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Tractor Trailer Crashes at Falmouth, Heavy Delays Expected Along I-95

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4:57 p.m. 

All lanes of I-95 south reopened.

4:47 p.m. 

Only one lane of Interstate 95 south is closed following a tractor trailer crash this afternoon.

4:45 p.m. 

STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. – A tractor trailer crash closed all three lanes of Interstate 95 at mile post 133 in Falmouth.

More in a press release:

All lanes of southbound Interstate 95 are currently closed near Exit 133 at Falmouth in Stafford County for a tractor-trailer incident.

Traffic is being diverted to the left shoulder of southbound I-95, which remains open.

All lanes are anticipated to re-open within an hour. However, motorists should expect significant delays this afternoon into early evening, as congestion will take time to clear once lanes are re-opened.

Delays have also formed on U.S. 17 east as where drivers are cuing up to get onto the highway.

Lights Coming Back on to Area Homes

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The number of customers without power in our area following this week’s snow and ice is falling.

NOVEC outages as of 11 a.m.

Prince William County – 28

Stafford County – 7

Manassas Park – 1

Dominion outages as of 11 a.m.

Prince William County – 50

Stafford County – 3

Dominion Power still noted more than 2,500 outages in Fairfax County on Wednesday morning.

Many customers in Prince William and Stafford lost power after trees fell onto a transmission line that belongs to NOVEC. Here’s more on that in a press release:

Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative is working to restore power by Wednesday evening, December 11, to all customers who lost service during the December 9 and 10 ice and snow storms. Crews are removing trees and branches from power lines at approximately 40 outage locations in Fairfax, Fauquier, Prince William and Stafford counties.

More than 34,000 customers lost power at the height of the storm Monday morning when ice-coated trees and branches outside NOVEC’s right-of-way corridors fell on power lines. As of 10:30 a.m. on December 11, crews had 54 more customers to bring back online.

“We’ve had our Co-op and contract crews, as well as crews from Tennessee working day and night since early Monday morning when the first outages occurred,” says Larry Shaffer, vice president of System Operations. “Working at night with chain saws and electricity in bitterly cold weather, with ice and snow hitting your face, is a tough and dangerous job. We have a hardy group of men and women who do this job and do it very well. I thank them.”

 

Winter Storm Brings Mostly Rain to Southern Areas, Warnings Downgraded

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And just like that, the winter storm that could have dumped two to four inches of snow on the area seemed to fizzle.

A winter storm warning in place for Prince William, Greater Manassas, and much of the Washington metro area was replaced by a winter weather advisory. The revised forecast called for one to three inches of snow.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 2 PM EST THIS AFTERNOON…

.REST OF TODAY…SNOW LATE THIS MORNING…THEN SNOW LIKELY THIS

AFTERNOON. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 1 TO 3 INCHES. HIGHS IN THE

LOWER 30S. NORTHWEST WINDS AROUND 5 MPH. CHANCE OF SNOW NEAR

100 PERCENT.

.TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOWS AROUND 17. WEST WINDS 5 TO 10 MPH.

.WEDNESDAY…SUNNY. HIGHS IN THE LOWER 30S. SOUTHWEST WINDS AROUND

5 MPH.

.WEDNESDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOWS AROUND 19. SOUTHWEST WINDS

AROUND 5 MPH…BECOMING NORTHWEST AFTER MIDNIGHT.

In areas to the south, including Stafford County, we’ve seen rain mixing with sleet. Fat snowflakes were falling before sunrise but things quickly changed over. The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang stated last night that this could happen.

More from their story:

Is there any way this could be a bust? Yes, there is one scenario in which the heavier precipitation misses the metro area to the south, temperatures don’t cool down enough and we end up with some sleet and closer to an inch of snow. We think the chances of this scenario happening are on the low side, but not impossible.

 

Winter Storm Warning for Prince William, Greater Manassas, Replaces old Advisory

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Most likely snow totals for Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 [National Weather Service]

A winter storm warning will be in effect for Prince William, Fairfax, Loudoun counties, as well as the cities of Manassas, Manassas Park, and Washington, D.C. from 2 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday. It replaces the winter weather advisory that was slated to go into effect during the same time frame.

A winter weather advisory remains unchanged for Stafford County and points south, as it will go into effect at 3 a.m. and last until 2 p.m. Tuesday.

All of this comes with another round of winter weather that could bring two to four inches of new snow to our area during the day Tuesday. It should start by the morning rush hour, we’re told.

More in a National Weather Service forecast bulletin:

DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 AM EST TUESDAY…

…WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TO 2 PM EST TUESDAY…

.TONIGHT…AREAS OF DENSE FOG. SNOW WITH SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN

LIKELY AFTER MIDNIGHT. VISIBILITY ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS AT TIMES.

SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATION AROUND AN INCH. LOWS IN THE LOWER 30S.

WEST WINDS 5 TO 10 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION NEAR 100 PERCENT.

.TUESDAY…SNOW…MAINLY IN THE MORNING. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATION OF

3 TO 5 INCHES. HIGHS IN THE MID 30S. NORTH WINDS 5 TO 10 MPH…

BECOMING WEST IN THE AFTERNOON. CHANCE OF SNOW NEAR 100 PERCENT.

.TUESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. COLD WITH LOWS AROUND 15. WEST WINDS

5 TO 10 MPH.

.WEDNESDAY…SUNNY. HIGHS IN THE LOWER 30S. SOUTHWEST WINDS AROUND

5 MPH.

.WEDNESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR IN THE EVENING…THEN BECOMING

PARTLY CLOUDY. LOWS AROUND 18. SOUTHWEST WINDS AROUND 5 MPH…

BECOMING NORTHWEST AFTER MIDNIGHT.

Several area schools have already announced changes in their schedule for Tuesday. Keep checking back to this page as it will be updated with new delays, closings, and cancellations as they come in.

More Snow Coming, Weather Advisory Expanded

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Slushy sidewalks and streets were left behind in Old Town Manassas after a winter ice storm moved across Northern Virginia on Dec. 9, 2013. [Photo: Daniel Foose]

Things continue to change weather wise as the region is once again in for a blast from Old Man Winter.

A winter weather advisory will go into effect at 3 a.m. Tuesday and last until 2 o’clock in the afternoon. Snow, one to three inches of it, could fall in Stafford County – an area where there was no winter advisory issued earlier today.

Prince William County is set to pick up a bit more snow, anywhere from two to four inches of the white stuff.

Here’s more in from the National Weather Service:

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TO 2 PM EST TUESDAY…

.REST OF THIS AFTERNOON…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGHS AROUND 40. WEST WINDS

AROUND 5 MPH.

.TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. SNOW…SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN LIKELY

AFTER MIDNIGHT. LITTLE OR NO SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATION. ICE

ACCUMULATION AROUND A TRACE. LOWS IN THE LOWER 30S. NORTH WINDS

AROUND 5 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 70 PERCENT.

.TUESDAY…SNOW AND SLEET IN THE MORNING…THEN A CHANCE OF SNOW IN

THE AFTERNOON. SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATION OF 2 TO 4 INCHES. HIGHS

IN THE LOWER 30S. NORTHWEST WINDS 5 TO 10 MPH. CHANCE OF

PRECIPITATION NEAR 100 PERCENT.

.TUESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. COLD WITH LOWS AROUND 14. WEST WINDS

5 TO 10 MPH.

With this next batch of winter weather headed our way, those charged with keeping roads clear are back at work.

Here’s more in a press release from VDOT:

Beginning at 4 a.m. Tuesday, more than 1,200 trucks and plows will be working to keep roads passable in northern Virginia. Trucks will be pre-positioned in subdivisions and will begin plowing once two inches of snow have fallen.

In northern Virginia, VDOT has one snow removal program for high-volume roads such as Interstates 66, 95, 495, Routes 1, 7, 15, 28,50, Fairfax County Parkway, etc. and another for subdivisions. Crews work on high-volume roads and subdivisions concurrently. Within each of these programs, roads with highest traffic volumes are cleared first.

Residents can see the status of plowing in northern Virginia neighborhoods at www.vdotplows.org. Once it snows more than two inches, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William residents can enter their address and a color-coded map shows whether plowing is underway, completed, or not yet started in their neighborhood.

And then there’s the electricity situation. Thousands in Prince William and Stafford lost power during last night’s ice storm. Click here to see the latest number of outages.

 

Stafford Democrats to Hold Required Reorganization Meeting

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STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. – The Democratic Party in Stafford County will do a bit of reorganizing this weekend.

Here’s more in a press release:

The Stafford County Democratic Committee has set Sat., Dec. 14 at 10:00 a.m. for its two-year reorganization meeting. The caucus will be conducted in the Board Chambers at the George L. Gordon Administration Center, 1300 Courthouse Rd., Stafford VA 22554. All Democrats who are willing to sign a pledge to support Democratic candidates may vote for the membership of the Stafford Democratic Committee in the caucus. Participants must arrive prior to 10:00 a.m.

Any Democrat who wishes to be voted in as members for 2014-15 should submit their membership application by 5 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 12. The applications and details for submission are available at stafforddemocrats.org. After voting in the new members, the newly-formed SDC will vote on its officers.

For further information call (540) 300-1870.

The party is required by the Virginia State Board of Elections to hold the reorganization meeting every two years, said Stafford Democratic Committee Chairwoman Alane Callander

Fallen Tree on NOVEC Transmission Line Cuts Power to Thosuands

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NOVEC customers in Prince William and Stafford counties have been without power following the overnight storm after a tree fell on large transmission line.

Here’s more in a press release:

Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative crews are working to restore power to thousands of customers in Northern Virginia after ice caused trees to fall on power lines on Monday, December 9.

A tree that fell on a Dominion Virginia Power transmission line just before 7 a.m. on December 9 disrupted service to eight NOVEC substations in Prince William and Stafford counties and interrupted service to more than 20,000 NOVEC customers. DVP crews worked to reroute power after isolating the tree-affected section of the line and restored service to NOVEC’s substations at 9:13 a.m.

“NOVEC thanks Dominion for quickly diagnosing the problem and switching to another source to restore the transmission service,” said Larry Shaffer, NOVEC vice president of System Operations.

NOVEC, contract, and out-of-state crews are working to restore power to other storm-affected customers in Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William and Stafford counties. “We’ve got all crews out in the field,” Shaffer said. “We’re hoping to restore service to all customers by Tuesday morning, if not sooner.” Customers can obtain outage information on NOVEC’s website

NOVEC warns customers not to go anywhere near a downed power line because it could be energized and deadly. Also, customers should never run power generators indoors because they could create deadly carbon monoxide. A large generator should only be connected to the power grid by a qualified electrician because an incorrectly connected generator could kill line technicians who are working on the system.

Storm Postpones Quantico’s JLUS Land Study Public Meeting in North Stafford

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QUANTICO, Va. – Those wanting to know more about the future of development near Quantico and surrounding areas will have to wait a bit longer.

Inclement weather was forced officials to postpone an informational meeting for the Quantico Joint Land Use Study, or JLUS, originally scheduled tonight at the Hilldrup Moving and Storage Facility, until next week. The new meeting time is 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at Hilldrup Moving and Storage.

The study examined areas in Prince William, Stafford, and Fauquier counties and is expected to present ideas and suggestions on how best to center development in these counties with the Quantico Marine Corps Base in mind.

Two other JLUS presentations are scheduled, one in Fauquier County on Wednesday at the Old Cedar Run Rescue Squad Building at3558 Catlett Road in Catlett, and in Prince William inside the County Government Center’s Development Services Building

at 5 County Complex Court, Room #202 in Woodbridge.

 

Utility Concerned Freezing Rain Window will Extend Later into Monday Morning

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PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. – Social media lit up tonight with reports and lightning and thunder in portions of Prince William County. All of this while moderately heavy rains fell onto a surface where temperatures were at or below freezing.

A look at online radar from the National Weather Service about 10 p.m. showed a major line of rain moving into Virginia from the south, moving northeast. As it came into contact with colder air near Roanoke, the radar indicated the precipitation was turning to sleet and freezing rain.

The National Weather Service’s Washington D.C. office stated just before 8 p.m. they expect up to a quarter inch of ice to form with this storm overnight.

Power companies and their own meteorologists are also watching this late evening ice storm develop.

“in Northern Virginia, we do expect for the window of opportunity of threat is a little bit later and will go into the morning hours tomorrow,” Dominion Virginia Power spokeswoman Le Ha Anderson told Potomac Local News.

As of 10 p.m., Dominion was reporting no outages in areas serviced in Prince William and Stafford counties. Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative also reported no outages.

While no out-of-state power crews have been called in to assist Dominion crews already on standby, an agreement is in place to bring them into Virginia if need be.

A winter storm warning remains in effect for Prince William, Manassas, and Manassas Park until 10 a.m. A winter weather advisory is in effect in Stafford County until 7 a.m. Monday.

“We have been involed in conversations with other utility companies in the southeast, but we are not at this time requesting additional crews, nor have offered to release any of our crews to any other utilities,” added Anderson. 

Rain and freezing rain is forecast to continue between now and 1 p.m. Monday, according to the weather service.

Here is a map of snow and ice totals from the weather service.

Emergency Crews Search for Possible Ammonia Leak at Water Treatment Plant

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The water treatment facility at Abel Lake went back into operation at midnight, stated Stafford County Fire and Rescue Department Asst. Chief Mark Doyle.

County officials did not say if a leak was found at the facility.

10:20 p.m. 

STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. – Crews tonight were called to the Abel Lake Water Treatment Facility where the possible leak was reported by an employee of the facility. The treatment center has been locked down and any leak that might be inside is contained the building, stated Stafford Fire and Rescue Department spokesman Asst. Chief Mark Doyle.

Officials said there is no impact to the quality of water or water service in the area due to this incident.

The facility sits along Abel Lake which serves as one of two reservoirs for Stafford County. The 185-acre lake is narrow and is surrounded by homes.

Smith Lake in North Stafford is the second source of the county’s drinking water.

3 Escape Garrisonville Road House Fire

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Two adults and two children were inside the house when a fire broke out at Garrisonville Road about 11:30 Monday night.

All made it out safely. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

12:45 a.m. 

NORTH STAFFORD, Va. – A sea of emergency vehicles descended on a house on Garrisonville Road on Monday night.

A fire broke out at a 2-story home at 1006 Garrisonville Road, just past Shelton Shop Road, at 11:34 p.m. A woman and her two small children were inside the house when they smelled smoke.

“She said it kind of exploded, and there’s a lot of combustible stuff in the basement,” said Debra Logan

Logan said it was her her niece was inside the house with the children, and when they heard  the electrical box on the side of the house started making noises, that’s when they called 911.

Logan lives across the street. Her father, many years ago, built the house that caught fire late Monday. The two children – a 2-year-old girl and 3-year-old boy, and their mother made it out of the house unharmed.

The family gathered in the front yard for hugs as fire crews searched the house to ensure the fire was completely doused.

It took firefighters about 25 minutes to bring the blaze under control. While the official cause of the fire has not been released, Logan suspects the electrical box on the side of the house could have sparked the fire.

A crew with Dominion Virginia Power later arrived on the scene. Fire crews called for assistance from the power company after dousing the blaze.

Raising Cell Phone Towers at Schools Could Earn Cash for Stafford County

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Cell phone towers could be soon be erected next  to stadium lighting  several Stafford County Public Schools if a new agreement is approved. [Image: Stafford County]

STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. – Stafford officials want to make some extra cash by leasing land for cell phone towers at schools, parks, and other locations in the county.

A lease agreement could net the county as much as $2.8 million over a 15-year period, and all it would require is entering into a contract to lease out the space where cell phone towers will be built to a private company.

That company is Reston-based Milestone Communications — a firm that partners with school divisions and local governments for land to build the cell phone towers. Milestone then markets those towers to cell phone carriers who are looking to improve wireless access to customers in underserved areas in Stafford County.

“Almost from every district, we had people coming in and complaining that did they did not have high speed internet, and there just never going to be a cable for fiber optic line to places like Marlborough point [a rural area along the Potomac River]… by courting Milestone, this is one of the few ways we get basic high speed internet out to the county,” said George Washington District Supervisor Bob Thomas.

A total of 82 sites, 27 of which are schools or School Board-owned properties, are being considered to be used as cell sites. Some of the sites include: 

Stafford Elementary

Stafford Middle

Anthony Burns Elementary

Conway Elementary

Grafton Elementary

Park Ridge Elementary

Hampton Oaks Elementary

Winding Creek Elementary

Ferry Farm Elementary

Barrett Elementary

Widewater Elementary

Hartwood Elementary

Rocky Run Elementary

Gayle Middle

H.H. Poole Middle

Heim Middle School

Drew Middle

Falmouth Elementary

Stafford Senior High

Brooke Point High

North Stafford High

Colonial Forge High

Government Center

Public Safety Center

Stafford Civil War Park

Patawomeck Park

Stafford Animal Shelter

Regional Landfill

England Run Library

Aquia Landing Park

Chichester Park

Historic Port of Falmouth

The School Board continues to review the entire list of sites and is expected to come to a final decision by Dec. 10 on which school properties will be approved for new towers, said Stafford Deputy County Administrator Keith Dayton.

The towers, also known as monopoles, will be 150-feet tall and would be made to blend into the landscape. Some would look like natural trees, while others on school sites could be attached to, or sit next to the tops of tall stadium light posts.

Mirroring the terms of an agreement already in place between Milestone and the City of Manassas, Milestone will build and maintain the cell phone towers and then split the revenue giving the county a 40% share. That plan remains negotiable, according to county documents.

Officials said locations in Stafford’s Rockhill District were not considered for inclusion on the list after a request made by Supervisor Cord Sterling.

How Much More it Could Cost You to Ride an Ambulance in Stafford County

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STAFFORD, Va. – If you call for an ambulance in Stafford County, the cost to ride may be going up.

Since 2006 the county’s fire and rescue department has charged ambulance fees. Right now, those fees are set between $500 and $800 for the initial call, and charge of up to $12 per mile. The department now proposes a 1% increase on those fees, raising the rate for a basic life support transport ride at $505, advanced life support $656, and an advanced life support category two set at $808. A mileage charge of $12.12 would also be imposed if the fees go up.

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid services recently raised the Ambulance Inflation Factor on which the rates are based, and improved the 1% increase for 2014, according to county documents.

A public hearing on the matter is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 17 at the Stafford Board of Supervisors Chambers at the county’s government center.

If the new rate is passed, Stafford County could get as much as $100,000 new revenue from the higher fees. The new fees would be put in place 30 days after a rate increase is approved, county documents state.

New $11 Million Indoor Swimming Pools Included at Stafford Park

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STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. – Stafford County residents will pay for the construction cost of a new indoor swimming facility at a new Embrey Mill Park.

The soon-to-be-built park will sit next to a new housing development of the same name bringing nearly 2,000 new homes to the region.

The Embrey Mill Indoor Recreation Center will include three indoor pools at the cost of $11 million. Adjacent ball fields and a park that will sit next to indoor swim facility will drive up the total cost for the park another $10.5 million, according to county officials.

Aquia District Supervisor Paul Milde the park and the indoor swimming center will help improve the quality of life for Stafford residents.

“It’s not an $11 million pool,” said Milde. “It’s an entire rec center. We are told, and I am convinced, it will make us competitive regionally… I believe it will generate some revenue to mitigate the costs… it made sense economically.”

The 76,000-square foot facility will include three swimming pools: a 50 meter x 25 yard foot wide competition pool with space for 300 competitors and include a movable bulkhead with seating for 800 spectators. Next to it will be a smaller warm up pool with a depth of 3.5 and 4.5 feet, and an 810 square-foot wellness pool with warmer water and therapeutic features, county documents state. The recreation center will also have a basketball court, aerobics studio, spinning room, classrooms, locker rooms, and offices.

Board Chairman Susan Stimpson voted against the center and said more could have been done to lower the cost of the facility by getting private business involved.

“One of the things we were hoping for was that private sector was going to donate to this pool, but instead the plan just got hi-jacked and it become a government project,” said Stimpson.

Talks that were underway with a local YMCA organization that would support the pool have now halted, said Stimpson.

As the swimming facility nears completion, Stafford County will search for someone to operate and maintain the pools.

“The County will send out a request for proposal (RFP) to the public asking for proposals to operate and maintain the indoor recreation facility. Those proposals will be evaluated for selection,” stated county spokeswoman Shannon Howell in an email.

The park and the indoor recreation center will be located on Courthouse Road across from Colonial Forge High School and will include lighted rectangular fields for youth soccer, lacrosse, and field hockey.

$50,000 Reward Offered for Arrest in Stafford County Murder

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STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. – There is a renewed interest in the cold case of a business man murdered inside a Stafford County home.

There is a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for shooting and killing 49-year-old Samih Mustafa Sowan inside a home at 35 Fife Street in the Austin Ridge section of Stafford County. The donor has chosen to remain anonymous.

More in a police press release:

Stafford deputies responded to a report of a shooting at 35 Fife Street at 7:53 PM on Tuesday March 1, 2011. Responding deputies were met at the location by an occupant of the house who told deputies that the man who had been renting an apartment in his basement had been shot and was unresponsive.

The resident of the house stated that he heard what he thought were gunshots coming from the basement. When he went down to the basement he found the victim on the floor dead from an apparent gunshot wound.

Witnesses in the neighborhood reported seeing two black males running from the basement apartment at the time of the shooting and getting into a 4-door, light colored, small or mid-size sedan. The suspects’ vehicle was last seen leaving the area by way of Courthouse Road in Stafford County.

The victim of this homicide is Samih Mustafa Sowan. Samih Sowan had been renting an apartment at the Fife Street address and was the owner of the Subway on Walpole Street in Stafford County.

Mr. Sowan was known to frequent the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore City areas. Detectives investigating this case are hoping that the $50,000.00 reward will help motivate people who may have information that will help solve this brutal murder. This continues to be an ongoing investigation.

Anyone who may have information about this homicide is asked the call the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-658-4400, Stafford Crime Solvers (where callers may remain anonymous) at 540-659-2020 or TEXT “Stafford + your tip” to CRIMES (27463) or Sgt. Chris Cameron at 540-658-4450.

 

Out to Expose Bad Drivers, Video Shows Truck Knocking Over Stafford Highway Sign

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NORTH STAFFORD, Va. – Smile. You’re on candid camera from behind the wheel.

New video obtained by Potomac Local News shows a tractor trailer knocking over what the Virginia Department of Transportation calls a chevron sign on Interstate 95, at mile post 143 in Stafford County. The sign denotes an exit number, and, at six minutes into the video, a tractor trailer that has seen consistently swerving on the highway is crashes into the sign, knocking it over, and then continues on with its drive north.

The incident was caught on tape by a videographer who told Potomac Local News they wish to remain anonymous. The video is branded with a logo that states “bad drivers exposed.”

In an email conversation, the videographer stated the video was shot with a dashboard-mounted camera similar to what police officers use in their patrol cars. It’s also simlar to a camera used to capture footage of a meteor falling to earth over the skies of Russia earlier this year.

The video was obtained by Potomac Local on Wednesday, and VDOT spokeswoman Kelly Hannon said the sign was replaced the day before. The video was shot sometime between 7 and 8 o’clock in the morning, the videographer stated.

With its own YouTube page, this is “bad drivers exposed” 27th video posted to the site. It is the first “bad drivers” video to be shot in Virginia. The videographer used to produce bad drivers videos shot during a commute when the videographer lived in North Carolina.

“I started after one of my neighbors was killed by an irresponsible driver… Basically, even the nicest people can become animals when they’re driving as long as they think they’re anonymous,” stated the videographer in an email. “My intent is to remove anonymity, publish license plates, and shame people into driving safer.”

The videographer chooses to remain anonymous to protect family members, the email stated.

“Removing anonymity is a means, not an end. My aim is safety. If people drive safely; they remain anonymous. If I remain anonymous, my family remains safe,” the videographer stated in an email.

The video begins as the videographer’s vehicle is traveling in Fredericksburg and ends when the videographer exits I-95 at Aquia. A male voice can be heard on the video calling police and reporting the driver of the swerving tractor trailer. It’s unclear if the driver of the tractor trailer was ever stopped by police.

 

 

Elvis, Ice Skating to Rink in Stafford County’s 350th Birthday at ‘Party of the Centuries’

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STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. – Stafford County turns 350 years old in 2014 and they’ll kick off the special birthday in North Stafford with the “party of the centuries.”

The daylong “Celebrate Stafford 350” event will take place in the Stafford Marketplace shopping center on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. The party will be held in the parking lot in front of the Target store, much like the annual National Night Out celebration held in the same lot each August.

This event is one of several planned during 2014 to help the county commemorate its anniversary. Special activities at the event include:

  • A special (temporary) skating rink is being installed for the occasion and will be open all day for visitors to test their skills. There is no cost to use the rink and skates will be provided for free.

  • A “History Tent” will also be set up in which representatives from various community organizations in Stafford will showcase the historic artifacts that they’ve collected over the years. The next few hours will focus on Stafford’s history with appearances and talks by representatives of the Patawomeck Tribe as well as a “live” history timeline featuring elementary students from Stafford’s schools who will represent a specific historical period.

  • A Time Capsule ceremony will allow each of the local schools to have an opportunity to place their selected item(s) in a cylinder and tuck it away for the next 50 years, only to be opened at Stafford’s 400th anniversary.

  • A talent show will follow the historical programs and feature more Stafford talent. Rounding out the day’s events will be concerts by the Fabulous Hubcaps, a nationally known rock oldies band, and a special concert by Elvis Presley, portrayed by Michael Hoover, a famous Elvis impersonator who lives in Stafford.

The county has partnered with the Lions Clubs of Stafford to put on the  “Party of the Centuries.”

Following this event, a “Founders Day Parade” is being organized for May 4, 2014. Organizers say the plan is to feature bands from all five high schools in Stafford County dressed up to represent a different historical period in the county (Pre-Colonial/Colonial; Revolutionary/Post-Revolution Era; Civil War Era; Turn of the Twentieth Century through the World Wars; and Modern Day Stafford).

The parade will end at “History Square” in the parking lot of Brooke Point High School. There will be feature reenactment camps, a Native American longhouse,  JROTC drill competition,  Historical Society Display, as well as other pictorial displays of Stafford history. More information and applications to be featured in the parade can be found on the county’s celebration website.

610 Car Wash Cleans ‘em Free for Vets

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NORTH STAFFORD, Va. – In honor of those who served their country, many businesses in the region on Monday gave free services to current and former members of the military.

At 610 Car Wash in North Stafford, veterans were able to have their car washed for free.

“I have never been in the military or stood in Afghanistan, that’s why I do this. These guys give so much…this is nothing compared to what they do,” said car wash owner Gary Tardiff.

The car wash gives free washes to veterans each year and typically doles out about 800 washes.

In addition to locally-businesses, several large chain stores and restaurants like J.C. Penny and Applebees gave away everything from free meals, treats, and savings on their overall purchases.

National and Virginia State parks all waived their entrance fees in honor of Veterans Day.

 

 

VDOT Taps Nelson to Oversee Stafford, Regional Operations

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Sean Nelson will lead the Virginia Department of Transportation’s efforts in its Frederickburg region, to include operations in Stafford County.

Here’s more in a press release:

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has named Sean Nelson, P.E., to the position of Fredericksburg Residency Administrator.

Nelson will oversee highway maintenance, emergency operations and snow removal along 2,244 miles of state-maintained roads in the counties of Caroline, Spotsylvania and Stafford. He will also serve as the primary local government liaison for all VDOT transportation programs.

“Sean Nelson has an outstanding record of excellence at VDOT, and I look forward to the energy, enthusiasm and experience he will bring to leading the Fredericksburg Residency,” said Quintin Elliott, VDOT’s Fredericksburg District Administrator. “Since arriving at the Fredericksburg District in 2010, Sean led a dramatic improvement in interstate and primary pavement conditions. He has high expectations for everything he undertakes, and I know he will deliver results for Fredericksburg area motorists.”

Most recently, Nelson was named Assistant Fredericksburg Residency Administrator in August 2012.

 

Stafford Offers X-Rays for Halloween Candy

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Stafford sheriff’s Deputy Charles Havasy volunteered to work the Halloween shift at the county courthouse, offering to X-ray candies for metal objects.

STAFFORD, Va. – Authorities in Stafford have never found anything malicious or dangerous in children’s Halloween candy, but they’ll check it for free, anyway.

The Stafford Sheriff’s Office will once again be on hand at the county courthouse tonight, as they are each year at Halloween, to place trick-or-treat candy on a conveyor belt and run it through an x-ray machine.

Here’s more in a press release:

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office will once again have additional deputies patrolling the neighborhoods of Stafford County during Halloween evening, Thursday, October 31, 2013 to ensure that trick-or-treaters have a good trick-or-treat evening.

The Sheriff’s Office will be x-raying candy/treats on Thursday evening, October 31, at the Sheriff’s Office, which is located in the Public Safety Center at 1225 Courthouse Road, from 5:00 – 9:00 pm. Please note that the x-ray process can detect the presence of pins, needles or other metallic objects but not the presence of poison/substances, wood or other non-metallic objects.

“We will have a visible presence in our community on Halloween,” states Sheriff Charles Jett. “This is a fun and exciting time of the year for our younger citizens and we want to make sure they have an enjoyable and safe evening.”

The service is free, however, the deputy at the x-ray machine might enjoy a lollipop as a special treat for completing the scan.

 

Aquia Harbour’s New Police Station Opens

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Chief Patricia S. Harman attends the dedication ceremony for a new police station in Aquia Harbour on Oct. 25, 2013. [Photo: KJ Mushung]

NORTH STAFFORD, Va. – There’s a whole new meaning to the phrase “you’re going downtown” in Aquia Harbour.

The gated community of 2,300 homes in North Stafford celebrated the opening of the neighborhood’s first police station. A dedication ceremony was held Friday afternoon. 

A three-year project, the new station includes 1,600 square feet of space, two offices, an area for patrolmen to work, and a new locker room. It’s the first time since the community opened in 1969 that the community-funded police force has not been located in the development’s original home sales office.

Police Chief Trish Harman said the new building is not only designed to better serve her seven-member force, but it also community gathering place where residents can meet with law enforcement.

“If you saw my vision for what we wanted the building to look like, and then take a look at what the architects and contractors delivered, it’s incredible how similar they are,” said Harman.

She was on Prince William County police force when its two major stations were built – the Gar-Field, or Eastern District Station in Woodbridge, and the Western District Station near Manassas. Harman said she took some pages of Prince William’s book when it came to the design and implementation of this new police station.

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The dedication ceremony and ribbon-cutting of the new Aquia Harbour police station took place Friday, Oct. 25 and was attended by many local dignitaries. An open house for the community was held the next day. Photos by: KJ Mushung/Potomac Local News

 

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