News of interest to Loudoun and Fauquier counties that appeared in the daily Post Sept. 18-24.


High-Tech Headaches

As Verizon Communications Inc. lays fiber-optic lines in Northern Virginia, local governments have been collecting complaints from residents concerned about ruined lawns, wrecked sprinkler systems and torn-up driveways. Verizon workers have hit Washington Gas lines 288 times in Virginia and Maryland, utility officials said.


Teenager Killed in Accident

A Sterling student died in a single-car accident when he drove a 1990 Volvo in reverse through his home's closed garage door, across the street and into a tree. Anjan Bhattacharya, 18, was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the car, authorities said.


Plane Mishap Delays Flight

A United Express airplane leaving Dulles International Airport with 54 passengers returned to the airport shortly after takeoff because the landing gear would not retract. The plane landed safely. A United spokesman said a pin that is inserted in the landing gear to ensure it doesn't retract while at the gate was not removed before takeoff. After the pin was removed, the plane took off again and landed in Hartford, Conn., 46 minutes late.


'That's What Bumpers Are For'

A woman accused of forcing two children to take turns riding in a car trunk faced charges in a Loudoun County courtroom. Cheryl Ann Brown, 38, told the girls "that's what bumpers are for" when one expressed concern about getting hurt in an accident, prosecutors said. A Loudoun County judge ruled that there was enough evidence to send Brown's case to a grand jury. She is charged with one count of abuse and neglect of children.