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Jeeps slams into tree after online sale of Air Jordans gone bad

From the Stafford Sheriff’s office:

Deputies with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office arrested a suspect on Wednesday in connection with two reported thefts of sneakers. On August 15, 2018, Deputy Aubrecht responded to a call regarding an auto accident and possible robbery in the area of Jefferson Davis Highway and Merryview Drive.

Upon arrival, the deputy observed a male subject with a severe laceration on his knee standing outside of a gray Jeep Wrangler off the road. While the deputy was assisting him with the injury, the subject explained that the male sitting in the passenger seat of the vehicle had tried to take off with two boxes of Air Jordan sneakers he was trying to sell through the Letgo app for buying and selling used items.

When rescue personnel arrived, the deputy made contact with the second male subject who was identified as Sydney Marcell Fisher, 18, of Stafford. Fisher told the deputy that he did not attempt to steal the shoes from the victim. He said he met the victim to purchase the shoes at the agreed upon price of $300.

After seeing the shoes, he returned to his vehicle to get the money. At that point, the first subject came over to his vehicle and tried to make entry, causing Fisher to attempt to drive away. He said the subject held onto the door, and he ended up crashing the vehicle into a tree.

Deputy Aubrecht then spoke with the first subject to get his side of the story. The first subject told him that he agreed to meet Fisher at a location near his residence to sell him the shoes for the agreed upon price of $300; however, Fisher only had $80. He handed the shoes to Fisher who said he’d get the money from his vehicle. Instead, Fisher began to drive away, prompting the first subject to grab ahold of the door of the vehicle and attempt to grab the wheel to stop the vehicle. The vehicle subsequently swerved off the road and crashed into a tree.

The first subject was transported to Mary Washington Hospital. At the hospital, the subject showed the deputy screenshots of his conversation with Fisher. However, the name of the second subject on the app was displayed as Mark Jamison. He said that is how the subject identified himself when he attempted to sell him the shoes. Fisher later admitted to the deputy that he used the Mark Jamison name as a pseudonym. Fisher was taken into custody and incarcerated at Rappahannock Regional Jail on charges of reckless driving and petit larceny.

On the same day, Deputy Sypolt responded to Town Square Circle regarding a larceny complaint. The victim said a man identified as Mark Jamison took two pairs of Nike Jordan sneakers from him without paying. He had used the Letgo app to try and sell the shoes. The victim told the deputy he met the suspect at the agreed upon location at Town Square Circle. Upon arrival, the man identified as Mark Jamison analyzed the shoes and then asked if he could show

the shoes to his friend at one of the nearby apartments to make sure they were legitimate. The victim agreed, but Jamison never came back. The victim repeatedly tried to text him over the next 45 minutes and eventually learned Jamison had blocked him on the app. Additional warrants are pending for this incident. Anyone who believes they may have been a victim in a sneakers theft associated with Mark Jamison or Sydney Fisher is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (540) 658-4400.

Route 1 widening, ‘FredEx’ all topics at planned transportation forum at Woodbridge NOVA

WOODBRIDGE — Local leaders will gather to discuss progress on multiple transportation projects in the region. 

The meeting will take place at the Woodbridge Campus of Northern Virginia Community College on just off Neabsco Mills Road in Woodbridge.

From a press release: 

Senator Scott Surovell will host a mega-town hall with transportation agencies from around Prince William County at 6 p.m. on Monday, September 10, 2018, at the Northern Virginia Community College Woodbridge Campus Workforce Development Center. Elected officials and agency representatives will address:
•           Status of U.S. 1 Widenings
•           Status of High Speed Rail from DC to Raleigh
•           Express Lanes Extension to Fredericksburg [FredEx]
•           Virginia Rail Express Expansion Update
•           Northern Virginia Transportation Authority $44.5 Million Funding for Dumfries U.S. 1 Widening
•           Status of I-95/VA-123/U.S. 1 Bottleneck
•           Blue Line Extension to Eastern Prince William County
The town hall will include Senators Scott Surovell and Jeremy McPike, Delegates Hala Ayala, Jennifer Carroll Foy, Elizabeth Guzman, and Luke Torian. Officials from Prince William County Transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia Rail Express, Transurban, Department of Rail and Public Transportation, Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, and Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission will also be on hand to help answer questions.

At 6:30 p.m., agency officials will provide information in an open house-style format. At 7:00 p.m., participants will transition over to a presentation and town hall-format meeting. There will be time for citizens to ask questions and provide feedback to their elected representatives and agency officials.

Event Details?

Monday, September 10
Open House: 6:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Town Hall Meeting: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Northern Virginia Community College Woodbridge Campus
Workforce Development Center Ballroom
2675 College Dr, Woodbridge, VA

Upcoming meetings to focus on Stafford bicycle trail plan

STAFFORD — Bicycle trails are on the radar of county planners in Stafford.

Planners seek input from residents who would use the planned trails. The county will hold two meetings to talk about where the trails would be built, and how they fit into the county government’s comprehensive plan for the jurisdiction. 

More in a press release: 

When it comes to planning new bike and pedestrian trails, Stafford County is looking to the experts for advice – the people who use the trails. Stafford is updating its Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Plan and is asking for citizen input. The goal is to determine the needs of citizens to better plan for future bicycle and pedestrian facilities in the county.

“This plan is a part of our Comprehensive Plan, which is our blueprint for the future,” said Brian Geouge, a Senior Planner in Stafford’s Planning and Zoning Department. “We have drafted a series of maps that show proposed bike and pedestrian facilities across the County, and we want to engage the citizens to give us feedback on the locations and types of facilities.”

Residents may provide input several ways: attend one of the two public workshops (details listed below); view documents and participate in an online survey at; or visit the Department of Planning and Zoning to view plans and provide comments. For more information about the Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Plan, please contact Brian Geouge at (540) 658-8668 or

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

William J. Howell Library (formerly England Run)

806 Lyons Boulevard

Fredericksburg, VA 22406


Monday, August 27, 2018

5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

North Stafford High School Library

839 Garrisonville Road

Stafford, VA 22554

Remember that time you sat in front of a TV or computer, ate a meal, but didn’t savor a single bite?

Mindful eating is the act of being conscious of the flavor, texture, and smell of our foods as well as our thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations as we eat. This requires one to eat slowly and genuinely relish each bite.  It is not a diet, but mindful eating can help us achieve a healthy weight.

Eating mindlessly is an unconscious habit of eating without paying attention to what, how, why or how much we eat.  Have you ever sat in front of the TV or computer and eaten a meal, but didn’t savor a single bite?

This is an example of mindless eating and it can be triggered by external factors such as stress, food advertisements, or when the time of day tells us to eat. Mindless eating often includes “comfort foods” chosen to soothe our emotions, rather than to nourish our bodies.  Eating mindlessly or while distracted, we tend to ignore our bodies’ “full signals” and consume excess calories, which can lead to weight gain.

To begin eating mindfully, start by asking some of the following questions:

  • Am I hungry?
  • Why am I eating this?
  • Does my body need this? Does this food promote health or not?
  • Pay attention to how full you are before, during and after eating.
  • Notice the colors, smells, textures, and flavors of your food.
  • Investigate where your food came from: Was it grown on a local farm or processed in a factory? Who prepared it? 
  • Notice how the food makes you feel while eating it
  • Be aware of cravings and what triggers them: Are you bored? Lonely? Tired? Angry?  You may discover that you eat to mask uncomfortable feelings or emotions.

Keep a food journal of what you eat and your mood, hunger, and fullness levels before and after eating to increase your awareness of your eating habits.  Once aware, you can make small changes one at a time, to help develop a mindful relationship with food.


  • Eating seated (rather than standing at the fridge or counter)
  • Eating undistracted (rather than in front of an electronic device)
  • Eating with your non-dominant hand 

(Fun fact: one of my clients broke her wrist and lost eight pounds in the month that she used her non-dominant hand to eat.)

One benefit of mindful eating you may notice is an increased enjoyment of food as you slow down and savor meals.  You may learn to enjoy healthy food and how it makes you feel. 

You may slowly begin to realize that unhealthy food does not taste as good as you previously thought and it does not make you feel good. You may also learn to eat when you are truly hungry and stop when you are full, but not stuffed. All of the above benefits of mindful eating may naturally lead to some weight loss.

Finally, as you start to enjoy the experience of being present as you eat, you may become more present in life and enjoy life more.

From walking to paddling, doggie exercise is important

Do you own a dog? If so, you may sometimes ask yourself if your four-legged friend is getting enough exercise.

Exercise is essential for dogs to live happy and healthy while under your care. Dog owners always ensure that their pet is getting enough food throughout the day. However, food alone is not the only factor that affects a pet’s health and well-being.

Making sure your dog is active is just as crucial as balancing their diet.

We may think that our energetic furry friends must be getting enough exercise by running around the house. However, the amount of exercise a dog needs varies by the kind of dog it is, its age, and its weight.

If you have a small breed of dogs, such as a Pomeranian or a corgi, they may not require as much exercise as a larger breed like a German shepherd or a golden retriever. According to PetMD, an average of 30-60 minutes of daily activity is necessary to maintain your dog’s health. Pets with special needs may require different types of exercise suggested by their vet.

Giving your pet the necessary amount of exercise is a simple matter of finding out how much activity they require. Often times, a walk or a jog around your neighborhood will be more than enough to keep your furry friend happy and healthy.

Aside from exercising, taking your dog out daily is a perfect way to bond with them, which positively affects their mental health. Making time in your daily schedule to be with your dog outdoors can be as much of an enjoyment for you as it is for them. Always remember that our pets are happiest when we are around, but especially when we are spending time with them.

The Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation knows the importance of including pets when discussing family health. That is why we created our annual Doggie Paddle, which brings together dogs and owners from all over the area to enjoy a nice day of swimming to help keep everyone active. Our 9th Annual Doggie Paddle will take place at Signal Bay Waterpark on September 8, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Dogs will be able to jump into the lazy river, splash in kiddie pools, and run through sprinklers while parents socialize and talk about how cute they are! There is a limit of two dogs per handler, and proof of distemper, parvo, and rabies must be shown in order to enter.

The event is $5 per dog and is cash only. Unruly dogs will be asked to leave, and female dogs in heat will not be allowed in the event for the safety of all dogs and people attending the event. We hope you will join us and keep your pets as healthy as they can be!

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.