Our network


Securing Your Home

GREAT FALLS, Va. (WUSA) - "We need to get in habit of doing these things," said Master Police Officer Patrick Lucas who is a crime prevention specialist.   He says people need to remember to make sure their doors are locked and their garage doors are closed before leaving home or going to sleep.

The serial burglar, who may responsible for as many as 100 break-ins or attempted break-in through Northern Virginia, uses the path of least resistance.  He's entered most homes through unlocked doors.

"He seems to be very cash-driven oriented only," said Officer Lucas.  It may be more than one thief or  copy cat thieves.  The thief is using gloves, leaving behind little forensic evidence.  He is generally not stealing property  or credit cards, both of which could be traced back to the owner.

Connie Moser Named State Neighborhood Advocate of the Year

From Prince William County Government:

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VA–Connie Moser, President of the Dale City Civic Association, and an active member of the Prince William Clean Community Council and Prince William County Neighborhood Leaders Group, has been named “State Neighborhood Advocate of the Year” at the 11th Annual Virginia Statewide Neighborhood Conference in Roanoke, Virginia on September 25.

Individuals nominated for the award were judged on the significance of the impact they have made on their community during the past year, in one or multiple projects/roles.  Individuals whose service is defined by its longevity were most appropriate for the award.

Other civic individuals recognized as award finalists for their tireless work to enhance the quality of life in their communities included Dwayne Lynch of Manassas, Dudley Colbert of Norfolk, and Valeria Alphin, Mary Jane Hurt and Diane Kelly of Roanoke.

Woodbridge Gunman Shoots Neighbor's House, Injures Man

WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA) - A Woodbridge man was hit by gunfire after police say a neighbor shot up the front of his townhouse on Hersand Court. The victim was hit in the ankle and taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital.

A kitchen window is riddled with bullet holes and police from the bizarre and frightening incident that shook this neighborhood that was filled with children heading to their bus stop.

"It was real loud. We heard a lot of gunfire. It was scary. My first reaction was to tell the kids to get down... they're naturally curious they want to know what's going on," said neighbor Stephen Hansen.

The shooting happened around 7:30 a.m. on Friday, October 8th. William Dyer, who lives across the street, says he saw the gunman and that after he fired into his neighbor's house, he start shooting into the street.

Police Investigate Shooting In Woodbridge

WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA) - Prince William County Police are on the scene of a shooting incident that happened early Friday morning in a Woodbridge neighborhood, that left one person injured.

Police say they got the call at about 7:30 am for an incident in the 4700 block of of Hersand Court, off of Savannah Drive, in Woodbridge.

Police tell us one person was flown out with a gunshot wound to the ankle. 

According to police, the suspect and the victim are neighbors.


Student Enrollment in Prince William Schools Up 3.2 Percent in 2010

The following was sent to us by Prince William County Public Schools:The official September 30 student membership count for Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) is 79,115 students. From 2009 to 2010, total enrollment grew by 2,460 students, or 3.2 percent. This is compared to growth from 2008 to 2009 of 2,999 students, or 4.1 percent.   Across Virginia, student membership counted in schools on September 30 is the official number reported to the State Department of Education.

Serial Burglar Tops 100 Crimes

HAYMARKET, Va. (WUSA) -- There has been a false sense of security on Riding Club Drive and Gables Green Way in Haymarket.

They are gated, high end neighborhoods where some homeowners leave the cars and homes unlocked.

But security was breached Monday into Tuesday morning when a burglar attempted to or successfully broke into 14 homes.

These break-ins sound eerily similar to the 90 incidents Fairfax County is investigating. The burglar has a penchant for large homes and cash from designer purses. Investigators haven't said the recent Haymarket crimes are connected to those in Fairfax County, but they are treating it as such.

9NEWS NOW found Chris Barbosa drying out her Louis Vuitton after finding it in a puddle of water in her yard.

Barbosa says, "As soon as I saw it in my side yard I knew what happened."

The crook had entered her garage door and got the purse out of her car where she left it with the cash gone.

Residents Reminded to Lock Up Doors and Windows

This was sent to us by Loudoun Sheriff:

Loudoun County, VA: In light of a series of burglaries and attempted burglaries in neighboring Fairfax and Prince William County, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit and Criminal Investigations Division are reminding residents to lock their doors and windows; this includes garage doors. 

In Fairfax County serial burglaries have been reported throughout the Sully, Fair Oaks, Reston, Mason and McLean police districts. Similar incidents (burglaries, attempted burglaries & larcenies from vehicles) were reported in the Haymarket area in Prince William County.