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Townhouse Fire Caused by Smoking Materials

August 28, 2015 Public Safety Comments Off on Townhouse Fire Caused by Smoking Materials
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The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office determined that the Thursday morning townhouse fire on Hussar Terrace in South Riding was accidental, caused by improperly discarded smoking materials.

At approximately 4:21 a.m., Thursday, August 27, fire and rescue units from Dulles South, Brambleton, Aldie, Philomont, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, and Fairfax County responded to a townhouse fire at 25540 Hussar Terrace in South Riding. Firefighters arrived on scene to find a rapidly advancing fire on the exterior of the three-story townhouse near the deck. Fire department personnel knocked down the fire quickly, preventing the fire from spreading into adjacent townhouses. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of August 19, 2015

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08/19/2015 – 12:16 p.m. 200 Blk. E. Main St. Child Custody Dispute
Police were contacted by a parent who advised that their ex-spouse was not abiding by a court ordered child custody agreement. After looking into the matter, it was determined that the court order had been properly followed and both parties had eventually resolved their issues.

08/20/2015 – 2:55 a.m 100 Blk. Purcellville Gateway Dr. Juvenile Complaint
Police on patrol observed several juveniles that were out in the early morning hours. It was determined that they had snuck out of their homes without parental permission. They were returned home and the parents were notified. … Continue Reading

Sheriff’s Office Investigates Double Homicide at Smith Mountain Lake

August 26, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Sheriff’s Office Investigates Double Homicide at Smith Mountain Lake
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Today at 6:43 a.m. the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call concerning shots fired at the Bridgewater Plaza near Smith Mountain Lake. A WDBJ-TV news crew was conducting a live interview at the Plaza with Ms. Gardner when Vester Lee Flanagan II, 41, of Roanoke, Va., suddenly approached them and started shooting.

Two WDBJ-TV employees, Alison Parker, 24, of Roanoke, Va., and Adam Ward, 27, of Roanoke, Va. died at the scene. The woman they were interviewing, Vicki Gardner, 62, of Goodview, Va., was transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where she is being treated for non-life threatening injuries. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of August 13, 2015

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8/13/2015 – 1:24 a.m. 400 Blk. Crosman Ct. Crisis Intervention Call
Police were called to the scene of a person that was suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The person was taken into custody and taken to a mental health facility after consulting with Loudoun County Mental Health.

08/15/2015 – 3:55 p.m. 100 Blk. Purcellville Gateway Dr. Animal Complaint
Police were contacted about a dog left in a vehicle with the temperature well above 80 degrees. The dog was removed from the vehicle with moderate distress and placed in a safe environment. The dog owner was cited with a violation. … Continue Reading

Sterling Man Arrested in Series of Burglaries, Faces 9 Felony Charges in Loudoun

August 19, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Sterling Man Arrested in Series of Burglaries, Faces 9 Felony Charges in Loudoun
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A Sterling man was charged last week in connection to a series of burglaries in Loudoun County that began in May 2015.

Jamil B. Alam, 23, is charged with four counts of burglary, four counts of grand larceny and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Alam has been charged in connection with the May 25 burglary of a residence in the 18600 block of Riverlook Court in Lansdowne, the June 28 burglary of a residence in the 42700 block of Red Shale Court in Ashburn, the June 28 burglary of a residence in the 21900 block of Auction Barn Drive in Ashburn, and the July 24 burglary of a residence in the 43000 block of Unison Knoll Circle in Ashburn. … Continue Reading

Exeter Sinkhole Repairs Continue

August 19, 2015 Public Safety Comments Off on Exeter Sinkhole Repairs Continue
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The sinkhole on Currant Terrace NE in the Exeter neighborhood will be filled today in preparation for expected rain this evening and tomorrow.

According to Renée LaFollette, the Town’s Director of Public Works and Capital Projects, the fill is a temporary measure to prevent rain water from enlarging the sinkhole or further damaging utility lines.

“Once we have the geotechnical analysis done to determine if other underground voids exist, we’ll proceed with a permanent solution, including installation of new manholes for the sanitary sewer line and restoration of the water line, as well as replacing the pavement,”. LaFollette explained. … Continue Reading

Deputy Faces Simple Assault Charge after Virginia State Police Investigation

August 15, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Deputy Faces Simple Assault Charge after Virginia State Police Investigation
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office was notified today that a deputy under investigation for an incident involving an arrestee was charged with simple assault by the Virginia State Police.

Deputy John W. Gregory, 31, a 10-year-veteran of the agency was served the misdemeanor summons on August 14. Gregory is assigned to the Field Operations Division as a patrol deputy. … Continue Reading

LCSO Advises Residents of Possible Traffic Delays During Weekend Events

August 14, 2015 Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Advises Residents of Possible Traffic Delays During Weekend Events
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is advising residents of weekend events that may cause traffic delays in various areas of the county.

• Expect increased traffic and possible delays along Route 15 in the area of Lucketts Road, Spinks Ferry Road and St. Claire Lane for the Lucketts Fair. The road will be impacted on Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each day.

• A running race held on August 16 may impact traffic on Dry Mill Road, Colonial Highway and Route 9 in the area of the Washington and Old Dominion Trail between 7:00 and 10:00 a.m.

Motorists are asked to please be patient, drive safely, follow all law-enforcement direction and have a safe weekend.

Brumback Enters Pleas of Guilt in Connection to Attempted First Degree Murder

August 3, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Brumback Enters Pleas of Guilt in Connection to Attempted First Degree Murder
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Dallas Walton Brumback Jr., 36, appeared before the Circuit Court of Loudoun County, in custody, and entered guilty pleas to one count of attempted first degree murder, four counts of child abuse and neglect, and two counts of distribution of a controlled substance as an accommodation.

In the fall of 2014, Brumback made contact with an undercover officer to make arrangements to have his ex-wife killed. The undercover officer advised that he knew a “guy” who would carry out the task for $5,000. Brumback agreed to the price and provided $900 towards the cost. The undercover officer and Brumback agreed to additional meetings during which Brumback would provide the balance of the money. Brumback also advised the undercover officer that he would provide a recent photograph of his ex-wife, directions to her residence, and a description of her car. … Continue Reading

Man Sentenced for Exposing himself at Leesburg Recreation Center

August 3, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Man Sentenced for Exposing himself at Leesburg Recreation Center
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John Gordon Hall, 43, appeared before the Circuit Court of Loudoun County, for sentencing on one count of taking indecent liberties with a minor. Judge Stephen E. Sincavage imposed two years in the Virginia Department of Corrections.

On the afternoon of February 2, 2014, Hall exposed his genitals to three 9-year-old girls in the Ida Lee Park and Recreation Center pool. The girls immediately reported the incident to a parent who was with them at the time. The girls described Hall as smiling “like the Cheshire cat” or the “Elf on a Shelf” while staring at them and exposing himself. A member of the Ida Lee staff approached Hall and asked for his name. Hall identified himself as “John Matthews.” Staff subsequently confirmed his name as “John Hall” through membership records and contacted law enforcement. … Continue Reading

Accident at Luck Stone Leesburg Quarry Employee Missing

August 3, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Accident at Luck Stone Leesburg Quarry Employee Missing
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At 6:28 a.m., Monday, August 3, Loudoun County Department Fire, Rescue & Emergency Management responded to reports of a structural collapse with possible entrapment at the Leesburg Quarry located at 20210 Luck Lane off of Belmont Ridge Road in Ashburn.

Arriving on the scene, first responders discovered that a catastrophic failure had occurred in a 70 to 80 foot sand plant silo, which contained mineral filler used in asphalt. The wall of the structure was split open and large amounts of the filler spilled onto the ground around the silo. Luck Stone officials reported that they could not locate a 19-year-old male, who was working in the area when the structure collapsed. … Continue Reading

LCSO Investigating Bank Robbery at BB&T Bank in Lovettsville

July 25, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Investigating Bank Robbery at BB&T Bank in Lovettsville
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the July 24 bank robbery of the BB&T bank on East Broad Way in Lovettsville.

Around 5:15 p.m. two unknown subjects entered the bank. One of the suspects handed the teller a note demanding money while the second suspect displayed a firearm. The suspects fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash toward the Lovettsville Community Center. The suspects are believed to have fled the area in a blue SUV.

The first suspect was described as a Black male, 6’ tall and weighing approximately 175 pounds. The second suspect was also described as a Black male, 5’8” tall with a thin build. The area was searched but no suspects were located. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of July 10, 2015

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


 

 

 

 

Columns

Asterisk No More

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Moods come and go, but greatness endures.” These prescient words were uttered by President George H.W. Bush, a man who knows firsthand the truth of his own saying. In 1992, President Bush garnered only 37 percent of …

Second Bull Run

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It may not have been a battle, but – seeing as how it was my second attempt at getting a good look at Bull Run Creek – coupled with the fact that I’m a native Northerner – I felt a …

Snowmageddon III?  Seven Survival Tips for Parents

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. “snOMG,” “snowmageddon,” “snowpocalypse,” and “kaisersnoze” are a few terms to describe what just happened in Northern Virginia. The storm was reported to be the second worst storm on record. And while many children and teens gladly …

What Is a Sport?

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By Mary Rose Lunde On January 10, hundreds of talented dancers from across the East Coast competed at the Universal Dance Academy Regional Championship at West Springfield High School. Tensions were high and the stakes couldn’t have been greater. What …

Six Things to Know to Weather a Market Downturn

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It’s natural to be nervous when the markets head for negative territory. Keep a positive perspective with these six investing reminders. It can be very unsettling for investors when their portfolios and the markets start heading for the red and …

El Nino Evolution

Figure 3. Sea-surface height as inferred by by NASA satellites during the current El Niño (December 27, 2015, at left, from Jason-2) and at a comparable point during the last “super” El Niño (December 28, 1997, at right, from TOPEX/Poseidon). Warmer temperatures in the upper ocean result in higher sea-surface heights, as the seawater expands. In 1997, the above-average sea surface height was generally more intense and peaked in November. In 2015, the area of high sea levels was less pronounced but considerably broader. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech. (see [4])

Figure 1 shows the annual global temperature anomaly since 1980 up to November 2015 using the NASA GISS data set [1]. NASA has not yet published December’s data though BEST has [2] and yes 2015 was the hottest year on …

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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Oh No, It’s the Christians!

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By Nicholas Reid In the hours and days following every massacre perpetrated by radical Muslims, there is one unifying theme across most news coverage of the massacre, wherever it may …

Dear Editor

Job Well Done!

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Kudos to Town Manager Rob Lohr and his awesome hard working staff. You did a fantastic job of snow removal throughout the Town of Purcellville this past week. Mr. Lohr …

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 …

Student News

Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016

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Joel Gicker, Kyle Siecker, Sam Soltis and David Watson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville on January 9. The four Eagles are members of Troop 711 of …

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8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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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

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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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Calendar

February 2016
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Loudoun Valley Boys Basketball Spirit Night at Coach's Corner

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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5K Race to Benefit Riverside High School Athletic Department

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Gallery Coffeehouse: READERS THEATRE "LOVE LETTERS" BY A. R. GURNEY

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Mad Cap Puppets: UNDER THE BONSAI TREE

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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

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CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT: Year Of The Monkey

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Loudoun Symphony presents A LITTLE CHAMBER MUSIC

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

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THE EDGE: Malone Benefit Concert

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Loudoun School of Ballet Winter Showcase

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theatre, 100 Lunches" by Jack Sharkey & Leo Sears

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Lifestyle

Run and Walk To Your Nearest 5K Pregame Event Happening on Super Bowl Day In Leesburg

3 Feb 2016

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There is a new Running Company, the Pace Makers Running Company, in town and they are on a mission to help the local population with their health goals while raising money for selected charities. The race at The National Conference Center in Leesburg on February 7, is to help benefit the Riverside High School Athletic Department. The upcoming race on …

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Lovin’ Leesburg for All Its Beauty

3 Feb 2016

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By Hannah Hager We may be in the thick of winter, but this home on Cherry Spring Lane will melt your heart. Come spring you’ll fully be able to enjoy this simple, yet elegant brick home and its surrounding green pastures enclosed by miles of black wooden fences. Beyond your immediate yard are sweeping views of the mountains and valleys …

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6th Annual Loudoun Grown Expo February 27

3 Feb 2016

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It’s that exciting time of year again for the Sixth Annual Loudoun Grown Expo. The yearly event will take place at the Bush Tabernacle 250 South Nursery Avenue, Purcellville, on February 27 with new expanded hours starting at 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will be wine and beer exhibitors, farm exhibitors, artisans and makers, restaurants and other rural economy …

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Around Virginia

Education Savings Accounts Make Big Move in House

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The Virginia House of Delegates gave a strong push to House Bill 389, Delegate Dave LaRock’s (R-33rd District) innovative Education Savings Account legislation, as the House Education Committee voted 13-9 in favor of advancing the bill forward. “This is definitely an exciting development for parents and students in the Commonwealth,” …

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Kaine to Hold Hearing on Opioid Abuse

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On Monday, February 1, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, will hold a field hearing in Loudoun County to examine the ongoing fight against opioid misuse and abuse among older Americans. Kaine has met with families, law enforcement and business leaders across Virginia …

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Youth Can Apply for 2015 Livestock Exhibitor Scholarships

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Youth who exhibited beef cattle, sheep, meat goats or swine in the 2015 State Fair of Virginia 4-H and FFA youth livestock program are eligible to apply for 12 new scholarships being offered by the State Fair of Virginia. Scholarships will be offered in three age groups: Juniors (9-12), Intermediate …

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Sports

Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second

3 Feb 2016

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The Western Loudon Volleyball Club U14 boys team, called the “Hitmen,” finished second in a tournament held January 17. This is the first ever boys team for the WLVBC (and only the second boys club in the area). Coach Allan Kotmel led the seven-member team. WLVBC started eight years ago, …

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ODFC West Travel Soccer Program Shines

2 Dec 2015

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The Old Dominion Football Club West boys and girls middle school travel soccer program scored big the weekend of November 21 and 22.  The girls Quest Premier 22 team took home the championship in the U12 Girls Premier Division of the Hunt Country Classic located in Fauquier County. The boys …

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