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PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. – Some unaccompanied minors have had a home at Youth for Tomorrow since June 2012.
Two weeks ago, Prince William County government officials wanted to learn just how many facilities in the county, in addition to Youth for Tomorrow, accept federal money to house illegal immigrant minors. The order came after Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart announced he would once again file a Freedom of Information Act request with the U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement for information on the whereabouts of illegal aliens arrested in the county and turned over to federal authorities.
The private organization founded by former Redskins Head Coach Joe Gibbs and run by former U.S. Undersecretary of Education Dr. Gary Jones is located in Bristow. The facility receives federal money that allows them to take in children who are in the U.S. illegally without a parent or guardian, or those who have been trafficked into the country illegally.
A memo from County Executive Melissa Peacor obtained by PotomacLocal.com from the chairman’s office states Youth for Tomorrow is the only facility in the county that accepts undocumented children.
Dear Board Members,
I want to follow up on the issue of YFT and the questions you asked me to answer. To remind you, here are the questions you asked in the Directive:
· How many children are currently being housed at YFT as part of the Unaccompanied Alien Minor Program? What is your total capacity for that program?
· What are the expectations of HHS with regard to the need for County services, including educational services (will they be attending local public schools? Do you educate these children?) public safety services, social services and physical and mental health medical care? What local or state services have you accessed for these children (or plan to access) and what was the source of payment?
· How long is it expected that these children will remain in Prince William County?
I have had a conversation with Dr. Gary Jones, and he was able to give me some general information but specific questions about the children must be answered by the Federal Health and Human Services Department/Administration for Children and Families Office of Refugee and Resettlement. I have a call into the Principal Senior Communications Specialist. I have not heard back from her, but Dr. Jones told me she is preparing information related to your questions.
This is what I have learned from Dr. Jones:
· YFT has been participating in the Unaccompanied Alien Minor Children program for 23 months (since June 2012) and has had hundreds of children through that program.
· During that time, there have been no runaways and no contagions.
· No local funds, no state funds, no Medicaid funds are being used to support these children and there are no plans to ask for services from the local government of any kind.
· These children stay on average for 35 days; that has been confirmed by HHS and reported in the Washington Post.
· All children staying at YFT receive a medical exam and all inoculations within 36 hours of arrival paid for by the Feds.
· If the children attend school, they do so at YFT in their facilities. None of these children would be attending our local schools.
That is what I know so far. Even without the call back from the Feds, this is a lot of information and should help you to communicate with your constituents.
We also talked to Dr. Jones about coming out to ensure that they are currently meeting the conditions of their current SUP as it relates to the programs they are operating. Dr. Jones was very open to that and I have Chris Price and Tom Bruun on that. In the meantime, the Police Department has confirmed to me that YFT is in compliance with all the security planning/records availability required in the SUP.
I will update you when I hear from the Feds but really, the only questions left to answer is how many children are there now (which Dr. Jones is not allowed to say) and if there are any other UIAC programs in PWC.
Youth for Tomorrow did not respond to a request for comment.
Greg Leticq is the author of the Black Velvet Bruce Lee blog in Manassas and published information that shows Youth for Tomorrow has accepted more than $8.4 million in federal money this year for the unaccompanied minors program. He says the Federal Government should have been more forthcoming to local officials about the children who are being housed at Youth for Tomorrow.
“Until we know what’s going on, it’s bordering on irresponsible to what should happen [to these children]. At this point, everybody is in the dark,” said Letiecq.
On the federal side, a spokesman for Congressman Frank Wolf (R-10th) said their office “hasn’t been overwhelmed with phone calls” over Youth for Tomorrow.
“They’ve been operating the program for children who have potentially been trafficked and they are providing a service, and they’ve been doing it for well over a year. I’m not aware of any plans to expand the program at Youth for Tomorrow,” said Wolf spokesman Dan Scandling.
NORTH STAFFORD, Va. – For the second time in a month someone vandalized Porter Library.
A glass door was found shattered Monday evening by security guard. The vandalism was reported to the Stafford sheriff’s office, and a spokesman said the door was last seen intact about 5 p.m., on Sunday.
The library’s branch manager reportedly told the sheriff’s office that this is the second incident of vandalism at the library in the “last three to four weeks.” The branch manager declined to comment to PotomacLocal.com about the incident.
There were no reported injuries. Officials with the sheriff’s office said they did not have an estimated cost of repair for the door.
The library is located at 2001 Parkway Boulevard in the Park Ridge neighborhood.
Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact Stafford County Crime Solvers.
NOKESVILLE, Va. – On Sunday, police and fire and rescue departments will face off on the soccer field during an annual charity tournament.
The day of friendly game play will not only pit the fire and rescue team, which has never lost, against cops, it will also be a chance to raise money for the teams’ favorite charities.
In the tournament on Sunday, four games will be played at Patriot High School at 10504 Kettle Run Road in Nokesville from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. The tournament winner will receive will 50 percent of all donations made during the day, which will go to the winning team’s favorite charity. Second place will get 25 percent, third 15 percent, and fourth place 10 percent.
The IAFF Burn Foundation, S.E.R.V.E, Operation Warm and C.O.P.S. will be the benefiting charities. Police from Prince William, Manassas and Manassas Park, and fire and rescue crews from the same jurisdictions will play.
“It’s about building camaraderie among the two agencies. We work together closely and we need to have a close relationship, and this is another away fostering that relationship between one another. We’re working together, we’re ‘playing together’ so it’s kind of a like a family dynamic,” said Lieutenant Jarad L. Phelps, of the Prince William County Police Department.
If the police team wins, it’ll be a first for them. So, naturally there’s a lot of friendly “trash talk” going back and forth between the two teams.
And, because its soccer, having just seen the U.S. play and Germany win the FIFA World Cup has helped to fuel popularity of the sport. Phelps said that, while no one is playing on a professional level, soccer is a great way for the members of the teams to stay in shape.
A family affair, the event will feature a child safety seat check as well as family-fun activities.
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STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. – Stafford school officials announced the appointment of several new key positions inside the public school system:
Allen Hicks was appointed as the assistant principal at Hampton Oaks Elementary. He is currently a teacher at the school.
Nicole Ochs was appointed assistant principal at Conway Elementary School. She currently teaches second grade in Joshua Tree, Calif.
Laura Sullivan was appointed assistant principal at Brooke Point High School. She currently serves as a principal intern at Mountain View High School.
Rebecca Wardlow was appointed principal at Winding Creek Elementary School. She currently serves as the assistant principal at Anthony Burns Elementary School.
Carrie Neeley was appointed as the Chief Elementary Officer. She currently serves as principal at Stony Point Elementary School in Albemarle County, Va.
David White was appointed as the Chief Secondary Officer. He currently serves as the supervisor of Career and Technology Education and as acting assistant superintendent of secondary education.
NORTH STAFFORD, Va. – Work on an expanded commuter parking lot in North Stafford, next to the popular Stafford Marketplace shopping center, is nearly complete.
Here’s the latest update from the Virginia Department of Transportation:
Construction work is 75 percent complete on a 1,000-space expansion of a Virginia Department of Transportation Park & Ride facility in Stafford County on Va. 610 near Interstate 95.
The project is on schedule for a late October 2014 opening. The expansion doubles commuter parking spaces at this location. The lot is one of the busiest and largest ride-sharing locations for carpooling, vanpooling and transit in the Fredericksburg area.
Construction work began on the $12.9 million improvement in May 2013. The project is estimated to generate 43 jobs over a three-year period, and an additional $6.7 million in personal income earnings, $469,000 in state tax revenue, and nearly $40,000 in local tax revenue, according to an economic analysis by VDOT’s Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation and Research.
While the project was under design, VDOT invited Fredericksburg area commuters to submit suggestions to promote safe and orderly traffic flow. The expanded commuter lot will include:
· A consolidated, central location for carpool pickup and dropoff
· A bus pickup and dropoff bay that can accommodate four passenger buses
· An extended sidewalk along Staffordboro Boulevard
· Left and right turn lanes into a new lot entrance on Staffordboro Boulevard
· A roundabout that connects the commuter lot to Doc Stone Road, Juggins Road and Moncure Lane, improving access management to the site.
Improvements to the existing parking lot are also planned. The existing lot will be re-paved, and new lane and space markings will be painted to clearly define traffic patterns in the lot.
Upcoming Traffic Shifts
Later this week, traffic will start to be transitioned to the newly constructed section of the parking lot.
VDOT will close the triangle-shaped portion of the existing commuter lot at 7 p.m., on Thursday, July 24. This portion of the lot contains approximately 130 parking spaces.
Click Here to view a map of the lot.
At the same time, 280 new parking spaces will open. The new spaces are located in the northernmost corner of the lot, near the Stafford County water tower. Signs will be posted to guide lot users to these parking spaces.
In addition, motorists should be on alert for a new traffic pattern at the roundabout at Doc Stone Road, Moncure Lane, Juggins Road and the commuter lot access road.
Workers are completing the curb in the roundabout and building raised islands on each roadway approach over the next two weeks. Motorists should stay alert for signs and barrels guiding traffic through the work zone.
OCCOQUAN, Va. – The Blue Arbor Café has spent 10 years in Occoquan, and after all of that time the restaurant has never used an oven.
“It’s all soups, salads, and sandwiches,” said owner Steve Power. “We don’t even have a flattop grill or microwave.”
As part of their anniversary celebration, the eatery will roll back prices of all of their sandwiches this weekend to what they cost 10 years ago – $7.50, including a side dish. That’s a $1.75 less than what they cost today.
And there will be music, too, from The Prince William Youth Orchestra, The Back Alley Blues, Mike Soule, and Ray Sheehan. And giveaways from small businesses in Occoquan, including an introductory scuba lesson from Patriot Scuba.
The tiny town has been a good home to the restaurant, and is home to a score of friendly shop owners.
“It’s kind of isolated from the rest of the sprawl and crawl of the rest of the area. It feels like a family here… all of the merchants are friendly and there is no fighting or competition happening amongst us,” said Powers.
He has, however, outgrown his small restaurant space and would someday like to expand to serve more customers.
“We can seat 28 people inside but if there is inclement weather we can’t keep up with the amount of people who want to eat here,” he said.
While Powers admits it’s a nice problem to have, he says he’d rather have a space that could accommodate about 70 guests.
As we approach the doldrums of summer, some food pantries in our area are looking for increased donations of specific staple food items.
Things like rice, pasta sauce and canned fruit are being asked for by those who run the ACTS Food Pantry in Dumfries.
ACTS spokeswoman Tara Jennings-May told us the following in an email:
Summer Vacation Bible School donations and the Dale City Farmer’s Market (which is donating 3-4,000 pounds of fresh veggies each week right now, and they donate throughout their growing season; thanks to VCE–Prince William Master Gardeners) really help get us through the summer.
Nonperishable food donations can be dropped off at the ACTS Food Pantry at 3900 ACTS Lane, Dumfries, Va. ACTS Food Pantry donation hours:
Mon, Wed–Fri: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues: noon-7:30 p.m.
Financial donations are very helpful because our staff can get “the biggest bang for the buck” in that they shop the sales and buy in bulk: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1426967
The Food Pantry served 2,350 individuals in June and 2,275 individuals in May–these numbers will increase over the course of the summer months with schools being out and families needing more assistance due to their children usually not having access to free and reduced price meals.
In Manassas, the food pantry at House of Mercy is also in need of specific items. Here’s the latest from spokeswoman Val Wallace:
We’ve been short on specific items. They include –
Canned vegetables, especially green beans.
Canned chicken and tuna.
Low-salt diced tomatoes
Low-sugar pasta sauce. (We’ve been trying to have more healthful foods for our clients who are diabetic.)
Fresh fruit would also be a blessing. Currently we have plenty of beans, white rice and canned fruit.
To learn more about House of Mercy and how to donate, visit their website.
DUMFRIES, Va. – An argument between a man and a woman led to a dog and puppy stabbed to death, and another puppy seriously injured.
Here’s more in a press release:
Felony Animal Cruelty | Domestic Assault & Battery – On July 21st at 8:45AM, officers responded to a residence located in the 17700 block of Confederate Ct in the Town of Dumfries (22026) to investigate a domestic with weapons. Officers arrived at the home and identified both parties. The victim, a 29 year old woman of Dumfries, reported to police that she and the accused, a known acquaintance, were involved in a verbal altercation which escalated.
During the encounter, the accused assaulted and pushed the victim. At one point, the accused took a phone and threw it against a sliding glass door, causing it to shatter. After the parties had separated, the victim attempted to gather her belongings and leave the home. At that point, the victim stated she witnessed the accused use a kitchen knife to stab her dog.
Officers checked the home and located an adult male pit bull deceased with a stab wound to its back. Officers also located two, 2-week old pit bull puppies, one of which was also deceased and the other was critically injured. Both puppies appeared to have sustained blunt force trauma.
The injured puppy was immediately taken to an area animal hospital for treatment. Three other puppies and an adult female pit bull were also located in the home and appeared to be unharmed. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested. The investigation continues into the cause of death for the puppy pending the results of a necropsy.
Additional charges against the accused are pending.
Arrested on July 21st:
Gerard Darvell WILLIAMS, 32, of the 17700 block of Confederate Ct in Dumfries
Charged with felony animal cruelty, misdemeanor animal cruelty, domestic assault & battery, and destruction of property
Court date: August 25, 2014 | Bond: held WITHOUT bond
DALE CITY, Va. — Police are investigating a robbery at a 7-Eleven store in the Darbydale section of Dale City.
Here’s more in a press release:
The Prince William County Police Department is asking for the public’s help in providing information about an armed robbery which was reported to have occurred at the Darbydale 7-11 located in the Woodbridge area of Prince William County.
On July 8th at 2:15AM, officers responded to the 7-11 Convenience Store located at 14797 Darbydale Ave in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a robbery. Employees reported to police that an unknown masked man entered the store and approached the counter. Once at the counter, the man pulled out a handgun and demanded money and cigarettes. The man took multiple packs of cigarettes and an undisclosed amount of U.S. Currency before fleeing the area on foot. No injuries were reported. A police K-9 was used to search for the suspect.
Black male, unknown age, 6’0” with a thin build and light complexion
Last seen wearing a gray long sleeve shirt, black athletic shorts, and a black mask
Anyone with information relating to this case is asked to call Crime Solvers at 703-670-3700 or 1-866-411-TIPS. You don’t have to give your name, just the information. You could earn up to a $1,000 cash reward.
MANASSAS, Va. – In a little corner of Downtown Manassas new campaign headquarters opened Monday night.
It’s a joint election office for Senator Mark Warner who is seeking reelection, and for John Foust, a Fairfax County Board of Supervisors member hoping to replace outgoing Congressman Frank Wolf (R, Va.-10). Both Foust and Warner are Democrats and at their Manassas election headquarters supporters wore t-shirts, stickers, and hats as if the two men were unto themselves a professional football team.
“Oh, this is very nice, very nice,” said Marilyn Foust, the candidate’s wife as she took a first look at the office at 941 Main Street, next to Philadelphia Tavern. It’s one of several new Foust campaign offices that have opened across the 10th Congressional District, which spans from McLean – where Foust calls home – to Manassas, Manassas Park, west to Frederick County.
Supporters greet Foust at the door with applause, and he shakes each ones hand as he walks in. When he makes his way to back of the room to stand in front of a giant sign with his name on it, he’s surrounded by Manassas Park City Councilwoman Jeannet Rishell, as well as other Democrats who hope to make a name for themselves as they seek offices on the Manassas City Council.
In this campaign’s cross hairs is Barbara Comstock, who also lives in McLean and is a Republican delegate in Virginia’s House of Representatives.
“Comstock has put on a mask of moderation for this race,” said Rishell. “…we can see from her voting record she sides with the GOP agenda.”
Wasting no time throwing punches, Democrats labeled their opponent as someone who would take away a woman’s right to choose, someone who voted against landmark transportation reform in Virginia, and someone carries an “extremely partisan” record in Richmond.
“We have Republicans on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors but we know how to work together and compromise to get things done,” said Foust.
Comstock was attending a fair in Loudoun County today and was not immediately available for comment, a campaign spokeswoman said. The Republican has been endorsed by several in the GOP including Republican Delegates Richard Anderson, Tim Hugo who represent Prince William County, Jackson Miller, of Manassas, as well as members of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors and School Board.
The Democrat also brought up guns and said he owns them, but supports limiting gun purchases to one a month.
“Sensible gun safety measures are something we should all support, especially with all of the school massacres as of late,” said Foust.
So far, Foust has outraised his Republican opponent Barbara Comstock by about $100,000, with a full campaign war chest of $1.1 million, according to the Virginia Public Access Project. Those at the office opening on Monday said this open seat election is a way for the party to gain control of a district that has been a Republican stronghold.
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