An Ashburn volunteer firefighter under investigation in connection with allegations of taking indecent liberties with a juvenile has been charged with obstruction of justice.
Michael Dennis Morisi, 44, of Sterling was charged last week with sending an intimidating e-mail to the victim in the case, the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office said.
The victim, who is now 19, told authorities in February that she and Morisi had inappropriate contact while she was a 17-year-old volunteer at the Ashburn fire station, the Sheriff's Office said. The incidents are alleged to have occurred between July and December 2002.
The investigation into the inappropriate contact continues, and more charges are possible, the Sheriff's Office said. A Loudoun magistrate released Morisi on a personal recognizance bond.
Traffic Disruption Possible
Three trailers are to be removed from the grounds of the Loudoun County Courthouse tomorrow night, which could cause delays for motorists in Leesburg, officials said.
The trailers housed the county's law library and other court facilities during the renovation and expansion of the courts complex.
The trailers are scheduled to be removed from about 8 to 11:30 p.m. Delays are expected as the trailers are moved east on Market Street out of Leesburg.
Roads Closed for Concerts
Parts of North King Street in Leesburg will be closed Sunday evenings through Aug. 29 for the Bluemont Concert Series summer concerts on the courthouse lawn.
From 5:30-10 p.m. every Sunday except July 4, North King Street will be closed from Cornwall Street to Loudoun Street, and Market Street will be closed from Church Street to Wirt Street.
Woman Killed in Wreck
A Falls Church woman was killed and three other people were injured in a single-vehicle accident Saturday on Route 28 near Commercial Drive in Sterling, the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office said.
Sandra Lentz, 49, was driving north on Route 28 shortly after 3:30 p.m. when, according to witnesses, she tried to merge into the center lane. Witnesses said that another vehicle was already in the center lane and that the 1999 Ford Explorer that Lentz was driving appeared to overcorrect, causing the vehicle to roll over several times. Lentz, who was wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene.
A 13-year-old girl in the back seat who was not wearing a seat belt was thrown from the vehicle. She was airlifted to Inova Fairfax Hospital and treated for serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
A 19-year-old male passenger in the front seat and another 13-year-old in the back seat were taken to Loudoun Hospital Center with minor injuries. The 19-year-old was wearing a seat belt, but the 13-year-old was not.
Lentz's death was the 13th fatality on Loudoun roads this year. By this time last year, there had been nine fatalities.
Officer Back From Iraq
Officer Jennifer Gillespie is back at work with the Leesburg Police Department after completing a tour of duty with her Army Reserve unit in Iraq.
Gillespie is a member of the 152nd MP Detachment, Law and Order, based in Moorefield, W.Va., which was called to active duty in March 2003. Gillespie served as a military police officer.
Before going to Iraq, Gillespie was a resource officer at Harper Park Middle School in Leesburg. Gillespie is easing back into her duties as a police officer, the department said, and will eventually return to the school resource officer program.
Hydrant Water Tapped
The Town of Purcellville is asking residents to help find whoever is taking water from fire hydrants.
Only fire trucks and town government vehicles are permitted to use water from fire hydrants, said Karin Franklin, town engineer. Unauthorized users face a $2,000 fine, a $100 ticket and court fees, she said.
Residents are asked to call 540-338-7700 to report unauthorized activity around fire hydrants.
Sessions on Health Plan
The Loudoun County Planning Commission is seeking input from residents on developing a health care facilities plan for the county.
The commission will hold community input sessions at 7 p.m. June 29 at Hutchison Farm Elementary School, 42819 Center St., South Riding, and at 7 p.m. June 30 in the Board of Supervisors meeting room on the first floor of the County Government Center, 1 Harrison St. SE, Leesburg.
Conference for Students
Eight Loudoun County high school students were selected to attend the Commonwealth Youth Conference for Leadership Effectiveness.
The five-week conference, which began Sunday, is hosted by Virginia Tech's Pamplin College of Business and the Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation. Each week, 25 different students will participate.
The students were chosen on the basis of an essay and recommendations from a school resource officer and another adult. The county students are: Lena Bushrod and Matt Shankle of Loudoun County High and Sophia Laura Fang, Stephanie Ruth Garcia, David Coradazzi, Evette Becker, Hoang Phuong and Terrell Ward of Heritage High.
-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD