Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Alexandria resident endorses Dana Lawhorne for re-election as sheriff and Bryan Porter for Commonwealth's Attorney.
To the editor, I would like to make all Alexandrians aware of two dedicated, home-grown candidates running for constitutional offices in Alexandria—Dana Lawhorne for Sheriff and Bryan Porter for Commonwealth’s Attorney. They represent the very best of bright, dedicated, and effective Democratic candidates, and I am pleased to support both of them. Dana Lawhorne is the incumbent Sheriff, having been elected in 2005. Dana was born and raised in Alexandria and attended our public schools. Since his graduation from T.C. Williams High School, Dana has served in public safety positions, 27 years as an Alexandria Police Officer before serving as our Sheriff for the past seven years. In my opinion, Dana’s crown-jewel achievement is his leadership …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Former Alexandria police chief David Baker shares his thoughts of Officer Peter Laboy, who was shot in the head Wednesday in Old Town.
David Baker, a former Alexandria police chief, says Officer Peter Laboy is a devoted family man who is well liked by his fellow police officers and has proved to be a steady presence on Alexandria’s streets throughout his career with the department. • See: Update on Condition of Officer Shot in Alexandria “He’s a good man, a good and decent man,” Baker said. “He’s an outstanding and distinguished public servant. … He’s very popular with his colleagues, a fun guy to be around and a real caring individual.” Laboy, 45, remains in critical condition at Medstar Washington Hospital after being shot in the head Wednesday morning during a routine traffic stop in Old Town. Baker, who was second-in-command with the Alexandria Police Department when…
Friday, February 22, 2013
Former San Francisco 49ers player, track star spoke Thursday to men and women at Alexandria’s detention center.
Fame and fortune aside, Renaldo Nehemiah has faced challenges in life. Nehemiah was born partially deaf in his right ear. At age 14, he lost his mother to breast cancer. When he was 34, he learned he had been adopted. It’s his faith in God that got him through the tough times, Nehemiah told inmates Thursday in Alexandria at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center. “I could choose to feel sorry for myself, or I could use to be inspired,” he said. “ … God loves unconditionally, and I learned that very early.” Nehemiah, a 1984 Super Bowl champion and track and field phenomenon, spoke at the jail as part of a speaker series for adults involved in programs such as education, sober living or English language classes. About 100 men and …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Bryan Porter is currently the lone candidate seeking to replace Randy Sengel, who announced last year he would not seek re-election.
Bryan Porter kicked off his campaign for Commonwealth’s Attorney on Saturday at Pork Barrel BBQ in Del Ray, receiving the endorsement of the current jobholder Randy Sengel and the support of seemingly every Democrat in Alexandria. “Bryan is an excellent trial attorney,” Sengel said. “I’m confident in his ability to lead the office. … He understands first-hand how law enforcement is never a black-and-white issue.” Sengel, first elected as Commonwealth’s Attorney in 1997, announced in December he would not seek re-election at the end of his current term. An Alexandria native and former officer with the Metro Transit Police and Alexandria Police Department, Porter is currently an assistant attorney in Sengel’s office. “When you vote on Nov. 5…
Friday, November 9, 2012
The move marks the largest group to be promoted in more than two decades.
Alexandria Sheriff Dana Lawhorne formally promoted 10 deputies, the largest group to be promoted in more than two decades, at a Sheriff's Office ceremony on Thursday. A chief deputy, captain, four lieutenants and three sergeants were promoted. These promotions marked an important milestone in the history of the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office, signifying a major wave of leadership change in the ranks, according to the office. For the first time in 25 years, promotions are being made simultaneously at every level of office supervision. The promotions were necessary by the recent retirements of several tenured and experienced supervisors and mark the beginning of a shift from baby boomer leadership to the next generation. Eight of the 10 staff …
Friday, September 7, 2012
Alexandria's Fire and Police departments along with the Sheriff's Office and the Department of Community and Human Services recognized officers and others for their exemplary work.
Four first responders on Thursday were honored for their exemplary performance after graduating from a training program designed to better equip them with necessary skills when they interact with individuals exhibiting behavioral health issues. Alexandria Police Officer Bennie Evans said at the awards ceremony that the Crisis Intervention Team program gave him a certain satisfaction in his job: “I can always write a ticket. I can always take someone to jail, but can I solve a problem?” Evans, who was noted for his work with the city’s homeless population, also was part of the Alexandria delegation that attended the National CIT Conference last year. He was singled out for helping a particular Alexandrian, who had been homeless for years, …
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Sheriff Dana Lawhorne touts Lovain's experience as a former member of City Council.
Tim Lovain jumpstarted his bid to return to the Alexandria City Council on Monday evening with a kickoff party at the new Cafe Pizzaiolo in Cameron Station. Lovain, who serves as vice president and general counsel with Washington, D.C., law firm Denny Miller Associates, was elected to council in 2006 but lost a re-election bid in 2009. He said his wife Beth and their three daughters gave him permission to run again. He feels his experience and areas of expertise align with many of the city’s largest needs. The Democrat touted his work in transportation as a member of council and emphasized a need to approach the issue in smarter ways. “We cannot look at transportation in isolation but connected with land use and planning,” Lovain said. “…
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Alexandria Sheriff supports Ed Semonian for re-election as clerk of the Circuit Court.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
To The Editor: Originally as a member of Alexandria Police Department, and then as Sheriff of the City of Alexandria, it has been my distinct pleasure to work with Ed Semonian, Alexandria's clerk of the Circuit Court. He and his staff are efficient, professional and courteous as they provide essential services to the citizens of Alexandria. Over the years—and ahead of most other clerk's offices—Ed transformed the Alexandria office into a mostly paperless, computer-driven, online and customer-friendly experience for all of us. Court dockets and filings are available online and the researching of property records is streamlined. The clerk's website clearly explains which services require an in-person appearance. Applications for those …
Friday, May 27, 2011
Skulls, snakes and fire, a lighthouse and Captain America reap top awards
Shawn Carlan was born to draw, but only finds time in jail. The former tattoo artist started drawing as a child, but his focus and natural ability have admittedly been marred by bad choices. On Thursday, Carlan won first place in the Alexandria Detention Center’s second annual art competition. “All of my feelings are put into my drawing,” Carlan said, after receiving his award from Alexandria Sheriff Dana Lawhorne. “Every time I’m in jail I draw. When I hit the street’s I don’t, but if I did, I’d be in a better place.” Nearly 70 inmates who participated in the jail’s art program voted on 12 entrees in the competition. First prize was $20; second was $15 and third place was $10. “One of the things we truly believe is that whatever we can …