Google announces $1 billion expansion in Virginia

Google announced the expansion of its data centers in northern Virginia on Friday with a $1 billion investment.

Currently, Google has two data centers in Loudoun County and investment will expand the current campuses while adding a third location in Prince William County.

This brings Google’s total investment in the Commonwealth to over $4.2 billion.

Governor Glenn Youngkin joined Google executives in Reston for the announcement.

At the event, Youngkin spoke on the benefits of data centers for the local communities citing the additional $2.2 billion in wages through the industry and $1 billion in revenue for schools and public services.

With the expansion, Youngkin stated Virginia’s data centers, “are larger than the next five US markets combined” and, “the next four global markets combined.”

The investment also includes $75 million for their AI Opportunity Fund.

Through the initiative, Google’s philanthropic arm aims to help over one million Americans learn AI skills through workforce development and educational organizations.

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Services planned for firefighter killed in house explosion

Virginia Glenn Youngkin has order by email that flags be flown at half-staff until sunset March 4 in honor and respect for Sterling Firefighter Trevor Brown.

A celebration of life will be held March 4 for the Loudoun County firefighter who was killed in the house explosion on Feb. 16.

The service will be held at 11 a.m. March 4 at Cornerstone Chapel, 650 Battlefield Parkway southeast in Leesburg. More than 3,000 guests, along with apparatus from across the region are expected.

Loudoun County Fire and Rescue reports that parking near the church will be extremely limited. Additional parking will be available at Segra Field on Loudoun United Drive, with shuttle service to the chapel.

Detailed information about the service is available on Loudoun County Fire and Rescue’s facebook page.

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Executive Order issued in response to Loudoun County overdoses

Governor Glenn Youngkin issued an Executive Order in response to the nine student overdoses of fentanyl at Park View High School in Loudoun County over the last month.

In the last year, 19 juveniles in Loudoun County have suffered an opioid overdose.

The order directs the Virginia Department of Education to guide school districts to ensure all parents are notified of school-connected overdoses within 24 hours, enhance student education about drug abuse, and work closely with law enforcement to prevent overdoses.

According to the release from Governor Youngkin, the Loudoun County Public School division waited more than twenty days to notify parents of the overdose incidents.

The Governor’s office previously introduced the One Pill Can Kill campaign and the Right Help Right Now initiative to attempt to reverse the trend of increasing overdoses by Virginians.

To view the Governor’s release or the full Executive Order, click here.

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Cybersecurity company invests in Loudoun County headquarters, creating new jobs

Fortreum LLC, a Virginia-founded cloud computing and cybersecurity advisory company, will invest $125,000 to establish a headquarters in Loudoun County according to an announcement from the Office of Governor Glenn Youngkin.

53 new jobs will be created by the project which is supported through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.

The program provides consultative services and funding to companies creating new jobs in the state to support recruitment and training.

Fortreum CEO James Leach said “Loudoun County was our first choice because of the strong technology ecosystem and a diverse cybersecurity workforce within the Northern Virginia Technology Hub, as well as the collaborative relationship we’ve enjoyed with the state county and respective universities.”

To view the full press release, click here.

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Murder suspect mistakenly released, found in Georgia

Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office reported the recapture of murder suspect Stone Colburn Fri. Oct. 7.

The suspect from Loudoun County was found in Chatham County, Georgia by the Pooler Police Department.

Stone Colburn, 25, was mistakenly released from the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on Thursday after his original murder charges were improperly dismissed.

Friday morning, Colburn  was charged with Concealment of a Dead Body, but he had already left the Detention Center.

Colburn’s case has been complicated over competency and he was previously being held at Central State Hospital for his evaluation.

Colburn’s arrest was for stabbing to death his brother’s girlfriend, Natalie Crow, in front of their nine month old daughter.

The situation is still under investigation as to who is actually at fault in the release of Colburn.

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Loudoun County Authorities investigate a series of fires

The Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Fire Marshal’s Office announced they are investigating multiple outside fires.

The fires appear to have been set in the overnight hours Sat. into Sun. Aug. 6 and 7.

The fires were specifically along Planting Field Drive between Edgewater Street and Tall Cedars Parkway.

Citizens are asked to review home security footage systems for any suspicious activity between Sat. night and early Sun. morning.

Also if any citizens are missing gas cans or engine oil containers or have any information on the incidents you are asked to contact the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

Contact Josh Hottle at 571-831-1903 or Joshua.Hottle@Loudoun.gov if you have any information.

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Loudoun County Authorities are assaulted during arrest

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office reports receiving a call from the Sterling Costco about a larceny in progress.

When Deputies arrived Tues. July 26 around 1 p.m. they confronted the subject who began to resist.

Ashburn resident Sady Ashkar not only resisted but began to assault the Deputies.

One Deputy was able to tase Ashkar to no effect.

Ashkar began to flee towards the front of the store where he was confronted by employees and bystanders stopping his escape.

Ashkar continued to resist at one point tackling a Deputy and grabbing the Officer’s taser and throwing  it.

Then Ashkar tried to acquire the Deputy’ s holstered pistol.

By that time other Officers arrived and were able to tase him again before he was placed under arrest.

As Ashkar was being evaluated by Emergency Medical Personnel he assaulted a Loudoun County Rescue Medic.

Ashkar was taken to a local hospital for evaluation before transportation to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center where he is held without bond.

The 32 year old Ashkar was served multiple warrants for assault on law enforcement and rescue personnel.

Ashkar is also charged with trying to disarm an Officer, resisting arrest along with larceny and shoplifting charges.

One Deputy was transported to the hospital treated and released for minor injuries.

Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is grateful to the citizens and employees for their assistance in the arrest.

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Loudoun County Authorities arrest an embezzlement ring

Loudoun County Authorities announced the arrest of three men accused of embezzling over $250,000 in a nearly two year span.

Francisco Aguilar Paz, Jose Aguilar Paz both of Leesburg and Raul Gozales Ascencio of Manassas face a number of charges including felony embezzlement.

Two of those men worked for Beckstrom Electric and conspired with the owner of a temporary worker agency.

The three conspired to created fake employees and charged wages through time sheets for Beckstrom Electric.

That scheme began in December 2020 and continued until May of 2022.

In addition the investigation also revealed that the three suspects were stealing scrap copper from job sites and selling it to make close to $47,000.

The three have been released on bound from the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.

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Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office investigate a bomb threat

Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) reports responding to an emailed bomb threat that caused the evacuation of Potomac Falls High School.

The investigation identified a juvenile student at the school as the source of the emails.

The teenager has been charged with three counts of threats to bomb.

A search of the school Tues. May 31 after the evacuation found nothing suspicious.

The LCSO was assisted in the search by a number of agencies including the Frederick County Virginia fire marshal’s Office.

The Emergency Management Mount Weather Police Department was also called in along with others.

Out of an abundance of caution authorities have additional personnel at the school today June 2.

The teenager is being held at the Loudoun County Juvenile Detention Center.

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LCSO seeks information on the death of a Sterling woman

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) is seeking information on the recovery of a Sterling woman’s body.

Thirty three year old Kelley Muscara  of Sterling was reported missing Sat. May 14 according to an announcement from LCSO.

Muscara’s body was recovered not far from where she was reported missing on Kincora Drive early Sun. May 15.

Loudoun County Authorities in conjunction with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner have launched an investigation into her death.

Anyone with any information regarding Muscara is asked to contact Detective R. Schmidt of the LCSO at (703) 777-1021.

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