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Updated: Help Prince William County Police Department find missing, endangered adult

From the Prince William police February 7, 2018 press release:

*MISSING ENDANGERED ADULT: The Prince William County Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing and endangered adult, Christopher Luke AMMEN.  The investigation revealed Christopher walked away from his residence located in the 5800 block of Anthony Dr in Woodbridge around 8:00PM on February 6. Christopher left his residence voluntarily and may be in need of assistance which qualifies him as being endangered. Anyone with information on this person’s whereabouts is asked to call Prince William County police at 703-792-6500 or your local police department.

Christopher Luke AMMEN is described as a white male, 29 years of age, 5’08″, 215lbs with brown eyes and brown hair.

He was last seen wearing a black baseball hat, navy blue sweatshirt, blue jeans, and black shoes.

UPDATED February 8, s018

From the Prince William police:

*UPDATE: Christopher Luke AMMEN, who was reported as missing and endangered on February 7, has been located and is safe.

In Richmond, battle against ‘tampon tax’ rages on

From the press release:

Bill to Remove ‘Tampon Tax’ Clears First Hurdle

 By Tianna Mosby

Capital News Service

RICHMOND – Women’s rights advocates are applauding a legislative panel for advancing a bill that would remove the sales tax on pads, tampons and menstrual cups.

The House Finance subcommittee voted 7-1 Tuesday to recommend approval of HB 24 and sent it to the House Appropriations Committee for consideration. Del. Kathy Byron, R-Bedford, voted against the bill.

“It should be part of a tax reform package,” she said.

Byron said she supports removing the sales tax; however, she would not consider feminine hygiene products eligible under the tax code. Virginia law states that medical products used to treat or prevent diseases can be tax-exempt. Byron said feminine hygiene products do not fall into that category.

Del. Jennifer Boysko, D-Fairfax, who sponsored the bill, said it’s not fair that both menstrual products and anti-dandruff shampoo are classified as medical supplies by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, but only the shampoo receives a tax exemption. Byron noted that menstruation is not a disease, but psoriasis – which anti-dandruff shampoo is used to prevent – is.

Still, the committee recommended that the bill advance after removing the line naming it “The Dignity Act” and changing its potential start date from July 31 to Jan. 1.

The sales tax is 6 percent in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads and 5.3 percent in the rest of the state. Removing the tax on feminine hygiene products, as nine other states have done, would cost the commonwealth about $5 million in lost revenues annually, officials say.

The House Finance subcommittee has yet to act on two other bills to remove the so-called “tampon tax”: HB 152 and HB 448. Nor has the panel voted on HB 25, which would include menstrual supplies among the items exempt from taxes during Virginia’s three-day, back-to-school “sales tax holiday” each August.

On Friday, a House Education subcommittee considered HB 1434, which would have required schools to provide students with feminine hygiene products for free. A motion to approve the bill failed on a 5-5 vote.



Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center gets heart healthy, urges people to ‘Know Your Numbers’

Heart disease is the number one cause of death in women.

The American Heart Association says 1 in 3 women dies from the disease, and that’s why February is American Heart Month.

Sadly, the news isn’t surprising to Dr. Aysha Arshad, Medical Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, “Women are often busy with day to day tasks, taking care of others, taking care of their family. They neglect their own health until things become much worse for them.”

Every day, Dr. Arshad sees women who have heart issues which haven’t been addressed, “The data for heart failure and women who suffer heart attacks show they come in much sicker and they’re much more difficult to treat because they’ve let so much time lapse.”

Part of the issue is women’s heart attack symptoms can differ from men’s, “They may not have crushing chest pains, they may have jaw or neck pain. Or maybe, be a little sweaty. Or perhaps, have a difference in exercise capacity,” explains Dr. Arshad.

The sooner a woman is diagnosed, the sooner treatment can begin.

Dr. Arshad says knowledge is power and offers this advice, “Recognize the early symptoms for heart disease, be a good advocate for your own cardiovascular health, follow up with your doctor should you develop any of those symptoms and know there are newer technologies that have developed that are simpler, more efficient and cosmetically better.”

Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center is helping people in their mission to be heart healthy, to do that, we’re inviting people to “Know Your Numbers.” Individuals with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes are more likely to have high cholesterol, high blood pressure and be overweight. Knowing your numbers is a crucial step in assessing your risk of developing heart disease, as many times there are no symptoms. This event includes complimentary screening of blood pressure, calculation of body mass index (BMI,) measurement of cholesterol and HbA1c levels (blood sugar) and an optional, pocket EKG screening is available for $20.

Registration is required. To register, call 1-800-SENTARA.

VA Senate unanimously supports medical marijuana expansion legislation

From the press release:

Virginia Likely to Expand Medical Marijuana

 By Fadel Allassan

Capital News Service

 RICHMOND – Virginia inched closer to greatly expanding medical marijuana use this week after legislation passed the Senate with unanimous support – three days after its companion bill was likewise approved by the House of Delegates.

SB 726, which passed 38-0 on Monday, would let doctors issue certifications for patients to use cannabis oil to treat the symptoms of diagnosed conditions or diseases. The House version of the bill – HB 1251 – passed 98-0 on Friday.

With similar bills approved in both chambers, the legislation appears likely to be headed to the desk of Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat and physician, who has said he would sign such a measure into law.

Doctors in Virginia currently can issue medical marijuana certifications only to people with intractable epilepsy. If Northam signs the bill, the new law would let doctors issue certifications to treat any condition.

Both bills were a recommendation of Virginia’s Joint Commission on Health Care, which researches health policy options for the state.

The chief sponsors of SB 726 were Republican Sens. Siobhan Dunnavant of Henrico and Jill Holtzman Vogel of Fauquier and Democratic Sen. David Marsden of Fairfax. The chief sponsors of HB 1251 were Republican Dels. Ben Cline of Rockbridge and Glen Davis of Virginia Beach and Democratic Dels. Eileen Filler-Corn and Kaye Kory, both of Fairfax.

“The literature on medical cannabis is going to be evolving rapidly now, and because of this, it is not a decision that should be in the hands of the legislature,” said Dunnavant, who also is a doctor. “Instead, it should be with physicians.”

Virginia is poised to join 29 other states that allow the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Three U.S. territories have a similar policy.

The legislation is considered a major victory for marijuana-law reform advocates.

“This will bring relief to thousands of Virginians suffering from cancer, Crohn’s disease and PTSD,” said Jenn Michelle Pedini, executive director of the marijuana law reform advocacy group, Virginia NORML. “We could not be happier with the unanimous passage of these bills.”

An April 2017 poll by Quinnipiac University indicated overwhelming support for the legalization of medical marijuana in Virginia. About 94 percent of Virginian voters polled expressed support; 59 percent backed legalizing small amounts of the drug for recreational use.

Skateboard in the face wards off alleged knife threat

From the Prince William police press release:

Attempted Malicious Wounding – On February 6 at 8:41PM, officers responded to an apartment located in the 3500 block of Briarwood Dr in Dumfries (22026) to investigate an assault. The investigation revealed that the accused was drinking with several acquaintances when they were involved in a verbal altercation. During the encounter, the accused grabbed a knife and attempted to cut them. At some point, one of the acquaintances struck the accused on the face with a skateboard causing the accused to drop the knife. The parties eventually separated and the police were contacted. Minor injuries were reported by the accused. Following the investigation, the accused, identified as Gabriel Bond KUNU, was arrested without incident.

Arrested on February 6:

Gabriel Bond KUNU, 23, of 3510 Briarwood Dr, Apt 23, in Dumfries

    Charged with attempted malicious wounding

    Court Date: April 9, 2018| Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond



Manassas Airport accounts for 30 percent of statewide economic activity

The aviation industry is a major contributor to the economic vitality of the Commonwealth of Virginia.  The busiest general aviation airport in the Commonwealth happens to be Manassas Regional Airport. 

The City-owned airport boasts 400-based aircraft, two fixed-base operators, an FAA control tower and experiences roughly 90,000 takeoffs and landings a year. 

The City has long recognized Manassas Regional Airport as an asset and significant contributor to the City’s economic base.  A recent report by the Virginia Department of Aviation reinforces this impact.  

The Economic Impact Study included 57 general aviation and nine commercial airports in the Commonwealth.  It focuses on the economic benefits created by the businesses and tenants on Virginia’s airports, tourists and others who rely on their services to conduct business. 

The findings show that Manassas Regional Airport not only leads the industry in revenue generation but accounted for roughly 30% of the statewide $1.1 billion in economic activity in 2016. That equates to 1,351 aviation jobs, wages of $117,438,000 and generation of $375,492,000 in residual economic activity in Manassas. 

Glass smashed, golf clubs stolen at Montclair Country Club

From the Prince William police press release:

Commercial Burglary – On February 6 at 9:00AM, officers responded to the Montclair Country Club located at 16500 Edgewood Dr in Dumfries (22025) to investigate a burglary. Video surveillance revealed that an unknown man shattered a side glass window and door with a crowbar around 11:40PM on February 5. The suspect entered the business then fled the area in a dark colored 2010-2013 Chevrolet Camaro with a hood scoop and racing stripes. A golf bag containing eleven golf clubs was reported missing.   

Suspect Description:

    White male, between 30 & 35 years of age, 5’10”, 175lbs with a thin build, goatee and mustache

Last seen wearing a black hooded jacket, brown pants, brown boots, and black gloves

        Suspect Vehicle Description:

    A dark colored 2010-2013 Chevrolet Camaro with a hood scoop and racing stripes

Suspect in custody, charged with shooting and killing brother in Stafford

We got notification of a homicide that happened yesterday. From the Stafford sheriff’s office press release:

Stafford, VA.  A suspect is in custody for shooting and killing his brother in the area of Holly Drive in Stafford County.  

On February 6, 2018 at approximately 8:58 p.m., deputies responded to the area of Holly Drive after the Roanoke Police Department notified the Stafford Sheriff’s Office that they had a subject in custody who had admitted to shooting and killing his brother in Stafford.

Stafford detectives said an unknown dispute occurred between the suspect, William Jackson Veronee, 21, of Aiken, South Carolina, and the victim, Christopher Andrew Veronee, 33, of Stafford. Detectives believe the suspect shot and killed his brother on Monday afternoon.

Following the homicide, the suspect stole his brother’s vehicle, which broke down while traveling in the area of Roanoke, Virginia. Police were notified of a suspicious subject by staff at a cold weather shelter. The subject spoke with responding officers, and was then taken into custody by Roanoke Police.

The Stafford Sheriff’s Office was notified and deputies then located the deceased victim at his home on Holly Drive. The stolen vehicle was recovered by Roanoke Police.

The suspect has been charged with second degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony. He is currently being held in the Roanoke City Jail.

The incident is still under investigation by the Stafford Sheriff’s Office.