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The Prince William County Police Department honored employee Jack Davis yesterday as he celebrated his retirement. According to the police department’s Facebook page, Davis served the department for 23 years in different capacities including as a crossing guard and as a clerical assistant.
Lt. Colonel Barry Barnard presents Jack Davis with a clock as we celebrate Jack’s last day with us. Jack has served the Department and the community for more than 23 years. He worked as a crossing guard and worked for many years as a clerical assistant in the crime analysis unit. His loyal service will be missed, but we hope enjoys his well deserved retirement!
Photo by Prince William County Police Department
Winter is not done yet, but the City of Manassas is over budget on snow removal. According to city officials, the yearly amount set aside for winter storms is $250,000, but several heavy storms hit causing a cost of $425,000 on snow removal.
Check out this press release from the City of Manassas for further details:
Between December 2013 and February 2014, Manassas City crews have been mobilized for nine snow-related events using approximately 1200 tons of salt, 200 tons of sands, 3600 gallons of ice ban liquid, 18 pieces of hired equipment, 18 pieces of Manassas City equipment and utilized 49 Manassas City employees. Manassas City has a general contingency fund account that can be used for additional snow removal expenses.
Approximately $51,000 of the snow budget was used for snow removal of Manassas City Schools.
“Our snow removal crews have been working long hours and been extremely responsive in getting our Manassas streets and parking areas cleared and accessible,” said Mike Moon, director of public works and utilities for the City of Manassas. “It’s been a tough winter, not only because of the large amounts of snow, but cold temperatures are causing any melted snow to refreeze, and our crews then have to re-treat the icy roads,” said Moon.
Manassas Utilities had to increase their snow removal budget in 2010, when the area had experienced two large snowfalls.
Photo by City of Manassas
Starting this week, ManassasLocal.com will feature two animals each week from the Prince William Humane Society. Scroll down for a look at Karla and Cali area animals waiting for homes.
Karla (SAR 240)
Little Karla was found on her own on Aden Road — not a good situation for a lovely girl like this. Karla’s between 8-10 years old, happy but feeling a little shy right now, inquisitive (has to keep that nose going!), and loves attention. Yes, she has some years on her, but that’s just all the more reason that she should have a warm and loving home of her very own, and never more will she roam!
OK, yes, Cali’s a little different looking, we admit that. But hey, if we were all the same, we’d be bored, right? Cali has a glorious calico coat, and would prefer to be your one and only, as she’s not much of a fan of other pets. We guess she figures that if you have her, you don’t need anyone else, and you know what? She might be right!
For more information on Karla or Cali contact the Prince William Humane society at: http://www.pwhumane.org/ or http://www.petfinder.com/pet-search?shelterid=VA331
It has been a busy week in Manassas. Police were all over the city looking into everything from reports of a peeping tom to a couple assaults. While suspects were caught on the scene of some crimes, several were not found and Manassas Police are asking for community help in finding them. Check out the following unedited police press release for more details:
On February 22, 2014 Manassas City Police met with a resident on the 9400 block of Taney Rd in reference to a report of an attempted robbery. The victim stated that at approximately 9:30PM on February 22nd, he was walking along Grant Ave near Byrd Dr when he was approached by a female who appeared out of the common area between Byrd Dr and Taney Rd. After a short exchange, the victim followed the female into the greens where she attempted to remove two gold necklaces from around his neck. The victim managed to pull away, at which point the female then sprayed his face with hairspray and fled on foot in an unknown direction.
Description of suspect: Short, light-skinned black female (25-40 years old), large build, wearing dark clothing with a dark winter hat that covered her ears
On February 22, 2014 Manassas City Police met with a citizen on the 10400 block of Dumfries Rd in reference to a report of assault. According to the victim, he was taking the garbage out at approximately 10:05PM on February 22nd when two males approached him in the parking lot. One of the suspects punched the victim in the face before the two of them fled southbound in a black Toyota with tinted windows. The victim sustained minor injuries and told officers he did not know either of the suspects. Description of suspects: (1) Black male, approximately 5’-9” and heavyset, last seen wearing a red shirt and blue jeans; (2) Black male, approximately 5’-9” and skinny, last seen wearing a blue shirt and black jeans
On February 21, 2014 Manassas City Police met with a resident on the 9300 block of Gooseberry Dr for a report of a vandalism. Upon arrival, officers discovered two holes in the victim’s main floor front windows that were caused by a BB gun, and additional BBs near the front door. The victim believed the damage to the window, estimated at $500.00, occurred at approximately 10:30PM on February 20th.
Breaking and Entering
On February 18, 2014 Manassas City Police responded to the 8400 block of Georgian Ct for a report of a person drunk in public. According to the reporting party and the victim, the suspect was staggering around the neighborhood before attempting to enter a residence through a window on the 8400 block of Georgian Ct. The suspect also attempted to enter same residence from the rear, and was seen trying to open several vehicles in its immediate vicinity. The suspect did not make entry but caused $50.00 in damage to the window screen. Description of suspect: Hispanic male wearing a black jacket and black pants
On February 22, 2014 Manassas City Police met with a resident on the 9100 block of Sudley Rd for a peeping tom complaint. The victim told officers that between 7:00PM and 7:15PM on February 22nd, she observed a male watching her through her bedroom window as she got ready to leave her residence. When the victim left five to seven minutes later, she saw the suspect (approximately 5’-9” with a medium build) fleeing on foot towards Grant Ave.
On February 23, 2014 Manassas City Police met with a citizen at St. Thomas United Methodist Church located at 8800 Sudley Rd for a report of an assault. The victim told officers that he was in the parking lot shoveling snow at approximately 3:45PM on February 23rd when a male appeared, taking him by surprise. The suspect made a comment to the victim about “hitting cars” then punched the victim in the face before fleeing in an unknown direction by an unknown mode of travel. The victim sustained minor injuries. Description of suspect: Black male, approximately 6’-0”, overweight
On February 25, 2014 Manassas City Police met with an employee at Shell Gas Station located at 10155 Hastings Dr for a report of counterfeit. According to the store clerk, a female entered the store at approximately 10:45AM on February 25th and attempted to make a purchase using a counterfeit twenty-dollar bill. Description of suspect: White female, long black hair, wearing a neon green jacket and a burgundy ski hat
To report any information on these cases to the Manassas Police Department call: (703) 257-8092.
Photo by Manassas City Police Department
Prince William County Police are getting reports of accidents all over the roads this morning due to icy conditions. The Prince William Parkway near Coloriver Road is running slowly because of an overturned vehicle, Cardinal Drive near the I-95 bridge there is a crash and the bridge is closed, and Running Creek Drive out to Dumfries Road is closed because of ice. The Price William County Police website says that the Virginia Department of Transportation is on the scene and treating the roads, but conditions remain slick. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.
*Update as of 10:30 a.m. All of the reported accidents have been cleared and all roads opened.
At 5:25 a.m. this morning a Virginia Rail Express (VRE) train struck and killed a man outside the Burke Center Station. According to Bryan Jungwirth the Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations, a man was hit on the tracks and pronounced dead at the scene by emergency personnel. At this time the train line through Manassas is not running. Commuters will be moved via buses from Burke Center Station to Falls Church or back to the Manassas and Manassas Park Stations.
Roughly 350 commuters were on the train at the time of the accident and they were detained on the train while the accident was investigated by Fairfax County emergency personnel. At this time, all of the people have been moved to busses, Jungwirth said.
During this afternoon and this evening, trains will run on an S schedule. Instead of the usual 8 trains only 4 will be available. Today, VRE pass holders may ride the metro using the VRE card.
Photo by Virginia Rail Express
Last Saturday Prince William County Police Officers suited up for a rather unusual assignment- raising money for the Special Olympics. The PWC Five-0 Below Zero team took the plunge into 37 degree water at the Special Olympics Polar Plunge held at Tim’s Rivershore according to the Prince William County Police Department Facebook page. Over $85,000 was raised to support local athletes and their families. As well as a dip in the icy water, PWC Five-o Below Zero team members won 2nd place in the costume competition for their rendition of Gilligan’s Island!
Photo by the Prince William County Police Department
Once again, snow is falling throughout Northern Virginia. Luckily, the National Weather Service predicts that the snow will only fall until early afternoon. The afternoon and evening will be cold with some light wind and tomorrow snow may fall again. Less than 1/2 an inch of snow fall may accumulate between today and tomorrow based on the National Weather Service forecast. At this time, there are no school closings or early releases to report.
Photo by Weatherforyou.com
Recently an innovative group of kids from Manassas called the Battlefield Young Marines launched a weather balloon up into the atmosphere to see what was going on. James Morehead saw the experiment on the internet years ago and decided it would be a fun project to try.
“Everything went flawlessly,” Morehead said in a phone interview. “So many things could have gone wrong, but the launch, the search, all of it went off without a hitch.”
Morehead went on to explain that he and a group of 10 children travelled out to The Plains Virginia where they launched the weather balloon which carried, a box holding a GPS communicator, 4 cameras and Sour Patch Kids. For the next 6 hours, Morehead and the group followed the GPS roughly 60 miles south to a field outside Fredericksburg where they recovered it.
“The kids loved it,” Morehead said. “It was really their project. They prepped the balloon and launched it.”
Designing the experiment was no small task Morehead explained. The cost of a weather balloon is around $1,500. Corporate sponsor The Living Wellness Center of Chantilly, Virginia helped out with the expense.
Morehead and the Young Marines may tempt fate one more time and do a lunar launch sometime this year. For more information on the Battlefield Young Marines check them out on Facebook or go to youtube to see a video of the flight.
Photo by Battlefield Young Marines weather balloon
Prince William County Police responded to a call for help in Manassas that ended with an arrest and a victim treated at an area hospital.
Check out the unedited Prince William County Police press release below for further details:
Aggravated Malicious Wounding | Armed Robbery – On February 21st at 2:04AM, officers responded to the 7800 block of Centreville Rd in Manassas (20111) to investigate a stabbing. The victim, a 33 year old man of Springfield, reported to police that he was walking into the 7-11 located in the above area when he was grabbed by the accused, a known acquaintance. The accused attempted to grab the victim’s backpack which led to a struggle. During the encounter, the accused pulled out a pocket knife and began stabbing the victim. The accused took the backpack and fled the area. The victim was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit identified the accused and obtained warrants. The accused was arrested later in the day without further incident.
Arrested on February 21st:
David Anthony ZUPAN, 44, of no fixed address
Charged with aggravated malicious wounding and robbery
Court date: unavailable | Bond: held WITHOUT bond
Photo by Prince William County Police Department
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