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Substation Meeting

<bt>A public meeting on the proposed construction of a Loudoun County Sheriff's Office substation next to Rolling Ridge Elementary School will be held at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan, 29, at the school, located at 500 East Frederick Drive in Sterling.

The Board of Supervisors, School Board and Sheriff Stephen O. Simpson will host the session to update the community on the proposal to build the facility on a parcel adjacent to Rolling Ridge Elementary School. The meeting will review recent Board of Supervisors and School Board actions

public process requirements and timelines, and planning processes.

The proposed substation is envisioned to be an 18,000-square-foot facility that will provide patrol, crime prevention, and other law enforcement services to the Sterling area. The facility will house staff offices, a community room, deputy work rooms and temporary prisoner-holding facilities.

<sh>Greenway Hearings

<bt>The State Corporation Commission will be at the Government Center, 1 Harrison St., S.E., in Leesburg Tuesday, Jan. 30, for two public hearings to hear residents' comments on the proposed toll increase by the Greenway owners, Toll Road Investors Partnership II. Under the proposal, base tolls would rise from $3 per one-way trip to $4 in 2012. A one-way trip from Leesburg to the Dulles Toll Plaza during rush hour would be $4.80, or $9.60 round trip.

The first public hearing will begin at 2 p.m. in the board room. The second public hearing will start at 6:30 p.m.

<sh>Firehouse Primary Set

bt>The Loudoun County Democratic Committee (LCDC) has decided to select the Democratic nominees for the local Board of Supervisors and local constitutional offices for the 2007 General Elections using the "Firehouse Primary" method. This is also referred to as an unassembled caucus. Filing deadline to the LCDC chair, Thomas M. Beres, is April 26. Procedures for the unassembled caucus are:

In jurisdictions where there is more than one candidate, the unassembled caucus to determine the nominee will be June 9, from noon-4 p.m., at a site(s) within that jurisdiction.

Democratic candidates will be required to have met all state Board of Elections (SBE) and Virginia Democratic Party requirements.

In addition, the LCDC requires a $500 filing fee for BOS candidates and a $1,000 filing fee for constitutional offices.

Local candidates, BOS and constitutional offices, are also required to submit 125 signatures of Loudoun registered voters on the SBE voter petition form to the LCDC chair to be considered an eligible candidate.

Further information can be obtained at www.LoudounDemocrats.org and by sending an e-mail to precinctops@loudoundemocrats.org.

<sh>New Routes Added

<bt>New routes by the Loudoun County Commuter Bus Service allow commuters to get to Sterling from the West Falls Church Metrorail Station.

Riders choose from two morning pick-ups by a Loudoun County Transit bus at the West Falls Church Metro, then ride the bus to AOL, where a free transfer bus will be waiting to take them to work, with stops at Orbital on Atlantic Boulevard, as well as stops on Carpenter Drive, Sally Ride Drive, Davis Drive and Sterling Boulevard and Shaw Road.

In the evening, the transfer bus takes passengers back to AOL, where a Loudoun County Transit bus is waiting to transport them back to the West Falls Church Metro. The cost for the service is $3 a day.

The new service complements the county's Reverse Commute schedule, which provides service from West Falls Church Metro Station to AOL, Verizon, Dulles North Transit Center, Janelia Farm, Inova Loudoun Hospital, the Town of Leesburg, and employers in the Beaumeade Circle area.

For more information visit www.loudoun.gov/bus or by calling 703-771-5665.

<sh>Weather-related Accident

<bt>Icy and slick roads left many motorists stranded Sunday, Jan. 21, while others were involved in fender benders as they were unable to maintain control of their cars.

The Sheriff's Office worked more than 100 vehicle crashes Sunday afternoon and evening and assisted more than 30 disabled vehicles. A majority of the crashes involved minor damage and no injuries.

One weather-related crash that remains under investigation seriously injured a Middleburg woman. According to the Sheriff's Office, Anne Marie Mcniff-Dunn, 79, was a passenger in a Lexus that was traveling west on Route 50 near Parsons Road when her husband lost control and struck a 2006 Chrysler minivan. She and her husband were taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital where they are both listed in stable condition. There were four people in the minivan who were all transported to the Lansdowne Campus of Inova Loudoun Hospital. All four were treated and released.

For winter driving tips, visit www.loudoun.gov/main/publicsafety.htm.

<sh>Deadline Extended

<bt>Loudoun County has extended the deadline for conceptual proposals for two large projects involving public-private partnerships.

* The deadline for proposals for the master planning and development of a county-owned site in Ashburn, including the design-build of the new Monroe Advanced Technology Academy, has been extended to Feb. 12.

* The deadline for proposals for a new Loudoun County Government Administrative Center has been extended to Feb. 21.

The extensions were granted due to renewed interest in these public-private partnership opportunities and to encourage ample competition for these important projects.

More information, including copies of the Requests for Partnership Proposals, is available on the Loudoun County Government Web site at www.loudoun.gov/procurement or by contacting Tina M. Borger, procurement manager, at 703-777-0394.

<sh>Woman Injured

<bt>A Sterling woman remains in critical condition after being struck by a car Wednesday, Jan. 17, in eastern Loudoun.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Melanie Ann Yost, 25, was attempting to cross Algonkian Parkway at Countryside Boulevard shortly before 8 p.m. when she was struck by a 1993 Toyota Celica. The car was driven by Oscar Arteaga Roosell, 19, also of Sterling. Roosell was traveling east on Algonkian Parkway when Yost was struck.

Yost was crossing in the crosswalk but was going against the signal.

She was airlifted to Inova Fairfax Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The incident remains under investigation by members of the Sheriff's Office Crash Reconstruction Unit.

<sh>Single-Vehicle Crash

<bt>A West Virginia man was seriously injured, Wednesday, Jan. 17, in a single-vehicle crash north of Leesburg.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Christopher Matthew Haines, 30, was driving a 2000 Chevrolet pickup in the 15790 block of Montresor Road when around 9:20 a.m. the vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. Haines was airlifted to Inova Fairfax Hospital where he was being treated for possible life-threatening injuries.

A passenger in the truck received nonlife-threatening injuries and was treated at the emergency room of Inova Loudoun Hospital.

The cause of the wreck remains under investigation by members of the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Crash Reconstruction Unit.

<sh>Ashburn Robbery

<bt>The Sheriff's Office is investigating a robbery that occurred outside a bank in Ashburn Village early Monday, Jan. 15.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the 55-year-old victim was using the Chevy Chase Bank in the Ashburn Village Shopping Center around 1:45 a.m. Monday morning when he was approached by three suspects. According to the victim the suspects were carrying hockey sticks and demanded money. One of the suspects removed a wallet from the victim. The wallet contained a small amount of cash and credit cards.

The suspects were only described as two black males and a white male. They were said to be wearing all dark clothing with the hoods of their sweatshirts pulled up over their heads. The black males fled in a burgundy car and the white male left in a blue car. They were last seen heading southbound on Ashburn Village Boulevard.

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