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Posted on: March 19, 2020

[ARCHIVED] News Release- Police Investigating Juvenile Incident

NEWS RELEASE   Contact:  Lieutenant Barry Dufek

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE; 540-338-7422 x104





PURCELLVILLE, Va. March 19, 2020 — Yesterday, March 18, 2020, an incident occurred at a local grocery store involving juveniles reportedly coughing on produce, while filming themselves and posting it on social media.  Police responded and are currently investigating the incident.  The grocery store immediately removed the items in question, and has taken appropriate measures to ensure the health of store patrons. 

We are asking for parental assistance in monitoring your teenagers’ activities, as well as their social media postings to avoid the increase of any further such incidents.  We have learned that this appears to be a disturbing trend on social media across the country, and we ask for help from parents to discourage this behavior immediately.   Please talk with your children and explain to them why such behavior is wrong, especially given the current situation regarding the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).   We also take this opportunity to remind parents and children of the Town of Purcellville’s curfew, which states it is unlawful for any minor under the age of 18 years to loiter or remain on any street, park or public place in the town between the hours of 11:30 p.m. and daylight of the following day, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.

For further information regarding protecting yourself against the spread of Coronavirus, please visit the Virginia Department of Health and/or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.

The Town of Purcellville, Virginia

“Purcellville-your small Town, where history and progress intersect and people prosper,” is an award-winning town of over 10,000 residents located in Loudoun County, approximately 50 miles west of Washington, DC. Having received the prestigious Siemens Sustainability Award for Small Communities, Purcellville continues to be honored for its green initiatives with most recently being the Tree City USA recipient for the 12th year. The Town was reaffirmed as a AAA rated community by S&P Global Ratings, the highest credit rating possible, and is recognized as one of the safest towns in Virginia. Once a stop along the W&OD rail line, which has been converted to a multi-use trail from Alexandria, VA to Purcellville, the Town has maintained its historic old-town feel through the restoration and maintenance of its many downtown structures, reflecting the Victorian architecture popular during the early 1900s. Today, Purcellville is the economic hub of western Loudoun County and a popular weekend destination for antiquing, equestrian activities, farmer’s markets, wineries, breweries, distilleries and restaurants. More info at


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