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Our premium membership content tier launches Jan. 10, 2018

Starting Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, we will introduce our premium content tier. I hope you will choose to become a member!

Here, our best and most informative work to cover our community — from local government to new and fun things to do with your friends and family — will be featured in our premium content tier.

Gaining access to our premium content tier is easy, and it’s priced at a great value: $6 a month, or save 10% and pay up front at just $65 a year.

Only selected content will appear on our premium membership tier. Many of the features you have come to expect from Potomac Local, including the police blotter, reader questions, and emails, our popular Breakfast Links email will continue to be sent at 5 a.m. each weekday, will remain free.

So, if you already get it you’ll keep getting it. If you don’t, sign up free.

We first told you about membership and our upcoming premium content in early December.

In addition to access to great local news coverage, members will also be eligible for special offers and discounts from area businesses and will be invited to special events.

Your membership — valued at less than two cups of coffee month — is vital for Potomac Local to not only to continue to cover our community with trusted, unbiased, objective local news but also to expand our coverage in traffic and transportation news, something that affects all Northern Virginians.

I had the pleasure of speaking with many readers about the change shortly after I announced it in December. I’m always available to answer any questions you might have regarding this first-of-its-kind change on Potomac Local, so please email me at ukiser[at]

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Watch your language: How communication influences the care relationship

“No one likes to be given bad news, and a diagnosis of dementia is devastating. How wonderful it would be though if the bad news and negative language stopped at that point.”

So begins a short article by Wendy Mitchell, who is living with dementia.  Wendy says the manner in which care providers communicate can have a profound effect on a patient’s ability to cope with a chronic medical condition.

School delays and closures for Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018

Here’s today’s OPM status. 

The Twitter list below will show closings, delays, and updates from Prince William County Public Schools, Stafford County Public Schools, Manassas City Public Schools, Manassas Park City Public Schools, Northern Virginia Community College, Germanna Community College, George Mason University, Mary Washington University. 

This Twitter list below will show closings, delays, and updates posted by local governments in Prince William County, Stafford County, Manassas City, Manassas Park, Dumfries Town, Haymarket Town, Quantico Marine Corps Base, Fort Belvoir. 

VDOT warns of slick roads Tuesday morning

Transportation officials tell us that they expect tonight’s freezing rain and rain will refreeze overnight.

From the Virginia Department of Transportation: 

FAIRFAX—(7:30 p.m.) As temperatures drop tonight, Virginia Department of Transportation crews will remain on duty to treat roads through some final bands of predicted sleet and freezing rain that will create icy conditions. 

VDOT offers the following reminders for drivers overnight and Tuesday morning:

  • Trucks will continue to treat any wet pavement with salt and/or sand. Give them plenty of room to work. Even previously treated roads will become slick quickly with low pavement temperatures.
  • Stay tuned to the National Weather Service’s forecast and Winter Weather Advisory statements.
  • If conditions are icy, delay trips or allow plenty of extra time and reduce speeds significantly. Take it slow on bridges, ramps, overpasses, and other known trouble spots.
  • Ensure gas and wiper fluid tanks are full, and be prepared with an emergency kit. Here’s

The sun returns on Tuesday with temperatures in the low 40s — a far cry from where we’ve been in with temperatures in the single digits. Get ready for temperatures in the low 60s — yes 60s — with showers on Friday.

Afternoon ice possible, school delays and closures for Monday, Jan. 8, 2018

Here’s today’s OPM status. 

The Twitter list below will show closings, delays, and updates from Prince William County Public Schools, Stafford County Public Schools, Manassas City Public Schools, Manassas Park City Public Schools, Northern Virginia Community College, Germanna Community College, George Mason University, Mary Washington University. 

This Twitter list below will show closings, delays, and updates posted by local governments in Prince William County, Stafford County, Manassas City, Manassas Park, Dumfries Town, Haymarket Town, Quantico Marine Corps Base, Fort Belvoir. 

The flu is making people in our region sicker than it did last year

The waiting room at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center was full on Friday.

The hospital in Woodbridge and its satellite location in Lake Ridge have been swamped in recent days by patients who have fallen ill with the flu.

In Virginia, it’s widespread, and this year’s flu strain is different than what we saw last year. The predominant strain that is seen this year is making people sicker than in year’s past.

Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center Emergency Department Chief Dr. Adam Brown: 

“However this year is dissimilar from last year we are seeing patients get much sicker and have more respiratory type of complaints or respiratory issues associated with it, meaning severe shortness of breath, wheezing, having high fevers listlessness etc. When those type of things are happening, that’s definitely the reason to be coming to the emergency department… Last year with the flu…we didn’t see it at the levels that we are already seeing influenza this year and as early as we are seeing it. We typically gets peaks of influenza in January and February and we’re already starting to see high levels but we’re also starting to see patients get sicker this year than we’ve seen in the past.”

Those who have not already been vaccinated this season for flu should plan to wear a mask if they need to visit the hospital, says Brown:

“… we require them to wear masks not only for their own safety from getting infected by influenza but also to prevent trans transmitting the virus to other patients and to other colleagues. What we’ve done is we have multiple flu kits that are stationed around the entrances in the lobbies that have masks as well as a gel hand sanitizers scattered around the hospital in the hallways et cetera. We just want to make sure that patients know that that’s available to them. We want them to use it liberally because people can spread the virus the influenza virus even before they start having symptoms up to 12 to 24 hours. So whatever you’re coming here to visit a family member or a loved one here at the hospital we want people to feel very comfortable of course and wearing the mask as they’d like. And also we always want people to wash their hands on a very frequent basis with any type of patient interaction or family interaction.”

The flu shot is having less of a preventative effect on patients with this year’s flu strain, Brown tells us. But llu season runs until May, so it’s still a good idea to get your flu shot, says Brown: 

“So it takes a few weeks for the shot to start working within the system and within the body. So if you don’t have your flu shot you need to get it now so that protects you for the end of January February March and beyond. Still recommended one thing that is a little different this year is that the predominant strain of flu that is floating out there around the community is not as sensitive to the flu shot. Now does that mean that you should not get the flu shot. Absolutely not. You still need to get the flu shot because there are still a good chance that that flu vaccine will prevent you from getting the flu. And it’s much better than having nothing.”

And there are over-the-counter ways to treat the flu, says Brown:

‘Those symptoms are fevers chills really severe body aches sometimes headaches and then in addition to that people will get coughing dry cough type symptoms. For the most part most people with run of the mill influenza. It’s a self-limited disease process meaning that taking things like acetaminophen or Tylenol or Motrin to help treat fevers some cough medications over the over-the-counter staying in bed drinking lots of fluids takes care of that illness without a lot of problems.”

The Annual Joe 15 Blood Drive for Joe Page who would have turned 30 this year

Good Morning Prince William – Happy New Year! Please mark your calendars for Saturday, January 20 when the Annual Joe 15 Blood Drive will be held, 9am to 2pm, at Manassas Church of the Brethren. Not only does this provide life-giving blood for the community, this event also honors the memory of Joseph “Joe” Page, who would have turned 30 this year. Please contact Debbie at to schedule an appointment. You can also visit and enter The Joe 15 Team in the Sponsor Code box.

· Prince William Health District is holding their Community Health Worker (CHW) information & recruitment session on Wednesday, January 10, 10:30am– 1:00pm at 8470 Kao Circle, Manassas 20110. The CHW volunteer program aims at improving health in the community by facilitating access to resources and providing health education. This session will be an opportunity to learn more about the program and go through an onboarding process for anyone interested in joining. Please RSVP to to learn more.

· The wonderful team at Astar Education Institute is searching for families interested in hosting a Chinese high school student January 22 thru February 1. This is a great way to introduce yourself or your family to a different culture and get a taste of hosting without making a long term commitment. All host families will get the opportunity to send their son, daughter or other family member to China for free as part of a culture exchange this summer as a thank you for hosting! Please call (703) 368-6838 for more information on how you can support this opportunity.

· People Incorporated is looking for volunteer tax preparers willing to be certified as an IRS VITA Income Tax Preparer for the 2018 tax season. This special tax preparer assists low-income individuals and families with tax preparation at Saint James Episcopal Church, 73 Culpeper Street in Warrenton. Training is required, but you will be helping this vulnerable population navigate through their tax forms and IRS regulations. Volunteer Greeters are also needed to welcome those who visit the site, distribute forms, and create a pleasant atmosphere for the clients. For more information, please call Jeanne at (571) 445-3020 or email

· The busy team at the SERVE Shelter are looking for volunteers age 18 and up to help with the annual Point in Time Count on January 25, 6:30am-12Noon. This survey provides an annual count of the nation’s unsheltered homeless population, and will focus on Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. The survey will be held, rain, snow or shine. Training prior to the survey will be provided. Please contact Julie at for more information on how to get involved with this important project.

· Serve Our Willing Warriors will be hosting “A Night in Monte Carlo” February 3, 6:30pm-10:30pm at the Piedmont Club. Volunteers are needed to spread the word about the event, collect auction items, help with sponsorships and assist with various tasks the day of the event. Kimberly at is happy to provide more information on this great fundraiser. The agency also has numerous other volunteer opportunities available. It’s a great way to say Thank You to our veterans for their sacrifices, and also help this wonderful organization spread the word on how they support veterans. Please email or visit for more information.

· The good folks at ACTS are in need of volunteer groups (large and small) who can help with various facilities projects such as grounds work, painting and helping their shelter create more space. Volunteers must be at least 16, and this is family friendly! Please contact Tamika at to learn how you can support this agency’s programs.

· The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program is in urgent need of volunteers age 55+ to teach 4th grade children the life skills to keep them safe alone and safe at home. Volunteers must be available during school hours. This fun curriculum is very interactive and of course the kids are very fun. Training is provided; please call Jan to learn more at (571) 292-5307 to be part of the RSVP team.

· SERVE Shelter is in need of small volunteer groups (6-8) who can prepare and serve a meal to their shelter residents in February. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Meals needed are February 3 Dinner, February 4 Brunch, February 11 Dinner and February 19 (President’s Day) Brunch and Dinner. Groups have the option to prepare food offsite and deliver, or bring ingredients and prepare and serve onsite in the shelter kitchen. Please contact Julie at for more information on how to provide the homeless with a delicious, home-cooked meal.

Call to Action is a column written by Volunteer Prince William Director Mary Foley.

The friendly faces of website design, SEO, online advertising

At FreshySites, we’re dedicated to taking our clients’ online presence to the next level through the creation of beautiful, clean and user-friendly websites.

In all we do, we strive to follow an Ethos, made up of seven clear and honest components that define who we are as a company. Our posts over the next few months will serve as an explanation of our Ethos and how we carry this creed out on a daily basis.

Serve the Customer is the first part of our Ethos. Every other part of the FS Ethos, as well as our daily process, flows from this mantra. We recognize that without the members of our client family, we wouldn’t be in business. We want them to know they are our top priority and truly appreciated, through our best-in-industry customer service/support.

This is why our team comes to work each day ready to serve our clients in any way possible, constantly looking for ways to help them and show them how valued they are. Each employee is essential in generating this culture and mindset throughout FS.

We understand that website design, SEO, online advertising, etc. is uncharted territory for many of the businesses, organizations, and nonprofits that we serve. We are the link to this world for our clients who don’t know the ins and outs of the industry as we do.

If you call us or come to our office, you will always be greeted with a friendly, understanding tone or a warm, welcoming smile courtesy of someone who is eager and ready to help you to the best of his/her ability.

FreshySites’ success can be attributed to a lot of things, but predominantly to our team’s attention to the members of our client family – whether that’s staying on the phone and going to a client’s website page by page, responding to countless support emails in a matter of minutes or turning around proposals on the same day.

The fundamentals of good business start with serving the customer. At FreshySites, our Ethos does too. It’s our (not-so-secret) recipe for success 🙂

FreshySites – a regionally focused company with national reach and operations, dedicated to serving our clients.

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!”

Woodbridge volunteers called to four house fires in 36 hours

Volunteer firefighters in Woodbridge have been busy over the past two days putting out house fires. 

The fires started Thursday night and continued through Friday evening at locations in eastern Prince William County.

At least two are displaced, and the Prince William County Fire Marshal’s Office continues to investigate the cause of the fires. 

The fires come as artic temperatures gripped the region. Wind chill advisories have been posted for days while low-temperature records were broken at Dulles and BWI airports. 

Here are the details, as provided by the OWL Volunteer Fire Department, of the unusual number of recent house fires: 

Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 — 8 p.m. 

Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Firefighters responded to the report of a house fire at 1445 California Street. Initial units arrived on scene within minutes and reported visible smoke from the front door of the home.  The fire was quickly located in the basement and was under control within 10 minutes.    

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

Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 — 6 a.m. 

Firefighters responded to the report of a house fire at 12120 Fort Craig Drive, Lake Ridge. Initial units arrived on scene within minutes and reported visible fire from the front door of the home.  The fire was quickly located in the kitchen and was under control within 10 minutes.   

Fire & Rescue units from OWL VFD, Dale City VFD and PWC Department of Fire & Rescue, responded to the incident. No one was injured. One family was displaced. The family dog was found safe but the cat could not be revived. The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Prince William County Fire Marshal’s office.

Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 — 6:08 p.m. 

Firefighters responded to the report of a townhouse fire at 2560 Chadwick Court in Woodbridge. Crews arrived within minutes and reported smoke from the front of the townhouse.

As crews entered through the front door they found fire on the first floor. The fire was contained to the kitchen and was knocked down within 10 minutes. The blaze is under investigation by the Prince William County Fire Marshal’s Office. Fire and Rescue units from OWL VFD, Dale City VFD, and PWCDF&R, responded to the incident. One family was displaced.

Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 — 4:45 a.m. 

Firefighters responded to the report of a townhouse fire at 4161 Churchman Way in Woodbridge.  Crews arrived within minutes and reported fire from the back of the townhouse.  

Crews entered through the front door and found fire in the basement.  The fire was contained to the lower level and the was knocked down within 12 minutes.  The blaze is under investigation by the Prince William County Fire Marshal’s Office. Fire and Rescue units from OWL VFD, Dale City VFD, and PWCDF&R, responded to the incident. One family was displaced.

OWL VFD is one of the largest and busiest volunteer fire departments in the United States. 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 pm to 6 am shift, five days a week, plus 24/7 holidays and weekends. 

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Winter weather delays and closings information for Jan. 4, 2018

Here’s today’s OPM status. 

The Twitter list below will show closings, delays, and updates from Prince William County Public Schools, Stafford County Public Schools, Manassas City Public Schools, Manassas Park City Public Schools, Northern Virginia Community College, Germanna Community College, George Mason University, Mary Washington University. 

This Twitter list below will show closings, delays, and updates posted by local governments in Prince William County, Stafford County, Manassas City, Manassas Park, Dumfries Town, Haymarket Town, Quantico Marine Corps Base, Fort Belvoir. 

A breakdown of when the games begin

While we don’t yet know which bobblehead dolls will be passed out to fans this year by the Potomac Nationals, we at least know when they’re going take the field. 

From the team: 

The Potomac Nationals are excited to complement their recently released promotional schedule with the announcement of game times for all 70 games scheduled for Pfitzner Stadium over the course of the 2018 season.


5/28-1:05pm (Memorial Day)

7/16-12:05pm (Day Care/Summer Camp Day)

All other Monday games begin at 7:05pm


All Tuesday games begin at 7:05pm


4/11-10:35am (Prince William County Public Schools Middle School Day)

7/4-6:35pm (Independence Day Celebration with Food, Fireworks, & Fun)

All other Wednesday games begin at 7:05pm


8/9-12:05pm (Day Care/Summer Camp Day)

8/16-12:05pm (Day Care/Summer Camp Day)

All other Thursday games begin at 7:05pm


All Friday games begin at 7:05pm


All Saturday games begin at 6:35pm


All Sunday games begin at 1:05pm

P-Nats’ 2018 ticket plans and group outings are currently available for purchase. For more information, or to purchase any of these plans, contact Potomac Nationals Director of Season Ticket and Group Ticket Sales, Alec Manriquez, by phone at 703-590-2311, ext. 221, or via e-mail at

New Years living healthier: Get pap smears beginning at 21, yearly mammograms starting at 40, colonoscopies at 45 or 50

As we kick off a new year, many women will be vowing to hit the gym, but this year, healthcare providers are challenging women to expand that resolution to include their overall health.

”If we want to have a good quality of life, as well as quantity, we have to be proactive about our health,” explains Sentara Family and Internal Medicine Physicians, Dr. Raenell Williams.

Many women are traditionally caregivers, putting everyone’s health and well-being before their own. This is where problems can arise. Dr. Williams says simple changes now can pay off in the future, “It means living a healthy lifestyle.  This means eating healthier and getting regular exercise towards maintaining a healthy weight, and not smoking.  Then, we have to take advantage of the preventive measures that are available to us such as regular pap smears beginning at age 21, yearly mammograms starting at age 40, and colonoscopies at 45 or 50 years old.

As for physicals, Dr. Williams says that really depends on your family history and risk factors. If you don’t feel well and have a strong family history of health issues, you should see your primary care physician every year. If you’re in generally good health, you may be able to spread those visits to every two to three years.

Bottom line she says, the investment in ourselves is worth it, “We have a lot to live for and knowledge is power.  So, as women, we should empower ourselves by being proactive about our health.  We don’t want to be blindsided by a diagnosis.  Prevention, early detection, and proper maintenance are the best ways to fight any condition.  Get guidance by partnering with your primary care physician.  The internet and social media should not be your main source of information.”

There are some changes to OmniRide’s Snow Emergency Plan

From OmniRide: 

PRTC’s new Emergency Service Plan brochure is available on buses and online. Please make sure to familiarize yourself with the plan as we enter the winter weather season.

This year’s changes to the plan include:

  • In the morning, OmniRide routes will only operate between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m., with buses departing every 20 minutes.

  • Dale City – Washington/Pentagon/ Rosslyn/ Ballston/ Navy Yard. All AM buses start at the Lindendale Commuter Lot. Bus stops along Minnieville and Caton Hill ARE NOT SERVED. However, if PRTC runs regular service in the AM, and the ESP is implemented for PM service, passengers who need to travel to bus stops on Minnieville and Caton Hill roads should remain on the bus past the Lindendale Commuter Lot.

  • Gainesville – Washington/ Pentagon. All AM buses start at the Limestone Commuter Lot before serving the Cushing Road Commuter Lot. In the AM and PM, buses will follow Linton Hall Metro Direct routing.

  • South Route 1. AM passengers should board a shuttle bus at any PRTC bus stop along Route 1 between Fox Lair and Wayside Drive, and then transfer to a waiting Montclair OmniRide bus at the Route 234 Commuter Lot. In the PM, riders will share a bus with Montclair OmniRide passengers and transfer to a shuttle at the Route 234 Commuter Lot.

Crashed vehicle found after carjacking

From police: 

Carjacking – On January 1 at 7:45AM, officers responded to investigate an alleged carjacking that was reported to have occurred in the area of Dale Blvd between Kerrydale Rd and Hillendale Dr in Woodbridge (22193) earlier that morning at approximately 2:00AM. The victim, a 25-year-old man, reported to police that he was stopped a traffic light in the above area when an unknown man approached his vehicle and opened the driver’s side door. The suspect then pulled the victim out of the vehicle and assaulted him before fleeing in the victim’s vehicle. While investigating the incident, another officer was dispatched to the area of Dale Blvd and Hoadly Rd to investigate a single vehicle crash. The vehicle involved in the crash was not occupied and was determined to be the victim’s vehicle. The victim was not able to describe the suspect. No injuries were reported.

Ferry update expected this week

First on Potomac Local 

An update on the fast ferry service proposed by Woodbridge District Supervisor Frank Principi is expected this week. 

The update is scheduled to be given at Thursday’s meeting of the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission Commissioner’s Board meeting at 7 p.m., at the OmniRide headquarters in Woodbridge. 

There was very little advanced information about this ferry briefing including in the standard Board information package distributed prior to the meeting. A handout is expected to be distributed at Thursday’s meeting.

Principi in September held a special meeting to discuss the proposed ferry that could operate between Woodbridge and Washington, D.C.

Some of the challenges facing any future ferry boat service operating on the Potomac River would be debris floating in the water, slower speed limits that govern boat wake, icy conditions during winter, funding the construction of boat slips where passengers could board the boat, as well as be working to convince people to take the ferry instead of driving, slugging, or taking other forms of mass transit.

Principi, who serves as the PRTC Board of Commissioners Chairman in addition to his duties on the Board of Supervisors, has long talked about launching a commuter ferry service from Woodbridge to Washington. Other routes could possibly ferry workers across the Potomac River from Virginia to Maryland. 

Renewed talk of the ferry comes PRTC is in the midst of a rebranding effort to get people to think of the agency of more than a commuter bus company, but as more of a transit leader in the region, such as Washington’s Metro system.


New Years Eve will be so cold, frostbite possible

Headed outside for New Years Eve celebrations? While the cold weather has prompted the cancelation of some, revelers still headed outdoors should be careful to limit the time they spend outside tonight.

The National Weather Service issued a wind chill advisory starting at 9 p.m. It will feel like zero to 10 degrees, and it won’t take long for frostbite to set in,

From the weather service: 


* WHAT…Very cold wind chills expected. The cold wind chills will cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes to exposed skin. Expect wind chills to range from 0 to 10 below zero.

* WHERE…Northern and central Virginia and central and southern Maryland including Baltimore and Washington DC.

* WHEN…From 9 PM this evening to 9 AM EST Monday.


A Wind Chill Advisory means that cold air and the wind will combine to create low wind chills. Frostbite and hypothermia can occur if precautions are not taken. Make sure you wear a hat and gloves.


Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! We hope 2018 brings you peace and prosperity, and we’re glad you make Potomac Local a part of your daily local news routine. 

In case you missed it, here’s a look back at the most-read posts on Potomac Local in 2017. 

And, for a trip down memory lane, here are links to the most-read posts on this site broken out by year. It dates back to when we started Potomac Local in 2o10.

2016: Prince William police officer killed the first day on the job

2015: The year of the brewpub

2014: K-Mart closing, road rage stabbing 

2013: Shooting on Quantico base gains national attention 

2012: The great derecho blows through, Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center to alter the landscape

2011: Wild weather: wildfires, neighborhood landslide, tropical storm flooding

2010: Shooter takes aim at Marine Corps museum 


Here are the most read stories on Potomac Local in 2017

10. Driver killed in I-95 wrong-way crash 

A driver was killed on October 12 when he entered Interstate 95 headed in the wrong direction.

9. Mapledale fatal motorcycle crash

On February 18, we reported on a motorcyclist who was killed while riding on Mapledale Avenue.

8. Heroin seizure in Aquia Harbour 

On October 23, we were told about a large heroin seizure that took place following a drug overdose at Aquia Harbour.

7. Two fights at Downtown Manassas bars

On January 30, we were told of the arrest of two people in connection with two separate fights at as many bars in Downtown Manassas.

6. Stafford deputy frees captive woman 

On September 15, we were told a Stafford County Sheriff’s Deputy approached a truck in a commuter parking lot and found a woman who was being held against her will.

5. Social media fight search 

Police began a search for a 19-year-old woman following an argument on social media.

4. Farm Brew Live prepares to open

On February 22, we reported (the then) soon to open Farm Brew Live project was moving along and had planned to hire 100 employees. 

3. Civil War Weekend canceled 

On August 18, Manassas officials said the annual Civil War Weekend would be canceled following violent and deadly protests in Charlottesville. 

2. Clint Gaskins dies following police pursuit 

On August 6, police pursued 36-year-old Clint Gaskins, of Lake Ridge, during a chase on Interstates 395 and 95. Gaskins was killed when the motorcycle he was riding ran off the road.

1. Security guard stabbed to death at Potomac Mills

On March 4, two loss prevention employees approached a man they suspected of shoplifting outside of a Burlington Coat Factory at Potomac Mills mall in Woodbridge. 

The man stabbed to death one of the employees

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