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Loudoun County Sheriff's Office
01/04/2020

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office

Detectives with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office have released a surveillance video image of the suspect vehicle involved in the hit-and-run of a deputy in Sterling on Wednesday.

After further investigation, the vehicle has been determined to be silver or light gray 2019-2020 Nissan Altima with Ohio tags. There should be damage on the passenger side, from the front to the mid-passenger side door.

The driver was described as a Black male with a medium complexion, between 40 and 50-years-old, approximately 240 lbs., and over 6 tall. He was wearing a dark-colored knit cap and a black/gray jacket.

The hit-and-run occurred shortly before 11 a.m. January 1, 2020, in the area of S. Cottage Road and Lindsay Court. The deputy, a member of the agency’s Motor Unit, was running RADAR in the area and was signaling the driver to pull over. The driver stopped before he sped away and struck the deputy. The deputy suffered minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital as a precaution.

Anyone with any information regarding the possible identity of the driver or the whereabouts of the vehicle is asked to contact Det. C. Pickrell at 703-777-1021

01/02/2020

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to locate the driver of a vehicle after he sideswiped a deputy who was working traffic enforcement in the Sterling area.

The hit and run occurred shortly before 11 a.m. this morning in the area of S. Cottage Road and Lindsay Court. The deputy, a member of the agency’s Motor Unit, was running RADAR in the area and was signaling the driver to pull over. The driver appeared to be coming to a stop before he sped up and struck the deputy. The deputy suffered minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital as a precaution.

The driver is described as a Black male and was wearing a black knit cap. The vehicle has Ohio license plates and described as a dark gray sedan, possibly a Honda or Toyota, and may have damage to the bumper and passenger side of the vehicle.

Anyone with any information regarding the possible identity of the driver or the whereabouts of the vehicle is asked to call the LCSO at 703-777-1021.

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Flags of Valor
12/29/2019

Flags of Valor

Truly an honor to Give Back in collaboration with @therock and create a well deserved custom flag for such a great soldier, world class athlete and friend @ellie_anne_marks . Thanks for being such an inspiration to all of us.

Thanks to all those that helped make this happen. @kevinplank96 @underarmourfreedom @underarmour

RHOLC Foundation
12/09/2019

RHOLC Foundation

#2ndAnnualRHOLCToyDriveInFullForce #AllForTheKids #AllTheWayUp #DropOffYourToysASAP 🙏🙏🙏🙏
We will be doing a live video for this next week but in the meantime we have good news that the DROP OFF locations are ready. We have the locations covered from Eastern Loudoun all the way up to Western Loudoun. Thank you to all the businesses participating!! 💥🙏😍🇺🇸🇺🇸

Drop off locations are: Sully's Pour House, Embrace Home Loans - Ashburn, VA, Bullseye Guns of VA, Northern Virginia Tattoo Company and Velocity Wings - Lovettsville Let's make it another huge success as we partner again with our favorite @Sheriff Michael Chapman @Loudoun Loudoun County Sheriff's Office to collect toys for Cole's Closet!!
Here are some great pictures so far from this year's drop off's and last year's highlights !!! Thank you, thank you to all!!!

💥💥💥A special thank you to Kris Olsonfor all the boxes he made personally himself and dropped off. An even more special thank you to Nicole Olson for putting up with Kris using up all the gift wrapping paper gain this year. 🤦‍♂️😆😆😆😆💥💥💥

Loudoun Times-Mirror The Loudoun Tribune Loudoun Now ABC 7 News - WJLAFox 5 DC CBS DC The National Conference Center City Tap Loudoun Tarbender's Lounge Delirium Cafe Leesburg Black Hoof Brewing Company Black Walnut Brewery Beltway Brewing Company The Ashburn Pub Copperwood Tavern One Loudoun Matchbox Restaurant at One Loudoun Finnegan's Grill & Irish Pub - Ashburn, VA Real Fathers Of Northern Virginia Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce The Purcellville Pub

RHOLC Foundation
12/01/2019

RHOLC Foundation

#2ndAnnualRHOLCToyDriveInFullForce #AllForTheKids #AllTheWayUp #DropOffYourToysASAP 🙏🙏🙏🙏
We will be doing a live video for this next week but in the meantime we have good news that the DROP OFF locations are ready. We have the locations covered from Eastern Loudoun all the way up to Western Loudoun. Thank you to all the businesses participating!! 💥🙏😍🇺🇸🇺🇸

Drop off locations are: Sully's Pour House, Embrace Home Loans - Ashburn, VA, Bullseye Guns of VA, Northern Virginia Tattoo Company and Velocity Wings - Lovettsville Let's make it another huge success as we partner again with our favorite @Sheriff Michael Chapman @Loudoun Loudoun County Sheriff's Office to collect toys for Cole's Closet!!
Here are some great pictures so far from this year's drop off's and last year's highlights !!! Thank you, thank you to all!!!

💥💥💥A special thank you to Kris Olsonfor all the boxes he made personally himself and dropped off. An even more special thank you to Nicole Olson for putting up with Kris using up all the gift wrapping paper gain this year. 🤦‍♂️😆😆😆😆💥💥💥

Loudoun Times-Mirror The Loudoun Tribune Loudoun Now ABC 7 News - WJLAFox 5 DC CBS DC The National Conference Center City Tap Loudoun Tarbender's Lounge Delirium Cafe Leesburg Black Hoof Brewing Company Black Walnut Brewery Beltway Brewing Company The Ashburn Pub Copperwood Tavern One Loudoun Matchbox Restaurant at One Loudoun Finnegan's Grill & Irish Pub - Ashburn, VA Real Fathers Of Northern Virginia Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce The Purcellville Pub

7th Annual Tree Lighting at One Loudoun
11/30/2019
7th Annual Tree Lighting at One Loudoun

7th Annual Tree Lighting at One Loudoun

Free Ice Skating from 2-8pm. Tree Lighting from 5-7pm. RSVP on Eventbrite + be entered to win a "Jump the Line Pass" to see Santa!

11/20/2019
Loudoun County Sheriff's Office

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office

Do you hear what I hear? The LCSO Motor Unit is revving its engines in preparation for the agency's annual Holiday Toy Drive!

The LCSO has once again partnered with Cole's Closet to help donate toys to fill “closets” with toys for children while they are at the hospital.

Last year you helped us collect over 1,500 toys for our annual Santa Ride for Cole’s Closet.

We are blessed to live in such a giving, caring and supportive community and we are asking our residents to help by donating new, unwrapped toys to bring holiday cheer to children ages infant to the age of 17.

Donations will be accepted from now through December 20, 2019. The toys can be dropped off at any LCSO Station, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

The drop-off locations are:

Eastern Loudoun Station
46620 East Frederick Drive, Sterling, VA 20164

Ashburn Station
20272 Savin Hill Drive, Ashburn, VA 20147

Dulles South Public Safety Center
25216 Loudoun County Parkway, Chantilly, VA 20152

Western Loudoun Station
47 W. Loudoun Street, Round Hill, VA 20141

LCSO Headquarters
803 Sycolin Road SE, Leesburg, VA 20175

Cole's Closet was created in 2002 by Ellen and Steve Tomczyk after they lost their six-month-old son to an undiagnosed brain disease. The Tomczyks spent four months in and out of area hospitals where they experienced first-hand the anxiety and fear families face when a child is hospitalized. Ellen and Steve began a toy drive at a family holiday party one year after Cole passed away and since then they have donated thousands of new toys to area hospitals. For more information about Cole’s Closet please visit www.colescloset.org.

11/16/2019

Raymers Candies at One Loudoun are busy filling holiday orders and saving many cooks time in the kitchen!

11/14/2019

ISO: Non-profit groups that would want to offer free gift wrapping at Leesburg Premium Outlets during holidays as a fundraising opportunity! Please email [email protected].

The sale of gift certificates for car detailing and paint protection is on the rise in Loudoun.. Don't be left out.
11/08/2019

The sale of gift certificates for car detailing and paint protection is on the rise in Loudoun.. Don't be left out.

10/31/2019

Leesburg Halloween parade is canceled.

10/31/2019
Sterling Volunteer Fire Company

Sterling Volunteer Fire Company

The SVFC was out today conducting ‘bucket brigade’ fundraising at Walmart, Sams Club, Lowes. We greatly appreciate all the support from the community as we raise money for a new tower ladder fire truck. And thank you to all the locations for their support!

However...someone went a little further than they intended. At Walmart, we found a ring in the bucket soon after a fellow emptied change from a cup holder. Please contact us if you lost a ring! Please share our post with neighborhood groups to help get this ring back home! Thank you!

Contact us via FB or at [email protected]

10/30/2019

NEWS RELEASE Contact: David A. Mekarski, AICP, Town Manager
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE [email protected], 540-338-7421

SECOND NIGHT ADDED FOR TRICK OR TREATERS

PURCELLVILLE, VA, October 30, 2019 – With a “tricky” forecast expected Thursday night October 31st, and the safety of everyone participating being the highest priority, the Town has added Friday, November 1st, as a second night for trick-or-treating. We are asking that parents use their judgement in determining whether Thursday is safe for their families to be out.

Residents should expect trick-or-treaters on Thursday, October 31 and on Friday, November 1 from dusk until 9:00 PM.

For a safe trick-or-treating night, parents should also remember to:
· Check all treats to ensure they are sealed.
· Carry a flashlight and wear reflective clothing.
· Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with a flame.
· If you have a security camera, make sure it’s pointed at the front door.
· Stay on sidewalks and cross streets when safe at intersections and crosswalks.

She went missing on Sept 20. We have had a couple of possible sightings. Most recent yesterday afternoon near the Algonk...
10/12/2019

She went missing on Sept 20. We have had a couple of possible sightings. Most recent yesterday afternoon near the Algonkian Elementary School soccer fields about 4pm. We don’t have a local number, but (703) 402-4467 is my mother in laws

Wanna win free wings for a year? Here's how..
10/10/2019

Wanna win free wings for a year? Here's how..

🎁We’re giving away FREE WINGS FOR A YEAR to one lucky winner! Plus one free flatbread just for entering our giveaway! To enter this giveaway, simply:
—>> 1- Click this link: https://m.me/deliriumcafeleesburg?ref=freewingsforyearcontest.
—>> 2- Check your inbox for details. You’ll also get a coupon for a FREE Flatbread just for playing.

That’s It! We will be picking our winner on November 3.

*We’re located at 101 S. King Street, Leesburg, VA 20175

Free food for a year!  Will you be one of those waiting in line?
10/02/2019
Ashburn Patch

Free food for a year! Will you be one of those waiting in line?

On Oct. 9, Chick-Fil-A will mark its newest Ashburn location at 43520 Yukon Dr. by offering the first 100 customers free food for a year.

Great opportunity! Check it out
10/02/2019

Great opportunity! Check it out

🚨INTEGRATED APPROACH TO RETIREMENT PLANNING🚨

Dr. Michael Finke, PhD, CFP is the Chief Academic Officer at The American College and we are pleased to have him speak at our workshop on the 10th of October.

If you'd like to learn more about retirement based on proven award-winning research🥇,please let me know ASAP before it fills up.

09/29/2019

If you shop on Amazon and don't have a charity signed up to benefit.. You should. It's costs you nothing more! Just use smile.amazon.com instead of Amazon.com

If you don't know which charity to select, we recommend RHOLC Foundation (either for good or until you switch it to one you are really pationate about) why? Because the RHOLC foundation does things for and gives back to our Loudoun community. Thanks.

The backpack coalition is a group that collects food to donate to some of the needy people in our area. We helped them p...
09/28/2019

The backpack coalition is a group that collects food to donate to some of the needy people in our area. We helped them pack bags last year and it seems like a worthwhile thing. Please help if you can. Thanks! Rick Beggs RnR Cycles

Thank you Sgt. Leydig!
09/24/2019

Thank you Sgt. Leydig!

Mondays mean the start of a new work week, an extra cup of coffee to get the day started, Monday Night Football, and most importantly #MeetADeputyMonday! This week the LCSO is proud to present a fifteen year veteran of our agency. Sergeant Jason Leydig joined the LCSO in December of 2004 and is assigned as a supervisor for the Motor Unit in the Special Operations Division.

Sergeant Leydig started his law enforcement career as a deputy for the Kent County Sheriff's Office in Grand Rapids, Michigan. After several years, he made the move to Northern Virginia and was hired by the LCSO as a corrections deputy. Sergeant Leydig attended the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy in early 2005 and was selected as the class’s Vice President.

After spending a year as a corrections deputy, Sergeant Leydig was selected to join the Crime Prevention Unit and was promoted to Deputy Specialist. There Sergeant Leydig worked to educate the public about ways to protect themselves from crime by teaching “Crime Prevention through Environmental Design,” and by helping to establish Neighborhood Watch Programs throughout the county.

Sergeant Leydig’s energetic personality soon led him to becoming a Juvenile Crime Prevention Deputy while also serving in numerous specialty positions. When he wasn’t teaching D.A.R.E. to students, Sergeant Leydig was actively involved in the Civil Disturbance Unit, Search and Rescue, and Project Lifesaver.

In 2012 Sergeant Leydig transition to the Field Operations Division where he served both as a patrol deputy in Sterling and South Riding and also as a School Resource Officer. In 2017 he took a position on the agencies Motor Unit. Within a few months he was promoted to Sergeant and became the supervisor of the Motor Unit. Sergeant Leydig also helps supervise deputies in the Crash Reconstruction Unit and the Motor Carrier Safety Unit.

Thank you Sergeant Leydig for your dedication to our agency!

Get that summer dirt off!
09/13/2019

Get that summer dirt off!

It's cooling off and we're hard at work getting things clean so you can enjoy the nice weather!
Low pressure hot water house washing / High pressure surface cleaning - Fully Licensed & Insured - 2018 Angie's List Super Service award winner - We offer a military and emergency response discount. Customer satisfaction guaranteed! Call or text 240-678-5264 for a free estimate.
Located in Sterling, VA

Bungalow Lakehouse
09/06/2019

Bungalow Lakehouse

09/04/2019
Supervisor Koran Saines

Supervisor Koran Saines

𝐍𝐞𝐰 𝐑𝐮𝐥𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐇𝐎𝐕 𝐋𝐚𝐧𝐞𝐬 𝐑𝐞𝐠𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐇𝐲𝐛𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐬

Due to the expiration of certain provisions of federal law, beginning on September 30, 2019, hybrid vehicles will no longer be eligible to use HOV lanes in the Commonwealth of Virginia without the required number of occupants.

The Virginia Department of Transportation received notice of this change from the Federal Highway Administration, and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has issued a joint DMV/VDOT letter to all "clean special fuels" license plate holders explaining the expiration of the federal exemption.

Please also be advised that in the coming weeks, remaining I-395 HOV lanes will be converted into Express Lanes from Edsall Rd in Fairfax County to the 14th Street Bridge leading into Washington DC. Even those with Clean Special Fuel license plates will need to pay a toll to use the 395 Express Lanes.

If you have any questions, please contact Helen Cuervo of VDOT at [email protected]

Did you know this?
08/29/2019

Did you know this?

Calendar Reminder: All LCPS schools are closed Friday, Aug. 30, 2019 in compliance with a new Virginia State Statute. Enjoy your four-day Labor Day Weekend and remember to read!

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Looking for a fun crafting activity to do with your child? Join us at Claude Moore Park for our WINTER GIFT WORKSHOP on Saturday, December 14 from 3:30-5 pm; $5, ages 4 & up. Pre-registration required; adult chaperone free. Register at www.loudoun.gov/webtrac for activity 26172 . Questions? Call 571-258-3700
My name is Bill Incatasciato, and I am the admin for my page “Loudoun Christmas Lights,” My family and I love Christmas Lights and enjoy driving around the area to see the wonderful displays that other people set up. Unfortunately, I could never find a reliable listing of Christmas Light displays in Loudoun County, so I decided to create a comprehensive list of large and creative displays three years ago. I wanted to help other people find local Christmas displays in Loudoun County and to provide a platform for those who do large and/or cool displays to show them off to others. This page is intended for people in Loudoun County (and maybe really close by) to post their homes so that others may find them and appreciate the cheer they have created on their properties. This is the third year that I have been doing this, and hope that it continues to grow and become a valuable resource for our community. I ask that you help in one or all of the following ways: • Like/follow and share my page with others. • Send me photos and locations of Christmas light displays so I can post onto the page. It doesn’t have to be just your house. I do believe we should share the joy that others create. • Visit the displays and enjoy the effort that was put into them. When posting a picture, please include an address, hours, (if applicable), any restrictions/limitations (i.e. no head lights, don't block driveways, accepting donations, etc…,) and any other commentary. Please note, this a family friendly site, and I will review each submission prior to posting. Thanks for helping light up Loudoun County for the holidays!
Claude Moore Park's spring break PUPPET SHOW and CAMPFIRE is this Friday, April 19 from 11 am - 12 pm. Please be sure to preregister if you're planning to attend. In the event of inclement weather, refunds will be available. $5 each; ages 3 & under free, but must be accompanied by a registered adult. Go to loudoun.gov/webtrac to register (activity # 361724). Call 571-258-3700 for more information. Hope to see you there!
America, the legalization of marijuana is not the answer. The effort to legalize marijuana is an absolute cop-out to make more money for the states. It is not a sincere effort to confront the hard core issues of marijuana misuse and substance abuse in New York and states across America. Marijuana is extremely addictive, and it literally destroys both mental and physical health in the lives of misusers and abusers. However, legalizing medical marijuana, where it is clearly medically warranted, watched and carefully administered by trained medical professionals, is the wiser choice. Currently, we have blatant discrimination in marijuana arrests all over America in which African-Americans and Latinos are arrested in far greater percentages than white people. An effort is greatly needed to fight double standards. Summonses to appear in court, instead of arrests, can free up much needed funds for substance abuse prevention. The unjust, racist double standard regarding arrests should be stopped, but not the illegal use of marijuana. Most of all, a plan and push for substance abuse prevention and training is needed to transform the deeply wounded soul of America. When someone is totally high on marijuana and is committing horrible acts of physical, verbal, mental and sexual abuse, the laws against marijuana use are needed. Pastor Arthur L. Mackey Jr. Senior Pastor Mount Sinai Baptist Church Cathedral 243 Rev.Dr.A.L Mackey Sr. Avenue Roosevelt, New York, 11575 516 939 5679
Save the Date December 7th @ 6:30 PM! Join us for the black tie event of the year - The Ignite Founders Masquerade Ball and Gala. It is going to be an incredible night of celebrating 15 years of serving the great people of Ignite Church, Loudoun County Virginia and the DMV with world class entertainment. If the Ignite Church, Overseer Yolanda Stephens or myself have impacted your life or ministry in any way, we are looking forward to having you celebrate with us. You can get information on securing your ad for our electronic booklet & marquee and sponsorship by emailing us at [email protected] Did I mention there will be giveaways on top of giveaways all night long. It’s going to be an evening of elegance you’ll remember for years to come. Singles meet and greet kicks off on the red carpet at 6:30PM and the live entertainment begins at 7PM. Go to www.IgniteFoundersWeekend.org to secure your seats now.
Ignite Church is preparing for the celebration honoring our pastors and founders Apostle Shawn & Overseer Yolanda Stephens for 15 years of pastoring and serving God’s people. Join us Thursday December 6th - Sunday December 9th for a weekend of Glory. Don’t miss the black tie event of the year our Founders Masquerade Ball Friday December 7th. Mix and Mingle on the Red Carpet begins @ 6:30PM. Tickets are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ignites-15th-annual-founders-ball-and-gala-tickets-52268584744 We will also host our Holiday Bazaar featuring unique and affordable vendors again this year. Vending and Sponsorship is available by emailing us [email protected] We look forward to having you join us for this incredible celebration!