Local Leads: Polls and Spooks

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No Spooky Spending Slowdown

Despite the economy, many people are shopping for Halloween costumes and decorations. Stores are expecting shopping to spill over into the weekend. Police will work to control the large crowds expected for Halloween celebrations in Georgetown and nearby areas today and tonight.   (NBCWashington.com)

Swann Street Murder Arrest

An arrest has been made in connection with the 2006 murder of prominent local attorney Robert Wone. Dylan Ward, a roommate in the home where Wone was stabbed to death, was arrested in Dade County, Fla., and charged with obstruction of justice, according to Channing Phillips, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia. Ward was scheduled to appear before a federal court in Florida, where he now lives, at 10 a.m. Friday, Phillips said.  (Washington Blade)

Two Killed in Thurmont Fire

Investigators from the Frederick County Sheriff's Office and the state and county fire marshal's offices are at the scene of a fire at a single family house in Thurmont that killed two adults early Friday morning, according to Michael P. Dmuchowski, spokesperson for Frederick County Fire and Rescue. Fire and rescue units arrived at the 12800 block of Catoctin Furnace Road about 3:30 a.m., where they noticed flames showing from three sides of a house.  (Frederick News-Post)

Body Found in Anacostia

High school students who took a trip Thursday to help clean up a Northeast park found more than trash -- they found a man's body floating in the Anacostia River. About 70 students from The Field School were picking up trash in Marvin Gaye Park as part of a community project when several students saw the body in the water, a school official told the Washington Post. (Washington Post)

GW Pool Problem

Members of George Washington University swim teams reported substantial hair loss and severe itching last week after a mechanical glitch created a chemical imbalance in the Smith Center swimming pool, team members told the Hatchet. Several athletes, who spoke to the Hatchet on the condition of anonymity because of a policy that prohibits athletes from speaking to the media without permission, said the problem lasted about five days, during which time they complained of what they believed to be inflated chlorine levels.  (GW Hatchet)


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