Week in Loudoun

Week in Loudoun


<bt>In the May 17-23, 2006 issue, Kortne Jackson's name was misspelled in "Broad Run Goes Hollywood." In the April 26-May 2, 2006 issue's, "Chipping for Charity," Jennifer Alves' name was misspelled.

<sh>Meeting Change

<bt>The meeting of the Board of Supervisors' human services committee, originally scheduled for May 24, was rescheduled for Thursday, June 1, at 5 p.m., in the board room of the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison St., S.E., in Leesburg.

<sh>Hearing Postponed

<bt>The proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendment for the Arcola Area/Route 50 Corridor (CPAM 2005-0007) will not be considered at the Board of Supervisors' June 14, public hearing as originally scheduled. A new date for consideration has not been set.

<sh>Safety Improvements Meeting

<bt>There will be a meeting on transportation-safety improvements in the Lucketts area, Thursday, June 15, beginning at 7 p.m., at the Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Road.

Representatives of the Loudoun County Office of Transportation Services and Kimley-Horn and Associates, the county's consultant on the project, will make a presentation on a draft transportation study of U.S. Route 15 in the Lucketts area. There will also be a discussion of various options for transportation-safety improvements.

Following the presentation, people attending the meeting will have an opportunity to participate in a concept planning workshop for initial design of safety improvements along U.S. Route 15 within the Village of Lucketts.

This the first of three planned community meetings on the project. The next meetings are tentatively scheduled for early and late July. Contact the Office of Transportation Services at 703-737-8624.

<sh>Teen Found

<bt>The Sheriff's Office located a teenager who had been missing after she left her foster-care residence earlier this month. Sheriff's investigators located Yenifer Margoth Arriaza, 15, Friday, May 26, and she has been returned to the custody of Loudoun County Child Protective Services.

<sh>Pedestrian Struck

<bt>A Sterling man was critically injured Monday, May 29, after he was struck by a vehicle while he was crossing Sterling Boulevard, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The investigation revealed that around 10:15 p.m., according to the Sheriff's Office, Matsuko Ichinose Youden, 75, of Sterling, was traveling in her 1992 Toyota Camry on Sterling Boulevard when she struck the man near the intersection of Maple Avenue.

The pedestrian, Jose Ramiro Nolacto-Cruz, 25, was airlifted to an area hospital where he was listed in critical condition as of midnight.

The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who witnessed the incident or was in the immediate area around the time of the incident to contact Special Deputy R. Garis of the Traffic Safety Unit at 703-771-5798.

<sh>Leave Pets Home

<bt>The Animal Shelter is reminding pet owners to never leave a pet in a car when the outside temperature is more than 70 degrees. Even with the windows open, the temperature inside the car can reach 130 degrees in a matter of a few minutes. Pets do not perspire the way that people do, they must pant to keep cool. If there is only hot air to breathe, a pet cannot cool itself. Brain damage can occur within minutes. If the pet is left in the car even longer it can die an agonizing death.

In Loudoun County it is illegal to leave an animal in a vehicle when the outside temperature is more than 70 degrees and the vehicle's interior temperature is more than 80 degrees. This law also allows Animal Control Officers and Sheriff's deputies to break into a car to save an animal in distress.

To report an animal in a car on a hot day, first record the make, model, color, license plate number and location of the vehicle. Report this information to the store/mall manager and ask that he page the owner of the vehicle. Next, call Loudoun County Animal Care and Control at 703-777-0406 or the Loudoun County Sheriff's Department at 703-777- 1021. If possible, stay until law enforcement arrives so that you can help them locate the car quickly.

<sh>Open Burning Banned

<bt>Open burning is prohibited in Loudoun County between June 1 and Aug. 31.

The regulations for this ban are promulgated by the Virginia the Department of Environmental Quality, State Air Pollution Control Board and are enforced locally under the Loudoun County Fire Prevention Code in the interest of reducing the volume of pollutants that affect overall air quality. Loudoun County, to include the seven incorporated towns, is one of several Northern Virginia jurisdictions where these regulations apply.

The only exceptions provided are for campfires or grills used for cooking and fires that are approved by the State Air Pollution Control Board.

Effective Sept. 1, normal open burning regulations will apply once again. Any questions should be directed to the Fire Marshal's Office at 703-777-0333. More information is also available on the Loudoun County Web site at www.loudoun.gov/fire/marshal.htm.

<sh>Sheriff on Television

<bt>The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office will be featured on a new Court TV program for its efforts leading to the capture of the so-called cell-phone bandit.

Sheriff Steve Simpson was interviewed in March for a new program called Video Justice, to air at 8 p.m., June 2. The program will feature Candice Martinez whose image gained international notoriety after she was caught on surveillance tape talking on a cell phone as she robbed an Ashburn bank. It was her fourth and final bank robbery in the area.

Martinez pleaded guilty in December to federal bank robbery conspiracy and firearms charges and was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison.

Her boyfriend, Dave Williams, was also sentenced to 12 years in federal prison. Williams was on the other end of the phone with Martinez during three of the four robberies.

The show airs Wednesday nights, at 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. In Loudoun, Court TV airs on channel 69 (digital)/61 on Adelphia cable, channel 203 on Direct TV and channel 204 on Dish Network.

<sh>Holiday Sting

<bt>A Memorial Day weekend sobriety checkpoint held Saturday night in the Ashburn area saw four people arrested for driving under the influence, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The checkpoint was held on Route 7 at the intersection of Presidential Drive. The checkpoint saw 743 vehicles pass through with 11 vehicles pulled to the side for further screening.

The Sheriff's Office conducts one checkpoint per month throughout the year and holds additional checkpoints during the holidays. The Sheriff's Office designed the checkpoints to raise public awareness and to discourage impaired driving. The ultimate goal is to ensure the roads are safe for all motorists by achieving voluntary compliance of the drinking and driving laws.