Man Held on Drug Charges

Leesburg police said a Pennsylvania man was arrested on drug charges early Thursday morning after more than two pounds of marijuana and hallucinogens were found in his hotel room.

Officers were on a routine patrol of a Days Inn on East Market Street when they detected a strong odor of marijuana from a room. After entering the room, they found three bags of marijuana, a bag of hallucinogenic mushrooms and several thousand dollars, said Lt. Jeffrey Dube.

Patrick M. Farrar, 28, of Altoona, Pa., was charged with possession with the intent to distribute and transportation of narcotics to Virginia. He was being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on $30,000 bail.

Water Restrictions Eased

Purcellville has dropped its mandatory water restrictions but continues to encourage residents and businesses to limit water use.

Mandatory restrictions were enacted in October, after a line break and a dry summer caused a drop in the town's water supply.

Because water theft increases when restrictions are in effect, the town urges residents to report suspicious activity around hydrants by calling 540-338-7700. A call that leads to an arrest may result in $50 off the caller's water bill.

Lane Closures on I-66

Road work that is scheduled to begin on Interstate 66 tomorrow will cause lane closures and occasional highway shutdowns in Gainesville between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m., the Virginia Department of Transportation said Thursday.

The construction of an interstate overpass for University Boulevard will continue through Dec. 9. Eastbound traffic will be narrowed to one lane from tomorrow through Friday, on Nov. 21 and 22 and from Nov. 28 to Dec. 2. Westbound traffic will be similarly affected from Nov. 28 to Dec. 2 and from Dec. 5 to 9.

Fire Inspectors Go South

Three inspectors from Loudoun's building and development department have left for Mississippi, where they will help with Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts for two weeks.

Dennis Mitchell, fire inspections operations manager; J.D. Mitchell, field supervisor for fire inspections; and Sam Harris, fire inspector, will be working in Biloxi, joining two workers from Manassas and five from Fairfax County.

Public Input Sought

Residents interested in the design of the Dulles South Multipurpose Facility can participate in the fourth public-input session at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Arcola Community Center.

The session will be hosted by the county's parks and recreation department and Wisnewski Blair and Associates, an architectural firm in Alexandria.

The community center is at 24244 Gum Spring Rd., Arcola. For more information, call 703-737-8425 or visit

Student Volunteer Honored

A Potomac Falls High School sophomore is Loudoun Volunteer Services' Student Volunteer of the Month for November.

Trey Thompson is a volunteer at the 8th Virginia Volunteer Regiment Inc. He has participated in more than 20 living-history events and reenactments and has given tactical bugle demonstrations and talks on communication during the Civil War. In the summer, Thompson volunteers for the county's civil war camp, where he instructs 6- to 10-year-olds.

NVCC Registration to Begin

Registration for the spring semester at Northern Virginia Community College begins Wednesday. For more information, call 703-323-3770 or visit

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