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Human Remains Found in Leesburg

LOUDOUN COUNTY,  VA (WUSA)-- Cornelia Arnold's body was found next to a burned out shed in a wooded area next to Ball's Bluff Regional Park. The 52-year-old lived in the neighborhood.

Sheriff Stephen Simpson says at 5:47 p.m. Monday,  neighbors reported seeing smoke in the woods. Police eventually found human remains.

Chris Jones with Leesburg Police, says about 40 minutes before neighbors called in the fire, some of Arnold's family called them. They wanted to know how to file a missing person's report. No report was filed.

The wooded area is owned by the Town of Leesburg and is often used by people wanting to fish or boat in the Potomac River.

Sheriff Simpson says they are investigating the case as a homicide. Officers performed a search at Arnold's home, and Simpson says her family is cooperating.

Police Say Uncle Bought His Plane Ticket to Israel

FLINT, Mich. (AP) -- A prosecutor says police have searched the Flint house of the uncle of serial knife-slaying suspect Elias Abuelazam.

Authorities suspect Abuelazam of killing five men in and around Flint during a stabbing spree against 18 men and boys in Michigan; Toledo, Ohio; and Leesburg, Va.

He's jailed in Atlanta awaiting extradition to Michigan.

The Flint Journal says the search happened Wednesday. It says Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton wouldn't reveal what police were seeking.

The uncle bought a $3,000 ticket for Abuelazam to return to his native Israel. He was arrested at Atlanta's airport before boarding the international leg of the flight.

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 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.

Expect Road Delays Due to Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project

Beginning on August 4 the eastbound lanes of the Dulles Connector Road, Route 267, will be closed for 3 nights starting at 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. The construction will be impacting drivers using the eastbound Dulles Toll Road and the Dulles Airport Access Highway. Drivers will be required to detour onto the southbound I-495 Capital Beltway and exit on to northbound Route 123 toward McClean and then rejoin the eastbound Dulles Connecter Road from northbound Route 123.

While the initial construction has set times of closure, there will be more periodic closures over the next few weeks as required. However, the detour will remain the same. Keep in mind that all work is subject to change if there is inclement weather. For more information about the Metrorail project itself you can visit www.dullesmetro.com.