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POLICE INCIDENTS REPORT
PURCELLVILLE, Va. June 19, 2020
06/13/20 1:14 p.m. 100 Block of N. 21st Street Missing Person
A woman suffering from dementia exited her parked car while her husband was inside the Re-Love It store. Police were notified and learned that the missing woman was registered with Project Lifesaver. A lookout was broadcast and shortly thereafter, a Deputy investigating an accident on 1000 block of E. Main Street noticed the woman standing near the shopping center driveway. He confirmed her identity and stayed with her until her husband arrived. A Deputy with the Project Lifesaver equipment also responded and confirmed that the woman’s wristband was still active.
For more information about Project Lifesaver see, https://www.loudoun.gov/4515/Project-Lifesaver
06/14/20 6:48 p.m. Town of Purcellville Mental Health Crisis
The complainant called police after discovering that her 18-year old child had implements and pills that could be used to cause self-harm and had been searching the internet for instructions on how to do so. The responding officers spoke with the subject about the self-destructive desires and arranged for a voluntary visit to mental health professionals at INOVA Loudoun Hospital.
06/15/20 12:09 p.m. 400 Block of Autumn Chase Court Missile into an Occupied Dwelling
On 06-12-20 at approximately 1:00 p.m., the complainant and her son heard a loud “crashing” noise in the upstairs of the residence. Thinking something fell, they searched the upstairs of the house but found nothing out of place. On 06-14-20, in the guest room she found a hole in the wall, that she initially thought was a nail pop. Her husband felt otherwise, searched the room and found a spent bullet.
After taking the initial report, Purcellville Police called the Loudoun County Crime Scene Unit to see if they could determine the trajectory of the bullet. It appears that the origin of the gunshot was on land that fell outside of the Town limits. The investigation is on-going.
06/17/20 10:44 a.m. 201 Maple Avenue Found Juvenile
While on patrol, an officer notice an unattended five year old in the parking lot, walking towards Maple Avenue. The officer engaged the boy, who did not appear to understand English. An employee of a nearby store recognized the child and accompanied the officer and child to an apartment on N. 16th Street. Contact was made with the father who reported that he works nights and his wife watches the child while he is sleeping. He reached his wife by phone and she reported that she went to the store because the child was asleep in bed with the father. The child appeared to be well cared for otherwise in good health. Officers on scene provided suggestions for child proof locks on the door. A copy of the report was sent to child protective services.
06/17/20 5:09 p.m. 520 E. Main Street Suspicious Incident
The Youth Pastor at Victory House Church reported that on 06-16-20 at approximately 7:35 p.m., he was outside conducting a youth group meeting when an unknown w/m subject parked near the church and began to videotape the proceedings. The pastor approached the subject who told him that he was videotaping because the members of the group were not wearing masks. Shortly thereafter, the man drove away. Recognizing the description of the truck from a previous encounter, an officer located the vehicle and its owner.
06/17/20 6:09 p.m. West Bound Harry Byrd Highway Road Rage
A man called and reported that he was driving on the Route 7 bypass west bound when he came upon a vehicle traveling at approximately 40 mph. Too slow for his liking, the complainant passed the car, as there are two travel lanes. For reason only known to him, felt compelled to express his displeasure that another vehicle had the temerity to drive slower than the posted speed limit by flashing a one finger salute commonly known as “flipping the bird” to the woman driving the other vehicle. Both vehicles exited at Berlin Turnpike and parked in the parking lot of the KFC/Taco Bell where words were exchanged, before the woman drove away.
Historians have pondered the origin of the middle finger salute and have found references to it being a sign of disrespect as far back as 423 B.C. Greek philosopher Diogenes, cemented the gesture’s place in history during the 4th century B.C. while listening to statesmen and orator Demosthenes, by displaying his middle digit and yelling, “There goes the demagogue of Athens!” There is no evidence to support that either was operating a chariot during this exchange.
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Officers also responded to the following complaints:
911 Hang up/Open Line
Check the Welfare
Drunk in Public
Emotionally Disturbed Person
Hit and Run
Keep the Peace
Violation of Court Order
In addition, officers also conducted the following:
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 ranked “Safest City” in Virginia in 2020. 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 www.purcellvilleva.gov.