in the General Assembly.

Only Republican Tim Hugo (R-40, Fairfax, Prince William) appears to have been spared by just 115 votes.

It was a total reversal from one year ago when images of Democrat voters were shown on TV with tears in their eyes after Hillary Clinton lost her bid for the presidency.

“A lot of people woke up from last year’s election very upset,” said Virginia House Democratic Leader David Toscano (D-Charlottesville).

But this year “few people could predict to the degree of this wave, but we put everything in place early on to make it happen.”

Democrats used opposition to research to learn more about their voters, and healthcare expansion was a big motivating factor.

In years past, Democrats said Virginia taxpayers were losing out to other states like Kentucky which had expanded Medicare and accepted money for Obamacare. That message fell on deaf ears.

This year, Democrats simplified the message to “wouldn’t it be nice to insure everyone?”

It worked.

“The first big finding we learned from the beginning was motivation. Our democratic voters were as motivated or more motivated than Republicans this cycle,” said Josh Ulibarri, a pollster hired by the Virginia Democratic Caucus.

Then they looked at a simple differential: good vs. bad.

“Across the state in many places across the state, we ran on [healthcare] expansion. We ran on fracking. We ran on education. But in each of these races, we went to great pains to define the these Democrats…and to define the Republicans as exceptionally worse,” added Ulibarri.

Hayla Ayala, the woman who beat incumbent Rich Anderson (R-Prince William), was a prime example. While Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie tried to paint his opponent Ralph Northam as soft on crime, Democratic operatives who were focused on local races emphasized to voters Ayala works as a security specialist for the Department of Defense.

“It’s difficult to say Hala is weak on crime, or immigration, or on Ms-13 when we define trade cybersecurity specialist,’ added Ulibarri.

As Republicans lick their wounds, the man who nearly was the GOP nominee said Wednesday it’s time to throw out the baby with the bath water.

“Yesterday’s election results are what happens when you nominate weak Republicans who have no message, won’t embrace the president, ridicule his supporters, and lull the base to sleep,” said Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman At-large Corey Stewart. “The Establishment brought down the entire ticket yesterday, and have led us to Virginia’s largest Republican defeat in a generation.”

Stewart lost his Primary Election bid in June to the party’s nominee for governor by a little over one percent. He’s now mounting a bid to unseat Sen. Tim Kaine in November 2018.

“…it’s time for John Whitbeck and the leadership of the Republican Party of Virginia to move on,” he added.

But it may not all be over for Virginia Republicans.

Elizabeth Blakemore, of Blakemore Associates in Houston, has raised millions of dollars for Republicans in Texas, and in other states — which used to be a blue state more than 20 years ago.

Running the right candidate that connects with voters, as well as a strong campaign can be enough to sway any voter.

“Things change,” said Blakemore. “Things change.”

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Veterans Day 2017 at the Hylton Performing Arts Center

From an email:

A celebration for Veterans, Servicemembers, their families, and military caregivers, featuring interactive activities, arts experiences, and a pops concert

(MANASSAS)— The Hylton Performing Arts Center presents Celebrating Veterans and the Arts, an afternoon of free arts activities and experiences for Veterans, Servicemembers, their families, military caregivers, and the community at large on Saturday, November 11, 2017. The annual celebration culminates with a concert of pop, jazz, and patriotic music by the American Festival Pops All-Stars, which is free to the Veteran and military community. Members of the general public may purchase tickets to this family-friendly performance at hyltoncenter.org.

The free-of-charge portion of this celebration begins at 1 p.m. with Veterans Service Organizations, community groups, and arts organizations displaying their support and offerings for Veterans, Servicemembers, their families, and military caregivers in the Didlake Grand Foyer. The Didlake Grand Foyer will be a hub for socializing with community members and networking with representatives of local organizations for the entire afternoon. (more…)

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George Mason presents 16th annual Jazz4Justice Fundraiser

From George Mason University’s School of Music:

George Mason University Jazz Department, Fairfax Law Foundation, and
Prince William Bar Foundation Pair Up to Raise Funds for Legal Aid and Scholarships

Friday, November 10at 8 p.m.
Hylton Performing Arts Center

Saturday, November 11 at 8 p.m.
Center for the Arts

FAIRFAX—George Mason University’s School of Music presents the Woody, Bird, and Diz Jazz4Justice™ Concert on Friday, November 10 at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas and Saturday, November 11 at the Center for the Arts in Fairfax. More information and tickets are available at hyltoncenter.org and cfa.gmu.edu.

The concert is presented in partnership with the Fairfax Law Foundation and Prince William Bar Foundation, and it will raise funds to support vital community legal services and George Mason University Jazz Scholarships. There will be an open jam session hosted by George Mason University students following each performance. (more…)

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The 2nd District flips again: Foy heading to Richmond after beating Makee

Jennifer Carroll Foy took the 2nd District House of Delegates seat from Mike Makee. 

This marks the second time the seat has flipped to a Democrat since it was moved from the southwest portion of the state. 

Foy will replace Republican Mark Dudenhefer who chose not to run for re-election to the seat. He went on to win back his seat on the Stafford County Board of Supervisors, the one he vacated in 2011 to take the 2nd District House seat in 2011.

Foy won a landslide victory over Makee by more than 40 points.

While she had a decisive win in Prince William County, ballot count was still close in Stafford County as of this posting with Foy leading there with 18 votes.

We’ll update this post with the final numbers from both counties.

This year, Republicans were late to the game with Makee. Lauquan Austion has been the party’s nominee, but the Richmond Times-Dispatch learned that he had lied about his college record, leading to Austion’s withdrawal from the race.

Makee stepped up and agreed to run as a replacement candidate in August. He did not face Foy during a series of debates held before the election.

It wasn’t a quite race for Democrats, either, as Foy’s Primary Election challenger, Fairfax County sheriff Josh King demanded a recount after he lost his June Primary Election by 14 votes. 

Updated

Mike Makee won Stafford County with 52 percent of the vote.

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Guzman wins decisive victory over Lingamfelter in the 31st District

The 31st House of Delegates seat goes to political newcomer Elizabeth Guzman, who beat the long-serving Scott Lingamfelter. 

The Alexandria social worker beat the decorated Army colonel who retired after 28 years in the service. 

“”Elizabeth Guzman has proudly served Prince William County in the public sector for ten years and knows the challenges that many in the 31st District face every day. Elizabeth has worked hard as an immigrant and single mother, and we know that she will bring that same tireless commitment to her duties as delegate,” Virginia Democrats penned in a press release. 

Guzman won a decisive 12-point victory over Lingamfelter. The 13th District encompasses portions of eastern Prince William County (Dale City) and a portion of Fauquier County.

Lingenfelter had a strong showing in Fauquier County with nearly 70 percent of the vote. But it was Prince William County voters who put Guzman in office, giving her more than 60 percent of the about 20,000 votes cast.

 

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Ayala upsets Anderson in the 51st District

In an upset, political newcomer Hyla Ayala beat long-serving Delegate, Richard Anderson.

The Democrat won the 51st District that encompasses much of Prince William County by six points, beating Anderson who has served in the seat since 2009.

Ayala is a cybersecurity specialist by day and a community activist, as well as the President of the National Organization of Women Prince William County Chapter.

Anderson is a retired Air Force General who focused on veterans issues. He played an integral role in securing funding for a new veterans medical center to be located at Vint Hill and got legislation passed to curb texting and driving.

From a press release: 

“I am so honored for the privilege to represent House District 51. I am humbled by the faith that my future constituents have placed in my candidacy and our message. I built my campaign on the promise of fair and equal representation of our community, in all of its wonderful diversity. I intend to make sure Richmond hears our local voices, especially as we fight to improve our schools, work toward long-term solutions to reduce traffic congestion and ensure affordable health care to those in need.

“In such endeavors, I look forward to expanding our coalition in making Prince William County an even better place to live, work and raise a family. As his constituent, I thank Delegate Anderson for his years of military and civilian service.

“After tonight, our work begins.”


2017 Manassas Christmas Parade Grand Marshal and Woman of the Year

There is a lot to look forward to at the Greater Manassas Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 2 beginning at 10 a.m.  There will be more than 100 groups, including floats, dancers, marching bands and, of course, Santa.  This year’s theme is A “Christmas Carole.”

Every year — this is the 72nd year for the parade — the Parade committee selects a Grand Marshal and a Woman of the year. 

This year, John D. Martin was selected as Grand Marshal for his service to this community.  John’s community involvement includes former President of the Manassas Rotary Club, Rotarian of the Year, member of the Friends of the Foundation golf tournament, member of the Greater Manassas Christmas Parade Committee, and Chairman of the Parade Committee for more than 15 years.  Born and raised in the City of Manassas, John is also a Manassas Businessman with Dudley Martin Chevrolet.  This year’s parade was named in honor of John’s beautiful wife Carole, who passed away shortly before the Christmas parade last year.

The Woman of the Year for 2017 is Judy Wine, Senior Vice President of Wine Energy, a City of Manassas business since 1960.  Always an active member of the community, Judy has been a member of Northern Virginia Family Service’s Board of Directors since 2010, a recent appointee to the board of the Greater Prince William CASA organization, and a major fundraiser for the March of Dimes Walk for Babies since 2011, helping to raise over one million dollars.  Judy was instrumental in securing a $750,000 matching grant from the Hylton Foundation to help pay the mortgage on the SERVE campus in Manassas. 

Not only will John and Judy participate in the 72nd Annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade, but they will also be honored at Santa Lights Manassas on Dec. 1.  Both events are free and open to the public.

 


Express Lanes announce winner of “Go the Billionth Mile” contest

Alexandria, Va. – Today Transurban, operator of the 495 and 95 Express Lanes, announced that Tammie B. of Alexandria, Virginia is the winner of the “Go the Billionth Mile” contest and will receive one year of toll-free travel on the 495 and 95 Express Lanes. The contest was held in September 2017 to celebrate the milestone of one billion miles traveled since the Lanes first opened in November 2012 and gave a lucky customer a chance to win the free-travel prize.

“I’m really ecstatic that I have this opportunity for a free year of commuting on the Express Lanes, it means so much to me,” said Tammie. “The Lanes provide me 20 more minutes of sanity and 20 less minutes of aggravation to have to deal with,” she added.

Tammie B. has lived in Virginia for 30 years and works at a trade association in Washington, D.C., commuting from her home in the Kingstowne area of Alexandria.

Her typical trip on the Express Lanes takes her from the Springfield Parkway to regular lanes on I-395 near Duke Street.

Tammie enjoys comedy and horror films as well as touring Virginia wineries and local museums.

Content featuring Tammie will be featured on the Express Lanes website and social media channels to help educate new customers.

About the Express Lanes

The 495 and 95 Express Lanes operate on I-495/Capital Beltway and I-95 providing drivers with faster and more predictable travel options in Northern Virginia. Together, the 495 and 95 Express Lanes create a region-wide network of free-flowing lanes for nearly 40 miles from the Dulles Toll Road to Stafford County. Delivered through a public-private partnership between the Virginia Department of Transportation and Transurban, the Express Lanes give drivers reliable travel choices on two of northern Virginia’s most congested roadways. For more information, please visit ExpressLanes.com.

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Police announce safety training for area churches

DALE CITY — The Prince William County Police Department today announced it would hold a faith-based training program for area churches.

The training will be held on Nov. 21 at the Western District Station at 8900 Freedom Center Boulevard near Manassas. The announcement comes after a man walked into a Texas church on Sunday and shot and killed 26 people.

Churches in our area have not had to deal with a shooter situation, but they are aware it can happen.

“The most common crimes reported by places of worship are property crimes which would include vandalism and burglaries, but thankfully they aren’t too common in Prince William County,” said police spokesman Nathan Probus. “The presentation usually includes the “Run. Hide. Fight” video which discusses active shooter situations.”

Churches are open places of worship where people — anyone — can come and go. Fostering a sense of openness is what many churches do well.

“We’re taught the Catholic faith to love and trust everyone, but we cannot trust everyone,” said Daisy Ramos, who is a member of Holy Family Catholic Chruch in Dale City.

Earlier this year, Ramos attended a safety training at the Arch Diocese of Arlington. While there, she heard from a psychologist, and from an FBI agent about what to watch for when it comes to church safety.

“It taught me what to look for,” she said.

For example, if someone walks up to you in church, and they look like they are going to shake your hand, but they don’t extend their had as far as they can, trainers told Ramos that person could be holding a gun.

“But we can’t be paranoid, either,” she said. “That person may also have a medical condition and can’t extend their hand.”

Other churches in the area have also made security a priority. A security officer at Christ Chapel in Woodbridge who did not want his name published said church leaders there are aware of faith-based training programs offered by organizations like Prince William police, and attend them regularly.

At First Mount Zion Baptist Church near Dumfries, getting to know the parishioners who come on a weekly basis is an important first line of defense. 

” Growing up I was never concerned about public safety during worship. But these days with our gun laws, and the accessibility of guns it has to change the worship environment,” said Dr. Luke Torian, pastor of First Mount Zion Baptist Church near Dumfries. 

Overall, protecting those who attend worship services, or other church functions can be a challenge.

“Nowadays you really don’t know. You can be sitting next to someone who can do anything,” said Ramos. “You just have to keep your eyes open.”

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The Bull Run Warrior Retreat set to expand its Haymarket campus

Near the base of the Bull Run Mountain, a favorite retreat for wounded warriors is expanding.

A $300,000 donation from the Pen Fed Foundation will allow the charity “Serve Our Willing Warriors” to build a second, cottage-style home on the 37-acre property in Haymarket called the Bull Run Warrior Retreat.

Construction on the new structure will begin next month and should be complete by next summer.

It will sit next to a massive 11,000 square foot, single family home where each week a wounded military serviceman or woman, their families, or friends, come to stay or escape from the doldrums of a life in the recovery wards at Walter Reed or Fort Belvoir hospitals.

The new home will accommodate up to 10 people and is one of three new cottages planned on the property. The charity was founded in 2012 and is now feeling growing pains, and is in desperate need of people to volunteer to care for those suffering from PTSD, and from the loss of limbs.

“This house does not drive itself. I need people to cut grass. I need people to volunteer. I need people to be ambassadors,” said Serve Our Willing Warriors Executive Director Jeffery Sapp.

Serve Our Willing Warriors Executive Director Jeffery Sapp speaks with business and government leaders about the work done by the charity.

Many suffer from depression and have suicidal thoughts

The charity invited business owners, and government employees for the tour of the facility on Nov. 2. They got an earful about what the organization does to serve the military members on and their families who come here.

All combat veterans, many suffer from depression and have suicidal thoughts. Others have returned home to find their marriages on the edge of ruin and then decided to come to the retreat.

“When they come here that gives them a chance to do normal things,” said Sapp.

Those ordinary things can be something as simple as cooking a meal or eat together as a family. Spend time outdoors on a walking path, or sit together on a leather sectional sofa to watch a movie.

“We can get them on to their lives, and to the lives, they want to live and stop thinking dark thoughts, and we do it in six days,” added Sapp, who credited the retreat for helping to save the marriages of at least eight service members on their spouses.

A view of one of the master bedrooms in the warrior retreat.

A massive retreat 

The warriors check on Friday morning, where they find a freshly clean and sterilized house fit for any family. There’s a large kitchen and dining area upstairs, complete with master bedrooms, and smaller children rooms.

The downstairs has a library, game room, and family room complete with entertainment center and a small kitchen. The warrior’s favorite dessert is waiting for them when they arrive, and an executive chef comes on Sunday nights to prepare a culinary delight for the visiting family.

For weeks leading up to the visit, the charity’s staff work with their soon-to-be guests to find out about their interests, and about what activities they want to do when they arrive. For many, it’s to sit and enjoy peace quietly.

The bathrooms are all handicapped accessible, and the showers large. Outdoors, the large firepit, patio, and deck are all surrounded by woodland views and Bull Run Mountain.

A view of the warrior retreat.

‘It wasn’t as easy as that’

It takes about 20 people to run the warrior retreat, to serve the current guests, and on Thursdays prepare the house for new visitors. There’s a waiting list of about 100 people who wish to someday visit the retreat.

All visitors must be cleared by their doctor to leave Walter Reed or Fort Belvoir to make the trip to Haymarket. This usually means having the right medications prepared, and any necessary medical equipment packed and ready to go with them.

Over the years, the center’s staff had to learn who was eligible to visit the retreat and who wasn’t. As it turns out, federal regulations allow a combat wounded veteran can accept nearly any form of charity, but it’s not the same for those who weren’t injured in war.

“When we started, we had the mentality that “if you build it they will come.” It wasn’t as easy as that,” said Larry Zillox, who sits on the charity’s Board of Directors.

Serve Our Willing Warriors, like any other business or organization, had to put in years to build relationships with the military, and medical providers to convince them of the healing powers of the retreat. Today, those visitors are the greatest advertising for the retreat.

“When they get back to the hospital, they’re telling everyone about us,’ said Sapp.

The charity was founded in 2006 over the course of 40 days when members began visiting wounded warriors in hospitals with the hopes of brightening their days. After 40 days, they kept doing it.

The warrior retreat is valued at nearly $1 million and was purchased by the charity in 2013. More than $1.2 million in donated materials and labor helped to turn the dilapidated, 40-year-old home that today, really is a shining at the base of a mountain.

The patio of the warrior retreat.

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A 1-2 punch for Haymarket: Water and gas lines ruptured

HAYMARKET — It all started about 10 p.m. Sunday with a ruptured water main.

“It looked like a geyser,” said Haymarket Police Chief Kevin Lands.

The water main break shut off water to homes and businesses at the center of town, at the intersection of Washington and Jefferson streets in Haymarket.

A crew from the Prince William Service Authority arrived about 11 p.m. Sunday to start repairs, according to Lands.

But then, as water crews were making repairs they struck a gas line.

“It’s started whistling, and everybody took off running,” said Lands. “It whistled like that for about five hours.”

Crews from Columbia Gas were called into fix the new leak, and they were able to shut off the leaking gas line about 7:30 a.m. Monday, said Lands.

Now crews are working to repair both the water and gas lines. A total of 134 homes and businesses are affected by the utility line breaks.

Lands told us that every structure south of the intersection of Jefferson Street and Washington Street is without water and natural gas.

It’s been a messy morning in Haymarket.

Town Police Chief Kevin Lanes told us a crew from the Prince Willia Service Authority was working to fix a water line when it accidentally struck a gas main. Businesses along Washington Street, between the intersection of Jefferson Street and Route 15 are also without service.

The gas company is now going house to house, and business to business to shut off the gas meters at the affected properties. Afterward, they can go and complete the gas line repairs.

Afterward, the representatives from the gas company must go back to the affected homes and businesses to re-light the pilot lights at the affected properties.

The repair process could last into the afternoon, and the affected intersection will be closed all day long.

“It could be three or four o’clock before all this is fixed,” said Lands.

Updated

The water and gas main line repair is complete. 

 

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Once focus of AMBER Alert, girl, 16 missing again

The teenage girl at the center of an AMBER Alert just three weeks ago is missing again.

Police tell us Sinahi Aguilar-Cruz left her home in the 14600 block of Endsley Turn in Dale City at 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

“Sinahi is believed to be in need of assistance which qualifies her as being endangered,” police stated in an email.

The statement did not detail why Aguilar-Cruz left the house.

On October 15, Virginia State Police issued an alert notifying state residents to be on the lookout for Aguilar-Cruz, noting that she was in “extreme danger” after she was allegedly abducted at a house party on Danville Road in Dale City.

The girl and her alleged abductor were found later that day by police sitting on a bench at Birchdale Park in Dale City. Both provided false names to police when questioned.

Officers returned the girl to her home and charged 21-year-old Roberta Antoni Merando-Segovia with abduction and gang participation.

Police say he kidnapped Aguilar-Cruz at the party on Danville Road, and say he is a member of the MS-13 street gang.

Updated Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017

Police tell us Aguilar-Cruz was located in the region unharmed. 

November is American Diabetes Management Month

November is American Diabetes Management month and with more than 30 million people living with diabetes in the United States, it’s no wonder. The American Diabetes Association estimates at least seven million of those people, don’t even realize they’re living the disease. Health organizations, and those working within the field, say the disease has reached epidemic portions. It’s something the Sentara Diabetes Management Program team sees every day.

“The numbers are increasing, both type 1 and 2 are on the rise,” says Registered Nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator Robyn Johanson, “It is a chronic, lifelong illness that really requires the person to learn the skills to self-manage their diabetes. And with that, they need a lot of ongoing support and the necessary tools to do that successfully.” Diabetes can be confusing to understand. When you eat, your body turns food into sugars, or glucose. At that point, your pancreas is supposed to release insulin.  Insulin serves as a “key” to open your cells, to allow the glucose to enter — and allows you to use the glucose for energy. But with diabetes, this system does not work.

“Diabetes is a problem with your body using the sugar we need for energy, so someone with type 1 diabetes is unable to get that sugar out of their blood. People with type 2, have a bit more difficulty doing so, because of a hormone called insulin. So type 1 needs to take insulin, because their body doesn’t make any. Whereas type 2 diabetes, they tend to have trouble using that insulin. So clinically, it’s a lifelong management of controlling medicine, physical activity, healthy eating and monitoring blood sugar, as well,” explains Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator Abbie Chesterson.

For more than 30 years, the team at the Sentara Diabetes Management Program has been helping patients understand and learn to live with their disease. “Our patients come to us through physician referrals. We are a group of nurses, dietitians and community health workers who follow a standard set of blood sugar targets for AmericanDiabetes Educators,” explains Team Coordinator Genevieve Thompson. (more…)


Join the fight to stop county supervisors from approving the Kline Project

Residents of Prince William County,

Please join the fight to stop the Prince William County Board of Supervisors from approving another development that will add 392 housing units, an estimated 15,000+ daily trips, and 255 children to already overcrowded classrooms.

The Kline Project at the corner of Prince William Parkway and Liberia will be another retail strip with a huge storage unit facility, gas station, and drive-thru; increasing school overcrowding, urban sprawl, and traffic congestion.

Please visit citizensallianceofprincewilliam.org, sign the petition change.org/p/12113980 and help spread the word through Facebook.com/CitizensAlliancePW to your neighbors and social media contacts.

Attend the Planning Commission Public Hearing, 15 November, 7 p.m., Board Chambers, James J. McCoart Administration Building, 1 County Complex Court, Woodbridge, Va., 22192

It’s time for citizens to remind the County Supervisors we are their priority. Children and families first!

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Masked men rob Coverstone 7-Eleven

From Prince William police: 

Armed Robbery – On November 3 at 2:11AM, officers responded to the 7-11 located at 10740 Coverstone Dr in Manassas (20109) to investigate an alarm activation. The investigation revealed two masked men entered the business and approached the counter. One of the men jumped over the counter and grabbed multiple packs of cigarettes while the other suspect located an employee in one of the isles. During the encounter, the second suspect brandished a handgun toward the employee and forced him back to the register to obtain money. The suspects took cigarettes and an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing on foot. No injuries were reported. A police K-9 searched for the men who were not located.  

Suspect Descriptions:

Black male, between 20 & 25 years of age, 5’5”, 140lbs with brown eyes

Last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black jeans, black Jordan shoes with silver trim, white socks and a black mask

Black male, between 20 & 25 years of age, 5’10”, 170lbs

Last seen wearing a white hooded sweatshirt, black sweatpants, white Converse shoes and a clown mask

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‘North Woodbridge’ has two things going for it: Route 1 widening, and Rivergate

When it comes to the old and dilapidated part of town, IDI is playing the long game.

The inside-the-beltway developer known for its properties in Washington and Arlington is about to begin renting apartments at its new Rivergate complex on the Occoquan River in Woodbridge.

The new building is the first of two and will have 402 “first class” rental units with amenities like multi-level garages so residents won’t’ have to use an elevator to get from their car to their living room.

There;s a rooftop terrace, and there’s a great view of the Occoquan from just about anywhere in the building. It’s the only waterfront apartment complex between Woodbridge and Alexandria.

“It’s the kind of community that’s being built in Arlington, and it’s about now bringing that level of luxury to Prince William County,” said IDI Managing Director Carlos Cecchi.

IDI plans to start renting units in mid-December between $1,650 and $2,800 per month. Cecchi expects to rent out 18 to 20 units per month.

And once they’re all rented, the company will be allowed to begin construction of a neighboring building on the 14-acre site on Marina Way, across the Occoquan Harbour Marina: a new condominium building with 318 units. The aim to attract residents who want to purchase riverfront views, and have access to multiple nearby transit amenities like Virginia Railway Express, commuter bus service on the Interstate 95 E-ZPass Express Lanes, and, possibly someday, a commuter ferry.

But the area surrounding Rivergate is far from luxurious. There’s a concrete plant on the neighboring plot of land, and the nearby shopping centers are described as “brown spots” that were once home to retailers like K-Mart, Ames, and now defunct discount retailers Ames and Zayre.

But there are changes afoot in this part of town affectionately referred to by local politicians as “North Woodbridge.”

Route 1 — the area’s second-busiest corridor next to I-95 — is being widened to six lanes. The $168 million project is slated to be completed in Fall 2019, and Cecchi says it will pave the way for more development now that land developers who had been on the fence before the road widening project began.

“The right-of-way acquisition process affected other landowners who had questions about what they could do with the sites,” said Cecchi. “But now the widening is underway, it really sets the stage with for the owners of other [properties] to come forward with other redevelopment plans.”

Overall, Rivergate has been a long time coming. IDI first acquired the site in 2005 before the Great Recession.

The company had planned to build two 10-story highrises with more than 550 units in each.

The company scaled back its plans to build five-story buildings and won approval from the Prince William County Board of Supervisors to build in October 2014.

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Woman, 37, arrested for attempted malicious wounding with a vehicle

From Prince William County police:

Attempted Malicious Wounding – On October 31 at 8:54 p.m., officers responded to the Willowbrook community pool located at 1375 Walnut St in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate an assault.

The investigation revealed the victim, a 26-year-old man, and the accused, an acquaintance, were involved in a verbal altercation which escalated. During the encounter, the accused slapped the victim in the face then got into her vehicle and attempted to run the victim over. The parties eventually separated and the police were contacted. Minor injuries were reported by the victim.

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