Loudoun County news in brief

Wednesday, December 8, 2010; 8:57 PM

Middleburg newspaper's owner is arrested

The owner and editor of a Loudoun County newspaper was arrested Tuesday and charged with 15 counts of felony embezzlement, authorities said.

Middleburg police said Deanne D. "Dee Dee" Hubbard, 67, of Middleburg, who founded the Middleburg Eccentric in 2004, abused her role as a property manager by depositing more than $9,000 in rent checks intended for the property's landlord into her private account.

Police said the amount was dispersed among 15 checks issued between Dec. 17, 2007, and Dec. 24, 2009. The checks ranged from about $400 to $1,500, police said.

Hubbard's arrest was announced Tuesday by Middleburg Police Chief Steven L. Webber, who said the arrest was a result of a joint investigation between Middleburg police and the Virginia State Police following a complaint made in September. The investigation is ongoing, Webber said.

Hubbard was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon outside the Middleburg Eccentric's offices, police said. She was arraigned Friday morning in Loudoun County General District Court.

Waterford Old School vies for $50,000 grant

The Pepsi Refresh Project has selected "Save Rare Historic Village by Restoring Fire-Damaged Old School," the Waterford Foundation's $50,000 grant proposal, as one of its December projects, the Waterford Foundation said in a statement.

The grant would be used for reconstruction of the historic school's auditorium, which was destroyed by fire in January 2007, the foundation said.

People who want to support the Waterford Foundation's grant proposal can vote daily throughout the month at www.refresheverything.com/rebuildwaterfordoldschool.

- Compiled by Caitlin Gibson

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