Lights Worth $10,000 Are StolenThe Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in solving the theft of $10,000 worth of landscaping lights from Farmwell Road near Ashburn Village Boulevard in Ashburn. Sheriff's spokesman Kraig Troxell said 96 lights have disappeared from the road in the past two weeks. The lights were put there by the Ashburn Village Community Association to illuminate trees and signs.

"We're trying to figure out why someone would pull them up. They also pulled them off the wire, so I'm not sure how useful they'll be unless you rewire them," Troxell said.

Anyone with information about the missing lights should call Deputy Spec. Craig Schleiden at 703-729-0581, Ext. 123. To remain anonymous, call 703-777-1919.

Ashburn Man Charged in ChaseAn Ashburn man was arrested Friday on charges of DUI and felony eluding after he led Loudoun County sheriff's deputies on a chase from Sterling through Ashburn.

A female motorist called authorities about 2 a.m. to report that after she left a bar in Countryside, another vehicle had been following her, said sheriff's spokesman Kraig Troxell. Sheriff's deputies spotted the other vehicle going south on Broad Run Drive toward Route 7.

Troxell said the driver, Steven Gregor Chambliss, 47, then led authorities on a high-speed chase west on Route 7 and south on Route 659.

He lost control of his vehicle near Route 267, damaged a tire in a ditch and came to a stop on Route 267, Troxell said.

Chambliss was being held in the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.

Hispanic Group Hires DirectorLa Voz of Loudoun has received a $25,000 grant from the county to hire its first executive director. Michelle McKnight, a high school Spanish teacher from Middleburg, will head the nonprofit group, which supports Hispanic residents through programs such as community forums and training.

"I look forward to assisting local Hispanic and immigrant communities through the process of integrating into the Loudoun County landscape," McKnight said in a statement.

For more information about La Voz, call 703-777-1417 or visit

West Virginia Man Injured in WreckA West Virginia man was seriously injured Thursday morning in a car crash south of Leesburg, sheriff's spokesman Kraig Troxell said.

Troxell said Lonnie Locke, 38, of the District was traveling north on Evergreen Mills Road about 6 a.m. when he came upon a vehicle that had stopped to turn left on Watson Road. Locke slammed on his brakes, lost control and hit a vehicle traveling south on Evergreen Mills Road, Troxell said.

That vehicle was being driven by Rodney Neel, 40, of Summit Point, W.Va. Neel was airlifted to Inova Fairfax Hospital and later treated at Inova Loudoun Hospital's Cornwall campus.

Locke was charged with reckless driving.

Property Assessments Are OnlineIn addition to receiving 2007 property assessments in the mail, Loudoun County residents can view their assessments online. To access assessments, visit and click Assessment/Parcel Database on the right.

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