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Following I-66 child jumper, there is hope for those considering suicide

A 12-year-old boy jumped from a highway overpass on Interstate 66 Saturday afternoon.

He landed on an SUV and killed the 22-year-old driver.

The passenger in the SUV, and the child who jumped from the bridge survived. The child remained in critical condition on Monday.

Here’s the direct account from Virginia State Police:

At 4:18 p.m., Saturday (Oct. 28), Virginia State Police responded to an incident in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 66 at the Cedar Lane overpass near Exit 62 for Nutley Street in Fairfax County.

Based on the investigation and witness accounts, a 12-year-old male jumped from the Cedar Lane overpass. The juvenile landed on a 2005 Ford Escape traveling east on I-66. The impact incapacitated the vehicle’s driver, so the 23-year-old male, front-seat passenger steered the vehicle off the interstate. The Ford came to a stop on the left shoulder against the Jersey wall.

The driver of the Ford, Marisa W. Harris, 22, of Olney, Md., died at the scene. The front-seat passenger was not injured. (more…)

Driver flown to hosptial after crash at Hoadly and Websters

DALE CITY — A helicopter has been called after a car crash in the area of Hoadly Road and Websters Way.

The crash was reported just before 3:30 p.m.

Initial reports indicate an adult male is being flown to a local hospital following the crash. The trauma patient is reported to be semi-conscious, according to initial information.

Police tell us the patient is being flown as a precaution.

The helicopter was called to land at Penn Elementary School at 12980 Queen Chapel Road.

Joseph S.L. Kaufman SR

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Joseph S. L. Kaufman, Sr. passed away suddenly at his home on October 28, 2017. He is survived by his wife Theresa, son Joseph, Jr, daughter Angela (Don), daughter Jessica, sister Annie Sachs (Leonard), grandchildren Brittani and Nathaniel, many nieces and nephews and loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Mary Housely, his brother Patrick and sister June. The family will receive visitors at Pierce Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 9609 Center St. Manassas, VA on Friday, November 3, 2017 from 5-9 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 12 noon in All Saints Catholic Church, 9300 Stonewall Rd. Manassas, VA.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association in honor of Joe Kaufman.

2,262 pounds of prescription medications collected in drug “Take-Back”

From Prince William County police:

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VIRGINIA . . . A total of 2,262.2 pounds of expired or unused prescription medications was collected in greater Prince William County on Saturday, October 28th. The event was sponsored by the Crime Prevention Unit of the Prince William County Police Department, the City of Manassas Police Department, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center, Sentara Lake Ridge, and Novant Health UVA Health System Haymarket Medical Center.


  • Manassas City Police and sponsors collected 1,432 pounds of expired or unused
    prescription medications at the Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William
    Medical Center collection location in the city of Manassas.
  • Prince William County Police and sponsors collected a total of 830.2 pounds of expired
    or unused prescription medications:
  •  471.1 pounds at the Sentara Lake Ridge collection location in Woodbridge, and
  • 359.1 pounds at the Novant Health UVA Health System Haymarket Medical
    Center collection location in Haymarket. (more…)

‘To move Prince William forward, we need a change in leadership’

Hala Ayala has long been a familiar face for Democrats in Prince William County.

She’s the president of the Prince William County chapter of the National Organization for Women, and she’s attended standing-room-only meetings of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors to protest Chairman At-large Corey Stewart’s position on pursuing immigrants in the U.S. who entered illegally. 

This General Election on Nov. 7 marks the first time she’s been a candidate. and she has her sights set to unseat long-serving Delegate Rich Anderson of District 51, which encompasses nearly all of Prince William. 

This election season, we’re asked candidates who wish to reach our readers a “why you should vote for me” email by Oct. 27, 2017. 

Ayala sent us this email: 

I am running for the 51st District of the Virginia House of Delegates. I am a lifelong Virginian and have lived in Prince William County for over 35 years. I’m a cybersecurity specialist by trade, formerly with the Department of Homeland Security. But I pride myself in being an advocate for working families in my community and in the Commonwealth. I have organized on such issues at the local and state level, including protecting women’s choice, speaking out on the need for affordable access to healthcare and equal pay for equal work. I was the founder and president of the Prince William County chapter of the National Organization for Women and am a member of the Governor’s Council on Women.

I want to serve my community and make sure that we are represented when decisions are made in our state government, something that I don’t see with our current representation in the House of Delegates. Every session, we see bad votes that jeopardize our ability to access healthcare and family planning services, while legislators resist practical measures like Medicaid Expansion, which would provide access to crucial health services to families across our state. (more…)

Gainesville man arrested in connection with stabbing of three vicitims

From Prince William County police:

Aggravated Malicious Wounding – On October 29 at 1:11 a.m., officers responded to investigate a stabbing which was reported to have occurred in the 3500 block of Finish Line Dr in Gainesville (20155) earlier that evening. The investigation revealed
three male victims, two 18-year- olds and a 17-year- old, were stabbed in the above area by the accused following a drug transaction.

After the encounter, the victims drove to an area hospital where police were contacted. The injuries sustained by all three victims were non-life threatening. The accused was located at his residence near the offense location in Gainesville where he was detained without further incident.

Following the investigation, the accused, identified as Sang Vo Phuoc NGUYEN, was arrested.


The Mantle Coffee Shoppe will offer drinks, snacks

A new coffee shop will replace the old Saladelis eatery at the Shoppes at North Stafford on Route 610. 

This will be the second business in the mostly vacant shopping center at the corner of Garrisonville Road and Tech Parkway. An Anytime Fitness location also sites inside the quiet shopping plaza. 

From The Mantle Coffee Shoppe:

Two pleasures we will always enjoy is sipping a good drink, whether hot or cold, and making memories with families and friends. The Mantle Coffee Shoppe is excited about offering both to the Stafford community. The shop will also be offering a variety of fresh baked goods from local vendors as well as sandwiches and salads made fresh daily to meet lunchtime needs.

The Mantle is a faith based shop which offers a cozy Kidz Korner for your child to play as you converse with your friends or listen to local Christian artists as they minister through their music. The Mantle is committed to offering careers and skill development in hospitality and their recruitment drive has hired twenty- five local people to meet the needs of the business.

In a time where coffee shops dominate the area, The Mantle is looking forward to delivering the ultimate family experience to include Afternoon Tea complete with scones, clotted cream and jam, and finger sandwiches. Friday nights will be exciting with karaoke for the local students. Hot dogs and drinks named after all the area schools will be featured. The Nosar family, the Tonkin family, and The Mantle employees are excited to be part of such a wonderful community and look forward to seeing you soon!