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MS-13 Gang Member Enters Guilty Pleas

August 8, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on MS-13 Gang Member Enters Guilty Pleas

Jose Israel Alvarenga, 19, appeared before Judge J. Howe Brown, Jr. in Loudoun County Circuit Court and pleaded guilty to one count of gang participation, one count of malicious wounding and one count of felony obstruction of justice.

On November 7, 2015, Alvarenga approached a young man in Leesburg whom he believed to be a member of the 18th Street gang. The victim denied any involvement in the 18th Street gang and Alvarenga demanded that he join the MS-13 gang. The victim knew Alvarenga to be a leader of a local MS-13 gang clique. The victim advised Alvarenga that he did not wish to join a gang and began to walk away. Alvarenga then kicked the victim in the back and told him that he would kill him if he did not join MS-13. The victim fled from the area. … Continue Reading

LCSO Deputy Involved in Shooting in Aldie

August 6, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Deputy Involved in Shooting in Aldie

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

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of July 28, 2016

August 6, 2016 Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of July 28, 2016

07/28/2016 – 08:52 p.m. 100 Blk. N. 21st St. Keep the Peace
Police were called to the scene by a resident who requested that police keep the peace while a family member removed some property. No problems were encountered.

07/28/2016 – 09:39 p.m. 100 Blk. N. 16th St. Assist another Police Agency
Police were contacted by another police agency in reference to a lookout for a parental abduction. The child was located unharmed and returned to a caregiver. The matter is still under investigation by the other police agency. … Continue Reading

Indecent Liberties by a Custodian Sends Loudoun Restaurateur to Prison for Fourteen Months

July 23, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Indecent Liberties by a Custodian Sends Loudoun Restaurateur to Prison for Fourteen Months

Leopoldo Jacobo Lugo, 59, appeared before Judge Douglas L. Fleming, Jr., in Loudoun County Circuit Court for sentencing on one count of indecent liberties with a child by custodian.

Lugo was charged after it was revealed that he had sexually abused a minor child over a course of several years, with at least one incident occurring while Lugo and the victim were living in Loudoun County. This information was disclosed by the victim after she was interviewed in response to a complaint made to the Virginia Department of Social Services. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of July 16, 2016

July 23, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of July 16, 2016

07/16/2016 – 08:30 p.m. 200 Blk. S. Nursery Ave. Drunk in Public
Casey McDonald, a 25 year old male of Purcellville, was arrested for being drunk in public. He was transported to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center and held until sober.

07/18/2016 – 08:20 a.m. 1000 Blk. E. Main St. Hit and Run Crash
The complainant came out to her vehicle and noticed that it had been struck while parked. A witness provided a possible striking vehicle as a Ford F-150 P/U Truck driven by a w/m in his 30’s. The incident is under investigation.
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Leesburg Bicyclist Struck by Vehicle

July 14, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Leesburg Bicyclist Struck by Vehicle

A 24 year-old Leesburg woman is in critical condition after being struck by a vehicle while she was riding a bicycle on the Route 15 Bypass. At approximately 5:18 p.m. on July 13, calls starting coming into the Leesburg Police Emergency Communications Center regarding a person that was riding a bicycle Eastbound on the Route 15 Bypass in the travel lane causing vehicles to swerve around her. At approximately 5:20 p.m., a call was received that the bicyclist had now been struck by a vehicle. Responding officers located the victim in the roadway suffering from multiple injuries on the Route 15 Bypass between South King Street and the Dulles Greenway. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of July 10, 2016

July 14, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of July 10, 2016

07/10/2016 – 05:00 a.m. 100 Blk. Hirst Rd. Crisis intervention Call
Police were contacted by a citizen who advised that her friend had made statements of harming herself and had access to a firearm. Contact was made with the person who was taken into custody and transported to a mental health facility to seek treatment. … Continue Reading

How Is a Purcellville Police Officer Dispatched to You?

July 14, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on How Is a Purcellville Police Officer Dispatched to You?

The Town of Purcellville Police Department would like to share important information about reaching an officer for law enforcement response in the Town of Purcellville. Recently, the Town revised its internal procedures to ensure that all calls are answered in a timely and professional manner.
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LCSO Seeks Public’s Assistance to Help Locate Missing Sterling Teenager

July 13, 2016 Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Seeks Public’s Assistance to Help Locate Missing Sterling Teenager

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance to help locate a Sterling teenager who was reported missing on July 8.

Katie Zamora-Hernandez, 13, left her residence on E. Charlotte Road on her own accord. She is possibly in the Herndon area with another juvenile.

Katie is described as a White female, 4’11” tall with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with any information regarding her possible whereabouts is asked to call Sgt. D. Hill at 703-777-0475.

Fire Destroys Waterford Home

July 11, 2016 Public Safety Comments Off on Fire Destroys Waterford Home

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office (FMO) remains on scene investigating Saturday night’s fire that destroyed a home in the 14500 block of Creek Lane in Waterford.

At approximately 9:30 p.m. Saturday night, Loudoun Emergency Communication Center received multiple calls reporting a house on fire in the 14500 block of Creek Lane in Waterford. Fire and rescue crews from Lucketts, Hamilton, Lovettsville, Purcellville, Leesburg and Round Hill responded to find significant fire and smoke conditions coming from multiple sides of a two story, single-family residence. A second alarm and additional water tankers were immediately requested bringing units from Ashburn, Lansdowne, Brambleton, Moorfield, Mount Weather and several units from Frederick County MD to assist with the large fire. The first firefighters on the scene confirmed that all occupants were out of the home safely. The advanced state of the fire prevented the crews from entering the structure so the fire was attacked from the exterior using multiple hose lines. Crews remained on the scene until after 5:00 a.m. Sunday extinguishing hot spots and overhauling the remnants of the structure. … Continue Reading

Town Water Staff Addresses Taste and Odor Concerns

July 11, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Town Water Staff Addresses Taste and Odor Concerns

Over the past weekend, Town staff noticed a slight change in the taste and odor of the water produced in the Town’s water system. Specifically, water customers may notice a musty or earthy taste in their water. Although this represents a change from our water’s normal aesthetic properties, this water meets or exceeds all regulatory requirements and does not pose a public health risk. … Continue Reading

As Loudoun Wrestles With Escalating Drug Problem One Neighbor Makes A Plea

July 6, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on As Loudoun Wrestles With Escalating Drug Problem One Neighbor Makes A Plea

Every day more than 100 Americans die from an opioid addiction.

Some began their journey by smoking grass and/or abusing alcohol. Some moved from the very real need to take pain killers for a bad back or post-surgery and became unable to stop. But however the journey began, experts say that by the time you realize you have a problem, catastrophe or near catastrophe can be just around the corner.

Near catastrophe came for one young man just a few short weeks ago, who was saved by the quick action of VDOT workers, a fellow motorist, a trained sheriff’s deputy who came on the scene and fire and rescue.

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Witnesses Sought in Hit and Run Crash That Injured Bicyclist

July 1, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Witnesses Sought in Hit and Run Crash That Injured Bicyclist

The Leesburg Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating the driver of a vehicle that struck and severely injured a bicyclist Sunday evening. On June 26, 2016 at approximately 9:04 PM, a 57 year-old Leesburg man was attempting to cross the Route 15 Bypass in the area of Edwards Ferry Road when he was struck by a vehicle. The driver of the vehicle did not stop and continued northbound on the bypass.

The victim was thrown from his bicycle and sustained severe head injuries and is currently being treated at a local hospital. A passing motorist observed the victim lying in the roadway and stopped to offer assistance. The victim was able to provide a possible vehicle description of a dark green Jeep Cherokee.

The Leesburg Police Department is asking that if anyone has any information regarding this investigation to contact Detective Drogin immediately at (703) 771-4541. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call the Leesburg Crime Line at (703) 443-TIPS (8477). Information can also be sent via TIPSUBMIT. Text “LPDTIP” plus your message to 274637.


 

 

 

 

Columns

Charles Murray’s Middlebury Melee

“Earthrise”, photo taken from Apollo 8 by Bill Anders on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1968. By Tony Noerpel On March 2, 2017, the appearance of Charles Murray at Middlebury College in Vermont caused a small riot [1]. The media blamed …

Earth System and Paleoclimate Change

In a new paper Owen Gaffney and Will Steffen [1], present a high order abstraction of the Earth System, E, in the form This is fine as an abstraction and shows the subsystems which impact the Earth System. The authors …

Famous Estate Blunders and How To Avoid Them

These celebrities’ tales are a strong reminder to review your estate plan before it’s too late. There’s a calm comfort that comes with estate planning: a sense that your family will be taken care of after you pass away (hopefully …

Fidget Gear, Good or Bad?

What do you think about the new fidget cubes and fidget spinners, and do they really help kids with ADHD? They’re making their way around our neighborhood, but I couldn’t find any good studies out there on either of the …

A Community Together: The Ten-Year Remembrance of 4/16/2007

Time moves forward, whether we are ready to move on or not. It’s been ten years since the massacre that shocked America. I’m talking about the event that started a standard of condolences from the president, tears and prayers from …

Soul Lost in Translation

“Greed, for lack of a better word, is good,” Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) tells us in the 1987 movie Wall Street. The newly released book, Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted …

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: North Fork Road

It’s difficult to be in a hurry when all the surrounding geography seems to encourage thoughtful, relaxing contemplation – maybe even a meditative cat nap thrown in for good measure; now – turn your TV off and take the music …

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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Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner
April 2, 2017

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GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”
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First Friday at the Winery

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April 8, 2017

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Cherry Blossom Celebration

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Come Paint with Us! Cherry Blossom

Come Paint with Us! Cherry Blossom

Meet the Artist - Robert Merhaut

Meet the Artist - Robert Merhaut

Healing Service

Healing Service

North Gate Vineyard presents a Vertical Tasting

North Gate Vineyard presents a Vertical Tasting
April 9, 2017

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SPRING AWAKENS: DECORATED EGG AUCTION

SPRING AWAKENS: DECORATED EGG AUCTION

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Writers’ Night Out

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Writers’ Night Out
April 10, 2017

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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV
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Easter at the Park

Easter at the Park

Easter Extravaganza

Easter Extravaganza
April 16, 2017

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Easter Sunrise Service

Easter Sunrise Service
April 17, 2017

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Jules & The Hammer Band with Teddy Chipouras

Jules & The Hammer Band with Teddy Chipouras
April 22, 2017

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20th Anniversary Celebration & Grand Re-Opening

20th Anniversary Celebration & Grand Re-Opening

Celebrate Earth Day at North Gate Vineyard

Celebrate Earth Day at North Gate Vineyard

Andrew McKnight & Beyond Borders

Andrew McKnight & Beyond Borders
April 23, 2017

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Franklin Park Big Band is Coming to Franklin Park Arts Center

Franklin Park Big Band is Coming to Franklin Park Arts Center

Jammin' at James

Jammin' at James
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2017 Virginia Touch-A-Truck

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Music With a Cause - The Loudoun Chorale

Music With a Cause - The Loudoun Chorale
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Lifestyle

Welcome Home to this Colonial in Lovettsville

6 Apr 2017

By Hannah Hager All of us seek to put down roots in ?a pleasant, safe and prosperous area, and you’ll find as much within this home in the Dutchman’s Creek neighborhood in Lovettsville. Today, Lovettsville has all the trappings of an all-American hometown – a pizzeria downtown, excellent schools and busy streets that settle into quiet nights. Its claim to …

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Keep Loudoun Beautiful

5 Apr 2017

Greater Lovettsville Area Volunteers Needed The Keep Loudoun Beautiful spring clean-up takes place the entire month of April and greater Lovettsville needs volunteers. Bags, vests, gloves and grabbers are available at the Lovettsville Community Center during normal business hours, Monday through Friday.  Contact Lovettsville area leader, Laura Lieberman, for details and to coordinate pick-up  locations:  laura.long.lieberman@gmail.com.

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Take Me To the Garden Show

5 Apr 2017

The 27th Annual Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival comes to town Saturday, April 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday, April 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The award-winning event, estimated to attract 40,000 visitors over the two days, gets better and better every year. And, that’s not just the vendors and organizers talking; that’s the truth, …

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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

Why Williams Gap Road Should Not Be Paved

Today, most residents of Loudoun County know nothing about Williams Gap, even those living on Williams Gap Road (Route 711). Knowing who “Williams” was, why a gap in the Blue …

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 …

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

Rep. Comstock Returns from Bipartisan Congressional Delegation to Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon

Representative Barbara Comstock (R-VA) released the following statement after returning from a bipartisan Congressional Delegation visit to Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon: “As believers around the world observed Holy Week, I appreciated the opportunity to visit and hear from those who serve our fellow man – our military men and women …

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Growth in Solar Industry-Related Jobs

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia is one of the fastest growing solar job markets in the country. In the Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census 2016, Virginia is 2nd in the Southeast and tied with Utah for 9th in the U.S. for year-over-year solar job growth. The Commonwealth is ranked …

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McAuliffe Vetoes LaRock’s Public Assistance Eligibility Legislation  

On March 28, Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed Del. Dave LaRock’s (R-33) House Bill 2092, which would have required any applicant for public assistance to undergo a full review of death records, incarceration status, employment status, lottery winnings, and all income. Recently, an Arlington woman was arrested on four counts of welfare fraud for …

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Sports

Woodgrove Training for Spring Track

9 Apr 2017

Woodgrove students get ready for the upcoming Spring track season. Photos courtesy of Robert Nelson

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Western Loudoun Volleyball Summer Camp Launched

6 Apr 2017

Western Loudoun Volleyball Club will be hosting its first ever summer camp June 26-29 at Foxcroft School in Middleburg.  The coed, four-day camp will run from 9-5 each day and feature advanced skills training, game strategy and mental approaches to the game.  The program will be managed by WLVBC’s Technical …

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