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Driver charged with DUI, eluding police following police pursuit

From Stafford sheriff’s office: 

The suspect had a pregnant passenger in the vehicle.

On June 17, 2018, at approximately 8:28 p.m., Deputy J.A. Mangan observed a vehicle with a defective headlight traveling southbound on U.S. 1. The deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but the suspect vehicle continued on. The vehicle accelerated and a pursuit ensued, prompting the deputy to radio for additional units. The suspect vehicle continued traveling at a high rate of speed, and, in the area of U.S. 1 and Layhill Road, the vehicle crossed the double yellow line into opposite lanes of travel to get around traffic.

In the area of Truslow Road, the suspect vehicle made a sharp right turn and crashed into a parked car. The driver exited and began to run towards the wood line. The deputy gave chase and repeatedly ordered the suspect to stop. The deputy eventually caught up to the suspect and ordered him to the ground.

The suspect, identified as Joshua Stephen Jackson, 29, of Stafford was taken into custody. The suspect’s license came back revoked due to previous DUI charges. In addition, a search of Jackson’s person subsequent to arrest yielded a small bag of marijuana. A search of his vehicle yielded an empty container of alcohol.

[Fire and] Rescue was called to examine injuries the suspect sustained during the crash and he was subsequently transported to Stafford Hospital. The passenger of the vehicle, who was five months pregnant, was also examined by rescue personnel, but she denied transport against medical advice. She told deputies she asked the suspect multiple times to let her out of the vehicle during the pursuit, and he refused.

Deputies obtained a search warrant for blood and afterward Jackson was released from the hospital, he was transported to Rappahannock Regional Jail and incarcerated without bond.

The suspect is charged with abduction, resisting arrest, destruction of property, driving with a revoked license, driving after forfeiture of license, driving under the influence, possession of marijuana, eluding police, hit and run, reckless driving, and several traffic offenses.

Neighbors rally for Stafford house fire victims

Stafford fire and rescue crews were called to a blaze in the Park Ridge neighborhood early Sunday. 

Three adults escaped the fire. Now neighbors are rallying to help. 

From an email from Marcia Ramos: 

The family and pets are safe but they must now start over and We wish to raise money to assist as this will take a long time for the family to recover from. 
We, lastly, would like to give credit to the Stafford County fire department and the Quantico fire department who collaborated in putting out the fire and attending to the family and houses affected. I believe six fire trucks occupied our small street with only one entrance/exit and many firefighters were on the scene. It was an amazing sight to behold; albeit, a horrific event. 

So far we have raised $1,240 in online and cash donations in less than 24 hours. We would like to raise more and we would truly appreciate your help in this matter.

3 escape burning house on Lakeside Drive

STAFFORD — Three adults escaped a fire inside a home in Stafford this morning. Fire and rescue crews were called to the scene of the fire at 5:21 a.m. 

From a press release: 

At 05:21 this morning, units from Stafford County Fire and Rescue we alerted to a residential structure fire at 26 Lakeside Drive.  The initial call was made to 911 by a neighbor who woke up and noticed fire to the rear of the residence. 

Fire crews arrived on scene six minutes after the call was received by 911 to find a two-story structure with fire on the rear deck, extending to the first-floor kitchen, up the outside, and into the attic.  All residents escaped the fire and the family’s pet cat was found later during a search of the structure. 

Mutual aid was received by Quantico MCB, City of Fredericksburg, and Prince William County. 

Damage to the house and contents were estimated at $235,000.  The family did not require the assistance of the Red Cross at the time of the incident.  The cause of the fire is under investigation by the fire marshal’s office. 

Three ways seniors can stay healthy and fit

Aging comes with many inevitable changes in the body. As we get older, our metabolism slows down and gaining weight becomes almost imminent, especially if we are not accustomed to exercising regularly.

As we get older, our bodies are also more prone to illness. Many seniors experience loss of strength in the bones, which can put them at risk of injury. With lack of exercise, seniors may lose the energy to perform simple daily tasks, such as walking up and down stairs, carrying groceries, or even walking for extended periods of time. Fortunately, these things can be avoided by taking classes that make exercising comfortable and easy on the body.

Yoga is a perfect example of a class that exercises the body without the stress of heavy lifting. Yoga is a type of exercise routine that uses a variety of stretching poses focusing on flexibility and core strength, both of which are key factors for seniors to have comfortable mobility. It’s also a perfect way to increase balance and reduce joint pain. Aside from giving the body a workout, yoga is also used to stay relaxed.

If you enjoy aquatics and being in the water, there are also classes that take place in the pool. Classes like Aqua Zumba and Aquasize help give you a great low-impact, full-body workout. Water classes are different in the sense that the water itself adds resistance. It is as if you are lifting weights, without the strain-free weights put on your body. 

Of course, some seniors may not feel comfortable in a group exercise setting. If so, a great way to remain healthy is simply by walking, and doing it often. Walking is likely the easiest way for seniors to stay active, as it has great heart benefits.

A good way to keep track of your health is to set gradually increasing goals as the weeks go by, so you can see how much you improve as you walk for longer distances and times. Joining a Walking Club may even help you meet new friends as you achieve your fitness goals. Walking in trails surrounded by nature is particularly beneficial.

According to a study by Holli-Anne Passmore and Dr. Andrew J. Howell, spending time in nature helps to relieve stress, and puts your brain in a state of calmness that helps it refresh after a busy day. A good pair of comfortable shoes and water are all you need!

The Manassas Park Community Center offers many classes that focus on senior health at an affordable price. All of the group exercise classes mentioned above are offered at no additional cost to members. They are also available to non-members for a $4 drop-in rate. It is never a bad time to start! We hope we can be a vital part of your fitness journey!

The Manassas Park Community Center is located at 99 Adams Street in Manassas Park, VA. Managed by the City of Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation, the facility is home to basketball courts, a swimming pool, wellness areas, special events, and recreational classes. For more information visit us at or call at 703-335-8872.

Find your Passion…as a Doctor!

Join us to meet the local top docs! Find your Passion as a Doctor!
(Shadow for a Day Series)

9071 Center St., Manassas
Tues., June 26th, 5:30pm to 6:30 pm

Hosted by Theresa Ellis, Tackle Management PR Marketing

Students: Hear about job-shadowing opportunities.
Community members; Learn about healthcare updates.

Our top Novant Health UVA Health System physicians include:

  • Mike Perez, MD Family Medicine
  • Mark Bartolozzi, MD General Surgery
  • Joanne Gutliph, MD Gynecology
  • Ahsan Jafir, MD Cardiology


Free with snacks and refreshments.

Heat wave to impact area just before start of summer

The heat is on.

Temperatures on Monday will rise into the mid-90s with a heat index value as high as 102 under mostly sunny skies. That means temperatures will feel like they are in the triple digits. 

Monday night, low temperatures will drop into the high 70s.

Tuesday brings a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Still hot, high temperatures will hover in the low 90s across the region.

On Tuesday night, we’ll feel temperatures in the low 70s.

It’ll be relatively cooler on Wednesday with temperatures in the mid to upper 80s. Rain showers are in the forecast on Wednesday through the weekend.

Summer officially arrives on Thursday.

The Prince William County Fire and Rescue Department on Friday reminded parents and drivers to never leave children or pets inside hot cars and to always check the back seat before getting out of the car.

People exposed to high temperatures are also more susceptible to hypothermia. The symptoms include sudden dizziness, cramps, or fatigue.

Fire and rescue officials also remind residents to check on elderly residents and make sure they have electric fans or to take them to air-conditioned buildings like shopping malls, libraries, or other community facilities.

At last but not least, drink plenty of water all day long.

Firefighters, Blue Star Mothers fill 681 care packages for troops

From an email: 

This weekend marked the fifth year the Stafford County Fire and Rescue Department and the Stafford County Firefighter’s Association (IAFF Local 4012) partnered with the Blue Star Mothers of Fredericksburg, Chapter 4 for their annual care packaging event that was held Saturday, June 16.  hundreds of volunteers, ranging from local businesses, veterans organizations, churches, civic organizations, schools, and our fire and rescue personnel showed up at the Berea fire station to prepare 681 care packages to be sent to our troops abroad. 

Volunteers lined up throughout the engine bays of the fire station and systematically filled boxes where they would eventually end up being loaded into the back of a pickup truck to be driven directly across the street to the post office.  Although these packages deliver treats and hygiene products,  they also serve as a reminder to our troops that they are not forgotten and we appreciate the sacrifices made by them and their families every day. 

When all of the heavy lifting was done, lunch was provided by Mission BBQ.