Eric D. Smith of Colonial Beach was arrested this week for outstanding charges in Loudon County.

Jan 4, 2013 Full story: Westmoreland News 19

The Tri-County Drug Task Force arrested three individuals in Colonial Beach including a man wanted for for questioning regarding a double homicide in Loudon County.

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CB observer

Washington, DC

#1 Jan 5, 2013
We the citizens of Westmoreland County are so thankful to have the Tri-County Task Force serving our community and keeping us safe. I always hear so many great things about the Tri-County Task Force. Thank you Sheriff Balderson for being a part of this great Task Force.
Justdontundersta nd

King George, VA

#2 Jan 5, 2013
OK, here we go again and again. More fugitives held up in Town public housing. Is anyone else tired and fed up with the criminals making the beach their home? Try this Town Manager and Council, if a felon is found in any unit being rented under section 8 or rented by any other Government assistance the entire family is removed immediately...no if, and or buts! That keeps the trash from coming back and shacking up with grandma who is raising their kids..I believe Alexandria did this and it works. Or if a felony is commited by any member in the houshold same results...if you do the crime you have to live on your dime.
Princess Scatterbrain

Irvington, VA

#3 Jan 5, 2013
According to records from the Westmoreland County Commonwealth Attorney, 482 calls were made to Colonial Beach Police regarding Riverwood Apartments in 2005 and 2006. Of those calls, 339 were “criminal” in nature.

Uh...can you get some statistics that are a tiny bit more current? Six year old stats mean nothing. Why did you even bother with this stat? Did you need a few more lines to fill white space in the paper?
Riverwood Management

King George, VA

#4 Jan 5, 2013
Justdontunderstand wrote:
OK, here we go again and again. More fugitives held up in Town public housing. Is anyone else tired and fed up with the criminals making the beach their home? Try this Town Manager and Council, if a felon is found in any unit being rented under section 8 or rented by any other Government assistance the entire family is removed immediately...no if, and or buts! That keeps the trash from coming back and shacking up with grandma who is raising their kids..I believe Alexandria did this and it works. Or if a felony is commited by any member in the houshold same results...if you do the crime you have to live on your dime.
I would love to be able to do this, however, you have to be able to prove in court that the resident knew the person was a fugitive felon. If a resident comments a felony that threatens the health and safety of others, they are evicted. These are federal HUD rules. The town, county, nor state have a say. I am glad the task force found these people and arrested them. They will be barred from the property, but it really doesn't stop them from coming back. They just hide better.
Riverwood Management

King George, VA

#5 Jan 5, 2013
Princess Scatterbrain wrote:
According to records from the Westmoreland County Commonwealth Attorney, 482 calls were made to Colonial Beach Police regarding Riverwood Apartments in 2005 and 2006. Of those calls, 339 were “criminal” in nature.
Uh...can you get some statistics that are a tiny bit more current? Six year old stats mean nothing. Why did you even bother with this stat? Did you need a few more lines to fill white space in the paper?
I am glad you commented on this, I was a bit upset by the comment in the paper. I have been on the property since 2009. Myself and the management company received accomodations from the Commonwealth Attorney, Dean Atkins, in 2010 for reducing the calls by 40%. The Police dept and Trish King also received accomodations. We work together, the property, the PD and the Commonwealths office to keep the crime down in and around the property. Unfortunately, all of the good work we do seems to get thrown out the window when one thing that is negative is put in the paper.
Justdontundersta nd

King George, VA

#6 Jan 5, 2013
You should be commended, but this is a wake up call! Things could have turned out a lot worst. Be vigilent now more than ever!
Riverwood Management wrote:
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I am glad you commented on this, I was a bit upset by the comment in the paper. I have been on the property since 2009. Myself and the management company received accomodations from the Commonwealth Attorney, Dean Atkins, in 2010 for reducing the calls by 40%. The Police dept and Trish King also received accomodations. We work together, the property, the PD and the Commonwealths office to keep the crime down in and around the property. Unfortunately, all of the good work we do seems to get thrown out the window when one thing that is negative is put in the paper.
Darwin

Tappahannock, VA

#7 Jan 7, 2013
Thank you to the Task Force for catchting these these criminals. Citizens who are sympathetic to criminals and harbor them should be punished as well. The current management at Riverwood has done a great job cleaning house, but more needs to be done such as improving lighting, fencing the property to prevent free access from the surrounding neighborhoods, and putting in key card access control at the entrances.

“In the meantime”

Since: Dec 09

Colonial Beach and Wash DC

#8 Jan 7, 2013
Darwin wrote:
Thank you to the Task Force for catchting these these criminals. Citizens who are sympathetic to criminals and harbor them should be punished as well. The current management at Riverwood has done a great job cleaning house, but more needs to be done such as improving lighting, fencing the property to prevent free access from the surrounding neighborhoods, and putting in key card access control at the entrances.
In a perfect world we would not need Darwin awards either :)
How many complexes have you seen with such security, I bet you can't find one in Westmorland county :)

http://www.darwinawards.com/index.chapter1.ht...
HB Rules

Lexington Park, MD

#9 Jan 7, 2013
We can put a end to this by not electing democrats who argue for second and third chances for criminals. If you do a crime spend the rest of your life in jail. I can live with that law.
wtcsret

Goose Creek, SC

#10 Jan 7, 2013
HB Rules wrote:
We can put a end to this by not electing democrats who argue for second and third chances for criminals. If you do a crime spend the rest of your life in jail. I can live with that law.
You come across like a Taliban :) Check your wallet for a NOFSL (National Organization For Sharia Law)(the POLAR opposite of ACLU) and make sure your horse has not morphed into a camel :)
HB Rules

Virginia Beach, VA

#11 Jan 9, 2013
wtcsret wrote:
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You come across like a Taliban :) Check your wallet for a NOFSL (National Organization For Sharia Law)(the POLAR opposite of ACLU) and make sure your horse has not morphed into a camel :)
I prefer to think of it as taliban lite.
whomever

Clarksville, VA

#12 Feb 6, 2013
ok, so ive been researching this apartment complex ive even sent for an application... i have a disabled husband, and 2 kids, i live in a 10.9 percent unemployment rate of a town, if its even a town... nothing near by and i dont have a vehicle of my own.. yes these are choices ive made in life,, i understand and some choices we didnt make.. like disabilities, ive been furthering my education and would like to make money in the process.. but the more i see on this website , which is the only place im seeing reviews its seems really scary, or is there just a lot of childish hearsay, i am the few people out there that actually need this housing.. not that just lives her or his life that way... i need this for about a year... 2 at most! will i be in danger?? do i need to look over my shoulder everyday, i always mind my business, im not one to socialize either... im also no cool with race cards, im human so is everything else. point blank. so please.. this is one of my few places that lookED promising and now im scared...
Riverwood Management

Roanoke, VA

#13 Feb 7, 2013
whomever wrote:
ok, so ive been researching this apartment complex ive even sent for an application... i have a disabled husband, and 2 kids, i live in a 10.9 percent unemployment rate of a town, if its even a town... nothing near by and i dont have a vehicle of my own.. yes these are choices ive made in life,, i understand and some choices we didnt make.. like disabilities, ive been furthering my education and would like to make money in the process.. but the more i see on this website , which is the only place im seeing reviews its seems really scary, or is there just a lot of childish hearsay, i am the few people out there that actually need this housing.. not that just lives her or his life that way... i need this for about a year... 2 at most! will i be in danger?? do i need to look over my shoulder everyday, i always mind my business, im not one to socialize either... im also no cool with race cards, im human so is everything else. point blank. so please.. this is one of my few places that lookED promising and now im scared...
Please don't let what these people say scare you. The person that was arrested was a visitor in someone's unit. He had not caused any issues on the property. We have security every night which has really helped keep issues to a minimum. No place is perfect, but I try hard to keep my tenants safe.
HB Rules

Lexington Park, MD

#14 Feb 7, 2013
Riverwood Management wrote:
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Please don't let what these people say scare you. The person that was arrested was a visitor in someone's unit. He had not caused any issues on the property. We have security every night which has really helped keep issues to a minimum. No place is perfect, but I try hard to keep my tenants safe.
sounds like your visitors leave a lot to be desired.
Riverwood Management

Roanoke, VA

#15 Feb 7, 2013
HB Rules wrote:
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sounds like your visitors leave a lot to be desired.
That may be true, but I have no right to tell the tenants they cannot have visitors. If the visitors cause issues on the property, then I can barr them from coming back. The tenants have the same rights as you do in your home.
HB Rules

Lexington Park, MD

#16 Feb 7, 2013
Riverwood Management wrote:
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That may be true, but I have no right to tell the tenants they cannot have visitors. If the visitors cause issues on the property, then I can barr them from coming back. The tenants have the same rights as you do in your home.
true, but remember those who have a criminal record and are on probation are breaking their current probotion shucking and jiving in the housing project hanging with other known offenders of illegal activity. so call the police next time.
Riverwood Management

Roanoke, VA

#17 Feb 7, 2013
HB Rules wrote:
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true, but remember those who have a criminal record and are on probation are breaking their current probotion shucking and jiving in the housing project hanging with other known offenders of illegal activity. so call the police next time.
You are assuming the people they were visiting are known offenders of illegal activity. Sorry to burst your bubble, but they were not. I do not know every single person that comes on this property. I'm sure you do not know every person that walks down your street. And just because I don't know them, doesn't mean they are doing something wrong. I call the police whenever it is necessary. I swear out warrants for people who have been barred and are trespassing. I walk out and tell people they have to leave if they are non-residents and are hanging on the property. Understand that I do everything I can to insure the safety of my tenants.
whomever

Clarksville, VA

#19 Feb 9, 2013
riverwood management thank you, that makes me feel alot better , we will be in touch soon , thanks! if anyone responded im glad it was you! i appreciate it...
HB Rules

United States

#20 Feb 11, 2013
Riverwood Management wrote:
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You are assuming the people they were visiting are known offenders of illegal activity. Sorry to burst your bubble, but they were not. I do not know every single person that comes on this property. I'm sure you do not know every person that walks down your street. And just because I don't know them, doesn't mean they are doing something wrong. I call the police whenever it is necessary. I swear out warrants for people who have been barred and are trespassing. I walk out and tell people they have to leave if they are non-residents and are hanging on the property. Understand that I do everything I can to insure the safety of my tenants.
Then let me thank you for your effort. Sounds like you are doing what you can.

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