Choking Student Is Saved

Swift action by a Fauquier County sheriff's deputy saved a middle school student who was choking Tuesday.

Sgt. Sal Torelli, working in the cafeteria during lunch at Warrenton Middle School, noticed a boy rising from his seat at a table.

"I could see right away that he was in distress," Torelli said Thursday. "It was a scary sight."

After establishing that the student couldn't breathe, Torelli performed the Heimlich maneuver on him several times before dislodging the food blocking his windpipe.

"It was the scariest situation I've been in in a long time," said Torelli, who has 15 years of service with the Fauquier County Sheriff's Office.

"I can't help but think how close we came to a real tragedy," said Warrenton Principal Wallicia Gill.

Rain Delays Steeplechase

Friday's bad weather resulted in the first postponement of the Morven Park Steeplechase in its 26-year history.

The event was to have been held yesterday, but after the remnants of Tropical Storm Tammy moved into Northern Virginia, the National Steeplechase Association and the Morven Park management team discussed the condition of the course and agreed to reschedule the races for Nov. 12.

The rain also caused the Virginia Department of Transportation to postpone Friday's scheduled opening of the interchange at Route 28 and Westfields Boulevard. It will open this Friday.

Teen Missing, Appeal Made

Loudoun County sheriff's investigators are looking into the disappearance of an Ashburn teenager who was reported missing Sept. 30.

Nickolaus Patrick Colclough, 17, was seen leaving Stone Bridge High School a few days later. He has been known to stay in Ashburn Village and may be staying with other teenagers in that area. Colclough is 5 feet 9 inches tall with blond hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information on Colclough's whereabouts is asked to call investigator C. Perinis at 703-777-0475 or the Sheriff's Office at 703-777-1021.

Sections of Roads Renamed

Portions of several roads in eastern Loudoun will have new names starting Tuesday.

In various parts, Ryan Road will be changed to Ryan Corner Place, Old Ryan Road and Ashburn Village Boulevard. Parts of Tippett Hill Way, Cedar Green Road and West Church Road will be renamed Shaw Road. The portion of Ryan Road from Loudoun County Parkway to Evergreen Mills Road will retain its name.

The new names will make it easier for public safety officials to find homes in emergencies, said Larry Stipek, of the county's mapping office. Some property owners will have to change their addresses as a result of the renaming.

An Identity-Theft Seminar

With identity theft a rising problem for high school students who purchase items on the Internet, juniors and seniors are invited to take part in a Loudoun Crime Commission seminar on how to avoid becoming victims.

The seminar will address the importance of protecting personal information online and the possible repercussions of not doing so. Young people are targeted because of their clean credit histories, said Linda Nargi, executive director of the Loudoun Crime Commission.

The seminar will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy, 45299 Research Pl., Ashburn. Registration is required. Call 703-729-9277 or e-mail

Help Design New Facility

Residents interested in the design of the Dulles South Multipurpose Facility can participate Wednesday in the third public-input session.

The informal session is 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and the formal session is 7:30 to 9 p.m.

The meetings are in the Freedom High School auditorium, 25450 Riding Center Dr., South Riding. Call 703-737-8425 or visit

Fire and Rescue Events Set

In conjunction with National Fire Prevention Week, which starts today, fire and rescue departments across the county will stage open houses and educational sessions this week.

For information call 703-777-0333 or visit

Meeting on Action Plan

Citizens and groups are invited to comment on housing and community development in Loudoun County at a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Comments will be considered in the development of Loudoun's annual action plan -- a blueprint that is required for the county to receive funding under the federal Community Development Block Grant program. The action plan looks at how to strengthen government and private-sector partnerships and provide low- and moderate-income housing.

The hearing is at the Department of Social Services, Shenandoah Building, 102 Heritage Way NE, Leesburg.

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Sgt. Sal Torelli aided a choking student at Warrenton Middle School. At right is Principal Wallicia Gill.