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Police are on the scene of a drunken driver who is blocking the driveway of a home and refusing to leave.

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At 3:15 p.m. deputies responded to a residence in Argyle Heights subdivision for an unknown medical emergency. They arrived to find an adult male passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle, blocking the driveway of a residence. As the deputies made contact with the man, they observed suspected controlled substances inside. The suspect refused to exit and drove further onto the property. He was subsequently blocked in, but continued to refuse commands to surrender. Deputies made entry to the car and the suspect was extracted. The suspect is now in custody and we will update charges and bond when they are available.

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Hood Drive and Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania

Route 636 (Hood Drive) in Spotsylvania County will reopen to two-way traffic on the morning of Friday, July 19. The reopening will allow southbound traffic to travel from Route 208 (Courthouse Road) to Route 1. Westbound Courthouse Road traffic can turn left onto southbound Hood Drive or make a U-turn to eastbound Courthouse Road.

Hood Drive had been limited to northbound traffic only since July 2023 for construction. Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) says two road improvement projects are nearly complete, with full completion expected by August 2024. The projects involved adding new turn lanes, a raised median, sidewalks, and pedestrian crossing equipment. Hood Drive sees about 11,000 vehicles daily.

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Route 636 (Hood Drive) in Spotsylvania County will reopen to two-way traffic during the morning of Friday, July 19.

The reopening means southbound traffic can again use Hood Drive to travel from Route 208 (Courthouse Road) to Route 1.

For traffic on westbound Courthouse Road, the reopening of the southbound lane of Hood Drive means westbound traffic can again turn left onto southbound Hood Drive. As part of the Hood Drive reopening Friday morning, westbound Courthouse Road traffic will be permitted to turn left onto Hood Drive or make a U-turn to eastbound Courthouse Road on a green arrow signal or after yielding to oncoming traffic on a flashing yellow arrow signal.

Hood Drive was limited to carrying northbound traffic only in July 2023 to provide space for construction crews building turn lanes at several intersections.

Two road improvement projects on Hood Drive are nearing completion, with all construction activity expected to be finished in August 2024.

A $6.5 million project funded by Spotsylvania County is adding new right and left turn lanes on Hood Drive at an entrance to a U.S. Veterans Health Administration outpatient clinic under construction.

A $6.1 million project at the intersection of Courthouse Road and Hood Drive is building additional turn lanes on northbound Hood Drive approaching Courthouse Road. A raised median on Hood Drive will separate northbound and southbound traffic. Additional sidewalks will be installed along a portion of Hood Drive and at the Courthouse Road intersection, and crosswalks and pedestrian crossing equipment will be installed. This project is funded through Virginia’s SMART SCALE transportation funding program.

According to a recent VDOT traffic count, approximately 11,000 vehicles a day travel on Hood Drive.

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Prince William County is partnering with Verizon to provide high-speed internet to 470 areas in the county by summer 2025.

The Board of County Supervisors awarded a contract to Verizon to expand high-speed internet access throughout the county in an effort to reduce the percentage of county residents without it. According to a county press release, the goal is to reduce the number of residents without access to less than 1.5%.

A National Institute of Health study shows that between 2018 and 2022, 96% of Prince William County residents had high-speed access; in comparison to counties in the Northern Virginia region, Prince William ranks among Fairfax City and Fairfax County (96%), Falls Church City (97%), Loudon County (96%) and Manassas City (96%).

“This project brings us one step closer to ensuring that every county resident and business has access to high-speed internet and represents a real commitment to resolve chronic issues of technology access, a?ordability and literacy across the county,” Board of County Supervisors Chair At-Large Deshundra Jefferson said.

The county released an interactive map to show the status of the project. There are dozens of active construction sites in Manassas, Catharpin and Haymarket, along with various sites in Triangle in the planning phase.

The Board allocated $1.35 million in funding from the county’s American Rescue Plan Act funding from the federal government, which was an effort to revitalize communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The project also comes out of the Department of Information Technology’s (DoIT) 2020 initiative, the Technology Inclusion Initiative, to increase access to high-speed internet to reduce threats to residents and local businesses.

Residents and businesses can submit a request form to demonstrate interest in gaining internet access through this program.

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The Brentsville Jail, built in the 1800s and now a historic site in Prince William County, is offering an overnight experience on Saturday, July 20, where attendees can sleep in a prison cell, take part in a mock trial, take an evening tour and listen to ghost stories around a campfire.

“Guests will take part in a mock trial where we take court cases from the 1800s and we give everyone different roles,” Paige Gibbons Backus, historic site manager at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre & Lucasville School, said in a press release. “They go through the court case, hear the evidence and then decide if someone is innocent or guilty and we tell them if they changed history or not.”

The jail was built in tandem with the Brentsville Courthouse in the 1820s and served as the “center of law and order” for the county until 1893, the release stated. The county seat moved to Manassas, so the jail transitioned to a women’s dorm for the teacher’s college in the defunct courthouse. It was then renovated to become a private residence then the county park authority’s jail space.

Since those days, the jail has been restored by the Office of Historic Preservation to return to its original appearance. A museum is now the main occupant of the building, detailing its own history and that of Brentsville.

Up to five people can sleep in a single, air-conditioned cell and attendees will receive a light breakfast on Sunday morning, which is included in the $120 registration fee.

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Dumfries is Virginia’s oldest continually chartered town.

The Dumfries Town Council seeks to amend the town’s charter, which dates back to 1749, making Dumfries the oldest continuously chartered town in Virginia. The proposed changes were discussed during the council’s July 3 meeting.

According to a town spokeswoman, the amendments, which must be approved by the Virginia General Assembly in Richmond, are primarily administrative and aimed at promoting greater clarity concerning the existing text. One substantive proposal would empower the Mayor to declare a local emergency if neither the director of emergency management nor the town council is available.

The council’s agenda packet for the July 2 meeting did not include supporting documentation to provide residents with more information about the proposed changes.

The proposed charter amendments came after recent criticism of Mayor Derrick Wood. Last month, a fallen tree onto a power line trapped residents of the Prince William Estates neighborhood for 14 hours. During this time, Wood visited the neighborhood before attending a gala at the White House.

“The Town Council, as part of its unwavering commitment to a well-managed government, has pledged to make periodic reviews of the Town’s Charter and ordinances,” the town spokeswoman said. “This ensures that these sources accurately reflect the powers given to the Town by the state and remain transparent and effective for Town residents. This is the Council’s first review of the Town Charter to further its strategic plan goals and provide a clear direction for the changes.”

The town’s state representatives, State Senator Jeremy McPike and Delegate Candi Mundon King were informed of the council’s intent to propose amendments during a legislative meeting on July 9. Each representative may sponsor duplicate bills in their respective legislative bodies.

Vice Mayor Nickerson commented on the proposed changes during the town council meeting, stating that the council had worked on them during a working session and continued to do so towards the end of the meeting. She emphasized the importance of the changes in reflecting the community’s needs and values.

The proposed changes also include:

  • The Town Clerk will be supervised by the Town Manager while assisting the council with administrative tasks.
  • A civil penalty of up to $5,000 for civil or criminal misdemeanors will be enforceable.

Nickerson raised the issue of recourse if a council member fails to attend meetings but continues to collect their stipend, which the Town Attorney suggested should be addressed in the Code of Conflict rather than the charter.

Sarah Romero contributed to this report.

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Mary Washington Hospital

Mary Washington Hospital has been named a High Performing Hospital by U.S. News & World Report for 11 adult procedures and conditions in its 2024-2025 Best Hospitals rankings. The hospital was recognized for excellence in procedures and conditions such as COPD, diabetes, heart attack, hip replacement, lung cancer surgery, and more.

“This recognition is a testament to our physicians and staff’s unwavering commitment to patient care,” said Dr. Mike McDermott, CEO of Mary Washington Healthcare.

The annual Procedures & Conditions ratings are designed to assist patients and their healthcare providers in making informed decisions about where to receive care for challenging health conditions or elective procedures. U.S. News evaluated nearly 5,000 hospitals across 15 specialties and 20 procedures and conditions. Hospitals awarded a “Best” designation excelled at factors such as clinical outcomes, level of nursing care, and patient experience.

Overall, Mary Washington Hospital was ranked seventh among hospitals in Virginia and seventh among hospitals in the Washington DC metropolitan area.

 

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On Friday, July 19, 2024, the Prince William Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of Urban Air Adventure Park in Woodbridge. The event will occur at 4:30 p.m. at Urban Air Woodbridge, 14173 Crossing Place, Woodbridge.

Urban Air Adventure Park offers a variety of attractions for visitors of all ages. These attractions include trampolines, an indoor sky rider, a ropes course, climbing walls, and the Warrior Course. Additionally, the park features Spin Zone Bumper Cars, Laser Tag, Virtual Reality experiences, Mini-Golf, Bowling, and indoor Go-Karts. Younger visitors can enjoy the Tubes Playground and Flash Pads, while those seeking more thrill can try the Leap of Faith, Twist Tower, and Trapeze.

Urban Air Adventure Park was founded in 2011 and has since grown to become the largest adventure park operator in the world, with nearly 290 locations open and under development. The company aims to provide fun and challenging experiences for kids, helping them achieve goals they never thought possible.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will mark the official opening of the park, which will operate Sunday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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