Man Charged in Robbery

A Lovettsville man was charged Friday in connection with the armed robbery of a Lovettsville gas station late last month.

Steven Clay Stephenson, 32, faces charges of armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is alleged to have robbed West End Motors, a 24-hour gas station in Lovettsville, on Sept. 23.

Stevenson was being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center without bond.

Keeping an Eye on Drivers

A metal box the size of a microwave oven will soon be monitoring speeds and traffic volumes on main thoroughfares and residential streets in Leesburg.

The Leesburg Police Department recently purchased the $3,735 device, dubbed "Stealth Stat," with help from funds donated by the Potomac Station Community Association.

Leesburg already has several SMART trailers -- electronic screens that display the speed limit and flash motorists' speeds. But they don't always give objective readings, as motorists often slow down when they see them. Since Stealth Stat is, well, stealthy, most motorists won't notice it, allowing it to gather more accurate information.

But don't worry, it's not an enforcement tool. The data will be analyzed by the police department to help it determine how best to allocate resources.

Rescue Squad Is a Winner

Loudoun County's volunteer rescue squad won a trauma scenario competition Sept. 21 in Virginia Beach, the squad's first such win in 30 years.

Loudoun beat 30 teams from Virginia in the basic life support seniors category -- treating a severely injured motorcycle accident victim within 15 minutes.

The competition was part of an annual conference hosted by the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads. Firefighters, paramedics and emergency medical technicians competed in such challenges as emergency vehicle driving, extrication and basic life support.

The Loudoun squad will represent Virginia in the international competition in Las Vegas in August.

Free Dog Neutering Offered

The Loudoun County Animal Shelter is providing free spaying or neutering for dogs adopted from the shelter Oct. 8-31 in honor of Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month.

The surgeries, which normally cost $40 for males and $45 for females, are required to adopt a dog. Adoption costs $30.

"[Spaying or neutering] is absolutely important for the dogs and for the community. It reduces the number of unwanted puppies and kittens and increases the animal's life span," said Laura Danis, a spokeswoman for the shelter.

Pets that aren't spayed or neutered are prone to certain tumors. They are also more likely to run away to find a mate, making them more susceptible to injury. Neutered or spayed dogs generally make better pets, since male dogs are less aggressive and female dog don't go into heat, Danis said.

Those interested in adopting can visit the shelter's booth at SterlingFest on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dogs can also be seen at www.loudoun.gov/animals. For information, call 703-777-0406 or e-mail animals@loudoun.gov.

Teen to Compete in Pageant

A Liberty High School sophomore has qualified for the National Miss American Coed Junior Teen Pageant.

Christina Hansbrough of Catlett won the state competition in Richmond and will compete in the national competition Nov. 20-27 in Florida. The annual pageant rates contestants on scholastic, artistic and modeling abilities.

Hansbrough, 15, is a volunteer 4-H camp counselor who swims and plays the piano in her free time.

Insider's Guide to Gold Cup

As part of the prelude to next week's International Gold Cup, the Green Meadow Foundation is hosting Steeplechase 101 on Sunday, an introduction to the event that will offer such tips as what to wear and what to bring to tailgate parties.

The fashion show will include a special guest: Miss Virginia, Jennifer Pitts of Richmond, who will be one of the models wearing apparel from area retailers.

There will also be a tailgating exposition and a tour of the race course.

The free event runs from 2 to 4 p.m. at Great Meadow. Attendees are asked to RSVP. For information, call 540-253-5000 or e-mail ch@greatmeadow.org.

The Gold Cup races take place in The Plains on Oct. 15.

Safety Board Meeting Time

The Oct. 17 meeting of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors' Public Safety Commission will start at 7 p.m. -- a half-hour later than usual.

The meeting will be held in the Lovettsville Room of the County Government Center, 1 Harrison St. SE, Leesburg. The agenda is posted several days in advance at www.loudoun.gov/bos/documents.htm.

Student Volunteer Awards

The deadline for student volunteers to apply to the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is Oct. 31.

Students in grades 5 through 12 who have done volunteer work since Sept. 1, 2004, are eligible for the awards, which are sponsored by Prudential Financial Inc. and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Loudoun Volunteer Services will select four local student honorees. Of the four, one high school student and one middle school student will be selected for the state competition. State winners will receive a silver medallion, $1,000 and a trip to Washington, where a panel will choose the top 10 youth volunteers for 2006. Those honorees will receive $5,000, a gold medal, a trophy and a $5,000 grant to be given to a charity of their choice.

For information or to apply, call Loudoun Volunteer Services at 703-777-0113 or e-mail pivs@loudoun.gov.

-- Compiled by

ARIANNE ARYANPUR