Coles District Newsletter
July 2021 - 16th Edition
Dear Neighbor,

Over the last month, Prince William County has experienced exactly what you would expect when you’re more than 200 officers shy of your own level-of-service standards combined with mandates from state government meant to make law enforcement triple guess virtually every move and drive them from the profession.

Rising crime.

While we used to only feature a few stories under "Police Blotter" per newsletter, the increase in violent and grotesque crime has become too much to ignore. Not covering it would be a disservice to the community.

While we thankfully avoided any murders last month, shootings, rapes, armed robbery, and domestic assault are featured virtually every day now in the police reports. I predicted such an increase following the county's willful and deliberate decision to dismantle our vital 287g program last year in addition to the other aforementioned reasons. Now, we’re paying the price.

Knowing we were 229 officers shy of where we needed to be in April, the board majority rejected my proposal to put just four more cops on the street despite the $70 million in additional revenue we added to our $1.35 billion dollar budget. As we all know, actions have consequences.

Thankfully, we have not yet gone the route of some other jurisdictions in kicking resource officers out of our schools. Their presence is vital to maintain a safe learning environment for our children as they return to the classrooms this fall. Speaking of, PWCS has a new school superintendent by way of Chicago (IL) Public Schools, Dr. LaTanya McDade. Dr. McDade’s first day was July 1st.

I also want to mention and congratulate the fine athletic performances of some of our district schools and athletes. This spring was a banner year for Prince William athletics, but especially for the Coles District. A very well-deserved congratulations to the Hylton boys soccer team, Colgan’s Bryce Lentz (Cross Country), and Colgan’s Matthew Staton (Tennis) on bringing state championships back to Prince William County, and to the Colgan baseball team for falling just one run short of the Division 6 state baseball championship.

Finally, you know I always try to provide the opportunity to give feedback to the County as the opportunity presents itself. As such, your feedback is requested to the County’s “Equity and Inclusion” policy document which would impact every detail of County government, if enacted. You can click here to review and comment on the document.

I hope you enjoy your weekend with family and loved ones. Summer is already flying by too fast!

For Coles,

Yesli Vega
County Wants Your Feedback on “Equity and Inclusion” Policy Document

Prince William County wants your feedback on their “Equity and Inclusion” Draft Policy which will be voted on soon by the Board whether to incorporate into every facet of your local government.
- Coles District Staff
Police Blotter
Nine Year Old Girl Grazed by Bullet in Woodbridge
Update: Police Release Photos of Suspects
Seek Your Help
A 9-year-old girl was grazed by a bullet Thursday evening during a shooting in a Woodbridge apartment community, according to the Prince William County Police Department (PWCPD).
A Violent 45 Days in Prince William County, police reports show
Here’s a look at a compliation of reports published by the Prince William County Police Department over the past 45 days.
- Uriah Kiser, Potomac Local
Reward offered in search for Dale City man wanted for assault, threats

Police and the U.S. Marshals Service on Monday announced a $2,000 reward leading to the arrest of a Dale City man wanted for beating, strangling and threatening to kill a Woodbridge woman.

Last week, police were called to the Bayvue Apartments at 1300 block of Bayside Ave. in Woodbridge to investigate threatening messages a 44-year-old woman who lives there received on May 28.
- InsideNova
Robberies and Burglaries Abound in Prince William County Over Fourth of July Weekend
On July 4 at 12:09AM, officers responded to a residence located in the 12800 block of Darnick Ct. in Bristow (20136) to investigate a burglary. The homeowner reported to police that while on the couch in the living room, the sound of glass breaking was heard before an unknown man, later identified as the accused, approached him with a stick-like object.
Assault and Battery on Law Enforcement Officers Increasing
On June 6 at 6:06AM, officers responded to the intersection of Jefferson Davis Hwy. and Bel Air Rd. in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a single vehicle crash. Upon arrival, officers located a vehicle with significant damage that was still running and in gear. The driver, later identified as the accused, refused to exit the vehicle. While investigating, officers determined that the accused was intoxicated and located an open container of alcohol in her vehicle. 
Prince William County break-ins surging as pandemic winds down
- Tisha Lewis, Fox 5 DC
Police Looking for Man Accused of Sexual Battery at Woodbridge Walgreen’s
- Prince William County Police Department
Shots fired across Prince William County: Woodbridge Man struck while sitting in living room
- Potomac Local News
Woodbridge Man Arrested for Rape of Seven Year Old
- Prince William County Police Department
UPDATED: Police offer $20,000 reward in disappearance of 72-year-old woman last seen in Woodbridge
- InsideNova
Man Charged with Raping 11 Year Old Girl in Woodbridge
- Prince William County Police Department
Naked man spotted walking around Woodbridge street
- InsideNova
Indecent exposure reported at Manassas Home Depot
- InsideNova
Two Charged with Domestic Assault and Battery
- Prince William County Police Department
Woodbridge Man Charged In Connection With Shooting, Robbery: Second Suspect Wanted
- Liam Griffin, Woodbridge Patch
Man threatens motorists with machete in Triangle
- InsideNova
Another shooting in Woodbridge
- Prince William County Police Department
Second attempted abduction of an 11-year-old girl in Prince William County within one week
- Amelia Heymann, WRIC
County Man Charged with Sexually Assaulting 17 Year Old Boy
- Prince William County Police Department
Driver shot at Woodbridge intersection after refusing to give up car
- Kyle Cooper, WTOP
Man Exposes Self to Store Clerk in Woodbridge
- Prince William County Police Department
Woodbridge Man Wanted for Reckless Handling of Firearm
- Prince William County Police Department
Suspect in Fatal Crash Charged with Reckless Driving, Hit and Run, and No Operators License
- Prince William County Police Department
Other Police Incidents in June
Abductions, Strangulations, Malicious Woundings, Stalking, and More
- Prince William County Police Department
Two Local Parks Vandalized Within Days of Each Other
Between June 28th and July 2nd, two local parks with statues were vandalized with the same message.
- Coles District Staff
Police Basic Recruit School Graduates
The Prince William County Criminal Justice Academy Basic Law Enforcement 48th Session graduated on Friday, June 18, 2021, in a ceremony at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas (20110). This class was composed of 25 Prince William County Police officers. 
- Prince William County Police Department
Supervisors Vega Participates in Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics
- Coles District Staff
Local NAACP President Says He Was Called “n-word” by Prince William Police Leadership "5-6 Years Ago"
During the May 24th Policing Subcommittee meeting of the Racial and Social Justice Commission, Prince William County NAACP President, Cozy Bailey, alleged that he was referred to as the “n-word” after addressing a leadership seminar put on by Police Chief, Barry Barnard, with “the top or two or three layers of leadership.”
- Coles District Staff
New Virginia Laws That Took Effect July 1
- Coles District Staff
Supervisors Vega, Candland, and Lawson Register Opposition to New Laws That Put Residents in Danger
- Coles District Staff
According to County, Nearly 16,000 More Registered Voters in Prince William County than 18 Year Old+ Citizens
In data obtained separately from the County Demographer and County Office of Elections, Supervisor Vega’s office found that there were nearly 16,000 more registered voters at the time of last year’s election than there were citizens residing in the county aged 18 or above according to the 2019 U.S. Census Bureau population estimates.
- Coles District Staff
Land Use
Board Majority Forces Deferral of Route 29/”The Settlement” Small Area Plan
Proposal Not Dense Enough for Democrat Supervisors/Surrounding Land Owners

Ignoring a unanimous 8-0 recommendation from the planning commission, recommendation of approval from county staff, and the support of the district supervisor who had spent years refining the plan to the liking of the community, the Democrat majority on the Prince William Board of Supervisors wielded their power to force a deferral of the Route 29/”The Settlement” Small Area Plan.
- Coles District Staff
Gainesville Data Center Approved Over Objections of Residents, District Supervisor
Location Outside of Data Center Overlay District
On June 15th, the Board majority voted to approve the Village Place Technology Park rezoning request over the objections of nearby residents and district supervisor representing the area, Pete Candland.
- Coles District Staff
Video Streaming of Planning Commission Public Hearings Available to Begin in July 
- Coles District Staff
Board Votes to Allocate Funds for Historic Preservation at Thoroughfare Community
- Coles District Staff
Prince William County Launches Thoroughfare Website
- Coles District Staff
35 Landowners Request Rezoning of 1,871 Acres Across the County as Part of 2040 Comprehensive Plan
Among those, Kline Farm, Increases to Bradley Square, and Several Properties in the Rural Crescent
- Coles District Staff
Federal Government’s Assault on Suburbs and the American Dream Should Be Rejected by Prince William County Elected Officials and Staff
- Supervisor Vega
Prince William Transportation Director Provides Updated Timeline for Proposed Route 28 Bypass
During a June 15th presentation on the Joint Mobility Report by Prince William Transportation Director, Ric Canizales, Supervisor Vega asked Canizales to provide an updated timeline for the residents in regards to the Route 28 Bypass process.
- Coles District Staff
County Holds Public Information Meeting on Right-of-Way Process for Proposed Route 28 Bypass
- Coles District Staff
VDOT Seeks Public Input on Sudley Road Traffic
- Coles District Staff
Route 28 Bypass Project Website Updated
- Coles District Staff
In Face of Board Majority’s Push for More High-Density Residential Development, Prince William County Residents Already Have 8th Worst Commute in the Commonwealth of Virginia
1 hour and 20 Minutes Per Day on Average
- Stacker, Nexstar Media Wire
Congrats to the Class of 2021!

To the Class of 2021, your high school experience was interrupted quite like none other. In your final year, you were forced to show amazing discipline in keeping up with your instruction and studies with the challenges of online learning. Nevertheless, you persisted, worked hard, and accomplished your goal. Congratulations to the Class of 2021. The challenges you’ve endured have made you stronger for the road ahead and I look forward to seeing the great things you’ll accomplish and do.

- Supervisor Vega
New PWCS Superintendent Starts; Walts Out

Thursday, July 1st marked the first day for new PWCS Superintendent, LaTanya McDade, who previously served as Chief Education Officer of Chicago City Public Schools. In a video, McDade released a greeting message, calling classrooms “like second homes to the families we serve.” McDade went on to say that she was guided by several core beliefs, including “Academic Excellence for Every Child; Equity (“a moral imperative”); and Integrity.”
- Coles District Staff
Colgan Senior Wins Prestigious, $180,000 Navy Scholarship to Yale
- InsideNova
Colgan’s Matthew Staton Brings Home Prince William County’s First Boys State Tennis Championship Since 1975
Gerald Ford was President Last Time Feat Occurred
- Coles District Staff
Colgan Sharks Baseball Falls Just Short of State Championship
Amazing Accomplishment in Only 5th Year of Program
- Coles District Staff
Local Parents Group Concerned Over School Board Chair’s Comments
You have to listen to God, Teacher, Parent. That’s the order.”
- Coles District Staff
Prince William County School Board Allocates $20 Million in Excess for $1,600 Staff Bonuses
- Coles District Staff
Hylton High School Boys Take Home State Soccer Crown
Overtime Thriller Lifts Bulldogs to First State Championship Since 1999
- Coles District Staff
County Falls Short of Federal Government Goal of 70% Vaccinated by July 4th 
Men Have Made Up 59% of COVID Deaths in Prince William; Only Receive 46% of Shots
Join White Residents as Only Group Not Offered Special Taxpayer Funded Vaccine Outreach by County
Supervisors Amend Criteria for COVID-Related Business Micro-Grant Program
Supervisor Vega Asks That Any Future Grants Be More Indexed to Pre-Pandemic Job Creation
- Coles District Staff
Supporting Small Business in the Coles District
Board Votes to Authorize Public Hearing for Out-of-State License Fee
Vega a Major Supporter of Program to Impact Scofflaws Instead of Law-Abiding Taxpayers
On June 15th, the Board of Supervisors voted to authorize a public hearing to adopt an ordinance imposing an annual $100 license fee on owners of motor vehicles that do no display current Virginia license plates and a $250 penalty on those who fail to timely register their motor vehicles.
- Coles District Staff
Democrat Majority Rejects Giving Public Chance to Weigh-In On Resolutions

In a 4-4 vote, the four of the five Democrats on the Board rejected Supervisor Pete Candland’s efforts to allow the public to weigh-in on certain board resolutions.
- Coles District Staff
Supervisor Vega Attends Ribbon Cutting of New Prince William County/Manassas City Public Library
- Coles District Staff
Prince William Public Libraries Summer Reading 2021: Tails and Tales
- Coles District Staff
New Hours for Public Libraries
- Coles District Staff
Supervisor Vega Helps Facilitate Never Forget Garden Plaque at Freedom Park
At the request of Marie Vayer, the head of the local Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter, Supervisor Vega worked with the county to find a place for the planting of a Never Forget Garden Plaque located at the McCoart complex’s Freedom Park.
- Coles District Staff
History Summer Camps All Summer Long
- Coles District Staff
Supervisor Vega Takes Advantage of Primary Day to Meet with Constituents of All Persuasions
- Coles District Staff
Area Agency on Aging Programs Update
- Coles District Staff
July 2021 - Things to Do in Prince William County, Virginia
- Visit Prince William
Development Services Creates Social Media Pages
- Prince William County Department of Development Services
County Employees Recognized with June 2021 Leadership at All Levels Awards
After Pushback, County Officials Say They’ll Rethink Location for Manassas Homeless Shelter
- Jill Palermo, Prince William Times
First Case of West Nile Virus Found at Marumsco Acres Lake Park in Woodbridge
- Coles District Staff
Board of Supervisors Meeting Schedule
July 13 (2:00 PM / 7:30 PM) Regular Meeting
July 20 (2:00 PM / 7:30 PM) Regular Meeting
August 3 (2:00 PM) Regular Meeting
Planning Commission Meeting Schedule
July 21 (6:00 PM) Work Session / (7:00 PM) Public Hearing
Includes upcoming Board, Commission, and Committee meetings
Access to online services and contact information for elected officials