The following stories have been hand-selected by the Assignment Desk at News4:
Medieval Ax Attack
Frederick News Post: "A Frederick man faces assault charges after police said he hit one of his employees with a medieval-style ax, cutting the man to the bone. Andrew Francis Scalera, 44, is charged with first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment in the attack, which took place at his Frederick home. According to charging documents filed in Frederick County District Court, officers from the Frederick Police Department were called to Frederick Memorial Hospital just before 4 a.m. Monday for a report of an assault. They spoke to a man who said Scalera struck him in the forearm with a decorative medieval-style ax."
Fake Police Charity Targets Mont. Co. Residents
WTOP: "If this police charity calls asking for money, contact the police immediately. Ninety-one cents out of every dollar collected by the Police Protective Fund (PPF) stays in its own pockets. And it's not the first time they try to scam people. A PPF mailbox in Bethesda, Md. was shut down by Montgomery County five years ago. The scammers have also operated in Northern Virginia. By Wednesday morning, Montgomery County's Office of Consumer Protection had already received two complaints. "They called after 8 p.m.and identified themselves as the police," one consumer reported."
Gender Mix at D.C. Bars on New iPhone App
Washington Examiner: "A new smartphone application is trying to make it a little bit easier to meet That Cute Guy at the Bar by telling partiers the mix of guys and girls at Washington-area watering holes. The Gender Zoo app calculates the ratio from the number of smartphone users "checked in" at a bar and from users' visual estimates, so others can know what to expect when they get there. "Anywhere you go, you always hear guys saying, 'There's too many guys here.' Or if you're talking about dating, women always complain there's not enough guys here [in D.C.]," said Dr. Minh Tran, the 36-year-old, single dentist and Fairfax County resident who developed the app."
Alexandria Woman Is Wall Climbing Champ
Alexandria Times: "Andrea DiGiulian had an early inkling her daughter, Sasha, was destined for a successful career in competitive climbing before she could move around upright. “As a baby she would always crawl out of her crib,” Andrea recalled. “I would find her at the top of it. I had to take her out before she could walk because I was afraid she would fall out.” The teenage climbing prodigy recently won a gold medal as the overall female performer at the 2011 International Federation of Sport Climbing World Championships in Arco, Italy. She counts it as her “proudest and most noteworthy achievement thus far in competition,” which is saying a lot considering the Alexandria native’s prowess."