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‘Paws4Pops’ Fathers Day adoption event: $25 dogs, free cats

From Prince William police: 

“The Prince William County Animal Shelter, with its partner the Prince William Humane Society, are hosting a Father’s Day weekend adoption event at the Shelter, 14807 Bristow Road, Manassas, VA (20112), and at the Humane Society’s Pet Adopt Shop, 17983 Dumfries Shopping Plaza, Dumfries, VA (22026).

The “Paws4Pops” adoption event is Saturday and Sunday, June 17-18, 2017. Both locations will be participating on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday from Noon to 4 p.m. During this adoption event, the fee to adopt a dog is $25; there is no adoption fee for cats! If you are still searching for the perfect gift, why not consider a furry, new best friend for the fathers in your life? Your gift will also save the life of a Shelter pet.” 

Bare Knuckle American Rye release June 17: ‘Everyday, all of us on this planet are fighting for something’

For the first time since prohibition in the 1920s, a distillery in Manassas will sell its very own rye whiskey to the public.

Bare Knuckle American Rye Whiskey, bottled at KO Distillery is a drink that harkens back to older times but produced for a younger generation. An explosion of rye whiskey drinkers at area restaurants, mostly among millennials, has made popular once again a drink that was popular in the mid 20th century.

While rye whiskey may have been a favorite of the Don Draper era, KO’s new spirit is not your grandfather’s whiskey.

“What was old before is now new again,” said KO Head Distiller John O’Mara. “The younger people are trying out all of the older type cocktails at restaurants and really spurred on a big interest.”

Rye differs from the other whiskeys because a mix of spices that bring out, as O’Mara calls it, the “heart of the heart” in the brew. At 90 proof, Bare Knuckle American Rye is a smooth drink.

“You know, I was always strictly a Bourbon drinker, but the spiciness of the rye, that big, bold mouth feel that you get with the Rye. I just I just love the complexity that it has,” he said. “I drink it on the Rocks mostly, but in cocktails, I drink Manhattans. I’m starting to experiment with those.”

KO’s rye has aged 18 months in a barrel and will be ready for a release at the distillery on Saturday, June 17

“What happens inside that barrel is amazing. Basically, not through anything we do, but by the chemistry of the spirit, and the barrel, and the char inside the barrel, it’s amazing how liquor, over time, transforms into something that’s like golden nectar,” said KO Distillery Co-Owner Bill Karlson.

This is the second whiskey in the Bare Knuckle line for KO. On Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving 2016, the distillery released its first wheat whiskey under the same brand name. A third, yet-to-be-announced brown spirit is also planned for the Bare Knuckle line.

The Bare Knuckle bottle label features the early 1900s bare knuckle fighter and African American world heavyweight boxing champion Jack G. Johnson. Johnson’s image printed on the bottle’s label came from a trading card once distributed by a cigarette company.

“We started doing some research and found out that in 1910, The American Tobacco Company, if you bought cigarettes, inside that carton would be a coupon, and if you got enough of those coupons, you could mail them in,” explained Karlson. “What came back was a boxing trading card. And it wasn’t the size of the current baseball trading cards; it was called cabinet card, probably five inches by seven inches, really nice card.”

Karlson and O’Mara, both founders of KO Distilling, hence the initials, found an un-copyrighted image of the boxer Johnson and decided it embodied the Bare Knuckle brand. To the distillers, the image represents less of a bloodied fighter and more of a symbol of handcrafted, artisan whiskey.

“Everyday, all of us on the on this planet are fighting for something, and it’s tough. Everybody has their good and their bad days,” said Karlson. “I’d like people to think of it less like a boxer, but that we’re making this whiskey every day with our hands you’re out there in the world doing it every day with your hands. And, you know what? It’s OK to take a break and enjoy life.”

A release party for Bare Knuckle American Rye will take place Saturday, June 17 from noon until 7 p.m. To mark this special occasion, KO is offering a limited number of commemorative bottles of Bare Knuckle Rye.

Each rye bottle comes with a commemorative label that has been hand-numbered and signed by both Bill Karlson and John O’Mara, KO’s founders.

Admission to this event is free. Food and beverages provided by Burnt Ends BBQ and BadWolf Brewing Company will be available for purchase. Live music will be provided by the Rogue Johnsen Trio.

KO Distilling is located at 10381 Central Park Drive #105 in Manassas.

Your guide to Tuesday’s Primary Election in Prince William County

Voters will head to the polls on Tuesday for the state’s Primary Election.

Voters statewide will choose who they want to be their respective party’s gubernatorial candidates. In Prince William County, voters will choose Democratic Party candidates in four House of Delegates Races.

In what district do I live? Where do I go to vote? 

Here’s a breakdown:

VIRGINIA GOVERNOR

Democrat Governor
Ralph Northam
Tom Periello

Republican Governor
Ed Gillespie
Corey Stewart
Frank Wagner

VIRGINIA LT. GOVERNOR

Lt. Governor Democrat
Justin E. Fairfax
Gene J. Rossi
Susan S. Platt

Lt. Governor Republican
Bryce E. Reeves
Glenn R. Davis, Jr.
Jill H. Vogel

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY HOUSE OF DELEGATES

Here is the breakdown for House of Delegate races in Prince William County that have Primary Elections on Tuesday. All candidates in these primaries are Democrats seeking to become their party’s nominee for the respective seat.

2nd District — House of Delegates Democrat
Jennifer D. Carroll Foy
Joshua L. King

Republican Laquan Austion is his party’s the nominee for this seat. The current seatholder Mark Dudenhefer announced he would not seek reelection.

13th District — House of Delegates Democrat
Mansimran Singh Kahlon
Danica A. Roem
Steven A. Jansen
Andrew A. Adams (No social media or campaign website found, so we linked to his VPAP page)

Republican Bob Marshall is the incumbent for this seat.

31st District — House of Delegates Democrat
Elizabeth R. Guzman
Sara E. Townsend

Replican Scott Lingamfelter is the incumbent for this seat.

51st District — House of Delegates Democrat
Kenny Allen Boddye
Hala S. Ayala

Republican Richard Anderson is the incumbent in this seat.

There was to be a Republican Primary Election in the 50th District in Manassas. However, Hal Parrish II dropped out of the race to be the next 50th District Delegate after the incumbent Jackson Miller lost his April bid to be the next Clerk of the Prince William County Circuit Court. Miller will move ahead to the fall election as the GOP candidate in this race.

Dogtopia expanding to new Gainesville location

Dogtopia, a one-stop shop for all things canine, will soon be opening a  location in Gainesville, VA. Dogtopia offers full or half-day dog day care, seven days a week. For dirty dogs, spa services will be included with boarding. The state-of-the-art facility is set to open soon although a date has not been listed. Company representatives have not returned requests for comment.

For those nervous about leaving their beloved dog alone, Dogtopia offers webcam access in each of their four playrooms so you can check in with your pet. Dogtopia’s indoor playrooms are fully climate-controlled, and the rubber flooring is designed for the dogs’ comfort and to ease stress on paws, joints, legs and hips. 

Dogtopia has nearby locations already open in Woodbridge, Springfield and Manasssas. 

Long & Foster’s Gainesville office hosts community service day

The Gainesville, Virginia, office of Long & Foster Real Estate, the largest independent residential real estate company in the United States, will take part in the company’s 20th annual Community Service Day on June 7, 2017. The Gainesville office will join the brokerage’s over 220 offices in the day of giving back by hosting a packing party for Comfort Cases.

Thousands of children enter the foster-care system each year, and most carry little more than the clothes on their backs. Comfort Cases was founded on a mission to provide the essentials to these brave children on their journey to find a home. Founder Rob Chasteen-Scheer, an adoptive father of four, experienced the foster care system first hand as a young adult which led to the formation of Comfort Cases.

“Our Gainesville Long & Foster agents appreciate our community’s support and this is our way of showing how much we appreciate our customers and clients,” said Managing Broker Zhanneta Lopez. (more…)

Leaders, residents, gather at Forest Park High School to discuss area opioid addiction problem

Prince William police in late 2011 began seizing more and more heroin on the streets.

It was an early warning sign that the drug was becoming a problem in the community. Since then across the state, the use of heroin, fentanyl, and carfentanyl have exploded. The use of fentanyl alone increased 147% between then and now, according to Virginia State Health Commissioner Dr. Marissa Levine.

Despite the fact that so many Virginia residents are now hooked on opioids, the stigma that the drugs are used only by the poor or less fortunate is a contributing factor to the spread of the problem. Opioid addiction impacts everyone and does not discriminate by race, color, gender, or social class.

“This is a bigger problem that affects everyone, not just by race like we saw with crack or PCP,” said Prince William County District Court Chief Judge William Jarvis. (more…)

‘Explore Summer Reading program is all about celebrating the joy of reading for fun’

Ah, Summer! It’s time for flip-flops, popsicles, lazy days at the pool, and a break from school. It’s also time for Summer reading at your public library! We’re talking prizes for reading, fun weekly challenges and tons of events and activities all Summer long. And it’s all free, of course!

Before we get into the details, let’s talk about why Summer reading is so important to school-age students. Maybe you’ve heard of the “Summer slide”? It’s the learning loss that happens during the summer when kids and teens don’t read or participate in educational activities. But don’t worry, because public library Summer reading programs help combat Summer slide. Research shows that children who are engaged in Summer reading programs perform better academically when they return to school in the Fall. And the best part is that your kids and young adults get a quality experience at no cost. (more…)

Prince William vows to fight SCC over power line route

lThe Prince William County Board of Supervisors voted 7-0 to reaffirm its support of the overhead and underground hybrid route plan for a new power line in Haymarket.

The I-66 Hybrid Alternative route would build the 234,000 volts, 10-mile power line overhead, connecting with an existing line near the intersection of Route 234 and Interstate 66. The line would then run underground near homes along I-66 until it makes its connection to a power substation near a Walmart in Haymarket.

The Board aims to block the construction of an overhead power line that along one of two routes favored by the State Corporation Commission (SCC): Along the Carver Road route, or along the railroad line route in Haymarket.

County residents at a special June 1 meeting of the Board of Supervisors urged officials to block attempts to build along either of these two routes favored by the SCC. They said it would adversely affect property values in neighborhoods along the routes like Hopewell’s Landing, Somerset, and Greenhill crossings.

“We’re going to fight this tooth and nail. Our job is to protect you and your property this fight has just begun. We’re not going to let Dominion or the SCC divide us, and we’re going to win,” said Board Chairman Corey Stewart, At-large.

Potomac District Supervisor Maureen Caddigan was absent from the meeting on a family vacation in Europe.

The SCC released its findings and noted its support for the Carver or Railroad routes in April. Prince William officials had 60 days to respond and did so by sending this letter to Dominion Energy.

The data center is said to be owned and operated by Amazon, Inc. will require 97% of the electricity piped in from the new line to operate. (more…)

Here is the ‘dirt’ about the Manassas Park Community Center Teen Garden

Teens want to be independent, and parents of teens may feel like they are in a constant tug of war for control! Parents of teenagers agree that teenage years present several unique challenges. However, there is one constant where parents of teenagers agree, and that constant is when you keep teens busy, they seem happier. So how do you get teens to become more involved in activities while they continue to stay busy with activities in their daily lives?

Luckily, the Teen Passport program at the Manassas Park Community Center is a place where Manassas Park teenagers can come after school, weekends, and throughout the summer. The emphasis is on recreation with creative programs and materials to encourage teen (grades 6-12) participation in many diverse activities including cooking club, drop-in basketball, and group activities. (more…)

Public Works Director

The Town of Dumfries, VA seeks a new Public Works Director.

The Town of Dumfries, VA, located 27 miles south of Washington D.C., offers an inviting atmosphere for its residents and visitors alike. The Town’s “Quality of Life” is highlighted by its friendly neighborhoods, affordable cost of living, outstanding educational opportunities and proximity and vast ranges of historical, cultural, and leisure activities. Although the Town is small in size, Dumfries enjoys a prominent place in history as Virginia’s oldest continuously chartered town.

Though considered a part of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, Dumfries continues to value its heritage and maintain a unique identity. Since it’s found in 1749, Dumfries has long been recognized as an ideal location for business making it one of the fastest growing areas in the Greater Washington Metropolitan Region. Dumfries is committed to promoting a diverse and progressive community and to positioning their community as the “Place of Choice” for businesses considering relocating or expanding and for developers interested in finding the perfect location for their next project.

The Public Works Director, under the direction of the Town Manager, oversees the day-to-day operations and administration of the Public Works Department. The department encompasses transportation planning and project management, Storm-water, Site and building plan review and Inspections, Information Technology, Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) program efforts in accordance with the U.S. Clean Water Act, and Operations (Buildings & Grounds, Vehicle Maintenance, Engineering, and Streets Maintenance). The Director must ensure capital improvement projects and maintenance projects are performed according to project terms, in compliance with contract guidelines, and in a timely manner. The Director serves as the Town’s representative by working with the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) on transportation related matters and projects.

The successful candidate will hold a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or related field; supplemented by five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in public works operations and administration; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Experience working with the Virginia Department of Transportation on complex road projects as well as experience with storm-water management and drainage projects is needed. The Town of Dumfries is looking for candidates who possess the ability to synthesize, hypothesize, and/or theorize data along with applying principles of logical and synthesis functions. The successful candidate must be decisive, creative and have the ability to exercise judgement in critical and/or unexpected situations involving risk to the organization.

The salary range is between $65,000 – $75,000 DOQ/E, with benefits including participation in the Virginia Retirement System, vacation and sick leave, group life insurance, and medical insurance. Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume on-line at https://waters-company.recruitmenthome.com/postings/1337. This position is open until filled; however, interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply no later than June 14, 2017. For more information, please contact Miguel Ozuna at mozuna@waters-company.com, 214.842.6478 or Anne Lewis at richmond@waters-company.com, 804.726.9748.

Dumfries, VA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce!

Community Development Director

The Town of Dumfries, VA seeks a new Community Development Director

The Town of Dumfries, VA, located 27 miles south of Washington D.C., offers an inviting atmosphere for its residents and visitors alike. The Town’s “Quality of Life” is highlighted by its friendly neighborhoods, affordable cost of living, outstanding educational opportunities and proximity and vast ranges of historical, cultural, and leisure activities. Although the Town is small in size, Dumfries enjoys a prominent place in history as Virginia’s oldest continuously chartered town.

Though considered a part of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, Dumfries continues to value its heritage and maintain a unique identity. Since it’s found in 1749, Dumfries has long been recognized as an ideal location for business making it one of the fastest growing areas in the Greater Washington Metropolitan Region. Dumfries is committed to promoting a diverse and progressive community and to positioning their community as the “Place of Choice” for businesses considering relocating or expanding and for developers interested in finding the perfect location for their next project.

The Community Development Director, under the direction of the Town Manager, oversees the day-to-day operations and administration of the Town’s planning programs and activities. The Director serves as Zoning Administrator and as such makes zoning determinations and directs enforcement of the zoning code. The Director performs technical, administrative, and research tasks associated with planning, zoning, and land-use matters, zoning code and comprehensive plan amendments, and ensures development plans and opportunities are complying with the Town’s Comprehensive Plan zoning code and land development standards.

The successful candidate will hold a bachelor’s degree with course work in urban planning or related fields; supplemented by three (3) years of experience in planning, zoning and land use administration; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Candidates must have knowledge of principles, practices and techniques of modern land use planning and zoning and of municipal planning and land-use issues. Dumfries is seeking candidates with strong leadership and management abilities who are able to communicate clearly with the Town Manager, Town Council and citizens.

The salary range is between $65,000 – $75,000 DOQ/E, with benefits including participation in the Virginia Retirement System, vacation and sick leave, group life insurance, and medical insurance. Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume on-line at https://waters-company.recruitmenthome.com/postings/1357. This position is open until filled; however, interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply no later than June 14, 2017. For more information, please contact Miguel Ozuna at mozuna@waters-company.com, 214.842.6478 or Anne Lewis at richmond@waters-company.com, 804.726.9748.

Dumfries, VA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce!

‘U is for Undies’ drive-thru to donate underwear to elderly, poor

From a press release: 

House of Mercy on the Manassas/Gainesville border is hosting a day-long “drive-thru” on Thursday, June 8 “Do More 24” Day. People will purchase a new package of underwear, any type, any size, any gender, and drive through the parking lot on June 8 to throw them into a big bin. There will be friendly volunteers there to accept the donations, and provide a tax receipt, if required.

Felice Hilton, Assistant Director at House of Mercy stated, “We hope to make this an annual event, along with the School Shoes program and Christmas with Mercy. Unlike the other programs, “U is for Undies” helps all our clientele and not just children. A large need really does exist.”

Welfare workers and school nurses locally and around the U.S. report that around half of the U.S. population is “going commando”, and not out of choice. This anecdotally includes children at local Title 1 elementary schools. (more…)

More than ‘Irish nonsense,’ MurLarkey uses old-world infusion methods in oak barrels

Prince William Beer (and Spirits) Trail

Editors note: This is the second in a series of posts showcasing breweries in Prince William County, Virginia.

Locally sourced and handcrafted in the heart of Bristow, MurLarkey’s officially opened its doors on January 6th, welcoming all who enjoy spirits and a good time.

Guests who visit MurLarkey will notice a beautiful array of names for their spirits featured on their website such as imagination, divine clarity, and justice. Spirit names are taken seriously at MurLarkey’s, just as seriously as the process of naming the establishment was.

A brainchild of first cousins Mike Larkin and Thomas Murray, they struggled to find a name that they could both agree on as well as pay homage to their Irish roots.

“After pondering the names Murray, Larkin and Kelly over a few drinks, they eventually came up with Mur.Lar.key,” said MurLarkey’s Founder and CEO Thomas Murray. “The coincidental play on the word “malarkey” (Irish for nonsense) made it all the better.”

One of their most popular products is their lemon infused Clemoncy whiskey. According to Murray, a restaurant in Fairfax used MurLarkey’s whiskey as a base and created the “Clemonade” — a drink so popular, that it spread from the Fairfax bar scene to Arlington.

MurLarkey’s is locally sourced and handcrafted, but they take it one step further. All of their infusions are done using old-world infusion methods in oak barrels.

“MurLarkey’s authenticity sets it apart from virtually any other distillery in the area,” said Murray. “From an award-winning pure potato vodka to all-natural infused whiskeys, there’s a spirit to please every pallet.”

Yu gets 10 years in guilty plea deal in Gainesville shooting death of mother of his child, 6

Brian Yu plead guilty Monday to shooting and killing the mother of his 6-year-old daughter the night before he was due in court for child support hearing.

Brian Yu plead guilty Monday to shooting and killing the mother of his 6-year-old daughter the night before he was due in court for child support hearing.

Yu was sentenced to 10-years in prison after a plea agreement between prosecuting and defense attorneys. Three years of the 10-year sentence will be suspended. Yu will also undergo three years probation as part of the deal once released from prison.

“It’s a terrible crime, but this was the best outcome under the circumstances,” said Prince William County Commonwealth Attorney Paul Ebert.

Much of the evidence in the case, including journal entries kept by the victim, 26-year-old Linh Thi Pham, was inadmissible and could not be brought forward for a jury trial, added Ebert. (more…)

Water’s End Brewery knows ‘sometimes you just need a Damn Beer’

Prince William Beer Trail

Editors note: This is the second in a series of posts showcasing breweries in Prince William County, Virginia.

After Prince William County had changed a zoning code that longer restricted breweries to industrial areas and allowed them to open in neighborhood shopping districts, Water’s End Brewery chose Dillingham Square in Lake Ridge, and the rest is history.

Owners Zach Mote, Ryan Sharkey, and Josh Fournelle are dedicated owners; you can always find them behind the bar serving customers. As of now, the brewery doesn’t have any other employees, but Ryan Sharkey, one of the three co-owners, noted that when they do start hiring employees, an owner will always remain present.

“We receive constant feedback and the raw experience of serving our customers face to face makes us focus intensely on producing the highest quality beer we can,” said Sharkey. “Our brewer has actually taken a “taproom vote” on which style of beer to brew the next day- that’s not something that would happen at most other breweries.”

Their most popular drink is “Damn Beer,” which they promise to always have on the menu. Sharkey describes it as an “easy-drinking golden ale that is often referred to as their ‘gateway beer.”

Sharkey notes that many customers are new to craft beer and it can be difficult to distinguish a brew that customers like. The Damn Beer gives an easy introduction for newcomers and provides a break from stronger flavors seen in stouts and other darker brews.

“Sometimes you just need a Damn Beer, and our craft beer aficionados will order it too as a break from the big flavors of some other beers,” said Sharkey.

There’s also a method behind the naming madness of each brew courtesy of their brewer, Zach Mote.
“Our Adventure Hat, strong American black ale, describes the hat Zach would like to wear while on brew days on the back deck,” said Sharkey. “You’ll find the hat proudly hanging behind the bar.”

The HopDrop, a white IPA, describes Water’s End logo; Sharkey explains that it’s a water droplet transforming to hop cone as “water ends and the beer begins.” Some names will also have references to the community.

Make sure to also keep an eye out for their Beer Club, one that sports 270+ members who can enjoy larger pours, discounts, special events, and beer releases.

More: Comics, sci-fi, and beer. A one of a kind brewery in Prince William.

340 Prince William School buses will get missing safety feature

Prince William County must have 340 school buses retrofitted.

The brake interlock system was missing from these buses sold to the school division after March 24, 2011. The interlock stops accidental engagement of the bus’ transmission by requiring the driver to step on the brake before releasing the bus’ parking brake.

The manufacturers of the identified buses will pay the entire cost of the retrofit process, according to Prince William County Public Schools spokeswoman Irene Cromer.

The work will be done over the summer and will not affect service to county school children.

The brake interlock system does not impact the safe operation of the vehicle.

“Thomas Built Buses was recently made aware of this issue by Sonny Merryman, Inc., the Thomas dealer. All three OEMs selling large buses into the Commonwealth of Virginia are experiencing the same issue on buses built after February of 2011 when the specification was enacted. This issue does not impact the operation of the vehicle. Sonny Merryman, Inc. and Thomas Built Buses are working to ensure all buses in question are in compliance with the Commonwealth’s requirement.” stated Nicholas Smith, a Thomas bus spokesman via email to Potomac Local.

Statewide, some 4,000 buses are in need of the retrofit.

Prince William, Manassas police plan VIN Etching Event

Good morning Prince William – you don’t want to miss the 3rd Annual Cajun Occasion Crawfish Boil on Saturday, June 10th, noon- 4 pm on the Manassas Museum Lawn. This fun event includes all you can eat Louisiana Buffet, live music featuring Kitty and the Fat Cats and beer and wine garden with Louisiana beers available on tap. Bring your blankets, chairs, pop-up tents and set up on the lawn. Proceeds from the beer and wine garden benefit the Un Trim A Tree Holiday Gift program for over 5,000 needy kids in our community. Tickets can be purchased at www.cajunoccasion.net.

· Habitat for Humanity has plenty of work to do to get their new Woodbridge ReStore ready to open. Please visit www.habitatpwc.org and schedule yourself on their Volunteer Calendar – slots are open for more volunteers June 1 through June 3! Lunch donations for volunteers on this project would also be appreciated. If you have an interest in home ownership or are in need of home repairs, applications are available on their website.

· House of Mercy is collecting new packages of underwear, briefs, undershirts, socks and bras in any size, age, gender or color on Thursday, June 8th. Just drive through the parking lot at 8170 Flannery Court anytime 10am-5pm to help families with the basics! This event is called U is for Undies- super cute! (more…)

‘…the accused locked the vehicle doors and would not let the victims out until their mother arrived’

From Prince William police: 

“Abduction – On May 24 at 7:05PM, officers responded to investigate a possible past abduction which occurred at Patriot High School located at 10504 Kettle Run Rd in Nokesville (20181) on May 4 around 4:30PM. The investigation revealed that on May 4, the victims, a 16-year-old female juvenile and 14-year-old female juvenile, were waiting to be picked up from the school by their mother when they were approached by a vehicle being driven by the accused, an acquaintance. During the encounter, the accused told the victims that she had been requested by their mother to pick them up so the victims got into the vehicle. At some point, the accused locked the vehicle doors and would not let the victims out until their mother arrived. When their mother arrived approximately an hour later, the accused let the victims go and the parties eventually separated. The victims and their mother responded to the Western District station on May 24 to report the incident. Further investigation determined that the mother and the accused were involved in an ongoing verbal dispute. No injuries were reported. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested without incident.

Arrested on May 24:

Aleasha Rashea MILLER, 41, of 13601 Chapeltown Mews in Bristow

Charged with 2 counts of abduction

Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT bond”

Excursion train ride tickets for the Manassas Heritage Railway Festival are selling fast. Get yours today.

The Heritage Railway Festival is back in Manassas for its 23rd year! Enjoy the rich railroad history of Manassas Saturday, June 3rd from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. surrounding the Train Depot.

A day full of family-friendly fun, the Heritage Railway Festival will feature a community stage on West Street hosting the Bull Run Cloggers, Wildlife Ambassadors, Premier Martial Arts, and the Suburban Gypsies Belly Dance Club.

Take an excursion train ride to Clifton and back at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m. The morning trains at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. will feature character Chase from the popular cartoon Paw Patrol and the afternoon train rides at noon and 1 p.m. will feature Princess Belle. The 10 a.m. train ride has already sold out but remaining trains have tickets available for purchase online or in person at the Train Depot with ticket prices ranging from $5-$6.

After your train excursion, walk over to the Harris Pavilion and view the model train displays or walk along West Street, Prince William Street, and Battle Street to enjoy delicious food vendors, shop novelty railway crafters, and more!

The Museum Lawn will also be featuring the Greater Manassas Women’s Club canned sculpture challenge “ExtravaCANza” where organizations will be creating sculptures made entirely out of canned goods to resemble a train theme. Stop by and watch the progress as these canned goods become sculptures.

Whether you love trains and railroads or are just looking for some family fun, this event is a great way to spend your Saturday and see all that Historic Downtown Manassas has to offer. For more information on this and other events in the City of Manassas, go to www.visitmanassas.org.

Construction set to begin on Northern Virginia veterans care center

Northern Virginia veterans will soon have a new place to recover and retire.

A new Puller Veterans Care Center will be built on a 30-acre site at Vint Hill Road and Vint Hill Parkway in Fauquier County, just across the Prince William County line.

The one and a half story veterans center will house 128 veterans and will serve as a place to care for inpatient care for veterans going through medical rehabilitation and for those who have Alzheimer’s.

The duration of stays for veterans at the facility and those who are admitted will be based on the medical needs of the patient. Veterans needing memory care could conceivably spend the rest of their lives at the center.

The veterans care center is named after the Puller family which includes Marine Lt. Gen. Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller who fought in World War II, his son and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lt. Lewis Burwell Puller Jr., who served in Vietnam, and the recently retired former Virginia State Senator Toddy Puller, the ex-wife of Puller, Jr.

Construction on the center is expected to begin late this year, and an opening date for the facility is slated for late 2019. (more…)

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