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Historic Manassas Inc. Hires New Event Coordinator

The following story was sent to us by Historic Manassas, Inc.:

Sarah McHugh of Chesapeake, Va., was recently hired as the event coordinator for Historic Manassas, Inc. She is responsible for planning and organizing events, such as the Heritage Railway Festival, the Wine & Jazz Festival, Celebrate America, Merry Old Town, and the upcoming Fall Jubilee.

A graduate of Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va., McHugh earned her master’s degree in arts administration and a bachelor’s degree in music performance.  She has more than three years of event planning experience and most recently worked at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as a coordinator in their Special Events Office.   

AP: Unlikely that 2 Men Were Planning Terror Attack

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The FBI probe of two men arrested in Amsterdam after suspicious items turned up in one of the men's luggage is finding they were probably not on a test run for a future terror attack, a U.S. official said Tuesday, casting doubt on earlier suggestions even as Dutch authorities held the pair on suspicion of conspiring to commit a terrorist act.

The U.S. does not expect to charge the men, a law enforcement official said. The two men arrested in Amsterdam -- both traveling to Yemen -- did not know each other and were not traveling together, a U.S. government official said.

The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss the investigation.

Search for Trooper's Killer Continues 26 Years Later

MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA) - Virginia State Police said they are still working to solve the fatal stabbing of a state trooper that happened in 1984.

Authorities said Trooper Johnny Rush Bowman answered the front door of his residence in the Bristoe Station development of Manassas, Va., on August 19, 1984 at 4:15 a.m.

Police said when he opened his door he was repeatedly stabbed by an unknown assailant who fled on foot.

Bowman died a short time later at a local hospital.

A task force created by the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Criminal Intelligence Division, Manassas City Police Department, and the Prince William County Commonwealth Attorney's Office continues to pursue this case and are actively pursuing new leads.

Candlelight Vigil for Local Teens Killed in Car Accident

There will be a candlelight vigil tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Battlefield High School in Prince William County in honor of Derek Meffert and Stephen Dixon. Meffert, 15, and Dixon, 18, were killed over the weekend in a car accident coming back from a Rascall Flatts concert when their car spun out of control and was struck by another vehicle.

Dixon graduated from Battlefield this past spring and Meffert was about to enter into his sophomore year. Meffert was an avid reader, musician, athlete, and had a great sense of humor, said his mother, Yolanda Meffert.

Prince William County police spokesman said that both speed and alcohol were believed to be factors in the accident that occurred at 3:30 a.m. on Sunday on Logmill Road. The vigil tonight at Battlefield High School is located at 15000 Graduation Drive in Haymarket, VA.

 

Va. Men Arrested In Delaware On Drug Charges

CHRISTIANA, Del. (AP) -- Delaware State Police said they seized about two pounds of marijuana from two Virginia men during a traffic stop on Interstate 95.

Police say 18-year-old Christopher Harley of Centreville, Va., and 23-year-old Christopher Lancaster of Manassas, Va., were each charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana and other offenses.

Both men were taken to Young Correctional Institution. Harley is being held on $4,501 secured bail, and Lancaster was being held on $4,500 secured bail.

Police Cpl. Jeffrey Hale said Harley was the driver of the car that was stopped for speeding. He said Harley told the trooper that the car had been rented by his girlfriend.

While searching for the rental agreement, Hale said the trooper found bags of marijuana in the glove box, rear floorboard and trunk of the car.

Expect Road Delays Due to Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project

Beginning on August 4 the eastbound lanes of the Dulles Connector Road, Route 267, will be closed for 3 nights starting at 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. The construction will be impacting drivers using the eastbound Dulles Toll Road and the Dulles Airport Access Highway. Drivers will be required to detour onto the southbound I-495 Capital Beltway and exit on to northbound Route 123 toward McClean and then rejoin the eastbound Dulles Connecter Road from northbound Route 123.

While the initial construction has set times of closure, there will be more periodic closures over the next few weeks as required. However, the detour will remain the same. Keep in mind that all work is subject to change if there is inclement weather. For more information about the Metrorail project itself you can visit www.dullesmetro.com.