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LCSO Releases Composite Sketch of Suspect in Home Invasion Robbery

April 21, 2013 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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The LCSO has now released a second composite sketch of one of the suspects.

Detectives with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office have released a composite sketch of one of the suspects involved in the April 16 home invasion robbery that occurred at a residence in the area of Taylorstown. The suspects in the case, two White males and two black males, are possibly driving a gold or tan Nissan SUV (possibly a 2003 Nissan Murano).

The suspect in the composite sketch, a White male, is described as being 17 to 25-years-old, 5’9” to 5’10” tall, with brown eyes and short black hair. He was further described as having scruffy facial hair. He was wearing a long-sleeved gray shirt with graffiti style writing and baggy jeans. The second White male was said to be in his mid-20’s with red hair, acne on his face, and was approximately 5’7” to 6’ tall and weighs 170 pounds. One of the Black males was described as heavyset and was bald. The fourth suspect, also a Black male, was described as having a thin build and was approximately 5’9” to 5’10” tall with an angular shaped face. … Continue Reading

Taylorstown Family Held Captive In Home Invasion Robbery

April 16, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a home invasion style robbery that occurred at a residence in the area of Taylorstown, Virginia late Tuesday morning.

Loudoun County Sheriff’s Deputies responded around 11:30 am to a home in the 13400 block of Loyalty Road. According to the report, two white males and two black males entered the home, brandished a weapon, and held the family against their will as the intruders removed items from the home. After the suspects left the home, the family was able to run to safety and contact the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office. No one was injured during the robbery.

Members of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office are currently canvassing the area and residents should expect an increased presence of law enforcement.

If you have any information regarding this case, or saw anything suspicious in this area, you are asked to immediately call the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office at 703-777-1021. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are asked to call Loudoun Crime Solvers. If the information provided to Loudoun Crime Solvers leads to an arrest and indictment, the caller could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000.

Open Burning Ban Takes Effect May 1

April 11, 2013 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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Effective May 1, 2013 all open burning is prohibited within all areas of Loudoun County. This regulation is in effect through September 30, 2013.

The regulation on open burning is based upon air quality standards developed by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and is enforced locally by the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office. In 2011, the DEQ changed regulations which apply to several Virginia regions, including Northern Virginia, extending the open burning ban through May and September.

The only allowable burning, without prior approval from the Fire Marshal’s Office, is campfires. Campfires can be no larger than three feet in diameter by two feet in height and used for cooking purposes, provided they are no closer than 50 feet from a structure. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of April 5, 2013

April 7, 2013 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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3/30/13 – 8:50 p.m. – 609 E. Main St. – Trespass – Calvin W. Revis age 58 of No Fixed Address was arrested.
4/2/13 – 11:10 p.m. – E. Main St. / N. Maple Ave – DUI – John D. Emory age 54 of Purcellville was arrested.
4/5/13 – 4:38 p.m. – 100 block of Hirst Ct. – Destruction of Property – Victim reports that their window was broken by a BB. Damage valued at $100.00.

Suspect in Sunday Morning Pursuit Charged in Series of Burglaries in Loudoun

March 14, 2013 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment

An Alexandria man who led authorities on a pursuit from Fairfax County and into the Lowes Island area on March 10 has been charged in
connection with a series of burglaries that occurred earlier this year in Loudoun County.

Victor T. Ellis, 25, was charged Sunday with three counts of burglary, one count of breaking and entering, two counts of grand larceny, one count of credit card larceny, and one count of credit card fraud. … Continue Reading

LCSO to Hold Community Meeting in Response to Burglaries Targeting Gold

March 3, 2013 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office will hold a community meeting to discuss recent burglaries in the Lansdowne and Dulles South areas and will also review crime prevention measures and establishing a Neighborhood Watch program.

The meeting is in response to a series of burglaries that are apparently targeting gold. Since December 2012, there have been seven burglaries in the area that are likely connected. In most of the cases the suspect(s) entered through a rear door or window while the residents were not at home.

The meeting will be held on Monday, March 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the library of the Liberty Elementary School located at 25491 South Riding Center Drive in South Riding. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of March 1

March 3, 2013 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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02/25/2013 – 14:00 – 1000 Block E. Main St. – Theft from a Motor Vehicle – Complaint of $70.00 being stolen from a vehicle at this location. Currently under investigation.
02/26/2013 – 19:00 – 250 Nursery Ave – Destruction of Property – Officers responded to Fireman’s Field for a report of vandalism. Two juveniles were detained and turned over to their parents in this matter.
02/27/2013 – 15:10 – 900 Block of Harvest View Ct – Wire Fraud – Complaint of fraudulent charges on bank card. Currently under investigation.
02/27/2013 – 21:00 – 500 Block Gentlewood Square – Credit Card Fraud – Complaint of fraudulent charges totaling 635.00. Currently under investigation.

LCSO Identifies Victim in Round Hill Shooting, Investigation Continues

March 3, 2013 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office has identified the victim in the February 28 fatal shooting as Judith Y. Christen, 67, of Round Hill.

Loudoun County Sheriff’s Detectives continue to investigate the shooting that occurred at a residence in 34900 block of Sunny Ridge Road in Round Hill. The manner of the victim’s death remains under investigation. There remains no threat to the community.

Deputies were called to the scene shortly before 11:00 a.m. Thursday for a report of an adult female who was the victim of a gunshot wound. All parties involved in the incident remained at the scene.

Loudoun County Sheriff Discusses Immigration Reform Policies at the White House

February 22, 2013 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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In early February, Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman joined Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano; senior law enforcement officials from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); and former New York, Los Angeles, and Boston Police Chief Bill Bratton Wednesday at the White House. They discussed strides made in securing US borders, immigration issues affecting local police forces, and the importance of immigration reform.

Sheriff Chapman and other front line law enforcement officials discussed the roles, responsibilities, concerns and impact local law enforcement has with undocumented immigrants in their respective communities. … Continue Reading

Lyme Disease Legislation Passes

February 22, 2013 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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Physicians to disclose information to patients

After long debate and discussion regarding what draft of the Lyme disease bill ought to pass, a very strong version passed through the Senate with a vote of 28Y-9N.

The patron of SB971 was Senator Richard H. Black (R) of Loudoun and Prince William Counties. Delegate Comstock had a separate bill pertaining to Lyme disease, HB1933, running through the House, but it was a weaker version. Senator Black convinced the Senate Education and Health Committee to conform her bill to comparable language as found in his. … Continue Reading

Spring 2013–Change Your Clock, Check Your Battery

February 22, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Public Safety Be the first to comment

As daylight savings time begins Sunday, March 10th, Loudoun County Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management reminds residents to check their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Check the manufacturer’s expiration date on the label, replace batteries if needed and clean off any dust or debris. Smoke alarms have become such a common feature in U.S. homes that it is easy to take them for granted. Smoke alarms are appliances, just like toasters, televisions and furnaces. Unlike other appliances, these devices function quietly in the background. Its alarm, in response to a real smoke situation or to testing, is the only evidence that it works. A stereo that does not play will not lead to tragedy, but a worn-out smoke alarm, failing to sound in a fire, could. Hence the reason that all smoke alarms (hard-wired and/or battery powered) should be replaced every ten years. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – week of January 19, 2013

February 1, 2013 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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1/19/13 – 1/25/13

1/21/13 – 10:30 a.m. – 220 E. Main St. Purcellville Library – Trespass – Joseph C. Omara age 47 of no fixed address was arrested.
1/25/13 – 7:00 a.m. – 100 block of N. 16th St. – Simple Assault – Saundra Jimenez age 28 of Purcellville was arrested.

Missing Sterling Woman Latanger N. Gray Located Safe

January 30, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Public Safety Be the first to comment

A Sterling woman reported missing last week was located safe on Saturday.

Latanger N. Gray, 47, was reported missing January 21 by family members after she was last seen during the early morning hours at her residence.

Gray was located on January 26 in Richmond.

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Sustainable Planet

Pungent Curry

9 Apr 2014

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The latest version of the IPCC report is published and once again it will go unread by the great masses of climate science deniers and unreported by the media. So it might be useful to revisit the fundamental physical realities …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Understanding Teen Suicide

1 Apr 2014

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Northern Virginia has recently experienced several teen suicides. Last month, two Langley High School students took their own lives just a day apart from one another, and this month it appears two students at Woodson High …

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Virginia Gardening

Spring Is Coming

4 Mar 2014

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By Donna Williamson March is an in-between month – some cold and the return of glorious warmth now and then. One way to bring some delight inside is forcing spring-blooming branches. You can cut branches of forsythia, cherry, crabapple, kerria, …

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Sushi's Corner

An Easter Swim

1 Apr 2014

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I felt like a silly nim “cow” poop with these Easter bows in our hair. Okay Nelly, maybe you didn’t because you’re a girl. But me, a Mighty Cairn Terrier male? – PLEASE! Pleasing Mrs. B for Easter pictures was …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

What Baseball Can Teach You About Financial Planning

1 Apr 2014

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Spring training is a tradition that baseball teams and baseball fans look forward to every year. No matter how they did last year, teams in spring training are full of hope that a new season will bring a fresh start. …

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Go Take a Hike

Blandy Experimental Farm

6 Jun 2012

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By Molly Pinson Simoneau It’s no secret that I love a challenging hike. I’ve written here about hiking sections of the Appalachian Trail and Shenandoah National Park. I’ve taken vacations with my family to Colorado where I’ve attempted to conquer a “fourteener” (a summit that is higher than 14,000 feet), …

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Real Estate Ticker

A Buying Opportunity?

6 Nov 2013

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By Carl Fischer As a direct result of the uncertainty that has arisen from national and regional politics, with its unsettling effect on the Northern Virginia area, for the past two months there has been a market slowdown which has …

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From the Farm

From the Farm

5 Jul 2012

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When the heat index reaches 110 degrees, as it has been doing recently, I try to keep in the shade, or stay indoors. But my lavender, about halfway from full bloom, seems to thrive in it. Hot and dry, I …

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Events

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: Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artists -- Abstract painter Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and contemporary painter Sandra Iafrate

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Meet Evelyn and Sandra and other gallery artists during a free, open to the public reception for this month's Featured Artists' exhibit "Living Color,” showcasing two accomplished painters Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and Sandra Iafrate, in a vivid and dynamic presentation of color, shape and our surroundings.

Evelyn Lopez de Guzman’s vibrant paintings awaken the viewer to connect with nature and the modern world through an interplay of shape, color, and textural materials.

Sandra Iafrate’s combination of realistic and surrealist interpretation of flowers, foliage and landscapes on spacious canvases convey a sense of movement and playfulness.

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Easter at "The Park"

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April 19, 2014

Celebrate Easter at historic Morven Park with crafts for kids, an egg hunt in the formal gardens plus a traditional egg roll on the Davis Mansion lawn. Have a family photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Children should bring a basket for the hunt and a large spoon for the egg roll. $10/participating child (ages 2-12), $3/adult. Register at www.MorvenPark.org.

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VAL's Pals Kids Club

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April 30, 2014

Join Inova Loudoun Hospital as the present their Beamer the Dog Program.

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SCOUTING FOR BRICKS

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May 4, 2014

Scouting for Bricks is an exhibit showing the Love for everything LEGO® . Come see amazing LEGO® creations by Fans of LEGO®, LEGO® trains, Mindstorms robots. We will also have live Star Wars Stormtroopers and an interactive play area with over 100,000 LEGO bricks. Scouting for Bricks is fun for the Whole Family! Visit us at www.ScoutingForBricks.com.

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View From the Ridge

Rural Loudoun Is Different, and We Say Dark Skies Do Matter

4 Mar 2014

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In February of this year a sell out crowd gathered at the county public seat in Leesburg to provide feedback to the Loudoun County Planning Commission on the idea of adding additional sports lights to the upper athletic fields at Franklin Park. Franklin Park includes a really wonderful performing arts …

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Editorial

Steady and Nobull

4 Mar 2014

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Park and Ride Lots for Western Loudoun

4 Mar 2014

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In 2003, the county purchased 22 commuter buses to serve a growing demand for bus service to Washington D.C. The demand has grown exponentially ever since. The county now owns or leases 65 large commuter buses (with plush seats and on board restrooms) and more are being added every year. The buses are often filled to standing room only as …

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Lifestyle

Sadie’s Race 5K and Fun Run Scheduled for Sunday May 18

9 Apr 2014

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Sadie Smile Foundation is putting on the third annual Sadie’s Race/Walk and Kids Fun Run to Benefit Smile Train in Purcellville Sunday, May 18th this year. The race starts at 8:00 a.m. at the train station at 200 N 21st Street in Purcellville. Sign up at Active.com. When Sara Ablard lost her five year-old daughter, Sadie, two years ago, she …

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Dr. Joseph Rogers Dies at Family Farm

1 Apr 2014

Dr. Joseph Megeath Rogers, 90, died on Saturday March 8, 2014 at his Hillbrook Farm near Hamilton following a stroke. Physician, farmer, businessman, rural land conservationist, philanthropist and expert horseman, Dr. Rogers was a tireless advocate and practitioner of country living whose contributions in a broad range of interests were made quietly and with little fanfare. His public persona was …

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Zoldos Presented Citizen of the Year Award

1 Apr 2014

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At the biweekly March meeting of the Lovettsville Town Council, Mayor Bobby Zoldos was presented the 2013 Citizen of the Year from the Lovettsville Waterford Ruritans. Presenting the award was Rick Adams, current president along with Board Member Peter Mullally and  Vice President Jeff Boogaard. Adams said, “On behalf of the Lovettsville Waterford Ruritans, we would like to present the …

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Around Virginia

Wolf Won’t Seek Re-election

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Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) today announced that he would not seek election to an 18th term in 2014. He released the following statement announcing his decision: “I have decided not to seek re-election to the U.S. Congress in 2014. It has been an honor to serve the people of northern …

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Virginia Can and Should Work Harder to Combat Hunger

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By Congressman Frank Wolf Last year, the USDA reported a record number of Americans are struggling to put food on their tables. Across the nation, 49 million people – including 17 million children and six million seniors – are going hungry, a number that has grown substantially over the last …

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Kaine Statement on Navy Yard Shooting

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U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on today’s shooting at the Washington Navy Yard: “My thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted by today’s tragic shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. As we learn more about the horrific events that unfolded this morning, my deepest sympathies go out …

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Sports

Nominate Your Hometown Hero

9 Apr 2014

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Upper Loudoun Little League’s Hometown Heroes scholarship closes on April 21, 2014. The application is available online at ULLL.org. The scholarship is open to all graduating seniors who played baseball for ULLL at some point in their growing up years.

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Lady Vikings Give Back

10 Feb 2014

The Loudoun Valley Girls basketball team held an event on Friday, February 7 at LVHS. The Lady Vikings celebrated “Pink Night” by honoring those who are battling breast cancer or have been affected by breast cancer. The event was held in conjunction with an event held at Woodgrove earlier this …

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Letters

Medicaid Expansion Battle Heating Up

4 Mar 2014

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Did you know that there’s a very real possibility that a DC-style budget battle and government shutdown could come to Virginia? The Medicaid expansion battle …

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Endorsing for Profit Businesses?

4 Mar 2014

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I recently received an automated email message from the Town of Purcellville soliciting nominations for volunteer award recipients in cooperation with the Purcellville Business Association …

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Another Vote To Overrule Purcellville’s Board of Architectural Review

4 Mar 2014

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The Purcellville Town Council, foolishly, in the view of many and perhaps most, has overruled its Board of Architectural Review and approved Mark Nelis’s and …

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