The Night Note: 8/19/10

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By Brendan Williams-Kief
|  Thursday, Aug 19, 2010  |  Updated 7:16 PM EDT
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TATTOOS LEAD TO MANASSAS MAN'S ARREST
Patrick Joshua Walsh went to Prince William County police on Wednesday to turn himself in on charges of grand larceny and possession of stolen goods. When police got a look at him, he ended up in even deeper trouble.

Alert Prince William police officers noticed that Walsh, 29, fit the description of a man who had robbed a Woodbridge grocery store last Friday and then unsuccessfully tried to rob a patron of the same store on Monday. (Washington Post)

MONTGOMERY COUNTY SENIOR DIAGNOSED WITH WEST NILE VIRUS
A Montgomery County senior and a Baltimore County adult have been diagnosed with West Nile virus, according to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The department did not release their ages, genders or hometowns.

They mark the first confirmed cases of the year in Maryland, said Mary Anderson, spokeswoman for the county's Department of Health and Human Services.

Anderson said the Montgomery resident was taken to the hospital but has since been released. (Maryland Gazette)

SPIKE IN LAYOFFS FEEDS FEAR OF FALTERING RECOVERY
Layoffs are back, and that's bad news for the fragile economic recovery.

New applications for unemployment benefits hit a nine-month high last week _ a spike that suggests private employers may shed jobs this month for the first time this year.

Workers are losing construction jobs in Georgia and manufacturing jobs in Indiana. Some of the layoffs are coming as stimulus money dries up and public works projects come to a halt. Government employees are being let go, too, as states and cities grapple with budget crises. (WTOP)

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HELD UP AS POLICE SEARCH FOR SUSPECT
Alexandria school officials delayed the dismissal of summer school students at William Ramsay Elementary School as police searched for a juvenile out on probation in the area earlier today.

The students were held up in their Sanger Avenue classrooms for about 35 minutes because of a “police incident in the community,” city school officials said in an emergency announcement posted on the Alexandria City Public Schools website about 1:24 p.m. (Alexandria Times)

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