Local Leads: 08/27/2010

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By Carlos Martinez
|  Friday, Aug 27, 2010  |  Updated 12:46 PM EDT
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Local Leads: She's the Coach, Trolley Thieves, Naked Again

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

Ready or not, it's opening night

Coach the Coolidge football team? Not a chance, Natalie Randolph told the school administration when the science teacher was first asked last winter. "I wasn't ready to be a head coach," she said. When the school persisted, Randolph knew that if she was going to do what few women nationwide had ever tried, she would need plenty of help. (Washington Post)


No jail for Man Who Shot at Deputy

A drug dealer called an Arnold man last April, got into an argument with him about his daughter and threatened to kill his family, according to prosecutors.  A few minutes later, a county sheriff's deputy driving an unmarked SUV coincidentally drove up to the house, parked outside and prepared to serve a warrant on the daughter, a 21-year-old heroin addict. Few could have predicted what happened next.Fearing the man outside was the same man who had just threatened him, Rodney Divine, 61, of 987 Shore Acres Road, walked outside with a loaded .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun, crossed his front yard and opened fire on the deputy. (Hometown Annapolis)

Metro focuses new cameras on bus driver performance, safety

Metro is installing a new $3 million camera system throughout its bus fleet in an attempt to improve driver performance and to cut back on "preventable" accidents. The new "DriveCam" system will capture video and audio in 16-second chunks whenever a driver accelerates or brakes suddenly, turns sharply or executes any other aggressive driving maneuver. The cameras will record both the road in front of the bus and the driver behind the wheel.(Washington Examiner)

Trolley Thieves?

Other than the June fire that destroyed one of its vehicles, Trolley Tours of Fredericksburg has had a busy summer. It's been good," said David Hurt, the general manager. But the the tourist company could have done without the two passengers it had early yesterday. They were discovered at 2:30 a.m. inside the tour bus that regularly parks by the Fredericksburg Visitor Center in the 600 block of Caroline Street. An employee of the nearby Courtyard Marriott Hotel saw two men in the trolley--one in the driver's seat, shifting gears, and the other rummaging through the glove box, police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said. (Fredericksburg.com
 

Naked Walk Lands Man in Jail

A man now charged with indecent exposure has apparently done it before. Police got a report at 11:48 a.m. Wednesday that a man was walking naked in the woods at Chinn Park at 13025 Chinn Park Drive in Woodbridge. When officers arrived, they were able to link him to an exposure on Aug. 19, said Prince William police spokesman Mark Merriman. (InsideNoVa.com)

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