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Weekend crime report: Armed robbery at Coverstone 7-Eleven, shooting into home

From Prince William police reports: 

Armed Robbery – On May 13 at 4:58AM, officers responded to the 7-Eleven located at 10740 Coverstone Rd in Manassas (20109) to investigate a robbery. An employee reported to police that an unknown man wearing a mask entered the business brandishing a handgun. During the encounter, the suspect demanded money then fled the store with an undisclosed amount of money. No injuries were reported. A police K-9 searched the area for the suspect who was not located.
Suspect Description:
Black male of an unknown age, 6’03”, 240lbs with a heavy build and dark complexion
Last seen wearing a mask, green coat, khaki pants, and black boots

Shooting into Residential Dwelling – On May 12 at 11:12PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 13700 block of Moccasin Ct in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a shots fired call. Several callers reported to police that multiple gunshots were heard in the above area. Officers checked the area and nothing was found at that time. On May 13 at 11:43AM, a citizen located several bullets hole inside of their residence. No injuries or no other property damage was reported. Upon further investigation, a shell casing was located in a nearby roadway. The investigation continues.

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Bentley Circle death a possible overdose

Prince William police were called to Bentley Circle in Woodbridge about 6 a.m. Thursday for a report of an unconscious man who later died on the scene. 

From Prince William police spokesman Nathan Probus: 

The call was initially dispatched as a medical call for a possible unconscious adult male inside a vehicle. When rescue personnel arrived, the male was not breathing and CPR was initiated. The male was pronounced deceased on scene a short time later. At this point, there are no indications of foul play. We believe the death was the result of possible overdose or otherwise medical in nature.

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Prince William County will review engineer plans to fix Stonebridge wall

A portion of River Walk Way will remain closed for at least another week.

A facade of a retaining wall fell onto the street late last month. Since then, engineers have been inspecting the area and coming up with a plan to fix the facade.

It was Prince William County officials that suggested the portion of the street be closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic. The road is a busy thoroughfare for people traveling in and out of Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center and the popular Wegman’s supermarket.

County officials stress the wall, which stands about 50 feet tall, is not in danger of collapse.

“The wall is showing no signs of whatsoever of failing,” said Wade Hugh, Prince William County building services director.

Hugh likened the facade to brick facade on a house, saying if the brick facade fell off the remainder fo the home would remain intact.

Engineers for Stonebridge must submit repair plans to the county for approval. For now, they’ve tied up the reaming facade still standing to prevent it from falling, said Hugh.

Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center did not return multiple requests for comment for this post.

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No exit from I-95 to Route 123 north on Wednesday night

From VDOT: 

The loop ramp from northbound I-95 to northbound Route 123 (Exit 160 B) will be closed the night of Wednesday, May 10 between midnight and 5 a.m. for paving, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Traffic will be detoured via two routes:

Northbound I-95, southbound Route 123 (Exit 160 A), u-turn at Annapolis Way back to northbound Route 123

Northbound I-95, Prince William Parkway (Route 294, Exit 158 A) and Route 1 back to Route 123

All work is weather permitting.



RASco brews up better beverage quality for Prince William County breweries, restaurants

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As the craft beer industry rapidly expands and builds with it a following of beer connoisseurs in their quest for the ultimate sensory experiences through flavor, there is one key technology in Prince William County that can make all the difference for better-tasting craft beer. 

For the past two years, ROMEM Aqua Systems Company, RASco, Inc. has been focused on this technology –  research and development of their TruBru water system.  Yes, that’s right water.  Engineering a cleaner, better-tasting craft beer in Prince William County starts with water. 

TruBru is an advanced filtration system that uses automated technologies to deliver consistent water chemistry, which is vital to overall beverage quality. RASco miniaturized their existing technology for use in breweries by developing a modular, scalable, mobile water purification system that could fit inside a brewery’s common tight spacing.

“If you don’t start out with a quality first ingredient, it’s hard to produce a quality end product. In breweries, that first ingredient is water.  This is our most exciting product, and it’s applicable not only to breweries but to restaurants as well. We explain to people how the different chemical relationships of our water can help them produce their foods. That quality water gives a better taste. This is not your typical processed water, bottled water or tap water,” said Jim Judkins, RASco Vice President of Operations. 

RASco was built on water

In 1977 after 20-plus years in the U.S. Army, Dr. Vincent Ciccone launched V.J. Ciccone & Associates in Woodbridge, VA. Focused predominantly on civil and environmental engineering services, the company expanded over time to include mechanical, electrical, plumbing and even architectural engineering. After a period of growth in the 70’s and early 80’s, V.J. Ciccone & Associates was acquired in the mid-80’s by a large international engineering firm. 

In 1991, Dr. Ciccone opted to re-form the company as RASco, Inc. to implement patented water purification systems. Housed in a ten thousand square foot facility off Route 1 in Woodbridge, RASco is in the optimal location due to its proximity to Quantico and Fort Belvoir. RASco’s clients include various state and federal government agencies, as well as private sector and commercial businesses. (more…)

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‘Beforehand, to reach the big hole, residents were required to travel over a long unpaved, dusty or muddy dirt road’

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Why, Potomac Local, why? 

Have you ever been walking, driving, or riding along and asked: “why?”

Why does this road only have two lanes when it could be better with four? Why does this school have so many trailers classrooms while others don’t?

We always like to hear your questions to our local community, and if you send us a question to potomaclocal@gmail.com, we promise to do our best to find an answer.

This week: “When and why did the landfill change from allowing people to drive up to the drop-off point and start using roll away dumpsters at the citizen convenience area?”  (more…)



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Open House: 12931 Brigstock Court, Bristow, Va.

Open House: 12931 Brigstock Ct, Bristow VA 20136

12931 Brigstock Ct, Bristow VA 20136

Neighborhood: Bridlewood Manor

Listing Price: $515,000

Open House: Sunday, May 7, 2017, 1-4pm

New Listing!! Classic colonial on cul-de-sac lot. 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths with formal living room, dining room and study. Elegant 2 story foyer and family room. Remodeled granite kitchen with stainless appliances, large island, gas cooking and beautiful tile backsplash. Walk-out basement with rec room, den, and full bath. Awesome backyard with huge brick paver patio and extensive landscaping, great for entertaining.

Extra features include recessed lighting, upgraded light fixtures, crown molding, chair rail, boxed and bay windows,  hardwood floors, wood laminate floors in upper-level bedrooms.

This home has been well cared for!!! Min to VRE and Patriot High School.

Contact C.C. Bartholomew at 703-282-4800 or email cc@ccbartholomew.com



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Open House: 8806 Sudley Road, Manassas, Va.

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Open House: 8806 Sudley Rd, Manassas VA 20110

8806 Sudley Rd, Manassas VA 20110

Neighborhood: Robnel

Listing Price: $350,000

Open House: Sunday, May 7, 2017, 1-4pm

New Listing!! Awesome rambler in great City of Manassas neighborhood!!!  ORIGINAL OWNERS have taken great care of this home. Total all brick 3 bed rooms, 1 bath with one car garage.  Entry into living room, dining area, eat-in kitchen with new wall oven and  built in micro-wave. Gleaming hardwoods under carpet. Convenient mud room/laundry. Awesome .46 acre lot with mature trees and extra shed.  

This home is a great opportunity for an affordable detached home in the city, with all one level living!! Minutes to VRE and all of Old Town Manassas has to offer!!!

Original owners have taken great care of this home, some updating is required, but a totally “move-in” ready property.

Contact C.C. Bartholomew at 703-282-4800 or email cc@ccbartholomew.com

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Drug take-back day yields 1,143 pounds of unused medications

From Prince William County Police Department:

A total of 1,143 pounds of expired or unused prescription medications were collected in greater Prince William County on Saturday, April 29th. The event was sponsored by the Crime Prevention Unit of the Prince William County Police Department, the City of Manassas Police Department, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center, Sentara Lake Ridge Ambulatory Care Center, and Novant Health UVA Health System Haymarket Medical Center hosted the DEA’s “Take Back” initiative.

The nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” initiative seeks to prevent pill abuse and theft. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. The partner agencies involved wish to thank the public for their participation in continuing to keep our communities safe and healthy. (more…)

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Archery grows in popularity in county elementary schools

Archery is growing in popularity in Prince William County Public Schools.

Rosa Parks Elementary School in Dale City sent home letters to parents late last month notifying them of the archery program that will be offered during the school’s physical education classes, as well as giving them the opportunity to opt out their child from the program.

Here’s a portion of the letter: (more…)

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Prince William County police seeking information on local incidents

From Prince William County Police Department:

Sexual Assault Investigation – On May 3 at 1:10 p.m., an officer responded to investigate a sexual assault which allegedly occurred at an unknown residence somewhere in Woodbridge on April 29 around 1:00 a.m. The victim, a 17-year-old girl of Woodbridge, reported to police that she was at a party in the above area when she was followed outside the residence by an unknown male.

During the encounter, the victim was sexually assaulted by the unknown male. The suspect eventually left the area when an acquaintance of the victim came outside to check on her. Minor injuries were reported. The victim disclosed the incident to school staff on May 3 who then notified police. The investigation continues.

Suspect Description:
Black male, between 17 & 19 years of age, 6’02”, 180lbs, with a muscular build and black hair (more…)

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Escape your Cinco de Mayo celebration tonight with SoberRide

From a press release: 

Preparing to combat that time of year when, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly a third
(31%) of all U.S. traffic deaths involve drunk drivers*, free Lyft rides will be offered to deter impaired driving throughout the Washington-metropolitan area on Cinco de Mayo (May 5th).
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City of Manassas Celebrates its Business Community in May

Recognizing that businesses are the backbone of Manassas, the Manassas City Council recently issued a proclamation declaring May “Business Appreciation Month.”

“The strength of the City of Manassas relies on the strength of its business community,” says Mayor Harry J. Parrish II. “Our businesses create jobs and make the City a great place to live, work, and do business.”

Through Business Appreciation Month, the City of Manassas honors and celebrates its thriving businesses and the engaged business owners who are very involved in the community. They enthusiastically support local service groups, youth activities, and participate in events like this week’s upcoming First Friday Gallery Walk where downtown merchants will showcase local artists’ works.

According to the Virginia Employment Commission, the City has 1,530 business establishments within its boundaries. Its businesses range from new start-ups to corporations with more than 1,000 employees and feature unique shops, restaurants offering a spectrum of cuisines, and even breweries and a distillery.

To thank the business owners and operators who choose to be located in the City, the City of Manassas and the Prince William Chamber are hosting a free Manassas Business Appreciation Breakfast on Thursday, May 11, 8:00-10:00 a.m. at the Center for the Arts (9419 Battle Street, Manassas). Local businesses are encouraged to spend the morning networking with each other and mingling with the mayor and members of the City Council. Members of the business community may attend this invitation-only event by contacting Nicole Smith with the City’s Economic Development Department at 703-853-3701.



Give mom a gift of time to read, listen to music, or catch a few minutes of sleep, so she’ll arrive at work refreshed

Doing something special for your Mom on Mother’s Day is thoughtful, but what if you could make the gift last all year? You can give her something that helps make every day better – some free time and a stress-free commute!

When Mom commutes with OmniRide, she can use her travel time to listen to music, read, or catch a few minutes of sleep so she’ll arrive at work refreshed and ready to have a great day! And at just $6.50 per trip when paying with a SmarTrip card, the commute will save her some money too – all moms will like that!

OmniRide commuter bus routes start in Dale City, Gainesville, Lake Ridge, Manassas, the Route 1 corridor, and Woodbridge. Popular destinations include the Mark Center, Pentagon, Rosslyn/Ballston, Crystal City, Washington, D.C., Washington Navy Yard, and Tysons.

Or maybe Mom would rather take a Metro Direct bus for easy travel to a nearby Metrorail Station – and no parking fees! She can travel to the Franconia-Springfield Metro Station from eastern Prince William County, and to the Tysons Corner Metro Station from Manassas and Gainesville. The fare is just $3.25 with a SmarTrip card.

If mom prefers to stay closer to home, the OmniLink local bus service is a great alternative with routes serving Dale City, Dumfries, Manassas, Manassas Park, Quantico, the Route 1 corridor, and Woodbridge/Lake Ridge. And don’t forget about the Cross County Connector, which operates between eastern Prince William and the Manassas area. Local fares are just $1.50 per trip, so Mom won’t be worried that you spent too much on her!

Yes, brunch and flowers are nice. But this year, give Mom the gift she’ll use year-round! See routes and timetables at PRTCtransit.org, or speak with a friendly PRTC Customer Service Agent at (703) 730-6664.

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Columbia Gas to issue refunds, hike rates

From Columbia Gas: 

“Columbia Gas of Virginia residential natural gas customers will receive a refund in their May or June bills as a result of the final order in Columbia’s 2016 base rate case, issued in March 2017. The average residential refund amount is approximately $15

(more…)

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Suspect wanted in connection to abduction, burglary, arrested in Arlington

From Prince William County Police:

Abduction | Burglary | Domestic Related *ARREST– On May 1, Joshua BARRETT, wanted for multiple incidents which occurred at a residence located in the 3100 block of Talon Eagle St in Woodbridge  on April 27 and 28, was located and arrested in Arlington.

Arrested on May 1:
Joshua BARRETT, 27, of the 14800 block of Emberdale Dr in Woodbridge
Charged with 3 counts of burglary, 1 count of abduction, 1 count of grand larceny, 2 count of preventing the summoning of law enforcement, 2 counts of domestic assault & battery, and 1 count of destruction of property (more…)

Manassas to kick off 3-day arts festival on First Friday

This year Gallery Walk has kicked it up and expanded into a three-day art festival in historic downtown Manassas. The Much Ado About Art Festival will kick off during the May First Friday on May 6 from 5 – 9 p.m. At 5:p.m. the streets will be open to pedestrian traffic and the arts will come alive.

Follow the balloons from store to store and experience the fine art on display, from photography to oils and acrylics, there is much to see for everyone. Hop onto the walk-on travel art van that will be on display in the intersection of Main and Center Streets.

Friday night won’t just be featuring Gallery Walk. Violinists will bring a whimsical sound to downtown and a Dueling Brushes competition will be taking place at Creative Brush, Zandra’s, and Mariachi’s. Watch as artists create an original work from start to finish and then vote for your favorite at Creative Brush Studio. Completed works will be on display in Creative Brush all weekend with voting open through 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 7. There will be fun for the kids as well – enjoy balloon twisting and face painting Friday night between Prospero’s Books and Totally Vintage Design.

On Saturday, May 6, the day will begin with Manassas Reads at the Harris Pavilion. This free event promotes literary art with book giveaways and readings with a few special guests.

Following Manassas Reads, a ticketed paint class will be held at the Pavilion with instructor Emily Thomson from Manassas Olive Oil Company where attendees will create their own unique floral scene. Weather permitting, there will also be a new Little Bits project going on at 10 a.m. on the corner of Center and Main Streets next to the Old Towne Man Cave as the transformer box is transformed into an aquarium!

p-ART-ners will also be hosting Battle of the Artists on Battle Street from 9am-3pm, weather permitting, where you can watch chalk art come to life and vote for your favorite piece! Voting boxes can be found at the Center for the Arts, Creative Brush Studio, and Grounds Central Station through Sunday. Saturday evening, Gallery Walk will continue again from 5 to 9 p.m. and a free concert from Kitty and the Fat Cats will take place at the Pavilion at 7 p.m. – don’t forget to bring your own chairs!

On Sunday, it’s community day! Enjoy performances at the Pavilion from the Osbourn High School Drum Line, McGrath Irish Dance Studio, and the Manassas Ballet. Manassas Art Guild will also be hosting a community canvas art project on the flat rail car and the Center for the Arts will be hosting a community art paint splatter project on their bench in the side parking lot on Battle Street. Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy all the art that has blossomed in historic downtown Manassas.

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Supervisor Anderson: ‘I think the litter problem has gotten worse’

Prince William County Supervisor Ruth Anderson writes Potomac Local to say the litter is a problem in our region, and that it could lead to homeowners, and business leaders looking to locate elsewhere. 

From Anderson: 

“I think the litter problem has gotten worse. My office Adopted-A-Spot along Devil’s Reach Road through “Keep Prince William Beautiful” to clean up litter in the public right-of-ways. Today was our second time picking up litter…about 5 weeks after our first time. We spend 1.5 hours each time…………..we picked up just as much litter this time as we did last time……….bottles, balloons, cans, fast food bags, grocery bags…….even a “lucky penny” today. (more…)

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