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Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of April 21, 2016


04/21/2016 – 10:00 a.m. 700 Blk. E. Main St. Narcotics Violation
Police were called for a report of a white powdery substance that a person found at the gas pumps. Person turned this into the store clerk and asked them to call police. The powder was field tested and tested positive for cocaine. Video footage is being looked at and this case is being investigated.

04/22/2016 – 01:00 a.m. 600 Blk. E. Main St. Driving Revoked

Vehicle was pulled over for speeding. During the traffic stop it was found that Mr. Shaundaidrick Walker did not have a driver’s license and it was reported as revoked. He was placed into custody and seen by a Magistrate. He was given a court date and released. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of April 14, 2016


04/14/2016 – 3:50 a.m. 400 block Wordsworth Cir. Missing Person

Police were called to the residence for a report of a missing adult. The individual returned home 6 hours later.

04/14/2016 – 7:15 p.m. 17000 block Pickwick Dr. Missing Person

Police were called to the residence for a report of a missing child. The child was located several minutes later at a nearby residence and was unharmed. … Continue Reading

Recent Rise in Mulch Fires Draws Warning from Fire Officials

April 19, 2016 Public Safety 1 comment

Since March 23 Loudoun’s fire and rescue units have responded to twenty-three fires originating in landscaping mulch. These fires have caused thousands of dollars in damages with the potential of much more devastating results.

One such recent incident occurred the afternoon of April 6th when the Loudoun County 9-1-1 Center received a call for a fire in the 42000 block of John Mosby Highway. The caller reported a fire and that the business was being evacuated. Units from Dulles South, Brambleton, Aldie, and Fairfax County along with the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office arrived on scene to find fire showing from the front of the building. The fire, which was quickly extinguished, was deemed by the FMO to have been caused by improperly discarded smoking materials in the mulch next to the structure. Damages from this incident, which included a nearby vehicle, are estimated at $10,000. No injuries to public safety personnel were reported however two civilians were evaluated after inhaling chemicals from a fire extinguisher they applied to the fire. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of April 7, 2016


04/07/2016 – 12:18 p.m. 700 Blk. E. Main St. Shoplifting
An off-duty police officer observed a subject steal beer from a store and proceeded to follow him and report the incident to police officers who took the subject into custody. Oliver McDade, an 18 year old male of Leesburg, was charged with theft and released on a summons. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of April 2, 2016


04/02/2016 – 11:23 p.m. 200 Blk. Misty Pond Terrace Domestic Dispute
Husband and wife involved in a domestic argument. No assaults took place and the husband left for the night to calm the situation down.

04/04/2016 – 11:00 a.m. 100 Blk. E. Main St. Check the Welfare
Police were called to the scene to the check the welfare of a small child with no proper adult supervision. Contact was made with the child that was not in immediate danger but did require follow-up with Loudoun County Child Protective Services. … Continue Reading

CIA K-9 Training Exercise Explosives Left on LCPS Bus


Federal officials have confirmed that the explosives material found by a maintenance worker on a school bus parked at Briar Woods High School last week was apparently left in the vehicle by a federal agency conducting training exercises. Briar Woods is a secondary school in Ashburn serving students in Broadlands, Brambleton and surrounding neighborhoods.
While school and Loudoun County Sheriff’s Department authorities were able to quickly confirm that the explosives materials could not be activated using normal operation of the bus, the parents of students who might have been on the bus when the explosives were present were quickly contacted. … Continue Reading

Stabbing in Purcellville – April 4


On Monday afternoon, April 4, there was a report of a stabbing committed against Pastor Janney at his house located in the Locust Grove subdivision in Purcellville. The stabbing was reportedly domestic in nature. According to the Purcellville Baptist Church social media page Pastor Janney is in stable condition. Janney was flown to the hospital in a helicopter which landed in a field near the parking lot of the church. Janney is pastor of the Purcellville Baptist Church.

There was a lock out at Blue Ridge Middle School, and Loudoun Valley High School. Emerick Elementary was out for the day but after school activities were locked down. The adult male suspect fled the scene but was apprehended shortly after the incident.

We will update as more information becomes available.

LCSO Investigates Armed Robbery at Gas Station in Ashbrook Commons Plaza


The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an armed robbery at an Ashburn gas station where the suspect fired a shot inside the store.

Shortly before midnight on April 1, 2016, the suspect entered the Shell gas station located in the 20060 block of Ashbrook Commons Plaza, displayed a firearm and demanded the clerk open the cash register. During the course of the robbery the suspect discharged a round from the firearm. He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was injured during the robbery. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of March 23, 2016


03/23/2016 – 05:46 p.m. 800 Blk. E. Main St. Loitering Complaint
A business was complaining of juveniles and young adults hanging out in the back parking lot of his business. Contact was made with the owner and the group of individuals and they agreed to leave and not return in the future. Extra patrol will be dedicated to the area in the future.

03/23/2016 – 7:15 p.m. 16000 Blk. McNaughton Ct. Assist other Police Agency
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office requested mutual aid assistance with an off-road vehicle crash that had occurred just outside the town limits due to no Sheriff’s Office units in the area to respond. Purcellville Police units responded and secured the scene until Sheriff’s Office and rescue units arrived. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of March 17, 2016

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03/17/2016 – 05:00 p.m. 200 Blk. W. “J” St. Destruction of Property
The complainant reported that his mailbox and post had been damaged. He provided some information about a possible suspect and the incident is under investigation.

03/18/2016 – 2:23 a.m. 200 Blk. Hirst Rd. DWI
Elizabeth Bufkin, a 32 year old female of Purcellville, was arrested for DWI. She was transported to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center and held.

03/19/2016 – 7:00 p.m. 600 Blk. Dominion Terrace Domestic Dispute
Police were called to the scene of a domestic dispute. No assaults took place and the situation was mediated prior to police leaving the scene.

Leesburg Man Convicted for Stealing Checks from Employer

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Defendant to pay over $15,000 in restitution

Kenneth Morris Sutton, 49, appeared before Judge Jeanette A. Irby, in Loudoun County Circuit Court for sentencing on two counts of forgery, two counts of uttering, two counts of obtaining money by false pretense, and two counts of misdemeanor larceny of a check. Irby sentenced Sutton to an active sentence of three years in the Virginia Department of Corrections for the felony charges and twelve months on each of the misdemeanors. … Continue Reading

Local Officials to Hold Discussion with Parents and Students on Rising Use of Heroin

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U.S. Representative Barbara Comstock (VA-10th District) in conjunction with Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman and the Drug Enforcement Administration will host their second public discussion for both parents and students regarding heroin addiction, the resources available to those who are addicted and prevention efforts. Recently, a 17-year-old high school student in Fairfax County died because of a potential heroin overdose. As a community we must get the word out on the perils of heroin addiction. Last August, officials held a similar forum with the public. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of March 10, 2016

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03/10/2016 – 05:50 a.m. 300 Blk. S. Davis Dr. Domestic Dispute
Police were called to the scene of a domestic dispute between family members. No assault(s) took place and the situation had calmed down prior to police leaving the scene. The argument had started about one of the parties had been locked out of the residence and no one would let him in.

03/12/2016 – 10:42 a.m. 400 Blk. Yorkshire Ridge Ct. Mail Theft
The victim reported that a piece of mail that he expected delivery on had likely been stolen from outside his residence. The postal service confirmed delivery on the item. The incident is under investigation. … Continue Reading









A Look Into What Is Learned in High School English

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By Mary Rose Lunde English is the arguably the most important subject for a student in high school to learn. The most successful people in the world have one thing in common — being able to communicate effectively. This is …

Remembering Nancy Reagan


By Samuel Moore-Sobel The passing of Nancy Reagan, a former First Lady who completely transformed the role and helped catapult her husband to greatness, marked the end of an era. Her death also happened to coincide with a turning point …

How To “File and Suspend” Before It Is Too Late


With the recent changes to Social Security rules, filing and suspending will soon be phased out, but there’s still time to take advantage of the strategy. Here’s a quick guide to maneuvering this rule while it still lasts, but as …

Concerned Parent


By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, We are concerned about some habits our nine year old son demonstrates and would love some advice from you.  We are unsure whether it’s anxiety, nervousness, or just nervous/an excess of energy.  A few …

Temple Hall Farm


I only met the late AV (Val) Symington once; it was a Sunday evening in my first year or two at Wage Radio (this would be the late ‘90’s) and I was putting things in order for the next morning’s …

Am I an Enabler?


Dr. Mike, My husband thinks that I’m harming our son for life because of the way I parent. Our son is 12 years old and he was diagnosed with ADHD in the 1st grade. My husband calls me “the enabler” …


Grief and Greed


By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …


Oh No, It’s the Christians!


By Nicholas Reid In the hours and days following every massacre perpetrated by radical Muslims, there is one unifying theme across most news coverage of the massacre, wherever it may …

Dear Editor

Campaign of Untruths


Elected officials have done some pretty despicable things while serving in office. They range from bribery, beating a spouse, cheating on a spouse, obstruction of justice, and various forms of …

View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville


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 …

Student News

Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016


Joel Gicker, Kyle Siecker, Sam Soltis and David Watson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville on January 9. The four Eagles are members of Troop 711 of …

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8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015


Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015


Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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April 2016

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Last Ham Comedy Improv: April FOOLS SHOW


West Loudoun County Methodist Stop Hunger Now

Writer's Project Runway

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event


Praise Concert

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My Child's Closet Consignment Sale

Cherry Blossom Celebration

A Springtime Serenade Concert

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Woodgrove HS presents the musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"


Woodgrove HS presents the musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

Woodgrove HS presents the musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

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April Fourth Friday

Woodgrove HS presents the musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center


Virginia Touch-A-Truck

Breaux Vineyards Wild Game Winemaker's Dinner

Woodgrove HS presents the musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center


CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center

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Hamilton Town Hall

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CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center


Lobster Day with Chef Seb at North Gate Vineyard

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center


Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Spring Wine Glass Painting with Penny

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YMCA of Loudoun County to Hold Job Fair

30 Apr 2016


The YMCA is hiring summer camp Site Supervisors, Sr. Camp Counselors, Camp Counselors, and Jr. Camp Counselors who will work with children ages 5-12 in Loudoun County in our summer day camp programs. Site Supervisors will be responsible for supervising a summer camp program with 30-70 children and for planning, coordinating, and implementing all summer camp activities under the guidelines …

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5K and 10K “Ringing in Hope” Race Slated for Memorial Day

27 Apr 2016


The third annual “Ringing in Hope” 5K and 10K race will be held on Memorial Day (Monday, May 30) at One Loudoun. A 1K fun run/walk will also be held. The 5K begins at 8:00 a.m., the 10K at 8:10 a.m. and the 1K at 9:30 a.m. Proceeds will benefit Boulder Crest Retreat, a retreat for America’s seriously wounded warriors …

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Bluegrass Performers Reno and Harrell To Appear at Lucketts on April 23

15 Apr 2016

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The Lucketts Bluegrass Concert Series continues its 42nd season of weekly concerts at the Lucketts Community Center on Saturday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. with a show featuring Reno and Harrell. Tickets are $15 at the door, and the doors open at 6:00 p.m. Hot dogs, barbecue sandwiches, snacks and drinks will be available at the kitchen.

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Around Virginia

Update: Remains Located in Shenandoah National Park; Search Efforts Suspended

VSP Photo - 4-21-16 Whiteoak Canyon Trail Entrance VSP

Update: Body preliminarily identified as Nicole K. Mittendorff, 31, of Woodbridge. The physical and digital evidence collected during the course of this investigation includes a note recovered from the car leads investigators to believe there was no foul play involved in her death. ——————– Search efforts in the Shenandoah National …

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Virginia Trooper Shot and Killed at Richmond Bus Terminal

Tpr Dermyer Patrol Car in front of VSP SPHQ

A Virginia State Police trooper has died as a result of his injuries after being shot on March 31 at the Greyhound Bus station in the 2900 block of North Boulevard in Richmond. At approximately 2:40 p.m., Virginia State Police Trooper Chad P. Dermyer approached a male subject just inside …

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Designation of Four New Virginia Main Street Communities


Governor Terry McAuliffe has announced the designation of four communities in the Virginia Main Street (VMS) program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The newly-designated communities include the town of Wytheville, the cities of Danville and Lexington and Gloucester Courthouse in Gloucester County. The communities …

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Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second

3 Feb 2016


The Western Loudon Volleyball Club U14 boys team, called the “Hitmen,” finished second in a tournament held January 17. This is the first ever boys team for the WLVBC (and only the second boys club in the area). Coach Allan Kotmel led the seven-member team. WLVBC started eight years ago, …

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ODFC West Travel Soccer Program Shines

2 Dec 2015


The Old Dominion Football Club West boys and girls middle school travel soccer program scored big the weekend of November 21 and 22.  The girls Quest Premier 22 team took home the championship in the U12 Girls Premier Division of the Hunt Country Classic located in Fauquier County. The boys …

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