The Night Note: 12/23/08

News you need to know

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

Third Person Charged in Double Murder

A 19-year-old has been charged in connection with the double murder case that rocked a Dale City community last week, bringing total number of people facing charges to three. Prince William police have charged Jonathan Jake Jackson, 19, of 4733 Koester Drive in Dale City, with obstruction of justice, accessory after the fact and concealing physical evidence of a murder. (

November Home Sales Fall

The housing market weakened further in November with the sales of both existing and new homes tumbling again, according to government and industry data released today. Sales of existing homes fell 8.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted 4.49 million units in November compared with October. Sales were down 10.6 percent compared with the same period a year ago, according to the data from the National Association of Realtors. (Washington Post)

Stomach Bug Hit Anne Arundel Residents

Both Anne Arundel Medical Center and Baltimore Washington Medical Center have been treating a growing number of emergency room patients suffering from cramping abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea. Medical officials said it is an illness that is expected to pass on its own, but infants and elderly sufferers, along with those with chronic conditions should seek medical attention. (Hometown Annapolis)

HOA Pulls Plug on Christmas Display

Normally around Thanksgiving, Clem Vinas readies his townhouse for the holiday season, as he has done for the past 15 consecutive years. He drags out strand after strand of lights, inflatable Santas and snowmen, animated reindeer, blinking trees and stars, music speakers and more to adorn his home, as well as a 32-foot strip of common land adjacent to his lot, with an enormous Christmas lights display. This year, however, Vinas has been forced to abandon his tradition. He and others in the community have become embroiled in controversy with members of the Potomac Hunt Homeowners Association Architectural Review Board, which recently began enforcing a statute disallowing the portion of Vinas' Christmas display that rests on the common property. (Leesburg Today)
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