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Loudoun County news in brief

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Man sought in holdup of bank in Sterling

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is investigating an armed robbery Wednesday at a Bank of America branch at Regal Plaza in Sterling.

A man entered the bank about 4:30 p.m. and brandished a gun, sheriff's office spokesman Kraig Troxell said. He demanded cash from a teller before fleeing on foot, Troxell said.

The robber appeared to be a white man in his 20s, wearing a black baseball hat, a hooded camouflage jacket, a black T-shirt and cargo pants, the sheriff's office said. He was about 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall.

Authorities have released surveillance images of the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to contact J. Halley, sheriff's investigator, at 703-777-0475.

Rummage sale to benefit Inova Loudoun programs

The 72nd annual Ladies Board of Inova Hospital rummage sale will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Morven Park Equestrian Center in Leesburg.

The sale will benefit Inova Loudoun Hospital Center projects and nursing scholarships.

The 40,000-square-foot site will include antiques, furniture, books, clothing, tools, yard equipment, sports equipment, electrical goods, household items, designer fashions, holiday items and linens. There will be a food court.

A silent auction of rugs, gift certificates, jewelry and artwork will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

Admission is free during regular sale hours. "Early Bird Hour" tickets -- for admission at 8 a.m. Friday -- are $5 per person.

For information and ticket sale locations, call 703-771-2985 or go to

Middleburg appoints town administrator

Martha Semmes will be Middleburg's new administrator, town officials announced Wednesday.

Semmes was previously director of planning and zoning in Purcellville. Before that, she was Main Street coordinator and community development specialist for the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development. She was Middleburg's town planner and zoning administrator from 1995 to 2003.

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