manassas journal messenger 3/6/01



March 6, 2001




indicted for murder


Patrick Wilson



    MANASSAS A 49-year-old man accused of killing

and mutilating his girlfriend was indicted Monday by a grand jury on a murder

charge, according to Prince William Circuit Court records.

A trial date will be set today for Allan L. Rother, who lived with the

victim, Rosemary Catherine Tascione, at 7800 Tayloe Drive, lot 88, in the

Forest Park Mobile Home village off Va. Route 234.[more]


immunity: Local scientists work to create new defenses against bioweapons


Chris Newman



    PRINCE WILLIAM The biological weapons that

are out there include the plague, anthrax, smallpox, hemorrhagic fevers

and many other deadly agents.

A proper defense should protect against all of them, not just the specific

strains, said Dr. Ken Alibek, whose Hadron Inc. subsidiary Advanced Biosystems

Inc. is collaborating with researchers at the George Mason University Prince

William campus in a project that should produce prototypes for testing in

mice this year.

American servicemen may be vaccinated against anthrax, but that disease

like any other can be modified to circumvent a vaccinated immune system,

or an enemy would choose another disease, he said. [more]


ends free Internet access


Bennie Scarton Jr.



    PRINCE WILLIAM The Library [email protected]

Mall is no longer a free service.

Beginning this past Monday, there is $1.50 per 30 minute session with

no refunds even if the person using the computer is in for less than 30


Since November 1999, the Connection has been providing free computer

and Internet access because of donations from businesses and individuals.

“Unfortunately, the level of funding received is not sufficient

to allow us to continue to provide the service for free as it does not meet

monthly expense. We were faced with two alternatives: close the facility

or charge a nominal fee. We believe that a user charge is preferable to

closing, given the popularity and importance of this service,” said Dick

Murphy, library system director.[more]


honored for 911 dialing


Nancy Carroll




WOODBRIDGE – Children as young as six years old were honored Monday evening

for their quick thinking and courage in calling 9-1-1 for a family member

in need of medical assistance.

The Prince William Community SAFE KIDS Coalition held its annual meeting

at Potomic Hospital to talk about child saftey and give out awards to four

children whose initative helped save the life of a family member.

Jackie, 6; Jeniffer, 8; Tiffany, 9 and Stephanie, 7 all were given awards.

“When kids actually do things right they need to realize that,”

said Mike O’Brien, Public Education Director with Prince William Fire and

Rescue Department. “They need to know that it’s cool to do the right

thing,” he said.[more]


kills passenger

Dale City man dies in Jeep roll-over


Kate Bissell




LAKE RIDGE – A Dale City man died and another was critically injured

when a Jeep they were riding in flipped on Smoketown Road early Sunday morning.

Kevin Lee Comeau, 35, of 14814 Empire St., was found dead at the scene

of the accident.

The driver, Edwin Propps Jr., 28, of Dale City, was flown to Washington

Hospital Center with severe head injuries. He was in serious condition Monday


A second passenger, Michael Marek, 30, of Woodbridge, was treated and

released from Potomac Hospital. [more]





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