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  • Beat the Odds Sheds Light on Student Adversity and Success

    Beat the Odds Sheds Light on Student Adversity and Success

    Keylah Garcia Sacco doesn’t ruminate on her step father’s sexual assault, her mother’s neglect and physical abuse or the long nights alone forced to study a language she couldn’t yet understand. It was Loudoun Judge Pamela Brooks’ recommendation to apply to a little-known assistance program called Beat the Odds, following the prison sentencing for her

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  • Enterprise Cleaners Robber at Large

    Enterprise Cleaners Robber at Large

    The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an armed robbery at the Enterprise Cleaners in Sterling. Around 5:43 p.m. May 8, the suspect walked into the cleaners, took out a gun and demanded cash. The suspect was described as a Hispanic man between 30 to 40-years-old, LCSO officials said. The suspect was wearing a dark hat

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  • Sheriff’s Office Updates County on Crime

    Sheriff’s Office Updates County on Crime

    In a continuous commitment to education and transparency, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office hosted its second set of quarterly station meetings of the year in late April and early May. Sheriff Mike Chapman and station command updated the public on the status of crime and took questions. “Our crime rate is staying pretty low,” Chapman said.

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  • Dulles CBP Seizes Fake ID’s, Counterfeit Designer Accessories, Coca Leaves

    Dulles CBP Seizes Fake ID’s, Counterfeit Designer Accessories, Coca Leaves

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized 58 fraudulent state drivers’ licenses May 3 that arrived from Asia in air cargo near Washington Dulles International Airport. The licenses, which initially arrived in April, were destined to addresses in Washington, D.C., Florida, Virginia, Georgia and New Jersey. The states represented include New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode

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  • ADAMS Celebrates Expansion

    ADAMS Celebrates Expansion

    More than 30 years since opening its first facility in Loudoun, the All Dulles Area Muslim Society is deepening its roots in the community. On May 7, the ADAMS center celebrated the latest expansion of its main campus in Sterling with a ribbon cutting in the foyer of the new facility. The project includes a 4,057 sq

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  • LCSO: Middleburg Man Arrested for Biting Deputy

    LCSO: Middleburg Man Arrested for Biting Deputy

    Brad Owens, 55, of Middleburg was arrested around 6 p.m. May 6 for charges of being drunk in public and assault on law enforcement after attempting to bite a deputy, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies responded to reports of a belligerent, intoxicated customer at a restaurant in the area of the 25300

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  • Touring King: Swedish Monarch Visits Loudoun

    Touring King: Swedish Monarch Visits Loudoun

    On May 4, His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden toured the Janelia Research Campus of the Howard Hughes Institute in Ashburn. The visit was part of a Royal Technology Mission to science and technology centers across the northeastern United States. Gustaf was joined by Björn Lyrvall, the Swedish Ambassador to the U.S. and more

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  • Grand Jury Indicts Sterling Man on Child Pornography Charges

    Grand Jury Indicts Sterling Man on Child Pornography Charges

    A federal grand jury returned an indictment May 4 charging a Sterling man with receipt and possession of child pornography. According to court records and allegations in the indictment, Anoushiravan Dadgar, 33, used a computer to receive photos and videos of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Some of the videos Dadgar possessed depicted minors who

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  • Supervisor Saines Hosts Second Spring Job Fair

    Supervisor Saines Hosts Second Spring Job Fair

    More than 45 employers of varying industries throughout the county will be recruiting at Sterling’s Second Annual Job Fair May 6. Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Member Koran Saines (D-Sterling) is hosting the fair, which will run from 10 a.m. to noon at Park View High School at 400 West Laurel Ave in Sterling. The job

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  • Waltonwood Ashburn Gives Back to First Responders

    Waltonwood Ashburn Gives Back to First Responders

    When first responders meet members of senior communities, it’s usually in light of emergencies. Waltonwood Ashburn, an up and coming senior living community wanted to change that. “They’re going to be like family to us. We want to support them and take care of them since they take care of us,” Michelle Rogers, Waltonwood marketing

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  • Loudoun Celebrates National Day of Prayer, Religious Freedom

    Loudoun Celebrates National Day of Prayer, Religious Freedom

    For the first time in county history, Loudoun residents were able to join in a county-wide Interfaith Day of Prayer event in addition to the annual Christian service. Signed into law in 1952 by President Harry S. Truman, the National Day of Prayer became a federally celebrated the first Thursday of May and designed to

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  • Herndon Man Charged with Sexually Abusing Child

    Herndon Man Charged with Sexually Abusing Child

    A Herndon man has been charged with sexually abusing a juvenile over the course of the past four years. Eric Judy, 53, is charged with carnal knowledge of a child (13-15-years-old), taking indecent liberties with a child by person in custodial or supervisory relationship and production of child pornography, according to a release from the

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  • House Passes Health Care Reform; Comstock Opposes

    House Passes Health Care Reform; Comstock Opposes

    The Republican-controlled House of Representatives narrowly passed the American Health Care Act May 4, fulfilling a central tenant of the party’s promise to amend the Affordable Care Act while creating new uncertainty about the future of American health care. Republican 10th District Congresswoman Barbara Comstock, whose district includes all of Loudoun County, was among 20 party members to vote against

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  • Bussiness Leaders Review Economic Fear from Housing Shortages

    Bussiness Leaders Review Economic Fear from Housing Shortages

    Before he first heard of the sweeping report detailing Loudoun’s projected future housing shortage, Todd Pearson says he’s already seen the economic impact on a county without enough homes. A vice president at regional real estate giant B.F. Saul, Pearson says Loudoun companies are struggling to fill jobs because they can’t find a local workforce. Pearson added

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  • Dominion High School Threat Deemed Not Legitimate

    Dominion High School Threat Deemed Not Legitimate

    The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is advising threats made on social media towards Dominion High School are not legitimate. The LCSO School Resource Officer learned of the threat posted on the social media platform Snapchat the evening of May 2. LCSO Public Information Officer Kraig Troxell said the threat appeared to be indirect and LCSO

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  • Police Arrest 35-Year-Old Accused of Luring Ashburn Teen for Sex

    Police Arrest 35-Year-Old Accused of Luring Ashburn Teen for Sex

    LCSO Seeks Possible Additional Victims Detectives with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit and the Salt Lake City Sheriff’s Office have arrested Derrick La Marr Jones of Catonsville, Maryland for two counts of illegal use of a communication system to solicit a minor between the ages of 15 and 18 with lascivious intent.

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  • Ask Dr. Mike: “13 Reasons Why” Could Harm Vulnerable Teens
    Ask Dr. Mike: “13 Reasons Why” Could Harm Vulnerable Teens

    Lights, Camera…Suicide! Enter stage right, “13 Reasons Why” a new Netflix television series about a teenage girl (Hannah Baker) who commits suicide and then leaves behind seven double sided audio tapes for her friends and classmates to listen to. Each tape depicts the harmful events (e.g., sexual assault and rape) that occurred for Hannah that

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  • Dick Black on Syria: Reality Check or Suspension of Disbelief
    Dick Black on Syria: Reality Check or Suspension of Disbelief

    Virginia state Sen. Richard L. “Dick” Black (R-13) has been both praised and vilified for his well-publicized support for Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad. Black elaborated on those views in an interview with the Tribune earlier this year covering his life experiences and influences. On April 9, Black offered the following commentary after Assad’s war planes were widely reported to have used lethal sarin

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  • Supreme Court Rules the Bare Minimum is No Longer Enough for Special Needs Children
    Supreme Court Rules the Bare Minimum is No Longer Enough for Special Needs Children

    By John Whitbeck. All parents of school-age children face the difficult task of monitoring their progress through school.  This critical parenting responsibility is somewhat easier for many of us in northern Virginia due to the high quality of our schools.  But imagine if your child had a mental or physical disability that made learning more difficult.  Thousands

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  • Rate of Spending and Residential Growth is Hard to Defend

    The following letter was sent to members of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors on March 6. First, I want to thank Supervisor [Ralph] Buona for his leadership in not raising the salary for the Board two years ago.  The vote was largely symbolic since the increase wouldn’t have even dusted the surface of the budget,

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  • Time to Reset County Policy on Local Fixed Route Buses
    Time to Reset County Policy on Local Fixed Route Buses

    By Hon. Ken Reid. Loudoun County government is by and large lean and mean and provides very good value for the taxpayers. But one expenditure in the proposed FY 2018 County budget that defies Loudoun’s fiscally conservative tradition, due to its incredibly poor return on investment, is the $3-$4 million for local fixed route buses.

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  • Globalists in Retreat
    Globalists in Retreat

    By John H. Hilton. He said it.  He actually said the words!  President Trump, in his speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), said the words I and so many other Americans have been waiting a generation to hear.  In a nutshell, Trump stated emphatically that his presidency has one mission- to serve the

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  • You Think: Troubling Concerns After the Sentencing
    You Think: Troubling Concerns After the Sentencing

    Loudoun County NAACP President Phillip Thompson was among those who spoke out forcefully after a historic African American school in Ashburn was vandalized on the night of Sept. 30. He raised concerns about the intentions of the vandals, how public officials responded, and the need to better protect African American historical sites generally. Last month, five Loudoun County teenagers pled guilty to one count

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  • Republican Intolerance in the Age of Trump
    Republican Intolerance in the Age of Trump

    I would like to address the Loudoun County Republican Committee’s pathetic attempt to suppress free speech and non-violent dissent in their recent press release attacking Loudoun County Board Chair Phyllis Randall’s attendance at the Women’s March on Washington on January 21, 2017. Randall has nothing to apologize for in her attendance at a peaceful protest,

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