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Local Leads: Soldier's Death Called Murder

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SOLDIER'S DEATH NOW A MURDER "The July death in Iraq of a decorated Army medic from the Fredericksburg area was murder, her parents say they have been told by military investigators. The Army initially reported that Spc. Morganne McBeth, 19, a combat medic, died July 2 in a noncombat incident. Her parents, Leonard and Sylvia McBeth, who live in Stafford County, said yesterday they were first told by investigators that Morganne had accidentally stabbed herself at her base in western Iraq. Then, they say, the Army told them that she had been accidentally stabbed by another soldier, and finally, that she had been murdered and that two soldiers were involved."

CAR THEFT WARNING The Capital: "City police are warning motorists to use caution when dropping off their cars for service after three vehicles were stolen from area dealerships over the weekend. The thefts occurred after car owners dropped off their cars for service and dropped their keys in an overnight convenience slot. Two of the thefts were at Koons Toyota. The other was at Criswell Audi."

HOME SALES DOWN, PRICES UP Sun Gazette: "Home sales across Fairfax County tumbled in October from a year before, even as average and median prices rose, according to figures released Nov. 10 by RealEstate Business Intelligence LLC, the area’s multiple-listing service. Sales for the month totaled 911 across the county, down 24.3 percent from the 1,203 transactions recorded in October 2009. But the average sales price of all homes that sold increased 11.2 percent, from $410,339 to $456,433, and was up in all three segments of the market."

FORECLOSURES DOWN The Examiner: " The number of foreclosures in Maryland dropped in October for the third consecutive month, according to data released Thursday. Filings last month dropped more than 50 percent from a year ago, according to data from RealtyTrac, a California company that tracks and markets foreclosed properties. In Virginia, the number of filings ticked up by 4.45 percent in October. Foreclosures increased 14 percent in the District."

THE RICHEST COUNTIES "The D.C. area makes plenty of Top 10 lists, and this one shows its residents make the big bucks. According to a new report from Newsweek, seven of the nation's 10 richest counties are in this region. Virginia's Loudoun County takes home the top spot, with its median household income exceeding $114,000 per year. Seventeen percent of Loudoun households make more than $200,000, while only 16 percent earn less than the national average household income of $50,000."