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‘The 95 Express Lanes reversal will be adjusted this weekend’

From an email: 

Good afternoon Uriah,

The 95 Express Lanes reversal will be adjusted this weekend to support increased traffic visiting Washington D.C. for the “March For Our Lives” demonstration on Saturday, March 24.  

Here is what drivers should expect:

Saturday, March 24:

  • At about midnight, the southbound Lanes will begin closing for reversal. The Lanes will reopen in the northbound direction by about 2 a.m.
  • At about 10 a.m., the northbound Lanes will begin closing for reversal. The Lanes will reopen in the southbound direction by about noon and remain southbound until Sunday.

Sunday, March 25:

  • At about midnight, the southbound Lanes will begin closing for reversal. The Lanes will reopen in northbound direction by about 2 a.m.

  • Lanes will remain northbound until Monday at 11 a.m.  

Virginia health rankings reveal disparities among regions

RICHMOND – The affluent suburbs of Northern Virginia are the healthiest communities in the state, and lower-income localities, especially in the southern and western parts of the commonwealth, have the most serious health problems, according to a recent study.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation reported that for the third year in a row, Loudoun, Fairfax and Arlington are the healthiest counties in Virginia. They share low rates of premature death and a high percentage of adults with education beyond high school.

But Petersburg, Emporia and Martinsville ranked lowest in the foundation’s eighth annual county health report. Those three localities all had high unemployment and high rates of child poverty – factors associated with poor health.

The rankings are based on health outcomes and health factors. Health outcomes include the length and quality of life; health factors include behaviors such as smoking, access to care, social and economic conditions and physical environment.

“A lot of it has to do with things we call social determinants of health,” said Bob Hicks, Virginia’s deputy commissioner for community health services. “Where there is high unemployment and where there are schools not performing and the kids aren’t educated to a certain level, we see these trends continuing in poor health outcomes.”

Hicks and his team at the Virginia Department of Health use the statistics from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to start conversations about communities’ health needs and to work with residents to best utilize resources.

“We require each of the local health directors to be involved in doing a community health assessment,” Hicks said. “Resources are always limited so the assessment results in a ranking by the stakeholders [in the community] of what they would like to see addressed.”

In Petersburg, the community health assessments have led to efforts to reduce teen pregnancy. In 2011, the city’s teen pregnancy rate was 101 pregnancies per 1,000 females ages 15-19. According to the most recent report, the rate has dropped to 87 pregnancies per 1,000 females in that age category.

However, not every locality is showing progress. In 2016, Hopewell was ranked 118th in Virginia. But in the most recent report, Hopewell dropped to 126th among the state’s 133 counties and cities. Among the factors: Thirty percent of Hopewell residents live in poverty, and more than half of the children there live in single-parent households.

“You’ll find those [inequities] all over the place,” said Chris Gordon, chief of staff for community and health services. “Even if you look at the high-ranking countries like Loudoun and Fairfax, you’re going to find disparities in equity.”

Seven percent of people living in Fairfax are in poverty. While that is a small percentage, more than 1 million people live in Fairfax – and so nearly 80,000 of them are living in poverty.

Hicks said he hopes the data will lead to improvement in health across the state. “That is really the goal – to give people the opportunity to live in a healthy community.”

4 face murder charges after body found in burned car

WOODBRIDGE — Police in Prince William County say they filed murder charges against four people after a body was found inside a burning car in Woodbridge.

From police: 

Murder Investigation *ARRESTS – Detectives from the Homicide Unit have identified multiple suspects in connection to the ongoing homicide investigation after a body was discovered inside of a burning vehicle at Veterans Park in Woodbridge on March 15. Law enforcement authorities have arrested three adult men and one male juvenile for their involvement in the victim’s apparent murder. One of the adult men and the juvenile were arrested in Prince William County. The two remaining adult men were apprehended at a residence in Wilson, North Carolina by members of the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force. Based upon the information obtained in the investigation, detectives have preliminarily identified the victim. The Medical Examiner’s Office is currently conducting further DNA analysis to confirm this identity. The victim’s identity will be released once confirmed and a next-of-kin has been notified. The cause of the victim’s death and the fire continue to be investigated by authorities. This case remains a joint investigation with the Police Department’s Homicide Unit and the Department of Fire & Rescue, Fire Marshal’s Office. More information will be released when available. The investigation continues.

Arrested on March 16:

                Manuel Enrique ROBLES LOPEZ, 21, of 8152 Claremont St in Manassas

                Charged with murder – accessory after the fact

                Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

                Arrested on March 17: [Juvenile]

                A 17-year-old male of Woodbridge

Charged with murder

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

                Arrested on March 20: [No photos available]

Erick Alexander CONTRERAS NAVARRO, 23, of the 8100 block of Claremont St in Manassas

Denis Ludwin ESPINAL ALVARES, 19, of the 7600 block of Livingston Rd in Oxon Hill, MD

Both suspects above are charged with murder

Court Date: Pending | Status: Awaiting Extradition 

Anyone with information on this investigation is asked to contact the Prince William County Police Department at 703-792-7000 or by submitting a webtip at        

Dumfries man, 19, charged in Stafford police pursuit

From a press release:

Deputies with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office arrested a suspect on Friday for leading deputies on a pursuit following an attempted traffic stop on southbound Warrenton Road.

On March 16, 2018 at approximately 10:18 p.m., Deputy J.J. Bryan initiated a traffic stop in the area of Warrenton Road and Heartfields Lane after observing a vehicle with an expired registration pull out of Mr. B’s Exxon Station. The driver of the vehicle pulled over to the right side of the road, but never put his vehicle in park. The suspect then began moving his vehicle back onto Warrenton Road and accelerated at a high rate of speed. The tag was run through the DMV and returned as stolen from Prince William County.

A pursuit ensued on southbound Warrenton Road. The suspect vehicle weaved in and out of traffic, and went through a red light at the intersection of Butler Road and Jefferson Davis Highway. The pursuit was terminated on Butler Road after the deputy lost sight of the suspect vehicle.

Shortly thereafter, deputies began canvassing the area for the suspect and stolen vehicle. Deputy Justin Forman located a suspicious male in the area of Camden Drive and Lancaster Street. The male told the deputy his driver’s license was suspended so he was identified by his social security number as Jeffrey Antonio Turcios, 19, of Dumfries. He told the deputy he was coming from his grandmother’s house and walking to the Exxon to purchase a drink.

The deputy advised the suspect that he was searching for a stolen vehicle and requested that the suspect take a seat in his car so he could return him to his grandmother’s house. The deputy made contact with the suspect’s sister who advised that their grandmother does not live in Virginia.

Another deputy viewed surveillance video from Mr. B’s Exxon that revealed that Turcios was the driver of the stolen vehicle. The suspect was then taken into custody. The vehicle was located by Sgt. J.L. Rakoczy on Glasgow Street in the area where the suspect was located. The owner of the vehicle was notified.

Turcios was incarcerated at Rappahannock Regional Jail on a secured bond. He is charged with improper lane change, failure to obey a traffic signal, reckless driving, driving on a suspended license, felony eluding, and possession of stolen property.

Woodbridge parents charged with child neglect

From police: 

Felony Child Neglect – On March 18 at 12:38PM, officers responded to the 12400 block of Hedges Run Ct in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a found child. The caller reported to police that she was driving in the above area when she nearly struck a small child who had run onto the roadway. The caller contacted police a short time later after attempted to locate the child’s parents without success. Officer arrived and attempted to obtain information from the child regarding his residence and other identifiable information without success. Officers conducted a neighborhood canvass to locate the child’s parents or guardian. While canvassing a nearby neighborhood, officers located the child’s residence approximately 20 minutes later with a parent inside. The child, a 3-year-old male, was not injured and was released to the custody of a family member. Following the investigation, both of the parents were charged.

Arrested on March 18:

Farrukh CHEEMA, 31, of Woodbridge

Mubeen ASLAM, 31, of Woodbridge

Charged with  felony child neglect

Court Date: Pending | Bond: Released on their personal recognizance

Work on Pentagon ‘pork chop’ means changes for slugs

From VDOT: 

Work to reconfigure slug lines and create new bus-only travel lanes at the Pentagon Reservation’s South Parking Lot “Pork Chop,” located east of Eads Street and north of I-395, will begin on or about Monday, March 19. Pedestrians and motorists should exercise caution while traveling in the area.

The work is part of the I-395 Express Lanes Project, a public-private partnership project between VDOT and Transurban that is extending the existing I-95/I-395 Express Lanes eight miles from Turkeycock Run near Edsall Road in Alexandria to the Washington, D.C. line.

As part of this change, crews will temporarily relocate the slug lines in the order shown in the diagram. Temporary signage will direct drivers and pedestrians.

Privately owned vehicles will no longer be able to use the exit to VA-110 and will enter and exit the “Pork Chop” from Eads Street.

In addition to the South Parking Lot work, the 395 Express Lanes Project will convert the South Rotary Road drop-off/pick-up lane to a right-turn Express Lane entrance ramp. As part of the South Rotary Road work, crews will install gates along the South Rotary turn lane, and install traffic signals on Eads Street at North and South Rotary Roads.

The I-395 Express Lanes are scheduled to open in fall 2019, while other elements of the project are expected to be completed by summer 2020. For additional information about the project, go to and

Woodbridge man charged with rape, malicious wounding by caustic substance

From a press release: 

Rape | Malicious Wounding by Caustic Substance | Domestic Related – On March 16, detectives from the Special Victims Bureau began an investigation into multiple domestic incidents which were reported to have occurred at a residence located in the Woodbridge (22193) area of Prince William County between June 2017 and January 2018.

The victim, identified as a 30-year-old woman, reported to police that during this timeframe, multiple altercations were alleged to have occurred involving the accused while the two resided together at the home. In one of the reported instances, the accused pushed the victim before pulling out a knife and pressing it against the victim’s back.

The victim was not cut or injured during the encounter. In a separate incident, the victim and the accused were involved in a verbal altercation that escalated. During that encounter, the accused threw a caustic substance onto the victim causing a burning sensation to her face, hands, and feet. The accused is also alleged to have sexually assaulted the victim in a third reported encounter. The incidents were recently reported to police and investigated.

Following the investigation, the accused, identified as Khurram Abbas CHAUDHARY, was arrested.

                Arrested on March 16:

                Khurram Abbas CHAUDHARY, 31, of Woodbridge

                Charged with rape, malicious wounding by caustic substance, and domestic assault & battery

                Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT bond

Fire displaces 6 people in Manassas home

From Manassas fire and rescue: 

City of Manassas, VA . . . At 8:08 p.m. on March 19, Fire and Rescue units from the City of Manassas, Manassas Park, and Prince William County responded to a fire at9011 Centreville Road (Manassas Mobile Home Park) for a report of a mobile home fire.  First arriving units saw smoke rising from the roof of the home and crews were able to extinguish the fire.  The fire came from a bedroom in the home.  There were no injuries to the six occupants of the home. 

The City of Manassas Fire Marshal’s Office investigated the origin of the fire and determined that it started above the ceiling between the roof in the front bedroom.  It was ruled an accidental fire.  The cause was an improperly used extension cord.

The home has been posted as unsafe to occupy.  There were no working smoke alarms in the home.

Also in Woodbridge… 

From OWL Volunteer Fire Department: 

Woodbridge, VA March  18, 3:22 p.m. – Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Firefighters responded to the report of a townhouse 1870 BeeGee Court in Woodbridge.  Crews arrived within minutes and reported no smoke or fire showing.   

Crews entered thru the front door and found fire in the bedroom on the second floor.  The fire been smoldering for some time and had burned through the floor into the kitchen. The fire was under control within minutes.   

The incident is under investigation by the Prince William County Fire Marshal’s Office.  One family was displaced. Fire and Rescue units from OWL VFD, Dale City VFD, PWCDF&R, responded to the incident.