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Authorities ask for help locating SUV involved in hit-and-run

The Stafford sheriff’s office is seeking help in finding a black crossover-style SUV that could have a blue scrape on its right side. The right side headlight is also out.

The car was involved in a hit-and-run in the northern section of the county on Friday, April 6.

More in a press release:

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance locating a suspect responsible for a hit and run that occurred while the suspect was fleeing law enforcement during a pursuit on Friday in the area of Mine Road and Northampton Boulevard.

On April 6, 2018 at approximately 4:00 p.m., Deputy K.P. Lytle observed a vehicle make an illegal U-turn on Austin Ridge Drive in the merge area between Lafayette Street and Tavern Road. The deputy activated his emergency equipment and began following the vehicle in an attempt to conduct a traffic stop. The vehicle turned onto Francis Court and then Morrissey Stone Court. At the cul-de-sac, the deputy gestured to the driver to stop. The driver then fled at a high rate of speed.

At the intersection of Mine Road and Northampton Boulevard, the suspect vehicle crashed into a blue Cadillac waiting at the traffic light and then continued on. Shortly thereafter, the deputy lost sight of the suspect vehicle and terminated the pursuit. The driver of the Cadillac was not injured.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information to please call (540) 658-4400.

The history of the Ray Farm — the would-be site of the new 325 home ‘Ray’s Regarde’ neighborhood in Woodbridge

Editor’s note: This is a look at the old Ray Farm, the site that is being considered as a place to build 325 new homes, called “Ray’s Regarde.” 

After purchasing 88 acres for $1,000 in cash from Aubrey L. Clarke and Maude Blaine Clarke of Washington D.C. on June 14, 1920, 46-year-old lay preacher, carpenter, and farmer, George W. Ray started to build a house for his still growing family.

It’s likely his recent land purchase was desired to allow his oldest living son, Frederick D. Ray to move into his own house near his father. The land his father purchased was more than enough for both Ray’s to have houses and farmland.

County records show the two houses on the property were built in 1920. They must have been constructed quickly, in the summer months, the houses needed to be ready for the winter chill.

On the 1910 census, George Ray’s family is living in the area, likely fairly close to the Mount Olive Church on Telegraph road. The census shows three sons, and four daughters living in the house with George and Markconia Ray. The children are listed as George Ray, Fred S. Ray, Hellon Ray, Wreather B. Ray, Jonie Ray, Thomas Ray, and Roxsy Ray.

When the 1920 census was done before the 1920 land purchase so they were not yet moved to the Horner Road farm yet. The census shows one son and four daughters living in the house. They are listed as Iona Ray, William T. Ray, Carrine B. Ray, Maude Ray, Angeline Ray.

On the 1930 census, one daughter and one granddaughter are listed as living in the George and Markconia Ray’s home, they are listed as Corene E. Ray, Mamie Brent. The 1930 census also lists Frederick D. Ray in the next group of data, likely because he’s living next door.

The Ray’s had a large family, grounded in farming and faith. George Ray was a farmer all his life, but a dedicated man of faith. In 1915 he helped lay the cornerstone and construct the Mount Olive Church on Telegraph Road. Sometime after WWII George Ray was ordained by Mount Olive Pastor Edward W. Burrell. George’s son, William Thomas Ray, born in 1907, was also a minister.

In 1972 George Ray’s grandson, Frederick L. Ray became pastor of Mount Olive Church and served for 33 years until his death on June, 24, 2000.

In 1996 Frederick Ray and two other pastors founded and established the Friends of Jesus Christ Biblical Institute, renamed the Frederick L. Ray (FLR) Biblical Institute. The institute is a Christian college for pastors, ministers and church leaders to study the word of the Bible. The Frederick L. Ray Biblical Institute is accredited and affiliated with more than 100 other Christian colleges throughout the United States.

Mount Olive’s current pastor, Reverend Clyde W. Ellis, Jr. was ordained by Frederick Ray in 1989 and has been the pastor since March 3, 2001. Reverend Ellis is only the 6th pastor of Mount Olive Church in it’s 100 plus year history.

Several of the Ray family was laid to rest at the Mount Olive Church on Telegraph Road. Family, farming, and faith proved to be a good life for George and his wife. George lived to be 88 and his wife, Markconia died at the age of 94.

Sample from the 1910 Census

Sample from Deed Book 74, page 380

Image of the farm in 1979

House on Ray farm

Image of the farm in 1937

Pot found on man entering courthouse, say authorities

STAFFORD — Stafford authorities said they found marijuana on a man who tried to walk through a security gate on Tuesday.

More from the Stafford sheriff’s office: 

On April 10, 2018, at approximately 9:37 a.m., Master Deputy C.W. Reed was working front desk security at the courthouse when a subject entered the building and appeared to have difficulty taking items out of his pockets before going through the metal detector. The deputy also observed that the subject could not follow directions.

When the subject attempted to go through the metal detector, he set off an alert, prompting Deputy Havasy to request that the subject empty all items out of his pockets. The subject speculated that a coin in his shoes could be setting off the metal detector, so he attempted to remove it.

Deputy Havasy then detected the smell of burnt marijuana and questioned the subject about it. The deputy located marijuana in the subject’s pants pocket. Deputies then learned that the subject, identified as Krystan Earl Keitaro Lewis, 20, of Stafford, was at the courthouse for failing to appear on a previous possession of marijuana charge.

Lewis was detained and then released on an unsecured bond. He is charged with possession of marijuana.

Woodbridge 7-Eleven stabbing suspect found in Fairfax

From Prince William police: 

Stabbing Investigation *ARREST – On April 5, detectives from the Gang Unit concluded an investigation regarding a stabbing that occurred at the 7-Eleven located at 13990 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Woodbridge on November 17. Upon further investigation, detectives determined that this incident was gang related. During the course of the investigation, detectives identified and arrested both suspects. One of the suspects, identified as a 17-year-old male, was arrested without incident in January. The second suspect, identified as Deybi Preczadis MEZA SOTO, was arrested in Fairfax County on April 5. The investigation continues.

Arrested on April 5:

Deybi Preczadis MEZA SOTO, 22, of no fixed address

Charged with gang participation

Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT bond

Charged in January: [Juvenile]

A 17-year-old male of Woodbridge

Charged with gang participation

Court Date: Pending | Status: Held at a Juvenile Detention Center

Stabbing Investigation [Previously Released] – On November 17 at 8:20PM, officers responded to investigate a stabbing which was reported to have occurred at the 7-Eleven located at 13990 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Woodbridge (22191) at approximately 8:00PM. The investigation revealed the victim, a 25-year-old man, was inside the store when he was approached by two unknown men. During the encounter, the men confronted the victim over his shoes and demanded the victim hand the shoes over to them. The victim refused and completed his purchase while the suspects left the store. As the victim was also leaving, one of the men ran by the victim, stabbing him in the lower body with an unknown edged object. The suspect then attempted to stab the victim a second time before both men got into a black sedan, possibly a Honda or Toyota, and fled the area. The suspects yelled gang affiliations during the altercation. The victim was able to get into his own vehicle where he drove to his nearby residence and contacted police. The victim was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The suspects were not located. The investigation continues.