Keen will fill Woodbridge School Board seat

The Prince William County School Board named Steven Keen on Wednesday to temporarily fill the Woodbridge seat vacated by Denita Ramirez.

Keen, who had served as the Woodbridge member from 1995 to 1999, was selected from among six applicants and will serve on an interim basis until voters elect a permanent replacement.

The School Board also elected Michael I. Otaigbe (Coles) as vice chairman.

Recycle Christmas trees at park, landfill, other places

Several locations in Prince William County are accepting live Christmas trees for recycling. Ornaments, lights and tinsel must be removed from trees.

The locations are:

→Prince William County Landfill, 14811 Dumfries Rd., Manassas; 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.

→Balls Ford Road Compost Facility, 13000 Balls Ford Rd., Manassas; 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.

→Leesylvania State Park, Shelter 2, 2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Dr., Woodbridge. Christmas trees will be used for wildlife habitat.

→Northern Virginia Electric, 5399 Wellington Rd., Gainesville, will accept cut trees through Friday. The drop-off area is in the parking lot outlined by safety cones, to the right of the building. Call 703-335-0500, Ext. 1633 or 1661.

For information, call 703-792-4670 or visit

Triangle mother charged with attempted murder

Police say a Triangle woman planned to kill herself and her 3-year-old daughter in a house fire Wednesday.

Julia Franzke Vazquez, 26, gave her daughter cough medicine to make her fall asleep, then started a fire in a bathroom, police said. When the fire became too intense, Vazquez extinguished it and took her child to a relative in Fairfax. She then drove into a tree; she was taken to a hospital.

The child was treated for minor burns. Vazquez was charged with attempted first-degree murder and arson.

— Compiled by Sarah Lane