Local Leads: 7/14/11

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By Charlie Bragale
|  Thursday, Jul 14, 2011  |  Updated 12:51 PM EDT
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Local Leads: Fake Cop in Jail

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

FAKE COP LANDS IN JAIL
Fredericksburg.com: "A Stafford County man who took his apparent desire to be a police officer too far has been ordered to serve 11 days in jail. Craig Patrick McSween, 38, pleaded guilty yesterday in Stafford General District Court to two counts of impersonating a police officer, brandishing a firearm and driving without a license. As part of a plea agreement, McSween will pay $450 in fines and will report to Rappahannock Regional Jail on July 22 to begin serving his time. McSween was arrested after a May 7 incident in which he claimed to be a Drug Enforcement Administration officer while stopping a man for a reckless driving incident."

FORECLOSURES DOWN

Washington Examiner: "Foreclosure filings are plummeting across the region, a sign that the worst of the housing bust -- for most homeowners -- is over. But the recovery is concentrated in the District and other urban counties while the region's outlying areas still have a long way to go before the foreclosure crisis stops depleting property values. Foreclosures in the Washington area fell by more than 54 percent in the first six months of the year, compared with the corresponding period last year, according to a report released Thursday by the foreclosure tracking firm RealtyTrac."  

DC'S COCKTAIL
wtop/ap: "The nation's capital is the birthplace of the rickey, a classic cocktail made with gin or whiskey, fresh lime juice and club soda. On Thursday, D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans will join cocktail aficionados to read a proclamation declaring the rickey as Washington's native cocktail and declaring July as rickey month in the District."

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