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Private Firms Purchase BJ’s Wholesale

BJs Wholesale Club in Woodbridge is one of six locations in Northern Virginia. (Uriah Kiser/PotomacLocal.com)

Woodbridge, Va. — One of the first wholesale shopping clubs in the Potomac Communities is going private.

The retailer has struck a $2.8 billion deal to be acquired by two private firms.

Shareholders would receive $51.25 per share of common stock, that’s just above where the stock traded at a one-year high of $50.29 per share, according to CNBC.

The wholesale club has locations in Woodbridge, Alexandria, Centreville and Falls Church.

Kabob Factory Closes

The Kabob Factory at the Shops at County Center has closed. (Uriah Kiser/PotomacLocal.com)

Woodbridge, Va. — Those with a hankering for Kabob will no longer be able to find it at one restaurant in Woodbridge.

The Kabob Factory that opened as part of the Shops at County Center development at Prince William Parkway and Hoadly Road, anchored by a Harris Teeter grocery store, closed its doors last month, area store employees said.

The restaurant was open for more than two years and offered 10 kinds of Kabob priced between $9 and $15.

Several other restaurants in the same shopping plaza including an IHOP, Z Pizza and Amici’s Restaurant remain open for business.

 

 

New OmniRide Trips Eyed

OmniLink switch riders buses at the Potomac Rappahannock Transportation Center in Woodbridge.

Woodbridge, Va. –– As many as eight new morning trips could be coming to OmniRide in an effort to ease crowding.

The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission, the public agency that operates the commuter bus service from Prince William County to points in Northern Virginia and Washington, says 20 percent of their routes have long suffered from overcrowding –– a result of higher gas prices and congress’ decision to extend the $230 employer-sponsored commuter benefit for federal employees through 2011.

PRTC commissioners are expected to vote on the plan Thursday night.

Until now, all of the agency’s available buses have been in use during peak rush hour times. Last month, however, the transit agency received four new federally-funded buses meant to replace aging buses in PRTC’s fleet.

Instead of retiring the four older buses, OmniRide plans to keep three in service and use the forth to help speed up an ongoing mid-life bus restoration project, said PRTC spokeswoman Christine Rodrigo.

The transit agency says a combination of scheduling efficiencies, higher than budgeted fare revenue and additional contingency hours already budgeted into the year’s budget schedule will make the additional trips possible.

If the change is approved, the new trips will be rolled out gradually and would be added to the system’s printed schedules in the fall, said Rodrigo.

Police: Girl, 10, is Sex Victim

Sanchez-Valencia (Submitted)

Woodbridge, Va. –– One man is charged after a child was repeatedly sexually assaulted, police say.

The 10-year-old female victim was assaulted over the course of two to three month time period in the by a known acquaintance in the 1700 block of Carter Lane in Woodbridge, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

The assaults were reported by police Monday.

Santos Humberto Sanchez-Valencia, 32, of 1711 Carter Lane in Woodbridge, is charged with three counts of sexual battery, two counts of object sexual penetration and with two counts of penetration of a child’s mouth, said Perok.

Sanchez-Valencia was held without bond and his court date was not released.

Royse to Campaign Full Time

Chris Royse announces his campaign for Woodbridge Supervisor.

Woodbridge, Va. –– The Republican vying to unseat Woodbridge Supervisor Frank Principi has become a victim of the slumping economy.

The global engineering firm he was working for recently went through a second round of downsizing, and on Friday Chris Royse announced to his Facebook faithful he’ll now be campaigning full time.

“This is good news for the campaign but a rough patch for my family as I search for a new job. We believe, however, everything happens for a reason,” said Royse.

Royse announced his campaign late last month, saying Principi, a Democrat, has not made himself available to residents and their concerns.

“Woodbridge is perceived to have the highest crime rate in the entire county, it’s perceived to be chocked by traffic and a laxed, slowed economic development along the Route 1 corridor…unfortunately, many of these things are true but in these perceptions the greatness of this district gets overlooked,” he said in his campaign kick-off speech.

Royse says he supports the vision to redevelop the northern section of Woodbridge, a focus of his opponent, and that he’ll do more to work with business owners to improve Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1).

“What I am going to do is bring changes to that road that the people have only dreamed of because the path to prosperity for Woodbridge is only through economic development,” said Royse.

With service in the Army, Royse has worked for the FBI, and the departments of Defense and Homeland Security searching for weapons of mass destruction.

He lives in Woodbridge with his wife of 20 years, Kathy, and three children.

Game Called for Storm, Make-up Scheduled

Woodbridge, Va. –– With the Wilmington Blue Rocks leading the Potomac Nationals 4-2 with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning on Sunday, heavy thunderstorms forced the suspension of play and eventually postponed the game’s completion until Monday.

The ball clubs will play the remainder of Sunday’s game beginning at 5 p.m. and then play a seven-inning nightcap 30 minutes after the completion of Sunday’s suspended game.

The Blue Rocks jumped out to an early lead on Sunday with three runs off Potomac starter Danny Rosenbaum. Whit Merrifield led off the game with a triple to the wall in centerfield. After Carlo Testa popped out to first base, Nick Van Stratten singled Merrifield home. The big blow in the inning came when John Whittleman rocked a 1-1 pitch over the wall in right to make it 3-0 Rocks.

Potomac got a run back in the third inning. Higley was hit by a pitch to open the inning and advanced to second on a ball hit by Cutter Dykstra that scooted under the glove of Wilmington shortstop Kurt Mertins. After Francisco Soriano bunted them both over, Jeff Kobernus hit a ground ball back to Mertins, who threw to third where Dykstra was tagged out. But Higley scored and it was 3-1.

In the 4th, Ryan Stovall opened the inning with a double to center. Yem Prades hit a deep fly to center that moved Stovall to third with one out. Mertins’ grounder to second base scored Stovall and bumped the lead back to three.

In the next half inning, Potomac crept back within two. Justin Bloxom doubled into the right field corner to lead off the inning and scored on J.P. Ramirez’s two-out single to center.

With Soriano at the plate in the last of the fifth at 7:47 P.M., play was called. After a 30-minute delay and major water collection on the field, the game was officially pushed back until Monday.

The Nationals will have a 4th of July fireworks spectacular after the second ballgame, and once again offer the Food Fireworks and Fun package, which includes an all-you-can-eat picnic and a game ticket.

P-Nats Fall Short of Series Sweep

By Will Flemming
For PotomacLocal.com

Woodbridge ,Va. –– The P-Nats dropped the series finale with the Dash 7-2 on Friday night at Pfitnzer Stadium. Despite the loss, Potomac took two out of three from Winston-Salem to win the set.

Nationals starter Cameron Selik had a bookend type of night. The righty struggled early and late during his outing, but was able to throw well in between. From the second through fifth inning, Selik didn’t give up a run and only allowed three hits.

Meanwhile, the P-Nats played tremendous defense behind the San Diego native. Jeff Kobernus made the highlight play of the evening. In the top of the third with nobody out and a runner a at first base, Dash right fielder Jose Martinez slapped a ground ball to the hole between second and first. Kobernus glided to his left, dove to the ground, and gloved the ball. Then Kobernus rolled to a seated position and threw to shortstop Francisco Soriano at second for one out. Soriano made the quick turn and threw to first for the double-play.

On the mound, Selik’s best inning came in the top of the fifth when he retired the Dash one-two-three. His troubles came in the top of the first and in the top of the sixth. In the first, Tyler Saladino led off the game with a home run. In the sixth, the first four batters reached base before he was removed in favor of Marcos Frias. Ultimately, the Dash scored five runs in the sixth and led 6-0. Selik’s final line was five-plus innings pitched, nine hits, five earned runs, one walk, and two strikeouts.

Offensively, Potomac was held in check by Joe Serafin. The lefty from Connecticut tossed seven innings of two-run baseball and won his first game of the year. Serafin didn’t give up those two runs until the bottom of the eighth. Cutter Dykstra, Brian Peacock, and Francisco Soriano strung together a walk and back-to-back singles to open the eighth and put the P-Nats on the board for the first time. Serafin was then pulled for Leroy Hunt. Hunt eventually gave up an RBI single to third baseman Justin Bloxom, which scored Brian Peacock. The run was charged to Serafin because he allowed Peacock to reach base. The game was 6-2 at that point.

The Dash tacked on one more run in the top of the ninth when first baseman Andy Wilkins demolished a pitch down the right field line to make it 7-2. It was the lefty’s 13th home run of the season and puts him in second place in the Carolina League, behind only his teammate Ian Gac, who has 19.

Joe Testa had a strong performance out of the bullpen tonight for Potomac. The New Jersey native came on in the eighth and struck out the side. He now has 17 strikeouts on the season and owns a 1.33 ERA.

Potomac starts a four-game series with Wilmington tonight at the Pfitz. First pitch is at 6:35.

Will Flemming is the Broadcast Director for the Potomac Nationals.

Drivers Face Long Delays

Drivers make a hasty entrance to Interstate 95’ High Occupancy Vehicle lanes near Potomac Mills.

Woodbridge, Va. –– Traffic headed south on Interstate 95 in Virginia has been backed up since 11:30 a.m.

A crash just south of Lorton snarled traffic between from the Occoquan River all the way to the Capital Beltway, and there are no signs traffic is easing as many commuters are making a break for the long holiday weekend.

The delays along the highway were so bad about 2 p.m. some drivers chose to drive off the highway, into a median and access the High Occupancy Vehicle lanes near Potomac Mills mall.

Anticipating afternoon crowding, Virginia Railway Express will add additional cars to Fredericksburg line train #303 leaving Washington’s Union Station at 3:35 p.m., and will also add more cars to Manassas line train #327 departing Union Station at 4:25 p.m.

The commuter railroad reminded riders Friday there will be no service Monday in observance of Independence Day.

New I-95 Lane Opens

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Woodbridge, Va. –– A new lane of Interstate 95 south between Fairfax County Parkway and the Occoquan River has opened in time for holiday travelers.

The Virginia Department of Transportation opened the new fourth lane of I-95 south today. Motorists will noticed shortened travel times on a six-mile stretch from Springfield to Occoquan just in time for holiday travelers on the Independence Day weekend. This lane is the last section of the I-95 Widening Project to open.

“Motorists will notice the time savings immediately. “said VDOT project manager H.S. Warraich.

The finished northbound I-95 lane opened in early June. For the remainder of the summer, crews will be working on general clean up, slope work, lighting, and pavement markers with minimal impact the travel public.

The $123 million I-95 Widening project runs approximately six miles from the Fairfax County Parkway to Route 123 in Prince William County.

-Press release

Crime Watch: Armed Man Sought, Suspected Robber Surrenders

Lampan

Armed man sought
One man was cut with a knife and now police are looking for a man they say is armed and dangerous.

Officers were called to the 4000 block of Cressida Place in Lake Ridge at 9:45 p.m. Tuesday for a report of a fight.

The victim told authorities someone he knew came to his home and wanted to argue. During the fight, the suspect pulled a knife and sliced the victim on the chest and leg, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

The suspect fled the scene and the victim was taken to a local hospital with injuries that did not appear to be life threatening.

A 54-year-old female bystander who tried to break up the fight was also cut on her hand, said Perok.

Police obtained warrants for 26-year-old Jonathan Isaac Lampan, 26, of 5800 Quantrell Avenue #111 in Alexandria.

He’s described as white, 5 feet nine inches tall, with blue eyes and blonde hair. He’s wanted for two counts for malicious wounding and for burglary with intent to commit a felony, said Perok.

Police warn Lampan could be armed and dangerous.

Lewis

Man turns himself in after robbery
A suspect in a robbery in Lake Ridge has turned himself into police.

 

Lewis Da Juan Rose, 24, of Oxon Hill, Md, is charged with robbery, police say.

On April 18, police were called to the 13900 block of Hedgewood Drive after a 20-year-old male was struck from behind and robbed.

The attackers took property from the victim and then fled the scene, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

Two days after the attack, police identified the two men they say were responsible for the attack.

Rose, who was one of the men identified by police, turned himself into police June 22.

A second man charged in the attack, Charles Myers, 18, of Woodbridge, is also charged with robbery, said Perok.

The victim was treated for injuries that did not appear to be life threatening following the robbery.

Fireworks that Could Land You in Jail

Woodbridge, Va. –– Prince William fire and rescue officials warn about the dangers of illegal fireworks.

During the upcoming Fourth of July weekend, officials plan to write summonses and place some behind bars for possessing illegal fireworks.

“On the Fourth of July weekend, fire marshals and police officers will patrol the region looking for illegal fireworks, which will be confiscated,” Prince William fire and rescue Assistant Chief Hadden Culp said. “The violator will then be charged with the offence and must appear in court. Locally, use of illegal fireworks in Virginia is a Class 1 misdemeanor, meaning a person could receive jail time of up to 1 year and a fine of up to $2,500.00.”

Every year, many multiple injuries are reported because of the use of illegal fireworks, officials say. Fires and even death are also to be blamed on illegal fireworks, the use of which has increased over the past 10 years.

So what fireworks can you have? Officials say cones, sparklers, sparkling devices and novelties are legal in some jurisdictions. Illegal are anything that shoots into the air, roman candles and firecrackers.

In the end, it’s up to the local jurisdiction to set the rules and users are urged to check first with local governments to find out what fireworks are legal to posses.

Police in recent years have confiscated more than $10,000 in illegal fireworks in Prince William County–– a fraction of the illegal fireworks confiscated in the Washington area, officials said.

Principi Rejects Traditional Developments

Woodbridge District Supervisor Frank Principi

Woodbridge, Va. –– Woodbridge Supervisor Frank J. Principi says he talking tough to developers who want to build more strip malls in his district.

Those types of developments don’t fit the mold of mixed-use town center developments, like Potomac Town Center, Belmont Bay and the much talked about but yet to be developed Harbor Station.

Principi says he’s turned down a new shopping center, a drive through fast food restaurant and a new car dealership because they don’t fit his vision of a new Woodbridge, one that is built around higher densities, mass transit and open access to the Occoquan River.

Of the shopping centers that do exist along Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1), Marumsco Plaza has already refaced the façade of the center and nearby Featherstone Square owners plan to do the same, said Principi.

The U.S. 1 corridor has long been known for its blighted buildings, snarled traffic, and a place where day laborers gather to find work.

Principi has said he has little ability to relocate the day laborers to another location because they are gathered on private property.

When it comes to improved roads, county officials approved plans to widen U.S. 1 between Mary’s Way and the Occoquan River from four to six lanes, including a new elevated interchange near the Woodbridge Virginia Railway Express station.

To fit the vision, some buildings will have to come down.

“We have been successful at collaborating with business/property owners to renovate and/or tear down 32 buildings along Route 1, targeted neighborhood and commercial sweeps by teams of county and state inspectors, and organized two dozen litter and landscape planting events, including clean-ups in Neabsco Creek and Veterans Park,” said Principi.

County inspectors have issued notices to property owners about their under maintained properties, and some property owners have decided to go to court after being issued the violations, added Principi.

Super Q Mart Closes

Woodbridge, Va. –– An ethnic grocery store in Woodbridge has closed its doors.

Super Q Mart International Food, known for its wide selection of low-priced produce and ethnic specialties from around the globe closed their doors last week.

A store manager who did not give her name said there are no plans to reopen the store, and noted customers had been calling to find out why they closed.

The manager offered no explanation for the closure, and said there was no one available at the corporate level to speak about the abrupt closure.

The supermarket occupied a space left vacant by Giant Food, on River Ridge Boulevard in the River Oaks neighborhood.

Super Q Mart also has two other stores, one in Manassas and in Frederick, Md. that remain open.

According to the grocery chain’s website, the remaining stores offer more than 50,000 international foods and products.

Teen Bus Passes Sold at Mall

Nick and Katie Gregory purchased their 2011 PRTC Teen Summer Passes from Katy Nicholson, PRTC’s marketing assistant. (Uriah Kiser/PotomacLocal.com)

Woodbridge, Va. — Katie and Nick Gregory are going places this summer by way of OmniLink.

The brother and sister pair on Saturday were one of 11 people that purchased the Potomac and Rapphannock Transportation Commission’s Teen Summer Bus Pass at Potomac Mills mall.

The pass is good for unlimited rides on OmniLink buses in Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park.

“I’ll be volunteering to help with a Special Ed class, so I’ll use the bus pass to get me back and forth between my home and the class,” said Katie, 17.

Nick, 15, says he’ll use the pass to get back and forth between his home and the Chinn Fitness and Aquatic’s Center in Woodbridge.

The transit commission sold passes for $25 on Saturday in honor of PRTC turning 25-years-old this fall, at five-dollars off the regular price.

This year marks the first time PRTC has sold passes at the mall in Woodbridge. On July 9, a representative will be on hand at Manassas Mall in Manassas to sell teen passes. Passes can also be purchased at the PRTC Transit Center on Potomac Mills Road in Woodbridge.

The passes are also good for $1 off tickets at Potomac Nationals games every Friday night.

The passes sell for $30 each and are good through Sept. 3.

Barker: Keep Prince William Workers Here

Virginia Senator George Barker (D-39, Fairfax, Prince William) speaks with an attendee of his town hall meeting held June 25 in Woodbridge. (Uriah Kiser/PotomacLocal.com)

Woodbridge, Va. –– Prince William County faces a growing problem: most of its residents work elsewhere.

That, says Virginia Senator George Barker (D-39, Fairfax, Prince William) has to change.

Barker spoke at a town hall meeting Saturday that drew about 25 people to the Prince William County Government Center in Woodbridge.

“Prince William does not have an industrial tax base, so the bills for more of the county services that need to be funded are passed along to homeowners,” said Barker.

The senator says more needs to be done to lure more, high-paying jobs to the county.

Barker notes that the number of unemployed in Prince William remains low, but says 50 percent of workers must commute to outside jurisdictions like Fairfax, Arlington and Washington to work jobs that support their families. More than 50 percent of workers in Prince William must commute outside the county to their jobs, one of the highest commuter rates in the commonwealth, he said.

The senator added he worked to change the Gov. Robert F. McDonnell’s Opportunity Fund to allow incentives for technology businesses after Facebook and Google chose to locate multi-million dollar data centers in neighboring North Carolina.

Both internet giants choose the state over Virginia: Facebook announced plans last year to build a $450 million facility that will employ 45 full-time workers, and Google in 2007 chose to build a $600 million facility to employ 250.

North Carolina was able to offer better tax incentives to both companies, said Barker.

He also defended a bill he supported that would place a sales tax on items purchased online.

“We are putting local businesses at a disadvantage, businesses that help make this community what it is, when we make them charge sales tax but do not enforce a similar tax for items purchased online,” said Barker.

The town hall was slated to be a joint effort by Barker and Del. Richard Anderson (R-51, Lake Ridge), but Anderson was unable to appear after being called to a family emergency.

Teen Bus Pass on Sale Today

OmniLink switch riders buses at the Potomac Rappahannock Transportation Center in Woodbridge.

Woodbridge, Va. –– The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission is turning 25 this fall, and they’re celebrating a bit today by holding a sale for their Teen Summer Bus Pass.

PRTC representatives will be available at Potomac Mills mall today from noon until 4 p.m. selling the bus passes for $25 per pass –– a $5 savings off the regular price.

The pass is good for unlimited rides on OmniLink buses in Prince William, Manassas and Manassas Park from now until Sept. 3.

The pass can only be used by those ages 13 to 19-years-old, and representatives at the mall today will only accept cash or check from those purchasing a pass, according to PRTC officials.

The passes are also sold at the PRTC Transit Center on Potomac Mills Road in Woodbridge from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and representatives will also be at Manassas Mall selling passes on July 9.

PRTC is an advertiser on PotomacLocal.com.

Town Hall Will Go On Without Anderson

Del. Richard L. Anderson, R-Va. 51

Woodbridge, Va. ––

The town hall is scheduled to go on Saturday despite the absence of Del. Richard Anderson.

Anderson, who represents Lake Ridge and a majority of Prince William County for the 51st District, planned to hold a joint town hall meeting with Virginia Senator George Barker (D-36, Fairfax, Prince William) at the Prince William County Government Center in Woodbridge at 10 a.m.

Anderson announced Friday he had an unexpected emergency and will need to return to his hometown of Roanoke.

“[Barker] and I have done several town halls together, which have been productive joint ventures, but I need to be away tomorrow,” Anderson stated in an e-mail to reporters.

Anderson’s legislative assistant, Ryan Galloway plans to stand in for the lawmaker.

The meeting was called to discuss changes to area political districts that took effect this past spring.

Job Hopefuls Flock to Career Fair

Kyndra Settle, right, gives her resume to a representative of Farmers Insurance. (Uriah Kiser/PotomacLocal.com)

Woodbridge, Va. –– These days, people are willing to take any job they can get.

Raymond Elkins owns a AAA towing shop in Springfield, and last week came to a job fair at Stratford University at Potomac Mills.

He’s looking for 10 people who can not only change a battery and help stranded motorists, but also for someone who can deliver customer service with a smile.

Lately, he’s gotten some unexpected applicants.

“I’ve had lawyers come up to me and say ‘I’ll drive a truck… I do anything it takes to get into your line of work if it means having a job,’” said Elkins. Thankfully for the out of work lawyers, Elkins says he’s willing to give anyone a chance if they are willing to be trained.

At the university’s job fair last week, there seemed to be just as many people cramming the elevator to reach the potential employers on the school’s third floor as there were cars parked in overflow lots outside the campus.

Potential employers ranged from the U.S. Department of Corrections, cell phone companies, insurance agencies, even a men’s tailoring business. Applicants say it’s better to come here and speak with a real person rather than just applying online.

Unlike many who have been unemployed for longer, Kyndra Settle, 34, of Stafford, has been looking for a job for about a month. She got sick three months ago and by the time she recovered her then employer’s contract with the U.S. Department of Education ran out.

She’s hoping her experience as a property manager will help land her a new job.

“It can be tough out here, but coming to these job fairs allows me to show someone who I am. That’s better than getting the simple ‘apply online’ response that some companies give,” said Settle.

While the national unemployment levels continue to rise, now over 9 percent, the Potomac Communities continue to buck the national unemployment trend.

As for April, Arlington County has the lowest unemployment rate at 3.4 percent. Prince William and Stafford counties show a 4.9 percent rate, according to U.S. Department of Labor statistics.

Statewide, Virginia’s 6 percent unemployment rate is below Maryland’s 6.8 percent and Washington, D.C.’s 9.8 percent rating.

Winning Duck Nets $500

Hundreds of rubber ducks were dumped into the Occoquan River on Saturday as part of a fundraiser the Prince William Trails and Streams Coalition. (Mary Davidson/Potomaclocal.com)

Occoquan, Va. — In Occoquan on Saturday, it was raining rubber ducks.

 

The Prince William Trails and Streams Coalition held its annual fundraiser, awarding the $500 top prize to Janet Gunn of Nokesville for having the speediest duck.

The Duck Splash is simple: drop hundreds of ducks from the Ox Road (Va. 123) bridge into the Occoquan River, let them float upstream –– driven by wind ––toward the center of town, and the first 10 sponsored ducks to cross the finish line wins.

Anyone can sponsor a duck for $5, and usually those who do wait along the river shore in anticipation to see who wins.

A PWTSC volunteer said the group was not able to get all of the ducks sponsored this year, but added the fundraiser is one of the largest they do all year long.

2011 Duck Splash Winners
1. #631: Janet Gunn Nokesville, Va. $500
2. #1417: Diane Behm Woodbridge, Va. $100
3. #1418: Sara Reinhardt Manassas, Va. $100
4. #341: Lauryn Not Available $100
5. #468: Carol Stevens Woodbridge, Va. $100
6. #415: M. Bechtoldt Woodbridge, Va. $20
7. #1165: Whitney Bolton Woodbridge, Va. $20
8. #1461: Diane Cunha Occoquan, Va. $20
9. #1201: Jake Reifsnyder Woodbridge, Va. $20
10. #1404: Paul Touchet Lake Ridge $20

 

1. #631: Janet Gunn

It’s Official: Lateef vs. Corey Stewart

Babur Lateef, a Democrat, is looking to unseat Prince William County Board Chairman Corey Stewart.

Woodbridge, Va. –– Babur Lateef is the Democratic nominee to unseat Prince William Board Chairman Corey A. Stewart this fall. No other Democrat opted to challenge Lateef by the state’s candidate filing deadline last week.

Lateef is an eye surgeon based in Woodbridge and hails from Youngstown, Ohio.

Stewart, his Republican opponent, polarized Prince William County residents in 2007 with the passage of an immigration resolution that allowed police to check the immigration status of anyone suspected to be in the country illegally. It was later revised to allow officers to check the immigration status of anyone who is arrested for a crime.

Voters will go to the polls Nov. 8.

Fire Chief Calls DUI Arrests Alarming

Woodbridge, Va. — Arrests of members of Prince William County’s fire and rescue department has its chief fuming.

In a memo released Friday, Chief Kevin McGee condemned what he called an “alarming and unacceptable” number of DUI-related arrests of employees.

“I know you realize that society does not condone impaired driving, and if any profession should be setting the example it should be fire and rescue,” McGee stated in the memo.

No one from the department was immediately available for comment Friday afternoon, and it’s unclear if the release was prompted by a specific arrest.

The memo does, however, come after veteran Prince William County firefighter Kevin McParkland was found guilty of DUI after police arrested him in the Manassas area in December.

McParkland was sentenced to pay a $500 fine, served four days of a 60-day sentence and had his license suspended for six months, according to Virginia court documents.

McGee says new policies and procedures will be developed in order to address members who have been charged with DUI.

More to the story: Read Chief McGee’s full memo.

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