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Thursday, March 17, 2005; Page LZ31

Man Held on Gun Charges

Leesburg police arrested a man who was allegedly waving a handgun in the bar area of TGI Friday's on Fort Evans Road early Monday.

Witnesses said the man placed several bullets on the bar and asked a female patron if she knew how to load a magazine, police said. The woman passed a note to the bartender advising him of the situation.

Managers asked the man to leave, but he refused and began waving the gun, police said. A patron tackled the man and, with the help of other customers and employees, disarmed him of an H&K .357 caliber handgun, holding him until police arrived.

Antonio O. Dodson, 23, of Leesburg was charged with brandishing a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm in a bar, police said.

He was ordered held in the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center pending a bond hearing.

Free Cab Rides Today

The Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) will offer free taxi rides in eastern Loudoun under its St. Patty's Day SoberRide program for 12 hours starting at 4 p.m. today.

People who have had too much to drink can call the toll-free SoberRide phone number, 1-800-200-TAXI, for a taxi ride home of up to a $50 value.

WRAP said nearly half of all traffic deaths on St. Patrick's Day are alcohol-related.

Flower Sale at Firehouse

The Round Hill Volunteer Fire Department will sell Easter flowers March 25-26 at the firehouse, 4 Main St.

The sale will run 9 a.m.-6 p.m. March 25 and 8 a.m. until it's sold out on March 26. There will be a variety of types and sizes of flowers for sale, with prices starting around $7.50. For information, call 540-338-7982.

Reverse 911 Is Launched

Loudoun County is launching a Reverse 911 system designed to distribute emergency notifications to residents and businesses.

The system, which will distribute voice messages by telephone, will supplement the county's Citizen Alert System, which distributes text messages to e-mail accounts, cell phones and pagers.

The system can target notifications to specific geographic areas, such as all residences in a flood plain along a specific creek.

Town Bares Its Heart

The town of Lovettsville wants to raise money for its new park by creating the world's largest heart.

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