Week in Loudoun

Week in Loudoun


<bt>In last week’s story "$16 Million Here, $44 Million There," Supervisor Jim Burton's political affiliation was incorrectly noted. Burton is an independent.

<sh>School Employee Arrested

<bt>A part-time employee of Loudoun County Public Schools turned himself over to authorities last week on Thursday night on charges of inappropriate sexual contact with two 15-year-old females. Mousa Hishmeh, 22, is charged with two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one count of indecent liberties with a child. Hishmeh was held on a $3,500 secured bond at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center. Hishmeh has been employed as a substitute teacher with the schools and is also a three-sport coach at Dominion High School in Sterling. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Investigator Coderre of the Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475.

<sh>Accident Hospitalizes Woman

<bt>A 19-year-old Upperville woman remains hospitalized Monday after a single vehicle accident this weekend near Middleburg. Tina Miller was heading north on Saint Louis Road near Notre Dame Lane shortly before midnight Friday when her 2001 Chevy pick-up ran off the side of the road striking a guardrail of a bridge. Miller was airlifted to Inova Fairfax Hospital where she is listed in good condition.

<sh>Planning To Meet Monday

<bt>The next meeting of the Planning Commission will be a work session April 5, 6 p.m., at the Planning Commission conference room in the Government Center, 1 Harrison Street, S.E. in Leesburg.

* A briefing on the April 19 public hearing items.

* A comprehensive plan amendment for the Loudoun County Parkway.

* A comprehensive plan amendment for the Potomac View Active adult Age Restrictive Community.

* A comprehensive plan amendment for the Potomac Farms project.

* A comprehensive plan amendment for the Valley Run Estates.

No further information was available as of Tuesday, March 30.

Information about the Planning Commission's upcoming meetings can be found on the county Web site at www.co.loudoun.va.us/planning/pcomm.htm.

<sh>Crash on the River

<bt>Two men crashed their Jet-Skis on the Potomac River, near Riley’s Lock, on March 27, said Pete Piringer, spokesman for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service.

“The initial call came from Loudon County, Virginia,” said Piringer.

At about 4:45 p.m., the call came in that two boats had crashed. “Once we got to Riley’s Lock, we discovered it was personal watercraft,” Piringer said.

The two men were friends, Piringer said, and when the county’s Swiftwater Rescue Team arrived, they found both men on the Virginia shoreline.

One of the two was taken to a hospital in Virginia with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries, Piringer said. “That’s a somewhat dangerous area, because not too far down is the Seneca Break,” Piringer said. The break is an area of swift water before Great Falls.

Piringer points out that now that the weather is getting nicer, many people will be out on the water on equipment that is new or has not been used for several months. “We try to remind everybody to take time to familiarize themselves with their equipment,” Piringer said.