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SEVEN CHARGED WITH COCAINE TRAFFICKING
Seven men are charged in a 34-count indictment released Thursday in U.S. Eastern District Court in Alexandria for trafficking cocaine and firearms in Prince William County.
According to court records, Yasin Oriza Arreola, 30, of Catlett is accused of being a significant source for distributing more than 500 grams of cocaine in Prince William County in the last 11 months.
Documents also state that Arreola was supplied by a Mexican drug trafficking organization and was receiving cocaine from Chicago, Charlotte and Atlanta. (Inside NoVA)
BRENTWOOD INSTALLS CAMERAS AFTER SPEED LIMITS LOWERED
The Maryland State Highway Administration lowered the speed limit along a stretch of Rhode Island Avenue, then encouraged the nearby town of Brentwood to request speed cameras there.
The state reduced the speed limit from 35 miles per hour to 25 miles per hour along Rhode Island Avenue near 37th Street in April. Brentwood installed a camera in the newly lowered area in June, and dozens of ticketed drivers began complaining about the change. (Washington Examiner)
JELLYFISH IN THE INNER HARBOR?
Inner Harbor's no place to swim anyway, but now you can add another reason not to go in the water downtown: jellyfish.
The Baltimore Sun reports that softball-sized, milky white, bell-shaped jellyfish with long, trailing tentacles could be seen moving slowly about Thursday in the murky water by the USS Constellation.
Scientists identified them as Chrysaora quinquecirrha — the most common of sea nettles in the Chesapeake Bay. Usually, though, they hang out farther south, where they sting unwary bathers and swimmers. (Washington Post)
NATIONAL PARKS FREE ON SATURDAY
If you're looking for something to do Saturday, national parks in the the National Capital Region will be open free of charge for National Public Lands Day.
The National Park Service wants volunteers to turn out for various activities, but even if you don't volunteer, the entrance fees to the parks will be waived.
Whether you're just visiting or volunteering, come prepared for a day in the sun. Bring water, sunscreen, insect repellent and wear sturdy, comfortable shoes. (WTOP)