Four Hurt in Car Accident

A two-vehicle accident in Leesburg on Saturday night injured four people, and one of the drivers was charged with drunken driving.

The Leesburg Police Department said a Ford sedan driven by an Ashburn woman and carrying three passengers was stopped at a red light at Route 7 and River Creek Parkway about 8:40 p.m. when it was hit from behind by a Mercury sedan heading west on Route 7.

The driver of the Mercury, David Ramonet, 54, of Leesburg, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated. The driver and passengers in the other vehicle were taken to Inova Loudoun Hospital's Cornwall campus and treated for minor injuries.

Lighter Causes House Fire

The Loudoun County fire marshal's office said a fire at an Ashburn home Saturday was caused by a child playing with a lighter.

Firefighters from Ashburn, Moorefield and Sterling were called to the fire in the 20600 block of Rainsboro Drive about 11 a.m. They contained the fire quickly, but damage to the home was estimated at $30,000.

An investigation by the fire marshal's office indicated that the lighter ignited combustible items in a bedroom.

Update on Route 28 Work

Local and state officials will provide an update on the Route 28/Sterling Boulevard interchange project Wednesday night in Sterling.

Designs for the interchange and associated road improvements will be displayed at the meeting, which will be held at 7 p.m. in the Quinn Room of the Sterling Community Center at 120 Enterprise St.

The interchange is one of several planned along the Route 28 corridor.

Purcellville Fire Funds

The Purcellville Volunteer Fire Department will use $45,000 it received from the Town Council in late September to buy equipment and tools, including protective gear, boots and gloves.

The money is part of a two-year public safety initiative designed to more than double the financing of Purcellville's fire and rescue programs. Last year, the department received $41,000 from the town.

The department hopes to buy engines and ladder trucks and is seeking donations from residents and businesses in western Loudoun. Fire department volunteers also are needed. For more information, call 540-338-5961.

-- Compiled by

ARIANNE ARYANPUR