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Woman gets year and half for ignoring injuries that left a young Stafford boy blind

A Stafford County woman who did nothing to assist her 4-year-old stepson after the child suffered injuries that left him permanently blind was ordered Thursday to serve a year and a half in prison. Hayat Benfaraj, 32, had previously pleaded guilty to felony child neglect in Stafford Circuit Court. S

FREE LANCE-STAR - 2017-09-21 21:30:00

County attorney: Stafford has no legal authority to remove Confederate flag

Bill Johnson-Miles, left, and Kim Wyman were among some 30 area residents who gathered at the Stafford County government building Sept. 5, 2017 to protest the Confederate flag flying on private property near Interstate 95. Aleks Dolzenko/InsideNoVa Tempers flared Tuesday at a Stafford County Board o

INSIDE NOVA - 2017-09-21 10:00:00

Stafford author uses personal experiences in book about girl's struggles at Quaker prep school

When Laura Gschwandtner sits down to write in the studio of her Stafford County home amidst the treetops above Aquia Creek, there's no telling where the creative mind of the artist and author might wander. Her latest work, "The Other New Girl," takes readers on an evocative and heartfelt trip into t

FREE LANCE-STAR - 2017-09-22 01:00:00

Will Stafford revise ordinance blocking Muslim cemetery?

In May 2015, after a yearslong search, a Muslim nonprofit bought 45 acres off Garrisonville Road in Stafford to bury its dead. For the All Muslim Association of America, established here in 1989, the land was ideal: clear, flat and green. In fact, it was being used as a driving range. The property o

FREE LANCE-STAR - 2017-09-20 02:30:00

Deputies deploy drone, locate missing teen in Stafford

A missing Mountain View High School student was found with the help of the Sheriff's Office Unmanned Aircraft System, commonly referred to as a drone, sheriff's spokesman 1st Lt. Eric Quinn said. The Stafford Sheriff's Office received a call on Sept. 18, at approximately 5 p.m. in reference to a mi

INSIDE NOVA - 2017-09-19 23:38:00

Water level dips at Abel Lake in Stafford after malfunction of flow control gate

Stafford County residents who live near Abel Lake may notice a drop in the water level. A flow control gate is lodged in the open position, which has caused the dip, according to a Stafford news release. Until the gate is repaired, residents may also notice strong odors, the release said. This is f

FREE LANCE-STAR - 2017-09-19 17:01:00

Court date set for judge accused of assault in Stafford

An Oct. 19 trial date has been set for a Fauquier County judge accused of assaulting an employee at a Stafford County Walmart earlier this month. Jeffrey Woodland Parker, a chief circuit court judge who lives in Sumerduck, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault and battery following an in

FREE LANCE-STAR - 2017-09-19 16:02:00

Woodbridge Restaurant Inspections: Buffalo Philly's, Grain of Heaven, More

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VA - Prince William Health District officials recently inspected food preparation and storage in the area. Full reports can be accessed on the health department's website. "In our experience, it is unrealistic to expect that a complex, full-service food operation can routinely

PATCH - 2017-09-21 13:22:49

YOUR TAKE: What's your favorite thing about fall?

"Graves Mountain Apple Festival. We go every year and have been ever since high school. Great all-around fun for kids and adults."-Jessica Cline, Fredericksburg "Football!!"-Tracey Jones, Colonial Beach "Nothing! I love the lazy days of summer."-Marcie Mullins-Rice, Lake Anna "Everything moves at su

FREE LANCE-STAR - 2017-09-21 20:23:00

Sci-fi is becoming a reality on the battlefield for today's Marines

It sounds like the stuff of science fiction-unmanned and armed robots that can attack a target without a human operator through the use of artificial intelligence. Or drones that can conduct surveillance and spot roadside bombs. But these technologies are already here, and the U.S. Marine Corps is e

FREE LANCE-STAR - 2017-09-22 01:00:00

Robotic delivery: Drones could deliver you and your gear to the fight

Automated transports could one day move amphibious vehicles loaded with Marines to shore, deliver fuel trucks to remote bases, fly a pack to a Marine at a rendezvous point and serve as his forward eyes and ears on the battlefield. Marine brass at the final panel of the annual Modern Day Marine mil

MARINE CORP TIMES - 2017-09-21 20:39:13

Marines must adapt gear and policy to meet endless data demands

Everything is connected all the time - and that's a problem. Marine leaders at the annual Modern Day Marine military expo in Quantico Thursday told industry attendees that the so-called Internet of Things and massive growth in data will stress an overburdened network. At least one general told th

MARINE CORP TIMES - 2017-09-21 20:38:14

Should all infantry squad leaders be staff sergeants?

Top Marine leaders are looking at whether rifle company squad leaders should be staff sergeants as combat becomes faster and more complex. Lt. Col. Daniel Wittnam told attendees at the annual Modern Day Marine military expo in Quantico Thursday that since recent experiments in small unit tactics a

MARINE CORP TIMES - 2017-09-21 20:20:45

In drones, ISIS has its own tactical air force

Commercial drones, such as the $1,500 Chinese-made DJI Phantom widely used by the Islamic State group, are providing nonstate actors with their own mini-air force, according to an expert in irregular warfare, who spoke on a panel Wednesday at the Modern Day Marine expo in Quantico, Virginia. While

MARINE CORP TIMES - 2017-09-21 13:16:01

28th District House candidates disagree on Medicaid expansion, but agree on transportation funding

Buy Now Republican Bob Thomas and Democrat Joshua Cole, candidates for the 28th District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates, debate at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va. on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. MIKE MORONES / THE FREE LANCE-STAR Thomas Mike Morones Republican Bob Thom

FREE LANCE-STAR - 2017-09-22 01:35:00

Local NAACP branch wants slave auction block removed

The controversial slave auction block at the corner of William and Charles streets in downtown Fredericksburg has haunted many black area residents for years. The knee-high stone has been stepped on, spit on, had cigarettes put out on it, and even had people stand on it for photographs, which the Fr

FREE LANCE-STAR - 2017-09-22 01:00:00

Top area educators to discuss how they're preparing tomorrow's workforce

Fredericksburg-area public school superintendents and college presidents will take part in a panel discussion on how they're meeting the needs of the regional economic marketplace from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Tuesday at Germanna Community College campus in Massaponax. It will be held in the Sealy Auditorium

FREE LANCE-STAR - 2017-09-22 01:00:00

Will Hurricane Maria Hit Virginia?

WASHINGTON, DC - After Hurricane Maria left behind a tattered Puerto Rico without power Thursday morning bruised by Category 4 strength winds and up to 35 inches of rain, forecasters warned the storm currently packing winds around 115 mph will likely follow the same path as Hurricane Jose once it le

PATCH - 2017-09-21 13:12:02

Taxi driver robbed Wednesday morning in Fredericksburg, second such heist in same area this month

A taxi cab driver was robbed early Wednesday morning in Fredericksburg, the second such incident in the same area in just more than two weeks. According to the Fredericksburg Police Department, Wednesday's robbery happened at 5:41 a.m. in the 1000 block of Black Oak Court. The driver told police tha

FREE LANCE-STAR - 2017-09-20 14:30:00

10 Commutes Ranked Across Northern Virginia

Several commutes in Northern Virginia have gotten worse in recent years, according to nearly a decade of survey data from the U.S. Census Bureau. In the latest American Community Survey, residents of counties and large cities were asked questions on a wide range of topics, including the time it take

INSIDE NOVA - 2017-09-20 19:28:00