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Local Leads: 12/21/2009

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    Snowballs, a Cop and a Gun

    According to an eyewitness, a D.C. Police detective (pictured above w/ gun) went nuts after kids pelted his Hummer with snowballs at 14th and U Streets NW this afternoon. The veteran detective got out of his car and eventually grabbed for his gun, displaying it to the crowd. He did not immediately identify himself as a police officer. He calmed down once his fellow uniformed cop arrived. (Washington City Paper)

    Don't forget Mailboxes and Hydrants

    As VDOT crews work to clear neighborhood streets in the continuing effort to get the region's motorists moving again, residents are reminded to help out as well by making sure postal crews have access to mailboxes and emergency responders can hook in to hydrants.(Leesburg Today)

    Many Va Roads Still Need Clearing

    VDOT says major arteries are passable, but subdivision streets remain treacherous. Where crews have plowed, drivers can expect a path but slippery conditions with high piles of snow to the sides. Crews will continue working in 12-hour shifts until all roads in northern Virginia are considered safe, VDOT says. (InsideNoVa.com)

    Double Shooting in Alexandria

    Two people are dead and another one injured after a double shooting at Gold Crust Bakery Co. on East Monroe Avenue, an Alexandria police spokesperson said Friday night. Police responded to a "shots fired" call a 7:30 p.m.Police arrived on the scene and found two victims. One victim, Kossi Djossou, a 19-year-old Fairfax resident, was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause and manner of her death, police said. (Alexandria Times)

    Same-Sex Spousal Case a Preview for DC

    The federal Defense of Marriage Act means the U.S. government cannot grant spousal benefits to federal workers in same-sex marriages, a government lawyer said in a claim likely to be repeated when gay marriage comes to the District. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) cannot authorize health care coverage for the same-sex spouse of a San Francisco federal court employee even though a judge has ordered the agency to do, said Elaine Kaplan, OPM's general counsel, said in a statement issued Friday. (Washington Times)