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Few details offered after body pulled from Rappahannock River

STAFFORD — The body of what is being described only as male was pulled from the Rappahannock River on Sunday. 

The Stafford sheriff’s office — the lead investigating agency on the case — was called to the Fredericksburg City Dock at 5:46 p.m. Sunday. 

That’s where the body of the unidentified male was pulled from the water.

Potomac Local is just learning these details form the sheriff’s office today. 

The case is under investigation, and authorities have not released the cause of death. Stafford sheriff’ spokeswoman Amanda Vicinanzo said the name of the deceased will not be released “out of respect for the family.” 

Stafford County is the lead investigative agency in this case because the Rappahannock River is the county’s jurisdiction, she added.

The department also declined to update the media with new any new information on the March 29 death of a Moutain View High School student killed in a car crash on Poplar Road in western Stafford County. 

So far we know that at least two people were involved in the crash. Vicinanzo said this case also remains under investigation.

Firearm discharged in parking lot of Stafford Royal Farms


STAFFORD COUNTY — Stafford County authorities were called to a Royal Farms gas station Tuesday after a gun went off.

Stafford authorities said two men were outside in the gas station parking lot when one of the men who was sitting inside a vehicle discharged a firearm sending a bullet into a windshield narrowly missing the second man who was standing outside of the vehicle.

Deputies arrived on the scene at 1236 Warrenton Road and found shrapnel on where the suspect’s car had been parked. Authorities said the two men had just from a Walmart store across the street where they had purchased items for the firearms section.

The victim told police the two men then went to Royal Farms to buy more items, and as they walked outside of the gas station to the parking lot the suspect got into his car, pointed a gun at the victim and fired one round nearly striking his head.

The victim suffered minor injuries from the flying glass that shattered after the bullet was fired. Police later arrested the suspect at a nearby Red Roof Inn on Warrenton Road.

Alexander Calen Sewell, 22, of Bumpass, is charged with shooting from a vehicle, reckless handling of a firearm, felonious assault, and with use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Sewell is due to make an appearance in Stafford County General District Court on these charges on May 3.

Silver Diner is shortening its menu and offering new items

WOODBRIDGE — Silver Diner is moving further into to the world of farm-to-table dining with new choices on a shorter menu.

The diner will add new vegan, vegetarian, and heather items like Asian brown rice bowls, avocado toast, and a new meatless miso burger.

It’s the first major change on the Silver Diner menu in 10 years, when the chain traded its traditional diner food for more selected farm-to-table options, and sourcing food from regional farmers.

We’ve learned from our research on the industry trends and from our customers that shorter menus with higher quality food are more popular,” stated Executive Chef YpeVon Hengst in an email.  “The Silver Diner executive team takes regular food research trips to specific areas of the country—New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, etc.  Recently, they traveled to LA where they spent three days at the most popular restaurants evaluating their menus and speaking with owners, wait staff, and diners. Through these trips, we get a good sense of new trends that are working.”

Though Von Hengst says the menu will be shorter than before, the diner is also adding acai yogurt bowls and new “sophisticated” brunch items. Bloody Mary’s and mimosas will also be added to the drink line up.

Silver Diner operates 14 restaurants in the Washington, D.C. area with a location in outside Potomac Mills mall in at 14375 Smoketown Road in Woodbridge.

Tour four beautiful homes at the Clifton Homes Tour for Charity

The Clifton Community Woman’s Club will host the 46th Annual Clifton Homes Tour and Silent Auction on Friday, May 18. Tour: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Silent Auction: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Clifton Presbyterian Church. Proceeds benefit the Club’s 501(c)(3) Charitable Trust and are distributed to local scholarships and charities.

The Tour offers guided tours of four beautiful homes in Clifton. Visitors can tour a farmhouse built in 1900 with furniture and antiques specific to Virginia. In another home, bold colors and true Williamsburg style combine to create a fun family atmosphere. A third home balances natural elements and 18th-century proportion. A fourth home is a Georgian hilltop manor with Virginia-made furniture and original artwork.

Free guided tours are offered for two historic churches: Clifton Baptist Church (1910) and Clifton Primitive Baptist Church (1871). Other events with free admission include a Silent Auction, Trinkets and Treasures, and wreath sale at the Clifton Presbyterian Church.

Tour tickets may be purchased in advance for $25 at local businesses: in Manassas at Flower Gallery; in Clifton at Adler’s Art & Frame, Belle Jar Design, and Hydrangea of Clifton; in Centreville at Banner’s Hallmark; in Burke at Five Star Hair, The Picket Fence, and The Yarn Barn; in Fairfax at Twinbrook Floral Design. Tickets are also available online for $30 at or at Clifton Presbyterian Church (12748 Richards Ln, Clifton, VA 20124) the day of the tour.

Please visit or contact Kay at for more information.

We need a freelance community reporter

We’re seeking a freelance reporter who has a passion for community and who isn’t afraid to pick up the phone, use email, or dig on the web to get details.

Our ideal writer will be familiar with the Prince William County, Virginia region to include the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park.

They will be able to write about local government, schools, business, events and features.

Much if not all of the writing can be completed while working from home.

Experience gained while writing for a community news publication is preferred but not required.


Send your resume, links to three of your best articles, and contact info to Uriah Kiser.


The first ‘Discover Occoquan Day’ will be held Saturday, May 19

From a press release: 

The Town of Occoquan and the Occoquan Merchants Guild will host Discover Occoquan Day on Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in downtown Historic Occoquan. This brand-new event features a full day of free activities for everyone, including a boat parade, interactive classes and free demonstrations hosted by Occoquan businesses, historic tours, live entertainment, a photo booth, children’s activities, and more!

The day kicks off with the Blessing of the Fleet Parade along the Occoquan River beginning at 10 a.m. and viewable from the Town Dock at Mamie Davis Park, 205 Mill Street. Then, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors are invited to browse the town’s unique shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants, and cafes and experience all that Occoquan has to offer.  Throughout the day, businesses will be hosting a variety of free drop-in classes and demonstrations including yoga in the park, painting for adults and kids, pen and ink drawings, massages, candle pouring, fiber art, jewelry making, puzzle making, SCUBA, pet CPR, and more! Visit for a complete schedule of activities.

In addition to these free activities, there will be a special flash sale from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Participating Occoquan businesses will have blue balloons.  Finally, this fun-filled day will culminate with a free outdoor concert at River Mill Park, 458 Mill Street from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., featuring rock and soul music by The Sidleys.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on to watch the show!

Visitors are invited to stay for the day to browse our unique shops, and visit the Town’s restaurants and cafés, many featuring outdoor dining and offering boxed lunches for outdoor picnics at the park. 

Schedule of Events

  • 10 a.m., Blessing of the Fleet Parade, viewable from Mamie Davis Park, 205 Mill Street, hosted by Occoquan River Maritime Association
  • 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Free classes, children’s activities, and demonstrations at participating businesses
  • 5 p.m. – 6 p.m., Flash Sale at participating businesses
  • 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., Free Music on Mill Concert, The Sidleys at River Mill Park

Admission is free.  Free on-street and public lot parking is available in-town. In addition, off-site parking with shuttle bus service sponsored by Patriot Scuba is available from the Route 123 Commuter lot at the intersection of Old Bridge Road and Gordon Boulevard and drops off at 305 Mill Street. The shuttle service, provided by Earnie Porta’s Occoquan Tourism Company, will collect patrons from the lot on the half hour beginning at 11 a.m. through 5 p.m., with a final pick up in town at 8 p.m. The shuttle is free, but donations to the non-profit Patriots for Disabled Divers are appreciated. Stay the day and check your strollers, lawn chairs and blankets at Patriot Scuba, 305 Mill Street, for the concert at River Mill Park.  

OmniRide will take children to work free (with a parent, of course)

From a press release: 

In support of national Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, children age 17 and younger can ride any OmniRide bus for free on Thursday, April 26, when accompanied by a paying adult.

This is an opportunity to introduce students not only to the working world, but also to the many alternatives our region has to driving alone. Riders are encouraged to bring their children along for the ride on an OmniRide express bus or OmniRide local bus on April 26 and show them the basics about using public transportation so they can gain confidence as they mature and start their own careers!

Teens who want to continue using OmniRide local buses this summer can take advantage of the Teen Summer Bus Pass, which enables anyone ages 13-19 to take unlimited rides on local bus services from June 1 through September 1, 2018 for just $30. In addition, teens with a Summer Pass can travel on OmniRide express buses to nearby Metro stations simply by paying the difference between the local and express bus fares!

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is a national public education program that aims to connect what children learn at school with the actual working world. This day provides an opportunity for children to begin to envision their future home and work lives. OmniRide looks forward to welcoming many new young riders on April 26!

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