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Suspect in Custody in Connection with Armed Robbery in Lansdowne

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An Ashburn man is in custody and is charged in connection with the June 26 armed robbery at a home in Lansdowne.

Courtez X. Day, 21, of Ashburn was charged with two counts of robbery, two counts of abduction, breaking and entering with intent to commit robbery, and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Detectives with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office continue to work to identify a second suspect involved in the incident. … Continue Reading

Missing Sterling Teenager Located Safe and Sound

June 23, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Missing Sterling Teenager Located Safe and Sound
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A missing teenager from Sterling was located safe and sound on June 21 in the area of Sugarland Run.

Katie Zamora-Hernandez, 13, was reported missing after she did not return to her home on E. Charlotte Road after school on June 14.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office appreciates the many residents who provided information of her possible whereabouts during the course of the investigation.

Body of Missing Teen Found in West Virginia

June 20, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Body of Missing Teen Found in West Virginia
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Investigators have identified a body found in West Virginia as that of 18 year old Carlos Armando Otero-Henriquez of Leesburg who had been missing since May 23. His body was found June 3, in a field in Jefferson County, West Virginia.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to contact them at 703-771-4500, 703-443-8477 or by text at LPDTIP plus message to 274637.

A West Virginia Man is Indicted in a 1988 Murder

June 19, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on A West Virginia Man is Indicted in a 1988 Murder
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Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) Cold Case Detectives identified and indicted Timothy W. Warnick, 58, for the 1988 murder of Henry E. Ryan. Now in custody in Florida on unrelated charges, Warnick was indicted by a Loudoun County Grand Jury Monday on charges of 1st Degree murder and robbery. … Continue Reading

Beware of Phone Scams

June 16, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Beware of Phone Scams
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The Purcellville Police Department reminds citizens to be vigilant about potential scams through phone calls and e-mails. In the latest incident, a local business received a call from a person purporting to be with Dominion Power. The caller stated that the business had not paid its bills, which was a false statement. The business’s employee called the number back, in which the person again claimed to be with Dominion Power. Upon being questioned, the scammer hung up the phone.

Dominion Power is aware of this particular scam, which is received from a phone number of 1-800-380-1822. Calls from this number are not from Dominion Power.

The Purcellville Police Department provides the following tips for demonstrating caution with personal information:

  • Do not share personal or banking information with someone unless you have verified they represent a legitimate business
  • Do not be intimidated by phone callers who make demands for immediate payment or threaten to cut off utilities
  • To verify information from a utility or bank, find your most recent bill or statement and call the number listed
  • Protect your information on the Internet by using unique passwords
  • Do not provide your passwords to phone callers

If you are the recipient or victim of a scam, please report the incident by calling the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Non-Emergency Number at 703-777-1021. A Purcellville Police Officer will be dispatched to take your information.

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of June 9, 2016

June 16, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of June 9, 2016
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06/09/2016 – 12:55 a.m. 600 Blk. E. Main St. – Underage Possession of Alcohol
Vehicle was observed in the parking lot of a closed business. Investigation revealed passengers of vehicle had illegally consumed alcoholic beverages. Nathan Lasher, an 18 year old male of Lovettsville, William Mullen, an 18 year old male of Purcellville, and Robert Curtis, a 19 year old male of Round Hill were all charged with underage possession of alcohol and were released on summons’ and to a responsible party. … Continue Reading

Most Ex-Offenders Seeking Employment Are Bond Eligible

June 13, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Most Ex-Offenders Seeking Employment Are Bond Eligible
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Each year in Virginia, about 13,000 people are released from correctional institutions back into the community. A key component to successful offender reentry and a reduction in recidivism is how effectively these men and women can secure employment. Making this transition difficult is the barrier created by employers who view job seekers with prior criminal convictions as risky. The Federal Bonding Program was developed to remove some of that concern. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of June 4, 2016

June 13, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of June 4, 2016
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06/04/2016 – 09:41 p.m. 36000 Blk. Allder School Rd. Fight
Police Units were called to the scene of Woodgrove High School Football Stadium in reference to a fight involving players and spectators at an adult football league. On Police arrival, the fight had broken up and patrons on the scene refused to cooperate with Police as to what had happened. School officials were contacted and advised of the incident.

06/05/2016 – 2:07 a.m. 100 Blk. Dominion Terrace Domestic Dispute
Neighbors called Police in reference to yelling and shouting coming from an apartment. Contact was made with the residents who stated that they were having an argument and agreed to quiet down for the rest of the night. There was no evidence of any assault(s) taking place. … Continue Reading

Lally Convicted of Assaulting Law Enforcement Officer

June 7, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Lally Convicted of Assaulting Law Enforcement Officer
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After a full day of evidence and argument, a Loudoun County jury found Eric Christian Lally, 37, of Oakton, guilty of assault and battery of a law enforcement officer, a felony under Virginia law. The jury deliberated for less than twenty minutes before returning a guilty verdict. … Continue Reading

Fleetwood Road Closed Through August

June 4, 2016 News, Public Safety 1 comment
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Fleetwood Road (Route 616) is closed to through traffic between Route 50 and Evergreen Mills Road (Route 621) through August to replace the gravel road surface with pavement, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

In addition, the ditches will be restored along this stretch of Fleetwood. … Continue Reading

Forde Convicted of First Degree Murder

May 30, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Forde Convicted of First Degree Murder
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A four day trial ended late Thursday afternoon with the Hon. Judge Jeanette A. Irby finding Kelvin Nathaniel Forde, 52, guilty of first degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in the 2014 murder of his wife, Ruby Forde.

On the morning of of March 11, 2014, Kelvin Forde and his wife left their home in Baltimore, Maryland and headed to Ruby’s sister’s home in Ashburn, Virginia. Mrs. Forde arranged to meet her sister in Ashburn and then together, Ruby and her sister would travel to a nearby airport to catch a flight bound for Jamaica to celebrate Ruby’s birthday and visit family. Instead of driving his wife to her sister’s home, Kelvin Forde drove her to a remote and secluded cul-de-sac in Loudoun County where he shot her at least twice with a handgun. After the killing, Forde called 9-1-1 and advised there had been a shooting and abruptly hung up. Through the use of cell phone records, the couple was located, and law enforcement and fire and rescue were summoned to the scene where they discovered Mrs. Forde’s body slumped over in the passenger seat of their vehicle. Mr. Forde sat quietly on the ground nearby. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of May 19, 2016

May 27, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of May 19, 2016
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05/19/2016 – 04:37 a.m. 600 Blk. Dominion Terrace Grand Larceny
The complainant reported that several pieces of jewelry had been missing from a dresser that he was moving to another location. The value of the items was over $800.

05/22/2016 – 6:57 p.m. 100 Blk. N. 21st St. DWI
Sarah Debose, a 33 year old female of Hamilton, was arrested for DWI. She was transported to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center and held.

05/22/2016 – 7:15 p.m. 400 Blk. K St. Domestic Assault
Jordan Lickey, a 28 year old male of Purcellville, was arrested for domestic assault. He was transported to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center and held. … Continue Reading

160 Loudoun Deputies Trained to Provide ‘Rescue Drug’ Naloxone

May 23, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on 160 Loudoun Deputies Trained to Provide ‘Rescue Drug’ Naloxone
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Over 160 Loudoun County Sheriff’s Deputies are now trained to administer the potentially life-saving drug naloxone to help counteract the effects of an opioid in an overdose. Additional patrol deputies recently were trained to administer the drug as part of a pilot project through Purdue Pharma and the National Sheriffs’ Association. The project provides the drug to the Loudoun Sheriff’s Office through a $350,000 grant.

Nationally, deaths from opioid overdoses have risen significantly since 2012, and Loudoun County is no exception. As of May 16, the Loudoun Sheriff’s Office has responded to 46 suspected opioid overdoses this year with 13 of those overdoses being fatal, the majority of which were believed to be heroin (pending toxicology). … 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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