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Power Back On, So is the Heat

TRIANGLE, Va. — Everyone in the Potomac Communities who lost power after June 29’s derecho storm is back online.

An interactive map from Domnion Virginia Power shows no storm-related outages in our area today. Thursday afternoon, Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative announced it had also restored all power to those who lost it in last week’s powerful storm.

A Dominion dispatch order shows work crews today will still be on the job restoring power in portions of Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, Fauquier, and Loudoun counties in Northern Virginia.

Hampering their work early Thursday morning was another powerful storm that knocked out power to the Dumfries, Triangle, and Quantico areas. Blowing through the Potomac Communities about 2:30 a.m. Thursday, the storm took down trees and power lines at homes on Old Triangle Road, and knocked out to power to homes on Quantico Marine Corps Base.

A base spokesman Thursday said cooling shelters were set up on the base to accommodate those without power.

HEAT WATCH

While the lights have come back on, the sun is unrelenting. Another excessive heat advisory is in effect today until 8 p.m. Temperatures will range between 100 and 105 degrees, and the heat index could make it feel like it’s hotter than that.

On Saturday, temperatures could feel like 100 outside, states the National Weather Service. It’ll remain hot with on Sunday, but relief will come Monday with temperatures in the mid 80s.

(Uriah Kiser/PotomacLocal.com)

 

County Calls for Verizon 911 Probe

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Emergency call centers in Prince William County are working again after a disruption in 911 service following Friday’s storm.

The storm knocked out 911 and cell service for much of the day Saturday. But it’s the lack of 911 service that has Prince William County officials calling for an investigation into what went wrong.

Verizon, the company responsible for providing 911 service in the, on Sunday blamed the failure on one of it’s facilities in Arlington. But in a press release Tuesday the company states it’s hard to identify just one weakest link in the chain that led to the failure.

“Verizon recognizes the critical public safety nature of 911 services, and we regret that some customers may have been without access to 911 this past weekend,” said Verizon Vice President of Engineering Mike Daigle. “Our 911 network is designed so that there is no one single point of failure anywhere in the network that can interrupt 911 service. Unfortunately, the nature and severity of this particular storm damaged multiple Verizon facilities inside and outside of offices in the affected area, and that’s what led to the weekend’s 911 issues.”

The failures were described as catastrophic, with public officials urging those with emergencies who could not get through to 911 to flag down first responders, to go to the nearest public safety center, or directly to a hospital.

Officials said this is the second time in as many years the 911 system failed. During a snow storm last year, officials said the emergency phone system went down.

“While we appreciate the efforts Verizon made to get the system back up and running, all efforts should be made to ensure that the critical 911 system does not fail in the future,” said Prince William Board of Supervisors Chairman At-large Corey A. Stewart. “We expect Verizon to conduct a full investigation into how the 911 service failed and offer solutions to better secure the system. It is imperative that residents of Prince William County and the entire Washington Metro area never have to face such emergencies without the critical 911 service that can be the difference between life and death for those in need.”

Stewart said he hopes other counties in the area will join with Prince William in calling for an investigation into the failure. Fairfax County officials have also called for an investigation into the 911 failure.

Power Crews Face Sweltering Heat

It’s been more than 100 hours since Friday night’s powerful Derecho windstorm hit, and many in the Potomac Communities are still without power.

Dominion Virginia Power crews posted their work locations for today, where the utility says they’re working around the clock to restore power. (Locations listed below).

This morning, Dominion reports 1,561 customers out in Stafford – down from about 9,000 on Saturday. Dominion says 239 are still without power in Prince William.

The Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative reports 24 out in Prince William and one customer out in Stafford.

MORE TO THE STORY: Stafford announced its landfill will be open, offering free much

Crews performing the restoration work will face temperatures in the high 90s to 100 degrees today. The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for the region until 9 p.m., and that means it’ll feel like 100 to 105 degrees.

Dominion Work Locations for July 4, 2012

Dumfries

Cherry Hill Rd

Cockpit Point Rd & Graham Park Rd

Vidalia Ct

Triangle

Barnette Cir

Carborough St

Weaver Rd

Stafford

Dent Doad at Cobbleston Subdiv

Brooke Rd & Millbrooke Rd

Coal Landing Rd

Courthouse Rd @ Cedar Ln

Eskimo Hill Rd

Potomac Run Rd south of Eskimo Hill Rd

Rollinswood La

State Shop Rd

Leeland Rd @ Morton Rd

Leeland Road at Conway

Greenbank Rd @ Rocky Run Rd intersection

Main St

Mansfield St

Mountain View Rd

Ramouth Church Rd

Rt 17 @ Rt 723

Truslow Rd

Rt 17 @ Hartwood

Woodbridge

Asphalt Plant

Bacon Race & Wood Lilly

Belmont Blvd at Y

Crestridge Dr

Gunston Rd

Gunston Rd Past Springfield Dr

Lake Jackson Dr

McGrath Rd north off North Point Rd

Occoquan Club Dr

Princess Ann & Longview

 

1 Taken to Hospital after Crash

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Volunteer fire and rescue crews from Dale City late Tuesday were called to a crash near Interstate 95.

A Toyota Corolla slammed into a utility pole about 10:30 p.m. at the intersection of Optiz Boulevard and Telegraph Road outside Potomac Mills mall in Woodbridge. Two females who were inside the car were able to walk away from the crash.

Officials on the scene said the woman appeared to have lost control of the Toyota and then hit the pole.

A second vehicle, a Honda CRV, pulled up to the crash scene and offered  to let the victims sit in his car until help arrived, officials said. Both women accepted, but after rescue crews arrived the female passenger showed signs of injury, was placed in a neck brace,  extricated from the CRV and placed into an ambulance. She was taken to a local hospital with injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening, officials said.

One lane of Opitz Boulevard east was closed due to the crash and reopened after emergency crews cleared the scene. Prince William police officers investigated the crash.

Dale City Volunteer Fire Department recruit Holly Seaver assists crews after a car crash in Woodbridge Tuesday night. (Uriah Kiser/PotomacLocal.com)

 

Dale City Volunteer Fire Department member Mike Cajayon inspects the interior of a Toyota Corolla that slammed into a pole in Woodbridge Tuesday night. (Uriah Kiser/PotomacLocal.com)

 

(Uriah Kiser/PotomacLocal.com)

 

(Uriah Kiser/PotomacLocal.com)

 

(Uriah Kiser/PotomacLocal.com)

 

Dale City Parade to go Wednesday

DALE CITY, Va. — The Annual Dale City 4th of July Parade is set to begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

About 25 marching groups will join 155 floats that will parade down Dale Boulevard, from Lindendale Road to Minnieville Road.

It is the largest and most well-attended 4th of July parade in Virginia, said organizer Earnestine Jenkins.

A grandstand will be set up in front of the Comcast cable office on Dale Boulevard, where TV cameras will capture the event and broadcast it live on Comcast channel 2. Those who plan to attend show go early and bring lawn chairs, said Jenkins.

Drivers in the area should also plan for traffic delays, as two of the four lanes of Dale Boulevard between Mapledale Avenue and Minnieville Road will be closed and used for the parade route. Police normally direct two-way traffic on the westbound portion of Dale Boulevard in the area of the parade route.

“Everyone has worked so hard for to put on this year’s parade. We’ve got the biggest family-fun day planned yet, and this will be the biggest, best parade do date,” said Jenkins.

A family fun area will be set up in a parking lot next to the Comcast building, where vendors, crafters, and food trucks will set up. There will also be a visit from a medical helicopter, where children will be able to tour the aircraft, said Jenkins.

The parade began nearly 40 years ago with only six floats that traveled between Forestdale and Darbydale avenues.

 

Dominion Work Orders Posted

There are 2,534 Dominion Virginia Power customers without power in Prince William County as of 9:40 a.m. Tuesday.

There are 4,166 Dominion customers without power in Stafford County as of the same time Tuesday.

The utility just posted what neighborhoods you can expect to see power restoration crews today.

This comes as Stafford County set up a temporary cooling shelter for residents.

 

Crime Watch: Sex with Minor Probed, Man Stabbed

Ruiz

FROM POLICE REPORTS:

Aggravated Sexual Battery – On June 29 at 3:11p.m., detectives from the Special Victims Bureau responded to investigate a sexual battery which was reported to have occurred in the 13800 block of Montoclair Ln in Dale City (22193). The investigation revealed that the victim, a 14 year old female of Woodbridge, had been sexually assaulted by the accused, a known acquaintance. Following an investigation, the accused was subsequently arrested.

Arrested:

Manuel DE JESUS RUIZ, 47, of the 13800 block of Montoclair Ln in Dale City. Charged with aggravated sexual battery, indecent liberties with a minor, object sexual penetration. Court date unavailable, held WITHOUT bond.

Reyes

Attempted Malicious Wounding – On July 1 at 9:39 a.m., police responded to the 14500 block of Telegraph Rd, Woodbridge (22191) for an assault. The victim, a 29 year old man of Woodbridge, reported to police he had a verbal altercation with the accused, an unknown man, which escalated. During the encounter the accused displayed a knife and chased the victim in the above area. The accused did not make contact with the victim and hid the knife when police arrived. The knife was retrieved by police and the accused was subsequently arrested without incident. No injuries were reported.

Arrested:

Jose Santiago RUBIO-REYES, 34, of 1500 Kentucky Ave in Woodbridge. Charged with attempted malicious wounding. Court date unavailable, held WITHOUT bond.

Malicious Wounding – On June 30 at 2:50AM, police responded to the 17100 block of Jefferson Davis Hwy in Dumfries (22026) for a stabbing. The victim, a 52 year old man of Triangle, reported to police he was stabbed several times in the torso by a known acquaintance. The victim was treated at an area hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Investigation continues.

Armed Robbery – On July 1 at 4:28AM, police responded to the 18100 block of Purvis Dr, Dumfries (22172) for a robbery. The victim, a 30 year old woman of Dumfries, reported to police that while walking to her residence in the above area she was confronted by an unknown man.

The man allegedly displayed a handgun and demanded the victim’s purse. The victim gave the man her purse, containing an undisclosed amount of U.S. Currency, and he fled the area on foot.

No injuries were reported.

Lookout:

Black male, unknown age, 6’1” / 150lbs, thin build

Last seen wearing black shorts, grey shirt, baseball hat and a black mask over his face

Strong Armed Robbery – On July 1 at 2:43AM, police responded to the 2300 block of

McClellan Ct, Dumfries (22026) for a robbery. The victim, a 31 year old man of Woodbridge, reported to police that he was assaulted by three unknown men while walking in the above area.

The men allegedly struck the victim numerous times in the face with their fists. During the encounter the victim fell to the ground where the men took his wallet. The men fled the area prior to police arrival. The victim was treated at an area hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Lookout:

3 black males, all reported to have short hair and medium build – no further description

 

NOVEC Promises Power for Independence Day

 CONTINUING STORM COVERAGE 

UPDATE 4 p.m.

About 90 percent of Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative have their power back on.

Following Friday night’s powerful storm with winds that knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses – about 2 million people – the utility says most will have power back on by Independence Day.

The announced could be good news for many customers in NOVEC’s service districts in Prince William and Stafford counties who have family in town for the Wednesday holiday.

BY THE NUMBERS – 4 p.m. Monday

Prince William

Dominion customers still without power: 4,962

NOVEC customer still without power: 280

Stafford

Dominion customers still without power: 7,673

NOVEC customer still without power: 2

 

STAFFORD, Va. — It could be Saturday before all affected Dominion Virginia Power customers get their power back on.

The utility said it was bringing in help from help from states like Wisconsin, Texas, and Florida, and from as far away as Canada to help in the restoration efforts. A Dominion spokesman said 80 to 85 percent of customers should be restored by Tuesday night, with 90 to 95 percent of customers getting their juice back by Thursday.

“Unlike a hurricane, this storm could not be forecasted well ahead of time by the National Weather Service,” said Dominion Vice president-Electric Distribution Operations Rodney Blevins. “That is complicating restoration efforts because crews and supplies could not be positioned in advance.”

BY THE NUMBERS

Prince William

Dominion customers still without power: 5,297

NOVEC customer still without power: 438

Stafford

Dominion customers still without power: 7,177

NOVEC customer still without power: 58

In Stafford, county officials Sunday night last night closed an emergency shelter at Rodney Thompson Middle School.

Spoiled food was tossed out of the frozen food section in a Food Lion store on Va. 610 in North Stafford after it lost power. (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

 

Smoke Smell Fills the Air

UPDATE

A strange smoke smell that permeated the air this morning comes at the same time firefighters in the Shenandoah Valley are battling a large mountain blaze.

Flames engulfed a Massanutten Mountain in Shenandoah and Warren counties in Virginia Tuesday afternoon, according to nvdaily.com.

Initially reported as a six-acre fire, the blaze has scorched more than 100 acres now. A lack of cell phone coverage on the mountain has hampered efforts to determine just how large an area the fire now covers, the website reports.

With the hot weather bearing down on our region over the next few days, Prince William County fire officials gave some safety tips on how to avoid damage from outside fires.

From the press release:

Proper Disposal of Smoking Materials

DO NOT discard smoking materials such as cigarettes, cigars and lighted matches into mulch laden landscapes, flower beds, shrubs, bushes, grassy areas or woods.

Protect your home or business by providing an area for individuals to properly extinguish and discard their smoking materials.

Landscaping

Provide a reasonable amount of space between flammable vegetation and your home or business to create a fire-wise/fire-safe area.

Avoid using highly combustible plants; use fire resistant plants (visit your local nursery for assistance).

Remove dead plants, trees and shrubs, wood, debris and low tree branches.

Keep plants watered during the heat of the summer.

Remove small trees and plants growing under trees; they permit ground fires to jump into tree crown.

Regularly, trim grass surrounding your home or business (up to 100 feet).

Stack firewood at least 30 feet from your home.

Provide proper clearance to electric devices, e.g., decorative lights.

Decorative/Building Materials

Avoid using materials that burn such as wood and use the following:

Siding – stucco or aluminum siding

Fences – stone, metal or vinyl

Decks – stone, masonry, or tile

 

LAKE RIDGE, Va. — The smell of smoke filled the air this morning in eastern Prince William County. But fire officials aren’t quite sure where it was coming from.

The smell was noticed by employees walking into the Prince William County Government Center, and was noticed from neighborhoods in Lake Ridge.

Fire crews were called to extinguish a small brush fire at Ashdale Plazain Dale City just after 8 a.m., but that isn’t thought to be the source of the smell, said county fire and rescue spokeswoman Kim Hylander.

There were no other fires working in the county at the time, she added.

The fire department even checked with nearby Quantico Marine Corps Base, which often conducts explosive munitions training during daytime hours. But they turned up nothing. 

The smell of smoke comes as the region is bracing for a heat wave that will span the next five days. Temperatures today are expected to be in the high 90s, but things will get hotter tomorrow when humidity sets in and temps will feel like they’re topping 100 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

That prompted an excessive heat watch for the area for Friday, and forecasters say they expect that watch to be upgraded to a heat warning by this afternoon.

 

Prince William’s ‘Waste Place’ Under Review

The “Too Good to Waste Place” at the Prince William County Landfill has been credited with reducing the amount of trash that ends up in the landfill, as residents can leave behind still-usable items which are later picked up by other landfill visitors. (Submitted photo)

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — The “Too Good to Waste Place” has been scrapped – at least for now.

The Prince William County Landfill announced the temporary closure of the donation center on its campus that’s been in operation since 1991. The “Too Good to Waste Place” has been credited with reducing the amount of trash that has ended up in the landfill, as residents instead have chosen to leave, or donate, still-usable items like couches, bicycles, and lawnmowers at the site. Once left, other residents who visit the landfill can simply take what’s left behind.

The donation spot will close Thursday, July 5, as county officials reexamine how they are going to administer the program.

“…there is no timeframe for reopening. They are going to be looking at how to better operate the program or alter it to be more effective. They are looking at other similar programs and models for donating items to make certain it is being operated in the most effective way possible,” stated Prince William County spokesman Jason Grant in an email.

During the closure, Grant suggests residents instead donate still-usable good to local charities.

Residents of Prince William County can access the landfill for free, while those who live in Dumfries, Occoquan, Quantico, or Haymarket must pay a $5 fee for up to 200 pounds of trash per visit to the landfill.

 

Blaze Burns Dale City Bedroom

DALE CITY, Va. — Fire forced out the occupants of a home on Hamilton Drive on Sunday.

Crews were called to the 4600 block of Hamilton Drive off Hillendale Road in Dale City at 10:30 a.m. to find the occupants of the house already outside. Crews found the blaze in a bedroom on the house’s main floor, said Prince William fire and rescue spokeswoman Kim Hylander.

The fire was extinguished and no injuries were reported. A Prince William County fire marshal determined the cause of the fire to be $25,000, and the cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

 

Woodbridge Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Mosquitoes collected in Woodbridge during the month of June 2012 by the Prince William Mosquito Control Program have tested positive for the West Nile Virus.

Mosquito testing is used to determine periods of greater risk of contracting West Nile Virus. The wide occurrence of positive mosquitoes indicates there is an increased risk of contracting the virus across Prince William County. Mosquitoes will continue to be trapped and tested regularly from sites throughout Prince William County. The County’s Mosquito Control Program has performed intensive treatment in the vicinity of the positive mosquito pools to kill adult and larval mosquitoes, and will continue larval control throughout the County and possibly conduct an adulticide spray based on future positive trap numbers.

West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne disease that is endemic in this region. Residents play a big role in disease prevention by paying special attention to eliminating mosquito breeding areas around homes and to protecting themselves from mosquito bites while outside from now until the first hard frost.

“Since most of the mosquito species that residents need to control breed in standing water within a few hundred feet of their residence, control measures around the home are the most effective way to prevent mosquito breeding and to reduce the risk from bites,” said Prince William Health District Director Dr. Alison Ansher.

West Nile Virus spreads to birds, humans, horses and other mammals through the bite of an infected mosquito. Most people do not get sick. People who do get sick usually suffer a mild, flu-like illness. Those over age 50 are at greatest risk of serious illness, such as encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord). Very few people who contract the virus suffer from these more severe symptoms. There was one confirmed human case of West Nile Virus disease reported in Prince William County in 2011.

The Prince William Health District recommends the following to reduce exposure to mosquitoes:

• Wear long, loose and light-colored clothing.

• Use insect repellent products with no more than 50 percent DEET for adults and less than 10 percent for children. Follow label instructions when using insect repellents.

• Turn over or remove containers in your yard where any water may collect, such as old tires, potted plant trays, buckets, and toys.

• Eliminate any standing water in yards or on tarps or flat roofs.

• Chlorinate or clean out birdbaths and wading pools every three to five days.

• Clean roof gutters and downspout screens regularly.

For more information on West Nile Virus, visit the Virginia Department of Health website at vdh.virginia.gov. For questions about mosquito control spraying, contact Prince William Gypsy Moth & Mosquito Control at 703-792-6279.

-Press Release 

 

Summer Camp Underway at Boys and Girls Clubs

The General Heiser Boys and Girls Club in Dumfries. (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

DUMFRIES, Va. — Summer camp is in full swing at the Boys and Girls Clubs in the Potomac Communities.

Boys and Girls clubs in Dale City, Dumfries, and Manassas, have welcomed 500 registered teens to the clubs for the annual “Send a Kid to Camp” summer event. Touted as an affordable quality alternative to other summer camps, the clubs offer basketball and volleyball leagues in the evening, and new a teen, and sports camp programs for those ages 5 to 17-years-old.

“Our phones have not stopped ringing since April, families are looking for a safe place with caring staff for their children,” said Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club Director Glenn Vickers.

The clubs have received more than $15,000 in funds to help families in Prince William send their kids to camp. At a meeting of the club’s Board of Directors on Monday, Vickers read aloud letters written by area residents requesting financial assistance for their child for getting them into the camp. Because of the interest from the community, the need for donations is always great, said Vickers.

Overseeing summer camp, Camp Directors Judy Moore, Susan Ficarro and Nadia Petersen have more than 60-years combined experience in youth development.

All three Boys and Girls Clubs in Prince William County and Manassas are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day this summer, said Vickers.

 

Lingamfelter to Compete with Stewart?

Del. Scott Lingamfelter (R, Woodbridge)

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Will he, or won’t he? If the look of an email sent out by his campaign staffers late Tuesday afternoon is any indication, he probably will.

Delegate Scott Lingamfelter, R-Woodbridge, Fauquier, appears to be putting his name in the upcoming Virginia Lt. Governor’s race for 2013. The staunch Republican who lives in Dale City is known for prodding reforms within the Virginia Department of Transportation, and recently made waves in the debate over now-defunct slush funds for Prince William County Supervisors.

Lingamfelter said he’s received lots of calls asking if he’ll run.

“I am very grateful and humbled by the positive response I have received. People are seeking proven conservative leadership and I believe my record as a movement conservative will be a rallying point for many Virginians. We will have more to say about this effort next week. You should expect a media advisory in the coming days,” the email stated.

If Lingamfelter officially announces his bid for Lt. Governor, he’ll join Prince William County Board of Supervisors At-large Chairman Corey Stewart who has been making his rounds across the state campaigning for that job.

There’s been no response yet from the Stewart camp on what Lingamfelter’s move might mean for their campaign. Stewart is scheduled to appear alongside other fellow Republicans this weekend for a fundraiser inFairfaxCounty.

 

The email distributed by Lingamfelter:

 

Death Benefits Awarded for Dale City EMT

After a three year process, Congressman Gerry Connolly, D-11, announces federal death benefits have been granted to the family of former Dale City Volunteer Fire Department EMT Cecilia Turnbough.


Cecilia Turnbough died during a traning exercise at the Prince William County Public Safety Academy.

By URIAH KISER

DALE CITY, Va. — The family of a Dale City EMT who died while training to become a firefighter will finally receive death benefits.

Cecilia Turnbough, 44, who had spent eight years with the Dale City Volunteer Fire Department as an EMT, died of a heart attack in November 2008 while in training at the Prince William County Public Safety Academy. She collapsed inside “The Maze,” a dark, smokeless room simulating a burning building where recruits wear breathing apparatus and are made to find their way to safety. The findings of a coroner’s report released in early 2009 stated she died of an enlarged heart.

Turnbough’s surviving husband and three children filed for state and federal death benefits following her death with assistance from the DCVFD, but they were denied. DCVFD Chief Christopher Hool then called Congressman Gerry Connolly, Va. – 11, and requested help in securing the benefits, and this time it worked.

Officials Friday said the decision by the U.S. Department of Justice and Virginia State Supreme Court to award death benefits to the Turnbough family is a game-changing move for all public safety workers.

“Our case was simple: Cecilia was a public safety officer. She was on duty at the time of her death. Her death was caused by training activity that she was engaged in at the time,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-11. “Further, if somebody else on the training ground had become ill during that training, Cecilia could have been called upon and would’ve provided assistance according to her status as an EMT and a member of this fire department.”

Turnbough’s family was notified last month of the newly granted federal benefits. It was news they, and members of the Dale City fire department, had waited nearly three years to hear.

“November 2008 was probably the darkest time in the history of the Dale City Volunteer Fire Department. I know it was a very tough time for me as chief of the department,” said Chief Christopher Hool. “Losing a member in the line of duty is something every chief fears.”

Prior to granting the benefits to Turnbough’s family, officials on the state and federal levels questioned whether Turnbough, an EMT, would classify as a firefighter, and if she is eligible for the firefighter death benefit. According to Connolly, Virginia resolved those questions in November 2010 when the Virginia State Supreme Court recognized Turnbough as a firefighter.

Through meetings with Attorney General Eric Holder as well as Hool and Turnbough’s family – who no longer live in the Dale City area – Connolly was able to have the earlier denial decision reversed.

Breast Cancer Screening Van Coming to Businesses

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Women in Prince William County will soon have more access to Breast Cancer screenings.

A $750,000 grant from the Potomac Health Foundation will go to fund a mammography van that will visit area businesses to provide screenings and care for insured employees. Afterward, patients can learn where to go for any follow-up diagnoses and treatment.

“The mammography mobile unit is a 40-foot coach that has full digital mammography with computer aided detection,” said Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center Senior Director Marty Ward in a press release. “We will partner with the Family Health Connection to serve those with little or no insurance and we’ll also partner with communities, organizations, businesses and houses of worship to make access even more convenient for Northern Virginia residents.”

Ward says there is a lack of early detection and treatment of Breast Cancer in Prince William, especially for low-income women, and that can lead to high cancer death rates. Locally, data show more serious cancers are detected at a later stage, she added.

Annual mammograms are recommended for women 40-years-old or older.

The van comes as Sentara Northern Virginia Comprehensive Breast Center was granted a three-year, full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. The center provides comprehensive care and information about clinical trials and treatment options.

Anderson Congratulates Graduates

By RICHARD ANDERSON
Virginia House of Delegates, 51 District

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Over the past weekend, I attended four Prince William area high school graduations in 24 hours. The events honored 2500 graduating Woodbridge area seniors from Woodbridge Senior High School, Gar-Field Senior High School, Forest Park High School, and Freedom High School.

During the course of the weekend, the extraordinary talent of Prince William County students was recognized repeatedly. The honors underscored the superior quality of education in the Prince William County School Division.

We have a world-class education system in Prince William County. Without question, the future of our community and Commonwealth will be safe in the hands of the outstanding graduates in the Class of 2012. I saw this first-hand in the seniors graduating from Woodbridge Senior High School, Gar-Field Senior High School, Forest Park High School, and Freedom High School. Their parents, other family members, school faculty and staff, and the citizens of Prince William County can take great pride in the promise of the Class of 2012!

Eatery Donating Wednesday to Children Who Lost Mother

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Community residents are asked to dine out to support five young children who just lost their mother.

Lucinda Tucker Rivera, 42, of Woodbridge, died June 7 from complications from stage-three pancreatic cancer. The 1988 graduate of Gar-Field Senior High School developed an infection that affected her immune system that, in the end, was too large for her to overcome.

Rivera leaves behind three girls and two boys ranging in age from four to 13-years-old.

And that’s where Bob Evans restaurant in Woodbridge comes in. The eatery on Wednesday will donate 15 percent of sales to Rivera’s family, from customers who bring in a printed donation flier. Customers are asked to print out the flier, bring it with them, and then present it to their server after they order food so the donation can be made.

There will also be items that will be auctioned off during this fundraiser, said organizer Sue Pedro Davis.

For those who can’t make it to the restaurant Wednesday and would still like to donate, donations can be mailed to Love by Cupcake/Sue Davis 5917 Fincastle Drive Manassas, Va. 20112.

The children are now in the care of their father, Felipe Rivera.

 

Dale City Man Made Child Porn

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – MacArthur Taylor, 36, of Dale City, Va., pled guilty Monday to producing child pornography.

Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; James W. McJunkin, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office; and Charlie T. Deane, Prince William County Chief of Police, made the announcement after the guilty plea was accepted by United States District Judge Anthony J. Trenga.

Taylor was identified by law enforcement after he provided his Dell Streak Tablet to an acquaintance to repair. While attempting to repair the tablet, the acquaintance saw still images of a female minor in various states of undress. A video produced by Taylor was also recovered from the tablet depicting the minor victim engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Law enforcement interviewed the minor victim, and she admitted to engaging in sexually explicit conduct with Taylor for the past two years.

The investigation was conducted by the Prince William County Police Department and FBI Washington Field Office’s Child Exploitation Task Force. Special Assistant United States Attorney Maureen C. Cain is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit projectsafechildhood.gov.

-Press release 

New Police Station to Bring Focused Beats

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — For the first time in the department’s history, a new policing district will be created for the Prince William County Police Department.

The $912 million 2013 budget passed by county officials this year funds a new police station that will be built at Davis Ford Road and Prince William Parkway. The new Central Police District that will come with the new station will sit in the middle of the county and employ officers who focus on patrolling portions of Dale City, Lake Ridge, Independent Hill and the Lake Jackson area near Manassas.

The new station will alleviate crowding at the county’s two other police stations – the Eastern District Station on Donald Curtis Drive in Woodbridge and the Western District Station on Wellington Road in Manassas, according to a newsletter distributed by Prince William County Supervisor Mary Nohe.

In addition to patrol services, the new station will also house units for criminal investigations, special operations, and the Office of the Chief – which is now located at the McCoart Building at the county’s government center in Woodbridge.

Supervisors approved a $79 million operating budget for the department which, according to county documents. The cost of telephone services for the department increased by $641,000 this year, while funding from the state decreased by $512,000. That cost was absorbed by the county’s general fund, documents state.

 


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Photos: Grand Slam Fest 2012

Photography by MARY DAVIDSON

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — A new tradition was born Saturday at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge: Grand Slam Fest: A Taste of Prince William.

Nearly 3-years old, Blake Sweeney tries his hand at baseball.


Rachel Nolan, 9, gets a lizard painted on her face by local artist, Julie Trader.


Jen Jones, of Alpha Pets Inc., attempts to offer a drink of water to a small hatchling found on the grounds of the park.


Brothers Owen, 5, and Alex, 9, stayed cool in the shade while enjoying some shave ice as the temperatures reached 90 degrees.


Ameera Queen, 5, seemed to be having a good time as she slid down an inflatable slide provided by the Potomac Nationals baseball team.


Heather Shappee, Erin Janzen and Deena Lee lined up their strollers to watch as their children play at the Grand Slam Fest held at Potomac Nationals Stadium Saturday afternoon.

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