Local Leads: 04/21/09

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Police Identify Four Bodies Found in Towson Hotel

The bodies of four relatives, including a Loyola College sophomore, were found Monday behind the locked door of a Towson hotel room in what Baltimore County police are investigating as a murder-suicide.  Baltimore County police identified the family members today as William Parente, 59; Betty Parente, 58; Stephanie Parente, 19; and Catherine Parente, 11, all of Garden City, N.Y. (Baltimore Sun)

Funeral Arrangements Set for Slain Middletown Family

Funeral arrangements have been set for the family of five found dead Saturday morning in their Middletown home. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Holy Family Catholic Community, 7321 Burkittsville Road, Middletown, followed by burial at Lutheran Cemetery, also in Middletown. Family members will receive friends at Holy Family on from 4-6 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Thursday. Keeney & Basford Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. (Gazette.net)

Justices Hear Arguments Over School Strip Search

An Arizona teen's lawyer told the Supreme Court on Tuesday that school officials abridged her rights when they ordered her to remove her clothes during a search for prescription-strength ibuprofen pills. Savana Redding was 13 years old when she was strip-searched at Safford Middle School. The school's lawyer says the search was justified because pills had been found on campus and another student had linked them to Redding. (USA Today)

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Prince William Firefighter's Death Could Bring National Changes

It’s been two years since Prince William County firefighter Kyle Wilson was killed in the line of duty, and as his fellow firefighters remembered the fallen hero on Saturday, they learned his death could bring changes to how fire and rescue crews across the country do their jobs. Wilson died in a 2007 house fire while searching for occupants who may have been trapped in the house. (InsideNoVa.com)

11-Year-Old Takes College Classes

When Grace Duval entered her English class at Thomas Nelson Community College in January, her appearance turned some heads. It wasn't her long brown hair, petite frame or jeweled Converse sneakers that caused some of her classmates to stare, but the fact that she looked a lot younger than the other people taking the course -- and she was. Grace is 11 and going to class with people almost twice her age. (WTOP/AP)

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