Local Leads: 6/29/10

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By Brendan Williams-Kief
|  Tuesday, Jun 29, 2010  |  Updated 11:16 AM EDT
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Local Leads: Crime Heating Up?

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PARKING TICKETS GET MORE EXPENSIVE IN ARLINGTON
Get ready to pay more if you’re caught parking illegally in Arlington. Parking fines will increase tomorrow.

A ticket for parking at an expired meter is going up to $35. It was previously $25.

The fine for most other parking violations will increase from $40 to $50. (ARLNow)

BLUE TIDE SWAMPS METRO
The drill is now underway from Silver Spring to Glenmont and Bethesda to Shady Grove on the Red Line.

"A lot of people are coming up and saying thank you," said Sgt. Sean Flinn of the Metro Transit Police.

At Forest Glen, about a dozen police including Montgomery County police, the Federal Protective Service and Metro Transit Police's anti-terrorism team and members of the Transportation Security Administration "Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response" (VIPR) team. (Washington Post)

HEAT WAVE LEADS TO CRIME WAVE?
A brutal heat wave that has racked the Washington area has resulted in a rise in both crime-related killings and heat-related deaths, according to police and area health officials.

In D.C., there have been 18 homicides so far in June, compared to 12 in all of last June. Nine of the killings have come in the last 10 days, when the District suffered 10 consecutive days of 90-plus degrees on its way to the hottest June on record.

The heat was also causing health problems in Virginia, which already has more heat-related deaths than were recorded all last year. (Washington Examiner)

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS ROAD CONSTRUCTION NEARS COMPLETION
It looks like our Big Dig is almost done.

There's been some confusion about when the Columbia Heights streetscape construction will be finished, but thanks to the very responsive Kevin Kovaleski at DDOT, who sends out those daily construction updates on the Columbia Heights streetscape construction, we know this:

As we shared in our update on Friday, crews are working to complete all major work by next Friday, July 9. To that end, for the remainder of the week, crews are planning on working through the night. We understand that this may be difficult for residents in Columbia Heights, but we want to take advantage of every hour possible in order to finish by July 9. (New Columbia Heights)

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