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Five Teenage Suspects Connected to Vandalism of Historic Ashburn Schoolhouse

October 6, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Five Teenage Suspects Connected to Vandalism of Historic Ashburn Schoolhouse
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Five teenage males have been identified and connected to the vandalism of a historic schoolhouse in Ashburn.

The teenagers, three 16-year-olds from Sterling, a 17-year-old from Sterling and a 16-year-old from Ashburn, have been interviewed by detectives with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division. As a result of the extensive and thorough investigation, Loudoun Sheriff’s Detectives will work with the Office of the Loudoun Commonwealth’s Attorney and the Loudoun County Juvenile Court Service Unit Intake Department to obtain charges related to this incident. The names of the teenagers cannot be released due to the fact they are juveniles. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of September 13, 2016

September 23, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of September 13, 2016
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09/13/2016 – 06:46 p.m. 700 Blk. E. Main St. Prescription Fraud
A business reported a possible fraudulent prescription being passed. The incident is under investigation.

09/14/2016 – 01:06 a.m. 300 Blk. S. 15th St. Domestic Dispute
Police were called to the scene of a domestic dispute between a parent and his son. On police arrival, everything had calmed down and no assaults had taken place. Police stood by to mediate the situation for the night. … Continue Reading

88 First Responders Graduate Fire-Rescue Academy Training

September 16, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on 88 First Responders Graduate Fire-Rescue Academy Training
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The Loudoun County Combined Fire-Rescue System announced the graduation of eighty-eight system members who successfully completed various levels of fire and rescue training. Graduation ceremonies were held Wednesday, August 31 and recognized the accomplishments of numerous men and women who have made the commitment to serve their communities. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of September 9, 2016

September 15, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of September 9, 2016
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09/09/2016 – 12:49 p.m. 800 Blk. E. Main St. Theft from Motor Vehicle
The complainant reported that approximately $300 in electronics and jewelry had been taken from inside her vehicle that had been left unlocked in the parking lot of a business. The incident is under investigation. … Continue Reading

Update to Suspicious Event Near Lowes Island Elementary School

September 11, 2016 Public Safety Comments Off on Update to Suspicious Event Near Lowes Island Elementary School
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office has identified the driver of a vehicle involved in a report of a suspicious event Friday morning near Lowes Island Elementary School.

Deputies responded to the area of Whitewater Drive and Whirlpool Square around 7:30 a.m. after a subject driving a black SUV approached a student walker in a black SUV as she was walking to school. He reportedly asked her multiple times to get into his vehicle. She told him no and ran to a nearby adult who was walking her dog. The driver did not make any physical contact with the child and did not exit the vehicle.

After seeing reports of the incident, the driver contacted authorities and has talked with detectives investigating the case.

The circumstances remain under investigation but there appears to be no threat to the community.

Former CEO of Virginia Regional Transit Sentenced for Bribery

September 11, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Former CEO of Virginia Regional Transit Sentenced for Bribery
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Mark W. McGregor, 63, of Charles Town, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds. In addition, McGregor was ordered to pay $380,000 in restitution, $380,000 in forfeiture, and a $50,000 fine. … Continue Reading

Cold Case Unit Continues Investigation into 2001 Murder of Ursula Haberland

August 25, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Cold Case Unit Continues Investigation into 2001 Murder of Ursula Haberland
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Unit continues to investigate the murder of Upperville resident Ursula Haberland.

Haberland was found murdered inside her home 15-years-ago, on Thursday, August 23, 2001. She was 81-years-old at the time of her death.

The Cold Case Unit of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance with the investigation of Haberland’s death. Detectives continue to seek additional information from a caller who, in April of 2004, called the Fairfax County Crime Solvers Tip Line and gave the names of two individuals who were alleged to be involved in the murder of Ursula Haberland. … Continue Reading

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

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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

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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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The Holocene Climate

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(Public Input Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, 7 March, 2017) Figure 1 shows the climate variation over the last million years. The low points on the curve correspond to ice ages when glaciers up to a mile thick covered New …

Choosing To Forgive

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Truly forgiving is the ability to say, ‘Thank you for giving me that experience.’” James Arthur Ray vaulted into fame on the Oprah Winfrey Show back in the mid-2000’s. Stunned hearing these words while watching The Rise and …

Five Key Retirement Questions

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Beyond asking yourself where you see yourself and even what your lifelong goal are, effective retirement and longevity planning begs some very big questions. Review the points below and consider how housing, transportation and health considerations all play a role …

Work Woes

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, I’m a manager at a large tech company and my boss has directed me to fire someone on my team, but as a Christian, I just can’t do it. It’s true that the employee …

Joy or Suffering

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By Mary Rose Lunde No one likes to suffer. When given the chance, many people would choose to laugh rather than cry, to sit in silence with their friends rather than talk through their feelings, because not even their friends …

Wage Radio

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I will always remember – very fondly – the first time I ever set foot on the property at 711 Wage Drive Southwest in Leesburg, Virginia. It was a warm, sunny July morning in 1997, and I’d driven all the …

Speaking Truth to Power

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“With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it nothing can succeed.” Abraham Lincoln On Thursday evening, February 23, I requested the Board of Supervisors pass a proclamation resolving to support the March for Science on Earth Day, April 22 [1]. …

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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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Wine & Chili Weekend

Wine & Chili Weekend
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Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale
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March Fourth Friday

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Spring Brunch

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”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
April 2, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

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Loudoun Workforce Resource Center Presents STEM Career Fair March 28

16 Mar 2017

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Anyone interested in a career in the rapidly growing field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is encouraged to attend an upcoming STEM Career Fair in Loudoun. The Loudoun Workforce Resource Center, in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC)’s Loudoun campus and NOVA SySTEMic Solutions, is holding a STEM Career Fair Tuesday, March 28, from 1:00 to 4:00 …

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Keep Loudoun Beautiful—Greater Lovettsville Area Volunteers Needed

16 Mar 2017

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The Keep Loudoun Beautiful spring clean-up takes place the entire month of April and greater Lovettsville needs volunteers. Bags, vests, gloves and grabbers are available at the Lovettsville Community Center during normal business hours, Monday-Friday. This is a great group or individual activity that can be scheduled around your availability. E-mail Lovettsville Area Leader, Laura Lieberman, for details and to …

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National Awkward Moments Day

8 Mar 2017

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?Laughing at Yourself Is the Best Medicine No one knows who invented National Awkward Moments Day, Saturday, March 18. That’s no surprise, since it probably came about as the result of one stunningly awkward moment that the owner of that moment was hoping to forget. We surveyed our readers and friends to ask them about their most awkward moments, sharing …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Protecting Free Speech

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By Dave LaRock (R-33) As elected officials and members of the legislature, our most fundamental responsibility is to protect God-given constitutionally protected rights. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits the government, including governmental public colleges and universities, from infringing on free speech and the free exercise of …

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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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Sports

Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

8 Mar 2017

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The Loudoun Valley Vikings are the boy’s runner-up at the VHSL 4A State Indoor Track and Field Championships at Roanoke College.  During the 2015-2016 school year, the Loudoun County School Board approved Indoor Track and Field as a Tier 2 (self-funded) sport.  The seven boys competing scored 48 points, second …

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WLVBC U14 Boys Finish 3rd at VA Beach Event

23 Feb 2017

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The Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s U14 Boys Team garnered 3rd place in their first travel tournament of 2017, the Virginia Beach Invitational. This event was held Feb. 18-19 and featured more than 24 teams from the U14 to U18 age group. The team was second on their net on day …

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