Felony animal cruelty probe
underway in Lovettsville

An animal cruelty investigation is underway in Loudoun after a dead dog was found last month among a pile of skinned animal carcasses in Catoctin Creek in Lovettsville, according to Loudoun officials.

The county Department of Animal Services received a complaint Nov. 19 of a large pile of dead animals in the creek, near Featherbed Lane. After a preliminary investigation, animal control officers determined that most of the carcasses were those of wildlife — fox and raccoon, officials said. But initial necropsy results showed one of the skinned animals was a dog, according to animal services officials. Given the evidence of companion-animal involvement in the incident, animal services opened a felony animal cruelty investigation, officials said.

The county contacted the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the health department, and officials expect to get more information on the case next week, said Loudoun County spokeswoman Anna Nissinen.

Fourth suspect is arrested
in Purcellville home invasion

The fourth and final suspect in a home-invasion robbery at a Purcellville apartment was arrested Nov. 22 in Tallahassee, according to a statement by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s office. David C. Russell Jr., 21, of Leesburg was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Service, the statement said. Along with three other people, Russell is charged in connection with an Oct. 14 robbery at an apartment in the 100 block of North 21st Street in Purcellville, authorities said.

“The apprehension of these four suspects was a coordinated effort between our detectives in the sheriff’s criminal investigations division and other local and federal law enforcement agencies,” Loudoun Sheriff Mike Chapman said in the statement. Russell is charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery and is being held at the Leon County Jail in Florida, according to authorities.

Additional charges are pending against the four people who were arrested, authorities said.

County seeks members
for boards and committees

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors is encouraging residents to become involved in their county government by serving on county and regional advisory boards, commissions and committees.

The following positions are available:

→Advisory Commission on Youth: Catoctin District representative;

→Affordable Dwelling Unit Advisory Board: One residential building/developer with experience in multifamily dwelling units; one architect; one program participant; one nonprofit housing group representative; and one at-large representative;

→Building Code and Appeals Board: one citizen representative;

→Communications Commission: Sterling District representative;

→Community Criminal Justice Board: Catoctin District representative;

→Community Services Board: three at-large representatives;

→Commuter Bus Advisory Board: Algonkian District representative;

→Courthouse Grounds and Facility Committee: two at-large representatives;

→Disability Services Board: five at-large representatives;

→Facilities Standards Manual Public Review Committee: at-large representatives;

→Family Services Advisory Board: two at-large representatives;

→Heritage Commission: Broad Run District representative; at-large representative;

→Housing Advisory Board: one at-large representative; one Economic Development Commission representative;

→Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Resident Advisory Board: two members (board members must be a resident of a Housing Choice Voucher household). For information, call Stuart Shatz, HCV division manager, at 703-737-8969;

→Landfill Special Exception Review Committee: eight at-large representatives;

→Library Board of Trustees: Algonkian District, Sterling District representatives;

→Loudoun Health Council: One business representative, one faith community representative, one health-related nonprofit representative, one citizen representative;

→Towing Advisory Board: One citizen representative;

→Volunteer Citizen Work Group: Sterling District representative.

For information about vacancies, call 703-777-0204 or e-mail coadmin@loudoun.gov. Information about each board, committee and commission, and the Board of Supervisors’ appointment process, is available on the Loudoun County Government Web site at www.loudoun.gov/advisory.

Loudoun receives award for 2014 budget presentation

Loudoun County has received a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for the fiscal 2014 budget.

The association cites Loudoun government and its staff for a “commitment to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting,” a statement said.

Information about the county budget, including the complete fiscal 2014 budget document, is available on the Loudoun County Government Web site at www.
loudoun.gov/budget
.

— Compiled by Caitlin Gibson