Loudoun County news in brief

Loudoun Sheriff’s Office moving to new headquarters

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office’s administrative headquarters will close Friday and reopen Aug. 7, after the agency has moved to 803 Sycolin Rd., Leesburg.

Residents requesting fingerprinting services or background checks during the move should go to the Eastern Loudoun Station, 46620 E. Frederick Dr., Sterling; or the Dulles South Public Safety Center, 25216 Loudoun County Pkwy., Chantilly.

Residents who want to request copies of accident or incident reports must do so before Friday or beginning Aug. 7.

In the next few weeks, staff members from the criminal investigations and operational support divisions will also move to the new facility from their space on Catoctin Circle.

The move will not affect other law enforcement services, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

Leesburg prohibits soliciting donations on public roads

The Leesburg Town Council voted Tuesday to amend the town code to prohibit people from soliciting contributions from the occupants of motor vehicles while on highways, public roadways and medians, Leesburg officials said in a statement. The ordinance took effect immediately.

During its session this year, the Virginia General Assembly amended a state code to allow local jurisdictions to prohibit or regulate solicitation of contributions on publics and medians.

In March, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors enacted a similar ordinance for county highways and medians.

“The main issue is safety,” John Wells, Leesburg’s town manager, said in the statement. “We don’t want people stepping into lanes of traffic to get donations from passing cars.

“This is a safety concern for both vehicle occupants and pedestrians,” Wells said.

Violations of the new ordinance will be considered traffic infractions, which can carry a fine of up to $250.

Two Virginia lawmakers honored by Sierra Club

In its first awards to legislators, the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club voted to recognize state Sen. Barbara A. Favola (D-Arlington) and Del. Alphonso H. Lopez (D-Arlington) with the Energy Freedom Award for their work on energy policy.

Favola, who represents parts of Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun counties, passed a bill requiring electric utilities, including Dominion Virginia Power, to assess the effects of their pricing model on energy conservation, energy efficiency and equity.

If utilities find that current price structures place an undue burden on small users of energy, a different rate structure can be considered that would encourage a smaller carbon footprint.

Lopez introduced a bill that, had it been successful, would have helped wind and solar compete against price-volatile natural gas by requiring utilities and the State Corporation Commission to consider the long-term price stability of fuels used in the generation of electricity.

— Compiled by Caitlin Gibson

 
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