Man assaulted child, 11, in South Riding, sheriff says

An 11-year-old child was reportedly grabbed by an unknown man Tuesday while walking in the area of Mink Meadows Street in South Riding, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office says.

The incident occurred about 7:45 p.m. in the 43600 block, the sheriff’s office said. The girl was grabbed by a man with dark hair who was wearing a dark hoodie and torn jeans, authorities said.

The child ran home safely and did not require medical treatment, authorities said.

Loudoun sheriff's deputies and Fairfax County police searched the area but did not locate a suspect.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Detective P. Beaver of the sheriff’s office’s Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475.

Residents are also encouraged to report immediately any suspicious people, vehicles or activity by calling the sheriff’s emergency communications center at 703-777-1021.

Supervisors pay tribute to Leesburg’s ‘Flag Man’

At its meeting Wednesday, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors presented a Ceremonial Resolution of Recognition of Patriotic Community Service to Mikell Sanders of Leesburg, known to town residents as the “Flag Man.”

Sanders, an 18-year veteran of the Air Force, has placed thousands of American flags throughout Leesburg, in recognition of service members who have died in the service of their country, county officials said in a statement.

Sanders, routinely and at his own expense, places flags at the courthouse, in flower beds and elsewhere. He is often seen on his bike, with dozens of flags ready to be distributed, the statement said.

The ceremonial recognition was proposed by Supervisor Kenneth “Ken” Reid.

Loudoun is recognized for performance management

Loudoun County has again been recognized by the International City/County Management Association for superior performance measurement, county officials said in a statement.

The association’s Center for Performance Measurement has awarded Loudoun a certificate of achievement. Loudoun was one of seven jurisdictions to receive the award this year, the county statement said.

“This award is testament to the efforts of staff to track, report and act upon performance data,” Loudoun County Administrator Tim Hemstreet said in the statement. “It highlights the county’s demonstrated leadership in continuous improvement and community engagement.”

The certificate program assesses a local government’s performance management program and encourages analysis of results by gauging performance over time.

Performance management reduces costs and encourages accountability, the statement said.

— Compiled by Caitlin Gibson