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One dead after fight in Stafford County

From the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office:  

The Stafford Sheriff’s Office is investigating an incident that occurred at approximately 7:00 p.m. last evening in the 1900 block of Green Tree Road.

An altercation between two parties resulted in the death of a male subject.

The case is in the very early stages of investigation and there is nothing further to report at this time.


Here’s new information on the murder of Clint Hill in Stafford County. The county sheriff’s office has not said how Hill died: 

From the sheriff’s office: 

The Stafford Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate an incident that occurred on January 21, 2017 at approximately 7:03 p.m. in the 1900 block of Green Tree Road.

The investigation indicates that Bryan Hinckley and Clint Hill were involved in a physical altercation outside the apartment building. When patrol units arrived on the scene Mr. Hinckley was unconscious. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Bryan George Hinckley, age 35 lived on Lake View Drive, in Stafford, VA. Clint Alan Hill, age 41, was arrested at his residence in the 2000 block of Green Tree Road on January 23, 2017 at approximately 12:50 a.m. Mr. Hill was charged with murder, was incarcerated at the Rappahannock Regional Jail and is being held on no bond.

The investigation is ongoing.


Don’t miss these Black History Month events in Prince William County

Celebrate Black History Month with Prince William County’s Historic Preservation Division

Prince William County has a unique and extensive African American history that is preserved and interpreted through its surviving buildings. Enslaved African Americans worked at plantations within the county including Rippon Lodge and Ben Lomond. At Brentsville, both enslaved and free African Americans were placed on trial for various crimes, though they were unable to testify against their white neighbors.

Lucasville and the Barnes House preserve examples of how free African Americans built homes and communities to establish a life for themselves, and began to challenge racism and segregation after the Civil War in Prince William County.

Throughout the year, the community can visit Prince William County’s Historic Sites to learn about the African American experience in this region. Visitors may also join us in February as we celebrate Black History Month at many of our sites.

For more information, please call Prince William County’s Historic Preservation Division at 703-792-4754.

Weekends in February
Lucasville School Open House

On Saturdays and Sundays in February from 11am-4pm, visit the only surviving building of the Lucasville community and learn about the people who were impacted this small, but significant, symbol of the community. With a special performance by the Ebenezer Baptist Church on February 11, at 11 a.m., visit the 19th century schoolhouse and learn surprising facts about African American history in Prince William County and the Northern Virginia region.

Each weekend, enjoy several different activities in the schoolhouse including tours, photograph exhibits, and crafts. Lucasville School is located at 10516 Godwin Drive, Manassas, VA, 20110; admission is free.

February 18
Every Day Full of Work: The African American Experience at Ben Lomond

During this special tour, explore the historic home and slave quarter to learn about the enslaved population living at Ben Lomond in the years before the Civil War. Visit spaces not ordinarily open to the public, and participate in hands-on activities to learn about some of the chores that enslaved men, women, and children were expected to complete.

Learn how, under slavery, they were forced to live emotionally and physically challenging lives in which freedom and choice were taken away. Tours will be offered on the hour from 11am-4pm. Ben Lomond Historic Site is located at 10321 Sudley Manor Drive, Manassas, VA 20109; admission is $5 per person.

February 25
Barnes House Hard Hat Tours

Get a hard hat tour of Prince William County’s newest “old” building. The Barnes House was the home to an African American family after the Civil War. Learn about the family’s amazing history during the Reconstruction-era and about the restoration of the building. This is a rare opportunity to see preservation in action!

Tours will take place at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm. Barnes House is located at the Montclair Community Library, 5049 Waterway Drive, Dumfries, VA; $5 suggested donation.

Surovell announces 2017 General Assembly Town Hall meetings


From the Senator Scott Surovell:

More information: Nadine Slocum, Chief of Staff
Bryan Estey, Communication Director

Richmond, Virginia. On Saturday, January 28th and Saturday, February 11th, Eastern Fairfax & Prince William County Members of the General Assembly will be hosting town halls to hear the concerns of residents during 2017 Legislative Session.

Senator Scott Surovell (D-36), Senator Adam Ebbin (D-30), Senator George Barker (D-39), Delegate Mark Sickles (D-43), Delegate Luke Torian (D-52) and Delegate Paul Krizek (D-44) will review their legislative agendas for the 2017 session, the status of current legislation, and answer questions from attendees.

Details are as follows:

January 28:

Northern Prince William County Town Hall with Senator Surovell

Occoquan Town Hall
314 Mill Street
Occoquan, Virginia 22125
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Southern Prince William County Town Hall with Senator Surovell and Delegate Torian

Forest Park High School Library
15721 Forest Park Drive
Woodbridge, VA 22193
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m

February 11:
Mount Vernon District Town Hall with Senator Surovell, Senator Ebbin, and Delegate Krizek

Walt Whitman Middle School
2500 Parkers Lane
Alexandria, VA 22306
9:00 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Lee District Town Hall with Senator Surovell, Senator Barker, and Delegate Sickles

Hayfield Elementary School
7633 Telegraph Rd.
Alexandria, VA 22315
1:00 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Please note that the time and dates have changed since they were originally announced. Please mark your calendars accordingly.

The topics of discussions will include:

-The State Budget
-Medicaid Expansion
-Firearm Violence Prevention
-Consumer Protection/Predatory Lending
-Reproductive Choice Issues
-Education Funding & Reform
-Congressional Redistricting
-Marriage Equality & LGBTQ Rights
-Civil/Criminal Justice Reforms
-Investing in Green Energy
-Protecting Environmental Interests

Smart Beginnings supports starting children off strong


Many people can remember the days of working on reading skills in school and the wonderful adventures that opened as a result. But that’s not every child’s experience, because not every child is ready for Kindergarten. And it’s often not just about age or maturity. The fact is, children who enter Kindergarten healthy and ready to learn have better success educationally and as adults.

Kendra Kielbasa, Director of Smart Beginnings of Greater Prince William (SBGPW), knows this and wants to make sure every child is prepared for a quality education. To do this, parents, caregivers, and educators need to start early.

Crucial Needs of Children Ages 0-5

According to Kielbasa, 90 percent of a child’s brain has formed by age five.

“We need to get the word out and raise community awareness of the importance of early childhood,” said Kielbasa. “This is the time in which the foundation is laid for future learning.”

A loving, secure environment where children are engaged and social-emotional bonds are formed with parents and caregivers has a profound effect on a child’s future, said Kielbasa. Unfortunately, underserved children in the community are found to have a 3-million-word gap compared to children that have access to strong social-emotional supports and quality early learning environments. This gap can mean the difference between successful learning and an environment that a child finds frustrating and inaccessible. Parents and caregivers should talk, sing, and read to young children every day.

Kielbasa said that children in the literacy gap may need remedial care in other ways, too. Social-emotional bonding affects kids ages 0-5 and may be lacking for many reasons, putting children in a position to perform poorly in an educational environment.

“Children that are consistently behind are often unable to catch up by grade three,” she said. “This inability to close the gap can lead to grade repetition, leading to higher incidences of expulsion, dropout or late graduation. Other social problems, such as health issues and criminal behavior, also are tied to the literacy gap.”

Using the Tools

SBGPW encourages routine screenings that address both developmental milestones and behavioral skills at key developmental increments. The sooner a delay is identified, the greater the opportunity for support and optimal outcome for the child, Kielbasa said.

SBGPW encourages the use of these screening tools in childcare centers and health centers. They also partner with GMU MAPs clinic at Manassas Park Community center to provide screening to all children under age five.

Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) is a tool used to aid in finding literacy gaps. PALS is given to children at the start of Kindergarten to gauge which children have reading deficiencies, including number and letter recognition. The assessment is not about reading levels, but more about recognition issues that may lead to reading problems.

Closing the Literacy Gap

SBGPW has set three priorities to support kindergarten readiness: pre-literacy; high-quality childcare/early learning programs; and initiatives or programs that support health and well-being.

Strong pre-literacy tools help children to be ready for school, and reading to children beginning at birth supports healthy brain development. That’s why SBGPW has distributed over 4,000 first books through the Books 4 Babies program at Novant Health UVA Prince William Medical Center and Greater Prince William Community Health Center. It’s also the reason they support and partner with other literacy projects such as the Prince William Public Library System’s 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program.

SBGPW is also supporting early childhood professionals who want to focus on continuous quality improvement for the children and families they serve. They provide critical professional development training in conjunction with NOVA-Manassas. They also offer an ongoing Director’s Forum for early childhood directors to collaborate, learn and obtain resources for their staff, families, and centers.

Organizations interested in becoming a community partner should email Kendra Kielbasa at kkielbasa@smartbeginningsgpw.org. More information can be found at smartbeginningsgpw.org.

Sex assault victim found in Walmart dressing room

From Stafford County Sheriff’s Office:

On January 14, 2017 at approximately 6:30 p.m. Sergeant D.R. Colona responded to a disturbance in the area of the Walmart at 217 Garrisonville Road. The reporting party stated a female friend was hiding in the woman’s dressing room in an attempt to elude a man who was “stalking” her. The caller contacted the Sheriff’s Office after receiving a Facebook message from her friend and further advised the man was driving a gold van.

As Sergeant Colona arrived in the parking lot, he observed a gold Dodge Caravan and ran the vehicle tags which returned to a 2000 green Honda. A white male was sitting in the van. Sergeant Colona made contact and identified him as Patrick Stambler. Mr. Stambler advised that he was looking for a co-worker who he was giving a ride home. (more…)

‘5,454 vascular and/or thoracic patients were impacted’ by Sentara data breach

From Sentara spokesman Peter J. Sengenberger: 

I have attached a news release, which you may find helpful.

A total of 5,454 vascular and/or thoracic patients were impacted, with the majority of patients being in the Hampton Roads area. Sentara is working with law enforcement, the vendor and a leading cybersecurity firm to investigate the incident. To help prevent something like this from happening in the future, the vendor has informed Sentara that it is enhancing its system security. In addition, Sentara continually strengthens policies and procedures and invests in technologies which protect our information technology systems. Because this is security related, we will not be sharing publicly what those enhancements or technologies are.

We are taking this situation very seriously and our primary concern and focus is on supporting those directly affected. Patients who have not received a letter and want to confirm whether they are affected or have questions can call 844-319-0134, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. EST (excluding national holidays).

In addition to Hampton Roads, Sentara operates facilities in the Northern Virginia market to include Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center in Woodbridge, the Sentara Lake Ridge outpatient center, as well as other outpatient healthcare facilities in Prince William, Stafford, and Spotsylvania counties.

‘I-395 HOV northbound lanes will close at 3 a.m.’ for Trump Inauguration

From Virginia State Police: 

Virginia Vehicular Restrictions:
· I-395 HOV northbound lanes will close at 3 a.m. on January 20. HOV lanes on I-395 will re-open southbound upon the conclusion of the Inaugural parade.

· HOV restrictions will be lifted on I-66 (as well as on I-395 when the lanes reopen Friday evening).

· I-395 main lanes and I-66 will be open to all traffic.

· Memorial Bridge will be open to pedestrian traffic and authorized vehicle traffic only.

· Key Bridge, Chain Bridge, Woodrow Wilson Bridge and the American Legion Bridge will be open to all traffic.

· North Washington Street at Montgomery Street (City of Alexandria) to Reagan National Airport will be open.

For street closures and restrictions within the District and Maryland, visit www.secretservice.gov/events/2017-Inaug/

To avoid congestion and travel delays, residents are encouraged to use Metro, Virginia Railway Express (VRE), and Amtrak for travel from Virginia into Washington, D.C., on Inauguration Day.

Those needing to travel are encouraged to seek alternate means of transportation and develop a backup route. For real-time Virginia traffic information, visit 511virginia.org or download the 511 mobile app.

Those in the Northern Virginia region not attending inaugural activities should anticipate and plan for potential traffic congestion and delays. Those needing to travel are encouraged to also seek alternate means of transportation or alternate traffic routes. For the real-time Virginia traffic information, click on the VDOT 511 Website or download the free 511 app.


We want your Inauguration photos

Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th U.S. President on Friday.

The Inauguration ceremony begins in the front steps of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. at 11:30 a.m.

Be an on the scene reporter and keep us up to date by sending us your photos of Inauguration activities as you head around town on Friday from traffic conditions on the roads and rails, U.S. flag-waving supporters on the National Mall, or protesters lining the sidewalks. 

Email photos to potomaclocal@gmail.com, Tweet them to @PotomacLocal, or share them on our Facebook page.