Prince William County News in Brief

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Towing Company Employees Indicted

Two employees of a towing company in Prince William County who allegedly overbilled thousands of drivers after removing cars and trucks from private property were indicted by a grand jury Monday, prosecutors said.

Andrew Manson, 34, and Stacey Fulker, 30, both of Woodbridge, were indicted on charges of obtaining money by false pretenses, extortion and racketeering for their work with Dominion Wrecker Service. Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Jerrold J. Negin said the company did not follow county regulations for towing charges and collected $50 to $300 more than it was entitled to in as many as 6,000 cases last year alone.

Negin said the company's extra charges netted it about $300,000 in ill-gotten profits. Authorities learned of the problem when customers complained, but, Negin said, "most people, unfortunately, just paid the fees."

Hospital Nurse Promoted To Assistant Director

Deana L. Henry was recently promoted to assistant director of medicine and oncology services at Potomac Hospital. She will be responsible for the hematology-oncology unit, hospice and infusion services.

Henry has been a staff nurse at Potomac Hospital for more than 19 years and was the director of staff development for nursing.

Officers Recognized For Helping Woman

Police officer Donald DeShazo and Sgt. Peter Paradis were named Prince William County Government's Employees of the Month for May for their efforts to return a 75-year-old woman home to Lewes, Del., after she was in a minor vehicle accident in Woodbridge.

Paradis and DeShazo drove the woman, who has Alzheimer's disease, to the Delaware state line, where state troopers met them and drove the woman to her residence.

Red Cross Seeks Donations for Relief Fund

Prince William County Sheriff Glendell Hill (R) and volunteers from the sheriff's office, Red Cross and the county's Criminal Justice Academy will be at county retail locations from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday collecting donations for the Prince William Chapter of the American Red Cross.

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