Man Faces Drug Charge

A Paeonian Springs man is being held without bail at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center in Leesburg after Loudoun sheriff's deputies allegedly found cocaine in his home.

Stanaus Joshua McCoy, 32, who lives in the 16900 block of Oliver Street, was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession with intent to distribute a Schedule 1 narcotic, said sheriff's spokesman Kraig Troxell.

Members of the Sheriff's Emergency Response Team, on entering the house on Sept. 16, discovered powder cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana, Troxell said. Also seized were two loaded handguns that were with the narcotics, Troxell said.

Red Cross Needs Volunteers

The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross urgently needs volunteers to help its blood collection staff in Loudoun and surrounding counties.

The volunteers, who must be at least 14 years old, greet donors, provide them with pertinent reading materials, serve refreshments and observe donors for post-donation reactions. A monthly commitment of at least two blood drives, which last 41/2-6 hours, is requested. Training is provided in Leesburg.

To register for training, call the American Red Cross Volunteer Office at 800-272-0094, Ext. 1, or e-mail karlofft@usa.redcross.org.

Wireless Meters on Way

Bye-bye, meter reader.

This month, electricity provider Dominion Virginia will begin installing more than 80,000 wireless automated meters in Loudoun County and elsewhere in Northern Virginia. Electricity usage will no longer be noted by employees going into yards but via electronic transmission to Dominion Virginia vehicles passing through neighborhoods.

Dominion Virginia will advise customers who are scheduled to receive the new meters. The utility has contracted with a private company to install the meters; each employee working on the project will have a power company contractor photo ID badge.

Symphony Ticket Deadline

The deadline to buy "early bird" discounted tickets to the Loudoun Symphony's upcoming 15th season is Saturday.

The symphony plans performances on Oct. 22 and 23, Dec. 17 and 18, Dec. 26, March 18 and 19, and May 14.

The discounted season subscription is $55 for adults and $20 for children and students. After Saturday, the price goes up to $60 for adults and $25 for children and students.

Other ticket options are available. For performance and ticket information, call 703-771-8287 or visit www.loudounsymphony.org.