Thursday, November 15, 2012
Prince William County Police said that John Alvin Thomas Jr., 43, of Manassas, did not have a gun and did not imply he had one.
An unarmed man recently strolled into a local Bank of America branch, demanded money, then took a seat until police officers arrived to arrest him, Prince William County Police said. John Alvin Thomas Jr., 43, of Lomond Drive in the West Gate area of Manassas, was charged with attempted robbery on Nov. 13. Police responded to the incident at 4:42 p.m. Employees at the 8501 Sudley Road branch reported that Thomas had entered the building, approached a staff member and handed over a note asking for money. Thomas then "calmly took a seat in the bank" while an employee called police in another room, said Prince William County Police Officer Jonathan Perok. "The accused was not in possession of a weapon and never implied he had one," Perok …
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Two major banks announce assistance for underwater Prince William County homeowners at a VOICE event.
Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase executives announced Sunday night that almost 1,000 Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park homeowners will qualify for help through the $26 billion National Mortgage Settlement. The announcement came during a packed rally organized by the interfaith group Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE) at First Baptist Church in Manassas. Five banks, including Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase, and the attorneys general of 49 states agreed on the $26 billion settlement in February related to charges of negligent foreclosure practices. Today, residents heard what that settlement means for their own homes and the community. As part of the national settlement, Andrew D. Plepler…
Monday, October 31, 2011
Prince William County area activists continue to work with financial institutions on solving the area's foreclosure crisis. At an event Sunday, Bank of America pledged money to pay for three HUD-certified housing counselors.
Meg Carroll has seen firsthand how foreclosures can bring a once proud subdivision to near desperation. As the community manager of Georgetown South in Manassas, she has seen abandoned homes used for prostitution, vandalism and drug dealing—all because of predatory lending practices of some of the country’s largest financial institutions. Carroll said almost 300 of the 850 homes in the subdivision are now foreclosed. “It is destruction on the outside, and for those of us who can peel back the layer, there is more and it is absolutely horrible to see it,” Carroll said. Community leaders like Carroll got some good news Sunday at an event that VOICE organized at Freedom High School in Woodbridge, when one of these banks pledged money to help …
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Homeowners were able to speak directly to certified housing counselors and representatives from Bank of American, Wells Fargo, and others during the City of Manassas Housing Event Saturday.
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Nearly 100 people stopped by Osbourn High School in Manassas Saturday for the opportunity to speak directly to certified housing counselors and representatives from Bank of American, Wells Fargo, and others about their mortgages, during the City of Manassas Housing Event. Certified housing counselors in the Manassas area were present to speak with homeowners who may be facing foreclosure. The Manassas and Prince Wiliam County areas have been identified as target areas with a large amont of mortgage scams during the foreclosure crisis. Attendees also participated in six one-hour interactive presentations about recognizing mortgage scams, preventing foreclosure and the legal aspects of foreclosure. Some of the seminars included information…