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Cold Case Unit Continues Investigation into 2001 Murder of Ursula Haberland

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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Unit continues to investigate the murder of Upperville resident Ursula Haberland.

Haberland was found murdered inside her home 15-years-ago, on Thursday, August 23, 2001. She was 81-years-old at the time of her death.

The Cold Case Unit of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance with the investigation of Haberland’s death. Detectives continue to seek additional information from a caller who, in April of 2004, called the Fairfax County Crime Solvers Tip Line and gave the names of two individuals who were alleged to be involved in the murder of Ursula Haberland. … Continue Reading

LCSO Investigates Reported Attempted Sexual Assault on Washington & Old Dominion Trail

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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a reported attempted sexual assault that occurred August 17 on the Washington and Old Dominion Trail just east of Sterling Boulevard.

The victim reported the incident to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office on August 23. The victim reported that she was walking on the trail around 8:30 p.m. last Wednesday when she was approached by two unknown black males. The suspects approached her from a wooded area and pulled at her and her clothing before physically assaulting her. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of August 19, 2016

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08/19/2016 – 12:00 p.m. 500 Blk. West N St. Wire Fraud
The complainant reported that she solicited a company to install some computer upgrades on her computer but fraudulently charged her account. The incident is under investigation.

08/20/2016 – 10:20 a.m. 300 Blk. S. 12th St. Crisis Intervention Call
Police were contacted in reference to a family member having a mental health crisis. The person had been taken to a medical facility where police maintained custody until he could be transferred to a mental health facility. … Continue Reading

LCSO Encourages Residents to Report Suspicious Activity Near Construction Sites

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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is asking residents to report suspicious activity at construction sites, especially after hours, due to a series of larcenies of building materials and appliances.

The Dulles South area has seen a majority of the thefts with over 100 reported larcenies from construction sites in 2016. A majority of the items targeted by the thieves include cabinets, kitchen appliances, HVAC units, siding and plumbing fixtures (copper). … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of August 13, 2016

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08/13/2016 – 10:08 a.m. 200 Blk. Misty Pond Terrace Crisis Intervention Call
Police were called to the scene by a family member to check on a relative who had made suicidal threats. Contact was made with the person who was in crisis and was taken into custody and transported to a mental health facility for treatment.

08/14/2016 – 09:58 p.m. 100 Blk. N. 16th St. Harassment
The complainant reported that an acquaintance has been harassing him and he needed legal advice in an attempt to obtain a protective order. He was explained what steps to follow to obtain one. … Continue Reading

LCSO Seeks Missing Teenager from Sterling

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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance to help locate a missing teenager from Sterling.

Zyonna Womack, 17, was last seen leaving her residence in the 22900 block of Fleet Terrace on the evening of August 16. Zyonna is described as a Black female, 5’ 6” tall, and weighing 150 pounds. She has short black hair, brown eyes and may be wearing glasses.

Anyone with any information regarding her whereabouts is asked to contact Detective J. Merchant of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office at 703-777-0475.

Lightning Strike Causes Fire in Bluemont Home

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Smoke alarms sounded inside of a Bluemont residence Tuesday afternoon alerting the occupants to a fire caused when a lightning strike hit the large, single family house.

Tuesday afternoon just before 4:00 p.m., the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center received a call from the homeowner of a residence in the 34,000 block of Foxwood Lane in Bluemont, reporting that their house was struck by lightning.
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Excessive Heat Warning in Effect for Loudoun; Officials Encourage Residents to Stay Cool

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The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for Loudoun County for most of Saturday, forecasting temperatures in the mid to upper 90s and heat index values of up to 110 degrees.

County officials remind residents to take precautions to prevent heat illnesses. Spend as much time as possible in air-conditioning, stay out of the sun, drink plenty of water, and make sure you are aware of the latest weather forecast. Also, do not leave children or pets in cars, and check on relatives and neighbors. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of August 3, 2016

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08/03/2016 – 05:03 p.m. 300 Blk. N. Maple Ave. Found Property
Police were called to the scene by school staff in reference to a found pistol on the school grounds. It was determined to be an airsoft pellet gun that closely resembled a handgun. … Continue Reading

LCSO Seeks Public’s Assistance to Help Identify Suspects in Robbery at Dulles Town Center

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Detectives with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office have released a video of the suspects involved in the August 7 robbery at a store in the Dulles Town Center.

Shortly before 8 p.m. on Sunday evening, the subjects entered the shop located at 21100 Dulles Town Circle, in Dulles. Two White males came into the store and one asked for change and when the clerk opened the register, the suspect took the money from the clerk’s hand and the money from the register. The males then fled to the lower level and left in a gold Acura. No one was injured during the robbery. … Continue Reading

Sergeant John Kelly to Retire in October

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Chief of Police Cynthia A. McAlister announces that Sergeant John Kelly will be retiring from the Purcellville Police Department on October 1, after a successful 38 year career as a sworn police officer.

Sergeant Kelly began his law enforcement career in 1977 while serving in the United States Army as a Military Policeman. He was honorably discharged and moved on to his local law enforcement career with the Purcellville Police Department in 1980. In 1983 he went to serve with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office until 1986. At that time he returned to the Purcellville Police Department and remained here until 1988. He then went to serve with the Middleburg Police Department for almost ten years, before returning to the Purcellville Police Department to serve his last eighteen years in local law enforcement. It is clear when reflecting back on Sergeant Kelly’s career, western Loudoun is where his heart is! He will remain in western Loudoun with his wife, Patty, who is a Loudoun Valley High School English teacher. … Continue Reading

MS-13 Gang Member Enters Guilty Pleas

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Jose Israel Alvarenga, 19, appeared before Judge J. Howe Brown, Jr. in Loudoun County Circuit Court and pleaded guilty to one count of gang participation, one count of malicious wounding and one count of felony obstruction of justice.

On November 7, 2015, Alvarenga approached a young man in Leesburg whom he believed to be a member of the 18th Street gang. The victim denied any involvement in the 18th Street gang and Alvarenga demanded that he join the MS-13 gang. The victim knew Alvarenga to be a leader of a local MS-13 gang clique. The victim advised Alvarenga that he did not wish to join a gang and began to walk away. Alvarenga then kicked the victim in the back and told him that he would kill him if he did not join MS-13. The victim fled from the area. … Continue Reading

LCSO Deputy Involved in Shooting in Aldie

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A Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Deputy responding to a domestic-related incident at a home in Aldie was involved in a fatal shooting yesterday morning.

Around 4:45 a.m. on August 5, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a disorderly subject damaging items inside his home in the 41400 block of Carriage Horse Drive. The call for law enforcement assistance was made by a relative also living at the residence.

The initial investigation indicates that as the deputy arrived, the subject in question advanced on the deputy with a knife near the front doorway. The subject was advised multiple times by the deputy to drop the knife but failed to comply. The deputy responded by firing a single shot which fatally injured the subject. The subject has been identified as Johannes M. Wood, 58, of Aldie. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

Hundreds Will Join 20th Annual Butterfly Count August 6

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By Andrea Gaines How Is a Butterfly Like a Rainbow? Scientists recently discovered that some butterfly wings contain tiny structures called gyroids that diffract or break up light into the colors of the spectrum. You may also have seen this …

Your Retirement Plan B

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Take the time to design an alternative retirement plan should retirement come earlier than expected. Imagine this. You’ve spend decades working, saving, and planning for your version of the ideal retirement. Your company was just acquired, and your boss is …

Learning Patience As a Camp Counselor

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By Mary Rose Lunde They say that one of the biggest blessings is being a teacher. It is also one of the hardest. Explaining to nine-year-old kids how to build a fire is one of the most challenging things I’ve …

Remembering the Man Who Never Forgot

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “God is God because He remembers.” The implication being that the defining element separating humans from God is the Divine’s inability to forget. Elie Wiesel was defined in part by his willingness to remember, along with his …

Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Balch Library

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By Tim Jon Solitude, peace, and quiet: Not exactly the first three adjectives I’d choose to describe the greater portion of downtown Leesburg, although its charms do shine through even on the busiest of weekday afternoons. The last morning I …

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, …

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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August 1, 2016

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August 7, 2016

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August 21, 2016

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August 22, 2016

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August 23, 2016

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Winchester Plans Patsy Cline Music Festival Labor Day Weekend

11 Aug 2016

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The Patsy Cline Music Festival will be held Labor Day weekend in her hometown of Winchester, Va. in honor of the legendary singer’s birthday anniversary on September. 8. Celebrating Patsy Cline sponsors the celebration that begins with a block party from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in front of the Patsy Cline Historic House, 608 S. Kent St. Music will …

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Vigil for Lost Promise to Remember Loved Ones Lost to Drugs

11 Aug 2016

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Residents and local leaders are encouraged to join the many families, friends and community groups to share the light of their loved ones lost to drugs. The Vigil for Lost Promise will be held Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Drugs: Cost and Consequences Exhibit (DEA Museum), located at 750 Miller Dr. …

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August Is National Peach Month: Eat a Peach in Salad

3 Aug 2016

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Are You Kidding? No. A nectarine and a peach are basically the same species. Nectarines are bald peaches, in effect. In early cultivation, nectarines occasionally appeared on peach trees, the result of a recessive allele, the fruit from which were then cultivated as nectarines. Peaches are also part of the rose family. No wonder why we like all three, so …

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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

Land Trust Receives Large Donation

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On August 22, The Land Trust of Virginia received a $10,000 gift from the Sharon D. Virts Foundation, based in Herndon. The presentation of this grant was part of the Foundation’s official launch event, held at Selma Plantation in Leesburg. Notable speakers included Sharon D. Virts, FCiFederal Founder and Chair, …

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Farmers Urged To Be On The Lookout For Marijuana

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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 …

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State Senators Investigate University of Virginia’s $2.3 Billion Operating Surplus

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Senators Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax City) and Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach), are calling for an investigation into disclosures that the University of Virginia has accumulated a $2.3 billion operating surplus, now titled a “Strategic Investment Fund,” that is significantly larger than the Commonwealth’s own cash reserves. Both senators agree that the …

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Sports

Let’s Make Some Memories

3 Aug 2016

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American Legion Baseball At Fireman’s Field, August 3 – 7 By Andrea Gaines American Legion Baseball is here at Fireman’s Field in a big way, featuring five consecutive blockbuster Mid-Atlantic Tournament games – August 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Our local Leesburg Post 34 Rangers had some nice wins …

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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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