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Task Force Update

<bt>Members of the Route 50 Task Force will provide an update on the project to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors at the Board's business meeting Tuesday, March 1.

The Route 50 Task Force was appointed by the Board to gain public input and recommendations on key issues facing the Route 50 corridor, including transportation improvements; a unified theme for the area's architectural style; access and linkage to key historical and cultural sites; and recognition of the area as a gateway corridor.

The task force is working on developing recommendations

for segments of the corridor and is seeking comments from the greater Loudoun community. Any interested citizen may learn more about the Route 50 Task Force and contribute comments through the project Web page on the Loudoun County Government Web site at www.loudoun.gov/bos/route50.

<sh>Ashburn Fire

<bt>The Loudoun County Fire MarshalÕs Office is investigating a fire that resulted in an estimated $200,000 damage to a townhouse on Aberdeen Terrace in Ashburn.

Around 2:37 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, Loudoun County Fire-Rescue responded to a structure fire at 43993 Aberdeen Terrace. Firefighters discovered fire coming from the second floor of an interior townhouse.

The American Red Cross provided temporary housing to the family of two who were displaced as a result of this fire.

In addition, the gas service to an adjoining townhouse was shut off due to a potential gas leak until it could be assessed by the gas company.

There were no injuries as a result of this fire. The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.

<sh>Couple Arrested

<bt>A man and a woman were arrested Friday, Feb. 11, after they were caught attempting to steal merchandise from a

Sterling home improvement store, according to the Loudoun County SheriffÕs Office.

Larry Donald Shoemaker Jr., 30, of Martinsburg, W.Va., and his girlfriend, Mary Jane Snyder, 21, of Maryland, have both been charged with two counts of grand larceny.

Shortly before noon a Sheriff's Deputy on routine patrol observed a man exiting the side of the Lowes home improvement store on Dulles Crossing Plaza and allegedly loading items into a car parked in the alleyway. As the deputy approached the vehicle the man jumped into the car and yelled at the driver. The two then attempted to flee the scene at a high rate of speed down the alley until several parked vehicles blocked their path.

Inside the car deputies discovered boxes of merchandise including two Dewalt power tool cases and four boxes containing video equipment, which were determined to have been stolen from the Sears department store in

the Dulles Town Center.

Both Shoemaker and Snyder were being held without bond at the Loudoun Adult Detention Center.

<sh>New Judge Selected

<bt>Pam Grizzle has been selected the next 20th Judicial Circuit Court Judge. She was one of three candidates, including Frank Buttery and Bernadette OÕReilly, and will serve as judge in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

The judge will sit principally in Leesburg, hearing matters ranging from family law to juvenile offenses. The 20th Circuit Court consists of the Fauquier, Loudoun and Rappahannock counties.

GrizzleÕs practice specializes in juvenile and domestic relations matters, and she presently sits as a substitute judge in that court.

Virginia judges are elected by members of the General Assembly. Judicial candidates are first screened by the Courts of Justice Committee in the House and Senate. Following the caucus selection, a resolution is ultimately presented to the full house and senate whose members elect the judge. The final election will take place before the General Assembly adjourns on Feb. 26.

<sh>Power Outage

<bt>A power outage resulting from a cut power line Feb. 16 affected more than 2,900 customers in Eastern Loudoun County.

The power outage had affected traffic signals along roadways in the Cascades area of Sterling sending deputies to those intersections to direct traffic. At no time did the outage affect telephone lines or 911.

Members of Dominion Virginia Power quickly responded to scene of the cut line and restored power in less then an hour.

<sh>Upcoming Meetings

<bt>Thursday, Feb. 24, 8 a.m.

Loudoun Education Association, board meeting room, 102 North St., N.W., Leesburg.

Tuesday, March 1, 7 p.m.

LCPS curriculum and instruction committee, board conference room, 102 North St., N.W., Leesburg.

Wednesday, March 2

* 3 p.m. & 6:30 p.m., Board of SupervisorsÕ public hearing on the budget, if needed, 1 Harrison St., S.E., Leesburg.

* 5 p.m., LCPS personnel services committee, board conference room, 102 North St., N.W., Leesburg.

Thursday, March 3, 6:30 p.m.

Board of SupervisorsÕ public hearing on the budget, if needed, 1 Harrison St., S.E., Leesburg.

Monday, March 7, 6:30 p.m.

LCPS health, safety & wellness committee, board conference room, 102 North St., N.W., Leesburg.

Tuesday, March 8

* 8 a.m., LCPS Career and Technology Education Foundation Board of Trustees, Monroe Technology Center, 715 Children's Center Road, S.W., Leesburg.

* 3:30 p.m., LCPS finance, construction & site acquisition, board conference room, 102 North St., N.W., Leesburg.

* 4 p.m. & 6:30 p.m., Second Tuesday School Board meeting, board meeting room, 102 North St., N.W., Leesburg.