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Woodbridge parents charged with child neglect

From police: 

Felony Child Neglect – On March 18 at 12:38PM, officers responded to the 12400 block of Hedges Run Ct in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a found child. The caller reported to police that she was driving in the above area when she nearly struck a small child who had run onto the roadway. The caller contacted police a short time later after attempted to locate the child’s parents without success. Officer arrived and attempted to obtain information from the child regarding his residence and other identifiable information without success. Officers conducted a neighborhood canvass to locate the child’s parents or guardian. While canvassing a nearby neighborhood, officers located the child’s residence approximately 20 minutes later with a parent inside. The child, a 3-year-old male, was not injured and was released to the custody of a family member. Following the investigation, both of the parents were charged.

Arrested on March 18:

Farrukh CHEEMA, 31, of Woodbridge

Mubeen ASLAM, 31, of Woodbridge

Charged with  felony child neglect

Court Date: Pending | Bond: Released on their personal recognizance

Work on Pentagon ‘pork chop’ means changes for slugs

From VDOT: 

Work to reconfigure slug lines and create new bus-only travel lanes at the Pentagon Reservation’s South Parking Lot “Pork Chop,” located east of Eads Street and north of I-395, will begin on or about Monday, March 19. Pedestrians and motorists should exercise caution while traveling in the area.

The work is part of the I-395 Express Lanes Project, a public-private partnership project between VDOT and Transurban that is extending the existing I-95/I-395 Express Lanes eight miles from Turkeycock Run near Edsall Road in Alexandria to the Washington, D.C. line.

As part of this change, crews will temporarily relocate the slug lines in the order shown in the diagram. Temporary signage will direct drivers and pedestrians.

Privately owned vehicles will no longer be able to use the exit to VA-110 and will enter and exit the “Pork Chop” from Eads Street.

In addition to the South Parking Lot work, the 395 Express Lanes Project will convert the South Rotary Road drop-off/pick-up lane to a right-turn Express Lane entrance ramp. As part of the South Rotary Road work, crews will install gates along the South Rotary turn lane, and install traffic signals on Eads Street at North and South Rotary Roads.

The I-395 Express Lanes are scheduled to open in fall 2019, while other elements of the project are expected to be completed by summer 2020. For additional information about the project, go to and

Woodbridge man charged with rape, malicious wounding by caustic substance

From a press release: 

Rape | Malicious Wounding by Caustic Substance | Domestic Related – On March 16, detectives from the Special Victims Bureau began an investigation into multiple domestic incidents which were reported to have occurred at a residence located in the Woodbridge (22193) area of Prince William County between June 2017 and January 2018.

The victim, identified as a 30-year-old woman, reported to police that during this timeframe, multiple altercations were alleged to have occurred involving the accused while the two resided together at the home. In one of the reported instances, the accused pushed the victim before pulling out a knife and pressing it against the victim’s back.

The victim was not cut or injured during the encounter. In a separate incident, the victim and the accused were involved in a verbal altercation that escalated. During that encounter, the accused threw a caustic substance onto the victim causing a burning sensation to her face, hands, and feet. The accused is also alleged to have sexually assaulted the victim in a third reported encounter. The incidents were recently reported to police and investigated.

Following the investigation, the accused, identified as Khurram Abbas CHAUDHARY, was arrested.

                Arrested on March 16:

                Khurram Abbas CHAUDHARY, 31, of Woodbridge

                Charged with rape, malicious wounding by caustic substance, and domestic assault & battery

                Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT bond

Fire displaces 6 people in Manassas home

From Manassas fire and rescue: 

City of Manassas, VA . . . At 8:08 p.m. on March 19, Fire and Rescue units from the City of Manassas, Manassas Park, and Prince William County responded to a fire at9011 Centreville Road (Manassas Mobile Home Park) for a report of a mobile home fire.  First arriving units saw smoke rising from the roof of the home and crews were able to extinguish the fire.  The fire came from a bedroom in the home.  There were no injuries to the six occupants of the home. 

The City of Manassas Fire Marshal’s Office investigated the origin of the fire and determined that it started above the ceiling between the roof in the front bedroom.  It was ruled an accidental fire.  The cause was an improperly used extension cord.

The home has been posted as unsafe to occupy.  There were no working smoke alarms in the home.

Also in Woodbridge… 

From OWL Volunteer Fire Department: 

Woodbridge, VA March  18, 3:22 p.m. – Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Firefighters responded to the report of a townhouse 1870 BeeGee Court in Woodbridge.  Crews arrived within minutes and reported no smoke or fire showing.   

Crews entered thru the front door and found fire in the bedroom on the second floor.  The fire been smoldering for some time and had burned through the floor into the kitchen. The fire was under control within minutes.   

The incident is under investigation by the Prince William County Fire Marshal’s Office.  One family was displaced. Fire and Rescue units from OWL VFD, Dale City VFD, PWCDF&R, responded to the incident.

Winter weather delays and closings information for March 20 and 21, 2018

Here’s today’s OPM status. 

The Twitter list below will show closings, delays, and updates from Prince William County Public Schools, Stafford County Public Schools, Manassas City Public Schools, Manassas Park City Public Schools, Fredericksburg City Public Schools, Spotsylvania County Public Schools, King George County Public Schools, Northern Virginia Community College, Germanna Community College, George Mason University, Mary Washington University. 

This Twitter list below will show closings, delays, and updates posted by local governments in Prince William County, Stafford County, Spotsylvania County, King George County, Manassas City, Manassas Park, Fredericksburg City, Dumfries Town, Haymarket Town, Quantico Marine Corps Base, Fort Belvoir. 

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Deadline to apply for One Degree Capital scholarship approaches

The John Mathis Entrepreneurial Spirit Award, named after the father of One Degree Capital co-founder Jenn Mathis, is now accepting applications for the 2018-19 academic year scholarship award.

Established in 2016, the scholarship award seeks to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit of youths. The inaugural scholarship award went to then-high school senior Destini Sapp, owner of two-year old custom craft business Crafted by Des.

Jenn and her business partner, Rod Loges, routinely seek ways to give back to communities including donating goods, services and time as well as mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs of all ages.

“When Rod and I discussed starting a scholarship,” Jenn explains, “we knew we wanted to create something that encouraged today’s entrepreneurial youth. Small business owners employ over half the nation’s workforce. Here at One Degree Capital we do everything we can to encourage growth in this critical segment of our society.”

“We named the scholarship after my dad, John Mathis,” continues Jenn. “Daddy continues to be an enormous inspiration to my growth as a business owner. He constantly inspires, encourages and mentors me on business ownership and leadership. I would not be where I am today without him.”

The application process is now open and continues through March 31. Semi-finalists are notified in April with final selection made on May 15. The scholarship award is open to high school seniors who either work for a small business owner or who currently own their own small business. For more details, visit

About The John Mathis Entrepreneurial Spirit Award

High school seniors who are either employed by a small business or who own their own small business are eligible to apply. The non-renewable $2,000 scholarship award can be applied toward tuition and fees of a postsecondary school. For full details and to apply for the scholarship award, visit

About One Degree Capital

Headquartered in Tysons, Virginia, One Degree Capital is a privately funded direct lender dedicated to helping business owners get the right capital at the right time for their unique business needs. Established in 2010, One Degree has helped over 5,000 business owners secure millions in capital through dozens of different financing vehicles including term loans, receivables financing, purchase order financing, SBA loans, real estate loans, asset based loans, lines of credit and unsecured working capital loans. For more information or to speak with a Business Capital Advisor, contact One Degree Capital at 1.703.579.6868.

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A portion Prince William Forest Park reopens after a path a wind cut through the recreational area downing trees

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