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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

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

160 Loudoun Deputies Trained to Provide ‘Rescue Drug’ Naloxone

May 23, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on 160 Loudoun Deputies Trained to Provide ‘Rescue Drug’ Naloxone
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Over 160 Loudoun County Sheriff’s Deputies are now trained to administer the potentially life-saving drug naloxone to help counteract the effects of an opioid in an overdose. Additional patrol deputies recently were trained to administer the drug as part of a pilot project through Purdue Pharma and the National Sheriffs’ Association. The project provides the drug to the Loudoun Sheriff’s Office through a $350,000 grant.

Nationally, deaths from opioid overdoses have risen significantly since 2012, and Loudoun County is no exception. As of May 16, the Loudoun Sheriff’s Office has responded to 46 suspected opioid overdoses this year with 13 of those overdoses being fatal, the majority of which were believed to be heroin (pending toxicology). … Continue Reading

LCSO Uses New Technology to Gain Information in 1987 Cold Case

May 12, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Uses New Technology to Gain Information in 1987 Cold Case
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Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) Cold Case Detectives are utilizing advances in DNA technology to help solve a nearly 30-year-old sexual assault case.

Using DNA evidence from this investigation, detectives sought the services of Parabon NanoLabs, a DNA technology company in Virginia that provides a DNA phenotyping service, called Snapshot™, which predicts the physical appearance and ancestry of a suspect from unidentified DNA evidence. Snapshot produced a composite image of the suspect with these trait predictions that LCSO detectives hope will assist with their investigation. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Receives Grant for Four Drug Collection Units

May 10, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Receives Grant for Four Drug Collection Units
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office announced today that drug collection units are now available at three of the agency’s stations to provide residents with a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medication, including controlled substances. The drug collection units were awarded through a grant from CVS/pharmacy. … Continue Reading

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Ashburn Station

April 30, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Ashburn Station
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A groundbreaking ceremony was held April 25 for the new Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Ashburn Station, to be located at the intersection of Russell Branch Parkway and Savin Hill Drive in the One Loudoun community.

The Ashburn Station is the final of four stations planned in Loudoun County. The station was placed within the community it serves to encourage walk-in traffic, to provide a public community room for local groups, and to develop partnerships with the residential and business community. … Continue Reading

Captain Marc Caminiti Graduates from 263rd Session of National FBI Academy

April 1, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Captain Marc Caminiti Graduates from 263rd Session of National FBI Academy
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Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman is proud to announce that Captain Marc Caminiti graduated from the 263rd session of the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia.

Captain Caminiti was one of 230 veteran law enforcement officers who graduated March 18, 2016, from the 10-week program. This session included men and women from 47 states and the District of Columbia, 27 international countries, including four military organizations, and five federal civilian organizations. … Continue Reading

LCSO Expands Into Western Loudoun

March 2, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Expands Into Western Loudoun
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By Nathaniel Stephens

Round Hill will soon host the newest staging and community outreach station for the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, with construction crews nearing completion on a Western Loudoun Station on West Loudoun Street heading towards Route 7.

The station has been in the works since 2008, and will be run by the civilian and law enforcement staff now occupying a small leased room above the Round Hill town offices. A welcome change of scenery, the new complex will provide 9,000 sq. ft. of space to include a community room, a gym, locker rooms and administrative areas. At first impression large, the western facility’s footprint is in fact small in comparison to the other spaces from which the Sheriff’s Office operates in other parts of the county. … Continue Reading

Upcoming Quarterly Meetings by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office

January 17, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on 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


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

Hundreds Will Join 20th Annual Butterfly Count August 6

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By Andrea Gaines How Is a Butterfly Like a Rainbow? Scientists recently discovered that some butterfly wings contain tiny structures called gyroids that diffract or break up light into the colors of the spectrum. You may also have seen this …

Your Retirement Plan B

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Take the time to design an alternative retirement plan should retirement come earlier than expected. Imagine this. You’ve spend decades working, saving, and planning for your version of the ideal retirement. Your company was just acquired, and your boss is …

Learning Patience As a Camp Counselor

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By Mary Rose Lunde They say that one of the biggest blessings is being a teacher. It is also one of the hardest. Explaining to nine-year-old kids how to build a fire is one of the most challenging things I’ve …

Remembering the Man Who Never Forgot

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “God is God because He remembers.” The implication being that the defining element separating humans from God is the Divine’s inability to forget. Elie Wiesel was defined in part by his willingness to remember, along with his …

Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Balch Library

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By Tim Jon Solitude, peace, and quiet: Not exactly the first three adjectives I’d choose to describe the greater portion of downtown Leesburg, although its charms do shine through even on the busiest of weekday afternoons. The last morning I …

Superforecasting a Book Review

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The book “Superforecasting” by Philip Tetlock and Dan Gardner contains a nearly complete list of the attributes of superforecasting, as well as critical thinking. Tetlock’s research empirically confirms the aspects of critical thinking I’ve been discussing in this column. Their …

Pokémon GO: A Fun New Gaming App or an Accidental Treatment?

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Penicillin was accidently discovered in 1928 when scientist Alexander Fleming returned to his lab from vacation to notice that a strange fungus growing on a culture had killed off the neighboring bacteria. After WWII, psychiatrist and researcher, Dr. John Cade, …

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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August 1, 2016

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August 7, 2016

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Live Music: Stealing Dawn

August 21, 2016

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August 22, 2016

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AUDITIONS

August 23, 2016

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August 24, 2016

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September 1, 2016

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Winchester Plans Patsy Cline Music Festival Labor Day Weekend

11 Aug 2016

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The Patsy Cline Music Festival will be held Labor Day weekend in her hometown of Winchester, Va. in honor of the legendary singer’s birthday anniversary on September. 8. Celebrating Patsy Cline sponsors the celebration that begins with a block party from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in front of the Patsy Cline Historic House, 608 S. Kent St. Music will …

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Vigil for Lost Promise to Remember Loved Ones Lost to Drugs

11 Aug 2016

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Residents and local leaders are encouraged to join the many families, friends and community groups to share the light of their loved ones lost to drugs. The Vigil for Lost Promise will be held Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Drugs: Cost and Consequences Exhibit (DEA Museum), located at 750 Miller Dr. …

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August Is National Peach Month: Eat a Peach in Salad

3 Aug 2016

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Are You Kidding? No. A nectarine and a peach are basically the same species. Nectarines are bald peaches, in effect. In early cultivation, nectarines occasionally appeared on peach trees, the result of a recessive allele, the fruit from which were then cultivated as nectarines. Peaches are also part of the rose family. No wonder why we like all three, so …

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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

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

Lessons from Short Hill

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It’s been a little over two weeks since the Commission Permit for the proposed AT&T facility on Short Hill was overruled by the Board of Supervisors. This is just about …

Thank You

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Dear Citizens of Purcellville: As your town council member it is my vision and priority that you feel welcome at your Town Hall and take part in shaping Purcellville’s future …

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 …

Around Virginia

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

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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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State Senators Investigate University of Virginia’s $2.3 Billion Operating Surplus

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Senators Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax City) and Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach), are calling for an investigation into disclosures that the University of Virginia has accumulated a $2.3 billion operating surplus, now titled a “Strategic Investment Fund,” that is significantly larger than the Commonwealth’s own cash reserves. Both senators agree that the …

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Sports

Let’s Make Some Memories

3 Aug 2016

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American Legion Baseball At Fireman’s Field, August 3 – 7 By Andrea Gaines American Legion Baseball is here at Fireman’s Field in a big way, featuring five consecutive blockbuster Mid-Atlantic Tournament games – August 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Our local Leesburg Post 34 Rangers had some nice wins …

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Registration Open For Ida Lee’s Fall NFL Flag Football

7 Jul 2016

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Ida Lee’s Fall 2016 NFL Flag Football League will begin with player evaluations on Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31.  Players must be registered by Tuesday, July 26, to participate. This fall, Ida Lee’s Leesburg NFL Flag Football House League will have the following age groups:  6-7; 8-9; 10-11; …

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