Friday, June 26, 2015

World Police and Fire Games Events in Loudoun County

Loudoun County is among the jurisdictions in the region in which World Police and Fire Games events beginning today, Friday, June 26, and ongoing through July 5. The event is expected to attract more than 10,000 athletes from more than 60 countries along with thousands of spectators to the area.

 

"I would like to extend a special welcome to Loudoun County to all of the athletes and spectators from around the world who are here for the games," said Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott K. York. "I encourage them to take time to tour our beautiful county and enjoy our shops, restaurants, vineyards, and other attractions to see for themselves why Loudoun is such a wonderful place to live, work, and play."

 

The games will take place at 53 venues throughout the region, including nine sites in Loudoun County. All sports events are open to the public, free of charge. Residents should note the tentative dates and locations of the Loudoun events and plan accordingly as traffic may impact the venues and the surrounding roads. 

 

  • Ashburn Ice House, Ashburn: Ice Hockey, June 26 – July 3
  • Morven Park, Leesburg: Soccer June 27 – July 3
  • Harry Byrd Highway & State Route 601, Bluemont: Cycling - Hill Climb, July 3
  • Dulles Sportsplex, Sterling: Indoor Soccer, July 1 – 4
  • Smash Table Tennis, Sterling: Table Tennis, June 27 – June 29
  • NOVA Badminton Club, Ashburn: Badminton, July 1 – July 3
  • Pev's Paintball Park and Pro Shop, Aldie: Paintball, June 30
  • Bowl America, Sterling: Bowling: June 30 – July 2
  • Lansdowne Resort, Lansdowne: Golf, June 29 – July 1

 

"We are fortunate that the games have come to our community so that our athletes can showcase their abilities on a world stage without leaving home," said Loudoun County Sheriff Michael L. Chapman. "I wish all of our deputies the best of luck in the competition."

 

Approximately 20 members of the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office and 70 members of the Loudoun County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management are participating in the games. Athletes from around the world volunteer for the competition and pay their own travel expenses and registration fees.

 

"Our fire fighters will be taking part in more than a dozen events including cycling, softball, and archery," said W. Keith Brower, Jr., chief of the Loudoun County Combined Fire-Rescue System. "It's an honor to participate in these games and I look forward to supporting our athletes in the competition."

 

The World Police and Fire Games were established by the California Police Athletics Federation in 1985 to offer law enforcement officers, firefighters, customs and correction officers from around the world an opportunity to showcase their athletic excellence in over 65 sporting events. 

 

Stay informed about the World Police and Fire Games online. Visit www.loudoun.gov/wpfg for more information. 



 
 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Residents Advised of Potential Traffic Delays During World Police and Fire Games

As athletes from around the world come to participate in the 2015 World Police and Fire Games (WPFG), residents in the area may see increased traffic and road closures for some of the events being held in Loudoun County. 
 
The WPFG is one of the largest multi-sport, multi-venue events in the world and is hosted by Fairfax County, Va., and held throughout the National Capital Region from Friday, June 26 to Sunday, July 5.

Local events:
  • The WPFG outdoor soccer tournament will be held at Morven Park between June 27 and July 3. Motorists can expect increased traffic on Route 15 in the area of Tutt Lane.
  • The WPFG cycling hill climb will be held on Blue Ridge Mountain Road (Rt. 601) at Route 7 on July 3. The southbound lane of Blue Ridge Mountain Road will be used by the cyclists for this event. One lane of eastbound and westbound Rt. 7 will be closed to provide traffic calming approaching the intersection of Route 7 and Blue Ridge Mountain Road. Please note this is a non-spectator event.
  • Several other WPFG events will be held at venues in Loudoun County from June 26-July 5 and are expected to have minimal impact on traffic.
 
For a full list of event locations in Loudoun County, visit www.loudoun.gov/wpfg.
 
The WPFG draws thousands of athletes from police, fire and other public safety agencies representing 60 countries competing in 1,600 medal events across 61 sports competitions. The Games strive to inspire, celebrate and honor our public safety officials.
 
Motorists in any of the areas of game events are asked to please be patient, drive safely and follow all law-enforcement direction.

 




 
 

Friday, June 19, 2015

Sheriff and State Police to Hold Joint Sobriety Checkpoint Tonight

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office will conduct a joint sobriety checkpoint with the Virginia State Police tonight, Friday, June 19, beginning at 10 p.m.

Law enforcement officials around the country have implemented education and enforcement efforts, including sobriety checkpoints, to ensure the roads are safe for all motorists by achieving voluntary compliance with the drinking and driving laws.

In Loudoun County, DUI related crashes decreased 28 percent over the past two years.

 
"Our enforcement efforts are working," noted Sheriff Mike Chapman. "This decrease in DUI related crashes is evidence that fewer people are getting behind the wheel while intoxicated," he added.

Members of the Sheriff's Office Auxiliary Unit and volunteers from the Loudoun Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will assist with the checkpoint. 


 
 

Friday, June 12, 2015

Possible Traffic Delays During Weekend Events

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is advising residents of weekend events that may cause traffic delays in various areas of the county.
 
  • A bicycle tour will be held on Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14. Motorists should expect additional cyclists on the roadways in the area of Hillsboro, Lovettsville, Waterford, Purcellville, Middleburg and in Round Hill en route back to Hillsboro. 
  • A running race will be held in the area of the Ashbrook Shopping Center in Ashburn on Saturday, June 13. The roads impacted include Lexington Drive, Atwater Drive, Ashbrook Place, Russell Branch Parkway and Ashburn Village Boulevard. The event will be held from 7-10 p.m.
 
If you are in these areas at these times you are asked to please be patient, drive safely, follow all law-enforcement direction. Here's to a a safe weekend.



 
 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Snickersville Turnpike Closure This Weekend

Snickersville Turnpike (Route 734) will be closed between Paxson Road and Airmont Road from 8 a.m. this Saturday, June 13, until 6 p.m. Sunday, June 14, so repairs can be made to the bridge over North Fork Beaverdam Creek, that according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.
 
Traffic will be detoured via Paxson Road and Airmont Road.
 
The bridge was struck recently and has significant damage to the concrete railing. Crews will replace six feet of the damaged railing with new concrete using custom formwork to maintain the existing shape and appearance.  


 
 

Monday, June 8, 2015

Traffic Delays in Downtown Leesburg This Morning

Public safety officials are encouraging motorists to use caution in downtown Leesburg area around 11:45 a.m. this morning due to a large funeral precession.
 
The procession will be leaving Colonial Funeral Home heading down Edwards Ferry Road to Catoctin Circle NE, to Dry Mill Road SW, making a right onto Dry Mill Road before continuing down Dry Mill Road to Loudoun Road, then making a right onto Loudoun Street before making a left onto King Street Northbound to Union Cemetery.
 
If you happen to be in any of these areas, please use caution and obey law enforcement direction.


 
 

Friday, June 5, 2015

There's Still Time to Sign Up for Rideshare Rewards Program

Local commuters have until June 25 to sign up for the Loudoun County Rideshare Rewards program and get paid for carpooling to work. To be eligible for the Rideshare Rewards, participants must:

  • Live or work in Loudoun County.
  • Drive or ride in a carpool to work.
  • Record their carpool trips.

Rideshare Rewards are cash rewards valued from $25 to $100 provided on a gift card. The value of the reward is based on carpool trips logged at NuRide.com before June 30, 2015. Participants must take at least six, one-way carpool trips to earn the minimum $25 gift card. 

 

The Rideshare Rewards program is a partnership between Loudoun County Commuter Services and NuRide. The funding for this program is through a grant provided by the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation. 

 

More information, including a link to register, is available online at www.loudoun.gov/carpool or by calling Loudoun County Commuter Services at 703-771-5665.



 
 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Suspect Charged in January Road Rage Shooting

A Leesburg man has been charged in connection with a January traffic altercation where gunshots were fired at a vehicle.

Javier K. Todd, 19, is charged with discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle, shooting into an occupied vehicle, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. During the Jan. 22 incident, the victim was pulling onto Route 7 westbound in the area of City Center Boulevard near CountrySide when the driver of a green sedan began tailgating him.

 
The vehicle pulled up beside the victim's passenger side and the suspect began shouting at him and gestures were exchanged between the two. The two drivers continued westbound on Route 7 when the victim heard loud noises which he described as gunshots. At this time the suspect vehicle exited onto Loudoun County Parkway. A short time later, the victim discovered multiple bullet holes in the rear passenger side of his car and he contacted authorities. The bullets did not penetrate the interior of the vehicle and the victim was not injured.

Through the course of the investigation, Todd was identified as being involved in the shooting and was served on the three charges on June 2.

Todd has been held at the Loudoun County Detention Center since Jan. 27 on charges related to a separate shooting in the Lansdowne area. In that case, Todd and Timothy R. Vaughn, 20, of Ashburn, were both charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, use of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and shooting into a vehicle. This incident occurred shortly after 11:30 p.m. on Jan. 26 in the area of Coton Hall Street and Riverpoint Drive. As deputies were canvassing the area, a deputy responding to the scene was approached by an adult male and adult female victim. They reported they went to meet an acquaintance in the area Riverpoint Drive. As they pulled up next to the suspect vehicle, a passenger brandished a firearm and discharged multiple rounds into the victim's vehicle. One of the rounds passed through the vehicle and damaged a passenger side window.

Todd remains held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on no bond.

Public Meeting Tonight on Proposed Changes to Potomac Falls Bus Schedule

Residents of the Potomac Falls and Cascades area are invited to a public meeting tonight, Tuesday, June 2, about proposed schedule changes to the Potomac Falls Commuter Bus Service. The meeting will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Senior Center at Cascades, 21060 Whitfield Place in Sterling. 

 

Staff from the Loudoun County Division of Transit & Commuter Services will be on hand to explain the proposed changes. Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott K. York and Algonkian District Supervisor Suzanne Volpe are scheduled to attend. Staff will give a presentation at 7 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session. 

 

Major schedule changes are planned for the Potomac Falls service and several other commuter and local bus services operated by Loudoun County. Details about the proposed bus schedule changes are online at www.loudoun.gov/buschanges.