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LCSO Investigates Reported Attempted Sexual Assault on Washington & Old Dominion Trail

August 25, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Investigates Reported Attempted Sexual Assault on Washington & Old Dominion Trail
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a reported attempted sexual assault that occurred August 17 on the Washington and Old Dominion Trail just east of Sterling Boulevard.

The victim reported the incident to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office on August 23. The victim reported that she was walking on the trail around 8:30 p.m. last Wednesday when she was approached by two unknown black males. The suspects approached her from a wooded area and pulled at her and her clothing before physically assaulting her. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of August 19, 2016

August 25, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of August 19, 2016
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08/19/2016 – 12:00 p.m. 500 Blk. West N St. Wire Fraud
The complainant reported that she solicited a company to install some computer upgrades on her computer but fraudulently charged her account. The incident is under investigation.

08/20/2016 – 10:20 a.m. 300 Blk. S. 12th St. Crisis Intervention Call
Police were contacted in reference to a family member having a mental health crisis. The person had been taken to a medical facility where police maintained custody until he could be transferred to a mental health facility. … Continue Reading

LCSO Encourages Residents to Report Suspicious Activity Near Construction Sites

August 23, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Encourages Residents to Report Suspicious Activity Near Construction Sites
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is asking residents to report suspicious activity at construction sites, especially after hours, due to a series of larcenies of building materials and appliances.

The Dulles South area has seen a majority of the thefts with over 100 reported larcenies from construction sites in 2016. A majority of the items targeted by the thieves include cabinets, kitchen appliances, HVAC units, siding and plumbing fixtures (copper). … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of August 13, 2016

August 20, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of August 13, 2016
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08/13/2016 – 10:08 a.m. 200 Blk. Misty Pond Terrace Crisis Intervention Call
Police were called to the scene by a family member to check on a relative who had made suicidal threats. Contact was made with the person who was in crisis and was taken into custody and transported to a mental health facility for treatment.

08/14/2016 – 09:58 p.m. 100 Blk. N. 16th St. Harassment
The complainant reported that an acquaintance has been harassing him and he needed legal advice in an attempt to obtain a protective order. He was explained what steps to follow to obtain one. … Continue Reading

LCSO Seeks Missing Teenager from Sterling

August 20, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Seeks Missing Teenager from Sterling
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance to help locate a missing teenager from Sterling.

Zyonna Womack, 17, was last seen leaving her residence in the 22900 block of Fleet Terrace on the evening of August 16. Zyonna is described as a Black female, 5’ 6” tall, and weighing 150 pounds. She has short black hair, brown eyes and may be wearing glasses.

Anyone with any information regarding her whereabouts is asked to contact Detective J. Merchant of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office at 703-777-0475.

Lightning Strike Causes Fire in Bluemont Home

August 19, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Lightning Strike Causes Fire in Bluemont Home
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Smoke alarms sounded inside of a Bluemont residence Tuesday afternoon alerting the occupants to a fire caused when a lightning strike hit the large, single family house.

Tuesday afternoon just before 4:00 p.m., the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center received a call from the homeowner of a residence in the 34,000 block of Foxwood Lane in Bluemont, reporting that their house was struck by lightning.
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Excessive Heat Warning in Effect for Loudoun; Officials Encourage Residents to Stay Cool

August 13, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Excessive Heat Warning in Effect for Loudoun; Officials Encourage Residents to Stay Cool
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The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for Loudoun County for most of Saturday, forecasting temperatures in the mid to upper 90s and heat index values of up to 110 degrees.

County officials remind residents to take precautions to prevent heat illnesses. Spend as much time as possible in air-conditioning, stay out of the sun, drink plenty of water, and make sure you are aware of the latest weather forecast. Also, do not leave children or pets in cars, and check on relatives and neighbors. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of August 3, 2016

August 11, 2016 Public Safety Comments Off on 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

August 6, 2016 Public Safety Comments Off on 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


 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

2016 in the Books

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(Presented to the Board of Supervisors February, 2017) “The last three years have demonstrated abundantly clearly that there is no change in the long-term trends since 1998. A prediction from 1997 merely continuing the linear trends would significantly under-predict the …

A Rainy Romance

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all” – a simple phrase uttered in an acclaimed musical that helped birth a star. The movie’s Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds) catches his attention so completely that Don Lockwood (Gene …

Concerned Parents

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, Our 15-year-old son is out of control and we don’t know what to do anymore. He smokes pot and drinks, disobeys us left and right, is truant from school often, comes home whenever he …

It’s Time To Review Your Estate Planning Basics

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Beginners and billionaires alike should refresh their knowledge of these basic estate planning terms and concepts. The word “estate” tends to conjure up images of billionaires and aristocrats, but estate planning is not just for the wealthy. It’s widely believed …

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: George Marshall Center

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I used to wonder why – after an assignment to visit the interior of this place, I’d return feeling exhausted – both mentally and physically worn out – as if I’d been carrying an extra couple hundred pounds or so …

Meeting the “Other America”

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By Nicholas Reid Ever since the presidential election last November, there has been a lot of talk about the “two Americas”: coastal and continental America. The many differences between these two sections of the United States are numerous and oftentimes …

The Trump Effect

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“Corals are marine magicians. As colonies of the tiny ocean organisms grow, they transform the calcium that circulates in seawater into enormous limestone reefs. These reefs—which can extend for more than 1,000 miles and provide homes for crabs, eels, sea …

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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Calendar

February 2017
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January 30, 2017 January 31, 2017 February 1, 2017 February 2, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

February 3, 2017 February 4, 2017

CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

February 5, 2017
February 6, 2017 February 7, 2017 February 8, 2017 February 9, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

February 10, 2017 February 11, 2017

Valentine's Pizza & Champagne

Sweetheart’s Soirée- A Night of Dinner & Dancing

February 12, 2017

Candlelight Concert Fundraiser

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Writers’ Night Out

February 13, 2017 February 14, 2017 February 15, 2017

Bob Brown Puppets: Dragon Feathers

February 16, 2017 February 17, 2017

ARTSPOWER: RAINBOW FISH

February 18, 2017

Wine & Chili Weekend

BALLET THEATRE OF ASHBURN AND EDGE PERFORMANCE COMPANY: MALONE BENEFIT CONCERT

Comedy Night feat. Tyrone Davis

February 19, 2017
February 20, 2017 February 21, 2017 February 22, 2017 February 23, 2017 February 24, 2017

February Fourth Friday

February 25, 2017

Samedi Gras Celebration

February 26, 2017
February 27, 2017 February 28, 2017 March 1, 2017 March 2, 2017 March 3, 2017

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

March 4, 2017

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

March 5, 2017
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Hillsboro Plans Mardi Gras Celebration on February 25

20 Feb 2017

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Mardi Gras celebration will be held in Hillsboro on Saturday, February 25 as a benefit for the Old Stone Schoolhouse. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. Hurricanes and New Orleans drinks, as well as Old 690 beer and local wines will be served in the Garden District Bar. The Cajun Cafe will feature New Orleans cuisine, including King Cakes. …

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Four Young Historians Discuss Civil War Turning Points

2 Feb 2017

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The Mosby Heritage Area Association will hold a talk featuring a panel of four young historians who will discuss turning points in the Civil War. The talk will be held at Unison Methodist Church, 21148 Unison Road, Middleburg, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 12. Tickets will be sold at the door or online at www.mosbyheritagearea.org/events for $15 …

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Love In All of Its Forms … Ain’t It Grand

2 Feb 2017

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Americans exchange hundreds of millions of cards on Valentine’s Day, February 14. The National Retail Federation estimates that we will spend some $20 billion to mark the day and demonstrate to friends and family how much we love them – on what marketers call “Love’s Holiday.” Love. It’s a big deal.

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Editorial

Priscilla Nabs Plum Planning Commission Post

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Appointment Shocks Many On January 3 Supervisor Tony R. Buffington Jr. (R-Blue Ridge) nominated Tom Priscilla for the Loudoun County Planning Commission to represent the Blue Ridge District. Priscilla was …

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

Why Williams Gap Road Should Not Be Paved

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Today, most residents of Loudoun County know nothing about Williams Gap, even those living on Williams Gap Road (Route 711). Knowing who “Williams” was, why a gap in the Blue …

Vote No To the Minor Special Exception

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We are a group of Loudoun County citizens who will be adversely affected if the board grants a special exception for the Catesby Farm property at your upcoming meeting. You …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm

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By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

Around Virginia

Walbridge To Run for State Delegate in the 33rd District

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Tia Walbridge announces her run for the District 33 seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. Walbridge is a wife and mother of two daughters and an active member of the Round Hill community. “Like many people in our district, my family has found its prosperity in a Virginia-based small …

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Office Building on Capitol Square To Be Named After Civil Rights Pioneer Barbara Johns

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Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the newly renovated state building located at 202 N. 9th Street on Capitol Square in Richmond (currently known as the 9th Street Office Building) will bear the name of civil rights pioneer Barbara Johns. The building, which reopened last year, houses the Virginia Attorney General’s …

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Rep. Comstock’s Key Top Priority Legislation Initiatives

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Signed into Law in Her First Term Rep. Barbara Comstock, who serves the 10th congressional district in Virginia, recently reviewed the achievements of her first term in office, identifying 17 legislative initiatives that she supported that were adopted. She said: “My staff and I have met with stakeholders, local elected …

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Sports

Woodgrove Gymnasts Advance To States

15 Feb 2017

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Two Woodgrove High School gymnasts have qualified to advance to the Virginia State Championships Saturday, February 18, at Patriot High School in Nokesville. Sophomore River Stone placed fourth in the all-around competition at the 1A-5A North Regional Gymnastics Championships at Park View High School on Wednesday, February 8, which earns …

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Woodgrove Gymnastics Team Places First

1 Feb 2017

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The Woodgrove High School Gymnastics team for placed first at their home meet. The team competed against squads from Loudoun Valley, Park View and Riverside high schools. Seniors Kaycee Delitta and Sarah Snare were honored at the event for their contributions to the team. The Wolverines excelled in individual competition …

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