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Sheriff’s office: Woman shot husband in hand

From a press release: 

Deputies with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office arrested a female suspect on Saturday for shooting her husband in the hand.   

On February 24, 2018, at approximately 4:45 a.m., deputies responded to reports of shots fired in the area of Jefferson Davis Highway and George Mason Road. Upon arrival, deputies observed the female suspect crying and walking down the middle of Jefferson Davis Highway.

Deputies instructed the suspect to move to the side of the road, but she stayed in the middle and kept walking. When deputies approached the suspect, they detected the odor of alcohol and observed blood on her jacket. She had slurred speech and repeatedly said, “I shot him in the hand.”

Deputies then located the victim who had a gunshot wound to his right hand. The victim told deputies that the suspect, identified as Jackie Lyn Miller, 32, of Stafford, was intoxicated and shot him following an argument. He was treated by medical personnel and transported to Mary Washington Hospital.

Miller was taken into custody and incarcerated at Rappahannock Regional Jail with no bond. She is charged with aggravated malicious wounding, reckless handling of a firearm, and shooting near an occupied dwelling.

Two lottery winners from Stafford will be unveiled Tuesday in Woodbridge

From a press release: 

If you had a Virginia Lottery ticket worth $1 million, would you wait nearly two months before claiming the prize?

That’s what’s happened with a Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle ticket that was bought in Stafford. Now two people from Stafford who played together and are splitting the million-dollar prize are ready to come forward.

The Virginia Lottery will present the winners with the big check tomorrow (Tuesday) at 12:00 noon. It will be at the Lottery’s Northern Virginia Customer Service Center in Woodbridge.  We hope to see you there.

> What: Virginia Lottery $1 million winner

> When: Tuesday, February 27, 12:00 noon

> Where: Virginia Lottery, 14550 Potomac Mills Road, Woodbridge

Updated: 11-year-old charged after Covington-Harper Elementary School bomb threat

*INCIDENT: Officers are investigating a bomb threat at Covington-Harper ES in Dumfries. The message was discovered in a bathroom. Students, faculty, and staff were evacuated from the building as a precaution. Police K-9s are on scene conducting a check of the school.

— Prince William PD (@PWCPolice) February 26, 2018

Covington-Harper Elementary School students and staff are safe. Students will dismiss at regular time. Dismissal will take place at the entrance of the school grounds instead of the traffic circle.

— PWCS (@PWCSNews) February 26, 2018

Students & staff at Covington-Harper Elementary School are currently evacuated as a precaution due to a possible written threat. All are safe. Emergency crews responding. Please stay tuned for updates.

— PWCS (@PWCSNews) February 26, 2018

Updated Feb. 27

From Prince William police:

Threats to Bomb on School Grounds – On February 26 at 2:00PM, officers responded to the Covington-Harper Elementary School located at 2500 River Heritage Blvd in Dumfries (22026) to investigate a bomb threat. School staff reported to police that a note threatening to bomb the school was found written in a bathroom stall around 1:50PM. Students, faculty, and staff were immediately evacuated from the building as a precaution. After a search of the property and surrounding area with the assistance of police K-9 units from Prince William Police and Virginia State Police, officers determined that the threat was not credible. Upon further investigation today, a School Resource Officer identified the suspect involved as an 11-year-old male student. Following the investigation, the officer obtained a petition for the student who was served and released back to the custody of a family member. Charged on February 27: An 11-year-old male of Woodbridge Charged with knowingly communicating a false threat to bomb Court Date: Pending | Status: Released to the custody of a family member

Letter: ‘If we as a civilized society cannot regulate guns…why even bother with democracy at all?’

The following letter is submitted Vangie Williams, a candidate for in Virginia’s 1st Congressional District which includes Prince William and Stafford counties, a seat held today by Republican Rob Wittman.

Dear Editor,

The wrong direction.

All I can think is that we’re heading in the wrong direction when it comes to gun violence. The tragedy in Parkland, Fla. is just another in a long series of mass shootings to which we have built an immunity, much like the common cold – we feel it for 24 hours and then everything is back to normal. But it’s not back to normal. Families are shattered. Futures are destroyed. An unending and unimaginable lifetime of pain settles in on those who have lost a loved one.

I feel their pain because I have lost a family member to gun violence. That’s why I know we’re going in the wrong direction when it comes to guns.

I think it’s important to start any conversation with the one, immutable and not-so-popular fact about guns: they’re not going away. There’s a constitutional amendment that says you have the right to own guns. And seeing that state legislatures can’t even pass the Equal Rights Amendment despite being given 40+ years, I don’t think any effort to repeal the Second Amendment has a snowball’s chance in hell. So, let’s be adults and take the unrealistic idea of banning guns altogether off the table and talk about the real “who” and “what”.

I want to start by talking about the “who”.

The congressman who currently represents the 1st District of Virginia, Rob Wittman, has received $15,000 from the NRA political action committee in cash contributions. This amount doesn’t take into account how much money he’s received from individuals at the behest of the NRA nor does it take into account how much independent expenditure money has been spent on Wittman’s behalf. None of this is shocking since he’s more than happy to carry their water legislatively.

In fact, Rob Wittman is one of the few in the House who is willing to co-sponsor something called the SHARE Act (HR 3668). The acronym for this legislation sounds all warm and fuzzy, doesn’t it? What it stands for is the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act. Again, that doesn’t sound so bad, does it? Well, titles can be deceiving. It legalizes concealed weapons on federal lands, removes restrictions on the use of silencers and flash suppressors and, worst of all, it prevents the ATF from classifying ammunition as being “armor piercing”.

Rob Wittman, the self-proclaimed friend of law enforcement, wants more cop-killer bullets out on the streets. What part of Rob Wittman’s mind says, “how can we increase the damage these bullets do when people get shot?” Rob Wittman isn’t just wrong, he’s part of the problem.

Now let’s talk about the “how.”

As I mentioned before, people absolutely have a constitutional right to own a gun. However, I think it has become crystal clear that we need to place common sense regulations on aspects of gun ownership. Right away I can hear people all over the 1st District (including my own relatives) saying, “how dare you talk about regulating my right to own a gun!”

I would like to point out that, first, we already regulate rights guaranteed by the Constitution. We’re not talking about breaking new ground here. The right to vote is heavily regulated.

Furthermore, caveats of regulation have been placed on the right to freedom of speech and freedom to assemble. Now I’m sure that someone will trot out the old “slippery slope” chestnut in response. To them I would simply say that if we as a civilized society cannot regulate guns – machines that were designed with the sole purpose of ending life – then why even bother with democracy at all?

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are the marrow in the bones of our democracy. And, after all, isn’t life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness what was taken from the victims in Parkland, Florida?

Letter: ‘Somehow my grandparent’s era produced “The Greatest Generation” and no school shooters’

The following is a letter to the editor from Bill Card, a former Chairman of the Prince William County Republican Committee: 

Dear Editor,

I’m 64 years old and I remember participating in school drills where we got under our desks to protect ourselves from fallout following a Soviet nuclear attack.  We didn’t have active shooter drills because there weren’t any active shooters.  Things were different then and a solution to Wednesday’s horrific shootings lies in analyzing those differences and correcting them as a Nation. 

The biggest single difference between those days and today was the upheaval that began in the Sixties and has continued unabated ever since.  We have been fed a steady diet of liberal nonsense that continues to this very day.  This assault on our culture, our values, and the very concepts of right and wrong has impacted our youth in particular.  A person who is brought up with appropriate boundaries, steeped in a sense of decency, good social skills, and manners just doesn’t end up on the evening news in handcuffs.  

The miscreants who commit these heinous acts don’t have the same heroes that we had in my youth.  Our sports figures weren’t drug addled millionaires and felons.  Our songs weren’t rated “R.” Movies and television didn’t exhibit graphic violence and we played outside.  An unusually large number of people attended worship services on Sunday.  There were no “gun free zones.” We didn’t speak in the stilted and non-descriptive politically correct terms – we called out the weird, morally bankrupt, and evil. 

Wednesday’s shooter was the boy who was “most likely to commit mass murder” as described by the children who knew him.  A quick Google search on “school shooter psychological profile” returns a surprising array of articles that have a lot in common (and they barely mention guns).  There are answers. 

Somehow my grandparent’s era produced “The Greatest Generation” and no school shooters.  Our solution to today’s problems lie in a return to the virtues of the past. 

Proverbs 22:6 states “Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”  We’ve tried it the liberal way and lost – why not God’s way?

Kindest Regards,

Bill Card
Prince William County

‘Cold toes and cool costumes’ help to raise $90,000 for Special Olympics

From a press release:

It was cold toes and cool costumes along the shore this weekend as 250 plungers brrraved the Potomac at the 2018 Polar Plunge® Festival at Tim’s Rivershore Restaurant & Crabhouse in Dumfries.  In addition to their chilly dip, plungers also celebrated a cool $90,000 raised for Special Olympics and its 21,000+ athletes across the Commonwealth.

“No longer is it enough to provide a place for people of all abilities to come together through sport. It is time to demand uncompromising inclusion— in school, employment, healthcare and social activities like the Polar Plunge Fest,” said Rick Jeffrey, Special Olympics Virginia President.  “For our inclusion revolution to succeed, we need more rebels, heroes and fighters just like the participants who helped us raise $90,000 this weekend.”

 Special thanks to the many groups who teamed up for the coolest event of 2018:

  • The Top Team fundraising award goes to the Area 14 Dunkin’ Dynamo (from Loudoun) who raised more tha $20,000
  • Joy Cavangara, a Special Olympics Virginia coach, raised $10,106 and claimed the top individual fundraising prize

The Northern Virginia Plunge is presented by the Prince William County Police Department, Tim’s Rivershore Restaurant & Crabhouse and the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Virginia.

This event is one of four Polar Plunge® Festivals in Virginia. In addition to the Virginia Beach event, which took place Feb. 2-3 and raised nearly $1.2 million, a plunge also took place in the New River Valley Feb 24, and our first Solar Plunge is set for June 9 in Richmond during our largest annual competition, Summer Games.  

Frank Odonkor is one of the handfuls of homeless to be evicted Thursday. Things look bleak for those trying to help.

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