Week in Loudoun

Week in Loudoun

Missing Teen

<bt>The Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in locating a missing teen who left his home in the Ashburn area last week.

Rodney Marcell Howard, 16, is described as being 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs approximately 115 pounds. He was reported missing on June 8. There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his disappearance. Howard may still be in the Ashburn area but he has ties to Middleburg as well.

Anyone with information about the current whereabouts of Rodney or if anyone has seen him the last week, they are asked to contact Investigator C. Perinis of the Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475. Anyone who sees Rodney can contact the Sheriff's Office nonemergency line at 703-777-1021.

<sh>Fatal Crash

<bt>According to the Fairfax County Police, an off-duty county police officer came across a car crash in the right-hand lane of Lee Jackson Memorial Highway (Route 50) at Airline Parkway in the Chantilly area. The officer found the Lexus around 2:25 a.m., Friday, June 9. The driver, later identified as Patrick Landin, 26, of Upper Club Hose Drive in South Riding, was dead at the scene and the investigation determined that he may have driven into the back of a commercial motor vehicle.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash or has any information about it is asked to call the Fairfax County Police nonemergency number, 703-691-2131.

<sh>Vehicle Auction

<bt>Loudoun County is selling surplus vehicles at auction Saturday, June 17. Pickup trucks, police cars and passengers vans are among the surplus vehicles that will be auctioned, beginning at 9:30 a.m., at the Loudoun County Motor Pool, 42000 Loudoun Center Place in Leesburg.

Vehicles may be previewed Friday, June 16, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and the morning of the sale, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The terms of the sale are cash or check, with valid identification. A 3 percent buyer's premium will be added to all sale purchases. Items sold must be removed on the sale date and are sold "as is" with no guarantee or warranty. The sale will be conducted rain or shine. For more information about the sale, contact Bill Tillett/Craig Damewood Auctioneers, 703-303-4760.

<sh>First Meeting

<bt>Help Save Loudoun will hold its first meting, Tuesday, June 20, 7 p.m., Cascades Library, meeting room B, 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls. Includes a report by Help Save Herndon supporters on voter anger over illegal aliens and its impact in the recent Herndon election, upcoming November 2006 elections and beyond.

Speakers will include Ann V. Null, former Herndon Town Council member, and Linda and Nathan Muller, forthecause.us.

Visit novatownhall.com for more information.

<sh>Woman Killed

<bt>A Loudoun woman died Wednesday, June 7, after her vehicle collided with a tractor trailer shortly after 9:30 p.m. on Route 15 south of Lucketts, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Dr. Mary Kathryn Hammock, 68, of Middleburg, was traveling south on Route 15 in her pickup when she attempted to pass another southbound vehicle on a double solid yellow line. She then struck a northbound 2006 Freightliner tractor trailer nearly head-on just south of Spinks Ferry Road.

The victim was transported to the Cornwall Campus of Inova Loudoun Hospital where she was pronounced dead. The driver of the tractor trailer, Alejandro Rios Jr., 49, of New Jersey, was uninjured.

The crash closed Route 15 in both directions for almost four hours as HAZMAT crews were called to the scene due to a diesel fuel leak from one of the tractor trailer's fuel tanks.

This is the seventh traffic fatality on Loudoun's roadways this year. In 2005 there were a total of 20 traffic fatalities in the county.