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Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of July 10, 2015

July 18, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of July 10, 2015

07/10/2015 – 05:15 p.m. 300 Blk. G St. Domestic Dispute
Police were called to the scene of a domestic argument between a married couple by a neighbor. The situation had calmed down on police arrival and the situation was mediated prior to police clearing the scene.

07/11/2015 – 3:00 p.m. 100 Blk. 14th St. Narcotics Violation
Police responded to the scene of a suspicious vehicle and noticed that several young adults in the vehicle were involved in narcotics activity. The matter is under investigation is to whether charges will be placed. … Continue Reading

LCSO Continues Investigating 2009 Murder of Jose Daniel Soto

July 18, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Continues Investigating 2009 Murder of Jose Daniel Soto

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is continuing the investigation of a homicide that occurred six years ago. Saturday, July 18, 2015 will mark the six-year anniversary of the murder of Jose Daniel Soto. This incident took place on July 18, 2009 at the Middleburg Training Center located in Middleburg.

Soto was employed at the training center as a jockey at the time of his death. The homicide was the result of an altercation that had occurred between Jose “Danny” Soto and two suspects who have been identified. The suspects were identified as Alberto Garcia Perez and Timoteo Hernandez Cruz. Both suspects had also been employed at the training center at that time. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Report – Week of July 2, 2015

July 11, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Report – Week of July 2, 2015

07/02/2015 – 12:29 p.m. 600 Blk. Dominion Terrace Emotionally Disturbed Person
Police and EMS responded for a report of an intentional overdose of drugs. The patient was transported to a medical facility in stable condition and police contacted Loudoun County Mental Health and the patient was placed in a mental health facility for treatment. … Continue Reading

LCSO Deputies Recognized for Life-Saving Actions during Suicide Attempt

July 8, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Deputies Recognized for Life-Saving Actions during Suicide Attempt

Two Loudoun deputies are being lauded for their efforts in helping save the life of a man who attempted to take his own life last month.

On May 23, Deputy First Class Dustin Moon and Deputy First Class James Maguire, Jr., responded to a residence in the Cascades area after dispatchers received information from a third party caller that a man was attempting to take his own life. The man was reportedly in a running vehicle in his garage.

DFC Maguire, an 11-year-veteran of law enforcement, arrived on scene and found the home and the garage door locked. DFC Moon, a 10-year veteran, used his car jack while DFC Maguire used his collapsible baton to partially open the garage door to allow the fumes being emitted from the vehicle to escape. Seeing that they were not going to be able to open the garage door further to gain entry, Deputy Maguire forced open the front door of the home. … Continue Reading

Townhouse Fire Caused by Improperly Disposed Fireworks

July 6, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Townhouse Fire Caused by Improperly Disposed Fireworks

Improperly disposed fireworks were determined to be the cause of a two alarm fire, resulting in $700,000 in damages and displacing several residents.

Saturday, July 4 at 10:26 p.m., fire and rescue units from Dulles South, Brambleton, Aldie, Moorefield, Fairfax County, and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority responded to 25147 Sodalite Square for a townhouse fire. When emergency crews arrived on scene, they found significant fire coming from multiple floors in the front and rear of a middle unit townhome. A second alarm was promptly requested bringing additional units from Ashburn, Sterling, and Leesburg. … Continue Reading

Thanks For Keeping Us Safe!

July 2, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Public Safety Comments Off on Thanks For Keeping Us Safe!

A big shout out to all the county lifeguards that keep us safe as we swim and splash our way through the season.

During the summer, they provide continuing support, education and training including Vigilance Awareness Testing (VATS) at Franklin Park. Supervisors manage staff rotations to avoid guards monitoring only one area. And, strict policies and procedures help ensure that lifeguards are knowledgeable and comfortable in emergency situations.

Featured here are lifeguards from Franklin Park: Bottom, Jake Smith, left, Evan Goodman, right top, Michael Ciafre and top, Rebecca Ciafre.
Photo by Sarah Huntington


Lightning Strike Damages Waterford Home

July 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Public Safety Comments Off on Lightning Strike Damages Waterford Home

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office has confirmed that a lightning strike is responsible for a fire that damaged a Waterford home. 

At 5:45 p.m., Tuesday, June 23, fire and rescue units from Hamilton, Lucketts, Leesburg, Purcellville, Round Hill, and Lansdowne were dispatched for a house fire at 15555 Second Street in Waterford.  The first fire and rescue crews to arrive on the scene found smoke showing from the eaves of a large, two-story home.  Firefighters made entry and located a fire in the attic of the home.  Faced with zero visibility and high heat in the attic, firefighters worked quickly to extinguish the fire.

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New Police Chief To Raise The Bar On Police Professionalism, Community Engagement

July 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Public Safety Comments Off on New Police Chief To Raise The Bar On Police Professionalism, Community Engagement

– By Andrea Gaines

Cynthia A. McAlister – accompanied by an enthusiastic crowd of family and supporters – was sworn in as Purcellville’s new chief of police in June, taking the oath of office before Loudoun Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary Clemens. Her first official day at work in Purcellville was June 15.

The Purcellville Police Department is among five departments serving the people of Purcellville – including Administration, Community Development, Finance and Public Works – and currently employs 16 sworn officers and one civilian. A group of local citizen volunteers known as the Purcellville Citizen Support Team, Inc. has been working with the police department since early 2000 to “aid and support … in the prevention of crime and the promotion of safety.”

McAlister is now the top public official in charge of it all.

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Additional Victim Identified in Investigation of Former Volunteer Paramedic

June 22, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Additional Victim Identified in Investigation of Former Volunteer Paramedic

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 Comments Off on Preventing Heat Emergencies

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.
  • … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter: Week of June 13, 2015

June 22, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter: Week of June 13, 2015

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 Comments Off on Jury Finds Man Guilty of Prescription Drug Fraud
Jones, Jether

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 Comments Off on LCSO Charges Manassas Park Man for Soliciting Teen after Meeting Online

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

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Sustainable Planet

Not Your Father’s El Nino

15 Aug 2015


NASA and other agencies now forecast the incipient El Nino conditions to continue at least into the winter and the early part of 2016. Figure 1 compares Pacific sea surface temperature anomaly for the El Nino of 1997- 1998 with …

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Ask Dr. Mike

At Wits End

7 Aug 2015


Dr. Mike, My sister’s son is autistic, but she is in complete denial. I’ve done my research and he fits a diagnosis of autism. He is three years old and doesn’t talk or socialize. He has meltdowns that are out …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Morven Park

7 Aug 2015


I think what strikes me most about this place – as over the top as it is in many ways – is how understated it really is; I know that’ll take some explaining. I’ve been to Morven Park hundreds of …

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Mount Zion Church

1 Jul 2015


– 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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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


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

What It Means To Be a Man

7 Aug 2015


By Samuel Moore-Sobel As I have gotten older I have noticed that there are more and more young men who ask me for advice. To me it seems silly – I am often not much older than the person asking, …


Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

A Social Security Strategy Could Enhance Your Retirement Income Plan

7 Aug 2015


By Amy & Dan Smith What do you think of when someone mentions Social Security? Many people consider Social Security and retirement as one and the same. More than 90 percent of working Americans plan for Social Security to replace …

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Student News

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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Blue Ridge Middle Places 11th In National Science League

1 Jul 2015


Blue Ridge National Science Day Declared Tuesday, June 10 has been officially been declared Blue Ridge National Science Day. At a recent Purcellville Town Council Meeting, Mayor Kwasi Fraser and members of the town council signed a proclamation designating this …

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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015


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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Getting Purcellville Out of the Conflicts of Interest Trap

7 Aug 2015

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Three Virginia laws address openness in government: the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA), The Virginia Public Records Act (VPRA) and The Virginia State & Local Government Conflict of Interests Act (VCOIA). VFOIA guides how public bodies conduct their meetings and regulates access to government records. VPRA establishes basic rules about what constitutes a public record and what the government’s …

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Loudoun Health Officials Remind Septic System Owners of Need to Pump Out

28 Aug 2015

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The Loudoun County Health Department reminds owners of septic systems that routine pumping out of their systems can extend the system’s life and reduce the risk of untreated sewage surfacing or backing up into a house. Loudoun County requires owners of conventional onsite septic systems to have their tanks pumped out at least every five years. Tanks must be pumped …

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Historic Village Prepares for 46th Annual Bluemont Fair

25 Aug 2015


The sleepy Blue Ridge village of Bluemont in western-most Loudoun County, Virginia, is bustling with activity as it prepares for the 46th ANNUAL BLUEMONT FAIR, September 19 & 20, 2015 from 10AM to 5PM both days, rain or shine. Admission is still only $5/adults, under 10 free, with free parking available. One-way traffic and crosswalks will be enforced in the …

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Register for Rally for the Cure™

24 Aug 2015


Want to participate in a fun tournament for a great cause? Then sign up to participate in the Stoneleigh Women’s Golf Association’s annual Rally for the Cure ™ golf tournament in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month! This is a great opportunity to play at the golf course recently cited as being the Prettiest Golf Course in Northern Virginia by …

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Wild Loudoun

Dragonflies – To See Is To Believe

7 Aug 2015


Shadow Darner. Unicorn Clubtail. Black Shouldered Spinyleg. Blue Dasher. Ebony Jewelwing. Calico Pennant. Sanddragon. Their names conger up some magical place inhabited by devils and demons, elegant queens, daring lovers – creatures you would need to see with your own eyes to believe really existed. But, each of these, including the Calico Pennant, is actually one of the most common …

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Around Virginia

Congress and MWAA VS Loudoun Taxpayers


By Delegate Dave LaRock It’s no secret that population growth and business development have left Loudoun County, especially busy areas to the east, with some pretty challenging traffic. The process of expanding the local network of roads and transit always seems to be playing catch-up, usually tied to availability of …


Governor Signs Senator Black’s Campus Sexual Assault Bill


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


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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Drew Hunter Heading To Pan American Games

7 Aug 2015


Loudoun Valley’s Drew Hunter placed second in the United States Track and Field 1500-meter run Junior National Championship. That earned him a spot on the United States Junior Team going to the Pan American Games in Edmonton, Canada in late July. Drew lost to college freshman Blake Haney of the …

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American Legion Post 34 Hosting Mid-Atlantic Regional Baseball Tournament

5 Aug 2015


Batter up! Chartered in 1919 by an act of Congress, the American Legion is one of our country’s oldest, largest and most prestigious veteran’s organizations – dedicated to mentoring youth, sponsoring community programs, promoting national security and supporting veterans and members of the armed forces. Specific programs include scholarships, scouting, …

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This Month in History

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

1 Jul 2015


– 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

More Than a GPA

7 Aug 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde In school we are measured in every way based on a number system from a point scale resulting in grades then translated into a GPA that can’t be easily fixed in just one semester. Students are forced to think that all they have to achieve is …

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Sarah's Closet

Go Pink … As Pink As You Like

1 Jul 2015


– By Sarah Nearis Look at these sweet and summery pink blouses and tops. Don’t you want to try one on? Some women are afraid to wear pink, thinking it’s a bit too feminine. But, pink comes in such a wide variety of shades – from soft mauves to fuchsias …

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Thank You Purcellville

7 Aug 2015

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I want to express my sincere appreciation for the outpouring of support by the local business owners and residents in relationship to my challenge to …

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Independence Won – Much Left To Be Done

1 Jul 2015


With graduations behind us and summer vacations ahead, we have much to look forward to. My summer will be full of events and opportunities to …

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

15 Jun 2015

Bob Ohneiser

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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