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Thursday, February 3, 2005; Page LZ24

Oil Leak in Purcellville

Tests have determined that some type of heating oil containing diesel fuel was discharged into the Town of Purcellville sewer system late on Dec. 29 and interfered with sewage treatment for about a week.

Town officials said heating oil for a home furnace system may have leaked during delivery or use. Many basements in Purcellville have floor drains to the sewer system along with furnace and heating oil storage.

Homeowners were encouraged to inspect their systems for possible leaks.

Arrest Made in Gang Fight

Leesburg police arrested JaJuan D. Johnson, 18, of Leesburg for felony malicious wounding in connection with a fight in July between what police called rival gangs.

Johnson turned himself in and was being held without bond at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.

The fight took place early July 31 in the parking lot of the International House of Pancakes restaurant in the 900 block of Edwards Ferry Road NE in Leesburg. Police said at the time that a group of teenagers and young adult men from the Ashburn area, carrying cricket bats, were involved in a fight with several people from the Leesburg area. They said there was no indication that MS-13, the dominant gang in Northern Virginia, or any other Latino gang was involved.

In August, Leesburg police investigating the IHOP fight and another fight Aug. 4 at the Douglass Community Center searched a home in the unit block of Plaza Street NE. Several items referring to the "434" gang were seized, as well as a Powerline BB gun and narcotics paraphernalia, police said.

Two Historic Sites Added

Mount Olive Methodist Episcopal Church in Leesburg and Yew Hill in Fauquier County have been added to the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places.

The church, a single-story frame building in the late Gothic Revival style, was built by former slaves from nearby Oatlands Plantation and dedicated in 1890.

Yew Hill is a 98-acre property near Delaplane on which stands a former tavern built between 1760 and 1761 for Robert Ashby.Yew Hill typifies pioneer homes of that era: clapboard with dormer windows, sloping gables, large chimneys and a full-length porch. From March 9 to 18, 1768, George Washington worked out of Yew Hill while surveying his own land.

Sheriff's Office Passes Test

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office has been reaccredited by the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission. Five assessors spent Jan. 3-5 at the Sheriff's Office reviewing 180 standards on such topics as patrol, administrative and special operations functions, court security, civil process, criminal investigations and budget.

"State accreditation is the best measure of an agency's compliance with professional law enforcement standards," said Sheriff Stephen O. Simpson (R).

The office was first accredited in 1999 and is one of 51 agencies in Virginia recognized by the commission.

Firm Offers Tsunami Aid

Bowman Consulting GroupLtd., which has an office in Leesburg, said it would match all employee donations to victims of the Asian tsunami, up to $10,000. All company donations will be given to CARE.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD

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