The Night Note: 09/03/2010

News you need to know

The following stories have been hand-selected by the Assignment Desk at News4:

Prince William Chief Asks for Policy Review after Crash that Killed Nun

 Prince William County police chief is asking the Department of Homeland Security to review its practices for issuing employment authorization cards after an illegal immigrant was charged with drunk driving in an Aug. 1 crash that killed one nun and injured two others.  In a letter to John T. Morton, assistant secretary of homeland security, Chief Charlie T. Deane asks the agency to review its practice of giving the cards to illegal immigrants who are pending deportation proceedings. (Washington Examiner)

Judges to Supervisors: Move Displays off Courthouse Grounds

Loudoun County’s highest ranking judicial officials have asked supervisors to ban public displays from the courthouse grounds, saying the current policy could impede the daily functions of the courtrooms. In an Aug. 31 letter to the board, judges from all of Loudoun’s courts asked supervisors to find a more suitable place for the displays to continue. (Loudoun Times)

Accused Kitty Killer Arrested

Authorities say the event happened on August 6th at a house in Southwest. Melson told investigators he cracked the kitten's skull with the cleaning instrument after he couldn't find a belt to beat it with. Melson was angry with the tiny tiger-striped feline--named Tyra-- because she wouldn't get off the couch. Could it get any worse? Yep. The kitten didn't even belong to Melson--it belonged to his girlfriend's cousin: Satonya Eggleston, 42. The society also says two kids witnessed the slaying. (Washington City Paper)

Keeping Chickens in Prince William County

Janet Doyle told the Prince William County Planning Commission that the current zoning laws make her “madder than a wet hen.” As the zoning laws read now, residents cannot keep chickens on residential properties, even if they have large lots in a rural area. Doyle said that when she first bought her home, on one acre in an agricultural area in the Brentsville District, she thought she would be allowed to keep chickens there. Several county residents have asked for changes to the zoning laws to make that possible. (

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