Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Concerned family members reported the disappearance; she was found in Richmond.
A Sterling, VA woman reported missing last week was found safe Saturday. Latanger N. Gray, 47, was reported missing Jan. 21 by concerned family members family members. Gray was located Jan. 26 in Richmond.
Monday, December 10, 2012
The program teaches that ‘every officer is a leader.’
A captain and a first lieutenant with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office graduated from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Leadership in Police Organization course during a Dec. 7 ceremony. “Engaging in leadership courses increases the professionalism of our staff and enables the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office to network with other large law enforcement agencies throughout Virginia,” Sheriff Mike Chapman said in a press release. Captain Mark Poland and First Lieutenant Gary Gaither completed the three-week program, which is based on a behavioral science approach to leading people, groups, change and organizations. The course teaches the concept “every officer as a leader,” following the idea that 21st century law …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Sheriff Chapman calls change attempt to deliver better service to Loudoun residents.
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday that it has launched a new website aimed at improving outreach and communication. The website, sheriff.loudoun.gov, enables residents to report certain crimes online, including larceny from vehicles, identity theft and vandalism. The online reporting system is not intended for emergency cases or if a crime is in progress or just occurred. The website features a Community Resource Directory enabling to help residents find resources for health and human services, helps residents find the nearest LCSO station and provides maps of LCSO station service areas. Press releases and other information released from the sheriff’s office will also be uploaded to the site. A crime-reporting map is …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The sheriff’s office now seeks potential victims who have not come forward.
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office reported Tuesday that a suspect has been arrested in Fauquier in relation a fraud case impacting eastern Loudoun County, and that there may be additional victims who have not reported the scam to law enforcement. Authorities charged John R. Kennedy Jr., 36, of Midland, VA, with obtaining money by false pretenses. Kennedy is alleged to have offered tree-trimming services to a Sterling resident in September via a company named Action Tree Service. According a report from the LCSO, Kennedy signed a contract and collected a deposit for the work, but did not perform any work. Anyone else who paid money to the victim without receiving services is asked to contact Detective M. Halley in the LCSO’s Financial …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
A Loudoun Circuit Court judge imposed time that was previously suspended in assault case.
A Loudoun County Circuit Court judge sentenced imposed a suspended sentence on an 18th Street gang member after finding the man had violated the terms of his probation. Judge James H. Chamblin ordered Jimmy Joel DeLeon, 24, to serve four years of a suspended sentence because of assault and drunk in public charges he received within four months of his release from prison. DeLeon initially was arrested following a June 2009 incident in which he pleaded guilty to felony gang participation, misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor destruction of property, according to a press release from the Loudoun Commonwealth Attorney’s Office. DeLeon was sentenced in March 2010 to two years in prison, along with four years suspended if he maintained good …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Online rental and sweepstakes ploys have surfaced in the county.
- POLICE & FIRE
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office this week asked residents to be cautious of two potential scams: an online rental scam and a sweepstakes scam. According to information provided by the LCSO, the online rental scam advertises a property for rent, typically at a low price. The ‘owner’ will ask the victim to send personal information via email. Often a quick reply indicates the victim has been approved, and asks the victim to ‘wire’ the money for deposit. When the victim goes to move in they find out the house was not for rent. Potential renters should be wary of owners who are unable to show the property before requiring a deposit, owners who request that you send your deposit via money transfer and owners with overseas phone numbers, and…
Prescription drug collection by local, national law enforcement aims to eliminate medicines that could be abused or otherwise dangerous.
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, the Leesburg Police Department and the Purcellville Police Department have planned another prescription drug “Take-Back” event in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) intended to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, Loudoun’s law enforcement agencies will accept expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs at four sites in the county, and destroy them. The collection sites include: The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked. “This program addresses a critical public safety and health issue,” said Loudoun Sheriff Mike Chapman, a former special agent with the DEA. Loudoun County law enforcement agencies collected …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Loudoun Animals Services: assistance is available for residents with unwanted pets.
Anna L. Brunk, of Ashburn, has been charged with charged with animal cruelty following the discovery of a dead dog that belonged to her at a residence in Waterford. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office assisted Loudoun County Animal Control during a recent search of a home in Waterford where they discovered the deceased animal and subsequently charged Brunk. Conviction carries a maximum penalty of 12 months in jail and $2,500 in fines. Animal Services declined say why the warrant was obtained for the Waterford home. “This is a tragic circumstance and outcome that could have been avoided, because we live in a community where many resources exist for the purpose of re-homing pets,” said Animal Services Director Tom Koenig in a press release …
Friday, August 31, 2012
All lanes were shut down during morning rush following accident at Claiborne Parkway.
- PUBLIC SAFETY
Friday, August 31, 2012
An overturned tanker trunk just west of Belmont Ridge Road caused emergency workers to shut down westbound lanes of the Dulles Greenway for more than eight hours Thursday. The first call came in at 5:24 a.m. for an accident involving a tanker truck near the Sycolin overpass. There are two Sycolin overpasses; the accident happened between them, a little closer to the western overpass, just west of Goose Creek. Loudoun County Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management dispatched units from Moorefield, Leesburg, Ashburn and Loudoun stations to the scene. The first units on the scene reported a 7,500-gallon diesel fuel tanker lying on its passenger side in westbound lanes on the Greenway. Despite earlier reports of a vehicle on fire, Loudoun Fire…
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Judge gives man 15 years for involvement in robberies in Ashburn and Sterling.
Loudoun County Circuit Court Judge Thomas D. Horne on Monday sentenced Cesar Augusto Pisconte Jr., 21, to 15 years in prison for four felonies related to robberies in Ashburn and Sterling. The felonies include two counts of robbery, criminal street gang participation and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Pisconte, a member of the 18th Street gang, confessed to participating in both robberies as part of gang “missions.” “Gang activity will not be tolerated in our community,” said Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Plowman. “If you choose to associate with gangs and participate in violent crimes such as these, you should be prepared to pay a steep price.” The first incident occurred Dec. 24, 2011, when Pisconte and gang members …