Fluvanna Review

Photo by Jennifer AltieriLife-long Fluvanna resident Mark Belew is hoping to bring his 15 years of law enforcement experience back home to Fluvanna County. Belew says he has filed the necessary paperwork to be put on the ballot for the special election for sheriff on November 4.
Belew began his law enforcement career at the University of Virginia in 2000, and by 2002 was working for the Albemarle County Police Department. “It was the largest agency in Central Virginia at the time,” Belew explained, “and there were so many different things you could specialize in – forensics, tactics, firearms teams… it just seemed very attractive to me as a young cop to get a lot of experience in many different areas within the field.”
Belew became an Albemarle County Detective in 2008, investigating property crimes, rapes, homicides and other major cases. He was also sworn in as a Special Deputy United States Marshal and is currently assigned to the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, investigating crimes involving the sexual exploitation of minors.

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Coach Cos DiFazio meets with his swimmers.The Jefferson Swim League held its 47th championship swim meet at the Fork Union Military Academy (FUMA) pool on Friday and Saturday July 27 and 28. Cos DiFazio, coach of the Fluvanna Aquatic Sports Team (FAST), noted before the meet that this was the biggest swim meet ever held in Fluvanna County. Over 2,000 youth swimmers, representing 16 teams competed in the event. In addition, almost 600 volunteers were needed to bring an event of this size together and make it a success.

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Jaime Sajecki is the Black Bear Project leader for Virginia. Black bears, the only species of bear in Virginia, are not one would expect of a bear. Ask Jaime Sajecki, the Project Leader of the Black Bear Project for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF). She points out that many have a vision of bears similar to those we see on TV or in the movies. Many envision a terrifying 750 pounds worth of carnivorous mammal, rising up on its hind legs in an attack stance, claws poised, roaring at its potential prey. This is a closer description of the Brown or Grizzly bear. Virginia’s bears are more mischievous, a little shy and resemble Gentle Ben or the frolicsome Winnie the Pooh.

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Photo by Christina Dimeo GusemanIf he wins the Nov. 4 election and becomes Fluvanna County Sheriff, Interim Sheriff Eric Hess wants to focus on three things – internet crimes and fraud, community policing, and obtaining a school resource officer for the middle and elementary schools to share.
“Once a week I get some kind of Internet scam,” said Hess, 57. “We need to get information on Internet crimes and fraud out to everyone, especially the elderly population these scams prey on. We only have three investigators, but I would like to work toward having an investigator with an information technology background so we can work on Internet crimes in-house. If we send a computer away it can take months to come back – if we had someone trained they could do it here.”

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Chris VanSlooten, FUMA aquatics director.More than 2,000 swimmers and their families are coming to Fork Union for two days of racing this weekend.

Fork Union Military Academy is opening its doors to the Jefferson Swim League for its annual swim championship July 27 and 28, said Chris VanSlooten, FUMA aquatics director. Add a comment

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