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Microwave sparks Woodbridge house fire

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — A fire that started in a microwave prompted fire and rescue crews to a Woodbridge neighborhood.

Fire and rescue crews were called to a single family, three-story home in the 16690 block of Anchor Bend Way in the Port Potomac neighborhood off Route 1 about 3:10 p.m.

There was a report that a fire started in a kitchen microwave and then spread to kitchen cabinets.

Fire crews arrived and reported the blaze to be out, according to initial reports.  

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Pedestrian bridge being built on east side of Route 1 crossing over Powell’s Creek

Submitted by Lynda Silverstrand, of the Woodbridge Potomac Communities Civic Association: 

A safer way to walk on Route 1 at Powell’s Creek is coming soon.

A new pedestrian bridge is currently being constructed on the east side of Route 1 crossing over Powell’s Creek. They are currently installing a larger water pipe as they wanted to do an upgrade while construction was being done in the area.

They will test the pipes after installation for leaks, pressure, and bacteria before the footbridge construction. We will be able to use the bridge by the end of the summer.” 

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Police help lost woman, child out of Woodbridge wetlands

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — A woman called 911 after she and a child got lost inside the Julie J. Metz Wetlands Bank. 

Officers went to the park just before 1:30 p.m., flashed their lights and activated sirens to help the woman and child find her way out of the park. 

The woman told a 911 operator that she was able to see the lights and sirens

Police said they located the woman and child and were still working on getting her to out of the wetlands. 

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House explodes, construction worker flown to hospital

From the Prince William County Fire and Rescue Department: 

On Tuesday, February 28th at 6:50 a.m., fire and rescue units were dispatched to a injury call at a single family home located in the 11600 block of Kahns Road [near] Manassas.

Upon arrival, fire and rescue crews discovered the home with minor fire damage but had sustained extensive structural damage due to a potential explosion, thereby limiting the crew full access to the home. (more…)

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NOVA, ECPI sign agreement for Cyber and Network Security

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ECPI University and Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) have signed an articulation agreement that gives NVCC students automatic admission into ECPI University’s Cyber and Network Security bachelor degree program. Through ECPI University’s year-round, accelerated schedule, these students will have the opportunity to earn their bachelor’s degree in just 60 weeks.

Transferring students will enjoy a number of additional benefits, including lower tuition. NVCC graduates will be charged the equivalent of the highest Virginia in-state tuition and fees for the portion of the program taken at ECPI or actual ECPI University costs, whichever is less.

ECPI University will waive the application and registration fees, and accept most NVCC credits. These benefits are predicated upon the student earning a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher in their AAS in Cybersecurity program and achieving a “C” or better in all courses applied to the degree. All courses must be completed within the past 10 years. (more…)

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Prince William residents want Board of Supervisors to intervene in Dominion coal ash plan

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — Prince William residents want their Board of Supervisors to intervene in a plan to “cap-in-place” four million tons of coal ash along the Potomac River.

A survey commissioned by the Potomac Riverkeeper Network. an environmental group arguing for the ordered removal of the coal ash, found that a majority of respondents said yes when asked “Should Prince William County Board Of Supervisors Require Dominion To Come Up With Alternative Solutions Other Than Simply Capping It In Place Before Dominion Receives Final Approval For A Solid Waste Permit To Store This Coal Ash?”

From the survey results:

“Women (86%) more than Men (73%) want the Board of Supervisors in Prince William County to intervene. However, 73 percent is no slouch of a result, and it is due mainly to the 77 percent of Male Independents who say “yes.” Among the 61 percent who oppose Dominion’s “cap in place” plan, 93 percent of them want the Board of Supervisors to have a voice in the decided outcome of the permit granting procedure.”

Dominion Virginia Power wants to leave the coal ash in place in Pond D at the Possum Point Power Station near Potomac Shores along the Potomac River. A liner at the bottom of the pond and a new cap that would be placed atop the pond would keep the toxic ash water from leaking out, according to Dominion. (more…)

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Grill accident sets Dumfries home alight

From Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue:

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On Sunday, February 26th, at 6:40 p.m., fire and rescue units were dispatched to a townhouse fire located in the 5000 block of Buena Vista Drive in Dumfries.

Upon arrival, fire and rescue crews observed fire on the rear deck of the townhome that had extended to a second-floor interior bathroom and the attic. Firefighters initiated suppression and quickly extinguished the fire.

No injuries reported.

The occupant, home at the time of the fire, had just finished cooking on the grill and was in the kitchen when they noticed the grill on fire: they attempted to extinguish the fire but was unsuccessful and called 911. (more…)

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I-95 Overnight lane closures in Prince William County

DALE CITY – The two right lanes of northbound and southbound I-95 between Cardinal Drive and the Dale City cars-only rest area will be closed the night of Tuesday, Feb. 28 between 10 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. for inspection of the bridges over Neabsco Creek, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Crews will first close the two right lanes and shoulder of northbound I-95 between 10 p.m. and 1:30 a.m., then close the two right lanes and shoulder of southbound I-95 between 1:30 and 4:30 a.m.

Drivers should expect delays and are advised to use alternate routes. The I-95 Express Lanes will not be impacted by this work.

Follow VDOT Northern Virginia on Twitter: @vadotnova

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Call to Action: Child Advocate training by The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights

Good morning Prince William – Historic Manassas is looking for volunteers to help with the Live Well Festival on Saturday, April 22nd – 9am-2pm. Positions include morning directional to help get vendors situated from 7am-9am. Also needed is assistance with helping set up the Farm to Table Brunch from 9:30am-12:30 pm. Please call Erin at (703) 361-6599 to register for this fun event.

· Prince William Conservation Alliance invites you to their Open House on Tuesday, February 28th, 5:30-7 pm with a speaker on new stormwater rules and the Chesapeake Bay. They’re also having an Environmental Advocacy Workshop in Alexandria on March 18th. You can register online for this at audubonva.org. There’s their Annual Party with guest speaker Alonso Abugattas on March 12th in Woodbridge, 3-6pm and lastly, there is bird walks on the last Sunday of every month at Merrimac Farm in Nokesville. Please call (703) 499-4954 or alliance@pwconserve.org to learn more.

· Project Mend-a-House has partnered George Mason to offer the POISED: Stay Active and Independent for Life group fitness program. This is a 10-week program for ages 55 a better that meets three days per week at Lutheran Church of the Covenant in Dale City on Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays from 11:30 to 12:30. It is FREE, and classes can be joined up to 2 weeks past the start date! Contact Jodie to register: pmah.health@gmail.com or via phone at 571-494-5577. (more…)

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Suspect wanted in sexual assault of 12-year-old girl

From Prince William County Police:

Sexual Assault Investigation – On February 15, detectives with the Special Victims Unit responded to investigate a sexual assault which occurred in the 13200 block of Occoquan Rd in Woodbridge (22191) on February 14 around 6:00PM.

The victim, a 12-year-old girl of Woodbridge, reported to police that she was sexually assaulted by an acquaintance. The incident was not reported to police till February 15 at 1:00PM. Attempts to identify the acquaintance have been unsuccessful. The investigation continues.

Suspect Description:
Hispanic male, approximately 20 years of age,
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Last seen wearing black pants, black jacket with blue stripes, and a black hat

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Stafford urged to speak up, reject Dominion’s coal ash permit at Possum Point

Submitted: 

I attended the Stafford County’s Board of Supervisors Meeting this evening and asked them to make a statement, approve a resolution and write an official letter to the Virginia DEQ demanding that they reject Dominion’s solid waste permit regarding their ash coal ponds at their Possum Point power station. Here is my speech…

“My name is Charles William “Bill” Johnson-Miles and I live here in Stafford. I am asking our Stafford County Board of Supervisors to join the Prince William County Board of Supervisors in requesting Virginia’s DEQ not approve a state permit that would allow Dominion to permanently bury roughly four million tons of poisonous coal ash at their Possum Point power station. The coal ash is a waste material containing toxic heavy metals. It’s been sitting in ponds on Dominion’s property and seeping into the groundwater, into Quantico Creek and into the Potomac River. All that toxic pollution flows down river past Stafford County homes and parks, locations where our families and children live and play. (more…)

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Bristow fight spurs assault charge for Alexandria man

From Prince William police: 

Malicious Wounding – On February 21 at 3:12AM, officers responded to the 12800 block of Rannoch Cir in Bristow (20136) to investigate a fight. The investigation revealed that the victim, a 38-year-old man of Bristow, and the accused were involved in a physical altercation which escalated.  During the encounter, the accused struck the victim on the head with a blunt object causing a laceration. The parties eventually separated and police were contacted. The victim and the accused were transported to a local area hospital for further treatment. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested without incident.

Arrested on February 21:

Matthew Joseph TILGHMAN, 25, of 6910 Victoria Drive in Alexandria

Charged with malicious wounding

Court Date: March 22, 2017 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

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Mahmoud Amin Mohamed Elhassan, 26, of Woodbridge, supported ISIS

Submitted: 

Mahmoud Amin Mohamed Elhassan, 26, of Woodbridge, Virginia, was sentenced today to 11 years in prison and 10 years of supervised release for attempting to provide material support and resources to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a designated foreign terrorist organization, and making false statements to the FBI.

Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security Mary B. McCord, U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente for the Eastern District of Virginia and Assistant Director in Charge Andrew W. Vale of the FBI’s Washington Field Office made the announcement, after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Trenga.

Elhassan, who is originally from Sudan, pleaded guilty on Oct. 24, 2016. According to court documents, Elhassan aided and abetted the attempt of Joseph Hassan Farrokh, 29, of Woodbridge, to travel from the U.S. to Syria in order to fight on behalf of ISIL. As part of their plan, Farrokh would travel first, followed by Elhassan at a later date. Farrokh and Elhassan spoke in detail about their potential travel, including discussing the different routes each would take to travel to Syria. Farrokh also provided $600 to Elhassan to aid in Elhassan’s future travel to Syria. Both men spoke openly with each other about supporting ISIL and violent jihad, with Farrokh saying on Oct. 2, 2015, that he had no patience and wanted to go right away and “chop their heads.” (more…)

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FBI identifies 3 suspects in a series of armed robberies at 7-Eleven stores

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Photos: Billingsley, Soto

From Prince William police: 

Armed Robberies *ARREST – On February 21, detectives with the Robbery Unit along with assistance from the FBI identified three suspects involved in a series of armed robberies which occurred at 7-Eleven stores located in the eastern part of Prince William County on August 7. Following the investigation, detectives obtained warrants for the arrest of two of the suspects, identified as Rachel Cornelia BILLINGSLEY and Christopher Lorenzo SOTO. BILLINGSLEY was subsequently located and arrested at her residence without incident later that evening. Attempts to locate SOTO have been unsuccessful. A third suspect, identified as 21-year-old man of Arlington, is already in custody in Arlington for unrelated charges. Charges are pending for the third suspect. The investigation continues.

Arrested on February 21:

Rachel Cornelia BILLINGSLEY, 21, of 2783 Myrtlewood Dr in Dumfries

Charged with 3 counts of robbery and 3 counts of conspiracy to commit robbery

Court Date: April 10, 2017 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

Wanted: [Photo from October 2016]

Christopher Lorenzo SOTO, 19, of no fixed address

Described as a white male, 5’07”, 200lbs with brown eyes and black hair

Wanted for 3 counts of robbery, 3 counts of burglary while armed, 3 counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony,  and 3 counts of wearing a mask in public

 

Armed Robberies [Previously Released] – On August 7, officers and detectives with the Robbery Unit responded to investigate three separate robberies which occurred between 12:37AM and 2:06AM at 7-Eleven stores located at 14820 Cloverdale Dr, 15052 Cardinal Dr, and 1701 Featherstone Rd in the Woodbridge area. In each incident, employees reported to police that two unknown men entered the store brandishing a firearm and a silver bat. During the encounter, the suspects demanded money and cigarettes before fleeing the area possibly in a dark SUV or van. No injuries were reported. The investigation continues.

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Beer. In a can. Soon to be sold at a concession stand near you.

Flickr photo by Ror Quigley

RICHMOND, Va. – Beginning July 1, Virginians will be able to buy a can of beer – not just a cup – at indoor and outdoor concession stands that are licensed to sell alcoholic beverages.

That’s the effect of a bill that Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed into law on Monday. Senate Bill 1469 will add “single original metal cans” to the list of disposable containers that can be used for the sale of beer, wine and mixed alcoholic drinks.

The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Ben Chafin, R-Montgomery, will apply to concession stands at amphitheaters, stadiums, coliseums, convention centers and similar facilities, which currently must dispense alcoholic beverages in plastic or paper cups. (more…)

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Governor signs bills to fight Virginia’s opioid crisis

RICHMOND, Va. – Capping off a signature issue of the 2017 legislative session, Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed five bills Thursday to help arm the fight against opioid abuse and fatal overdoses in Virginia.

The bills address the crisis in various ways. They include SB 848 and HB 1453, which allow community organizations to dispense and train individuals to use naloxone, a drug that can treat an opioid overdose in emergency situations.

“We recognize that addiction is a disease, not a moral failing,” McAuliffe said. “Our proposals for this General Assembly session focused on preventing addiction and providing treatment for those who suffer from it.”

The governor also signed HB 2165, which will mandate all opioid prescriptions be transmitted to pharmacies electronically by 2020. It will also create a workgroup to study how to best implement the change. (more…)

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Deborah Wright is the new Library Director for Prince William County

Submitted: 

 

The Prince William County Library Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Deborah Wright is the new Library Director for the County’s Public Library System.

Wright has 14 years of experience in the Prince William Public Library System, including two years as the Assistant Library Director where she oversaw public services in 11 branches and had direct supervision of the branch administrators. Wright previously worked at the Prince William Public Library System as well as the Prince William County Schools before moving to the Newport News Public Library System serving as a Branch Administrator, and a Family and Youth Services Coordinator. She then made her way back to Prince William becoming the Branch Administrator for Chinn Park Regional Library.

Wright received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Roanoke College and her Master of Science degree in Library Science from the University of North Carolina. She is also a member of the Virginia Library Association and the American Library Association.

The previous Prince William County Public Library Director Connie Gilman retired in October, 2016

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McQuigg remembered as tireless Prince William County servant

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WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Friends, neighbors and political leaders said goodbye Thursday to a woman known for her community service.

They gathered for a funeral service at 7 p.m. at All Saints Church in Woodbridge or Michele McQuigg, 69, who passed away Feb. 16, 2007. McQuigg died while in her second term as Prince William County Clerk of the Circuit Court.

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McQuigg served the county for 25 years. Before the court, the Occoquan-area resident had served in the Virginia House of Delegates, and on the Prince William County Board of Supervisors.

She leaves behind her husband, Clancy, and two daughters Kaite, and Heather, who spoke during the funeral service.

“She would have been grateful to see an outpouring of our love,” said Heather. ” “We always shared her with Prince William County, or the [home owners assocaition], or LOCCA-PELT [Lake Ridge-Occoquan-Coles Civic Association], or as the Occoquan Suepervisor…or the clerk of the court… she loved each of her challenges of the positions she held.”

She was described as a steward of the public, and a public servant who always reminded her employees that they were beholden to the taxpayer. (more…)

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Girl, 11, told family she was inappropriately touched

From Prince William police: 

Sexual Assault Investigation – On February 22, detectives from the Special Victim’s Unit responded to investigate a sexual assault which was reported to have occurred at a home [near] Manassas. The investigation revealed that the victim, an 11-year-old girl, was inappropriately touched on more than one occasion by the accused, an acquaintance, since November 2016. The victim disclosed the incidents to a family member who notified police. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested without incident.

Arrested on February 23:

Julio Antonio CACERES, 35, of Manassas

Charged with aggravated sexual battery, abduction, and indecent liberties with a minor

Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond


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