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A.V. Symington Aquatic Center Changes Hours of Operation

As summer comes to an end, the days are beginning to get shorter. Due to the shortening hours of daylight, the A.V. Symington Aquatic Center in Leesburg, VA has begun to close down earlier. From Monday, August 16 through Friday, August 27, the center will close at 7:45 p.m instead of the usual 8:00 p.m. Then beginning on Saturday, August 28 through September 6, the center will close at 7:30 p.m.

The A.V Symington Aquatic Center is closing down completely on September 6. You have a few more weeks to visit the pool before the summer is over! Some features of the pool include the lazy river, a large slide tower with two body flumes, a drop slide, a large “beach” area with bubblers and water fountains, concession stands, grass picnic area, and much more!

Labor Day Trash Schedule

While the Town of Leesburg offices at Town Hall will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 6, the trash collection schedule will remain the same for the holiday.

For Leesburg residential customers, trash and yard waste will be collected on Monday, September 6, in the SW and SW quadrants (this includes South King Street and West Market Street). For Leesburg commercial customers in the historic district, have your items at the curb after 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 5 and before 6:00 a.m. on Monday, September 6.



Leesburg's First Friday

Be sure to head downtown on the first Friday of each month to historic downtown Leesburg. The “Leesburg’s First Friday” events offer live music performances, art exhibits, lectures, comedy shows, wine tastings, yoga happy hours and even more! Stroll around South King Street, Loudoun Street, Market Street and North King street because the fun is all around downtown Leesburg.

The art galleries, restaurants, specialty shops and antique shops will be open until 9:00 p.m. or later and many will be offering special discounts. For more information you can visit www.LeesburgFirstFriday.com or you can become a fan of “LeesburgFirstFriday” on Facebook!

Here is a list of upcoming First Friday dates:

Friday, September 03, 2010 (6:00 PM-9:00 PM)
Friday, October 01, 2010 (6:00 PM-9:00 PM)
Friday, November 05, 2010 (6:00 PM-9:00 PM)
Friday, December 03, 2010 (6:00 PM-9:00 PM)

Leesburg Serial Killer Arrested

(Watch the WUSA9 live stream of the news conference at 2:00 p.m above)

FLINT, Mi. (WDIV/WUSA) -- Leesburg authorities confirm a person of interest in the series of stabbings that has terrorized communities in three states has been taken into custody.

Genesee County authorities told a media outlet in Detroit they have a man in custody in connection with the serial stabbing case.

Genesee County authorities will be holding a press conference Thursday morning.

Police believe the suspect worked at a party store in Beecher, located north of Flint. Officers checked surveillance video from the store to confirm the suspect previously worked at that store.

Authorities had over 500 tips from the public regarding the serial killer. One of those tips lead officers to the suspect from Beecher. Authorities were able to obtain search warrants and track the suspect electronically through several states.

Leesburg Stabbings May Have Possible Linkage to Serial Killer in Michigan

The Leesburg Police Department continues to investigate the two stabbing incidents that occurred last week in the 20 block of Catoctin Circle NE. Leesburg. The suspect, who was described as a tall, stocky, white male in his early 40’s and was last seen wearing a baseball cap and a light-colored shirt. He was driving a dark green Chevrolet Blazer or GMC Jimmy.

The Leesburg Police Department is currently investigating a possible linkage with a serial killer in Michigan. Police have announced that both states plan to address the possible connections in these cases this afternoon. There have been 3 attacks in Leesburg just this month and 13 attacks in the Flint, Michigan area since May. There is also speculation that the attacks may have been racially motivated because in nearly all of the cases the victims are black.

They have also announced a $5,000 reward for anyone providing information about the person who committed these crimes.

Investigation Continues with Dog Poisoning Case

In Leesburg, VA, Harley, an 8-year-old beagle mix suddenly got violently ill last Thursday. The canine was rushed to Leesburg Veterinary Hospital after vomiting all over the house and not being able to stand up. Harley started to have seizures on Friday, and was not showing any signs of recovery. The beagle mix was put down that day as suggested by the veterinarian.

Harley’s owner found a 12 X 12 aluminum pan in his backyard which had an unidentifable yellow liquid inside it. An investigation was opened by Leesburg Police and Loudoun County Animal Care and Control. From initial tests conducted by the vet clinic, it was determined that the substance was likely a mix of antifreeze and some type of meat product. The pan is also being tested for fingerprints.

Once someone is convicted they could face up to five years in prison because in Virginia poisoning a dog can lead to charges of a Class Six Felony.

Want to Adopt a Mistreated Cat or Dog This Weekend?

Volunteers from the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation are working to help find new homes for mistreated animals in different locations from Falls Church to Leesburg.

The founder of Log Dog and Cat Rescue, Pam McAlwee, has placed over 15,000 animals with new families since the launch of the organization in 2001. These non-profit group travels by van and continues to host up to 5 pet adoptions every Friday and Saturday morning.

Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation has a staff of 8 full-time employees and relies on another 300 people in volunteer positions who help out at the weekend events by walking, feeding, and taking care of the rescued animals.

Come this weekend, Saturday, August 7th, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. to the PETSMART in Seven Corners of Falls Church, VA for the dog and cat adoption. The address is 6100 Arlington Blvd.