Foundry Ships U.S. Seals

The six great seals of the United States that will be mounted in the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad have been shipped from the National Trust Foundry in Leesburg, where they were made.

The foundry, operated by Alex Bigler and his wife, Ila, is also working on great seals for embassies in Sofia, Bulgaria; Yerevan, Armenia; and Oslo.

Herring Heads Fundraising

Leesburg lawyer Mark Herring will chair the 2004 United Way fundraising campaign in Loudoun County.

The annual campaign runs through the end of this year and helps raise money for 35 local organizations and programs ranging from the food bank and homeless shelter to services for abused children and adults and health and home care for families who cannot afford insurance.

"I know the needs of our community," said Herring, a former member of the Board of Supervisors. "The government cannot meet all of them.

"Only by mobilizing resources from the entire community -- business, government, faith, individuals and nonprofits -- will we be able to tackle the growing needs in our fast-growing county," he said.

Charges Filed in Death

A Herndon man faces charges related to the death last November of a man whose body was found in a truck in the 1500 block of Barksdale Dr. NE in Leesburg.

An autopsy determined that Joshua Levin, 20, died of a heroin overdose at a party last Nov. 13 in Leesburg.

Levin was placed in his truck and driven to his home, where a passerby noticed him the next evening and called the police.

Leesburg police said Michael Napier, 21, was charged with improper disposal of a body, obstruction of justice and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Napier is being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on other, unrelated charges.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD

These seals are being shipped for mounting at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.