Local Leads: 10/21/08

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY TEEN FATAL ACCIDENT  
Five teenagers were seriously injured in the Damascus area last night when their car left a winding two-lane road, struck a tree and burst into flames, a county fire department spokesman said.Two of the teenagers were ejected when the station wagon crashed sometime after 9 p.m. in the 9200 block of Hawkins Creamery Road. A passerby doused the flames with a fire extinguisher, said fire department spokesman Pete Piringer.   (NBC4.com)

FAIRFAX FURLOUGHS
A one-day furlough for Fairfax County employees may just be the beginning for the cash-strapped Virginia government. County Executive Anthony Griffin warned supervisors on Monday that more budget cuts may be coming. A slow holiday shopping season and slow home sales would further reduce revenue from sales taxes and real estate recordation taxes.  (The Washington Post)

FAIRFAX CHILD ABDUCTION
A Falls Church area woman has been arrested in Sunday's abduction of a 5-year-old boy from a shopping center in Fairfax County. Twenty-eight-year-old Falah Joe is charged in federal court in Alexandria with kidnapping and is being held in the District of Columbia. (The Washington Post

BARACK OBAMA IN LEESBURG
The Obama campaigned announced last night that Barack Obama will hold a "Change We Need" rally Wednesday at Ida Lee Park in Leesburg. With two weeks remaining before the Nov. 4 voting, Obama is making his eighth trip to Virginia since the end of the primary campaign. It will be his first visit to Loudoun, although vice presidential running mate Sen. Joe Biden held a rally in Sterling. According to the campaign, in Leesburg, Obama will lay out his plans to for the economy, provide affordable health care, bring a responsible end to the Iraq war and contrast his vision for America with those of Republican John McCain. Gate are scheduled to open at 3 p.m. and the program to begin at 5:30 p.m.  (Leesburg Today)

FORCLOSURES DOWN?
The number of foreclosures in Maryland's Washington suburbs has declined, but officials attribute the drop to a new state law, rather than changes in the housing market. Lenders now have to wait 90 days after a homeowner initially defaults before foreclosure proceedings can begin. Another 45 days must pass before the home can be sold.  (The Examiner)

STAFFORD MOONSHINE BUST
Three Virginia men stand accused of making moonshine in a Stafford home's kitchen.Bill Kennedy, spokesman for the Stafford County Sheriff's Office, says deputies found a barrel containing distilled grain alcohol and other ingredients, including shucked corn, inside the home on Saturday.They initially were called to the residence to help remove an unwanted visitor. Fifty-three-year-old Juvenaldo Rivera, 43-year-old Leandro Carranza and 42-year-old Morris Bororquez are each charged with manufacturing alcohol without a license, conspiracy, keeping distilling equipment and maintaining a common nuisance  (Richmond Times Dispatch)

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CHEVERLY EXPLOSIONS
Cheverly Town Council members hope a camera installed at the local fire department will identify the source of mysterious explosions shaking loose home foundations and waking sleeping residents for nearly a decade. During an Oct. 9 town hall meeting, representatives from the county's Office of Information Technology and Communications presented data collected from residents who called for nearly a decade to complain about explosions going off as early as 2 a.m. The town, which has been unable to pinpoint a cause for the sounds, purchased in August a $1,500 camera to be installed Oct. 14 at the Tuxedo-Cheverly Fire Department at 5711 Tuxedo Road, located on the south side of town near Route 50.  (The Gazette Newspapers)

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