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Manassas mosque vandalized

Prince William police are offering a reward for information about graffiti and vandalism at the Manassas Mosque last week. According to police, someone spraypainted the front of the facility in many places and broke a window. It's unclear how much damage was caused, police spokesman Officer Jonathan Perok said in an interview on Aug. 13.

State moves one step closer to gay marriage

Same-sex couples all over Virginia were waiting on the edge of their seats to find out whether their marriages would be legalized in Virginia on Thursday, Aug 21. Last week, the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals refused to halt the legalization of gay marriage in Virginia. That meant that the only chance opponents had left to stop same-sex marriage is if Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts issued an emergency stay by Wednesday, Aug 20.

P-Nats streaky down the stretch

Listen to a broadcast by Potomac Nationals play-by-play announcer Bryan Holland and you just might hear him refer to the team as the "cardiac" P-Nats due to their penchant for last-inning outbursts of offense. On Sunday night in Woodbridge, the same title would apply, only this time for nearly blowing a 7-3 lead in the top of the ninth inning against visiting Carolina at G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium.

GHBL all-star start strong at World Series

The starting catcher for the Gainesville Haymarket Baseball League 13U all-stars delivered the game-winning hit in each of the first two games of the national 13U Babe Ruth League World Series this past weekend. His first one came in dramatic fashion Saturday in Glen Allen on Day 1 of the tournament's American division pool play. In that game, the GHBL all-stars squared off against the Southeast Regional tournament champion from Greenville, N.C.

Police reports; 08-18-14

Armed Robbery – On August 18th at 3:23AM, officers responded to the 7-11 located at 14116 Minnieville Rd in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a robbery. Employees reported to police that two unknown men entered the store and approached the counter. Once at the counter, the men pulled out handguns and demanded money. The men took an undisclosed amount of U.S. Currency before fleeing the area on foot. A third suspect remained just outside the front doors during the robbery. No injuries were reported. A police K-9 Was used to search for the suspects.

Occoquan Woodbridge Lorton volunteer firefighters respond to house fire.

Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Fire Departemnt (OWL VFD) responded to the report of a house fire at 1940 Pohick Creek Ct. in Woodbridge. Initial units arrived on scene within minutes and reported smoke showing from the front door.

COLUMN:Call to Action -  It’s back to school time!

Good morning Prince William! It's back to school time at SERVE so I have two super projects for you! * First, please stop by the Philadelphia Tavern in Old Town Manassas on Aug. 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. to enjoy great prices on drinks and appetizers and lots of fun. Bring non-perishable food for their food pantry. Things are very sparse this time of year so please do your best to help out those less fortunate.

Taking it to the streets; Park Valley launches new mobile churches

Park Valley Church in Haymarket may have to change its slogan from “One church, Two Locations” to “On the Road Again” soon. The number of church facilities in western Prince William County increased dramatically with the decade of population growth. Many of those new churches, like Park Valley Church, started worshiping in local schools before the congregation could afford to purchase and build.

Watch us get wet for ALS

The Gainesville Times and PW Times staff and family has taken the ALS ice bucket challenge! Click the link to watch us get wet as we donate $100 to help fight ALS. As part of the fundraiser, we now challenge the Prince William Board of County Supervisors to do the same. Corey Stewart, Mike May, Frank Principi, Maureen Caddigan, Marty Nohe, Wally Covington and Peter Candland -- we challenge you to each donate $100 to ALS or to dump a bucket of ice water over your head and film it. Or like us, do both!

Gainesville dancers come home champs

Jonathan Harrison, Francesca Clemente, Dominick Clemente, Amani Matthews, Lindsay Cooper and Amber Wallace of the Gainesville Dance Center brought home a number of trophies in July from the Star Systems National Talent Competition at Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Their performance "Transform Ya" won them the first place spot with the highest score in the teen/senior category.

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Manassas mosque vandalized

Courtesy Photo/Council on American-Islamic Relations
The Manassas Mosque was vandalized overnight between Aug. 11 and Aug. 12 in what police are investigating as a possible hate crime.
Prince William police are offering a reward for information about graffiti and vandalism at the Manassas Mosque last week.

According to police, someone spraypainted the front of the facility in many places and broke a window.

It's unclear how much damage was caused, police spokesman Officer Jonathan Perok said in an interview on Aug. 13. “It depends on what they can get off and what they can't get off.”

Perok said a security guard discovered the vandalism on Aug. 12 and it is believed to have occurred between 11:30 p.m. Aug. 11 and 4:45 a.m. Aug. 12.

The bright orange spray paint was scrawled across windows, walls and doors on the outside of the building but they are primarily just scribbles.

The only exception is an expletive but Perok said there's no clear sign that the attack was a hate crime.

The building was not entered, and there are no suspects or witnesses, he said.

Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, agreed, calling it only a “possible” hate crime.

“Anytime a house of worship is targeted in this manner, it's only prudent to look into a bias motive,” he said during a phone interview on Wednesday.

He and Perok both said that the hate crime motive is being investigated.

Officials at the mosque could not be reached for comment but Hooper said he had spoken to the imam, who told him that this kind of thing has happened before.

“It was vandalized at least once in the past and the imam said they'd received threatening calls,” he said, adding that he doesn't know whether the incidents are related.

Perok said there was no other graffiti found in the area at the time of this week's vandalism.

The timing coincides with a community meeting about a future mosque planned in Nokesville. The meeting was held on Aug. 12 and many residents there said they did not want a mosque built in their community, although increased traffic was the reason cited by most.

Prince William Crime Solvers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information about the vandalism. Callers can phone anonymous tips into 866-411-TIPS.
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