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LCSO Releases Surveillance Video of Suspects in Possible Auto Theft Ring

January 26, 2014 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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Detectives with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Auto Theft Unit released surveillance video of three suspects involved in a possible auto theft ring in the Washington, DC, area. The video can be viewed at www.sheriff.loudoun.gov/autotheft.

In the video the three suspects are observed pulling into the parking lot of a gas station convenience store near Dulles. Two of the vehicles in the video, a black BMW X6 sedan and a red Audi S6 sedan, were stolen from the Adesa Auto Auction on Old Ox Road on November 15. A third vehicle, an SUV, was stolen from Prince George’s County in Maryland. The suspects are then observed taking the tags off of the SUV and placing them on one the BMW and placing stolen tags on the Audi. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Sheriff Michael L. Chapman and Loudoun Law Enforcement Officials Discuss State of Law Enforcement in Loudoun County

January 13, 2014 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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Loudoun County Sheriff Michael L. Chapman and Loudoun’s law enforcement officials addressed the Loudoun Crime Commission (LCC) to discuss the State of Law Enforcement in Loudoun County.

Sheriff Chapman reviewed his mid-term progress report and discussed the agency’s most notable accomplishments since 2012. Sheriff Chapman resolved to bring a higher standard of service and professionalism to the LCSO, bringing focus to the needs of the community. Sheriff Chapman’s vision involves Management leading by example, instituting daily morning meetings, and instituting a willingness to serve the public in a friendly and courteous manner. This approach has translated into LCSO personnel following the implemented management model to bring better service, information sharing, and partnerships throughout the county.

Some of the highlights Sheriff Chapman addressed included:

Expanded the Drug Awareness Resistance Education (D.A.R.E) program into the middle schools. … Continue Reading

Sheriff’s Recent Personnel Moves Uncover Possible Embezzlement

November 20, 2013 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an internal affairs investigation in conjunction with a Virginia State Police criminal investigation, into allegations of embezzlement in the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office. The investigation began in late October this year after a restructuring of LCSO personnel. The embezzlement allegations were uncovered immediately after Sheriff Chapman restructured units within the Criminal Investigations and Patrol Divisions. As soon as Sheriff Chapman was notified of the potential criminal activity, he contacted the Virginia State Police and requested that an independent investigation be conducted. As no criminal charges have yet been filed, the Sheriff’s Office cannot disclose the name or names of any LCSO employees under investigation. At this point, one employee has been placed on administrative leave. Any further criminal investigation announcements are expected to come from the Virginia State Police.

LCSO Joins Instagram to Reach out to Younger Audience

November 16, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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In an effort to further reach out to the community, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office announced the agency is now on Instagram at www.instagram.com/loudounsheriff. The social media site will allow the agency to share pictures and video of featured cases and Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office events. “In an effort to reach out to all areas of the public, we wanted to further connect with the young adults in our community,” said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman. “We believe Instagram is one social media platform that can help us make this connection,” he added. The Loudoun Sheriff’s Office currently utilizes several social media sites in an attempt to reach out to a wider audience. … Continue Reading

Sheriff Seeks Public Assistance/Information on W. Church Road Crash/Rte.28

July 18, 2013 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance and witnesses to a crash that occurred Monday, July 15, at the intersection of W. Church Road and the ramp to Rte. 28 Northbound at 3:10 p.m.

The vehicles involved were identified as a black 2009 Acura SUV and a gray 2004 Toyota Highlander. The Toyota Highlander rolled over onto the driver side as a result of the crash but there were no serious injuries.

If you witnessed the crash and have not spoken with an investigator from the LCSO or have any additional information, please contact Senior Deputy Douglas S. Lake, Traffic Unit at 703-771-5798 ext.8307.

LCSO Sergeant Named Virginia State D.A.R.E. Supervisor of the Year

June 30, 2013 by Contributor News, Public Safety 1 comment
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The Virginia D.A.R.E. Officers Association and the Virginia Department of Police D.A.R.E. training center announced that Loudoun County Sheriff‘s Sergeant Jenny McGinn is the 2013 Virginia State D.A.R.E. Supervisor of the Year.

Sgt. McGinn was nominated by a peer and was selected by the D.A.R.E. Officers Association. “Sgt. McGinn understands the important role a member of law
enforcement has in reaching out to children at a young age,” said Sheriff Mike Chapman. “Every day Sgt. McGinn and the members of the Juvenile Resource Unit have a positive influence on Loudoun’s youth, providing them with information they need to help them make the right decisions later in life,” Chapman added. … Continue Reading

LCSO Releases Composite Sketch of Suspect in Home Invasion Robbery

April 21, 2013 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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The LCSO has now released a second composite sketch of one of the suspects.

Detectives with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office have released a composite sketch of one of the suspects involved in the April 16 home invasion robbery that occurred at a residence in the area of Taylorstown. The suspects in the case, two White males and two black males, are possibly driving a gold or tan Nissan SUV (possibly a 2003 Nissan Murano).

The suspect in the composite sketch, a White male, is described as being 17 to 25-years-old, 5’9” to 5’10” tall, with brown eyes and short black hair. He was further described as having scruffy facial hair. He was wearing a long-sleeved gray shirt with graffiti style writing and baggy jeans. The second White male was said to be in his mid-20’s with red hair, acne on his face, and was approximately 5’7” to 6’ tall and weighs 170 pounds. One of the Black males was described as heavyset and was bald. The fourth suspect, also a Black male, was described as having a thin build and was approximately 5’9” to 5’10” tall with an angular shaped face. … Continue Reading

LCSO to Hold Community Meeting in Response to Burglaries Targeting Gold

March 3, 2013 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office will hold a community meeting to discuss recent burglaries in the Lansdowne and Dulles South areas and will also review crime prevention measures and establishing a Neighborhood Watch program.

The meeting is in response to a series of burglaries that are apparently targeting gold. Since December 2012, there have been seven burglaries in the area that are likely connected. In most of the cases the suspect(s) entered through a rear door or window while the residents were not at home.

The meeting will be held on Monday, March 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the library of the Liberty Elementary School located at 25491 South Riding Center Drive in South Riding. … Continue Reading

LCSO to Hold Community Meeting to Address Burglaries in Western Loudoun

January 25, 2013 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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In light of a series of burglaries in Western Loudoun County, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office will hold a community meeting on January 31 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting stems from a series of burglaries in Western
Loudoun, Middleburg and Fauquier County that are possibly related.

The community meeting will be held at Banneker Elementary School located at 35231 Snake Hill Road in Middleburg. Members of the community are invited to attend to learn more about the burglary cases from Loudoun County Sheriff’s Detectives as well as crime prevention measures residents can take to help protect their home. … Continue Reading

LCSO to Assist with Presidential Inauguration Security

January 18, 2013 by Contributor Loudoun County, News Be the first to comment
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Members of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Civil Disturbance Unit and command staff will provide assistance for security at the Inauguration of President Barack Obama on Monday, January 21.

Members of the Civil Disturbance Unit and select members of the agency’s command staff will assist the Metropolitan Police Department along the parade route in
Washington, DC.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Civil Disturbance Unit is comprised of specially trained deputies who provide a disciplined and organized law enforcement presence in response to crowd control and other situations.

The cost associated with the mutual aid assistance is funded through a Federal reimbursement to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

LCSO Receives New Bicycles from BMW of Sterling

January 16, 2013 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office was the recipient of three BMW Cruise style bicycles from BMW of Sterling.

The bicycles were donated to the agency in December and were presented to Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman by Chairman and CEO Thomas A. Moorehead of Moorehead Properties, Inc. “We believe in supporting our local law enforcement and look forward to continuing our support in the future,” said Moorehead.

The bicycles will be utilized by the agency’s bicycle patrol unit. “This unit focuses on building a better relationship with the public by getting out in the neighborhoods and focusing on the community’s needs,” said Sheriff Chapman. “We live in a county that is 520 square miles with numerous bike trails, including
the W&OD trail that traverses over 20 miles of the county. These bicycles will assist us in reaching parts of the county that are not easily accessible by patrol car or on foot,” Chapman added.

Currently, over 50 members of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, including Patrol Deputies, School Resource Officers and Community Resource Officers, are
equipped with bicycles.

(left to right: Major John Fraga, Rick Can Dyken, Carroll Stewart, Sheriff Chapman, Thomas A. Moorehead, Deputy First Class Matthew Bressler, Deputy Wade Boyer and Brian Frank)

Sheriff’s Office Seeks Loudoun Man Wanted on Outstanding Warrants

January 6, 2013 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance to locate a suspect wanted on three outstanding warrants. Ryan Blaine Williams, 31, who has ties to the Leesburg and Ashburn areas, is wanted for assault and battery of a female friend stemming from a July 2012 case and two criminal capias’ for violations of court orders. Williams also goes by the names Riz and Hope. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Williams is asked to call the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are asked to call Loudoun Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919.

LCSO Investigating Death of Inmate at Adult Detention Center

December 11, 2012 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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An inmate housed in the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center’s Medical Unit was found to be in cardiac arrest during a routine check of the unit Monday afternoon. Adult Detention Center personnel immediately administered CPR and the victim was transported to the Cornwall Campus of Inova Loudoun Hospital where he was pronounced dead by the emergency room doctor. The incident is currently under investigation by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

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Pungent Curry

9 Apr 2014

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The latest version of the IPCC report is published and once again it will go unread by the great masses of climate science deniers and unreported by the media. So it might be useful to revisit the fundamental physical realities …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Understanding Teen Suicide

1 Apr 2014

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Northern Virginia has recently experienced several teen suicides. Last month, two Langley High School students took their own lives just a day apart from one another, and this month it appears two students at Woodson High …

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Virginia Gardening

Spring Is Coming

4 Mar 2014

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By Donna Williamson March is an in-between month – some cold and the return of glorious warmth now and then. One way to bring some delight inside is forcing spring-blooming branches. You can cut branches of forsythia, cherry, crabapple, kerria, …

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Sushi's Corner

An Easter Swim

1 Apr 2014

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I felt like a silly nim “cow” poop with these Easter bows in our hair. Okay Nelly, maybe you didn’t because you’re a girl. But me, a Mighty Cairn Terrier male? – PLEASE! Pleasing Mrs. B for Easter pictures was …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

What Baseball Can Teach You About Financial Planning

1 Apr 2014

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Spring training is a tradition that baseball teams and baseball fans look forward to every year. No matter how they did last year, teams in spring training are full of hope that a new season will bring a fresh start. …

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Go Take a Hike

Blandy Experimental Farm

6 Jun 2012

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By Molly Pinson Simoneau It’s no secret that I love a challenging hike. I’ve written here about hiking sections of the Appalachian Trail and Shenandoah National Park. I’ve taken vacations with my family to Colorado where I’ve attempted to conquer a “fourteener” (a summit that is higher than 14,000 feet), …

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Real Estate Ticker

A Buying Opportunity?

6 Nov 2013

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By Carl Fischer As a direct result of the uncertainty that has arisen from national and regional politics, with its unsettling effect on the Northern Virginia area, for the past two months there has been a market slowdown which has …

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From the Farm

From the Farm

5 Jul 2012

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When the heat index reaches 110 degrees, as it has been doing recently, I try to keep in the shade, or stay indoors. But my lavender, about halfway from full bloom, seems to thrive in it. Hot and dry, I …

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Events

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: Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artists -- Abstract painter Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and contemporary painter Sandra Iafrate

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Meet Evelyn and Sandra and other gallery artists during a free, open to the public reception for this month's Featured Artists' exhibit "Living Color,” showcasing two accomplished painters Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and Sandra Iafrate, in a vivid and dynamic presentation of color, shape and our surroundings.

Evelyn Lopez de Guzman’s vibrant paintings awaken the viewer to connect with nature and the modern world through an interplay of shape, color, and textural materials.

Sandra Iafrate’s combination of realistic and surrealist interpretation of flowers, foliage and landscapes on spacious canvases convey a sense of movement and playfulness.

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Easter at "The Park"

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April 19, 2014

Celebrate Easter at historic Morven Park with crafts for kids, an egg hunt in the formal gardens plus a traditional egg roll on the Davis Mansion lawn. Have a family photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Children should bring a basket for the hunt and a large spoon for the egg roll. $10/participating child (ages 2-12), $3/adult. Register at www.MorvenPark.org.

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VAL's Pals Kids Club

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April 30, 2014

Join Inova Loudoun Hospital as the present their Beamer the Dog Program.

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SCOUTING FOR BRICKS

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May 4, 2014

Scouting for Bricks is an exhibit showing the Love for everything LEGO® . Come see amazing LEGO® creations by Fans of LEGO®, LEGO® trains, Mindstorms robots. We will also have live Star Wars Stormtroopers and an interactive play area with over 100,000 LEGO bricks. Scouting for Bricks is fun for the Whole Family! Visit us at www.ScoutingForBricks.com.

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View From the Ridge

Rural Loudoun Is Different, and We Say Dark Skies Do Matter

4 Mar 2014

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In February of this year a sell out crowd gathered at the county public seat in Leesburg to provide feedback to the Loudoun County Planning Commission on the idea of adding additional sports lights to the upper athletic fields at Franklin Park. Franklin Park includes a really wonderful performing arts …

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Editorial

Steady and Nobull

4 Mar 2014

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Park and Ride Lots for Western Loudoun

4 Mar 2014

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In 2003, the county purchased 22 commuter buses to serve a growing demand for bus service to Washington D.C. The demand has grown exponentially ever since. The county now owns or leases 65 large commuter buses (with plush seats and on board restrooms) and more are being added every year. The buses are often filled to standing room only as …

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Lifestyle

Sadie’s Race 5K and Fun Run Scheduled for Sunday May 18

9 Apr 2014

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Sadie Smile Foundation is putting on the third annual Sadie’s Race/Walk and Kids Fun Run to Benefit Smile Train in Purcellville Sunday, May 18th this year. The race starts at 8:00 a.m. at the train station at 200 N 21st Street in Purcellville. Sign up at Active.com. When Sara Ablard lost her five year-old daughter, Sadie, two years ago, she …

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Dr. Joseph Rogers Dies at Family Farm

1 Apr 2014

Dr. Joseph Megeath Rogers, 90, died on Saturday March 8, 2014 at his Hillbrook Farm near Hamilton following a stroke. Physician, farmer, businessman, rural land conservationist, philanthropist and expert horseman, Dr. Rogers was a tireless advocate and practitioner of country living whose contributions in a broad range of interests were made quietly and with little fanfare. His public persona was …

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Zoldos Presented Citizen of the Year Award

1 Apr 2014

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At the biweekly March meeting of the Lovettsville Town Council, Mayor Bobby Zoldos was presented the 2013 Citizen of the Year from the Lovettsville Waterford Ruritans. Presenting the award was Rick Adams, current president along with Board Member Peter Mullally and  Vice President Jeff Boogaard. Adams said, “On behalf of the Lovettsville Waterford Ruritans, we would like to present the …

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Around Virginia

Wolf Won’t Seek Re-election

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Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) today announced that he would not seek election to an 18th term in 2014. He released the following statement announcing his decision: “I have decided not to seek re-election to the U.S. Congress in 2014. It has been an honor to serve the people of northern …

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Virginia Can and Should Work Harder to Combat Hunger

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By Congressman Frank Wolf Last year, the USDA reported a record number of Americans are struggling to put food on their tables. Across the nation, 49 million people – including 17 million children and six million seniors – are going hungry, a number that has grown substantially over the last …

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Kaine Statement on Navy Yard Shooting

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U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on today’s shooting at the Washington Navy Yard: “My thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted by today’s tragic shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. As we learn more about the horrific events that unfolded this morning, my deepest sympathies go out …

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Sports

Nominate Your Hometown Hero

9 Apr 2014

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Upper Loudoun Little League’s Hometown Heroes scholarship closes on April 21, 2014. The application is available online at ULLL.org. The scholarship is open to all graduating seniors who played baseball for ULLL at some point in their growing up years.

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Lady Vikings Give Back

10 Feb 2014

The Loudoun Valley Girls basketball team held an event on Friday, February 7 at LVHS. The Lady Vikings celebrated “Pink Night” by honoring those who are battling breast cancer or have been affected by breast cancer. The event was held in conjunction with an event held at Woodgrove earlier this …

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Letters

Medicaid Expansion Battle Heating Up

4 Mar 2014

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Did you know that there’s a very real possibility that a DC-style budget battle and government shutdown could come to Virginia? The Medicaid expansion battle …

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Endorsing for Profit Businesses?

4 Mar 2014

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I recently received an automated email message from the Town of Purcellville soliciting nominations for volunteer award recipients in cooperation with the Purcellville Business Association …

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Another Vote To Overrule Purcellville’s Board of Architectural Review

4 Mar 2014

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The Purcellville Town Council, foolishly, in the view of many and perhaps most, has overruled its Board of Architectural Review and approved Mark Nelis’s and …

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