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Mary Washington Healthcare first in D.C. Metro to offer breast Microseed treatment

The Mary Washington Healthcare (MWHC) Regional Cancer Center is one of only six sites in the U.S. and the first in the Washington D.C. metro to offer the most advanced radiation therapy for early-stage breast cancer: Breast Microseed Treatment®. Dr. Jean-Philippe Pignol, the innovator of this treatment, recently visited Mary Washington Hospital to share his knowledge and experience with the MWHC Regional Cancer Center team. 
Breast Microseed Treatment® is a groundbreaking radiation therapy that works to prevent the recurrence of cancer by treating both the site from which a cancerous tumor was removed and the surrounding tissue. The new treatment is similar to seed radiation therapy used successfully to treat prostate cancer. To deliver this treatment, radiation oncologists place radioactive palladium-filled titanium seeds in the breast around the tumor site. The seeds, approximately the size of a grain rice, deliver low dose radiation over several weeks following the procedure. After treatment, the radiation delivery is complete and the seeds are safe to remain in the breast. 
“Breast Microseed Treatment® offers comparable results to traditional beam radiation therapy but this procedure provides so much more in terms of a patient’s experience and quality of life during treatment. This one-time procedure takes the place of what can sometimes be more than 30 radiation treatment sessions. Because the microseed uses less radiation than traditional treatments, patients also experience fewer side effects. This technology allows patients live their lives and get back to the people and things they love,” said Dr. John Chinault, Director of Radiation Oncology at the MWHC Regional Cancer Center. 
To be a candidate for Breast Microseed Treatment®, patients must be 50 years of age or older with early-stage breast cancer. Learn more online at 

62-year-old woman victim of attempted carjacking

From the Prince William police press release:

Attempted Carjacking – On March 12 at 7:50PM, officers responded to the 14400 block of Potomac Mills Rd in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate an attempted carjacking. The victim, a 62-year-old woman, reported to police that she was walking back to her vehicle in the parking lot after purchasing items inside of a nearby store when she saw an unknown man leaning against her vehicle. When the victim got into her vehicle, the suspect opened the passenger side door and attempted to grab the victim’s keys. A struggle ensued and the victim was eventually able to push the suspect out of the vehicle. The victim then ran back into the nearby store for help and the accused fled the area on foot. While officers were investigating the incident, a call was received concerning an unknown man attempting to open vehicle doors at the nearby Best Western. When officers arrived, they located the accused and detained him without incident. Further investigation by officers determined that the accused was intoxicated. No injuries were reported and no property was taken. Following the investigation, the accused, identified as Franklin MIRANDA, was arrested without incident.

Arrested on March 12:

Franklin MIRANDA, 29, of 14316 Ferndale Rd in Woodbridge

Charged with attempted carjacking and public intoxication

Court Date: May 1, 2018 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

Suspected Instagram predator arrested for multiple charges involving 12-year-old victim

From the Prince William police press release:

Sexual Assault Investigation – On March 12 at 6:00PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 14400 block of Belvedere Dr in Woodbridge (22193) to locate a missing juvenile from King George County. As officers attempted to make contact at the front door, an unknown man, later identified as the accused, attempted to flee out a back door. Officers quickly detained the accused without incident and made contact with the missing juvenile, a 12-year-old girl, inside of the residence. Upon further investigation, detectives with the Special Victims Unit determined that the victim and the accused met over the social media app “Instagram.” The accused responded to the victim’s residence in King George County on March 12 and brought her back to the residence on Belvedere Dr. During the encounter, detectives determined that the accused had an inappropriate relationship with the victim. Following the investigation, the accused, identified as Tyquan Bernard STONEY, was arrested.

Arrested on March 13:

Tyquan Bernard STONEY, 20, of 14458 Belvedere Dr in Woodbridge

Charged with 2 counts of rape, 2 counts of object sexual penetration, 2 counts of aggravated sexual battery, 2 counts of sodomy, and 2 counts of indecent liberties with a minor

    Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT bond

Woodbridge suspect wanted for attempted robbery, burglary, strangulation, assault, battery

From the Prince William police press release:

Residential Burglary | Attempted Robbery | Strangulation | Domestic Related – On March 13 at 2:50AM, officers responded to an apartment located in the 3200 block of Ridge View Ct in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a burglary. The investigation revealed that the victim, a 32-year-old woman of Woodbridge, was involved in a verbal altercation with the accused, an acquaintance, which escalated. During the encounter, the victim asked the accused to leave her apartment. The accused exited the apartment and the victim locked the front door. A short time later, the accused began knocking on the door. When the victim refused to open the door, the accused kicked it open. As the victim was calling police, the accused attempted to take her cell phone. The accused then grabbed the victim by the hair, pulled her to the ground, and choked her. The parties eventually separated and the accused fled the apartment prior to officers arriving. Minor injuries were reported. Following the investigation, a detective with the Property Crimes Unit obtained multiple arrest warrants for the accused, identified as Christopher Maurice GILLETTE. Attempts to locate the accused have been unsuccessful. The investigation continues.

Wanted: [Photo from March 2018]

Christopher Maurice GILLETTE, 34, of the 13400 block of Classic Ct in Woodbridge

Described as a black male, 5’10”, 160lbs, with brown eyes and black hair

Wanted for attempted robbery, burglary, strangulation, and assault & battery

Do Prince William schools offer a ‘world-class education?’

MANASSAS — The Prince William Committee of 100 will turn its attention to schools this month.

The committee will hold a panel discussion called “What is a world-class education and does Prince William County offer one?”

“The county school division’s motto is “a world-class education.”

Panelists will include

  • Riley O’Casey, Prince William County Education Association President
  • Alyson Satterwhite, Gainesville District School Board member
  • Rita Goss, Prince William County Public Schools Associate Superintendent for Learning and Accountability
  • Charles Ronco, a math teacher at Stonewall Jackson High School

I’ll be moderating the event.

Last month, the committee held a panel discussion on transportation and regional development.

I asked Prince William Committee of 100 President Ann Wheeler about why the committee wanted to this month focus on education.

PL: Why did the Committee of 100 (C of 100) choose to talk about schools this month? Is there a sense that county schools are underperforming?

Wheeler: The C of 100 often has forums on schools this time of year because of the budget season. Last year we held a forum on the Revenue Sharing agreement which funds the schools and whether it should be revised. The fact that there are many people in the county involved in school advocacy (both social and fiscal) indicates that it’s a topic that might be of value to present to the community and that the C100 members would like to learn more about.

PL: It’s county budget season, and for years I’ve covered the Board of County Supervisors find new ways to fund the school system. This year, it seems the funding focus has shifted to other county agencies like public safety. Has the C of 100 discussed/have concerns about school funding?

Wheeler: As you mentioned it is the budget season and the schools receive over half of the county revenues, so schools are always a focus. Many of the people posting on social media outlets about the PWC budget are concerned with teacher pay and school overcrowding. I believe this is also reflected at the School Board level.

While the importance of public safety funding is being discussed this year from the county executive, the school funding issue has never gone away. The C100 has no position on whether it’s underfunded, but the question of whether it’s world class or not is possibly a reflection of adequate or inadequate funding.

PL: Obviously those parents who have children in school care about the school division, but what about those whose children have graduated, or who don’t have children in public schools? Why should they care?

Wheeler: Everyone throughout the county should care about school performance. School performance is one of the main drivers behind community attractiveness which drives home prices. We have many over 55 communities that are filled to the brim with grandparents who moved here to be near grandchildren, grandchildren who are in our school system. Finally, corporate businesses look at the success of the school system as a criterion for locating here, because they want an excellent school system for their employees who will live nearby.

The event will be held Thursday, March 15 at City Tavern, located at 9550 Center Street in Manassas.

A social begins at 6:30 p.m. and dinner is served at 7 p.m. The cost of the dinner is $30 for Committee of 100 members, $35 for nonmembers. (Dinner is sold out).

Those who wish to come for the panel discussion may do so at no charge starting at 7:45 p.m.

‘Who we are as a company can be traced back to our Ethos’

Over the course of the past few weeks, we’ve examined in depth how every facet of the FreshySites Ethos can be traced back to our commitment to serving the customer.
Through being ego free and asking for more from ourselves, as well as our clients, our team proves its readiness to consistently treat our clients like the top priority they are, with us always going the extra mile if need be. This has both internal and external effects on our company.
While pushing FS forward, these foundational elements of our daily processes simultaneously allow our individual team members to grow from within as they push themselves in their abilities and expand their responsibilities/roles within the business.
Because who we are as a company can be traced back to our Ethos, which in turn, comes back to our best-in-industry customer service and support, it only makes sense that this is the core of how we market ourselves externally.
Using our service as marketing is how we showcase our internal processes in our external outreach efforts. We always want to be known for our willingness to do whatever we can for our clients, in a timely and professional manner, especially delivering answers to their questions – consequently ‘Being Solution Centric.’
This sixth part of the FS Ethos is all about focusing on the solution to a situation, rather than dwelling on the problem. Acting defeated and accepting that something is broken, with no solution, is not the mindset with which we train our team.
Whether through additional research, team collaboration or an innovative combination of the two, we firmly believe any problem we encounter can be resolved in an efficient and effective way to better serve our clients and our company.
Being solutions centric is about being both positive and innovative in our thinking. It requires our being ahead of the curve, which is why our team is constantly educate themselves and researching new tools, approaches, etc. to broaden our individual and collective knowledge of this industry – whether it be WordPress, SEO, Google applications or anything else we utilize daily.
A key part of our purpose as a company is a commitment to being there for our clients and delivering solutions to their problems – you can always count on us for that.
FreshySites – a regionally focused, solution-centric company with national reach and operations.
FreshySites is a fast-growing website design firm dedicated to creating beautiful websites, while consistently delivering best-in-industry customer service and support. Founded in 2011, FreshySites has quickly expanded into the largest in-house WordPress web design shop on the East Coast. Our Washington D.C. office was founded in 2012 by Vincent Consumano. With additional offices, we have the team, resources and tools to serve our local – and national – clients through website mockups, creative briefs, revision rounds, and Search Engine Optimization audits. FreshySites is determined to take our regional clients’ online presence to the next level, ultimately helping them to grow and thrive. Explore our website to learn more about us, see our portfolio of work and become a part of our client family today! ?”

Ah, ’tis a joy to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day locally

If you’re looking for the luck o’ the Irish, there’s no better place than local. Music, food, entertainment and of course, festive libations, abound in our area. Check out the fun and make some plans. (Potomac Local reminds everyone to please drink responsibly).

3/14 Hylton Performing Arts Center’s 8th Anniversary Gala and After Party (Manassas)

Enjoy a reception, dinner and silent art auction. Black tie optional; open to ages 21 and over. The Gala supports the Hylton Center’s many artistic performances, arts education programs and outreach initiatives, as well as the Hylton Center’s Endowment. 

3/16  St. Patrick’s Wine Dinner at Rangoli (Manassas)

Enjoy a four-course dinner with unlimited paired wines and a specially chosen chef’s menu.

3/16 – Wearing of the Green Celebration at Potomac Point Winery (Stafford)

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style this year with Potomac Point Winery. Wear your most festive green attire to come wine and dine Friday, March 16th. A special Irish bistro menu will be served and the wine will be flowing.  Partake in the annual Leprechaun Toss or sit back and enjoy Friday night music. Wine discounts available. 

3/17 – 6 Bears & A Goat Brewing Company’s St. Patrick’s Day Bash & Beer Release (Stafford)

They’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day the best way they know how….with craft beer, music and food. Join the party for the release of their Irish Red, as well as live music from Marc Allred and Karen Jonas. Enjoy corned beef sandwiches in addition to the usual bbq menu. All ages welcome, must be 21 to drink. 

3/17 –  Adventure Brewing Company’s St Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival (Fredericksburg)

The 16th Annual Jeff Fitzpatrick St. Patrick’s Day Parade starts off at noon and includes fire trucks, classic cars, high school marching band, community organizations, Irish dancers, horses, military equipment and local pageant winners. The parade ends at A. Smith Bowman Distillery, where Adventure Brewing will be hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Festival including local vendors, live music and entertainment, family-friendly activities, food from local food trucks, and of course, plenty of beer. The brewery will be collecting food for the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank.

3/17 – History of Cooking: St. Patrick’s Day at Ben Lomond Historic Site (Manassas)

For St. Patrick’s Day, join the PWC Historic Preservation team at Ben Lomond Historic Site and the Pat White Center at Ben Lomond as they make traditional Irish cuisine as it would have been made in the days before electricity and pasteurization.

3/17 – St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Sinistral Brewing Company (Manassas)

St. Patrick’s Day at Sinistral Brewing Company means good beer, good music & good times. There will be sing-alongs. There will be bagpipes. There will be Irish dancers, and yes, there will be lots of green.

3/17 – St.Paddy’s Day Party & Steal the Glass at Ornery Beer Co. (Woodbridge)

The Party’s at Ornery Beer Company for St. Patrick’s Day!! Tapping their newest IRISH STOUT at 12pm Noon and visitors can Steal the Glass: First 300 guests keep their special St. Paddy’s Day Pint Glass!!

3/17  St. Patrick’s Day Party at BadWolf Brewing Co. (Manassas – Kao Circle)

Specialty Cask, Irish Dancers, Phat Yummies Food Truck: Phat Yummies Quesadilla Cantina On Wheels & Kilt Contest at 8:30pm – come dressed in your best outfit!!

3/17 Shamrock & Shenanigans at Brew Republic Beirwerks (Woodbridge)

Join the Brew Republic team on Saturday, March 17th, starting at 9am for kegs and eggs in the tap room! They will be serving Irish breakfast (eggs, hash browns, sausage, bacon, etc.) and we’ll also be serving non-breakfast Irish fair throughout the day.

3/17  St. Paddy’s Day Celebration at Tim’s Rivershore (Dumfries)

Spend the day on the Potomac River enjoying live music, drinks & food specials to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style at Tim’s Rivershore.

3/17  Bar Louie’s Annual St. Pat’s Day Bash (Multiple)

Grab your crew and Unleash Your Leprechaun at Bar Louie this St. Patrick’s Day! Get “Lucked Up” at the best party outside of Ireland with drink specials and live entertainment!  Check out your local Bar Louie for details. Locations:

  • Bar Louie Manassas: 9501 Liberia Ave, Manassas, VA 20110
  • Bar Louie Gainesville: 14081 Promenade Commons St, Gainesville, VA 20155
  • Bar Louie Stonebridge: 15001 Potomac Town Pl Suite 100, Woodbridge, VA 22191

3/17 and 3/18  Prince William Humane Society’s St. Pittie’s Day O’Dopt-a-thon (Dumfries)

Come adopt a loving pet looking for a forever home! Pit mix adoptions will be half price at the Adopt Shop (17983 Dumfries Shopping Plaza, Dumfries, VA) and the Prince William County Animal Shelter. This event is sponsored by the Prince William Humane Society.

Revelations and Ancient Discoveries coming to Manassas

Mark Finley, television personality, radio speaker, author, and international traveler, is headed to Manassas where he will present Revelation’s Ancient Discoveries, a series of fully-illustrated prophetic presentations focusing on the Bible’s last book, Revelation. 

Finley has lectured in approximately 100 countries and written more than 70 books. His presentation style brings Bible prophecy to life with fully-illustrated messages he says are “filled with encouragement for people looking for hope in the 21st century.” 

He believes the book of Revelation provides answers to life’s bigger questions, answers “that satisfy our minds and give hope to our hearts.”

Topics include: 

  • Revelation’s amazing end time predictions
  • The Middle East crisis and Bible prophecy
  • Will Jerusalem’s temple be rebuilt
  • Revelation’s world of tomorrow
  • The mark of the beast and the mysterious number 666
  • Hope for today, tomorrow and forever
Charles Haugabrooks of It Is Written Television and Voice of Prophecy, along with other notable musicians, will provide music throughout the series. 

Spanish speaking guests will be provided headphones for simultaneous translation. All graphics will be in both English and Spanish on two separate large screens.

Each evening there will also be separate meetings for children ages four to ten. Children’s meetings will include crafts, Bible stories and “nature nuggets” in a separate room.

During the Revelation’s Ancient Discoveries Series, Ernestine Finley will give health presentations that Finley says, “will help you reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and the killers of the 21st century. Her presentations will help you feel better, live longer and experience a greater quality of life.”

The series is affiliated with Hope Channel television, Three Angels Broadcasting, the Voice of Prophecy Radio and It Is Written Television. 

The Revelation’s Ancient Discoveries series begins Friday, March 23 at 7 p.m. and continues through Saturday evening April 28. Meetings are Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, with the exception of three Saturday evenings (April 7, 14, 21)

The event will be held at the Best Western Battlefield Inn, 10820 Balls Ford Road, Manassas.
All seats are free, but the best are reserved, Finley says.

For a free reserved seat, call 800-467-6443.

Call to Action: Whether you’re into art, wine, jazz or something else, volunteer ops await

Good Morning Prince William – Project Mend A House is gearing up for their Spring Gala and need 25 volunteers to assist before and during the event on Saturday April 25th.
The 2018 Art, Wine and All That Jazz Celebrity Awards Gala promises to be fantastic with Dionne Warwick and Jerry Mathers who we of a certain age remember him as that darling “The Beaver” character.  There will be a VIP Reception and Celebrity Meet and Greet before the gala, silent auction and desert reception.  Musicians Marcus Johnson, Caleb Green and Kevin Sasaki as well as artist John Joseph Holohan III will be featured.  Please call Gina at (703) 792-7663 to register for this fun volunteer opportunity.
·         Serve our Willing Warriors is having their next volunteer orientation on Wednesday march 28th from 6-7pm at the Retreat in Haymarket.  Come learn about all the super programs and services they provide to the members of the military.  Please email them at: if you plan to attend. They also are having their next Ambassador training on Wednesday April 18th at 6-7pm. This is the perfect way to enjoy community events and spread the word about all the good things happening at the Retreat.
·         Care Net is having their Run 4 Hope. Walk for Life 5K fun run and 1  Mile walk on Saturday April 14th beginning at 8:30 am at the Harris Pavilion in Manassas. It’s a fun way to start your weekend.  On line registration is just $15 and at the door is $20. Free T-shirt and wristband with registration. Kids 12 and under are free.  Please register at: or email them for more info.
·         Keep Prince William Beautiful has a fun new program for fitness enthusiasts to take action to be environmental stewards.  This volunteer team is called Prince William Ploggers. Please call Lynda at (571) 285-3772 to get your Plogger team going.
·         Hey Teens – there are still a few volunteer spots available to help at the ICan Bike event during Spring break at Colgan High School. It’s a great way to help new bike riders and have tons of fun during spring break- March 26-30.  Please register to volunteer at: You can call Jennifer or Yukiko at (571) 989-3618 to learn more.
·         The Autism Society of Northern VA is gearing up for the annual walk in the fall and need volunteers to join their planning committee.  Tasks include coordination, outreach, recruitment, promotion, fundraising and logistics management. Please email them at: to learn more.
·         Manassas Parks, Culture and Recreation is looking for volunteers to serve as instructors or assistants for a basic tech class for seniors. The curriculum includes navigating the internet, online banking, reading emails and attachments as well as basics of Microsoft Word.  Please call Jean at (703) 257-8451 to learn more.
·         CASA Children’s Intervention Services is looking for volunteer advocates to work with children in crisis.  They have an extensive training program to give you all the needed skills.  Please come to their next volunteer information session on March 21st from 6-7pm at 9415 West Street Manassas. Please email Suzanne at: to learn more.
·         The Haymarket Regional Food Pantry invites you to their 40 days of Giving Campaign- 2018 Lenten Challenge.  Gather your friends and family to pledge either a can a day or a dollar a day to support the many families in need.  This campaign started February 14th and goes through April 1st- Easter Sunday.  Suggested items are all the usual’s you know!  A full list and additional info can be found on their website at:
·         The Lutheran Church of the Covenant in Dale City wants to pack 30,000 meals for Rise Against Hunger on March 10th.  Super fun, family friendly event to help those less fortunate.  You can choose either morning or afternoon shift.  Please visit: for the link to register. They also need donations to buy the meal components.  Please call Patti at (703) 200-3077 to learn more.
·          Occoquan Watershed Clean-up is hosted by Rebekah a 13 yr. old Girl Scout on March 10th 10am-12;30 at Lake Ridge Park.  Come support her litter prevention project!  Please email Rebekah to volunteer or for more info at:
·         Save the date! April 21st for the 9th Annual Upper Occoquan River Clean-up – 9am-2pm. This extensive project has a whole number of places to start the day. Trash bags, water, gloves and refreshments provided.  Please visit their website at: to register and get all the specifics for the day. Please email Ed at to learn more.
·         The ARC Greater Prince William invites you and your family to their 5K Run/Walk/Roll on Saturday April 28th, 8am at Potomac Nationals Stadium. $25 for the first 100 participants, $30 early-bird registration before April 1stand then $40 regular price.  Please visit for more info and to register today!
·         Mark your calendars for April 18th at Chick-Fil-A in Lake Ridge to find more volunteer opportunities from area agencies.  The event is 9am-10:30am.  Bring your friends for free coffee.
·         The Bull Run Rotary Club invites you to their annual Manassas Runway 10K, 5K or 1 mile run on the Manassas Airport Runway on Sunday April 29that 8am. Please register online at:
If you are looking for other opportunities, please don’t forget to call my wonderful team at Volunteer Prince William. Jan can help you with the Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP) opportunities at (703) 369-5292 ext. 1, Shelley can help with any individual or group projects and send you weekly updates if you’d like. Shelley is at (703) 369-5292 ext. 0, and Bonnie can help you with opportunities available in Disaster Preparedness at (703) 369-5292 ext. 3. Please visit our newly re-vamped website at Thanks so much for all you do in our community.

Woman yelling, baby crying in Dumfries hotel room alert officers

From the Prince William police press release:

Felony Child Neglect – On March 8 at 9:20PM, officers responded to the Days Inn located at 16925 Old Stage Rd in Dumfries (22025) to investigate an unknown situation. Officers arrived and could hear an unknown female yelling for help and a baby crying inside one of the rooms. After numerous attempts to make contact with the female inside the room, she eventually opened the door. Officers quickly determined she was under the influence of an unknown narcotic. Upon entering the room, a 3-month-old child was located in a car seat in the bathroom in close proximity to drug paraphernalia. Officers detained the accused and requested fire and rescue personnel to examine the child. No injuries were reported. A search warrant was subsequently executed on the room and narcotics were recovered. Following the investigation, the accused, identified as Tiffany La Shawn CLEVELAND, was arrested. Child Protective Services was notified and released the child into the custody of another family member.

Arrested on March 8:

    Tiffany La Shawn CLEVELAND, 34, of the 9500 block of Nittany Dr in Manassas

Charged with 1 count of felony child neglect and 2 counts of possession of a schedule I or II narcotic

    Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

Two suspects, two hotels, two robberies equal arrests

From the Prince William police press release:

Armed Robberies *ARRESTS – On March 5, detectives from the Robbery Unit identified two suspects involved in two separate robberies that occurred at the Rimpal Inn and Suites located on Old Centreville Rd on December 5, 2017, and the Holiday Inn located on Balls Ford Rd on December 7, 2017. Following the investigation, detectives obtained multiple arrest warrants of both suspects, identified as Brendon M. PAINE and Robert Jamal JACKSON. On March 8, PAINE was arrested without incident following the execution of a search warrant at his residence in Fairfax. Further investigation determined that the firearm used in the robberies was recovered when JACKSON was arrested on December 13 following a traffic stop for a traffic violation. JACKSON remains incarcerated at the Adult Detention Center and was served with the additional charges.

Arrested on March 8:

    Brendon M. PAINE, 19, of 6515 Terry Dr in Springfield

    Charged with 2 count of robbery and 2 count of use of a firearm in commission of a felony

       Robert Jamal JACKSON, 24, of 8529 Piney Point Ct in Manassas

    Charged with 2 count of robbery, 2 count of use of a firearm in commission of a felony, and 2 counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

    Court Date: April 10, 2018 | Bond: Both were held WITHOUT bond

    Armed Robbery [Previously Released] – On December 7 at 12:22AM, officers responded to the Holiday Inn located at 10424 Balls Ford Rd in Manassas (20109) to investigate a robbery. An employee reported to police that an unknown man entered the business and approached the front desk. During the encounter, the suspect brandished a handgun and then demanded money. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing the area on foot. No injuries were reported. A police K-9 searched for the suspect who was not located. The investigation continues.

    Armed Robbery [Previously Released] – On December 5 at 11:44PM, officers responded to the Rimpal Inn located at 7399 Old Centreville Rd in Manassas (20111) to investigate a robbery. An employee reported to police that an unknown male wearing a mask jumped over the front counter and brandishing a handgun at the employee. During the encounter, the suspect forced the employee to open the register to obtain money. The suspect then fled the business on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. No injuries were reported. A police K-9 responded to search for the suspect who was not located. The investigation continues.

Vavoline and Taco Bell have something in common – this Woodbridge suspect

From the Prince William police press release:

Strong-Armed Robbery *ARREST – On March 9, detectives with the Robbery Unit were able to review video surveillance of the robbery that occurred on March 7 at the Taco Bell located at 17380 Dumfries Rd in the Town of Dumfries. Upon viewing the video, patrol officers were able to identify the suspect as Carlos Alberto BENSUSAN who had been arrested on March 8 for an unrelated burglary that occurred at the Vavoline in Woodbridge on March 7. Following the investigation, the accused was charged and remains incarcerated at the Adult Detention Center.   

    Arrested on March 9:

    Carlos Alberto BENSUSAN, 33, of 1523 Margaret St in Woodbridge

    Additionally charged with robbery

Court Date: April 10, 2018 | Bond: Held WITHOUT bond

Strong-Armed Robbery [Previously Released] – On March 7 at 9:38PM, officers responded to the Taco Bell located at 17380 Dumfries Rd in the Town of Dumfries (22026) to investigate a robbery. An employee reported to police that an unknown man went behind the counter and pushed an employee away from the cash register. The suspect then took an undisclosed amount of money from the register before fleeing the business on foot. No injuries were reported.  A police K-9 searched for the suspect who was not located.

    Commercial Burglary [previously Released] – On March 7 at 7:51AM, officers responded to the Vavoline located at 14103 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a burglary. Video surveillance revealed that a former employee, identified as Carlos Alberto BENSUSAN, kicked out one of the garage door panels then entered the business at 11:57PM on March 6. The accused took an undisclosed amount of money before leaving the business on foot. Following the investigation, officers obtained an arrest warrant for the accused. The accused was subsequently located at his residence and arrested without incident on March 8.

    Arrested on March 8:

    Carlos Alberto BENSUSAN, 33, of 1523 Margaret St in Woodbridge

    Charged with burglary

Court Date: May 14, 2018 | Bond: Held WITHOUT bond


Make local travel easier for the senior in your life

We know what it’s like to live in this area. Between the busyness of everyday living, the demands continuously made of us and the traffic, it’s enough to try the sanity of even the most level-headed among us. So imagine what it’s like for the senior in your life who has to travel locally with you. Not only can they feel your stress, they have their own issues to manage.

We’ve worked with families enough to know that no one wants tempers to flare or plans to be disrupted, especially over something that could have been avoided by implementing some simple strategies. Because we understand how easy it is to get derailed by even the little things, we’ve put together these tips and reminders to help make traveling locally with your senior as smooth and painless as possible. Let’s get started.

One week or more before the trip – Yes, prep starts this early. It begins by being judicious about setting appointments or scheduling errands. Based on the needs of the senior in your care, book appointments and activities in segments that are reasonable. Don’t try to cram multiple appointments in on the same day if you don’t have to. And avoid running from one side of town to another if you can group your errands geographically. If you don’t plan this part wisely, the whole local travel experience can quickly become a tiresome exercise in frustration that rarely ends well.

48 to 12 hours before the trip – This is probably going to be mostly a period of observation. Pay attention to how the senior in your care is feeling emotionally and physically. If they have been having specific challenges close to the scheduled local travel, you’ll want to judge whether or not the plans you’ve made still make sense. Address any issues as soon as possible. Even if all is well, during this period you’ll want to remind your senior about the plans you’ve made together. It’s good to jog the memory as often as needed, and doing so can give the senior in your care something to look forward to.

Four to three hours before the trip – Depending on the needs of the senior in your care, you will need to allow plenty of time for getting ready. Choosing clothing, then bathing, dressing, eating, and discussing plans again, can be time consuming. Decrease stress by allowing enough time to get everything done at a comfortable pace.

Two hours before the trip – This is a good time for the senior in your care to relax a little while you do things like ready yourself and gather necessary items for the excursion. Veteran caregivers keep a physical or mental list of must-have items for the drive. These can include medical equipment, medication, snacks, books, checkbooks, credit cards, phones, extra clothing and sanitary items. Make sure you have enough of everything. You don’t want to run out of necessities like oxygen or blood sugar testing strips before you return home.

One hour before the trip – Remind the senior in your care that you are getting ready to leave. Take care of any last minute toileting or hygiene. Don’t expect to be able to rush out the door and jump into the car. Give yourself plenty of time to address any mobility issues. This is also a good time to reassess your senior’s mood. Some seniors become anxious as it gets closer to leaving the home where they know they have everything they need. Remind them you’ve planned and packed, and review with them what you have on hand. If your senior reminds you of something you’ve overlooked, be grateful they told you before you walked out the door!

In the car – Help the senior in your care into the vehicle. Make them comfortable and assist with the seatbelt, double checking to ensure it is fastened correctly. Play soothing music or enjoy a light conversation. Drive safely. And don’t be surprised if you need to stop prior to reaching your destination. If you’ve planned ahead, you know this is a possibility, and you’ll have plenty of time to take care of those emergency bathroom breaks.

Upon arrival – Arrange everything so that when you help the senior in your care out of the vehicle, you don’t have to leave them standing unassisted while you rush around and gather the items you’ve packed. If this means they have to sit in the car for a few moments while you prepare, that’s fine. Better to have everything organized so you’ll have free hands to help out your fellow traveler.

When you look at this list, you might say, wow. That’s an awful lot of preparation just to run a few errands or make it to an appointment. If that’s what you’re thinking, you’re right. Traveling with seniors requires more work and strategy than many younger people are accustomed to. The good news is, the more you do it, the easier it gets, and the more enjoyable your time spent together becomes. It’s these little local adventures that can mean a lot to the senior in your life. And that makes the effort well worth it.  

This post is sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care serving Prince William and Fauquier counties.

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14-year-old, 12-year-old, charged with school related threats

From the Prince William police press release:

Threats on School Grounds – On March 7 at 4:27PM, officers received information of a potential threat of violence at Rippon Middle School located at 15101 Blackburn Rd in Woodbridge (22191). The investigation revealed that a student, a 14-year-old male, communicated over the social media app “Snapchat” suggesting an act of violence at the school. A search warrant was subsequently executed at the residence of the student. Following the investigation, officers obtained a petition for the student who was served and released back to the custody of a family member.

Charged on March 8: [Juvenile]

A 14-year-old male of Woodbridge

Charged with threats of serious bodily injury on school property

Court Date: Pending | Status: Released to the custody of a family member

Threats on School Grounds – On March 5 at 11:22PM, officers received information of a potential threat of violence at Lake Ridge Middle School located at 12350 Mohican Rd in Woodbridge (22192). A student reported to officers that she overheard another student earlier that day making statements suggesting violence at the school. On the morning of March 6, a School Resource Officer identified the student who made the statements. During a subsequent search of the student, a single disassembled scissor blade was recovered. Upon further investigation after speaking with the student, the School Resource Officer determined that the threat was not credible. Following the investigation, a School Resource Officer obtained petitions for the student who was served and released back to the custody of a family member. The case will be handled through Juvenile Intake.

Charged on March 6: [Juvenile]

A 12-year-old male of Woodbridge

Charged with knowingly communicating a false threat to damage a building and possession of a weapon on school property

Dumfries Taco Bell robbed, suspect at large

From the Prince William police report:

Strong-Armed Robbery – On March 7 at 9:38PM, officers responded to the Taco Bell located at 17380 Dumfries Rd in the Town of Dumfries (22026) to investigate a robbery. An employee reported to police that an unknown man went behind the counter and pushed an employee away from the cash register. The suspect then took an undisclosed amount of money from the register before fleeing the business on foot. No injuries were reported.  A police K-9 searched for the suspect who was not located.

Suspect Description:

White male of an unknown age, 5’10”, 260lbs with a heavy build, blue eyes, and brown hair

Last seen wearing a black hat, red hooded with “Snap on” lettering, and work style pants

Police searching for Woodbridge man accused of human, sex trafficking

From the Prince William police press release:

Human Trafficking – In October of 2017, officers began to investigate reports of sex trafficking at the Quality Inn located at 1109 Horner Rd in Woodbridge (22191).  The investigation revealed that the accused arranged for a prostitute, a 19-year-old woman, to meet with two males at the above location. Following the investigation, officers obtained multiple arrests warrant for the accused, identified as Maurice Lamont COTTON. Attempts to locate the accused have been unsuccessful. The investigation continues.


Maurice Lamont COTTON, 36, of the 12800 block of Island House Lp in Woodbridge

Described as a black male, 6’02”, 210lbs, with brown eyes and black hair

Wanted for human trafficking, commercial sex trafficking, and receiving money for procuring a person

Home and brush catch fire in Woodbridge

From the Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Fire Department press release:

Woodbridge, VA March 3, 2018 — 7:00 p.m. Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Fire Department  responded to the report of a house fire at 2004 Horner Road, Woodbridge. Initial units arrived on scene within minutes and reported a house well involved with fire. Crews responded in a defensive attack.  Not only was the house on fire, but firefighters had to contain a brush fire due to the wooded and heavy brush area around the home.   

Fire & Rescue units from OWL VFD, Dale City VFD and PWC Department of Fire & Rescue and PWCPD, responded to the incident. No one was injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation by  the Prince William County Fire Marshal’s office.

OWL VFD is one of the largest and busiest volunteer fire departments in the United States with almost 300 members. OWL VFD provides fire suppression, EMS care, and rescue services to 80,000 residents in our 27 square mile area through the operation of three fire stations. OWL volunteer Firefighters and EMTs work the 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. shift, five days a week, plus 24/7 holidays and weekends.

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