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Loudoun County Sheriff's Office
08/25/2020

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office

The outage has been fixed.

#Loudoun's Emergency Communications Center is currently experiencing intermittent outages that may affect 9-1-1 service. If you receive a fast busy signal, hang up and call LCSO at 703-777-0445 or Loudoun County Fire and Rescue at 703-777-0637.

08/07/2020

Rt 7 bypass being closed due to flooding @ west market st & Belmont ridge Leesburg Virginia
Several active water rescues all over western Loudoun
Turn around don't drown!

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office
08/04/2020

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office

UPDATE:

A Sterling teenager who was reported missing on Monday has returned home and is safe.

Jasmine M. Hudson, age 17, left her home on Samantha Drive on her own accord on August 3.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the public for their assistance.

ORIGINAL RELEASE:

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance to help locate a Sterling teenager.

Jasmine M. Hudson, age 17, left her home on Samantha Drive on her own accord around 3 p.m. on August 3. Jasmine is 5’6” tall, 180 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. The LCSO is concerned for her well-being due to mental and/or physical health concerns.

If you have any information regarding Jasmine’s possible whereabouts you are asked to contact Investigator S. Thompson at 703-777-1021.

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office
08/04/2020

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office

UPDATE:

A Sterling teenager who was reported missing on Monday has returned home and is safe.

Jasmine M. Hudson, age 17, left her home on Samantha Drive on her own accord on August 3.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the public for their assistance.

ORIGINAL RELEASE:

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance to help locate a Sterling teenager.

Jasmine M. Hudson, age 17, left her home on Samantha Drive on her own accord around 3 p.m. on August 3. Jasmine is 5’6” tall, 180 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. The LCSO is concerned for her well-being due to mental and/or physical health concerns.

If you have any information regarding Jasmine’s possible whereabouts you are asked to contact Investigator S. Thompson at 703-777-1021.

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office
08/04/2020

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office

Final Update: A missing and endangered senior citizen was located safe this evening by authorities in West Virginia.

Kyung Yi, age 84, was reported missing today after he left a family member’s residence this morning but never arrived at an appointment in the Town of Leesburg. A Senior Alert was activated in an effort to locate Mr. Yi.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the public for their assistance.

Update: A #Virginia Senior Alert ACTIVATION has been issued.

Kyung Yi, age 84, was last seen around 10 a.m. this morning leaving a family member’s residence on Showers Lane to travel to an appointment in the Town of Leesburg. He is driving a silver Honda Accord with Virginia license plate VBB 5608. He is described as being 5’3” tall and 130 pounds. He was last seen wearing a grey short- sleeve shirt and grey paints. He is considered endangered due to mental and/or physical health concerns.

If you have any information regarding Mr. Yi’s possible whereabouts please call the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office at 703-777-1021 or dial 911.

Original Post:
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance to help locate a missing and endangered senior citizen who was last known to be traveling to the Leesburg area.

Kyung Yi, age 84, was last seen around 10 a.m. this morning leaving a family member’s residence on Showers Lane to travel to an appointment in the Town of Leesburg. He is driving a silver Honda Accord with Virginia license plate VBB 5608. He is described as being 5’3” tall and 130 pounds. He was last seen wearing a grey short sleeve shirt and grey paints. He is considered endangered due to mental and/or physical health concerns.

If you have any information regarding Mr. Yi’s possible whereabouts please call the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office at 703-777-1021 or dial 911.

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office
08/03/2020

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office

Final Update: A missing and endangered senior citizen was located safe this evening by authorities in West Virginia.

Kyung Yi, age 84, was reported missing today after he left a family member’s residence this morning but never arrived at an appointment in the Town of Leesburg. A Senior Alert was activated in an effort to locate Mr. Yi.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the public for their assistance.

Update: A #Virginia Senior Alert ACTIVATION has been issued.

Kyung Yi, age 84, was last seen around 10 a.m. this morning leaving a family member’s residence on Showers Lane to travel to an appointment in the Town of Leesburg. He is driving a silver Honda Accord with Virginia license plate VBB 5608. He is described as being 5’3” tall and 130 pounds. He was last seen wearing a grey short- sleeve shirt and grey paints. He is considered endangered due to mental and/or physical health concerns.

If you have any information regarding Mr. Yi’s possible whereabouts please call the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office at 703-777-1021 or dial 911.

Original Post:
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance to help locate a missing and endangered senior citizen who was last known to be traveling to the Leesburg area.

Kyung Yi, age 84, was last seen around 10 a.m. this morning leaving a family member’s residence on Showers Lane to travel to an appointment in the Town of Leesburg. He is driving a silver Honda Accord with Virginia license plate VBB 5608. He is described as being 5’3” tall and 130 pounds. He was last seen wearing a grey short sleeve shirt and grey paints. He is considered endangered due to mental and/or physical health concerns.

If you have any information regarding Mr. Yi’s possible whereabouts please call the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office at 703-777-1021 or dial 911.

07/11/2020

This is absolutely a political move. The people of Loudoun County are people that elected Mike Chapman - Loudoun County Sheriff. But because he answers to YOU and not some board.. The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors is trying to change that. This would be bad news.
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Loudoun BOS Seeks to Take Over and Politicize Local Law Enforcement

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors announced they will vote July 21, 2020, on a hastily put together proposal to create a countywide police department and replace the law enforcement functions of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) along with the direct accountability of the Sheriff to the voters of Loudoun County.

This is about you, your safety, and your constitutional right to choose your chief law enforcement officer. This initiative seeks to take away your authority as a citizen in Loudoun County to select your top law enforcement official and places it solely in the hands of an elected Board of Supervisors, none of which currently have any local law enforcement experience.

The estimated cost of this change is more than $20 million and it would come at a time when Loudoun County government expects to experience up to a $100 million budget shortfall in this fiscal year alone due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and when LCSO is playing an essential role in helping the county manage its way through this crisis.

“Proponents of this change have said they want to take politics out of law enforcement, but in fact, they want to do just the opposite,” said Sheriff Chapman. “This is a reckless power grab intended to inject partisan politics into public safety and forever change the direct accountability of the Sheriff’s Office to the people of Loudoun County,” he added.

“The proposal also comes without any evidence to support its merits, nor with any organized public input or a comprehensive study that would necessarily include input from LCSO and other stakeholders,” Chapman continued.

The Board item scheduled for a vote on July 21 intentionally avoids consideration of other options or a coherent process for considering such a change, limiting its focus to giving the Board of Supervisors and county staff complete authority over law enforcement should the voters of Loudoun County approve the referendum.

Some options include conducting a thorough comparative study in coordination with the LCSO, establishing a change to Loudoun County’s form of government, or seeking state legislation to require that Loudoun’s Constitutional Officers be non-partisan, removing political affiliation from the selection process for the Sheriff, Clerk of the Circuit Court, Commissioner of the Revenue, Commonwealth’s Attorney and Treasurer.

Previous studies conducted in Loudoun have recommended against creating a county-wide police department to replace the functions of the Sheriff’s Office, in part due to the complexity and cost and the inability to demonstrate that this would provide better service or oversight.

A 2020 LCSO internal study of this matter reinforces these findings, showing that the cost to taxpayers would exceed $20 million and that the change would put the longstanding success of LCSO as one of the nation’s most highly-regarded, effective, professional and well-trained local law enforcement agencies at risk.

The study will be released next week to be followed by an even more comprehensive assessment done in conjunction with the Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute and the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. The internal study, with information obtained from previous independent studies, finds that the Sheriff’s Office provides better accountability, stability, and responsiveness to the community than a police department would and that the creation of a county-wide police department would not benefit the citizens of Loudoun County.

Implications already identified by LCSO as reasons not to turn over law enforcement to a politically-directed police department include the following:

-Significantly reduce Virginia State Police presence and assistance in Loudoun County.

-Require an additional $10 million in county funds for new hires and replacement of vehicles and uniforms.

-Estimated loss of $1.9 million annually in state funding.

-Projected expense of at least $8 million for additional office space.

-Require increase of county self-insurance funds currently covered and paid for by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

-All liability would be assumed by Loudoun County with no limit on lawsuits, which are now limited by state law to $1.5 million.

-Would not enhance the professional expertise or the level of service already provided, as LCSO deputies are already trained with area police officers at the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy and are among its most accomplished graduates.

-Would not enhance response times or any other metric of performance.

The LCSO is considered one of the nation’s premier local law enforcement agencies and has a nearly 90% public approval rating according to a recent Loudoun County Government-initiated citizen survey. Loudoun also experienced a 32% drop in serious crime since Sheriff Chapman began his first term in 2012, according to the Metropolitan Council of Governments Report on Crime and Control, and LCSO continues to be the most effective and innovative law enforcement agency in Virginia and the Baltimore/Washington area when it comes to training, professionalism, crisis intervention and de-escalation, and keeping communities safe.

The LCSO has been recognized locally, statewide, and nationally as a model agency:

-Named a Model Agency for Law Enforcement in Virginia by the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission (VLEPSC).

-Received the School Resource Officer Model Agency of the Year Award by the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO).

-Recognized by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services for its Field Training Officer program which will be implemented by law enforcement throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

-Received the Virginia Association of Counties Award Model Government Award for the sUAS Project Lifesaver Program.

-Since 2007, achieved a 100% rating in the Compliance Audit conducted by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Corrections for the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.

LCSO personnel are among the most professional, educated, and accomplished in the nation. In the past several years alone, three deputies from the LCSO have been named Virginia Deputy of the Year by the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association, an LCSO Deputy in 2014 received the Virginia Crisis Intervention Team Deputy of the Year, and LCSO maintains the lowest vacancy rate for sworn personnel in its history.

“The Sheriff’s Office facilitates transparency, dialog, trust, outreach, and education directly between citizens and our deputies,” said Chapman. “There is no middleman, there are no politicians pulling the strings and injecting their personal views. This is the reason Loudoun has attained and maintained such a low crime rate and high citizen satisfaction,” Chapman added.

Additionally, our oversight is fair and consistent with all disciplinary measures vetted outside of LCSO by the Loudoun County Government Human Resources Department and the County Attorney’s Office.

Residents are urged to contact their Supervisor and the Chair to voice their opinion prior to July 21 and to participate in the public input session by calling 703-777-0200 to sign up in advance.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is working for the citizens of our county and will continue to do its part to keep politics out of public safety.

Flying Circus Air Show
07/03/2020

Flying Circus Air Show

We are THRILLED to announce we will be open
👏🏻Sunday July 12, 2020! 👏🏻

Virginia’s PHASE 3 protocols will be in place, social distancing will be part of our new SOP.
Please be prepared as follows:

Bring a towel or blanket to sit on the bleachers.
Bring your own chairs.
Hand washing will be available at the Aerodrome.
Bring your own food and beverage because the snack bar will not be open.
Please follow social distancing guidelines.
Rides will not be available yet as we work out the ride hopping logistics.

Plan to have a great day and help us kick off our 50th season!!

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04/29/2020
Loudoun Lights

Loudoun Lights

Join your Loudoun County neighbors and place a candle outside your front door, each Wednesday, at 7pm. Let's show support for our healthcare workers, first responders and all of the service people working to aid others during this COVID-19 pandemic.

US National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington
04/12/2020

US National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington

Potential for a significant severe weather outbreak throughout the day on Monday. Multiple rounds of severe storms expected between sunrise and mid-afternoon. Storms will bring a threat for large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes.

Another reason that Keith and Cheryl Early are so great!
03/20/2020

Another reason that Keith and Cheryl Early are so great!

HAPPY FACES / TRYING TIMES
In an effort to make the best of this catastrophe, The Bungalow is distributing our perishables to our staff members for there consumption.

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office
03/13/2020

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office

Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman is proud to announce that Captain Greg Ahlemann has graduated from the 279th session of the FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia.

Captain Ahlemann was one of 255 veteran law enforcement officers who graduated March 13, 2020, from the 10-week program. Captain Ahlemann is an over 19-year veteran of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office. He began his career as a deputy in the Field Operations Division. He has worked as a patrol deputy, a member of the LCSO Motor Unit, and served as the Assistant Station Commander of the Western Loudoun Station. He currently serves as the commander of the Western Loudoun Station.

“This prestigious program increases the professionalism of our leadership staff and is part of the reason the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is a premier law enforcement agency in our region and in the country,” said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman.

Captain Ahlemann is the 28th member of the Loudoun Sheriff’s Office senior staff to have graduated from the FBI Academy since 1970 when then-Sheriff Robert W. Legard completed the training with the 86th session.

Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program, held at the FBI Academy in Quantico, offers 10-weeks of advanced investigative, management and fitness training for selected officers having proven records as professionals within their agencies. On average, these officers have 21-years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions.

Training for the program is provided by the FBI Academy instructional staff, Special Agents and other staff members holding advanced degrees, many of whom are recognized internationally in their fields of expertise.

Photo: Captain Greg Ahlemann with Sheriff Mike Chapman, Lt. Col. Eric Prugh and Acting Major Ken Dondero.

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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!