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Police reports for May 25, 2012

FROM UNEDITED POLICE REPORTS:

Aggravated Sexual Battery – On May 22nd at 4:56PM, detectives from the Special Victims Unit began an investigation into a sexual assault which was reported to have occurred in the 3500 block of Buffalo Ct in Woodbridge

(22193). The investigation revealed that the victim, a 10 year old girl of Woodbridge, was sexually assaulted by the accused, a known family member, the night prior. Following an investigation, the accused was subsequently arrested.

Arrested:

Jason Edward BOXLEY, 37, of the 3500 block of Buffalo Ct in Woodbridge, Charged with aggravated sexual battery, forcible sodomy, object sexual penetration and indecent liberties

Court date unavailable, held WITHOUT bond

Hall

Assault and Battery – On May 18th, detectives from the Physical Abuse Unit began an investigation into an assault which was reported to have occurred at Kerrydale Elementary School located at 13199 Kerrydale Rd in Woodbridge (22193) on May 17th. The investigation revealed that on that date the victim, a 10 year old male student, was assaulted by the accused, a teacher at the

school. The victim sustained minor injuries as a result of the assault. Following

an investigation, the accused was subsequently arrested on May 22nd.

Arrested:

Cynthia Farris HALL, 35, of 11809 Golden Eagle Ct in Woodbridge

Charged with assault & battery

Court date unavailable, released on a $2,000 unsecured bond

Johnson

Narcotics Investigation – On May 22nd, detectives from the Prince William County Police Street Crimes Unit and the ATF Task Force, concluded a narcotics investigation into the selling of marijuana and cocaine with the following arrest which was made in the 2700 block of Potomac Mills Cl in Woodbridge (22192). As a result of the search, ecstasy and marijuana were recovered.

Arrested:

David Hakeem JOHNSON, 22, of 1502 Monroe Ct in Fort Washington, MD. Charged with 2 counts of distribution of a schedule I or II narcotic [cocaine & ecstasy], distribution of marijuana and possession of a firearm with narcotics Court date set for August 17, 2012, held WITHOUT bond

Narcotics Investigation– On May 22nd, detectives from the Street Crimes Unit conducted a vehicle stop in the 13900 block of

Noel

Jefferson Davis Hwy in Woodbridge (22191). As a result of the encounter, two of the vehicles occupants, the below listed accused individuals, were arrested on drug charges. A search of the vehicle resulted in marijuana, heroin, cocaine and an undisclosed amount of U.S. Currency being recovered.

Arrested:

Calvin Lawrence NOEL, 32, of 14782 Candlewood Ct in Woodbridge

Charged with possession with intent to distribute a schedule I or II narcotic [cocaine] andpossession of marijuana Court date set for July 20, 2012, bond information unavailable Delvon Martez MCCORMICK, 33, of 13917 Mount Peasant Dr in Woodbridge. Charged with possession of schedule I or II narcotic. Court date set for July 20, 2012, bond information unavailable

Kwatchey

Abduction / Domestic Assault & Battery – On May 23rd at 9:49PM, police responded to the 3300 block of Mystic Ct in Dumfries (22026) for a domestic. The victim, a 44 year old woman of Dumfries, reported to police that she and the accused, a known acquaintance, were involved in a verbal altercation which escalated. During the encounter, the accused allegedly assaulted the victim and prevented her from leaving the residence or calling police. Police were eventually contacted and responded to the residence. No injuries were reported. The accused was arrested without incident.

Arrested:

Daniel KWATCHEY, 40, of the 3300 block of Mystic Ct in Dumfries

Charged with abduction and domestic assault & battery

Court date and bond information unavailable

Police Cite Hundreds of Accused HOV Violators

Photo: Mary Davidson

DALE CITY, Va. — Police in Virginia and Maryland cracked down on HOV violators Tuesday, stopping 449 drivers who police say violated the rules of the road.

High Occupancy Vehicle lanes like the ones on Interstate 95 and 395 between Dumfries and the Pentagon offer a faster ride for vehicles with three or more occupants. Since the 1970s, the lanes have been successful in spurring carpooling and slugging — a unique form of ridesharing where lines of commuters all heading to the same destination form in parking lots like Potomac Mills mall in Woodbridge or the Garrisonville Road commuter lot in North Stafford, where they wait for a driver who’s also headed in their direction to pick them up and give them a free ride to work via I-95’s HOV lanes.

When the system is used correctly everyone benefits, but officials say single drivers who get on the lanes during peak times – between 6 and 9 a.m. and 3:30 and 6 p.m. weekdays when the three or more occupants rule is enforced – can gum up the works and slow everyone’s commute.

According to their final tally, 426 drivers were issued first-time HOV offenses, 18 drivers got second offenses, four were cited or the third offense, and one brazen driver ignored HOV rules for a fourth time, police said.

HOV enforcement on I-95 during the morning rush hour Tuesday was suspended after a series of two fatal crashes on the highway in Dale City, said Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller.

Police also stopped drivers for speeding, seatbelt violations, and for not obeying the Virginia’s “Move Over Law” that requires drivers to merge to the left when an emergency vehicle rendering assistance in a shoulder lane of a highway, added Geller.

Changes are coming to the HOV lanes on I-95 staring sometime this year, as Virginia transportation officials plan to mark the beginning of the conversion of the lanes to High Occupancy Toll lanes that will be dubbed “95 Express Lanes.” Cars with three or more occupants will still be able to ride free with an EZPass transponder, but single drivers for the first time will be able to use the lanes for a fee. The lanes now end at Dumfries, but will be extended nine miles south to Va. 610 in North Stafford, and the total project could be completed in 2014, according to transportation officials.

Tuesday’s enforcement targeted drivers on Interstates 66, 95, 395, and the Dulles Toll Road in Virginia, and on I-270 in Maryland.

 

Prince William, Stafford Pools Open Saturday

Public swimming pools across the Potomac Communities will reopen Saturday.

In Prince William, all of the county’s waterparks and community pools open Saturday and will continue operating on weekends only through June 16. The summer schedule begins June 16 and runs through Sept. 3, according to Prince William County Park Authority spokeswoman Diane Cabot.

Admission fees at community pools during peak hours are set at no more than $4.25 for children ages 2 – 17-years-old, and $3.75 to $4.50 for adults. Evenings are discounted at the pools at rates of $1.50 to $3.25 after 4 p.m., and seniors 60 years and older are also given discounts.

North Stafford’s Woodlands Pool will open also open Saturday, and often fills to capacity early.

Children two and under are free, while Stafford residents 3 – 15-years-old, and 55 years and older pay $4 each, $5.50 each for non-residents. Adults ages 16-54-years-old pay $5 each for Stafford residents, $7 for non-Stafford residents.

Most pools owned or operated by home owners’ associations, as well as other non-public swimming pools, normally operate under their own sets of rules.

 

Both I-95 Crash Victims ID’d

NOON WEDNESDAY UPDATE 

Police identified the second victim in a series of two separate fatal crashes on I-95 in Dale City as a Stafford man.

Kevin L. Mullins, 36, of Stafford, was killed at 7:47 a.m. when he was behind the wheel of a Econoline Van that slammed into the back of a 2003 Dodge Ram pickup. The force of that collision pushed the pickup into the rear of a Kia sedan, said Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller. Both the pickup and sedan had already stopped prior to the impact because of heavy traffic conditions on I-95.

Mullins died at the scene, and police said he was not wearing a seatbelt and that alcohol was not a factor in the crash. The case is still under investigation.

TUESDAY NIGHT UPDATE

The driver of a van involved in a Monday morning crash that killed one and injured two others is charged with reckless driving.

The 2006 Ford Econoline van, carrying nine passengers from Gaithersburg, Md. to Richmond on Interstate 95, crashed about 4:30 a.m. just south of Dale Boulevard. The driver lost control of the van when it ran off the side of the highway, hit a guardrail and overturned two times coming to rest on its side, said Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller.

Three passengers were ejected from the van, when 43-year-old Marciso A. Campos, of Alexandria, was killed instantly. Another two who were injured were taken to Fairfax Inova Hospital with injuries that did not appear to be life threatening, while the remaining occupants of the van were treated at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center in Woodbridge.

The driver, 28-year-old J. Diaz-Lemus, of Gaithersburg is charged with reckless driving, said Geller. Police said he was wearing a seatbelt but was traveling too fast for road conditions at the time, when road surfaces were wet.

Police have still yet to release information on the victim of a separate crash that happened about 7:45 a.m. on the northbound side of I-95 that took the life of an unidentified occupant of a vehicle involved in the crash.

ORIGINAL POST 9:38 a.m. 

DALE CITY, Va. — Two people were killed this morning in two separate car crashes on Interstate 95.

At 7:45 a.m., a multi-vehicle crash on northbound I-95 in Dale City just south of mile post 156, Dale Boulevard, took the life on one unidentified person. Police are rescue crews remain on the scene of the crash, and more details from Virginia State Police are expected soon.

The crash appears to have involved a pickup, sedan, and work van that sustained heavy damage.

Earlier at 4:31 a.m., a crash on southbound I-95 at mile post 154, just south of Dale Boulevard, involved a 2006 Econoline van that lost control and then ran off the highway into a guardrail and overturned at least two times, said Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller.

Two occupants were ejected, and both were taken to a local hospital where one died, said Geller. Another occupant of the van was taken to Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center in Woodbridge and their condition has not been released.

 

Sex Crimes Investigated

FROM POLICE REPORTS:

Rape / Aggravated Sexual Battery – On April 23rd, police began an investigation into two sexual assaults which were reported to have occurred in the 14200 block of Lindendale Rd in Woodbridge (22193) between 2004 and 2006. The investigation revealed that the victims, a 5-8 year old girl and a 7-10 year old girl at the time of the offenses, were both sexually assaulted by the accused, a known family member, on several occasions during the time frame above. Following an investigation, warrants were obtained against the accused who was located and arrested in Fredericksburg on May 17th. The accused is currently awaiting transport back to Prince William County.

Arrested: (No Photo Available)

Dennis Rene ASTURIAS, 37, of 3006 Village Ln in Fredericksburg

Charged with rape and aggravated sexual battery [in reference to the case involving the 7-10 year old victim] and aggravated sexual battery and attempted forcible sodomy [in reference to the case involving the 5-8 year old victim] Court date unavailable, held WITHOUT bond

Rape / Indecent Liberties – In April of 2012, detectives from the Special Victims Bureau received information about a sexual assault which was reported to have occurred in the 15000 block of Cardin Pl in Woodbridge (22193) between February 1st and 29th of 2012. The investigation revealed that the victim, a 14 year old girl of Washington D.C., was living at a residence in the above area during that time frame and was sexually assaulted by the accused, a known acquaintance. Following an investigation, warrants were obtained against the accused who was located and arrested in Washington D.C. by the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force on May 16th. The accused is currently awaiting extradition back to Virginia.

Arrested: (No Photo Available)

Reginald Alfred SCHOOLS, 46 – no fixed address, charged with rape and taking indecent liberties with a child. Court date unavailable, held WITHOUT bond.

Blanco-Cerna

Aggravated Sexual Battery / Indecent Liberties – On May 14th, detectives from the Special Victims Bureau began an investigation into a sexual assault which was reported to have occurred in the 17800 block of Lounsbery Dr in Dumfries (22026) on April 21st. The investigation revealed that on that date, the victim, a 12 year old girl of Alexandria, was sexually assaulted by the accused, a known acquaintance, while the victim was staying at the residence of the accused in the above area. Following an investigation, warrants were obtained against the accused who was located and arrested on May 17th.

Arrested:

Francisco BLANCO-CERNA, 28, of 17878 Lounsbery Dr in Dumfries

Charged with aggravated sexual battery and taking indecent liberties by a custodian

Court date unavailable, held WITHOUT bond

Jose Odil Diaz

Indecent Liberties – On May 17th, detectives from the Special Victim’s Bureau began an investigation into a sexual assault which was reported to have occurred in the 15000 block of Catalba Ct in Woodbridge (22191) between September of 2010 and June 2011. The investigation revealed that the victim, a 13 year old female at the time of the offenses, was sexually assaulted and propositioned several times during the time frame above. Following an investigation, a warrant was obtained against the accused who was located and arrested on May 17th.

Arrested:

Jose Odil DIAZ, 44, of the 15000 block of Catalba Ct in Woodbridge

Charged with indecent liberties with a child

Court date unavailable, held WITHOUT bond

New Program Acquaints Residents with OmniLink

By STEPHANIE TIPPLE

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — OmniLink buses are an easy and convenient way to get around Prince William County. But some residents may not know how to use them.

Now, the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission – the agency that operates the OmniLink local and OmniRide commuter buses – has launched a new program to acquaint residents with all of the features of the buses and routes, and to promote use of the public transit system in the county.

The new, free program called “On the Go,” will allow residents to take a bus ride with trained drivers, as well as show them how to understand bus schedules, know which route to take, and even schedule a trip.

“We are trying to increase the transportation options of the people in Woodbridge, and the Prince William service area. We are teaching service providers about PRTC options, and we’re also going out and doing one on one travel training and group training for people with disabilities, to make sure they understand PRTC as a viable transportation option for them,” said Robyn Bernardy, travel trainer for the On the Go program.

While many of the trainings are geared towards those with disabilities, or those who need assistance, training is available for any commuters or local residents who wish to utilize PRTC’s bus service.

On the test drive, the driver will explain all of the safety features of the bus, fare prices, the schedules available on the buses, special deviation stops, bus stop signage, and all of the steps of riding and getting off of the bus.

In addition to this program, the PRTC is looking to improve ease of use for their riders, with color coded schedules to avoid confusion on the different routes, discounts for seniors and disabled riders, special off route stops for a small surcharge at local hubs, like grocery stores.

Training is offered in both group and individual settings, and typically consists of one and a half, to two hours sessions with the PRTC trainers.

Those interesting in learning more about the training on OmniLink buses can visit PRTC’s website or can call 703-730-6664.

Memorial Service Planned for Woodbridge’s Freedom Park

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — The Prince William County Board of County Supervisors will hold an Armed Forces & Memorial Day ceremony at the War Memorial in Freedom Park on Saturday, May 19 at 2 p.m.

The ceremony will honor the men and women who serve our Country and remember all of those who lost their lives defending our freedoms. This year the county will honor the following who lost their lives defending our country: Sean T. Callahan, Sean R. Cutsforth and Robert M. Kelly. The public is invited to attend.

The Prince William County War Memorial was dedicated on Memorial Day in 1992 to recognize those from our County who gave their lives during World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam. The County honored those individuals by engraving their names onto the memorial.

In 2006, the County worked with local veterans to find the best way to honor those who had given their lives in the Middle East. It was decided to engrave the opposing face of the stone with the names of members from our community that have been killed in Iran, on the USS Cole, in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Freedom Park is located on the grounds of the McCoart Government Complex in between the complex and Prince William Parkway in Woodbridge. Freedom Park also includes a memorial fountain dedicated to those in the community who died in the attacks on September 11, 2001.

-Press release

 

Dale City Homeowners: ‘He was Squatting in our House’

By URIAH KISER

DALE CITY, Va. — When fire and HAZMAT crews were called to Tracy Martinez’s childhood home Friday night, she thought the home was vacant.

Martinez says a man was living in the home illegally when fire and rescue crews rushed to the scene Friday, after the man disturbed some stored chemicals meant for use in the home’s backyard swimming pool. Once disturbed, they began to bubble causing a chemical reaction and his nose to burn.

The man told PotomacLocal.com Friday he was in the process of moving out of the house because the home had been foreclosed on.

Not true, said Martinez.

“This man has been squatting at our home since December,” said Martinez. “The house is not in foreclosure.”

He’s been squatting, or living in the home without permission, since December, she says. The man was a roommate of another man who two years ago signed a lease with Martinez’s parents – who still own the home and were concerned when the found out what happened on Friday night. The leaser moved out in December on good terms, but the roommate must have stayed behind, said Martinez.

“I was driving by the house last week and I saw cars in the driveway and thought ‘they shouldn’t be there,’ so now we contacted legal help us get him removed from the house,” said Martinez. “That was the home I grew up in, and I have a lot of great childhood memories in the home. But as the years have gone by and things like this happen, those fond memories have become faded.”

The man refused treatment and didn’t suffer serious injuries.

While the landlords in this case are working to remove the alleged squatter, landlords who don’t visit their properties often have posed a problem in Dale City.

“It’s absentee landlords, with no one looking to make sure the tenants are well behaved, that’s a problem,” said Neabsco Action Alliance spokeswoman Connie Moser. “We have a rental across the street. They continually park their cars blocking the sidewalk and have a dog that barks 24/7. The owner lives away and has a property management company deal with the lease.”

The alliance, along with much of Moser’s community work, focuses on redeveloping Dale City into a community of homeowners who take pride in their houses.

“When I moved…it was a family oriented neighborhood with neat lawns and well tended homes. I spend a huge amount of time trying to keep up in a neighborhood where the people who do care are aging and fast falling into a state of inability to keep up basic property maintenance,” said Moser.

Hazmat Crews Called to Dale City Home

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By URIAH KISER

DALE CITY, Va. — Hazmat crews were called Friday night to a home once known for its elaborate Christmas decorations, after swimming pool chemicals made a man sick.

Dale City Volunteer Fire Department crews rushed to a single family home at 4492 Dale Boulevard after 7:30 p.m. when a man who was in the process of moving to a new home uncovered pool chemicals in a storage container in his back yard. Not knowing exactly what they were, the man – who asked not to be identified – moved the chemicals. Then they began to bubble and omit a strange odor, and the man’s nose began to burn, he said. So he called a friend, a volunteer firefighter, who then told him to call 911.

“I don’t really know where the chemicals came from. I think they were left here by the owner of the house, before we moved in,” he said.

The victim was the only one home at the time, and he refused treatment from fire and rescue personnel. He looked on from the street as fire crews, decked out in Hazmat gear, checked his home and made sure it was OK for him to go back inside.

The home has an in-ground swimming pool in its backyard for summertime fun, but was long known for its large pine tree that at Christmastime which was transformed into one of the largest holiday decorations in Dale City. The display often won holiday decorating contests awarded by the Dale City Civic Association.

The owners of the home moved out about two years ago and rented the home to the man whose nose was burned by the chemicals. He’s been forced to a home to a new house down the street, he said.

A portion of Dale Boulevard between Glendale Road and Greenwood Drive was reduced to one lane as fire crews and police investigated the incident.

*This story has been revised.

Dogwood Marks Arbor Day in Dale City

DALE CITY, Va. — Prince William Neabsco District Supervisor John D. Jenkins chose Martin Luther King Elementary School for this year’s annual Neabsco District Arbor Day Celebration and to be the recipient of a native dogwood tree.

On April 26, Jenkins was joined by Prince William County Schools Superintendent Steven Walts, Neabsco District School Board Representative Lisa Bell, and 100 students along with representatives from the Prince William Soil & Water Conservation District (PWSWCD) to participate in a tree ceremony where the students read poetry and sang songs dedicated to trees.

Throughout the day, second grade students at King Elementary continued to celebrate Arbor Day by attending PWSWCD’s tree festival where they learned more about the value of trees as a natural resource through storytelling, crafts, and even recycling old homework. The native dogwood which was planted on their campus was donated by American Home Landscape, a supporter of local Arbor Day celebrations for the past 26 years. The tree will purify soil and water, contribute to energy conservation, provide homes for wildlife and insects, and enhance the exterior beauty of the school.

The local Arbor Day Celebration has been instrumental in teaching students in Prince William County the value of our natural resources. –

-Press release 

Dale City Water Main Work Begins

Virginia American Water today announced the start of the latest water main replacement project in Dale City to enhance water quality and improve service reliability. The cost of the water system improvements is approximately $202,000.

Beginning the week of May 7, Virginia American Water will replace approximately 1,100 feet of aging six-inch pipe on Dyer Drive in the Darbydale community of Dale City. The company is replacing pipe that has a history of leaks with new double-cement-lined pipe

The project follows a pipeline upgrade that Virginia American Water recently announced in Dale City on Castle Court in the Cloverdale community and the rehabilitation of the Packard water distribution tank in Woodbridge. These improvements in Dale City are part of Virginia American Water’s long-term strategy of ongoing investment in its water systems.

Crews will work weekdays between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The estimated duration of the project is eight weeks. During the project, some residents of Dyer Drive might experience short disruptions to their water service as the construction crews work near their homes. Crews will work as quickly as possible to shorten the length of any temporary inconveniences.

-Press release

 

EMS Sgt., Firefighter Honored in Dale City

DALE CITY, Va. – Volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel in Dale City have been honored as some of the best in the state, and have been recognized by the governor.

Two members of the Dale City Volunteer Fire Department, Lt. Christopher Gardner and EMS Sgt. Danielle Miller, were recognized at a recent Installation of Officers ceremony at VFW Post 1503 in Dale City.

“…it was my pleasure to join Lt. Gardner and EMS Sgt. Miller at the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1503 Installation of Officers and Awards Banquet,” said Dale City VFD Chief Christopher Hool. “Every year the VFW awards local public safety personnel to recognize their achievements or service from the past year. This year the Dale City VFD submitted Lt. Gardner and EMS Sgt. Miller as this year’s candidates.”

Miller was awarded EMS Provider of the Year for VFW Post 1503 and a commendation from Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell. She also was awarded EMS provider of the year for Virginia from the VFW state office and the National Commander of the VFW.

Gardner was awarded firefighter of the year, and a commendation from Virginia’s governor.

Each year, the VFW post recognizes outstanding firefighters and EMS providers from the local area. The honorees are then considered for an award at a state level, and then state winners advance into consideration for a national award from the VFW.

Gardner joined DCVFD in 2005 and Miller in 2009.

Top Home Sales in Eastern Prince William

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — The Woodbridge area has long harbored a reputation of having low home values, but this appears to be the year that changed.

According to varealestatetalk.com, the top home sales of the year so far in Prince William County have all been homes located in the eastern portion of the county. It’s a departure from years past when the highest valued homes were sold in developing neighborhoods in western Prince William County.

The biggest gaining neighborhoods in eastern Prince William in terms of home sales this year have been Beaver Creek, River Falls and Coventry Glen, according to the website.

The median home price in Woodbridge continues to hang around the $250,000.

While the area has long been known for its single family residential homes located near strip shopping centers, newer developments like Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center are rising and changing the landscape of the area.

Updated: Man Struck, Killed in Dale City

UPDATE — VICTIM STRUCK BY 2 CARS

DALE CITY, Va. — The pedestrian struck and killed on Dale Boulevard Thursday night was hit twice, and an autopsy will be performed on the victim.

Howard Edward Rice, 42, Filarete Street in Dale City, was walking toward Forrestdale Plaza in Dale City about 8:40 p.m. and attemptEd to cross the four-land Dale Boulevard when he was struck by a 1999 Volvo S70 traveling east on Dale Boulevard. Another car following the Volvo, a 2006 Toyota Corolla, was unable to avoid hitting the pedestrian after he was struck the first time, according to police documents. No one else was injured and no charges have been filed.

Rice was pronounced dead on the scene, and police said he was crossing the street outside of a designated crosswalk in a dimly lit area.

Police also said an autopsy will be performed on the victim and a toxicology test performed by a medical examiner. Those tests are normally used to determine if the victim had any illegal substance in their body.

The driver of the Volvo was an 18-year-old man from Woodbridge, and the driver of the Corolla was a 44-year-old man from Woodbridge, police said.

ORIGINAL POST 10 P.M. THURSDAY 

DALE CITY, Va. — One man is dead tonight after being struck by a vehicle on Dale Boulevard.

The pedestrian was struck while walking along the four-lane road in Dale City, near Forestdale Avenue, according to Prince William police. The man died on the scene, according to police.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing and no charges have been announced.

During all of 2011, only one pedestrian was killed in Prince William County. The pedestrian victim included, a total of 12 people lost their lives on roads in the county last year, according to annual crime statistics.

 

Steak Brings Boys & Girls Clubs Online Donation Options

MANASSAS, Va. — For the past 32 years at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Prince William County, the food of choice at their annual charity dinner has been steak. It’s a house favorite for many, but even vegetarians can appreciate the good work happening at the clubs that serve over 5,000 people each year through community engagement and club programs.

The Steak and Stake Dinner, planned for 6 p.m. Monday May, 21 at the Manassas Boys and Girls Club, will honor three stakeholder local businesses that have generously donated their time, money, and effort to making the Boys and Girls Clubs in Prince William County – The General Heiser Branch in Dumfries, Hylton Club in Dale City, and the Manassas Club – a success.

“We credit a lot to community partnerships. It takes a village to build what the Boys and Girls Clubs is able to provide through quality programming, as well as all of the other activities the clubs are able to provide,” said regional director Glenn Vickers.

Wellburn Management owns several McDonalds restaurants in Dumfries and Woodbridge, while Gino Manzo is the Director and Manassas Site Executive at BAE Systems, and Patrick Girard is a vice president of sales at Staples. All three will be honored at the event for their efforts supporting the clubs.

The event also draws a long list of community members, politicians, as well as business owners, but it comes at a time when the clubs are operating in the red. With 3,200 registered members in the Prince William, the organization has been impacted by rising operating costs as well as per-member costs of about $1,500 each, said Vickers.

The charity dinner normally nets the organization between $40,000 and $50,000, and this year the Boys and Girls Clubs will open up new donation portals online and on mobile devices to make it easier for the community to give.

Through programs like Send a Kid to Camp, as well as educational and sports and fitness efforts, the Prince William Boys and Girls Club gets little funding from its national parent organization but still maintains itself as a fun, safe environment where club members build strong relationships, are recognized, and move on to college, said Vickers.

Tickets for the event are $100 for individuals, $500 for half table, and $1,000 for a full table.

Live coverage of the event will be featured here on PotomacLocal.com, which is an event coverage sponsor.

Schools Want Changes in Potomac, Forest Park Boundaries

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — A community meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, May 14 at Graham Park Middle School to gain public input on proposed boundary changes to balance enrollment at Potomac and Forest Park high schools for the 2013-14 school year. The changes are expected to affect about 100 students for the first school year that the boundary change takes effect.

A public hearing on the proposed high school boundaries is slated for the June 13 School Board meeting at 7 p.m. in the School Board Meeting Room, Kelly Leadership Center.

The completion of the 30-room addition to Potomac High School in 2013 will add 630 seats to the existing capacity of the school. Current enrollment projections and boundaries would mean that Potomac High School would be under-utilized and Forest Park High School would be over capacity, thus the need for realignment. A portion of the Forest Park High School attendance area will be re-assigned to the Potomac High School attendance area.

The Thomasson Crossing, Moncure Woods, Spanish Garden, Barnette Forest, Quantico Terrace, Belleau Wood, Cramers Ridge,Crborough Heights, Stonewall Manor, Graham Park Shores, Graham Park, and Melrose Gardens communities are likely to be affected.

Prior to the May 14 community meeting, staff from the Offices of Facilities Services will meet with the Advisory Council at both high schools.

Information and maps for the proposed high school boundary changes are located on the Facilities Services Web site. Parents with questions or comments should contact Lionel White in the Office of Facilities Services at 703-791-7312.

The School Board is expected to vote on the proposed high school boundaries on June 13 following the public hearing. If approved, the new boundaries would take effect in September 2013.

Citizens who wish to address the School Board during the public hearing must notify the Board Clerk by noon on June 13 in writing to P.O. Box 389, Manassas, Va. 20108; by phone at 703-791-8709; or by email to pwcsclerk@pwcs.edu. Citizens may also sign up in the School Board meeting room prior to 6:55 p.m. on the evening of the public hearing.

-Press release 

95 Express Lanes Builder Invited to Apply for Loan

Photo: Mary Davidson

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — The private developer of the 95 Express Lanes project has been tapped by the federal government to apply for a loan to help pay for the lanes.

Transurban-Fluor will convert the High Occupancy Vehicle lanes on Interstate 95, from Dumfries to Edsall Road in Alexandria, to toll lanes. The lanes will be extended from Dumfries to Va. 610 in North Stafford to complete the 29-mile, $940 million 95 Express Lanes corridor.

The loan is called a Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act, or TIFIA loan, from the U.S. Department of Transportation. If awarded to Transurban-Fluor, would cover $928 million of the total cost of the project.

In December, Virginia officials announced taxpayers would float $97 million of the project cost.

“President Obama called for ‘an America built to last,’ and the TIFIA program can help us achieve that,” said U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary LaHood. “A little TIFIA goes a long way for communities that use these loans to leverage additional funding so they can tackle the big picture transportation projects this country needs.”

Work on the lanes is already underway, as a portion of the HOV lanes from Springfield to Dumfries has been closed each night this week for initial test boring.

When complete, the lanes will be tolled 24-hours a day for single drivers. Vehicles with three or more occupants will be able to use the lanes for free. Currently, use of the lanes is restricted to vehicles with three or more occupants between 6 and 9 a.m., and 3:30 to 6 p.m. on weekdays.

Candland: Back Room Dealings Lead to Budget Increase

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Prince William’s new kid on the political block has done more to distance himself from this fellow Board members.

Gainesville District Supervisor Peter Candland is serving his first term on the Board of County Supervisors and cast the lone vote against raising the county’s average tax bill about $110 per year. The six seven other members of the Board voted to increase taxes for the Fiscal Year 2013 budget, adopting a tax rate of $1.209 per assessed property value. The new budget includes monies for a new police station, new school funding, and raises for county staff for the first time in four years.

Candland, in a statement released late Tuesday night, accused fellow Board members of back room dealings and threats. According to Candland, he was told if he didn’t go along with the budget increase his district would lose out on construction funding for a new Catharpin Park. That park, one of nine that was to be funded in this year’s budget, is no longer funded, he said.

“I stood up in the face of backroom deals and political retributions to fight for a park that’s critical to the families of the Gainesville District, and I’ll continue to push to find ways to get Catharpin Park funded and built as soon as possible. I’m saddened that petty politics won the day, but it’s the taxpayers of Prince William County who will suffer the brunt of these tax increases,” said Candland in his statement.

County officials stated Tuesday that real estate taxes in Prince William County are 28 percent lower than they are in similar counties in Northern Virginia. When adjusted for inflation, the average tax bill is lower than it was in 2009, according to officials.

Fire Incident Investigated in Dale City

UPDATE: FIREWORK TO BLAME

The explosion heard by many in the Dale City area this morning was caused by a firework, police said.

A bomb detection squad was called to a home on Evansdale Road today after initial reports indicated a bottle bomb exploded in the area. That was not the case, though neighbors did call 911 when they saw smoke.

No injuries were reported.

DALE CITY, Va. — Fire crews were called to another what appears to be bottle bomb incident today, sources say.

Just after 11 a.m., fire crews in Dale City were called to the to a home at 4412 Evansdale Road, near Cardinal Drive, after a report of someone hearing an explosion and then seeing smoke, according to initial reports. Prince William fire officials have not confirmed the presence of bottle bombs.

There’s no word yet if anyone was injured.

This latest incident comes after authorities in Prince William said earlier this month bottle bomb cases were on the rise again.

 

HOV Lanes to Close this Weekend, Again Next Week

Photo: Mary Davidson

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — A portion of the High Occupancy Vehicle lanes will close again tonight and tomorrow as work on the 95 Express Lanes project ramps up.

The HOV express lanes facility is normally open to southbound drivers Friday night through Saturday afternoon. Tonight and tomorrow beginning at 11 p.m., however, the lanes will close from Franconia-Springfield Parkway to Va. 234 in Dumfries as crews complete test boring work.

Drivers will have to use the regular travel lanes to get where they’re going until 10 a.m. Saturday, and again on Sunday, when the HOV lanes are reopened for regular use.

But work on the HOV lanes doesn’t stop this weekend. It will continue throughout next week as the HOV lanes will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday, and again from 11 p.m. to 10 a.m. next Friday and Saturday, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

By 11 p.m. during the planned work next week, drivers headed north on Interstate 95 will be able to enter the HOV lanes north through an entrance just past Exit 169 in Springfield. Drivers who use Franconia-Springfield Parkway will also be able to enter the northbound HOV lanes by 11 p.m., VDOT states.

When complete, the 95 Express Lanes will charge single drivers a toll to use the lanes at all times while vehicles with three or more occupants will be able to use the lanes for free. The express lanes will also be extended nine-miles south from Dumfries to Va. 610 in North Stafford.

Currently, vehicles must have three or more occupants to use the lanes between 6 and 9 a.m., and 3:30 to 6 p.m. weekdays. Drivers can use the lanes for free during all other times.

 

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