Local Leads: 4/30/10

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By Charlie Bragale
|  Friday, Apr 30, 2010  |  Updated 4:22 PM EDT
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NAACP WANTS INVESTIGATION OF LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT
Spotsylvania's branch of the NAACP wants an outside agency to investigate the Fire and Rescue Department because of three recent events that have drawn media attention. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People also implored the county Board of Supervisors to add more county residents to the Fire and Rescue Commission, including someone from its branch. Chapter president Mozett Petway wrote a letter to supervisors on April 27 that said the branch is concerned about three events. (Fredericksburg.com)

DOG'S LIFE CUT SHORT
Last Thursday was a typical one for 9-year-old Kody. Tied to a small tree in the front yard of his Woodbridge home, the pure bred Shiba Inu laid on the grass, wagging his tail and soaking in the sunshine. He had just taken a walk with his owner's girlfriend and was being his normal friendly self. Neighboring children were milling around, acknowledging him with smiles and the occasional petting of his red-colored fur. (Insidenova.com)

"IT'S NICE TO BE BACK IN SOCIETY"
Reality TV personality Jon Gosselin appeared at the Greene Turtle in downtown Frederick on Thursday night to help raise money for the Dr. Thomas J. Gosselin Memorial Fund. Gosselin is a divorced father of eight from Wernersville, Pa., who starred with his former wife in the show, “Jon & Kate Plus 8.” (Frederick News Post)

VOLCANIC VACATION
It wasn’t the trip they were expecting, but what could have been a disaster turned into a mini-vacation for 25 Belgian students in Loudoun last week. Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted April 15, trapping the students and their five chaperones at Washington Dulles International Airport the day they were to catch a connecting flight from California to Belgium. (Loudoun Times)

WATERWAYS STOCKED WITH TROUT
While standing on a stream bank, anglers often wonder, "Are there any fish here?"  There are -- at least in the northwest branch of the Anacostia River in Prince George's County. A Maryland Department of Natural Resources crew on Thursday deposited thousands of rainbow trout in the waterway. (wtop.com)

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