Local Leads: 10/12/2009

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

    Mother Charged With Neglect 

    Police say a 9-month-old baby girl is dead after her mother left her alone in the bathtub in their Dale City home. Police were called to a house in the 12900 block of Kingswell Drive at 12:21 p.m. Saturday for a report of an unconscious infant, said Prince William County police spokeswoman Erika Hernandez. The baby’s mother, 21-year-old Julia Sumo, is charged with felony child neglect, Hernandez said. (InsideNoVa.com)

    Thousands Mourn Local Soldier

    Thousands of Loudoun residents yesterday took time to salute the service of Stephan L. Mace, the 21-year-old Army specialist killed in heavy fighting against more than 200 Taliban fighters in Afghanistan Oct. 3, as his body was transported from Leesburg Executive Airport to Purcellville, where funeral services will be held today. (Leesburg Today)

    Speed Cams Bring Tasers

    Tasers could soon be made available for Chevy Chase Village police officers after a public hearing on the matter next month. The devices are being considered as a $30,000 budget item that would be paid for through revenue generated by the village's four speed cameras on Connecticut Avenue. The village's Board of Managers will hear a presentation from police Chief Roy Gordon about Tasers at a public hearing on Oct. 12 at the village hall. The managers will also take public comment from residents about Tasers at that time. (Gazette.net)

    Obamas Attend Church by White House

    President Obama and his family attended Sunday services at St. John's Episcopal Church, on Lafayette Square, a block from the White House. Mr. Obama, first lady Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia listened to a sermon about how Christianity has consequences. Mike Angell, a seminarian of the church, told the parishioners that the consequences vary, whether it's making a hard decision at work or deciding to give more time to God. (Washington Times)

    Ministers Protest Virginia Ban on Gay Marriage

    Two ministers at a Norfolk Unitarian Church will protest Virginia's constitutional ban on gay marriage by refusing to sign marriage licenses for heterosexual couples. The Revs. Phyllis L. Hubbell and John P. Manwell said they will continue to officiate at wedding ceremonies but will not sign marriage licenses. In Virginia, only heterosexual couples can get a marriage license validating their legal status as spouses. (WTOP/AP)