Stafford County, Va. –– Virginia Railway Express wants to expand two parking lots at stations in Stafford County.
The commuter railroad on Friday will seek approval from its operations board to expand parking lots at the Brooke and Leeland Road stations, as crowding conditions over the years have put parking spaces as a premium.
A total of 232 parking spaces would be added to at the Brooke station, where commuters have long been forced to park their cars along embankments and outside of designated parking spaces prior to boarding trains.
Last year, the railroad began design on an expanded parking lot there and is ready award a contract for the work, according to documents from the railroad.
At Leeland Road, it’s much the same story, although only 192 additional spaces will be added to that lot.
Construction will be funded by federal money and Stafford County will not be required to match any funding, according to VRE documents.
Dumfries, Va. –– Jim Riley says he has no interest in the Virginia House of Delegates.
The Southbridge Home Owners Association president and resident of the sprawling neighborhood outside Dumfries was considering running for a newly shifted house district that would have encompassed portions of North Stafford, Quantico and Woodbridge.
Last week, however, Gov. Robert F. McDonnell vetoed the plan to shift the 2nd House District to the Potomac Communities from Southwest Virginia, along with all other redistricting plans approved by the House and Senate saying the Senate’s plan would not pass a required federal review process.
Now legislators will have to come to a new agreement and come up with a new redistricting plan.
Now, without a solid district and his day job as an attorney, Riley says he’ll pass on the House.
“We just couldn’t figure out a way to make it work where I could keep my job and adhere to the General Assembly’s schedule. Given the House of Delegates pay level is what it is, I can’t give up my job for that and an uncertain job market,” stated Riley in an email to PotomacLocal.com.
Riley said he would consider a run to represent Prince William’s newly renamed Potomac District, but he would only do so if current supervisor Maureen Caddigan stepped down.
Riley isn’t the only one who has his eyes on what would be the 2nd District.
Stafford Board of Supervisors Chairman Mark Dudenhefer says is waiting anxiously for the outcome of the redistricting process in the state legislature, noting he has strong support from Republicans and is well known in North Stafford which could give him a win in November.
There is always the option, political strategists say, if no redistricting plan is put in place before summer voters this fall would be forced to vote in their current districts and next a new redistricting plan could be put forth.
Every 10 years, by law, officials must undergo the redistricting process to address changes in population.
Dumfries, Va. –– What changed now that the Dumfries Magisterial District has morphed into the Potomac District?
District Supervisor Maureen Caddigan said those who live in her district would now know they don’t actually live in the Town of Dumfries.
The town and the magisterial district, now Potomac, had been and will remain two separate areas.
“When the renaming was brought forth by residents, I had no idea of the overwhelming positive input that I would receive for the name Potomac. Our district has grown significantly over the past 10 years. We now [prior to the name change] have 12 precincts, seven zip codes, and a great deal of confusion,” said Caddigan.
The newly created Potomac District was born Monday night when the Prince William County Board of Supervisors adopted its redistricting plan.
Required every 10 years, by law, the county must account for population change and shift magisterial its district boundaries to account for that change.
Encompassing the southeastern-most portion of Prince William, the Potomac District now includes the land for the planned Harbor Station development on the Cherry Hill peninsula –– which had been in the Woodbridge District –– as well as the large residential neighborhoods it had before: Ashland, Brittany, Montclair, Southbridge and Triangle.
Officials behind the renaming of the district say “Potomac” will give the area a better sense of connection to the river nearby. It will also help to reinforce plans for development along the U.S. 1 corridor in Prince William, the effort known as Prince William’s Potomac Communities initiative.
Dumfries Mayor Fred Yohey spoke out against renaming the district, saying Dumfries –– Virginia’s oldest chartered town –– brings a bit of historical significance to the area, and that county leaders should recognize that.
“This would be better done in a referendum, in which the people who were affected were asked as to whether or not they want to live in a Dumfries Magisterial District that is rich in history and tradition or in the Potomac District,” said Yohe.
The Dumfries Town Council –– the governing board for the Town of Dumfries and separate from the Prince William’s Board –– issued a declaration denouncing the name change.
The change now must go before the U.S. Department of Justice for final approval.
The 34-year-old victim was at the Marumsco Plaza Shopping Plaza on U.S. 1 in Woodbridge at 9 pm. Saturday when he was approached by his two attackers.
Police said he knew the two men, and that one of them displayed a sharp object to cut the victim in the neck and arm.
The two men fled prior to the arrival of police. They were apprehended the following day.
The man suffered injuries that did not appear to be life threatening.
Antonio Cevedo Mendez, 19, and Jose Javier Perez Alcarenga, 31, are both charged with malicious wounding, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.
Both are scheduled to appear in court May 18.
As part of a redistricting plan from Prince William County, the four-lane road would split the River Oaks neighborhood in Woodbridge, putting a portion of the neighborhood now in the Woodbridge District into in the Dumfries District.
The nearby Harbor Station development would also be placed in the Dumfries District as part of the plan.
If approved, River Oaks would have two separate county supervisors representing it, and Woodbridge Supervisor Frank Principi doesn’t like the idea.
The River Oaks neighborhood is a “community of interest because it is 77 percent minority, explained Principi in a letter to PotomacLocal.com.
“One of the criteria we established as a Board earlier this year was to preserve communities of interest to the maximum extent possible when drawing lines for redistricting. I have heard from many residents of River Oaks who are opposed to dividing their neighborhood, which has developed a strong sense of community over the years,” stated Principi.
The Prince William County Board of Supervisors will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the county’s government center on Prince William Parkway to ratify the proposed redistricting plan. If it’s approved by the county, it will then be sent to the U.S. Department of Justice for final approval.
It won’t be a public hearing tonight, but residents will have one more chance to weigh in on the proposed redistricting changes that, by law, have to be made every 10 years following the census to address population changes.
In Southbridge –– the residential neighborhood next to River Oaks –– home owners association President Jim Riley supports moving Harbor Station into the Dumfries District but doesn’t want to see River Oaks split between two magisterial districts.
“I know that I wouldn’t want my community split between two precincts let alone two magisterial districts. That is why I put forward a proposal to the Board of County Supervisors suggesting they use the Dominion Power easement to the east of the River Oaks HOA as the boundary line. That would keep the River Oaks community unified while enabling Harbor Station to be moved,” said Riley.
Dumfries District Supervisor Maureen Caddigan, who would inherit Harbor Station and the portion of River Oaks into her district, could not be reached for comment for this story.
Also under consideration tonight: renaming the Dumfries District to the Potomac District, officials say to end confusion between the boundary lines of the Town of Dumfries and Prince William’s much larger Dumfries magisterial district.
Dumfries town leaders have all passed a resolution opposing the name change, while Riley’s home owner’s association supports the change.
Weaving together the tongue-twisting tales of Dr. Seuss is no small feat, especially not when you throw singing into the mix. But Woodbridge Senior High School’s Theater Department tackled the challenge this weekend with their presentation of “Seussical: The Musical”.
Set in the various backdrops of Seuss’ beloved tales, “Seussical” takes the audience on a journey of combined stories, woven into a more cohesive tale, and teach them that individuality and creative thinking are to be valued, even when others don’t recognize it.
Under the direction of Terri Caretti, Woodbridge students sang and danced their way through the evening that included characters from “Horton Hears a Who”, “The One Feathered Tail of Mrs. Gertrude McFuzz”, “Oh the Thinks You Can Think”, and “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”.
Brittany Carpenter, a senior and president of Woodbridge’s thespian troupe, played the Cat in the Hat, her 12th and final role. “This has been best my role ever. The character analysis was more challenging than I expected, but it’s been very rewarding.”
Playing alongside Carpenter was freshman Jordan Frederick in the role of JoJo. Frederick made her musical debut in Seussical, and said she looks forward to more theater work while at Woodbridge.
Also joining the performance were several skilled voices including Brandon Boling as Horton, Kelli Hutchinson as the flamboyant Mayzie, and Rachel Feola as the Sour Kangaroo.
Casey Young, who played Gertrude McFuzz summed up the “Seussical” experience by saying “It’s amazing to have little kids running up to you, and even more so their parents, coming to tell you how awesome this experience is for them. It’s just very rewarding.”
Woodbridge, Va. — The first four pitches at last week’s baseball game at C.D. Hylton High School vs. Gar Field Senior High School didn’t quite cross home plate, but the crowd cheered enthusiastically for each one.
Antietam Elementary School first graders from Lake Ridge joined Hylton’s regular starting lineup on the field as the conclusion of the “Bulldog Readers” program, which is now in its second year.
Bulldog Readers was developed by Craig and Beth Flesher, both Prince William County Public Schools employees, to foster an appreciation for the county’s healthy lifestyle initiatives, reading, and community service.
“When Craig was looking for a way to get his team involved in some kind of service, it just worked out that the county healthy living initiatives had come out and we realized we could do something where everyone would benefit” said Beth Flesher at Thursday night’s home game.
Recently, the Hylton baseball team trekked to Antietam Elementary and joined roughly 100 first graders for a day of reading, plays, and outdoor activity. Each child who participated also received a free ticket to Thursday’s game and an invitation to be introduced at a special ceremony before the game.
Children had their names called and ran through a tunnel of players to the second base line where they remained for the National Anthem. Four students were selected to throw out opening pitches, and two were taken to the media box to call “play ball” and begin the game.
“I am not throwing that ball, but I get to talk in the microphone!” said Heather, 7, who acted as one of the announcers with her friend Emma.
After being introduced, the Antietam students headed back to the stands to enjoy the game. “Hey!! I know that one!” was a common call from the stands throughout the evening, demonstrating the impression left on the elementary students by their teenage counterparts taking the time to interact with them. “I hope they win, they’re my friends now” concluded Riley, 7. “They played with us, so we’re friends.”
Update 10 a.m.
It appears drivers tonight will get a brief reprieve from planned delays on U.S. 1 near Ft. Belvoir.
Steel girders were supposed to lifted into place beginning tonight near the military base to lay the groundwork for the future expansion of the four-lane highway.
That construction was supposed to begin tonight, but has been postponed until tomorrow night, officials at Ft. Belvoir say.
When crews do put the steel girders in place, traffic is expected to be stopped in both directions for 20 minute intervals during the process.
We’ll post more here when we have it.
Lorton, Va.— Expect nighttime delays this week on U.S. 1 and Interstate 95 in the Potomac Communities.
Construction crews will begin lifting a series of steel girders into place for a bridge that will accommodate the future expansion of U.S. 1, adding room for mass transit options and the expansion of the Army garrison.
The work will begin at 7 p.m. and last until 6 a.m. tonight through Saturday, according to a press release from Mt. Vernon Supervisor Gerry Hyland’s office.
Each night, contractors will lift three girders into place using a 110-foot steel crane. The process will force the closure of the highway for 20-minute intervals.
One the girder is securely in place and bolted down, the road will reopen to traffic, officials said.
Messaging signs have been put in place by the Virginia Department of Transportation to warn drives about the change.
For drivers headed north, Interstate 95 may not be the best alternative route.
On Sunday night, crews began closing multiple lanes on I-95 north, between Gordon Boulevard (Va. 123) in Woodbridge and milepost 161 in Lorton, to begin erecting new overhead signs.
The lanes will be closed intermittently for up to 30 minutes at a time.
Wilmington, Del. –– The Potomac Nationals lost both games in a Sunday doubleheader in Wilmington to conclude a series sweep at the hands of the Northern Division-leading Blue Rocks. Masterful pitching in game one helped the Rocks cruise to a 6-0 shutout, and Wilmington overcame a four-run deficit in game two to take the finale 6-5.
With the victory, the Blue Rocks moved to 7-2 while the Nationals dropped to 2-6.
This week, the Potomac Nationals take on the Frederick Keys, but the three-game series will be played at Harry Grove Stadium in Frederick, Md. due to drainage issues at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge.
All three games will be played at 1 p.m., and all tickets to Pfitzner Stadium will be honored at Harry Grove Stadium.
General admission tickets will be available for $5 and all kids under 12 will be admitted for free.
Will Flemming is the Director of Broadcasting for the Potomac Nationals.
Woodbridge, Va. –– It’s time once again for the annual 10K Kyle Wilson Walk for Fitness.
The event will be held again this year at 9 a.m. Saturday C.D. Hylton High School in Woodbridge, and if turnout is anything like it was last year, this year’s event could attract hundreds of participants.
There is no registration fee to participate in the event, anyone may participate but they must register.
Donations will be accepted this year and will go to the Kyle Wilson Memorial Scholarship Fund to benefit students at the George Mason University Athletic Training Program.
In addition to t-shirts being available, there will be a drawing to win prizes donated from various area businesses, according to an event organizer.
Wilson was the only Prince William County Fire fighter to die in the line of duty.
The 24-year-old was killed while fighting a fire in a home on Marsh Overlook Drive in the Rippon section of Woodbridge on April 17, 2007.
A graduate of Hylton High School, Wilson went on to graduate from George Mason University.
This is the fourth year the event has been held.
Hylton High School is located at 14051 Spriggs Road in Woodbridge.
Police said the 46-year-old man from Alexandria met his attacker at East Coast Billiards on U.S. 1 in Woodbridge on December 3.
Afterward, the two men went back to the home of the alleged attacker –– who police say is an illegal immigrant –– in the 14100 block of Franklin Street in Woodbridge where the victim was stabbed multiple times in the chest, said Prince William police spokeswoman Michelle Nemerow.
The victim was then forced back into his own vehicle and was driven to the area of Springfield Drive in Mason Neck, near the entrance to Gunston Hall plantation, was robbed of his cell phone and personal belongings, and then left him for dead, police say.
The attacker drove back to Woodbridge and the victim ended up in a nearby pond.
He was able to crawl out of the pond and seek help from someone who called 911, said Nemerow.
The man was taken to a local hospital, but because of his injuries was not able to tell police what happened. Only now, after he has recovered from some of his injuries, was he able to provide police with a clearer description of what happened that night.
The day after the victim was attacked, police say the suspect pawned the victim’s cell phone and then drove his car to Arlington and ditched it.
Gelber Boror, 19, of Woodbridge, is charged with aggravated malicious wounding, armed robbery, with providing false ID to law enforcement and with grand larceny auto.
He is expected to appear in court May 31.
On Monday, county leaders will have the option to change the name of the Dumfries District to the Potomac District, a name that’s fitting because the district sits along the Potomac River.
You see, Dumfries is a small town with its own mayor and town council ¬¬–– each are elected by the residents of the town.
Prince William’s Dumfries District is headed by Supervisor Maureen Caddigan, who serves the residents who live in neighborhoods outside the town’s boarders, like Brittany, Montclair and Southbridge.
The name change option comes as officials are wrangling with the mandated redistricting process, where every 10 years political boundaries are redrawn to accommodate –– in Prince William’s case –– population growth.
After some residents last week appeared at a public hearing to voice concerns about the newly drawn maps, Prince William Supervisor Marty Nohe drew a new one and on it proposed the Potomac District name.
“The Board was getting a lot of feedback from citizens who thought it was confusing that we had a Town of Dumfries and a district called Dumfries, with many people having problems telling people they lived in the Dumfries district but not in the town,” said Nohe.
While he doesn’t know if the Board will approve name change, he drew the new map with the blessing of Caddigan who in the past has fielded questions from many confused residents, said Nohe.
Caddigan could not be reached for comment Thursday morning.
But there are some who don’t want to see the name of the district changed, like Dumfries Vice-Mayor Nancy West. She’s first opposed to the name change because Dumfries, as Virginia’s oldest charted town, says the name is backed with historical significance.
She also just plain doesn’t like the idea.
“Another reason for my opposition to the name change is that we have too many things with the name “Potomac” –– a high school, a hospital, a shopping mall –– we don’t need another Potomac anything,” said West.
Other notable changes on Nohe’s map: The Town of Occoquan is once again included in Prince William’s Occoquan District (other maps under review have placed the town in the Woodbridge District), the Neabsco Creek again becomes the diving line between the Neabsco and Coles districts, and that it only has seven magisterial districts as opposed to eight as shown on some other maps that have been presented during the redistricting process.
Creating an additional district would cost taxpayers $1 million, officials say.
The final redistricting plan for Prince William will be voted on Monday.
The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission announced a new afternoon shuttle bus service between the popular Horner Road commuter lot at Interstate 95 and the lot at the First Baptist Church of Woodbridge at Prince William Parkway and Minnieville Road.
Beginning May 2, commuters who take a later bus or carpool home from work will be able to catch one of three shuttles from the Horner Road lot back to the church lot.
The first of the shuttle’s three weekday runs begins at 7:05 p.m., then runs again at 7:26 p.m. and again at 8:30 p.m., according to a PRTC schedule.
The shuttle bus comes after commuters complained they don’t park at the church lot because of the lack of late bus service, jeopardizing a guaranteed ride home.
The shuttle will be free for those transferring from one OmniRide bus to the shuttle, while all other will pay $1.20.
Earlier this year, Prince William County officials entered a $289,000 per year lease with the church for 370 of its parking spaces. Each weekday, the overwhelming majority of those parking spaces go unused.
The county decided to lease the parking spaces after Potomac Mills mall reduced the number of commuter parking spaces it agreed to let commuters use by 75 percent.
The Waffle and Grill opened about two months ago in the Smoketown Shopping Plaza next to Lowes, and since then has been serving up hot breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
“Everybody likes our waffles because it’s the same recipe that we used at our old place,” said Abraham Hamad, manager of the restaurant.
That other place is a waffle shop he once owned in Alexandria. He moved his business to Woodbridge because of the continued growth in the area, he said.
Breakfast here is served all day long starting at 7 a.m., and for lunch and dinner there’s burgers, wings and subs for those in the mood for something heartier.
Stafford sheriff’s deputies were called at 1:05 p.m. Monday to the Best Buy store at Stafford Marketplace on Garrisonville Road (Va. 610) after employees said a woman walked into the store and tired to purchase a camera.
While at the register, the woman swiped a credit card but it was declined, so she used another credit card and this time it worked –– but when asked for ID she couldn’t provide it and then left the store without the camera, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.
A short time later, another woman walked into the store and tried to purchase laptop using a credit card but it was again declined. But the woman pulled out a second credit card that worked, and she was able to provide an ID for the card.
However, the first name on the card was the same as the card used when the first woman tried to purchase the camera, which raised eyebrows of the loss prevention employees at the electronics store.
The woman was able to leave the store with the merchandise, said Kennedy.
Sheriff’s deputies were called, and a loss prevention clerk followed the two women outside of the store and watched them get into what looked like a gold 4-door sedan, said Kennedy.
Shortly thereafter, the Best Buy store in Woodbridge reported a possible credit card fraud at that location on Prince William Parkway. According to Kennedy, the two women fit the same description of the two women that visited the Best Buy in North Stafford.
Kennedy and a Prince William police spokeswoman said they did not have information Wednesday afternoon that would determine if the two women were able to purchase anything from the Woodbridge location.
Stafford authorities are also investigating another report filed Monday from a clerk who works at a Ross clothing store in Stafford Marketplace. That clerk told authorities that two women fitting the same description of the women at the Best Buy stores stole her wallet.
The first female is described as a middle-age black woman, with black hair, wearing a black hat, wearing a two-piece gray jumpsuit and glasses with thick temples on them, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall, 150 pounds.
The second female is also described as a middle age black woman, with a black shoulder-length hair, wearing a dark sleeved shirt, white Capri pants, wearing glasses and sandals, 5 feet tall, 160 pounds.
Anyone with information in this case is encouraged to call Stafford County Crime Solvers.
Get ready for some major closures of Interstate 95 and U.S. 1 in the Potomac Communities.
The Virginia Department of Transportation announced between Friday April 15 and Thursday April 21 work on widening Interstate 95 will have an impact on drivers.
At midnight Friday, the High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes between Dumfries and Washington will close, and then reopen at 3 a.m. Monday April 18.
A portion of the lanes, between Edsall Road in Alexandria and Washington, will reopen at 5 p.m. Saturday afternoon, said VDOT.
On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights, the HOV lanes between Dumfries and Newington will close from 10 p.m. and then reopen at 5 a.m.
Drivers will be able to get onto the lanes at Springfield and use them to travel into Washington.
Additionally, work on the exit ramps in Woodbridge –– at mile posts 160 and 161 –– will force the closure of those ramps for up to 30 minutes at a time Sunday through Wednesday nights.
Crews will temporarily close a portion of U.S. 1 near Ft. Belvoir in 20-minute increments between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. between Monday April 18 and Saturday April 23.
Short delays are expected as crews raise a steel girder into the air for a new bridge that will accommodate the expansion of the nearby military base, said Ft. Belvoir spokeswoman Jacqueline Leeker.
No one was injured and all three were wearing life jackets, say Fairfax County Fire and Rescue spokesman Dan Schmidt.
The 19-foot boat capsized about noon, in the water three miles south of the Purple Heart Bridge that carries traffic on Interstate 95 across the Occoquan River.
Someone inside the boat was able to use a cell phone to call for help, sending rescue crews from the Mason Neck and Woodbridge areas, as well as Charles County, Md. to the scene.
Once out of the water, the boaters and their boat were all taken to the Fairfax Yacht Club on Old Colchester Road in Lorton
Woodbridge, Va. –– Tonight’s Potomac Nationals baseball game at home in Woodbridge has been rained out. It’s the second time this opening season week a game has been postponed due to rain.
The P Nats were scheduled to take on the Winston-Salem Dash tonight, but that game has been postponed until 6:05 p.m. Wednesday. The next game will be a doubleheader.
While hometown baseball team won’t play tonight, they came up short last night in a 7-5 loss against the Dash.
Paul Demny will make his first start of 2011 in the opening game of the twinbill against Joe Seraphin. Today marks the Nationals’ second rainout in the season’s first four days. Following the doubleheader, the Nats have an off day before they travel to Wilmington for a three-game weekend set.
Rick Hague slugged a two-run home run and Destin Hood went 2-3 with two doubles, but Potomac in front of the crowd of just over 1,000 at the Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge on Monday night.
The P-Nats drop to 1-2 and the Dash move to 3-1.
Cameron Bayne was dominating for the Dash. The starter went seven innings pitched, allowing only one hit and no runs. Potomac didn’t pick up its first hit until Destin Hood roped a double down the left field line in the bottom of the seventh inning. Bayne walked Hood back in the second inning, so the perfect game was never really in play.
The P-Nats’ bats woke up as soon as, Bayne, a Hawaii native left the game. The first three batters all reached base in the bottom of the eighth, and Potomac pushed across its first run on a Cutter Dykstra single to score Stephen King.
Eury Perez followed with a RBI fielder’s choice to make it a 5-2 game. That’s when Hague launched his two-run, opposite field shot, cutting the lead to one heading into 9th.
But the Dash answered with two runs in the top of the ninth. Winston-Salem loaded the bases with two walks and a single, and then scored both runs on groundball by Ian Gac that slipped through the legs of shortstop Rick Hague and into left field, giving the Dash a 7-4 lead.
The two insurance runs ended up being critical, because Cutter Dykstra hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth that would have tied the game at five, but instead made it 7-5.
Nationals’ starter Marcos Frias was the tough-luck loser. The righty allowed one run and four hits in six innings pitched. He also struck out two and walked one.
As for Tuesday’s rained-out game, fans with tickets can redeem them for another 2011 game by calling the Potomac National’s ticket office at 703-590-2311.
Will Flemming is the Director of Broadcasting for the Potomac Nationals.
Woodbridge, Va. –– Supervisor Frank Princpi will once again take to the phones to get a feel for what’s on his constituents’ minds.
The elected official will hold his second telephone town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday April 14.
Principi says 10,000 residents will receive an automatic call from his office that night, and those who wish to remain on the line to ask a question of the supervisor may do so.
Those who remain on the line will be added to a queue and will listen other ask questions as they wait for their time to speak.
Those who would like to participate in the conference may call ahead of time for more information, at 703-792-4646 or by going to the supervisor’s website.
Pricipi’s last tele-town hall took place in January, and many of the issues discussed were he loss of commuter parking at Potomac Mills mall and about day laborers who stand at the corner of Prince William Parkway and U.S. 1.
Some who questioned the supervisor wanted him to move the day laborer site, saying it was unappealing to have so many people standing at a high-traffic intersection.
Principi said he, along with the county, had few options to remove the day laborers from the post because they stand next to a convenience store that sits on private property.
During the last tele-town hall, fewer than 10 questions were answered during the conference. Principi invited those who did not have their questions answered to post them to his website to be answered at a later time.
Woodbridge, Va. –– Governor Robert F. McDonnell came to Woodbridge on Saturday to help launch the campaign of a fellow Republican.
Richard Anderson (R-51) is vying to return to Virginia’s House of Delegates this fall and invited McDonnell to Appliance Connection on Prince William Parkway to speak on his behalf.
“The Republican Party is alive and well in Prince William County. I think back to the election in 2005, when I was running for attorney general, and I just squeaked by with 364 votes and Prince William helped us win. We had a similar situation in the last campaign in 2009,” said McDonnell.
It was a morning filled with talk of reducing the size of government and spending, growing the economy, lowering taxes and having faith in god –– principals Anderson said he also believes in.
“When I was going to leave the Air Force after 31 years, I was thinking about going into the aerospace defense and work in the private sector. But I turned down all offers and traded military service for public service,” said Anderson. “I took a look at my revenues and my budget, I cut them in half just like any good government should do.”
Anderson retired after 30 years in the Air Force and won his House seat in 2009.
This year in the state legislature, he saw several of his bills signed into law including a bill that closed a loophole in a older law requiring all drivers in the state to stop for school buses and a bill that requires contractors doing business with the state to submit to a federal immigration background check.
Anderson lives with his wife, Ruth, in Woodbridge and currently has no one running against him for the seat.
Appliance Connection is owned and operated by Marty Nohe, a Republican on the Prince William County Board of Supervisors.
Woodbridge, Va. –– A student at Potomac High School was a victim of a sexual assault in 2008, police say.
Her attacker: a 27-year-old substitute teacher that worked at the school, investigators add.
Police arrested the man on April 7 for the alleged assault, after school officials became aware of the assault.
The victim is now 17-years-old.
Eric Lewis, of Quantico, is charged with two counts of crimes against nature and with two counts of carnal knowledge, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.
His court date was not released and he was held without bond.