Wednesday, June 25, 2008


Fossella DWI Trial Postponed Until August

The trial of Rep. Vito J. Fossella (R-N.Y.) on a charge of driving while intoxicated was postponed yesterday until Aug. 28 in Alexandria General District Court.

The new date, set yesterday by Chief District Judge Becky J. Moore, came after attorneys for Fossella requested a delay. The Alexandria Commonwealth attorney's office agreed to the request.

Fossella's drunken-driving arrest May 1 revealed an extramarital affair that he had with a retired Air Force officer and a 3-year-old daughter from that relationship. Fossella, 43, is married and has three children in Staten Island, N.Y.

Fossella has said he will not seek reelection in November. The House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct formed a subcommittee to investigate Fossella after legal proceedings conclude. Fossella faces a mandatory minimum of five days in jail if found guilty of the DWI charge.

-- Daniela Deane


New Superintendent Is Named

Ed W. Clark, a 21-year veteran of the National Park Service and the former deputy chief ranger at Shenandoah National Park, has been named superintendent of Manassas National Battlefield Park, the Park Service announced yesterday.

The Manassas park, site of two momentous Civil War battles in 1861 and 1862, is on 5,100 acres and has 28 employees and an annual budget of $2.7 million, the Park Service said. Clark, a native of Roanoke, is also a commissioned law enforcement ranger who once supervised search-and-rescue teams.

"I am excited to join the staff at Manassas and work with the incredible resources of the park," Clark said. "I look forward to working closely with park partners and the local community as we prepare for the upcoming sesquicentennial of the Civil War in 2011."

-- Michael E. Ruane

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