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Dulles District Meeting

<bt>Supervisor Stephen Snow (Dulles) will be hosting a districtwide meeting at the Ashburn Farm Association Building, 21400 Windmill Drive, in the Lake View room at the corner of Ashburn Farm Parkway and Windmill Circle, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to allow constituents to hear about several key issues and to give Snow the opportunity to hear from his constituents. Among topics to be discussed are the Loudoun Youth Initiative, area transportation and the budget.

<sh>Woman Assaulted

<bt>A Herndon woman was assaulted by an unknown

suspect Wednesday, Nov. 17, after she exited a building to empty trash, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.

Around 8:30 p.m., the 39-year-old victim was walking back towards the office building located in the 100 block of Carpenter Drive in Sterling when an unknown suspect allegedly grabbed her from behind. The victim struggled with the suspect and the man fled into some nearby woods.

The suspect is described as a male, 5 feet 9 inches in height and weighing 165 pounds.

The victim received minor injuries in the incident but did not require medical attention.

If anyone has information about the identity of this suspect contact the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Criminal

Investigations Division at 703-777-0475.

Those who would like to remain anonymous call Loudoun County Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919. If your tip leads to an arrest and indictment in this case could lead a cash reward of up to $1,000.

<sh>Larceny Suspect Sought

<bt>Investigators with the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office have a released a composite sketch of a suspect wanted for larceny from a Sterling store and are asking for the public's assistance in identifying the man.

The suspect, described as a black male with a medium complexion and a muscular build, was said to have entered the employee break room of the World Market in the Dulles Eastern Plaza on Oct. 29 and removed wallets and unattended purses.

The suspect then used credit cards he removed from the wallets to make purchases at Sterling-area merchants including CVS and Food Lion.

If anyone has information about the identity of this suspect contact Investigator Suess of the Loudoun County Sheriff's

Office Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475.

If you would like to remain anonymous please call Loudoun County Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919. If the tip leads to an arrest and indictment in this case, the person could receive a cash reward of up to $1,000.

<sh>Expanded Commuter Service

<bt>On Nov. 15, Loudoun County (LC) Transit began providing commuter bus service to businesses near Beaumeade Circle. These buses pick up passengers at the West Falls Church Metro at 6:30, 7:25 and 8:20

a.m., and transport them to Loudoun County, where they make stops along Beaumeade Circle. The initial stops are being dictated by the passengers and the location of their employment sites and the approval of the bus contractor to deem the stops safe. The buses pick up passengers at 5,

5:55 and 6:35 p.m., at the same locations along Beaumeade Circle.

The cost for this service is $1 round trip, payable on the morning trip into Loudoun County. Passengers can also purchase a book of 10 one-way tickets for $10. The trips to and from Loudoun County and West Falls Church take approximately 35 minutes.

LC Transit operates commuter coaches from four park and ride lot locations in Loudoun to Rosslyn, the Pentagon and downtown Washington, D.C. There is also commuter service from Cascades and Lowes Island to West Falls Church Metro Station. LC Transit began operating service from West Falls Church to the campuses of AOL and MCI more than a year ago. Added to this existing route are the stops along Beaumeade Circle.

Questions about this new service along Beaumeade Circle or requests for a schedule can be directed to the Loudoun County Office of Transportation staff at 703-771-5665. Schedules also are posted on the county's Web site at www.loudoun.gov/transportation.

<sh>Schools Employee Charged

<bt>A Loudoun County Public School employee has been charged with taking indecent liberties with children, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.

Franklin Todd England, 38, of Leesburg, was arrested Thursday, Nov. 18, and charged with two felony counts of indecent liberties with a child.

England is a school social worker based at the school system's Douglass Support Facility. He has been employed in that capacity since Aug. 20.

England was released by a Loudoun magistrate on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond and will be arraigned in Loudoun General District court on Friday.

The case, which remains under investigation, was a joint effort between the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division, the Virginia State Police, the Virginia Office of the Inspector General, the Loudoun Commonwealth Attorney's Office and the U.S. Secret Service.

<sh>Maynard Hired as Director

<bt>Tom Maynard has been hired as the new director of the Loudoun County Department of Mental Health/Mental Retardation/Substance Abuse Services (MH/MR/SAS), County Administrator Kirby M. Bowers announced Nov. 18.

Maynard will also serve as the executive director of the Community Services Board, which oversees MH/MR/SAS programs and services.

Maynard comes to Loudoun County from Chapel Hill, N.C., where he has served for 14 years as the area director of the Orange-Person-Chatham Area Authority. The agency is recognized as a leading program in the state, providing mental health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse treatment services to residents of a three-county area.

A graduate of Yale University and the University of Michigan, Maynard has most recently served as a field instructor with the University of North Carolina School of Social Work, and has been on the faculties of the Dartmouth Medical School in New Hampshire and the University of North Carolina Department of Psychiatry.

Maynard has received many honors for his work, including being selected as the 2004 North Carolina Mental Health Professional of the Year by the North Carolina Alliance for the Mentally Ill.

Maynard and his wife, Samantha, will be moving to Purcellville in early December. They have three children, and as of this month, four grandchildren. Maynard will start his new position with Loudoun County Dec. 6.