News of interest to Loudoun and Fauquier counties that appeared in the daily Post July 18-24.


Former Pilot Makes Plea Deal

A former Virgin Atlantic Airways pilot accused in December of trying to fly a Boeing 747 after drinking alcohol pleaded guilty in Loudoun County Circuit Court to a misdemeanor charge of interfering with the operation of an aircraft. Circuit Court Judge Thomas D. Horne imposed a six-month jail sentence on Richard G. Harwell, 55, and suspended all but three days, which Harwell served after his arrest.


Va. Gets Grant to Extend Metro

The Federal Transit Administration formally awarded Virginia a $59 million grant to begin engineering work on the first phase of the proposed extension of Metro to Dulles International Airport and beyond.


Hospital Inspector Accused

For more than a decade, Perry M. Beale had some of the Washington area's most prestigious hospitals as clients. He inspected their mammography machines and other radiological equipment, gave them passing marks and collected paychecks in the hundreds of thousands. But it turned out that Beale had faked his credentials and did many of his inspections from his home in Fredericksburg, federal authorities said. The hospital that court records indicate paid Beale the most was Fauquier Hospital and Warrenton Professional Center, which paid him $50,910 from 1993 to 1997.