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by Deirdre Blake posted Dec 18 2014 7:37AM
Detectives in Prince William have nabbed the man accused of robbing some taxi drivers in the Manassas area, since December 9th.
Matthew Jamaal Brown was identified as the accused and was also found to be in possession of a knife. In total, five separate incidents were reported to police, with a similar suspect description.
by Deirdre Blake posted Dec 16 2014 7:57AM
Micah Ministries is getting $2,600 to help to the region's homeless, from Saturday's gun give-back event at the Fredericksburg Police Department.
It's one of four charities philanthropist Dorris Buffett is giving a hundred bucks for each one given back. The FOP number 15's Cops and Kids Project will get almost $2,000. It's $650 for Empowerhouse and $500 for the Thurman Brisben Center.
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Topics : Human Interest
by Deirdre Blake posted Dec 16 2014 7:56AM
Are you taking a long flight for the holiday or an upcoming trip? Picking a good seat is important, especially on a transcontinental or transoceanic flight.
No matter how much you hate it, pick an aisle seat for bathroom access and move around to avoid a blood clot. Eat light and healthy before you go, but remember...not eating on the flight might make you feel worse when you land.
by Deirdre Blake posted Dec 16 2014 7:54AM
Kids are back in class today after a water main break nearby unexpectedly closed Ni River Middle School and Wilderness Elementary in Spotsy yesterday.
Ed Petrovitch with the Public Works Department tells us that this time of year, it can happen. The temperature underground and of the water running through pipes play a big factor. It can cause pipes to over-expand and contract, leading to a break. It took several hours the fix the 12 inch pipe in Spotsylvania, but depending on how big it is and where the break is, repairs can take a lot longer.
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Topics : Education
by Deirdre Blake posted Dec 16 2014 7:22AM
If you've got a debit card with a local Union Bank branch, don't panic if it gets denied when you try to use it today. They are investigating a group of debit cards that seem to be impacted by a compromise.
For your protection, ATM access and PIN-based transactions have been restricted. If you get denied or see any unauthorized activity on your account, contact any Union branch or the Customer Contact Center.
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Topics : Labor
by Deirdre Blake posted Dec 16 2014 6:51AM
COMMUTE WARNING: If you're headed to ride on some Blue, Silver or Orange line trains to work this morning, you'd better get another plan.
Service is suspended on ALL lines between Farragut West and L'Enfant Plaza, because of a water main break at Metro Center. It could take up to 12 hours to fix and Metro's providing shuttle buses, but there are lots of crowds.
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by AP posted Dec 15 2014 3:54PM
Just 10 days before Christmas, who wants to see this.
A FedEx trailer flipped and ended up overturned on an Interstate 287 exit ramp in Mahwah, New Jersey, with parcels spilling onto the roadway in a giant pile, Monday morning.
A second truck was quickly on the scene to prevent delivery delays, FedEx said.
No injuries were reported.
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Location : MahwahNew Jersey
by Deirdre Blake posted Dec 15 2014 8:03AM
Kids at two Spotsylvania County schools get an unexpected day off today, but parents had to scramble.
Ed Petrovitch with the county utilities department tells WFLS the problem for Wilderness Elementary and Ni River Middle schools happened this morning. A 12 inch water main apparently broke in the Saw Hill area of the county. The only folks affected by it were the two schools. Crews are working on repairs and hope to have them done this afternoon.
He and school Spokeswoman Rene Daniels are hopeful everything will ne returned to normal for classes tomorrow.
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Topics : Education
by Deirdre Blake posted Dec 12 2014 10:37AM
The I-95 HOV lanes will be closed starting tonight to prep for Sunday's opening of the express lanes.
The HOV lanes close at 9:00 p.m. and stay that way until Sunday night. Crews will be wrapping up work and unveiling signs for the new lanes. Also look for roving lane closures in the main I-95 lanes.
by Deirdre Blake posted Dec 12 2014 10:36AM
If you've got some guns that you want to get rid of, you can donate them at a voluntary gun "Give back" event at the Fredericksburg police department after all.
A local judge shot down the argument of a state group that tomorrow's event is like a gun buy-back event, that requires a special permit. Police will check each weapon's model and serial number, then they will be destroyed after 90 days.
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Topics : Human Interest
by Deirdre Blake posted Dec 12 2014 10:34AM
A scam we've heard about before is back and has made it to phones and computers in Culpeper.
Some residents are getting calls with someone pretending to be from the IRS, wanting payment for back taxes. Then they ask for a social security number for verification of the bill. E-mails are also coming that send you to a bogus wwwirsgov site, missing the dot. Don't give out any info. and forward emails to www.phishing@
by Deirdre Blake posted Dec 12 2014 10:32AM
More than 12,000 Union soldiers died at the Battle of Fredericksburg 152 years ago tomorrow.
To commemorate the fateful day, The National Park Service has planned a full weekend of events. Throughout the day, historians will give walking tours of battlefields and Chatham Manor. Sunday at 11:00 a.m., new exhibits officially go on display at the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center.
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Topics : War_Conflict
by Deirdre Blake posted Dec 12 2014 10:30AM
Still looking for something entertaining for the kids this weekend?
Stafford High School's theatre department is performing Charlotte's Web. Tickets are $5 at the door of the auditorium and there's a Charlotte's Web County Fair an hour before each performance. They've got games, juggling, music, magic and face painting.
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Location : Charlotte
by Deirdre Blake posted Dec 12 2014 10:30AM
If you live in much of northern Virginia, you can get a safe and free ride home, through New Year's Day. The Washington Regional Alcohol Program is hosting the taxi, up to a $30 fare, in Prince William, Loudon, Fairfax and parts of Alexandria. You've got to be 21 and in a qualifying area. Check
by Deirdre Blake posted Dec 10 2014 10:39AM
A Virginia gun rights group is trying to shut down a planned gun give back event at the Fredericksburg Police Department this Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
They argue they're not following state gun buy-back laws. Police say the voluntary donation is in exchange for deciding which area charity local philanthropist Dorris Buffet will give a hundred bucks, per gun. A judge decides tomorrow if it'll go on.
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Location : Virginia
by Deirdre Blake posted Dec 10 2014 10:34AM
Look out for another scam this holiday season, especially if you're expecting a package from Amazon.
FTC officials say people are getting bogus emails asking you to confirm an Amazon order. There is also a clickable bar that says "view ormanage your order." It looks legit and asks for your account number and once you put it in,'re a victim of identity theft.
by Deirdre Blake posted Dec 10 2014 10:32AM
It's good news if you're traveling somewhere by car for Christmas.
Triple-A tells us gas prices have dropped just over a dollar from their Spring peak and are at the lowest level in four years. A gallon of regular is averaging just over $2.50 in Virginia. Don't get too excited though, a barrel of crude would have to fall another $25 to $30 to go below $2.00 a gallon and that's not likely.
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Topics : Business_Finance
Location : Virginia
by Deirdre Blake posted Dec 10 2014 10:30AM
Are you looking for a job or know someone that is? It might be a little easier to find one these days.
The Virginia Employment Commission says regional unemployment was five percent and rates dropped across the board in October. King George added the most jobs and Caroline and Fredericksburg had less people out of work. Spotsy's also fell and Stafford was the same as September.
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Topics : Business_FinanceLabor
People : George
by Deirdre Blake posted Dec 10 2014 10:28AM
Still looking for useful or responsible gifts for someone on your holiday list?
Fires can be scary and a reality for all of us, so how about candleholders or a nice fireplace screen. For older folks, think about a portable fire extinguisher, heavyduty over mitts or certificates for the chimney or the yard. A new smoke alarm with strobe lights could also save their life.
by Deirdre Blake posted Dec 10 2014 10:26AM
Parents with kids in Caroline schools, wanting to plan a family vacation next year, might be hoping that school officials make some quick decisions.
More of them locally are figuring out when to start and end the school year and the Spring and Winter breaks. They know they'll open before Labor Day though. The options have classes starting August 17th or August 13th, with the last day for both on May 25th.
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Topics : Education
by Deirdre Blake posted Dec 10 2014 10:24AM
If you've got to sign up for insurance through the federal healthcare exchange, you need to think about your premiums and deductible, but also hidden costs.
You could lose money from work, have to pay for daycare while you are there and you need to look at copays or out of pocket expenses. Kim Horn, the Regional President for Kaiser Permanente, says the average family pays aboput $15,000 to $16,000 a year in premiums, before you get to out of pocket costs. Even if you don't need to sign up and already get coverage at work, it's a great place to learn more about insurance.
Open enrollment for getting coverage for 2015 ends on February 15th.
by Deirdre Blake posted Dec 10 2014 10:01AM
Some Stafford County teachers could get a little more money, depending.
More than half of them are paid less than many teachers in the division. A salary taskforce shows almost 2,000 of them fell below the median teacher salary, from the nine school systems Stafford compares itself with. Some with 16 years experience or more were paid more than the average.
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Topics : EducationLabor
Location : Stafford County
by Deirdre Blake posted Dec 10 2014 10:00AM
An official with the NTSB says just before a jet crashed into a Maryland house, killing a Mom and two kids inside and three men on the plane, an alarm sounded.
Robert Sumwalt says a preliminary review of the data recorder shows the plane slowed and would no longer generate enough lift to stay airborne. Some warned houses had been in a dangerous flight path for years.
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Location : Maryland
People : Robert Sumwalt
by Deirdre Blake posted Dec 9 2014 7:25AM
Temps hovering around freezing are causing some problems. Fauquier, Rappahannock and Winchester County Schools are all two hours late today. A mix of sleet and freezing rain is falling in some areas to the north and west of the Burg'. The winter weather advisory for Prince William and other areas nearby expires at 8:00 a.m., as a winter storm system starts to wind down. Depending on temperatures tonight, there could be some wet snow flakes all the way into tomorrow morning, before it moves out.
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Topics : Weather
People : William
by Deirdre Blake posted Dec 5 2014 8:13AM
- Are you are heading out soon to buy a pre-cut Christmas tree at a local lot?
Licensed Arborist and Owner of Mots Tree Service in Fredericksburg, Matthew Tierney says if you go to a tree lot, be ready to be picky.
Always do the drop test by: picking it up by the trunk, lifting it a few inches from the ground, dropping it onto its' butt and seeing if it fall lots of needles. If too many do, it is probably dry. They should be kept away from heat vents and portable heaters and be at least six to twelve inches from the ceiling.
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Topics : Environment
People : Matthew Tierney
by Deirdre Blake posted Dec 3 2014 9:22AM
If you've got allergies, how you decorate the house for Christmas will be key in not setting off an attack.
Avoid scented candles and real trees. Dust before you decorate and don't recycle wrapping paper that sat around collecting it all year. And steer clear of flowers, especially poinsettias, lilies and holly.
by Deirdre Blake posted Dec 3 2014 8:25AM
Look out for a new scam if you recently shopped online for gifts.
The folks at Washington Square Associates in Stafford tell us e-mails are coming with the subject line "Shipping Problem." They look like they're from UPS, FedEx and even U.S. Mail, saying your address is incomplete. Phone texts are also coming asking you to confirm your delivery. They're both bogus, so don't give out any info.
by Deirdre Blake posted Dec 3 2014 8:22AM
Depending on where you've got to drive, expect lots of people running and some closed roads on Sunday.
It's all for the Blue & Gray Half Marathon and 5K Run that starts at 7:30 a.m. in Central Park. People picking up packets at VA Runner will also mean more cars there early. Lots of roads from there into downtown will be closed. Check out the race website at, for the full list.
by Deirdre Blake posted Dec 3 2014 8:17AM
Are you a military vet or one of their spouses looking for a civilian job? You can apply tomorrow at a Hiring Our Heroes event at the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center.
It's sponsored by Jobzoneonline. From 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. it's open only to vets and military and opens to everyone else after that, until 7:00 p.m. A free resume writing seminar also runs during the whole event.
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People : Job Fair
by Deirdre Blake posted Dec 3 2014 8:14AM
Did you got tied up when Courthouse Road in Stafford got shut down yesterday, near Eddie's Repair Shop, just after 5:00 p.m.?
The sheriff's office tells us it was because of a wreck involving a school bus and a personal car. Bill Kennedy says there were kids on the bus, but he understands that none of them were hurt. The Investigation is continuing.
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People : Bill Kennedy
by Deirdre Blake posted Dec 3 2014 8:13AM
If you ride VRE and have some questions, today's the day to ask them.
The monthly Q&A with VRE's Operations Management runs from noon to one, online. You can visit and click the "Ask" button to submit your question. You can also just sit back and watch the conversation.
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Topics : Human Interest
by Deirdre Blake posted Dec 3 2014 8:10AM
The annual "Deck the Halls" decorating event at the University of Mary Washington this weekend can help you put the finishing touches on your Christmas decorations.
Local floral consultant Jan Williams hosts it from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday in Fredericksburg's Dodd Auditorium. tickets are 25 bucks and registration is required.
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Topics : Human Interest
People : Jan Williams
by Deirdre Blake posted Dec 3 2014 8:10AM
The annual "Deck the Halls" decorating event at the University of Mary Washington this weekend can help you put the finishing touches on your Christmas decorations.
Local floral consultant Jan Williams hosts it from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday in Fredericksburg's Dodd Auditorium. Tickets are $25 and registration is required.
by Deirdre Blake posted Dec 3 2014 8:09AM
Social media sites can get you in trouble over the holidays.
This time of year bad guys send out authentic looking friend requests through e-mail. Don't click on the links, but sign into the main site to make sure it's there instead. And as for on-line greeting cards, don't click those links either. They could just be a hoax to install malware on your computer.
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Topics : Human Interest
by Deirdre Blake posted Dec 3 2014 8:08AM
A preliminary hearing set for the man accused of abducting UVA student Hannah Graham is postponed from this week.
Jessee Leroy Matthew Jr. was set to be in a Charlottesville courtroom this Thursday, but will be there March 26th instead. The 18 year old college sophomore disappeared September 13th after a night out with friends. Her remains were found October 18th.
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Location : Charlottesville
by Deirdre Blake posted Dec 2 2014 11:47AM
Area and state roads were a whole lot safer over the holiday weekend. Even with lots of cars and bad weather, the number of fatal crashes was down to five, a big drop from last year and none of them happened here.
Police say alcohol was a factor in two and three of the victims didn't have on a seatbelt. Troopers did help out with more than 1100 wrecks and wrote almost 9,800 tickets for speeding.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Dec 2 2014 8:43AM
A sinkhole has shut down a major stretch of the George Washington Memorial Parkway ahead of Tuesday's morning commute.

The southbound lanes of George Washington Parkway between Route 123 and Spout Run Parkway are closed.

The sinkhole is just south of Route 123. The Virginia Department of Transportation says the sinkhole is about 30 feet wide and 30 feet long.

U.S. Park Police say the closure should last through the morning rush hour. All northbound lanes are open.

The Federal Highway Administration is helping to determine the washout damage to the road.
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Topics : Environment

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