Loudoun woman encounters
intruder in home, fires a shot

A Loudoun County woman shot at an intruder who had broken into her Hamilton home in what was the second burglary attempt at the house in as many days, the Loudoun Sheriff’s Office said.

The first incident was reported in the early evening Saturday, when the homeowner discovered an open door, authorities said. A sheriff’s deputy discovered signs of forced entry at an interior door, but no entry was gained and nothing was reported missing, authorities said.

The second attempt occurred a day later, in the early evening Sunday, when the woman encountered an intruder in the house dressed in a dark, hooded sweat shirt, the sheriff’s office said. The homeowner fired a gun at the intruder, who fled through a back door. The suspect was not found, authorities said.

Kraig Troxell, spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said authorities think the incidents were related.

“It is still unclear what this person was targeting,” Troxell said. “It’s very unusual, obviously, to have a burglar target the same house in two days . . . maybe they know the victim and know that they have something in the home.”

Anyone with information about the possible identity of the intruder is asked to call the sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475. Those wanting to remain anonymous may call Loudoun Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919. If the information leads to an arrest and indictment, the caller could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Second phase of Dulles rail nears project’s final approval

Final approval for construction of the second phase of the Metrorail line that will run to Dulles International Airport and Loudoun County is expected to be signed by all parties by the end of the week.

On Tuesday, supervisors approved Fairfax County’s portion of the deal for the Silver Line project.

Loudoun supervisors have approved the deal, as has the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which is overseeing construction of the Dulles rail project. Metro General Manager Richard Sarles is expected to sign the transit agency’s version this week, a Metro spokesman said.

The Dulles rail line is a $6 billion project that involves 23 miles of new Metro track.

The first phase of the project, which runs through Tysons Corner to Reston, is under construction and is expected to open late next year. Contractors and officials for the airports authority have said the first phase could be as much as $150 million over budget.

The project’s second phase will run from Wiehle Avenue to Dulles International Airport and Loudoun County. Funding for the second phase has been a long-running debate.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood stepped in to try to bring a deal for the second phase to the table, and the parties reached an agreement last month. Each jurisdiction and agency needs to have its board approve the final details of the agreement.

Loudoun and Fairfax counties are seeking public-private partnerships to build stations and parking garages. Virginia is expected to provide $150 million for the project; Dulles Toll Road users will fund a large chunk of the project’s cost.

Guide tells where to find
Loudoun holiday greenery

The 2011 Guide to Trees, Greens and Holiday Floral Products, published by the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development, is available to the public.

“Christmas in the Loudoun Valleys” lists more than a dozen Christmas tree farms and several retail outlets where people can choose and cut a tree, buy evergreen wreaths and roping and pick out a colorful poinsettia for the holiday season.

The guide includes a map showing county farm locations, tips for Christmas tree care and recycling, and details about holiday events throughout the county.

For information and a copy of the guide, go to www.loudounfarms.org. The guide is also available at Loudoun public libraries and community centers.

Individual copies may be requested by calling 703-737-8322 or e-mailing coco.lyons@loudoun.gov .

— Compiled by Caitlin Gibson and Dana Hedgpeth