On Saturday, Richard Kelsey announced he would seek the Republican nomination to run for one of two County Board seats up for election in November.

“Arlingtonians are too sophisticated to vote party line, they want and deserve a government based not on Republican ideas or Democrat ideas, they want a government based on good ideas," said Kelsey, 36, a commercial litigation Attorney with the firm of Reed Smith, LLP. Kelsey has not held public office before, but did serve as a law clerk in the Arlington Circuit Court.

So far, Kelsey is the only Republican to announce his candidacy for the board seats. For the Democrats, current Board Chair Paul Ferguson and current Board member Walter Tejada have announced that they will seek reelection, while South Arlington activist Jim Hurysz said he will also seek the Democratic nomination to run for Ferguson’s seat.


Detectives from the Homicide/Robbery Unit are investigating a weekend stabbing at a South Arlington party that proved fatal for a Woodbridge man.

At approximately 9:50 p.m. Saturday, police officers responded to reports of a fight in progress at Econo-Lodge in the 2400 block of South Glebe Road. When they arrived, they found 19-year-old Cesar Antonio Rios-Garcia suffering from a stab wound. Arlington paramedics transported Rios-Garcia to a hospital where he died from his wounds about three hours later.

A police investigation of the investigation is on-going. Detectives are asking anyone who may have witnessed a fight around 9:45 p.m. Saturday at the Econo-Lodge to call detective Mike Robinson at 703-228-4183 or Arlington County Crime Solvers at 703-522-TIPS (8477) or 800-673-2777. A Spanish-speaking detective is available to talk to callers.


On Friday, Arlington police arrested Marco Moncello Kornegay, 35, of Washington. D.C., charging him with attempted sexual assault.

At 2 a.m. on April 25, police officers responded to the 1600 block of North 21 Street, on a report of a burglary in progress. Upon arrival, officers say they saw Kornegay, wearing a mask, exit the apartment.

Police say he started running as soon as he saw police. A K-9 officer saw the man running and began pursuing him on foot, then released his dog, who caught the man.

Police allege that Kornegay entered the victim’s apartment and held her down as she slept. The woman was able to break away from Kornegay’s grasp, they said, and began screaming for help, which led Kornegay to run from the bedroom. The victim’s roommate, awakened by the screaming, called 911.

After detectives in the Special Victims Unit spoke to Kornegay, they charged him with burglary with intent to commit rape. He is currently being held without bond in the Arlington County Detention Facility.


Paul Sheridan, chief judge of the Arlington Circuit Court, announced last week that he would retire, effective July 1.

Judge Sheridan was first appointed to the bench in 1985, and in 1998 became Chief Judge of the 17th Judicial Circuit covering Arlington County and the City of Falls Church. Judge Sheridan is only the third person to serve as the Chief Judge of the Arlington Circuit Court.

He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and raised in Alexandria. Sheridan graduated from Columbia University in 1958, then received a commission as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps. He graduated from Georgetown University’s law school in 1963. Sheridan was in private practice from 1964-1985, with a focus on civil jury litigation. He lives in Arlington with his wife Jeanette.

Currently, Judge Sheridan serves on the Virginia State Bar Committee on Bench Bar Relations and is Chairman of the Model Jury Instructions Committee. He has also taught at George Mason University Law School for over 15 years.


Last week, Arlington Police Department announced street closings and parking restrictions in effect for Neighborhood Day 2003 parade, on May 10.

*9 a.m.-6 p.m.: No parking on Wilson Boulevard from Veitch Street to Highland Street.

*1:30-4 p.m.: Wilson Blvd. will be closed to all traffic from Veitch Street to Highland Street.

After the parade, there will be a Neighborhood Day festival in Courthouse Plaza, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Drivers may experience general traffic delays in the Clarendon-Court House area during the parade and festival. More information is available by calling Sgt. Irma Rivera at 703-228-7483.