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Shots fired call prompts heavy police presence in Downtown Manassas

MANASSAS — Police swarmed Downtown Manassas about 4 p.m. after a report of shots fired.

A neighbor who lives on Main Street just south of the railroad tracks near the Manassas Museum called 911 to report hearing gunfire. Police were unable to find a gun. However, they were able to locate juveniles whom they believed were involved in the incident.

Police believe a pellet gun was used in the incident, according to city spokeswoman Patty Prince.

No one was injured.

Officers were posted near the intersection of Center and Main streets, and Liberty and West streets for the shots fired investigation.

About a block away on Liberty Street, police and fire and rescue crews were called to a separate incident at a water tower for a report of trespassing. It appeared police had one juvenile in custody.


Updated: Driver dies Thursday morning in wrong-way crash on Interstate 95

One man was killed in an early-morning crash on Interstate 95 in Stafford County when he drove the wrong way onto the southbound traffic lanes.

From Virginia State Police: 

On Thursday October 12, Virginia State Police responded to a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 2:30 am on Interstate 95 Southbound just north of the Centreport Parkway exit at the 136 mile marker in Stafford County. 

The crash involved two vehicles.  The first vehicle was a 2003 Dodge Van that had entered I95 at the Centreport Parkway exit and was headed northbound in the southbound lanes.  Just north of the exit the van struck a southbound 2007 Peterbuilt tractor trailer head on the center lane.  Both drivers were transported to Mary Washington Hospital.  The driver of the van died as the result of injuries sustained in the identity is pending notification of the family. 

The crash closed the southbound lanes and southbound traffic was detoured at the Stafford Exit located at the 140 mile marker.  All lane of southbound I95 were open to traffic at 7:15 am.  The crash and its causative factors are still under investigation at this time by Trooper K. W. Comer who was assisted by VDOT, the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office and Stafford County Fire and Rescue units.

The crash was cleared about 7 a.m. Prior to that, Virginia Department of Transportation crews worked to clean up a resulting fuel spill while traffic was redirected. 

From VDOT: 

All I-95 southbound traffic is being detoured to Route 1 southbound at Courthouse Road in Stafford. Traffic can travel Route 1 southbound to Centreport Parkway, where they can re-enter I-95 southbound at the Exit 136 (Centreport Parkway) interchange.

A multi-vehicle crash occurred near Exit 136 on I-95 southbound. Crews are working to clear the scene and contain spilled fuel.  

Stafford area travelers should expect significant travel delays during the morning rush hour period on I-95 southbound and Route 1 southbound. Three miles of congestion exists leading up to the incident scene.


The driver of the van died as the result of injuries sustained in the crash at Mary Washington Hospital at 6:40 am.  The driver of the van is identified as Darwin William Hogan, age 21 of Fredericksburg, VA. 

The driver of the tractor trailer was treated for minor injuries at Mary Washington Hospital.  The driver of the tractor trailer is identified as Jeffery Dewayne Edwards, age 55 of Hillsborough, NC.

“Dead!!!” was painted in gold spray paint’ on “Stonewall” Jackson monument

From an email: 

The National Park Service (NPS) is actively working to remove paint that was poured and sprayed on the General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson monument at Manassas National Battlefield Park. The vandalism happened overnight and was discovered at approximately 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 4.

Vandals poured a large quantity of white paint on three of the four sides of the polished granite base, and “Dead!!!” was painted in gold spray paint. NPS law enforcement park rangers are investigating the incident; anyone with information is asked to call 301-714-2235.

NPS preservation experts have started to remove the paint from the monument, and are assessing the best methods to remove remaining paint, oils and residue.

The monument was erected in 1940 at the site where Jackson first received the nickname “Stonewall,” at the First Battle of Manassas on July 21, 1861.

Photo: National Park Service 

CONFEDERATE FLAG: “take it down” and “racist” spray painted on the base of the pole’

From a press release: 

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a report of vandalism involving a flag pole that flies a large Confederate flag on private property near Interstate 95 in the Falmouth area.  

On Sunday, October 1, 2017 at approximately 4:00pm, Deputy George Motley was called to the property and observed “take it down” and “racist” spray painted on the base of the pole. The rope used to hoist the flag was also damaged and rendered useless. It appears there may have been an attempt to remove the plaque on the pole that reads “Virginia.”

The landowner, Hubert Cash, informed the deputy that the pole is owned by the Virginia Flaggers organization and he had agreed to have the flag and pole on his property. The property line and pole itself feature a number of no-trespassing signs.  

Cash told the deputy he first noticed the damage at approximately 3:00pm that day and the last time he had seen the pole undamaged was on September 24, 2017. He said he is unaware of who caused the damage, but knows there are a lot of people who do not like the flag.

The flag and the 80-foot pole on which is attached has been at the center of a debate among Stafford County residents since the United the Right protest in Charlottesville on Aug. 12. 

Many residents have called on county officials to remove the flag or to pass new rules limiting the height of flagpoles in the county. 

Late last month, Stafford County Attorney Charles Shumate said the flag was on private property, was permitted by the county, and that the county’s Board of Supervisors had no right to forcibly remove the flag. Any restrictions on flagpoles, he added, would not apply to the flag as it would be grandfathered.

We reported this morning that a Stafford County woman also won approval from the county to erect a similar 80-foot flagpole on which, she says, she will erect a “Black Lives Matter” flag.


Kline development public hearing deferred ‘to date uncertain or date certain’

MANASSAS — The Prince William County Planning Commission will not hear the Kine Property case on Wednesday as originally scheduled. 

The proposed development would bring 400 new homes on 100 acres of land at the intersection of Prince William Parkway and Liberia Avenue just outside Manassas. 

Those who were going to attend the 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 Planning Commission meeting, or will view its upcoming agenda will not that the Kline development remains on the agenda. 

From Prince William County Scott Meyer: 

The Applicant requested deferral, just before we were about to dispatch our reports for 10/4 Planning Commission.

However, since the 10/4 PC public hearing has already been advertised, upon our e-portal/scheduled, and posted with public hearing signs, the Planning Commission still needs to officially take action on the deferral request at the 10/4 meeting.   Although we do not know the actual timeframe for when it would go back to PC, it may possibly be as early as November 15th.   But, we do not know at this time…   It all depends on how it is deferred —  to date uncertain or date certain.

We are in discussion with the applicant and looking at alternative layouts.

We’ve called the applicant Stanley Martin Homes, left a message and requested a comment. We’ll post here once we receive it. 

‘The driver of the 2005 Ford Ranger was eventually flown to an area hospital where he died as a result of his injuries’

From Prince William police: 

Fatal Crash Investigation – On September 29 at 2:14PM, investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit responded to the 9300 block of Brentsville Rd in Manassas (20112) to investigate a two vehicle crash. The investigation revealed that the driver of a 1997 Ford F350 was traveling westbound on Brentsville Rd when the vehicle crossed over the double yellow line and collided head on with the driver of a 2005 Ford Ranger who was traveling eastbound on Brentsville Rd. The driver of the 2005 Ford Ranger was eventually flown to an area hospital where he died as a result of his injuries on September 30. The driver of the Ford F350 was also flown to an area hospital with serious injuries. It is unknown at this time if speed or drug use are factors in this crash. Charges are pending. The investigation continues.


The driver of the 2005 Ford Ranger was identified as Terry Lee CUNNINGHAM, Jr., 23, of Woodbridge

The driver of the 1997 Ford F350 was identified as a 35-year-old man of Bristow

Updated: ‘Fourteen adults and five children have been displaced’

From an email: 

At 2:57 a.m. City of Manassas Fire and Rescue units responded to a two-alarm fire in the 9000 block of McRae Court.  Upon arrival, units saw fire showing from a middle unit to the rear of the house.  In total, fire damaged three town homes.  Fourteen adults and five children have been displaced.  Currently, the families are attempting to find shelter with friends and family. Fire Marshal Hartnett is on scene.

Update 4:10 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, 2017

From city officials: 

It was determined to be accidental.  There was an electrical failure in an extension cord.

New Prince William police station, still under construction, burns

WOODBRIDGE — A new police station under construction in Prince William County burned Friday morning.

Construction materials caught fire and caused damage to two floors and the roof, according to a source.

We’re still waiting to get official word on the damage, as well as what caused the blaze.

The nearly $30 million Central District Police Station near the intersection of Davis Ford Road and Prince William Parkway in Woodbridge remains under construction.

Earlier this week, a county public works official told the Board of Supervisors the opening of the station would be delayed to at least January due to construction delays. The delayed opening would put the station two months behind schedule.

More as we have it.

10:47 a.m.

No injuries reported. 



Updated: Arrest made in safety services patrolman hit-and-run

Police are searching for the driver of a green Mustang who fled the scene after striking the safety patrolman while he was rendering aid to another disabled driver. 

From police: 

At 6:20 a.m.Friday (Sept. 22), Virginia State Police responded to a report of a hit-and-run of a VDOT Safety Services Patroller in the northbound lanes of I-95 near Exit 166B.

The Safety Services Patrol (SSP) unit had responded to that location to aid a disabled motorist. The SSP unit parked his vehicle on the right shoulder with its sign board and amber emergency lights activated. The SSP unit was in the process of setting out traffic cones for the safety of the disabled motorist when a green Mustang traveling north on I-95 struck the SSP employee. The Mustang then fled the scene.

Thanks to eyewitness accounts and assistance from local law enforcement, state police have detained an individual for questioning in this incident.

The SSP unit, an adult male, was transported to Fairfax Inova Hospital and is being treated for serious injuries.

The incident remains under investigation at this time.


From a press release: 

Thanks to eyewitness accounts and assistance from local law enforcement, state police located and charged Ginnun S. Frazier, 27, of Alexandria, Va., with one felony count of hit-and-run and for driving on a revoked license.  State police also located the green Ford Mustang driven by Frazier.

The SSP unit, an adult male, was transported to Fairfax Inova Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. 

‘The man then chased the victim and was able to grab her from behind’

From police: 

Attempted Sexual Assault | Abduction – On September 21 at 4:24AM, officers responded to the area of South Park Ct in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate an attempted assault. The investigation revealed the victim, an 18-year-old woman, was in a park in the above area when she was approached by a masked man.

The victim struck the man before running away. The man then chased the victim and was able to grab her from behind. At that point, the suspect forced the victim to the ground and removed part of her clothing. The victim fought off the suspect and yelled for help. The suspect was last seen fleeing on foot. No injuries were reported. A police K-9 and helicopter searched for the suspect who was not located. The investigation continues.

                Suspect Description:

                Male, unknown race or age, 6’1”, 150lbs with a thin build

                Last seen wearing a dark colored ski-style mask, gloves, dark pants and a dark hooded jacket

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Prince William County Crime Solvers. Tipsters can call 1-866-411-TIPS, text “PWC” plus your information to 274637, or submit a webtip online at Tipsters remain anonymous & could earn up to a $1,000 reward.

Police search for stabbing suspect in Triangle, victim to be flown to hospital

Police are on the scene of a stabbing that happened just before 11 a.m.

At least one person has been injured. A helicopter has been called to fly the victim to a local hospital.

Police K9 units have been called to the incident in the area of Potomac Highlands Circle and Quantico Gateway Drive in Triangle.

Police have few details at this time. We’ll update this post as soon as we have more information.

11:30 a.m. Update 

From Prince William police: 

*INCIDENT – Stabbing | Triangle; Officers are currently investigating a stabbing which occurred in the area of Potomac Highlands Cir and Quantico Gateway Dr around 10:45AM this morning. The victim, an adult female, is being flown out with serious injuries but is expected to survive. Suspect fled the area on foot. A police K-9 and helicopter are responding to assist. Expect an increased police presence in the area.

Suspect Description:
Black female, 5’09” with curly hair last seen wearing white shirt, pink pants and white shoes


Police broke down their search perimeter shortly after noon. No arrests have been made in the incident.


Updated: Police called to possible hostage situation, shoot teen with crowbar

HAYMARKET — Prince William police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Haymarket.

We’re told no police officers have been injured. Further details on the incident have yet-to-be-made available by a police spokesman.

County school officials stress to parents that children inside schools in the Haymarket area are safe

Prince William County Schools spokeswoman Irene Cromer released this statement:

Haymarket area schools are safe and advised of NO NEED for precautionary actions despite police activity in the area. Instruction continues as normal at all schools.

More as we have it.

2 p.m. 

A male juvenile was pronounced dead at the scene this morning after a police-involved shooting in Haymarket. 

From Prince William police: 

INCIDENTOfficer Involved Shooting | Haymarket; Detectives are currently investigating an officer involved shooting which occurred in the 6800 block of Hartzell Hill Ln in Haymarket (20169) around 10:45 this morning. No officers were injured. The individual shot was identified as a male juvenile and was pronounced dead at the scene. More information will be released when available. The investigation continues.

A road closure this afternoon will prevent parents from picking up children, as well as stalling bus traffic at schools in the area. 

From Prince William County Public Schools spokeswoman Irene Cormer: 

Due to road closure at Hartzell Hill Lane in Haymarket, parents are asked to meet their child’s bus at  Market Ridge and Heights Way.  No buses can go on Harzell Hill Lane. This may affect school buses from Battlefield High School, Reagan Middle School, and Haymarket Elementary School.

2:50 p.m. 

Police say the male juvenile is a teenager. 

4:45 p.m. 

The Prince William County Police Department is still actively investigating an officer involved shooting which occurred outside of a residence located in the 6800 block of Hartzell Hill Ln in Haymarket (20169) around 10:45AM this morning. Officers initially responded to the residence to investigate a possible hostage situation.

As officers were responding, information was received that one of the parties involved had a bomb strapped to his chest and was holding a family member hostage. When officers arrived, they observed a male individual in front of the residence. During the encounter, the individual brandished a crowbar and began walking toward the officers in a threatening manner.

The officers gave the individual multiple commands to drop the crowbar which he refused. At that point, one of the officers fired their Department issued weapon towards the individual, striking him in the upper body. Officers provided immediate first aid until rescue personnel arrived.

The individual was pronounced dead at the scene. No officers were injured.

The individual shot was identified as a 15-year-old male juvenile. More information will be released when available. The investigation continues.

Officials turn to federal government after inaccuracies found at new veterans memorial

STAFFORD — Stafford officials will turn to the federal government to verify the spellings, ranks, and status of the names listed on commemorative bricks at the county’s newly minted veterans memorial.

The move comes after Stafford County attorney Jason Pelt said he found 52 of the over 60 bricks contain errors such as misspelled names, wrong ranks, inaccurate time periods of military service, and some that were wrongly listed as killed in action (KIA).

“While reading the names, I noticed that Musselman, a common Stafford County name, was spelled Mussleman. With very little research I discovered that the brick dedicated to Sgt Norris G. Musselman read Sgt Morris G. Mussleman and listed him KIA during WWII. Further research found a Department of War report listing that Sgt Musselman’s cause of death as DNB (Died Non-Battle) not KIA,” Pelt said.

Pelt began his research after a July visit to the $800,000 memorial located on the grounds of the Stafford County Courthouse and Government Center. The memorial was dedicated to the public on July 15 after a five-year process of developing a working committee to fundraise for the memorial, to choose a design, collect names for commemorative bricks, and oversee construction. (more…)

Civil War Weekend cancellation a bust for small business

MANASSAS — The annual Civil War Weekend in Downtown Manassas is canceled.

The three-day event that had been planned for Aug. 25, 26, and 27 draws hundreds to the city each August, where period re-enactors flock to the city museum lawn to show how Civil War soldiers lived. Live bands and a period dance were also planned as part of the event.

The cancellation comes after the recent white nationalist’s rally and counter protests in Charlottesville where one woman was killed, and two Virginia State Police troopers died when the helicopter they were flying to monitor the protests crashed.

“Recent events have ignited passions in this country surrounding the Civil War and the symbols representing it. The City of Manassas is saddened by these events and abhors the violence happening around the country. The city does not wish to further exacerbate the situation.” said Manassas spokeswoman Patty Prince. (more…)

Stonewall Jackson monument will stand at Manassas Battlefield


PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY — A monument to Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson will stand at Manassas National Battlefield Park.

The National Park Service says it, and all Confederate monuments on national park land will remain standing.

“That is the Park Service’s policy on the matter,” said Ray Brown, a spokesman for the Manassas National Battlefield Park.

The National Park Service made the determination this afternoon.

The decision comes a day after Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe issued a statement calling for the removal of Confederate statues in the state: (more…)

Prince William School Board Chairman calls for renaming Stonewall Jackson schools for ‘real heroes’

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY — An online fundraiser to rename Stonewall Jackson Senior high and middle schools in Prince William County launched Wednesday.


Ryan Sawyers, the county’s At-large School Board Chairman, a Democrat who is now seeking a seat in Congress, issued a rallying cry to supporters calling for the name changes after this past weekend’s violent white nationalist protests in Charlottesville where three people died.

“When we name a school after someone we honor and celebrate that person. These schools were named in a time when Brown v. Board of Education, integration, and the Civil Rights Act were being implemented across our country. Under the false rhetoric of ‘heritage,’ these schools were, in fact, named after a Confederate icon as a “thumb in the eye” to Federal actions ending their continued racial segregation of public schools,” Sawyers stated.

Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson was a Confederate general and is regarded by historians as one of the most gifted military commanders in U.S. history. Jackson fought at the 1st and 2nd battles of Manassas during the Civil War and later died at age 39 after a battle in Chancellorsville outside Fredericksburg.

Stonewall Middle School, located at 10100 Lomond Drive near Manassas opened in 1964 and is home to 1,140 students. Stonewall Jackson Senior High School, located at 8820 Rixlew Lane near Manassas, opened in 1973, is home to 2,400 students, and the county’s International Baccalaureate Program. (more…)

Makee is the GOP replacement candidate in Virginia House District 2

STAFFORD — He doesn’t have big political aspirations, but he stepped up to be the GOP’s man in a pinch.

Michael Makee (pronounced Mackie) retired as Naval Commander after 20 years and is the Republican replacement candidate in Virginia’s House District 2. The 47-year-old Naval Academy graduate stepped in after Laquan Austion dropped out of the race on Friday.

Makee moved to Stafford with his wife two years ago and is the father of six children ages 12 to 24. Mary Kathleen “Katy” Makee has been his wife for 25 years. He serves on the Stafford County Utilities Commission and is the treasurer of the Stafford County Republican Committee.

This is his first run for political office.

“I don’t have big political aspirations,” Makee told Potomac Local. “I understand the military side of how the government works, and now I will learn how the state and local side of the government,” said Makee. (more…)

Laquan Austion drops out of House District 2 race

STAFFORD — Republicans in Stafford and Prince William counties are looking for a new candidate for House District 2.

Laquan Austion dropped out.

“Laquan Austion is withdrawing his candidacy for the Second House District effective today. We appreciate his willingness to run for office and serve. We have already started the process of recruiting a strong candidate that will give voters a clear choice in November.”

Austion came under fire this week when the Richmond Times-Dispatch learned the candidate provided false information to voters on his LinkedIn page, and to Potomac Local about his education. Austion claimed to have a Masters Degree from The George Washington University that he didn’t possess.

The report also stated Austion purchased an Audi automobile but never made a payment, A court case in this matter, as well as another debt were dismissed because Austion was not able to be located, according to the Times-Dispatch story. (more…)

Clint Gaskins dies following police pursuit on I-95

OCCOQUAN — A Woodbridge man has died after a police chase on Interstate 95.

From Virginia State Police: 

Shortly after 2:40 a.m.Sunday (Aug. 6), Virginia State Police received a broadcast for a look-out for a motorcycle traveling at a high rate of speed on I-395 in Arlington County.

Two Virginia troopers spotted the motorcycle traveling south on I-395 near Edsall Road. The troopers observed the motorcycle traveling at a high rate of speed and weaving in and out of traffic.  One of the troopers determined the motorcycle was traveling 80 mph in the 55 mph zone. When the trooper activated his emergency lights and sirens to initiate a traffic stop, the motorcycle sped away and a pursuit was initiated. (more…)

Concert, video shoot on Holiday Island canceled

WOODBRIDGE — You can blame the rainy weather for the cancellation of a concert and video shoot on Holiday Island

Island owner Mark Richard’s told Potomac Local the live concert a video shoot of the Stormin Norman Band will not go on as planned. The show was scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday, July 29, and boaters were invited to drop anchor off of the tiny island on the Potomac River and watch.

The show was going to be a first for the island located near Woodbridge. 

Richards says he hopes to reschedule the show.

“We don’t know what it’s going to be or when it’s going to be,” Richards told Potomac Local

The band at the center of the free show posted this video to Facebook to voice their displeasure about the cancellation.

Heavy rain is expected to fall across the region tonight and into the weekend.

Man shoots, kills himself outside Manassas police headquarters

From Manassas police: 

At approximately 3:41 p. m. on July 17, 2017, the Manassas City Police observed an adult male subject in front of police headquarters with a firearm.  Prior to police encounter, the adult male subject sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound and was pronounced dead by rescue personnel.   The identity of the victim is not being released until next of kin is notified.  The investigation is ongoing, and more details will be forthcoming when available.

The Manassas City Police Department headquarters is located at 9518 Fairview Avenue.

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