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Officer loses mirror, Manassas man pepper sprayed

From Prince William police: 

?Assault & Battery on Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) – On June 8 at 10:10PM, an officer working an off-duty detail was parked in front of the Ashland Conservancy HOA clubhouse located at 5550 Fincastle Dr in Manassas (20112) when he was approached by a vehicle. When the officer approached the vehicle, the driver placed the vehicle in reverse and struck the officer with the driver’s side mirror and front fender before fleeing the parking lot.  The driver ignored the officer’s emergency equipment, including lights and siren, and continued until he pulled into a residential driveway a short distance away. When the officer attempted to take the accused into custody, he resisted.  The officer deployed pepper spray and eventually took the accused into custody without further incident. Minor injuries were reported by the accused.
Arrested on June 8:

Shawn Lyle PRICHARD, 44, of 15535 Boar Run Ct in Manassas
Charged with assault & battery on LEOhit & runeluding police, and obstruction of justice 
Court Date: July 25, 2018 | Bond: Held WITHOUT bond

Donned in black, burglars hit five stores on Route 1

From Prince William police: 

Commercial Burglaries – During the early morning hours of June 9, officers responded to investigate five commercial burglaries that occurred throughout the Woodbridge area of Prince William County.

Officers determined that sometime between 2:45AM and 5:23AM, two unknown suspects wearing all dark clothing forced entry into the B-Thrifty located at 13412 Jefferson Davis Hwy, the Food Lion located at 13414 Jefferson Davis Hwy, the Wendy’s located at 14113 Jefferson Davis Hwy, the Shell service station located at 12522 Gordon Blvd, and the Exxon service station located at 13505 Minnieville Rd.

The suspects attempted to take money from cash registers and an ATM machine. Several cartons of cigarettes and money were reported missing. It is believed that the suspects used a dark colored SUV to flee the area. The investigation continues.

OmniRide to go ESP for Capitals victory parade on Tuesday

From an email: 

A Victory Parade to celebrate the Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals will be held on Tuesday, June 12 in Washington, D.C. starting at 11 a.m. 

Due to the anticipated crowds and many street closures, the Emergency Service Plan (ESP) will be in effect ALL DAY on OmniRide express buses for the AM and PM commute.

When the ESP is in effect, some OmniRide express routes do not operate and other routes take passengers only to/from Metro Stations.

Because this is an event that’s known about in advance, OmniRide express passengers will pay Metro Direct fare of $3.45 per trip with a SmarTrip card.

Buses on local routes and on routes that regularly serve the Metro stations will operate on June 12 as scheduled and standard fares will be charged.

Boy Scouts collect, dispose of flags at landfill for Flag Day

From an email: 

Every year the United States celebrates Flag Day on June 14 to mark the anniversary of the adopting “the Stars and Stripes” as the nation’s official flag. County residents have the opportunity to observe the holiday by retiring old or tattered American flags at the Prince William County Landfill anytime during open hours.

Local Boy Scout troops collect the flags and ensure that they are properly disposed of and ceremoniously retired. Flag retirement is a long-standing American tradition of respectfully and reverently burning flags that are no longer fit to be flown.

The American Flag Collection Center led by Scout Leader Dave Byrne is a joint effort between the Boy Scouts of America Occoquan and Bull Run Districts, Keep Prince William Beautiful and Prince William County Solid Waste Division.

The partners who run the American Flag Collection Center consider safety in addition to tradition. Not all flags are safe to burn, for example, American flags made of nylon can release toxic fumes when burned. These flags will be recycled in an appropriate manner.

Flags are accepted at both the Prince William Landfill or the Balls Ford Road Compost Facility. The Prince William County Landfill is open Monday-Saturday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The Balls Ford Road Compost Facility is open Monday-Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

Remains identified as belonging to Palmer Marsh

NOKESVILLE — The search for 16-year-old Palmer Marsh is over.

The badly decomposed remains found Tuesday in Nokesville are those of the missing teenager who left his parent’s home just over a month ago.

From Prince William police:

Death Investigation *UPDATE – On June 7, the Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the identity of the human remains located in the 14800 block of Glenkirk Road in Nokesville on June 5. The remains were positively identified as Palmer Curtis MARSH, 16, of Nokesville. Palmer was reported missing to police on May 4 after he was last seen leaving his residence on foot toward a wooded area of the family property in Nokesville on May 2. Since then, multiple ground and aerial searches were conducted in and around the area. At this time, no foul play is suspected in his death. Detectives are awaiting final results of the Medical Examiner’s report to confirm cause and manner of death. The investigation continues.

Because Palmer left the house on his own, police did not consider the teen to be missing and endangered. However, the department dispatched search teams to look for the boy.

Later in the month, police changed Palmer’s status to missing endangered and brought in outside resources to include police helicopters, adding them to the search effort.

Gov. Northam rocks the red in Prince William County ahead of Capitals Stanley Cup finals game

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY — Virginia Governor Ralph Northam came to Prince William County on Thursday.

He spoke to a group of business leaders at a luncheon at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on George Mason University Science and Technology Campus.

While on campus, Northam paused for a photo with Virginia Senator Jeremy McPike (D-29, Prince William, Manassas) and George Mason University President Angel Cabrera.

Gov. Northam rocks the red in Prince William County ahead of Capitals Stanley Cup finals game

The two posed in front of a statue of the late Virginia State Senator Charles Colgan. There’s a Washington Capital’s jersey on that statue, placed there ahead of tonight’s matchup where the hockey team will play the fifth in a series of Stanley Cup Finals games against the first-year expansion team the Las Vegas Knights.

The Capitals lead the series three games to one. If they win Thursday night, it will be the team’s first Stanley Cup victory since the team formed in 1974.

Special Olympics Virginia torch carried through Quantico

QUANTICO — Runners and members of the Prince William police and sheriff’s office and Manassas police handed off the torch to military police. 

The torch made its way to Quantico about noon on Thursday. Runners made their way south along Route 1 from the Prince William County Police Eastern District Station to the Marine Corps Base. 

Police directed traffic so the runners could safely use Route 1 south to hold the torch high. 

Runners are on their way to Richmond to light the torch at the Special Olympics Virginia Summer games that will start Saturday. 

The torch will pass through Stafford County along Route 1 starting 6 a.m. Friday.

Fire breaks out on Soffitt Place. Crews sent to wrong house.

WOODBRIDGE — A caller with the wrong address sent fire crews to the wrong house while another burned.

From an email: 

Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Firefighters responded to the report of a house fire in Lake Ridge.  Fire and Rescue units were initially sent to the wrong address in another neighborhood. However,  a second caller was able to direct crews to the correct address of 3534 Soffitt Place. Units arrived within minutes to find fire on the side of the house and through the roof. 

Arriving almost simultaneously, crews were able to extinguish the exterior fire on the house, shed and car while additional crews made entry to fight the interior house fire.

The fire was under control in 25 minutes. Crews remained on scene for several hours.  The blaze is under investigation by the Prince William County Fire Marshal’s Office.  

American Red Cross was called and assisted the occupants with temporary housing. Fire and Rescue units from OWL VFD, Dale City VFD, and PWCDF&R responded to the incident. 

Special Olympics torch run to pass through region Thursday, Friday

QUANTICO — The annual Virginia Special Olympics Torch Run will pass through Prince William and Stafford counties.

Starting at 10 a.m. Thursday, runners with the Prince William County and Manassas police departments, and Prince William County Sheriff’s Office will carry the torch from the Dumfries Volunteer Fire Department Station 17 at 15219 Hollyside Drive in Montclair to the Prince William County Gar-Field (Eastern District) Police Station. The torch is expected to arrive at 11:05 a.m. The route will follow Waterway Drive to Cardinal Drive.

From there, the torch will be carried down Route 1 to Quantico Marine Corps Base where it will be carried by military police. It is expected to arrive there at 12:45 p.m.

On Friday, the torch will make its way through Stafford County starting at 6 a.m. at Pizza Hut at 2883 Jefferson Davis Highway in North Stafford. Runners will take the torch south on Route 1. It should arrive at the county courthouse at 6:40 a.m.

Members of law enforcement will then join the run when the torch arrives at the Rappahannock Regional Jail at 7 a.m. The torch is expected to arrive in Falmouth an hour-and-a-half later ending its run in Stafford County.

The “Flame of Hope” torch is on its way to the Special Olympics Summer Games in Richmond. It’s making a 1,900-mile journey in communities across the state.

The final mile of the torch run is Friday, June 8, from the State Capitol to University of Richmond’s Robin’s Stadium where 1,500 athletes will be waiting to kick off the summer games.

Von Willebrand’s disease is the most common inherited bleeding disorder

Michele Thomas has a standing appointment two days a week. But, it isn’t to get her hair or nails done or improve her backswing — it’s to get the vital infusions to keep her healthy.

While some would dread their appointments, Michele looks forward to visiting the Infusion Center at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center.

“Some of these ladies have been with me since day one! I don’t remember a time when they weren’t there. It’s like a home to me. I’ve spent my whole diagnosis here,” said Michele, with tears in her eyes.

These nurses and staff have been a part of Michele’s life for more than a decade. Nurses like Karen Setzer.

“Many times we see our patients over and over, and we can’t help but get attached to them in one way or another. Every patient is unique, and yet when they arrive for the first time, you can tell how vulnerable they feel. As a team, we do our best to allay their fears to help make their stay as comfortable as possible.”

Michele was diagnosed with von Willebrand disease in 2007. Her mother lived with the same condition until her death in 2006.

“Von Willebrand’s disease is the most common inherited bleeding disorder, affecting approximately 1% of the population. However, only 1% of affected individuals have medically significant bleeding problems,” explains Michele’s doctor, Hematologist, and Oncologist Geoffrey Moorer, MD. “Patients with von Willebrand’s disease have a deficiency or abnormality of von Willebrand’s factor, which is one of the many proteins our bodies make to regulate bleeding and blood clotting.”

Michele says while her grandmother was never officially diagnosed, she was always classified as a “bleeder.” Her mother was identified as having the condition when she was in her late 50’s, that’s why when Michele was diagnosed in her 40’s, she wasn’t necessarily surprised.

“At first I thought it was just the effects of coming off my blood pressure medicine,” remembers Michele. “Two days later, I still couldn’t get myself together. I had no energy. I was short of breath. Thinking the blood pressure medicine still wasn’t out of my system, I went to the Emergency Room. They took a tube of blood and came back saying I needed a blood transfusion.”

That would be the first of more than 2,500 bags of blood Michele has received, to date. After the initial shock of learning her diagnosis, Michele composed herself.

“I had a moment where I had a pity party for myself, but then I got it together, I had taken care of my mom after her diagnosis, so I knew what I had to do.”

The nurses and staff, along with Dr. Moorer, have helped guide her through the process.

“There are several types of von Willebrand’s disease and the spectrum of bleeding problems varies greatly among patients. So there is no ‘normal’ course of treatment. Patients with the most severe bleeding problems often require treatment with ‘replacement factors’ which are proteins that regulate blood clotting in the body. While patients with less severe forms of the disease may require no regular treatment at all or intermittent medications that cause their body to make more of their own blood clotting factors,” explains Dr. Moorer.

Michele is a patient that requires bi-weekly visits to Sentara’s Outpatient Infusion Center.

“I just couldn’t imagine going through this at any other place,” says Michele, “These people are like family to me!”

The Outpatient Infusion Center is just part of the expanding cancer resources at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center. A recent move within the hospital has reconfigured services so they’re all grouped together on the first floor, allowing easier access for patients and family members.

“The Infusion Center allows patients to receive ongoing skilled treatment while continuing with their daily activities and often allow them to continue working if need be,” says Setzer, an RN, and Oncology Certified Nurse. “We offer a multitude of services that include chemotherapy, blood transfusions, biologics, vaccines injections, iron infusions, as well as many other treatments. Our team comes from all different backgrounds, and yet, we all have the same purpose: to improve the health of every patient we treat. We are a team of respect, closeness and are always each other’s wingmen.”

It’s this attention and commitment to exemplary patient care that keeps Michele coming back to Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, even though she now lives in Fairfax.

“I would absolutely recommend the Infusion Center to people, my loyalty and faith belong to Sentara. It’s not just the care you get, but it’s the people also. I love all the ladies. I just couldn’t even imagine going through this at any other place.”

To learn about the Sentara Cancer Network and Outpatient Infusion Services at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, call 703-523-0640 or visit to find the services that are right for you.

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El Polo Rico on Minnieville Road burns

From Prince William fire and rescue: 

Fire Incident
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
1:48 PM

Units were dispatched to the El Polo Rico restaurant in the 14000 block of Minnieville Road for a building fire. Units arrived on the scene with smoke showing from the roof. The fire was discovered in the exhaust ventilation duct system. The fire was quickly brought under control. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s Office. The business will be closed until repairs are made.


VRE train delayed? Riders can kiss Metro option goodbye.

From an email: 

Starting July 1, 2018, the Metro Option will no longer be available for VRE riders.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), which operates Metrorail, has been a valuable partner of VRE during service disruptions. When we experience a service disruption, VRE has been able to open the Metro Option as a part of our recovery efforts. This allows VRE riders to show a validated VRE ticket to the Metrorail station manager for access into the Metro system as one way to help mitigate disruption of a rider’s trip.

As a part of their efforts to keep Metro Safe, Reliable and Affordable, WMATA is making changes to their rail stations that will secure the gates previously used to allow VRE riders and others access to the system. Unfortunately, these changes will eliminate VRE’s ability to offer the Metro Option.

In the event of a service disruption, VRE riders may still use Metro as an alternative. However, riders will have to use a personal SmarTrip card and incur the cost of the trip.

We understand and support WMATA’s efforts to improve their system, including this initiative that aims to decrease fare evasion and customer conflicts. WMATA’s change also impacts MARC riders, and VRE is committed to working with MARC and WMATA for a long-term, regional solution allowing us to add the Metro Option back to our resources during service disruptions.

There’s no more room for cats at Prince William animal shelter

From Prince William police: 

Due to an influx of cats entering the Animal Shelter— and with kitten season in full swing—the Shelter has nearly reached capacity. The public’s help is needed as Shelter staff implement a managed intake policy for cats. The policy is designed to ensure that adequate care is provided for the animals housed at the Shelter.

The Animal Shelter does not euthanize animals for space (or for time in the Shelter), so once the facility is at full capacity the intake of animals is managed to avoid overcrowded conditions that lead to increased stress and illness.

If you own a cat and need to surrender it, it please contact the Shelter by calling 703-792-646, or send an email to, to have your name placed on a waitlist. You will be contacted once there is space to house your cat, or to assist you in finding an alternative placement.

If you find a stray cat that does not have identification, please first make the following attempts to find the owner:

• Check for any visible identification, such as a tag. ?
• If the cat can be placed in a carrier safely, please take it to a local veterinarian ?clinic or bring by the Shelter to be scanned for a microchip. ?
• Contact the Shelter directly to place a “found report” on file. ?
• Post on social media sites, such as Lost and Found Pets Prince William County ?VA. ?
• Talk to your neighbors, and place posters in the area the cat was found.

If you find a stray cat that appears to be injured or ill, or is in need of immediate assistance, please bring it to the Shelter. By working together, residents and Shelter staff can save as many feline lives as possible. The latest research in animal sheltering shows that lost cats are far more likely to find their way home on their own than if they are reunited with an owner from a shelter.

Human remains found during search for missing boy

From Prince William police: 

Found Human Remains – On June 5 at approximately 3:00PM, Prince William County detectives, with the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, located unidentified human remains in a wooded area near the 14800 block of Glenkirk Road in Nokesville (20181).

The area was being surveyed by detectives regarding the ongoing investigation into the missing person’s case of Palmer Marsh. Due to the condition in which the remains were found, police are unable to confirm the identity of the individual at this time.

The remains were transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Manassas for further analysis in order to identify the person and determine their cause of death. There is no known threat to the public.

More information will be released when available. The investigation continues.

‘An animal carcass, which appeared to be “roadkill,” was also dismembered’

From a police report: 

?Destruction of School Property – On the morning of May 29, a School Resource Officer (SRO) was notified concerning some vandalism to the stadium complex at Battlefield High School located at 15000 Graduation Dr in Haymarket (20169).
The investigation revealed that sometime between the evening of May 28 and the morning of May 29, obscene images and profanity were spray-painted onto the field and track as well as the visitors’ bleachers. An animal carcass, which appeared to be “roadkill”, was also dismembered and scattered throughout the premises.
On June 4, the SRO received an anonymous tip concerning the identities of the suspects involved. Upon further investigation, the SRO with the assistance of detectives with the Property Crimes Bureau identified all of the suspects involved as Battlefield High School students. Following the investigation, the SRO obtained arrest warrants for all four students who eventually turned themselves in to police later that evening without incident.
Arrested on June 4:

Jordan Ryan PUMPHREY, 18, of 6868 Jockey Club Ln in Haymarket 
Ramon Eduardo ROMERO SERPAS, 18, of 3467 Castle Hill Dr in Woodbridge
Bryant Keith SCHAIBLE, 18, of 15000 Largo Vista Dr in Haymarket

All three were charged with destruction of property and conspiracy to commit a felony

Jared Nicholas YUSKO, 19, of 14303 Broughton Pl in Gainesville                                                                  
Charged with conspiracy to commit a felony

Court Date: August 21, 2018 | Bond: All were held on $2,000 secured bonds

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