Saturday, May 25, 2013
Plus, we tell you where NOT to find your next lawnmower.
Editor's Note: Patch has 31 sites in Virginia and D.C., and not a day goes by that something weird isn't happening somewhere in the area. Here's a look back at some weird goings on over the past week. Cicadas Everywhere (Or Not): A line has been drawn, and it isn't residents rejecting the D.C. metro label — it's cicadas that have decided they'd rather avoid the congestion inside the Beltway. We've been anxiously anticipating a crazy spring of buzzing cicadas crawling everywhere. Now, some of us are finding the big bugs crawling out of holes and up trees in Fredericksburg, Woodbridge and lower Fairfax County, but others haven't seen any of this year's brood. Enjoying the Breeze: Manassas City Police have a description of a suspect in …
Thursday, May 23, 2013
The accident occurred as heavy rain fell at the end of rush hour Thursday night and sent two people to the hospital.
At least two men were transported to the Inova Fairfax Hospital following a multi-vehicle collision on the Dulles Greenway shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday, according to a report from the Virginia State Police. An eastbound BMW crossed the median into westbound traffic and struck a Dodge SUV, according to the report. The BMW continued moving and struck a Mercedes Benz head on. As a result, a Ford Explorer also struck the Mercedes. The accident was between the Loudoun County Parkway and Route 772 exits, and shut the Greenway down for about an hour. Many drivers exited their vehicles while they waited for authorities to clear the lanes. Eventually, drivers were permitted to pass the accident on the left. The BMW driver, who suffered life-…
Sunday, May 19, 2013
A release from the sheriff’s office classified the incident as a ‘domestic in nature.’
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office has identified the victim of Friday night shooting in Sterling as Steven Spradling, 52, a member of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police Department. Investigators have charged Rosangela Spradling, 42, with first-degree murder and are holding her at the Loudoun County jail. The Washington Post reported that Rosangela Spradling is Steven Spradling’s wife. Deputies responded to the 21700 block of Blossom Drive in Sterling after receiving reports around 9 p.m. of a shooting and found Steven Spradling dead at the scene, according to an LCSO report. Two children who were in the home at the time of the incident were not injured and are staying with friends, according to the report. The previous…
Saturday, May 18, 2013
A release from the sheriff’s office classified it as a domestic incident.
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating what the department has referred to as an “apparent homicide” on the 21700 block of Blossom Drive in Sterling. The initial report indicates the incident was the result of a domestic dispute, but few details have been released. Deputies responded to reports of a shooting at a home on the block and found a male inside who had succumbed to his wounds. The LCSO report indicates more information may be released as it becomes available.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The Tuesday morning fire occurred while the residents were away.
Two Leesburg residents will have to find a temporary home after a Tuesday morning fire caused an estimated $55,000 damage to their townhouse on Vanderbilt Terrace in Leesburg. Fire and rescue units from Leesburg, Ashburn and Hamilton responded to calls for a smoke at the address around 6 a.m. this morning, according to a report from Loudoun Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management and reported seeing smoke rising from the third floor of the home, which is an end unit. Firefighters quickly searched the home and determined no occupants were present while crews extinguished the fire, according to the report. The fire and water damage, while limited to the first and second floors of the property forced the residents to make temporary living …
Monday, May 13, 2013
The suspect was arrested earlier this month for allegedly selling the drug that resulted in another man’s death one day after leaving rehab.
Nearly three years after a 20-year-old Leesburg man succumbed to an overdose of Oxycodone, another Leesburg man faces charges of conspiracy to distribute the highly addictive and deadly drug. Following an investigation by the FBI’s Washington Field Office and the Loudoun County Sherriff’s Office, authorities arrested George Washington Crane V, 47, earlier this month and filed the charges. If convicted, Crane faces a mandatory 20-year sentence, with a maximum possible sentence of life in prison. Crane allegedly purchased the drug from sources in Washington, DC, from 2006 through 2012, according to court documents. The documents also allege he primarily distributed the drug in western Loudoun. The parents of the victim – who the Washington …
The local volunteer squads are opening their doors all across Loudoun and planning other events.
Want to learn more about fire safety? Or maybe just check out the cool trucks and life-saving equipment the squads in Loudoun possess? Find your local open house here. If you can’t make your local open house, pay a visit to a neighboring community or attend another event to support your local volunteer and paid firefighters and EMTs. Open Houses: Other events:
Sunday, May 12, 2013
The charges stem from a 2012 arrest at Dulles International Airport.
A Loudoun jury recently convicted Sulemana Ali of possession with intent to distribute heroin and transporting a controlled substance into Virginia, according to the Loudoun Commonwealth Attorney’s Office. The jury recommended a 15-year sentence. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jason A. Faw The charges stemmed from March 29, 2012, when Ali landed at Dulles International Airport on a commercial flight from Accra, Ghana. Ali was found to be in possession of fraudulent travel documents and was posing as the son of an older male who was traveling with him. While passing through customs, Ali was stopped for secondary screening by Department of Homeland Security officials, who observed that Ali’s stomach and midsection was rigid. Ali was taken…
Saturday, May 11, 2013
It's time for this week's roundup of the region's wackiest news.
Editor's Note: Patch has 31 sites in Virginia and D.C., and not a day goes by that something weird isn't happening in at least one of them. Here's a look back at some weird goings on over the past week. Weird Virginia/DC usually runs on Patch sites every Saturday. Everyone knows that Northern Virginia and DC traffic is notoriously bad. Add a sinkhole to the mix, and you've got problems. That's what happened in Reston this week when motorists on Lawyers Road near Steeplechase were detoured, as a 10-foot sinkhole showed itself. Fairfax Water and road crews patched the spot by the evening rush hour, and thankfully no one was injured by the giant hole in the road. We realize everybody hates traffic, but somebody out there also hates Mother's …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Two 14-year-old girls who had been missing since Sunday evening were located Tuesday afternoon.
UPDATE: The two teenage girls missing since Sunday, May 5, are now safe at home with their parents. Law enforcement officers tracked them down in the area of the Kincaid Forest subdivision in Leesburg around 3:20 p.m. today. Initial story: The Leesburg Police Department issued a request today for the public’s assistance in locating two 14-year-old runaways. Lauren Armfield and Sarah Williams were last seen Sunday night near the Walgreens at 424 Sycolin Road SE in Leesburg. They are believed to be together. They did not have a vehicle, police said. Lauren Armfield is described as follows: Sarah Williams is described as follows: Anyone with information about the location of Lauren Armfield or Sarah Williams is asked to contact Detective …