Anti-Gang Effort May Get $5 Million
Congress Moves to Bolster Safety in Suburbs
Washington's suburbs are set to receive nearly $5 million more in federal money to combat what lawmakers described as "an exploding gang problem" that needs aggressive, regional cooperation to solve.
Included in the legislation, which will be voted on this week by the Senate and is expected to pass, is $2.5 million to fund Northern Virginia's Regional Gang Task Force and $2.3 million for Maryland's Regional Gang Initiative. The Shenandoah Valley task force will receive $587,000.
Day Laborers Photographed, Followed
Herndon Group Hopes to Discourage Employers
Representatives of the Herndon chapter of the Minuteman Project, a national group that fights illegal immigration, began showing up at a Herndon 7-Eleven where day laborers gather to look for work.
Minuteman members arrived with video and still cameras and walkie-talkies to document the activities of the day laborers as well as their employers.
A leader of the local chapter of the Arizona-based organization said the group plans to turn over its data to the Internal Revenue Service so that the agency can check whether employers are complying with tax regulations and reporting the wages paid to day laborers.
Teacher Charged With Assaulting Girl
Improper Touching in Classroom Is Alleged
A Prince William County public high school teacher has been charged with sexually assaulting a student, police said.
Jeffrey D. Wilson, 30, a business and marketing teacher at Osbourn Park Senior High School near Manassas, was charged with taking indecent liberties with a child for allegedly touching a 15-year-old female student while they were alone in his classroom Oct. 27.
Wilson, of the 9800 block of Arrowood Drive in Manassas, has been placed on administrative leave and barred from school grounds pending the outcome of investigations by police and school officials. He was being held without bond at the Prince William jail. A court date has been set for Dec. 8. The felony is punishable by up to five years in prison.
Bill a Response to Tossed DWI Cases
Prosecutors' Inability to Appeal Is Targeted
The Virginia State Crime Commission, trying to avoid situations such as that involving the Fairfax County judge who believes the state's drunken driving laws are unconstitutional, proposed legislation that would allow prosecutors to move such cases out of general district court.
As Virginia law stands, when a general district court judge finds a law unconstitutional, prosecutors cannot appeal the ruling. Under the legislation, defendants who want to challenge the constitutionality of a statute in general district court must notify prosecutors in advance. The prosecutors then would have the option of transferring the case to circuit court, a "court of record" under the law, and would be able to appeal any rulings on the constitutionality of a law to the state Court of Appeals and beyond.
Coach Pleads Guilty in Child Porn Case
Hundreds of Images Found on Home Computer
A former Springfield girls' soccer coach pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of possession of child pornography, admitting that his computer contained images of girls on the team that had been altered to look like they were engaging in sex acts with an adult male, prosecutors said.
Investigators found hundreds of pornographic images of children on the home computer of Christopher H. Allen, 36, of Fairfax, court documents said. Allen, a graphic designer, coached a soccer team for 10-year-old girls at the Springfield Youth Club in Springfield. He stopped coaching when investigators searched his house last year.
Allen, who remains in custody, faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced Jan. 27 in U.S. District Court in Alexandria.