Help in Handling Juveniles

Prince William County has been selected by the Justice Department as one of 20 communities in the nation to receive intensive training and technical assistance in controlling juvenile offenders who repeatedly break the law.

When fully implemented in about a year, the county's program will serve as a model for similar programs throughout the country.

"This program will help us identify the serious habitual criminal element within our juvenile population and then prevent that element from committing further crimes," Police Chief George T. Owens said.

About 60 percent of juvenile crimes are committed by 2 to 3 percent of juvenile offenders, said Capt. Gerald Lesko, commander of the criminal investigations division, which will work closely with other county agencies in trying to reduce the juvenile crime rate.

2 Hired by Park Authority Two deputy directors were hired recently to assist Executive Director Peggy Delinocci of the Prince William County Park Authority in the day-to-day operation of county parks and recreational facilities.

Richard H. Artenian was named deputy director of operations and Charles F. McDade was named deputy director of administration and development.

The appointments will allow the executive director to concentrate on long-term planning and organizational development.

Artenian, who joined the park authority in 1974, has been recreation supervisor, park district superintendent, director of maintenance and parks superintendent.

He will be responsible for supervising the recreation and maintenance divisions of the park authority.

McDade, who retired from the Air Force after 21 years, was the director of morale, welfare and recreation for the Air Force.

He will supervise recreation and park facilities and direct the park's personnel department.

Planning Director Named John Schofield, 40, last week was named the county's new planning director, succeeding Roger Snyder, who has resigned to head a developers lobbying association in Northern Virginia. Schofield has been Snyder's deputy for two years.

Earlier, he was the county's chief of transportation planning and before that as a senior planner. New Commuter Parking Lot A 244-space county parking lot for car pool and private bus commuters on Hillendale Drive and Dale Boulevard in Dale City was dedicated Tuesday by members of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors. The lot is expected to alleviate overflow conditions at the nearby Minnieville lot, which fills up by 7 a.m. each weekday.

It marks the first time that funds from both the state and the county were used in constructing a parking lot. By agreement between the county and the Virginia Department of Transportation, county funds for the lot were matched by the state.

Last week, the county board approved a second commuter lot to be constructed on a 3.5-acre parcel near Lindendale Road and Dale Boulevard. It would be financed in the same manner.