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An up-close look at that overturned tanker that snarled traffic on I-95

DALE CITY — An overturned tanker truck turned into a nightmare for drivers on Interstate 95 in Prince William County on Monday afternoon.

From Virginia State Police: 

At 2:05 p.m., Virginia State Police responded to an overturned tanker truck along the southbound lanes of I-95 at the 156 mile marker. The driver suffered minor injuries in the crash and was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. There is no leakage from the tank, which was fully loaded with gasoline. The tank had to be drained before the vehicle could be removed from the scene. Crash remains under investigation. 

Photos by: Sammoto Yamoso


Ceres’ Nanotrap Lyme Antigen Test System FDA Breakthrough Device designation an important step for treatment

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Two robberies, one malicious wounding, one shooting in under 48 hours

From the Prince William police press release:

Strong-Armed Robbery – On August 18 at 9:30PM, officers began to investigate an alleged robbery that occurred somewhere in Prince William County earlier that evening. The victim, a 25-year-old man, reported to police that he was walking along an unknown road in Prince William County between 8:00PM and 9:00PM when he was pushed to the ground from behind then punched in the face by an unknown black male. The unknown suspect took money, clothing, and other various items from the victim before fleeing the area on foot. The victim later responded to the Paul T. White Station in Manassas to report the incident. No injuries were reported. The investigation continues.

Shooting Investigation – On August 19 at 1:08AM, officers responded to the Briarwood Apartments located in the 3500 block of Briarwood Dr in Dumfries (22172) to investigate a shooting. Several callers reported to police that an unknown man was screaming and shooting a gun from an apartment balcony. Officers arrived and heard a gunshot coming from inside one of the apartments. Officers breached the front door, located the accused inside, and detained him without incident. Further investigation revealed that the accused was under the influence of PCP. Following a search of the apartment, a handgun, PCP, and marijuana were recovered. Upon a canvass of the area, officers discovered that one of the bullets struck a nearby apartment, which was occupied. No injuries were reported, and no other property damage was located or reported. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested.

                Arrested on August 19:

                Jason Michael DEMATTY, 33, of 3511 Briarwood Dr, Apt 41, in Dumfries

Charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling, reckless handling of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm with controlled substances, possession of a schedule I or II narcotic, and possession of marijuana

Court Date: November 7, 2018 | Bond: Held WITHOUT bond

 Malicious Wounding | Domestic Related – On August 18 at 6:50PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 5700 block of Ridgedale Dr in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a possible assault. The caller reported to police that she received a text message saying that a family member may have been assaulted. When officers arrived at the residence, they observed blood on the ground outside the front door. When no one answered the door, officers forced entry into the home where they located the victim, a 64-year-old man, disoriented and suffering from a laceration on his head. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Upon further investigation, officers determined that the victim was lying in bed when the accused, a family member, assaulted him unprovoked. During the encounter, the accused punched the victim in the head several times. The accused then fled the residence. Officers located the accused intoxicated a short time later at a business located in the 5800 block of Mapledale Plz and detained him without incident. Following the investigation, the accused, identified as Andrew Jared WHITTAKER, was arrested.

Arrested on August 18:

Andrew Jared WHITTAKER, 34, of the 5700 block of Ridgedale Dr in Woodbridge

Charged with malicious wounding and public intoxication

Court Date: September 19, 2018 | Bond: Held WITHOUT bond

Residential Burglary – On August 18 at 10:45AM, officers responded to a residence located in the 7600 block of Monitor Ct in Manassas (20109) to investigate a burglary in progress. The caller reported to police that two unknown males were attempting to force open the rear door of a neighbor’s residence with a crow bar. The suspects fled the area when the caller yelled at them. Responding officers were able to locate and detain one of the suspects, identified as a male juvenile. An officer then transported the juvenile to the Juvenile Services Office located at 9540 Center St in Manassas where a petition was obtained in connection to the burglary. As the officer was attempting to place the juvenile back into the police cruiser to transport him to the Juvenile Detention Center, he was able to break free from the officer and flee the area on foot. Additional officers searched the area and located the juvenile a short time later hiding inside of a dumpster at the Pennington Traditional School nearby. Following the investigation, officers obtained additional charges. The juvenile was transported to the Juvenile Detention Center without further incident. Attempts to identify and locate the second suspect are still on going.

Charged on August 18: [Juvenile]

A 17-year-old male of Manassas

Charged with conspiracy to commit burglary, petit larceny, and escape without force

Court Date: Pending | Status: Held at the Juvenile Detention Center

Team USA Member, USAT Junior Elite Triathlete: Meet Sade’ Smith

We received this press release regarding triathlete and multisport athlete Sade Smith:


Being a triathlete and multisport athlete in high school is not easy due to the volume of hours of training outside of high school and the extensive travel to compete in triathlons and duathlons around the country and international. Competing in triathlons since the age of eight years old, Sade’ competes nationally as a USAT Junior Elite Triathlete and a Team USA Duathlete. In June 2017, Sade’ qualified to be a member of Team USA to represent the USA at the 2018 International Triathlon Union World Duathlon Championship in Odense, Denmark. On July 8, 2018, Sade’ competed in her first international race at the 2018 Fyn ITU Multisport World Championship and finished 9th in the world among the age group 16-19 females. As a member of Team USA, Sade will represent the USA again at the 2019 ITU World Championship again in Pontevedra, Spain in April 2019.

Sade’ is a 16 year old, rising Junior at Battlefield High School. Sade’ is a varsity letter holder in both cross country and swim and she is the recent USA Cycling Mid Atlantic Cyclocross Champion. Presently, Sade’ is ranked No. 1 in the country by USAT for duathlon for age group 16-17 females with All American Honors. As an emerging NCAA sport, Sade’ seeks to race at the collegiate level furthering her passion as a triathlete. Sade’ is a member of the Endorphin Fitness High Performance Team coached and Occoquan Swim Club.

Lidl to celebrate grand opening of Dumfries store September 26

Lidl US sent us this press release on their Dumfries grand opening:

On Wednesday, September 26, shoppers in the area will have the opportunity to experience Lidl when its newest location opens that day. Lidl’s Dumfries store, located at 16601 Dumfries Road, will open at 8:00 a.m., immediately following a ribbon cutting ceremony with Store Manager Kelly Simmons at 7:40 a.m. The new store will be Lidl’s eighth in the DC-area and will build on Lidl’s promise to deliver shoppers convenient access to high quality foods at the lowest possible prices.

“Lidl stores bring incredible quality, exciting promotions and real savings to our shoppers every day. On behalf of the entire Lidl Dumfries team, we are honored to bring Lidl’s unique offering to Dumfries next month and to become a part of daily life in the community,” said Store Manager Kelly Simmons.

Lidl US Grand Opening Events and Specials
Customers will be able to take advantage of get-them-while-you-can grand opening special offers at the new Dumfries store. The first 100 customers will be greeted by Lidl Store Manager Kelly Simmons and presented with a wooden coin redeemable for a special gift card ranging from $5 to $100 each. Shoppers can also sample an array of Lidl’s products and get a complimentary Lidl reusable bag while supplies last. The fun continues throughout grand opening weekend with games, activities, prizes, special deals and giveaways.

Rethink Grocery Shopping
Lidl stores offer a simple and efficient approach to grocery shopping, which will mean huge savings for Lidl shoppers. When entering the Dumfries store, shoppers can also expect to experience the following:

Attractive, Easy-to-Shop & Newly-Built Store: The Dumfries store will be a newly constructed facility, featuring an easy-to-shop layout with six wide aisles and plentiful natural light.
Fresh Baked Goods: Customers will be greeted each day with the smell of Lidl’s top-quality breads and pastries, which are baked fresh throughout the day. A bakery will be located at the entrance of the store.

High Quality American Products: Lidl works with thousands of American partners and suppliers. Roughly nine out of ten high quality products sold at Lidl are its exclusive private label brands, and a majority of Lidl’s everyday assortment is sourced in America by Lidl’s U.S. team.

Local Careers, Local Team: Lidl’s Dumfries store brings dozens of new career opportunities to the area, and adds to the strong local team Lidl has built across Northern Virginia, where the company is headquartered.

Award Winning Wines: Lidl’s exclusive wine range, which is curated by Lidl’s Master of Wine, Adam Lapierre, has won more than 250 medals at prestigious wine competitions across the country. Most recently, Lidl was awarded more than 40 medals for its American wines at the 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest American wine competition in the world.

Award Winning Beers: At the New York International Beer Competition, Lidl was named 2018 Beer Supermarket of the Year, with expert judges recognizing and awarding medals to 11 of Lidl’s exclusive beers for their quality characteristics. Among the winners was Lidl’s Brewer’s Storehouse No. 3 amber ale, which is brewed on the East Coast and was named Amber Ale of the Year.

Motorcyclist dies in crash, investigation continues

From the Prince William police press release:

On August 19 at 2:00AM, investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit responded to the area of Minnieville Rd and Andorra Dr in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a crash involving a motorcycle. The investigation revealed that the operator of a 2004 Honda CBR1000RR motorcycle was traveling westbound on Minnieville Rd when the rider lost control and struck a curb. The operator continued down the sidewalk before striking a guardrail and becoming separated from the motorcycle. The operator then struck a gate of a residence in the 13900 block of Andorra Dr.

The residents of the home located the rider and contacted police. The motorcycle continued until it struck tree and came to rest. No other vehicles were involved. The operator of the motorcycle was transported to an area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries later that afternoon. Speed was a factor in the crash. The investigation continues.

The operator of the 2004 Honda CBR10000RR motorcycle was identified as James Vincent CAPUTI, 25, of Woodbridge

Lake Ridge residents displaced by kitchen fire

From a press release regarding a townhouse fire that happened August 18th, 2018 at 9:47 p.m.:

Firefighters responded to the report of a townhouse fire at 3190 Harvard Street in Lake Ridge. Crews arrived within minutes and reported fire in the kitchen of the townhouse house.
Crews entered through front door, Crews contained the fire to the kitchen and had the fire under control within five minutes.

The fire is under investigation by the Prince William County Fire Marshal’s Office. The Red Cross was called to assist three residents who were displaced by the fire. Fire and Rescue units from OWL VFD, Dale City VFD, and PWC DF&R responded to the incident.

OWL VFD is one of the largest and busiest volunteer fire departments in the United States with almost 300 members. OWL VFD provides fire suppression, EMS care, and rescue services to 80,000 residents in our 27 square mile area through the operation of three fire stations. OWL volunteer Firefighters and EMTs work the 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. shift, five days a week, plus 24/7 holidays and weekends.

A Call to Action from Volunteer Prince William

Good Morning Prince William! Here are the mos recent volunteer positions from Volunteer Prince William.
· American Red Cross is gearing up for their annual Sound the Alarm, Save a Life, which installs free smoke alarms in at-risk communities. Volunteers are needed to help in the Mosby Ridge neighborhood of Manassas Park. A Pre-Canvassing Rally will be held August 21, 9am-12pm, and Installation Event on August 25, 8:30am-1pm. To sign up for the pre-canvassing, please email Please register for the installation online at
· Manassas Museum is gearing up for their Annual Manassas History Weekend on August 25th & 26th. Volunteers are needed at both the museum in Old Town and at Liberia Plantation. Duties include handing out information and helping with children’s activities. Two shifts available, 9am-1pm and 1pm-5pm both days. Please call Doug at (703) 257-8265 to learn more.
· Prince William Conservation Alliance has a great workday coming up on August 25that Merrimac Farm, 9am-12pm. It feels good to get your hands dirty. Please RSVP for this at (703) 490-5200 or via email at
· If you’re a teen or college student with muscles, Northern Virginia Family Servicewants you!! They’re holding a Yard Sale August 25 at Georgetown South, and volunteers age 16 and up are urgently needed to help on August 24, 4pm-8pm, to load items in the box truck at Clock Tower Thrift Store in Centreville. Volunteers are also needed August 25 between 7:30am and 4:30pm. Various shifts and jobs are available. Grab some friends and come support a great organization while celebrating summer’s end! Please email Annie at to learn how you can help.
· Mark your calendars for Saturday August 25th for the 3rd Annual Farm to Table event to support the Prince William Environmental Excellence Foundation at Windy Knoll Farm. The event runs from 3pm-8pm with 2 seating’s for dinner. Tickets are $40 for adults, $20 for children 13-18, Free for kids under 12. There will be local vendors, artisan and farm sponsors and antique equipment. Fun for the entire family! Purchase tickets online at:
· Keep Prince William Beautiful needs volunteers to help them at community fairs and festivals by manning their both for a couple of hours each day. You’ll receive all the training and information needed and this is a fun way to get out and meet people. Some of the dates needed are 8/27, 9/3, 9/6, 9/15, 9/23, 9/29, 9/30, 10/8 and 10/13. Please call Nicole to learn more at (571) 285-3772.
· Attention golfers! Serve our Willing Warriors invites you to their golf tournament on Monday, September 17th (New Date) at Westfields Golf Club in Clifton. This is a great way to gather your friends and enjoy the day for a great cause. It includes golf, breakfast, lunch, prizes and gifts for just $200/ player. Please register online at:
· SERVE in Manassas has an urgent need for volunteer groups (min. age 18) to purchase, prepare and serve a meal at the SERVE Family Shelter. This is the perfect opportunity to gather your friends and family to share your favorite menu with families living in the shelter. It definitely takes a fun group to serve up to 90 individuals! They need brunch and dinner served on various weekend dates in September. Please call Julie for more info at (571) 748-2674 or email
· Historic Manassas needs 55 volunteers age 21+ for the 8th Annual Bands, Brews and Barbeque on Saturday September 8th, 8:30am-6pm. There are two shifts so you can help and then enjoy the rest of the day. Please email Melissa for all the specifics at:
· Give the gift of literacy to local adults! Literacy Volunteers of America-Prince William is seeking volunteer tutors. Previous experience is not necessary. The next Tutor Training Workshop is September 8, 8:45 am-4pm and September 22, 9am-12pm. Attendance both days is required. Please register at (703) 670-5702 or
· The Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy is looking for Mentors for the 2018-2019 school year. With your help, their Scholar-Athletes can grow into determined students, supportive teammates and catalysts for positive change in the community! For more information and to become a mentor, please email
· Prince William Forest Park is looking for volunteers for their Heritage Fest event scheduled for Saturday, September 15th at Cabin Camp 4 from 11am-5pm. This is a super fun, family-friendly event! Volunteers are needed to help with parking, information booth, hayrides, crafts, games, etc. Two shifts are available so you enjoy the event, 10am-2pm and 2pm-6pm. It’s a great volunteer opportunity for all – kids are welcome to help! Please email Kerri at to learn how you can help.
· Hylton Performing Arts Center is hosting Songwriting Series for Military Children, a three-part series of music and songwriting. Scheduled dates are September 22, October 6 and October 20, 1pm-3pm each day. The workshop is Free and open to military children ages 8-17. Kids can create their own song during the series and share it at Celebrating Veterans and the Arts at the Hylton Center on November 10. No prior experience necessary, and what a great way to honor our veterans! Please visit for more information and to register.
· The Sweet Julia Grace Foundation needs volunteers to help at the Prince William Half Marathon Sunday September 30th. This super fun event is at Jiffy Lube Live! Tasks include handing out water to the runners or manning the beer garden. This is a family-friendly event for all ages 12 and up. Please visit their website for all the specifics at
· Mark your calendars for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday October 20 in Old Town Manassas. Volunteers are needed for set-up, refreshments, advocacy, finish line brigade and route monitoring. You can sign up online at or email Ben at: to learn more.
· The wonderful folks at BEACON for Adult Literacy are recruiting volunteers to become ESOL instructors for small group instruction in the Manassas area. No second language or teaching experience required, free training is provided. Volunteers teach two to four hours per week. Classes are offered both mornings 9:30am-11:30am (Monday thru Friday), and evenings 7pm-9pm (Tuesday and Thursday). Please call (703) 368-7491 or email to learn more about this rewarding opportunity.
· Looking for an end of summer project? The good folks at House of Mercy have a desperate need for food donations of canned soups/tuna/chicken, pasta/pasta sauce, cereal, diced tomatoes, canned veggies, canned fruits, peanut butter, and mac & cheese. Food can be dropped off any time Mon-Sat: 10am-5pm & 10am- 7pm on Wed at 8170 Flannery Court, Manassas 20109. Please call (703) 659-1636 to learn more.
· Prince William Humane Society needs volunteers to provide pet care on Saturday and Sunday evenings, 5:30-7:30pm at their new facility in Dumfries. They’re also in urgent need of volunteers who can foster homeless animals. Short-term and weekend fosters can also help! Please call Jillian for more info at (703) 634-0880, ext. 103.
· The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is looking for volunteer’s age 55+ to deliver noon meals through the Meals on Wheels Program. Shifts are just 2-3 hours and available in throughout the greater area. RSVP members receive a mileage reimbursement and additional insurance coverage at no cost to the volunteer. Please call Jan at (571) 292-5307 to learn more.
· If you’re an administrative genius, Streetlight Community Ministries wants to meet you! They have an urgent need for volunteer office workers on weekdays to help with basic admin duties, along with those fun, last-minute projects that always spring up. Not only will you be supporting the staff, you’ll also be helping to support the homeless clients Streetlight serves, a win-win all around! Please email to learn more about how you can make a difference.
If you are looking for other opportunities, please don’t forget to call my wonderful team at Volunteer Prince William. Jan can help you with the Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP) opportunities at (703) 369-5292 ext. 1, Shelley can help with any individual or group projects and send you weekly updates if you’d like. Shelley is at (703) 369-5292 ext. 2, and Bonnie can help you with opportunities available in Disaster Preparedness at (703) 369-5292 ext. 3. Please visit our website at Thanks so much for all you do in our community.

Does the senior in your life have Lyme disease?

Maybe the name Kris Kristofferson rings a bell, or maybe it doesn’t. Either way, here’s a little story about the songwriter and actor who is now 80.

For several years, it was thought he was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or some other kind of dementia. His memory had been deteriorating. Then in June 2016, he revealed he was misdiagnosed. What he actually had was Lyme disease.

Lyme disease is contracted from the bite of an infected deer tick, a year-round threat. If left untreated, the disease can progress and cause a number of debilitating symptoms. Seniors can be highly vulnerable because they may have weakened immune systems or pre-existing conditions that can be exacerbated by Lyme.

Here’s why it was such an easy mistake for Kristofferson’s doctors to make. In seniors especially, Lyme disease can result in short-term memory loss. And according to the Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center of Columbia University Medical Center, problems like these can occur months or years after a person contracts Lyme disease:

  • Problems remembering names or words
  • Slowed thinking
  • “Brain fog”
  • Difficulty following conversations

Other symptoms can include:

  • “Bulls-eye” rash at the bite site
  • Fever and chills
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Joint pain
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Increased heart rate
  • Meningitis
  • Nervous system damage
  • Arthritis
  • Heart damage

Let’s take a look at the symptoms more closely.

“Bulls-eye” rash at the bite site

This might be one of the first symptoms you notice. The telltale rash is red and may have a bullseye rash around it. This is where bacteria makes its first entry.

Fever and chills, headache, fatigue, joint pain

If these symptoms sound familiar, it’s probably that they resemble the flu. Lack of energy, a mild fever, headaches, achy joints and muscles and swollen lymph nodes…all these can come along with Lyme disease. In seniors who already have daily aches and pains, it can be difficult to distinguish these symptoms from the norm.

Increased heart rate

Many people with Lyme disease develop a rapid heart rate that does not stabilize even when the sufferer is at rest. Since many seniors regularly take blood pressure and other heart medication, it is easy to see why this symptom could be confused with medication failure or side effects. According to the National Institutes of Health, nearly 46 percent of seniors between 70 and 79 take at least five prescription drugs to treat chronic conditions, which can make it difficult to distinguish between disease symptoms and medication reactions.


Lyme meningitis can set in once the bacteria have spread throughout the body, causing fever, migraines, neck stiffness, eye issues, seizures, and confusion. In seniors, these can be confused with viral symptoms or even regular meningitis, both of which require treatments different from the kind Lyme disease requires.

Nervous system damage

Seizures, spasms, larger uncontrolled body movements and tremors – these can all be part of Lyme disease and easily mistaken for conditions like early Parkinson’s disease, diabetic seizures, or other specific nerve damage.


Symptoms of arthritis include stiffening of the joints, inflammation, and pain, which many seniors experience on a daily basis. But if they do not have arthritis already, untreated Lyme disease can put the disease in motion. If they do have arthritis, Lyme disease can make it worse.  

Heart damage

When Lyme disease goes untreated for a period of time, the bacteria can weaken the heart, cause swelling, arrhythmia and even heart failure. In seniors with pre-existing heart-related conditions, this can prove deadly.

The key to recovery is knowing what symptoms to look for and treating Lyme disease right away before it takes a toll on the senior in your life. If you suspect the senior in your life has been bitten by a tick or has any of the above symptoms, seek medical treatment from a professional immediately. In a future article, we will discuss prevention and treatment of Lyme disease. Stay tuned.

This post is written by Potomac Local for Home Instead Senior Care of Manassas serving Prince William and Fauquier counties.

Roof at Beville Middle School catches fire during construction work

DALE CITY — Ongoing work to replace the roof at Beville Middle School led to a fire on Friday.

Fire and rescue crews were called to the school at 4901 Dale Boulevard at 11:55 a.m. Someone using blowtorch accidentally caught roof ablaze.

No one was injured, said Prince William County Fire and Rescue Department spokesman Matt Smolksy.

The work to replace the roof while school is out of the session was nearly completed when the fire broke out, said county schools spokeswoman Diana Gulotta.

There was no water damage to the building. Fire crews remained on scene for an hour and a half to ventilate the building after smoke poured inside due to the fire.

We expect the building will be totally cleaned up and ready to go when our teachers arrive Monday,” said Gulotta.

We don’t yet have any word on the cost of the damages caused by the fire.

Students in Prince William County head back to class Monday, August 27.


Route 1 widening, ‘FredEx’ all topics at planned transportation forum at Woodbridge NOVA

WOODBRIDGE — Local leaders will gather to discuss progress on multiple transportation projects in the region. 

The meeting will take place at the Woodbridge Campus of Northern Virginia Community College on just off Neabsco Mills Road in Woodbridge.

From a press release: 

Senator Scott Surovell will host a mega-town hall with transportation agencies from around Prince William County at 6 p.m. on Monday, September 10, 2018, at the Northern Virginia Community College Woodbridge Campus Workforce Development Center. Elected officials and agency representatives will address:
•           Status of U.S. 1 Widenings
•           Status of High Speed Rail from DC to Raleigh
•           Express Lanes Extension to Fredericksburg [FredEx]
•           Virginia Rail Express Expansion Update
•           Northern Virginia Transportation Authority $44.5 Million Funding for Dumfries U.S. 1 Widening
•           Status of I-95/VA-123/U.S. 1 Bottleneck
•           Blue Line Extension to Eastern Prince William County
The town hall will include Senators Scott Surovell and Jeremy McPike, Delegates Hala Ayala, Jennifer Carroll Foy, Elizabeth Guzman, and Luke Torian. Officials from Prince William County Transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia Rail Express, Transurban, Department of Rail and Public Transportation, Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, and Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission will also be on hand to help answer questions.

At 6:30 p.m., agency officials will provide information in an open house-style format. At 7:00 p.m., participants will transition over to a presentation and town hall-format meeting. There will be time for citizens to ask questions and provide feedback to their elected representatives and agency officials.

Event Details?

Monday, September 10
Open House: 6:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Town Hall Meeting: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Northern Virginia Community College Woodbridge Campus
Workforce Development Center Ballroom
2675 College Dr, Woodbridge, VA

Video, composite sketch released in Dale City sex assault investigation

From Prince William police: 

Abduction | Aggravated Sexual Assault Investigation *E-FIT COMPOSITE AND PHOTOS [See Attachments] – The Prince William County Police Department is continuing to seek the public’s assistance in providing any information in connection to a sexual assault that occurred along a wooded path in the area of Aurora Dr and Bowes Ln in Woodbridge on the evening of August 13. On August 16, detectives and crime analysts with the Criminal Investigation Division worked with the victim to develop an electronic composite image of the suspect. Detectives also located surveillance footage from a nearby business of the suspect. Additional information will be released when available.Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Prince William County police at 703-792-6500.

Suspect Description:

White male with a tan complexion, between 19-20 years old, approximately 5’05”- 5’07”, 130lbs- 140lbs, with a thin build

Last seen wearing a dark long sleeve shirt and brown or tan cargo shorts 

Abduction | Aggravated Sexual Assault Investigation [Previously Released] –On August 13 at 11:28PM, detectives with the Special Victims Unit responded to investigate a sexual assault that occurred earlier that evening in the area of Aurora Dr and Bowes Ln in Woodbridge (22193). The victim, 33-year-old woman, reported to police that she was walking home and was approaching a path through a wooded area between Bowes Ln and the dead end of Aurora Dr when she noticed she was being followed by an unknown male. When the victim entered the woods, the suspect confronted her and displayed a knife. During the encounter, the suspect forced the victim to inappropriately touch him. The suspect then fled the area on foot, and the victim returned to her residence where she contacted police later that evening. A police K-9 searched the area for the suspect who was not located. Detectives with the Special Victims Bureau are actively investigating the incident. Residents in the area can expect increased police presence as the investigation continues.

Suspect Description:

White male with a tan complexion, between 19-20 years old, approximately 5’05”- 5’07”, 130lbs- 140lbs, with a thin build

Last seen wearing a dark long sleeve shirt and brown or tan cargo shorts

Remember that time you sat in front of a TV or computer, ate a meal, but didn’t savor a single bite?

Mindful eating is the act of being conscious of the flavor, texture, and smell of our foods as well as our thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations as we eat. This requires one to eat slowly and genuinely relish each bite.  It is not a diet, but mindful eating can help us achieve a healthy weight.

Eating mindlessly is an unconscious habit of eating without paying attention to what, how, why or how much we eat.  Have you ever sat in front of the TV or computer and eaten a meal, but didn’t savor a single bite?

This is an example of mindless eating and it can be triggered by external factors such as stress, food advertisements, or when the time of day tells us to eat. Mindless eating often includes “comfort foods” chosen to soothe our emotions, rather than to nourish our bodies.  Eating mindlessly or while distracted, we tend to ignore our bodies’ “full signals” and consume excess calories, which can lead to weight gain.

To begin eating mindfully, start by asking some of the following questions:

  • Am I hungry?
  • Why am I eating this?
  • Does my body need this? Does this food promote health or not?
  • Pay attention to how full you are before, during and after eating.
  • Notice the colors, smells, textures, and flavors of your food.
  • Investigate where your food came from: Was it grown on a local farm or processed in a factory? Who prepared it? 
  • Notice how the food makes you feel while eating it
  • Be aware of cravings and what triggers them: Are you bored? Lonely? Tired? Angry?  You may discover that you eat to mask uncomfortable feelings or emotions.

Keep a food journal of what you eat and your mood, hunger, and fullness levels before and after eating to increase your awareness of your eating habits.  Once aware, you can make small changes one at a time, to help develop a mindful relationship with food.


  • Eating seated (rather than standing at the fridge or counter)
  • Eating undistracted (rather than in front of an electronic device)
  • Eating with your non-dominant hand 

(Fun fact: one of my clients broke her wrist and lost eight pounds in the month that she used her non-dominant hand to eat.)

One benefit of mindful eating you may notice is an increased enjoyment of food as you slow down and savor meals.  You may learn to enjoy healthy food and how it makes you feel. 

You may slowly begin to realize that unhealthy food does not taste as good as you previously thought and it does not make you feel good. You may also learn to eat when you are truly hungry and stop when you are full, but not stuffed. All of the above benefits of mindful eating may naturally lead to some weight loss.

Finally, as you start to enjoy the experience of being present as you eat, you may become more present in life and enjoy life more.

As the school overcrowding problem grows in western Prince William, Ronald Reagan Middle School to get trailers for the first time

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From walking to paddling, doggie exercise is important

Do you own a dog? If so, you may sometimes ask yourself if your four-legged friend is getting enough exercise.

Exercise is essential for dogs to live happy and healthy while under your care. Dog owners always ensure that their pet is getting enough food throughout the day. However, food alone is not the only factor that affects a pet’s health and well-being.

Making sure your dog is active is just as crucial as balancing their diet.

We may think that our energetic furry friends must be getting enough exercise by running around the house. However, the amount of exercise a dog needs varies by the kind of dog it is, its age, and its weight.

If you have a small breed of dogs, such as a Pomeranian or a corgi, they may not require as much exercise as a larger breed like a German shepherd or a golden retriever. According to PetMD, an average of 30-60 minutes of daily activity is necessary to maintain your dog’s health. Pets with special needs may require different types of exercise suggested by their vet.

Giving your pet the necessary amount of exercise is a simple matter of finding out how much activity they require. Often times, a walk or a jog around your neighborhood will be more than enough to keep your furry friend happy and healthy.

Aside from exercising, taking your dog out daily is a perfect way to bond with them, which positively affects their mental health. Making time in your daily schedule to be with your dog outdoors can be as much of an enjoyment for you as it is for them. Always remember that our pets are happiest when we are around, but especially when we are spending time with them.

The Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation knows the importance of including pets when discussing family health. That is why we created our annual Doggie Paddle, which brings together dogs and owners from all over the area to enjoy a nice day of swimming to help keep everyone active. Our 9th Annual Doggie Paddle will take place at Signal Bay Waterpark on September 8, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Dogs will be able to jump into the lazy river, splash in kiddie pools, and run through sprinklers while parents socialize and talk about how cute they are! There is a limit of two dogs per handler, and proof of distemper, parvo, and rabies must be shown in order to enter.

The event is $5 per dog and is cash only. Unruly dogs will be asked to leave, and female dogs in heat will not be allowed in the event for the safety of all dogs and people attending the event. We hope you will join us and keep your pets as healthy as they can be!

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.

For the first time ever, the new Cirque Italia gold unit is coming to Woodbridge

Don’t miss the fun August 16 – 19 at Potomac Mills 

Did you know Cirque Italia has two traveling shows?

For the first time ever, The new gold unit is coming to Woodbridge with the state of the art water show you don’t want to miss! 

Cirque Italia has grown to the point where the next logical step can only be to expand operations and double our presence at the national level. In response to our wonderful fans all over the U.S., and with over 90% of shows being sold out, NOW is the perfect time for a substantial investment.

Beginning in 2017, Cirque Italia, the first traveling Water Circus, introduced a second unit, the Gold Unit: a luxurious experience where technology and performing arts are mixed to create a one-of-a-kind show. Now for 2018, a brand-new performance has been created.

This new performance will feature an ultra-modern water curtain that controls every droplet of water meticulously. Audience members can expect to see words and beautiful patterns as the waterfalls to the ‘lagoon’ below.


Cirque Italia is ready to provide a breathtaking experience. This new stage by itself is enough to amaze the most demanding audience, and synchronized with the most creative display of superhuman talent – the result is simply out of this world!   

The latest trends of the industry are challenged with every Cirque Italia appearance and this 2nd unit is not going to be any different. A careful casting selection has united the best artists from all over the world. This production will feature acts all the way from Russia to Mexico. Cirque Italia believes in multi-culturalism as one of our strongest assets.

Packed full of incredible acts, there is no room for boredom. The variety presented is exceptional.

For those who enjoy whimsy, we have an Avatar. There is almost no bodily limit for our contortionist, Ricardo, as he bends in ways you would never have imagined.


Our incredible wheel of death performance features a front summersault flip, something you will be hard-pressed to see anywhere else. If that doesn’t get your head spinning, perhaps our five roller skaters and their incredible tricks and turns will.

And although Cirque Italia does not use animals in our performances, this year we will be featuring amazing lifelike elephant puppets. They are so well made, you might just think they are real.

Whether it’s a futuristic laser act or mesmerizing aerial performances, the show has something for all tastes and expectations. One thing Cirque Italia sets out to accomplish is to create a type of world-class entertainment suitable for all age groups. 

This new second unit also follows the same strict animal-free policy that makes the Water Circus stand out from other circus entertainment shows. The “magic touch” of the Italian entrepreneur Manuel Rebecchi, President and Owner of Cirque Italia, added to the flawless direction of the COO, Chanté DeMoustes, and has turned this once romantic project into a successful production known and acclaimed all over the country.

Don’t miss the opportunity to be amazed and transported to a fantastic realm where your deepest dreams can — and will — come true. For more information visit and make sure to check all our social media accounts.

Tickets can be purchased now starting at $10 – $50 depending on availability.  Cirque Italia offers one free child admission with every full-priced paying adult ticket in levels 2 or 3. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers, discounts or deals. Please call 941-704-8572 to find out the promo code for this location.

Eight shows will he be held at Potomac Mills mall located at 2700 Potomac Mills Circle in Woodbridge from Thursday, August 16 to Sunday, August 19.

Woman found stabbed to death on bed

MANASSAS — Police said they found a woman inside a home who died of stab wounds, and that the person who called 911 is the one who killed her.

From Prince William police: 

Murder Investigation – On August 13 at 8:51PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 8300 block of Rolling Rd in Manassas (20110) to investigate a death. The caller contacted police after he had discovered his roommate, identified as an adult woman, lying in her bed suffering from multiple stab wounds to the upper body. Rescue personnel responded and pronounced the victim dead at the scene.

Upon further investigation, detectives from the Homicide Unit were able to determine that the caller and the victim had been involved in a verbal altercation earlier that day. The argument escalated when the accused stabbed the victim multiple times, ultimately killing her.

The victim and the accused were known to one and were tenants of the same residence. The victim’s body was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Manassas for an autopsy. Following the investigation, the accused, identified as Willie Sykes DAWSON, was arrested.

                Arrested on August 14:

                Willie Sykes DAWSON, 68, of 8317 Rolling Rd in Manassas

                Charged with murder

                Court Date: September 19, 2018 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond



                The victim was identified as Gloria Jean PIPER, 60, of Manassas

Police identify victim in Manassas area murder

From Prince William police: 

Murder Investigation *VICTIM IDENTIFIED – Detectives from the Homicide Unit confirmed the identity of the victim killed at a residence located in the 8900 block of Rugby Rd in Manassas on August 10. The accused, identified as Dale Andrew WOLFE, has been arrested in connection to the death which stemmed from an altercation inside the residence. The accused and the victim were known to one another.


               The victim was identified as Terri Jo HILBRAND, 54, of Manassas

Murder Investigation [Previously Released] – On August 10 at 11:47PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 8900 block of Rugby Rd in Manassas (20109) to investigate an assault. A caller contacted police on behalf of her neighbor who reported that he witnessed a family member, identified as the accused, assaulting another person inside his residence.

When officers arrived at the home, they located an adult woman, later believed to be an acquaintance of the accused, unconscious near the front door of the residence. As officers were checking the home, they located the accused in another area of the residence where he was detained without further incident. The female victim initially located by officers was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation revealed that the homeowner, an 84-year-old man, was sleeping in his bedroom when he woke to the sound of a commotion inside the residence. Upon checking on the noise, he observed the accused physically assaulting a woman with a blunt object. The homeowner attempted to intervene and was pushed aside by the accused, sustaining a minor injury. The homeowner then fled the residence and went to a neighbor’s home where police were contacted.

The investigation further showed that the accused and the woman were involved in an altercation that escalated. After being detained, officers discovered that the accused had a laceration to his arm. Both the accused and the homeowner were transported to an area hospital for treatment. The deceased victim was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Manassas for an autopsy and to confirm her identity. The victim’s identity will be released once a next-of-kin has been notified.

The investigation continues.

                Arrested on August 11:

                Dale Andrew WOLFE, 56, of the 8900 block of Rugby Rd in Manassas

Charged with murder

Court Date: September 25, 2018 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

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