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Raised BPOL thresholds good for small business, bad for county coffers

Increasing the threshold of the infamous BPOL tax in Prince William County is just the start of the conversation.

The BPOL tax (business and professional licensing tax) is collected on the amount of gross receipts from licensed local businesses that generate at least $250,000 in gross sales. Tax rates vary between 5 cents and 33 cents per every $100. The tax collects $26.5 million in annual revenue for the county.

The Prince William County Board of Supervisors voted earlier this year to increase the “BPOL threshold” from $250,000 to $300,000 in 2016. The plan to be voted on Tuesday calls for subsequent threshold increases to $350,000, $400,000, $450,000, and $500,000 in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, respectively.

By 2020 under the plan, the county would lose nearly $1 million in tax funding. To recoup the loss, the county plans to add a 3 cent per every $100 in funds received by federally-funded companies doing research or development in the computer and science fields.

The plan has bi-partisan among Democrats and Republican members of the Board of Supervisors.

“As part of the budget discussion earlier this year, my colleagues and I agreed that we needed to be doing more to help existing small businesses grow and thrive, and we needed to continue reducing barriers to new firms entering the market,” stated Woodbridge District Supervisor Frank Principi in an email.

“There is no question that small firms create more net jobs than do large firms – and this resolution is designed specifically to help create new jobs while simultaneously fostering new investment and promoting innovation. Couple this with the fact that Prince William County has some of the lowest taxes in Northern Virginia, and you see us taking another important step toward making Prince William County a more desirable place to do business.”

The move could also be good for start-up businesses.

“…It is my hope and expectation that this change will strengthen and retain existing businesses and attract new ones, particularly small business start-ups who are very sensitive to the adverse impacts of the BPOL tax,” stated Coles District Supervisor Marty Nohe, in an email obtained by Potomac Local.

“It is further my hope that this increase in small business activity will allow market forces to drive an increased overall valuation in commercial properties, which will make at least some small dent in the residential-to-commercial real estate tax ratio/tax base.”

The Prince William Chamber has long urged Prince William officials to raise the threshold. Corey Stewart, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, wants to phase out the BPOL tax completely for small businesses.

“We’re not looking at doing this for the Walmarts or Targets that aren’t really impacted by this… these aren’t the kinds of businesses we are targeting for economic development, anyway,” said Stewart.

The conversation on just how to phase out the tax for small businesses will take “several months.” The details, to include what defines a small business that would be totally exempt from BPOL, and what funding source will replace the lost BPOL revenues, still need to be worked out.

The Board is expected to vote on the matter during their 2 p.m. meeting.

Manassas is bucking the national trend and welcoming younger entrepreneurs to the city

A wave of business owners under the age of 35 has been bringing both new energy and great new destinations to the City of Manasass.

This activity comes at a time when the rate of entrepreneurship among young Americans has been falling across the U.S. While the Kauffman Foundation recorded the lowest rate of entrepreneurship in 17 years among people between the ages of 20 to 34, the City has been attracting this demographic.

Some of the forces driving this trend include a local culture of support for independent businesses, a collaborative business environment, and a strong sense of community.

There is no greater encouragement for an entrepreneur than the vote of confidence that support from the community can bring. Sean Arroyo, the CEO and co-founder of Heritage Brewing Company, used Kickstarter to see if locals would get behind his brewery concept.

Kickstarter is an online fundraising platform through which business owners can make sales pitches to raise money for their ideas. He met his goal and raised more than $20,000 from 166 backers three years ago. Support for Heritage continues to grow. A planned expansion will make it the second largest brewery in the state.

“It was funded mostly by people in and around Manassas and Northern Virginia,” said Arroyo. “It signaled to us that people want us here.”

Strong local support makes locating in Manassas an obvious choice for other business owners, too. Chase Hoover, co-owner of The Bone barbecue restaurant, says his family has been involved with businesses in Manassas for generations. Opening The Bone in the City was a “no-brainer” for him because he likes being in a community with so many independently owned businesses and strong support for buying local.

“The hospitality industry in Downtown Manassas is made up of many young entrepreneurs, which gives the city an energetic, unique flair you can’t find anywhere else,” said Hoover. “We love working with the other [local] restaurant owners to put on special events such as the weekly live music and numerous festivals throughout the year.  It is truly a small town where everyone works together toward the common goal of bringing great food and a great experience to visitors and locals alike.”

Miguel Pires, the owner of Zandra’s Taqueria, also cites the spirit of the community as a factor for opening his business in the City. He says he was raised in his family’s restaurants – Carmello’s and Monza – and worked as a general manager for both establishments for 10 years. When the time had come to open Zandra’s, Pires chose Manassas because he “wanted to continue to expand downtown’s culinary experience.” 

Chris Sellers, the owner of CJ Finz, credits the small-scale buildings in the historic downtown for giving restaurants a more intimate feel and an opportunity to focus on customer service.

“The restaurants here aren’t commercialized,” he said. “We get to build a connection to the community through each table that we serve.”

Business owners who are active with community organizations and civic groups strengthen that connection to the City even more. “People like me, Miguel, and others are excited about being the next leaders of the downtown,” said Sellers.

Entrepreneurs of any age can take advantage of area support services to get their business idea off the ground and join this community. The City’s Economic Development Department’s staff members are available to discuss the local economy, business ideas, great sites for locating new establishments, incentives, and the steps in starting a business.

Also, training and advice is available from George Mason University’s Mason Enterprise Centers, the Community Business Partnership, and the Flory Small Business Center (by referral).

How VDOT will use a jet snow melter to fight Old Man Winter

Coming to a commuter lot near you this winter (if it snows): A jet-powered snow melter.

The Virginia Department of Transportation gave us an annual look at how they plan to do battle with Old Man Winter this year. It’s the agency’s job to keep more than 17,000 lane miles in Prince William, Fairfax, and Loudoun counties clear of snow and ice. About half of those roads are major highways and heavily-traveled arterials while the other half is neighborhood streets.

VDOT last year spent $128.5 million on snow removal in Northern Virginia — more than double the $50.5 million budget. This year, VDOT has $70.7 million to spend on snow removal. A series of winter weather outlooks published this week, including one on Capital Weather Gang, indicate at least one major winter storm for our region this season.

The state has an online website that tracks what streets have been plowed after it snows. It’s a popular feature that VDOT continues to urge residents to use.

“Each year, we strive to improve our winter operations both on the road and behind the scenes,” said Branco Vlacich, VDOT’s maintenance engineer for northern Virginia in a statement. “We continue to encourage residents to use the website for real-time information on their neighborhoods during snow storms. Over two years, we’ve seen hits to the site increase while customer calls decrease, as residents check road conditions, locations of our trucks and the progress of our crews.”

Residents in Prince William, Fairfax, and Loudoun may go to the site, enter their address, and see whether or not plowing in their neighborhood has begun or has been completed. They can also track the locations of snow plows.

The agency also listed some tools in the snow removal fight to be used this year:

A jet-powered snow melter for park-n-ride lots where snow piles can block spaces.

Seven high-pressure flush trucks clear snow and ice around the bollards separating the I-495 Express Lanes and regular lanes.

Two front loaders with 20-foot blades plow interstates during severe storms.

Speed-activated anti-icing equipment puts the right amount of material on the road.

VDOT will also continue to pre-treat 850 miles of highway before the first snowflake falls.

350 lane miles on interstates—including bridges and ramps prone to freezing such as the Springfield interchange and Capital Beltway at Route 1—with liquid magnesium chloride.

500 lane miles on major roads, such as Fairfax County Parkway, routes 1, 7, 28, 29, and 50, are pre-treated with salt brine. Brine (77 percent water, 23 percent salt) prevents ice from bonding to the road surface, reduces the need for salt to melt ice, is kinder to the environment and can lower snow removal time and costs.

The agency will also deploy more employees to monitor snow plowing operations, and will continue a 2-year test a brine mixture that is used to pre-treat roads. Using brine to treat roads has been successful in western U.S. states and it could reduce the need for salt use here in Virginia, according to a VDOT statement.

How Home Instead Senior Care of Manassas matches the right CAREGiver to your loved one

Editors note: This paid promotional post was written by Potomac Local in collaboration with Home Instead Senior Care of Manassas, serving Prince William and Fauquier counites.

Matching the right CAREGiver to the right client is a very serious and rewarding job.

Gail Earhart is the Relationships Manager for Home Instead Senior Care located in Manassas, which provides local CAREgivers to seniors in Prince William, Fairfax, and Fauquier counties.

“On a daily basis a lot of what I do is in the staffing department because we have clients on any given day…or up to any given week we could have up to 60 to 70 shifts to fill,” said Earhart.

However, filling the slots with CAREGivers isn’t the easiest task to complete. One of the biggest challenges Earhart and the staffing team faces when filling shifts is that each client has different needs, and each CAREGiver has a different preference.

“So you might have a client who has a dog or a cat and then you have a CAREGiver, who won’t go to somebody who has a dog or a cat,” said Earhart. “Or you have a client who has Alzheimer’s so we have to ensure that we have a CAREGiver, who’s seasoned working with somebody who has Alzheimer’s.”



Finding out the preferences and needs for both client and CAREGiver are important steps in delivering quality care. It starts at the beginning by consulting with new clients by Client Care Coordinators.

“Our Client Care Coordinators go out, and when they’re doing a consultation they find all this information out,” said Earhart. The Client Care Coordinators then return and tell staffing what exactly their client needs and the appropriate type of CAREgiver for their client.

Home Instead has 200 CAREGivers, which seems like a daunting task when matching the right CAREGiver to the right client. However, members of staffing know the CAREGivers so well they make it their job to know who is the right fit for their client.

Recently, Earhart completed a consultation of a client who was described by his daughter as “narrow minded” and “stubborn.”

In this case, the family requested a CAREGiver who was assertive and not someone young who the client can potentially take advantage of. So Home Instead matched the correct CAREGiver to the client who would make sure the client did what might seem the most basic of things, eat regular meals and shower on a regular basis.


Filling specific needs 

Sometimes, clients can be very particular about finding the right CAREGiver. And that’s OK. Many times families prefer non-smokers in the home or simply a companion for their loved one.

“Sometimes they say ‘I want a really talkative CAREGiver. Somebody’s who’s going to sit with my mom for three hours and just talk about life’ and we have that and that’s part of our service,” said Earhart.

Much of a CAREGiver’s role is “filling that gap” when a family member needs to go out when they can’t be with their loved one. Which is why it’s so important for a perfect match to exist between client and CAREGiver.

“The last thing I want to do is send somebody in there who’s a very quiet CAREGiver. We have those too so we want to make that perfect match,” said Earhart,” …but we tell every client if we don’t send the correct CAREGiver, if there isn’t a match, it doesn’t feel like a good fit, call us because we can send you somebody else.”

Successfully matching clients and CAREGivers can sometimes be an “ongoing process,” but when that perfect match happens and the client or client’s family sends positive feedback there’s no better feeling.

A care consultation can take up to an hour and a half .

“The first probably 45 minutes is just talking to the family, getting to know the family, finding out what their needs are. We have a complete form [and] we’re taking notes the entire time,” said Earhart.

It’s within these first 45 minutes do Client Care Coordinators know whether or not the client will be signed up. The last 30 minutes is dedicated to paperwork but discussion still happens between the family and client and Client Care Coordinator.


The best and most common questions families ask Client Care Coordinators include:


What type of CAREGiver will be sent to me?
Are they certified, bonded, or insured?
Do CAREGivers do drug testing?
Will the CAREGiver be permanent or temporary?


“Obviously our goal is to have permanency so if somebody is scheduled Monday, Wednesday, Friday they want the same person,” said Earhart.

However, it’s not a guarantee that clients will always have the same CAREGiver. It may take between two to three weeks to find the best two CAREGivers for clients in case one CAREGiver needs to call out in the future.

Some clients need around the clock care and see up to three CAREGivers each day.

“When we have a 24/7 client, we work on having 24/7 teams. We’ve had a client now for almost two years that has the same eight CAREGivers on that team” said Earhart. “They just rotate through the week and then the weekend.”


If its not working

It can be hard for families to initiate the conversation that a CAREGiver isn’t working out.

“We do get those phone calls and it might be ‘my dad’s just not hitting it off with this CAREGiver’,” said Earhart, “or maybe it’s something that the client unfortunately just doesn’t like about the CAREGiver and that’s okay too because not everybody makes a connection, not everybody makes a hit.”

To find out why a match isn’t successful, Earhart normally gets to the center of the problem. For example, if a family complains that the CAREGiver is on the phone too much steps will be taken to correct that and no further action needs to be taken. Or the family loves the CAREGiver but the CAREGiver can’t cook or complete a certain skill that properly fulfills the client’s needs.

“Jeannie Carroll is our CAREGiver Retention Coordinator and she has the best job here I think at Home Instead because she works directly with the CAREGivers,” said Earhart.

Jeannie spends 30 days with the CAREGivers, accompanies them on their first shift, and supervises them for 30 days to monitor their progress.


Making it a success 

What helps to make success more likely for both client and CAREGiver is that initial intake and assessment that has all of the client’s needs and preferences. When a CAREGiver is first assigned to a client, they must read everything about that client and if a CAREGiver’s preferences don’t match with the client’s, another CAREGiver can be assigned before one is sent to the client.

Journals are provided to the family and client to take note of the daily care received and if something raises questions, Home Instead can be contacted. Phone numbers are not exchanged between client or the client’s family and CAREGiver so that everything goes through Home Instead’s office.

“No client is ever left without somebody, so whatever it takes we’re going to be there,” said Earhart. 

VRE wants to begin service to Haymarket, Gainesville by 2022

Residents Tuesday night packed the lecture hall at Gainesville Middle School to hear about plans to extend Virginia Railway Express to their neighborhood.

The state’s only commuter railroad is conducting a 2-year, $4 million planning and engineering a study to examine the impacts and costs of extending VRE’s Manassas line west, and building a new station at Innovation Park at George Mason University in Manassas, in Gainesville, and in Haymarket.

Up to two trains per hour would run along the new line, dubbed the Norfolk-Southern “B-line” which branches off VRE’s main Manassas line to Haymarket. The B line is used today by freight trains, but the addition of up to two more sets of tracks would clear the way for commuter rail service to begin in 2022.

AECOM Technical Services was awarded the study contract. The firm will examine potential impacts such as noise, as well as the effects that a new commuter rail line would have on historical sites and the environment.

Norfolk-Southern owns the rail line on which VRE operates its Manassas line and the B-line. If new tracks are built, it’s possible taxpayers could foot the bill for construction, and Norfolk-Southern would be responsible for building and maintaining the tracks. A similar deal was struck between the state and railroad operator CSX, which owns tracks VRE uses to operate Fredericksburg line trains when VRE completed a recent expansion to Spotsylvania County.

The Manassas line currently ends at Broad Run at the Manassas Regional Airport, where the parking lot is consistently full of vehicles parked there by train riders during weekdays. Maps presented by VRE show riders who use the station come from all over western Prince William County, as well as Fauquier County and points further west.

New stations on the B-line would attract some riders who now use Broad Run station. That would free up parking for new riders who would use the station today if they could, said Christine Hoeffner, VRE’s planning manager.

Some residents say extending the rail line west would only cause more out-of-county users to board trains at the newer stations, creating more traffic on area roads. They likened a new station in Haymarket to the Vienna Metro rail station at the end of the system’s Orange line, which draws hordes of commuters from the western suburbs who use Metro to get to work in Washington, D.C.

“If you put a station in Haymarket, you’re incentivizing people who live in Warren, Shenandoah, all the way down to Orange to drive here to use it,” said Bob Wier, a former Haymarket Town planning commissioner.

Wier also asked about a 2009 study that was conducted by VRE to examine train noise that would be generated by a rail extension to Haymarket. Hoeffner said the results of that $1.7 million study are still available to the be viewed by the public, but that the study underway now will provide a better overall view of what it will take to expand the commuter rail system.

Prince William County paid $5.7 million in jurisdictional contributions to the commuter rail system in 2014. It is consistently the highest-paying contributor of the nine counties and cities that pay into VRE, to include the cities of Manassas and Alexandria, and Fairfax and Arlington counties because more riders from Prince William use the system.

That number is likely to rise with any new expansion of the Manassas line. Prince William County officials are asking VRE by how much, said Hoeffner. Those numbers won’t be available until spring when a new series of public meetings will be held to update the public on the progress of the study, she said.

Manassas Park Community Center starts ‘thank you’ pandemic to spread gratefulness

Don’t be alarmed, but in case you hadn’t heard summer is over and the Thanksgiving season is here.

Now is the season where people make a special effort to recount all the things they are thankful for in their lives. For many, it has become a tradition to share this list at the dinner table on Thanksgiving before eating.

Being mindful of your gratitude helps make you a happier person and, as happiness is contagious, it will make others around you happier as well. While it’s a wonderful and fun tradition to practice during Thanksgiving, the benefits of gratefulness can be enjoyed year round.

However, being grateful and focusing on what you are grateful for isn’t enough.

It’s easy to neglect to use the phrase, “thank you,” but those two simple words carry so much meaning. Thank you can reinforce and strengthen bonds we share with others.

When you say thank you to the person who makes your lunch in the morning, to your child who finishes their chores, or to your favorite cashier ringing up your purchase you express that you value that individual. Regardless of how monotonous, simple, or mandatory the task is, it should always be acknowledged and appreciated verbally.

Remember, gratefulness spreads happiness, but how can you express gratitude if you never say “thank you?”

Why do people neglect to say thank you? There are probably a myriad of reasons beyond my scope of knowledge and it’s easy to compile a list of cynical reasons – but let’s not create an anti-grateful list during the season of gratitude.

Instead let’s challenge each other to say a sincere and genuine thank you every day. Say it 10 times. Say it 100 times. Thank you is a rare phrase that has meaning no matter how frequently it is repeated.

Once you start saying thank you to others you’ll instantly notice others will start saying thank you to you. If happiness is contagious, and gratitude creates happiness, then it shouldn’t be surprising gratitude is contagious as well.

I’d like to start this gratitude pandemic. From me and on behalf of the entire City of Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation, we’d like to thank you for all that you do. Even if we haven’t met yet, thank you. If we have met, thank you. Thank you for visiting our parks and our community center and giving value to the work that we do here. You are our community and we are here to work together to build our community up together.

To add further meaning behind our gratitude and to help spread our gratitude we are offering two specials this month. On Thursdays (through November 19) you can donate 10 non-perishable food items in order to receive 10% off a Basic or All-Access membership at the Manassas Park Community Center.  

From November 27 through December 4, we will be launching our ‘Friends and Family’ promotion where we share our employee discount with all of you. During that week only, you can get a Basic membership for 25% off.

For more details please contact us at 703-335-8872.

Delayed start for commuter bus service from Dale City, Lake Ridge to Mark Center

New commuter bus service from Woodbridge to the Mark Center in Alexandria is delayed.

The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission on Monday said plans for new buses between Dale City and Lake Ridge to the Mark Center would start in mid-January, about a month later than originally planned. A new ramp from Interstate 395 to Seminary Road was supposed to have been constructed by this fall, but work continues the ramp, according to PRTC.

The new commuter service will begin as soon as the ramp opens.

Commuters will pay $8.30 for a one-way fare on for the bus, $6.20 if using SmarTrip. There will be four morning and evening trips for both the Dale City and Lake Ridge buses.

The Dale City bus will serve a commuter lot at Gemini Way, and stops along Dale Boulevard before proceeding to I-95. The Lake Ridge bus will serve commuter lots at Tacketts Mill, Minnieville and Old Bridge roads, and the Old Bridge & Route 123 commuter lot before heading north on I-95.

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation will pick up the cost of the new bus service as a means of mitigating congestion on I-395.

The transit service faces a $9 million shortfall that could hamper existing service by 2017. So far, local officials aren’t talking about it.

PRTC on Monday also announced small changes in service as part of its annual fall service change: 

Manassas OmniRide buses will no longer serve Williamson Boulevard. Additionally, three more AM Manassas OmniRide trips will become express trips, originating at the Portsmouth Commuter Lot. This is in addition to the three express trips on the current AM schedule.

 There will be minor map and timetable changes to some other routes.

Prince William traffic unit helps keep drivers safe on roads

Traffic is one the most common complaints from those who live around here. That means officers in the Prince William County Police Department Traffic Unit have job security.

The 21 police officers that make up the traffic enforcement unit are easy to spot on their blue motorcycles.

Many times you’ll see posted on the side of the road running speed checks using LiDAR, a device that uses lasers to scan a larger portion of a roadway full of cars coming and going, more so than standard radar speed detection.

The officers in this unit write hundreds of speeding tickets per month. It’s not because they’re avoiding fighing “real crime,” or that they’re trying to “fill a monthly quota” of written speed tickets, as the common misconceptions state. They’re out to keep drivers safe.

“It’s an uneasy feeling to get stopped by police,” said Master Police Officer Steve Bennett, who’s been with the Prince William County Police Department for 17 years.

Bennett sat in an unmarked police cruiser at the corner of Spriggs and Lindendale roads in Dale City. He used a LiDAR detector and scanned the field of oncoming and passing cars.

He picked his spot carefully. By the time drivers reach this spot, they should have been able to see the posted speed signs three times, said Bennett.

“We try to be as visible as possible. We don’t hide behind trees or behind signs,” he said.

Most cars traveled the posted 45 mph speed limit, or just a few mph over. A few cars traveled in packs but barely exceeded the speed limit.

A Prince William County school bus stopped in front of a daycare center, blocked traffic in the right lane while sitting with its yellow flashing lights on for about two minutes before putting on its red lights and discharging a child. Most drivers approaching the bus from behind saw yellow and correctly slowed down but passed the bus. Another approaching driver in the left lane saw yellow lights and incorrectly stopped, briefly halting traffic on Spriggs Road.

The bus and subsequent traffic obstruction wasn’t in the road long enough for Bennett to issue a warning. Bennett sees instances like these, and situations where drivers cut off other drivers by pulling out in front of them, and drivers texting behind the wheel all day long.

But just when he thought this stretch of Spriggs Road was safe, Bennett spotted a white Lexus traveling at 60 mph toward Saunders Middle School.

Bennet first spotted the speeder, and then used his LiDAR detector to confirm the infraction. He pulled into traffic and pursued the driver by putting on lights and siren. The driver pulled over into a right turn lane indicating he was coming to a complete stop, but then oddly pulled back out into the right travel lane and then came to a full stop.

Bennett got out of his car and approached the driver and asked him to pull into the school parking lot up ahead. The driver did.

“I don’t ask ‘do you know why I stopped you,” explained Bennett. “I feel like it’s trapping them into admitting something they did wrong.”

Now with the driver, Bennett showed the digital readout on the LiDAR detector that indicated he had been traveling 15 mph over the posted speed limit. Bennett then came back to the police car where he ran the driver’s license and registration with the help of a radio dispatcher.

Bennett wrote a ticket and presented it to the driver, and he was on his way. He would most likely repeat that process again before the day ends, he said.

Traffic on area roads is often congested, forcing commuters to spend hours traveling to and from work. When it’s moving, the LiDAR tool helps police officers scan the entire width of roads for speeders. It is especially helpful for officers patrolling the wider four and six lane roads in Prince William County.

The LiDAR system looks like a set of binoculars that an officer holds up and points toward traffic. A laser sends out 200 pulses per second across the roadway. Fifty pulses per second bounce back from moving vehicles, and those return pulses tell the LiDAR detector how fast the cars are traveling, said Bennett.

Police cars are also outfitted with traditional radar systems that can indicate the speed of vehicles traveling behind and in front of the officer. These tools, along with visual indicators, help police stop speeders.

When not doing speed enforcement, officers in the traffic unit assist patrol officers when responding to calls for help from county residents, and assist officers and fire and rescue crews called to the scene of traffic crashes.

One of those crashes involved one of their own when Officer Chris Yung on his police motorcycle was struck by a minivan and killed while responding to a call for help on New Years Eve 2012. Yung was the third Prince William officer to die in the line of duty since the department was founded in 1970.

Bennett urges drivers to leave the house earlier, to pad a little more “time and patience” into their commute.

“When you leave late, you get into the mindset of beating the clock, and you often say ‘now I’m late.’ I know because I’m the same way.” said Bennett. “But I’ve seen that if I leave earlier, and I know I’ve got an extra 10 minutes, I’m more apt to let someone merge in front of me so we can all get where we’re going.”

Macaron Tart opens to fanfare in Haymarket

On the evening of Thursday, November 5th the Dominion Valley Market Square shopping center welcomed in a new small business with the grand opening of Macaron Tart, a French Pasterisse that specializes in naturally made sweets and baking classes. Owner Elena Hocking welcomed Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Corey Stewart and Gainesville District Supervisor Pete Candland as well as business, government and civic leaders to join the Macaron Tart in celebrating small business at this community event.

The evening began with an array of baked goods, both sweet and savory, as those in attendance marveled at the creations made by French trained pastry Chef and owner Elena. She welcomed the crowd to the Macaron Tart as she spoke of how excited she was to bring a taste of Paris to Haymarket to share with the community.

“I’m really happy and honored to be a part of this community and bring Macaron Tart to the local market,” said Hocking “I wanted to bring the French experience to the locals […] and Macaron Tart is a place where you can have that experience.”

She emphasized how important the small business community in Northern Virginia has been and how they contributed to her ability to open the store of her dreams, and will be a part of her success.

Hocking then introduced Candland and Stewart to the microphone to say a few words before the grand ribbon cutting. In speaking about the importance of community in building up small business owners Candland stated that the opening of Macaron Tart, “Reflects us here in Prince William County, people coming together and lifting each other up making it possible for someone to start a small business like this.” The supervisor went on to discuss how designing a community and putting in place important structure is essential, “but it is places like [Macaron Tart] that make a community desirable for people to live.”

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Stewart took the microphone to discuss the growth and diversification of the Prince William County area how residents of the county are steadily interested in becoming more cosmopolitan, making Macaron Tart a little piece of Europe.

“Economic development helps with the big businesses and some of those issues, but at the end of the day it’s the small business people that are generating most of the jobs, contributing most to the economic growth of this community.” said Stewart.

Hocking, Stewart, and Candland gave thanks to Linda Decker and the Flory Small Businesses Center, Inc for their contributions in helping the Macaron Tart come to life, and for the assistance they provide small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in Prince William County.

The grand opening of Macaron Tart is only the first step towards making owner Hocking’s dreams come true. The store will hold baking classes monthly, as well as high teas for birthdays and other events, with an online store coming soon.

“We hope you come and make [Macaron Tart] a part of your world,” said Hocking.

Macaron Tart will be open to the public Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015.

4 men, teen charged in Haymarket gang rape

A Gainesville woman was raped by four men, and a 17-year-old male at a house in Haymarket, police said. 

The victim passed out, and later woke up to find she had been sexually assaulted. The woman then went to a hospital. 

Police release this statement: 

Rape Investigation – On October 23rd at 6:35PM, detectives from the Special Victims Unit responded to investigate a sexual assault which was reported to have occurred in the 5300 block of Chaffins Farm Ct in Haymarket (20169) earlier that day. The victim, a 39 year old woman of Gainesville, reported to police that while she was visiting several known acquaintances at the above location, she was at some point incapacitated then sexually assaulted.  The victim later woke up and responded to a local hospital where police were contacted.  Following the investigation, detectives were able to identify all parties involved. All of the accused were subsequently located and arrested without incident.

Arrested on October 24th:

Pedro Agustin OROZCO ROTELA, 20, of 8517 Coronation Ln in Bristow

Charged with rape and aggravated sexual battery

Court Date: November 30, 2015 | Bond: Held WITHOUT bond

Arrested on October 28th:

Mehran SALEHZADEH, 24, of 8609 Centerton Ln in Manassas

Charged with rape

Court Date: November 30, 2015 | Bond: Held WITHOUT bond

Mohammed Hamza AL-BIRMANI, 18, of 5316 Chaffins Farm Ct in Haymarket

Charged with rape

Court Date: November 30, 2015 | Bond: Held WITHOUT bond

A 17 year old male juvenile of Haymarket

Charged with rape

Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held at the Juvenile Detention Center

Arrested on November 4th:

Aras BEYZADEH, 21, of 3173 Ranger Rd Apt 101 in Fairfax

Charged with rape and aggravated sexual battery

Court Date: November 30, 2015 | Bond: Held WITHOUT bond

Thai Peppers expands to Dominion Valley

Tasneeya “Tas” Gordon has always wanted to open a restaurant in Dominion Valley.

“My kids go to school here… we love the community,” she said.

Next week, that dream will become reality as Gordon plans to open the doors on the third Thai Peppers Restaurant in the Dominion Plaza shopping center next to Giant Food. Her other two Thai Peppers eateries are in Alexandria, and her Bristow location that opened in 2011.

The menu features curry fried rice, noodle dishes, spring rolls, and authentic Thai dishes. Thai Peppers will be the only Thai restaurant in Dominion Valley, she said.

People think of spicy, hot food when they think of Thai, so that’s why Gordon chose the name “Thai Peppers.”

“The name is easy to remember, and our food can be hot or mild,” said Gordon.

The new location will feature a darker interior than the Thai Peppers restaurant in Bristow.

“We used a lot of copper, gold, silver and brown while the other restaurant has a lot of red. There is more of an older crowd here while Bristow has more young families, so we didn’t want anything too poppy,” said Gordon.

The new restaurant will also feature a full bar. Gordon is still working through the permitting process with Prince William County, so she cannot yet offer an opening date.

Gordon’s new restaurant sits just doors down from the new Macaron Tart patisserie shop.

When it does open, Thai Peppers in Dominion Valley will be open 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 Saturday, and noon to 9:30 p.m. Sundays.

Volunteers needed for Dumfries Christmas parade, tree lighting

Volunteers are needed for the Dumfries Annual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 5, 2015.

The parade will start at noon, and the tree lighting will start at 5 p.m.

Volunteers will receive a t-shirt and have the opportunity to serve the community.

Interested parties should contact Community Services Director Brittany Heine at 703-221-3400, ext 144 or by email Bheine[at]

Dominion backs overhead route for Haymarket power line


Senator Dick Black talked to Potomac Local about Dominion’s decision to urge the placement of a new power line in Haymarket above ground instead of a hybrid option that included a portion of the power line built above ground and a portion below.

“This what we had been worried about, and had rallying people over.
We had greatly hoped Dominion would recommend the underground route along I-66.”

“The battle will shift to the State Corporation Commission, and we intend to continue fighting it all the way all the way through the process.”

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Dominion Virginia Power will petition Virginia’s State Corporation Commission to build an overhead power line in Haymarket.

The power line would run from the intersection of Prince William Parkway (Route 234 Bypass) and Interstate 66, down I-66 west to Haymarket. The controversial powerline would impact those living in the Haymarket area, and homeowners said the overhead line would lower property values and create an eyesore for the neighborhood.

Politicians, the activist group Coalition to Protect Prince William County, and residents over the summer argued for a hybrid route that would have placed a portion of the 230-kilovolt transmission line underground, and a portion overhead.

Dominion says overhead power lines are more efficient, have a longer, life, are easier to build and maintain. By building the power line along I-66, the utility plans to take advantage of shared right-of-way with I-66 and to “maximize existing infrastructure.”

Dominion reviewed several alternatives published on its project site but said the overhead plan provides the shortest and most direct route to a newly proposed Haymarket substation.

Dominion says the power line is needed to meet growing electricity demand in Northern Virginia. Senator Richard “Dick” Black and published news reports state the new power line will serve a new Amazon data center to be built in Prince William County.

Dominion held a series of public hearings about the proposed power line earlier this year. The utility will file their proposal with the State Corporation Commission tomorrow. It could take up to 18 months before a final decision is made on where and how to build the power line. 

Here’s more from the Dominion press release:

After receiving extensive feedback from the community, VDOT and VRE, we have made some slight tweaks to the I-66 overhead route from what was shown at the July Open House to address potential pinch points between Dominion, VDOT and VRE. The route now parallels the north side of I-66 for the first three miles instead of running along the south side where the alignment was previously.

Regarding Alternatives in our SCC application:
· As previously presented in our July Open House, the I-66 Overhead/Underground “Hybrid” Route, Railroad Route, Carver Route and Madison Route are presented in the application as alternatives.
· We clearly note that the New Road Route, Northern Alternative and Wheeler Route are rejected options.
· Further details can be found in the application and the routing study once the application is filed and made public.
· We will post the filing to the project page on

Regarding SCC process:
· Once we file, the next steps are:
1. SCC creates a public electronic docket on the case that will be available on its website for Case No. PUE-2015-00107 (we will link to the docket as well from
2. SCC will assign a Hearing Examiner to precede over the case
3. It typically takes about three weeks or so from the time of filing for the Commission to issue an order setting out the procedural schedule, which includes when the public comment period opens and closes, any public hearing dates and locations, when interested parties can formally join the case, when SCC Staff and Dominion testimony is due, and when the Evidentiary Hearing will be held.
4. The entire process could take up to, on average, 18 months for a decision to be rendered by the Commission.

· We cannot thank the many people – residents, public officials, community leaders – enough for their valued input.

Learn what makes a good news story for your business, organization: Join us for ‘1 Million Cups Meets the Media’

1 Million Cups Meets the Media, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015

8:30 to 10 a.m. FREE! RSVP Today!

What makes a good news story?

How do I know if a news or features writer would be interested in my story, organization, business, or event?

What is the difference between “earned” media and advertising? Which one is better for me?

Many people who are tasked with getting out the word about events, happenings, and information about their businesses ask these kinds of questions all the time.

When looking for answers it pays to hear about what makes a good story from the editors and publishers of three media organizations in Prince William County.

On Wednesday, Nov. 18  from 8:30 to 10 a.m., please join us for a special edition of 1 Million Cups Prince William — “1 Million Cups Meets the Media.”

This hour and a half session will be a free, informative meeting designed to help you better understand how the local media industry works, and how to get a reporter’s attention.

Space is limited so be sure to RSVP online today.

Joining us will be:







Rebecca Barnes — Founder and Publisher of Prince William Living Magazine







Jason Grant — Communications Director for Prince William County Government,


Uriah Kiser — Founder and Publisher of News

1 Million Cups Meets the Media will be held at the Hylton Performing Arts Center located at 10960 George Mason Circle in Manassas, from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

Free coffee will be provided to attendees.

1 Million Cups Prince William regularly meets at 9 a.m. every Wednesday at the Hylton Performing Arts Center. The meetings are designed to foster entrepreneurs and support the growth of small business in Prince William County and Greater Manassas.

Voters keep Stewart, Anderson to replace May on Prince William Board of Supervisors

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Incumbents keep jobs at county courthouse 

Prince William Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart At-large will return for his 9th year on the Board in 2016.

The Republican beat out Democrat challenger Rick Smith for the county’s top job by 14 points, with nearly 57% of the vote. Stewart gained the national spotlight in his early days on the Board of Supervisors for his stance on deporting illegal immigrants convicted of crimes.

At a debate between Stewart and Smith on Oct. 1, Stewart said he’s softened his approached, and learned its a better way to get things done in the county. Under the Republican, the county has invested more than $1 billion into improving transportation, placed more funding for police officers, and opened two new libraries in the county.

Stewart took to social media and posted a photo of he and his family, and thanked his supporters.

Stewart was first elected to the Board in 2006 to serve as the Occoquan District Supervisor and was elected Board Chairman the following year. Stewart won re-election as Chairman in 2011.


Republican Ruth Anderson was elected the new Occoquan District Supervisor, beating out former Town of Occoquan Mayor Earnie Porta, a Democrat by eight points. Anderson is the wife of Delegate Rich Anderson, who ran unopposed for his re-election bid for the House of Delegates.

Ruth Anderson replaces Mike May, who decided not to seek reelection to mount a bid for Prince William Commonwealth Attorney. May was defeated by Paul Ebert, who has held the position since 1968.

May posted this to his Facebook page:

The results are all in, and sadly, we came up short by just a few percentage points. The journey we have been on for the past year has been extraordinarily rewarding. I could not have imagined the huge outpouring of support, friendship, and love that we have received from people all over Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park. Amelia and I will forever be grateful to the hundreds of people who have helped us both in large ways and small during this campaign. You have all been a blessing to us.

I congratulate Mr. Ebert on a victory well won, and wish him the best in his new term in office. As I finish out these next few weeks as a member of the Board of County Supervisors and beyond, I look forward to finding new ways to serve our great community, and to seeing each of you again.

With Anderson’s election to the Board, the re-election of Republican Maureen Caddigan, of the Potomac District, and Democrats John Jenkins, of the Neabsco District and Frank Principi, of the Woodbridge District, the political make-up of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors will remain the same: Five Republicans and two Democrats.

Supervisors Marty Nohe, Coles District, Peter Candland, Gainesville, and Jeanine Lawson, Brentsville — all Republicans — ran unopposed and will keep their seats.

Caddigan’s Democratic challenger Andrea Bailey lost her bid to unseat the long-serving Republican by 535 votes. Democrats say it’s a sign of a shifting political makeup of the Potomac District, which includes Montclair, Southbridge, and Dumfries and Quantico towns.

Principi remains cemented in his heavily Democrat-leaning Woodbridge District, defeating Republican challenger Steve Chapman by 32 points.

While Pual Ebert remains Prince William’s Commonwealth Attorney, Michele McQuigg will keep her job as Clerk of the Court. The Republican beat out attorney Jacqueline Smith, a Dumfries attorney, by a narrow margin of four points.

Sheriff Glen Hill also ran unopposed and will keep his job guarding the Prince William County Courthouse.

New bridge would carry drivers over Haymarket train tracks

If you could drive over train tracks on Route 15 in Haymarket rather, would that improve your commute?

Prince William County will request $45 million in state transportation funding to build a bridge that will carry vehicles on Route 15 over train tracks near the interseciton of Route 55 in Haymarket. Today, traffic backs up here during the morning and evening rush hours.

The four-lane bridge would be located near a stretch of Route 15 recently widened from two to four lanes, in front of the Villages at Piedmont neighborhood. County officials late last month celebrated the completion of the widening project, which was funded and constructed by the home developer — not the county or state. This highly traveled stretch of road links Routes 29 and 55.

The bridge would also be built next to a new diverging diamond interchange that will carry cars on Route 15 over Interstate 66. When completed next year the DDI will be unlike anything in the region.

Prince William County transportation planners wanted to widen the entire stretch of Route 15 between Routes 55 and 29. The county’s comprehensive plan calls for widening this stretch of road and adding a four-lane bridge. But the project proved to be too costly in the near term, said Marty Nohe, who serves on the county’s Board of Supervisors and is Chairman of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority.

“It’s a very expensive project, and it did not score as well as a lot of other projects of the same magnitude,” said Nohe.

It’s the Authority’s job to award state transportation dollars to projects that reduce the largest amount of congestion relative to overall cost. On a scale of low, medium, and high, widening Route 15 in Haymarket scored on the low range of the medium scale, said Nohe.

When Prince William County transportation officials go back and request money for the project in the fiscal year 2017 budget, they will ask for enough money to fund the bridge. That could help the project score better, said Nohe.

The Route 15 bridge project would also compete with other transportation projects like widening of Routes 1 in Woodbridge and Route 28 near Manassas, as well as other transportation projects in Northern Virginia outside Prince William County, Nohe added.

Great fall recipes from Manassas Olive Oil

Fall is here! Check out some of these recipes from Manassas Olive Oil Company!

Tuscan Herb Chicken Noodle Soup

Nothing beats a hot bowl of chicken noodle soup on a cold day. But ditch your can – this soup recipe is going to make you look forward to those cold and rainy days. Recipe courtesy of KBCulinary.


2 large carrots, peeled – quartered then sliced

2 stalks celery, stalks halved, then sliced

2.5 Tbsp unsalted butter

2 cloves garlic, minced

6 pearl onions, peeled and quartered

1/2 C spring onions, chopped (the green stems)

3-4lb chicken thighs

3 pinches Manassas Olive Oil Co. Rosemary Sea Salt

~3/4 Cup Tuscan Herb Olive Oil

Herb de Province (amount to personal preference)

Parsley (amount to personal preference)

80 oz chicken broth

Egg noodles (amount to personal preference)

Generously coat chicken thighs in Tuscan herb olive oil, herbs, and sea salt mixture and bake at 350 until internal temperature of 165, allow to cool and pull meat from bone.

In stock pot cook carrots and celery in butter for 4 minutes on medium heat, stirring often to get a good coat of butter on vegetables. Add garlic, pearl onions, spring onions, one pinch Sea Salt, and ½ cup Olive oil, Herb de Province and parsley; cook for five minutes stirring every 60 seconds. Add broth and cover until just to boiling, then reduce heat to medium low. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring every five minutes.

Add meat and one pinch sea salt to soup base after 30 minute simmer time, and increase heat to bring to SLOW boil for 10 minutes, stirring often. Add egg noodles and cook for eight more minutes. Serve immediately and enjoy.

For an additional compliment, add some crostini. Slice sourdough baguette, drizzle with flavor infused olive oil and dried herbs. Bake on shallow baking pan at 350 until crisp.

Autumn Kale and Quinoa Salad



It’s tough to get in a healthy meal. This salad will make you actually enjoy kale for a change! Packed with nutrients, easy to make, and has a nice seasonal flair.


2 cups raw, peeled butternut squash cut into 1/2″ cubes.

2 cups prepared quinoa, cooled

1/2 cup Manassas Olive Oil Co. Pumpkin Seeds

1/2 cup shaved Pecorino

6 cups washed, dried mixed greens or baby kale

Pinch of sea salt


1/2 cup +2 tablespoons Gremolata Olive Oil

1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons Grapefruit White Balsamic

2 tablespoons minced shallot

2 tablespoons mustard

Pinch of sea salt

Fresh ground pepper

Preheat the oven to 400 F.

In a large bowl whisk the 2 tablespoons of olive oil with two tablespoons of balsamic. Add the cubed butternut squash and toss to dress with olive oil and balsamic. Place the butternut squash in a single layer in a pan or on a baking sheet and roast for 25 minutes, or until the squash becomes golden brown. Allow to cool.

In a blender or food processor, add all of the dressing ingredients. Process to combine well, and adjust seasoning accordingly.

Combine 1/2 of the butternut squash, quinoa, and kale and arrange on a large platter or in a large shallow salad bowl. Add some dressing and toss to combine. Add the rest of the butternut squash over the top, sprinkle with the toasted pumpkin seeds, and add shaved Pecorino.

Serves 6-8

Cinnamon-Pear Balsamic Roasted Sweet Potatoes



Truly a treat, and a compliment for any dish you make this season!


4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and each cut lengthwise into 8 wedges

1/3 cup Cinnamon-Pear Balsamic

2 tablespoons Butter Olive Oil

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt or sea salt


Heat oven to 400F. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit the bottom of a half sheet jelly-roll pan.

Thoroughly shake or whisk together the Cinnamon-Pear Balsamic and Butter Extra Virgin Olive Oil. In a large bowl toss to liberally coat the sweet potato wedges with the emulsified balsamic-olive oil mixture.

Arrange the potato wedges on the parchment paper lined pan in a single layer, without over-crowding. Sprinkle with sea salt and roast for 45 minutes until tender and the balsamic glaze has caramelized.

Time capsule buried at Haymarket – Gainesville Community Library

A time capsule was buried in at newly opened Haymarket-Gainesville Community Library.

Students from Mountain View Elementary School gathered for an assembly on Friday to celebrate the opening of the new library. There, Gainesville District Supervisor Peter Candland joined school and public library officials who all worked to collect items for a special time capsule for burial at the library.

The Friends of the Gainesville Library also provided materials for the time capsule. The Haymarket-Gainesville Community Library opened its doors to a crowd of 200 people on Thursday Oct. 22, 2015.

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The new library was the first to open since the Bull Run Regional Library on Ashton Avenue near Manassas opened in 1994. Later this fall, the Montclair Community Library will also open to the public.

“This library will serve as a hot spot classroom for pure learning not only today but well into the future. We are fortunate to have this library right in our neighborhood, and I am excited to see the community utilize this amazing library. I think of those future generations who will also benefit from this remarkable and incredible resource. This time capsule will speak to those future generations, and I look forward to burying the time capsule with a piece of Haymarket/Gainesville history to be discovered by those citizens yet to come,” stated Candland in a press release.

Mountain View Elementarys students placed five posters, one for each grade (first through fifth) about their favorite books into the capsule. The Friends of the Gainesville Library placed a book from 1915, information on the library groundbreaking, information on the library ribbon cutting, and information on their organization.

The Haymarket-Gainesville Community Libary is located at 14870 Lightner Road near Haymarket.

Chips 4 Charity: Fabulous food, dancing, prizes, top-notch games at Harbour View in Woodbridge

On November 13, 2015, the Woodbridge Rotary and the Greater Prince William Health Center will host its 4th annual ‘Chips 4 Charity’ event.

Chips 4 Charity, a casino night, being held as a vehicle for raising funds for its two host organizations, is the largest community fundraiser for each. For the health center, proceeds will go to fund special programs within the center, providing care for uninsured families in our community. For Woodbridge Rotary the proceeds will fund such organizations as Good Shepherd Housing Foundation, The ARC, Project Mend-A House and The Boys & Girls Club among others. In the last 3 years, Chips 4 Charity has funneled over $75,000 in funds into the community through the organizations it supports. 

Harbour View in Woodbridge is decked out in its finest by our professional casino operation. The food is fabulous. There’s dancing, prizes and of course top notch gaming handled by dealers that make the evening a high energy, engaging event even for non-gamers. Our dealers will teach you everything you need to know to enjoy several types of gaming including poker, Texas hold’em, roulette and blackjack for all skill levels.

Since its inception, Chips 4 Charity has been a huge success thanks to support from key players Harbour View Event Center and Shawn’s Smokehouse BBQ and our many sponsors and community attendees. We would not have been able to grow this event to its current stature without all of those entities coming together. Don’t worry though- We still have plenty of room on the sponsor banner for your logo and we’d love to have you involved!

Some people love to go all out in their formals and tuxes and we know some don’t, so attire for the event ranges from cocktail dresses to khakis.

Harbour View is our beautiful venue located at 13200 Marina Way in Woodbridge, right on the the Occoquan River. When you walk into the casino room and all the curtains are open overlooking the marina the tone is already set for a magical night. 

Remember: your sponsorships are still welcome! And even if you don’t sponsor, Come on out and spend a great evening supporting your community!

Macaron Tart hopes Haymarket has a sweet tooth

A woman with a marketing background and love for French pastries will open a new bakery in Dominion Valley.

Macaron Tart will open in the Dominion Valley Shops next to Giant Food near Haymarket on November 5. Founder and president of the shop Elena Hocking said it will offer sweet treats and unique experiences for its customers.

“It’s just pretty pastries for your locals, really,” said Hocking.

The entrepreneur is hoping the community will embrace her bakery and place special orders for sweet and savory tarts, cookies, macaroons, and other treats for special occasions. The pastries also made great gifts for coworkers and friends, added Hocking.

The bakery will also offer a place to have tea with a friend. Baking classes will also be held here at least once a month where people can take two and a half hours to come and learn to make treats like crossaints, chocolate cupcakes, and cake pops.

“We plan to offer classes every Friday and Saturday as we grow,” said Hocking.

A baking class will cost $100 per person. Similar classes offered in the Washington, D.C. area range between $75 and $140 per person, said Hocking.

Macaroon Tart prides itself on making nearly everything from scratch from natural ingredients.

“It’s good for you, and it looks pretty,” said Hocking.

The Flory Small Business Center worked with Macaroon Tart to help the business reach opening day. The center is assisting the pastry shop with a ribbon cutting Thursday, November 5.

Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman, At-large Corey Stewart and Gainesville District Supervisor Peter Candland are scheduled to be on hand to cut the ribbon.

Opening the shop has “been a work in progress.” Hocking worked in business marketing in the corporate world before deciding to open her won shop. A passion for pastry and several trips to France fueled her desire to open her own bakery.

Fight breaks out on Route 55 near Haymarket, victim stabbed in back

A Haymarket man is charged with three counts of malicious wounding after a fight broke out on Route 15.

Here’s more in a police press release: 

Malicious Wounding – On October 25th at 2:12AM, officers responded to the 16300 block of John Marshall Hwy in Gainesville (20115) to investigate a fight.  The caller reported to police that the victim, a 39 year old man of Fairfax, and the accused, a known acquaintance, were involved in a verbal altercation which escalated.  During the encounter, the accused stabbed the victim in the back. When several friends attempted to separate the parties, the accused assaulted them then got into his vehicle and drove toward two of the friends, a 23 year old man of Haymarket and a 33 year old woman of Middleburg, striking them. The accused then fled the scene prior to police arrival. Minor injuries were reported by the victims. Attempts to locate the accused that morning were unsuccessful. On October 26th, detectives from the Street Crimes Unit located and arrested the accused without incident.

Arrested on October 26th:

Warren Leon CORUM, 35, of 2100 Mountain Rd in Haymarket                                                                                    

Charged with 3 counts of malicious wounding, 2 counts of hit and run, and 3 counts ofassault and battery

Court Date: December 2, 2015 | Status: Held WITHOUT Bond


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