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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 www.pwcgov.org/animalshelter.

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.

For the first time, Corey Stewart gives a business award to a firm that, for the first time, built a new apartment complex outside the Capital Beltway

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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.

Call to Action: Saved Hands Foundation has the perfect excuse not to cook lunch or dinner

   Good Morning – ACTS in Dumfries needs handy volunteers to help with sprucing up around the Food Pantry and Hunger prevention Center. It’s a great get your hands dirty project that will help them immensely. Come join the folks at ACTS by filling out the volunteer registration form on the website: actspwc.org or email Tamika at: tmartin2@actspwc.org to learn more.

·          You don’t want to miss the Osbourn High School Theatre Company’s performance of Fiddler on the Roof next weekend, April 12-14 at 7pm each night.  It’s all my favorite songs: If I were a rich man, Sunrise, Sunset and Matchmaker, Matchmaker.  Tickets are just $10 for adults and $8 for students.  Please visit: osbourntheatre.com for more info.

·         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: voice4life.org or email them at: drc@carenetprcs.org for more info.

·         CASA Children’s Intervention Services invites you to attend a volunteer information session at various locations during the month of May.  Learn how you can make a difference in the life of a child suffering from abuse or neglect.  Please visit their website at: casacis.org or email Suzanne at smitchell@casacis.org to learn more.

·          Community Services and the Prevention Alliance is looking for a graphic designer and/or website designer to create a logo and internet presence for the coalition.  The Prevention Alliance’s mission to promote mental health and reduce substance abuse in the greater community.  They are a committed group with a big vision and would greatly appreciate your time and talent.  Please call Heather at (571) 641-7019 or via email at: hmartinsen@pwcgov.org to learn more.

·         Youth for Tomorrow is looking for volunteers to share hobbies and interests with the kids on weekends. If you have a little time please bring your interest to share with them such as sewing, gardening, cooking, golf, arts & crafts, jewelry to name just a few.  Please fill out the volunteer application with your resume at: youthfortomorrow.org.

·         The Live Well Festival needs volunteers on Saturday April 21st. for a number of fun positions including directional assistants in the morning, helping folks drop off to the shredding truck for the morning or afternoon shift and assisting the cooking demos that also have a morning or afternoon shift.  Please email Melissa at:melissa@historicmanassasinc.org to learn more.

·         Comcast Cares Day is Saturday April 21st from 7:30am-1pm at the Georgetown South Community in Manassas.  This wonderful partnership with Leadership Prince William brings together hundreds of volunteers to do supper stuff throughout the community.  Grab your friends, family and colleagues to join in the fun.  Tasks for the day include mulching 45 playgrounds, planting the community garden and window boxes, painting and personalizing 30 picnic tables in the green space but most importantly putting house numbers on the rear of all 840 homes in the community for added security and safety. Please register online at: leadershipprincewilliam.org/event/Comcast-cares-day or by calling the Community Center at: 703-361-4500.  It doesn’t get any easier to accomplish so much more.

·         Saved Hands Foundation has the perfect excuse not to cook lunch or dinner on Thursday April 19th.  Come join them at Bobby’s Burger Palace at Potomac Mills for fun and food to support their wonderful work.  All the proceeds of this event will enable them to purchase school supplies for the Back Pack giveaway to needy children next school year.  Please tell them you’re coming at: groupraise.com/events/57276 by April 16th.

·         Virginia Cooperative Extension is having their next volunteer training starting May 9th.  Come share your knowledge and gain new tips to help families get back on their feet. Please register at: pwcgov.org/money.  Or you can call Victoria at (703) 792-4799 to learn more.

·          Volunteers needed on  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: pwtsc.org to register and get all the specifics for the day. Please email Ed at efdandar@verizon.net 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: volunteer@asnv.org 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.

·         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 1st and then $40 regular price.  Please visit arcgpw.org for more info and to register today!

·         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 29th at 8am. Please register online at: bishopseventregistrations.com

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. 2, 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 www.volunteerprincewilliam.org. Thanks so much for all you do in our community.