Week in Loudoun

Week in Loudoun


<bt>The wrong photo ran alongside the Feb. 7 brief "Seeking Information" about a man being sought for embezzlement.

The Sheriff's Office was searching for 38-year-old Faheem Francis, right, who lived in the Cascades Commons apartment complex in Sterling. According the Sheriff's Office, Francis used his position at a Payless Shoe Store to embezzle money from the store safe and bank bag. The thefts allegedly took place between April and July 2006.

Sunday, Feb. 25, members of the Millbourne Police Department in Pennsylvania located Francis. He has been released and is awaiting a March extradition hearing.

<1b>— Erika Jacobson

Road Rage Arrest

<bt>Fairfax County police officers arrested a South Riding man in connection with a road rage incident.

According to the police, on Saturday, Feb. 24, Allan Tat Le, 29, of Rolling Rock Square, South Riding, was driving in the 14700 block of Lee Jackson Memorial Highway. Le allegedly started arguing with another driver, a 41-year-old man from Aldie. Le followed the driver to the intersection of Lee Jackson Memorial Highway and Stonecroft Boulevard where he pulled along side. The passenger window of that car was open, and according to the report, Le threw a coffee cup at the passenger, a 32-year-old Aldie woman. The two men got into a physical confrontation. Le got back in his car and drove away. The victims called the police and followed Le until officers arrived. No one was injured.

Le was charged with one count of unlawfully throwing a missile at an occupied vehicle, a felony. He was taken to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.

<sh>Deadline Approaches

<bt>The filing extension deadline for applications in the Loudoun County Land Use Assessment Program is March 1 for the 2007 assessment year.

Applications require the normal filing fee as well as late filing and extension fees of $30 each.

An application must be filed to qualify a property in the program. An application is required when the use of acreage of a previously qualified property changes for any reason.

Direct questions to the Office of the County Assessor at 703-777-0267. More information, including an application for the Land Use Assessment program, is available online at www.loudoun.gov/assessor.

<sh>Route 50 Meeting

<bt>A community meeting on the development of a Planned Development-Mixed Use Business Zoning District for use along the Route 50 corridor is scheduled for 6-9 p.m., Monday, March 5, at Pleasant Valley Methodist Church, 43987 John Mosby Highway (Route 50) in Chantilly.

Loudoun County and its consultant on the project, AKRF Inc., will host the public forum to discuss the development of the district, focusing at this first meeting on the scope of the project and projected timelines.

The final report of the Route 50 Task Force is available on the Loudoun County Web site at www.loudoun.gov/bos/route50.

<sh>Several Drug-related Arrests

<bt>The Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Unit has made six drug-related arrests in recent weeks and confiscated more than $7,000 in drug money. The arrests stem from two search warrants and a felony traffic stop that was initiated after three separate investigations involving distribution of narcotics.

According to the Sheriff's Office, three of the arrests occurred inside the Town of Leesburg. As a result of the execution of a search warrant, Feb. 3, in the 420 block of Sparkleberry Terrace, investigators arrested Jabari Rashid Oliver, 20, of Leesburg, and charged him with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. During a felony traffic stop, Feb. 16, on Steven Jackson, 35, of Leesburg, he was charged with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. A passenger in the car, Moses Johnson, 22, of Leesburg, was charged with two counts of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

According to the Sheriff's Office, in Sterling, vice/narcotics investigators arrested three residents Feb. 13, after a search of a residence in the 900 block of Redwood Court in Sterling. Jovaughn Johnson, 24, was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of PCP. Shante Simms, 20, was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of PCP. Jessica Woodson, 19, was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of cocaine.

Jabari Rashid Oliver and Jovaughn Johnson remain held at the Loudoun Adult Detention Center without bond. All of the other suspects were released on bond.

Anyone wishing to make an anonymous tip regarding possible drug activity in their neighborhood should contact the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Tip Line at 703-779-0552.

<sh>Shannon Sentenced

<bt>A Virginia man will spend four years in prison for the 2005 stabbing of a man outside of a Sterling rental car office.

Shawn Corey Shannon, 30, of Chantilly, pleaded guilty earlier this month to unlawful assault. A Loudoun Circuit Court judge sentenced Shannon to five years in prison with one year suspended. He also faces eight years of probation, four of which will be supervised.

Shannon was charged after he stabbed a Sterling man in August of 2005 outside the Enterprise Rent-A-Car office located in the 47020 block of Route 7. The victim, who has since recovered, was initially taken to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.

<sh>Deadly Crash

<bt>A Purcellville man died early Saturday morning, Feb. 24, in a single-vehicle crash along Route 287 near John Wolford Road.

A Sheriff's deputy was on patrol around 2:28 a.m. when he came across a 1997 Pontiac Grand AM that had crashed into a utility pole and trees. The deputy pulled a passenger, Liam Dowd, 21, of Lovettsville, to safety as the car began to smoke and became fully engulfed in flames. The deputy grabbed his fire extinguisher but was unable to dowse the flames. The driver of the car, Roger Keith Davis, 22, of Purcellville, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A preliminary investigation by members of the Sheriff's Office Crash Reconstruction Unit revealed that the car was traveling southbound on Route 287 near Purcellville when it lost control on a curve and struck an embankment. The car struck a utility pole and a fence before hitting some trees. Speed is believed to be a factor in the crash.

Dowd was airlifted to Inova Fairfax Hospital and has since been treated and released.