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Happy St. Patricks Day

March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day to you and your family. I wore a green hat and green tie to the board of supervisors meeting today.

A sobriety checkpoint held Friday night in the Sterling area saw four people arrested for driving under the influence.

The checkpoint, held at the intersection of Cascades Parkway and Church Road, saw 668 vehicles pass through. A total of 19 vehicles were further screened. Four motorists were charged with DUI.

The Sheriff’s Office designed the checkpoints to raise public awareness and to discourage impaired driving.

Members of the Sheriff’s Office Auxiliary Unit and volunteers from the Loudoun Chapter of MADD assisted with the checkpoint.


Night after night last week and this week, I have proposed millions of dollars in reductions to lower the tax rate. Dozens of proposals have died -- killed by the board of supervisors. A small number succeed.  Last night I was called "heartless" for proposing reduction after reduction in every department by Dulles Supervisor Stevens Miller.

I replied that it is not heartless to remember my place and that it is not my money to give away and that my proposals give tribute to the overtaxed, the jobless and the struggling families of Sterling and Loudoun who count on me to ask for reduced spending on unnecessary programs during hard times.


Two days after today St. Patricks Day, on Thursday, March 19 at 7 p.m. the office of Supervisor Delgaudio will conduct a teleconference Town Hall meeting. I will call you on the phone and I will ask you to answer the phone. If you have time and can punch a button, you will join the call. If you have a question to ask, punch another button. That's it.

Sterling Burglar, Rapist Convicted;

Loudoun Jury Sentences Man to Life, Plus 53 Years

Dear Sterling American,

Late Thursday evening, Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Plowman stood before a Loudoun County Jury and forcefully argued that they should send a message to convicted rapist and armed burglar, Arnold Mancia-Morales by sentencing him to at least one Life term for the August 29, 2008 home invasion attack where Mancia-Morales raped an elderly Sterling woman.

The jury apparently agreed, delivering on Plowman’s request sentencing Mancia-Morales to Life in prison for the Rape, 30 years for the armed burglary, 22 years for the abduction and 1 year for assault.

Mancia-Morales, originally from Honduras, is in the United States illegally and a federal immigration detainer has been placed on him should he ever be released from prison.

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I have posted more details and a report on the trial here under the title Sterling Rapist Convicted

This is a crime that shocked Sterling and our prayers to the victims and our thanks to Loudoun Commonwealth Attorney Jim Plowman for working so hard on this.

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