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Ramoth Church Road realignment set for Wednesday

From the Virginia Department of Transportation: 

The realignment of Ramoth Church Road at Courthouse Road in Stafford County has been postponed and will now open early Wednesday, July 11. Ramoth Church Road at Courthouse Road will soon intersect with Winding Creek Road.

Crews will be working overnight on Winding Creek Road as construction advances and crews get closer to opening the realigned intersection in its final configuration.

Drivers should anticipate alternating, one-way traffic on Winding Creek Road starting at 7 p.m. tonight until 5 a.m. tomorrow, July 10. Flaggers will direct drivers through the intersection overnight.

After tomorrow morning’s rush hour, Winding Creek Road traffic near Courthouse Road will be slightly shifted to the new section of the road.

On Tuesday night, crews will work on Ramoth Church Road from 7 p.m. ? 5 a.m. Wednesday, July 11.  Drivers should expect alternating, one-way traffic and flagging operations at the intersection during the work zone hours.

Crews will then shift traffic to the realigned Ramoth Church Road and the new traffic pattern is expected to go into effect early Wednesday morning.

The realignment is part of the project to widen Courthouse Road from two lanes to four lanes and rebuild the Interstate 95 Exit 140 interchange to a diverging diamond.

A traffic signal at the realigned intersection is estimated to be installed in summer 2019.


Expect delays: I-95 paving between Stafford and Prince William County

From the Virginia Department of Transportation: 

Interstate 95 paving improvements will be underway in Stafford County between Exit 140 (Courthouse Road) and the Prince William County line during July and August, and drivers can expect nighttime delays on Sunday-Thursday evenings.

Crews are resurfacing three sections of I-95 in Stafford:

  • I-95 northbound between Exit 140.5 and mile marker 141
  • I-95 northbound between Exit 144 (Garrisonville Road) and mile marker 146.6
  • I-95 southbound between the Prince William County line and mile marker 146.5

This $1.9 million project aims to provide a smooth, high-quality riding surface for motorists. Approximately 146,000 vehicles a day travel this section of I-95.

Paving Begins on I-95 Southbound on Sunday, July 8

Weather permitting, paving work is scheduled to begin on I-95 southbound next week between the Prince William County line and mile marker 145 at the Aquia Creek bridge. This work zone will include interstate paving crews and workers performing ongoing bridge rehabilitation work on I-95 southbound over Aquia Creek.

Lane closures are scheduled to occur at the following dates and times:

Sunday, July 8

  • Two lanes closed 11 p.m. – 4:30 a.m.

Monday, July 9 – Thursday, July 12

  • Single lane closed at 9 p.m.
  • Two lanes closed from Prince William line to Aquia Creek bridge 10 p.m. – 4:30 a.m.
  • Paving work zone complete at 4:30 a.m.
  • Single lane remains closed at Aquia Creek bridge until 7 a.m.

Friday, July 13

  • Single lane closed at mile marker 145, at Aquia Creek bridge only, at 9 p.m.

  • Two lanes closed at Aquia Creek bridge 10 p.m. – 4:30 a.m.

  • Single lane remains closed at Aquia Creek bridge until 7 a.m.

Three shooting suspects elude Stafford sheriff

STAFFORD COUNTY — Authorities in Stafford County are searching for three men wanted in connection to a shooting Thursday night. The shooting took place in the same neighborhood as another shooting on June 25.  

From Stafford sheriff’s office with information on the latest shooting that occurred Thursday, July 6: 

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office has identified and is searching for three suspects behind a shooting that occurred on Thursday night in north Stafford.


On the evening of July 5, 2018, deputies responded to a residence in the area of Minuteman Circle following reports of shots fired. Upon arrival, deputies discovered shell casings, a knife, and blood droplets in the area. Witnesses told deputies that they observed two males running out of the residence and into the woods.

While on scene, deputies were notified by dispatch that a male subject with two gunshot wounds had arrived at a local hospital. Deputies later confirmed he was the victim of the shooting.

The Sheriff’s Office attempted to track the suspects using the drone team and K9 unit. In addition, several apartments were


evacuated; however, the suspects were not located.

During the investigation, detectives identified the suspects as Hayden Parrick, 20, of Stafford; Isaiah Keyes, 19, of Fredericksburg; and Fa-eez Gomda, 18, of Stafford.

Parrick is wanted for aggravated malicious wounding, use of a firearm in commission of a felony, and shooting/stabbing by mob. Keyes and Gomda are wanted for aggravated malicious wounding, conspiracy, and shooting/stabbing by mob. The suspects are believed to be armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (540) 658-4400.

Regarding the July 6 shooting, Stafford County authorities have not identified the victim or provided the condition of the victim. They also have not provided any details about the moments leading up to the shooting.

As for the June 25 shooting, authorities have not provided any additional information about the victims, or any details of events prior to the shooting. 

In both cases, shooting victims took themselves to a hospital.

Walmart employees charged with embezzlement

From the Stafford sheriff’s office: 

Deputies with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office have arrested two Walmart employees [and both are charged with] stealing money from the self-checkout machines.

On June 28, 2018, at approximately 6:00 a.m., Deputy DeAndre Taylor responded to the Walmart located at 11 Village Parkway regarding a past occurred larceny. Store management advised that one employee stole $220 and another stole $400 from a dysfunctional self-checkout machine that was dispensing incorrect bills.

On June 20, 2018, the first employee, Kahmaad Sydeem Childress, 24, of Fredericksburg approached the self-checkout machine and paid $5 for a bag of sunflower seeds. The machine then dispensed four $20 bills. Childress made four more transactions, receiving a total of $400 from the machine. He did not advise management of the issue.

Childress then told a second employee, Daquan Rashad Dawkins-Horne, 25, of Stafford about the self- checkout machine. Dawkins-Horne made three separate transactions at the machine, receiving a total of $220.

Both suspects were taken into custody and incarcerated at Rappahannock Regional Jail on a $500 secured bond. They are charged with grand larceny and conspiracy to commit a felony.

Fireworks cause fires, keep firefighters busy on July 4

From a press release: 

Personnel from the Stafford County Fire and Rescue Department had a busy 4th of July.  At 4:33 pm, units were called to the 700 block of Edwards Drive for a report of the back of a house on fire.  The first unit arrived to find a large portion of the garage and rear of the house heavily involved in fire.  Two adults were displaced by the fire.  The Fire Marshal’s Officer determined the cause of the fire to be accidental and damage was estimated at $97,000.

At 5:27 pm, an alert neighbor noticed vinyl siding burning on the rear of a house on Worsham Lane.  The first unit arrived in ten minutes to find mulch and siding smoldering to the rear of the house.  The fire was quickly extinguished with the house sustaining minimal damage.  There was no one home at the time of the fire. 

Fireworks played a role in two additional fires during the holiday.  At 10:49 pm, fire and rescue units responded to a reported structure fire on Ridgewood Drive.  The first unit arrived within five minutes to find a trash can on fire in the area of the garage.  An occupant of the house received minor burns as a result of trying to extinguish the fire.  There was minimal damage to the structure.  Later in the evening, units responded to a dumpster fire that was caused by discarded fireworks. 

Stafford Opera Troupe offers free masterclasses for high school and young collegiate singers

From an email:

Stafford Opera Troupe, a local arts organization dedicated to bringing opera performance and education to Stafford and Fredericksburg, opens its summer season with four public masterclasses on July 14, 17, and 27 at  7:30 pm and August 4 at 3:00 pm, located at the Maranatha Music Ministries building at 1915 Charles St, Fredericksburg, VA.

Under the instruction of Stafford Opera Troupe vocal faculty from around the nation and the world, each masterclass features performances from musical theatre and opera repertoire by the students of the 2018 Summer Opera Program.

Accompanied by collaborative pianist Oleg Bellini, hailing from Alessandria, Italy. Admission is free. Donations are gladly accepted in support of the Summer Opera Program, a tuition-free training program reaching high school and young collegiate singers.


Masterclass I (Saturday, July 14 at 7:30pm at Maranatha Music Ministries Building): Award-winning soprano Dr. Rachel Eve Holmes presents this musical theatre masterclass alongside voice scientist and baritone Christopher Apfelbach. Don’t miss performances from beloved musical theatre works old and new as the expert faculty help the singers explore characterization, technique, stage presence, and more.

Masterclass II (Tuesday, July 17 at 7:30pm at Maranatha Music Ministries Building): Nationally-acclaimed tenor and pedagogue Brett Pardue serves on the music faculty of Lehigh University as the Sametz Artist-in-Residence and Lecturer of Voice Pedagogy. As Visiting Faculty for Stafford Opera Troupe’s 2018 Summer Opera Program, he presents this masterclass creatively exploring student performances of both classical and musical theatre repertoire.

Masterclass III (Friday, July 27 at 7:30pm at Maranatha Music Ministries Building): Decorated coloratura soprano Gyuyeon Shim, hailing from South Korea, joins with award-winning mezzo-soprano Rebecca Sacks to present this masterclass. Under their creative direction, students of the 2018 Summer Opera Program will perform and workshop selections from opera, operetta, oratorio, and musical theatre repertoire.

Masterclass IV (Saturday, August 4 at 3:00pm at Maranatha Music Ministries): A passionate performer of both opera and musical theatre, baritone and doctoral candidate Isaiah Feken teaches as Visiting Faculty for the 2018 Summer Opera Program, helping student singers of opera arias and art song bring their performances to life in this afternoon masterclass. Later, join us for the closing performance of Viardot’s “Cinderella” at 7 pm at Mountain View High School.

Stafford’s new animal shelter has more than 100 kennels for stray, sick animals

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Don’t miss these local Independence Day events

It’s going to be a scorcher this Independence Day. But for those who pack plenty of fluids and want to brave the summertime heat, the biggest holiday of the season will feature local events that rarely disappoint. 
Dale City Independence Day Parade
10 a.m. 
14090 Gemini Way
Dale City, Va. 22193
Celebrate America on the fourth of July, in Dale City for the 47th annual Dale City Independence Day Parade. Come bleed red, white, and blue while you enjoy the showcasing of scouting troops, churches, politicians, performing arts groups, and more.
The parade line up begins at 9:00 am and the parade will promptly start at 10:00 am at Kirkdale Road and Dale Boulevard. Following the patriotic parade (approximately at Noon) will be the Family Fun Day festivities including vendors, games, and entertainment which run until 2 p.m. taking place at Gemini Way (the Dale City Commuter Lot).
Celebrate Independence Day at George Washington’s boyhood home
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
268 King’s Highway
Fredericksburg, Va. 22405
Tour the Washington house, learn about archaeology at Ferry Farm, enjoy a patriotic flag retirement ceremony, interact with colonial and Civil War reenactors as well as members of the Patawomeck tribe, listen to festive music, view living history demonstrations and theatre performances, and participate in educational programs, crafts, games, and hands-on activities for the whole family.
Cost: $1 per person?Parking: Eagles Lodge – 21 Cool Springs Road Fredericksburg (Stafford County) 22405?, Shuttles run between the Eagles Lodge and Ferry Farm.
Celebrate America Fireworks in Manassas 
Activities and vendors 3 p.m. / fireworks 9:15 p.m. 
9431 West Street
Manassas, Va. 20110
Manassas will once again host the largest firework show in Northern Virginia.  The event will take place in historic downtown in an area surrounding the train station. 
At 3 p.m, children’s activities begin. At 4 p.m., food concessionaires and vendors will open their booths. A fireworks show begins at 9:15 p.m.
The city’s parking garage next to the train station will be closed due to safety concerns. There will be downtown street closures for the Independence Day event. 
Fireworks at the Pfitz in Woodbridge 
Potomac Nationals vs. Salem Red Sox
7 County Complex Court
Woodbridge, Va. 22192
Swing on down to the annual Potomac Nationals Game vs the Salem Red Sox to enjoy America’s favorite pastime, baseball.
Players will be wearing military themed jerseys during the game as the slide into first base to the waving of a mini American flag that fans can take home. After the game, don’t strike out. Stay for the postgame firework show. 

Authorities say they found $26,000 worth of meth on I-95 in Stafford

From the Stafford sheriff’s office: 


On June 28, 2018, as part of a several_month investigation by the Special Investigations Unit, a traffic stop was conducted by deputies in the area of the Interstate 95 southbound exit ramp to Courthouse Road. During the stop, the driver was identified as a Heather Stock, 25, of Spotsylvania and the passenger as Shea McDuffie, 26, of Ashland.

Shortly thereafter, Deputy Alex Smith arrived on scene with his trained narcotics K9 “LOBO” and walked around the exterior of the vehicle. The K9 gave a positive alert on the vehicle.


During a search, more than nine ounces of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of more than $26,000 was located. The search also revealed packaging materials, digital scales, smoking devices, and a small amount of marijuana.

McDuffie was arrested and charged with possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Stock was arrested and charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Both suspects were incarcerated at Rappahannock Regional Jail without bond.