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Two Wanted for Larceny

<bt>Investigators with the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office are asking for the public's assistance in identifying two suspects in a larceny case.

The two suspects, whose images were caught on a surveillance camera, allegedly entered a parked car in the Ashburn area Oct. 21 and removed two wallets containing several credit cards. The suspects then used the credit cards in local businesses shortly after the theft.

Anyone with information about the identity of these suspects is asked to contact Investigator Craig of the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475.

To remain anonymous call Loudoun County Crime

Solvers at 703-777-1919. If the tip leads to an arrest and indictment in this case the tipster could receive a cash reward of up to $1,000.

<sh>Seeking Burglary Suspect

<bt>Sheriff's investigators have released a surveillance video still of a suspect wanted in a burglary of a Lansdowne office building.

According o the sheriff's office, on Nov. 7, around 3:30 a.m. the unknown suspect entered a building located in the 44000 block of Riverside Parkway and gained entry into several offices. This is the second breaking and entering to this

building in as many months.

During the most recent breaking and entering, no items were removed from the offices.

Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect in the picture is asked to contact Investigator Weckenman of the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475.

To remain anonymous call Loudoun County Crime

Solvers at 703-777-1919. If the tip leads to an arrest and indictment in this case the tipster could receive a cash reward of up to $1,000.

<sh>South Riding Man Injured

<bt>A single-vehicle accident early Monday, Dec. 13

on Route 606 just north of Arcola Road has left a South Riding man hospitalized.

David Alan Francis, 31, of South Riding, was driving southbound on Route 606 shortly after 3 a.m. when his 1997 Mitsubishi Montero SUV allegedly ran off the embankment of the west side of the two-lane roadway, striking several trees, tumbling and overturning completely, landing in a drainage ditch facing northbound. Francis, who was the only person in the SUV, was not wearing his seat belt and was ejected through the vehicle's sunroof. He was airlifted to Inova Fairfax Hospital where he remains in serious condition.

Although the incident is still under investigation, a combination of fatigue and alcohol are believed to be factors in the crash. Anyone who may have information pertinent to this investigation is requested to contact DFC J. M. McClintic with the Traffic Safety Unit at 703-771-5798.

<sh>Attempted Abduction

<bt>A possible attempted abduction Tuesday, Dec. 7,

has Sheriff's investigators searching for a suspect who exposed himself and grabbed a Sterling woman.

The 26-year-old victim was walking to the laundry room of her apartment complex in the 300 block of East Cornell Drive around 8:20 p.m. when she noticed a white male standing outside. As the victim returned from the laundry room the man allegedly exposed himself and grabbed her by the arm. She was able to pull away and ran back to her apartment where she contacted authorities.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5 feet 11 inches in height and was wearing blue jeans and a dark hooded jacket. The man had the hood pulled over his head during the incident.

Anyone with information about the identity of this suspect is

asked to contact Investigator Fognano of the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475.

To remain anonymous call Loudoun County Crime

Solvers at 703-777-1919. If the tip leads to an arrest and indictment in this case the tipster could receive a cash reward of up to $1,000.

<sh>Funding for Nonprofits

<bt>Funding to serve the growing needs of the working poor and others in need in Loudoun County was included in the omnibus spending bill approved by Congress Nov. 20, according to U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10).

Federal funding will help provide services for low-income youth, the developmentally disabled, the homeless and the working poor and includes $100,000 to Loudoun Cares to assist with the planning and design of a community services campus of 10 human service nonprofit organization co-located under one roof in Leesburg. A comprehensive information and referral program to link county residents with health and human services has already been established; $125,000 to Every Citizen Has Opportunities Inc. (ECHO) to expand services to adults with severe disabilities in Leesburg. ECHO helps keep citizens with severe disabilities in their homes and community; $50,000 to Fresh Air/Full Care for scholarships to provide safe after-school activities and summer camp programs to children of low-income working parents throughout Loudoun County; and $250,000 to the Good Shepherd Alliance to help build a homeless and poverty center in Leesburg to meet the needs of the growing number of homeless and working poor in Loudoun County.

<sh>Sheriff's Office Moving

<bt>Over a year ago the Sheriff's Administration Office was abruptly moved to temporary quarters in Sterling due to torrential rains that wreaked havoc on its Leesburg

building. On Dec. 20, the Sheriff's Office administrative staff

will begin its return to its now repaired original headquarters

located at 39 Catoctin Circle.

The return to Leesburg will force the office to be closed from Dec. 20-22. This will cause a slight delay for residents

who need to conduct business with the Sheriff's Office Records Section. This section, which provides services such as background checks, fingerprinting, issuing of permits and the release of accident and offense summary reports will be closed during this time period. The office will reopen on Dec. 23.

The Sheriff's Office continues to work on plans for a new facility to be located on Sycolin Road but at this time that building has been put on hold by the county. The new building, when built, will enable the agency to have all of its different divisions under one roof.

Currently criminal investigations, civil process and the special

operations divisions are spread throughout Leesburg at separate locations because the agency has outgrown the Catoctin Circle facility.

The Sheriff's Office Administration building now includes personnel from the Sheriff's Office Administration, records, public information office and property and evidence.

Members of the community who need to contact the Sheriff's Administration Office should continue to call 703-777-0407 or 703-777-0408 during regular business hours.

<sh>County Recognized for Budget

<bt>Loudoun County has received a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA).

The association cites Loudoun County government and staff for a "commitment to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting." In order to receive the budget award, Loudoun County had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well a government's budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide and a communications device.

<sh>Paving Project Begins

<bt>Paving of Loudoun County Parkway between Route 7 and Redskins Park has begun. Currently, much of this section is a narrow, dirt road offering very limited capacity for through traffic. With the completion of this portion, paid for by combining state-allocated Òdirt roadÓ funds and proffer money from neighboring commercial developments, Loudoun County Parkway will offer direct access from Route 7 to the Greenway as a four-lane divided road, except for a short two-lane section in the Beaumeade Corporate Park.

<sh>Restaurant Fire Accidental

<bt>The Loudoun County Fire Marshal's Office has determined that the fire that occurred Thursday, Dec. 9, in the Downtown Saloon at 7 N. King St. in Leesburg, was accidental. A small grease fire in the kitchen of the establishment resulted in an estimated $5,000 damage.

According to the department, around 2:36 p.m., Loudoun County Fire-Rescue received a call for a structure fire at the location. Fire and rescue personnel from Leesburg, Hamilton, Lucketts, Ashburn, Purcellville and Sterling responded and discovered a small grease fire in the kitchen and were able to contain it quickly, keeping damages to a minimum.

As a result of the fire, the Downtown Saloon was only able to offer limited service, until repairs could be made to the business. There were no injuries as a result of this fire.

<sh>Government Meetings

<bt>The following meetings will take place at the Government Center at 1 Harrison St. in Leesburg.

Dec. 20: Economic Development, 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 21: Board of Supervisors, 9:30 a.m.

Dec. 27: Public Safety, 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 4: Board of Supervisors, 9:30 a.m.