Alleged Peeper Is Arrested

A man was arrested last week in a Sterling neighborhood where residents have been complaining of a man peering into windows, the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.

Deputies arrested Paul Lorenzo Copeland, 40, of Sterling on Nov. 9 outside a house on Norwood Court, in the Newberry subdivision. Over the past several months, the Sheriff's Office has received nearly 20 reports from that neighborhood of suspicious activity, including accounts of a man looking into windows.

The Sheriff's Office thinks a second person may be involved in some of the incidents and is investigating, said spokesman Kraig Troxell.

Copeland was charged with two counts of peeping into a dwelling. The second count involves an incident Nov. 6 on Margate Court, also in Newberry.

Incentives for Bus Drivers

In an attempt to deal with a chronic shortage of bus drivers, the Fauquier County School Board on Monday unanimously approved a program that pays school employees a bonus for recruiting drivers.

Fauquier is sometimes short by as many as 20 drivers, meaning students are routinely late arriving at school and returning home.

Under the program passed Monday, once a driver completes a six-month probation, the driver and the employee who referred him or her will each receive $500.

Funding Law Enforcement

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office and the Leesburg Police Department stand to receive $175,000 through a federal spending bill approved last week by the House, Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.) announced Monday.

The money -- $100,000 for the Sheriff's Office and $75,000 for the Leesburg police -- is part of a House-Senate conference report that is expected to be approved by the Senate this week. The Sheriff's Office would use its share of the allocation to buy such equipment as vehicle computers to track officer activity and video cameras for documentary and investigative purposes, said spokesman Kraig Troxell.

The conference report also grants $2.5 million to the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force, which includes the Sheriff's Office and the Leesburg police. That money would be used mostly for salaries, Troxell said.

Stop Sign in Purcellville

Purcellville will install a stop sign this week on North 21st Street at its intersection with North 23rd Street and the western terminus of the W&OD trail.

Town officials said Monday the sign will improve trail safety for pedestrians and bicyclists by slowing northbound vehicles on North 21st Street. The train station now blocks those drivers' view of people on the trail. North 21st Street will also be slightly realigned.

The existing stop sign on northbound North 23rd Street will be removed, giving motorists on that street the right of way. A traffic signal is to be installed next year at North 23rd and Main streets.

Flu Shots for At-Risk People

Inova Loudoun Hospital's Mobile Health Services will resume flu shot clinics for county residents next week. But vaccinations will be available only for high-risk patients, ages 4 and older.

On Monday, the Mobile Health Unit will be at the Purcellville Town Office, 130 E. Main St., from 4 to 7 p.m. On Tuesday, shots will be given from 9 a.m. to noon inside the Cascades Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling, and from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Safeway parking lot at 12 W. Washington St., Middleburg.

Shots are given on the basis of first come, first served and cost $25. Senior citizens with valid Medicare Part B cards can receive the shot free.

For more information, call Rudell Chinnery at 703-779-4048 or e-mail rchinnery@lh.org.

Books Online at Library

The Loudoun County public library has made it possible for patrons to download eBooks -- digital books and audio books.

Library Director Douglas A. Henderson noted that online transactions have increased by 18 percent this year. "EBooks that can be downloaded from our Web site fit very well with this kind of public demand," he said.

Customers use their library cards to download free software that allows them to read bestsellers and classic fiction and nonfiction in Adobe Reader and Mobipocket formats. EBooks are checked out with a library card and expire after two weeks.

Browse books at www.lcpl.lib.va.us.

-- Compiled by

ARIANNE ARYANPUR