Local Leads: 07/23/2010

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    The following stories have been hand-selected by the Assignment Desk at News4:

    Three More Die from Summer Heat

    Three people in Maryland have died from heat-related causes, bringing the total of such deaths this year to 16, the state health department said Friday. Hot weather is expected to continue through the weekend in Maryland and health department officials are cautioning people to be especially careful and to keep cool. "Everyone needs to pay attention to this, to be sure," Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Secretary John Colmers said. "It doesn't matter your age or your overall health status. This is very hot and serious business." (Washington Examiner)

    Judge Dismisses Assault Charge Against School Bus Driver

    A judge on July 22 dismissed charges against a substitute Loudoun County Public Schools bus driver accused of assaulting a 15-year-old student, according to her attorney. Lavangila N. McKissic, 35, of Round Hill, was charged May 11 with simple assault in connection with an April 27 incident involving a Harmony Intermediate School student. McKissic’s attorney, Alexandria-based Howard Woodson, said her case was dismissed in a Loudoun County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. (Loudoun Times)

    Three Kids Hurt on Roller Coaster

    Ocean City police say three children were hurt in a roller coaster accident. Police and fire personnel were called to Trimper's Rides on South Atlantic Avenue around 9:30 p.m. Thursday. The Tidal Wave roller coaster had an apparent mechanical problem that police say injured several passengers. Paramedics took three children between the ages of 10 and 15 years old to area hospitals with injuries that do not appear to be life threatening. (Washington Post)

    Memories Recalled as Limbs Come Off

    A tree that's grown for more than a century doesn't come down in a day. At 7 a.m. yesterday, a contractor hired by the Fredericksburg school system began the delicate task of removing the tulip poplar that is part of the school-day memories of generations of James Monroe High School alumni. This wasn't a made-for-TV moment where a flannel-clad lumberjack swings and ax and yells, "Timber!" (Fredericksburg.com)