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

    DRIVEWAY SCAM
    An elderly Culpeper woman reported to authorities that a man came to her door and offered to pave her driveway for free.
    According to Culpeper County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Corey Byers, the man not only made a mess of the job but charged the woman big bucks as well. The woman told police that the man, driving a white van, said he had materials left over from another job and wanted to get rid of them. Then, two hours after the job was done, the man returned with a bill for $1,200, Byers said. (Fredericksburg.com)

    PRIVATE SCHOOL DEFIES RECESSION
    As some area private schools fight to stay open in an ailing economy that has caused many parents to turn to public school, a small Christian school in Landover will begin a major expansion next year. Increasing enrollment at Highland Park Christian Academy is in stark contrast to dire financial straits at many of the state's private schools, which have suffered from shrinking enrollment in tough economic times. (Gazette)

    LOBSTER AND GUMMY WORMS LEAD MEN TO JAIL
    Gummy worms, cantaloupes and a live lobster may lead to jail time for two men, according to the Thurmont Police Department.
    Zachary W. Greer, 26, of Keymar and Kevin R. Carlson, 22, of Walkersville were charged with theft less than $1,000 after those and other items were stolen Wednesday from the Weis Market on Thurmont Boulevard. (Frederick News Post)

    ORGANIC DISTILLERY OPENS
    Loudoun County has long been known as wine country. Now, with the addition of Catoctin Creek Distillery, it will offer local organic spirits and liqueurs, to be sold in ABC stores around Virginia. The grand opening is May 7. Scott and Becky Harris, the owners and operators of the family company, have lived in Purcellville since 1997. They have two boys.(Loudoun Times)
     

    TRACKING TRASH...
    Alexandria residents soon will have to pay for larger home recycling bins featuring built-in monitoring devices. The City Council added a mandatory $9 charge to its residents' annual waste collection fee. (Washington Examiner)