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Manassas turned a public place into a public art space

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Manassas City Hall doubles as public art gallery  

The Hall at City Hall is open with an inaugural exhibit by the p-ART-ners, a professional network of Manassas area artists. What is The Hall at City Hall? It is the new place for local artists to display their work. When Councilman Ian Lovejoy talked to City Manager W. Patrick Pate about replacing the 1980’s artwork in City Hall at low or no cost, an idea was born.

In 2009 the City Council created an Arts and Tourism District in the Historic Downtown area of the city. With City Hall being right in the middle of the district, why not bring public art inside City Hall? Staff was tasked with learning about gallery space and making the area ready for artist displays.

Local artist Michele Frantz, Center for the Arts Gallery Director Anna Mish, and Osbourn High School Art Teacher Sarah Weaver were consulted to help with preparations for the opening. A picture railing already existed in the first floor hallway, so very little was needed to turn the hallway into The Hall.

P-ART-ners volunteered to be the first group to display their art in The Hall. The exhibit features an eclectic mix of vibrant scenery, Civil War portraits, and historic sites from more than 10 different artists. There is something for almost any taste. The exhibit runs from Feb. 13 through March 13. Exhibits will rotate in and out of The Hall and will include different forms of visual art.   Visiting The Hall is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and later when evening meetings are held in the building.

“It is our hope that this new gallery space will be a great place for the public to visit,” said City Manager W. Patrick Pate. “Maybe it will inspire artists of the future.”

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Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire aims to bridge $50,000 funding gap at Boys and Girls Clubs

steves autoIn order to help keep the local Boys & Girls Clubs’ programs running, Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire is reaching out to the community with the Prince William County Annual Giving Campaign to raise $50,000.

“What we’re trying to do is make up a $50,000 shortfall, to make sure that the clubs can keep all of the programs for the Manassas, Dale City and Dumfries Boys & Girls Clubs,” said ST Billingsley, owner of Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire and a Board Member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Prince William County.

By aiding the clubs to raise the money, they will be able to continue to offer their wide range of activities, particularly their athletics programs, Billingsley said.

At the Prince William County Boys & Girls Club’s locations, they offer basketball, volleyball, flag football, tackle football, soccer, baseball, wrestling, karate, fencing, cheerleading, and dance.

For Billingsley, supporting programs like these are crucial for the enrichment of the community and its children.

“I know that growing up, in the military, we had programs like this on base, and when I found out that this was the type of program for the kids in our area – for what it lets them do, and the opportunities that they have, and that it’s a safe place for them to go – I knew that it was the right kind of organization to support,” Billingsley commented.

In addition to the giving campaign, Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire has done outreach work for the clubs. They also regularly perform repairs and maintenance on the vans that the clubs use to transport children from their school and to club-related activities.

To raise funds for the campaign, Billingsley stated that individuals can donate on the Crowdrise website and that every bit helps towards reaching their $50,000 goal.

There’s even a bit of friendly competition amongst the Club Board Members to see who can raise the most funds to help benefit the clubs.

The preceding post was written by Potomac Local under a marketing agreement with Steve’s Auto Repair.

Stafford utilities crews called to water main break in Falmouth

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All lanes are open on Route 1 in the area of this morning’s water main break in Falmouth. 

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Utility crews in Stafford County were called this morning to a water main break.

It happened in the area of Route 1 and Butler Road in Falmouth. Officials said the water has been turned off, but they don’t yet know which areas or neighborhoods are impacted by the water main break.

There is ice on the road following the break and that led to traffic backups in the area, as well as on Route 17.  The right lane of Route 1 is expected to be closed at least through midday as repairs are made. A portion of Carter Street between Butler Road and Forbes Street is also closed.

The water main broke this while the area was experiencing bitterly cold temperatures. It was 10 degrees at 7:30 a.m. in Falmouth, but it felt like 1 degree below zero with the wind chill factored in, according to the National Weather Service.

Former National Guard General from Stafford pleads guilty in bribery scheme

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John Jones, a former Brigadier General with the Army National Guard and a Stafford resident, pled guilty today for his involvement in a contracting bribery scheme.

After retiring from the National Guard, Jones founded a company called the Military Personnel Services Corporation (MPSC).

While running MPSC, Jones offered an official in the National Guard a bribe to send over $5.5 million worth of military contracts to the company.

His sentencing hearing will take place on September 18. Jones could face up to 20-years in prison, the maximum penalty for the bribery charge.

Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan L. Fahey and Trial Attorney Alison L. Anderson of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section are prosecuting the case.

Closings and delays Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015

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Victim identified in fatal shooting outside Stafford restaurant

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Mark Milligan, 23, had spent a “couple months” in the Prince William County area, according to a Stafford sheriff’s spokesman.

Milligan was shot and killed outside Wings to Go just off Garrisonville Road in North Stafford on Sunday.

According to investigators, Milligan exchanged gunfire with two other unidentified males in the parking lot of the eatery just before he died. The two other males drove themselves to a local hospital where they were treated.

Authorities did not release their conditions. No charges have been filed in the case.

Milligan was originally from the Bronx area of New York City, N.Y., according to authorities.

Sunday’s shootout led to the first homicide in Stafford County in 2015. Last year, there were two homicides in the county.

 

Public hearing on Stafford school redistricting postponed

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The public hearing for Stafford school redistricting plans scheduled for tonight is postponed to February 24 at 6p.m.

This public hearing is one of many held by the Stafford School Board in the past month, as they make plans to implement three redistricting plans – two for elementary schools, one for middle schools – for the upcoming 2015 school year.

According to Patricia Healey, a School Board member in the Rock Hill District, the redistricting plans are a way to distribute students more evenly across the county, as some of the schools are experiencing overcrowding.

“We have different reasons that the schools get more populated. Some of it is because of people moving into the neighborhood. Some if it is because of [the location of] new homes being built. And sometimes it’s just the way that the neighborhoods age out,” Healey said, continuing, “I think we have the capacity in our schools – in our elementary and our middle schools – we have the capacity. I just think that it’s not where the students are today.”

The redistricting planning process began last summer, and committees comprised of school administrators and parents have been regularly meeting for the past several months to develop options for the redistricting.

More than 13 redistricting options were offered to the public at the previous public hearings, and the postponed meeting is meant to address the most recent proposal for elementary school redistricting. The committees have already made their recommendations to the School Board.

“The public hearings were a chance for the public, mainly the parents and in some case the students, to take a look at the proposals that were being considered, and come to the [Stafford] School Board and give us their feedback,” said Healey.

There have been several parents with concerns about the changes ahead for their students, including transportation and adapting to a new school environment.

“It is an extremely emotional process because we are talking about children that are between 5 and 11 years old that will have to adjust to a new school environment. There have been concerns expressed by residents that live in the neighborhoods that are proposed to be moved. I certainly understand and have empathy for their concerns. My commitment to them is I want to do everything in my power to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible and the well-being of the children is the number one priority,” said Scott Hirons, School Board member for the Falmouth District.

Another hurdle that the schools may face is increased transportation cost, to move students to different locations in the county, but Healey does not feel that there will be a major cost increase.

“Ultimately I doubt that it’s going to require any more buses because we’re still moving the same number of students, from their homes to the schools. It’s just that some of them will be going to a different location,” said Healey.

The original plan was to have the School Board move forward with a vote for action at their February 24 meeting, but will be moved due to the postponing of the public hearing.

 

 

Sylvan to bring 20 jobs, STEM program to Stafford

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Franchise owner Scott Lindsey just opened the first Sylvan Learning Center location in Stafford on Clement Drive and is planning to bring more than 20 jobs and an innovative STEM program to the area.

Lindsey has been with Sylvan for more than ten years and currently owns centers all across Northern Virginia, but as a Fredericksburg resident he felt that there was a need for Sylvan in the community.

“I live in Fredericksburg…I see that we needed Sylvan here in the area,” said Lindsey.

The Center is looking to hire 20 to 25 employees, including a Center Director and teachers to carry out the instruction.

In addition to opening the new location, Lindsey is also launching Sylvan’s Edge STEM program, which will give Stafford students the opportunity to work on robotics, coding and accelerated math.

“We’re able to really have fun while learning. They’re skills that are going to be necessary for [the student’s] careers later in life,” Lindsey commented.

The center will still offer the standard study skills, math, reading, writing and college prep instruction.

The STEM courses include six sessions and range from $199 to $299 a course.

The coding program involves interactive game design.

“Each session a student goes through, they will design a game, using coding on the computer. And they’ll be able to take that game home with them each time and share it with their friends,” said Lindsey.

And in the robotics program, students will learn how to build a series of robots made with Legos.

“There’s a different robot built each session, and they can program it to do different things,” Lindsay stated.

According to Lindsey, it is crucial that parents to invest in their child’s exposure to STEM programs.

“[The STEM program] is definitely something that most kids are interested in. There’s a big push for careers in the future with STEM, and this is taught in a way that’s very fun and it’s innovative,” Lindsey said.

 

For those interested in applying for positions, Lindsey said to send your resume to the attention of the Director of Education at center@sylvanstafford.com.

Snow expected this afternoon, bitter cold tonight

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We could see about an inch of snow this afternoon into the evening hours,

A series of snow squalls are expected to move across the region. Here’s the latest from the National Weather Service:

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO
9 PM EST THIS EVENING…
…WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 PM
EST THURSDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS
ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW… WHICH IS IN EFFECT
FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 9 PM EST THIS EVENING. A WIND CHILL
ADVISORY HAS ALSO BEEN ISSUED. THIS WIND CHILL ADVISORY IS IN
EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 PM EST THURSDAY.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE…SNOW SHOWERS AND SNOW SQUALLS.

* ACCUMULATIONS…A COATING TO ONE INCH

* TIMING…SNOW SHOWERS WILL DEVELOP THIS AFTERNOON. THE BEST
CHANCE FOR THE HEAVIER SNOW SHOWERS AND SNOW SQUALLS WILL BE
BETWEEN 4 AND 8 PM THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING.

* WIND CHILL…0 TO 10 DEGREES BELOW ZERO LATE TONIGHT THROUGH
THURSDAY.

* TEMPERATURES…HIGHS TODAY IN THE UPPER 20S TO AROUND 30
DEGREES. LOWS TONIGHT IN THE SINGLE DIGITS. HIGHS THURSDAY IN
THE MID TO UPPER TEENS.

* WINDS…WEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS AROUND 30 MPH.

* IMPACTS…ROADS WILL BE SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY. VISIBILITY
WILL BE LOCALLY REDUCED TO BELOW ONE-QUARTER MILE AT TIMES. THE
COMBINATION OF SNOW COVERED ROADS AND SUDDEN REDUCTIONS IN
VISIBILITY MAY CAUSE DANGEROUS TRAVELING CONDITIONS DURING THE
EVENING RUSH. THE COMBINATION OF GUSTY WINDS AND COLD
TEMPERATURES TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY MAY RESULT IN DANGEROUS
WIND CHILLS THAT CAN QUICKLY CAUSE HYPOTHERMIA AND FROST BITE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW
WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW
COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES…AND USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING.

A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS
WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE LOW WIND CHILLS. THIS WILL RESULT IN
FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.
IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTDOORS…MAKE SURE YOU WEAR A HAT AND
GLOVES.

Improvements at Onville & Garrisonville roads begin this summer in Stafford

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Starting this summer, drivers in Stafford County will begin to see construction activity on Onville and Garrisonville Road as a road improvement project begins.

Set to be completed in March 2017, the $15.4 million dollar project will create double left turn lanes from eastbound Route 610 to Onville Road, according to Kelly Hannon, Communications Manager for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).

Additionally, the project will include adding double left turn lanes from southbound Onville Road onto eastbound Onville Road and new traffic signal equipment, Hannon said.

VDOT advertised the project to construction bidders earlier this week.

A majority of the cost for the project comes from land acquisition and relocating utilities, which will cost $8.6 million. The Stafford County Board of Supervisors approved the relocation of the water and utility lines at the site of the project during their last meeting.

While the VDOT crew will attempt to minimize construction-related congestion, there may be some slow-downs for drivers in the area.

“The contractor will be required to keep two travel lanes and a turn lane open at all times, with lane closures occurring primarily at night to avoid disrupting travel during the morning and afternoon rush hours. The length of the project’s construction time is due to the daytime limits on lane closures,” Hannon said.

Closings and delays Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015

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The latest on the winter storm

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Know now: Our full list of closures

Potomac Local will keep you updated on the latest winter weather information, including forecasts, closings and outages in the area.

4:41p.m.

Stafford County Public Schools are closed on February 18. Employees are Code 2.

For Stafford County employees, liberal leave is in effect for Wed., Feb. 18. Admin offices opening up at 10 AM.

 

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is reporting that many of the roadways are now clear.

More from a VDOT release:

Motorists will find clear travel lanes and ramps on Interstate 95 in the Fredericksburg area, and commuter parking lots are being cleared and treated for tomorrow morning’s rush hour.

Primary roads and high-volume secondary roads in the Fredericksburg area, Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula are mostly clear, with isolated areas of snow and ice remaining. 

This afternoon, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews pivoted to plowing subdivision streets and low-volume secondary roads. Crews are making steady progress now, and work will continue in residential areas overnight. Crews will be plowing and spreading sand for extra traction. 

Any remaining moisture on the roads this evening is expected to re-freeze. Crews will be applying chemicals to the road to melt ice and improve traction, especially on areas likely to freeze due to lower pavement temperatures. Motorists are advised to use additional caution on hills, curves, bridges, overpasses, and interstate ramps. 

3:04p.m.

As a result of improved road conditions, PRTC buses will resume service.  

More from a PRTC release:

PRTC’s Winter Weather Emergency Service Plan, ESP (including Snow Routing), will be in effect for the remainder of TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17. BUSES WILL BEGIN OPERATING AT APPROXIMATELY 12:00 NOON, then continue as close to published schedules as conditions permit.  Rides on PRTC buses will be FREE.  

These locations along OmniLink Routes are currently NOT SERVICEABLE:

The Ferlazzo Building will not be served.

River Ridge Boulevard and Powells Creek Boulevard will not be served. Buses will serve stops on Route 1.

Darbydale Avenue will not be served. Buses will serve stops on Dale Boulevard.

Old Triangle Road will not be served .  Buses will serve stops on Route 1.

The Town of Quantico will not be served. The stop at Fuller and Route 1 outside the Quantico gate will be served as the timepoint.

12:30 p.m. 

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Macey loves the snow [Jen Jones / Facebook]

Macey loves the snow [Jen Jones / Facebook]

 

Snow baby [Terrica Marsh Turner via Facebook]

Snow baby [Terrica Marsh Turner via Facebook]

9:18 a.m. 

The National Weather Service has issued some snow totals for various spots in the region

...PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY...
   5 S MANASSAS           5.0   430 AM  2/17  BROADCAST MEDIA         
   GREENWICH              4.8   808 AM  2/17  PUBLIC                  
   GAINESVILLE            4.0   700 AM  2/17  PUBLIC                  
   2 SW WOOLSEY           3.9   519 AM  2/17  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   3 NNW WOOLSEY          3.5   802 AM  2/17  TRAINED SPOTTER   

...STAFFORD COUNTY...
   2 WNW ROSEVILLE        6.0   500 AM  2/17  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   2 ENE ROSEVILLE        5.2   543 AM  2/17  TRAINED SPOTTER        

...CITY OF MANASSAS...
   1 NE MANASSAS          4.8   811 AM  2/17  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 SW MANASSAS PARK     4.2   726 AM  2/17  TRAINED SPOTTER         
 

 

9:05 a.m. 

1_WelcomeTullipsManassas City canceled trash pick up today due to snow. Here’s the latest info: 

City of Manassas Public Works recommends the following tips to help ensure trash is contained during bad weather conditions.

  • Set trash and recycling out in hard-sided containers with tight fitting lids. If you have a smaller recycling bin, make sure that heavier items are on top, so that papers and lighter objects don’t blow away.

  • Do not set out loose trash bags.  Loose trash bags can rip and blow into the street making it unsafe for drivers and pedestrians. Always use your trash and recycling containers.

  • Double bag your trash. Cold weather and ice can weaken plastic and make it brittle. Double bagging can prevent bags from sticking to the bottom of the trash cart and from ripping as the trash crew moves the trash to the truck.

  • Check with your collection service. Snow, ice and high winds can delay or suspend service. Remember that the trash crew must navigate through many private residential areas and roads that might be untreated and unsafe for crews to collect trash and recycling. Call the Manassas Trashline or check the manassascity.org/trash for trash information.

  • When in doubt – don’t set it out.  If it’s snowing heavily, if  there are high winds, or if it’s so icy that you stand the chance of slipping or falling as you set out your trash and recycling – then don’t do it. Call the Trashline for the latest trash pick-up updates. Trash collection was cancelled Feb. 17 due to snow and may be cancelled in the future due to road conditions associated with winter weather.

9 a.m. 

Potomac Local's very own "weather girl" Elsa plays in her back yard.

Potomac Local’s very own “weather girl” Elsa plays in her back yard.

 

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About five inches of snow fell at Potomac Local HQ.

8:51 a.m.

It was so cold yesterday at Washington Dulles International Airport, a new record cold temperature was set. A record low of 16 degrees was recorded, breaking the previous record of 22 degrees in 2003.

8:37 a.m. 

Michelle O'Brien posted this photo to our Facebook page. The photo was taken in Quantico, Va.

Michelle O’Brien posted this photo to our Facebook page. The photo was taken in Quantico, Va.

8:36 a.m.

This photo was shared with us on our Facebook page by April Bratz-Hamilton in Dumfries, Va.

This photo was shared with us on our Facebook page by April Bratz-Hamilton in Dumfries, Va.

8:33 a.m.

8:20 a.m.

Authorities say you should stay off the roads today if you can. Conditions are pretty bad on the street surfaces, as the snow and ice could lead to slick conditions causing you to slide off the road or into another car.

Here’s the latest from the Northern Virginia headquarters of the Virginia Department of Transportation:

  • HOV restrictions are lifted on I-66, I-395 and the Dulles Toll Road. HOV-3 requirements still apply on the 495 and 95 Express Lanes.
  • Eastbound I-66 X lanes will be unavailable for the morning rush hour, as crews continue to clear shoulders.
  • Crews continue to clear interstates, major roads and neighborhood streets concurrently. Check www.vdotplows.org to see the status of plowing in neighborhoods.
  • If you can, park in your driveway or on the odd-numbered side of the street to allow plows room to pass.
  • After a plow has passed, roads will be passable, but will not be bare pavement and may remain snow-packed.
  • Stay off the roads or delay trips to allow crews time to safely treat the roads.

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Weather service: Snow is the only thing we’re concerned about with this storm

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Residents of the Mid-Atlantic, it’s our turn.

Snow is headed our way, and this storm is shaping up to bring us the most significant winter precipitation this season. After some near misses, and after portions of the northeast has seen as much as seven feet of snow, snow lovers in our area will take delight in a forecast that calls for accumulations of more than six inches.

Here’s more in a press release from the National Weather Service:

…WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EST THIS
MORNING…
…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS
AFTERNOON TO NOON EST TUESDAY…

* PRECIPITATION TYPE…SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS…6 TO 10 INCHES.

* TIMING…SNOW IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND
CONTINUE INTO TUESDAY MORNING. HEAVIEST SNOW IS EXPECTED THROUGH
TONIGHT.

* WIND CHILL…AS LOW AS 10 BELOW.

* TEMPERATURES…4 TO 25 ABOVE.

* WINDS…NORTHEAST 5 TO 10 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 20 MPH.

* IMPACTS…THE COMBINATION OF GUSTY WINDS AND COLD TEMPERATURES
WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS THAT CAN QUICKLY
CAUSE HYPOTHERMIA AND FROST BITE THROUGH THIS MORNING. BEGINNING
LATE THIS AFTERNOON…ROADS WILL BECOME SNOW COVERED AND
SLIPPERY WITH VISIBILITIES BEING REDUCED TO ONE HALF MILE OR
LESS AT TIMES. THE COMBINATION OF SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LOW
VISIBILITY WILL MAKE TRAVELING DANGEROUS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER
CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW
ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN
EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL…KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT…
FOOD…AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS
WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE LOW WIND CHILLS. THIS WILL RESULT IN
FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.
IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTDOORS…MAKE SURE YOU WEAR A HAT AND
GLOVES.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service office in Sterling say snow is the only precipitation type they are concerned about with this approaching storm. That is a departure from normal when we often see a mixed bag of precipitation during winter storms like snow, sleet, freezing rain, and rain.

Stafford doctor pleads guilty in fraud case

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Nibedita Mohanty, a 56-year old doctor from Stafford, pled guilty in court on Friday to several charges, including distribution of controlled substances and aiding and abetting health care fraud.

Mohanty, a former chief of medicine at Stafford Hospital, was arrested back in 2013 following a raid on her home.

The doctor received her medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University, and completed her residency at the Brown University School of Medicine in Rhode Island.

She was indicted in front of a federal grand jury in July 2014.

The Stafford Sheriff’s Department investigated Mohanty and stated that she was involved in fraudulently prescribing medications that led to a patient’s overdose back in 2011. This patient was under her care in the hospital following the incident.

According to Mohanty’s testimony, she then proceeded to write another pain medication prescription for the same patient, who was found deceased the next day from another overdose.

This misconduct was not an isolated incident, and Mohanty admitted to several instances of inappropriately prescribing medications to patients that resulted in overdoses and medical fraud.

In June, Mohanty will be sentenced, and could receive up to 20 years in prison, according to a U.S. Department of Justice release.

Attack the Fat: Working as a team to change each others lives

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“Attack the Fat” is all about working together, mixing it up, and challenging yourself 

Freedom Aquatics and Fitness Center is at it again with their wildly successful Attack the Fat Challenge.  This popular eight-week long program makes weight loss achievable and fun. 

Over 900 participants have seen over 8,000 pounds lost in the course of the program.

Attack the Fat Director Robin Frey says that the reason the program is so successful is that it relies on accountability and competition.

 “We just had our weigh-ins and participants are going to look at one another’s numbers and that creates a competitive spirit,” Frey said.

There are currently nine teams participating in the challenge with four to six people on each team.   The different teams are meant to foster an environment where everyone works hard to motivate one another to succeed. 

A groups’ success as a whole relies on each members’ individual success, so when a member loses weight or reaches a goal it’s not just for themselves but their entire team.

“It creates that environment of allowing them to understand that they can help each other,” Frey said.  Participants in the program also seem to enjoy this aspect of it, taking full advantage of the competitive nature and team building benefits.

Frey says the program also utilizes various fitness activities.  Sometimes, she says, they will use things such as a Dynamax ball body weight.  At other times, they do things such as burpees which require no equipment.  Each week the workout changes.

“We’re creating a need for adaption constantly because we’re changing it as we go,” said Frey. 

Although the program does use weigh-ins as a tool for measuring progress, it’s not the only way they track it.  Frey says that the program isn’t so much about the number but about creating a real change when it comes to lifestyle choices.

The Attack the Fat challenge is happening now.  

The preceding post was written by Potomac Local as part of a promoted content agreement with Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center.

1 shot and killed, 2 others injured after gunfire exchanged in North Stafford

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One person was shot and killed and two others injured this afternoon outside Wings to Go in North Stafford.

Here’s the latest in a Stafford County Sheriff’s Office press release:

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office is reporting a fatal shooting occurred this afternoon, Sunday, February 15, 2015 at approximately 3:00 pm in the Garrisonville Road area of Stafford County

At 3:00 this afternoon, Sunday, February 15, 2015 deputies responded to a shooting of a person call at 435 Garrisonville Road.  The address is the Wings to Go Restaurant and the shooting occurred in the parking lot.  The initial investigation indicates that two vehicles were involved in the incident and individuals in those vehicles exchanged gun fire. 

One male subject, who had left his vehicle sometime during the incident, was shot and fatally wounded in the parking lot.  Two individuals who were in the second vehicle were also shot.  They fled the scene and went to an area hospital for treatment.  Those individuals are currently being treated.

Stafford Count Deputies and Detectives are on scene, in both locations, investigating the incident.  The investigation is obviously in the early stages and no further information is available.

The victims in this case remain unidentified. We don’t yet know if anyone faces charges. 

 

Winter storm watch goes into effect Monday night, 5 inches of snow possible

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•	Snow removal crews were hard at work this morning at the Brafferton Shopping Center along Va. 610 in North Stafford. [Mary Davidson / Potomac Local News]

We could see our first bout of significant winter weather starting Monday night.

A winter storm watch goes into effect Monday night and lasts until Tuesday morning for the region.

Here’s more from the National Weather Service Washington / Baltimore forecast office:

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS
ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY
EVENING THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE…SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS…POTENTIAL FOR 5 OR MORE INCHES.

* TIMING…SNOW IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP MONDAY EVENING AND CONTINUE
THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING. HEAVIEST SNOW IS EXPECTED MONDAY NIGHT
AND EARLY TUESDAY MORNING.

* WIND CHILL…5 TO 10 BELOW ZERO TONIGHT AND MONDAY MORNING.

* TEMPERATURES…SINGLE DIGITS TONIGHT. HIGHS IN THE LOWER 20S
MONDAY. TEMPERATURES IN THE TEENS MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY
MORNING.

* WINDS…NORTHWEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 35 MPH THIS
EVENING…DIMINISHING TO 10 TO 15 MPH OVERNIGHT. WINDS BECOMING
SOUTHEAST 5 TO 10 MPH MONDAY NIGHT.

* IMPACTS…THE COMBINATION OF GUSTY WINDS AND COLD TEMPERATURES
WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS THAT CAN QUICKLY
CAUSE HYPOTHERMIA AND FROST BITE THROUGH MONDAY MORNING.
BEGINNING MONDAY EVENING…ROADS WILL BECOME SNOW COVERED AND
SLIPPERY WITH VISIBILITIES BEING REDUCED TO ONE HALF MILE OR
LESS AT TIMES. THE COMBINATION OF SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LOW
VISIBILITY WILL MAKE TRAVELLING DANGEROUS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS
WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE LOW WIND CHILLS. THIS WILL RESULT IN
FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.
IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTDOORS…MAKE SURE YOU WEAR A HAT AND
GLOVES.

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT
SNOW…SLEET…OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.
CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

High winds bring power outages: The latest numbers

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High winds across the region tonight brought power outages to thousands.

Here’s a look at the numbers as they stood at 10 a.m. Sun., Feb. 15.

Here’s the latest  outage numbers from Dominion Virginia Power:

Arlington 17
Fairfax 3,790
Fairfax City 14
Fauquier 1,332
Fredericksburg 0
King George 554
Loudoun 204
Prince William 196
Spotsylvania 5
Stafford 554

Report an outage to Dominion

Here are the numbers from NOVEC

Fauquier 0
Fairfax 5
Prince William 147
Stafford  29

Report an outage to NOVEC

Updated: High winds bring Manassas building collapse, brush fires in Stafford

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manassas building collapse

Update 11:20 p.m.

A total of 14 people were evacuated from nearby apartments in Downtown Manassas near the scene of the partial building collapse on Battle Street.

City spookeswoman Patty Prince said the evacuation was precautionary and that no one was hurt when a portion of a brick building gave way in the face of high winds. No one was injured. 

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A portion of a building collapsed this evening in Downtown Manassas.

A building on Battle Street, next to the old Washington Post offices, now The Bone restaurant, and near the Sidewalk Café, lost a portion of its roof, according to initial reports.

Winds gusting upward of 4o mph Saturday evening were to the blame for the partial collapse, according to a source. The portion of the building affected was unoccupied and no one was injured, according to a source. 

Manassas fire crews posted that responded to the scene posted photos.

High winds also wreaked havoc on area roads. An SUV traveling in the Hillendale section of Dale City overturned, according to sources. We don’t know if anyone was injured in the crash. 

In Stafford County, high winds caused a transformer to blow darkening a portion of Route 610. A brush fire also broke out in the area of Mount Hope Road and was later extinguished. 

All of the incidents come as the National Weather Service issued a high wind warning, as well as warned drivers of hazerdous driving conditions. 

Drivers on Interstate 95 tonight saw blowing leaves, and the high winds made it difficult to keep cars in the lane.

Here’s more from the National Weather Service: 

.HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO
2 PM EST SUNDAY...

* TIMING...NORTHWEST WINDS WILL RAPIDLY INCREASE BEHIND A STRONG
  COLD FRONT THIS EVENING AND CONTINUE THROUGH MIDDAY SUNDAY.

* WINDS...NORTHWEST 30 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 60 MPH.

* IMPACTS...DOWNED TREES AND POWERLINES MAY RESULT IN POWER
  OUTAGES. MINOR STRUCTURAL DAMAGE WILL BE POSSIBLE. DRIVING
  HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES IN THESE CONDITIONS WILL BE DANGEROUS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A HIGH WIND WARNING MEANS A DAMAGING WIND EVENT IS EXPECTED.
SUSTAINED WINDS OF AT LEAST 40 MPH OR GUSTS OF 58 MPH OR MORE
WILL CAUSE TREE AND PROPERTY DAMAGE.  ANTICIPATE POWER OUTAGES.
IF YOU LIVE NEAR LARGE TREES... REMAIN IN A LOWER LEVEL OF YOUR
HOME OR SEEK SHELTER ELSEWHERE IF POSSIBLE.


Pelt seeks nomination for Stafford Commonwealth Attorney for second time

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Jason Pelt, a partner with the Law Firm of Goodall, Pelt & Carper, P.C., is seeking to run for the Stafford Commonwealth Attorney seat for the second time.

Pelt first ran back in 2011 against Eric Olsen, who currently holds the position, after Daniel Chichester, the preceding Commonwealth Attorney, decided to retire.

Olsen intends to run for his second term, and will face Pelt in the Republican primary on June 9.

Pelt pointed to two cases in Olsen’s record as Commonwealth Attorney that he feels show Olsen is not representing the citizens in the community well.

“… I continue to see injustice at the hands of our elected officials. Cases like Edgar Coker, a young black man that was wrongfully convicted of a sex offense at the hands of Eric Olsen. Thankfully, it took the work of the Innocent Project of the University of Virginia to finally clear his name. Or the case of Reginald Latson, a young black man with Autism. In this case the current Commonwealth’s Attorney decided mental illness should be handled with a long jail sentences. Governor Terry McAuliffe, with the encouragement of House Speaker William Howell, recently pardoned the young man so that he can seek professional mental health treatment instead of a jail, overturning Eric Olsen’s position,” said Pelt.

In addition to his concern about the way some of Olsen’s handled some of his cases, Pelt pointed out the acts of unethical conduct within Olsen’s staff.

“Under the current leadership of the Stafford Commonwealth’s Attorney, a member of the staff was reprimanded for unethical conduct while prosecuting cases. Stafford County deserves better from its elected leaders,” Pelt commented.

As Commonwealth Attorney, the elected individual is expected to prosecute crimes in Stafford County. The office has a staff of 25 and a budget of almost $2.5 million dollars.

During his campaign for the Republican nomination, Pelt plans to show how we would work with the Stafford Sheriff’s Department and community residents to make sure that the laws are fairly upheld, and freedoms protected.

“Stafford County needs a prosecuting attorney that enforces our laws, but also protects the freedoms that we hold sacred. I want to work effectively with our Sheriff’s Department to combat crime and keeps our communities safe, but not at the expense of your liberty. The two ideas can live together, but only under new leadership. The Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney needs to ensure that the wrongfully accused are not the wrongfully convicted,” said Pelt.

Pelt lives with his wife and four children in Stafford County.

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