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D.C.'s Trash Police Getting Picky on Ticketing
Washington Examiner: "Residents and business owners in some of the District's wealthiest neighborhoods are outraged over tickets they've received for up to $1,000 by the city's trash police for having a recyclable item as small as a soda can mixed in with their trash. For more than a decade, the District's Department of Public Works inspectors have ticketed residents and businesses for mixing recyclable goods with regular trash, not picking up leaves or leaving items too large for a garbage truck on the curb. But over the past several months residents and business owners - many in downtown's Ward 2 - say the Solid Waste Education and Enforcement Program has been hitting them harder than ever before."
Parents Charged With Felony Child Neglect After Children Trapped in Room
Washington Post: "Two Prince William County parents, whose children were trapped in a bedroom tainted with feces and urine, were indicted Tuesday on charges of felony child abuse. Christina Moore, 26, and John Robey, 34, of the 12000 block of Loft Court in Bristow were indicted on three counts each of felony child abuse for allegedly trapping their three girls in a room by nailing a piece of drywall across the door. Their trial is set for Oct. 20. In March, the couple’s 4-year-old girl scaled the piece of drywall and ran to a neighbor for help, court records show. The neighbor went next door to the single-family home, tore down the “half wall” and rescued the girl’s 2-year-old and 6-month-old sisters, who smelled of urine and feces, according to court records."
Mall Kiosk Suspected of Selling Counterfeit Products
InsideNoVa.com: "Virginia State Police recently seized hundreds of suspected counterfeit bracelets, earrings, necklaces and hair accessories being sold at a kiosk at Potomac Mills Mall in Woodbridge. According to a search warrant affidavit on file in Prince William Circuit Court, the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Fairfax Field Office began investigating the Noble Jewelry and Accessories kiosk, which was suspected of selling fake Hello Kitty, David Yurman, Juicy Couture, Dior, Chanel and Burberry products, in October 2010. Between October and July, undercover officers purchased several items that an expert later identified as counterfeit merchandise, according to court documents."