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January 9, 2020

Throwback Thursday: Police crack down on DUI

1995: Owner Jerry Jrab and his staff offer rides home for customers at Jerry’s Bar and Grill in Remington.
25 Years Ago
From The Fauquier Citizen edition of January 13, 1995

Police crack down on drunken driving

Fauquier sheriff’s deputies and Warrenton police have increased efforts to battle drunken driving in the new year.

The Virginia General Assembly in 1994 passed a series of new laws, including one that makes blood-alcohol content of at least 0.08 percent illegal for drivers. And, since Jan. 1, a magistrate immediately can revoke for seven days the license of anyone arrested for DUI.

Sheriff’s Capt. Dave Flohr hopes the fear of losing that privilege discourages motorists from drinking and driving.

“They know that, ‘Hey, now I’ll lose my driver’s license for seven days’,” said Flohr, the department’s patrol commander. “If that’s a working person, they say, ‘Hey, that’s money out of my pocket’.”

But, patrons of Jerry’s Bar and Grill in Bealeton have a safe option.

Jerry Jrab and his kitchen staff stick around until closing and offer rides to customers unwilling or unable to drive themselves.

Jrab said his employees drove 17 customers home on New Year’s Eve.

Wood challenges Del. Katzen

Jerry Wood finally has put to rest speculation about his political prospects.

The Warrenton Democrat last week announced he will attempt to recapture the Virginia House of Delegates seat that Republican Jay Katzen of Markham wrested from him in November 1993.

A political novice who had never before sought political office, Katzen handily beat Wood, a freshman delegate, with 57 percent of the vote.

“Politics is in my blood,” Wood said this week. “I’ve already held the job once. I thought I represented the people of the 31st District well.”

Ruritans fund shelter at park

The Warrenton Ruritan Club has picked up the tab for construction of a new picnic shelter at Rady Park on the north edge of town.

The club presented a $15,000 check to the town council at its meeting Tuesday night.

In accepting the check, Mayor J. Willard Lineweaver said that in his 31 years as a town official, “I don’t remember anything like this happening before, not even $10,000.”

Democrats to pick local judge

Sometime in the next six weeks, Democratic lawmakers will meet behind closed doors in Richmond to select a new juvenile and domestic relations court judge for Fauquier and Rappahannock counties.

Judge A. Burke Hertz last week last week announced his plans to retire after 15 years on the bench.

His announcement set off a scramble among three Fauquier residents who seek the judgeship, which pays $87,700 annually:

• Robert H. Kilma of Broad Run, who practices law in Manassas and regularly handles cases in this county.

• H. Dudley Payne Jr. of Orlean, who practices with the county’s largest law firm, Walker, Jones, Lawrence, Payne and Duggan in Warrenton.

• John W. Wine, who has his law office in Marshall, where he lives.

Technically, the judgeship also serves Loudoun County. But, by practice, the judge hears Fauquier and Rappahannock cases almost exclusively.

Zaleski top county worker

Helen Zaleski has been named Fauquier County government’s employee of the month for January.

A county employee for 18 years, Ms. Zaleski is an accountant in the circuit court clerk’s office.

“Ms. Zaleski’s can-do attitude and her willingness to assist all who come into contact with her have been assets to the county, Personnel Director John Doane said. “Her initiative in learning new word processing systems and her development with a co-worker of a new computerized jury management system have added to the department’s proficiency.”

She received a $100 bonus, recognition from the board of supervisors and use of a special parking space for the month.
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