The Night Note: 12/11/08

News you need to know

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

Mom Charged in Towed Toddler Case

The mother of a 2-year-old girl who was towed away from a Stafford residence Sunday afternoon has been charged with felony child endangerment. Savannah Mayhew, 22, of Spotsylvania, was arrested last night, according to Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy. Meanwhile, one of the two Patriot Towing employees also charged with felony child endangerment in the case has been charged with another crime. Jason Michael Bryant, 25, of Spotsylvania, was charged by state police this week with failing to register as a sex offender. (Freelance Star)

Metro Escalator Malfunction

One of several escalators at Metro's busy Gallery Place station malfunctioned during the morning rush hour yesterday, throwing between 10 to 15 people backward when the stopped unit suddenly went into reverse, a Metro spokesman said today. Two people were treated at a local hospital for scrapes and bruises, he said. The escalator in question had been working earlier the week. But at about 8:10 a.m., a safety mechanism shut it down and the escalator was stopped, spokesman Steven Taubenkibel said. (Washington Post)

Fenty to Ask Feds for Money

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) plans to press federal officials for money for the District from the economic stimulus package that President-elect Barack Obama and federal lawmakers are discussing, aides to the mayor said today. "We are preparing to ask for money from the stimulus, and we're putting together a package right now," said mayoral spokeswoman Mafara Hobson. Hobson said more details on the needs detailed in the city's request would be released in the next several days. (Washington Post)

Hunters Didn't Break Law, Just Glass

Hunters who accidentally shot out the window of a local day-care center did not break the law, police say.  It happened Wednesday afternoon at the Kids Time Out daycare center in Howard County. Police said employees took the children into a bathroom in the building after hearing gunshots and shattering glass. The deer hunters, equipped with shotguns, were more than the county-required 150 yards from the building. No one was hurt. (WTOP)

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