3 Men Sought in Assault

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office has released a composite sketch of one of three men accused of forcing their way into an Ashburn townhouse, brandishing guns in front of a woman and her two children and stealing cash and jewelry.

Deputies said a woman, 26, and her daughters, 3 and 7, heard a knock at the front door of their home in the 44400 block of Keller Square just before midnight Monday. The woman said one man forced his way inside, followed by two others, one of whom had a rifle and the other a handgun.

Deputies said that a short time later, a 23-year-old man entered the home and was assaulted. He was taken to Loudoun Hospital Center, treated for minor injuries and released.

The woman and her children ran to a nearby home, where she called 911. Deputies said the suspects ran off toward Gloucester Parkway.

The first suspect, depicted in the composite sketch, was described as black, 21 to 30 years old, 6 feet tall and about 190 pounds. He was wearing a black hat, gray T-shirt and pants.

The second suspect was described as black, 6 feet tall, 160 to 180 pounds and wearing a gray sweat suit with red trim and a black mask. The third man was described as possibly black, 6 feet tall, about 160 to 180 pounds and wearing a mask and black gloves.

Sessions on Remapping

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors is holding work sessions throughout this month to review the proposed countywide remapping and related draft zoning-ordinance amendments necessary to implement the revised Comprehensive Plan.

The sessions, which began Nov. 9 and are open to the public, are being held on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Nov. 26 from 6:30 to 11 p.m. in the Board Room of the County Government Center, 1 Harrison St. SE. The session Thursday will be held in the Lovettsville Room.

A detailed list of topics for each session may be seen at www.loudoun.gov/compplan/remap.htm.

The sessions follow a two-day public hearing this month during which nearly 200 residents made comments to the board. County staff members answered more than 1,000 calls to a zoning hotline and questions from at least 175 walk-in customers at the County Government Center from Oct. 25 through Nov. 6.

Questions may still be directed to the hotline, 703-777-0103, or e-mailed to zoningupdate@loudoun.gov.

The board is expected to take final action on the proposed remapping and related draft zoning-ordinance amendments by the end of the year.

Fire Under Investigation

The cause of a fire that caused $40,000 in damage to a Sterling townhouse Nov. 8 remains under investigation, the Loudoun County Fire Marshal's Office said.

Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Services, responding to a 911 call that morning, found fire coming from the second floor of the townhouse at 21790 Rockwood Ter. and had the fire under control within minutes. No one was injured.

Flu Shots Recommended

The Virginia Department of Health is urging residents to get flu shots this month, especially those at high risk for complications.

Individuals at high risk include those over 65; those with chronic cardiovascular or pulmonary disease, including asthma; and those with chronic metabolic diseases, kidney dysfunction, blood disorders or immune system problems.

"We encourage those most at risk for complications from the flu to be vaccinated sooner rather than later," said state Health Commissioner Robert B. Stroube. "People at high risk are more vulnerable to serious illness or even death from the flu."

Unlike last year, sufficient amounts of vaccine are available.

The best time for a flu shot is October and November, and the vaccine becomes effective in about two weeks.

January and February are typically peak flu months in Virginia, but increased flu activity can last until March.

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 20,000 Americans die and 110,000 are hospitalized during the average flu season because of complications.

Shots are available at local health departments for $12. In Loudoun, call the Health Department Community Health Center at 703-777-0236.