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Fatal pedestrian crash investigated in Dumfries

DUMFRIES — A man was struck and killed on Route 1 in Dumfries.

It happened about 8:30 p.m. near the intersection of Graham Park Road, near Triangle Shopping Center.

A victim is a homeless man who was pronounced dead on the scene, we’re told by a police source. Prince William police are investigating the crash.

We’re told the striking vehicle did not stay on scene.

More as we have it.

Photos: Sammoto Yamosa 

University of Mary Washington to suspend classes 5 p.m. Wednesday

From the University of Mary Washington: 

We have been actively monitoring the path of Hurricane Florence. In a conference call this evening, education officials across the state agreed that a storm of this magnitude – which is likely to produce severe flooding, high winds, and widespread power outages – can present a danger to many locations, including our campus community. 

As a result, the University of Mary Washington will close all of its campuses at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12. All classes and University events will be canceled, and academic buildings will be locked. Only essential personnel should report to work. More information will be forthcoming, but the University is slated to reopen on schedule Monday morning, Sept. 17.

Provisions are being made to support those students who must remain on campus. You are urged to personally begin storm preparations, including the following:

                                — Ensure that your mobile devices remain fully charged.

                                — Refill prescription drugs.

                                — Gather basic supplies, such as food, a flashlight, and water to sustain yourself for several days, if you plan to remain on campus.

                                — If you have a car, fill it with gas.

For information on Florence’s path, access https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes. We will be regularly communicating updates as they are available. Please check umw.edu and/or the campus information line: 540-654-2424. The University’s No. 1 priority is the safety and comfort of our students. 

Arts Alive 2018 canceled ahead of Hurricane Florence

MANASSAS — Organizers have canceled this year’s Arts Alive festival ahead of Hurricane Florence. 

From an email: 

The Arts Council event committee and the Hylton Performing Arts Center has decided to cancel Arts Alive due to the pending Hurricane. At this point, we do not have a date to reschedule this event – will keep you posted should this happen.

The festival was to take place this Sunday at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas. 

The festival features hands-on art displays for children and adults, as well as entertainment on four stages both inside and outside of the performing arts center.

At least 2,500 people attended the festival last year, according to the event website. 

Dam owners urged to lower lake levels ahead of hurricane

Dam owners in Virginia are advised to consult with a professional engineer about possibly lowering lake levels by up to 6 inches per day ahead of Hurricane Florence. From the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) press release:

Advisory to Virginia Dam Owners ahead of Hurricane Florence
 
RICHMOND, Va. — As of Monday Sept. 10, the National Weather Service has forecasted the potential for a major hurricane-level storm event in Virginia within the next week. Rainfall projections are currently forecasted to be from approximately 10 to 20 inches in some areas of the state if the storm were to slow down or “stall.”
 
In preparation for this potential storm event, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation Dam Safety Program is offering the following information to dam owners.
 
1. Reach out to your professional engineer and discuss the specifics of your dam and what to do during an emergency situation.
2. Locate and review your dam’s emergency action plan if one is in place. Ensure that all contacts and contact information are up-to-date. Provide any updates to the local emergency services contact and DCR Dam Safety.
3. If your dam has a working low-flow valve, you as the dam owner should consider consulting with your professional engineer about possibly lowering your lake level by up to 6 inches per day (24-hour period). By lowering the normal water level in your lake, you provide extra storage for when rainfall begins. Note that lowering lake levels by more than 6 inches per day is not allowed as rapid drawdown of a lake level could result in critical damage to your dam.
4. Visually inspect your dam and remove any debris from the primary and emergency spillways. Contact your professional engineer if any dam-related issues are found (seepage, slope failures, rodent holes, etc.)
 
For information about the Virginia Dam Safety Program, go to http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/dam-safety-and-floodplains.

Man, 24, shot dead in Manassas

From Manassas police: 

Homicide

On August 30, 2018 at approximately 2:03 a.m., officers from the Manassas City Police Department responded to the 10000 block of Massie St for a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers observed apparent bullet holes in the front door of a residence at this location. Officers made entry into the residence and located an adult male victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The victim was identified as Reynaldo Eliazar ARAUJO, a 24 year-old resident of Manassas.

Detectives believe this incident is not random. The investigation is on-going. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Manassas City Police Department at 703- 257-8000 or Manassas City/Manassas Park Crime Solvers at 703-330-0330.

Shots ring out during evening commute near Quantico

Updated 9:30 p.m. 

One man is behind bars after an apparent road rage incident.

It started when one driver was speeding and then began tailgating another driver in the area of Corporate Drive in North Stafford, at the Quantico Corporate Center.

The two drivers continue to tangle with each other until they became side by side while traveling on Route 1 south. One of them pulled out a gun a fired three rounds into the other car at 5:52 p.m., said Stafford sheriff’s spokeswoman Amanda Vicinanzo.

No one was hurt, but the bullets shattered nearly every side window in the victim’s car.

The two men then pulled to the side of the road and flagged down a Stafford County Sheriff’s Deputy who was already in the area, said Vicinanzo.

Both men told the deputy what happened. Additional deputies were called to the scene.

The man who police said fired the shots was arrested. The suspect told police that the victim pointed something that looked like a gun at him, however, investigators did not find a weapon on the victim or in his car, added Vicinanzo.

Oscar Martinez is charged with attempted aggravated malicious wounding, shooting from a vehicle, shooting at a moving vehicle, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, reckless handling of a firearm, said Vicinanzo.

Vicinanzo did not have the suspect’s age or the name of the town in which he lives.

Original post 8:58 p.m. 

NORTH STAFFORD — The driver of a black Mercedes Benz was shot at while traveling on Route 1 at Quantico. 

Shots rang out about 6 p.m. Tuesday when sheriff’s deputies were called to an area of Route 1 in North Stafford, just outside the Potomac Hills fire station.

Witnesses said two cars —a  silver sedan and the black Mercedes were traveling on Route 1 south. The silver sedan was behind the Mercedes, and both were driving slowly in the left lane, near the National Museum of the Marine Corps at Quantico in Prince William County.

A woman on her way home from work said she passed the two cars on the right. She saw the vehicles again, now in Stafford County near the fire station.

“The driver of the Mercedes said he had been shot and for me to call 911,” said the woman, who asked not to be identified.

It’s unclear if any of the bullets that struck the car hit the driver. All of the side windows on the car had been shattered by what appeared to have been gunfire.

The Stafford sheriff’s office has yet to respond for a request for comment on the story.

Shortly after the sheriff’s office arrived on the scene, they told dispatchers that the fire and rescue crews that had been dispatched to the scene were not needed.

Both cars witnesses said were involved in the shooting remained on the scene. Authorities never closed Route 1 during the investigation.

 

Victim suffers serious burns after barrel blaze at Prince William Marina

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY — One man became covered in fuel and suffered second-degree burns.

The victim was flown to a hospital about 4 p.m. Tuesday after barrel of fuel caught fire at Prince William Marina on Route 123 near Occoquan.

Fire and rescue crews were called to the scene about 3:15 p.m. for a report of a fire near a gas pump. One of the first-arriving rescue crews reported a barrel to be on fire, not the gas pumps.

The fire was quickly extinguished. Afterward, rescue crews discovered the injured man covered in fuel, suffering second and third-degree burns on his back and hands.

Crews administered pain medications to the victim and worked to clean off as much fuel as they could before a helicopter arrived to fly the victim to MedStar Washington Hospital in Washington, D.C.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

7-Eleven outside Stafford’s Hidden Valley neighborhood robbed at knifepoint

STAFFORD — A 7-Eleven was robbed at knifepoint Tuesday night.

Two masked men walked into the convenience store about 8 p.m. and threatened two employees with a knife. They demanded cash.

One of the men jumped behind a counter while the other held knife wrapped in a bandana, employees told us.

The thieves made off with cash. No one was injured.

No official word yet from the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office. 

The store is located at 3623 Jefferson Davis Highway near Boswell’s Corner in northern Stafford County.

Pedestrian killed in Woodbridge road rage incident identified

WOODBRIDGE — Police said a road rage incident led to the death of a man who got out of his truck on Prince William Parkway on Wednesday afternoon. 

From police: 

Fatal Crash Investigation – On August 8 at 3:58PM, investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit responded to the area of the Prince William Pkwy and Minnieville Rd in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a pedestrian involved crash.

The investigation revealed that the drivers of a 2010 Mitsubishi Galant sedan and a 1995 Ford F-Super Duty truck were traveling northbound on the Prince William Pkwy when a road rage incident occurred. Both vehicles continued to the above area where they stopped due to traffic.

As the vehicles were stopped, the driver of the pickup truck, herein referred to as a pedestrian, exited the vehicle and began to approach the Galant. At that point, the driver of the Galant maneuvered into the left lanes. In the process, the pedestrian and a 2012 Honda Odyssey minivan were struck.

As a result at that collision, the pedestrian was caught between both the sedan and the minivan. Investigators are still determining which vehicle struck the pedestrian. The driver of the Galant stopped in the immediate area of the crash and contacted police.

The pedestrian died at the scene as a result of his injuries. Due to the nature of the death, detectives from the Violent Crimes Bureau are investigating the incident with the assistance of the Crash Investigation Unit. No other injuries were reported.

Speed, alcohol, and drug use are not factors in the collision. At this time, no charges have been placed. The investigation continues.

                Identified:

The pedestrian [driver from the 1995 Ford F-Super Duty] was identified as Larry Dean WALKER, 53, of Woodbridge

The driver of the 2010 Mitsubishi Galant was identified as a 34-year-old man of Woodbridge

The driver of the 2012 Honda Odyssey [uninvolved in the initial road rage incident] was identified as a 68-year-old woman of Woodbridge

Updated: Man struck, killed on Prince William Parkway

Witnesses say the suspect fled the scene

WOODBRIDGE — One man was killed Wednesday afternoon after he was struck by a car.

It happened at the intersection of Prince William Parkway and Minnieville Road at 3:58 p.m.

The victim died on the scene, his body covered by police body with a white sheet as motorists passed by on their evening commutes.

Witnesses described the striking vehicle as a silver sedan. They said it fled the scene and had a damaged side mirror.

Police closed a portion of Prince William Parkway between Minnieville Road and Golansky Boulevard.

More as we have it.

Updated 8 p.m. 

Police found the vehicle suspected in the fatal pedestrian struck crash.  

“We have the parties involved,” said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok. “It was not a hit and run.” 

A source tells us the car was found behind a nearby BJs Wholesale Club. 

The incident remains under investigation. 

One killed in Stafford dirt bike collision

STAFFORD — One person is dead following a dirt bike collision.

Two riders collided while on Andrew Chapel Road in Stafford County just before 9 p.m. Saturday.

Both were taken to a local hospital where one died from his injuries, said Stafford sheriff’s spokeswoman Amanda Vicinanzo.

She did not provide the age or identity of the victim or information on the condition of the survivor. 

Fire and rescue crews were called to Inez Way and Andrew Chapel Road where the incident occurred.

One of the victims suffered serious head trauma and a helicopter was initially called to take that victim to a hospital.

Officials later called off the helicopter and took the victim to a hospital in an ambulance.

1 in custody following homicide on Arizona Avenue

From Prince William police: 

Murder Investigation *ARREST – On August 2, detectives from the Homicide Unit identified and arrested the suspect involved in the shooting death of an adult male that occurred at a residence located in the 14700 block of Arizona Ave in Woodbridge (22191) on August 1. The investigation revealed that the victim and the suspect were on the back deck of the home when the shooting occurred. The victim died as a result of his injuries.

Detectives are still investigating the incident to determine what led up to the altercation between the accused and the victim. Both men were known to one another. The victim has been identified as a 22-year-old man. Detectives are awaiting contact with a next-of-kin before the victim’s identity is publically released. Following the investigation, the accused, identified as Jorge Anthony SANDOVAL, was arrested.

The investigation continues.

                Arrested on August 2:

                Jorge Anthony SANDOVAL, 19, of 15015 Alabama Ave in Woodbridge

                Charged with murder

                Court Date: September 19, 2018 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

Floodwaters strand rescue crews called to help driver

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY — Fire and rescue crews became stranded by floodwaters after they were called to rescue the driver of a pick up that drove through rising waters. 

The call went out at 7:10 a.m., when crews from Prince William County and Quantico were dispatched to Fleetwood Drive behind the Marine Corps Base in Nokesville. 

The driver of a pickup truck became stuck in rising waters on the Cedar Run and had to be assisted out of his truck, said Prince William County Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief Matt Smolsky. 

After they helped the man to safety, flood waters quickly rose behind the Prince William County fire engine, trapping the crew, the man they helped to safety, and three other bystanders who came to help. 

Now, the Prince William crew had flood waters in front of and behind them, while the Quantico crew looked on from the other side, also separated by flood waters. The fire trucks stayed clear of the water. 

Firefighters could only sit and wait for flood waters to recede. 

On Brent Town Road in Fauquier County, which becomes Fleetwood Drive once you cross the Prince William County, a head-on collision closed a portion of the road about 8 a.m. 

That sent drivers on the busy by-way that links Stafford County with Manassas seeking alternate routes. However, many were greeted by floodwaters on many of the bailout routes they chose to use to include Elk Run, Bristersburg, and Courthouse roads in Fauquier County. 

As heavy rains fell overnight in Prince William County, crews were called to at least three rescues due to high water. A total of eight people were assisted to safety, said Smolsky. 

It’s been another week of heavy rains in the region, following last week’s deluge that caused a major sinkhole in Stafford County. 

Storms stay in the forecast through the weekend. 

7-Eleven on Minnieville Road robbed in broad daylight

DALE CITY — A 7-Eleven on the corner of Minnieville Road and Cardinal Drive was robbed in broad daylight.

A man walked into the convenience store at 14410 Minnieville Road about 12:30 p.m., told an employee he had a gun and was given cash from the register.

No injuries were reported.

Police fanned out along Minnieville Road searching for the suspect who was said to be last seen headed down Minnieville Road toward Spriggs Road.

The man was described to be of Hispanic or middle eastern descent, between the ages of 22 and 28 years old, wearing a black t-shirt, black sunglasses, large black headphones, and blue jeans.

More on this story as we have it.

Wanted suspect captured at Woodbridge supermarket

WOODBRIDGE — Police captured a man wanted for armed robbery.

Officers tracked the suspect to J&J International Market at 16593 River Ridge Boulevard in Woodbridge just before 3 p.m.

Police evacuated the store and sent in K-9 units to find the suspect. He was reported to be inside the store, however, it’s unclear where the suspect was found.

Prince William police spokesman Nathan Probus says the suspect was taken into custody without incident. He did not release the suspect’s name.

Before the arrest, police did a door-to-door search of businesses next to J&J Market in the River Oaks shopping center searching or their man. He was said to be wearing a gray shirt, blue jeans, and a backpack.

Police dispatched K-9 units to the rear of the store to search for the suspect. Police also searched the nearby Chesapeake Apartments.

Virginia State Police troopers and officers from the Dumfries Town Police Department assisted in the search. 

Probus told us more information about the suspect will be released on Wednesday, July 28. 

City leaders sign letter of intent to move P-Nats to Fredericksburg

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One shot in Dale City on Monday afternoon

DALE CITY — One man was shot today near a Pizza Hut in Dale City on Monday. 

What we know now from police: 

*INCIDENT: Shooting | Woodbridge;
Officers are currently on scene investigating a shooting in the area of Filarete St and Forestdale Ave. Male victim sustained a gunshot wound and was flown to an area hospital. Condition unknown.

No suspect description available at this time.

Residents in the area can expect a heavy police presence as the investigation continues.

 

Stafford government center shut down after air conditioner fails

STAFFORD — The mercury is expected to climb into the high 90s today with heat index values reaching 105 degrees. 

A lack of air conditioning has forced the closure of the Stafford County Government Center today. 

From an email: 

Due to a malfunction in an air conditioning unit in the George L. Gordon, Jr., building, most of the building is without air conditioning.  As of 10:30 a.m., the Gordon building is closed for business. Other departments located outside the Gordon building will remain open and continue serving citizens.

The meeting of the Telecommunications Commission scheduled for tonight has been canceled. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 6, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. inthe County Administration Conference Room of the George L. Gordon, Jr., Government Center, 1300 Courthouse Road, Stafford, VA 22554.

The meeting of the Architectural Review Board scheduled for tonight has been canceled. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 6, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. in Conference Room ABC of the George L. Gordon, Jr., Government Center, 1300 Courthouse Road, Stafford, VA 22554.

 

Flood debris removed, River Road reopens

FALMOUTH — Crews in Falmouth bottom are done mopping up the mess. 

The portion of River Road that had been closed after this past weekend’s flooding on the Rappahannock River, between Gordon Street and the entrance to Pratt Park, is now open to traffic once again. 

The river spilled its banks and crested at 25 feet on Sunday. The waters brought tree trunks and debris from upstream, west of Fredericksburg, an area that was hard hit by heavy rain.

When the water receded, tree limbs and logs were left piled on River Road. Portions of the pavement were showing signs of buckling after being submerged under water.

We were in Falmouth on Monday to watch some of the clean-up efforts. Heavy equipment was called in to remove the trees, while officials at the Stafford County Government worked with the Virginia Department of Transportation to remove the debris and get the roadway open once again. 

A series of homes along River Road near the intersection of Gordon Street was also flooded. On Monday, we saw those homeowners working hard to pump out the remaining water in their basements. 

River Road is the popular cut-through route that carries 5,700 cars per day, according to VDOT. The road links Route 3 at the Chatham Bridge to Falmouth, Route 1, and Route 17.

The Fredericksburg Nationals? City aims to lure baseball team from Woodbridge.

FREDERICKSBURG — They’re clearly excited in Fredericksburg.

City officials on Tuesday posted to their Facebook page announcing the city was in the works to sign a letter of intent with the Potomac Nationals. That agreement would move the team from their home in Woodbridge, where they’ve been since 1984.

The partnership was announced at a Fredericksburg City Council meeting. The team could relocate to a new stadium to be built somewhere on a tract of undeveloped land called Celebrate Virginia South, near the city’s convention center and Mark’s and Harrison Amphitheater.

According to fredericksburgbaseball.com, if the team reaches an agreement with the city it would remain in Fredericksburg for 30 years. The deal would include a new 5,000-seat stadium for the team similar to what the team had envisioned to be built at Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center in Woodbridge.

Potomac Nationals Team Owner Art Silber could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.

News of the potential move comes about a year after Prince William County officials failed to come to an agreement with Silber on a financing package for his new stadium in Woodbridge. It would have been located behind Wegmans at the town center, and, for the team, it would be a replacement for Richard G. Pfitzner Stadium, where the P-Nats have called home since moving to Woodbridge from Alexandria in 1984.

The team has talked about the need for a new stadium for about 20 years.

The Fredericksburg City Council is expected to review and vote on the letter of intent at its July 10 meeting, according to the city’s Facebook page.

This is not the first time Fredericksburg has tired to lure a team to the city. In 2013, officials were in negotiations with the Hagerstown Suns, of Maryland. But negotiations fell through when costs for a new 5,000-seat stadium grew beyond the initial $30 million price point, something similar to what happened during the P-Nats negotiations with Prince William leaders.

The Fredericksburg City Treasurer is set to begin selling parcels on the land on which the new P-Nats stadium would be built. The owners of undeveloped property owe more than two years of back tax payments.

Fredericksburg officials posted this logo to the city’s Facebook page on June 26, 2018.

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