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Man Charged with Assaulting and Killing a 17-Year-Old Girl

A man has been charged with murdering a 17-year-old Reston girl who was reported missing, Sunday, June 18, around 4:00 a.m. near Dranesville Road and Woodson Road, in the Herndon area. An investigation determined she was walking outside with a group of friends when they got into a dispute with a man in a car. It appears the suspect, Darwin A. Martinez Torres, 22, of Sterling, got out of his car and assaulted the victim. Her friends could not find her and police were called to help. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of June 9, 2017

06/09/2017 – 02:11 a.m. 100 Blk. N. Maple Ave. Brandishing a Firearm / DWI
Police were called to the scene of a report of a subject that had brandished a firearm at a group of individuals and may have been intoxicated. On police arrival, the subject had fled the scene but was located operating a motor vehicle a short distance away. Marc Tiaga, a 22 year old male of Round Hill, was arrested for DWI and Brandishing a Firearm. He was transported to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center and held. … Continue Reading

MS-13 Gang Member Enters Guilty Pleas

Jose Miguel Espinosa De Dios, 19, appeared before Judge Stephen E. Sincavage in Loudoun County Circuit Court and entered Alford pleas of guilty to first degree murder and felony use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.[1]

On the morning of September 4, 2015, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a shooting in Sterling. Deputies responded to the area and located an unresponsive Hispanic male suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to INOVA Fairfax Hospital where he was pronounced dead by medical staff. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of May 24, 2017

5/24/17 – 2:13 p.m. 100 Blk DeSales Larceny

The victim reported that several items were taken from her residence. The victim had home repair being done, and the incident is under investigation.

5/25/17 – 11:20 p.m. 300 Blk N Maple Narcotics Violation

Police stopped a juvenile who was out beyond the Town’s curfew. After aggressive behavior a search was conducted that produced narcotics. The juvenile was taken into custody and turned over to a parent. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Annual Police Awards Dinner – May 22


Pictured from left to right: Rob Wagner, Kris Fraley, Chief McAlister (front), Ryan Vasconi, Mike Owens, Clark McDaniel, Paul Kakol. Council Member Nedim Ogelman (front), Mayor Kwasi Fraser and Council Members Chris Bledsoe and Kelli Grim.

Purcellville Police Seek Your Help

The Purcellville Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the possible suspects identified in the pictures below. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of May 17, 2017

05/17/2017 – 03:30 p.m. 300 Blk. Crossman Ct. Burglary
The victim came home and when she entered her residence, she noticed that several items had been tampered with and property had been removed from the residence. The incident is under investigation in conjunction with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations. … Continue Reading

Students Charged with Narcotic Distribution

May 24, 2017 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Students Charged with Narcotic Distribution

Two 16-year-old students from Potomac Falls High School were charged Friday, May 19, with distribution of a schedule IV narcotic on school property. The charges stem from an incident last month where several students were discovered to have shared drinks containing Alprazolam, commonly referred to as Xanax, during class at a nearby middle school. … Continue Reading

Traffic Problems near Reston Parkway Overpass from June 2 through June 5

May 24, 2017 News, Public Safety 1 comment

On or about Friday, June 2, through Monday, June 5, Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project crews will remove a tower crane from the median of the Dulles International Airport Access Highway between the Fairfax County Parkway overpass and the Reston Parkway overpass. Work will take place during day and night hours. Details are listed below: … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of May 4, 2017

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05/04/2017 – 02:30 p.m. 600 Blk. E. Main St. Shoplifting
A business owner reported that a customer that frequents the store has been shoplifting. The incident is under investigation and charges may be pending. … Continue Reading

Missing Teen Found

May 16, 2017 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Missing Teen Found

A teenager missing since April 19 was located at an Ashburn shopping center late Monday night.

Deputies located Jasmine P. Dunn, 16, in the Ashbrook Commons Plaza around 10:30 p.m.

Jasmine was reported missing on April 19 after she arrived at the Douglass School but did not attend classes and is believed to have left the area on her own accord.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the community for their assistance in helping locate the teenager.

LCSO Continues to Seek Missing Teenager Last Seen in Ashburn Area

May 10, 2017 Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Continues to Seek Missing Teenager Last Seen in Ashburn Area

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office continues to seek the whereabouts of a missing teenager from the Leesburg, Virginia area.

Jasmine P. Dunn, 16, was last seen as recently as yesterday in the area of Pipeline Plaza. Residents who see Jasmine or believe they know of her whereabouts are asked to immediately contact the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office at 703-777-1021. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of April 28, 2017

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04/28/2017 – 10:48 a.m. 100 Blk. N. 16th St. Runaway Juvenile
A parent reported that her 17 year old son had runaway. The juvenile was entered into a nationwide police database as a runaway in the event that he comes into contact with any other police agency. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

Columns

Public Input June 6, 2017

Public input June 6, 2017 “We must, incidentally, make it clear from the beginning that if a thing is not science, it is not necessarily bad. For example, love is not a science. So, if something is said not to …

Anatomy of a Sunflower

By Andrea Gaines Nothing is as simple and summery as that big yellow ray of light known as the sunflower. These not-so-bashful beauties enter the world from seeds we’ve sown intentionally, or from seeds tossed out as happy, uneaten castaways …

Parental Help Needed

Dr. Mike, My husband and I are planning to hold our son back to repeat eighth grade. He plays on a travel sports team, and the extra year would give him an advantage for high school. My sister did it …

Misconceptions about 529 Plans

Just like the kids you’re saving college funds for, 529 plans are often misunderstood. Read on to learn 529 plans are more flexible than you may think. They can be set up by anyone, for anyone, and used for a …

Transforming Scars – Engendering Hope

By Samuel Moore-Sobel The woman’s voice on the other end of the line is warm and inviting, speaking softly in crisp tones, with great excitement, and at a hurried pace. Her words are eloquent and profound. Furiously I type, trying …

Addicted

By Mary Rose Lunde When most people think of addictions, they choose the more well-known types, such as alcohol or drugs. But there are other addictions that people don’t always want to talk about. These can include: screen time, video …

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Cooksville Road

By Tim Jon You see – there’s this bell: A church bell, suspended inside a little white tower atop the old Mount Olive Baptist church building – that you can see for just a few split-seconds as you make your …

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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June 2017
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May 29, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 30, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 31, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
June 1, 2017 June 2, 2017

First Friday at the Winery

First Friday at the Winery

TGIF@North Gate Vineyard with Maddy Curtis Live

TGIF@North Gate Vineyard with Maddy Curtis Live
June 3, 2017

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo

Moon Music Live at North Gate Vineyard

Moon Music Live at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
June 4, 2017

OPEN HOUSE EXTRAVAGANZA

OPEN HOUSE EXTRAVAGANZA
June 5, 2017 June 6, 2017 June 7, 2017

Beale Street Puppets: Teddy Bear Circus

Beale Street Puppets: Teddy Bear Circus
June 8, 2017 June 9, 2017

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo
June 10, 2017

20th Annual Cajun Festival

20th Annual Cajun Festival

Dear Creek Live at North Gate Vineyard

Dear Creek Live at North Gate Vineyard

Healing Service

Healing Service
June 11, 2017

Come Paint with Us

Come Paint with Us
June 12, 2017 June 13, 2017 June 14, 2017 June 15, 2017 June 16, 2017 June 17, 2017

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo

Pete Lapp Live at north Gate Vineyard

Pete Lapp Live at north Gate Vineyard
June 18, 2017
June 19, 2017 June 20, 2017 June 21, 2017 June 22, 2017 June 23, 2017

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo
June 24, 2017

THE PICKWICK PLAYERS: You Can’t Take It With You

THE PICKWICK PLAYERS: You Can’t Take It With You

Acoustic Soul Live at north Gate Vineyard

Acoustic Soul Live at north Gate Vineyard

THE PICKWICK PLAYERS: You Can’t Take It With You

THE PICKWICK PLAYERS: You Can’t Take It With You
June 25, 2017
June 26, 2017 June 27, 2017 June 28, 2017

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids
June 29, 2017

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids
June 30, 2017

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids
July 1, 2017

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo

Willie White Live at North Gate Vineyard

Willie White Live at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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

Quentin Walston Live at North Gate Vineyard

Quentin Walston Live at North Gate Vineyard
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Lifestyle

Music with a Cause June Concert: Bud’s Collective

31 May 2017

The Music with a Cause Concert celebrates the culmination of its first year with a concert to be held at Otium Cellars at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 4. Bud’s Collective is a powerful trio of pickers from the hills of West Virginia. The evening will also feature an auction of a piece from David Norton Pottery. Norton is an …

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Loudoun Library Card Design Contest Has Begun

31 May 2017

Loudoun artists are invited to submit designs for Loudoun County Public Library’s Second Annual Library Card Design Contest, which began May 22. A panel of judges from the Loudoun County Art Advisory Committee will choose three finalists based on creativity, originality, and message. Artwork or photography submitted should reflect the spirit of Loudoun and the work of Loudoun County Public …

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Loudoun Art Advisory Committee – Call for Artists

31 May 2017

All Loudoun County artists are invited to submit original photographs for the 2017 Loudoun County Art Advisory Committee show “Loudoun’s Evolving Landscape: At-Risk Art Project.” The photographs, which may be in color or black and white, will be exhibited in Gallery One on the first floor of the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison Street, S.E. in Leesburg, from September …

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Editorial

Priscilla Nabs Plum Planning Commission Post

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 …

Op-ed

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 …

Dear Editor

A Winner of a Budget

On May 23, Mayor Kwasi Fraser and the Purcellville Town Council voted to finalize the FY18 budget on behalf of our taxpayers. As an elected government, this is the greatest responsibility that we have. We also have the unlimited ability …

Supports Walbridge

I am proud to endorse and express my full support for Tia Walbridge to represent the 33rd District in Richmond.  As a current Town Council member in Purcellville, I understand the concerns of Purcellville and western Loudoun citizens and I …

View From the Ridge

Envision Loudoun – Bold Action Versus Business-As-Usual

Everyone is talking about it. “Envision Loudoun,” our local government’s effort to reach out to the public for advice on how to rewrite and update the County’s Comprehensive Plan. Officials …

Around Virginia

Tuesday, June 13 – Primary Elections Voting Information

A Primary Election for both parties is scheduled on June 13. Voters will choose a candidate for the Republican Party for the offices of Governor and Lieutenant Governor. For the Democratic Party voters will choose a candidate for the offices of Governor, Lieutenant Governor and House of Delegates for the 33 …

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Cultivate Innovation-Driven Solutions

By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33) Schools are letting out for summer break and many families are celebrating graduations and making plans for college. Few would disagree with the importance of quality affordable education. While it may not be prominent in the conversations, our state and local governments play key roles …

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Transportation: Problem Solving and Promises Kept

– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33) Four years ago I came before the voters of the 33rd District, challenging the status quo transportation funding policies that sent our taxes to other parts of the state while leaving us sitting in traffic. I called out projects like the Dulles Rail Project, …

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Sports

Purcellville Cannons: Talent, Talent and More Talent

31 May 2017

By Andrea Gaines Cannons home opener vs. the Winchester Royals at Fireman’s Field, Friday, June 3. At their 2017 home opener, the Los Angeles Dodgers absolutely trounced the San Diego Padres. Said one sports commentator: “Their opening-day bats were so special … it was easy to forget the Dodgers also …

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WLVBC U14 Boys Volleyball Wins WLVBC Invitational

3 May 2017

The Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s U14 Boys team won the inaugural WLVBC Invitational Tournament held Saturday, April 15 at Foxcroft School.  The team went 4-0 on the day, winning first place against WLVBC U15 boys team in a three-set match 25-19, 22-25 and 15-11. The team reached the Gold Bracket …

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