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Airsoft gun found on student at Gayle Middle School

Authorities in Stafford County said a child brought an airsoft gun with him to middle school today at 11:15 a.m. 

From the Stafford sheriff’s office: 

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating reports of an alleged weapon on school property at Gayle Middle School. A student observed another student with what appeared to be a handgun in a backpack. The child notified the principal who in turn reported the incident to the School Resource Officer who was on site. The School Resource Officer identified the student with the weapon by utilizing school surveillance video. The student was removed from class and his locker was subsequently searched. An airsoft gun was located in his backpack. The investigation continues and appropriate charges will be filed through Juvenile Intake. The lockdown of the school was lifted and the school has returned to normal operations.

Coryne Boggs Choate

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Coryne Boggs Choate was born on August 23, 1917 to Vivian Earl Boggs and Arcola Schmidt in El Paso, Texas and passed away on February 16, 2018. She spent the first 95 years of her life in Texas prior to moving to Virginia. She was loved by all her knew her and will be missed. All services and interment will take place in Texas at a later date.

Nancy Beatrice Weigel

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Nancy Beatrice Weigel (known as Bea by many) passed away peacefully on February 21, 2018 at the amazing age of 95.

Throughout her life she loved to knit, sew, cook and garden. She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 65 years, Robert H. Weigel. She is survived by her daughter Joyce L. Matthews and her son-in-law James F. Matthews; her son John C. Weigel and daughter-in-law Theresa Weigel; 6 grandchildren: Scott, Kim, Rebecca, Brandon, Miranda and Stacy as well as one great-grandson, Owen. Her uniqueness and personality will be remembered by all those that loved her so completely.

Funeral services will be private and handled by Mountcastle Turch Funeral Home located at 4143 Dale Blvd, Dale City, VA 22193

Supervisor Anderson, Police Chief Keen talk traffic safety, enforcement on the first Potomac Local Podcast

Traffic congestion and enforcement is a growing problem in Prince William County.

As the population continues to increase, so do the number of fatal car crashes. There were 26 fatal crashes in the county in 2016, a whopping 145% increase over the prior year.

One local leader, Supervisor Ruth Anderson of the Occoquan District, says it’s no longer enough to address the speeding problem on a case-by-case, localized basis, and has called for the creation of a new panel made up of police, transportation officials, residents, and media to examine the problem and proposed new solutions.

Mrs. Anderson joins us today on the Potomac Local Podcast to discuss her new initiative, to tell us what it will mean for drivers, and for those who want safer roads.

Also joining us on the Potomac Local Podcast today is Manassas Police Chief Douglas Keen.

He’s been the city’s police chief for the past eight years, and he started his law enforcement career in Manassas in 1989.

It’s fair to say he’s seen a lot of change in the region, especially when it comes to traffic.

We talk to Mr. Keen about the challenges of traffic enforcement, and about what new tactics his officers are using to keep both drivers and pedestrians safe.

Ruth Anderson now heads OmniRide Executive Board

From a press release from OmniRide [Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission]

PRTC has a new Executive Board that will oversee the mobility services operated and sponsored by the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission.

The 2018 Executive Board slate was completed at the February meeting of the PRTC Board of Commissioners. The officials are responsible for overseeing OmniRide bus and ridesharing services in the Prince William County area along with Virginia Railway Express operations in the region.

The new PRTC Chair is Ruth M. Anderson, who also serves on the Prince William Board of County Supervisors representing the Occoquan magisterial district.

“This is an exciting time to be a part of PRTC. More people will be looking for alternatives to driving alone as toll lanes are extended along I-95, I-395 and I-66, and as new commuter parking lots are built in the western communities,” Anderson said.

“In addition, PRTC is ready to start implementing its new Strategic Plan which aims to benefit the community by increasing transit ridership, bringing together public and private interests, and promoting alternatives to commuting solo,” Anderson said.

Joining Anderson on the 2018 Executive Committee are:

  • Vice Chair Jeanette Rishell, Mayor of Manassas Park;
  • Secretary Pamela J. Sebesky, member of the Manassas City Council;
  • Treasurer Wendy Maurer, member of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors;
  • Immediate Past Chairman Frank J. Principi, member of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors and At-Large Member Gary F. Skinner, member of the Spotsylvania Board of County Supervisors.

    PRTC provides commuter and local bus services as well as ridesharing services in Prince William County, the City of Manassas and the City of Manassas Park. PRTC also co-sponsors the Virginia Railway Express in partnership with the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission.

Commission meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the PRTC Transit Center in Woodbridge. Meetings are open to the public.

Mike Rowe visits Woodbridge K9 business for TV show taping

From a press release:

Television personality Mike Rowe is well-known for his time on the hit show “Dirty Jobs,” but now he’s spreading smiles with a new show called “Returning the Favor” on Facebook Watch, the television network for Facebook.

Rowe’s “Returning the Favor” is meant to be a humorous, inspiring and feel-good show that features Rowe as host, traveling the country in search of people who are striving to do good things and make a difference in the world around them. He then surprises them with rewards for their kindness.

Rowe and his crew recently surprised Christopher and Amanda Baity, the founders of local veteran service organization Semper K9 Assistance Dogs. While his television crew was filming a “documentary” about Semper K9, Rowe walked in mid-filming at their home office in Woodbridge. “I instantly recognized his voice when he said ‘Hello.’ as a voice I had heard before,” said Amanda Baity, Semper K9’s Director of Operations. “Once he peeked around the entryway I didn’t know what to think other than ‘OMG Mike Rowe is here in Woodbridge…in my house!”

Little did the Baitys know, members of their volunteer team had been plotting to surprise the couple for months. “It truly was a challenge to plan something of this size without them finding out,” said Tisa Newhouse, Volunteer Coordinator and board member. “There were some close calls but the look on their faces when the big reveal day came made all the long hours of planning and chaos more than worth it.”

“This honor to be chosen by Returning the Favor is huge for Semper K9 and the veterans we serve,” said Christopher Baity, the nonprofit’s Executive Director. “This has given us a substantial advantage to where we can accelerate our programs and help more veterans faster.”

Their episode of Returning the Favor will air in Season 2 which is currently showing on Facebook Watch. To find out what the Baitys and Semper K9 were surprised with other than a visit from Rowe and being highlighted on his show, stay tuned. “We can’t wait to share with everyone!” said Baity.

To learn more about Semper K9, visit www.SemperK9.org.

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