News of interest to Loudoun and Fauquier counties

that appeared in The Post Aug. 1-7.


Pawnshops Move Slowly to Web

Pawnshops seem unlikely outfits to flock to the Web, considering that most hocked items are reclaimed by their owners. But an Ashburn entrepreneur is trying to move the pawn industry online with a new service that displays inventory from shops across the country on a single Web site. Launched last month, is the second big attempt to recruit the nation's estimated 13,000 pawnshops to sell unclaimed merchandise through a single site.


Teen Admits Killing Friend

A 17-year-old Loudoun youth admitted in court that he fatally shot his 15-year-old friend and former classmate this spring, a slaying that prosecutors said occurred as the youths were "posing and posturing" with a stolen Glock semiautomatic handgun. Matthew J. Lathram pleaded guilty in Loudoun County Circuit Court to involuntary manslaughter in the March 22 slaying of Donald Nicholas Shomaker. Lathram, who was charged as an adult, also entered guilty pleas to six drug and weapon charges, including possession of cocaine and possession of a sawed-off shotgun. Lathram faces a maximum punishment of 95 years in prison.


Flag Protester Convicted

A jury convicted Edward R. Myers of Sterling of tampering and trespassing for sticking decals featuring the image of a burning American flag on his children's school bus to protest the flag decals put there by school officials shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.