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Indecent Liberties by a Custodian Sends Loudoun Restaurateur to Prison for Fourteen Months

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Leopoldo Jacobo Lugo, 59, appeared before Judge Douglas L. Fleming, Jr., in Loudoun County Circuit Court for sentencing on one count of indecent liberties with a child by custodian.

Lugo was charged after it was revealed that he had sexually abused a minor child over a course of several years, with at least one incident occurring while Lugo and the victim were living in Loudoun County. This information was disclosed by the victim after she was interviewed in response to a complaint made to the Virginia Department of Social Services. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of July 16, 2016

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07/16/2016 – 08:30 p.m. 200 Blk. S. Nursery Ave. Drunk in Public
Casey McDonald, a 25 year old male of Purcellville, was arrested for being drunk in public. He was transported to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center and held until sober.

07/18/2016 – 08:20 a.m. 1000 Blk. E. Main St. Hit and Run Crash
The complainant came out to her vehicle and noticed that it had been struck while parked. A witness provided a possible striking vehicle as a Ford F-150 P/U Truck driven by a w/m in his 30’s. The incident is under investigation.
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Leesburg Bicyclist Struck by Vehicle

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A 24 year-old Leesburg woman is in critical condition after being struck by a vehicle while she was riding a bicycle on the Route 15 Bypass. At approximately 5:18 p.m. on July 13, calls starting coming into the Leesburg Police Emergency Communications Center regarding a person that was riding a bicycle Eastbound on the Route 15 Bypass in the travel lane causing vehicles to swerve around her. At approximately 5:20 p.m., a call was received that the bicyclist had now been struck by a vehicle. Responding officers located the victim in the roadway suffering from multiple injuries on the Route 15 Bypass between South King Street and the Dulles Greenway. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of July 10, 2016

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07/10/2016 – 05:00 a.m. 100 Blk. Hirst Rd. Crisis intervention Call
Police were contacted by a citizen who advised that her friend had made statements of harming herself and had access to a firearm. Contact was made with the person who was taken into custody and transported to a mental health facility to seek treatment. … Continue Reading

How Is a Purcellville Police Officer Dispatched to You?

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The Town of Purcellville Police Department would like to share important information about reaching an officer for law enforcement response in the Town of Purcellville. Recently, the Town revised its internal procedures to ensure that all calls are answered in a timely and professional manner.
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LCSO Seeks Public’s Assistance to Help Locate Missing Sterling Teenager

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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance to help locate a Sterling teenager who was reported missing on July 8.

Katie Zamora-Hernandez, 13, left her residence on E. Charlotte Road on her own accord. She is possibly in the Herndon area with another juvenile.

Katie is described as a White female, 4’11” tall with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with any information regarding her possible whereabouts is asked to call Sgt. D. Hill at 703-777-0475.

Fire Destroys Waterford Home

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The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office (FMO) remains on scene investigating Saturday night’s fire that destroyed a home in the 14500 block of Creek Lane in Waterford.

At approximately 9:30 p.m. Saturday night, Loudoun Emergency Communication Center received multiple calls reporting a house on fire in the 14500 block of Creek Lane in Waterford. Fire and rescue crews from Lucketts, Hamilton, Lovettsville, Purcellville, Leesburg and Round Hill responded to find significant fire and smoke conditions coming from multiple sides of a two story, single-family residence. A second alarm and additional water tankers were immediately requested bringing units from Ashburn, Lansdowne, Brambleton, Moorfield, Mount Weather and several units from Frederick County MD to assist with the large fire. The first firefighters on the scene confirmed that all occupants were out of the home safely. The advanced state of the fire prevented the crews from entering the structure so the fire was attacked from the exterior using multiple hose lines. Crews remained on the scene until after 5:00 a.m. Sunday extinguishing hot spots and overhauling the remnants of the structure. … Continue Reading

Town Water Staff Addresses Taste and Odor Concerns

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Over the past weekend, Town staff noticed a slight change in the taste and odor of the water produced in the Town’s water system. Specifically, water customers may notice a musty or earthy taste in their water. Although this represents a change from our water’s normal aesthetic properties, this water meets or exceeds all regulatory requirements and does not pose a public health risk. … Continue Reading

As Loudoun Wrestles With Escalating Drug Problem One Neighbor Makes A Plea

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Every day more than 100 Americans die from an opioid addiction.

Some began their journey by smoking grass and/or abusing alcohol. Some moved from the very real need to take pain killers for a bad back or post-surgery and became unable to stop. But however the journey began, experts say that by the time you realize you have a problem, catastrophe or near catastrophe can be just around the corner.

Near catastrophe came for one young man just a few short weeks ago, who was saved by the quick action of VDOT workers, a fellow motorist, a trained sheriff’s deputy who came on the scene and fire and rescue.

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Witnesses Sought in Hit and Run Crash That Injured Bicyclist

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The Leesburg Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating the driver of a vehicle that struck and severely injured a bicyclist Sunday evening. On June 26, 2016 at approximately 9:04 PM, a 57 year-old Leesburg man was attempting to cross the Route 15 Bypass in the area of Edwards Ferry Road when he was struck by a vehicle. The driver of the vehicle did not stop and continued northbound on the bypass.

The victim was thrown from his bicycle and sustained severe head injuries and is currently being treated at a local hospital. A passing motorist observed the victim lying in the roadway and stopped to offer assistance. The victim was able to provide a possible vehicle description of a dark green Jeep Cherokee.

The Leesburg Police Department is asking that if anyone has any information regarding this investigation to contact Detective Drogin immediately at (703) 771-4541. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call the Leesburg Crime Line at (703) 443-TIPS (8477). Information can also be sent via TIPSUBMIT. Text “LPDTIP” plus your message to 274637.

LCSO Continues to Seek Missing Teenager from River Creek Community

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Loudoun County, Virginia- The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office continues to seek the public’s assistance to help locate a missing teenager who was last seen on June 3.

Dominique Hodges-Stone, 17, lives in the River Creek area of Leesburg and was reported missing on May 30. She returned home on June 3 to get clothing before leaving again.

Detectives have been working with local and federal authorities to help locate her. She is believed to be in Washington, DC and is avoiding contact with law enforcement.

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LCSO Seeks Information on Possible Whereabouts of Missing Ashburn Teens

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Loudoun County, Virginia- The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance to help locate two missing Ashburn teenagers who are believed to be together.

Matthew T. Cerniglia, 16, and Brianna C. Jones, were reported missing on June 23. They are likely together and are known to frequent the areas of the Ashburn Junction Plaza and the Ashburn Village Shopping Center.

The two left the area on their own accord. Brianna is in need of medication and the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is concerned for their welfare.

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Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of June 22, 2016

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06/22/2016 – 08:57 p.m. 100 Desales Dr. Narcotics Violation
A parent reported that her adult son had narcotics in her residence and she wanted to turn it over to police. The son is on probation and the incident is under investigation.

06/24/2016 – 8:17 p.m. 1000 Blk. E. Main St. Destruction of Property
The victim reported that he heard a crash and noticed that the rear windshield had been shattered by a rock that appears to have been thrown from nearby. The area was checked but the suspects(s) were not located. The damage was approximately $100. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

Superforecasting a Book Review

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The book “Superforecasting” by Philip Tetlock and Dan Gardner contains a nearly complete list of the attributes of superforecasting, as well as critical thinking. Tetlock’s research empirically confirms the aspects of critical thinking I’ve been discussing in this column. Their …

Pokémon GO: A Fun New Gaming App or an Accidental Treatment?

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Penicillin was accidently discovered in 1928 when scientist Alexander Fleming returned to his lab from vacation to notice that a strange fungus growing on a culture had killed off the neighboring bacteria. After WWII, psychiatrist and researcher, Dr. John Cade, …

Brotherly Love

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– By Samuel Moore-Sobel There he was. A small, innocent being entering the world for the very first time. Can I touch him? Nervously, I lean forward. He seems so perfect, so completely serene. He is loved instantly. The last …

To The Teen Who Feels Alone

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– By Mary Rose Lunde I’m going to do something real here and be honest for a second. In a society where telling someone your deep emotional feelings is considered weak, doing just that seems to be detrimental and could …

Unmotivated Teen

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– By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, At our insistence, our 17-year-old son is going to get a summer job. Well, that’s what he agreed to, but we are two weeks into the summer and guess what … he doesn’t …

Time To Add Discipline To Your Good Money Habits

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– By Amy and Dan Smith For many, their 30’s is a time to build a family and a stronger financial future That 30th birthday can be a somewhat traumatic event, but with people living longer, they say 50 is …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

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Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016

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Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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Farmers Urged To Be on the Lookout for Marijuana

23 Jul 2016

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Farmers in Southwest Virginia are being urged to check their property for marijuana planted by trespassers. Within the past year, hundreds of marijuana plants have been discovered between rows of hay bales on farms in and around Pulaski County, according to the Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force. “Unfortunately this is a growing trend,” said Corporal Barbara Owens of the …

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Bluemont Harvest Ball To Be Held on September 17 in Warrenton

20 Jul 2016

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To commemorate the organization’s 40th Anniversary, Bluemont has announces the first ever Bluemont Harvest Ball, to be held on September 17 from 6:30 pm to 11:00 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Warrantor. This black tie event will feature live music from the Silver Tones Swing Band, dancing, a four-course, seated dinner, an open bar, and a silent auction. Tickets …

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What Do You Do To Stay Cool?

7 Jul 2016

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– By Amanda Clark “To chill out this summer I will spend a lot of my time playing music. During the summer, I have so much free time and I devote as much of it as I can to playing music.” – Michael Preston (Lovettsville) “To chill out this summer I will go to a friend’s house and borrow their …

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Editorial

Grief and Greed

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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 …

Op-ed

Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!

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– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West

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– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

Dear Editor

Lessons from Short Hill

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It’s been a little over two weeks since the Commission Permit for the proposed AT&T facility on Short Hill was overruled by the Board of Supervisors. This is just about …

Thank You

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Dear Citizens of Purcellville: As your town council member it is my vision and priority that you feel welcome at your Town Hall and take part in shaping Purcellville’s future …

View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

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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 …

Around Virginia

Blood Donors Asked To Help Address Summer Shortage

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Virginia Blood Services is urging Virginians to help replenish an extremely low summer blood supply and asking eligible donors to visit any one of its area Community Donor Centers or mobile blood drives. “Summer is always a challenging time for blood collections,” says Virginia Blood Services Executive Director, Todd Cahill. …

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McAuliffe Announces New Exports for Virginia Lumber Companies To the United Kingdom

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Governor Terry McAuliffe announced new export sales of Virginia wood products to the United Kingdom (U.K.) during a trade and marketing mission to Israel and the U.K. The sales were struck between four Virginia lumber companies and James Latham PLC, one of the oldest and largest wood importers and distributors …

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Governor McAuliffe Announces 105 New Jobs in the Town of Berryville and Clarke County

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Handsome Brook Farm, LLC to Invest More Than $6 Million to Establish Egg Processing Operation in Virginia RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that New York-based Handsome Brook Farm, LLC will invest $6.4 million to establish a new pasture raised egg processing operation in the Town of Berryville and …

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Sports

Registration Open For Ida Lee’s Fall NFL Flag Football

7 Jul 2016

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Ida Lee’s Fall 2016 NFL Flag Football League will begin with player evaluations on Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31.  Players must be registered by Tuesday, July 26, to participate. This fall, Ida Lee’s Leesburg NFL Flag Football House League will have the following age groups:  6-7; 8-9; 10-11; …

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Everyone’s Getting Into Cannons Action!

6 Jul 2016

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Purcellville Cannons? Baseball July Schedule July 9, 7 p.m. at home Covington? July 12, 7 p.m. away Winchester? July 13, 7:30 p.m. Harrisonburg? July 14, 7 p.m. at home Strasburg? July 15, 7 p.m. at home Woodstock? July 16, 7 p.m. away Front Royal? July 17, 7 p.m. at home …

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