News of particular interest to Loudoun and Fauquier counties that appeared in the daily Post Nov. 27-Dec. 3.


Homeless Show Up at Airport

Every year, dozens of homeless people fly into Dulles International Airport with no place to go. Sterling resident Charlie Grant, the airport's police chaplain, often takes charge of these people, and many end up in homeless shelters, including the one operated by the Good Shepherd Alliance in Loudoun County.


Orbital Gets NASA Contract

Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles said it will design, develop and manufacture a satellite for NASA in a program valued at more than $50 million. The satellite, called Space Technology 8, or ST8, is expected to be launched in early 2009.


Lansdowne Mother Gets 4 Years

A Lansdowne woman who tried to drown her two children and then threw herself out of a second-story window has been sentenced to four years in prison. Isabel Sherr, 31, pleaded guilty to two charges of felony child abuse. In a note explaining the April incident, Sherr, who has a history of mental illness, said she didn't want her children to suffer from depression as she had.


Guilty Plea in Bank Robberies

A Fairfax County man told a federal judge he acted as a lookout and getaway driver while his girlfriend, who is jailed on charges of being the cell phone bandit, robbed four Wachovia bank branches in Northern Virginia. Dave C. Williams, 19, pleaded guilty in Alexandria federal court to two charges, including conspiracy to commit bank robbery. Federal sentencing guidelines advise a prison term of more than 11 years on the charges. Earlier this week, a federal magistrate denied bail to Candice R. Martinez, 19, the woman accused of robbing the banks, including one in Ashburn.