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Loudoun County news in brief

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Former sheriff dies at 81

Robert W. Legard, who was Loudoun County sheriff from 1964 to 1979, died June 8. He was 81.

Legard was the first member of the agency to graduate from the FBI National Academy and was one of four sheriff's to be elected to four terms in Loudoun, according to a statement from the Sheriff's Office.

Loudoun newspapers merge

Two Loudoun newspapers announced Thursday that they are merging their print and online operations.

The Loudoun Times-Mirror and the Loudoun Independent are combining, Peter Arundel, president and chief executive of Times Community News, said in an article on

The Times-Mirror will continue to be published Wednesdays, and the Independent will move to Fridays.

Hotel is robbed 3 times

A Homestead Suites Hotel in Sterling has been robbed three times in recent weeks, and authorities said the incidents are likely related.

In the most recent robbery, an armed man who covered his face with a piece of clothing entered the hotel in the 45300 block of Catalina Court about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, went into the front office and demanded cash, the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office said.

About 11 a.m. June 5, a man went in the hotel lobby, pulled out a gun and demanded money from a clerk. His was covered with a white bandana, and he wore a white hat and a black T-shirt.

The first incident was May 19, sheriff's officials said. That time the robber carried a knife. The man, whose face was covered, wore a black sweater and pants. He left on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

In the May 19 robbery, the man was described as about 5 foot 8 with a thin to medium build.

Anyone with information about the man's identity is asked to contact Loudoun County sheriff's investigator M. Bush at 703-777-0475. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can contact Loudoun Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919. If the information leads to an arrest and indictment, the caller could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

Bank official guilty in scam

A Springfield man pleaded guilty Tuesday to helping an accomplice steal more than $17 million from a bank where he worked, federal authorities said in a statement.

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