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Updated: Police share names of man, child killed in Gainesville crash

GAINESVILLE, Va. — Police are working a serious crash involving a tractor trailer a large truck in the area of Interstate 66 and Route 29 in Gainesville. 

More from Prince William police spokesman Nathan Probus: 

“Serious crash involving a vehicle which became trapped underneath a truck. Two victims were trapped with serious, life threatening injuries. Road will be closed for some time.”

The crash is located on the northbound lanes of Route 29.

The exit ramp from I-66 west to north Route 29, Exit 43B, was closed due to the crash, according to initial reports.

Update 12:25 p.m. 

Two people were killed in a crash in Gainesville this morning.

The unidentified victims were killed when a heavy-duty truck crashed into their sedan.

The driver of the truck suffered was injured.

More as we have it.

Update 12:35 p.m. 

From police: 

Double Fatal Crash Investigation – On November 28 at 9:48AM, investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit responded to the area of Lee Hwy and Heathcote Blvd in Gainesville (20155) to investigate a crash. The investigation revealed that the driver of a 1999 Honda Accord was traveling northbound on Lee Hwy approaching Heathcote Blvd when the vehicle struck the rear of a Kenworth delivery truck which was stopped at the intersection. The driver of the Honda Accord and a child seated in the backseat of the vehicle were pronounced dead on scene. The driver of the truck remained at the scene and was not injured. Both deceased occupants of the Honda were transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. The identities of the deceased will be released once their family has been notified. No charges are pending at this time. The investigation continues.


                The driver of the 1999 Honda Accord was identified as a 32-year-old man of Gainesville


                The child occupant of the 1999 Honda Accord was identified as a 2-year-old boy of Gainesville


                The driver of the Kenworth truck was identified as a 46-year-old man of Stafford

Updated 3:20 p.m. 

From police: 

Double Fatal Crash Investigation *VICTIMS IDENTIFIED – Investigators with the Crash Investigation Unit have positively identified the victims of today’s earlier fatal crash as Daniel Sasha VELASCO, 32, and Ronin William VELASCO, 2, both of Gainesville.

Smoothie King in Manassas has expansion plans in Prince William County

MANASSAS, Va. — The owners of Smoothie King in Manassas plan to expand into Prince William County. 

Franchise owners Jamie and Tim Smith plan to open a new location in Bristow Center at the corner of Nokesville and Linton Hall roads, and another location in Haymarket. 

More from a post on the company’s Facebook page: 

“New Smoothie Kings Coming Soon – UPDATE: Our Bristow Center location will open in late January or early February (sorry, construction delays). Plus we are very close to finalizing our Haymarket Village Center location (Walmart shopping center at Rt.15 & I66) and expect it to open in the spring. Thanks to all our Smoothie Fans that have made Manassas a huge success and allowing us to expand.”

Jamie Smith told Potomac Local that she and Tim had plans to expand to more locations at the time they opened their first store in Manassas. 

“We opened Manassas in July 2015 and it’s had been very successful. We did have plans to expand, but certainly not if consumers hadn’t support us as well as they have. Manassas loves our smoothies and so will the rest of northwestern Prince William County. We have hopes to expand past these three in the future too, including a Gainesville and second Manassas location.”

Pour FOG in the trash, not down the drain

This public service announcement comes to us from the Prince William Service Authority. We’d thought we would share it before Thanksgiving. 

From PWSA: 

Did you know that Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) can damage your plumbing and the sanitary sewer system if you pour it down the drain?

After dining on your holiday dinner this year, please be sure to properly dispose of the leftover FOG by canning it and tossing it in the trash. More than 80 percent of clogs in the Service Authority sewer system can be attributed to grease being poured down the sink.

Sewer mains are often home to “fatbergs” a term for grease that has congealed onto the interior of sewer pipes. These obstructions can be easily seen by our field staff when they video inspect the lines.

Murray named Haymarket Town Manager

HAYMARKET, Va. — Kimberly L. Murray will serve as the new Town Manager in Haymarket. 

From a press release: 

The Town Council unanimously confirmed Murray’s appointment at the Town Council meeting on Monday, November 7 after a several months’ search and receiving over thirty applications. Ms. Murray will assume the office on November 14, 2016.

Murray most recently served as the Economic Redevelopment Director for the City of Winchester and the Executive Director for the Economic Development Authority of the City of Winchester overseeing the City’s economic development programs and redevelopment initiatives. Prior to her work in Winchester she served as Economic Development and Planning Manager for the Town of Strasburg.

Before coming to Virginia in 2013, Murray served several years in municipal and state government in Vermont before relocating to Virginia with her family. She has twenty years of public service experience in the fields of economic development, planning, transportation, tourism, and downtown revitalization. She is a Certified Economic Developer through the International Economic Development Council and Certified Planner through the American Institute of Certified

Planners and holds a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Florida.

Brian Henshaw served as Haymarket Town Manager for three years. His last day on the job was June, 16, 2016.

Bristow shed fire prompts rescue response

BRISTOW, Va. — Fire and rescue crews were called to 9856 Lucky Penny Court in Bristow this morning for a burning shed.

Crews found the shed ablaze in a backyard, about 20 feet away from home, at 10:13 a.m.

Crews extinguished the blaze. No injuries were reported.

A fire marshal was dispatched to the scene to investigate the cause of the fire.

A new name for a new park in Haymarket

HAYMARKET, Va. — A new park in Haymarket has a new name.

The Town Council on November 9 voted unanimously to name a new park on the east side of town, located at 14710 Washington Street, Haymarket Community Park.

Town officials three months ago solicited names for a new five-acre park that will be built on the old Harrover property. Town staff received 1,200 votes on its website, social media pages, and via text message from residents who wanted a say on what the new recreation space should be called.

The final two names selected were Haymarket Community Park and Harrover Park. “Haymarket Community Park” won the contest by 36 votes.

The park will take 10 years and $2.1 million to build in three phases. It will include a pavilion, playground, and walking trails.

The town’s police station used to sit on the Harrover property where the park will be built. When the police department relocated to Town Hall, located at 15000 Washington Street, a food pantry later opened at the site of the old police station.

Victim shared child with her accused killer

GAINESVILLE, Va. — The suspect now in custody and charged in the death of 26-year-old Lihn Thi Pham had a prior relationship with the man, and both shared a child. 

Prince William police today announced the arrest of Bryan Christopher Yu, 33, and charged him with Pham’s death. The news comes one day after the department named Yu as as suspect in the crime.

She was shot and killed Sunday night in the Virginia Gateway shopping center in Gainesville. 

More from police: 

Murder Investigation *ARREST– On November 7, detectives from the Homicide Unit identified the suspect involved in the murder of Linh Thi Pham which occurred in the 7300 block of Atlas Walk Way in Gainesville on November 6. The preliminary investigation into the incident alleged that the accused, identified as Bryan Christopher YU, fatally shot the victim, an acquaintance, as she was sitting in her vehicle after leaving her place of employment. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested without incident.

Arrested on November 7:

Bryan Christopher YU, 33, of 22555 Windsor Locks Square in Ashburn

Charged with 1st degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony

Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

Lines form early, stay brisk on Election Day

Lines at the polls this Election Day formed early on Tuesday.

Many across Prince William County reported long lines this morning at polling places. The pace was steady, and the mood of the voters: patient. 

In Manassas Park City where voters choose between Barbara Comstock or LuAnn Bennet for the 10th Congressional District, will vote on a Mayor, and a slate of new Governing Body candidates, a total of 1,443 votes were cast in Manassas as of 9 a.m., according to Manasass Park City Deputy Registrar Nancy Van Wyen.

In Pricne William County, elections spokesman Forrest Winston said the pace at the polls was brisk, but reported no problems.

Stafford County General Registrar Greg Riddlemoser reported simliar conditions at the polls, and said there had been no issues with voting eqiuipment. 

Submitted photos from the polls: 


Pictured on the left, Virginia State Senator Scott Surrovell (Fairfax, Stafford, Prince William) — who is not up for election this year — out with voters in Stafford County.

Pictured in the center Prince William Count Occoquan Distinct Supervisor Ruth Anderson, and Prince William County State Delegate Rich Anderson -- both not running for election this year -- with voters at the Prince William County Government Center.

Pictured in the center Prince William Count Occoquan Distinct Supervisor Ruth Anderson, and Prince William County State Delegate Rich Anderson — both not running for election this year — with voters at the Prince William County Government Center.

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Suspect in fatal Virginia Gateway shooting identified

GAINESVILLE, Va — Police identified the suspect in the fatal shooting of a 26-year-old woman at Virginia Gateway shopping center on Sunday night.

Police today identified the victim as 26-year-old Linh Thi Pham.

Police just released this statement and associated photo: 

Murder Investigation *ARREST– On November 7, detectives from the Homicide Unit identified the suspect involved in the murder of Linh Thi Pham which occurred in the 7300 block of Atlas Walk Way in Gainesville on November 6. The preliminary investigation into the incident alleged that the accused, identified as Bryan ChristopherYU, fatally shot the victim, an acquaintance, as she was sitting in her vehicle after leaving her place of employment. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested without incident.

No arrests have been made in the case.

Update: Woman, 26, shot on Atlas Walk Way in Gainesville, dies

GAINESVILLE, Va. —  A woman was shot in the Virginia Gateway shopping center tonight. 

The shooting happened at 5:35 p.m. in a parking lot between a Hampton Inn hotel and a Five Guys restaurant in the 7300 block of Atlas Walk Way. 

One woman suffered serious injuries to her upper body and was flown to a local hospital for the treatment of injuries that appeared to be life-threatening, according to Prince William police spokesman Nathan Probus.

Police took photos of the area that has been roped off for the shooting investigation. The photos show a now vacant store that was home to a Gym Source.

We’ll have more on this story as we get it. 

Updated 10 p.m. 

From police: 

Homicide Investigation – On November 6 at 5:35PM, officers responded to a parking lot located in the 7300 block of Atlas Walk Way in Gainesville (20155) to investigate a shooting. Once on scene, officers located a victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper body. The victim, identified as a 26-year-old female of Gainesville, was transported to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead. Detectives from the Homicide Unit are continuing to investigate this case. Currently, no arrests have been made. At this time, this shooting does not appear to be random.  More information will be released as it becomes available. This is Prince William County’s 20th homicide for 2016. *

Updated Monday, Nov. 7, 2016

Police identified the victim as 26-year-old Linh Thi Pham, of Bristow.

Potomac Local Voter Guide 2016: What’s on my ballot?

It’s been a long election season, and in it will be all over in about 48 hours.

We crafted this local voter guide for residents in Prince William and Stafford counties and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. This handy guide will tell you who is on your ballot, from presidential candidates, city council, and school board.

Also in the Guide: Links to profiles for the two candidates running in the special Manassas City Treasuer election, and links to the two constitutional amendments all Virginia voters will see when they go to the polls on Tuesday.’s Project: Election sent candidate surveys to all of the candidates listed this post. We have linked to the responses submitted by the candidates. 

If there is no link provided for a candidate for local offices, that candidate did not provide Project: Election questionnaire. 

For Presidential and Congressional candidates, we linked to their campaign websites. An asterisk notes incumbents. 

U.S. President 

Prince William County

1st Congressional District 

10th Congressional District

11th Congressional District

City of Manassas 

10th Congressional District

Manassas City Mayor 

City of Manassas Park 

Manassas Park City Mayor 

Governing Body 

Stafford County 

1st Congressional District 

Griffis-Widewater District School Board Representative 

Now for the two Constitutional Amendment questions that all Virginia residents will see.

Here is the first Constitutional Amendment question on the ballot: 

Should Article I of the Constitution of Virginia be amended to prohibit any agreement or combination between an employer and a labor union or labor organization whereby (i) nonmembers of the union or organization are denied the right to work for the employer, (ii) membership to the union or organization is made a condition of employment or continuation of employment by such employer, or (iii) the union or organization acquires an employment monopoly in any such enterprise?

Here is the second Constitutional Amendment question on the ballot: 

Shall the Constitution of Virginia be amended to allow the General Assembly to provide an option to the localities to exempt from taxation the real property of the surviving spouse of any law-enforcement officer, firefighter, search and rescue personnel, or emergency medical services personnel who was killed in the line of duty, where the surviving spouse occupies the real property as his or her principal place of residence and has not remarried?

See more 2016 election coverage

The Goddard School opening in Gainesville

GAINESVILLE, Va. — A new Goddard School location will open in Gainesville. 


In order to commemorate the grand opening of The Goddard School in Gainesville, owners Lisa and Greg O’Brien have scheduled a ribbon cutting ceremony and Fall Festival for November 12, 2016. The fun-filled family event starts at 9:45 a.m., with the official ribbon cutting happening at 10 a.m., and will be at The Goddard School, 7801 Heritage Village Plaza in Gainesville. Supervisor Pete Candland and Prince William Chamber of Commerce representatives will be on hand to assist with the ribbon cutting.

After the cutting of the ribbon, there will be a social time with light refreshments, and the following activities: horse-drawn wagon hayrides, raffles, petting zoo, pony rides, musical entertainment, balloon twisting, face painting and a lot of STEAM-related activities for children.

Greg and Lisa O’Brien strongly believe that community participation in ways more than just as the service it provides is vital to the community. The O’Briens believe that marketing collaboration amongst the local businesses and partnering with the local non-profits are two very important ways to boost the strength of the community. In those respects, the O’Briens have chosen to implement their convictions from the get-go of their new business.

At the event, The Goddard School will hold fundraising activities, with all proceeds to benefit non-profit CASA- Children’s Intervention Services of Manassas, which helps children who are abused, neglected or abandoned. CASA will be present, participating in the event with a table. As well, at the event, The Goddard School will host musical entertainment put on by Bach To Rock of Bristow, which is a music school for children of all ages.

Electrical outlet cause of Bristow fire, 2 treated for smoke inhalation

Prince William fire and rescue just sent us details on a house fire that broke out at a home in Bristow. 

On Tuesday, November 1st, at 11:39 a.m., fire and rescue units were dispatched to a structure fire in a single family home located in the 12000 block of Vantage Point Court in Bristow.|

Upon arriving, fire and rescue crews observed smoke showing from the second floor bedroom. As firefighters made entry, they began suppression and extinguishment of the fire that had originated in an electrical outlet and had extended to clothing and furniture
adjacent to the outlet. Firefighters checked for further extension throughout the home; no further extension was found.

Two adults, home at the time of the fire, were alerted of the fire by the sounding of the smoke alarm. Upon discovering the fire, one resident attempted to fight the fire before fire and rescue services arrived. Both residents were treated for smoke inhalation at a
local medical facility.

According to the Fire Marshal’s Office, preliminary damages are estimated at $8,000. The fire originated in a second floor bedroom; the cause was electrical and has been determined as accidental

No PRTC service cuts in coming year, funding dwindles 

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — As transit officials in Prince William County wrangle with how to keep buses rolling, riders won’t have to worry about service cuts in the coming year.

Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission Interim Director Eric Marx issued this statement to riders of OmniRide commuter, and OmniLink local buses:

“PRTC has started preparing its FY18 budget, and I’m pleased to share some encouraging news with you.

At a special meeting on October 24, the PRTC Board of Commissioners agreed that bus services should not be cut in FY18, which runs from July 2017-June 2018.

 A stable year with no service cuts will enable PRTC to complete its strategic planning effort and allow the Board, our customers and other interested parties in our community to form a vision of what public transportation should look like in the Prince William area in the future. It also provides us with additional time to seek a stable and sustainable alternate source of funding.

 Those of you who are familiar with PRTC know that we’ve cut service often over the past eight years due to declining revenues from the area’s motor fuels tax combined with other federal and local funding issues. While we still have a long budget process in front of us, the prospect of being able to continue providing bus services at current levels is noteworthy.”

Local bus service in Prince William County is funded now solely through the state’s 2.1% motor fuels tax, charged at the pump each time drivers fill up in Northern Virginia.

The Prince William County Government earlier this year moved to rely on the motors fuels tax exclusively to fund buses. At the same time, shifted its source of funding for Virginia Railway Express commuter rail trains from fuels tax funding to a pot of money given to the county by the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission that supposed to be used for roadway improvements.

PRTC officials still face a shortfall in funding as the motors fuels tax continues to produce less funding year over year as gas prices fluctuate and new cars continue to earn better fuel economy ratings.

From PRTC: 

Why is an alternative funding source necessary? “Alternative sustainable funding sources are needed because (as you know) funding from the 2.1% motor fuels tax revenue has been insufficient to cover existing services due to the continued drop in fuel prices.”

What sources are being reviewed? “PRTC is in the midst of a strategic planning effort, which includes examining other possible sources.”

Where are we with the budget this year vs. last year? “The FY2018 proposed budget process is under way and will be presented to the Commission at its January 2017 meeting.”

Last year in the light of a budget shortfall, OmniRide riders faced the threat of potential cuts to commuter routes as the system explored the possibility of rerouting buses to have them serve only Metro stations. Thankfully for many, those service changes never happened.

So, what does PRTC need to do to secure a permanent, reliable source of funding? Potomac Local asked state legislators and local officials and received these responses. We’ve posted them in the order we received them: 

Dudenhefer Head Shot

Delegate Mark Dudenhefer (Stafford, Woodbridge)

“I’m not on [the PRTC Board of Commissioners], so my knowledge is superficial. I believe that the majority of their problems with funding shortfalls has come from the decline is gas prices which the gas tax is based on. Gas prices have stabilized a bit which has stopped the leak temporarily.
At the state level we hear most often about setting a tax floor. As you can imagine this is a touchy subject. Where do you set the floor? Many don’t think we should set a floor at all. “
surrovellSenator Scott Surrovell (Fairfax, Stafford, Woodbridge)
“I am pleased that PRTC is not cutting service, but the General Assembly needs to step up and correct the drafting error that resulted in Prince William County losing millions of dollars in transit revenues.  We tried to correct this legislatively last year, but it got caught up in politics.”  
Updated Nov. 5, 2016
AndersonDelegate Richard Anderson (Prince William County)
“The PRTC Board met on October 24th to adopt budget guidelines for FY18 and decided that we would maintain services in FY18 (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018). That decision gives us the necessary time to identify alternate funding sources to fill the hole left by declining tax revenues that result from dramatically lower gas prices. For now, the way ahead is indefinite, but will take on greater clarity after we get beyond several key events that include the following:

– PRTC Board Strategic Planning Session, December 3rd, 8am-12pm, McCoart Government Center (open to the public)

– Governor’s Budget Presentation to the annual joint meeting of the House and Senate money committees, December 16th, 9:30-11am, General Assembly Building in Richmond (open to the public). This event puts the Governor’s proposals in the hands of the legislative branch and permits us to consider PRTC’s budget concerns.

– Convening the 2017 legislative session of the Virginia General Assembly on January 11th (adjourns February 28th). Sometime prior to the opening of session, we’ll have a detailed legislative plan in hand from Hefty Wiley & Gore (HWG), the firm recently hired by PRTC to advocate for a solution to the challenge presented by declining tax revenues. HWG is working on the plan now, and I don’t have visibility into the plan as I type these words.”

Haymarket woman faces identity theft, fraud charges

Press release: 

Karen Holtz, 50, of Haymarket, was arrested today on charges related to her role in a financial fraud and identity theft scheme while working for JMS Ventures, Inc.

Holtz, who was indicted on October 26, is charged with wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and filing false tax returns. The indictment was unsealed this morning after Holtz was arrested.

According to court documents and court proceedings, Holtz worked for JMS Ventures, Inc. (JMS), which does business as the Kenyan Collection, is a small business that imports and distributes handmade Kenyan goods.  Between 2008 and 2013, Holtz allegedly fraudulently diverted funds from JMS, by writing herself unauthorized checks from the JMS bank account and using PayPal to transfer customer payments directly to her personal bank account.  The indictment further alleges that Holtz defrauded JMS’s customers by using their personal identifying information, including names and credit card numbers, to make fraudulent charges to their credit cards.  Holtz is alleged to have obtained at least $350,000 from the fraud scheme.  Holtz is alleged to have filed false federal individual income tax returns for tax years 2010 through 2013, which failed to report all the income that Holtz received in those years.  In an attempt to conceal the fraud, Holtz also allegedly altered and destroyed records, including evidence of the fraud.

Holtz faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison for each count of wire fraud, three years in prison for each count of filing false returns and a mandatory sentence of two years in prison for each count of aggravated identity theft, if convicted. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.


Prince William police officer struck by car, pinned

From Prince William police: 

Attempted Malicious Wounding of a Law Enforcement Officer [LEO] – On October 24 at 5:54PM, officers responded to an apartment located in the 14700 block of Deming Dr in Gainesville (20155) to investigate an initial report of a domestic. When the officers arrived, they made contact with the victim, a 73-year-old man of Gainesville. The victim reported to police that a family member, identified as the accused, pushed him before forcibly taking his car keys and leaving the residence. Officers made contact with the accused sitting in the victim’s vehicle in the parking lot of the apartment complex. One of the officers opened the driver’s side door and asked the accused to exit the vehicle. At that point, the accused put the vehicle in reverse, striking the officer and pinning him between the vehicle door and a sign. The officer was eventually able to move away from the vehicle, at which point, the accused continued to reverse and struck the initial victim. The accused then proceeded to flee and exited the complex parking lot. A responding officer stopped the vehicle in the area of McGraws Corner where the accused was taken into custody after initially refusing to exit the vehicle. While speaking to the accused, officers determined he was under the influence of alcohol. Following the investigation, the accused, identified as Delanyo Kwaku APPIAH, was arrested. The initial victim sustained a minor injury to his leg. The officer sustained minor injuries and was treated at an area hospital.

Arrested on October 24: [No photo available]

Delanyo Kwaku APPIAH, 36, of the 14700 block of Deming Dr in Gainesville

Charged with 1 count of attempted malicious wounding of a LEO, 1 count of attempted malicious wounding, 1 count of robbery, 1 count of unauthorized use of vehicle, 1 count of driving under the influence and 2 counts of felony hit & run

Court Date: December 15, 2016 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond


ADAMS mosque proposal goes to Prince William Planning Commission Nov. 2

BRISTOW, Va. — A proposal to Prince William County to issue a special use permit to the All Dulles Area Muslim Association for it to build a mosque in the county’s Rural Crescent will head to the planning commission for the first time.

We wrote about proposed worship center last month. Prince William County Planning Manager Steve Donohoe told us the plans for this mosque have been under review for longer than usual when compared to other proposed projects in the county.

Here’s an update Brentsville District Supervisor Jeanine Lawson sent to her constituents today about the mosque: 

The Special Use Permit for the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) land use proposal is scheduled to be heard by the Prince William County Planning Commission (see below). The commission is a panel of eight citizens appointed by the Board of County Supervisors (BOCS) to advise the Board on land use and development issues. All land use applications are first deliberated by the commission who will make a formal recommendation to the BOCS. The application is then scheduled for a public hearing before the Board of County Supervisors for the final decision.

Planning Commission Public Hearing
November 2, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Board Chambers
James J. McCoart Administration Building
1 County Complex Court, Prince William, VA 22192

You may submit email comments to the planning commissioners (email addresses below) in advance and/or attend to speak at the public hearing. Citizens are allowed 3 minutes each. In addition to the hearing, the public can submit email comments at any time to be added to the case file:
The case name/number is: PLN2014-00313

The planning staff report will be available online October 26, 2016. At that time, I will forward the link. If you would like additional information on this application, you may contact Planning Manager Steve Donohoe. Phone: (703)792-5282 or

Winning lotto ticket sold on Limestone Drive in Gainesville

Submitted by the Virginia Lottery: 

It was the day after the July 22 Mega Millions drawing, and Kevin Young was online checking the winning numbers. If the Bristow man had looked carefully, he would have seen he’d matched all six numbers, but that didn’t immediately happen.

Fortunately, he went back and rechecked. That’s when the retired engineer realized all six of the numbers on his ticket matched.

This ticket was one of two nationwide to match all six numbers in that drawing, so those two tickets split the $15 million jackpot. The other ticket was bought in Georgia. The winning numbers were 8-24-25-26-30, and the Mega Ball number was 7.

Mr. Young bought the ticket at the 7-Eleven at 7489 Limestone Drive in Gainesville. On October 24, he returned to the store to receive his check from the Virginia Lottery. He had the choice of taking the full $7.5 million over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $5,140,507 before taxes. He chose the cash option. 7-Eleven received a $50,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket. This is Virginia’s ninth Mega Millions jackpot win.

Mr. Young waited three months after the drawing to claim his prize. He said he used the time to meet with financial experts and make plans for his winnings.

Junction B&B in Manassas is expanding

After seven years in business, and having to turn away hundreds of tourists due to space limitations, the Manassas Junction B&B is expanding.

Owners Mark and Ann Hempen plan to rehabilitate an existing outbuilding on the property into a 450-square-foot cottage suite for the Bed and Breakfast. The addition will provide a third “room” for guests; currently, two rooms are available for rent in the 2,700 square foot main house. As a long time residents of the City, the Hempen’s hope the addition will encourage additional tourists “to enjoy and be enriched by the history, culture, and friendliness of Manassas.”

Located in Historic Downtown Manassas, the Queen Anne, Eastlake style Victorian home was originally built in 1902. Completely restored, and furnished with period antiques, this cozy bed and breakfast is the perfect spot to enjoy a relaxing get-a-way weekend or to accommodate out of town guests.

The owners were able to take advantage of the City’s Arts and Tourism incentive program to help offset the costs of the expansion.

For additional information on the Arts and Tourism incentive program, visit:

For additional information on Manassas Junction B&B, visit:

This promoted post is written and paid for by the City of Manassas Department of Economic Development.