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National Weather Service: “While dry and seasonable conditions continue this afternoon, heavy rain, gusty winds, and tidal flooding are forecast to impact the area this weekend.”

More on Tropical Storm Ophelia.

Tonight: Rain, mainly after 8pm. Low around 58. Northeast wind 15 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Saturday: Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 65. Windy, with a northeast wind 22 to 28 mph, with gusts as high as 44 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Saturday Night: Tropical storm conditions possible. Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. Low around 60. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Sunday: Rain likely, mainly before 8am. Cloudy, with a high near 68. Northeast wind 9 to 11 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Northwest wind around 9 mph.

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Town of Occoquan Government: “Out of an abundance of caution and for the safety of our visitors and vendors, we are canceling the Fall Arts & Crafts Show, September 23 & 24, 2024. This difficult decision was made in light of the high winds and rain expected from the oncoming tropical storm. This includes both days, Saturday and Sunday. All road closures in the Town scheduled due to the show will be lifted. No shuttles will be available from commuter lots. Prepaid shuttle passes will automatically be refunded. Paint & Sip attendees will be contacted individually.”

“For more information about other upcoming events in Occoquan, including Spirits & Spirits, October 27 and 28, and Occoquan HolidayFest, November 18 through December 3, please see visitoccoquanva.com.”

The craft show is one of two major events in Occoquan that generates most of the town’s annual revenue.

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Stafford Sheriff’s Office: “One of our Traffic Safety Volunteers was struck just after midnight by a repeat DUI driver. Luckily, no serious injuries were sustained, and the 52-year-old suspect is behind bars for felony charges.”

“On September 21st at approximately 12:06 a.m. a Traffic Safety Volunteer was directing traffic in the area of Garrisonville Road and Keystone Drive as a paving vehicle was conducting their work. The Traffic Safety Volunteer had his marked Sheriff’s Office vehicle’s emergency lights on and he was wearing a reflective vest. Despite this, the suspect vehicle, traveling at a high rate of speed, drove through the intersection and struck the Traffic Safety Volunteer before continuing on.”

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Propel 2023 The Refreshing

This is a spiritual conference. The goal is to refresh people who are feeling emotionally overwhelmed.

Jonathon Edwin HERNANDEZ

Prince William Police Department: Strong-Arm Robbery *ARREST – On September 14, 2023, an additional suspect sought in connection to the robbery that was reported to have occurred in the 10900 block of Coverstone Drive in Manassas on October 22, 2021, was arrested. Three juvenile suspects, identified as a 15-year-old male juvenile, a 16-year-old male juvenile and a 15-year-old female juvenile, were previously taken into custody in November 2021. The latest suspect, identified as Jonathon Edwin HERNANDEZ, was arrested without incident. A fourth suspect who was a 17-year-old male juvenile at the time of the offense is still being sought in connection to the investigation. Arrested on September 14, 2023:
Jonathon Edwin HERNANDEZ, 20, of 7660 Cass Place in Manassas. Charged with robbery and assault by mob. Court Date: Pending | Bond: Unavailable.”

Strong-Arm Robbery [Previously Released] – On October 22 at 8:00 p.m., officers responded to the 10900 block of Coverstone Drive in Manassas to investigate a robbery. The victim, an 18-year-old man, reported to police that he was in the area of Aaron Lane and Halterpath Trail to meet an acquaintance when a group of unknown individuals approached him. A verbal altercation ensued before the victim attempted to flee on foot. The suspects chased the victim to the above area where they struck and kicked the victim before taking his property. Eventually the victim was able to separate from suspects and flagged down a passing motorist who drove him out of the area. The victim reported minor injuries. No additional suspect descriptions are available at this time.”

Emmanuel BOATENG

Malicious Wounding – On September 20 at 10:59 p.m., officers responded to the Potomac Ridge Apartments located in the 2800 block of Woodmark Drive in Woodbridge to investigate a shooting. The investigation revealed, the victim, a 26-year-old man, and two male acquaintances were involved in a verbal altercation inside an apartment which continued in the parking lot where one of the parties retrieved a firearm and fired multiple rounds which ricocheted and struck the victim to the lower body. Both men fled the parking

Haley Shron JACKSON

lot in a vehicle driven by a female acquaintance. Officers provided first aid to the victim who was flown to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. No additional injuries or property damage were reported. Following the investigation, officers obtained warrants for all three suspects, identified below. Attempts to locate the suspects have been unsuccessful. Wanted: Emmanuel BOATENG, 34, of the 100 block of Executive Close in Stafford. Described as a black male, approximately 5’11, 200lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. Wanted for malicious wounding, use of a firearm in commission of a felony. Haley Shron

Gideon OWUSU Jr.

JACKSON, 36, of the 2800 block of Woodmark Drive in Woodbridge. Described as a black female, approximately 5’7, 210lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. Gideon OWUSU Jr., 29, of the 16800 block of Flotilla Way in Woodbridge. Described as a black male, approximately 5’11, 220lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. Both wanted for accessory after the fact.”

 

 

Armed Robbery – On September 20 at 9:40 p.m., officers responded to the Dollar General located at 13215 Occoquan Road in Woodbridge to investigate a robbery. The investigation revealed two masked men entered the store where one of the men brandished a firearm at the service counter and demanded money. The suspects took an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing in a dark-colored four door sedan. Minor injuries were reported. The suspects were described as a black male wearing a blue/green bandana head wrap, a black face mask, a black/white ADIDAS sweatshirt, black jeans, white gloves, and black shoes; and an unknown race male wearing a black ski-style mask, a navy-colored sweatshirt, black pants, white gloves, black shoes, and carrying a grey backpack.”

Armed Robbery – On September 21 at 12:22 a.m., officers responded to the 4000 block of Prince William Parkway in Woodbridge to investigate a robbery. The investigation revealed the victim, a 39-year-old man, was walking in the above area when he was approached by three unknown men. During the encounter, the suspects took the victim’s phone and wallet. At one point, one of the suspects brandished a knife and cut the victim before the suspects fled the area. The victim went to a nearby business where police were contacted. Minor injuries were reported. The suspects were described as black males, one wearing a white hooded sweatshirt, one wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, and the third wearing a white tank top and black shorts.”

Residential Burglary – On September 20 at 11:51 a.m., officers responded to investigate a burglary that was reported to have occurred at a residence located in the 18500 block of Triangle Street in Triangle
between 5:00 p.m. on August 30 and 11:00 a.m. on September 20. The investigation revealed entry was made into the home was made through a rear basement window which was found damaged. Multiple air
conditioning units were reported missing.”

Ana Elsa OTERO ALAS

Malicious Wounding | Domestic Related – On September 20 at 3:13 a.m., officers responded to a residence located in the 4800 block of Sudley Road in Catharpin to investigate a domestic dispute. The investigation revealed the victim, a 48-year-old man, and a family member, identified as the accused, were involved in a verbal altercation that escalated. During the encounter, the accused struck the victim before retrieving a knife and cutting the victim on his hand. The parties eventually separated, and the police were contacted. The victim was treated at the scene for non-life threatening injuries. Following the investigation, the accused, identified as Ana Elsa OTERO ALAS, was arrested. Arrested on September 20: Ana Elsa OTERO ALAS, 32, of the 4800 block of Sudley Road in Catharpin. Charged with malicious wounding. Court Date: Pending | Bond: $1,500 Secured Bond.”

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Press Release: “Due to expected inclement weather, the 3rd annual Via Colori® Stafford has been condensed to a one-day event on Sunday, September 24, 2023, with hours extended to 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.”

“The Discover Stafford Museum & Cultural Center and Rotary clubs of North Stafford and Stafford are to announce the 3rd annual Via Colori® Stafford. Held this year at the Stafford Regional Airport, Via Colori is a free all-ages event.”

“Presenting Sponsor B101.5, Platinum Sponsor Stafford Printing, and other sponsors support this modern-day version of a centuries-old tradition in which volunteer artists create large-scale pastel artworks directly on the pavement.”

“There will be live entertainment, nonprofit vendors, food vendors, and a children’s activity area. Each artist square is sponsored by a business, organization or family with event proceeds benefiting Discover Stafford and Rotary projects in our community. This year’s event will support educational, cultural, and leadership initiatives in Stafford County Public Schools.”

“Additional festival art and information can be found at vcstafford.com or facebook.com/viacoloristafford.”

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U.S. Department of Justice: “A Woodbridge man was sentenced today to 15 months in prison for conspiring to launder money in relation to romance and investment frauds.”

“According to court documents, from 2014 to March 2019, Ishmael Kayede, 40, conspired and agreed with multiple co-conspirators to launder funds derived from mail or wire fraud schemes, including romance fraud, gold and diamond investment fraud, and other fraud scams.”

“During his participation in this money laundering conspiracy, Kayede received funds in his bank accounts from victims of those romance and other fraud schemes while working with and at the direction of associates located in foreign jurisdictions, including Ghana.”

“Kayede’s co-conspirators largely targeted elderly victims in the United States, primarily using online dating websites such as match.com. They would befriend potential victims on the dating websites using false pretenses and would then exploit that trust to convince the victims to send money to Kayede’s bank accounts.”

“Kayede would then transmit the funds to Ghana. If he had trouble moving the money, he would lie to bank officials about the source and nature of the funds. Some victims targeted by the scheme lost thousands of dollars; others lost more than a hundred thousand dollars to the defendant’s activities. In total, Kayede received and laundering approximately $1.3 million over the course of his involvement with the scheme.”

“Combatting elder abuse and financial fraud targeted at seniors is a key priority of the Department of Justice. Elder abuse is an intentional or negligent act by any person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to an older adult. It is a term used to describe five subtypes of elder abuse: physical abuse, financial fraud, scams and exploitation, caregiver neglect and abandonment, psychological abuse, and sexual abuse. Elder abuse is a serious crime against some of our nation’s most vulnerable citizens, affecting at least 10 percent of older Americans every year.”

“If you or someone you know is age 60 or older and has been a victim of financial fraud, help is standing by at the National Elder Fraud Hotline: 1-833-FRAUD-11 (1-833-372-8311. The hotline is staffed 10 a.m. -6 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday-Friday. English, Spanish, and other languages are available.”

“Jessica D. Aber, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Wayne A. Jacobs, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office Criminal Division, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Michael S. Nachmanoff. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Keim and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Carina Cuellar prosecuted the case.”

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National Museum of the Marine Corps (Mary Davidson)

National Museum of the Marine Corps: “‘They Came in Peace,’ a new temporary exhibit at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, opens on September 25, 2023.”

“This exhibit tells the stories of the Marines who conducted peacekeeping operations in Beirut, Lebanon, from 1982 to 1984 and the 22nd Marine Amphibious Unit (MAU) that landed on Grenada in 1983 as part of Operation Urgent Fury.”

“The exhibit honors the 241 soldiers, sailors, and Marines from the 24th MAU who lost their lives in the October 23, 1983 bombing of the Marine barracks at Beirut International Airport as part of the Museum’s commemoration of the fortieth anniversary of this event. A memorial wall with the names of the fallen Servicemembers and a multi-media presentation incorporating contemporary footage of the bombing and interviews with surviving Marine veterans and next of kin of the fallen shows visitors the cost borne by the Marines of the 24th MAU and the impact the bombing has had to this day.”

“In 1982, Marines began a peacekeeping mission as part of a multinational force in war-torn Lebanon. The Marines and sailors on peacekeeping duty suffered 11 killed and 64 wounded during intermittent fighting before October 23, 1983. On that date, a terrorist suicide bomber in a 5-ton truck loaded with 2,000 pounds of explosives sped past a guard post at Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 1/8’s headquarters building, through a fence, into the building’s lobby, and detonated his bomb.”

“The explosion and subsequent building collapse claimed the lives of 3 soldiers, 18 sailors, and 220 Marines. This was the greatest single-day loss of Marines since the February 19, 1945 landing during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II.”

“Six days before the attack, the 22d MAU sailed from North Carolina for the Mediterranean to participate in an exercise in Spain before relieving the 24th MAU in Lebanon. However, the amphibious squadron carrying the 22d MAU changed course toward the Caribbean at midnight on October 20, 1983 to participate in Operation Urgent Fury on the small island nation of Grenada.”

“The goal of the operation was to evacuate hundreds of American citizens and restore order following the outbreak of politically-motivated violence. The Marines from 22d MAU launched their invasion of Grenada on October 25, 1983, and remained on the island until they withdrew to relieve the 24th MAU in Lebanon on November 2, 1983; they began peace-keeping operations in Beirut on 19 November 1984.”

“‘They Came in Peace’ highlights the Marine Corps’ flexibility as America’s naval expeditionary force in readiness and the bravery, determination, and sacrifice of Marines in Lebanon and Grenada.”

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Virginia Department of Transportation: “Resurfacing will begin on Monday, Sept. 25, at the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Park and Ride commuter lot in Falmouth on Route 17 in Stafford County.”

“The lot will be closed for 15 consecutive days starting Sept. 25, weather permitting. This work is part of a $2.9 million maintenance project underway to resurface five Park and Ride lots in the Fredericksburg region and provide a smoother travel surface with fresh lane markings.”

“Resurfacing has finished in the Carmel Church lot in Caroline County and the Old Salem Church Road lot in Spotsylvania County. The lots are now open.”

“Work continues in the Mine Road lot in Stafford County, which remains closed. Work continues in lots B, C, and D in the Gordon Road lot in Spotsylvania County and lot A remains open for parking. View the Gordon Road lot map here.”

“Message boards are being posted in the affected lots to notify users ahead of time. Updated schedule information will also be posted online on the project page. Alternate commuter parking locations can be found using VDOT’s interactive Park and Ride location map. The project contractor is Superior Paving.”

Additional Park and Ride Improvements: A separate $350,000 project is making spot concrete repairs in Fredericksburg area Park and Ride lots to damaged curbs and sidewalk panels. All ramps will also be made accessible.”

  • Planning efforts are also underway to identify and replace bus shelters and bicycle racks as needed in area Park and Ride lots.

GWRideConnect: GWRideConnect is a free ridesharing information and matching service for the Fredericksburg area, part of the George Washington Regional Commission.”

  • Let GWRideConnect help you discover your commuting options, such as carpools, vanpools, and transit. Visit gwrideconnect.org or call (540) 373-7665.
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37th Usher’s Anniversary & Community Hymn Sing!

The First AME Church of Manassas, under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Etoria V. Goggins, will be celebrating 37th Years of stellar service by our dedicated Ushers Ministry. We are excited to welcome pianist Ashlei Peoples and musician and worship

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