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Fire In Countryside Tonight

April 19, 2009

>> Fire Engines In Countryside

The fire engines you heard earlier this evening were responding to a house fire in Countryside. I counted 10 units responding and two alarms. Fire engines were coming from outside of Loudoun also.
>>> Sterling Playmakers May 1 and 2, Auditions

The Sterling Playmakers hosted some shows this past weekend and will host auditions "Thoroughly Modern Millie" at the Senior Center at Cascades Friday May l at 7 p.m. and Saturday May 2 at 1 p.m. The show dates will start July 31 with 7 shows in all.
>> Dulles Golf and Sports Open House

Free food, and free use of the facilty. Open House Wednesday April 29 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. They are located on Route 28 and they support the Honor Roll Program at Park View HS.
>> Park View HS Football Team Yard Sale

This is the biggest weekly sports program every Fall involving the most families and young people in Sterling. Show your support for this program by attending the Yard Sale Saturday May 9 10 am to 4 p.m. Rain or shine.
>>> Teen Job Fair Set for Saturday May 2

Sterling is having a Sterling Teen Job Fair for teens and young people from Sterling and Loudoun.

The Teen Job Fair will be held on Saturday May 2, from 1-3 p.m. in the Sterling Community Center, located at 120 Enterprise Street, Sterling.


Congressman Frank Wolf (R-Va) will be hosting a job fair on Thursday, May 7. The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Loudoun County Public Schools Administration Building at 21000 Education Court in Ashburn
>>Sterling Sex Offender Sentenced to Nine Months for Failing to Register


On April 10, 2009, El Salvadoran, Manuel D. Vasquez, 44, was identified and sought by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for arrest and to initiate deportation proceedings against him.  Vasquez was targeted by ICE due to his 1996 conviction for Custodial Indecent Liberties with a Minor as well as two separate convictions in 2003 related to registry violations.  The victim in the case was an 11 year old family member and Vasquez was sentenced to just over 3 years in the Virginia Department of Corrections.

In July 2008, ICE Agents attempted to apprehend Vasquez at what was believed to be his residence in Round Hill, Virginia.

Hoping to secure Vasquez at a previously scheduled court hearing, agents were again unsuccessful as Vasquez failed to appear.

Further investigation lead Agents to a Sterling, Virginia address where Vasquez was taken into custody by the Virginia State Police for failing to re-register.  As a result of his underlying conviction, Vasquez is required to notify the State Police anytime he relocates his residence or place of employment.

Loudoun Circuit Court Judge H.A. Whisenant sentenced Vasquez to serve 9 months in prison for his registry violation.  A federal detainer has been placed on Vasquez and deportation proceedings are expected to commence upon his release.

So here we have Commonwealth prosecutor Jim Plowman, Federal authorities and Virginia Police in Sterling removing a sex offender. Thank you.
>>>Sterling Man Pleads Guilty to Narcotics/Weapons Violations
>>> MAY GET 100 YEARS AND $500,000 FINE

Are you all wondering why I am so happy to tell you about sobriety check points and traffic stops by local and state police? This is a success story from such a traffic stop.

What started as a traffic arrest led to a major drug bust which, in turn, has ended in multiple guilty pleas for narcotics trafficking in the Loudoun County Circuit Court. Gerard Walker entered guilty pleas to Possession of Cocaine, Distribution of Cocaine (x2), Possession of a Firearm while in Possession of Narcotics and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

An October raid by Loudoun County Sheriff’s Investigators shut down what had become a "residential marketplace" for illegal drugs, said Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Fisher.  Fisher directed the effort to prosecute Billie Gerard Walker of Sterling, Virginia who was found to be dealing multiple and varied types of illegal drugs from his Lincoln Avenue residence.  The raid was preceded by two separate arrests for traffic violations wherein the traffic offenders were found with cocaine.  Each person identified the Walker residence as the location where they purchased their drugs.

The information from the traffic arrests led to a search warrant that resulted in a bonanza of varied illegal drugs and narcotics related paraphernalia.  Walker was found in possession of Cocaine, Marijuana, Ecstasy, two scales, packaging materials, four handguns and a large amount of currency.  "The quantity and variety of drug related activity cried out for a robust prosecution," said Fisher of the case. Jim Plowman, Commonwealth’s Attorney for Loudoun and I, teamed up to make sure that we maximized our ability to shut down this operation for good," continued Fisher.

Walker will be sentenced on July 27, 2009 and faces a maximum of 100 years in prison and $507,500.00 in fines.

Thank you to Jim Plowman, Mr. Fisher and all the deputies and other volunteers who staff the traffic stops regularly.

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