Two Charged in Gun Incident Outside Bar

Leesburg police arrested two Marines on Oct. 12 in connection with an incident outside Shooters Cafe on East Market Street in which one of the men allegedly threatened to shoot customers with an AK-47 rifle.

Lt. Cathy Polen, a Leesburg police spokeswoman, said that Jason Hash, 22, of Camp Lejuene, N.C., was charged with brandishing a firearm, threatening a place of assembly and hit and run and that Brandon Powell, 22, of Leesburg was charged with brandishing a firearm and possession of a concealed weapon.

Polen said that the two men left Shooters about 2 a.m. and that Hash was involved in an car accident in the parking lot. He left the scene, she said, but then returned and threatened the driver of the other car with an AK-47. Polen said Powell also displayed an AK-47.

Both men were released on bail, and a court hearing was scheduled for next month.

VDOT to Seek Bids for Sport Center Roads

The Commonwealth Transportation Board has given permission to the Virginia Department of Transportation to seek bids from contractors to build access roads for the Northern Fauquier Sports Complex off Route 15 in Marshall and the Central Fauquier Sports Complex off Meetze Road.

Free Taxi Rides Offered on Halloween

A local nonprofit group said free taxis will be available in eastern Loudoun County on Halloween for people who have had too much to drink.

The Washington Regional Alcohol Program said the SoberRide program will run from 8 p.m. Thursday to 4 a.m. Friday. To get a taxi, call 800-200-TAXI (8294) or, for AT&T Wireless users, #TAXI (8294).

"The scary facts are that more people are killed by drunk drivers on Halloween in this country than on New Year's Eve or New Year's day," said Kurt Gregory Erickson, president of WRAP, a private-public coalition founded in 1982 to fight drunken driving. "During Halloween, one out of three U.S. traffic deaths involves alcohol," he said.

County Gets Grant to Protect Wetlands

Loudoun County has received a $150,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help map wetlands.

The county's revised Comprehensive Plan requires it to identify, map and protect existing wetlands and to support the federal goal of no net loss of wetlands.

Wetlands promote water quality by absorbing nutrients and sediments and cleaning storm water runoff before it enters a stream. They contain unusual plant and tree species and support various wildlife species, some of which are rare, threatened or endangered.

Time to Change Smoke Alarm Batteries

Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Services reminds residents to change batteries in smoke alarms when they turn clocks back Sunday to return to standard time or to replace the alarms if they are more than 10 years old.

The department said about three children die daily in home fires, 80 percent of which occur in homes without working smoke alarms. The most common cause of non-working alarms is worn or missing batteries.