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Cox's Farm Opening Weekend

Need something fun to do outside this weekend? Cox's Farm has it all to get you excited for Fall. Their Opening Weekend is this weekend, the 18-19th. From the zoo animals to numerous slides and hay rides and mazes, it's the place to be when the weather is great.

Cox's Farm gets extremely busy very early, so if you want to avoid waiting in line for rides or feeling like you're at a high time amusment park on a Saturday, then get there well before the place opens. There are two rides that are by far the best ones there. One is on the far left back corner of the farm. It's their biggest slide and gets the most attraction. The next one is when you walk in it'll be to the left. You have to go through a "barn" to get to the top. It's a short slide, but it's got a sidewinder feel to it.

Police: Man Wanted For Multiple Armed Robberies

ASHBURN, Va. (WUSA) - Deputies with the Loudoun County Sheriffs Office are investigating some armed robberies believe to have been committed by the same man.

Investigators said a man entered the KFC/Taco Bell in the Farmwell Hunt Plaza on September 6, brandished a knife and removed money from the cash register.

Deputies believe the same man entered a Hair Cuttery in the 43700 block of Parkhurst Plaza this morning and asked for change. When an employee opened the cash register, investigators said the man brandished a knife and removed cash and then fled on foot in an unknown direction.

Police said in today's robbery the suspect was wearing a striped shirt and a baseball cap.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of this suspect is asked to contact Investigator M. Bush of the Loudoun County Sheriffs Office Criminal Investigations Division at (703) 777-0475.

Downtown Leesburg to Host its 1st Girls' Night Out

Beginning September 16th, and every Third Thursday thereafter, merchants in Historic Downtown Leesburg will host Girls' Night Out.

Injured Metro Police Officer Dies Broke

ASHBURN, Va. (WUSA) -- Among police officers, one of the first promises is: "look out for your buddy."

But tens of thousands of people on the internet are wondering if the Metro Transit Police Department has abandoned one of its own -- an injured officer who died broke because the pension system failed him.
 
Officer Paul Ludwig had his pension cut by seventy percent because of a quirk in the contract between the police union and Metro.

"This is the letter," says the officer's son Eric, pointing to a picture of his dad clutching a letter from Metro as he lay dying in an intensive care unit. The letter promised Officer Ludwig would get a decent pension for life.

40th Anniversary LCPS College Fair September 19th

The following was sent to us by the Public Information Office of Loudoun County Public Schools:

Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) will hold its 40th anniversary College Fair from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, September 19th, at Stone Bridge High School, 43100 Hay Road, Ashburn.

Representatives from more than 200 colleges and universities, as well as military representatives, will be on hand. LCPS high school counselors will be available on-site to help parents and students with their questions. They’ll be identified by red carnations for those seeking assistance.

Financial aid information, as well as other college tips, will be available in the front entrance hall.

Parking is at a premium, but a shuttle bus service from Sanders Corner Elementary School, located at 43100 Ashburn Farm Parkway, will be offered.

Robbery at Fast Food Chain in Ashburn

On Monday, September 6, an armed robbery occurred at the KFC/Taco Bell at Farmwell Hunt Plaza in Ashburn, VA. The incident occurred just before 11:30 a.m. when an unknown white male wearing a tan hat, khaki pants, and a long sleeve light blue shirt entered the fast food restaurant and took out a knife and demanded cash.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the case. The suspect is described as a brunette male in his late teens to early twenties and approximately 6 feet tall. If you have any information about the robbery, you can contact Investigator S. Coderre of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475, or to remain anonymous you can contact Loudoun Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919.

Va. man gets 12 years in prison for $53M fraud

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Virginia restaurateur has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for a plot that defrauded banks across the country of $53 million.

Thirty-one-year-old Osama El-Atari of Ashburn also was ordered to pay $53 million in restitution at sentencing Friday. He had pleaded guilty in April to three counts of bank fraud and one count of money laundering.

El-Atari owned a small chain of steakhouses in the Washington suburbs under the name Original Steakhouse and Sports Theater. He was known for driving Lamborghinis and Ferraris.

According to court documents, El-Atari presented the banks with fake life insurance policies as collateral to obtain fraudulent loans. The loans allegedly were for business ventures.

He fled the United States in May 2009 and was arrested in Texas in January 2010.