Local Leads: 9/14/10

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By Charlie Bragale
|  Tuesday, Sep 14, 2010  |  Updated 10:16 AM EDT
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The following stories have been hand-selected by the Assignment Desk at News4:

DIESEL THEFT
More than 1,500 gallons of diesel fuel have been stolen from underground tanks at two High's Dairy Stores in the county since late August. The latest fuel heist took place early Wednesday morning at the High's Dairy at 7800 Parke West Drive in Glen Burnie, county police said. Store manager Tierney Fiallos told police that sometime during the early morning hours, someone stole more than 830 gallons of diesel fuel from the store's underground storage tanks. (The Capital)

JOGGER ASSAULTED
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the assault and robbery of a woman who was jogging on Gloucester Parkway in Ashburn Sept. 13. The jogger reported that shortly before 10 p.m., she was running on a path near the Wingler House Apartments and across from Farmwell Station Middle School when she was assaulted and her cell phone was taken. Her attacker did not show a weapon, and she did not require medical attention, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Kraig Troxell said. (Loudoun Times)

DC HOTEL RATES RISE
Hotel room prices are still low, but are rising, according to the latest Hotel Price Index from Hotels.com. Hotels.com's report shows an increase of 2 percent last quarter in average hotel room rates for the first time since the end of 2007.
(Washington Business Journal)

EASY OLD TOWN PARKING
Alexandria parkers soon won't have to waste time searching under the seats for quarters. City officials are poised to replace Old Town's more than 1,000 coin operated, single-space meters with 125 multi-space, credit card capable parking meters.
The new meters would cost roughly $1.25 million, or about $10,000 apiece, according to Alexandria Transportation Director Rich Baier. (Examiner)

DOGGIE DIP
Area canines got their chance to go for an afternoon swim Saturday, as many local pools opened up for the final time for annual dog swims. While some dogs paddled and fetched balls, others opted for a more leisurely romp in the baby pool, or the shallow end of a larger pool. (Leesburg Today)

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