The Night Note: 1/28/11

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By Brendan Williams-Kief
|  Friday, Jan 28, 2011  |  Updated 7:45 PM EDT
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The Night Note: Hunting for Tire Slashers

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POLICE HUNT TIRE SLASHERS IN DALE CITY
Inside NoVA: "Police are searching for the vandals who slashed the tires of at least 20 vehicles in the Glendale section of Dale City on Thursday.

Officers were called to the neighborhood at 2:42 p.m., where they found damaged tires on Granby Drive, Greenwood Drive and Glendale Road, said Prince William County police spokesman Jonathan Perok said."

DEER HEAD FOUND IN FAMILY'S BACKYARD
ARLNow: "A mom in the Waycroft neighborhood made a revolting discovery behind her house on Sunday.

“I just came home to find the crows are pecking at what looks like a decapitated deer head in my backyard,” the woman said in an email to the Waycroft-Woodlawn email listserv. “I don’t know what I am supposed to do… I REALLY don’t want to pick it up… it may have some disease. I have never seen a deer in our neighbourhood before. And where is the rest of the poor thing?”"

VA AG: BANNING GAYS FROM GUARD WOULD COST STATE
WTOP: "Virginia would have to establish and fully fund its own independent militia if it wanted to ban gays from its National Guard force, Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli says.

Cuccinelli issued an advisory opinion earlier this week at the request of Del. Bill Janis, R-Henrico, who asked whether the legislature can order the Virginia National Guard to continue the "don't ask, don't tell" policy recently repealed by Congress."

FOUR YEARS FOR NORTHERN VA GOLD BURGLAR
Washington Post: "The leader of a sophisticated ring of New York City burglars, who traveled to Northern Virginia and specifically targeted the homes of Indian and South Asian residents because they kept pure gold valuables as heirlooms, was sentenced Friday to 46 months in federal prison.

Dagoberto Soto Ramirez, 28, and his wife, Melinda M. Soto, 34, of Queens, admitted that they traveled to Fairfax and Loudoun counties from January to November of 2009, using online White Page listings to search for South Asian-sounding names."

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