Loudoun assessor is placedon paid administrative leave

Loudoun County assessor Todd Kaufman has been placed on paid administrative leave, county spokeswoman Anna Nissinen said.

Nissinen declined to provide the reason for the leave, which took effect Wednesday, but said that the county sheriff’s office “is aware of the situation.”

Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Liz Mills confirmed that the sheriff had been contacted by the county concerning Kaufman.

The sheriff’s office is reviewing the situation and “waiting for more information from the county,” Mills said.

She declined to provide more information.

Kaufman has served as Loudoun’s assessor since 2005.

Four men are soughtin Sterling home invasion

Authorities are searching for four men involved in a home invasion robbery shortly before midnight Thursday in Sterling.

The four suspects, all of whom wore dark hoodies and had their faces covered, entered a home on Gladstone Drive through an unlocked basement door, the sheriff’s office said.

Two of the suspects carried guns, and the other two had baseball bats, authorities said.

The robbers demanded cash from a Sterling man, 32, who lives at the home with three roommates, said Liz Mills, spokeswoman for the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

The man was not injured during the robbery, and the suspects fled with a small amount of cash, authorities said.

Loudoun deputies responded after they were called by the victim’s roommates, who were upstairs at the time of the robbery, authorities said. The deputies conducted a search with the help of a canine unit but did not find the suspects.

The case remained under investigation by the sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Investigator C. Cunningham, 703-777-0475.

Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919. If the information leads to an arrest and indictment, the caller could receive a reward of up to $1,000.

Spraying for ticks to begin
as Lyme disease control effort

As part of Loudoun County’s efforts to prevent Lyme disease, the county will begin applying an insecticide to help reduce the tick population at several county-owned parks starting Tuesday.

The spraying will be done on weekdays and will end no later than 2:30 p.m. each day, county officials said in a statement. The schedule, weather permitting, is as follows:

→Tuesday, Franklin Park.

→Wednesday, Woodgrove Park, Nell Boone Park.

→Thursday, Mickie Gordon Park.

→Friday, Lucketts Park.

→April 30, Claude Moore Park.

→May 1, Phil Bolen Park.

→May 2, Ashburn Park and Conklin Park.

The insecticide being used, Talstar, is a Bifenthrin-based product and will be delivered using a variety of spray methods, depending on the park. Signs will be posted at the parks before and after the spraying.

Staff members from the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services will be at the parks to make sure the sprayed areas are not entered until the product has dried. The spraying schedule will be adjusted in the event of rain or if rain is expected within 24 hours.

Information about Lyme disease awareness and prevention is at www.loudoun.gov/lyme and www.cdc.gov/lyme.

— Compiled by Caitlin Gibson