Gas Leak and Fire Prompt

Evacuation in Leesburg

Thirty homes in the 400 block of Foxridge Drive in Leesburg were briefly evacuated Monday morning because of a gas leak and related fire.

Minor damage was reported to private property, including a homeowner's mailbox and tree. One town employee suffered minor injuries and was taken to the Cornwall campus of the Loudoun Hospital Center for treatment.

Man Identifies Suspect

After Image Shown on TV

A Loudoun resident identified a man wanted in connection with the robbery of a South Riding gas station after seeing the suspect's picture on a local cable channel, the Sheriff's Office said.

The resident recognized the man after seeing a video still of the suspect taken from a surveillance camera inside the Circle K on Defender Drive and shown on the county government access channel, which is Channel 2 on Adelphia cable.

Mark Samenfink, 20, of Manassas was seen on video walking into the Circle K shortly before 4 a.m. May 9 and asked the cashier for cigarettes, the Sheriff's Office said. The suspect is alleged to have brandished a large knife and taken an undisclosed amount of money from the cash register.

Samenfink was charged with robbery. A county magistrate released him on a $10,000 unsecured bond.

Workers Are Sought

For Nov. 2 Election

The Loudoun County Electoral Board is seeking election officers to work in Sterling, Ashburn and the central absentee precinct in Leesburg during the Nov. 2 election.

Officers must be U.S. citizens and registered to vote in Virginia. The pay is $100 for the day or $50 for half a day, plus $15 for a training session.

Application forms may be obtained by calling 703-777-0548 or visiting www.loudoun.gov/government/officers.htm.

Fund Meetings for Groups

That Aid Tourism Planned

Two meetings are planned for nonprofit community groups that want to apply for funds from Restricted Transient Occupancy Tax revenues for fiscal year 2006 starting July 1, 2005.

Nonprofit groups that conduct activities, programs or one-time events that benefit tourism and travel in Loudoun County are eligible. State legislation requires that RTOT revenues be spent for promoting tourism, travel or business that generates tourism or travel in the county.

The county Board of Supervisors and the Loudoun Convention and Visitors Association will hold meetings at 6 p.m. Aug. 25 and Sept. 8 in the board room of the County Government Center, 1 Harrison St. SE in Leesburg.

Information regarding the application process, recent tourism activity in the county and a synopsis of projects awarded funding in the previous year will be presented.

Application forms will be distributed at each meeting and will be available after Sept. 8 from the Loudoun County Budget Office and on the county Web site, www.loudoun.gov. Completed applications and proof of the group's tax-exempt status must be submitted to the Budget Office by Oct. 1.

The applications will be reviewed by the Loudoun Convention and Visitors Association, the Economic Development Commission and the Board of Supervisors' Economic Development Committee.

Final recommendations will be reviewed by the full Board of Supervisors during the 2006 budget work sessions on or before March 31.

For more information, contact the Budget Office at 703-777-0563.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD