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Crime Watch: Taser Used in Chase

Taser used in arrest
A taser weapon was used to apprehend a man who attempted to steal a catalytic converter, police say.

Two deputies on patrol early Saturday morning on Frasier Road in the Sky Terrace neighborhood in Stafford County saw a man underneath a 1994 Ford Explorer. The deputies stopped their cars and the man pulled himself out from under the SUV and began running toward an area of townhouses, said Stafford sheriff’s Maj. David Decatur.

The deputies got out of their cars and chased the man, and during the pursuit one of them used their taser weapon causing the suspect to fall to the ground, said Decatur.

The suspect was not seriously injured and was arrested. Deputies later found a hacksaw and evidence the man was attempting to cut the catalytic converter from the car, added Decatur.

Abwain Vincent George Sharrier, 27, of Stafford, is charged with attempted grand larceny, obstruction of justice, tampering with an auto and vandalism, said Decatur.

Man attacked at Lake Ridge home
A Dumfries man who was standing in the front yard of a home in Lake Ridge was assaulted, police say.

Officers were called to the 12800 block of Hunterbrook Road at 1:16 a.m. Saturday after the victim told them someone he knew came to the house and struck him in the face after he told them to leave, police said.

A fight occurred, but the victim was able to get inside the home and lock the door. But the attacker kicked in the door and walked inside the house, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

The two fought again and the victim fell through a sliding glass door.

Both men separated before police arrived, and the victim was taken to a local hospital with injuries that did not appear to be life threatening, said Perok.

The alleged attacker, Noble Drew Ali, 26, of Woodbridge, is charged with breaking and entering into an occupied residence and assault and battery, said Perok.

He is expected to appear in court August 12 and was held without bond.

Handgun brandished in front of woman
A man faces charges after a woman said he brandished a handgun.

Police were called to the 4500 block of Eaton Court in Woodbridge after 22-year-old woman and 51-year-old man got into an argument with another man, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Peork.

The argument escalated and the man now facing charges pointed a gun toward the woman, said Perok.

No one was injured in the incident.

Miguel Antonio Saucedo Jaimes, 19, of Woodbridge, is charged with brandishing a firearm, said Perok.

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If Kids Play, Parents Must Learn About Concussions

By Kristina Schnack Kotlus

Woodbridge, Va. –– Following concussion-related deaths and students who committed suicide last year, a new policy affecting student athletes in Prince William County will begin in September.

Prince William County Public Schools announced Monday beginning with the 2011-12 school year, all athletes and their parents or guardians will be required to attend a concussion education session before being allowed to participate in sports try-outs.

The decision to adopt a concussion policy was made in April 2011 and brings the county up to new Virginia Code Standards requiring concussion training. Virginia law now requires parents and their students to sign a form attesting they received training on concussions prior to student athletic participation.  The bill was championed by Virginia State Senator Ralph Northam (D-6th, Norfolk) who is also a pediatric neurologist, and won unanimous approval from the Virginia House and Senate.

“Prince William County Public Schools supports the need to ensure that its staff, students, and the community are aware of the seriousness of brain injuries and concussions and how they can affect the student’s abilities in the educational setting,” stated a press release from Prince William schools.

While concussions are obviously not a regional issue, Prince William County was particularly affected last September when school board member Gil Trenum’s son, Austin, committed suicide in September after a concussion on the football field.

Presentation dates and times for each middle and high school will be provided by the schools after July 1, according to the school system. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s school for an up-to-date presentation schedule during July.

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Feds Approve Prince William Redistricting

Map of approved voting precincts in eastern Prince William County.

Prince William County, Va. –– The federal government has approved Prince William County’s decennial redistricting plan.

The plan, which transformed the Dumfries Magisterial District to the Potomac District, was passed by the county’s Board of Supervisors in April. Afterward, it was forwarded by law to the U.S. Department of Justice for final approval.

“The approval of the County’s redistricting plan is the culmination of a process that involved the entire community. The Board heard input from the Human Rights Commission, the NAACP, various community groups and many individuals, said Prince William Board Chairman Corey A. Stewart. “Clearly this Board worked diligently to make certain we had district lines that were fair and equitable to the demographics and population of Prince William County, and the Department of Justice agreed.”

The plan modified the counties seven magisterial districts — which help to define polling places — to account for population growth over the past 10 years.  Prince William’s population grew 43 percent since 2000, from 289,000 to 404,000 residents, according to U.S. Census data.

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Dudenhefer: PWC, Stafford Share Common Problems

Stafford Sheriff Charles E. Jett (left) and Speaker of Virginia’s House of Delegates (right) introduces Mark Dudenhefer (center) who vying to fill the seat of Virginia’s 2nd House District seat. (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

North Stafford, Va. –– He described it like a summer afternoon in his native Louisiana, where hot days give way afternoon storms that bring heavy rain.

But as showers cleared, from a soggy tent Saturday afternoon at the Quantico Corporate Center in North Stafford, that county’s top elected official announced he is seeking a promotion. Mark Dudenhefer wants to be the next member of Virginia’s House of Delegates in the 2nd District, filling a seat that was shifted this spring to the Potomac Communities from Southwest Virginia during the decennial redistricting process.

Serving on Stafford’s Board of Supervisors since 2006 and its chairman since 2010, the Republican noted he helped to pass the county’s first comprehensive development plan in the past 22-years and brought civility back to a Board once rife with arguments between Board members.

“I entered [politics] following a long military career because of a dreadful family tragedy. It created in me a passion in me to serve in a different way to make life better for my friends, family and neighbors and most of all to direct my energy to making our roads safe,” said Dudenhefer.

His youngest daughter, Emily, was killed in a car crash on a two-lane road Stafford County prior to his first term on the Board. It pushed him to run for public office, and on Saturday, he said fixing the region’s transportation problems remains a personal goal.

In addition to widening Stafford’s many two-lane roads, also touted widening Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1) from four to six lanes from the Occoquan River in Woodbridge to Garrisonville Road (Va. 610) in North Stafford, expanding service on Virginia Railway Express and allowing drivers to access what will be Interstate 95’s High Occupancy Toll lanes from Dumfries Road (Va. 234) when construction is scheduled to begin as soon as next year.

In addition to Dudenhefer’s Republican-learning home turf of North Stafford, the 2nd House District also includes many democratic precincts in Prince William County east of U.S. 1 like Potomac, Swans Creek and Featherstone which in 2009 voted against Gov. Robert F. McDonnell who beat out his democratic opponent with nearly 60 percent of the vote statewide.

Right now, the Dudenhefer is running unopposed but says he may face a democratic challenger, as well as a Republican challenger that would force a primary.

“I want to assure the people of both eastern Prince William and northern Stafford counties that if elected I will represent the interests of all who reside inside these boundaries. We share common problems, common interests and common values,” said Dudenhefer.

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New Merge Lane Opens

(File) Drivers travel past the Pohick Road overpass at Lorton on the new fourth lane that opened Friday on Interstate 95 in Fairfax County. (VDOT)

Woodbridge, Va. –– Drivers merging onto Interstate 95 in Woodbridge will have a longer acceleration lane beginning tonight.

The project to extend the acceleration lane on the southbound entrance to the highway at mile post 160, at Gordon Boulevard between Woodbridge and Occoquan, is expected to wrap up tonight. The new quarter-mile acceleration lane will allow traffic to enter the highway easier and more safely, said Virginia Department of Transportation spokesman Steve Titunik.

Crews worked overnight to make sure the milling and pavement processes were completed prior to opening the new lane.

Tonight as crews open the lane, some minor traffic congestion can be expected. The High Occupancy Vehicle lanes will be open to help alleviate some of those potential delays, said Titunik.

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Unemployment Lowest in Northern Virginia

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Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey A. Stewart.

Prince William County, Va. –– The unemployment rate for jurisdictions along the Potomac River continues to fall.

Stafford County’s unemployment rate fell to 4.9 percent in April, down from 5.6 percent in April 2010.

Prince William County also posted a 4.9 percent unemployment number, down from 5.7 one-year ago.

While the two jurisdictions aren’t leading the region in job creation, officials in Prince William County this week credited the federal government and private sector jobs for the rise in the recent employments statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor, which are well below the national unemployment average of 9.1 percent in May.

“Prince William County is located at the center of Northern Virginia, and our residents provide the highly skilled workforce needed to fill the jobs created throughout the Northern Virginia region,” said Prince William Board Chairman Corey A. Stewart in a press release. “We are committed to providing solutions for the federal government and private sector industries – particularly with regard to BRAC, the life sciences, data centers and government contractors – which continue to bring quality jobs to Prince William County and the rest of the Northern Virginia region.”

Arlington leads the area with the lowest unemployment rate of 3.4 percent, while Loudoun County comes in second with 3.9 percent, according to the Labor Department.

Fairfax County shows an unemployment rate of 4.0 percent.

Virginia localities still struggling to regain ground the economy is Martinsville, with an unemployment rate of 20.6 percent –– the lowest unemployment rate in the state.

Williamsburg has the second-worst unemployment rate in the state at 15.6 percent.

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Special Olympics Torch Passed on U.S. 1

Prince William police help run the torch that will be used at Virginia’s Special Olympics Summer Games through Dumfries on Thursday. (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

Dumfries, Va. –– The torch that heralds the beginning of Virginia’s Special Olympics Summer Games passed through the Potomac Communities.

Area law enforcement help the athletes run the torch down Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1) in Woodbridge about 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Runners again picked up the torch Friday morning and ran it through Stafford County.

The torch is headed to Richmond for the annual summer games, which begin today and will run through Saturday.

More than 1,200 athletes and 3,000 volunteers are expected to pack University of Richmond, where they event is held each year.

It took teamwork to carry the Virginia Special Olympics Torch across the Falmouth Bridge this morning. Stafford Special Olympians passed the torch to the Fredericksburg Police Department at the city line. Stafford Sheriff's join other law enforcement agencies each year to escort the relay runners as they carry the torch to the Special Olympics Virginia Summer Games in Richmond. (Marty van Duyne/PotomacLocal.com)

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Technical Diplomas on Hold

By Kristina Schnack Kotlus

Prince William County, Va. –– In a memo released June 1, Prince William County Public School officials said the implementation of the Standard Technical Diploma for graduating high school seniors would be delayed by one year due to recent legislation. PWCS named Virginia General Assembly House Bill 1554 and Senate Bill 810 as the cause of the delay.

In a Virginia Department of Education report, however, it is noted that neither House Bill 1554 or Senate Bill 810 prohibits a school division from making the standard or advanced technical diplomas available to students who entered high school prior to 2012-2013 –– the year Prince William County Schools plans to begin offering them ––as long as the requirements have been met. 

However, schools are not required to award either technical diploma until the class beginning 9th grade in 2012/2013. 

Prince William County Schools Community Relations Supervisor Irene Cromer said that the decision was made by not the school system, but rather the Virginia Department of Education. “VDOE’s delay gives PWCS the time needed to put into place the necessary courses, reconfigure credits, allocate budget resources, and all related tasks associated with this level of change” she said.

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Zimmerman Leads P-Nats to Victory

By Will Flemming
For PotomacLocal.com

Woodbridge, Va. –– Ryan Zimmerman was the star in the Potomac Nationals first home win in ten games, driving in the tying run and shining in the field during a 3-1 victory Thursday night in Woodbridge.

Zimmerman’s double off the wall in the fourth inning tied the game and his stellar defense kept it that way until the Nationals cashed in on a pair of Frederick errors to score two unearned runs.

With the victory, Potomac (22-37) snapped an eight-game Frederick (37-23) winning streak and ended a three-game skid of their own. Danny Rosenbaum pitched seven strong innings and used a pair of timely double play balls to limit the Keys to the lone run.

With his 2-for-4 night, Zimmerman is now 4-for-10 in three games with Potomac, with a pair of doubles and an RBI. In addition to a couple sterling defensive plays, Zimmerman showed agility on the base-paths and appears to be recovered from a torn abdominal muscle that has sidelined the All Star third baseman since May 3.

The Keys jumped out in front for the fourth straight night – but Rosenbaum limited the first-inning damage. Three consecutive one-out singles, the last which was roped by Kipp Schutz, got the Keys on the board. Rosenbaum hit Tyler Kolodny to load the bases with still just one out, but a 6-4-3 double play ended the threat.

Zimmerman got the P-Nats level in the fourth. After Jeff Kobernus’s one-out infield single, Zimmerman obliterated a ball off the wall in right to score Kobernus. Throughout the middle innings, a stiff wind blew in from center as thunderstorms rolled into the Woodbridge area; those gusts kept Zimmerman’s laser beam in the park.

Rosenbaum (4-3) worked around Frederick doubles in the fifth and seventh innings; incidentally, the Nationals scored unearned runs in each of those frames. In both cases, the rally started with ground balls hit by J.R. Higley to shortstop. Garabez Rosa booted both, and both haunted Frederick. In the fifth, Higley moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a Jose Lozada single. In the seventh, he advanced to third on a Lozada single and scored when Eury Perez grounded out to short.

The fifth inning showcased Zimmerman’s Gold Glove. After a leadoff double by Steve Bumbry, Bobby Stevens laid down a perfectly placed sacrifice bunt. Zimmerman charged hard, gloved and threw a bullet to retire the speedy Stevens. The play proved enormous; Rosenbaum got Jonathan Schoop to pop out and struck out Kipp Schutz to end the inning and keep the game tied.

Hector Nelo pitched two scoreless innings for his third save.

The Nationals continue their homestand Friday night with the Salem Red Sox in town for a three-game set. First pitch Friday is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Will Flemming is the Broadcast Director for the Potomac Nationals.

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Hail Collected in Woodbridge

(Sean Baldwin)

If you’re a light sleeper, Mother Nature most likely woke you up last night with loud thunder, heavy rain and hail.

 

Hail the size of ping pong balls were reported in Woodbridge just after midnight in a line of severe thunderstorms that moved through the region.

Take a look at this photo of hail that fell in Woodbridge, submitted by a PotomacLocal.com viewer.

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Video: Large Hail, Strong Storms Hit Area

Woodbridge, Va. –– A line of severe thunderstorms moved through the Potomac Communities late Thursday night bringing reports of ping pong-ball size hail in Woodbridge.

Much of the area was placed under a severe thunderstorm warning by the National Weather Service shortly after 11 p.m. The slow-moving storms brought heavy rain, high winds and dangerous lightning.

Large hail was also reported, according to the weather service.

The storms came after the region saw nearly record-breaking temperatures on Thursday.

Reagan Washington National Airport flirted with the 100 degree mark for much of the afternoon, and by 3:52 p.m. the mercury had reached 101 degrees. Add four to five degrees to that temperature for the heat index and that’s what people felt when they ventured out of the air conditioning.

A heat advisory was in effect throughout the day, expiring at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Temperatures will fall back into the lower 90s on Friday and into the high 80s for the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

The possibility of showers and thunderstorms remain in the forecast over the next three days.

Unedited video of lightning rolling through Lake Ridge just before midnight Thursday.

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Officials Want Metro to Woodbridge on New Map

Washington Metro System (Courtesy: Planet Ware)

Woodbridge, Va. –– Officials want Metro to show riders they plan to someday extend system to the Potomac Communities.

In a letter to the Washington Metropolitan Transportation Authority today, Virginia State Sen. Toddy Puller (D-36, Prince William, Stafford), Del. Luke Torian (D-52, Dumfires, Woodbridge) and Del. Scott Surrovel (D-44, South Fairfax) urged the agency to include an extension of the system’s Blue Line to Woodbridge and Yellow Line to Fort Belvoir on a newly redesigned subway system map that will be used by riders.

The politicians say residents along the Richmond Highway (U.S. 1) corridor are crying out for an extension of the Yellow Line because of the military’s BRAC relocation of personnel to Fort Belvoir, which is expected to bring at least 19,000 new employees to the garrison.

A Blue Line extension would allow employees who are being relocated from the National Geospatial Defense Facility in Rosslyn to the Engineering Proving Grounds on Fort Belvoir to use the rail instead of being forced to drive on Interstate 95, the letter stated.

“It would serve the fastest growing part of Fairfax County over the last 10 years around the former Lorton Prison site. Extending the Blue Line to Woodbridge and Dale City would spur revitalization to the Route 1 corridor, bring relief to people with some of the longest commutes in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and take cars off the constantly clogged Interstate I-95,” the letter stated.

A $2 million transit study approved by Gov. Robert F. McDonnell will examine transportation improvements in the area between the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and Quantico Marine Corps Base. These three officials hope a Metro rail extension will be largely considered during this study.

The letter comes as Metro announced it would redesign it’s 40-year-old system map to reflect the addition of the system’s new Silver Line to Tysons Corner, and eventually Dulles Airport.

An extension of Metro’s Blue Line to Woodbridge quickly became a campaign issue in 2009, but officials never said how they would fund such an extension.

The idea was supported by then Delegate Paul Nichols, but he went onto lose to Del. Richard Anderson (R-51, Lake Ridge) who said he supported providing additional funding to Virginia Railway Express rather than Washington’s Metro system.

As the Metro map is set for a redesign, Greater Greater Washington has invited its readers to submit their ideas for a newly redesigned map. You can see those designs here.

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Zimmerman Returns to Woodbridge

Woodbridge, Va. –– Washington Nationals’ All Star third baseman Ryan Zimmerman continues his rehab assignment Wednesday at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge.

Zimmerman, who went 2-for-3 with a double in his Potomac debut Monday night, returns to the lineup Wednesday evening.

Wednesday night is Belly Buster Night at the Pfitz: for just $15, fans get an All-You-Can-Eat Uncle Julio’s Belly Buster Package and a seat to the game.

Zimmerman is working back from a torn abdominal muscle; he had surgery on May 3. Zimmerman was hitting .357 with a home run and four RBI in eight games before the injury.

Zimmerman has a career .289 batting average with 117 home runs and 453 RBI. He was an All-Star, Gold Glover, and Silver Slugger in 2009. He repeated as Silver Slugger in 2010. The Nationals took Zimmerman with the fourth overall pick in 2005.

This will be the second time that Zimmerman has played for the P-Nats. Back in 2008 he played two games at Lewis-Gale Field in Salem against the Red Sox as he recovered from a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

-Press release

LAST NIGHT’S GAME RESULTS

By Will Flemming

Woodbridge, Va. ––  With two on and two outs in the bottom of the seventh of a 4-2 ballgame, Sandy Leon hit a fly ball deep to right field that very nearly gave the Nationals a lead. It was called foul, however, and the Nationals would never threaten again in an eventual 7-2 loss to the Frederick Keys at Pfitzner Stadium.

Mark Harris, the Nationals’ hitting coach and first base coach was ejected after arguing the call; from his vantage point right on the line, he thought the ball stayed fair. Home plate umpire Thomas Newsom disagreed and tossed Harris from the game after a brief discussion.

The Keys have now won seven straight and 12 of 13. Having stretched their lead over the Potomac Nationals in the first half to 14 games with 13 remaining, the Keys mathematically eliminated the Nationals from the first-half title race.

Sloppy defense let the game get out of hand in the late innings, though the Keys led early for the second straight night.

A two-out rally in the first staked Frederick to a 1-0 lead. A double by Tyler Townsend was cashed in by a Kipp Schutz single. The Nats tied the game in their half of the first when Justin Bloxom hit a sacrifice fly to center.

But Frederick took the lead in the third off Nats starter Paul Demny, and they would not relinquish it. Leadoff singles by Garabez Rosa and Trent Mummey were followed by a sacrifice bunt by Bobby Stevens. Townsend then hit a grounder to first that made it 2-1 Keys.

They tacked on a third run in the fifth when Mummey hit a leadoff homer – his first big fly of the season. Mummey contributed to yet another run when he reached on Josh Smoker’s throwing error that opened the seventh; Townsend brought him home with a single to right past the drawn-in Potomac infield.

The Nationals did get a run back in the controversial seventh. A single from Bloxom opened the frame, and he scored when Brian Peacock scorched a double to the left field wall. J.P. Ramirez was then hit by a pitch to bring Leon to the plate. After the long foul to right, Ramirez struck out for the inning’s second out. Eury Perez fanned with the bases loaded to end the Nationals’ last real threat.

The defense unraveled for the Nationals in a wild final two innings. After catcher’s interference extended the eighth and loaded the bases, Justin Bloxom could not field a grounder to third and an unearned run made it 5-2 Frederick. Bloxom’s defense factored into two more unearned in the ninth: with the bases loaded and one out, catcher Brian Ward hit a grounder right to Bloxom, but his throw home went to the backstop and allowed two more Keys to score and push their advantage to five runs at 7-2.

Potomac was retired in order in the ninth by Clay Schrader, who earned his second save with three scoreless, hitless innings.

After an off day Tuesday, Ryan Zimmerman is back in the Nationals’ lineup Wednesday night at 7:05.

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School Employee Faces Sex Charges

Nsonji White, 28, of Manassas, is charged with indecent liberties by a custodian, police say. (Submitted)

Manassas, Va. –– Another school employee in Prince William County faces sex charges.

The victim in the case told police that she engaged in sexual activity with an employee of Stonewall Jackson High School in Manassas while she was 17-year-old student at the school in 2004 and 2005.

The employee worked as an attendance officer and basketball coach, and some of the sex acts took place at the school while others took place in Prince William County, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

Nsonji White, 28, of Manassas, was arrested yesterday and charged with five counts of crimes against nature and indecent liberties by a custodian, said Perok.

He was held without bond and his court date was not released.

White, who has worked with the school system since 2003, was placed on administrative leave, said Prince William schools spokesman Ken Blackstone.

The arrest comes less than a month since a teacher at Woodbridge Middle School was charged after a 13-year-old student said he inappropriately touched her.

Prior to that arrest, a teacher at Beville Middle School in Dale City was arrested on similar charges, as were school employees at two Woodbridge-area high schools.

Since April, five Prince William County Public Schools employees have been arrested on sex-related charges.

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Man Crushed by School Bus

A school bus and sedan collided Tuesday afternoon killing the driver of the sedan. (Uriah Kiser/PotomacLocal.com)

Update 1:35 p.m. Wednesday
Investigators don’t know why the driver of a Toyota Camry lost control of his car and fatally collided with a school bus Tuesday.

The victim has been identified as 28-year-old Stephen Agyin, 28, of Woodbridge. He was the only occupant in the car when it was traveling south on Minnieville Road in the area of Dumfries Road (Va. 234), ran off the right side of the two-lane road, overcorrected and crossed paths with a Prince William County school bus traveling in the opposite direction.

The collision caused the bus to hit a tree, and the driver, a 45-year-old woman from Manassas, was taken to a hospital with injuries that did not appear to be life threatening.

Agyin died on the scene.

A police investigation into what caused the crash has only determined that alcohol was not a factor, but Camry was traveling faster than the posted 45 mph speed limit for the road, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

Original Post 3:30 p.m.
Prince William County, Va. ––
The driver of a sedan has died after becoming involved in a crash with a school bus.

Rescue crews were called about 2 p.m. to the area of Dumfries (Va. 234) and Minnieville roads where they found a school bus had run off the two-lane Minnieville Road and into some trees. In the center of the road was a smashed sedan.

There were no children on the school bus, and the driver of the bus was taken to a hospital, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

The unidentified driver died on the scene and was the only occupant of the car.

The crash remains under investigation.

It happened while two nearby schools, C.D. Hylton and Forest Park high schools were dismissing classes for the day.

Police closed Minnieville Road between Spriggs Road and Va. 234 during the initial portion of the crash investigation, backing up traffic leaving the schools which sit three and a half miles apart from each other.

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Church Collection Plate Robbed

Woodbridge, Va. –– Two men are in jail after they took cash from the collection plate Sunday morning, police say.

A man walked into the Christ is Lord Ministry at 14338 Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1) in Woodbridge at 11:45 a.m., brandished a gun and took an undisclosed amount of cash that was collected that morning during church service. None of the parishioners were hurt, and the man fled the scene, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

When officers arrived at the scene, parishioners were able to identify the man who took the money.

Police then learned he fled in a vehicle and then met up with a suspected accomplice in Lorton.

Police later arrested their suspect at his home in Dumfries without incident, and that’s where they recovered the stolen money, said Perok.

Stephen Ernest Wing, Jr., 19, of Dumfries, is charged with abduction, robbery and use of a firearm in commission of felony, said Perok.

Wing’s suspected accomplice, 18-year-old Andrew Phillip Coneth, of Lorton, faces the same charges, added Perok.

Both were held without bond.

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Little Kids Get the Big Fish

Leesylvania State Park volunteers Don Fear and Will Selden award Nolan Villa, 7, a trophy for catching a four-ounce blue gill. (KJ Mushung/PotomacLocal.com)

By KJ Mushung

Woodbridge, Va. — If you want to introduce your child to fishing or just get him or her outside for some fresh air where there’s beautiful scenery, the Leesylvania State Park kids fishing tourney provides the opportunity.

Every first Saturday of the summer months, families bring rods and reels to the marina in hopes of winning a trophy or ribbon for catching the biggest – or ugliest — fish.

These youth fishing tournaments are free, though parking will cost a few dollars. Because it’s for children up to age 15, a fishing license is not required as it would be for adults.

Future tourneys will be held July 2, Aug. 6 and Sept. 3 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Participants should bring their own fishing equipment and supplies. There is a store in the state park that sells bait, if needed.

Leesylvania State Park is located at 2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Drive in Woodbridge and sits on the Potomac River, Neabsco Creek and Powells Creek.

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2 Nabbed in Woodbridge Burglaries

Woodbridge, Va. –– Arrests have been made in a string of burglaries that occurred in Woodbridge late last month.

On May 20, police were called to Eisenhower Circle just off Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1) behind Aquinas Catholic School.

The homeowner told police someone broke into the house between 11:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and stole a telescope.

A second burglary took place between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. May 26, where another homeowner reported an iPod and camera stolen.

Then another burglary on the same street on Wednesday lead police to develop the identity of the suspects in each of the Eisenhower Circle burglaries, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

Marcus Deqiann McClurkin, 19, of Woodbridge, is charged with two counts of burglary, two counts of grand larceny and with two counts of intent to sell stolen property, said Perok.

Travis Jamal Caison, 19, of Woodbridge, is charged with burglary, grand larceny and with intent to sell stolen property, said Perok.

Both live in the same neighborhood in which the burglaries occurred, and both are scheduled to appear in court June 29 and were held without bond.

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New Shops Coming to Potomac Mills

Woodbridge, Va. –– A new retail shop set to open at Potomac Mills mall will be the first of its kind in the Washington area.

Tommy Bahama Outlet is slated to open its doors in early August, bringing with it clothing usually seen by those who live on tropical islands, as well as t-shirts, polo shirts and fragrances.

It is one of three new stores coming to the mall’s “fashion district” in neighborhood one.

Another new store slated to open, Tumi, is being called a concept outlet store and will offer accessories for those who travel for fun or for business.

A Rockport Outlet store and Puma Outlet store will also follow the opening of the new stores in the mall, said Potomac Mills spokeswoman Loren Horsley.

The new stores will not require the mall to build an addition to the current facilities.

In February, commuters who parked at the mall’s front parking lot were told new stores were coming to the mall which would require a new addition.

The number of commuter parking spaces at the mall was reduced by 75 percent.

The mall still has plans to build the addition but has yet to make an official announcement about when construction will begin.

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Rippon Students Tops in VFW Writing Contest

Pictured left to right: David Smith, Jneva Norfleet and Shams Hamid. (Submitted)

Woodbridge, Va. — Students from Amy Wise’s seventh-grade language arts class at Rippon Middle School participated in the annual Veteran’s of Foreign Wars “Patriot’s Pen” Essay Contest. Patriot’s Pen is a nationwide youth essay-writing contest that gives students in grades 7 and 8 the opportunity to express their views on democracy. More than 85,000 students participate in the annual contest.

Contestants wrote a 300–400 word essay based on an annual patriotic theme, which was evaluated by veterans who have a deep personal connection with the idea of patriotism. This year students wrote an essay on the theme, “Does Patriotism Still Matter?”

Top national winners each receive a savings bond anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000. The first place winner receives a $10,000 savings bond and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington D.C.  Scholarships are also awarded to students at the local level.

Rippon Middle School participated in the contest sponsored by the officers and members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, General Lewis B. Puller Post 1503. More than 80 students participated in this local contest with Rippon Middle School students capturing three of six possible awards.

Congratulations to the following Rippon Middle School students who received Scholarship Awards for their submissions:

David Smith, 2nd place, $250
Jneva Norfleet, 4th place, $150
Shams Hamid, 5th place , $100

-Submitted

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Teen Bus Pass Also Great for Baseball Fans

OmniLink switch riders buses at the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Center in Woodbridge.

Woodbridge, Va. — It’s a teenager’s annual pass to getting around town, and it goes on sale Tuesday.

The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission is once again selling its OmniLink Teen Summer Pass.

The bus pass is good for unlimited rides on local buses that run along U.S. 1 in Woodbridge, on Dale Boulevard in Dale City, Old Bridge Road in Lake Ridge, on OmniRide’s Cross-County Connector between Woodbridge and Manassas, as well on local buses in Manassas.

The pass costs $30 and is good for rides on OmniLink buses between June 1 and Sept. 3, said PRTC spokeswoman Christine Rodrigo.

In addition to unlimited rides, it also guarantees $1 off Potomac Nationals tickets on Friday nights beginning June 10. Riders must show their passes at the ticket window before the game, said Rodrigo.

Teen passes are available at the following locations:

PRTC Transit Center, 14700 Potomac Mills Road, Woodbridge (next to Hylton Chapel)
-Mondays through Fridays, June 1 to August 5, 2011, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Potomac Mills Mall food court
-Saturday, June 11, 12-4 p.m.
-Saturday, June 25, 12-4 p.m.

Manassas Mall food court
-Saturday, June 18, 12-4 p.m.
-Saturday, July 9, 12-4 p.m.

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