The Night Note: 08/04/2009

News you need to know

The following stories have been hand-selected by the Assignment Desk at News4:

Credit Card Scams

As a  waiter at the Red Lobster in Alexandria, Arlington resident Kevin Maples developed a way to trick customers to leave their credit cards behind. After charging the bill, Maples said, he would wrap the receipt around the card in a way that obscured it from view. Eventually he realized that many people would simply walk away from the table without even looking at the receipt — leaving the card behind and giving him the opportunity to go on shopping sprees that would allow him to support his heroin habit. (Connection Newspapers)

Senate to Vote on Clunkers Extension

The Senate will vote to extend the popular "cash-for-clunkers" program before going home on Friday, Majority Leader Harry Reid declared Tuesday in a strong signal the government won't let the trade-in rebates die under the surging demand that has almost exhausted federal backing. Reid's GOP counterpart, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, predicted his party would not block a vote and "the matter will be completed."  (AP/WTOP)

DC Cops to Get Stimulus Funds

The Justice Department on Monday announced more than $12 million in economic stimulus funds for the District's Metropolitan Police Department to create or preserve 50 law enforcement jobs. Associate Attorney General Thomas J. Perrelli announced the funds just days after several large cities such as New York were disappointed to not receive any of the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grants.  (Washington Times)


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Fugitive Dog Sought

Spotsylvania County authorities are looking for a dog that badly injured a 60-year-old woman Sunday and caused fatal injuries to her dog.  Sheriff’s 1st Sgt. Liz Scott said the woman was walking her black Labrador in the area of Dewberry Drive in Wilburn Farms subdivision about 1 p.m. when a Rottweiler mix attacked her dog. While attempted to cover herself and her dog from the attack, Scott said, the woman was bitten numerous times.  (

Roaming Horses Terrorize Neighborhood

Thurmont -- A group of horses in Thurmont is driving neighbors wild. "The horses constantly, constantly get out," said Diana Miller, who lives next to 7029 Kellys Store Road, home to horses that have repeatedly gotten loose in the past decade. "They run through everybody's yards. They destroy our property. They tear up our yards." The horse property owner is listed as Janis M. O'Connor. She could not be reached for comment. (Frederick News-Post)

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