Va. senators question Stafford detention center; Recommended security improvements could cost Fairfax public schools $24 million

Northern Virginia’s daily dose of local and national news for Friday, June 22.

Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine approached the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement with concerns about Stafford’s Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center. Six Latino teens have made statements about abuse that allegedly took place between 2015 and 2018, and the senators want to know if the facility has has similar accusations made against it in the past and what disciplinary actions are taken if an employee assaults a child.

Fairfax County Public Schools initiated a security review following the February school shooting in Parkland, Florida, the results of which recommend making a number of improvements that will cost approximately $24 million. The changes will be presented to the school board on July 12, but the public can sign up to weigh in during a public hearing, also held on July 12, starting June 25.

Thursday, on her way to Texas to speak at a shelter holding migrant children, Melania Trump wore a green jacket that read “I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO YOU?” on its back, causing a social media uproar. Melania Trump’s spokeswoman said “There was no hidden message.” Melania Trump did not wear the jacket while touring the Texas facility.
(The Washington Post)

Arlington County police are now enforcing Clarendon drop-off and pick-up zones, which are designed to put an end to double parking, blocked crosswalks and bike lanes and more.
(ARL Now)

Construction on a new 180,000-square-foot, eight-story office building in Reston Station has begun. The office’s plaza will also include 8,300 square feet of retail space.
(Reston Now)

As many as three bears have been spotted in Prince William County, animal control officers warning that because bears are actively looking for food this time of year, homeowners should remove outdoor food sources like bird feeders and should not leave trash or food in cars, on porches or on decks.

Celebrating Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’s premiere, the Brambleton Town Center is hosting a free dinosaur pop-up event from 2-4 p.m. on Friday called Dinosaurs Rock!

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