Bilingual Probation Officer

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has received a grant from the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services to help fund a full-time position for a Spanish-speaking probation officer in the County Community Corrections Program.

The addition of a probation officer who is fluent in Spanish will allow the program to expand its services to Spanish speakers, including the implementation of a program designed to educate Spanish-speaking offenders on Virginia rules, policies and laws.

U.S. Census Bureau figures show that from 1990 to 2000, the number of Hispanics living in Loudoun increased by 368 percent.

School Official to Leave

Mark Cornwell, assistant superintendent for administration, will leave Fauquier County public schools in October to become executive officer for the Outer Banks Association of Realtors in Nags Head, N.C.

Cornwell has been the school division's assistant superintendent for four years after spending 27 years in the military and 21/2 years as Fauquier's assistant county administrator.

New Theft at Camera Store

Sheriff's investigators said the theft of more than $40,000 worth of camera equipment from an Ace Photo store in Sterling early Monday appears to be related to a burglary in February, when more than 30 digital cameras were stolen from the store.

Deputies who arrived at the Community Plaza store about 4:30 a.m. Monday found an unknown number of people had forced their way in through the front and taken numerous lenses and a few cameras. Suspects forced entry through a rear door in February.

Sheriff's investigators said they were contacting neighboring jurisdictions that have had similar burglaries. Anyone with information about either incident is asked to call the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475.

Pet Adoption Day

D.C. Metro No More Homeless Pets will host the area's first Super Pet Adoption day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Fairfax Corner.

Representatives from area shelters, including those serving Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties; the Washington Humane Society; and 16 local rescue organizations will help match individuals and families with animals needing good homes.

Fairfax Corner is at Monument Drive and Government Center Parkway. For more information, visit www.nmhpdc.org.

Campuses Renamed

Virginia Tech is renaming its Northern Virginia campuses. The new designation is Virginia Tech-National Capital Region.

The new name will identify facilities in Northern Virginia, including graduate schools and research centers in Alexandria, Falls Church, Leesburg, Manassas and Middleburg. National Capital Region replaces the name Northern Virginia Operations.

James Bohland, executive director of the regional organization, said the new name is the result of some confusion about what Northern Virginia meant.

"Many people thought of us only as our Northern Virginia Graduate Center in Falls Church," Bohland said in a statement. "There was also some misunderstanding with abbreviating NoVA for Northern Virginia, which we often tended to do, since that is the commonly used acronym for Northern Virginia Community College."

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD and DIANE MATTINGLY