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1500 Tons of Salt Ready for Winter Season in Manassas City

Winter weather might just be around the corner for the Manassas, Va. area and the City of Manassas Utilities and Public Works Department is well armed with salt, sand and trucks. The City of Manassas Utilities and Public Works Department annually budgets $250,000 for snow treatment and removal, and is prepared with 16 snow-removal trucks, 25 contract equipment, 1500 tons of road salt and almost 500 tons of sand. For details, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8219.

“If we experience snow or ice earlier than usual in the season, it can catch drivers off guard, and it will be more important than ever to make sure we are prepared and clear our roads as soon as possible,” said Mike Moon, director of public works and utilities for the City of Manassas.

Driver charged after tractor trailer accident on southbound I-95

DALE CITY, Va. (WUSA9) -- All southbound lanes of I-95 were blocked at mile marker 157 in Dale City due to a tractor trailer accident on Monday morning.

Virginia State Police say they responded to the scene at 2:39 a.m. According to police, a tractor-trailer traveling south on I-95 ran into a grouping of impact cushion attenuator and then ran up on top of the Jersey Wall. The end of the trailer came to rest perpendicular across the all three southbound lanes.

With those lanes blocked, traffic slowly got around the accident by using the service road.

The driver, 55-year-old Tracy L. Joyce of Dresden, Tenn., was not injured in the crash, according to police.

Joyce was charged with reckless driving. Police say fatigue was a factor in the cause of death.

Two lanes were re-opened by 7:36 a.m. The right lane and left merge lane remained closed for debris removal and highway construction.

Toddlers suffered cruel treatment at Daycare

WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA9) -- Disturbing allegations of one Woodbridge daycare has parents pulling their children out of the daycare.

The Department of Social Services investigation, revealed toddlers endured abused over a six-month period. Now Prince William County Police are investigating possible criminal behavior at the Minnieland Academy at the Glen.

The Virginia Department of Social Services says at least 9 children were allegedly mistreated.

Aaron Rogers says despite abuse allegations in the toddler room he's keeping his 5-year- old in daycare.

"I haven't lost any confidence."

But we did find families including one pulling their daughter out of Minnieland Academy at the Glen in Woodbridge on Friday.

The alleged abuse happened from February to August.

The Virginia Department of Social Services investigation revealed two caretakers who 'punished toddlers physically and emotionally often for their own entertainment.'

Police investigate armed robbery in Virginia

STAFFORD, Va. (WUSA9) -- Police are looking for a suspect in connection to an armed robbery in Virginia.

The incident happened on Saturday morning at the Stellar One Bank located at 25 Banks Ford Parkway in Stafford County. A suspect entered the store, displayed a gun, and left with an undisclosed amount of money, police said. 

Police describe the suspect as a white male, 5'11, skinny, wearing a black nylon jacket, a red cap with a black plaid design on the front of the cap.  The suspect also had a small goatee under his lip.  

Anyone who has information is asked to call Police at 540-658-4400.

Report: Teachers at Va. child-care center abusive

WOODBRIDGE, Va. (AP) -- A report by the Virginia Department of Social Services says two teachers at a child-care center routinely engaged in cruel treatment of toddlers in their care, including stepping on their toes and giving full pressure sprays from a water hose.

Employee shot and injured in Va. robbery

WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA9) -- Prince William County police are on the scene of a robbery where two suspects shot a store employee. 

It happened at the U.S. 1 Tobacco Shop located at 13434 Jefferson Davis Highway in Woodbridge shortly after 2:30 p.m., officials said.

Initial investigation shows that two armed men entered the business, approached two victims inside, and demanded money. During the incident, one of the victims, a 37-year-old man from Springfield, was shot in the head. The suspects ran away with an undisclosed amount of money.

The victim was taken to the hospital with life threatening injuries. 

Police are describing the suspects only as two  males and one of them was wearing a mask.

Police seeking man wanted in Va. drug bust

MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- Manassas City police need your help locating a man who is wanted on drug charges in Prince William County.

Damon Durant is the police department's Fugitive of the Week on November 15. 

Durant was involved in a three-month long narcotics investigation dubbed "Blue Dragon" and is wanted for Distribution of Schedule I/II Narcotics, officials said. 

Click through the above photos to see the other suspects arrested in "Blue Dragon" and read more about the operation here: http://www.wusa9.com/news/article/282500/188/31-arrested-after-narcotics-operation-in-Va-

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