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One seriously injured in apartment fire outside Quantico

One person was taken to an area hospital suffering from life-threatening injuries Sunday from an apartment fire. 

Authorities did not provide the age or gender of the victim.

From a press release: 

On Sunday, April 8, at 11:25 a.m., fire and rescue units were dispatched to a structure fire in a multi-family complex, Quantico Court Apartments, located in the 19000 block of Fuller Heights Road in Quantico.

Upon arrival, firefighters discovered a fire in a first-floor apartment with an injured citizen. The injured citizen sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported to a regional health care facility for treatment. No other injuries were reported.

Firefighters extinguished the fire containing it to the apartment of origin with minimal damage to surrounding units. Damages are described as moderate.

The Building Official has posted the apartments, damaged by the fire, unsafe.

Red Cross was on scene to assist 2 additional adults displaced by the fire.The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s Office.

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Manassas man pays women to sexually abuse children in the Philippines

From Acting United States Attorney Tracy Doherty-McCormick: 

A Manassas man pleaded guilty today to using the Internet to pay women to sexually abuse children as young as six years old in the Philippines while he produced numerous images of the abuse.

According to court documents, from at least October 2011 until February 2012, Dwayne Stinson, 53, used an electronic payment service to pay women in the Philippines he was chatting with to sexually abuse children while he directed the abuse. He admitted that some of the children were as young as six or seven years old. Stinson contemporaneously produced numerous screenshot images of the abuse and stored them on his computer.

Stinson pleaded guilty to production of child pornography and faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison when sentenced on August 24. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

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Last call for entries ‘Help a Horse’ Day

From a press release: 

The Prince William County Animal Shelter’s annual “Help a Horse” Day is Sunday, April 29. To help observe this important day, the Animal Shelter is sponsoring an art contest for middle school students who live in Prince William County. This is the last call for entries!

The theme is “Horse Feathers,” and all artwork must include an equine animal and be the original work of the exhibitor. Computer-generated artwork is not accepted.

Entries are limited to 2- or 3-dimensional artwork. Colored pencil, ink, and crayon are the suggested materials. The minimum size of the artwork is 5”x7” – and it can be no larger than 11”x14”. Artwork must be framed and ready to hang. Each piece must have the exhibitor’s name, address and phone number secured on the back.

Please bring submissions with completed registration forms to the Prince William County Animal Shelter during normal operating hours. The Shelter’s address is 14807 Bristow Road, Manassas (20112). Entries will be accepted April 17-22. The artwork will be on display at the Shelter from Tuesday, April 24, through Sunday, April 29, and will be judged prior to the event, which starts at noon.

Ribbons will be presented for “champion” and “popular vote,” as well as first place through sixth place. Winning artwork will be displayed at the McCoart County Government Building from May 25, 2018, until June 1, 2018.

Contestants may pick up their artwork on April 29, between 4 and 5 p.m. All artwork, other than the winning entries, MUST be picked up by 5 p.m. Winning entries may be picked up from the Animal Shelter after June 6, 2018.

To see the 2018 contest guidelines, including the registration form, please visit the Animal Shelter website at

Stafford woman killed while trying to rescue dog on I-95

A Stafford County woman and her dog were killed Saturday night when she ran out into traffic on Interstate 95 to rescue the animal.

From Virginia State Police:

Virginia State Police Trooper K.D. Comer is investigating a fatal crash in Stafford County. The crash occurred April 7, 2018, at 9:56 p.m. on Interstate 95, less than a mile south of Exit 136.

A 2007 Toyota Camry was traveling south on I-95 when it ran off the interstate and struck the guardrail. A dog that was traveling in the Camry escaped from the vehicle following the crash. The driver of the Camry and dog’s owner, Katie M. Mason, 28, of Stafford, Va., chased after the dog into the southbound travel lanes.

A 2012 Honda Civic traveling south on I-95 was unable to avoid striking Mason, as she ran through the travel lane. Mason died at the scene. The dog was also struck and did not survive.

The crash remains under investigation.

Chick-fil-A Bristow turns 9!

Chick-fil-A Bristow turns nine years old this week. Check out these other awesome anniversary week specials.

And, don’t miss the party coming this Saturday.

Chick-fil-A Bristow is located at 9939 Sowder Village Square in Manassas. It’s open 6 a.m to 10 p.m. and is closed Sunday.

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Balls Ford Road recycling center reopens after massive fire

Updated 9:30 a.m. 

The Prince William County Balls Ford Road Compost facility is now open. There will be no sale of mulch and compost available until further notice, according to the Prince William County Deapartment of Solid Waste. 

Orignal post 8:54 a.m. 

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY — A fire at an aggregate recycling and aggregate plant quickly spread to a Prince William County recycling center.

Fire crews were called to large brush fire the Commonwealth Recycling and Aggregates plant in the 7800 block of Piney Branch Court off Balls Ford Road near Gainesville at 4:36 p.m. Friday, April 6.

The fire quickly spread, jumping over Balls Ford Road to a Prince Willam County recycling center for yard waste. The fire ignited several mulch piles and heavy earth moving equipment at the recycling center.

The fire was contained and no one was injured. As of Monday, fire and rescue units have cleared the scene of the fire, but there may be some residual smoke due to the amount of mulch that was smoldering.

We don’t yet know the value of the equipment lost at the recycling center. The center is closed until further notice from the county’s department of solid waste.

During the closure, residents can deliver trash, recyclables, and yard trimmings to the Prince William County Landfill, located at 14811 Dumfries Road, Manassas.