Loudoun County news in brief

February 20, 2013
Seven charged in connection with thefts from vehicles

Seven people have been charged in connection with recent thefts from vehicles in Ashburn, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said.

Three suspects — Tommy V. Tran, 18, of Ashburn; Stephen M. McCullough, 19, of North Carolina; and Christian A. Mullins, 20, of Winchester — were arrested Feb. 5 after a resident reported seeing several people trying to enter vehicles in the area of Marsh Creek Drive and Riverstone Court about 1:30 a.m., authorities said.

A search warrant stemming from the arrests led authorities to recover a stolen firearm at a home in Ashburn, the sheriff’s office said.

The investigation into the Feb. 5 thefts from vehicles led to information about the location of a firearm reported stolen from an unlocked vehicle in the area of Cameron Hunt Place on Jan. 7, the sheriff’s office said. Deputies executed a search warrant Feb. 7 at a home on Rush Run Terrace in Ashburn, where Jesse M. Williams, 18, who lives in the home, was arrested on weapons charges, the sheriff’s office said.

Three additional suspects in the thefts were identified during the investigation and taken into custody last week, the sheriff’s office said. Lucas Q. Battles, 18, of Ashburn and Adrienne H. Sherman, 19, were charged in connection to larcenies Feb. 18, authorities said.

A third suspect, Hilary A. Garthwaite, 20, of Winchester was found by authorities in West Virginia on Feb. 14. She was being held at the Eastern Regional Jail on a $35,000 bond, authorities said.

Tran was being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center. Mullins and McCullough were released on a $5,000 bond. Williams was released on $7,500 bond. Battles was being held without bond, and Sherman was released on a $2,500 bond, authorities said.

Open burning restricted in Loudoun through April 30

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office is reminding residents that open burning is restricted in Loudoun County through April 30.

The regulations, which prohibit open-air fires from midnight to 4 p.m., are enforced by the Virginia Department of Forestry and the county fire marshal.

Known collectively as the “4 p.m. law,” the restrictions are enforced because of the potential for fires to spread rapidly across woodland and grassland, intensified by dry materials such as grass and brush, high winds and the higher temperatures that usually occur in late winter and early spring.

During the restricted period, residents may conduct open burning from 4 p.m. to midnight, subject to other restrictions. Open burning is prohibited at all times in Leesburg, Lovettsville, Middleburg, Purcellville, Round Hill and in subdivisions throughout the county.

Where open fires are allowed, they are limited to the burning of leaves and tree, yard and garden trimmings in private yards. The fires must not be within 50 feet of a structure.

Anyone conducting open burning must contact the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center at 703-777-0333 before starting a fire and at its conclusion. Fires may not have materials added after midnight. The fire must be under control and attended to by a competent adult, with materials immediately available to extinguish the fire if necessary.

Anyone who violates the restrictions could be convicted of a Class 1 misdemeanor, which carries a penalty of a fine up to $2,500 and up to a year in jail. If convicted, a resident may be required to pay for the costs of putting out the fire if it burns out of control.

For information, go to www.loudoun.gov/firemarshal or call the fire marshal’s office at 703-737-8600.

Teen job fair scheduled for March 16 in Sterling

The fifth annual Sterling Teen Job Fair will be from 1 to 3 p.m. March 16 at the Claude Moore Recreation Center, 46105 Loudoun Park Lane, Sterling.

The fair, hosted by the Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services and Supervisor Eugene A. Delgaudio (R-Sterling), is expected to be attended by employers in retail, catering, entertainment, technology and other fields.

The event is free. Volunteers are also needed for the fair.

For information about the job fair, contact Delgaudio’s office at 703-771-5819 or eugene.delgaudio@loudoun.gov.

— Compiled by Caitlin Gibson

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