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Multiple investigations of threats on school grounds lead to charges

From the Prince William police press release:

Threats on School Grounds – On March 14, a School Resource Officer (SRO) investigated two unrelated threats of potential violence at Hylton High School located at 14051 Spriggs Rd in Woodbridge (22193). The first threat was from a concerned citizen who overheard third-party information indicating that a student made statements of potential violence to other students at the school. The second incident involved a separate student who allegedly made statements of potential violence to other students while riding the bus to school approximately a week ago. The SRO subsequently identified both students and determined that the risk to the school was not credible. Following the investigation, the SRO charged both students. Both cases will be handled through Juvenile Intake.

    Charged on March 14: [Juveniles]

A 15-year-old male and a 14-year-old male, both of Woodbridge

Both charged with knowingly communicating a false threat to damage a building

Threats on School Grounds – On March 14 at 1:50PM, a School Resource Officer (SRO) received information of a potential threat of violence at Fred Lynn Middle School located at 1650 Prince William Pkwy in Woodbridge (22191). The investigation revealed that a student made statements of potential violence to other students in the hallway at the school last month on February 14. The SRO subsequently identified the student and determined that the risk to the school was not credible. Following the investigation, the SRO charged the student on March 14. The case will be handled through Juvenile Intake.

Charged on March 14: [Juvenile]

A 14-year-old male of Woodbridge

Charged with threats of bodily harm

Threats on School Grounds – On February 22 at 9:18AM, a School Resource Officer (SRO) received information of a potential threat of violence at Hampton Middle School located at 14800 Darbydale Ave in Woodbridge (22193). The investigation revealed that a possible student communicated over the social media app “Snapchat” suggesting an act of violence at the school. The SRO subsequently identified the student and determined that the risk to the school was not credible. Following the investigation, the SRO charged the student on March 14. The case will be handled through Juvenile Intake.

Charged on March 14: [Juvenile]

A 12-year-old male of Woodbridge

Charged with knowingly communicating a false threat to damage a building

‘Accused held a knife against the victim’s neck while making threats to harm her’

From the Prince William police press release:

Attempted Malicious Wounding – On March 14 at 10:00AM, officers responded to a residence located in the 17300 block of Cusack Ln in Dumfries (22026) to investigate a domestic. The victim, a 23-year-old woman, reported to police that earlier in the morning, she and the accused, an acquaintance, were involved in a verbal argument inside the home. During the encounter, the accused held a knife against the victim’s neck while making threats to harm her. The parties eventually separated and the accused took the victim’s cellphone before leaving the home. Flowing the investigation, officers obtained warrants for the arrest of the accused, identified as Osha Chester COLLIER. Attempts to locate the accused were unsuccessful.

    Wanted: (Photo from June 2014)

    Osha Chester COLLIER, 37, of the 2100 block of Huntington Creek Rd in Nathalie, VA

    Described as a black male, 6’1”, 157lbs with black hair and brown eyes

    Wanted for attempted malicious wounding and grand larceny

Tip off the police with this new app

From the Manassas City Police Department press release:

Manassas, VA…The Manassas City/Manassas Park Crime Solvers Inc. is proud to announce they have recently partnered with Anderson Software, to provide a more seamless and efficient way for community members to offer information to help solve and prevent crimes or other serious or life threatening matters. Anderson Software leads the industry with its latest secure and anonymous tip acquisition and management solution, called P3 Intel. This partnership allows community members from the greater Manassas area to foster a relationship between law enforcement and the public to proactively create a safer community.

The Manassas City/Manassas Park Crime Solvers Inc. will now be accepting tips by phone, the web, and by way of the new, free P3 Tips mobile app available on the iOS and Android platforms, greatly enhancing the mobile tip submission process. Still completely anonymous, tips submitted through the P3 mobile app, unlike SMS text tips, have no length limitations and allow images, video, and documents to be uploaded with the tip. Anderson Software’s sophisticated encryption processes obscure any and all identifying information and provide assured anonymity for tipsters.

Even without the app, there is still an easy and secure option for submitting tips from any PC or mobile browser by going to p3tips.com. Of course, tips are still welcomed through calling our hotline at 703-330-0330. Using whichever method, once a person submits a tip, they will be given a TIP ID and password. With this information they can login at p3tips.com and submit follow-up information, engage in real-time chat/two-way dialogue, be informed of the outcome of the tip, and access any pertinent reward information.

Manassas City/Manassas Park Crime Solvers Inc. feels that utilizing Anderson Software’s P3 Tips program will enhance communications with the public, thereby building a safer and more trusting community in which everyone prospers. To further show our value of tipsters’ contribution to the community, tips leading to an arrest will result in a cash reward up to $1,000. For more information on the program contact Officer C.D. Sharp at csharp@manassasva.gov or 703-257-8110.  

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Body recovered from burned car in Woodbridge park

From Prince William police: 

Suspicious Death Investigation – On March 15 at 7:47AM, officers responded to assist the Department of Fire & Rescue at Veterans Park located at 14300 Veterans Dr in Woodbridge (22191) with a vehicle fire. A citizen contacted the Public Safety Communications Center to report that a vehicle appeared to be on fire inside the park.

Fire crews responded and located the vehicle fully engulfed. When the fire was extinguished, fire crews located a body inside the vehicle and contacted police. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Detectives from the Violent Crimes Bureau are currently investigating the cause of the victim’s death. The body was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

The victim’s identity is not known at this time. This incident is currently under investigation by Prince William County police detectives and investigators from the Department of Fire & Rescue, Fire Marshal’s Office. More information will be released when available.

The investigation continues.

Despite claims of enhanced school safety, removal of trees called ‘unfortunate situation’

LAKE RIDGE — The trees that once provided shade and seclusion at Antietam Elementary School is gone. 

They were removed as part of a $10.3 million project to add 13 new classrooms to the school located at 12000 Antietam Road in Lake Ridge.

Specifically, contractors working on the project needed storage space for equipment. And, now that the trees are gone, a school official says the school will be safer. 

This all has those who live nearby the school a bit riled. Here’s a portion of an email from Micheal Stephens to Occoquan District School Board Representative Lilly Jessie: 

“As you know, the school has been there for years and was totally hidden behind beautiful trees. The neighborhood is extremely upset and we cannot determine the real reason this was done. The plans were put on a website over two years ago and nothing in the published plans indicate that this was to be done. Folks feel that they have been deceived and lied to.  

There was no notification posted on the school grounds and homeowners are outraged that as a result, their property values have declined. There was no notification to the Lake Ridge Park Association, the largest Home Owners Association in Prince William County. The school is in the neighborhood that all homes in the Association must comply with guidelines. The neighborhood environment in Lake Ridge, as you know, values the trees in every way and homeowners are not allowed to cut any down without first getting permission from the homeowners association.”
And the school divisions’ response from Prince William County Public Schools Director of Facilities Services John J. Windley: 

“I’m providing a response to the complaint regarding the trees that have been removed from the front of Antietam ES. Please know that we do value trees and would not arbitrarily tear them down. We take months designing the civil infrastructure to keep as many of them as possible. I do apologize that our information on the website does not clearly indicate everything about the construction and its impacts. We will improve that information.

The area inside the bus loop is a long oval shaped space that currently has a fairly high elevation in comparison to the asphalt drive. In order to construct the new addition and additional parking we need to install a waterline, two storm sewer lines and associated easements within the existing bus loop.  The remaining area within the bus loop will be needed for the contractor’s and sub-contractor’s storage units and staging area.  This will require regrading of the bus loop.
 
The additional area near the front entrance of the school has been cleared for storm water detention and additional parking to accommodate the needs for the increased staff, parents and visitors.  The storm water detention system is an underground system that collects the additional storm water that is accumulated by the additional surface parking.  This is a very efficient system that doesn’t require additional land.
 
The redesign of the bus loop also resolves other issues for us.  When we begin our design process, there are many design and construction staff members involved in not only looking at the requirements for the addition, aesthetics and juxtaposition to the surrounding area, but the needs of our students.  Does it meet the needs of our educational process?  Is it accessible?  Is it a safe environment?
 
To that last point, the area within the proposed bus loop will now provide increased visibility to the front of the building and main entry in the event that prompt response is required by law enforcement and the fire department.  This site design element is becoming increasingly important with school design, both locally and nationally.
 
We also juggle a fine balance with sites such as these with the abundance of trees that offer hiding places for people that are up to no good. As always, we consulted with our Risk Management Dept and they suggested the removal of densely populated trees as they have received concerns before about trespassers parking in the bus loop at night under the cover of the dense trees, blocking any view of them from Antietam Road. This tree area also provides a secluded hiding area for someone that may want to try and cause harm to staff and or students before sunrise and after sunset.  There were also concerns of children playing in a wooded area so close the bus circle.
 
We are continuing to work on a landscape plan for the revised area in the loop that will be engaging and thoughtfully designed to both those residents that are arriving and those that pass by.
 
I do apologize that this unfortunate situation occurred. If I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to ask.”
 
 

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