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Police search for suspect in armed 7-Eleven robbery

From Prince William police: 

Armed Robbery – On July 8 at 11:11AM, officers responded to the 7-Eleven located at 7301 Sudley Rd in Manassas (20109) to investigate a robbery. The employee reported to police that a male wearing a mask entered the store and brandished a handgun toward the employee. The suspect then forced the employee to open the cash register to obtain money before fleeing the business on foot. No injuries were reported.
A Prince William County police K-9 and helicopter from Fairfax County Police searched for the suspect who was not located. The investigation continues.    
Suspect Description:

A light skinned male, between 19 & 25 years of age, 5’06”, 150lbs, with a thin build
Last seen wearing a facemask, black long sleeve sweater, khaki pants, and black tennis shoes. The suspect was also carrying a red, soft ice cooler

Praise sounds for Prince William County’s official Bugler

WOODBRIDGE    At a recent meeting of the Prince William County Board of County Supervisors, Donna Flory was named as the Prince William County Volunteer of the Quarter for the first quarter of 2018. Donna was nominated by Desiree Wolfe with the Office of Executive Management and the award was presented by Gail Macdonald, the county’s Senior Human Resources Manager, for Donna’s service as Prince William County’s official Bugle and Trumpet Player.

The award reads:

“Over the last two decades, Donna has played in various ceremonies and dedications in honor of Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day and 9/11.  Her rendition of ‘Taps’ continues to bring dignity and meaning to these very important events.  When asked to perform Donna has always answered ‘yes’ no matter the day.  Donna has always said it was her honor and privilege to play for Prince William County employees and citizens as we honor those who died for our freedom. Donna’s time and talent has helped make each ceremony memorable, especially for those who have lost a loved one.  For her ability to bring grace and reverence during the most solemn occasions we award Donna Flory the Prince William County Volunteer of the Quarter Award.”

Donna began volunteering as the Prince William County official Bugler in 1992.  Her first event was the original dedication ceremony of Prince William County’s War Memorial. 

Following the presentation, Donna thanked Desiree Wolfe for this very special nomination. Donna then acknowledged her longtime friend, Jane Beyer, and thanked her for getting her regularly involved in Prince William County events that honor those that have served our country and those that made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

I-66 closures between Rt. 234 and Rt. 29 start tonight

Drivers headed south on U.S. 29 in Gainesville now use an elevated bridge to cross train tracks. The new separated interchange is expected to stop frequent train vs. car collisions in the area. [Photo: Uriah Kiser / Potomac Local News]

From the Virginia Department of Transportation: 

Overnight lane closures on eastbound I-66 between Sudley Road (Route 234 Business) and Route 29 in Centreville are scheduled to begin the night of Friday, July 6 and continue into the next week. Following this work, all lanes between Compton Road and Route 29 in Centreville will be shifted toward the inside median to create long-term work zones for construction on the Transform 66 Outside the Beltway project. 

Work is scheduled for Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7 between 9 p.m. and 9 a.m., and Tuesday, July 10 and Thursday, July 12 between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Details include:
  • Nightly lane closures of three left lanes of eastbound I-66 between Sudley Road and Route 29 in Centreville
  • Occasional 15-minute stoppages and slowdowns along eastbound I-66
  • Removal of HOV diamonds and left-side yellow edge line between Compton Road and Route 29 in Centreville
  • Work will not impact the Route 29 Centreville interchange
All work is weather dependent and will be rescheduled if inclement weather occurs.

Arrest made after Snap Chat drug deal goes bad

From Prince William police: 

Armed Robbery | Use of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony *ARREST – On July 3, Aaron Deon Marshall BURKE was taken into custody by detectives with the Street Crimes Unit. The accused was wanted for a robbery that occurred in the 8000 block of Ashton Ave in Manassas on March 24.
Arrested on July 3:

Aaron Deon Marshall BURKE, 19, of 9337 King George Dr in Manassas
Charged with robbery and use of a firearm in commission of a felony
Court Date: Pending | Bond: Unavailable

  • Armed Robbery | Use of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony [Previously Released]  On March 24 at 6:00PM, officers responded to the 8000 block of Ashton Ave in Manassas (20109) to investigate a robbery. The victim, a 16-year-old male, reported to police that he arranged to meet a male through the social media app “SnapChat” in the above area to conduct a narcotics transaction. During the transaction, the suspect brandished a handgun and took the victim’s money before fleeing the area on foot. A police K-9 searched the area for the suspect who was not located. No injuries were reported. Detectives from the Robbery Unit were able to identify the suspect as Aaron Deon Marshall BURKE. Following the investigation, detectives obtained warrants for the arrest of the suspect. Attempts to locate the accused have been unsuccessful. The investigation continues.

Don’t miss these local Independence Day events

It’s going to be a scorcher this Independence Day. But for those who pack plenty of fluids and want to brave the summertime heat, the biggest holiday of the season will feature local events that rarely disappoint. 
Dale City Independence Day Parade
10 a.m. 
14090 Gemini Way
Dale City, Va. 22193
Celebrate America on the fourth of July, in Dale City for the 47th annual Dale City Independence Day Parade. Come bleed red, white, and blue while you enjoy the showcasing of scouting troops, churches, politicians, performing arts groups, and more.
The parade line up begins at 9:00 am and the parade will promptly start at 10:00 am at Kirkdale Road and Dale Boulevard. Following the patriotic parade (approximately at Noon) will be the Family Fun Day festivities including vendors, games, and entertainment which run until 2 p.m. taking place at Gemini Way (the Dale City Commuter Lot).
Celebrate Independence Day at George Washington’s boyhood home
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
268 King’s Highway
Fredericksburg, Va. 22405
Tour the Washington house, learn about archaeology at Ferry Farm, enjoy a patriotic flag retirement ceremony, interact with colonial and Civil War reenactors as well as members of the Patawomeck tribe, listen to festive music, view living history demonstrations and theatre performances, and participate in educational programs, crafts, games, and hands-on activities for the whole family.
Cost: $1 per person?Parking: Eagles Lodge – 21 Cool Springs Road Fredericksburg (Stafford County) 22405?, Shuttles run between the Eagles Lodge and Ferry Farm.
Celebrate America Fireworks in Manassas 
Activities and vendors 3 p.m. / fireworks 9:15 p.m. 
9431 West Street
Manassas, Va. 20110
Manassas will once again host the largest firework show in Northern Virginia.  The event will take place in historic downtown in an area surrounding the train station. 
At 3 p.m, children’s activities begin. At 4 p.m., food concessionaires and vendors will open their booths. A fireworks show begins at 9:15 p.m.
The city’s parking garage next to the train station will be closed due to safety concerns. There will be downtown street closures for the Independence Day event. 
Fireworks at the Pfitz in Woodbridge 
Potomac Nationals vs. Salem Red Sox
7 County Complex Court
Woodbridge, Va. 22192
Swing on down to the annual Potomac Nationals Game vs the Salem Red Sox to enjoy America’s favorite pastime, baseball.
Players will be wearing military themed jerseys during the game as the slide into first base to the waving of a mini American flag that fans can take home. After the game, don’t strike out. Stay for the postgame firework show. 

Victim, 62, roughed up, robbed outside apartment complex

From Prince William police: 
Strong Armed Robbery – On July 2 at 5:51PM, officers responded to investigate a robbery that occurred in the 10600 block of Blendia Ln in Manassas (20109) earlier that afternoon. The investigation revealed that two unknown males approached the victim, a 62-year-old man, as he was getting out of his vehicle, which he had just parked. During the encounter, the suspects demanded money from the victim then punched him several times. The suspects rummaged through the victim’s pockets and took his wallet and cell phone before fleeing the area on foot. Minor injuries were reported. A police K-9 searched for the suspects who were not located. The investigation continues.
Suspect Descriptions:

A black male of unknown age, approximately 6’0″, 165lbs with a thin build

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The City of Manassas is home to two of Virginia’s leading industries

Two of the Commonwealths leading industries are major economic generators in the City of Manassas. 

According to a recent report from the Virginia Employment Commission, Manassas-based companies in the professional and technical services offer the 4th highest wages in the state. 

Healthcare and social assistance wages in Manassas rank in the top 10. 

Companies like Micron, Lockheed Martin, and Novant Health UVA Health system drive local economic growth and employ thousands in Manassas; thanks in part to the availability of skilled labor and the City’s pro-business climate. 

These fields account for nearly 25% of total employment and $77 billion in total wages state-wide.  As innovation and technological advancement continue to be made employment and wages are expected to rise. 

The City of Manassas works closely with its major employers, Northern Virginia Community College and George Mason University to ensure current and future workforce needs are met and the companies continue to grow and thrive.   

To read the full report, click here.