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Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of June 22, 2016

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06/22/2016 – 08:57 p.m. 100 Desales Dr. Narcotics Violation
A parent reported that her adult son had narcotics in her residence and she wanted to turn it over to police. The son is on probation and the incident is under investigation.

06/24/2016 – 8:17 p.m. 1000 Blk. E. Main St. Destruction of Property
The victim reported that he heard a crash and noticed that the rear windshield had been shattered by a rock that appears to have been thrown from nearby. The area was checked but the suspects(s) were not located. The damage was approximately $100. … Continue Reading

Suspect in Custody in Connection with Armed Robbery in Lansdowne

June 30, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Suspect in Custody in Connection with Armed Robbery in Lansdowne

An Ashburn man is in custody and is charged in connection with the June 26 armed robbery at a home in Lansdowne.

Courtez X. Day, 21, of Ashburn was charged with two counts of robbery, two counts of abduction, breaking and entering with intent to commit robbery, and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Detectives with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office continue to work to identify a second suspect involved in the incident. … Continue Reading

Missing Sterling Teenager Located Safe and Sound

June 23, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Missing Sterling Teenager Located Safe and Sound

A missing teenager from Sterling was located safe and sound on June 21 in the area of Sugarland Run.

Katie Zamora-Hernandez, 13, was reported missing after she did not return to her home on E. Charlotte Road after school on June 14.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office appreciates the many residents who provided information of her possible whereabouts during the course of the investigation.

Body of Missing Teen Found in West Virginia

June 20, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Body of Missing Teen Found in West Virginia

Investigators have identified a body found in West Virginia as that of 18 year old Carlos Armando Otero-Henriquez of Leesburg who had been missing since May 23. His body was found June 3, in a field in Jefferson County, West Virginia.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to contact them at 703-771-4500, 703-443-8477 or by text at LPDTIP plus message to 274637.

A West Virginia Man is Indicted in a 1988 Murder

June 19, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on A West Virginia Man is Indicted in a 1988 Murder

Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) Cold Case Detectives identified and indicted Timothy W. Warnick, 58, for the 1988 murder of Henry E. Ryan. Now in custody in Florida on unrelated charges, Warnick was indicted by a Loudoun County Grand Jury Monday on charges of 1st Degree murder and robbery. … Continue Reading

Beware of Phone Scams

June 16, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Beware of Phone Scams

The Purcellville Police Department reminds citizens to be vigilant about potential scams through phone calls and e-mails. In the latest incident, a local business received a call from a person purporting to be with Dominion Power. The caller stated that the business had not paid its bills, which was a false statement. The business’s employee called the number back, in which the person again claimed to be with Dominion Power. Upon being questioned, the scammer hung up the phone.

Dominion Power is aware of this particular scam, which is received from a phone number of 1-800-380-1822. Calls from this number are not from Dominion Power.

The Purcellville Police Department provides the following tips for demonstrating caution with personal information:

  • Do not share personal or banking information with someone unless you have verified they represent a legitimate business
  • Do not be intimidated by phone callers who make demands for immediate payment or threaten to cut off utilities
  • To verify information from a utility or bank, find your most recent bill or statement and call the number listed
  • Protect your information on the Internet by using unique passwords
  • Do not provide your passwords to phone callers

If you are the recipient or victim of a scam, please report the incident by calling the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Non-Emergency Number at 703-777-1021. A Purcellville Police Officer will be dispatched to take your information.

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of June 9, 2016

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06/09/2016 – 12:55 a.m. 600 Blk. E. Main St. – Underage Possession of Alcohol
Vehicle was observed in the parking lot of a closed business. Investigation revealed passengers of vehicle had illegally consumed alcoholic beverages. Nathan Lasher, an 18 year old male of Lovettsville, William Mullen, an 18 year old male of Purcellville, and Robert Curtis, a 19 year old male of Round Hill were all charged with underage possession of alcohol and were released on summons’ and to a responsible party. … Continue Reading

Most Ex-Offenders Seeking Employment Are Bond Eligible

June 13, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Most Ex-Offenders Seeking Employment Are Bond Eligible

Each year in Virginia, about 13,000 people are released from correctional institutions back into the community. A key component to successful offender reentry and a reduction in recidivism is how effectively these men and women can secure employment. Making this transition difficult is the barrier created by employers who view job seekers with prior criminal convictions as risky. The Federal Bonding Program was developed to remove some of that concern. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of June 4, 2016

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06/04/2016 – 09:41 p.m. 36000 Blk. Allder School Rd. Fight
Police Units were called to the scene of Woodgrove High School Football Stadium in reference to a fight involving players and spectators at an adult football league. On Police arrival, the fight had broken up and patrons on the scene refused to cooperate with Police as to what had happened. School officials were contacted and advised of the incident.

06/05/2016 – 2:07 a.m. 100 Blk. Dominion Terrace Domestic Dispute
Neighbors called Police in reference to yelling and shouting coming from an apartment. Contact was made with the residents who stated that they were having an argument and agreed to quiet down for the rest of the night. There was no evidence of any assault(s) taking place. … Continue Reading

Lally Convicted of Assaulting Law Enforcement Officer

June 7, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Lally Convicted of Assaulting Law Enforcement Officer
Eric Christian Lally

After a full day of evidence and argument, a Loudoun County jury found Eric Christian Lally, 37, of Oakton, guilty of assault and battery of a law enforcement officer, a felony under Virginia law. The jury deliberated for less than twenty minutes before returning a guilty verdict. … Continue Reading

Fleetwood Road Closed Through August

June 4, 2016 News, Public Safety 1 comment

Fleetwood Road (Route 616) is closed to through traffic between Route 50 and Evergreen Mills Road (Route 621) through August to replace the gravel road surface with pavement, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

In addition, the ditches will be restored along this stretch of Fleetwood. … Continue Reading

Forde Convicted of First Degree Murder

May 30, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Forde Convicted of First Degree Murder

A four day trial ended late Thursday afternoon with the Hon. Judge Jeanette A. Irby finding Kelvin Nathaniel Forde, 52, guilty of first degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in the 2014 murder of his wife, Ruby Forde.

On the morning of of March 11, 2014, Kelvin Forde and his wife left their home in Baltimore, Maryland and headed to Ruby’s sister’s home in Ashburn, Virginia. Mrs. Forde arranged to meet her sister in Ashburn and then together, Ruby and her sister would travel to a nearby airport to catch a flight bound for Jamaica to celebrate Ruby’s birthday and visit family. Instead of driving his wife to her sister’s home, Kelvin Forde drove her to a remote and secluded cul-de-sac in Loudoun County where he shot her at least twice with a handgun. After the killing, Forde called 9-1-1 and advised there had been a shooting and abruptly hung up. Through the use of cell phone records, the couple was located, and law enforcement and fire and rescue were summoned to the scene where they discovered Mrs. Forde’s body slumped over in the passenger seat of their vehicle. Mr. Forde sat quietly on the ground nearby. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of May 19, 2016

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05/19/2016 – 04:37 a.m. 600 Blk. Dominion Terrace Grand Larceny
The complainant reported that several pieces of jewelry had been missing from a dresser that he was moving to another location. The value of the items was over $800.

05/22/2016 – 6:57 p.m. 100 Blk. N. 21st St. DWI
Sarah Debose, a 33 year old female of Hamilton, was arrested for DWI. She was transported to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center and held.

05/22/2016 – 7:15 p.m. 400 Blk. K St. Domestic Assault
Jordan Lickey, a 28 year old male of Purcellville, was arrested for domestic assault. He was transported to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center and held. … Continue Reading







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 …

Early Returns: How U.S. Markets Reacted to the Presidential Election


On November 8, 2016, Republican candidate Donald J. Trump won a closely contested election for president of the United States. Late on election night, when it became evident that Trump was likely to win, despite consistently trailing in the polls, …

America: Worthy of Our Trust


By Samuel Moore-Sobel My friend and I sit in a bar near our office. He is upset, bags under his eyes due to lack of sleep. Thursday, our weekly night to meet is usually a happy hour filled with intellectual …

South Riding

South Riding

I should have known that this one would take me far from my contemplative, Zen-inspired comfort zone; after I’d traversed more construction projects than I wanted to tally, competed with hurried, coffee-driven commuters with no time for mere existence, and …

Support Group Help Needed


Dr. Mike, My son was diagnosed with ADHD two years ago, and his pediatrician at that time recommended we try a social skills group for his “immaturity” and “impulsivity.” We did that, and our experience was horrible. The kids in …

The State of Corals

Figure 3 close up view of healthy coral polyps. [9]

(Presented to the Board of Supervisors December 6, 2016) “Events as severe as the 1998 event, the worst on record, are likely to become commonplace within 20 years.” – Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, 1999 [4] Tony Noerpel

Reply to Nicholas Reid – What is Science


“The word “cult” has always been controversial because it is (in a pejorative sense) considered a subjective term, used as an ad hominem attack against groups with differing doctrines or practices, which lacks a clear or consistent definition.” “[Dogma] is …

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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Ugly Christmas Sweater Fad Keeps Growing

30 Nov 2016


Since 2012, the Re-Love It consignment shop, at 138 N. 21st Street in Purcellville, has developed the reputation as the place to get your Ugly Christmas Sweater in the Metro D.C. area. In that time, Re-Love It has sold more than 3,000 vintage Ugly Christmas Sweaters.

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‘The Giver’ Comes To Franklin Park Arts Center

30 Nov 2016


Geronimo Production Company’s Premier Show Geronimo Production Company is bringing another sort of Christmas play to Loudoun County. The Giver, based on Lois Lowry’s YA dystopian classic, will be premiering at Franklin Park Arts Center on December 8-11. “This show is perfect for Christmastime,” director Keaghan Wier said. “It focuses on displaying the value of family, love, and joy…. These …

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What Is Special To You about the Holidays?

30 Nov 2016


By Amanda Clark Henry Carlson – Purcellville “For me, the holidays are about celebrating the connection you’ve got with your kin, listening to 50’s music, and staying warm!”

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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 …

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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 …

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History’s Holy Places: Four Local Sites Worth Exploring This Fall


The Journey through Hallowed Ground is a 180-mile long, 75-mile wide trek from Gettysburg to Monticello, encompassing nine presidential homes and places, 18 national and state parks, and thousands of small and large historical sites. Dozens and dozens of these sites and related museums are short ride from just about …

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Land Trust Receives Large Donation

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On August 22, The Land Trust of Virginia received a $10,000 gift from the Sharon D. Virts Foundation, based in Herndon. The presentation of this grant was part of the Foundation’s official launch event, held at Selma Plantation in Leesburg. Notable speakers included Sharon D. Virts, FCiFederal Founder and Chair, …

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Farmers Urged To Be On The Lookout For Marijuana


Farmers in Southwest Virginia are being urged to check their property for marijuana planted by trespassers. Within the past year, hundreds of marijuana plants have been discovered between rows of hay bales on farms in and around Pulaski County, according to the Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force. “Unfortunately this …

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Accepting Applications for Sports League Funding

30 Nov 2016


Purcellville is accepting applications from local organizations for its annual sports league funding program. Organizations must serve the Town of Purcellville area, have citizens of the Town of Purcellville as players, and provide a letter to the Town from the IRS confirming the organization’s tax exempt status in order to …

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Woodgrove High Student Will Pursue Track and Field at George Mason

30 Nov 2016


Puneet Kaur of Woodgrove High School has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her track and field career at George Mason University. Kaur has held the school record in shot put since her sophomore year and is looking to throw shotput, hammer, discus and maybe even the javelin …

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