Week in Loudoun

Week in Loudoun

Closed for Cleaning

<bt>The Smithsonian Institution's Naturalist Center, 741 Miller Drive, S.E., Suite G-2, Leesburg, will be closed Tuesday, Aug. 30 for its annual clean up. The center will reopen Tuesday, Sept. 13.

<sh>Pre-design Meeting

<bt>Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services, in conjunction with architectural firm, Wisnewski Blair Associates of Alexandria, will host a pre-design meeting for the Dulles South multi-purpose facility Thursday, Aug. 25, at 7:30 p.m., at the Arcola Community Center located at 24244 Gum Spring Road in Arcola.

The planned Dulles South facility will be located at the corner of Tall Cedars Parkway and Riding Center Drive in South Riding. It is envisioned as a multi-purpose facility that will incorporate elements of a community center, recreation center and senior center.

The purpose of the pre-design meeting is to introduce the community to the project, which will be constructed in phases. The presentation will focus on current phasing, elements planned for the facility and how the project will proceed. This is the first of several meetings planned to allow for community involvement. A design charrette workshop is planned for late September. For more information, call 703-777-0343 or e-mail prcs@loudoun.gov.

<sh>Suspect Caught; Still Need Information

<bt>A man wanted for allegedly stabbing a Sterling man turned himself over to authorities Monday night but Sheriff's investigators continue to seek witnesses and the case remains under investigation.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Shawn Corey Shannon, 29, is charged with aggravated malicious wounding.

The stabbing occurred shortly before noon Saturday outside the Enterprise Rent-A-Car office located in the 47020 block of Route 7 in Sterling. The victim was taken to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact Investigator B. Ochsman with the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475.

To remain anonymous, contact Loudoun Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919. If the tip leads to an arrest and indictment in the case the caller could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

<sh>Three Injured

<bt>Speed is believed to be a factor in a two-vehicle accident Thursday, Aug. 11, near Ashburn that sent three people to area hospitals, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.

According to the report, Jordan McCarthy, 21, of Ashburn, was heading east in a 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer when around 4:15 p.m. he attempted to pass two vehicles on the gravel section of Sycolin Road. McCarthy lost control of his car near Turner Farm Lane and spun sideways into the path of an oncoming 2005 Volkswagen Golf.

McCarthy was airlifted to Inova Fairfax Hospital where he is expected to be released. Timothy Roles, 21, a passenger in the Lancer, was taken to the Lansdowne Campus of Inova Loudoun Hospital where he is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Volkswagen, Stephanie Radvak, 22, of Leesburg, was also taken to the Lansdowne Campus of Inova Loudoun Hospital and was expected to be released Thursday night.

According to the Sheriff's Office, McCarthy was charged with reckless driving. All three were wearing their seat belts.

<sh>Bug Bombs Cause Explosion

<bt>Around 1:40 p.m., Aug. 10, Loudoun County Fire-Rescue received a 911 call for an explosion at 28 Fort Evans Road in Leesburg. Upon arrival, fire-rescue crews discovered that there had been an explosion inside one of the units at The Manor Apartment Complex.

A resident, who was fumigating their apartment for bugs, set the devices off without first turning off the gas to the apartment. The explosion resulted in approximately $10,000 damage. There were no injuries as a result of the incident.

The family of three, who have been displaced temporarily, are staying with family until repairs can be made to the apartment.

<sh>New Park and Ride Lot

<bt>On Monday, Aug. 15, a new park and ride lot opened in

eastern Loudoun County.

The Galilee Methodist Church, located at 45425 Winding Road in Sterling, has provided 48 spaces to the county for commuter parking. This new lot at Galilee Methodist Church will have commuter bus service available to residents in the area.

Loudoun County Transit will pick up passengers at this lot each weekday morning at 5:11 a.m., 5:41 a.m., 6:01 a.m., 6:36 a.m. and 7:01 a.m. and transport them to the West Falls

Church Metro Station. The same buses will make six afternoon return trips to this lot from West Falls Church Metro arriving between 4:44 p.m. and 7:19 p.m. This stop is added to the existing Cascades/Lowes Island to West Falls Church Metro bus route that has been in existence for more than three years.

The cost for this service is $1.50 one-way, or passengers may purchase a book of 10 one-way tickets for $12.50. The trips to and from this new lot and West Falls Church take approximately 50 minutes.

Loudoun County Transit also 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 West Falls Church Metro Station to the campuses of AOL and MCI and Beaumeade Circle.

Schedules are posted on the Loudoun County Web site at

www.loudoun.gov/bus or contact the Loudoun County Office of Transportation at 703-771-5665.