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Shots fired into home

STAFFORD — (Press Release) The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office is searching for the suspect behind a shooting into a residence that occurred last night at Arbor Grove Apartments.

On October 16, 2018, at approximately 10:45 p.m., deputies responded to the 1500 block of Providence Street in reference to reports of a bullet hole found in a residence.

The resident told deputies she heard a popping sound around 6:00 p.m. while cooking dinner. She later discovered a small hole in her living room wall as well as drywall dust on the floor. The bullet appeared to have continued through an interior wall and into the bedroom door. No one was injured in the residence.

Deputies searched the area and found multiple shell casings in the playground area near the residence. The investigation is ongoing and the Sheriff’s Office will provide updates as they become available. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (540) 658-4400.

Fredericksburg suspect allegedly pointed gun at accident victim

STAFFORD – (Press Release) 9 South Gateway Drive. 10/10, 5:10 p.m. Deputies responded to a reported disturbance with a weapon at Wawa. The caller advised that he was in an accident with another vehicle and the driver had pointed a gun at him. Upon arrival, deputies learned from the victim that the driver had fled the scene shortly before they arrived. The victim said they collided while pulling out of Wawa. A verbal altercation ensued, and the suspect pulled out a gun and began waving it around, pointing it at the victim. The suspect was identified as Jayquon Powers-Brown, 21, of Fredericksburg. Deputies were able to contact the suspect who agreed to meet them at the Sheriff’s Office. The suspect was taken into custody and charged with assault, brandishing a weapon, hit and run, driving without a license, and having no insurance. He was released on a $3000.00 unsecured bond.


A ghostly spirit haunts Chatham Manor in search of a long lost love

Editor’s note: We’re featuring the stories of some spooky hunts in our region during October. 

FREDERICKSBURG — Folklore tells of a spectral being that returns to Chatham Manor in Fredericksburg once every seven years to search for her lost love.

Robin Nimmo of Fredericksburg Hauntings Tours tells her story, as well as many other spooky stories, as she guides visitors on a 90-minute walking tour of haunted Downtown Fredericksburg.

Nimmo recounted the story. She said that Chatham is a plantation home built in the 1700s by William Fitzhugh, who knew George Washington. Because Chatham was such a big place to stay, when people were in traveling mode they would stay for weeks and months, sometimes years.

A gentleman was staying in Chatham from England. His daughter had fallen in love with someone who was a drysalter — someone who preserved meats. He was below her social status. He moved his daughter to America to keep her from marrying the drysalter.

Nimmo recounted that the odd way the young couple met. The young woman had a pet parrot that died and she wanted to have it preserved. A drysalter sometimes doubled as a taxidermist, and that’s how the two met.

The young man found out where his love was, but he was poor so he had to save money to get passage from England. Sometimes poor people would indenture themselves to make the passage. After six months he made enough money to come to Chatham. He came up with a plan and sent a note through a servant. On a designated night, she would come out of her window on a rope ladder and the two would elope.

On the night the young woman climbed down the rope ladder, rather than falling into her lover’s arms, she met with George Washington. Washington had learned of the elopement plan from one of his servants and helped stop the young couple from marrying.

Her father was furious. He sent his daughter back to England and married her to someone of a higher social status. She swore on her deathbed that she would find out what happened to her love.

A spectral lady in white is seen on the anniversary of her death every seven years. Some believe that she appears every seven years because that was the typical length of indentured servitude that her love may have served. The last sighting was in 2014.

Chatham does not allow the haunted tours on the grounds, so Nimmo tells the story as she shows tourists Chatham from across the river.

The lady in white is just one of the many local legends you will hear during a Fredericksburg Hauntings tour.

“We have a lot of stories to tell because we are so historic. Between the Revolution, George Washington and the Civil War battles that took place here, Fredericksburg is steeped in history and that always means hauntings. Ghosts stay because of tragic deaths or things left one done, said Nimmo. “This is one of the most haunted places in America.”

Tours run through Halloween. The tour is $12 for adults and free for children seven and under. For more information and the schedule of tours visit To book a tour call Robin Nimmo at 540-226-8378.

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Juvenile responsible for Walmart robbery at knifepoint

STAFFORD – (Press Release) A juvenile was taken into custody on Wednesday afternoon by deputies with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office after robbing a local Walmart at knifepoint and absconding with money from the cash register.

On October 10, 2018, at approximately 5:00 p.m., Deputy Elliott Taylor responded to the Walmart located at 217 Garrisonville Road. Upon arrival, a loss prevention employee told the deputy the suspect had fled on foot towards the west side of the store.

Additional units responding to the incident located what they believed to be the suspect near Chick-fil-A. Deputy Taylor activated his emergency equipment and responded to that location. The suspect was identified as a juvenile and detained. A large sum of money was found in the suspect’s pocket during a search of his person.

The juvenile admitted to taking a knife off the shelf at the store and then using it to commit robbery. He approached a cashier while displaying the knife and demanded money from the cash register. The juvenile left the store with the knife and money from the register.

Deputies contacted Juvenile Intake Services and they advised they would authorize detention orders. The suspect was then transported to the Juvenile Detention Center and held there. The investigation is ongoing and the Sheriff’s Office will provide an update when charges are obtained.


How Sentara improves the prognosis in cases of Her2+ breast cancer

Pearl Hawver believes in the power of a positive attitude.

She also believes in the strength of preventative care, that’s why every year on her birthday she gives herself the best gift possible by making sure to get a mammogram.

That gift paid off in January 2015, when her routine mammogram discovered a lump in her in her right breast.

“My doctor said, ‘You have breast cancer.’  And I said, ‘Ok, what next?’ She said, ‘I’m waiting for you to react.’ I said, ‘You don’t call a person to tell them their mammogram was okay. So, I figured I had something.”

It’s that same direct, no-nonsense approach Pearl used to face her diagnosis of Her2+ breast cancer. She turned to the team of Dr. Farn Chan and Dr. Masoom Kandahari, Triple-Board Certified Hematology and Oncology Experts.

“The mission of our team is to implement a patient-centered environment where patients are at the core of discussion and decision making,” explains Dr. Kandahari, Medical Staff President at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, who has been treating patient in the Woodbridge area for almost 30 years.

“We often know all the cancer patients and share the responsibility in taking care of them, so patients won’t be with a completely new doctor who is not familiar with their case if one of us is not available. It also provides a unique opportunity for patients to have a second opinion in their care, without literally having to go to a separate location,” adds Dr. Chan, Chairman of the Cancer Committee and breast program leadership member of the hospital.

With Pearl’s diagnosis of HER2+ breast cancer, the doctors were able to consult with one another to determine the best course of action.

“Her2+ breast cancer tends to be more aggressive, associated with higher risk of recurrence and poorer prognosis in the absence of systemic therapy. However, prognosis has improved with the availability of Her2 targeted therapy.”

Pearl’s personalized medical plan included: six months of chemo, a lumpectomy, receiving radiation and then following up with a year of Her2 chemo. Her positive attitude helped lead the way.

“I did really well on chemo,” recalls Pearl, “I’m pretty laid back. I don’t let anything rent space in my head. I give it to God and we go from there. I don’t worry about things, I let the doctors take care of that,” says Pearl.

Pearl says part of the reason things went so well was because of the support she received from her family, especially her younger sister, Phyllis. Phyllis, also a breast cancer survivor, helped Pearl get to her assorted appointments, sat with her through chemo and provided the emotional and moral support she needed.

In the wake of Pearl’s recovery, Phyllis has even helped her channel her sewing talents to help fund breast cancer research.   

“Right now, I’m making pin cushion hats for Relay for Life,” says Pearl, “Last year, I did five tote bags and they went for $100 each!”

The 78-year-old is living her life to the fullest, spending time with her three kids, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, thanks to the team approach of Dr. Chan and Dr. Kandahari.

“Cancer is a journey and they are right there with you,” explains Pearl. “They were on top of everything and they were very good! They were considerate and kind. Plus, Sarah, the clinical nurse manager, was just wonderful during the chemo treatments.”

The multi-disciplinary team approach, in the office and within the Sentara Cancer Network, allowed Pearl to get state-of-the-art care. Sentara Healthcare is the first system in Virginia to be accredited as an Integrated Network Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer, meaning connections to a network of doctors, researchers, and groundbreaking clinical expertise. Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center was the first in the area to offer Xoft® Radiation Therapy System for patients with early-stage breast cancer. This, coupled with the exemplary patient care of an Oncology Nurse Navigator, who guides patients and their family through the sometimes daunting experience of a cancer diagnosis, is all in an effort to improve health every day.

To schedule an appointment, call 703-523-1560 or visit for more information on women’s health imaging near you.

Fraud, assault, burglary, vandalism in Stafford County

STAFFORD COUNTY – (Press Release) 7-Eleven, 2337 Garrisonville Road, 10/8. Suspect attempts to shoplift a small box of wine from a convenience store. The manager saw the suspect put the item in her bag without paying. She then apologized, took the item out of her bag, and left it on the counter. Deputies located the suspect in the area and she admitted to concealing the wine, as well as stealing an additional box of wine the clerk hadn’t seen her put in her bag. Sarah Elizabeth Newsome, 30, of Stafford was released on a summons for concealment.

Wawa, 9 South Gateway Drive, 10/8. Suspect arrested after stealing alcoholic beverage from convenience store. Upon arrival, deputies found the suspect sitting near some bushes and identified him as John Bernard Perry, 55, of Fredericksburg. The suspect admitted to stealing the alcoholic beverages. He was taken into custody and incarcerated at Rappahannock Regional Jail without bond. Perry is charged with petit larceny and public intoxication.

Somerset Lane, 10/6. Various items stolen off front porch of residence including flower pots, a battery operated candle, potting soil, and a ladder. There are no suspects at this time. The investigation is ongoing.

Smith Street, 10/6, 4:00 p.m. A firearm and a small amount of money reported stolen from vehicles parked at residence. In one vehicle, the center console was found open and three dollars was missing. In the second vehicle, a firearm that the victim believes was locked in the trunk was stolen. The investigation is ongoing.

100 block of Centreport Parkway, 10/5. Equipment valued at approximately $5000.00 stolen from construction job site. There are no suspects at this time. The investigation is ongoing.

100 block of Auction Drive, 10/4. Dealer tags stolen from vehicle parked at local business. There are no suspects at this time. The investigation is ongoing.

MAPCO, 626 Warrenton Road, 10/2, 5:19 p.m. Suspect steals two phone chargers from MAPCO. Deputies identified the suspect as Thaddeus Varley, 35, of Fredericksburg through video surveillance footage. A warrant for shoplifting was obtained and Varley was taken into custody on 10/5/18.


Country Inn and Suites, 656 Warrenton Road, 10/5, 1:44 p.m. Wanted suspect provides false identity to law enforcement. Deputies responded to reports that a suspect wanted out of Spotsylvania County on a probation violation was working at the hotel. Upon arrival, deputies made contact with the suspect who told them he was not the person they were looking for. Deputies learned the identity provided to them by the suspect was false and the suspect was subsequently taken into custody. Martez Keels, 28, of Locust Grove was served his outstanding warrants and received additional charges of providing false identity to law enforcement and identity theft. He was incarcerated at Rappahannock Regional Jail and held without bond.


Red Roof Inn, 386 Warrenton Road, 10/5. Wanted suspect charged with assaulting a law enforcement officer. On 10/5, deputies responded to reports of suspicious activity at one of the motel rooms. Upon arrival, they made contact with a male subject they recognized as Robert Oliver, 24, of Fredericksburg who they recognized as wanted for violation of a protective order. Oliver provided false identification and deputies subsequently attempted to detain him. However, the suspect managed to escape and began running away. A second deputy stopped the suspect who resisted arrest by rolling around on the ground and tucking his hands under his body. Once the deputies managed to carry the suspect to the back of the cruiser, he kicked one of the  deputies in the chest with both feet, forcing the rear driver’s side door back and breaking the deputy’s cell phone clip. The door hit another vehicle parked nearby, causing a dent. Oliver was served his outstanding warrants and received additional charges of assault and battery, resisting arrest, destruction of property, and identity theft. He was incarcerated at Rappahannock Regional Jail.


1300 block of Mountain View Road, 10/5. Moped stolen from garage of residence. The resident showed deputies a side window of the garage that had been broken to gain entry. The investigation is ongoing.


Sunset Ridge Lane, 10/9, 4:17 a.m. Caller observed three males carrying backpacks and pulling on car door handles in the neighborhood. Upon arrival, deputies observed multiple vehicles that appeared to be tampered with, but the only item stolen was a knife from the center console of a pick-up truck. There are no suspects at this time. The investigation is ongoing.

200 block of Gettysburg Court, 10/7. Vandalism of vehicle parked at residence. Front tires were punctured. There are no suspects at this time. The investigation is ongoing.