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Sunday, March 6, 2011; T02

More charges in Sterling home invasion robbery

A Loudoun man has been arrested on charges stemming from a botched robbery in Sterling on Feb. 10, the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office said.

Samuel Thomas Eaton, 27, is the last suspect thought to have been connected to the apparent home-invasion robbery that left one man dead and another wounded, authorities said.

Eaton was spotted riding a bicycle on Sterling Boulevard on Tuesday morning by a resident who recognized him and called the sheriff's office, authorities said. Deputies took Eaton into custody without incident.

On Feb. 10, three men burst into a two-story, single-family house in the 1200 block of East Kennedy Road about 8:30 p.m., assaulting a man who lived there, authorities said. Two of the invaders were shot by the man they assaulted, the sheriff's office said.

Anthony D. Miles, 28, of Manassas was fatally wounded. His 32-year-old alleged accomplice survived. Eaton fled the scene with the injured man, who was later dropped off at a hospital, authorities said.

Two women, Rebecca Lynn Hook, 27, of Lovettsville and Whitney Lasik, 24, of Sterling were also arrested on charges of being accessories after the fact. The women have been released on bond pending their trials.

Authorities have declined to identify the man who was wounded.

Architectural board seeks award nominees

As part of its fourth annual awards program, the Loudoun County Joint Architectural Review Board is seeking nominations for projects that exemplify the protection, preservation or enhancement of historic buildings, landscapes, properties and other county resources.

The awards had previously been limited to projects within locally designated historic districts in the county and incorporated towns. This year, the board is also seeking nominations from the public for a new award, the Community Blue Ribbon.

Residents are encouraged to nominate preservation projects in the county, with preference given to projects that lie outside the locally designated historic districts. Projects in the Community Blue Ribbon category must be finished at the time of nomination.

The nomination form is at www.loudoun.gov/historic. Copies are also available from the Loudoun County Department of Planning, the Leesburg Department of Planning and Zoning, Middleburg Town Hall and Purcellville Town Hall. Nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m. April 1 to the Loudoun County Planning Department (attention: Lauren Murphy), 1 Harrison St. SE, MS #62, Leesburg, Va. 20177.

Award winners will be recognized at a National Preservation Month event in May.

For information on the Joint Architectural Review Board, call the Loudoun County Planning Department at 703-777-0246.

Workshops scheduled on property tax relief

Loudoun County residents who are 65 and older or disabled and who own a home or vehicle and are below income and wealth limits might get a break on their property taxes for their homes and cars.

Qualified applicants for real estate relief must have a combined total income of less than $72,000 and net worth of less than $440,000. For personal property relief, the income and net worth limits are $52,000 and $195,000, respectively.

Information sessions for new applicants this month will inform residents about eligibility criteria.

Workshops will be at the following locations:

3Carver Center in Purcellville, 1 p.m. March 16

3Leesburg Senior Center in Leesburg, 10:30 a.m. March 21

3Cascades Senior Center in Sterling, 10:30 a.m. March 23

The deadline for filing renewal forms is April 1. For first-time personal property relief, the deadline is Sept. 1; for first-time real property relief, Dec. 31.

Applications are at www.loudoun.gov/taxrelief-forms . To have a form mailed, call 703-737-8557. Forms can also be picked up at the commissioner's offices in the County Government Center in Leesburg or the Loudoun Tech Center in Sterling.

For information, go to www.loudoun.gov/taxrelief.

- Compiled by Caitlin Gibson

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