Sex offenders to be visitedby authorities on Halloween

On Halloween, Loudoun County sheriff’s deputies will join members of the Virginia Department of Corrections to visit the residences of sex offenders in Loudoun as part of “Operation Porch Lights Out,” the sheriff’s office said.

The goal of the visits is to monitor the homes of convicted sex offenders to ensure that the offenders are abiding by the restrictions imposed by probation or parole, authorities said. Sex offenders who are on probation or parole are required to have their porch lights off, and they cannot display Halloween decorations or answer the door for children trick-or-treating, the sheriff’s office said.

Members of the Virginia Department of Corrections will work with local law enforcement authorities throughout Virginia on Monday to make random home visits to ensure that sex offenders are in compliance with the Halloween rules, authorities said.

Virginia corrections officials said there are about 3,700 convicted sex offenders on parole or probation statewide.

Leesburg to offer free shredding of documents

The Leesburg Public Works Department will host a free community document-shredding event from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday at Heritage High School in Leesburg. 

The event will conclude promptly at noon; the last car must be in line by 11:45 a.m. to have documents shredded, Leesburg officials said.

The semiannual free shredding is part of an effort to reduce identity theft and to promote recycling, town officials said. It is expected that, during the event, nearly 10,000 pounds of documents containing sensitive information will be shredded for recycling.

Residents may bring as many as three boxes of documents and watch them being shredded via a closed-circuit camera. 

For a list of items acceptable for shredding and tips on identity theft protection, go to

Absentee voting hours extended through Nov. 5

Extended hours for absentee voting in Loudoun County in advance of the Nov. 8 general election are being offered through Nov. 5, county officials said.

 Absentee voting is available through Nov. 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays at the Office of the General Registrar, 750 Miller Dr. SE, Suite C, Leesburg. Absentee voters may also cast ballots there from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Nov. 5.

 Absentee voting is also offered at the Cascades Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling, from 4 to 8 p.m. weekdays. On Saturday and Nov. 5, the hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Nov. 5 is the last day to vote an absentee ballot in person, county officials said.

 Information about voting in Loudoun and the upcoming election is available at

Residents are reminded of campaign sign rules

Loudoun officials this week reminded residents that county zoning ordinance provisions require anyone displaying signs on the roadways within the county to obtain a zoning permit.

After a permit is obtained, signs not exceeding four square feet may be placed on private property upon consent of the property owner. Large billboard-type signs are not permitted.

 No signs are permitted in a Virginia Department of Transportation right-of-way. Under an agreement with the VDOT, Loudoun removes all signs that have been placed within such rights-of-way. 

For information about the sign collection program, call Roger Carroll at 703-737-8818.

 Sign regulations may differ within Loudoun’s incorporated towns, and the appropriate town offices should be contacted regarding placement of campaign signs and other temporary signs within towns.

For information on the sign permit process, call Marsha Keim, Zoning Permit Division, at 703-777-0648.

— Caitlin Gibson