Local Leads: 3_24_10

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By Charlie Bragale
|  Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010  |  Updated 11:15 AM EDT
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Local Leads: Georgetown Burglaries

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

GEORGETOWN BURGLARIES
A burglary occurred through the unlocked rear door of a university-owned townhouse on the 1400 block of 36th Street early Tuesday morning, at least the fourth in a string of burglaries or attempted burglaries to take place within a block of Healy Gates in the past eight days. (The Hoya) 

MEDICAL MARIJUANA
D.C. lawmakers are discussing adding a provision to a medical marijuana bill that would allow authorized users to grow the plants for their personal use. D.C. voters approved the creation of a medical marijuana law in 1998, but Congress had blocked it until recently. Council member Phil Mendelson, who chairs a committee with oversight over the bill, said Tuesday that a so-called "home cultivation" provision was being discussed. Mendelson's committee and another with oversight over the bill could recommend language for the full council to adopt as early as next week. (wtop.com)  

ALEXANDRIA FLOODING
Every time it rains more than an inch in a two to three-day period, the Potomac River overflows its banks and causes minor flooding on lower King Street. More significant rain events cause flooding along Cameron Run and Holmes Run. This week, the city of Alexandria released a study that recommends both structural and procedural changes for the city and for private property owners along the river. The purpose of the study, which was commissioned last year, was to evaluate and recommend flood mitigation solutions along Alexandria’s Potomac River waterfront. “ We need to get to the day when a rain storm does not cause panic in our city,” said Alexandria Councilman Rob Krupicka. “ We have put off improving our flood and storm water systems for too long. It is hurting our quality of life, property values and economic sustainability.” (Alexandrianews.org
 
MANASSAS SERIAL BANK ROBBER
Police say a serial bank robber possibly struck again Tuesday, but this time a customer was his target. Investigators said the culprit, who appeared to be talking on a cell phone, walked into the bank at 8780 Centreville Road about 11:20 a.m. and approached a woman making a deposit. He grabbed her cash off the counter and ran out of the bank toward Mathis Avenue. (Insidenova.com)  

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