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<sh>Volpe Chairs GOP Committee

<bt>By unanimous consent, members of the Loudoun County Republican Party elected Suzanne Volpe to a two-year term as the new chairman of the Loudoun County Republican Committee. The vote came at a March 23 mass meeting of the LCRP at Harper Park Middle School in Leesburg. The LCRP also chose 315 Loudoun residents to serve on the committee.

<sh>Man Assaulted, Robbed in Ashburn

<bt>On March 23, Loudoun County sheriff's deputies responded to a 3:45 a.m. call about an assault from the 21700 block of Filigree Court in Ashburn. Deputies met with a male victim who reported that he had been assaulted and robbed. The victim told deputies that he had been at a nightclub in the District of Columbia where he met two females and five males. After leaving the club, the victim got into a burgundy Ford Crown Victoria with the five males and they followed the two females to an unknown address in Ashburn.

On route, the victim became involved in an argument with the males subjects. Stopping the car in the Loudoun County Parkway and Farmwell Road area, the suspects physically assaulted the victim and then took his wallet and leather coat. Fleeing on foot to a nearby business, the victim called 911. He was transported to Loudoun Hospital Center where he was treated for cuts and bruises to his face and hands.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call the sheriff's criminal investigations division at 703-777-0475.

<sh>Probation Check Nabs 13

<bt>Working with the Virginia State Police, the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office and the Leesburg Town Police, the Loudoun County court service unit conducted an unannounced probation check of 86 juveniles and adults on parole and probation with the juvenile court service unit.

The March 22 operation resulted in the arrest of 13 adults and juveniles for various probation violations including testing positive for alcohol and marijuana and violating court ordered curfews. A small amount of marijuana was also found on a juvenile who had been taken into custody.

Of the 13 arrests, two adults were released the same day on bond. The remaining 11 juveniles where held in the juvenile detention center until a March 25 court hearing. At that time, four were released into the electronic monitoring program, one entered outreach detention, one was placed in the Youth Shelter, and one was released to a parent. The remaining four were held in the juvenile detention center.

<sh>Townhouse Fire Ruled Accidental

<bt>On March 31, fire and rescue personnel from Sterling, Ashburn, Dulles and Fairfax County responded to a structure fire at 31 Nicholson Court. Arriving on the scene at approximately 9:40 a.m., firefighters found smoke coming from the townhouse. In a short time, they were able to bring the fire under control. The fire was determined to be accidental and caused $150,000 damage. The resident of the home was displaced and is staying with family pending repairs to the townhome.

<sh>Commission Seeks Public Input

<bt>The state Commission on the Future of Virginia's Environment will hold a public hearing on Monday, April 29, at 2 p.m., in the Senate Room A of the General Assembly Building in Richmond. The commission, which is charged with examining the status and funding of Virginia's natural resources/environmental programs, is asking the public to suggest natural resource/environmental issues that the commission should examine as part of the work plan for the coming year. The commission is composed of 10 members of the General Assembly, seven citizens and the secretary of natural resources. Those persons wishing to speak during this public hearing may register in advance by calling Patty Lung, Senate Clerk's Office, at 804-698-7450. For more information, call Martin, Farber, Sue Bulbulkaya or Jeff Gore at the division of legislative services at 804-786-3591.

<sh>Call for Landlords

<bt>Loudoun County Housing Services is looking for experienced landlords to provide quality residential rental units to HUD Housing Choice Voucher clients in Loudoun County. Interested individuals are welcome to attend free sessions for information and networking on working with Housing Choice Voucher clients. The sessions take place on Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to noon at 102 Heritage Way, NE, Suite 202 in Leesburg in conference room D. The other session will take place on Thursday, April 25 from 7-9 p.m. at the Eastern Regional Library in conference room A. For more information or to register, call 703-777-0389. Individuals who can't attend, but would like to discuss this program in more detail should call Jim Craun at 703-777-0623.