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<sh>Investigators Release Exposure Composite

<bt>The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division released a composite drawing of a man who is suspected of exposing himself to a female on Thursday, Sept. 5 in Ashburn.

A female victim reported that at approximately 12:30 p.m. she was walking along the bike trail near the 42200 block of Slatestone Court when she came upon a male subject who was exposing himself. The victim left the scene and returned to her residence where she alerted the Sheriff's Office.

The victim described the subject as a black male, 6 foot tall, weighing approximately 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and green shorts.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Investigator Poland of the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475.

<sh>Man Charged with Exposure

<bt>At approximately 7:17 a.m. on Sept. 14, Loudoun County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the 44200 block of Misty Creek Place in Ashburn, to the report of a nude male subject walking around the neighborhood. Upon arrival, deputies observed a nude black male, identified as Bradley Neil Hunt, 25, of Ashburn, walking down the sidewalk in a confused state. Hunt was taken into custody without incident.

Before the deputies arrived, a neighbor in the area had heard the doorbell ring and observed Hunt removing his clothes on the front steps of the home. The homeowner dialed 9-1-1 to report the incident. Upon inspection, deputies discovered possible narcotics in the clothing. Those items will be sent to the forensic lab for analysis.

Hunt has been charged with exposure. Further charges are pending in the case.

<sh>Ashburn Man Injured in Motorcycle Accident

<bt>A 26-year-old Ashburn man was injured Friday morning when his motorcycle collided with another vehicle at the intersection of Claiborne Parkway and Marshfield Drive.

At about 8:30 a.m., Alfred Bincarousky III, was traveling southbound on a 2002 Suzuki motorcycle when he ran into the side of a 1993 Honda four door. Melanie Fiore, 38, of Ashburn, was attempting to make a left-hand turn from Marshfield Drive onto northbound Claiborne Parkway.

Bincarousky was airlifted to INOVA Fairfax Hospital where he was listed in critical condition. He now is in fair condition.

Fiore was taken to Loudoun Hospital for minor injuries.

The accident is under investigation with charges pending.

<sh>Three Charged in Robberies, Assaults

<bt>Two 17-year-old males from Sterling and an 18-year old male from Leesburg have been arrested in connection with the Aug. 25 assault and robbery of two juveniles in Sterling.

On Aug. 25, Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to the 300 block of Autumn Leaf Court in Sterling in response to an alleged robbery and assault. The homeowner reported that four black males had entered his backyard and assaulted several juveniles who were attending a party at his home. One of the victims received a head injury during the incident and was treated at Loudoun Hospital.

Later that same night, deputies responded to Loudoun Hospital for a report of an assault and robbery at the Regal Cinemas in CountrySide. Two teen-age juveniles told deputies that they had been approached by four black males in the parking lot of the theater. One victim reported that he was pulled from a vehicle, assaulted and robbed of his wallet.

After looking into the matter, investigators determined that the incident took place at a field party in the Ashburn area. The victim received several lacerations for which he received treatment at Loudoun Hospital.

After investigating the case, Sheriff's investigators arrested the two Sterling juveniles and Moses Johnson, 18, in connection with the assaults and robberies. The two juveniles have been charged with two counts of robbery, two counts of malicious wounding and two counts of assault by mob. Johnson has been charged with two counts of robbery and two counts of malicious wounding. The two juveniles are currently being held at the Loudoun Juvenile Detention Center without bond. Johnson is currently being held at the Loudoun Adult Detention Center without bond.

<sh>Juvenile Charged with Assault, Robbery

<bt>Members of the Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division charged a 17-year-old male with being involved in the Sept. 7 assault and robbery of a 19-year-old Sterling man.

On Sept. 7, the 19-year-old victim reported that he was walking along a footpath near the roadway when he was assaulted and robbed of his wallet. He described his assailants as two black males. Although the victim received minor injuries from the incident, he refused treatment at the scene.

Investigators allege that the 17-year-old Sterling juvenile was involved with the incident and charged him with malicious wounding and robbery. They also allege that he was involved in two previous robbery and assault incidents that occurred on Aug. 25. For those incidents, he was charged with two counts of robbery, two counts of malicious wounding and two counts of assault by mob. He is currently being held at the Loudoun County Juvenile Detention Center without bond.

<sh>Committee Forwards Sheriff's Office Study to BOS

<bt>The Finance and Government Services Committee forwarded a proposed study of the Sheriff's Office without a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors.

"After going through the financial situation of the county ... I felt we couldn't afford to hire someone for the study," said James Burton, committee chairman. "I'm reluctant to spend any extra money on anything. The picture is that serious."

The committee directed staff to prepare a draft Request for Proposals (RFP) for an outside study of the Sheriff's Office's management and resources. The RFP, which was presented to the committee at the Sept. 16 meeting, asks for an audit of the office's performance measures. It asks for an evaluation of whether resources are used efficiently and effectively and whether the available funding is enough to carry out the office's mission. The mission and objectives also will be assessed to determine whether they reflect department activities.

The idea for an audit arose when Simpson cut back the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program in July, claiming he had to make the cuts to accommodate both a shortage in county funding and an increase in major crimes during the past year. Burton said the cuts surfaced some of the disagreements between members of the Board of Supervisors and the sheriff.

<sh>Free Bus Service Available

<bt>Free reverse commuter bus service is now being offered from West Falls Church to Loudoun County. Along the way, the new service makes stops at the Dulles North Transit Center, WorldCom and America Online. The service will operate free of charge through December 31, 2002. After that, a 50 cent fee will be charged for each one-way trip.

During morning rush hour, commuters can board a bus at the North Bus Bay E of the West Falls Church Metro Station with Yellow Transportation providing service to Dulles North Transit Center. Passengers can then transfer to a Loudoun Transit bus, which makes stops at WorldCom and the America Online campus at Prentice Drive and Pacific Boulevard.

In the afternoon, Loudoun Transit begins pick-ups at the AOL campus and makes stops at WorldCom and the Dulles North Transit Center. From there, passengers can take Yellow Transportation buses to the West Falls Church Metro Station.

More information about the service is available at the Loudoun County Government Web site at http://www.loudoun.gov/transportation/mass.htm.

<sh>Upcoming Meetings

<cal1>Wednesday/Sept. 18

<cal2>4 p.m.: Rural Council Marketing Committee Meeting - Browning Equipment Conference Room, Purcellville.

5:30 p.m.: Loudoun Community Services Board Local Human Rights Committee - 906 Trailview Blvd., The Aspen Room.

7 p.m.: Animal Advisory Committee Meeting - 39820 Charles Town Pike, Waterford.

<cal1>Thursday/Sept. 19

9 a.m.: Commission on Aging Meeting - Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace.

3 p.m.: Loudoun Health Care Task Force Meeting - Administration Conference Room, fifth floor.

6 p.m.: Planning Commission Work Session - Planning Commission Conference Room.

7 p.m.: Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting - Morvan Park Equestrian Offices .

7 p.m.: Cable TV Advisory Committee - Leesburg Room, Government Center.

<cal1>Monday/Sept. 23

<cal2>7 p.m.: Advisory Commission on Youth Meeting - Park & Recreation Program Room, fourth floor, Government Center.

<cal1>Tuesday/Sept. 24

<cal2>1 p.m.: Planning Commission Work Session - Planning Commission Conference Room.

6:30 p.m.: School Board Meeting - North Street Administrative Office, 102 North St. N.W., Leesburg.

<cal1>Wednesday/Sept. 25

<cal2>7:30 p.m.: Open Space Advisory Committee Meeting - Parks & Recreation Program Room, fourth floor, Government Center.

<cal1>Thursday/Sept. 26

<cal2>3 p.m.: Industrial Development Authority - Loudoun County Government Complex.

6 p.m.: Planning Commission Work Session - Planning Commission Conference Room.

7:30 p.m.: Board of Zoning Appeals Public Hearing - Board Room.

<cal1>Tuesday/Oct. 9

<cal2>6:30 p.m.: School Board Meeting - North Street Administrative Office, 102 North St. N.W., Leesburg.