Local Leads: 7/14/10

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Pardon Dee Tochterman if she doesn't have time for more than a quick hello. She has worms to wash. Thousands of them. Every day from spring to late fall, Tochterman is the head worm wrangler at T.G. Tochterman & Sons, the 94-year-old tackle shop on Eastern Avenue. Her specialty is bloodworms, the nasty critters from the mud flats of Maine and Canada that squirt blood and bite. Anglers love them. But the fish of the Chesapeake Bay — stripers, spot and croaker — love them even more. (Baltimore Sun)

It started with a taste for artisan cheese, freshly baked bread, and hand-butchered meats. But Old Town resident Meredith Bragg did more than assemble a mouth-watering sandwich from those ingredients. He created a video inspired by that sandwich and ended up winning $20,000 in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s "I am Free Enterprise" video contest.  With a focus on the role consumers play in the country’s free enterprise system, Bragg used his video for a snapshot of three successful local entrepreneurs in Del Ray — Jill Erber, owner of Cheesetique; Rhoda Worku, owner of the Caboose Café and Bakery; and, Stephen Gatward owner of Let’s Meat on the Avenue. (Alexandria Gazette Packet)

A woman who was topless and disoriented at the end of a high-speed chase in Stafford last year was convicted of five charges yesterday. Pamela June Tanner, 45, of Waldorf, Md. rammed multiple police vehicles and ran several other motorists off the road, according to the evidence. (Fredericksburg.com)

A blocked county stormwater management pond in Centreville has become a mosquito breeding ground, and one resident is itching to have something done about it. The pond, near the intersection of Westfields Boulevard and Sully Station Drive, has a drain that has been blocked with trash for at least two months, said Centreville resident Shawn O'Neail. Stormwater regularly fills the basin with nowhere to go, he added, becoming a stagnant breeding ground for mosquitoes. (Fairfax Times)

The District still doesn't have a vote in Congress, but it is moving closer to gaining some new representatives in the Capitol.  The House Administration Committee is expected to approve a bill Wednesday that would add two statues from the District to the National Statuary Hall Collection, which includes statues of historical luminaries from each state. About a third of the 100 statues are in Statuary Hall, an ornate domed room on the second floor of the Capitol, and the rest are in nearby hallways and the Capitol Visitor Center.  (Washington Post)

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