The Night Note: 1/3/11

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By Brendan Williams-Kief
|  Monday, Jan 3, 2011  |  Updated 6:30 PM EDT
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The Night Note: Exposing Oneself to the Police

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POLICE: MAN EXPOSES HIMSELF TO DEPUTY
Free Lance-Star: "A Woodford man was charged Friday with exposing himself to a Stafford County deputy who saw him staggering around the entrance to a county subdivision, police said.

Sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy said the incident started about 9:15 a.m. when a woman flagged down Deputy Chris Truslow on Garrisonville Road in North Stafford. The woman directed Truslow to the entrance of King Crest subdivision, where Truslow saw a man who appeared to be disoriented."

IN ARLINGTON, FEWER HIGH SCHOOLERS ARE DRINKING

Arlington Sun Gazette: "A lower percentage of Arlington high schoolers are using alcohol than in past years, but marijuana use is holding steady, according to the results of a comprehensive new countywide survey.

Thirty-eight percent of high school students who took part in the 2010 Youth Risk Behavior Survey reported at least occasional recent alcohol use, compared to 45 percent in a similar 2007 survey and 46 percent in one taken in 2004.

The percentage of binge drinking also declined, from 29 percent in 2004 and 27 percent in 2007 to 22 percent in 2010."

WILL VA DRIVERS FACE CELL PHONE RESTRICTIONS?
WTOP: "Holding a cell phone to your ear while driving is still legal in Virginia, and that's unlikely to change this year.

Delaware this week became the eighth state to ban hand-held cell phones while driving. Maryland and D.C. restrict use to hands-free devices, but an attempt to do the same failed last year in Virginia."

COSTLY NEW VA PRISON HAS NO PRISONERS
Roanoke Times: "As John Garman walks the hallways and cellblocks of Virginia's newest prison, he is met at every turn by eerie silence.

Prisons are noisy places, and by now this sprawling, 1,024-bed complex should be a cacophony of buzzing electronic gates, metal clanking on metal, and hundreds of voices raised above the din.

But four months after the Grayson County prison was completed at a cost of $105 million, it sits empty -- the consequence of a declining number of inmates statewide, and a reduction in state dollars to lock them up."

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