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Woodbridge Senior High School is performing Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’

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WOODBRIDGE, Va. — The spirits of Christmas will visit the stage at Woodbridge Senior High School in Lake Ridge this season. 

The drama department there is putting on the finishing touches on Charles Dicken’s classic “A Christmas Carol.” 

From Woodbridge Senior High School volunteer Jennifer Rokasky: 

Woodbridge Senior High School is performing Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol on Friday and Saturday November 11 and 12 at 7:30pm (with a matinee performance at 2pm on Saturday, November 12th) at the Woodbridge Senior High School Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults, and they are available for purchase at the door.

The play is directed by Woodbridge’s theatre teacher Terri Caretti.

A Christmas Carol is more than a tale about Christmas.  It is a story about personal redemption; the importance a family and friends; and our collective responsibility to care for the weak and destitute.  Charles Dickens changed the way England, and Europe, viewed the Holiday season.  Because of A Christmas Carol, the Holiday season is as much about charity and helping the poor, as it is about our family and friends.

Come get an early start to the Christmas Season at Woodbridge.  Although it is only early November, we wish you a merry Christmas, and a happy New Year.

Woodbridge Senior High School is located at 3001 Old Bridge Road in Lake Ridge.

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Clinton wins Beville Middle School: Students hold mock election

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DALE CITY, Va. — They stood outside the gym chattering, excited, waiting — some not so patiently — to cast their vote for the next U.S. President.

“Stop! I did not call you in here yet,” shouted Tiffany Graczyk, a history and civics teacher at Beville Middle School in Dale City, who worked to keep order at the polling place while telling two anxious students to get back into a long line outside formed in a hallway outside the gym.

Graczyk on November 3 was serving as a poll worker in the school’s mock election, allowing voting students 12 and 14-years-old to place their ballots into a box and then giving each an “I voted” sticker. Many of those stickers wound up on voters’ faces.

“I won’t be able to vote for president, for real, until I’m 21-years-old, so this is my chance to be heard,” said 13-year-old AJ Royall.

The students and teachers participating in Beville Middle School’s mock election took it seriously. Once voters entered the polling place, they stood in a line until called to a table staffed by volunteers from the Prince William County Leauge of Women Voters, where each was asked for voter ID.

A card given to each student at the begging of the year with the student’s phone number, or the “lunch number” were accepted as valid forms of ID. Poll workers checked their names against a list of student voters, and then each voter was sent to a booth to fill out an individual ballot to include all four candidates for president: Clinton, Trump, Gary Johnson, of the Libertarian Party, and Jill Stein, of the Green Party.

Also on the students’ ballot: The same two constitutional amendment questions adults will see when they go to the polls on Tuesday, and the name Gerald E. “Gerry” Connolly, who is running unopposed, seeking his 5th term in Congress representing Prince William and Fairfax counties.

“I didn’t like that we had only one option for Congress,” said Sarah-Myra Nzeutcheb, 13. “I hoped to see more options.”

Beville Middle School instructors Graczyk, Jim McGovern, and Atif Qarni, who last year ran for Virginia State Senate in Prince William County, worked together since the beginning of the school year to pull off the mock election. The teachers rearranged their governmental teaching unit that explains about the election process and the Electoral College and moved it from the end of the year to the beginning so students could understand what is happening on Election Day November 8.

“We want our students to be educated about the process, we show them TV campaign coverage, like CNN vs. Fox News and we show them campaign ads on TV, and we show them campaign mailers,” said Qarni. “We want them to experience the election as if they were voting in it.”

Graczyk counted the more than 400 ballots during 7th period, and an announcement declaring the winner of the vote was made before students left school for the day.

Hillary Clinton won the day at Beville with 242 votes, while Donald Trump won 32 votes. The remainder of the votes were split between Johnson and Stein.

All schools in Prince William County will be closed on November 8, as many are used for polling places.

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Potomac Local Voter Guide 2016: What’s on my ballot?

It’s been a long election season, and in it will be all over in about 48 hours.

We crafted this local voter guide for residents in Prince William and Stafford counties and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. This handy guide will tell you who is on your ballot, from presidential candidates, city council, and school board.

Also in the Guide: Links to profiles for the two candidates running in the special Manassas City Treasuer election, and links to the two constitutional amendments all Virginia voters will see when they go to the polls on Tuesday.

PotomacLocal.com’s Project: Election sent candidate surveys to all of the candidates listed this post. We have linked to the responses submitted by the candidates. 

If there is no link provided for a candidate for local offices, that candidate did not provide Project: Election questionnaire. 

For Presidential and Congressional candidates, we linked to their campaign websites. An asterisk notes incumbents. 

U.S. President 

Prince William County

1st Congressional District 

10th Congressional District

11th Congressional District

City of Manassas 

10th Congressional District

Manassas City Mayor 

City of Manassas Park 

Manassas Park City Mayor 

Governing Body 

Stafford County 

1st Congressional District 

Griffis-Widewater District School Board Representative 

Now for the two Constitutional Amendment questions that all Virginia residents will see.

Here is the first Constitutional Amendment question on the ballot: 

Should Article I of the Constitution of Virginia be amended to prohibit any agreement or combination between an employer and a labor union or labor organization whereby (i) nonmembers of the union or organization are denied the right to work for the employer, (ii) membership to the union or organization is made a condition of employment or continuation of employment by such employer, or (iii) the union or organization acquires an employment monopoly in any such enterprise?

Here is the second Constitutional Amendment question on the ballot: 

Shall the Constitution of Virginia be amended to allow the General Assembly to provide an option to the localities to exempt from taxation the real property of the surviving spouse of any law-enforcement officer, firefighter, search and rescue personnel, or emergency medical services personnel who was killed in the line of duty, where the surviving spouse occupies the real property as his or her principal place of residence and has not remarried?

See more 2016 election coverage

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Sewer System work in Marumsco Village begins November 7

Submitted: 

The Prince William County Service Authority will begin performing preventative maintenance on the sanitary sewer system in the Woodbridge neighborhood of Marumsco Village on November 7.

The Service Authority will be lining sewer mains off Carter Lane and Hylton Avenue with work scheduled to be finished in 12 weeks.

The project entails lining sewer mains with Cured-In-Place-Pipe. The lining process is an alternative to replacing the pipe itself, which is a more costly and disruptive measure for both customers and the utility.

The resin-like substance used in the CIPP process hardens, essentially becoming a new pipe inside the existing sewer main. This protects the main from tree root intrusion and corrosion that can occur over long periods of time. CIPP also prevents groundwater from seeping into the sanitary sewer system during rain events, which helps reduce the amount of flow to the wastewater treatment plant.

The average sewer pipe lasts about 40 years, while CIPP can extend that lifespan to 90 years.

Each year, the Service Authority video inspects more than a hundred miles of sewer line to determine where CIPP would be most effective. This fall, the Service Authority has also lined sewer mains in neighborhoods in Occoquan, Montclair and Dumfries.

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Would-be phone customer robbed at gunpoint outside Sams Club

From Prince William police: 

Armed Robbery On November 2 at 9:13PM, officers responded to the Sam’s Club located at 14050 Worth Ave in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a robbery. The victim, 36-year-old man of Woodbridge, reported to police that he made arrangements to meet an unknown man in the parking lot of the above store to purchase a phone. When the man arrived, an argument ensued and the man displayed a handgun before taking the victim’s wallet containing an undisclosed amount of money. After the encounter, the man got into a vehicle and fled the area. No were injuries reported.

Suspect Description:

Black male, between 25 & 35 years of age, 6’0’’, 220lbs with a muscular build and black hair

Last seen wearing a gray shirt and unknown colored jeans

Vehicle Description:

Described as a silver four door sedan, possibly a Mercedes, with Maryland tags

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Charges filed in fatal Minnieville Road crash

DALE CITY, Va. — Policed filed charges in the fatal crash of a motorcycle rider killed last week on Minneville Road in Dale City. 

From police: 

Fatal Crash Investigation *CHARGES FILED – On November 2, investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit filed charges in connection to the fatal crash which occurred in the area of Minnieville Rd and Cheshire Station Plz in Woodbridge on October 25. The investigation revealed that the driver of a 2015 Honda Accord failed to yield the right-of-way upon making a left hand turn which caused the collision with a passing motorcycle. The motorcycle operator was transported to an area hospital where he died as a result of this injuries. Following the investigation, the driver of the Honda Accord, identified as Charles James ALLEN, was served a summons related to the crash on November 3.

                Charged on November 3: [No photo available]

                Charles James ALLEN, 69, of 14196 Regent Ct in Woodbridge

                [The driver of the 2015 Honda Accord]

Charged with failure to yield the right-of-way on a left turn

                Court Date: December 14, 2016 | Status: Issued a Court Summons

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Police pursue stolen car, search for suspect in felony hit and run

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Police are searching for one man after an automated license plate reader found a stolen car and the suspects inside the car fled police and collided with another driver on Dale Boulevard.

From police: 

Vehicle Pursuit | Felony Hit and Run– On November 1 at 11:37PM, an officer was in the area of Bel Air Rd and Saxophone Way in Woodbridge (22191) investigating an unrelated call when the cruiser’s Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) alerted to a stolen vehicle that was being driven past the officer.

The officer gave a lookout for the stolen vehicle to surrounding officers and was quickly located by another officer traveling southbound on Jefferson Davis Hwy. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle near Opitz Blvd. The driver failed to stop and accelerated away from the officers.

While attempting to negotiate a turn onto Dale Blvd, the driver lost control and struck another vehicle that was driven by a 34-year-old man of Woodbridge. After the collision, the driver of the stolen vehicle, later identified as Dwayne Hakeem WESTFIELD, fled on foot. The passenger, later identified as Adrien D’Lante JACKSON, was taken into custody without incident.

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Attempts to locate WESTFIELD with a police K-9 and helicopter were unsuccessful. Following the investigation, officers obtained warrants for the arrest of WESTFIELD. 

Wanted: [Photo from February 2015]
Dwayne Hakeem WESTFIELD,24, of the 2500 block of Sedgewick Pl in Dumfries
Described as a black male, 5’8’’, 135lbs with black hair and brown eyes
Wanted for felony eluding, possession of stolen property, felony hit & run and driving with no operator’s license

Arrested on November 2: [Identified as the passenger]
Adrien D’Lante JACKSON,24, of 1055 Gardenview Loop #204 in Woodbridge
Charged with possession of stolen property
Court Date: Pending | Bond: $3000 Secured

 

No injuries were reported in the collision.

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Delays impact I-95 drivers, VRE Fredericksburg riders

A crash on Interstate 95 south at Lorton has slowed travel for commuters headed home tonight. The crash is just prior to Woodbridge.

Also, riders on a Virginia Railway Express train have been stopped near Quantico for a freight train that needs to be inspected, according to a Tweet from the commuter railroad.

 

Update

Fredericksburg.today reports the cause of the VRE delays is a small fuel leak on a CSX freight train in Fredericksburg. 

 

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No charges in staged Walmart abduction

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Police tell us no charges will be filed in a staged abduction attempt outside a Woodbridge Walmart store. 

From police: 

Possible Abduction – On November 2, police were able to identify the alleged victim involved in the possible abduction at the Wal-Mart on Worth Ave in Woodbridge which occurred on October 28. The victim was positively identified as an 18-year-old man of Woodbridge. Investigators have since determined the alleged abduction was a prank after confirming the details with this individual. The parties involved appeared to have filmed the incident to later post on YouTube. After determining no criminal activity occurred, no charges will be placed in the incident.

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Prince William police Sgt. Perok picks up wandering pup

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Police picked up a stray pup at a gas station in Woodbridge today. 

From Facebook: 

Pup ride-along: Sgt Perok picked up this sweet pup at the Shell service station on Gordon Blvd near I-95. If you know the owner, call police. In the meantime, Sgt Perok will enjoy his temporary K-9 Unit status.

The Prince William County Police Department operates the county’s animal shelter, located at 14807 Dumfries Road at Independent Hill.

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Mark Gilvey Creative opens Woodbridge studio

Submitted:

Mark Gilvey Creative announces his new photo studio location in Prince William County, Virginia. Mark Gilvey has opened the (garage) door of his new 1,100 sq. ft. photo studio located in Great Oaks Business Park (part of PS Business Parks.) Located at 2809 PS Business Center Dr. in Woodbridge, VA (near Home Depot and Global Food) the studio will have ample space to handle catalog photo shoots of products as small as jewelry and as large as a motorcycle or small vehicle.

Gilvey recently signed a new client to photograph their line of plumbing supplies, photographing everything from small fittings up to large bathtubs.

Mark Gilvey Creative, LLC offers commercial photography studio and on location; “gorilla” video; and retouching and image compositing services. Mark Gilvey Creative is a member of the Prince William County Chamber of Commerce, the Professional Photographers of America, the Northern Virginia Professional Photographers Association, and Manassas Warrenton Camera Club. www.mgcre8v.com

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No PRTC service cuts in coming year, funding dwindles 

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — As transit officials in Prince William County wrangle with how to keep buses rolling, riders won’t have to worry about service cuts in the coming year.

Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission Interim Director Eric Marx issued this statement to riders of OmniRide commuter, and OmniLink local buses:

“PRTC has started preparing its FY18 budget, and I’m pleased to share some encouraging news with you.

At a special meeting on October 24, the PRTC Board of Commissioners agreed that bus services should not be cut in FY18, which runs from July 2017-June 2018.

 A stable year with no service cuts will enable PRTC to complete its strategic planning effort and allow the Board, our customers and other interested parties in our community to form a vision of what public transportation should look like in the Prince William area in the future. It also provides us with additional time to seek a stable and sustainable alternate source of funding.

 Those of you who are familiar with PRTC know that we’ve cut service often over the past eight years due to declining revenues from the area’s motor fuels tax combined with other federal and local funding issues. While we still have a long budget process in front of us, the prospect of being able to continue providing bus services at current levels is noteworthy.”

Local bus service in Prince William County is funded now solely through the state’s 2.1% motor fuels tax, charged at the pump each time drivers fill up in Northern Virginia.

The Prince William County Government earlier this year moved to rely on the motors fuels tax exclusively to fund buses. At the same time, shifted its source of funding for Virginia Railway Express commuter rail trains from fuels tax funding to a pot of money given to the county by the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission that supposed to be used for roadway improvements.

PRTC officials still face a shortfall in funding as the motors fuels tax continues to produce less funding year over year as gas prices fluctuate and new cars continue to earn better fuel economy ratings.

From PRTC: 

Why is an alternative funding source necessary? “Alternative sustainable funding sources are needed because (as you know) funding from the 2.1% motor fuels tax revenue has been insufficient to cover existing services due to the continued drop in fuel prices.”

What sources are being reviewed? “PRTC is in the midst of a strategic planning effort, which includes examining other possible sources.”

Where are we with the budget this year vs. last year? “The FY2018 proposed budget process is under way and will be presented to the Commission at its January 2017 meeting.”

Last year in the light of a budget shortfall, OmniRide riders faced the threat of potential cuts to commuter routes as the system explored the possibility of rerouting buses to have them serve only Metro stations. Thankfully for many, those service changes never happened.

So, what does PRTC need to do to secure a permanent, reliable source of funding? Potomac Local asked state legislators and local officials and received these responses. We’ve posted them in the order we received them: 

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Delegate Mark Dudenhefer (Stafford, Woodbridge)

“I’m not on [the PRTC Board of Commissioners], so my knowledge is superficial. I believe that the majority of their problems with funding shortfalls has come from the decline is gas prices which the gas tax is based on. Gas prices have stabilized a bit which has stopped the leak temporarily.
 
At the state level we hear most often about setting a tax floor. As you can imagine this is a touchy subject. Where do you set the floor? Many don’t think we should set a floor at all. “
surrovellSenator Scott Surrovell (Fairfax, Stafford, Woodbridge)
“I am pleased that PRTC is not cutting service, but the General Assembly needs to step up and correct the drafting error that resulted in Prince William County losing millions of dollars in transit revenues.  We tried to correct this legislatively last year, but it got caught up in politics.”  
Updated Nov. 5, 2016
 
 
AndersonDelegate Richard Anderson (Prince William County)
“The PRTC Board met on October 24th to adopt budget guidelines for FY18 and decided that we would maintain services in FY18 (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018). That decision gives us the necessary time to identify alternate funding sources to fill the hole left by declining tax revenues that result from dramatically lower gas prices. For now, the way ahead is indefinite, but will take on greater clarity after we get beyond several key events that include the following:

– PRTC Board Strategic Planning Session, December 3rd, 8am-12pm, McCoart Government Center (open to the public)

– Governor’s Budget Presentation to the annual joint meeting of the House and Senate money committees, December 16th, 9:30-11am, General Assembly Building in Richmond (open to the public). This event puts the Governor’s proposals in the hands of the legislative branch and permits us to consider PRTC’s budget concerns.

– Convening the 2017 legislative session of the Virginia General Assembly on January 11th (adjourns February 28th). Sometime prior to the opening of session, we’ll have a detailed legislative plan in hand from Hefty Wiley & Gore (HWG), the firm recently hired by PRTC to advocate for a solution to the challenge presented by declining tax revenues. HWG is working on the plan now, and I don’t have visibility into the plan as I type these words.”

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Bathroom brawl breaks out at Food Lion: Cops injured, man charged

From police: 

Assault & Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer [LEO] – On October 21 at 7:14PM, officers responded to the Food Lion located at 12420 Dillingham Square in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a suspicious person. When officers arrived, an employee of the store reported that a man was inside the bathroom and appeared to be acting strangely. Officers located the man inside the bathroom and identified him as the accused who appeared intoxicated. While officers were conducting the investigation, suspected narcotics were located in the pocket of the accused. As officers went to detain the accused, he pulled away and attempted to run. The accused continued to resist and, at one point, attempted to push both officers. The accused was eventually taken into custody and transported to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Both officers also sustained injuries as a result of the incident and one officer was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. Following the investigation, the accused, identified as Joseph Christopher KRANZ, was arrested.
Arrested on October 21:
Joseph Christopher KRANZ, 27, of no fixed address
Charged with 2 counts of assault & battery on a LEO, 1 count of resisting arrest, 1 count of possession of a schedule I/II and 1 count of public intoxication
Court Date: November 22,2016 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

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Fredericksburg commuter says police unfairly issued tickets at lot in Woodbridge

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Submitted by Hailee Dees, of Fredericksburg:

On average, I spend 16 hours a week commuting to Arlington from Fredericksburg. That’s almost a part time job. 

Currently, I’m a full-time accelerated nursing student at Marymount University. To save my sanity, I commute with two other accelerated nursing students. 

Together, the three of us commute to avoid paying the extremely expensive Interstate-95 express lane tolls and to skip the bumper-to-bumper traffic on Interstate 395 during rush hour. We meet at the Horner Road commuter lot located at Telegraph Road and Prince William Parkway in Woodbridge. 

We chose this particular lot because it houses more than 2,300 parking spaces and because of its proximity to I-95. As with most of the other commuter lots in the area, according to the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission website, this particular lot fills up completely by 6:50 am. 

Many commuters are forced to create their own parking spots by parking along curbs, on top of sidewalks, and in the roadways, where they end up parked parallel to other vehicles, centimeters from one another, with their door handles almost touching. Commuters in this lot have been creating their own parking spots like the ones mentioned above long before my classmates, and I started commuting this past summer. Not once have we witnessed these vehicles creating any issues with other vehicles who’re trying to maneuver around them.

On Thursday, October 27, 2016, my classmates and I returned to the Horner Road commuter lot to find two of our vehicles ticketed by the Prince William County Police Department. The violation cites that our cars were “parked in a roadway- other than a designated space.” Our cars were parked in the very back of Lot 9, along a curb, with plenty of room for other cars to pass by. There is no “No Parking” signs or markings on the pavement in this area. We park here almost daily. 

Upon leaving the lot, we noticed that not all vehicles that were parked in undesignated spaces were ticketed. Vehicles that were parked along curbs where it is a much tighter fit and much less space for vehicles to pass had no tickets on their windshields. 

Our tickets were time stamped at 11:56 am. There were vehicles parked in the commuter lot today, who had no tickets on their windshields but were parked in undesignated parking spaces during the time our tickets were issued.

The question is: Why didn’t the other cars in the same lot receive tickets when they also were not parked in designated spots? Why were our cars (and a few others in the lot) targeted? 

Not only do we, commuters, risk losing our tires and wheels, which are stolen by local thieves who leave our vehicles on cinderblocks in the parking lot, but also now we have to risk being ticketed for parking in a commuter lot that doesn’t even provide enough designated parking spaces. 

Since most of the other commuter lots in the area are full too, where do the county and the Prince William County Police Department propose the commuters park? Telecommuting is not an option and missing class or work isn’t either. 

The majority of commuters cannot afford to pay the I-95 express lane tolls every morning and afternoon when they cost upwards of $10 just to go one-quarter of the way, from [Prince William] County Parkway (exit 158 on I-95) to Springfield/Franconia (exit 169 on I-95). 

If my classmates and I did not commute together, my commute alone would most likely be upwards of 3 hours one way, which is ridiculous considering my commute is a total of 57 miles and would cost $15-20.

In conclusion, the commuters who use this lot deserve better than inconsistent ticketing and theft after exhausting 12-hour days upon return to our vehicles. We, commuters, just want to go home to our families, prop our feet up, and relax. 

We’re doing what we have to do to provide for our families and better our futures. It certainly doesn’t reduce stress when it seems like the Prince William County Police Department cares more about “illegal” parking and unfair ticketing than they do about the theft in the commuter lots. 

The commuters aren’t asking for much. Either let us park in appropriate undesignated spaces, have the county create more designated parking spaces in the current lots, or add more commuter lots in proximity to I-95.

I have photos of vehicles parked in undesignated spaces with no tickets on their windshields during the time we were ticketed:

 

From Prince William police Sgt. Jonathan Perok: 

The Police Department understands there are parking issues in the County’s commuter lots, most of which apply to the number of spaces available versus the large number of commuters. Commuter lots in the County are designed and maintained by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) with enforcement authority shared by both County and State Police. Both agencies monitor the lots and take necessary enforcement action when appropriate.

Although a driver may feel their vehicle is safely parked out of the way of other cars, larger, more heavy duty vehicles such as fire trucks and ambulances may find it difficult to navigate the lot in an emergency with vehicles parked outside of designated spaces. There are posted signs as you enter the lot which state that drivers are only allowed to park in designated spaces which is consistent with the code section (13.2-278.B).

We are aware the parking issues are ongoing but unfortunately cannot dedicate staffing for enforcement efforts as priorities constantly shift. With regard to the thefts in that Commuter lot specifically, we are currently working with VDOT and State Police officials on more long-term security needs. We have used additional resources in this Commuter lot in an attempt to deter theft.

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South Carolina man killed while crossing Old Bridge Road

LAKE RIDGE, Va. — A South Carolina man was killed Saturday night while crossing Old Bridge Road near Springwoods Drive in Lake Ridge. 

From police: 

Fatal Crash Investigation – On October 29 at 7:00PM, investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit responded to the area of Old Bridge Rd and Springwoods Dr in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a crash involving a pedestrian. The investigation revealed that the driver of a 2002 Mazda Protege was traveling eastbound on Old Bridge Rd just passed Springwoods Dr when the vehicle collided with a pedestrian attempting to cross Old Bridge Rd. The pedestrian was crossing the roadway outside of the intersection and a designated crosswalk. The pedestrian was flown to an area hospital where he died as a result of his injuries on October 30. The other driver remained on scene and was not injured. Speed, alcohol use and drug use do not appear factors for the driver involved in the crash. The pedestrian will be transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. Anyone who may have witnessed this collision is asked to contact police at 703-792-5123.

                Identified:

                The pedestrian was identified as John Harry SHANNON, 70, of Ridgeway, SC

                The driver of the 2002 Mazda Protege was identified as a 42-year-old woman of Woodbridge

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Tossed in the trunk: Police seek info on possible abduction outside Woodbridge Walmart

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Prince William police seek information on what appears to be an abduction of a person outside a Walmart in Woodbridge.

The victim appears to have been placed in the trunk of a car. 

Press release: 

Possible Abduction – On October 28 at 10:06PM, officers responded to the Wal-Mart located at 14000 Worth Ave in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a possible abduction. Multiple witnesses reported to police that an unknown individual was seen being put into the trunk area of a dark-colored sedan by two men. The incident occurred directly in front of the store around 10:02PM and was captured on the store’s surveillance cameras. The video shows the sedan pull up in front of the store and two men exit, one from the driver’s seat and the other from the rear passenger seat. The two men walk out of a camera view for a few seconds before one of the men returns to the car and appears to open the vehicle’s trunk from the driver’s compartment. That man then walks back out of camera view once again. A few seconds later, both men reappear within camera view holding the victim from both sides walking towards the trunk area of the vehicle. At one point, the victim appears to try and get away from the men and was unsuccessful. Once in the trunk, the suspects get back into the vehicle and quickly drive away. Additional surveillance footage reviewed by detectives showed the suspect vehicle driving next to the victim for a short distance before the incident and that the victim appears to be engaged in a conversation with the vehicle’s driver. Witnesses to the incident also reported to detectives that during the encounter, the victim and the suspects appeared to be possibly “play fighting” before the victim is placed in the trunk. Detectives are asking anyone with information on this incident to please call police at 703-792-6500. The investigation continues.

Victim Description:

The victim appears to be a younger aged African American, possibly a male

 

Suspect Descriptions:

The suspects both appear to be men, either Hispanic or light-skinned African American wearing all dark clothing

 

Vehicle Description:

The vehicle was a dark colored, 4-door sedan, possibly a Toyota Camry

Update Monday, Oct. 31, 2016

Police tell us this there now appears to be no abduction victim in this case: 

Possible Abduction – Upon reviewing additional surveillance cameras at the Wal-Mart, footage shows that the individuals involved in the incident, to include the alleged victim, appear to reenter the store approximately 5 minutes after the alleged initial encounter. The victim does not appear to be in distress or make any attempt to get away from the other individuals. All parties eventually exit the store after an estimated 40 minutes. Detectives are seeking additional information from the public to help identify the parties involved so police can make contact with the individuals to confirm the nature of the incident and to also check on the welfare of the alleged victim.

 

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Occoquan WinterFest 2016 activities announced

From Occoquan River Communities:

Organizers for Occoquan River Communities (ORC), a not-for-profit focused on promoting and celebrating the Occoquan River region as a premier destination, have announced the schedule of events for the second annual WinterFest celebration on December 10, 2016.  WinterFest is family-friendly, area-wide celebration of the winter season. The all-day event highlights multiple area destinations with entertainment, food and activities for all ages.

The day begins at 11a.m. with Santa’s Lake Ridge Parade – a Comic Book Christmas – on Harbor Drive in Lake Ridge, and concludes with a spectacular fireworks display at approximately 8-8:30p.m. sponsored by the Prince William Marina.  Other venues hosting activities include the Tackett’s Mill Center, Town of Occoquan, the Workhouse Arts Center, the Occoquan Regional Park and Hoffmaster’s Marina. Attendees will be able to partake of free hot chocolate at all venues and Santa will make multiple appearances, beginning with his arrival by firetruck at the parade.

The day’s agenda will be as follows (all events take place on Saturday, December 10, 2016)

Harbor Drive in Lake Ridge, 11a.m. – noon: Santa’s Lake Ridge Parade

Tackett’s Mill Lakeside, 12:30p.m. – Parade awards ceremonies

Tackett’s Mill Lakeside, noon – 3p.m. – Holiday Arts Market

Historic Occoquan, 3p.m. – 7p.m. –  Evening shopping, marshmallow roasts, kids’ crafts, restaurant specials, caroling and more

Workhouse Arts Center, 6p.m. – 9p.m. – Second Saturday Art Walk, carriage rides, fire pits, caroling and more

Occoquan Regional Park, 7p.m. – 9p.m. – Fireworks viewing* with free parking, hot chocolate and more

Hoffmaster’s Marina, 7p.m. – 9p.m. – Fireworks viewing* with free parking, hot chocolate and more

Activities are continually being added.  For updates and more information go to Occoquan River Communities’ Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/OccoquanRiverCommunitiesLLC/

Entry forms and participation details for Santa’s Lake Ridge Parade can be found at: http://tackettsmill.com/lake-ridge-santa-parade/

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Eight cars damaged. Three taken to hospital. Alcohol, PCP use suspected.

From Prince William police: 

Felony Hit & Run | Attempted Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer [LEO] – On October 26 at 6:53PM, officers responded to the area of Minnieville Rd and Dale Blvd in Woodbridge (22193) for an initial report of a reckless driver. Multiple callers reported to police that the driver of 1999 Chevrolet Suburban was traveling in the above area in a reckless manner. As a result of the driver’s actions, multiple other occupied vehicles were struck before the vehicle became disabled on Minnieville Rd near Caton Hill Rd. When officers arrived, the driver, identified as the accused, refused to exit the vehicle. After a brief struggle, the accused was eventually removed from the vehicle and detained. During the arrest, the accused attempted to strike one of the officers. Once in custody, the driver was determined to be under the influence of alcohol and suspected PCP. The accused sustained a minor head injury during the incident and was treated at an area hospital. Two drivers of the other vehicles struck was also transported to an area hospital with minor injuries. In total, the accused struck 8 vehicles and impacted traffic in the area for several hours

Arrested on October 26:

Aaliyah Mahasin SAAHIR, 35, of 3107 Chesapeake Dr, #11 in Dumfries

Charged with 5 counts of hit & run, 1 count of attempted assault & battery on a LEO, 1 count of driving under the influence – 2nd offense in 10yrs, 1 count of resisting arrest, 1 count of reckless driving, and 1 count of driving without a license

Court Date: December 13, 2016 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

News
Two women sought after man robbed with stun gun at Potomac Mills area hotel

From Prince William police: 

Armed Robbery – On October 22 at 6:19PM, officers were advised of a robbery which was reported to have occurred in a room at the Best Western located at 14619 Potomac Mills Rd in Woodbridge (22192) on October 21 around 8:30PM. The victim, a 33-year-old man of Woodbridge, reported to police that he made arrangements to meet an unknown woman at the above hotel. When the woman arrived, she was accompanied by a female acquaintance. Once inside the room, the female acquaintance pulled out a “stun gun” type weapon and demanded the victim’s property. The suspects took the victim’s wallet, computer and money before fleeing. No injuries were reported.

Suspect Descriptions:

White female, between 20 & 25 years of age, 5’7”, 150lbs with a medium build, light complexion and brown hair

Last seen wearing long, tan coat similar to a trench coat

               

Black female, unknown age, 5’10”, 130lbs with a thin build and hazel eyes

No clothing description reported

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