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Rape, unlawful filming charges filed in two cases involving minors

From Prince William police:

Rape | Abduction with Intent to Defile – On June 20, detectives from the Special Victims Unit began an investigation into a rape which was reported to have occurred at a residence located in the Woodbridge (22193) area of Prince William County. The investigation revealed the victim, 12-year-old girl, was raped by the accused, a family member, on more than one occasion in April and June of 2018. The incidents were recently disclosed and police conducted an investigation in the allegations. Following the investigation, the accused, identified as Jose Hector GONZALEZ ORTIZ, was arrested.
Arrested on June 21:
Jose Hector GONZALEZ ORTIZ, 35, of the Woodbridge area
Charged with 2 counts of rape and 1 count of abduction with intent to defile
Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond
Also from Prince William police, a separate incident: 
Aggravated Sexual Battery | Unlawful Filming – On June 6, detectives from the Special Victims Unit began an investigation into a sexual assault which was reported to have occurred at a residence located in the Manassas (20109) area of Prince William County. The investigation revealed the victim, an 11-year-old girl, was inappropriately filmed by the accused, an acquaintance, on more than one occasion between November 2016 and June 2018. On one of the occasions, the accused sexually assaulted the victim. The incidents were recently disclosed and police conducted an investigation in the allegations.
Following the investigation, detectives obtained warrants for the arrest of the accused, identified as Esteban CARRILLO ZAPETA.  The accused was located and arrested by members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force at an address in Hyattsville, Maryland on June 21.
The accused will remain in custody in Maryland until extradited back to Virginia.
Arrested on June 21: [No photo available]
Esteban CARRILLO ZAPETA, 32, of no fixed address
Charged with aggravated sexual battery, unlawful filming, and production of child pornography
Court Date: Pending | Status: Awaiting Extradition

Wound Healing Center opens at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center

Today, Thursday, June 21, 2018, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center officially unveiled its newly renovated and expanded Sentara Wound Healing Center during a ribbon cutting attended by current and past Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center Board members, the Potomac Health Foundation Board, administration, physicians, community members and members of the team. 

The Sentara Wound Healing Center has a history of offering its patients a comprehensive, specialized team approach in dealing with non-healing and difficult to heal wounds. This recent renovation permits easier access for patients and staff with larger doorways and halls. The expansion also includes more storage space and room for the introduction of an advanced treatment option:  Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.

The addition of Sentara Wound Healing Center’s two hyperbaric oxygen chambers will allow new opportunities for patients with slow healing, hard to treat wounds.

Being able to treat patients with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a huge advancement for our organization,” explains Dr. Carol Shapiro, Medical Director of Sentara Wound Healing Center, “This is an exciting technology and even in our short experience, we are already seeing results.”

In Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, patients receive daily treatments of 100% oxygen delivered under pressure. The purpose of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is to promote healing in wounds which are stalling like, areas treated with radiation or because of a systemic disease, like diabetes. By breathing this 100% oxygen, wounds heal quicker, opening diseased or injured blood vessels.

For patients like Larry Boomer, an amputee and diabetic who has been fighting slow healing wounds for years, hyperbaric oxygen therapy has given him a new lease on life.

“In the short time I’ve been doing this treatment, my wounds have healed up so amazingly. I had surgery on my foot and had a wound which was open for six months. Now, within 34 days, the wound is just about completely closed. I’m just amazed!” says Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy patient, Larry Boomer.

“This advanced technology is an incredible addition to the community and the Sentara Wound Healing Center. It wouldn’t be possible without months of hard work by our dedicated team,” says Kathie Johnson, President, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center.

The state-of-the-art Sentara Wound Healing Center brings together a diverse team of doctors and specialists who work with a patient’s own physicians to develop a customized treatment plan and provide expert care for hard to treat wounds.

“The addition of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy aligns with Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center’s mission and vision: to Improve Health Every Day and be the provider of choice for our community. The Sentara Wound Healing Center does this by elevating patient care and providing these important treatment options right in our patients’ own backyards,” says Johnson.

If you or a loved one has a wound that just won’t heal, don’t hesitate. Contact the experienced doctors, nurses and staff at the Sentara Wound Healing Center: 703-523-0660.

Vera’s Kitchen celebrates grand opening in Downtown Manassas

Mayor Hal Parrish and members of the Manassas City Council recently joined business owners Adiam and Veronica Musie and members of the community to celebrate the grand opening of their restaurant, Vera’s Kitchen in the Manassas Historic District. 

Located at 9255 Center Street, Vera’s Kitchen offers a variety of hearty entrees as well as lighter fare inspired by Veronica’s culinary experiences in her native Ethiopia. 

Joined by Manassas Vice Mayor Sheryl Bass and City Council members, Ken Elston, Ian Lovejoy, and Pamela J. Sebesky, Mayor Parrish’s remarks spoke to the dream of small business ownership.  He recognized that the Musie’s dream is one that is shared by many and creates joy for the entrepreneur and the patron when that dream comes to fruition. 

Veronica Musie eloquently expressed her gratitude to “this great nation” for giving her the opportunity to pursue her dream, describing how she enrolled in various classes throughout Northern Virginia to further develop her culinary skills. 

Born in Ethiopia and raised on fresh, nutrient-dense foods, Veronica knew she wanted to provide these meals to others after she migrated to the U.S.  She honed her skills while working at top American restaurants and managing authentic Ethiopian eateries before opening a successful catering venture focusing on healthy fusion recipes that represent a variety of cultures and tastes.   

Patrick Small, Director of Economic Development, and representatives of Historic Manassas were also on hand to welcome the new business to the City of Manassas. The festive grand opening featured wonderful food and camaraderie and concluded with Mayor Parrish offering the perfect toast to “Desta,” which means happiness in the Ethiopian language. 

Veronica and Adiam hope that their restaurant clientele will experience this happiness when they step inside their doors.

Vera’s Kitchen is open Monday through Thursday 8 am. to -4 p.m., Fridays, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and weekends 9 am. to 9 p.m.  They also cater weddings, office meetings and casual gatherings.  You can reach Vera or Adiam at 703-479-7655 or at their website

Manassas Mayor Parrish and members of the City Council cut the ribbon at Vera’s Kitchen.

Three ways seniors can stay healthy and fit

Aging comes with many inevitable changes in the body. As we get older, our metabolism slows down and gaining weight becomes almost imminent, especially if we are not accustomed to exercising regularly.

As we get older, our bodies are also more prone to illness. Many seniors experience loss of strength in the bones, which can put them at risk of injury. With lack of exercise, seniors may lose the energy to perform simple daily tasks, such as walking up and down stairs, carrying groceries, or even walking for extended periods of time. Fortunately, these things can be avoided by taking classes that make exercising comfortable and easy on the body.

Yoga is a perfect example of a class that exercises the body without the stress of heavy lifting. Yoga is a type of exercise routine that uses a variety of stretching poses focusing on flexibility and core strength, both of which are key factors for seniors to have comfortable mobility. It’s also a perfect way to increase balance and reduce joint pain. Aside from giving the body a workout, yoga is also used to stay relaxed.

If you enjoy aquatics and being in the water, there are also classes that take place in the pool. Classes like Aqua Zumba and Aquasize help give you a great low-impact, full-body workout. Water classes are different in the sense that the water itself adds resistance. It is as if you are lifting weights, without the strain-free weights put on your body. 

Of course, some seniors may not feel comfortable in a group exercise setting. If so, a great way to remain healthy is simply by walking, and doing it often. Walking is likely the easiest way for seniors to stay active, as it has great heart benefits.

A good way to keep track of your health is to set gradually increasing goals as the weeks go by, so you can see how much you improve as you walk for longer distances and times. Joining a Walking Club may even help you meet new friends as you achieve your fitness goals. Walking in trails surrounded by nature is particularly beneficial.

According to a study by Holli-Anne Passmore and Dr. Andrew J. Howell, spending time in nature helps to relieve stress, and puts your brain in a state of calmness that helps it refresh after a busy day. A good pair of comfortable shoes and water are all you need!

The Manassas Park Community Center offers many classes that focus on senior health at an affordable price. All of the group exercise classes mentioned above are offered at no additional cost to members. They are also available to non-members for a $4 drop-in rate. It is never a bad time to start! We hope we can be a vital part of your fitness journey!

The Manassas Park Community Center is located at 99 Adams Street in Manassas Park, VA. Managed by the City of Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation, the facility is home to basketball courts, a swimming pool, wellness areas, special events, and recreational classes. For more information visit us at or call at 703-335-8872.

Find your Passion…as a Doctor!

Join us to meet the local top docs! Find your Passion as a Doctor!
(Shadow for a Day Series)

9071 Center St., Manassas
Tues., June 26th, 5:30pm to 6:30 pm

Hosted by Theresa Ellis, Tackle Management PR Marketing

Students: Hear about job-shadowing opportunities.
Community members; Learn about healthcare updates.

Our top Novant Health UVA Health System physicians include:

  • Mike Perez, MD Family Medicine
  • Mark Bartolozzi, MD General Surgery
  • Joanne Gutliph, MD Gynecology
  • Ahsan Jafir, MD Cardiology


Free with snacks and refreshments.

Heat wave to impact area just before start of summer

The heat is on.

Temperatures on Monday will rise into the mid-90s with a heat index value as high as 102 under mostly sunny skies. That means temperatures will feel like they are in the triple digits. 

Monday night, low temperatures will drop into the high 70s.

Tuesday brings a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Still hot, high temperatures will hover in the low 90s across the region.

On Tuesday night, we’ll feel temperatures in the low 70s.

It’ll be relatively cooler on Wednesday with temperatures in the mid to upper 80s. Rain showers are in the forecast on Wednesday through the weekend.

Summer officially arrives on Thursday.

The Prince William County Fire and Rescue Department on Friday reminded parents and drivers to never leave children or pets inside hot cars and to always check the back seat before getting out of the car.

People exposed to high temperatures are also more susceptible to hypothermia. The symptoms include sudden dizziness, cramps, or fatigue.

Fire and rescue officials also remind residents to check on elderly residents and make sure they have electric fans or to take them to air-conditioned buildings like shopping malls, libraries, or other community facilities.

At last but not least, drink plenty of water all day long.

Didlake workers take their strike to company’s Manassas headquarters

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Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center tops in treatment of heart attack patients

American College of Cardiology NCDR ACTION Registry Platinum Award recognizes high standards of patient care

Sentara Heart and Vascular Center at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2018.

Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center is one of only 203 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

The award recognizes the Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that Sentara Heart and Vascular Center has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

To receive the ACTION Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center has demonstrated sustained achievement in the ACTION Registry for eight consecutive quarters and has performed at the top level of standards for specific performance measures.

Full participation in the registry engages hospitals in a robust quality improvement process using data to drive improvements in adherence to guideline recommendations and overall quality of care provided to heart attack patients.

“As a Platinum Performance Award recipient, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center has shown it is a leader in implementing standards of care and protocols for its patients,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, FACC, Chair, ACTION Registry; Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs, Brigham and Women’s Hospital Heart and Vascular Center; and Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School. “By meeting the requirements set forth in the registry and establishing a culture of providing guideline-recommended therapy, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center is saving lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients.”

The Center for Disease Control estimates that over 700,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. A heart attack occurs when a blood clot in a coronary artery partially or completely blocks blood flow to the heart muscle. Treatment guidelines include administering aspirin upon arrival and discharge, timely restoration of blood flow to the blocked artery, smoking cessation counseling and cardiac rehabilitation, among others.

“The Cardiac Catheterization lab achievements in the ACTION Registry is an attestation of all hard work poured into the endeavors of the EMS, Emergency Department and Cardiovascular service line.  The efforts of all of our health care team cannot be overstated in providing state-of-the-art, lifesaving procedures to the most common and lethal disease of our century.  We praise and support all the staff who devoted their time and hearts to raise the level of care in our beloved community,” said Dr. Khalid Abousy, Medical Director of the Interventional Cardiology at Sentara Heart and Vascular Center in Woodbridge, Virginia.

ACTION Registry empowers health care provider teams to consistently treat heart attack patients according to the most current, science-based guidelines and establishes a national standard for understanding and improving the quality, safety and outcomes of care provided for patients with coronary artery disease, specifically high-risk heart attack patients.