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Household Hazardous Waste Collection

<bt>The Loudoun County Office of Solid Waste Management is sponsoring a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Event Saturday, Nov. 19, at Heritage High School, 520 Evergreen Mill Road, Leesburg. The free event runs, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and is for Loudoun County residents only.

Typical HHW items are oil-based paints, stains and varnishes; paint thinners, old fuels including gas and oil mixes, kerosene, and diesel fuel; and cleaners such as oven cleaners, drain cleaners, bathroom cleaners and all purpose cleaners. Other HHW items are scouring powders, mothballs, mildew removers, metal polishes, rust removers, wood preservatives, furniture polishes and waxes, and pool chemicals.

Used motor oil, used antifreeze, automobile batteries and propane gas cylinders can be recycled year round at the Loudoun County Solid Waste Management Facility, also known as the landfill, at 20939 Evergreen Mills Road, Leesburg. They will not be accepted at this HHW collection event. For more tips on proper paint disposal, as well as information about HHW, visit the Loudoun County Government Web site at

www.loudoun.gov/oswm/hhw.htm or call the Office of Solid Waste Management at 703-777-0187.

<sh>Robbery Suspect Sought

<bt>The Sheriff's Office is investigating a strong-arm robbery of a teenager that occurred Saturday afternoon

outside of the Dulles Town Center.

A 15-year-old juvenile said he was exiting a service entrance near the Sears and Nordstrom department stores around 3:15 p.m. when he was approached from behind by an unknown suspect, according to the Sheriff's Office. The suspect grabbed the juvenile and demanded money before pushing him to the ground.

The suspect, described as a black male in his late teens to early 20s, fled the scene with a small amount of cash. The suspect is approximately 6 feet tall with a medium build. He was wearing jeans and a blue and white stripped polo shirt.

During a canvass of the Dulles Town Center parking lot deputies interviewed a possible witness who saw a male matching the description running to a car driven by another male. The car was described as a small, four-door sedan.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Investigator Angelo of the Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475. If the caller wishes to remain anonymous they can contact Loudoun Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919. If the information provided by the caller leads to an arrest and indictment they could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

<sh>Reward Offered

<bt>The Loudoun County Crime Solvers Committee is offering a case reward in a destruction of property case in Ashburn that caused $2,000 in damage to a tennis bubble, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Loudoun County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the 20580 block of Ashburn Village Boulevard Nov. 5, where a possible witness says around 11:45 p.m. they saw several subjects, who appeared to be juveniles, running from the area toward Natalie Terrace. The bubble for the tennis courts had been slashed several times with a knife.

Anyone with information can contact DS C. Schleiden, the Sheriff's Office Ashburn Community Policing Deputy, at 703-729-0581, Ext. 123. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous, call 703-777-1919. If the information results in an arrest and indictment, a reward of up to $1,000 is paid to the caller.

<sh>Peeping Tom Caught

<bt>A Sterling man was apprehended Wednesday

night for allegedly peering into the window of a home, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The 40-year-old man is charged with two counts of peeping into a dwelling, according to the Sheriff's Office. Over the past several months the Sheriff's Office has

received more than 17 reports of a prowler in the Newberry community of Sterling. A majority of the incidents occurred on the streets of Margate Court, Brixton Court, Warwick Court, Mayfield Square and Biscayne Court.

Last Wednesday night Loudoun Sheriff's personnel from the Community Policing Unit and the Criminal Investigations Division saturated the affected area and observed the suspect walk up to a window of a residence. The house, located in the 1000 block of Norwood Court, had previously been a target of the suspect. The suspect was also charged for an incident, which occurred on the evening of Nov. 6.

<sh>New Digital Library

<bt>Loudoun County Pubic Library's new online service, www.lcpl.lib.va.us, allows residents to access popular eBooks from home. OverDrive Inc. has supplied the technology.

The eBook collection includes bestsellers and classic fiction and nonfiction from popular authors and leading publishers. Customers download free reader software and then use their Loudoun County Public Library cards to check out and download eBooks, which are available in Adobe PDF format for the Mobipocket format. Customers can also choose automatic e-mail notification when a wait-list title becomes available for check out.

<sh>Anti-gang Funds

<bt>Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) announces that the anti-gang task force operating in Northern Virginia will receive another $2.5 million next year. The Senate is expected to take up the fiscal year 2006 Science-State-Justice-Commerce (SSJC) conference report soon.

Wolf, chair of the House SSJC Appropriations subcommittee, was responsible for getting the initial funding to create the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force in 2003. He said the additional money will not only be used for law enforcement but for continuing education and prevention programs.

Wolf said the conference report funds the Juvenile Justice Gang Resistance Education Program at $25 million, which is the same level as FY 2005, and provides $50 million for the Juvenile Accountability Block Grant Program.

In addition, the conference report also provides the Boys & Girls Clubs of America with $85 million to carry out its programs across the country. There are several chapters operating in the region. In October, the organization announced it was opening a chapter at Hutchison Elementary School in Herndon. Wolf is pushing the group to open additional clubs in Loudoun and Prince William counties.

The conference report also provides $250,000 to continue a program conducted in conjunction with the Hispanic Radio Network that allows Hispanic parents to call a bilingual 1-800 number to learn more about after-school and work-study programs available in their community. The program is nationwide.

As part of the ongoing effort to combat the growth of gangs and gang violence across the country, Wolf said the conference report also includes several new anti-gang initiatives:

* $40 million to develop and implement a nationwide anti-gang program with both enforcement and prevention components, including education. The program will be run through the Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs and will bring together federal, state and local law enforcement in addition to service providers to carry out the initiative.

* $5 million for the FBI to establish 20 additional Safe Streets Task Forces. The FBI presently has 108 Safe Street Task Forces up and operating across the country.

* $20 million to increase the number of ATF Violent Crime Impact Teams.

* $1 million for eight additional positions to assist U.S. attorneys' offices and coordinate investigations across judicial districts.

* $4.7 million to the FBI for additional resources for the National Gang Intelligence Center. Congress last year provided the FBI with $10 million to establish a National Gang Intelligence Center, which allows law enforcement officials across the country to share information about gangs and gang violence, similar to the way data on organized crime is shared.

* $719,000 for ATF, two positions; Marshals Service, one position; DEA, two positions; and Bureau of Prisons, one position, to assign intelligence analysts to the National Gang Intelligence Center.

* $3.3 million for the FBI to establish a legal attachŽ office in San Salvador, El Salvador.