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April 2, 2009

Following the murder in Ashburn there was a community meeting at the old Xerox center, now called the National Conference center. Over 1200 citizens from Ashburn attended the meeting. The investigation into that early Sunday morning murder continues. A second victim remains in critical condition.

Another murder occured in Leesburg last weekend and is not connected to the Ashburn murder according to the Town authorities. This was not reported in some newspapers. These are sad times in Loudoun.

Leesburg Today: Leesburg Man's Death Ruled Homicide
http://www.leesburg2day.com/articles/2009/04/02/news/fp236adeath032709.txt
>>> MURDER AND ASSAULT IN ASHBURN

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office continues to field a number of leads from callers in the homicide of William Bennett and the attack of his wife Cynthia.  
 
A team of investigators from the agency's Criminal Investigations Division are aggressively investigating each and every lead that is called into the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office. The agency is reminding anyone who may have information that their call will be held in the strictest of confidentiality.  
 
A reward fund has been established by the Loudoun Crime Commission at the Middleburg Bank. The William and Cynthia Bennett Reward Fund is now in excess of $22,000. If you are interested in donating to the fund you can make your check payable to The Bennett Reward Fund, and drop it off at any Middleburg Bank branch in Loudoun County, VA.   Citizens or companies can also send a check via U.S. mail to the Middleburg Bank, 102 Catoctin Circle, S.E., Leesburg, Virginia 20175.
 
If you have any information regarding this case you are asked to call the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475. If the caller wishes to remain anonymous, they are asked to call 703-777-1919.  
 
Straw Vote Puts Tax Rate At $1.245

After almost four weeks of budget work, the Board of Supervisors Monday night took a non-binding vote that would place the real estate tax rate at $1.245 per $100 of assessed value for FY10, approximately four and a half cents less than the rate proposed by County Administrator Kirby M. Bowers last month.

Although that tax rate is higher than the current $1.14 rate, most homeowners should see lower tax bills next year because of declining assessments.

Vice Chairman Susan Klimek Buckley (D-Sugarland Run) and Supervisors Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling) and Lori Waters (R-Broad Run) opposed the motion.

http://www.leesburg2day.com/articles/2009/04/02/news/fp232taxrate033109.txt

>>>Budget Comment By Delgaudio

I noted that the official record of the budget worksessions shows that about 72 times,  I "moved" , seconded or motioned during the budget worksessions.

Most of the time when I seconded it was for accepting tier one to begin with, or a Lori Waters motion to reduce some funding.  These "tier one " reductions were, in my opinion, minimal reductions that would instruct staff to reduce spending in many areas. Just a beginning for more work and more ideas for funding or further reductions.

A few of my motions even passed!

Many times Lori Waters, sometimes Stevens Miller seconded me or even Scott seconded me a few times.

I counted 27 times that I motioned to make a cut and got no second. That meant that 27 proposals made by me on the record did not receive even a discussion. Those proposals totaled over $50 million in further reductions across the board.

There were a few  proposals to reduce spending by the other supervisors.

At one point Supervisor Sally Kurtz proposed a $11 million reduction in the school budget and it passed five yes, 4 no. But $3.5 million was restored this week and I voted "no" to that further spending increase.

And that is why we are at a proposed $1.245 rate for a vote this Tuesday April 7 at the board of supervisors.

>>Budget comment citizen Glen A. wrote the board (in part):

"Every year the property values were going up you never kept the rates level by lowering your tax rates but now that property values are dropping you think it's fine to raise our taxes to keep your "TAKE" level the same or higher. This is bordering on criminal activity and each and every one of you that votes on this $1.24 rate need to be removed"

>>>>Upcoming Training for Women

The Loudoun Sheriff's Office will hold their 30th  Women's Self-Defense Workshop on Tuesday, May 5, 2009.   Call today to reserve a seat. Thank you.
 
The class is open to all female residents of Loudoun County over the age of fourteen and space is limited to 100 participants. "The workshop is a free session whose purpose is to educate women on sexual assault issues and rape awareness," said Sheriff Steve Simpson. "The May session is an opportunity for all women to learn to be aware of their surroundings and how to protect themselves from becoming a victim," Simpson added.

The session will be held from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM at the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy on Tuesday, May 5, 2009. The academy is located at 45299 Research Place in Ashburn, VA.  
 
Participants are asked to wear gym style clothing and athletic shoes. Participants will be taught basic self-defense techniques through instruction, demonstration and actual practice of the methods taught.   
     
Those interested in participating in this workshop must register, as space is limited. To register for the workshop you are asked to contact Audra Vogel at 571-258-3049. I have had family members attend and it is well worth it.
>>>Upcoming Health Conference for Women

INOVA HEALTH SYSTEM SPONSORS FIRST EVER "WOMEN'S SHOW OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA" THIS WEEKEND

This is a great idea and I am glad they are doing it.
 
Inova Loudoun Hospital Chefs, Food Managers and Nurses to Offer Cooking Demonstrations

Inova Health System is proud to be the official health sponsor of the first ever "Women's Show of Northern Virginia," produced by Southern Shows. Inova's physicians, nurses and staff will be on hand to answer questions, discuss a variety of health topics and demonstrate healthy cooking techniques. Hundreds of exhibitors will offer women the chance to shop for the latest fashion styles and accessories, learn about healthy lifestyle tips, and learn about products on education, travel and more.
 
WHAT: Women's Show of Northern Virginia
WHEN: Friday, April 3, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
      Saturday, April 4, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
      Sunday, April 5, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Dulles Expo and Conference Center
       4368 Chantilly Center
       Chantilly, VA

Inova will present a series of physician panel discussions focusing on various health topics that include:

    * Breast Health: What every Woman Needs to Know, Friday at 3:30 p.m.
    * Back, Bones and Joints, Friday at 6:30 p.m.
    * Evaluating Developmental and Physical Needs of Kids, Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
    * Gynecological Health, Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
    * Options for Weight Loss Surgery, Sunday at 11:30 a.m.
    * Heart Health Risk Factors, Management and Treatments, Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
   
Admission at the door is $9 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, and free for children under 6. Advance discount tickets are available at Harris Teeter for $7 and at www.WomensShowNova.com for $8. Parking is free. There are many other sponsors involved in this show so your admission price will be worth it.
>>>>>Home Invasion In Lansdowne

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is investigating a reported home invasion style robbery that occurred in an apartment complex in the Lansdowne area Friday night.
 
Around 11 p.m.unknown subjects forced their way into an apartment located in the 43900 block of Harbor Hills Terrace. The two residents were returning home from shopping when one of the suspects entered the apartment and brandished a possible firearm. Several more subjects entered the apartment and forced the two victims into a room of the apartment.  
 
The victims, who were not injured in the incident, contacted authorities approximately 20 to 30 minutes after the robbery occurred. Items removed from the home included a laptop, a video game system and video game accessories.  
 
One of the suspects involved in the incident was described as a Black male, 6' to 6'2, wearing a black shirt and jeans. He was wearing a mask with openings for the eyes and mouth.
>>> WHAT WENT WRONG WITH CRIMINAL ILLEGAL ALIEN?

Investigative Reporter exposes how local Loudoun County and other counties allow illegal aliens who perform violent criminal acts to roam free and without restraint in the Independent newspaper and on the newly revamped website

The Sterling Rapist had a history of violence and had been apprehended many times.

What Went Wrong Part I
http://www.loudouni.com/news/2009-03-25/what-went-wrong

Amy Burns the investigative reporter continues with even more revelations "What Went Wrong, Part II" on the newly revamped Loudoun Independent website
http://www.loudouni.com/news/2009-04-02/what-went-wrong-part-ii
>>>The Bravest Woman You Will Never Know

Another riviting article by Amy Burns about the heroic sacrifice of a Sterling Park woman who made the decision to fight and to put the Sterling rapist in jail for life.

How a 76-year old sexual assault survivor, Commonwealth's Attorney James E. Plowman and the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office put the "Devil" behind bars.

http://www.loudouni.com/news/2009-03-18/bravest-woman-you-will-never-know

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