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Prince William Co. man involved in plane crash on Va. Eastern Shore


MELFA, Va. (WUSA9) -- A small plane piloted by a Prince William County man caught fire after it crashed Thursday afternoon during an attempted landing an airport on Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia State police say.

Investigators believe that a gust of wind blew the plane Ferris Crilly of Bristow, Va. was piloting off the runway and across a grassy area. The plane, a 1979 Piper Lance, then hit a storage shed and a light pole before catching fire.   

Melfa and his passenger were not injured in the crash, which police say happened at 3:02 p.m.

The FAA and NTSB have been notified of the crash, which is still under investigation. 

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Suspects ID'd after threats to Prince William Co. schools


MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- Two suspects have been identified after threats to at least three high schools in Prince William County that have left parents on edge, county police say.

Investigators say the threats, which were made online and within school walls, are not credible and suspect doesn't even live in the state.

During a community meeting Monday night, police say both suspects are juveniles and responsible for making threats online. 

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The county schools have been the focus of a number of threats - dating back to January 4th - some posted online others scrawled on the walls of school bathrooms. 

Concern for water wells near Prince William County power plant


PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VA- The Virginia Department of Health will offer well water users near Dominion Power’s Possum Point power plant additional testing for their wells despite finding no evidence of a threat to them, in the hopes of easing resident concerns about coal ash ponds nearby.

Police: martial arts teacher knocks out 5-year-old student


BRISTOW, Va. (AP) - A martial arts teacher has been arrested after a 5-year-old student was thrown to the ground and lost consciousness.

Prince William police spokesman Nathan Probus says 21-year-old Justin Patrick Branick was teaching a taekwondo class in Bristow Tuesday and became angry at one of his students. He says Branick picked the boy up by the ankle and threw him over his shoulder.

Probus says the boy fell and lost consciousness. The child was taken to a hospital for serious injuries and was later released.

Probus says authorities arrested Branick on a charge of felony child abuse. 

It isn't clear if Branick has an attorney.

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Dominion's plan to pump wastewater draws concern in Va.


Environmental groups and residents along this Quantico Creek are asking questions and raising concerns about a Dominion Power plan to pump millions of gallons of treated wastewater from coal ash ponds into their backyard waterway.

“I have seen bald eagles at low tide wading and feeding in the areas right in front of where their coal ash ponds are and where I imagine they’re planning to discharge a lot of the wastewater,” said Bradley Caricofe, who regularly comes to the river to fish and photograph eagles. “There’s a delicate balance here that’s working because you see a lot of wildlife here. I can’t imagine that the plan that’s been proposed would help that in any way.“

FOUND: Prince WIlliam Co. woman


PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. (WUSA9) -- Prince William County Police found a missing woman from Woodbridge Saturday evening.

Linda Fitzgerald Smith of the 4900 block of Manor House Court in Woodbridge, Va., who was last seen at her residence early Saturday morning, was found in good health Saturday evening, according to authorities. 

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Manassas Mosque receives threat


 

MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- Prince William County Police are investigating a threat to the Manassas Mosque that occurred overnight on Wednesday.

A man claiming to be from the Jewish Defense League left a voice message on the Mosque's phone that said if one Jew was killed in the California shooting, he would retaliate against the Mosque. 

The caller said, "We'll do to your people what you did to them. We are checking now to see if one Jew has been killed or shot in California.  If that has been that case, we say, never again....The Holocaust."

Imam Abu Nahidian of the Manassas Mosque reported the threat to police.

"What do you say for people who don't have much knowledge. We already protested against ISIS and all of these things before, many times," said Nahidian.