Stafford Hiring 6 New School Resource Officers

Stafford fire and rescue Acting Chief Mark Lockhart, Sheriff Charles E. Jett, and ATF Special Agent Richard Marianos appear at a press conference in Stafford. [File photo: Mary Davidson/]

STAFFORD, Va. — More school resource officers are coming to six Stafford County Middle Schools.

A new $1.3 million grant from the Virginia Criminal Justice Services Board will partially fund the officers in all eight of the county’s middle schools. Currently, all five county high schools have resource officers, and two officers are assigned to a DARE program in the county’s 17 elementary schools to help educate children on the dangers of drug abuse.

“With hiring and training requirements it is anticipated that the six new school resource officers slated for the six remaining middle schools will be in place for the 2014-2015 school year,” said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy in a press release.

The grant will fund half the cost of implementing the new officers. The department did not say how much the new officers is expected to cost county taxpayers.

Sheriff Charles E. Jett submitted the grant application to the state to receive funding for the project with the approval of elected leaders, said Kennedy. The same elected officials will have to make the final approval to grant’s terms and to accept the new funding. 

Aircraft Sparks False Alarm in Stafford County


STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. — Fire and rescue crews in Stafford County spent their evening Friday looking for an aircraft reported to be in distress.

At 10:15 p.m., about 45 minutes after the call went out, search was referred to as a “wild goose” chase.

“This is what we call a ‘good intention’ call,” said Stafford County Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Bart Lace.

A neighbor called 911 and reported seeing small plane that appeared to be on fire drop below the horizon. The plane was actually in the process of completing a touch-and-go landing — where an aircraft lands on the runway but doesn’t come to a complete stop.

Fire officials suspect the plane’s on board lights could have given the appearance to the 911 caller that the plane was on fire.

The pilot had already cleared the area by the time rescue crews called off the search. A search of three area airports was completed by fire and rescue officials searching for a possible downed plane Friday night — at Stafford Regional Airport, Shannon Airport in Fredericksburg, and Dogwood Airport, a small landing and takeoff strip in Stafford County along U.S. 1.

Friday night’s false alarm comes after a small plane crashed in Stafford County earlier this year on St. Patrick’s Day, near Stafford Regional Airport. Though their plane was left mangled, the occupants suffered only minor injuries.

High School Graduations Continue Across Area

Brentsville District High School graduated 200 students at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. [Photo: Delegate Richard Anderson]

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — Despite the weather today, seniors at Patriot High School in Nokesville will have their graduation ceremony as planned, they’ll just have to do it inside the school’s gymnasium.

The indoor graduation moved from the school’s football field means attendees will be issued tickets to view the ceremony either in person or on a closed-circuit TV channel inside the school

Patriot High School is the only school in Prince William with a scheduled graduation ceremony today, but several seniors at 11 area high schools have already begun conducting commencement exercises, and some commencement exercises will continue this weekend.

Here’s a look at graduation ceremonies, those who are tops in their classes, and a look at graduates by the numbers:

Battlefield High School will graduate 668 students on Friday, June 14 at 7 p.m. Exercises will be held at Jiffy Lube Live. As of press, valedictorian and salutatorian information had not been released.

Brentsville High School graduated 200 students on Tuesday, June 11, also at Jiffy Lube Live. Valedictorian: Sophie A. Penn and Salutatorian Elizabeth Jerakis were honored.

Forest Park High School graduated 559 students on Saturday, June 8 at the Patriot Center in Fairfax. Hannah Zachman was named Valedictorian and Salutatorian was Derek Luong.

Freedom High School’s 414 graduates matriculated on Saturday, June 8 also at the Patriot Center., with graduation speaker Cortney Hicks, a radio personality, providing a keynote address. Valedictorian Syeda Sumaia Tabassum and Salutatorian Aminatta Zainab Tejan-Kamara were honored during the ceremony.

On Friday, June 14, Gar-Field’s commencement exercises will be at 7 p.m. at the Patriot Center, with 567 graduates in attendance. Valedictorian has been named as Wei Wei Low with Salutatorian Celena Kwok Chun.

Hylton High School graduated their 514 seniors on Saturday, June 8 with a ceremony at the Patriot Center. Mrs. Carolyn Custard, former Hylton Principal and current PWCS Director of Student Services, was the guest speaker. Valedictorian Danielle Sosa and Salutatorian Salwa Ahmad were honored.

With 653 students graduation, Osbourn Park will also utilize the Patriot Center for their Saturday, June 15 commencement, which begins at 2 p.m.

Patriot High School’s 311 graduating seniors will walk the stage at their own school tonight at 6:30p.m.. Valedictorian will be Nolan A. Uribe and Salutatorian Kari C. Willett.

Potomac High School graduated 395 students on June 10th with a ceremony at Jiffy Lube Live. Honored during the commencement were Valedictorian Amanda K. Luce and Salutatorian Maria F. Leo Garcia.

Stonewall Jackson’s students graduated on Tuesday, June 11. The 592 graduates marched the Jiffy Lube Live stage with Valedictorian Sara Jane Pancerella and Salutatorian Melissa Thai.

Woodbridge Senior High School will graduate their students at home on Saturday, June 15 at 9 a.m., and 638 students are expected to don their caps and gowns.

Prince William County schools officials note note number of graduates is estimated until final grades are confirmed.

In Stafford County, all five of that county’s high school’s will graduate during their own respective ceremonies on Saturday.

PotoStorm Blog: Storms Leave Power Outages


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Storm clouds over the golf course at Aquia Harbour in Stafford County. [KJ Mushung / Potomac Local News]

5 p.m. Thursday 

The area is clear of the severe thunderstorm watch posted earlier this afternoon. While showers remain possible, radar shows the worst of the storms have passed through the area. 

4:20 p.m. Thursday 

NOVEC reports the following outages:

Prince William County: 1.422 customers dark

Loudoun County: 3,820 customers dark

Dominion Virginia Power reports the following local outages:

Stafford County: 204 customers dark

4:15 p.m. Thursday 

Prince William and Stafford counties, and the Greater Manassas area remain under a severe thunderstorm watch. The warning that had been posted is no longer in effect. 

3:30 p.m. Thursday

Prince William County remains under a severe thunderstorm warning until 3:45 p.m.

The National Weather Service reports a severe storm spotted near Lois, Va. in Fauquier County headed east at 35 mph.

The warning comes as several tornado warnings are also active at this hour in the Washington, D.C area. Tornadoes could impact areas near Leesburg and King George in Virginia, and near the Patuxent Naval Air Station near Lexington Park, Md.

The same storm that spawned these latest tornado warnings in King George and Maryland also prompted  severe thunderstorm warning for southeast Stafford County and the Fredericksburg area about 2 p.m. 

9:30 a.m. Thursday

Skies darkened over the Potomac Communities just after 9 a.m. Thursday, part of a large line of thunderstorms packing a punch all the way from Chicago to Washington, D.C.

Initial damage reports began showing up on Twitter from places like Frederick, Md. shortly before 9 a.m.

The threat of severe weather will remain with us thorugout the day.

Comcast Services Working Again at Government Center


Update 10:30 a.m. Wednesday 

Comcast services are once again working at the Stafford County Government Center.

County government officials on Wednesday issued a statement noting that cable TV, phone, and internet services were not working at government offices. The cable provider also experienced an outage in the northern section of the county for its residential customers.

2:30 p.m.

STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. — A service outage has plagued Comcast customers in Stafford County today.

In the northern section of the county, cable TV, phone, and internet service for customers of the nation’s largest cable provider lost service about 10 a.m. The problems expanded to the county’s government center, where officials now report phone and internet powered by Comcast are no longer working.

“This includes parks facilities, some fire and rescue stations, the Regional Landfill on Eskimo Hill Road and Animal Control,” county officials released in a statement.

A customer service spokesman told Potomac Local News this morning there was a estimated time of repair of 2 p.m. today. Stafford County officials who spoke with the company say they don’t what time it may be fixed.

Express Lanes Work Heating up in Prince William


Mega Mike 

The summer is heating up, and so is construction on the 95 Express Lanes.

Mega Mike’s readers might want to take note of some of the activities along Interstate 95 in the Prince William County. Most of the work is occurring in the overnight hours, but there will be lane closures in the day as well, outside of the rush hours.

In the next few weeks, construction work includes:

— Two lanes between Dumfries Road (Route 234) and the Joplin Road overpass will be closed overnight from 10:30 p.m. until 5 a.m. for work on the 95 Express Lanes overpass.

—  Mobile lane closures are scheduled between the Cardinal Drive overpass and Garrisonville Road in Stafford County.

—  Foundation and pier work will continue on an overpass just south of Dumfries that will carry the 95 Express Lanes traffic exiting to Joplin Road. Overpass bridge construction requires four steel girders to be placed over the I-95 general purpose lanes. Girder preparation and installation from abutment to piers will require multiple lanes closed on I-95 south tentatively scheduled for Friday and Saturday nights, June 28-29, weather permitting. Motorists will be detoured to Route 234 East (Exit 152), right onto U.S. 1 South, right on Joplin Road back to I-95 South.

—  The Telegraph Road Bridge over I-95 in the Quantico area was demolished in April, and motorists are using Russell Road to access Quantico. This detour will be in place for the next seven months.

Further north, in southern Fairfax County, motorists should be aware of the I-95 work just south of the Fairfax County Parkway overpass near the Newington exit (Exit 166), and the U.S. 1 exit (Exit 161). The following activities will have an impact I-95 traffic, particularly in the overnight hours and midday, outside rush hours.

—  June 12, demolition and steel beam placement at the Furnace Road Bridge, requiring closures on Furnace Road but not impacting 95 traffic.

— Steel placement for the 95 / U.S. 1 is scheduled for June 12, requiring overnight ramp closures from I-95 south to U.S. 1 south.

—  Early August, possible steel beam placement at the Alban Road Bridge south of the Fairfax County Parkway overpass will require a 95 south detour.

That’s it from Mega Mike for now, but just remember – buckle up, no cell phones when driving through the construction zones, and stay safe out there.


Northam to Face Jackson in Lt. Governor’s Race


Virginia democrats now have their ticket set for upcoming fall election.

After the results of yesterday’s primary elections, Virginia Senator Ralph Northam, of Accomack County on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, beat out Aneesh Chopra by nearly 10 points, with 54 % of the vote. A medical doctor, former circuit court judge, and former Commonwealth Attorney, Northam will face Republican E.W Jackson this fall in a race to be the next Lt. Governor of Virginia.

Democrats also picked Mark R. Herring, a Virginia State Senator representing portions of Farifax and Loudoun counties, to be thier nominee for Attorney General. Herring beat out Justin E. Fairfax, who has served as Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern Division in Alexandria, by nearly four points with 51 percent of the vote.

Voters this fall will also make a choice between businessman and Democrat Terry McAuliffe, of Farifax, or current Attorney General and Representative Kenneth Cuccinelli, of Prince William for Governor.

In a local race, Republican Craig E. Ennis who sought to unseat Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell from his Stafford district was easily defeated garnering only 8% of the vote. On his website, Ennis attempted to link Howell to President Barack Obama “when it comes to pushing the Liberal Agenda in Va. The Expansion of Medicaid is the new entitlement and government take over of medicine.”

First elected delegate in 1987, Howell became Speaker of the House in 2003.

‘Significant Weather Threat’ Forecast Thursday

Several trees in Schnopp Fishing Park in North Stafford fell or were split by a severe storm the night of June 29. (Photo by: KJ Mushung)

For the weatherwise, the forecast is not looking promising for Thursday.

The potential for widespread, damaging thunderstorms that will impact our area is very real, according to a National Weather Service special weather statement. Noting a “significant weather threat” for Thursday, the storms may contain tornadoes, damaging winds, and large hail.

And, to add insult to possible injury, reports there is a large Derecho possibility for Thursday in an area that spans from Chicago to Washington, D.C.

Many may remember the Derecho storm — a long-lived, widespread windstorm that travels for miles — that hit our area one year ago. In its wake it left downed trees, power outages, and the storm was blamed for disabling many 911 call centers in the region. Emergency shelters were established in Prince William and Stafford counties for residents to take shelter from the heat that followed the storm.

Derecho storms are capable of producing winds up to 60 to 70 mph.

This afternoon and tonight, showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop prior to Thursday’s major weather event. Those storms could produce localized flash flooding, the National Weather Service states.

After the threat passes on Friday, skies should be mostly sunny with highs about 80 degrees. A calmer weekend is in for forecast with partly cloudy skies on Saturday, and mostly sunny skies on Sunday.

Stafford Celebrating 350 with String of Year-Long Events


STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. — It’s been dubbed the cradle of opportunity, and now those helping to plan Stafford County’s 350th Anniversary say the area is ready to welcome new visitors.

Stafford, founded in May 1664, will turn 350 next year. A series of events are planned to honor the sesquarcentennial, and a kick-off event was held Tuesday at Stafford Hospital to announce a list of parties to be held in 2014 to honor the birthday.

“Celebrate Stafford 350” will be the first event of the year and is scheduled to be held January 4 at Stafford Marketplace. Centered on family fun, the event will feature a skating rink, history re-enactors, and will have a focus on future economic development with displays and demonstrations.

The county also has a Founders Day planned for May 3, 2014 at Brooke Point High School. Expected to be the most attended anniversary event of the year, the event will feature Stafford County School’s annual Art Show, and a parade that will travel from the high school to nearby Stafford Hospital.

There are also several other projects that coincide with the sesquarcentennial celebration, including a history wall at the Rowser Government Complex that will feature prominent African Americans who broke free from slavery to find freedom, as well as a legacy film that will show Stafford’s role in American history.

One of the lasting projects of the anniversary will be a Celebration Stage that will be built at Pratt Park outside Fredericksburg. Expected to open in June 2014, the stage will span 40×60 feet, and it’ll be used for performances, concerts, and outdoor movies, according to county officials.

Officials set a $1 million fundraising goal for the celebration, and so far have made nearly half that goal. It was announced Tuesday morning that coffers for the event now contain nearly $450,000.

“This county is on the line of departure, and by looking at what’s out there and what is coming to this county, this celebration will help us show others that Stafford is a ‘cradle of opportunity,’” said Lt. Gen. Ron Christmas, an organizer of the celebration and fundraiser.

In addition to setting sponsorship levels for the celebration that range between $250 and $250,000, the county also lunched as a way to promote the year-long celebration on the web.

“This is a once in a lifetime event. Not many in this room will live to see the 400th anniversary, but our grandchildren will,” said Stafford Hartwood District Supervisor Gary Snellings.


Water Pours Over Lake Jackson Dam


MANASSAS, Va — Water is rushing over the Lake Jackson Dam near Manassas at this hour.

It’s been a humid day full of heavy downpours and thunderstorms across the region. Now under a tornado watch, more thunderstorms are expected to impact the area during the late evening hours, according to the National Weather Service.

About 2 p.m. today, a flood warning was in effect for eastern Prince William County and southeastern Fairfax County as heavy rains caused flooding on streets and in streams.

Further south tonight, the Rappahannock River is expected to crest just below flood stage at 16 feet.

We’ll bring you updates as this stormy weather continues to impact our region.

The dam is 85-years-old, showing signs of age, and is in the process of being repaired.


Tornado Watch in Effect Until 10 p.m.


A tornado watch is in effect for most of Virginia, including Prince William and Stafford counties, and the Greater Manassas area.

Showers and thunderstorms are expected to continue to develop this afternoon into the overnight hours. In addition to tornadoes, the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy downpours, the National Weather Service states.

When the tornado watch was issued at 2 p.m., a line of storms was moving through the Dale City and Stafford areas.

The thunderstorm threat hangs around with us again tomorrow.

Falmouth Park Closed as More Rain Headed Our Way


STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. — Water levels are rising at the Historic Port of Falmouth in Stafford County today. Because of that, the park along the Rappahannock River has been closed to the public until further notice.

It comes as another round of drenching rains are expected to fall today. The National Weather Service issued a flood watch for the entire region through this evening.

Lots of us woke up to a soggy start after heavy rains fell overnight. More downpours are expected later this morning into early afternoon, and then even more rain could fall later this evening.

When it’s all said and done, up to three inches of rain could fall across the region today, according to the weather service.

Quantico Takes on the Frankenfish


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Several Snakehead fish were caught in the Potomac River today at Quantico Marine Corps Base as part of a first-ever tournament to rid the invasive fish from the waters. [Photo: Mary Davidson / Potomac Local News]

QUANTICO, Va. – A gloomy day took a favorable turn for those participating in the first Snakehead Fishing Tournament at Marine Corps Base Quantico. Shawn Mahood, a Stafford County resident, says he caught a snakehead that he estimates to be 8 or 9 pounds – and it wasn’t giving up without a fight.

“It’s just the biggest, baddest thing out there so that’s what you want to catch,” said Mahood. “It was very feisty. I actually thought he was going to break my line.”

The Marines joined in on the fight against a new invader — the Asian snakehead, a cross between an eel, fish, snake and a piranha that some say threatens the indigenous fish in local waters. Participating groups, individuals and volunteers from the conservation volunteer program, united to celebrate a day of fishing, barbequing and fun in the sun.

However, Mahood, along with many of the other participants and Marines, said that it is the joy of fishing and being outdoors that captured interest, not to eliminate the snakehead completely from the local waters.

“A lot of people think that they’re garbage and want to eradicate them, but I don’t think they’re doing the damage to the ecology that many say that they are,” said Manhood.

Janette Freitas, a resident from Prince William County, says the event was a good idea to promote fishing and enjoying the outdoors. She belonged to one of the winning teams, the “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”.

“I think it’s interesting that people are so worried about snakeheads when you can come here and fish and see these other species that are native to this area so obviously they’re not killing everything.”

Frankenfish’s bad reputation 

Quantico Maj. Russell Strange said that the snakehead has gotten a bad reputation but because the species is fairly new, not much academic research is available.

“It’s definitely invasive; however, it’s not as bad as people first thought it was,” said Strange. “It can survive almost any brackish waters and that’s the only thing keeping it out of the bay right now. Individuals find that they’re actually great sporting fish and awesome for catching; Many bass fishermen appreciate the fight that these fish put on.”

Over 20 teams as well as individuals participated alongside the Marines to enjoy a day of fishing and other eventful activities taking place the base. June 7 to 9 marks free fishing weekend in Virginia, so fishing licenses were not required to participate. Boats were launched from the Chopawamsic and Quantico creeks beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday and ran until 3 p.m. Snakeheads weren’t the only species being hunted, however. Weigh-in tournament winners were encouraged to reel in Gar, Carp and Catfish as well.

Base Commander Col. David Maxwell, who was in charge of initiating the idea of the tournament, says that he was pleased with the turnout of the event.

“Since [the snakehead] is an invasive species and they’re trying to manage the species here, maybe this is the way to do it and have some fun as well to go along with it,” said Maxwell.

Fishing with bow and arrow

While many anglers used the traditional rod and reel method to capture their fish, many of the fish were actually caught with an archery tackle. The “Ironwoods” team, including Daniel Breeden, from Prince William County and Bobby Breeden, from Stafford County, mostly used bow and arrows to capture their fish, with their weigh-in totaling at 254 pounds.

“From what we’ve seen with the numbers is that they’re here and they’re not going away,” said Strange. “A tournament like this is not going to rid all of the waters of the snakehead; the fish is very adaptable and can live in very shallow waters. The great fear was that everyone thought they were going to eat the ecosystem away.”

Frankenfish on the menu

Recently, however, snakeheads are the ones getting eaten. Many restaurants along the East Coast have begun offering the fish on the menus.

“I’ve eaten them and they are fabulous,” said Strange. Tony & Joes Seafood Place and Nicks Riverside Grill in Georgetown recently offered the so-called “Frankenfish” on their menu as a temporary dish. More restaurants around the Washington D.C. and Annapolis area are continuing to expanding the seafood options to include snakehead.

At the tournament wrap-up, Steve Morris holds the prizewinning snakehead at a whopping 10.18 pounds, just 7 pounds shy of the17-pound, 6-ounce record caught in the Potomac River last week.

Cops Celebrate National Doughnut Day


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For the lovers of fried dough, whether it comes glazed, powered, chocolate covered or cream-filled, all are celebrating today as it’s is National Doughnut Day.

While many flocked to area doughnut shops to celebrate the sweet goodness that are doughnuts, even police in our area got into the spirit.

Prince William police posted to their Facebook page today a photo of officer Jonathan Perok posing with a Dunkin Donuts employee.

Even police in Montgomery County, Md. also showed they enjoyed the day, posting an image to their Facebook page of police cars outside of a Dunkin Donuts which stated, “yes, we are aware it’s National Donut Day.”

Stafford Man Faces Involuntary Manslaughter


STAFFORD, Va. — Authorities don’t know what led to a fight between two young men, but now one is dead and other faces an involuntary manslaughter charge.

Kwesi Tyre Franklin, 20, of Stafford County, died after a confrontation with an acquaintance on Thursday, May 30. Police and rescue personnel were called to the area of Malvern Hill Court just after 10 p.m. where they found Franklin suffering from an apparent head wound. He was not able to speak to rescue workers, and he was taken to a local hospital where he later died June 1.

A Stafford County Sheriff’s Office Detective was assigned to the case due to the mysterious nature of Franklin’s death. The investigator contacted Franklin’s family and was told the 20-year-old left home that evening to go skateboarding, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

As the investigation continued, police learned that Franklin’s injuries stemmed from an assault by another man.

On Tuesday, authorities obtained arrested warrants and charged a suspect in the case.

Logan Peter Dalgran, 23, of 402 Malvern Hill Court, is charged with involuntary manslaughter, said Kennedy. He turned himself into police.

It’s still unclear what caused the fight.


Man Jumps From Burning House in 2-Alarm Blaze


STAFFORD, Va. — One man escaped a burning townhouse with his life on Thursday after he jumped through a second-story window.

The blaze broke out about 2:30 p.m. at 30 Maple Drive in Stafford, near the county’s courthouse. The fire took three homes, but originated in a two-story house. The blaze was so large a second alarm was triggered to help crews douse the blaze which was out by 3:21 p.m., said Stafford fire and rescue Asst. Chief Mark Doyle.

The man who jumped from a second story window did so before fire crews arrived. He was taken to a hospital and treated for injuries that did not appear to be life threatening.

Doyle said the fire remains under investigation and damage estimates were not yet available.

Virginia’s Fire & Rescue Heroes Earned Our Respect


In late May, Gov. Robert F. McDonnell proclaimed June 2-8 as the first-ever Fire and Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Memorial Week in Virginia.

Just last week, our country and Commonwealth remembered on Memorial Day those soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines who have given their lives in defense of the nation. It is fitting that we also honor

those who have given their lives as members of Virginia’s Fire and EMS community.

During this inaugural commemoration, Virginia will honor firefighters and EMS personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their neighbors, their communities, and their fellow citizens.

Additionally, it is an appropriate time to remember the more than 200 firefighters and EMS personnel who have been recognized by the Virginia Line of Duty Death Act since 1883.

Today, the work of these fallen heroes is carried on by more than 36,000 EMS providers and 125,171 career and volunteer firefighters throughout the Commonwealth. In 2012, these valiant Virginians responded to 79,000 fire calls and 1,217,791 EMS calls.

In our own region, we remember Paramedic Joshua Weissman of the Alexandria Fire Department, who gave his life on February 9, 2012. We also remember Technician Mark Baban of the Fairfax County Fire Department, who made the ultimate sacrifice on January 30, 2012.

In Prince William County, we are blessed by the splendid public service of our own Department of Fire and Rescue, consisting of more than 500 personnel led by an outstanding and dedicated public servant, Chief Kevin J. McGee.

During Fire and EMS Memorial Week, all citizens are encouraged to remember fire and emergency medical personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their community and to pay their respects to the survivors of our fallen heroes.

These heroes have earned our lasting respect. We should give no less.

Stafford: Missing Man Seen in Detroit


STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. — Police in Michigan think they have a lead on a man missing form Stafford County.

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office reported Monday that the man, 48-year-old Floyd Tyler, was spotted a family member’s house in Detroit just before midnight Friday.

“The Stafford Sheriff’s Office has been in contact with the Detroit and Grand Rapids Police departments in an attempt to safely locate Mr. Tyler,” stated spokesman Bill Kennedy in a press release.

Stafford County authorities and a Virginia State Police helicopter were called to search for Tyler, who disappeared from a Walmart parking lot on Garrisonville Road.

Potomac Local News is waiting to hear back from authorities in Detroit for more information on the case.


Manassas Railway Fest, Occoquan Craft Show Top Area Event Calendars


052211 Around TownIt’s Saturday June 1, 2013, and there are a lot of events happening in our area today to ring in the second unofficial weekend of summer.

Here’s a few hand selected events from Potomac Local News:

Manassas Railway Heritage Festival

Head to Old Town Manassas this today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to see trains and ride trains, see farm equipment, vendors, and live family-friendly entertainment. Admission to the festival is free, and a train ride on a Virginia Railway Express Trail will cost you $5.

Occoquan’s Annual Spring Craft Show

One of two major craft shows in the tiny Town of Occoquan, this annual two-day event draws thousands to the region to see handmade quilts, woodworking, to special locally made foods. The Coffee of House Occoquan also plans to have live music, and the independently owned small shops and restaurants in the town will have plenty to do and see.

Parking is limited, so be sure to check out their website for nearby commuter lots to park in and where to pick up a free shuttle bus to the event.

The show runs today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and tomorrow from 10 am. to 5 p.m. 

Yard Sale

According to the Potomac Local News Yard Sale Map, the best little yard sale in Prince William County is happening in the Manassas area at 10517 Trinidad Court. It started at 6 a.m., so hurry out there if you still want to grab some great items.

You can also list your Yard Sale on the map for next weekend.

Dumfries Farmer’s Market

Fresh veggies, friuts, and and lots of fun can be had at Dumfries’ farmers market today and each Saturday this summer from 8 a.m. until noon. Come out and taste Virginia Grown.

Buckhall United Methodist Church Day of Service

Buckhall United Methodist Church will host its Day of Service this Saturday today, 9 a.m.. to 4 p.m. The whole community is invited to come together to make the world – or at least Manassas and Prince William County – a better place.

This is a terrific opportunity for last-minute community service hours for students, organizers said. There will be a whole range of projects to choose from:

— Make 500 sandwiches, for SERVE and Rising Hope shelters

— Assemble birthing kits to be sent to developing countries, decreasing the odds of infection

— Clean up Moore Drive and Signal Hill Road, through the Adopt-a-Highway program

— Repair and clean local homes, through Project Mend-A-House

— Collect batteries to be recycled

Projects will take begin at 9 a.m. and conclude by 1 p.m. Many hands make light work, and much good can be accomplished in four hours!

Summer begins at Stonebridge

Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center is ready to help you welcome summertime today at their annual Spring into Summer festival. Join them in Woodbridge at 14900 at Potomac Town Place for food tastings, a fashion show, live bands, family fun, and special store discounts.

Comedy show at Workhouse Arts Center

End the day with some laughs at the Cecil Ray Comedy Club tonight at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton. This christian comedy show features the talents of comedian Grayson from Lafayette, La., Pittsburgh’s finest Miss Clareese, comedian Kadesha from Alexandria, Va., local newcomer comedian Coco-Nut.

The doors to the event open at 6:30 p.m. at the W-3 Threater at the Workhouse Campus. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and $30 for VIP seating.

Find more events anytime on the Potomac Local Communities Calendar.


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