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Local Leads: 08/17/2010

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    Va Pot Haul Totals $44 Million 

    Authorities in Richmond County have found and destroyed more than 14,000 marijuana plants with an estimated street value of nearly $44 million, Sheriff Douglas A. Bryant announced yesterday. Two similar patches were discovered last week in woodlands at opposite ends of the county, Bryant said. He said police are investigating a possible link between the growing operations in the Northern Neck and a violent Mexican drug cartel. (Fredericksburg.com)

    Cecil Co. Teen Shot after Firing Paintball Gun

    A Maryland man is charged with shooting a 15-year-old boy from Pennsylvania with a shotgun after the teen hit him with a paintball. Sgt. Michael Holmes of the Cecil County Sheriff's Office says 19-year-old Ronald Lee Mull Jr. of Calvert fired the 20-gauge shotgun at the boy Sunday night. Holmes says Mull shot the boy in the back at close range after a heated argument. The teenager apparently had been firing the paintball gun inside the house. The teenager from Oxford, Pa., was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma in Baltimore for treatment. (Washington Examiner)

    Scarred by Charges, Teacher Allowed to Return to Classroom

    On Aug. 10, more than two months after he was exonerated in Fairfax County Circuit Court on charges he sexually assaulted a 12-year-old female student, Centre Ridge Elementary School teacher and soccer coach Sean Lanigan was finally told by Fairfax County Public Schools that he could return to work. Instead of returning to Centre Ridge Elementary School, where he taught for the last 13 years, Lanigan will begin the new school year at South Lakes High School in Reston, according to school officials. (Fairfax Times)

    More of a Driving Danger: Men or Women

    Men and women do many things differently. Some would argue that driving should be put at the top of the list.  Now, statistics provided to WTOP from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety highlight which gender is legitimately dangerous behind the wheel.  According to the IIHS, of all the deadly, single-vehicle pedestrian crashes in D.C., Maryland and Virginia in 2008, 70 percent involved male drivers.  When you break down the numbers to highlight the District, 57 percent of deadly pedestrian crashes in the city between 2004 and 2008 involved male drivers. 25 percent of those crashes were hit-and-runs where the driver's gender is unknown. (WTOP)