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Townhouse Fire

<bt>On Monday, May 9, at approximately 12:05 a.m., Loudoun County Fire-Rescue Services responded to a townhouse fire at 43948 Kitts Hill Terrace in Ashburn Village. No injuries were reported. The Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause, and the estimated damages is approximately $100,000.

<sh>Firefighter Indicted

<bt>An Ashburn Volunteer Firefighter was indicted by a Loudoun Grand Jury Monday, May 9, in Loudoun Circuit Court for having alleged sexual contact with a minor, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.

In February of last year the now 20-year-old victim told Loudoun Sheriff's investigators that she and Michael Dennis Morisi, 45, of Sterling, had inappropriate contact while she was a volunteer at the Ashburn Fire Station. The victim was 17 years old at the time of the incidents, which are alleged to have occurred between July and December of 2002.

Morisi is charged with indecent liberties with a juvenile in a

custodial situation, crimes against nature and obstruction of justice.

During the course of the investigation Morisi is alleged to have sent an intimidating e-mail to the victim in the case. He was charged in June of 2004 for obstruction of justice, but in December Morisi would be found not guilty on the charge due to a technicality. He now faces a separate charge of obstruction of justice based on those same allegations.

Morisi was released on a $15,000 personal recognizance bond and is scheduled to appear for scheduling this Friday at 1 p.m. in Loudoun County Circuit Court.

<sh>Toddler Injured

<bt>A 3-year-old Sterling girl was still hospitalized Sunday, May 8, after a vehicle driven by a 12-year-old struck her, according to the Loudoun County SheriffÕs Office.

The accident happened shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday night when the toddler was playing along a sidewalk on Simeon Lane when a 2000 Isuzu Trooper with a 12-year-old girl allegedly behind the wheel jumped the curb.

The 12-year-old got into the driver's seat after her father left the SUV running to go into a house along the roadway to pick up another child. The girl was apparently attempting to reposition the truck in a parking space. As she was repositioning the truck she accidentally hit the accelerator and the vehicle jumped the curb and struck the toddler.

The 3-year-old was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital where she remained in guarded condition.

<sh>Verizon Work

<bt>Verizon has announced plans to build a fiber-optic network that will deliver faster data speeds and crystal-clear voice to residence and business customers in Ashburn and Arcola and also has the capability to offer a full suite of future video services. The company will seek a franchise agreement from the local authority before offering cable service in a particular community. Known as fiber-to-the-premises, or FTTP, the fiber-optic network uses hair-thin strands of fiber and optical electronics to directly link homes and businesses to Verizon's network. The new network replaces the traditional copper-wire connections and will unleash a range of advanced communication services. Verizon has begun or will be building its FTTP network in a number of locations in and around the Arcola and Ashburn areas. One of Verizon's two contractors in the area, Ivy H. Smith Co. or S&N Communications, will notify residents with letters and door-hangers before it begins construction in their neighborhoods. To lessen inconvenience and reduce the impact on local streets, Verizon and its contractors use the latest installation techniques and existing underground cable pathways and/or utility poles whenever possible. Residents may call their respective contractor with any construction questions. Ivy H. Smith Co. can be reached toll free at 800-768-8831, and S&N Communications can be reached toll free on 800-757-6842.

<sh>Paintball Guns Stolen

<bt>Nearly $20,000 worth of paintball guns were stolen May 4 from a Sterling retail store, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.

Shortly after midnight on Thursday Sheriff's deputies responded to the Pev's Paintball Store on Pidgeon Hill Drive in the CountrySide Shopping Center. There they discovered someone had forced entry through a rear door of the store and removed 21 paintball guns. The guns range in price from just over $100 to nearly $1,500 and the total loss is estimated at $19,527.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Investigator Hall of the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division.

If the caller would like to remain anonymous, contact Loudoun

County Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919. If the caller's information leads to an arrest and indictment the caller could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

<sh>Possible Fatal Fire

<bt>Members of the Loudoun Fatal Fire Arson Task Force responded to a possible fatal fire near Philomont, according to the county Sheriff's Office. Personnel from Fire Rescue were called to a house shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday, May 8, in the 20200 block of Edgewood Farm Lane that was fully involved. Overhaul of the scene took several hours before investigators could enter the remaining structure and begin their investigation.

Late Sunday afternoon Investigators from the Sheriff's Office and the Fire Marshal's Office began searching through the remnants of the home to determine if the blaze had taken the life of the homeowner. Possible human remains were discovered at the scene and are being analyzed by the Fairfax Medical Examiner's Office. The origin and cause of the incident remains under investigation.

First arriving Fire Rescue units reported heavy fire involvement, with the structure deemed a complete loss by investigators from the Loudoun County Fire Marshal's Office.

<sh>Man Charged for Fight

<bt>A Purcellville man is in custody and charged with aggravated malicious wounding after a fist fight last week that resulted in another Purcellville man's death, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.

On the night of April 27, the Purcellville Police Department responded to the 740 block of Main Street in Purcellville for an alleged altercation between Allen Baranoski, 54, and the victim David Anderson. The 52-year-old Anderson was injured in the fight and was initially taken to the Cornwall Campus of Inova Loudoun Hospital.

The following day Anderson would be transferred to Inova Fairfax Hospital for further treatment of his injuries. Members of the Purcellville Police Department requested the case be handed over to Sheriff's Investigators after Anderson passed away Friday night.

On Tuesday, May 3, the Virginia Medical Examiners Office in Fairfax notified the Sheriff's Office that a preliminary autopsy revealed that Anderson succumbed to injuries he sustained during the fight.

Baranoski was charged late Tuesday night and held without bond at the Loudoun Adult Detention Center.