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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

August 11, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on 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

August 11, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on 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

August 8, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on 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

August 6, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on 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

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of July 28, 2016

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07/28/2016 – 08:52 p.m. 100 Blk. N. 21st St. Keep the Peace
Police were called to the scene by a resident who requested that police keep the peace while a family member removed some property. No problems were encountered.

07/28/2016 – 09:39 p.m. 100 Blk. N. 16th St. Assist another Police Agency
Police were contacted by another police agency in reference to a lookout for a parental abduction. The child was located unharmed and returned to a caregiver. The matter is still under investigation by the other police agency. … Continue Reading

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

July 23, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on 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?

July 14, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on 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

July 13, 2016 Public Safety Comments Off on 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


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Company We Keep

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“Truly important and significant hypotheses will be found to have assumptions that are wildly inaccurate descriptive representations of reality and, in general, the more significant the theory, the more unrealistic the assumptions.” – Milton Freidman [1] “I am increasingly convinced …

What Happens To My Stuff When I Die?

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Amy and Dan Smith Only in the rarest of circumstances will the state receive the property of a decedent. Joint tenancy. If you hold property jointly with another person “with survivorship,” it is presumed that the survivor is entitled to …

Integrated Scientific Discovery

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By Mary Rose Lunde Many suggest that science is the gateway to the future. The rise in scientific discovery has driven more and more funding for research. The fact of the matter is, however, that science is far more complex …

A Man on the Move: Supervisor Ralph Buona, Vice Chairman Board of Supervisors

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel I first met Ralph Buona when I was a senior in high school. A “Youth in Government” day event allowed us to meet with our local supervisors. Chosen to sit next to the supervisor for my district, …

Dulles Air and Space Museum

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You ever have those dreams, that (back – probably when you were a kid) you could fly? Not in any kind of man-made craft, mind you – I mean possessing the ability to levitate and travel the skies at will. …

New Book Helps Balance Children’s Screen-Time and Play Time

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By Amanda Clark Michael Oberschneider, a clinical psychologist and founder/director of Ashburn Psychological Psychiatric Services, has just released a book titled Ollie Outside. This book addresses the very timely and important topic of screen- and media-time management for children. Ollie …

Defending the Over-Pampered

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“The purpose of studying economics is to learn how not to be deceived by economists.” Joan Robinson, Professor of economics at Cambridge University, Basel Lecture, 1969. “[W]hereas classisists [economists] turned the spotlight on change, flow, process and dynamics, the neoclassicists …

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 29, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 30, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 31, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

September 1, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 2, 2016

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September 3, 2016

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Dear Creek Live at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Snaggy Mountain Boys

September 4, 2016

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September 5, 2016

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September 7, 2016

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September 9, 2016

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September 10, 2016

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A PLACE TO BE: A THOUSAND STEPS

September 11, 2016

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Silk Scarf Painting with Penny

ART IN THE PARK

September 12, 2016

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September 13, 2016

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September 14, 2016

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September 15, 2016

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September 16, 2016

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September 18, 2016

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Artist Reception - Penny Hauffe

September 19, 2016

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September 20, 2016

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September 21, 2016

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BLUE SKY PUPPETS: BARKER OF SEVILLE

September 22, 2016

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September 23, 2016

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September 24, 2016

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UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING WORKSHOP

FOBR Annual Meeting

5th Annual Leesburg Fine Art Festival

September 25, 2016

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5th Annual Leesburg Fine Art Festival

Music With A Cause - Pas de Deux

Gallery Coffeehouse: The Comedy Cult Improv

September 26, 2016

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September 27, 2016

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September 28, 2016

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September 29, 2016

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October 1, 2016

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Skate ‘Til Midnight at the Catoctin SkatePark Closing Party

23 Sep 2016

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Catoctin SkatePark will host a late night skate on Sunday, September 25, 2016, from 7:00 p.m. to midnight, before closing for construction. Enjoy one last ride at the original Catoction SkatePark! Construction of the new concrete skate park will begin in early October, but before the old skate park closes, you can celebrate the end of an era. On Sunday, …

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Middleburg Film Festival Announces “La La Land” As Its 2016 Centerpiece Film

20 Sep 2016

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The Middleburg Film Festival announced the highly anticipated film La La Land as its 2016 Centerpiece selection. La La Land, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, will screen on Saturday, October 22 with Oscar-nominated director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) in attendance. The Festival runs October 20 through October 23.

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Sterling Apple Festival To Be Held September 24 and 25

16 Sep 2016

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The Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum will be hosting the 12th annual Autumn Apple Festival on Saturday, September 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Sunday, September 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event will be held off Route 28 and Route 7 in Claude Moore Park in Sterling.

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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 …

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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

Comstock Understands National Security

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On 9-11, I attended three ceremonies throughout Loudoun County honoring and remembering those 2,977 souls that we lost on that day of infamy. Our Congresswoman, Barbara Comstock was also there …

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 …

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

History’s Holy Places: Four Local Sites Worth Exploring This Fall

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The Journey through Hallowed Ground is a 180-mile long, 75-mile wide trek from Gettysburg to Monticello, encompassing nine presidential homes and places, 18 national and state parks, and thousands of small and large historical sites. Dozens and dozens of these sites and related museums are short ride from just about …

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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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Sports

Hunter’s First Professional Race

7 Sep 2016

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Drew Hunter and Loudoun Valley classmates at his first professional race, Sir Walter Miler in Raleigh, NC in early August , l to r:  Marcos Pierce, Matt Slook, Drew Hunter, Max McNerney. Hunter finished with a time of 3:57.15. Hunter turned professional and signed with Adidas.

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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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