Landlord Charged in Attack

Police said a landlord attacked three tenants, two of them with a machete, in a Leesburg townhouse Sunday after a dispute over money. The injuries were minor, and the attack did not appear to be gang related, police said.

Fredis Membreno, 36, of Leesburg was charged with two counts of malicious wounding and with assault and battery after police responded to a 911 hang-up call in the 100 block of Meadows Lane NE.

"One of the victims was struck on the shoulder by the machete, causing a small scratch mark, and a second victim used a section of a brass pipe to protect himself from being struck by the machete," said Lt. Jeff Dube. "He was struck on the hand by the machete, but it did not cause a cut. The third victim was grabbed around the throat and threatened by the suspect."

The victims told police that the landlord was intoxicated and upset because of money they allegedly owed him.

Officers recovered the machete and two pieces of a brass pipe from the townhouse.

Membreno was ordered held without bond in the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.

Smashing to Second Place

A Loudoun County Sheriff's Office cruiser bought at auction and donated back was one of the few survivors at a demolition derby at the Prince William County Fair last month.

The vehicle, which was driven by Deputy Terry Rudolph, placed second in its heat and raised $3,300 for Virginia Special Olympics.

Sleepover Hits Record

The "World's Largest Sleepover," an event held at Dulles Town Center in February 2003, has been recognized by the 2005 edition of the Guinness Book of Records.

The event, organized by McLean Bible Church, drew 1,045 teenage girls from the Washington area. Guinness's rules specified that the sleepover had to last 12 hours, lights had to be out for at least five hours and the girls had to sleep in sleeping bags on the floor. No cots were allowed.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD

Loudoun Sheriff Stephen O. Simpson and Deputy Terry Rudolph hold this year's and last year's trophies from the demolition derby.