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<bt>The photos in "Kincora Raises Concerns," Ashburn Connection, July 18-24, show construction for the Nokes Boulevard interchange on the Kincora property.

<sh>Drugs Found in Sterling

<bt>The Sheriff’s Office is investigating a report of a brandished weapon and a separate narcotics case after responding to a call at a Sterling home Wednesday, Aug. 1.

Deputies responded to the 30 block of Southall Court around 10:40 a.m. where a female said that an unknown person came to the door of her home and claimed he was there to do repairs. The female stated at one point the suspect brandished a firearm and said she ran from the house.

The Sheriff’s Office established a perimeter around the home and searched the house, where they located the boyfriend of the victim. The Sheriff’s Office vice and narcotics unit searched the home and located nearly 6.6 ounces of marijuana, $1,000 in cash, a loaded firearm, scales and packaging material.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Julia Anne Eaton, 19, was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana. She is being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center without bond.

According to the Sheriff's Office, later that evening the boyfriend, Nigel Hurtault, 23, of Sterling, was caught in possession of marijuana when he drove through a Sheriff’s Office license checkpoint. The checkpoint was being held in Sterling. He was released on a $1,500 bond.

The suspect in the weapons case is described as a tall, black male who was wearing all dark clothing and a skullcap. The Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding the reported brandishing of the firearm. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Investigator J. Pennington at 703-777-0475.

<sh>Third Suspect Identified

<bt>A third suspect has been identified in connection with the robbery of a taxi cab driver in Sterling last month.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Sukhwinder Sing Mahal, 19, of Ashburn, was apprehended Tuesday, July 31, and charged with robbery. Also taken into custody on Tuesday was one of the two suspects who were caught on surveillance camera moments before the robbery. Paul Subhro Baroi, 21, of Sterling, was charged with robbery and malicious wounding. Both Baroi and Mahal were being held at the Loudoun Adult Detention Center without bond.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Jose Juan Marquez, 18, of Ashburn, the third man wanted in connection with the robbery remains at large.

The robbery occurred around 10:30 p.m. July 25, after a driver for Dulles Coach Inc. was dispatched to the Getty Mart on East Holly Avenue in Sterling. The driver picked up two suspects who asked to be taken to Maryland. As the driver headed south on Sterling Boulevard one of the suspects brandished a knife and demanded money, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The driver was told to stop along Shepard Drive near the intersection with Glenn Drive. The victim was wounded when he attempted to leave the van. The suspects removed cash and other items from the driver and then fled on foot. The driver was taken to a local hospital for treatment for his injuries.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Marquez is asked to contact Investigator M. Grimsley at 703-777-0475. To remain anonymous, call Loudoun Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919.

<sh>Burn Ban May Be Extended

<bt>The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office is advising citizens to prepare for an extension of the summer ban on open burning if the dry conditions continue.

This ban would normally expire Sept. 1, but may be extended due to the impact drought conditions are having on surface fuels, which become more susceptible to fire in dry conditions.

<sh> Animal Shelter Honored

<bt>The Loudoun County Animal Shelter has been selected to receive a Pedigree Adoption Drive grant from the American Humane Association.

The $3,200 grant will be used to pay for agility equipment and other supplies, as part of the department’s Canine Companion Readiness Program, which ensures that dogs in the shelter remain adoptable for as long as possible through enrichment exercises and positive reinforcement behavior training.

The Loudoun County Animal Shelter is located at 39820 Charles Town Pike in Waterford. Hours and directions to the Animal Shelter, as well as pets available for adoption, can be found online at www.loudoun.gov/animals.

<sh>Registrar and Electoral Board Moving

<bt>This month the offices of the Loudoun County General Registrar and Electoral Board will be moving from its location on Fairfax Street in Leesburg to 801 Sycolin Road, Suite 102, in Leesburg. The telephone numbers for the offices will remain the same: 703-777-0380 for the General Registrar and 703-777-0548 for the Electoral Board.

The offices will close for three days beginning Wednesday, Aug. 22, through Friday, Aug. 24. The move is projected to be completed by Aug. 27.

Voters will be receiving new voter registration cards in September, which will include the offices’ new address as well as information about new polling places in the county.

Voters who have moved must notify the registrar’s office at least 29 days before an election to maintain their eligibility to vote.

More information about voting in Loudoun County can be found at www.loudoun.gov/government/voting.html.

<sh>Poker Game Targeted

<bt>Three suspects apparently targeted a poker game in a home invasion-style robbery that occurred early Tuesday, July 31, in Ashburn.

At approximately 12:15 a.m. deputies responded to Wild Meadow Court in Ashburn for a reported burglary in progress. When they arrived, deputies learned that three unknown suspects had entered a residence through a basement door. While inside the house, two of the men displayed firearms. A 30-year-old victim was grabbed by one the suspects. The suspect then told two other victims to get on the ground.

The suspects stole an undisclosed amount of cash from a table where the three victims were playing poker.

The faces of all three suspects were covered throughout the robbery, but they were described as young, black males. Authorities believe the suspects may have left the scene in a small light colored SUV.

Anyone who has information about the robbery is asked to contact Investigator S. Coderre at 703-777-0475. To remain anonymous, call Loudoun Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919. If the information leads to an arrest and indictment, the caller could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.