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Local Leads: 12/22/2009

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    Blizzard Baby

    At approximately 9 p.m. Saturday, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue workers were dispatched to a house in the 6600 block of Alleghany Avenue in Takoma Park to assist a woman going into labor. As the massive storm that hit the East Coast this weekend blanketed the area in close to 20 inches of snow, county rescue workers scrambled to reach the woman, braving the slippery road conditions and narrow Takoma Park streets.  (Gazette)

    Two Deaths Blamed on Storm

    The record setting snow storm is blamed for two traffic-related deaths in Virginia, prompting officials to review the number of calls for help dispatchers received over the weekend. One person was killed on the roads in Fauquier County, and one on the roads in Carroll County over the weekend, said Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller. (InsideNoVa.com)


    Snow Hits Salvation Army Kettles Hard

    Last weekend's snowstorm not only postponed Christmas shopping for area residents, it also wiped out the Salvation Army's most lucrative red-kettle day. The Saturday before Christmas typically nets more than $10,000 from procrastinating shoppers finishing up their holiday lists. This year, Capt. Michael Harris of the Fredericksburg Corps of the Salvation Army hoped to make $13,000 from 32 kettle locations. (Fredericksburg.com)

    Athiest Celebrate the Season

    Leesburg’s Richard Wingrove, of American Atheists, a group the advocates for the separation of church and state, helped erect the sign, which is next to a Nativity and facing Market Street. “We got a couple dirty looks,” he said of raising the sign, which also reads, "There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world." He said he plans to visit the sign regularly to check for any damage. (Loudouni.com)

    DC Chief Mad after Snowball Gun Incident

    The District's police chief slammed a veteran detective Monday for pulling a gun during a mass snowball fight that had been advertised on Twitter. Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said she watched video clips from the confrontation and has no doubt that the off-duty detective pulled his gun after snowballs hit his personal car during Saturday's record snowfall.  (Washington Times)