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Needles in the Haymarket

- Marti Lawrence, owner of Needles in the Haymarket, understands building a successful business takes time and patience, much like learning how to knit and crochet. Lawrence has owned the Prince William County yarn, thread, and accessories shop for three and a half years after she bought it from the previous owners. She had worked for the previous owners for about six to eight years. “It just ended up being an opportunity at the right time,” Lawrence said when asked why she bought Needles in the Haymarket.

Competitive cheer squads go, fight, win

- A quartet of high schools from Prince William County sent cheerleading teams to the Spirit Bowl competition Oct. 3, at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn, and one of them returned carrying the big prize. With three minutes for each squad to show what they can do, the meet came down to something of a dog fight. The Bulldogs of C.D. Hylton earned the Spirit Bowl's team title - and the resplendent silver trophy cup that came with it - edging out the Bulldogs of the host school.

Area weathered the storms in style

- Last Tuesday the rains came and continued until the weekend causing traffic problems, flooding, cancellations and delays. With threats of Hurricane Joaquin making landfall in Virginia late last week and over the weekend, everyone prepared for the worse and made the best of the situation. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency triggering cancellations of events across the county including the Joe Gibbs Youth for Tomorrow annual Country Fair.

Crowbar wielding assailant shot by police, preliminary findings call it justified

- A preliminary review of the Sept. 23 officer involved shooting that occurred near Lake Drive in Manassas has been completed. The incident occurred on Sept. 23 at 2:11 p.m., when officers responded to a home on the 7600 block of Lake Drive in Manassas to investigate a report of a suspicious person. The homeowner reported that she was on her back deck when her dog alerted her to a man hiding in a bush near the deck.

Reagan vs Gainesville

- Gainesville Middle School's defense stopped Reagan Middle School from scoring on Thursday, Oct. 1. The Hawks won 28-0 on their home turf, Late in the game, the starting lineup made their way to the sidelines and Gainesville Middle School's coaches brought in the second string for some playing time.

Rain couldn’t stop the Battlefield High School homecoming

- A little rain couldn't stop the Battlefield High School homecoming festivities last week. The school chose to move the game date due to the severe weather predictions. “Making the decision to move both the pep rallies and the Homecoming game to Thursday night was a difficult one,” said Battlefield High School Principal Amy Ethridge-Conti. “Jason Koch, our director of student activities, was monitoring the weather, and we could tell Friday night was not going to work for the game.”

Local artist squirts and splatters his way to ‘accidental’ success

- Obey the request of his “ask about my art” -inscribed baseball cap and this painter will tell you that his art, and the success feels “accidental.” A reluctant artist by virtue of cerebral palsy and the limited fine motor skills the neurological disorder gave him, John J. Holohan III said that he has difficulty signing his own name so the thought of coloring, much less painting, never occurred to him.

Police officers and civilian employees recognized

- Prince William County Police Chief Steve Hudson recently announced the promotion of several member of his sworn staff.

Police looking for missing Manassas woman

- The Prince William County Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating Penny Laurel Wolfe, a 53 year old white female from Manassas, VA (20110). Ms. Wolfe is 5’2”, 110 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes.

$2.9 M project set to improve Logmill Road

- Prince William County residents heading to Bull Run Mountain should beware MapQuest and Google Maps may not know of the detour. A $2.9 M project improves a section of Logmill Road from the intersection with Parnell Court to Meander Creek Lane for an approximate distance of 1,600 linear feet is under construction.

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Student with suspected handgun causes lockdown in Culpeper

Photo by Ian Chini. Culpeper County Public Schools superintendent Dr. Tony Brads speaks to the media at the press conference held Tuesday afternoon at the Culpeper Sheriff's Office.
A 15-year-old boy suspected of bringing a handgun into Culpeper County High School was taken into custody shortly before noon Wednesday.

School officials were notified of a ninth-grader from Brandy Station on a school bus “manipulating” what appeared to be handgun. The gun, which was later recovered, was determined to be a pellet gun.
“He was seen by multiple students with a handgun,” said Culpeper County Sheriff Scott Jenkins, who was notified of the situation about 10:14 a.m.

School officials placed the high school, alternative school and Culpeper Middle School on lockdown, prohibiting anyone from entering or leaving the area. Students were sheltered in place.

The sheriff’s office posted on its Facebook page about 10:40 a.m. that the schools were on lockdown to evaluate a “student threat.”

Jenkins said the handgun was last seen in his backpack.

“Some students alleged to have seen the gun the day before,” said the sheriff. “Some students said he made statements about shooting people.”

A command post was set up and law enforcement wearing bulletproof vests and carrying rifles began searching the school for the suspect. Culpeper police, Virginia State Police from Fredericksburg, Warrenton, Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Culpeper area office, along with deputies from Fauquier County ringed the school.

Jenkins said officials began looking at video to determine where the suspect might have gone. Video showed him leaving the school grounds headed toward the wooded area near the Willow Shade subdivision, the sheriff said at an impromptu news conference inside the school after the lockdown was lifted.

Based on the video evidence, police widened their search area.

At 11:43 a.m., the 15-year-old unarmed suspect was taken into the custody from a vehicle on Ira Hoffman Lane.

“We recovered the weapon later,” said Jenkins.

The sheriff said no shots were fired and no students were threatened with the gun.

Reverse 911 Red and Culpeper County Public Schools robocalls issued informational messages as the events unfolded at the schools.

Parents lined up to pick up children once the incident was over. Children stood outside waiting to be picked up.

“All the kids are safe, bottom line,” said CCPS Superintendent Tony Brads. “Great cooperation and collaboration.”

At a media press conference Sheriff Scott Jenkins held Wednesday afternoon, he would not release the name of the minor. While the name had been circulating during the search process, Sheriff Jenkins did not want any more attention brought to the individual. The investigation remains ongoing.

October 8 update:
The following charges have been placed on the juvenile from yesterday’s incident at Culpeper County High School.

18.2-282. Pointing, holding, or brandishing firearm, air or gas operated weapon or object similar in appearance.

18.2-308.1. Possession of firearm, stun weapon, or other weapon on school property prohibited.

The investigation is on-going. Other charges may follow.

Crime Log

Recent crimes reported by the Prince William County Sheriff's Office.

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Needles in the Haymarket

Competitive cheer squads go, fight, win

Area weathered the storms in style

Crowbar wielding assailant shot by police, preliminary findings call it justified

Reagan vs Gainesville

Rain couldn’t stop the Battlefield High School homecoming

Local artist squirts and splatters his way to ‘accidental’ success

Police officers and civilian employees recognized

Police looking for missing Manassas woman

$2.9 M project set to improve Logmill Road

Manassas stabbing under investigation, one dead

Haymarket resident named Nature Expo finalist

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