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Upcoming Quarterly Meetings by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office

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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office will hold public safety meetings at each of the agency’s four service area stations in January and February and residents are encouraged to attend.

The quarterly public safety meetings are part of the agency’s effort to better utilize resources, while at the same time providing a higher level of service to county residents. All residents, homeowners associations, community groups, town representatives, and business owners are invited to attend. … Continue Reading

Law Enforcement App Eases Reporting of Crime Tips in Loudon County

January 6, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Law Enforcement App Eases Reporting of Crime Tips in Loudon County
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A new app available at the ITunes App Store and at Google Play eases the reporting of crime tips and traffic issues for Loudon County residents. The app, developed by the Loudon Country Sheriff’s Office, permits users to submit crime tips anonymously and includes the ability to send photos and videos from a smartphone.

Non-emergency crime reports can also be filed through the app utilizing the agency’s online crime reporting system. Residents can also file a traffic complaint regarding speeding issues or other traffic safety concerns. … Continue Reading

LCSO Investigating Reported Assault of Runner in Lansdowne Area

September 24, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Investigating Reported Assault of Runner in Lansdowne Area
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the reported assault of a female runner in the Lansdowne area early Thursday morning.

The victim was running in the area of Riverside Parkway and Kipheart Drive when around 5:45 a.m. she was assaulted by an unknown male. The suspect tackled the woman to the ground. She was able to fight off the male and run to a passerby who drove her home. She then reported the incident to authorities.

The suspect is described as a Black male and was wearing a hoodie, possibly grey in color, with the hood up. He was also wearing possible khaki pants. He fled the area on foot towards the Lansdowne Town Center.

Anyone with any information regarding this case is asked to call the Detective C. Cunningham of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475.

LCSO to Conduct Back to School Enforcement Campaign

August 28, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO to Conduct Back to School Enforcement Campaign
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As summer break comes to an end, Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman is asking drivers to help make this a safe-school year by watching for children walking to and from school.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is launching an enforcement and public education campaign as part of the agency’s efforts to ensure the safety and welfare for the children returning to school.

Over the next few weeks Loudoun Sheriff’s Deputies will be conducting a Back-to-School campaign strictly enforcing speed and other traffic violations around local schools. Loudoun Sheriff’s Deputies will be utilizing RADAR, LIDAR, “Smart Trailers”, variable message boards to display safety messages, marked and unmarked cruisers, as well as the agency’s motorcycle unit. … Continue Reading

LCSO Announces 36th Citizens’ Police Academy

August 24, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on LCSO Announces 36th Citizens’ Police Academy
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Loudoun County Sheriff Michael L. Chapman announced the formation of the 36th Citizens’ Police Academy, which will commence on September 15, 2015.

Members of the class will participate in training classes taught by Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office personnel. The classes provide an overview of all the aspects of law enforcement within the agency. Members of the class may also have the option of participating in a ride-a-long with a deputy after completing the academy. … 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 Deputies Recognized for Life-Saving Actions during Suicide Attempt

July 8, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Deputies Recognized for Life-Saving Actions during Suicide Attempt
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Two Loudoun deputies are being lauded for their efforts in helping save the life of a man who attempted to take his own life last month.

On May 23, Deputy First Class Dustin Moon and Deputy First Class James Maguire, Jr., responded to a residence in the Cascades area after dispatchers received information from a third party caller that a man was attempting to take his own life. The man was reportedly in a running vehicle in his garage.

DFC Maguire, an 11-year-veteran of law enforcement, arrived on scene and found the home and the garage door locked. DFC Moon, a 10-year veteran, used his car jack while DFC Maguire used his collapsible baton to partially open the garage door to allow the fumes being emitted from the vehicle to escape. Seeing that they were not going to be able to open the garage door further to gain entry, Deputy Maguire forced open the front door of the home. … Continue Reading

LCSO Charges Manassas Park Man for Soliciting Teen after Meeting Online

June 12, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Charges Manassas Park Man for Soliciting Teen after Meeting Online
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A deputy on patrol investigating a suspicious vehicle led to the arrest of a 68-year-old Manassas Park man who was having an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old Loudoun girl who he met online.

The investigation began on May 28 after a deputy observed a vehicle parked in a commercial parking lot around 9:15 p.m. in the 45000 block of Woodland Road in Sterling. The deputy located the suspect, Denard D. Springle, III, inside the car with the teenager. It was learned the two had met online and had been involved in a consensual relationship. Springle was initially charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. … Continue Reading

LCSO Advises Residents of Possible Traffic Delays During Weekend Events

June 12, 2015 News, 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.

  • A bicycle tour will be held on June 13 and June 14. Motorists should expect additional cyclists on the roadways in the area of Hillsboro, Lovettsville, Waterford, Purcellville, Middleburg and in Round Hill en route back to Hillsboro.

  • A running race will be held in the area of the Ashbrook Shopping Center in Ashburn on June 13. The roads impacted include Lexington Drive, Atwater Drive, Ashbrook Place, Russell Branch Parkway and Ashburn Village Boulevard. The event will be held from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

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

LCSO Deputies Among Those Recognized at 30th Annual Valor

April 14, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Deputies Among Those Recognized at 30th Annual Valor
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Three Loudoun Sheriff’s Deputies were among those recognized Friday at the 30th Annual Valor Awards ceremony held at the National Conference Center in Lansdowne, Virginia.

Deputy First Class Casey B. Macomber received the Lifesaving Award, and his father, Edward Macomber, received the Meritorious Civilian Award for their lifesaving actions in January 2014. The two were at an outpatient facility for John’s Hopkin’s Hospital where DFC Macomber was staying following a bone marrow transplant after he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in 2013. Suddenly, a woman who was also a cancer patient and resident at the facility went into cardiac arrest. DFC Macomber rushed to the woman’s aid. With his mask on his face, he started chest compressions while his father initiated mouth-to-mouth breathing. … Continue Reading

LCSO Implements Crisis Intervention Program in Adult Detention Center

January 18, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Implements Crisis Intervention Program in Adult Detention Center
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Training to Help Those Suffering a Behavioral Crisis Expanded to Help Inmates

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and Loudoun County Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Developmental Services (MHSADS) graduated twenty deputies and one mental health professional on January 16 from the from the first-ever Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training hosted specifically for deputies assigned at the Adult Detention Center in Loudoun County.

The collaborative program joined the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Courts and Corrections Division; Loudoun County MHSADS; Friends of Loudoun Mental Health; the National Alliance on Mental Illness – Northern Virginia; the Office of the Commonwealth Attorney; the Wounded Warrior Program; Mobile Hope; and Retired Col. Scot Campbell in an effort to allow mentally ill persons to receive necessary treatment to become stabilized and work toward recovery. The program is designed to promote positive interaction between law enforcement and persons in crisis and reduce injuries to deputies and persons suffering from mental illness. … Continue Reading

Sheriff Offers Burglary Prevention Tips for Holiday Season

December 2, 2014 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Sheriff Offers Burglary Prevention Tips for Holiday Season
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As the Holidays approach, so do the number of burglaries in Loudoun County and the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office wants you to know how to prevent these crimes and what to do if you are a victim.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit reminds residents to make sure doors and windows are locked, always secure your garage door, keep your house lit from the outside (use timers on lights and holiday lights), and have a trusted neighbor watch your home when you are out of town.

Residents are also encouraged to follow these tips to help prevent theft this Holiday season: … Continue Reading

LCSO Investigating ‘Smash & Grab’ at Dulles Town Center Jewelry Store

November 28, 2014 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Investigating ‘Smash & Grab’ at Dulles Town Center Jewelry Store
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a smash and grab style larceny that occurred at a jewelry store in the Dulles Town Center.

Around 2:40 p.m. November 25, Loudoun Deputies responded to the lower level of the mall where four unknown males entered the Fink’s Jewelry Store with sledgehammers, struck the jewelry case, removed numerous high-end wristwatches and fled the scene.

The suspects, all described as Black males, fled the scene in an older model Jeep Cherokee that was located a short time later abandoned in the area of the Dulles Eastern Plaza. The vehicle was reported stolen out of Fairfax County. It is believed the suspects then left the scene in a separate vehicle.

A ground and aerial search was conducted with the assistance of the Fairfax County Police Department helicopter. … 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 …

Op-ed

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

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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