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LCSO Deputy Involved in Shooting in Aldie

August 6, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Deputy Involved in Shooting in Aldie

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

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

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

July 23, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of July 16, 2016

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

July 14, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Leesburg Bicyclist Struck by Vehicle

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

July 14, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of July 10, 2016

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?

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

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

July 11, 2016 Public Safety Comments Off on Fire Destroys Waterford Home
Loudoun County Fire Rescue

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

Town Water Staff Addresses Taste and Odor Concerns

July 11, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Town Water Staff Addresses Taste and Odor Concerns

Over the past weekend, Town staff noticed a slight change in the taste and odor of the water produced in the Town’s water system. Specifically, water customers may notice a musty or earthy taste in their water. Although this represents a change from our water’s normal aesthetic properties, this water meets or exceeds all regulatory requirements and does not pose a public health risk. … Continue Reading

As Loudoun Wrestles With Escalating Drug Problem One Neighbor Makes A Plea

July 6, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on As Loudoun Wrestles With Escalating Drug Problem One Neighbor Makes A Plea

Every day more than 100 Americans die from an opioid addiction.

Some began their journey by smoking grass and/or abusing alcohol. Some moved from the very real need to take pain killers for a bad back or post-surgery and became unable to stop. But however the journey began, experts say that by the time you realize you have a problem, catastrophe or near catastrophe can be just around the corner.

Near catastrophe came for one young man just a few short weeks ago, who was saved by the quick action of VDOT workers, a fellow motorist, a trained sheriff’s deputy who came on the scene and fire and rescue.

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Witnesses Sought in Hit and Run Crash That Injured Bicyclist

July 1, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Witnesses Sought in Hit and Run Crash That Injured Bicyclist

The Leesburg Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating the driver of a vehicle that struck and severely injured a bicyclist Sunday evening. On June 26, 2016 at approximately 9:04 PM, a 57 year-old Leesburg man was attempting to cross the Route 15 Bypass in the area of Edwards Ferry Road when he was struck by a vehicle. The driver of the vehicle did not stop and continued northbound on the bypass.

The victim was thrown from his bicycle and sustained severe head injuries and is currently being treated at a local hospital. A passing motorist observed the victim lying in the roadway and stopped to offer assistance. The victim was able to provide a possible vehicle description of a dark green Jeep Cherokee.

The Leesburg Police Department is asking that if anyone has any information regarding this investigation to contact Detective Drogin immediately at (703) 771-4541. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call the Leesburg Crime Line at (703) 443-TIPS (8477). Information can also be sent via TIPSUBMIT. Text “LPDTIP” plus your message to 274637.

LCSO Continues to Seek Missing Teenager from River Creek Community

July 1, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Continues to Seek Missing Teenager from River Creek Community

Loudoun County, Virginia- The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office continues to seek the public’s assistance to help locate a missing teenager who was last seen on June 3.

Dominique Hodges-Stone, 17, lives in the River Creek area of Leesburg and was reported missing on May 30. She returned home on June 3 to get clothing before leaving again.

Detectives have been working with local and federal authorities to help locate her. She is believed to be in Washington, DC and is avoiding contact with law enforcement.

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The Trump Effect


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Six Tips To a New Year and a New You in 2017


By Michael Oberschenider, Psy.D. Research has shown that as many as 45 percent of us make New Year’s resolutions, but only about eight percent are actually successful in achieving them. And it seems that age is a factor: about 39 …

Investing in the Family Stock


Family relationships are usually not considered under the rubric of “investments”. Yet, the personal gain and loss from family relationships is much more significant than economic return from stocks and bonds. Taking time out to relate to a person without …

Choosing a Different Lens


We have all heard, “A picture’s worth a thousand words,” maybe even said it aloud while perusing old photo albums or scrolling through Facebook timelines. Sometimes words fall short of adequately describing an emotion encapsulating a distinct moment. Pictures fill …

Freedom Park

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A great name for a great place, this public space shows us – in my opinion – what’s best about Leesburg, Loudoun County and our country. Freedom Park – just off the Dulles Greenway on the South side of Town …

The Grim Reaper and the Great Barrier


(to be presented to the Board of Supervisors in January) “The recent frequency and intensity of mass coral bleaching are of major concern, and are directly attributable to rising atmospheric greenhouse gases.” [1]

Pearl Harbor


By Nicholas Reid Seventy-five years ago this December 7, to quote President Franklin D. Roosevelt, “the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” It will have been 75 …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016


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


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


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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Family New Year’s Eve Celebration

January 1, 2017

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Chair Yoga

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Beale Street Puppets: Dig Those Dinosaurs

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Come Paint with Us at Breaux Vineyards

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Virginia Opera: Deep River- The Marion Anderson Story

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Historian Rich Gillespie Speaks on Haunts on the Loudoun Landscape

12 Jan 2017

The Mosby Heritage Area Association announced an event in conjunction with the Purcellville Library on January 29, at 2:00 p.m,. which will feature Rich Gillespie, Historian Emeritus of the Mosby Heritage Area Association, speaking on the “Haunts on the Loudoun Landscape.” The stories are all from the personal experiences of long-time local historian and teacher Rich Gillespie, or from close …

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Help Joseph … and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

4 Jan 2017


Blue Ridge Middle School’s PTO is seeking help with its drama department, working diligently on the production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamboat. The children in the show are enthusiastic and very talented. And, the school has a long history of first class productions with recent shows such as The Lion King, which won 11 National Youth Arts Awards …

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Remembering George Kakouras

4 Jan 2017


Georgios “George” Evangelos Kakouras, of Purcellville passed away on December 22, 2016. Born on February 22, 1938 in Gorianades, Greece he was the son of the late Evangelos and Elizabeth Kakouras. Kakouras came to the United States from Greece in 1955 at the age of 17. He began working for his late uncle Nick Fragakis at the White Palace Restaurant …

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Grief and Greed


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 …


Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!


– 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


– 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

Vote No To the Minor Special Exception


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 …

It’s Our Right


On December 6, the Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on a “Minor Special Exception” proposal we submitted earlier this year concerning our Catesby Farm property. Unfortunately, our limited …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm


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

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


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


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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Man Killed Walking To Gas Station on I-95


Virginia State Police Trooper M.J. Kryznefski is investigating a fatal pedestrian crash in Prince William County. The crash occurred at approximately 4:10 a.m., on Monday, December 26, on Interstate 95 near Exit 158B. Three males were traveling south on Interstate 95 when their Honda CRV ran out of gas. They …

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Woodgrove Grabs First at Glory Days

10 Jan 2017

Woodgrove Gymnastics

The Woodgrove Varsity Gymnastics took first place in the red division of the Glory Days Invitational at Park View High School on Saturday, January 7. Woodgrove competed against Rock Ridge, Potomac Falls, Loudoun Valley and Heritage high schools. Host team Park View came in first in the lower blue division. …

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Deadline Extended for Purcellville Sports Funding Application

4 Jan 2017


The Town of Purcellville has extended the deadline to apply for the Annual Sports League Funding. The new deadline is January 9 at 5:00 p.m. Applicant organizations must serve the Town of Purcellville area, have citizens of the Town of Purcellville as players, and provide a letter to the Town …

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