Our regional editor Stephanie Tipple spent the day with Sgt. Chris Truslow of the Stafford sheriff’s office to learn more about the work law enforcement does each day.
My day with members of the Stafford sheriff’s office began bright and early, at their 5:30 a.m. roll call meeting.
I was greeted by a room full of officers and deputies, who watched me shuffle into the room with my bulletproof vest.
During roll call, the officers watched footage of an incident where force was used, and had a serious discussion about the most appropriate and respectful ways to handle the situation.
After roll call, I got into Truslow’s patrol car, and we began to patrol his area. During that time, I got to speak with him about his job and his life.
“My main job is to monitor what’s going on – to make sure people are doing what they’re supposed to be doing, to see what calls are going on and monitoring the calls to make sure they’re doing their jobs…I do a little bit of everything,” said Truslow.
Truslow has been in law enforcement for 10 years – 5 of which have been in Stafford. He lives in Spotsylvania with his wife and two children.
Our first stop of the day
When going through a residential 25 mph zone, we had our first stop of the day. A man, on the way to his first day of a new job, was going 40 mph in the 25 mph zone.
Truslow stated that he always tries to consider the residents during stops, and if he can give them a lesser fine, or offer advice, he does so.
The flat tire incident
Our first call of the day was for a disabled vehicle on Inez Way, near the intersection of Andrew Chapel Drive. The driver’s rear tire had loose lugnuts and couldn’t move down the two-lane road.
Truslow was able to redirect traffic, so drivers could safely surpass the blocked lane.
The driver of the vehicle immediately got to work, as his wife handed him what appeared to be professional car tools, and he had his tire fixed in less than three minutes. It reminded us of a NASCAR pit station.
After this incident, Truslow and I got back on the road, and I continued to talk with him about why he wanted to work in law enforcement.
“I just always wanted to be a cop, since I was four or five years old. My dad was a special deputy [as a volunteer]…so since I was a little kid, he’s been [involved]. I always wanted to do it, always had an interest in it and I went to college and got a criminal justice degree. I interned my last semester with Christiansburg Police,” Truslow said.
Truslow recalled stories over his years with the Stafford sheriff’s office, and spoke about how difficult it is to use force against an individual.
“It’s very difficult, because you know you need to quell the situation, but you also know that the backlash that’s going to come from [using force],” said Truslow.
He specifically recalled a situation where a man was being uncooperative, after being caught shoplifting.
“He starts screaming that I’m using excessive force, and I’m not even touching him. So I can’t get him under control – so I’ve got this guy in handcuffs, and I don’t know if he has a weapon on him, and I don’t know if his friend’s going to come in and assault me. There’s a whole lot going on – I’m by myself…so [using force] is a very difficult situation,” said Truslow.
Truslow went on to talk about how being in law enforcement and using force in situations has been made more difficult by unrealistic depictions of shootings in entertainment.
“There’s a decent amount of people that think that we should be like the police in the movies – that we should be shot at first, before we shoot back. That even a guy with a gun pointed at us isn’t enough for us to shoot somebody…when you watch a movie and somebody get’s shot, there’s always this dramatic falling over and people are flying through glass…and it’s just not like that at all. It’s not every day that you see a real person get shot, but people watch movies where people get shot all the time, so that becomes the reality for people,” Truslow said.
Accidents and moped chases
Toward the end of my time with Sgt. Truslow, we were on the scene of a car accident on Garrisonville Road and Onville Road, where K-9 and traffic officers were also on the scene. A person had run a red light and struck another car, which then hit an electrical box.
One of the most exhilarating moments was when we rushed to the scene of a moped theft which was done by a teenager. We were able to call a “code one” and put the lights on in the vehicle to quickly arrive. I bruised my knee in the process, but the excitement was well worth it.
On our way back to the station, Truslow and I talked some more about national events with the police in recent months – like Ferguson and the Baltimore riots.
Truslow stated that he feels that residents in the community appreciate the work that the officers and deputies do now more than ever, and it put a positive spin on a negative situation.
Prior to this experience, I had never had close interaction with law enforcement. It really opened my eyes to see the work that they do isn’t glamorous, and they have tough decisions they have to make at a moment’s notice – including life or death situations. The care that I saw exhibited by Truslow was one I didn’t expect, but I am happy to know that individuals like him are helping to protect our community.
Close to 100 people gathered at the Center for the Arts for the inaugural Manassas Business Appreciation Breakfast where they celebrated the City’s entrepreneurial spirit and thriving business community. The City of Manassas and the Prince William Chamber of Commerce hosted the event to recognize local businesses.
In his opening remarks, Mayor Harry J. Parrish II thanked the audience for choosing Manassas and “for all that you bring to the community.” Beyond creating jobs and boosting the local economy, he acknowledged the many business leaders who serve on boards and commissions and participate in the robust calendar of events.
Those in the room took a moment to welcome the newcomers to downtown, which include Amy’s Bridal, Totally Vintage Designs, and Scatter Seeds as well as the soon-to-open Cut Rate Barbershop and Jitterbug ice cream shop. H Mart and Firehouse Subs, which recently opened on Liberia Avenue, were recognized as well. Dalena Kanouse, the CEO of MTCI Management and Training Consultants, Inc., and incoming chair of the Prince William Chamber, pointed out that her well-established company was once a newcomer to the City of Manassas. She told the tight-knit business community that MTCI moved from Dumfries to take advantage of the opportunities in Manassas and are happy to be here.
Existing businesses in the City are flourishing, too. Fauquier Bank relocated within the City to accommodate its anticipated expansion. Malone’s opened a second floor to accommodate their growing business. Another expansion in the City is Aurora Flight Science who are sub-leasing the airport’s FlightWorks hanger and envision creating 50 new jobs over the next several years. B. Hayes Framme, advisor for infrastructure and development for the Commonwealth of Virginia, acknowledged that most businesses have “Chief ‘Everything’ Officers.” He also identified high-growth opportunities in Virginia like cyber security and biotechnology and discussed incentives and policies that support job creation.
The City strives to create a business-friendly environment and is always interested in speaking to prospective business owners who wish to join this supportive community. For more information, call the economic development department at 703-257-8881.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is proposing that new signs and a pickup area for HOV carpooling be added to the Staffordboro commuter lot in Stafford.
According to VDOT, the lot was observed and there was a survey given to users of the lot that slug using the HOV lanes that helped them to determine that changes needed to be made.
Here are the improvements proposed by VDOT:
Destination signs for the Pentagon, Crystal City, and Rosslyn lines
New, separate HOV carpooling pickup area for Rosslyn sluggers
Crosswalks spanning the lot’s central access road
“We received more than 60 responses to our online survey about slugging and congestion near the HOV carpooling area. Many commuters requested better signage to identify HOV carpooling destinations, and suggested space for an additional HOV carpooling pickup area in the Staffordboro lot. We have proposed these changes to provide better direction in the lot, and to reduce minor congestion in the HOV carpooling pickup line,” said Sean Nelson, VDOT Fredericksburg Residency Administrator, in a release.
On May 29, Stafford County alongside the Stafford sheriff’s office will hold a ceremony to dedicate the Lake Mooney Reservoir to the late Stafford Deputy Jason Mooney.
According to a release, Mooney was killed in an accident on I-95 after responding to an emergency call on duty in October 2007.
Mooney was a Colonial Forge High School graduate, a Marine, and a former Stafford firefighter, said a county release.
The Stafford County Board of Supervisors made the decision to name the reservoir after Mooney in 2014.
More on the plans for the reservoir, from the county:
The reservoir, formerly called Rocky Pen Run Reservoir, was approved by the Board of Supervisors in 1992 and later, permitted by the Army Corps of Engineers in 2006. The reservoir was created by the construction of a dam that rests 2,000 feet upstream at the mouth of Rocky Pen Run which is north of the Rappahannock River. Completed in 2014, Lake Mooney holds 5.54 billion gallons of water at full elevation within a surface area of 503 acres. The dam is 118 feet in height and 1,200 feet in length.
The ceremony, which begins at 10 a.m., is open to the public.
The lake will be opening on Memorial Day in 2016, and will have a boat launch and sites for canoeing and fishing.
As the weather warms and summer nears, we are approaching the road mowing and paving season in Northern Virginia. Several paving projects are coming to eastern Prince William County and northern Stafford County in the 36th District.
VDOT plans to pave I-95 from Neabsco Creek to Smoketown Road, all of VA-123 and Old Bridge Road from VA-123 to Minnieville. Cardinal Drive will get a new surface from U.S. 1 to Minnieville as well. Southbridge will see new blacktop in on Wayside Lane, Pine Ridge Boulevard and several surrounding streets. VDOT will pave the entire length of Joplin Road from U.S. 1 to Bristow Road and all the streets of the entire town of Quantico. The Main Street between Curtis Drive and Quantico Gateway Drive through Dumfries is also scheduled to be repaved.
Many of Stafford County’s secondary roads are in better condition than streets in other areas since many are newer. In northeastern Stafford County, VDOT will resurface half a dozen streets around Dorothy Lane and Anita Drive in Garrisonville with all of Stefaniga Road.
Legislature Addressed Road Neglect
Over 70% of Northern Virginia’s secondary roads, roads numbered over 600, have been rated as having substandard pavement quality and despite my efforts, the state legislature has not met the challenge. From 1987 to 2013, the Virginia General Assembly refused to raise Virginia’s $0.17/gallon gas tax to even keep up with inflation. As salaries, the cost of materials and infrastructure needs all increased, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) had to prioritize funds for other critical maintenance needs. As a result, VDOT limited grass mowing, prioritized primary and interstate highway maintenance and curtailed secondary road paving. Deficient road pavement has been a consistent, frequent complaint since I have been in office these last six years.
In 2013, the legislature replaced the retail fixed gas tax with a wholesale percentage gas tax plus an overall sales tax supplement, steps which restored some roads and maintenance funding . We also passed a series of local taxes to fund transportation construction, but these taxes do not apply to Stafford County which is in the Fredericksburg Transportation District. Last year, VDOT started a major phase of paving in our communities as the direct result of this infusion of funds.
VDOT tries to bid out paving projects based on need and geographic location. Contractors may provide competitive bids when projects are conducted all within compact areas. This is why VDOT usually does not repave random streets miles apart (there are some exceptions). Also, typically, not but always, roads in entire neighborhoods tend to deteriorate at the same rate.
If you would like to see a more detailed map including your specific street you can go to my online newsletter, The Dixie Pig at scottsurovell.blogspot.com or you can go to www.virginiaroads.org.
I am pleased that VDOT is finally taking steps to properly maintain our roadways, but VDOT still has a huge amount of catchup ahead. Nearly every secondary road in Woodbridge still has substandard pavement quality and after this summer, and over 50 percent of Virginia’s 36th Senate District’s roads will still need repaving. You can find a map of the 36th Senate District at https://scottsurovell.net/district-36.
If you review the entire Northern Virginia map at www.virginiaroads.org, you can see that we are very lucky to be getting attention this summer given the massive backlog. I am working to make our area a continuing priority after this year.
Our experience over the last two decades is a basic lesson in the consequences of starving basic government services. If we do not keep our revenues commensurate with our needs, from schools to health clinics to roads, infrastructure and quality of life will suffer. In 2013, with bipartisan support, the state legislature addressed the transportation revenue shortfall and you are now seeing the results. These steps can likely save your family an alignment or a tire or two.
If you have any questions or complaints, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is an honor to a state delegate and I look forward to earning your vote as your State Senator.
*Scott Surovell is currently serving as a delegate in Virginia, and is seeking a seat in the State Senate.
As you get ready to celebrate the long-weekend and Memorial Day, here is the latest from Potomac Local on what you need to know about closings, events and traffic & transit news. Keep Reading…
The president of the Anne E. Moncure Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization, Emily Fallon, has announced that she is running for the Stafford County School Board in the Griffis-Widewater district. Dana Reinboldt currently holds that position.
“The status quo is not good enough for our kids,” said Fallon in a press release. “Our kids and the taxpayers of Stafford County deserve schools that have a plan for excellence and milestones to measure our progress.”
Fallon has been president of the Moncure PTO for three terms and has served as a substitute teacher in the county. She’s also worked as a paraprofessional in the D.C. Public Schools, according to her campaign. Additionally, Fallon has served as a member of the Stafford County Public Schools Special Education Citizens Advisory Committee, the SCPS Elementary School Redistricting Committee and was a founding member of the Stafford Special Education Parent Teachers Association known as SEPTA.
“We need a real strategic plan for our schools, developed with the help of parents
and teachers, where we lay out a vision for Commonwealth-leading schools by bringing new technology to the classroom, increasing access for all SCPS students to our current programs,” stated Fallon in the release.
Some of Fallon’s main goals are:
– The development of a five-year plan that sets the educational goals for the school division and aligns those goals with future funding expectations and metrics of success.
– The expansion of student access to existing programs, regardless of their base school.
– A partnership with employers in the area to develop new programs and internship opportunities.
– Making greater use of technology in the classroom.
– A comprehensive review of SCPS Special Education programs to ensure the school system is meeting the needs of those with special needs.
“Special education is an area that is near and dear to my heart and is one of many areas that I think SCPS can and should be doing better in,” said Fallon.
Fallon is a graduate of Strayer University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in anthropology. She reports that she’s a strong believer in lifelong learning.
Fallon resides in Aquia Harbour and has three children who are all currently attending Stafford County Public Schools. Her husband, Ben Fallon, works in Congressional Affairs for the Department of Defense.
The Stafford County School Board has appointed new administrators for two schools in Stafford – Terri Rivero and Brian Fitzgerald.
According to a release, Rivero – a graduate of Stafford County Public Schools – will serve as the new principal at Rockhill Elementary School.
Prior to her appointment, she worked as an assistant principal at Rodney Thompson Middle School, as well as Falmouth Elementary School. Rivero began as a teacher at H.H. Poole Middle School and Dixon-Smith Middle School.
Brian Fitzgerald was also appointed by the school board, as the new principal at Margaret Bren Elementary School, said a release.
Fitzgerald worked previously as the assistant principal at Kate Waller Barrett Elementary School. He started off his career as a teacher in Prince William County before coming to Mountain View High School in Stafford.
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Four people were injured this morning in a crash involving two dump trucks and an SUV in North Stafford.
Four people who were traveling in two dump trucks were taken to a hospital suffering injuries that didn’t appear to be life threatening. The female driver of the SUV also involved in the crash refused to be taken to a hospital, said Stafford fire and rescue spokesman Mark Doyle.
A fuel tank on one of the dump trucks ruptured. A nearby sand a gravel business provided free sand to emergency crews tasked with cleaning up the fuel spill.
A portion of Shelton Shop Road was closed to traffic due to the crash. Traffic was redirected onto Oakwood Drive, as well as back to Garrisonville Road so drivers could find another way around the crash.
Virginia State Police are investigating the crash. We’re still waiting to find out if charges will be filed in this case.
As the June 9 Primary Election nears, the candidates for Rock Hill District Supervisor have outlined the issues.
Both Wendy Mauer and Adela Bertoldi, both Republicans, seek to replace Cord Sterling on the Stafford County Board of Supervisors.
Maurer is focused on recruiting and retaining new teachers. When it comes to development, Maurer said she will argue to first have roads and “adequate infrastructure” in place before development begins.
From her website:
Stafford is growing jobs faster than any other locality in the region. Businesses provide more tax revenue to Stafford than they use in county provided services. As a small business owner, I understand what businesses need in order to thrive in our community.
Bertoldi is running on a platform of no new tax increases.
Here’s a snippet form her press release:
“Creating jobs and having business-friendly policies will be a top priority for me,” said Bertoldi. “My focus will be on providing opportunity for families and small businesses through lower taxes and a less burdensome government.”
Bertoldi signed a Taxpayer Protection Pledge committing to oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes.
Both candidates live in the Augustine neighborhood.
The Rock Hill seat is the only one on the Board of Supervisors up for grabs this election season.
Authorities in Stafford County are investigating a murder suicide.
Two bodies were found last night in North Stafford.
Here’s the latest in a press release:
At 11:37 last night, Friday, May 15 the Emergency Communications Center received a call that two individuals had been shot at 305 Garrison Woods Drive. When deputies arrived on scene they found a male and female deceased from gunshot wounds. The caller, a relative of one of the individuals who were shot, was notified by a juvenile who lived in the residence of the deceased people. The juvenile had heard the shots and ran to the relative’s house just down the road. The two decedents were boyfriend/girlfriend and lived at the residence. The bodies were sent to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Richmond where the exact cause of death will be determined. Stafford Detectives believe that this case to be a murder/suicide.
The subjects who were shot have been identified as Ashley Deanna Hoffman, age 32 of 305 Garrison Woods Drive and Ramon Deandre Williams, age 34 of the same address.
This is an ongoing investigation and additional information will be provided as it becomes available.
Part 2 Read part one.
Aquia Towne Center may finally be rescued from the eyesore it has become. North Stafford residents have been waiting for years for Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust to fulfill its promise to rebuild it. Ambitious plans for a mixed-use town center were put on hold not long after the recession hit in 2008. Since then, the center has consisted of old one-level buildings, vast spaces of asphalt, gravel and dirt, and one modern five-story office building.
Ramco is the company that owns most of the property, which is now known as The Town Center at Aquia. At this time, Ramco is keeping the office building, which also requires about 400 parking spaces. But much of the rest of the property may be going to two companies that plan to revitalize the dilapidated shopping center. If all goes well, the new town center will provide some desired retail establishments, host brand new apartments and improve property values for nearby subdivisions.
The Franklin Johnston Group of Virginia Beach has purchased the southeastern portion of the shopping center where it plans to build apartments.
Stafford County Supervisor Jack Cavalier (I-Griffis-Widewater) said the residential component is likely to happen before the commercial component. Jeff Harvey, director of planning and zoning for the county, agreed and told Potomac Local News that the developer plans to break ground in two weeks.
“The proposed development includes 256 apartment units in eight multi-story buildings [that] include an in-ground pool with a community center,” said Harvey.
The residential portion of the development is expected to take more than a year to complete.
“I just built relations with the developer to allow food trucks in [The Town Center at Aquia],” declared Steven Cook of Steve-O’s BBQ, Burgers & Bacon, a mobile restaurant. Cook made the surprise announcement online May 13. “I will be coordinating a rotating schedule of trucks… during construction,” the post said.
Speaking to Cook via instant messaging, he shared that he has an agreement with Issac Pretter of Mosaic Realty Partners of Maryland to station food trucks in the town center at least until construction is complete. Mosaic plans to redevelop a large portion of the shopping center for commercial use.
The Stafford Board of Supervisors unanimously approved $6.25 million in tax breaks to Mosaic Realty Partners, according to county documents. The tax breaks are an effort to get The Town Center at Aquia project out from under the rubble.
“The Town Center at Aquia… has long been a key commercial gateway to the county,” stated the supervisors’ resolution for the tax break. “The board believes that an active and vibrant major commercial gateway located adjacent to Interstate 95, Route 1 and Garrisonville Road is in the best interest of the citizens of the county and that attractive mixed-use properties significantly increase the potential of attracting much-desired high-end retail to the county.”
It goes on to say the county worked hard to attract an investor for the property and that the board determined that incentives were necessary for the town center to be revitalized.
The most anticipated component expressed by nearby residents is the possibility of a grocery store in the shopping center.
Eron Sodie of Mosaic wouldn’t say which grocery store the company plans on bringing into the site, but he gave a few hints and let it slip that the grocery chain was based in North Carolina. Residents of Aquia Harbour, the neighborhood located behind the town center, have come up with a number of possibilities, but most seem to think Sodie was referring to Harris Teeter.
But there’s a small hiccup. According to Cavalier, the grocery store that is expected to come into the center requires an easement that it will use to create a second entrance on Washington Drive, which is the road that leads into Aquia Harbour from Jefferson Davis Highway. Cavalier said the second entrance would sit approximately 400 feet outside of the Harbour’s front gate. Such a transaction would have to be made between Aquia Harbour and Mosaic since the Harbour owns that portion of the road.
Supervisor Paul Milde III (R-Aquia) said the second entrance being proposed is supposed to be only for traffic in and out of Aquia Harbour.
Sodie said a traffic study will be done. He added that delivery trucks will not be allowed to use Washington Drive, though it’s unclear how that promise would be enforced.
According to site plans, the new grocery store would be built where the movie theater is currently located, at the rear of the shopping center. As for the businesses at the front of the shopping center, they are independently owned, according to officials.
An animal control officer for the Stafford County Sheriff’s office had a unique rescue experience this week on Driftwood Lane in Stafford.
Animal Control Officer Anthony McCall was dispatched to a home in the Widewater district, to investigate reports that an American bald eagle was seen on a pier.
According to McCall’s report, he arrived on scene and met with the caller, who showed him the area where he saw the eagle, saying that it had swum out to a tree.
McCall continued along the bank near the Potomac River, before sighting the eagle – which ran back into the water while he pursued it.
The officer was able to help catch the eagle, and bring it back away from the bank.
Bringing it back to the home of the caller, the officer was able to show them the eagle.
“The [caller’s] small child wanted to name the eagle ‘Steve’ and I advised them that the eagle would be taken by the Game Warden and taken to a rehabilitator,” said McCall in a report.
McCall then put the eagle in the custody of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, where it will receive medical care.
The Marine Corps Historic Half will begin by the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center located at 2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway. The Historic 10K will start near the Quarles Petroleum parking lot at 1701 Fall Hill Avenue. And the Semper Fred 5K will begin at the Fredericksburg Shopping Center located at the intersection of Route 1/Jefferson Davis Highway and Fall Hill Avenue.
All running events begin at 7 a.m. All race-day road closures begin at 5 a.m. Roads will reopen as soon as the last runners pass each area of the courses.
Road Closures for Sunday, May 17:
5:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Carl D. Silver Parkway (all lanes), from Fall Hill Avenue to Expo Center
5:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Traffic control point at Fall Hill Avenue and Carl D. Silver Parkway
6:30 AM to 7:15 AM
Gordon W. Shelton Parkway from Carl D. Silver Parkway to Celebrate Virginia
6:30 AM to 7:30 AM
Carl D. Silver Parkway southbound from Fall Hill Avenue to Cowan Boulevard
6:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Carl D. Silver Parkway northbound from Cowan Boulevard to Fall Hill Avenue
6:30 AM to 8:00 AM
Cowan Boulevard (eastbound) from Carl D. Silver Parkway to Keeneland Road
6:30 AM to 8:05 AM
Woodland, Keeneland and Westwood Roads from Cowan Boulevard to Route 3
6:30 AM to 8:10 AM
Route 3 (westbound lanes) from Westwood Road to William Street
6:30 AM to 8:35 AM
William Street (westbound) from Blue/Gray Parkway to Sunken Road
6:30 AM to 8:35 AM
Sunken Road northbound from William Street to Fitzhugh Street
6:30 AM to 8:40 AM
Fitzhugh Street between Sunken Road and Franklin Street
6:30 AM to 8:40 AM
Franklin Street between Fitzhugh and Madison Street
6:30 AM to 8:40 AM
Madison Street between Franklin Street and Littlepage Street
6:30 AM to 8:45 AM
Littlepage Street between Madison and Grove Avenue
6:30 AM to 8:45 AM
Grove between Littlepage and Kenmore Avenue
6:30 AM to 8:50 AM
Kenmore Avenue between Grove and William Street
6:30 AM to 9:00 AM
William Street between Kenmore Avenue and Washington Avenue
6:30 AM to 9:05 AM
Washington Avenue between William Street and Pelham Street
6:30 AM to 9:10 AM
Maury Street from Washington Avenue to Fall Hill Avenue
6:30 AM to 9:10 AM
Stuart Street from Washington Avenue to Fall Hill Avenue
6:30 AM to 9:10 AM
Pelham Street from Washington Avenue to Charles Street
6:30 AM to 9:10 AM
Fall Hill Avenue from Pelham Street to Prince Edward Street
6:30 AM to 9:20 AM
Canal Road from Prince Edward Street to Charles Street
* 6:30 AM to 9:20 AM
Prince Edward Street from Canal Road to William Street.
(Also the site of the Historic 10K start line)
6:30 AM to 9:25 AM
Princess Anne Street between William and Charlotte Streets
6:30 AM to 9:25 AM
Charlotte Street between Princess Anne and Caroline Streets
6:30 AM to 9:50 AM
Caroline Street between Charlotte and Van Buren Streets
6:30 AM to 9:45 AM
Amelia Street between Caroline and Sophia Streets
6:30 AM to 9:45 AM
Sophia Street between Amelia and Pitt Streets
6:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Riverside Drive from Woodford Street to Fall Hill Avenue
6:30 AM to 10:05 AM
Fall Hill Avenue from Riverside Drive to US Route 1/Jefferson Davis Highway
* 6:30 AM to 10:15 AM
US Route 1 (southbound) from Fall Hill Avenue to Mary Washington Boulevard.
(Also the site of the Semper Fred 5K start line)
6:30 AM to 10:20 AM
Mary Washington Boulevard from Route 1/Jefferson Davis Highway to Hospital Drive
6:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Hospital Drive from Mary Washington to Cowan Boulevards
6:30 AM to 10:50 AM
Cowan Boulevard (westbound) from Hospital Drive to Carl D. Silver Parkway
More information about the Marine Corps Historic Half is available at marinemarathon.com.
Shuttles and Parking Information can be found HERE.
Purchase of Rite Aid, Regal Cinema buildings at Aquia Towne Center expected to close this month
For the better part of a decade Aquia Towne Center has been in limbo. Older businesses sat scattered among rubble and pavement while one modern office building towered above them like a beacon, which in a way actually made the preceding structures appear even more stale. It would be an immense understatement to say that residents of North Stafford and tenants of the town center have been annoyed at the lack of progress by Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust, a Michigan company that owns most of the property. Some citizens of Aquia Harbour, the subdivision that sits directly behind the shopping center, have been downright angry about the matter.
The Stafford County Board of Supervisors changed the zoning to mixed-use years ago so Ramco could build a totally new town center with offices, retail stores and residential apartments. Many tenants of Aquia Towne Center were told to vacate, and most of the strip mall type of buildings were demolished in preparation for the rebuild.
Then the recession hit in 2008. It hit particularly hard in Michigan and other parts of the Midwest where Ramco does much of its business.
A lone five-story office building was erected in 2007. The demolition of the strip buildings (with the exception of Rite Aid’s location) continued through 2008. Then construction appeared to stop.
Occasionally, a construction vehicle would be seen pushing some dirt along an empty plat of land while rumors of a new movie theater or some other improvement would make its way around the community only for nothing to come of it.
Now, after years of rumors, hopes and let-downs, plans to revitalize Aquia Towne Center, renamed The Town Center at Aquia, may actually go through.
Two separate companies have been in negotiations to purchase the available property since last year. One company reportedly just closed on a site and plans on building apartments within the boundaries of the shopping center. (More on that in Part 2.) While another company has plans to rebuild the commercial section. Keep Reading…
The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office has stated that the missing Stafford man – 33-year old Lance Calvin Buckley – was found near Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia.
Buckley was found in “good condition” according to Public Information Officer for the sheriff’s office, Bill Kennedy.
Today, the sheriff’s office had released photos that confirmed Buckley had made it to Howard University the morning of his disappearance.
Kennedy also stated that he was found alone, and there are no charges pending at this time.
According to a release, he was found in Frederick County by park rangers and the Brunswick police at the Brunswick Family Campground. He was located using tips given by witnesses that stated they saw a man matching his description in the area.
The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office led the investigation, said Kennedy.
“At this point we’re so excited we have him safe and sound…his family is elated – as are we,” Kennedy commented.
Sheriff Charles Jett echoed Kennedy’s sentiments.
“We are truly pleased that Mr. Buckley was found safe and in good condition,” said Jett.
Buckley’s family is en route to see him, said Kennedy.
More information has been released by the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office, in relation to the disappearance of 33-year old Howard University student Lance Calvin Buckley.
The information released may help piece together a better timeline of the events leading to Buckley’s disappearance on Tuesday.
Two security camera shots from the Howard University Hospital café show Buckley making an ATM withdrawal at 8:40 a.m. that morning. From what can be seen in the photos, he does not appear to be under duress, and there is no one visible in the shot with him.
Buckley was last seen around 7 a.m. that morning on the Staffordboro Commuter Lot, where he regularly slugged from to Howard University in Washington, D.C.
The last contact that Buckley made with his wife was a text message at 10:16 a.m. – about an hour and a half after the camera showed Buckley at the ATM. Buckley did not make any contact with family after the message, and did not arrive at his scheduled meeting at 12 p.m. that day.
According to a Stafford sheriff’s office release, Buckley was electronically located via a cell phone ping briefly near Blockhouse Point Conservation Park in Montgomery County, Maryland.
When Montgomery County police searched the area, they did not find Buckley. The police conducted a second search on the scene later that day, but had no further success.
The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the case.
The man taken to an area hospital suffering burns was a stowaway inside the baggage compartment of the bus that caught fire.
Here’s more from Virginia State Police:
A 2014 Greyhound bus was traveling south on I-95 south when the driver started to see and smell smoke coming into the cabin of the bus. The driver safely pulled to the right shoulder where all 28 passengers exited without incident. Stafford County Fire and Virginia State Police discovered the fire coming from the baggage compartment below the passenger compartment.
Inside the luggage compartment was a male subject. He was flown from the scene to INOVA Fairfax Hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries.
Details released by the Virginia State Police reveal that, as the 2014 Greyhound bus was traveling south on I-95, the driver started to see and smell smoke coming into the cabin. The driver then pulled over onto the right shoulder, where all 28 passengers exited without further incident, say police.
Stafford County fire fighters and Virginia State Police noticed that the fire was coming from the baggage compartment below the passenger compartment. A man was found inside the luggage compartment. He was flown from the scene to the hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. Initial reports say he had burns.
The Virginia State Police report that a male was inside the luggage compartment of the Greyhound bus that caught fire on Interstate 95 southbound this afternoon. He was flown from the scene to INOVA Fairfax Hospital for the treatment of life-threatening injuries.
There were 28 passengers on the bus at the time, according to the Virginia State Police. The passengers were transported elsewhere via a local school bus.
No further details are available. State police are investigating the incident.
A Greyhound bus caught fire this afternoon while traveling on Interstate 95 south.
The bus caught fire near mile post 144, near Route 610 at Garrisonville. At least one person was injured, according to initial reports.
A helicopter was called to take at least one injured person to a hospital. Initial reports indicate the patient suffered burns.
The police temporarily closed all lanes of of I-95 near the crash scene around 3:30 p.m., so the MedStar helicopter could land.
Traffic on I-95 south is backed up to Quantico Marine Corps Base. Traffic congestion is also building along Route 1, which runs parallel to I-95.
School buses were called to carry passengers from the burned bus, according to initial reports.
We’ll have more on this as it develops.
McDonald’s Restaurants of Greater Washington, D.C., have awarded 43 scholarships to students in the D.C. area, with three of them going to students in Prince William and Stafford counties.
According to a release, more than 500 applications were received and reviewed by a panel of judges that included Greater Washington, D.C., McDonald’s owners and operators. Requirements for applicants included a completed application, a letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor or community service leader, plus two short essays.
Scholarships in amounts of $1,500, $5,000 or $50,000 were awarded. The scholarship money will go directly to the college or university the student will be attending.
The local 2015 McDonald’s Educates Scholarship recipients are Rachel Dooley of C.D. Hylton Senior High School, Ammara Khursheed of Forest Park High School and Precious Mathis of North Stafford High School. Dooley and Khursheed each won a scholarship worth $1,500. Mathis won a $50,000 scholarship.
The scholarship winners were recognized at reception at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on May 5.
“As part of McDonald’s commitment to education and the community, the McDonald’s Family Restaurants of Greater Washington, D.C., believes it is important to recognize young people who try to make a positive contribution to their community,” said Cindy Levine, who is a franchisee and McDonald’s Educates Scholarship Committee member. “We are proud to honor those students through the annual scholarship program and celebrate their achievements.”
Stafford’s Economic Development Authority will hold a special event at the Stafford Regional Airport to celebrate and congratulate Stafford’s business community.
The 2015 Business Appreciation Reception is sponsored by University of Maryland University College and will feature a keynote address by Virginia Secretary of Technology Karen R. Jackson.
It will be held June 11 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., with the keynote address beginning at 3:30 p.m.
To register, e-mail email@example.com or call the office of Economic Development-540-658-8681.
The Stafford Regional Airport is located at 75 Aviation Way, Stafford, Virginia.