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Man arrested for stealing VCR, food from friend's home

TRIANGLE, Va. (WUSA9) -- A man is accused of stealing from an acquaintance's home in Triangle this past weekend.

According to Prince William County Police, officers responded to a home in the 4000 block of Brady Hill Road to investigate a burglary at 11:47 a.m. on Sunday. A neighbor reported seeing someone going into the home. The homeowner was not at home at the time of the burglary.

Police say the homeowner reported food and a VCR missing.

Police found the suspect in the area. Forty-four-year-old Ronald Lee Chekonik of Triangle was charged with burglary and destruction of property.

Route 1 lanes reopened after car crash in Va.

TRIANGLE, Va. (WUSA9) -- Prince William County police and fire officials say they had to extricate a victim from a car that flipped over on Route 1 and Joplin Road in Triangle on Wednesday morning.

Officials say they got a call about the accident at 5:40 a.m.

When crews arrived on the scene, one person was trapped inside the vehicle. Crews then worked to extricate the victim.

All lanes of Route 1 have reopened and the scene is now clear.

Man charged with attempted rape in Va.

WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA9) -- Police say a 20-year-old man sexually assaulted a 19-year-old girl at an HH Gregg store in Va.

Jaguar Robert Williams-Palmer, 20, of no fixed address, is charged with attempted rape, police say.

On Dec. 13 at 6:13 p.m., police responded to the HH Gregg store located in the 14500 block of Potomac Mills Road in Woodbridge, Va. to investigate a sexual assault.

The victim, a 19-year-old girl from Woodbridge, told police that when she and a male acquaintance were walking into the store when an unknown male ran up to them, police say. The man's pants were down to his knees as he approached the victim.

Once close enough, the man picked up the victim and took her to the ground, where he got on top of her, police say. Multiple witnesses intervened to get the man of the victim.

The victim was not injured during the altercation, police say.



Kick off New Year’s Eve at Monza of Old Town Manassas, Va. on Tues., Dec. 31 at 10:15 p.m. with the James Dean or Wayne Newton New Year’s Eve Package. The James Dean Package is $10 per person made before Dec. 31 and $15 for reservations made on Dec. 31, which includes party favors, midnight toast, music with disc jockey and a closing cup of Monza’ chicken noodle soup. While the Wayne Newton Package is $36 per person (with a four person minimum) and includes a reserved table, party favors, music with disc jockey, some beverages and a closing cup of Monza chicken noodle soup. Monza’s pizza menu will available for dining with both packages. Guests will also have the option of a la carte dining from Monza’s regular menu, available only from noon to 9 p.m. For more information and reservations, go to www.eatmonza.com.

More abuse allegations at Minnieland Academy

SPOTSYLVANIA CO., Va. (WUSA9) -- WUSA9 has learned of more allegations of abuse at a Minnieland Academy daycare facility.

This time, a mother accuses a teacher abused her son at the Minnieland Academy at Courthouse Road in Spottsylvania County.

"I walked in, her back was turned. She was bent over in (my son's) face squeezing his arm with her voice raised, hollering at him saying 'why did you get your pants wet?"

The woman who does not want to be identified says she witnessed a Minnieland Academy instructor reprimand her 3-year-old son, several months ago.

But it was an incident last week with the same instructor, this mom alleges, sent her son to the hospital.

"He said she yanked his arm and shoved him into the floor."

Doctors in the emergency room said the 3-year-old had a sprained shoulder. Minnieland Academy has suspended the teacher without pay.



Colder weather has set in and that means people are turning up their thermostats and seeing higher utility bills.  The City of Manassas’ Operation Round Up is in full force, where customers that authorize the City of Manassas to "round up" their monthly electric bill to the next higher dollar. If the bill is $73.80, it is rounded up to $74 and the extra 20 cents is contributed to the Operation Round Up® fund.  Single donations from customers are also accepted, simply by adding the additional dollars to their payment with a notice that the overpayment is for Operation Round Up. For details, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8276.

Man accused of stabbing pal, pushing officer

WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA9) --  A man is charged with assault and battery on a law enforcement officer and malicious wounding after a stabbing on Friday.

According to Prince William County Police, at 2:16 a.m. a 41 year old man of Woodbridge reported to police that he had a verbal altercation with, Joel Alberto Melendez Veliz, a known acquaintance. The altercation escalated to a physical encounter and the victim said Melendez Veliz stabbed him in the arm.

The victim left the location on Granby Road and called police. Police say he suffered a non-life threatening stab wound to the arm.

Police encountered Melendez Veliz back on Granby Road. Officials say he became agitated, aggressive and pushed an officer.  Then, according to police, Melendez Veliz refused to comply when he was told he was under arrest. Once he was taken outside the home, police say he became compliant and was arrested without further incident.