Loudoun County news in brief
Serious crime has dropped 10 percent in Leesburg
Leesburg police said last week that serious crimes in the town fell 10.2 percent last year to 871 incidents, compared with 2008. The number of violent crimes declined 3.3 percent to 59 incidents.
Although incidents were down, a few high-profile violent crimes rocked Leesburg last year. In March, Jammie Lane, 44, a landscaper, was slain in his home. In April, Inam A. Uddin killed his wife and himself while the couple's three children were asleep, police said.
According to the 2009 statistics, the number of rapes increased to 11 from six the previous year. But robberies last year declined to 19 from 22 in 2008. Aggravated assaults declined to 25 from 30 the previous year. Narcotics-related incidents dropped to 207 from 253.
In a statement, Leesburg Police Chief Joseph R. Price attributed the decrease to the department's emphasis on community policing and greater reliance on analysis of statistics and crime trend data.
Deadline nears to apply for absentee ballot
The deadline for voters to submit an application for an absentee ballot in the May 4 election is 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Applications should be mailed to 801 Sycolin Rd. SE, Suite 102, Leesburg, Va. 20175, or faxed to 703-777-0622. A ballot will be mailed the day after an application is received. The ballot must be returned to the Voter Registration Office no later than 7 p.m. Election Day.
Girl, 8, gives of herself to help children's charity
As a way of helping someone in need, Emma Cotterill gave a personal gift: her hair.
The 8-year-old student at Balls Bluff Elementary School recently had 10 inches of her hair cut and donated to Locks of Love, an organization that collects human hair to create wigs for children with cancer.
"I wanted to give so people who don't have hair can have hair with a wig," Emma said.
Emma, who has never had a major haircut before, said she loves the new look, which was performed by The Cut Above Salon in Leesburg.
"Emma decided she would like to contribute her hair after she saw a child at a local restaurant who had lost their hair," said Megan Cotterill, Emma's mother. "This is our way to begin teaching her about service to others and how rewarding it can be."