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Woman charged with DUI with children in the vehicle

STAFFORD COUNTY — (Press Release)  A woman from out-of-state was arrested on Thursday in the parking lot of the Chick-fil-A on

Route 17 in Stafford County for driving under the influence with two children in the vehicle.

On September 20, 2018, at approximately 7:44 a.m., Deputy Gale responded to a reported overdose at 1094 International Parkway. The caller observed a woman hunched over the steering wheel of a silver minivan with Pennsylvania license plates.

Upon arrival, the deputy approached the vehicle and observed a woman frantically moving around in the driver’s seat. When the deputy made contact with her, she noticed the subject was very jittery, had pinpoint pupils and bloodshot eyes. There were two juveniles, a four-year-old and a fourteen-year-old, in the vehicle with her. The juveniles were later turned over to Child Protective Services until a family member could pick them up.

The suspect told deputies she took several pills earlier that morning. A search of the vehicle subsequent to arrest revealed drug paraphernalia and over 150 prescription pills. The driver was identified as Sara Elizabeth Collins, 35, of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. She told the deputy she was driving from North Carolina to her home in Pennsylvania.

Collins was taken into custody and incarcerated at Rappahannock Regional Jail on a secured bond. She is charged with possession of a controlled substance, felony child neglect, and driving under the influence with children in the vehicle.

Silver supports Ferry Farm Elementary School rebuild, pay for development rights overhaul

Gordon Silver is a Republican running for a seat on the Stafford County Board of Supervisors. 

If elected as the George Washington District Supervisor, Silver would be a newcomer to the county’s political stage. 

He’s seeking a seat that was vacated in January by former Supervisor turned Virginia State Delegate Bob Thomas. 

Tom Coen is the interim George Washington District Supervisor, appointed this past winter. 

Coen is challenging Silver for the seat. 

Voters will head to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.

Silver responded to our Project: Election questionnaire. His responses are below. 

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PL: What are the top three major issues facing the district you wish to represent?

Silver: 

1. Rebuilding Ferry Farm Elementary School
2. Preserving green space
3. Developing a more diversified economic base

PL: What concrete solutions do you propose to address these issues?

Silver:

1. In 2008 the architectural firm of Hayes & Large conducted a study that determined Ferry Farm Elementary School was no longer cost effective to operate. A rebuild of the school on the existing site is the most cost-effective solution with the least impact on students.
 
2. Currently, Stafford uses a program called Pay for Development Rights (PDR) to change the zoning on agricultural parcels and restrict development on those sites. While the program is effective, it is not efficient.
 
The application process is long (three or more years on average) and severely underfunded. I propose we follow the example of other counties and create a Public-Private-Partnership, PPP, to seek multiple approaches
to the problem.
 
There are over 1,200 PPPs currently operating in the U.S. and collectively they have preserved 50 million acres of land. This amazing feat has been accomplished without infringing on property rights whatsoever.
 
3. We need to aggressively seek a diversity of businesses that cut across different areas of the economy. We have done this successfully over the years but have not done so in recent years

PL: From your perspective, what is the job description of the office you’re seeking?

Silver: Members of the Board of Supervisors certainly wear many hats, but their largest responsibility is clearly financial. Ensuring sufficient revenue and equitable distribution for services and schools are by far the biggest parts of their job.

PL: What expertise will you bring to the office?

Silver: I have 18 years of experience as a business analyst and financial manager. I intend to use the same analytical tools for County decisions as I have used for companies such as J.P. Morgan Chase and Cox Automotive.

PL: Have you ever made any mistakes in your public life? How have they affected you?

Silver: I have had differing opinions with members of boards or groups over the years. What I have learned is that a true leader is able to disagree but knows how to do it in a way that is not disagreeable. I didn’t always get that right when I was first accepting these roles. Leadership means being able to create an environment of trust where others feel comfortable to express their opinions.

PL: Our readers want leaders in local government. Why should they vote for you? 

Silver: The short answer is two decades of financial experience and four decades of community involvement. But just as important, I am deeply passionate about this community. As a lifetime resident, I have a thorough understanding of the issues faced by the George Washington District. I grew up here and watched this county change from a small rural county to a suburb in Northern Virginia.

My family has lived on the same farm since 1870 and the work I do developing Stafford schools roads, and infrastructure will directly affect the quality of life for my children and grandchildren who continue to live here.

More Stafford street closures. This time: Poplar Road.

STAFFORD — (Press Release) The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will begin a drainage pipe replacement project next month on Route 616 (Poplar Road) in Stafford County.

Beginning Monday, Oct. 1, Poplar Road will close between Stony Hill Road and Mack Lane to allow crews to remove a deteriorated metal pipe from underneath the roadway and install a new plastic pipe.

Weather permitting, work will be complete and the road will reopen by Oct. 5.

Access to driveways will be maintained for residents who live in this section of Poplar Road while construction is underway.

Signs will be posted to guide drivers along the recommended detour route, which is approximately 11 miles:

·      Route 662 (Stony Hill Road)

·      Route 612 (Hartwood Road)  

Message boards will be posted next week to alert drivers to the road closure and detour.

According to a recent traffic count, Poplar Road carries an average of 3,500 vehicles a day.

Stafford crews rescue 4 from Rappahannock River

STAFFORD — Fire and rescue crews in Stafford County spent their afternoon rescuing four people.

The victims were pulled to safety after their canoes flipped. 

Stafford County Fire and Rescue tweeted: 

Growing healthcare industry, entrepreneurship focus of new Stafford economic development director

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Rescheduled Parkway Boulevard work starts Monday

STAFFORD — (Press Release) Parkway Boulevard in Stafford County will be closed to all traffic at Wellington Court over four days, from Monday, Sept. 24 through Thursday, Sept. 27, to allow crews to complete an emergency drainage pipe replacement.

Signs will be posted along the recommended detour route, which will be Eustace Road and Northampton Boulevard.

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and contractor crews will be replacing a deteriorated corrugated metal pipe underneath the road. The pipe is approximately 60 inches wide and 120 feet long. Crews will install a replacement plastic pipe.

“We regret the additional travel time and inconvenience area residents and travelers in North Stafford will face as a result of this road closure,” said Kyle Bates, VDOT Assistant Fredericksburg Residency Administrator. “But a complete road closure will allow us to replace the pipe in only four days, and it will avoid congestion on Route 610 that was likely to develop from lane closures near Wellington Court.”

VDOT and contractor crews recently finished another pipe replacement along Parkway Boulevard at Kimberly Drive.

This emergency pipe replaced had been scheduled to occur on Sept. 12-15, but was postponed due to potential impacts from Hurricane Florence.

UMW poll shows Kaine ahead of Stewart, but race ‘likely to tighten up as the contest draws nearer’

The survey, conducted September 4-9 for UMW by the national research firm SSRS, found that Kaine had a 51 percent to 33 percent margin among registered voters and a 52 percent to 36 percent margin among likely voters. Libertarian candidate Matt Waters received 5 percent support in both subsets of Virginians.

Among all respondents, Kaine held a 49 percent to 30 percent advantage. The remaining respondents were uncertain or declined to express a preference.

“The latest Mary Washington survey demonstrates that Tim Kaine remains popular in Virginia,” said Stephen J. Farnsworth, professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington and director of its Center for Leadership and Media Studies. “But any statewide election in ‘purple’ Virginia is likely to tighten up as the contest draws nearer.”

About one-third of those surveyed said that President Trump would be a major factor in their Senate vote, and Kaine had the support of those voters by a 60 percent to 35 percent margin. Stewart has the support of 92 percent who said they voted for Trump two years ago, while 93 percent of the Hillary Clinton supporters back Kaine, who was Clinton’s vice presidential running mate in 2016.

The Clinton-Kaine ticket carried Virginia by more than five percentage points that year.

Among Democrats, 90 percent support Kaine. Stewart has the support of 73 percent of Republicans, and Kaine picks up 15 percent.

“By September, successful candidates usually have their partisans locked down,” Farnsworth said. “That so many Republicans favor Kaine at this point in the election is terrible news for Corey Stewart.”

There is evidence of a substantial gender gap in voter preferences. Women favored Kaine by a 52 percent to 27 percent margin. Among men, Stewart was ahead, 55 percent to 47 percent.

Among Stewart supporters, 39 percent said that immigration was the most important problem facing the country, followed by 18 percent identifying the economy and jobs. Among Kaine’s supporters, 29 percent said health care was the most important issue, as compared to 17 percent saying the economy and jobs.

Kaine has a huge advantage in Northern Virginia, where he enjoys a 63 percent to 20 percent margin, and in Tidewater, where he enjoys a 50 percent to 28 percent margin. Respondents in the western regions of the state backed Stewart by a 44 percent to 33 percent margin, his best regional performance.

Among levels of education, Stewart did best with those who did not graduate from high school, where he had a 42 percent to 29 percent advantage over Kaine. Kaine did best with those who had at least a college degree, where he had a 61 percent to 24 percent advantage.

White respondents were divided, with 42 percent expressing support for Kaine and 41 percent expressing support for Stewart. African Americans favored Kaine by 71 percent to 4 percent for Stewart, as compared to a 51 percent to 11 percent margin favoring Kaine among Latinos.

Survey Information:

The University of Mary Washington’s Virginia Survey Fall 2018 obtained telephone interviews with a representative sample of 801 adults, ages 18 or older, living in Virginia. Telephone interviews were conducted by landline (281) and cell phone (520). The survey was conducted by SSRS. Interviews were done in English from September 4 to 9, 2018. Statistical results are weighted to correct known demographic discrepancies. The margin of sampling error for the complete set of weighted data is ± 4.6 percentage points. For resulted based on registered voters [N=704] the margin of sampling error is ±5.0 percentage points. For resulted based on likely voters [N=512] the margin of sampling error is ±5.8 percentage points.