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Additional Victim Identified in Investigation of Former Volunteer Paramedic

June 22, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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The investigation into a former volunteer paramedic for inappropriate contact with a minor has identified a second victim in the case.

Timothy M. Ward, 31, of Sterling turned himself over to authorities June 22 and was charged with rape, attempted forcible sodomy, and indecent liberties with a child by a person in a custodial or supervisory relationship. … Continue Reading

Preventing Heat Emergencies

June 22, 2015 by Contributor Public Safety Be the first to comment
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As the sweltering summer heat blankets our area, Loudoun County Fire and Rescue teams with the American Red Cross to remind everyone to take precautions against heat related incidents.

Follow these simple safety measures from the American Red Cross to help avoid heat related emergencies:

  • Dress for the heat. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect away some of the sun’s energy. It is also a good idea to wear hats or to use an umbrella.
  • Drink water. Carry water or juice with you and drink continuously even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate the body. Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.
  • Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid high-protein foods, which increase metabolic heat.
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Purcellville Police Blotter: Week of June 13, 2015

June 22, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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06/13/2015 – 3:16 a.m. 700 Blk. E. Main St. Aggravated Assault
Police were called to the scene of an assault. The victim had suffered injuries that were not deemed to be too serious. Investigation determined that two groups of individuals had been involved in a verbal argument at a bar outside of town and had met up in a parking lot of a business in town. At that time, the victim was assaulted by a subject. The offender has been identified but the victim is reluctant to pursue charges at this time. The investigation is continuing. … Continue Reading

Jury Finds Man Guilty of Prescription Drug Fraud

June 20, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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A Loudoun County jury deliberated until nearly 10:00 p.m., on Wednesday, June 10 before concluding the case of Jether M. Jones III. Jones was being tried on charges stemming from of a series of transactions in a prescription fraud scheme. Jones faced three counts: uttering a forged prescription, prescription fraud, and possession of heroin. The jury fixed the punishment at fifteen years in prison. … Continue Reading

LCSO Charges Manassas Park Man for Soliciting Teen after Meeting Online

June 12, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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A deputy on patrol investigating a suspicious vehicle led to the arrest of a 68-year-old Manassas Park man who was having an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old Loudoun girl who he met online.

The investigation began on May 28 after a deputy observed a vehicle parked in a commercial parking lot around 9:15 p.m. in the 45000 block of Woodland Road in Sterling. The deputy located the suspect, Denard D. Springle, III, inside the car with the teenager. It was learned the two had met online and had been involved in a consensual relationship. Springle was initially charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. … Continue Reading

LCSO Advises Residents of Possible Traffic Delays During Weekend Events

June 12, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is advising residents of weekend events that may cause traffic delays in various areas of the county.

  • A bicycle tour will be held on June 13 and June 14. Motorists should expect additional cyclists on the roadways in the area of Hillsboro, Lovettsville, Waterford, Purcellville, Middleburg and in Round Hill en route back to Hillsboro.

  • A running race will be held in the area of the Ashbrook Shopping Center in Ashburn on June 13. The roads impacted include Lexington Drive, Atwater Drive, Ashbrook Place, Russell Branch Parkway and Ashburn Village Boulevard. The event will be held from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Motorists are asked to please be patient, drive safely, follow all law-enforcement direction and have a safe weekend.

Snickersville Turnpike Closes this Weekend

June 10, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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Snickersville Turnpike (Route 734) will be closed between Paxson Road and Airmont Road from 8:00 a.m. Saturday, June 13 until 6:00 p.m. Sunday, June 14 so repairs can be made to the bridge over North Fork Beaverdam Creek, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Traffic will be detoured via Paxson Road and Airmont Road.

The bridge was struck recently and has significant damage to the concrete railing. Crews will replace six feet of the damaged railing with new concrete using custom formwork to maintain the existing shape and appearance.

Two Alarm Structure Fire in Downtown Leesburg

June 8, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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At approximately 9:20 p.m., Saturday June 6, fire and rescue units from Leesburg, Ashburn, Hamilton, Lucketts, Sterling, Purcellville, Moorefield, Philomont, and Fairfax County responded to a fire in a three-story, commercial tax-payer type structure located at 11 King Street South, in the Town of Leesburg. The building is comprised of a business on the first floor, with residential apartments located on the second and third floors of the building.

Firefighters arrived on the scene to find fire and smoke showing from a second floor apartment in the rear of the structure as well as a large amount of smoke issuing from the front and other attached buildings. Due to the volume of fire and the speed with which it was spreading to other units, a second alarm was struck bringing additional resources. … Continue Reading

Distracted Driving: Focus on the Here and Now

June 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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By Barbara S. Williams

I want to talk to you about distracted driving. What is it? Why should we not drive distracted?

There are many definitions of distracted driving. The U.S. DOT’s definition is “any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety.” Safety is why we don’t want to drive distracted.

There are three major types of distracted driving:
Manual – taking one of both hands off the wheel while driving;
Visual – looking away from the road either within the interior of the car or the exterior; and
Cognitive -being mentally engaged in some activity that reduces the concentration and attention devoted to the task of driving. … Continue Reading

Pool Safety Peace of Mind

June 3, 2015 by Andrea Gaines Public Safety Be the first to comment
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Summer is here and splashing around or relaxing in a cool, sparkling pool is one of the best ways to take advantage of it.
Pool time enjoyment is nothing, however, without pool time safety. Drownings – including those in in-ground pools, above ground pools and inflatable pools – are the leading cause of injury-related deaths in children one to four years old, and the third leading cause of injury-related death among children 19 years and under. Thousands of children and adults are treated at emergency rooms each year as a result of pool-related accidents.

Experts from our own local rescue squads, the American Red Cross and industry groups such as the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) say that our growing awareness of pool safety basics is saving lives and reducing the rates of pool-related injury. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of May 15, 2015

May 27, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of May 15, 2015
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05/15/2015 – 2:30 p.m. 800 Blk. E. Main St. Fraud
A business owner reported that a person called him and claimed to be from Dominion Power and that his power was going to be turned off if he did not make payment over the phone. He knew this to be a scam and contacted police. Several similar calls had been received by other businesses in town.
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Lovettsville House Fire Displaces Four

May 26, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Lovettsville House Fire Displaces Four
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At approximately 7:00 p.m. Monday, May 25, fire and rescue units from Lovettsville, Purcellville, Lucketts, Loudoun Heights, Hamilton, Round Hill, Leesburg and Fredrick County, Maryland responded to a house fire at 37999 Britain Road. First arriving units encountered a log and mortar, single-family tenant house with smoke showing from all four sides. Firefighters made an aggressive attack and were able to fully extinguish the fire within an hour.

Around 3:30 a.m., Tuesday May 26, the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center received a call stating the fire had re-ignited and crews were again dispatched to the scene. They encountered the remnants of the original home and a nearby well house fully engulfed in flames and began a defensive attack. Firefighters remained on scene conducting overhaul until approximately 6:30 a.m. … Continue Reading

NOVEC Says Prepare for Storms during Virginia’s Sales Tax Holiday

May 25, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on NOVEC Says Prepare for Storms during Virginia’s Sales Tax Holiday
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Governor McAuliffe recognizes May 25-31 as Hurricane and Flooding Preparedness Week

Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative encourages consumers to prepare for hurricanes and other storms by purchasing needed supplies and equipment during Virginia’s sale tax holiday for hurricane and emergency preparedness, May 25-31. To emphasize the importance of preparing for hurricane season, Gov. Terry McAuliffe has recognized the week as Hurricane and Flooding Preparedness Week.

“It’s critical that every Virginian take hurricane season seriously and understand how they could be affected by flooding, high winds and tornadoes during this time of year,” said State Coordinator Dr. Jeff Stern. … Continue Reading

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Sustainable Planet

Shell Games

16 Jun 2015

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“Let me be very very clear, for us climate change is real and it’s a threat that we want to act on. We’re not aligning with skeptics.” – Ben van Beurden, chief executive officer of Royal Dutch Shell [1] “What …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Worried About Mid-life Crisis

3 Jun 2015

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Dr. Mike, I think my husband is going through a mid-life crisis, and I’m worried. It started about two years ago. He tries to get away from the kids and me every chance he gets on the weekend. He complains …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Mount Zion Church

1 Jul 2015

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– By Tim Jon So: You’ve never given the American Civil War a great deal of thought, much less walked the grounds of Gettysburg or some of the other, major battleground sites located in our region; you may not be …

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Brandon Park

3 Jun 2015

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Considering its location – amidst the swirl of transportation axes, commercial and industrial scenery, residential neighborhoods, and the shadow of the busy downtown section of Leesburg, I was surprised to have this quiet little oasis of (mostly) green to myself …

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Sushi's Corner

March Sushi

4 Mar 2015

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Hello everyone, this is Hokie Cat from Fields of Athenry Farm. Sushi is in big trouble as we speak and is residing in doggy dungeon. I am here to fill you in on what took place. My brother Mountie loves …

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Virginia Gardening

Planting an Allergy-Free Garden

5 May 2015

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By Donna Williamson Tom Ogren has a long-time interest in allergy-inducing plants. He has written several books on the topic and in February released his latest The Allergy Fighting Garden. He explains why plants can stir up allergies and has …

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Samuel Moore-Sobel

Good Character Takes Work

3 Jun 2015

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel How is character developed? It is a simple question that requires, I suspect, a somewhat complicated answer. New York Times columnist David Brooks gives us profiles of the mental and moral qualities distinctive to great leaders in …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

Challenges for Blended Families

3 Jun 2015

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By Amy & Dan Smith The blended family has become more the norm than the exception in our society. As with most second marriages, Amy and I came into our marriage with our own children, our own careers and our …

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Student News

Woodgrove High School Senior Garner Signs With Wheaton

2 Apr 2015

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Woodgrove High School senior, Kristen Garner, has signed to swim with Wheaton College in Ilinois She is the first Woodgrove swimmer to sign with a college and will compete on Wheaton’s NCAA Division III team. “I am incredibly honored to …

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Buchanan Earns Eagle Rank

1 Apr 2015

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Harry Buchanan, V, from Waterford, earned his Boy Scout Eagle Rank three days before his 18th birthday. The Eagle Rank is the highest rank from the Boy Scouts of America to award.  Less than 2 percent of all Boy Scouts …

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Loudoun Student Awarded Environmental Scholarship

6 Jul 2014

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American Disposal Services is proud to announce Allison Arpajian, the Loudoun County recipient of their Annual American Disposal Services Inc. Scholarship. Applications were distributed to all public high schools in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties. One winner was chosen from each …

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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input sessions June 4, 11 and 18 at 7:00 p.m. at town hall for the proposed sweeping zoning changes. These major …

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Editorial

It’s Time We Invest in Public Education

3 Jun 2015

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By Chuck Hedges Delegate David LaRock believes in school choice. So do I. Delegate David LaRock is concerned about children with special needs. So am I. But that’s where our agreement ends. I have worked with children with special needs for some two years. I know the joy that comes with offering an effective program for these children. For 95 …

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Lifestyle

Summer Movie And Skate Nights At Bush Tabernacle

1 Jul 2015

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The 4th Annual summer of free Movie and Skate Nights will be held every Wednesday evening throughout the summer at the historic Bush Tabernacle Skating Rink.  These events are jointly sponsored by the Bush Tabernacle and the Town of Purcellville. All movies start at 7 p.m., and roller skating starts around 8:30 p.m. (immediately after the movie has ended) and …

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He Slipped The Surly Bonds Of Earth For Us … Happy 4th Of July, Carl

1 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines This aviator’s poem is presented in memory of my uncle, Carl E. Alber – a veteran and celebrated test pilot – to mark all of the freedoms that became ours on July 4, 1776. My uncle died on September 7, 1994, but would have turned 100 this year – on July 4, 2015. The poem was …

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Court Is Back In Session July 10 At Union Cemetery Chapel

1 Jul 2015

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The Loudoun County Clerk of the Circuit Court is hosting a special program Friday, July 10 to mark the 150th anniversary of the opening session of the Loudoun County Court after the Civil War. In May 1861, the court justices ordered George K. Fox Jr., clerk of court, to remove all court records, some of which dated back to the …

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Wild Loudoun

Ancient Oaks – The Great Providers

1 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines She feeds the birds. She shelters the mammal. She cools the air, provides us with shade and conserves the water and soil. She is the mighty old oak, an ecosystem unto herself. All except the smallest living things function as an ecosystem of sorts – whether harboring the bacteria and microscopic plants that break down organic …

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Around Virginia

Governor Signs Senator Black’s Campus Sexual Assault Bill

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On Thursday, May 28, Sen. Richard Black traveled to Richmond for the bill signing ceremony of his bill, Senate Bill 712, the Campus Sexual Assault Bill. Black’s law will change the way that Virginia’s colleges and universities handle sexual assault cases.  “When I heard about the Hannah Graham case, I …

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McAuliffe Announces Movie To Film in Virginia

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia has been selected as the filming location for “Loving,” a motion picture based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a Virginia married couple who, in 1958, were arrested for violating a state law at the time prohibiting interracial marriage. The couple …

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Bipartisan Legislation Hopes To Reduce Wasteful Spending

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U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Rand Paul (R-KY) have teamed up on a bipartisan proposal to empower federal workers to identify and cut down on unnecessary federal spending. The Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act of 2015 would build on existing law by expanding a program that allows U.S. government …

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Sports

Upper Loudoun Little League Pre-Game Ceremony

1 Jul 2015

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– By Carri Michon The Majors championship game for Upper Loudoun Little League dawned with prospects of stormy weather. Nonetheless, a nice crowd assembled for the pre-game ceremonies in the light rain. Following the announcment of the AL Royals and the NL Pirates teams, the ULLL Hometown Heroes scholarship given …

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WLVBC Ignite Takes 2nd at Tournament

13 May 2015

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Western Loudoun Volleyball Club U15 Team Ignite placed second at the NVVA 15’s Spring Fling Volleyball Tournament on Sunday, May 10 at Belmont Ridge Middle School in Leesburg. Ignite met the host team, NVVA 15 Fairfax Black, in the finals. “I’m proud of each player for pushing hard through 10 …

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This Month in History

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

1 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines Loudoun County was heavily invested in the fight for independence from Great Britain. Loudouner Francis Lightfoot Lee was one of 56 delegates to sign the Declaration of Independence. More Loudouners served in General George Washington’s army than any other county in Virginia, and the county’s enormous …

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Mary Rose Lunde

The Summer Semester Is No Break

3 Jun 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde So, what should a college student do with their summer? The appropriate response is relax; summer is meant to be a break complete with sleeping until noon each day and marathons of episodes on Netflix. Instead of doing this however, many college students wake up earlier …

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Sarah's Closet

Summer White Out

3 Jun 2015

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By Sarah Nearis Good fashion has a feeling. As we head into June and the warmer summer months, the feeling you want is one of being cool, easily put together, and comfortable. White has a way of cultivating that cool, comfortable feeling. A crisp pair of white capris. A simple …

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Letters

Reflections for Father’s Day, a Child’s Constitutional Rights

15 Jun 2015

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I’ve been a licensed attorney and a father since the late 80’s. Yet, I wonder about how many of our country’s legal theories – theories …

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Minimum Wage: A Wrench in the Gears

3 Jun 2015

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By Delegate Dave LaRock You may have read in the news recently that the second-largest city in the United States, Los Angeles, voted to raise …

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No Tax Increases

1 Apr 2015

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– By Delegate Dave LaRock I’ve heard it said that elections should be held on April 16 so that people would cast their vote while …

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