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Sprinklers help douse blaze

Dale City, Va. –– Fire and rescue crews in Dale City were called to an apartment fire on Thursday.

While no one was injured, officials say sprinklers helped to douse the flames.

The fire broke out at 5:30 p.m. at 12800 Island House Loop in Ridgefield Village off Hoadly Road.

When rescue crews arrived, they found the fire was in the laundry room of the one of the apartments on the third floor.

The blaze had already been contained by the sprinkler system when rescue crews arrived, and fire fighters worked to douse the remaining portion of the fire, said Prince William Fire and Rescue Department spokeswoman Kim Hylander. (more…)

Girl, 11, stalked at mall, say police

John Walter Niehaus, 66, is charged with assault and battery.

Woodrbridge, Va. –– Prince William police said a 66-year-old man inappropriately touched an 11-year-old girl at Potomac Mills mall.

More from the police incident report:

Assault and Battery
On February 10th at 3:28PM, police responded to Potomac Mills Mall located at 2700 Potomac Mills Cl in Woodbridge (22192) for a suspicious person. The investigation revealed that the accused had allegedly been following the victim around the mall. The accused then allegedly rubbed up against an 11 year old girl as she was in one of the stores within the mall. No injuries were reported. The accused was located and charged.

John Walter NIEHAUS, 66, of 8912 Ox Rd in Lorton
Charged with assault and battery
Court date unavailable, held WITHOUT bond

-Prince William County Police Department

Can fire crews see your numbers?

Volunteer fire and rescue crews in Woodbridge are urging home owners to be prepared to be rescued.

If a fire or any other emergency breaks out at a home, rescue crews and fire fighters need to be able to clearly see the house number posted on each home as quickly as possible, officials said.

If the numbers aren’t posted, it could take longer for help to arrive in the event of an emergency. (more…)

Doctor faces 5 charges in sex cases

Nizar Mohamed Hussain, 44, of McLean, faces charges in seperate sex cases, police say. (Submitted)

Woodbridge, Va. –– Police say three women were the victims of one doctor’s unwanted sexual advances, and in one case a woman was sexually assaulted.

The doctor inappropriately touched three separate victims – all adult women – on three different occasions last year, in his office at 2000 Optiz Boulevard in Woodbridge.

The alleged instances took place in March, September and December, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

In the September incident, a 52-year-old woman from Stafford was sexually assaulted, and In the March and December incident, the accused tried to kiss the victims – a 37-year-old woman from Lorton and a 37-year-old woman from Stafford, said Perok. (more…)

Teachers honored


Twenty-three Prince William County Public School teachers who earned National Board certification or recertification in 2010 and another 18 teachers nominated this year for “The Washington Post” Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award were recognized at a School Board reception on February 8 at the Edward L. Kelly Leadership Center in Prince William County.

School Board Chairman At-Large Milton C. Johns addressed the audience, saying, “It is teachers who, each and every day, touch the lives of our children. They are the ones who can truly make a difference. Teachers have a tremendous affect on students; theirs is an awesome responsibility.” (more…)

Commuters vent at town hall meeting

Brenda Higgins, a commuter affected by the parking changes at Potomac Mills mall, waits to add her comment at a town hall meeting held in Woodbridge on Wednesday. (Eric Spiegel)

By Eric Spiegel

Woodbridge, Va. –– Brenda Higgins told a panel of officials she wouldn’t be shopping at Potomac Mills mall any time soon.

The panel was gathered for the commuter parking town hall meeting held in Woodbridge on Wednesday night.  Higgins was among many who were angered by the decision by outlet mall to reduce commuter parking from 1,000 spaces to 275. (more…)

Commuter town hall tonight

Commuters on Tuesday were greeted with yellow cones and barriers as they tried to park at a crowded parking lot at Potomac Mills mall in Woodbridge. (File)

Woodbridge, Va. –– Officials will hold a commuter parking town hall tonight in to update residents on the shrinking commuter parking situation in Woodbridge.

More to the story: Use our interactive map of commuter lots in the Potomac Communities that could provide a you a parking alternative to the Potomac Mills mall commuter parking lot.

It’ll start at 7 p.m. at the Ferlazzo Government Building at U.S. 1 at and Cardinal Drive.

Supervisors Frank J. Principi and Mike May will take questions from commuters who will be forced from parking at Potomac Mills mall, which last month announced they would decrease the number of commuter parking spaces there by 75 percent starting Monday. (more…)

Quinn’s opening new store

A lone worker Tuesday drilled into the façade of the new Quinn’s Goldsmith store.

A jeweler who’s been a staple of the Occoquan community for years is now expanding to Potomac Town Center.

Quinn’s Goldsmith plans to open its new store Thursday in the developing shopping center in Woodbridge, which is also home to Wegman’s grocers.

It won’t be a fanfare event (that will come on the store’s official grand opening date on March 2).

The new store will be a bit of a departure from their more traditional Occoquan store, targeting a slightly younger crowd, but the with same line of products their customers have come to expect from them over the years. (more…)

Bungalow hopes to open Thursday

The Bungalow Alehouse is Woodbridge is set to open.

The kitchen at Bungalow Alehouse in Woodbridge was cooking up food for members of the restaurant staff Tuesday night.

They, along with neighbors of the restaurant and lounge on Prince William Parkway, had been invited to opening night before the official opening night.

Bungalow plans to open to the public Thursday, after it acquires its license from the state’s ABC Board.

“It takes a lot of team work and it takes a great staff, and without their help we wouldn’t have been able to get where we are today,” said Bungalow manager Mike Halcomb. (more…)

Baseball clubhouse to get upgrade

G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge

Woodbridge, Va. –– Prince William officials have allocated money to pay for a portion of a $210,000 renovation of the Potomac National’s clubhouse.

In a vote Tuesday night, supervisors approved $70,000 for renovations to the locker rooms, restrooms and coaching offices at G. Richard Pfitzner baseball stadium in Woodbridge.

The team’s owner, Art Silber, and the Prince William Park Authority are expected to split the remaining two-thirds costs at $70,000 each. (more…)

First on PL: Driver trapped in serious crash

Fire crews battled a blaze in the 12500 block of Calexico Lane in Dale City. (Submitted)

Volunteer fire and rescue crews were busy Tuesday night as a truck overturned trapping its driver inside, and after a fire broke out at a home in Dale City.

Just before 9 p.m., a truck traveling in the area of Donald Curtis Drive and Carol Avenue in Woodbridge overturned.

The driver was trapped inside, and emergency crews had to remove both doors to the truck to pull him to safety, according to officials. (more…)

2 charged in Montclair burglaries

William Russell Griffin, 23, faces charges in a string of burglaries. (Submitted)

Montclair, Va. –– Police say a man has been charged in a series of brazen burglaries in Montclair.

Officers in Dinwiddie County, Va. in December stopped a man who was driving a stolen car and was in possession of items that were reported stolen from Prince William County.

The items were connected to a series of burglaries at a home in the 15800 block of Edgewood Drive in Montclair in November and December 2010.

Police said a man entered the home through a garage door and then though an unlocked door that led into the house while the owners were asleep. (more…)

Potomac Mills recognized as clean shopping center

(Prince William Clean Community Council)

Woodbridge, Va. –– Three shopping centers in eastern Prince William County will receive awards for being some of the cleanest in the area.

The Prince William Clean Community Council on Friday is expected to award Potomac Mills mall, Lake Ridge Commons and the Shops at County Center with the organizations clean shopping center award.

The event will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. in the atrium of the McCourt Building, at the Prince William County Government complex off Prince William Parkway in Woodbridge, said PWCCC spokesman Kayne Karnbach. (more…)

Prince William to net $200 million in transit deal

Photo: Mary Davidson

Photo: Mary Davidson

Commuters use a busy Interstate 95 near Woodbridge on a weekday morning. (Mary Davidson)

Woodbridge, Va. — Prince William County is in line to receive 1,000 new commuter parking spaces and a wider U.S. 1 as part of a $220 million transportation deal struck with state officials.

Sources told on Monday county officials and state elected delegates on both sides of the isle were in talks over the weekend with Virginia Transportation Secretary Sean Connaughton.

As part of the deal, the county will receive $220 million from Gov. Robert F. McDonnell’s statewide $4 billion transportation package still awaiting approval from the General Assembly for widening U.S. 1 in Woodbridge between the Occoquan River and Va. 123, widening Interstate 66 between U.S. 29 and U.S. 15 in western Prince William County, and an additional 1,000 commuter parking spaces at the Horner Road commuter lot – already the largest commuter lot in the state. (more…)

Water main repaired

U.S. 1 in Woodbridge, at the intersection of E. Longview Drive and Prince William Parkway.

Update 12:15 p.m.
It was a 10-inch water main the burst this morning on U.S. 1 in Woodbridge, cutting water service to about 12 businesses and some residents of a nearby mobile home park.

Water service had been restored by Noon in the area of the break, at Mt. Pleasant Drive near Marumsco Plaza.

Crews got the call about the break about 4 a.m. and were on the scene less than an hour later.

The service authority uses a reverse 911 system to notify customers about service outages, and to see if customers in a particular area are without water. (more…)

Who will clean bus shelters?

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

Prince William County, Va. — It’s time for the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission to decide who will clean and remove snow from its bus shelters.

The transit agency that operates OmniRide and OmniLink buses is expected to open the bidding process to find a company that will regularly clean the windows, remove any graffiti, as well as snow and ice from the transit sheds along area roads.

The number of shelters in PRTC’s inventory has grown over the past five years as new shelters have been added, forcing the agency to now to find a company through the competitive procurement process. (more…)

Fire fighter to be sentenced today

The case of accused Prince William County fire fighter Robert McParland has been continued for a fourth time, according to Virginia online court records.

McParland is scheduled to appear in a Prince William County courthouse at 9 a.m. Feb. 18.

According to court records, he was to be sentenced today for a DUI charge he received in December.

Original Post: 11:41 p.m. Thursday
A Prince William County fire fighter will appear in court today to be sentenced after being charged in December with DUI.

Robert McParland, 49, a veteran member of the Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue was charged Dec.18 with driving under the influence in the Manassas area, according to police. (more…)

Child abuse charge filed

Chu My Ngo, 39, of 13514 Woodvale Court in Woodbridge is charged with felony child abuse. (Submitted)

Woodbridge, Va. –– One woman who lives in Woodbridge is charged with felony child abuse.

Police said the accused was caring for a six-month-old girl at a home in the 13500 block of Woodvale Court in Woodbridge on Monday.

The child suffered injuries to her head that appeared to be non-life threatening, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

Chu My Ngo, 39, of 13514 Woodvale Court in Woodbridge is charged in the case, said Perok.

She was released on bond.

Holiday for DMV employees

Employees at Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles are taking a holiday this month.

All DMV locations in the state will be closed Feb. 21 in observance of Washington Day, honoring the nation’s first president.

Customers may still do business with the DMV online or through an automated phone service by going to or by calling 1-888-377-4782. (more…)

New commuter parking demanded for HOT lanes

(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. –– If developers want Prince William leaders’ support for High Occupancy Toll lanes, they’d better build a new commuter parking lot.

Commuter parking has been the focus of much debate in the Woodbridge in recent weeks, after Potomac Mills mall announced they would reduce commuter parking there by 75 percent.

That left officials looking to find residents new places to park and ride, possibly leasing spaces at local churches.

Any help from the developers of the HOT lanes, Texas-based Fluor, and Transubran in Australia, would be welcome.

“If we are going to drop our opposition to the HOT lanes their developer must agree to build at least 1,000 new commuter parking spaces in eastern Prince William County,” said Stewart.

Many of those spaces should be located near the state’s largest commuter lot, at Horner Road in Woodbridge, he added. (more…)

Parking reduction could force commuting, work changes

There are several commuter lots in the Woodbridge area.

Rhonda Reed is looking to cut her losses and move north because of the lack of effective commuter parking in Woodbridge.

Though she lives in the Virginia suburb she works in Friendship Heights, Md., just north of the Washington, D.C. line.

Use our interactive map of commuter lots in the Potomac Communities that could provide a you a parking alternative to the Potomac Mills mall commuter parking lot.

She leaves her house each weekday morning by 6:45 a.m. to get to the Potomac Mills mall commuter lot by 7:15 a.m. to get a parking space, before the lot becomes full. (more…)

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