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    Grand jury indict 66 in March

    The Loudoun County Grand Jury indicted 66 people in its March meeting. A significant portion of the charges were larceny, but also included drug possession, DUI and indecent liberties with a child.

    The next meeting of the grand jury is scheduled for April 14.

    Some of the more noteworthy indictments are listed below.

    •Schuyler Charles Bertolette, 27, and Christopher Milum, 25, both of Leesburg and Shayne Harlow, 24, of Lucketts were indicted for their roles in the burglary of The Cajun Experience restaurant on Nov. 23. Bertolette and Harlow, along with three accomplices, were arrested for breaking into the restaurant, forcing open a padlocked closet and stealing seven guns worth $3,300. Bertolette was indicted for two counts of larceny with intent to sell or distribute, grand larceny of firearms and breaking and entering with intent to commit larceny. Milum and Harlow both face charges of grand larceny of firearms, and Milum faces an additional charge of conspiracy to break and enter.

    •Syamak Akhdary of Sterling was charged with three counts of contractor fraud stemming from a Dec. 1, 2012, incident. Akhdary had previously pleaded guilty to issuing a bad check and has six active cases against him, in addition to the contractor fraud cases.

    •Joshua Lawrence Beruete, 25, of Springfield was indicted for two counts of child abuse and neglect stemming from a Nov. 20 incident. Beruete was found unconscious and under the influence of drugs in his car outside a Sterling home. One of the children was in the car with him while another had gone into a nearby home. Beruete has also been charged with possession of controlled paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.

    •John Gordon Hall received a direct indictment for his two counts of indecent liberties with a child.

    •Troy Allen Rutherford of South Riding was charged with one count of using a computer to facilitate offenses with children, stemming from events that occurred from June to August 2013.

    •Keith Ira Tracy of Aldie was indicted for two counts of possession of a controlled substance, one count of misdemeanor possession of marijuana, one count of drunk in public, one count of misdemeanor destruction of property and one count of assault and battery, all stemming from an incident Christmas Day.

    •Latonya Tiffany Vaughter of Washington D.C. was charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit grand larceny and three counts of grand larceny from a Jan. 17 incident.

    •Whitney Leroy Williams, 29, of Glen Burnie, Md. was charged with robbery of a bank, conspiracy to commit robbery and using a firearm in the commission of a felony in a nearly five-year-old case. On May 29, 2009, Williams and another man robbed a BB&T Bank in Leesburg. He wasn't apprehended until four years later, in October 2013.

    •Schueyler Francis, 21, of Leesburg was arrested for charges of distribution of cocaine, accommodations to distribute cocaine, misdemeanor possession of a concealed weapon and possession of marijuana, all from an Aug. 11 incident.



    Comments

    I’m a 2A supporter, but guns and stupidity do not mix.  There should be a line where stupidity mixed with firearms does become criminal. 

    With that said, I think the Cajun Experience guns were locked up, inside a locked building.  Maybe I forgot a detail from when the story originally ran, but if that was the case, it isn’t really negligent.  If anything it reinforces why many own weapons….never underestimate the motivated criminal.


    Great answer, Alanna. I appreciate you taking the time to answer. I wish that more reporters would use this space to answer questions on their stories.


    Hi Chris,

    Political correctness is certainly not at play. To answer your question, what is posted is largely my discretion as the public safety reporter.

    Here is the what I tend to look for:

    One, is it a story we have previously covered? For this month, we had previously covered several of these stories. Two, is it violent? Three, is it sexual in nature? For the most part, I do not include drugs, larceny or alcohol unless it corresponds with one of the other three criteria.

    Thanks for reading.


    Yep, funny thing about that Constitution and Bill of Rights. No one is required to pass a test or be particularly intelligent to exercise any of the Constitutional Bill of Rights. Not the first amendment or the second or any of the rest. None of them. And as much as we sometimes wish it were, stupidity in and of itself is not criminal, as far as I know.


    The Cajun Experience, in the heart of Leesburg, kept guns in a closet? And made no secret of it. They were either planning a quick public massacre or careless to the point of stupidity. They shoulda charged the restaurant owner with willful negligence of the public safety.


    I wish that the LTM would print the full list, at least on their website where space is not an issue. I wonder whether or not political correctness is an issue in selecting which names they publish. I’m not saying it is, it’s just something I wonder about.

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    Loudoun Business Journal - Summer 2014

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