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Driver arrested after Stafford sheriff’s volunteer spots expired tags, flat tire

From the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office: 

On March 7, 2017, at approximately 12:40 PM, Sheriff’s Office Volunteer Mark Seymour was investigating an abandoned vehicle on Thomas Jefferson Place.  At the scene, he observed a white Volkswagen displaying expired Virginia tags and a flat tire.  While documenting the information, three males approached Mr. Seymour and asked him what he would be doing about the vehicle.  One of the males identified himself as the vehicle’s owner.

Deputy W.D. Betush responded to the scene and requested the male subject’s identification. The subject stated he did not have identification with him, but provided a name, date of birth and social security number.  The information provided did not return as valid.  When confronted with this information, the subject became increasingly agitated.  He was advised by Deputy Betush that he would be detained until his true identity was determined.  As Deputy Betush began to handcuff the subject, he broke free and fled on foot. (more…)

NY man threatens to blow up Stafford business

Stafford, VA. On March 7, 2017, at  8:09 a.m., Deputy A.C. Wolford responded to a disturbance at the Sheetz at 10 Washington Square. Upon his arrival, he contacted the store manager who advised a male had purchased gas at the pump and then entered the establishment.

The male began talking with customers stating that he was going to blow up the store. The subject then purchased two containers of snuff and walked out the business. A few moments later he returned and asked the cashier to open the snuff cans. He left the store again, got into a silver Chrysler Pacifica, and left the parking lot. (more…)

Public hearings on proposed VRE fare increases

From Virginia Railway Express:

Virginia Railway Express (VRE) is holding a series of public hearings throughout the next two weeks to solicit comments on a proposed increase to its fares. A three percent fare increase is being proposed in order to pay for increased operations costs and the Amtrak Step-up tickets would increase from $5 to $7.

If adopted, this change would become effective the first week of July 2017, to coincide with the start of the FY 2018 budget year. The proposed fare charts can be found on our website here. (more…)

Stafford County Fire and Rescue responds to gas leak

Stafford, VA – March 8, 2017 – Stafford County Fire and Rescue units responded to a reported motor vehicle crash on the parking lot of Wendy’s at 145 Garrisonville Road this afternoon at 3:43 p.m. The caller then reported that one of the vehicles struck a gas line and that there was an odor of gas noticeable.

First arriving units found two vehicles involved in the crash with one resting on top of the pipe assembly of a 1,000 gallon underground propane tank. Crews simultaneously checked for injuries and deployed a hose line for protection. Due to high gas levels in the area, Wendy’s and several other businesses were evacuated and two lanes of eastbound Garrisonville Road were shut down as a precaution.  (more…)

3rd Annual Historic Manassas Bridal Show

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The 3rd Annual Historic Manassas Bridal Show is taking place on Sunday, March 12, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory. This free event is proving to be that the third times a charm for this growing event with a wide variety of 30 wedding-related vendors. In years past, the event has been held at two other potential wedding venues in the City – the Harris Pavilion and the Manassas Museum Lawn. This year will be the first indoor show at another great downtown wedding venue – Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory.

This year’s Bridal Show will make the most out of this unique, gorgeous location. The first floor of the Center for the Arts features a gallery ideal for a happy hour before the reception. Hop on the elevator to the third floor featuring the perfect space for a reception. With gorgeous exposed brick walls and hardwood floors, this space is perfect for a reception with around 120 guests.

This year’s show will feature 30 vendors located on both the first and third floors. Local downtown merchants including Amy’s Bridal Boutique, Shining Sol Candle Company, Scatter Seeds, Jirani Coffeehouse, Travel Place, and Okra’s Cajun Creole will be set up along with popular venues such as Morais Vineyards and Airlie. Photographers, bakers, entertainment providers, specialty gift providers and more will be set up as well. A complete listing of all participating vendors can be found here. (more…)

Manassas Park builds community, finds success with youth basketball

Ask any Manassas Park, Department of Parks and Recreation staff member what is the most popular program offered and without hesitation, they will respond, “The youth basketball league.”

The Manassas Park Youth Basketball League (MPYBL) is going into its 20th year, and lots of credit is owed to the community spirit the residents and employees of Manassas Park exude.

“Whenever we come there’s always a sense of family,” writes 2016-2017 MPYBL Coach Steve Gaskins, “There’s something here for everyone. It’s like a second home. The staff is always friendly and knowledgeable, and the building is organized and clean.”

Gaskins is not exaggerating. Generations of families have grown up with Manassas Park Parks and Recreation including children who enrolled in Manassas Park Community Center (MPCC) preschool before the current building was built and are now graduating from high school. Children who participated in Extended Care and MP3, afterschool programs for school-age children and teenagers respectively, are now working part time jobs at the Community Center.

Many players return year after year to participate in the league. High school freshman Jonathan Ojo enjoys the basketball league for its great level of competition. (more…)

Updated: I-95 E-ZPass Express Lanes extension meetings canceled

Photo from VDOT Flickr

From VDOT: 

The public is invited to attend two upcoming meetings to learn more about a study of the Interstate 95 Express Lanes Fredericksburg Extension project.

The project would extend I-95 Express Lanes approximately 10 miles south of Route 610 (Garrisonville Road) in Stafford County to the vicinity of Route 17. The facility is proposed to connect to the I-95 Southbound Rappahannock River Crossing project.

Additional access and operational improvements along the I-95 Express Lanes facility in Prince William County are also being reviewed.

Public information meetings will be held: (more…)

Stafford deputies pursue suspect, pin truck against guard rail on Route 1

From the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office: 

On March 3, 2017, at approximately 4:42 PM, the Sheriff’s Office responded to a report from a witness who had observed a white male urinating behind a business on Garrisonville Road, throwing beer cans out of his blue Chevrolet Silverado while driving into Doc Stone Commons. The witness observed the vehicle run a red light and drive over several curbs before parking illegally. The driver and a male passenger exited the vehicle and briefly entered the Lowes before picking up another male passenger and leaving the area westbound on Rt. 610.

Deputy D.C. Reed and Deputy J.J. Brunofski made their way through heavy rush-hour traffic and caught up with the truck as it made a left turn into the parking lot of North Stafford High School. Deputy Reed observed the vehicle failing to maintain its lane of travel and crossing over the double yellow center lines before initiating a traffic stop.

The driver failed to stop and continued to travel through the high school campus towards Shelton Shop Road. Deputy Reed advised other patrol units that he was in pursuit as the truck traveled south on Shelton Shop. The registered owner of the truck was reported to have a suspended driver’s license and was wanted out of three jurisdictions. (more…)

Updated: Stafford fire crews called to chimney fire

Fire and rescue crews were called to a home on Lake Arrowhead Drive at 8:08 p.m. Thursday for a report of a chimney fire. 

We’ll post more info when we have it. 

Update from Stafford County Fire Chief Mark Lockhart: 

“…it was a chimney fire contained to the firebox and flue… neighbor who reported fire was injured trying to get to the house. Transported to local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.”

Prince William County now in severe drought

According to The National Drought Mitigation Center, Prince William County, along with most of Northern Virginia, is now in a severe drought. Water shortages will become common, crop and pasture losses are likely.