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Event Rescheduled

<bt>The ADAMS Center's 2nd Muslim Sports League Golf Classic that was scheduled to take place June 25 has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 23, from 1-5 p.m., at Penderbrook Golf Course in Fair Lakes. The event benefits the league's programs. For more information, visit www.muslimsportsleague.org/ or www.adamscenter.org.

<sh>Hearings Scheduled

<bt>The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has scheduled two public input sessions and a work session on zoning options being proposed for the Rural Policy Area.

The public input sessions will be held Wednesday, July 6, at 6:30 p.m., Loudoun Valley High School, 340 N. Maple Ave., Purcellville, and Monday, July 11, at 6:30 p.m., Stone Bridge High School, 43100 Hay Road, Ashburn.

A session is slated for 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 13, in the Board Room of the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison St., S.E. in Leesburg.

The board, which held several work sessions on zoning options in the Rural Policy Area in May and June, is now considering two main proposals known as Option No. 1 and Option No. 2. They are posted on the Loudoun County Government Web site at www.loudoun.gov.

<sh>Seeking a Name

<bt>The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has directed the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services to initiate the public participation process to name a new park site located in the Belmont Greene subdivision of Ashburn. This proffered 9.22-acre property is being completed by the developer for acceptance by the county. The property and park amenities include two play fields, a passive park area, benches, gazebo, walking trails and pond with wetlands. The site is located on Leier Place adjacent to Trailside Park and the WO&D Trail.

Anyone interested in proposing a name for the Belmont Greene park site can submit the recommendation via e-mail to PRCS@loudoun.gov or in writing to Diane Ryburn, director, Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services, 215 Depot Court, S.E., Leesburg, VA 20175. Include your full name, mailing address and phone number. The deadline for submissions is July 22. Call 703-777-0343.

<sh>Gas Station Robbed

<bt>An armed robbery Sunday, June 26, has Sheriff's

Investigators searching for a suspect who stole cash from a gas station, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.

According to the report, deputies were called to the Dulles Shell Service Center in the 900 block of Sully Road shortly before 10:15 p.m. after a masked man entered the store of the gas station and wielded a large knife. The suspect told the cashier to give him money and then told her to lie on

the floor until he left the store.

The suspect is described as a black male, and is said to be

approximately 5 feet 7 inches in height and weighs around 160 to 180 pounds and was wearing black T-shirt. The suspect was wearing what appeared be a "do" rag over his face. He may have left the scene in a white four-door

passenger car.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Investigator H. Craig of the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can contact Loudoun County Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919. If your information leads to an arrest and indictment the caller could be eligible for a cash reward of

up to $1,000.

<sh>Three Barricaded in House

<bt>Three teenagers are in custody after a nearly four-hour barricade situation in Sterling Thursday, June 23, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.

Two juveniles, ages 14 and 15, are being held at the Juvenile Detention Center while Mubashar Javed, 18, of Annandale, is at the Loudoun Adult Detention Center without bond. The 14-year-old is charged with obstruction of justice and possession of marijuana. The 15-year-old and Javed are both charged with trespassing and obstruction of justice.

According to the report, the incident began around 4 p.m. when a member of the Sheriff's Office Community Policing Unit, on routine patrol in the 200 block of North Sterling Boulevard, came upon a group of teenagers. As he approached the group, the 14-year-old Sterling boy pulled Javed and the 15-year-old into his house and began barricading the front door. At that time one of the teenagers pulled out a machete and showed it to the deputy through

the front-glass door. The 14-year-old, who according to the Sheriff's Office is a known gang member, refused to come out even as his parents arrived home.

The Sheriff's Office Emergency Response Team and the Crisis Negotiation Team were called to the scene and began a dialogue with the three teenagers. Around 7:45 p.m. the 15-year-old exited the house on his own accord. A short time later members of the SERT team entered the home and took the two remaining teenagers into custody without incident.

<sh>Man Dies in Crash

<bt>An Ashburn man died Thursday, June 23, and another man was seriously injured after a single-vehicle accident in

the Dulles area, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.

Patrick Michael Meade, 26, was driving south on Atlantic Boulevard near Steeplechase Drive around 3 a.m. when he apparently lost control of his 2001 Honda and went over the median, according to the report. The car then traveled into to the opposite lanes and over the curb where it struck a light pole.

Meade was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in the vehicle, Daniel Cleveland Pearson Jr., 25, of Sterling, was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital where he is listed in stable condition. The two men were not believed to have been wearing their seat belts.

Members of the Sheriff's Office Accident Reconstruction Unit believe speed and alcohol are possible factors in the accident.

This is the sixth traffic fatality on Loudoun's roadways this year. During this same time period in 2004 there had been 13 traffic fatalities.

<sh>Construction Worker Killed

<bt>A construction worker died Wednesday, June 22, after he fell from the second story of a home under construction near Leesburg, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office. Jose Omar Robles Melgar, 18, of Alexandria, was working on the single-family home in the 20580 block of Myers Place when witnesses say around 2:50 p.m. he fell approximately 20 feet and struck his head. Melgar was airlifted to Inova Fairfax Hospital where he would later die as a result of his injuries. The accident is under investigation by the Sheriff's Criminal Investigations Division.

<sh>Gas Stations Robbed

<bt>The Sheriff's Office is looking for a man who entered a Sterling gas station Wednesday, June 22, and grabbed cash

from the register after making a purchase. This is the third such incident in the past two weeks, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.

The suspect entered the BP Gas Station on Glenn Drive around 6:40 p.m., approached the counter and bought a pack of gum. As the cashier opened the register to give the man his change, the suspect reached over the counter and grabbed a small amount of cash, according to the report. He then fled the store and drove off in a light-colored vehicle.

Sheriff's Investigators believe this incident is related to two

robberies last week where an unknown white male entered a convenience store and a gas station posing as a customer, using the opportunity to steal money from the register.

On June 12, shortly before 7 p.m., the suspect was in the Falke Plaza Exxon in Sterling completing a transaction, when he reached over the register and grabbed a stack of cash. He then ran to what was described as a silver Honda Civic and fled the scene.

On Thursday, June 16, a suspect with similar description entered the 7-Eleven on Ashburn Road shortly after 11 p.m. and was again completing a transaction when he reached over the register and grabbed money. He then fled the store in what was described as a four-door vehicle heading towards Route 7.

In each of the robberies no weapon was shown or implied, and the clerk was not threatened. The suspect description in each case is similar, according to the Sheriff's Office. He is described as a white male in his mid-20s, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet, 155 pounds to 175 pounds, and clean-shaven. He is also said to have a large tattoo on his left forearm. In all three cases the suspect has worn a baseball hat.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Investigator T.F. Butler of the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can contact Loudoun County Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919. If your information leads to an arrest and indictment the caller

could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

<sh>Three Charged in "Mini" Spree

<bt>Three Leesburg men remain in custody after a mini-crime spree Tuesday, June 21, that may have spread from Leesburg to Sterling, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.

Jose Cristobal Alvarez, 21, Wilson Baimoriz Flores, 21, and Mario Rene Flores, 26, are charged with attempted strong arm robbery and two counts of conspiracy to commit robbery.

Sheriff's deputies stationed at the Dulles Town Center were alerted by the center's security shortly after 5:30 p.m. that three men driving a red Ford Probe had attempted to rob a woman who had just pulled into a parking space outside the mall, according to the report.

Deputies began searching the parking lot around the mall when they noticed a car meeting a similar description in a parking space. As they approached he saw two men trying to physically take a purse from another woman. Those two men, along with a third man who was sitting in the driver's seat of the car, were taken into custody.

The three men may also be linked to an attempted car jacking in Leesburg that occurred around 4:45 p.m. the same day. According to the Leesburg Police Department three men attempted to take a car from a 36-year-old Leesburg resident as he was driving into the entrance of Hancock Place, N.E. when a vehicle, described as a red Ford Probe cut in front of him and stopped abruptly. Three subjects got out of the car, approached his car and were yelling at him to give them his money and his car, according to the report. The victim managed to put his vehicle in reverse and leave the

area. The suspects then reportedly returned to their vehicle and left the area. This incident is still being investigated in conjunction with the incident that occurred at the Dulles Town Center.

All three men are being held without bond at the Loudoun Adult Detention Center.

<sh>Four Nabbed for Parole Violations

<bt>Four juveniles were arrested Friday, June 17, as a

result of Operation Accountability, a joint effort of unannounced probation checks conducted by the Loudoun County Court Service Unit (Juvenile Probation and Parole), the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office and the Leesburg Town Police. The combined agencies conducted unannounced probation checks on 60 juveniles and adults on probation and

parole with the Juvenile Court Service Unit. The arrests were for probation and parole violations including testing positive for alcohol, marijuana and curfew violations. Of the four offenders taken into custody during the operation, three were released into the Supervised Release Program and one was released to the Youth Shelter.

This was the 28th time that Operation Accountability has been conducted in Loudoun County during the past five years.