<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Local News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.com en-us Wed, 28 Jan 2015 04:13:44 -0500 Wed, 28 Jan 2015 04:13:44 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Officials May Decrease Flight Ops at Montgomery County Airpark]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:21:30 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/0127-moco-airpark.jpg

Montgomery County officials will review proposals to reduce the number of training flights and the hours of flight operations at the county's airpark, in the wake of a deadly crash in a home near airport grounds in December and amid growing pressure from people who live nearby.

County Executive Ike Leggett and county council member Craig Rice, who represents the communities nearest the airport, told News4 they will review proposals from neighborhood associations to limit the number of training and practice flights allowed on the runways.

They also agreed to review requests to close flight operations at the airport at 11 p.m. each night. Under current policy, the airport is a 24-hour facility.

Leggett and Rice met behind closed doors Tuesday evening with about a dozen airport neighborhood leaders inside Leggett's conference room in downtown Rockville. News4 requested its cameras be allowed inside the meeting, and were permitted to bring cameras and a reporter. During the meeting, neighbors said they are increasingly concerned about the potential for future accidents near the airport grounds.

Hans Bjarno, whose Ridge Heights Drive home is near the airport property, said the December crash and fear of future accidents have been unsettling in his community.  

"It's a constant fear and its a fear that has increased through the years," Bjarno said.

Rice said he supports considering a reduction of training flights, if such a reduction would reduce the risk of safety hazards.

A News4 review of federal aviation reports shows about a dozen accidents, some resulting in injuries, at Montgomery County Airpark in the past 20 years. At least three of those incidents involved training or practice flights.

Leggett would not estimate when the county, which owns and oversees the airport, would decide whether to make changes to operations. County officials are still awaiting the complete findings of a National Transportation Safety Board review of the crash, expected in the coming months.

"Some of the things [neighborhood leaders] are suggesting have been issues prior to the crash. The crash, unfortunately, gave us an opportunity to re-evaluate [the suggestions]," Leggett said.

Some of the recent requests for airport changes by neighborhood groups, including shifts of flight patterns overhead, would also require review by the Federal Aviation Administration.

A county official said any change to hours of operation of the airport might also require federal government review. County and airport records specify: "(Montgomery County airpark) is a public use general aviation airport that is obligated, under its grant agreements with the FAA, which provide federal funds, to remain open on a 24 hour, 7 days a week basis."

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<![CDATA[Man Charged for Felony Hit-And-Run in November Crash]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:12:14 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/0127-enda-browne.jpg

A 32-year-old Herndon man is charged with felony hit and run in connection with an accident in November that almost killed a woman.

Fairfax County Police had little to go on when they began their investigation but a piece of red car bumper recovered at the scene eventually led to the suspect, Enda Browne.

The 911 call came in just after 6:30 pm Nov. 16. A Reston mother, 37-year-old Nicole Sewell, was crossing Reston Parkway near Spectrum Center when she was hit by a vehicle. Police say she was thrown 80 feet and landed on the side of the road. The vehicle left the scene. A teenaged daughter who was with was with the victim was uninjured. Sewell was hospitalized and treated for life-threatening injuries.

News4 has obtained court documents that reveal how officers and detectives followed a trail that led to Browne. An officer who responded to the accident found a red piece of bumper from
the vehicle that fled the scene. A search warrant affidavit says, "through date stampings and manufacture labels on the bumper piece" the officer was able to determine the piece came from a 2014 Ford Fusion.

The next day, a report of a suspicious vehicle on Autumnwood Driver in Reston was called in to police. The responding officer noticed the car -- a Ford Fusion -- had a shattered windshield,
damage to the driver's side headlight and a dent on the hood .

The officer found the vehicle was an AVIS rental car. Investigators determined the car had been rented by Enda Browne. But when a detective contacted Browne and asked about the damaged car, Browne said "he had hit a deer or a cow or a sheep."

Browne said he'd taken the car to a Herndon auto body shop. Police seized the vehicle. The court documents say when Browne learned the car had been seized, he called Herndon police to report he'd actually been a victim of a carjacking the night of the hit and run accident.

After analyzing evidence gathered from the Ford Fusion police obtained an warrant for Browne.
The hit and run victim has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home.

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<![CDATA[Fewell To Become 'Skins DBs Coach]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:34:09 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/175*120/158819187.jpg

Former New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell will become the Redskins' defensive backs coach. 

The Giants fired Fewell, who joined them in 2010, at the end of the season, though they ranked among the NFL's top five in takeaways in each of his five seasons. Coincidentally, Fewell interviewed for Washington's head-coaching position before Jay Gruden ultimately filled it.

Fewell will work under new defensive coordinator Joe Barry. Two more coaching vacancies remain on defense: outside linebackers coach and defensive line coach. 



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<![CDATA[Decreased Speed Cam Revenue May Have Contributed to Budget Shortfall]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:25:51 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DC+Speed+Cameras+Red+Light+Cameras+Photo+Enforcement+Sign.jpg

The District of Columbia is facing a nearly $40 million budget shortfall in part because the police department didn't replace batteries in some speed cameras and other traffic enforcement cameras, Mayor Muriel Bowser acknowledged Tuesday.

The problem was first reported by the Washington Post.

"I think they were delayed in being installed or not turned on when they should have been," Bowser said Tuesday. "I don’t know the details of which, or really why, but I do know it's created a shortfall."

Last year, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said the decline in the number of tickets being issued was because the camera program was working so well that drivers were changing their behavior. Lanier didn't say anything about cameras not being installed on time or about maintenance problems.

Tuesday, a spokesperson for the police said in a statement, "During periods of extreme cold and snow last winter, there were instances when we could not change the batteries because they were not accessible, or the temperature affected the charge.

"We have taken additional steps to enhance internal temperature controls since last winter alleviating this problem," the statement read.

The $38 million shortfall from the decline in tickets being issued could lead to budget cuts. Bowser and District councilmembers said they hoped that would not be the case, though Bowser added, "If we were counting on those dollars we will have to make it up somewhere."

But one District councilmember said he'd rather not balance the District's budget on revenue from traffic enforcement.

"I'm not surprised that things didn't get done, and going forward I want to look at not using this as a major revenue source for the city," said Councilmember Jack Evans.

"We don’t think we should be balancing the budget on red light camera revenue," Evans said. "It's uncertain, it's unfair, and when we look to lower fines we can't, because we balance the budget on it."

Council chairman Phil Mendelson said the District's reliance on camera revenue had made the government "greedy."

"When we get too greedy about how much we get in revenue, anytime there’s a little blip we have a budget problem," Mendelson said.



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<![CDATA[Md. Man Turns Self in to Police After Amber Alert]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:20:26 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/0127-denny.jpg

A Maryland man accused of abducting his 5-month-old child Tuesday afternoon has turned himself in to Prince George's County Police.

Montgomery County Police said 26-year-old Deare Marquis Denny drove a rental car to a Poolesville home on Hempstone Avenue, punched the mother of his child and took his infant daughter Drew Marie Denny with him, all while holding a handgun.

"The baby has been recovered safely and that's the outcome we wanted in all this," Montgomery County Police officer Nicole Gamard said.

The child will be reunited with her mother.

An Amber Alert was issued just before 7 p.m. It's unknown what, if any, charges Denny will face.

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<![CDATA[Old Town Alexandria Gas Station Hit by Armed Robber Again]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:22:58 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20150127+Gas+Station+Robbery.jpg

For the second time in less than four months, an Alexandria gas station has been hit by an armed robber.

The first time a cashier was shot. Monday night, the robber got away with cash -- but no one was injured.

Both crimes happened at the Liberty gas station in the 700 block of N. Washington Street. The station draws customers for its low gas prices. But as light snow fell Monday around 6:30 p.m., a robber took advantage of a rare quiet moment at the station.

Surveillance video shows the man stride across the parking lot, dressed in all black, a ski mask covering his face. He reaches the the cashier inside, shows a gun, gets money and then runs away down Washington.

Station owner Dennis Kane he's shaken by what's happened for a second time.

"It makes you wonder about the safety of your employees at any given time, since this was much earlier than the last robbery, " Kane said.

The October armed robbery took place around 11:30 p.m. Fortunately, the cashier who was shot has recovered -- at least physically.

"He's still traumatized, and not working as many hours as he used to, understandably," Kane said.

Tuesday, an Alexandria police detective met with Kane to view the surveillance video. It's believed police are looking for two different suspects. The gunman who struck in October was stocky. Monday's robber was taller and thin.

Longtime customers were surprised by the news. Allen Zeman has been coming to the station for more than two decades.

"Alexandria is a pretty safe place. It's unfortunate they target family-owned places like the Liberty Station. The people who run this do great service at a great price," said Zeman. "They are here working hard 6 and 7 days a week so it kind of breaks my heart."

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<![CDATA[One Critically Injured in Arlington Hit-And-Run]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:29:08 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/0127-arlington-crash.jpg

One person was critically injured and another was hospitalized following a hit-and-run in Arlington Tuesday afternoon.

Police said a woman driving an SUV drove into a parking lot in the 3600 block of Columbia Pike, struck a car, and while backing out, struck a bystander.

"She didn't want to stop, she ran over my foot then ran over my partner. Basically she pushed him with the car then the second time she ran him over and pushed me away," Ahmad, one of the victims, told News4. 

The other victim has been hospitalized in critical condition.

"She was stopped there for what we think was for a minute, then she hit the gas and knocked the gates out of the way," Arlington County Dep. Chief Daniel Murray said. "The problem was that the first individual who had already fallen was still laying on the ground and she ran over him."

Witnesses on the scene said they attempted to stop her, but she fled.

She was driving a light-colored Toyota Highlander and police are looking for surveillance video of the crash.

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<![CDATA[Teen Remains in Critical Condition After Triple Shooting]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:04:42 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/0127-delano.jpg

Two teens have been released from the hospital and another remains there in critical condition following a triple shooting in Clinton, Maryland last weekend that stemmed from a video game dispute.

Delano Dunmore, 16, and two friends were at his home in the 7900 block of Clendinnen Drive playing video games just before 4 p.m. Sunday when they got into a fight, police said.

Police said Dunmore then shot his 16- and 17-year-old friends, critically injuring one of them. Dunmore then shot himself in the stomach. He was released from the hospital Tuesday and immediately jailed. One of the victims was also released.

Dunmore was charged as an adult and is being held without bond on two counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of attempted second-degree murder and assault.

Dunmore and the two victims are on the Frederick Douglass High School football team -- they had just won the Division II State Football Championship several weeks ago. The school will send a letter home to parents Wednesday regarding the incident, and will have grief counselors on hand.

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<![CDATA[Contractor for Va.-Based Firm Killed in Libya]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:18:11 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/0127-david-berry.jpg

An American security contractor working for a Northern Virginia-based consulting firm was among the nine people killed during an attack on a Libyan hotel Tuesday.

Guests fled the waterfront Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli after the attack began shortly after 9 a.m. local time (2 a.m. ET). A car bomb later exploded nearby.

The Associated Press reports four foreigners and five guards were killed. Among those was David Berry, an American contractor who had worked with Fredericksburg-based Crucible LLC.

The company's CEO sent out a statement Tuesday saying, "Today our company was a victim of a terrorist attack. Our company mourns this extraordinary loss with his family and friends."

It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack but the SITE monitoring service reported a militant group claiming affiliation with ISIS had claimed responsibility.

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<![CDATA[Renovated Navy Yard Building to Re-Open]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:13:05 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/boxes+packed+up2.jpg

The Navy Sea Systems Command will reveal the $63 million renovation of Navy Yard Building 197, 16 months after a lone gunman opened fire, killing 12 people.

A ceremony will be held at 8 a.m. next Monday, and will include the introduction of a remembrance area inside the new building honoring those who lost their lives.

According to Naval Sea Systems Command, 400 human resources employees will be up first to move into the new building, followed by another 400 employees each week until the entire 4,000-person staff has returned.

Employees too traumatized to return to the building will be accommodated in other offices.

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<![CDATA[Maryland Graduation Rates Hit New High ]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:03:08 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_79498447.jpg

More Maryland students earned high school diplomas last year than ever before, according to data released Tuesday by the Maryland State Department of Education.

The four-year cohort graduation rate reached 86.39 percent in 2014 -- more than 4 percentage points higher than the 81.97 percent registered in 2010. The graduation rate jumped more than 1 percent over 2013.

Tuesday's report also highlighted that while an achievement gap still exists, students from minority groups are making gains. The graduation rate for African Americans rose five percent over four years, from 76 percent to 81 percent. The rate for Hispanic students rose from 72 percent to 78 percent in the same time period.

In the D.C. area, Montgomery County Public Schools topped the state average with a graduation rate of 89.7 percent for the class of 2014. That's a 1.4 percent increase over 2013. Prince George's County Public Schools saw its graduation rate jump 2.5 percent year over year, to 76.6 percent.



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<![CDATA[Auschwitz Survivors Visit Holocaust Museum]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:19:07 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2015-01-27_1216.jpg

Survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp are visiting the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum for a ceremony Tuesday to mark 70 years since the camp's liberation.

The Soviet army liberated Auschwitz, the Nazi's largest concentration camp, Jan. 27, 1945.

The Holocaust museum in downtown Washington is holding a ceremony featuring testimony from a Holocaust survivor, a musical performance, and the lighting of a memorial candle in the museum's Hall of Remembrance.

The event, which is open to the public, began at 11 a.m.

Ambassadors and other diplomats from multiple nations were expected to attend.



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<![CDATA[How Much Did We Get? Snow Totals for D.C. Area]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:58:08 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/dupont+snow.jpg

After a storm blew through the Washington region overnight, roads are being cleared and many schools systems are closed or delayed.

National Weather Service meteorologist Howard Silverman said Monday evening that while snow was expected to fall throughout the night, Maryland and Washington would likely see only flurries later Tuesday morning.

Silverman said the snow is expected to stop falling by Tuesday afternoon. By then, he said, the Mid-Atlantic region will be blanketed by 1-3 inches of snow. Some areas of western Maryland, particularly Allegheny County, are expected to see much more snow on the ground than the rest of the state due to heavy snowfall on Sunday and early Monday.

Here are the unofficial snow totals for Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and D.C. and the time/date the measurement was taken:

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Washington: 1.1 inches -- 9:55 p.m. 1/26 

MARYLAND

Allegany County
Eckhart Mines - 4.0 inches  -- 6 p.m. 1/26

Anne Arundel County
Davidsonville - 0.3 inch  -- 5:45 p.m. 1/26
BWI Airport - 1.0 inch  -- 12 a.m. 1/27 

Baltimore County
Bentley Springs - 2.0 inches --  5:46 a.m. 1/27
Glyndon - 1.4 inches -- 7 p.m. 1/26
Catonsville - 1.1 inches -- 10:32 p.m. 1/26
Parkton - 1.1 inches --  6:30 p.m. 1/26
Pikesville - 1.0 inch -- 9:30 p.m. 1/26

Baltimore City
Pimlico - 0.9 inch --  6 p.m. 1/26 

Carroll County
Westminster - 3.5 inches -- 4:46 a.m. 1/27
Eldersburg - 3.0 inches -- 10 p.m. 1/26
Gaither - 2.4 inches -- 11 p.m. 1/26
Lineboro - 2.3 inches  -- 12:32 a.m. 1/27
Taneytown - 2.0 inches -- 8:45 p.m. 1/26
Westminster - 1.9 inches -- 8:17 p.m.1/26
Manchester - 1.9 inches -- 11:40 p.m. 1/26
Uniontown - 1.6 inches -- 11:30 p.m. 1/26
Winfield - 1.1 inches -- 7:15 p.m. 1/26
Union Bridge - 0.8 inch -- 7:16 p.m. 1/26

Charles County
Dentsville - 0.5 inch -- 10:45 p.m. 1/26

Frederick County
Point Of Rocks - 3.5 inches -- 11:01 p.m. 1/26
Myersville - 3.0 inches -- 8:17 p.m. 1/26
Frederick - 2.8 inches -- 9 p.m. 1/26
Emmitsburg - 2.5 inches -- 8:28 p.m. 1/26
Brunswick - 2.0 inches -- 8:48 p.m. 1/26
Ballenger Creek - 2.0 inches -- 5:28 a.m. 1/27
New Market - 2.0 inches -- 8:45 p.m. 1/26
Rosemont - 1.0 inch -- 7:30 p.m. 1/26

Harford County
Whiteford - 1.5 inches -- 7:05 p.m.1/26

Howard County
Simpsonville - 2.0 inches -- 2:45 a.m. 1/27
Gaither - 1.5 inches -- 8 p.m. 1/26
Highland - 1.4 inches -- 7:45 p.m. 1/26
Columbia - 1.2 inches -- 7 p.m. 1/26

Montgomery County
Germantown - 4.5 inches -- 3:52 a.m. 1/27
Gaithersburg - 2.1 inches -- 10:18 p.m. 1/26
White Oak - 2.0 inches -- 5:46 a.m. 1/27
Laytonsville - 2.0 inches -- 9 p.m. 1/26
Poolesville - 1.8 inches -- 1:42 a.m. 1/27
Norbeck - 1.8 inches -- 9:45 p.m. 1/26
White Oak - 1.6 inches -- 12 a.m. 1/27

St. Mary's County
Saint Inigoes - 0.5 inch -- 12:03 a.m. 1/27
Breton Bay - 0.3 inch -- 10:31 p.m. 1/26
Avenue - Trace, 8:58 p.m. 1/26
Tintop Hill - Trace, 11:23 p.m. 1/26

Washington County
Cascade - 6.0 inches -- 9:15 p.m. 1/26
Pecktonville - 3.0 inches -- 8:50 p.m. 1/26
Sharpsburg - 2.5 inches -- 7:50 p.m. 1/26
Smithsburg -  2.0 inches -- 9:42 p.m. 1/26

Virginia

Arlington County
Arlington - 1.7 inches -- 5:47 a.m. 1/27
Bailey's Crossroads - 1.7 inches -- 1:05 a.m. 1/27
Rosslyn -  0.6 inch -- 9:36 p.m. 1/26
Reagan National Airport - 0.5 inch -- 12a .m. 1/27

City Of Fairfax
Fairfax - 4.3 inches -- 12:26 a.m. 1/27

City Of Winchester
Winchester - 3.5 inches -- 10:24 p.m. 1/26

Clarke County
Berryville - 1.8 inches -- 12:07 a.m. 1/27

Culpeper County
Culpeper - 0.5 inch -- 7:53 p.m. 1/26 

Fairfax County
West Springfield - 2.8 inches -- 12:45 a.m. 1/27
Reston -  2.4 inches -- 10:45 p.m. 1/26
Lincolnia - 2.2 inches -- 1:33 a.m. 1/27
Burke - 2.2 inches -- 12 a.m. 1/27
Herndon - 1.7 inches -- 11:55 p.m. 1/26
N Reston - 1.6 inches -- 1:02 a.m. 1/27
Chantilly - 1.3 inches -- 11:50 p.m. 1/26

Frederick County
Cedar Hill - 2.5 inches -- 7:33 p.m. 1/26
Stephens City - 1.5 inches -- 11:50 p.m. 1/26

Loudoun County
Ashburn - 2.7 inches -- 1:14 a.m. 1/27
Leesburg - 1.8 inches -- 8 p.m. 1/26
Dulles International Airport - 1.7 inches -- 12 a.m. 1/27
Round Hill - 1.5 inches -- 10 p.m. 1/26
Purcellville - 1.4 inches -- 8:45 p.m.1/26
Hughesville - 1.0 inch -- 8:30 p.m. 1/26

Prince William County
Woolsey - 2.1 inches -- 11 p.m. 1/26

Stafford County
Fredericksburg - 0.6 inch -- 5:30 a.m.1/27
Sealston - 0.3 inch -- 8:30 p.m. 1/26

West Virginia

Berkeley County
Falling Waters - 3.8 inches -- 11 p.m. 1/26
Inwood -  3.8 inches -- 9 p.m. 1/26
Martinsburg - 3.5 inches -- 10 p.m. 1/26
Falling Waters - 3.0 inches -- 8:13 p.m. 1/26
Martinsburg -  2.5 inches -- 8:48 p.m. 1/26
Hedgesville - 1.0 inch -- 7:35 p.m. 1/26

Jefferson County
Shepherdstown - 1.0 inch -- 8 p.m. 1/26

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<![CDATA["The Water Was Cold": Family Escapes Car in Sinkhole]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:47:41 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/216*120/2015-01-27_0707_001.png

A family of five escaped their car just before it was swallowed by a sinkhole caused by a water main break in Bladensburg, Maryland, early Tuesday morning.

The family of five -- parents with an infant, a 4-year-old girl  and a 7-year-old boy -- had to scramble to get out in time.

"There was water and then we had to get of of the car and then... the car got in the hole," the brave 7-year-old said after the experience.

When he asked if he was brave, he said yes. "The water was cold," he said.

Their neighbor, Luz Martinez, said of the family, "They were running to leave. Thank God they didn't put their seat belts on. It helped them get out of the car."

Martinez, whose home was flooded by the water main break, said the family was inside the car when the sinkhole opened up on Edmonston Road, sending water gushing down the street.

Only the car's right, rear section was visible from the hole, which was filled with gurgling water. From the back, just the right tail light and a bit of the license plate were visible. Another vehicle nearby was also falling toward the sinkhole, its nose having dipped down into the water.

Martinez said the water in her own home is up to her knees in the basement. Other homes on the street were also flooded.

As a mixture of rain and snow continued to fall, residents ran back and forth from one home trying to save their belongings, which were stuffed into large black trash bags. One woman, wearing shorts, appeared to be hurrying through the icy slush without shoes.

Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) crews needed about four hours to repair the 12-inch, 90-year-old pipe. Repairs were completed about 1 p.m. Tuesday, and both cars have been removed from the scene.

The 77 customers affected by the break have had water service restored.

As of 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Edmonston Road remained closed between Decatur Street and Chesapeake Road while crews worked to repair the street.


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<![CDATA[PD: Drunk Man Tries to Kiss Uber Driver, Takes Phone]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:29:24 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/0126-uber-hilliard.jpg

A 31-year-old Northern Virginia man is accused of trying to kiss his Uber driver then stealing her phone when she resisted.

The incident was reported in the 2200 block of S. Garfield Street just after 6 p.m. Saturday.

Police said Richard Hilliard of Arlington attempted to kiss his Uber driver, then assaulted her and prevented her from calling police when she resisted. Police say Hilliard then stole her phone and left it in front of his home.

When he was taken into custody, police said Hilliard attempted to kick out the back window of the police cruiser.

He's facing charges of robbery, preventing a 911 call and attempted destruction of property. He's being held without bail.

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<![CDATA[National Airport Deserted After Dozens of Delays]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:24:24 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009270781_1200x675_389434435729.jpg News4's Jackie Bensen reports from Reagan National Airport, where dozens of flights were canceled or delayed Monday.]]> <![CDATA[Lawyers Trained to Represent Unaccompanied Minors in Md.]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:58:56 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/0126-gordon.jpg

Montgomery County hosted a session Monday to train lawyers to represent the growing number of unaccompanied minors flocking to the county fleeing violence in their home countries.

“We have approximately 1,200 young people who are caught in this web,”County Executive Isaiah Leggett said. “We want to move them through the legal process, hopefully to obtain a Green Card, but in order to do that, they need to legal representation.”

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington is providing all the help it can, but it can't keep up with the need.

“Most of all, we need volunteer attorneys, pro-bono lawyers,” explained Monsignor John Enzler, president of Catholic Charities. “We have over 20 lawyers that we pay at Catholic Charities, but because we have 85 open cases right now of young people who want to stay here, who want legal status…if we had more help, we could do a much better job.”

The lawyers who attended Monday’s session are prepared to answer that call. Many said the pro-bono nature of their work was inconsequential; if they can change the life of even one child, it’s worth it.

“It’s certainly a rewarding experience,” observed Lauren Wyatt, an attorney volunteering to work with the minors. “These kids are coming from the most horrible conditions imaginable. They're coming from gang violence, sexual violence, sexual trafficking.”

“[These children] are leaving their countries because of violence and threats,” said Leggett. “They are here in the county, so we have to educate them in our school system.”

Providing an education for 1,200 immigrant children is a challenge. That challenge was made even more difficult last week when Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan proposed a budget that cut the amount of education funding available to Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in half. Prince George’s county hosts over a thousand young immigrants.

“There should not have been a penny cut,” asserted State Del. Ana Sol Gutierrez said. “We know that we are underfunded right now for education, and particularly in Montgomery County.”

Roeli Lopez is one student who has benefited from successes in the face of these challenges. Roeli came to the U.S. alone; his parents are still in Guatemala. With the help of Catholic Charities, he now has legal status and a bright future. He’s in school and working at a restaurant, both to achieve his dream of becoming a chef.

“Many people wish to be right here in the United States, he said.

“But thank God, now I [have] a Green Card. It's... better, you know? For that, I’m happy.”

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<![CDATA[Pr. George's Family Narrowly Escapes Carbon Monoxide]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:44:43 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/carbon+monoxide+poisoning+012615.jpg

A Riverdale, Maryland family was released from the hospital after narrowly escaping death from poisonous levels of carbon monoxide.

The family of six went to a clinic overnight after suffering from headaches and nausea -- symptoms of what they believed was the flu. The clinic determined that all six were suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Prince George’s County firefighters who responded to a call from the clinic detected a lethal amount of carbon monoxide in the house. The family was exposed to more than 200 parts per million, almost six times higher than the normal CO level of 0 – 35 parts per million.

The family told staff a new water heater was installed in their house Sunday. Firefighters turned off all appliances and gas to the house and notified the gas company.

It was the family's first night in its new home.

Referred to as “The Silent Killer,” doctors at the clinic say the carbon monoxide would have been fatal had the family remained in the house for just 30 more minutes.

The Prince George’s Fire Department offers the following suggestions to prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning:

  • In Prince George’s County, it is now a law that you have at least one battery-powered CO detector on each level of your home and near sleeping areas, and make sure it is more than 5 feet from fuel-burning appliances to prevent false alarms. The Fire/EMS Department strongly encourages the use of a 10-year CO detector.
  • Ensure that fuel-burning appliances are properly installed and working according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Inspect these appliances for adequate ventilation.
  • Do not burn charcoal inside your house, even in the fireplace.
  • Do not use gasoline-powered generators inside of your house.
  • Keep chimneys clear of animal nests, leaves and residue to ensure proper venting.
  • Do not block or seal shut exhaust flues or ducts for appliances, such as water heaters, ranges and clothes dryers.



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<![CDATA[Man Accused of Murder for Hire Plot Has Ties to White Supremacist Group]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:59:28 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/0123-brumback.jpg

A Sterling, Virginia man arrested last week in a murder for hire plot has links to a white supremacist group.

Dallas Brumback, Jr. was charged Jan. 22 with attempted capital murder for allegedly trying to pay someone to kill his ex-wife.

Court documents and conversations with Brumback's neighbors reveal he has ties to a whites-only Christian organization.

In July of 2012, Brumback was one of the organizers of a conference near Birmingham, Alabama where Ku Klux Klan banners were displayed and only certain white Christians were allowed.

African-Americans, Jews, Catholics and Muslims were barred. Clean-shaven with short hair two years ago at the conference, Brumback now sports long, shaggy hair and a long, full beard.

Charging documents filed in Loudoun County Juvenile and Domestic Relations court allege that between Nov. 16 and Jan. 21, Brumback offered to pay an unidentified third party $2,500 up front for his ex-wife's murder and $2,500 after the killing was complete.

Divorce papers from 2006 show a contentious relationship between the couple.

Brumback's then-wife complained he was in the Ku Klux Klan and that he threatened to commit suicide by cop, prompting her to call police because of his erratic behavior.

He countered that she falsely alleged the suicide claim. The couple's divorce was finalized in 2007.
It's unknown what reportedly motivated the murder for hire plot now, some seven years later.

Brumback lives with his new wife and 3 children in a home on Redrose Drive in Sterling. His mother's house is right next door.

A sign on the Brumback's gate reads, "I'm a bitter gun owner clinging to my religion."

Neighbors say police and ATF vehicles filled Redrose Drive last Thursday after Brumback's arrest, as investigators conducted a search at the house.

Some neighbors tell News4 that Brumback was considered a threat because he frequently fired his weapon in his yard, killing crows and other animals. They said he was usually clad in camouflage clothing.

Other neighbors said Brumback's activities did not bother them, but they confirm he was linked to a white supremacist group.

On court documents, Brumback lists his occupation as pastor. The "whites only" conference
two years ago was one of his religious events. Brumback will back in court Jan. 29 for a bond hearing.

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<![CDATA[Travelers at Reagan National Impacted by Delays, Cancellations]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:52:13 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009268356_1200x675_389345347995.jpg Delays and cancellations are impacting travelers Reagan National Airport. Adam Tuss reports.]]> <![CDATA[Workers, Students Turn "Snow Day" into "Ski Day"]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:41:25 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009269679_1200x675_389355587812.jpg News 4's Mark Segraves talked to people who spent Monday's "snow day" on the ski slopes.]]> <![CDATA[Surveillance Video Shows Shots Fired in D.C. Homicide]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:39:19 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/0126-dc-homicide.jpg

D.C. police released surveillance video of a man wanted for shooting and killing 22-year-old Kevin Owens on Martin Luther King Day.

The shooting was reported around 2 p.m. in the 3400 block of 13th Place SE. Owens was found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds and later pronounced dead.

Last week, police arrested 21-year-old Markell Alston in connection with the murder, but say they're looking for a second suspect, seen in the above video.

If you have any information, call police at 202-727-9099.


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<![CDATA[Final Victim Found After Maryland Mansion Fire]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:36:14 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Boone+Pyle+family1.jpg

The sixth and final victim of a massive fire that destroyed a Maryland mansion has been found more than a week later.

The victims are believed to be grandparents Don and Sandy Pyle, and four grandchildren, the parents of the children have said. 

Investigators found the remains of the final victim Monday, the Anne Arundel County Fire Department said.

The parents said the children -- two sets of cousins -- were in the mansion near Annapolis when a massive fire tore through the home early Jan. 19. Last week, they shared memories of sisters Alexis and Kaitlyn Boone, 8 and 7; and siblings Charlotte and Wesley Boone, 8 and 6.

"Life is fragile. Make time today to embrace your loved ones," a statement from the Boone and Pyle families read in part.

Alexis and Kaitlyn are the daughters of Randy and Stacey Boone, while Charlotte and Wesley are the children of Clint Boone and his ex-wife Eve Morrison. The family says Clint and Randy are the sons of Sandra Pyle and the stepsons of Don Pyle.

Although there is no sign of foul play, the fire is being handled as a crime scene because there is no indication how or where the fire started and there were no witnesses.

Fire officials say the home did not have a sprinkler system. An alarm monitoring company and a neighbor who saw flames reported the fire in the 900 block of Childs Point Road in Annapolis about 3:30 a.m. Jan. 19, according to Capt. Russ Davies, spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Fire Department.

The families said in a statement that they "are blessed that so many family, friends, and neighbors have come together for us in our time of need."

Stay with News4 and NBCWashington.com for more shortly.


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<![CDATA[Rookie D.C. Firefighter Jones Arrested on Gun Charges: PD ]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:46:16 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/0125-dc-firefighter-oshane-roland-jones.jpg

A rookie D.C. firefighter has been arrested on gun charges, according to charging documents.

A Prince George's County Police officer spotted 21-year-old Oshane Roland Jones' car illegally parked in a handicap parking spot on Kenilworth Avenue in Capitol Heights Sunday night. Police say the car was also parked partially on the sidewalk.

Police say the officer found Jones and two other men in the car and detected a strong odor of marijuana. When the officer approached the men, he saw an ammunition clip for a gun.

A search of the car found two Glock 23 .40 caliber handguns and a small amount of marijuana, the charging documents state. Police also found ski masks, latex gloves and extra ammunition in the car.

A spokesperson for the D.C. Fire Department told News4 that they are aware of the charges, and Jones has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

Because Jones is still on probation as a firefighter, the chief can fire him if he’s found guilty.

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<![CDATA[D.C. Bar Fight Leads to Stabbing Early Sunday Morning]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:14:56 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/0125-dc-stabbing.jpg

D.C. police say one person was stabbed and another physically assaulted following a fight that started at a bar.

The incident was reported outside the Takoma Station Tavern in the 6900 block of 4th Street NW. Police say a fight started inside the bar and continued outside when one person was stabbed in the back and another assaulted.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 202-727-9099.

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<![CDATA[Man Found Shot to Death at D.C. Restaurant]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:05:15 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/0125-dc-homicide.jpg

A 45-year-old Maryland man was found shot to death near Howard University in D.C. early Sunday morning. 

Police say the shooting was reported just after 3 a.m. in the 2700 block of Georgia Avenue NW at Chuck and Billies restaurant. When crews arrived, they found Jerald Williams of Ellicott City suffering from a gunshot wound.  He was pronounced dead on scene.

No word yet on a motive or suspect information.

Call police at 202-727-9099 if you have any information.

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<![CDATA[20-Inch Water Main Breaks in Arlington]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 17:22:44 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/arlington+water+main+break2.jpg

The Arlington Fire Department said a 20-inch water main is broken in the area of South Dinwiddie Street and Columbia Pike.

Officials said the break is affecting an area south of Route 50 and west of George Mason Drive, and should be repaired by 9 p.m. Sunday.

A Montgomery County, Maryland, fire department tanker is being sent to Arlington to assist in providing water in case of a fire in the area.

We’ll update with more information as it comes in.

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<![CDATA[Man Found Shot, Slumped Over Wheel in Montgomery County]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:27:26 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/bel+pre+homicide.jpg

Police are investigating a suspicious death in the Bel Pre area of Montgomery County, Maryland.

Detectives said a man was discovered slumped over the wheel of a vehicle in the parking lot of an apartment complex about 12:30 a.m. Sunday. When emergency crews responded to the scene at Whispering Pines Drive and Weeping Willow Court, they found the man had been shot.

The victim has been identified as Wei Wu, 46, of northwest Washington.

Detectives do not believe it was a random shooting, police said. They believe the shooter and victim may have known each other or had some sort of prior association.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Montgomery County police department at 301-279-8000.
 

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<![CDATA[A Dog's Life: In Training to Serve]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:03:02 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009235427_1200x675_387929667588.jpg

Someone with special needs will soon have a better life, thanks to the efforts of a Clifton, Virginia, family.

Michele and Mark Masters are training Sara Lee as a service dog. Sara Lee will be part of their family for about a year-and-a-half before being placed.
The Masters are teaching Sara Lee more than two dozen commands -- a lot more than just "sit."
Sara Lee also must learn extreme control, like not to eat food from the floor.
The Masters are training Sara Lee for the group Canine Companions for Life. It's not known yet exactly where Sara Lee will be placed.
Another dog groomed through the same organization is now serving the Prince William County Department of Social Services.

Michele Masters told the Fairfax Times  her motivation for training service dogs started with an observation on a flight.

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