120 Pot Plants Seized in Aldie

Virginia State Police last week charged an Aldie man with growing marijuana after officers seized 120 plants and two guns during a nighttime search of his home on Quail Hill Lane, authorities said.

David Alan May, 46, also has been charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and having firearms and drugs together.

May, who works as a distributor for The Washington Post, is being held without bond at the Loudoun County jail.

Virginia State Police Sgt. Tom Martin said the raid was among the largest in recent memory in Loudoun. He estimated that the drugs have a street value of as much as $250,000.

Police obtained a warrant to search May's property after receiving a tip Wednesday, Martin said.

Officers found the plants near May's home and recovered packaged marijuana, a scale, packaging materials and smoking devices inside, authorities said. They also found a shotgun and a pistol.

May's attorney, Greg Harris, said May might have been using the marijuana for medicinal purposes but did not provide further details.

Harris said the guns "amounted to a broken shotgun hanging on the wall and an unloaded pistol in a drawer."

Police said their investigation was continuing. If convicted, May could face 30 years in prison.

Ground Broken for NOVA Building

Ground was broken Thursday for the newest building at the Loudoun campus of Northern Virginia Community College, a ceremony that also marked the campus's 25th anniversary.

The building will be named for former state senator Charles L. Waddell, now Virginia's deputy secretary of transportation, who helped secure the $6 million in funding. When it opens in July, it will house classrooms, offices, a computer lab and an auditorium. Future construction includes a cultural center and library extension. More than 150 people attended the groundbreaking, including state Secretary of Education Wilbert Bryant.

Farm Museum Hires Manager

Allison Weiss, the education specialist at the Textile Museum in Washington, has been hired as manager of the Heritage Farm Museum at Claude Moore Park in Sterling.

Weiss is the former director of education at the McLean County Historical Society in Bloomington, Ind. She joined the staff of the Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services on Aug. 23.

School Health Board to Meet

Parents, teachers, health professionals and other interested residents are invited to attend the Sept. 15 meeting of the Loudoun County School Health Advisory Board. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Douglass Support Facility, 30 Sycolin Rd. SE, in Leesburg.

The board meets the third Wednesday of each month to discuss and recommend action on a variety of health issues in the county's schools. At the September meeting, members will discuss the training of health aides, bus drivers and other school personnel in how to administer glucagon to diabetic children. For more information, call board Chairman Kristin Green at 703-724-9181.

TV Show to Look at Campaign Issues

Kathleen Hazelton, who has said her firing as news director of Cablevision of Loudoun's Channel 3 News involved her complaints that coverage was biased toward Board of Supervisors Chairman Dale Polen Myers, will return to television this month as co-host of a four-part special series, "The Road to Loudoun County Politics."

The series will look at such Loudoun campaign issues as growth, transportation and education and how they have affected neighboring Fairfax County. The series is being produced at Fairfax Cable Access Corp.

The programs, which will air live first on Channel 10 in Fairfax County, can be seen in Loudoun on cable Channels 59 and 60. The first program can be seen at 10 a.m. Saturday and the second at 7 p.m. Sept. 13, 8 p.m. Sept. 17 and 7 p.m. Sept. 20. The first two programs will be rebroadcast at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sept. 25.