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Parents charged after crack cocaine, heroin, meth found in car

From Prince William police: 

Felony Child Neglect – On July 15 at 7:06PM, officers responded to a parking lot located 6500 block of Trading Sq in Haymarket (20169) to investigate an unconscious person.
The investigation revealed that one of the accused, identified as Erica D. BRIGHT, was found unconscious in the passenger seat of a vehicle by a citizen. When officers arrived, the female had awoken and refused medical attention.
Further investigation by officers determined that the female, identified as Erica D. BRIGHT,

John Allen Bright, Jr.

was under the influence of a narcotic. A small child was in the vehicle at the time and was unharmed.
Officers searched the vehicle and recovered crack cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and marijuana. The child’s father, identified as John Allen BRIGHT, returned to the vehicle a short time later and was also detained. Following the investigation, both of the parents were arrested.
The child was eventually released into the custody of another family member.
Arrested on July 15:

John Allen BRIGHT, Jr., 30, of the 9100 block John S Mosby Hwy in Upperville, Virginia
Charged with 1 count of felony child neglect and 2 counts of possession of a schedule I or II narcotic
Court Date: August 27, 2018| Bond: Held on a $5,000 secured bond

Erica D. BRIGHT, 26, of the 9100 block John S Mosby Hwy in Upperville, Virginia
Charged with 1 count of felony child neglect, 1 count of possession of marijuana, and 3 counts of possession of a schedule I or II narcotic
Court Date: August 27, 2018| Bond: Held on a $7,500 secured bond

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Helping first-time homebuyers navigate a tight market: 3 key steps from The Fauquier Bank

When it comes to purchasing a home, Mary Ann Andrews of The Fauquier Bank recommends buyers come in for a personal consultation, especially those who’ve never previously been through the complex process.

Buying a home can be daunting, between learning the lingo and understanding the financing. And given the current market conditions and limited housing inventory — which has sparked multiple offers and price bidding — it’s essential to know what you’re doing.

That’s where Andrews comes in.

“There’s so much you need to know,” says Andrews, NMLS # 482462, a TFB vice president and mortgage originator. “I like to sit down and explain how the process works.”

With first-time buyers, she adds, “I go over everything, just to get them comfortable with the language and the process.”

For tech-savvy potential buyers, it may seem tempting to do things online. But Andrews says there’s no substitute for meeting face-to-face.

“You can understand their needs,” she explains. “You can give them so much more information and discuss so many more options.”

Andrews can meet potential buyers at any of TFB’s 11 branches in Fauquier and Prince William counties.

For first-time buyers, Andrews follows a specific process. First things first: do your homework.

“Do your research and check out the area where you’re looking,” she advises. “You need to get with a realtor. And you need to find out what the taxes are and find out what the HOA fees are.” 

First-time buyers should follow these three key steps:

1. Prepare Financially: Begin by checking your credit score, saving for a down payment and figuring out how much you can afford to spend. Then meet with a mortgage originator to get pre-approved.

2. Understand Mortgages: Evaluate the different types of mortgage loans that are available and which works best for your situation.

3. Start Shopping: Look for a house that fits your needs and budget, then put in an offer. Gather the necessary documents for the loan processing and closing process.

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Join us for a First-Time Homebuyer Seminar at 6 p.m. on Aug. 1 at BadWolf Brewing Company, 9776 Center St. in Manassas. Our mortgage originators will be available to answer questions. RSVP at 540-349-0202.

Enlarged prostate happens to every guy. There’s a new way to treat it at Sentara.

It’s one of the most common health issues for men as they grow older.

“As gentlemen age, the testosterone that’s in their body fuels the growth of their prostate so every guy that has testosterone and a prostate, it will eventually get larger. It happens in different rates in different people, but happens,” explains John B. Klein, M.D. of Potomac Urology.   

Even though it may not be commonly discussed, every day Dr. Klein sees patients suffering from an enlarged prostate, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH.)

Symptoms include frequent urination, difficulty starting and stopping urination, inability to completely empty the bladder and frequent trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night. 

“Urinary symptoms do not necessarily indicate prostate cancer, a majority of the time they’re from benign enlargement of the prostate. However, you can have prostate cancer and benign enlargement of the prostate –so it’s important to evaluate for both concurrently,” explains Dr. Klein.

Once the prostate screening comes back negative, there are a number of options to treat an enlarged prostate, everything from daily medications and in-office procedures to outpatient surgeries.

Dr. Klein was recently recognized as a Rezum Center of Excellence for his expertise in treating BPH. While pills to treat BPH have been around for years, Dr. Klein finds many of his patients discontinue taking those medicines because of side effects like dizziness and adverse effects to sexual function.

Rezum® is one of the minimally invasive procedures offered in office and takes just minutes to perform using steam to decrease the prostate. Laser enucleation of the prostate is another option.

Dr. Klein says this outpatient procedure has been offered at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center for the last 11 months and is ideal for patients with moderate and larger prostates. The newest option Sentara Northern Virginia is offering BPH patients is Aquablation, a surgery using water to resect the prostate.

The developments are exciting for Dr. Klein who looks forward to sharing the news with the community.

“This is one of the only centers in Northern Virginia that performs all three of these treatments options. It basically gives people a one-stop shop for their treatment, no matter size and shape of their prostate.”

Volunteers needed for the Christmas in July event on Saturday, July 21

Good Morning Prince William – Volunteers needed for the Christmas in July event on Saturday, July 21st.  This event is sponsored by The Philadelphia Tavern, Sinistral Brewing and Volunteer Prince William to benefit The Un-Tim-A-Tree Holiday Gift program for needy kids. Duties include selling drink tickets and checking IDs.  3 shifts available- 12noon-3pm, 3pm-6pm and 6-pm-9pm.  This is a fun, family event on Main Street, Old Town Manassas with raffles, giveaways, games, food, drinks and Santa!  Please sign up to help at  This promises to be great fun!

Prince William Soil & Water Conservation is having their next water quality monitoring event on Thursday July 12th at Evergreen Acres in Nokesville, 9:30-noon. Come learn about the health of local streams and how they interact with land uses.  Please call Veronica at (571) 379-7514 for more info.

ACTS needs volunteers to remove the flower beds in front of the thrift store on Tuesday and Thursday mornings starting July 10th. Please email Tamika for more info at:

RSVP – The retired and Senior Volunteer Program is looking for volunteer’s age 55+ to deliver noon meals through the Meals on Wheels Program. Shrifts 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.

CASA Children’s Intervention Services needs volunteer advocates to help protect abused and neglected children in our community. You’ll receive fantastic training to give you all the skills needed to help these kids.  Please email Suzanne at: to learn more about the program and register for the next orientation session.

PW Conservation Alliance has several fun workdays coming up.  Please join them on the workdays of   July 20 and August 4th at Merrimac Farm, 9am-12noon.  It feels good to get your hands dirty.  Please RSVP for these events at (703) 490-5200 or via email at:

Care Net PRCs is looking for bilingual volunteers to help in their office in Manassas.  They are also having a movie event on July 14th, 7pm at Manassas Baptist Church. Come see the inspiring movie – I can Only Imagine.  Please email Kirk at for more info.

K9s Serving Vets in Triangle, Virginia supports the process of partnering the vet with a service dog.  They assist from start to finish that will in the end change the veteran’s life.  Please consider donating to them on line at:

The PW Crime Prevention Council is looking for new volunteer members to promote safe communities.  The Council meeting the 2nd. Monday of the month at 7:30pm at 1 County Complex. Please register on the website at:

Virginia Cooperative Extension needs volunteers to lead financial seminars in Manassas and/or Woodbridge area.  Please email Victoria for more specifics at:

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 3-8pm with 2 seating’s for dinner.  Tickets are just $40 for adults, $20 for children 13-18 and free for kids under 12.  There will be local vendors, artisan and farm sponsors and antique equipment.  It promises to fun for the entire family.  You can buy tickets on line at:

The Manassas Senior Center is looking for a volunteer to teach crafts to the members of the center each week.  Come share your love of knitting, crocheting, painting, ceramics and such with others. Please call Jan at (571) 292-5307 for more info.  They also would love a volunteer to teach Sign Language class as well.  It’s a great way to share your skill. Please call Sue at 703-792-7154 to learn more.

Youth for Tomorrow is looking for volunteers to share hobbies and interests with the kids on weekends. If you have a little time please bring your interest to share with them such as sewing, gardening, cooking, golf, arts & crafts, jewelry to name just a few.  Please fill out the volunteer application with your resume at:

The Greater Prince William Medical Reserve Corps needs both medical and non-medical volunteers to join their ranks.  These volunteers are trained to respond to public health emergencies as well as day to day health department activities.  They offer tons of training topics to build your skillset.  Please call Isabella at (703) 792-7341 to learn more.

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.

Call to Action is a column written by Volunteer Prince William Executive Director Mary Foley.

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‘Pamphlets depicting hate propaganda’ found on Carver Road

GAINESVILLE — Police on Sunday found pamphlets filled with hate speech strewn across Carver Road in Gainesville.

The neighborhood in Prince William County is well known for being one of the first places freed black slaves settled after the Civil War.

Police officers were called to the area at 8:28 a.m.

Prince William police tell us:

“…several suspicious pamphlets depicting hate propaganda found at the ends of multiple driveways in the Gainesville and Bristow areas.

A caller reported to police that they had located a bag that contained birdseed and pamphlets that appeared to be recruiting material for the Ku Klux Klan.

The bags were seemingly thrown at random on driveways sometime during the overnight hours of July 7 into July 8 in the Gainesville area along several residential streets off of Lee Hwy between Carver Rd and Old Carolina Rd.

Similar bags were also located in the Bristow Village neighborhood in the Bristow area. The birdseed appeared to have been used to weigh the bags down, possibly in an attempt to throw the bags from a vehicle.

No suspicious persons or vehicles were reported in the area around this time.

The pamphlets did not contain any threats and did not appear to target anyone specific in the neighborhood.

No property damage was reported. A similar incident occurred on April 28 in the 4500 block of Forestburg Ln in Triangle. The investigation continues. 

Carver Road is a narrow, rural route in Gaienesville connecting Route 29 to Old Carolina Road.

Nicholas Soller of Gainesville named to the University of New Hampshire’s Dean’s List

From an email: 

Nicholas Soller of Gainesville has been named to the Dean’s List at the University of New Hampshire for earning Honors for the spring 2018 semester. Soller is majoring in Undeclared.

Students named to the Dean’s List at the University of New Hampshire are students who have earned recognition through their superior scholastic performance during a semester enrolled in a full-time course load (12 or more graded credits). Highest honors are awarded to students who earn a semester grade point average of 3.85 or better out of a possible 4.0. Students with a 3.65 to 3.84 average are awarded high honors and students whose grade point average is 3.5 through 3.64 are awarded honors.

The University of New Hampshire is a flagship research university that inspires innovation and transforms lives in our state, nation and world. More than 16,000 students from all 50 states and 71 countries engage with an award-winning faculty in top ranked programs in business, engineering, law, liberal arts and the sciences across more than 200 programs of study. UNH’s research portfolio includes partnerships with NASA, NOAA, NSF and NIH, receiving more than $100 million in competitive external funding every year to further explore and define the frontiers of land, sea and space.

Praise sounds for Prince William County’s official Bugler

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

The award reads:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To read the full report, click here.   


Army vet takes control of her pain with the help of Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center

Yolanda Smith is a take-charge kind of woman. The retired Army veteran, mother of three and current Human Relations contractor is used to getting things done.

So, when her fibroids turned painful, she knew she had to take action.

“I’ve had fibroids for a number of years. I’ll say at least 10, but in the last 18 months they’ve increased their size dramatically and the pain had become unbearable,” explains Smith.

Fibroids are the most frequently seen tumors of the female reproductive system. It’s estimated between 20 to 50 percent of women of reproductive age have fibroids, although not all are diagnosed.

In the majority of the cases, the tumors are benign (non-cancerous), but the symptoms can be severe.  While some women have no or mild indicators, other women have severe and disruptive symptoms including heavy, prolonged menstrual cycles, abnormal bleeding between periods, pelvic and/or back pain and frequent urination. Smith suffered through many of these symptoms.    

“The pain became unbearable during my cycle and the bleeding was extreme. I cramped beyond belief. I was exhausted, I would stay home from work because I was so exhausted,” she remembers.

That’s when she turned to her doctor for help when an ultrasound showed three fibroids had increased in size. He gave her three options:

  1. Live with the pain

  2. Have surgery

  3. Have a hysterectomy

Dr. Venu Vadlamudi

Smith knew that a hysterectomy wasn’t the right treatment option for her, that’s when her primary care physician recommended “UFE” or Uterine Fibroid Embolization and referred her to the specialists at the Heart & Vascular Center at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center.

“I had never been to Sentara before, I’m used to military hospitals where I’m in my safe zone.  But, from the time I called to get a consultation with a physician there, Tina went above and beyond to make sure I got an appointment and got the necessary paperwork needed. She actually followed up with my military hospital to assure that documents were forwarded to Sentara to aid me in seeing a doctor there. I just thought that was exceptional,” said Smith.

Following clinical consultation, it was decided Dr. Venu Vadlamudi, an Interventional Radiologist, would perform the procedure.

“Interventional radiology is a field where we perform minimally invasive procedures using radiology guidance,” explains Dr. Vadlamudi. “I tell patients to imagine me as a plumber, working completely inside of the pipes.”

In Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) or Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE) as it’s also known, Dr. Vadlamudi goes in through the artery with a catheter and blocks the blood flow to the fibroids using embolic agents (small particles or beads).” With the flow of blood compromised, the fibroids begin to shrink, taking with them the pain and symptoms.

“Over a matter of a few months’ time, these fibroids die away because you’ve taken away their blood supply. But again, nothing is physically tied, it’s not like putting a suture on top of the blood vessel or going from the outside, it’s all done from the inside of the blood vessel,” explains Dr. Vadlamudi. “We find it’s very rare new fibroids develop. So the overall success rate, especially from a technical standpoint, is well above 98 percent.”

In Smith’s case, Dr. Vadlamudi went in through a point above her wrist, leaving just a small nick after the procedure was completed.

“I don’t have a scar, just a little dot where he went into my arm,” she says.

After a short hospital stay, Smith went home to recover with doctor’s orders to start easing back into her routines. After almost two-weeks, she returned to work with her pain fading each day, but her admiration for the team continues to grow.

“It was just one of the best hospital visits I have ever had,” says Smith. “From the tech staff on down, everyone at Sentara Heart & Vascular Center was very attentive. They were very kind. Their bedside manner was exceptional.”

And, she offers this advice to other women living with fibroid pain.

“If you’re suffering from fibroids, definitely do your research, consider UFE, and consider UFE at Sentara, they have the best staff!” she adds.

If you’d like to learn more about Interventional Radiology or what Sentara Heart & Vascular can do for you, call 1-800-Sentara or visit

Amid state’s lowest unemployment since 2008, Virginians search for jobs in Manassas

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American Legion Post 1799 of Haymarket/Gainesville sends participants to Boys, Girls State programs

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Six boys and two girls, sponsored by American Legion Post 1799 of Haymarket/Gainesville, have completed the Virginia Boys State and Girls State programs of the American Legion Department of Virginia.  

Boys State, held at Radford University and Girls State, held at Longwood University, each from June 17-23, provides delegates with an immersive experience designed to enshrine within them with knowledge of the rights and privileges, duties, and responsibilities of citizens of Virginia.  

Delegates have the opportunity to run for election for various offices including mayor, city council, sheriff, Supreme Court justice, delegate, senator, attorney general, lieutenant governor, and governor.   Attendees participate in mock legislative and court sessions designed to provide a real-world experience that simulates the functions of state government.  

In addition, delegates have the opportunity to participate in recreational activities ranging from band and chorus to athletics.  Delegates are also afforded the opportunity to attend classes in public speaking and parliamentary procedures.  

This year’s guest speakers included Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, and Governor Ralph Northam as well as several members of the Virginia House of Delegates and State Senate.

Post 1799 annually selects delegates from Battlefield and Patriot High Schools, based on the applicant’s academic performance, interest in civics, and demonstrated a commitment to public and community service.  

This year’s Boys State attendees were Blake Brown (elected State Delegate), Casey Cho, Austin Gonzales (elected Mayor), Nathan Hakimpour (elected State Senator), Norideen Hussny-Hunt,  and Robert Lazar (elected to City Council).  Girls State attendees were Victoria Witmer and Claire Graser.

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Why is swimming an essential skill?

Throughout your children’s lives, they will learn a great number of skills that will help their long-term development. Basic skills like reading, writing, and math are picked up throughout school, while social skills like manners and conversation are taught at home.

Swimming, however, is a skill that is not specifically taught in school or at home. It is a skill that not only promotes health but is also proven to be a potentially life-saving skill.

During your children’s growing stages, swimming is a great sport that allows them to exercise with low-impact resistance routines. Often times, children take a liking to the sport and continue to practice it in their middle and high school years.

Swimming focuses on core strengthening and flexibility, two very important health aspects. Whether they do it for fun or competitively, it is important to give your children access to this skill early on.

Aside from exercise, swimming is a crucial life-saving skill to have. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were an average 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings between 2005 and 2014.

About one of five people who die by drowning are children 14 years or younger. Many cases of non-fatal drowning injuries often lead to hospitalization and can lead to PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) in later years. By learning to swim, a child’s life can potentially be saved when an adult is not present.

The Manassas Park Community Center offers a wide variety of swimming lessons. From six-month-olds to seniors, our swimming programs give students the ability to take up the skill with a variety of levels.

Our Parent and Child course is an introductory early childhood class in which a parent or guardian is in the water with the child. Our Preschool and School Age swimming classes are divided into levels based on skills received at prior levels. We also offer basic swimming and lap swim lessons for adults and seniors. It is never too late to learn this essential skill!

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.

Free webinar focuses risks, medication challenges for older adults

Research conducted by Home Instead Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network, indicates that as the number of prescription medication a person (ages 70 or older) takes increases, so do challenges with medication management and potential health risks.

Register for this webinar to discover the ways medications can jeopardize an older adult’s health and independence.  Learn about solutions that could help families and their older loved ones pinpoint potential threats an start the conversations that can potentially lead to effective solutions.

Participants in this webinar will be able to:

  • Identify the potential risks associated with medication mismanagement
  • Understand common medication challenges for older adults and signs to look for when medications are to blame for health issues
  • Recognize risks of common conditions that impact medication management
  • Help strengthen he role of the family in reducing the potential for medication risks
  • Learn more about resources to help families feel confident about keeping older adults safe at home

The webinar will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, 2018, and is offered in cooperation with the American Society on Aging.  For more information and to complete the required pre-registration, go to 

22 new Prince William police officers graduate academy

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY — The Prince William County Criminal Justice Academy Basic Law Enforcement 42nd Session graduated on Friday, June 22, 2018, at 10 a.m. at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle, just outside Manassas.

The 22 men and women completed a 24-week course of training in all aspects of police work, including classes in firearms, use-of-force decision making, driver training, legal training, patrol techniques, criminal investigation and crash investigation.

To put their lives on the line serving the community, starting officers make $48,000 a year. Now graduated from the training academy, the officers will serve in one of three police districts in the county — on the east side in Woodbridge, on the western end near Manassas, and a new central police district created when the department opened its third police station on Davis Ford Road earlier this year. 

The graduating law enforcement personnel are listed below, and brief biographies of each graduate follow:

Flynn X. Allen served in the U.S. Army Reserves prior to joining the Department. Additionally, he has family in law enforcement. Officer Allen is assigned to work patrol in western Prince William County.

James T. Clinton is a graduate of The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. He has family in law enforcement. Officer Clinton is assigned to work patrol in central Prince William County.

Luiz Carlos J. Da Silva, Jr., is a graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School in Washington, D.C. He worked in the health care industry prior to joining the Department. He is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. Officer DaSilva is assigned to work patrol in western Prince William County.

Xavier P. Garcia is a graduate of King High School in Corpus Christi, Texas. He served in military law enforcement in the U.S. Marine Corps prior to joining the Department. Officer Garcia is assigned to work patrol in eastern Prince William County.

K. Ernest Grenke is a graduate of Culpeper County High School in Culpeper, Va. He served in The Old Guard in the U.S. Army prior to joining the Department. Officer Grenke is assigned to work patrol in western Prince William County.

Leathan R. Hopkins is a graduate of Virginia Wesleyan College in Virginia Beach, Va., with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Officer Hopkins is assigned to work patrol in central Prince William County.

Cody W. Jones is a graduate of Great Bridge High School in Chesapeake, Va. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps prior to joining the Department. Officer Jones is assigned to work patrol in central Prince William County.

Jesse L. Kesterson is a graduate of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He served in security forces in the U.S. Air Force prior to joining the Department.  Officer Kesterson is assigned to work patrol in western Prince William County.

Adnan M. Khan is a graduate of George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., with a bachelor’s degree in criminology. He is fluent in Pashto. Officer Khan is assigned to work patrol in western Prince William County.

Christopher J. Lehn is a graduate of CUNY Queens College in Flushing, N.Y., with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Officer Lehn is assigned to work patrol in eastern Prince William County.

Ryan J. Linkous served in military law enforcement in the U.S. Marine Corps prior to joining the Department. Additionally, he was Class Guide of the 42nd Session. Officer Linkous is assigned to work patrol in central Prince William County.

Travis D. Martin is a graduate of West Virginia University in Morgantown with a bachelor’s degree in criminology. He also serves in the U.S. Army Reserve. Officer Martin is assigned to work patrol in central Prince William County.

Michael C. Miller, II, is assigned to work patrol in western Prince William County.

Benjamin S. Montgomery has family in law enforcement. Officer Montgomery is assigned to work patrol in western Prince William County.

James K. Murray is a graduate of the University of Mississippi in Oxford with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He has family in law enforcement. Officer Murray is assigned to work patrol in eastern Prince William County.

Rachel A. Mynier is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She worked in law enforcement in Florida prior to joining the Department.  Officer Mynier is assigned to work patrol in eastern Prince William County.

Christopher J. Russo is a graduate of Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, N.Y., with an associate degree in criminal justice. He served in military law enforcement in the U.S. Navy prior to joining the Department. Officer Russo is assigned to work patrol in western Prince William County.

Charles D. Simmons, Jr., is a graduate of Lord Fairfax Community College in Warrenton, Va., with an associate degree in criminal justice. Officer Simmons is assigned to work patrol in western Prince William County.

Liam M. Solis-Santana served in the U.S. Marine Corps prior to joining the Department. He is fluent in Spanish. Officer Solis-Santana is assigned to work patrol in eastern Prince William County.

August C. Stickel, V, is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University in Altoona, Pa., with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He served in the U.S. Army prior to joining the Department. Officer Stickel is assigned to work patrol in eastern Prince William County.

William J. Ward is a graduate of Park View High School in Sterling, Va. He worked in the health care industry prior to joining the Department. Additionally, he was Class President of the 42nd Session. Officer Ward is assigned to work patrol in western Prince William County.

LeAndra K. Watford is a graduate of Paul D. Camp Community College in Virginia with an associate degree in criminal justice. Additionally, she serves in the U.S. Army National Guard. Officer Watford is assigned to work patrol in eastern Prince William County.

A police spokesman says the department is still hiring for new officers. Interested applicants may apply by going to

Now you can post your event fliers to Potomac Local

Starting today, we’re giving businesses and non-profit organizations more ways to reach our readers.

Now Potomac Local users may choose to upload a flier to promote their business, product, or upcoming event to our Submit News Page. Our $49.50 “Flier Post” option allows users to upload a PDF or JPEG flier file to our website where it will be featured on homepage.

Our $99.50 “Flier Plus” option allows users to have their fliers featured on both our homepage and on our social media. That’s a reach of more than 150,000 local readers.

People make creative fliers to promote themselves because it’s quick, easy, and fun. Now we’ve made it easy to upload those fliers to our website.

We will also continue to serve those who would rather a written press release posted to instead of a flier because you value our high SEO ranking and the results it can produce for their business or organization.

Our $299 “News Post” option puts your press release on our PotomacLocal.,com website homepage, and on social media. Our $349 “News Plus” option allows you to collect user-submitted emails address right from your press release. We collect the emails and send them to you automatically.

Over the years, our readers and advertisers have used’s “Submit News” feature to post their news to our website, which is then reviewed and approved by Potomac Local before it’s published to the website. The addition of the Flier and Flier Plus options come in response to many requests from local business owners looking for a faster, more convenient way to reach more local customers.

Uploading your content to our site is easy, and you can choose pay with a credit or debit card right on our site. 

Please email us if you have any questions about how to submit your news and events to

You may also submit events at no charge to our events calendar, but please remember that these posts show up only on our events calendar and are not featured as individual posts on our homepage, and are not featured on our social media. 

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