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Rescue crews pull man from 10-foot construction trench

From a press release: 

Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Fire Department responded to the report of a worker injured in a trench at Route 1 and Mary’s Way.  Units arrived on scene to report a person injured from a partial trench collapse, but not buried, in the bottom of a 10-foot construction trench. 

Tactical crews went to work immediately to ensure the trench was safe from additional collapse and to remove the victim. The victim was removed from the trench in minutes and transported to a local hospital. 

Construction workers dug the victim from the collapse debris before fire and EMS crews arrived.   Fire & Rescue units from OWL VFD, Dale City VFD, Dumfries Triangle VFD, PWC Department of Fire & Rescue and PWCPD, responded to the incident. 

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Woman’s car nearly stolen while she was changing baby’s diaper

From Prince William police: 

AbductionOn April 14 at 7:40PM, officers responded to the 3300 block of Dry Powder Cir [near] Dumfries (22026) to investigate a vehicle theft in progress. The victim, a 38-year-old woman, reported to police that she was changing her 3-month-old child’s diaper in the back seat while she was standing outside of her vehicle that was parked in the above area. 

At some point, an unknown female got into the driver’s seat and moved the vehicle a short distance while the baby was still in the vehicle. The victim was able to grab the baby from the vehicle and scream for help.

The accused eventually got out of the vehicle when she was confronted by a citizen who intervened. The accused attempted to get into another vehicle in the area before eventually fleeing the area on foot.

When officers arrived, they able to identify the accused after finding her purse in the vehicle. Officers responded the residence of the accused a short time later and detained her without incident. No injuries were reported. Following the investigation, the accused, identified as Kamyrn Ellyce SIMPSON, was arrested without incident.

Arrested on April 14:

Kamyrn Ellyce SIMPSON, 29, of 3385 Dry Powder Cir in Woodbridge

Charged with grand larceny, and commit grand larceny

Court Date: June 4, 2018 | Bond: Held WITHOUT bond

Attempted Dollar General robber: ‘Act normally…nobody would get hurt’

From the Stafford sheriff’s office: 

Deputies with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office are requesting the public’s assistance in locating a suspect who attempted to rob the Dollar General on Deacon Road on Monday night.

On April 16, 2018, at approximately 6:59 p.m., Deputy Cody McCormick responded to a call regarding an attempted robbery at the Dollar General. Upon arrival, the deputy examined a note that was handed to a cashier by the suspect. The note instructed the cashier to act normally and empty the register, and nobody would get hurt if these instructions were followed.

Surveillance video shows a black male enter the store at 6:57 p.m. wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, gray sweatpants, black sandals and white socks. The suspect was also carrying a black backpack. After entering the store, the cashier advised the suspect that he was not allowed to bring the backpack into the store, so he placed it near the main entrance.

Shortly thereafter, the suspect approached the counter with a bottled water and candy. He was also carrying a piece of paper in his hand. He allowed another customer to go in front of him and when it was his turn, again, tried to motion more customers ahead of him, but they declined. After stepping up to the counter, the suspect handed the piece of paper to the cashier. He then appeared to get spooked, left the items at the counter, grabbed his backpack, and left the store.

The cashier told the deputy that the suspect spoke in a soft voice and told her to “Give it up” and “Hand it over” when he passed her the note. The cashier took a step back from the counter and told the suspect she had to get her manager, prompting the suspect to leave the store.

A bystander told the deputy that she observed an individual matching the suspect’s description riding a pink and blue girl’s bicycle on Cleremont Drive heading away from the Dollar General. Deputies canvassed the area, but were unable to locate the bicycle or the suspect.

Investigators believe the suspect is a juvenile. Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (540) 658-4400.

Changes coming to Woodbridge/Lake Ridge OmniLink bus

The Woodbridge/Lake Ridge OmniLink buses will no longer serve some stops and will stop traveling through Tacketts Mill shopping center. 

From an email of OmniRide: 

New routing and bus stops will be served as of Monday, April 23 for all local Woodbridge/Lake Ridge buses at Smoketown Plaza and Tackett’s Mill.

At Smoketown Plaza, local Woodbridge/Lake Ridge buses will begin serving a new bus shelter across from Arby’s, behind the Mobile 1 Lube Express. The last day that buses will serve the current bus stop, in front of Subway, will be Saturday, April 21.

At Tackett’s Mill, local Woodbridge/Lake Ridge buses will no longer travel through the shopping center at the management company’s request. (However, Lake Ridge Fellowship House will continue to be served as an on-demand and off-route trip location.) Instead, starting on April 23, two new bus stops will be served outside the shopping center at:

  • Tackett’s Mill Drive after Minnieville Road, behind CVS and in front of Burger King; and

  • Harbor Drive before Lake Manor Drive, next to the lake and across from the Car Wash. This stop will serve as the start and end point for all trips that currently are listed as starting and ending at Tackett’s Mill. It also will be a time point, which means any early-arriving buses will remain at this location until the scheduled departure time.



Business leaders, entrepreneurs to provide an interactive experience which will prepare participants to create/grow ventures successfully

CenterFuse and Innovate Manassas is set to launch the first LaB Bootcamp 101.

The boot camp starts May 2 and runs until July 25.

The Bootcamp is held every other Wednesday evening doors open at 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. The cost for the eight-session program is $200.

The program is ideal for those individuals in a home based business or any startup including those in the idea phase. Any people with the passion, vision, and insight to start and grow a business.

The LaB Bootcamp offers assistance and training in:

• Challenges and opportunities for new and growing ventures
• Innovative marketing
• Business Concepts and ideas
• Legal considerations
• Sustainability
• Financing the business
• Accounting
• Fundamentals and operations
• Using technology & social media
• Intellectual Property
• …and much more!

The LaB Bootcamp is a series of intensive education sessions designed to help entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs develop the skills necessary to create successful, growth-oriented businesses.

A team of business leaders and guest entrepreneurs provide an interactive experience which will prepare participants to create/grow ventures successfully. Attendees also receive one-on-one consulting assistance.

Focused, intense, and packed with useful material, LaB Bootcamp is tailored to aspiring entrepreneurs, helping them answer the following questions:

• What is a good business concept?
• How can I determine if my business idea is a good one?
• Do I really need a business plan and, if so, how can I write a great one?
• What do I need to know about my customers and the market, and how can I get answers?
• Where do I get financing?
• How do I make sense of the numbers and which numbers really matter?
• What is a business model, and does my business model make sense?
• What is guerrilla marketing? Are there ways to do more with marketing while spending less?
• What does it really take to succeed in business by myself?
• Where do I go to get the information I need to organize my new business?

A team of experienced business leaders all successful entrepreneurs work with participants, introducing ideas and concepts, and showing you how to apply them to a current or potential business. At the end of the eight sessions, participants will have completed a business plan and have the opportunity to pitch their idea and plan to a group of potential investors.