Week in Loudoun

Week in Loudoun

Missing Man Found

<bt>A man who left the Leesburg area Sunday night who threatened to harm himself was located safe in New York, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Abdullah Salah, 25, from Ontario, walked away from a home in the 20500 block of Gleedsville Road around 8:30 p.m. Sunday night after making statements he was going to harm himself. SheriffÕs investigators learned, Monday, July 9, that Salah boarded a plane at Dulles International Airport with a destination for New YorkÕs John F. Kennedy Airport. The Loudoun SheriffÕs Office contacted the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey who located the man.

<sh>Toll Road Hearing

<bt>The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority will hold a public hearing Wednesday, July 25, from 7-10 p.m., at the

Embassy Suites Dulles-North/Loudoun, 44610 Waxpool Road, Ashburn, on an Airports Authority regulation that it

is considering for adoption. A public hearing is required when the Airports Authority adopts or amends its regulations. The regulation being considered will establish the toll rates for the Dulles Toll Road, to be effective when the Commonwealth of Virginia transfers the Toll Road to the Airports Authority.

The proposal is to make no changes to the existing tolls on the Dulles Toll Road. The Airports Authority will adopt the same tolls, in the same amounts, that are in effect today.

Members of the public may speak about the adoption of this proposed regulation. Speakers must limit their remarks to

five minutes. Written comments may be e-mailed to Comments@mwaa.com or addressed to: Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Office of the General Counsel,

1 Aviation Circle, Washington, D.C. 20001-6000.

Written comments must be received no later than July 27.

<sh>Man in injured

<bt>A Sterling man was in critical condition after crashing Friday, July 13, in the Ashburn area.

According to the Sheriff's Office, around 9 a.m., Jeanie T. Oh, 28, of Alameda, Calif., was driving a 2007 Chevy HHR in the left westbound lane of Route 7 when she missed her exit at Lansdowne Boulevard. She continued west in the left lane intending to make a U-turn at the next intersection. Realizing she could instead turn north onto Belmont Ridge Road to reach her destination she cut across the two through lanes into the right turn lane. A 2007 Triumph Tiger 1050, operated by Estel W. Henderson, 64, of Sterling, was proceeding westbound in the center lane and attempted evasive action, resulting in the motorcycle and rider tumbling down the roadway. There was no contact between the motorcycle and Oh's vehicle.

Oh is charged with an unsafe lane change. Henderson was wearing a full-face protective helmet and a protective jacket at the time of the crash. He was airlifted to Inova Fairfax Hospital and was listed in critical condition. Speed is not believed to be a factor in the crash and there were no other injuries.

One other witness to the incident reported having to take evasive action due to Oh's maneuver. Several witnesses came forward in this incident.

<sh>Suspect Apprehended

<bt>Two men were arrested late Wednesday, July 11, after a home invasion where they assaulted a Sterling resident.

According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to a home in the 30 block of Fenton Wood Drive around 11 p.m. after two suspects entered a home through an unlocked door. One of the suspects assaulted a 20-year-old resident with a baseball bat. The second suspect then assaulted the victim by punching him several times. The suspects then grabbed a video-game system and fled the residence. A lookout was posted for a suspect vehicle.

A deputy on patrol on Route 28 located a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle. According to the Sheriff's Office, Jean-Paul Matarazzo, 22, of Manassas, and Sean Alexander Steele, 19, of Sterling, were taken into custody.

Matarazzo was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, malicious wounding, larceny and burglary with intent to commit a felony. Steele is charged with simple assault, larceny and burglary with intent to commit a felony. Both men were being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center without bond.

The victim was checked out by rescue personnel but declined further medical treatment.

<sh>Station Robbed

<bt>The SheriffÕs Office is investigating the overnight burglary at a gas station in the Cascades area of Sterling where cash was taken from a safe and an ATM.

Loudoun SheriffÕs deputies were called to the Shell gas station located at 46651 Algonkian Parkway around 6 a.m., Wednesday, July 11, for a reported burglary. Sometime between 12:10-6 a.m. unknown subject(s) forced entry through a door of The Party Store, which is connected to the convenience store section of the gas station.

Inside of the store the subject(s) broke into an ATM and a safe and removed an undisclosed amount of cash. They also disabled the alarm system and the surveillance cameras.

Anyone with information about this burglary is asked to contact Investigator K. Lesesne at 703-777-0475 of the SheriffÕs Office Criminal Investigations Division. If the caller wishes to remain anonymous, contact Loudoun Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919. If the information provided to Loudoun Crime Solvers leads to an arrest and indictment the call could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

<sh>Condo Fire

<bt>The Loudoun County Fire Marshal's Office reports that a fire in a Sterling condominium located at 46912 Shady Point Square was extinguished by a residential sprinkler system. The July 6 fire, which began as a grease fire in the kitchen, was extinguished by a single sprinkler head located above the stove. The activation of the sprinkler head prevented the fire from spreading to the kitchen cabinets and nearby combustible materials. The Loudoun County Fire Marshal's Office estimates the minimal loss at $2,000 mainly due to the water from the sprinkler system.

The occupant of the residence was transported to Inova Lansdowne Hospital for a minor burn sustained while attempting to remove the kitchen utensil involved in the fire away from the stove.

<sh>False Alarms Down

<bt>The total number of business and residential alarms in Loudoun remains on the decline since the implementation of a false alarm ordinance in the county.

In July 2006, after a three month education and enrollment grace period, the SheriffÕs Office began enforcing the ordinance. The false alarm ordinance requires homeowners and businesses with alarms to register with the agency. The ordinance also includes a fining system for frequent offenders. The agency saw a decrease in the number of false alarms with 7,381 in fiscal year 2007 as compared to 9,150 in fiscal year 2006. There were six actual alarms this fiscal year as compared to nine in FY '06

<sh>County Recognized

<bt>Loudoun County has again been recognized as one of the most technologically advanced county governments in the United States.

The Center for Digital Government and National Association of Counties (NACo) conducted a national survey of how county governments are using information technology to deliver services to their citizens. The 2007 Digital Counties Survey placed Loudoun among the top-10 counties in its population category. Loudoun also ranked in the top 10 in the 2004, 2005 and 2006 surveys.

Thousands of U.S. counties were invited to participate in the survey.

More information about the survey and the Center for Digital Government is available online at www.centerdigitalgov.com.