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Blistering temps to grip region

James Fitzgerald and Brandon Corey load up the ice bins at Kangaroo Express on Va. 610 in North Stafford. They’ve had to use a bigger truck to keep up with demand that has more than doubled due to the unusually hot weather. (Mary Davidson)

If you prefer snow to sweat then you might want to stay indoors today.

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat advisory for Saturday as temperatures are expected to soar above 100 degrees.

Because of the heat, Stafford officials canceled girls softball games that were scheduled to be played on county fields this weekend.

So why after a record-setting snowy winter are we getting such hot weather? (more…)

Pimp sentenced to 13 years

Mark Brickhouse, 32, and Julie McKenna, 21, were convicted for prostituting a 16-year-old girl. (Photo:

WOODBRIDGE, Va.–A New York man was sentenced to 13 years in prison for pimping out a 16-year-old girl.

Marc Shawn Brickhouse, 32, with the help of another one of his prostitutes, 21-year-old Julie McKenna, lured a girl from California to the east coast using an online social networking service to work as a prostitute, according to court records.

In February, the girl was brought to a hotel off Prince William Parkway in Woodbridge to be pimped out. She was able to escape to a Babies R Us store for help, according to police. (more…)

Baby, it’s hot outside

Photo: Mary Davidson
Photo: Mary Davidson

Commuters use a busy Interstate 95 near Woodbridge on a weekday morning. (Mary Davidson)

Temperatures on Friday could feel like they’re in the triple digits.

In addition to being a danger to those who are outside, it can also damage the roads you drive on.

The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory that takes effect at noon and lasts until 9 p.m. for counties along Interstate 95 in Northern Virginia.

A combination of heat and humidity will push temperatures up into the high 90s, but it will feel like 105 degrees for most of the afternoon, stated the weather service.

The high temperatures also put road surfaces at risk of buckling, forcing transportation officials to warn drivers, especially motorcyclists, to beware. (more…)

Driver is victim of road rage, nail gun

Dionel Barrios is charged with brandishing a weapon during a case of road rage.

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va.–Police say a Dale City man used his car to ram another driver three times and then threatened him with a nail gun.

The case of road rage started on Smoketown Road in Woodbridge at 12:25 a.m. Wednesday, when the victim called police to report his car had been rammed by a belligerent driver, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

The attacking driver then brandished what appeared to be a handgun  and then drove off. (more…)

Woodbridge man killed in crash

LAKE RIDGE, Va.—A Woodbridge man was killed in a car crash Monday.

Rescue crews were called to the area of Rolling Brook Drive and Tumbling Brook Lane in Lake Ridge about 9:45 p.m. The driver of a 2007 Chevrolet van was traveling north on Rolling Brooke Drive when it crossed a double yellow line, swerved out of control and struck a curb and several trees before landing on its side.

The driver, 37-year-old Luis Alfredo Cortez, of the 1900 block of Blair Rose Lane, was pronounced dead at the scene, said Prince William County police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

Police said the driver was not wearing a seatbelt.

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Pastor resigns amid underage sex charges

Jason Bolton, 32, is charged with sodomy, police say.

WOODBRIDGE, Va. – Police say a Baptist pastor has resigned from his church and now faces sex charge

A 17-year-old female told police that she and the pastor shared several consensual sexual encounters in April, but that the two began a close friendship in Sept. 2007, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

The man was working at Potomac Crest Baptist Church, at 15418 Cardinal Drive in Woodbridge, when the relationship began, said police. (more…)

BRAC Employees Could Reject Area

Joe Martin, Board Chair of Quantico/Belvoir Regional Business Alliance, discusses the benefits of having BRAC workers relocate to the area. (Photo: Mary Davidson)

MOUNT VERNON, Va. – Traffic congestion may force some of the 20,000 federal employees that are expected in the region next year because of BRAC to stay away. One local business group aims to convince them otherwise.

BRAC, the military’s acronym for base realignment and closure, authorized in 2005 by congress, will force the relocation of the tens of thousands of federal and military employees to Ft. Belvoir Army Base and Quantico Marine Corps Base.


Woman charged in father’s death

Patricia Blevins, 53, is charged in her father’s death.

WOODBRIDGE, Va. – Police said a Woodbridge woman is behind bars, charged in the death of her father.

Patricia Lee Blevins, 53, was arrested Friday in the death of 82-year-old Marden Warden.

On March 13, fire and rescue crews were called to the Residence Inn in Woodbridge, where the two were living, after Warden collapsed. He was taken to a local hospital where he later died, said Prince William police spokesman Mark Merriman. (more…)

Across Town: Hospital gets new president

In this week’s Across Town, a look at business happenings around the area: A local hospital gets a new leader and it’s your free chance to find out more about the BRAC relocation.

Megan Perry will serve as Sentra Potomac Hospital's president.

Hospital’s new president

Sentra Potomac Hospital announced it has a new leader.

Megan Perry, who has worked as a health care executive for the past 10 years with Sentra, was promoted to President of Northern Virginia operations as well as operations at Woodbridge’s Sentra Potomac Hospital.

She will be responsible for marketing efforts for the hospital. (more…)

Army eyes surplus VRE equipment

A Virginia Railway Express train pulls into the Woodbridge station. (Photo: Mary Davidson)

The Army is interested in purchasing surplus rail equipment from Virginia Railway Express.

According to a Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation spokesman, the Army plans to transport soldiers from Ft. AP Hill in Bowling Green to Ft. Lee in Petersburg twice a week for 37 weeks each year, and they want to do it by rail.

Obtaining suplus equipment from  the commuter rail agency appears to be a viable option for the Army.

The Army’s request comes as VRE has seen explosive growth in ridership over the past two years and when the agency is looking to add two new trains on the its Fredericksburg line, according to comments from VRE chairman Paul Milde, made at commuter railroad’s June officials meeting. (more…)

Crashes cause southbound delays

A head-on crash has forced the closure of U.S. 1 in Triangle.

Just before 4:30 p.m., a Ford F-150 collided with a sports car just south of the Marine Corps Museum. Fire and rescue units were called, but it appears no one was seriously hurt.

Police closed the northbound portion of the road due to the crash and the southbound side of the road, already full of cars, experienced even longer delays. (more…)

Woman charged after car gets stuck on 95

A driver exchanges information with a state trooper after her car became stuck on I-95.

Trying to skirt a traffic back-up on Interstate 95 didn’t pay for a Fairfax woman.

When the 28-year-old female driver of a tan sedan tried to bail out of heavy traffic on the southbound lanes in Woodbridge she hit a ditch and got stuck after sometime after 2 p.m. Friday.

The woman used a gravel median just south of Prince William Parkway, trying to make a break for the less-congested express lanes, said Virginia State police spokeswoman Corinne Geller.

Now stuck, the woman could be seen through a Virginia Department of Transportation traffic camera sitting in her seat looking around for help, but no one stopped. (more…)

Blackberry with private medical records stolen

WOODBRIDGE, Va. – Prince William County officials say someone got a hold of a Blackberry containing medical records for more than 600 residents.

The mobile device was stolen between June 18 and 19, from a car parked at the home of a county employee.

Officials reported the theft for the first time Thursday morning.

The Blackberry holds medical information for approximately 669 residents, as well as their names, Social Security Numbers, credit card information, addresses and phone numbers.

The data is stored on the device’s hard drive, officials said.

Each of the affected individuals have been notified by county employees. They were encouraged to contact their banks and credit reporting agencies, and told not to confirm personal information to anyone over the phone to avoid possible identity theft or credit scams.

The county’s police department is looking into the case, but so far has not released a statement. It’s not yet clear when officials or police were made aware of the theft.

We’ll have more on this story when we get it.

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Woodbridge gas leak contained

WOODBRIDGE – Crews worked Tuesday night to contain a gas leak in a Woodbridge neighborhood.

Fire and Rescue crews were called to the 1200 block of East Longview Drive about 8:30 p.m. for a report of a leaking one-inch gas main.

No one was evacuated, but officials did close a portion of the two lane street, near Marumsco Acres Park, according to initial reports.

The gas leak was later capped Wednesday morning by crews from Washington Gas, said Prince William Fire and Rescue Department spokeswoman Kim Hylander.

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Road rage trial dates set

WOODBRIDGE, Va. – Two men involved in a road rage incident that left 13 rounds fired at a dump truck on Interstate 95 in Woodbridge have been indicted.

The trial for Gabriel Poventud, 25, of 15192 Bannon Way in Woodbridge, begins Dec. 28. He is charged with attempted murder, use of a firearm in commission of a felony, shooting at an occupied vehicle and reckless handling of a firearm.

The second man charged in the road rage incident, James A. Bingham, 44, of 3713 Cordell Avenue in Woodbridge, will have his day in court Jan. 4. He faces charges of attempted murder and reckless driving. (more…)

Crews working gas leak

WOODBRIDGE, Va. – A gas leak at a single family home in Woodbridge has got the attention of rescue personnel.

Gas company officials were called and fire and rescue personnel used to control the scene in the 1200 block of East Longview Drive in Woodbridge just after 8:30 p.m., after someone reported a gas leak.

No one has been evacuated from their homes, but several blocks of the two lane thoroughfare have been closed traffic, according to initial reports.

The homes affected by the reported two-inch gas line rupture sit near Marumsco Acres Park, between Lamar Road and Melbourne Avenue.

We’ll have more on this story when we get it.

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Girl pinned in crash still in pain

Rulla Andress watches police investigate the crash that injured her daughter.

WOODBRIDGE, Va.—Michaela Andress had to go to Fairfax Inova Hospital again Monday, four days after she was flown there after being struck by a van in Woodbridge.

The 15-year-old girl suffered a broken pelvic bone after the driver of a Chevrolet Astro van backed into her as she was getting out of a medical transport van Thursday in front of an orthodontist’s office on Optiz Boulevard. Michaela was going there to have her braces adjusted. She and her mother often take the medical van to the girl’s appointments because her mother doesn’t drive.

The medical van stopped in the middle of the parking lot that morning, blocking other vehicles that had parked in the lot. One of those blocked was the Astro, and when the driver backed out, she pinned Michaela between both vehicles.

That driver was going to pick up her father at their home in the Southbridge neighborhood to bring him back to a nearby doctor’s office for an appointment. Her cell phone rang as she was backing out, and she looked to see who was calling but didn’t take the call. (more…)

Girl, 15, hit by van outside dentist office

Rulla Andress watches police investigate the crash that injured her daughter.

WOODBRIDGE, Va. – Michaela never made it to the dentist Thursday to get her braces adjusted.

The 15-year-old girl and her mother, Rulla Andress, rode a medical transport van to her dentist’s office, in the 2200 block of Opitz Boulevard in Woodbridge.

When Michaela got out of the large, Dodge van, she was struck by a Chevrolet Astro van that was backing out of its parking space.

Michaela’s mother said her daughter laid on the ground, screaming in pain after she was hit.

The driver of the medical van called 911, he said, and Michaela was flown to a local hospital to be treated for her injuries.

Police have not said how serious Michaela’s injuries are or if anyone has been charged.

“She’s just the perfect child,” said Andress, holding back tears and smoking a cigarette as she watched the helicopter that had her daughter inside fly over the crash scene, on its way to the hospital. (more…)

Residents asked to conserve power

WOODBRIDGE, Va. – The increase in temperatures prompted a local power company to demand on Wednesday that residents decrease their use of air conditioners and household appliances.

Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative issued an emergency declaration to its customers at 1:30 p.m., after energy demand on its power grid soared. People in 13 states and in Washington receive electricity from the grid.

The utility asked residents to reduce the amount of electricity used in their homes between 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. That meant turning up the in-home thermostat to 78 degrees, and not using household appliances like the stove, oven, dishwasher or clothes dryer until after sunset. (more…)

Stafford, Woodbridge residents deal with heat

WOODBRIDGE, Va. – Another hot day across the region meant more people turned to a local cooling shelter for relief.

Prince William officials in a statement issued early Wednesday urged residents without air-conditioning to get out of their homes and into county libraries and government buildings, all of which are air-conditioned. (more…)

Fighter prepares for Florida match

Brian Van Hoven wrestles at his home gym in Woodbridge, preparing for his fight this weekend in Florida. (Photo: Mary Davidson)

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — With his opponent’s undefeated record, Brian Van Hoven knows he has his work cut out for him.

The 35-year-old fighter, who stands at 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighs 155 pounds, boasts 5 wins and one loss, spent his Independence Day weekend working out in the gym before he steps into the ring this weekend in Orlando, Fla.

“Once he feels the power and my speed in my hands he is going to want to make it a wrestling match, and I am going to keep it on my feet, and I feel that my wrestling is going to be superior to his,” said Van Hoven.

The mixed martial arts, or MMA, fighter from Woodbridge will looking to add another win to his professional MMA record while facing Vinnie Samero on Saturday as part of World Extreme Fighting, where 20 fighters will face off at Florida’s Silver Spurs Arena.

One year younger than Van Hoven, Samero stands 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighs 155 pounds, has never lost during his pro career and hails from Orlando – making him the hometown hero, said Van Hoven. (more…)

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