<![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 Mon, 02 Mar 2015 06:15:27 -0500 Mon, 02 Mar 2015 06:15:27 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Former Seattle Fire Chief Picked to Lead D.C. Fire]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 00:35:14 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20150302+Dean.jpg

Former Seattle fire Chief Gregory Dean is Mayor Muriel Bowser's pick to be D.C.'s new fire chief, News4 has confirmed.

Interim Chief Eugene Jones -- who has led the D.C. Fire and EMS Department since embattled former chief Kenneth Ellerbe resigned -- will not be kept on as the permanent chief of the department. Multiple stakeholders familiar with the search expressed hope that Jones will stay in another role.

Dean has a "sterling reputation," one official told News4's Tom Sherwood.

Mayor Muriel Bowser has scheduled a "major personnel announcement" for tomorrow morning. Fire union leaders have been invited to the mayor's announcement.

The fire department is still recovering from a series of problems that arose when Ellerbe led the department, including paramedic shortages, ambulance breakdowns and slow response times.

D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services employees also were questioned for alleged inaction after a D.C. man collapsed and died across the street from a city firehouse.

Jones has been credited with improving morale and relations with the union as well as increasing training after Metro's deadly smoke incident in January.

Jones, who came from the Prince George's County fire department, is said to be well-liked by rank and file union members.

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<![CDATA[Roads Icy; Schools Announce Delays, Closures]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 06:08:25 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/School+Day+Forecast+copy.jpg

It's an icy start for a Monday morning: Much of the D.C. area is still coated with ice, even as temperatures get slightly above freezing, following a day of sleet and freezing rain Sunday.

Most main roads are just wet, but pavement temps are still below freezing, and icy patches on roads and sidewalks remain. Surfaces will remain icy for at least the next few hours, Storm Team 4 Meteorologist Tom Kierein said shortly before 5 a.m. Monday.

Multiple school districts across the area are closed Monday, including Arlington, Falls Church, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun and Prince William counties in Virginia and Montgomery County in Maryland.

Several other public school systems will open two hours late, including D.C.; Alexandria in Virginia, and Anne Arundel and Prince George's counties in Maryland.

Winter storm warnings and advisories for most of the region have ended, but significant amounts of ice remain. This will make early-morning travel hazardous.

Sunday's ice storm also left about a quarter-inch of ice on trees, and the weight of the ice is breaking branches and leading to scattered power outages around the area.

Pepco reported about 490 customers without power in the District early Monday morning and 84 in Prince George's County. Dominion Virginia had roughly 75 each in Arlington and Fairfax, and BG&E reported 300 without power in Anne Arundel County.

And we haven't seen the last of the ice. Around noon Tuesday, more sleet will move into western Maryland and the Shenandoah Valley, and by about 2 or 3 p.m. Tuesday, it will reach the D.C. area before giving way to icing around the evening.

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<![CDATA[AAA: Gas Prices Rise in D.C., Maryland]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 12:14:36 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NJ-Gas-Prices.jpg

Gas prices in the D.C. metro area are up 8 cents from a week ago.

In its weekly report, AAA said Sunday that the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas is $2.38, up from $2.30 a week ago. The price is $1.01 lower than this time a year ago, when the price was $3.39.

The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas in the District of Columbia alone is $2.52, up 6 cents from a week ago.

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Motorists in Maryland are paying 5 cents more at the pump when compared with a week ago.

AAA Mid-Atlantic said Saturday in a weekly report that the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Maryland was $2.36, up from $2.31 a week ago.

The price of gas in the state is a penny below the national average of $2.37.

The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in cities around the state includes $2.36 in Baltimore, $2.38 in Cumberland, $2.37 in Hagerstown and $2.35 in Salisbury.

Motorists in the state are paying $1.09 less per gallon than at this time last year when the average price of a gallon of regular gas was $3.45 per gallon.



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<![CDATA[Video Shows Signs Stolen in Ocean City]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 11:55:23 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ocean+city+sign+thefts.jpg

Police said two suspects stole road signs in Ocean City on Feb. 8, but were spotted by surveillance video.

Ocean City police said the signs were stolen in the Chicago Avenue area between 3rd and 4th streets. Several signs were taken, valued at nearly $800.

Surveillance video from the area showed two people leave their vehicle and removing the signs. Police have posted the video on YouTube in hopes the suspects or the car is recognized.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Officer Kyle Hayes at 410-520-5337 or khayes@oceancitymd.gov. Citizens may also contact the OCPD Crime Tips Hotline at 410-520-5136 or crimetips@oceancitymd.gov.



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<![CDATA[Hundreds Attend D.C. Pot Expo, Job Fair]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 18:50:51 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009630500_1200x675_405963331922.jpg Hundreds of people attended a marijuana expo and job fair Saturday on Capitol Hill. News4's Derrick Ward reports.]]> <![CDATA[Car Crashes, Catches Fire; One Person Killed]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 07:50:49 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/davidsonville+fatal+crash.jpg

One person was killed after a single car crash along Route 50 in Davidsonville early Sunday morning.

Maryland State Police said the car was on fire when they arrived with the victim still inside. The crash occurred in Anne Arundel County right before the Prince George’s County line.

Route 50 west was closed for the rescue and investigation. All lanes have since been reopened.

The identity of the victim and the cause of the crash have not been released.
 

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<![CDATA[Hyattsville Family Scrambling for Shelter After Van Hits House]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:55:57 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009631753_1200x675_405995075953.jpg A van slammed into a house in Hyattsville, narrowly missing the family inside. It wasn't the first accident of the evening for the driver, police say. News4's Darcy Spencer reports.]]> <![CDATA[D.C. Revenues Increase, Shrinking Budget Gap]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 07:37:47 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20141104+Muriel+Bowser+2.jpg

District of Columbia government revenues have increased slightly, meaning Mayor Muriel Bowser has a smaller budget gap to fill.

The District's chief financial officer announced Friday that projected revenues for the upcoming fiscal year have increased by $37 million. For fiscal 2017, revenues are up by $47 million.

Bowser said the city must close a $250 million gap between anticipated spending and revenues. Now that deficit is slightly smaller. The Democratic mayor will submit her first budget in April. She took office in January.
 



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<![CDATA[Missing Teen From Fort Washington Returns Home]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 08:51:34 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Kayla+Corynn+Claggett.jpg

Prince George's County Police said a missing 13-year-old girl returned home on Saturday.

Kayla Corynn Claggett was last seen Friday morning in the 1200 block of Van Buren Drive in Fort Washington, Maryland, police said.

A short release from police on Saturday said Claggett was home and in good health.

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<![CDATA[Suspect Wanted in 3 Md. Sex Assaults]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 23:27:00 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/1022-pgco-sex-assaults.jpg

Prince George's County Police canvassed a Bladensburg neighborhood following three sexual assaults they believe are related.

The most recent rape was reported just before 8 p.m. Wednesday in the 4100 block of 54th Avenue, behind a church. The victim had been walking in the area when the suspect sexually assaulted her. He was described as a black man, between 30 and 40 years old, standing 6-foot tall.

At the time, he was wearing a blue and white knit cap, a blue scarf and a black jacket.

Police believe that incident is related to a September 2014 sex assault of a woman along a wooded trail in the 5100 block of Quincy Street, as well as an October 2014 sex assault in the 5800 block of Annapolis Road. Police had released a suspect sketch following those incidents, as well as surveillance video.

Prince George's County officers went door to door in Bladensburg Friday night, notifying residents of the attacks.

"It's a concern. I do feel a little better that police have been patrolling more," Bladensburg resident Christian Garcia said.

If you have any information, you're asked to call police. 

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<![CDATA[Arlington Adding New Red Light Cameras in March]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:45:21 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/232*120/redlightcameras.JPG

The Arlington County Police Department announced the addition of several new red light cameras in March.

The new cameras will be at the following locations:

  • Eastbound Columbia Pike at South Glebe Road
  • Westbound Columbia Pike at South Glebe Road
  • Westbound North Glebe Road at Washington Boulevard
  • Westbound Lee Highway at North George Mason Boulevard
  • Southbound Jefferson Davis Highway at 23rd Street
  • Northbound Jefferson Davis Highway at 23rd Street



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<![CDATA[Phase 1 of 3rd Street Tunnel Construction Project Begins]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 07:42:01 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009584769_1200x675_403801667747.jpg News 4 Transportation Reporter Adam Tuss previews the first night of construction of the I-395/3rd Street Tunnel Project, scheduled to begin Feb. 24, 2015, and its potential impact on drivers who use the busy commuter route.]]> <![CDATA[Students Worry About School Budget Cuts in Prince William Co.]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 20:31:23 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tlmd_school_generic.jpg Northern Virginia Bureau reporter David Culver talks with students in Prince William County about possible school budget cuts.]]> <![CDATA[Crews Rescue Dog From Frozen Northern Va. Lake]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:45:44 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/0227-dog-rescue.jpg

Special crews helped rescue a dog from a frozen Fairfax County lake Thursday afternoon.

A 10-unit team of firefighters from Fairfax County helped rescue Bodie from icy Woodglen Lake when he got away from a family member during a walk. He was about 250 feet off shore.

"The water was at 45 degrees below. You have about three to five minutes to swim until you lose mobility," one rescuer said.

After 30 minutes, the 9-year-old dog was rescued.

"He was shivering, but they were all positive signs," Susan Johnson, Bodie's owner, said. 

"He started wagging his tail and shaking himself off to try to get dry, and was just happy to walk off the ice," Capt. Bill Betz said.

Johnson said she'll be holding onto Body, a Great Dane and Lab mix, a little closer.

"He's the best. He's my heart."

Officials recommend four-legged friends and humans alike stay off the ice.

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<![CDATA[Beer Bust: Montgomery Co. Council Starts Hearings]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:32:37 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009626935_1200x675_405687363712.jpg

Change is coming to the Montgomery County Department of Liquor Control. That was the one thing everyone agreed on at the first hearing held by a special ad hoc committee created to consider deregulating the agency after our News4 I-Team investigation.

Montgomery County has operated under a four-tier system for almost 80 years, controlling the sale of all alcohol to stores and restaurants in the county. Every glass of beer, every bottle of wine and every drop of liquor must be sold out of the county’s government warehouse.

Council member Hans Riemer created the committee because he says the government should get out of the beer and wine business.

“We’re the only county in Maryland, and I believe we're the only local government in America, that has a monopoly on wholesale," he told roughly 100 people sitting in the audience.

The committee is deciding the future of Liquor Control by considering a list of five options, which include completely deregulating alcohol sales, moving to a system similar to Virginia’s ABC stores or only controlling the sale of hard liquor. The committee agreed any sort of deregulation will be a very complicated business involving changing state laws, eliminating county jobs and potentially hiking the alcohol tax to an additional 10 cents per dollar.

The hearing was the first time DLC Director George Griffin spoke publicly since the 4 I-Team investigation, which caught employees drinking on the job and accusations of internal theft from beer trucks.

"We're not sitting here and saying everything is great, don't change a thing,” Griffin told the committee. “Quite the opposite."

He proposed creating an authority that would give the agency more control over employee hiring and major financial decisions.

Council member Marc Elrich responded, "I do think if you're going to operate a business, which Liquor Control is, you actually have to operate it like a business and I don't think we're there truly."

Everyone on the committee was concerned about a council report that found 61 percent of restaurants and stores surveyed said DLC isn't giving them what they need to stay in business, prompting Council member Rodger Berliner to state, “Our restaurants have been, and remain, so terribly unhappy with the quality of service they get.”

He looked at Griffin and said, “I'm sure you're aware I had a restaurant owner come up to me seven days ago and say, ‘Council member Berliner I ordered 45 cases of wine and I got five.’"

Committee members also said they’re worried people are going to surrounding counties that don’t regulate sales to get their alcohol. They pointed to the council report, which found Montgomery County sales indicate its residents “consume” an average of 5.6 million gallons less than surrounding Frederick, Howard and Prince George’s counties.

Almost all the committee members stated they didn’t believe Montgomery County drank less than its neighbors.

"They are voting, if you will, with their feet,” Berliner said. “They are purchasing product elsewhere."

The committee is scheduled to discuss problems with management, security and other issues exposed in our investigation at its next hearing on March 6.

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<![CDATA[Congress Passes One-Week Funding Bill for Homeland Security]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 23:22:25 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009627843_1200x675_405787203649.jpg News4's Jackie Bensen explains the 1-week funding bill passed by Congress late Friday night.]]> <![CDATA[Wave of Fraudulent Tax Returns]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:00:09 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009627154_1200x675_405718595816.jpg A wave of fraudulent tax returns are being filed. The IRS says D.C. has one of the biggest problems with tax fraud related to identity theft.]]> <![CDATA[More Women Reporting Domestic Violence in Frederick Co.]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:55:44 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Reported+Crimes+of+Domestic+Violence+Frederick+County.jpg

One of the fastest-growing counties in Maryland is also facing a growing problem: More women are coming forward as victims of domestic violence.

More than 30,000 women in Frederick County will be abused at some point in their life, and many will never tell.

"Approximately 80 percent of domestic violence incidents are never reported to the police," said Inga James, who runs Heartly House in Frederick.

Heartly House provides shelter to people affected by domestic violence.

"Our case load is going up,” James said. “We get about a thousand calls to our hotline a month."

According to state police, reported crimes of domestic violence are up in Frederick County from 580 in 2011 to 626 in 2012 to more than 1,300 in 2013.

James sees the higher numbers in Frederick and statewide as a positive in some ways.

"I don't think domestic violence is happening now more than it used to happen, no,” she said. “I think victims are more willing and able to contact law enforcement and our agency."

A simple questionnaire is helping victims come forward. Police officers responding to domestic violence calls across the state ask a series of telling questions, including:

  • Has he ever used a weapon against you?
  • Has he threatened to kill you or your children?

Most of the women who seek shelter and safety within the walls of Heartly House have children to protect, too.

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<![CDATA[Meet Your Street: Hunter Mill Road]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:20:07 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009627014_1200x675_405696067928.jpg Traffic Reporter Melissa Mollet explores the history of Hunter Mill Road.]]> <![CDATA[The Science Behind #TheDress]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:01:11 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/buzzfeed+dress+2.jpg American University psychology Professor Art Shapiro explains why a hotly debated dress is perceived to be blue and black by some and white and gold by others.

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<![CDATA[New Layer of Tax Fraud Protection]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:56:48 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009626082_1200x675_405648451917.jpg If you live in D.C., there's a new way for you to protect yourself from tax fraud. Consumer Reporter Erika Gonzalez explains the added layer of protection.]]> <![CDATA[Md. Man Gets 20 Years in Murder for Hire Plot]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:08:26 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/0609-ndokey-enow.jpg

A Maryland man will spend 20 years behind bars for ordering the murder of his fourth ex-wife.

A judge sentenced Ndokey P. Enow to 40 years in prison Friday, suspending 20 years, for one count of solicitation of first-degree murder. Enow was also given five years of probation and ordered to have no contact with his ex-wife.

Detectives said Enow met with an undercover Montgomery County Police officer posing as a hitman in June 2014. Enow showed the undercover officer photos of his ex-wife and where she lived. Police said Enow was arrested for solicitation to commit first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.

Authorities said Enow had arranged to pay the "hitman" $1,000 for the murder.

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<![CDATA[Bowser Could Name New D.C. Fire Chief Next Week]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:34:30 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/1203-dcfire.jpg

News4 has learned D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is close to naming a permanent fire chief.

Eugene Jones has been acting as interim fire chief since embattled chief Kenneth Ellerbe stepped down last year.

At a recent oversight hearing of the D.C. Fire and EMS Department, union officials expressed concern that a lack of a permanent leader is creating problems with morale and making it difficult to move forward on new initiatives like rebuilding the dilapidated fleet or filling more than 100 vacancies.

Sources told News4 the announcement could come early next week. 

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<![CDATA[Leonard Nimoy and "Star Trek" Inspired the Real Astronauts]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:31:31 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/nasaenterpriseedit.jpg

The death of "Star Trek" actor Leonard Nimoy isn't just a blow to the hard-core sci-fi fans, it's a loss for real space explorers as well.

Nimoy was best known for portraying logic-minded Mr. Spock on the original "Star Trek" series. The show spawned a franchise, encompassing five TV shows, 12 movies, an animated series, a language (Klingon), games, toys, a Las Vegas attraction and legions of "Trekkies."

But "Star Trek" was also an inspiration to real-life space travelers.

NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly, who is preparing to travel to the International Space Station for an unprecedented year-long mission, sent out a tweet saying Nimoy "popularized #space travel for generations to come so we may live long and prosper."

"So many of us at NASA were inspired by Star Trek," the space agency tweeted, following news of Nimoy's death.

In 1976, NASA unveiled the space shuttle "Enterprise," named after a write-in campaign by Star Trek fans.

A physicist from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center even took the time to break down the scientific validity of fictional technology from the series. For example, those chest-pinned "communicators" have lots of similarities to cell phones, but the idea of building technology that instantly translates any language? Not possible, scientists say.

The influence went the other way too. Nimoy spoke at the National Space Symposium in 2010 and credited the Apollo 11 mission with popularizing "Star Trek" after the original series ended its 3-year run.

Nimoy said the July 1969 moon landing caused people to "look at Star Trek in a new and different way. There seemed to be a potential reality to what we were doing."

Other cast members from the original "Star Trek" TV show have had relationships with the real astronauts.

Nichelle Nichols, who played Lt. Uhura, said she helped NASA to recruit female and minority astronauts.

"Lots of us grew up with Star Trek; it's in our minds when we're doing all this," said Glenn Bock of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, when "Star Trek" actor George Takei paid them a visit in 2008.

Physicist Richard Obousy told Discovery he was inspired by the faster-than-light "warp drive" technology from "Star Trek" in his quest to send a probe to another star.

He said that at its core, Star Trek "is about human creativity and the vast potential of technologies that inspired human minds to construct."



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<![CDATA[Boy Shot Near SE D.C. Elementary School]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:56:54 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/0227-dc-shooting.jpg

D.C. police are investigating a shooting Friday afternoon involving a juvenile.

According to officials, the shooting was reported just before 4 p.m. at Alabama Avenue and Naylor Road SE, near Stanton Elementary School.

The shooting victim, a juvenile boy, was conscious and breathing when police arrived. Sources told News4 the boy may be as young as 14 years old.

D.C. police tweeted the lookout if for a man standing 5-foot 11-inches with a short haircut, wearing a navy blue jacket with a white stripe on the sleeves. 

Police remained on scene throughout the afternoon. Expect traffic delays.

Stay with NBCWashington.com and News4 as this story develops. 

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<![CDATA[Bowser Makes Final Changes to School Boundary Proposals]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:16:53 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/461046870.jpg

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser Friday made several changes to the District's school boundary proposals.

She said she will grandfather in all new middle school students until 2022 and that students at Kelly Miller Middle School will have the option to attend either HD Woodson or Eastern high schools.

The mayor said these are her final tweaks to the program before it goes into effect next school year. The city's school-age population is expected to grow by nearly 50 percent by 2022.



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<![CDATA[Identity Thief Filled Out Tax Return Before Me, Victim Says]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:58:14 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/484588011.jpg

Virginia mom of three Brooke Taheri opted to spend her Valentine’s Day working on her taxes, never imagining the holiday could get any less romantic.

Then she discovered her identity had been stolen.

“You get that sinking feeling in your stomach,” said Taheri, 37, of Fairfax County, describing the moment she realized something was wrong.

Tax-related identity theft is a growing concern, according to the Internal Revenue Service, which named it as one of its “dirty dozen” tax scams of 2015.

“Preventing and detecting identity theft and refund fraud remains a top priority for the IRS," the government agency said in a statement. "We have added and strengthened protections in our systems, and we continue to make important progress in stoping identity theft and other fradulent refunds."

Last year, the IRS initiated 1,063 identity theft-related investigations and the Federal Trade Commission reported receiving 109,063 complaints about tax-related identity theft, according to the IRS website.

Taheri found out she was a victim when she tried to e-file her taxes and got a notice saying the IRS already received her forms.

“I was livid and completely frustrated,” Taheri said.

Yet submitting your tax return is the only way to uncover the distressing news before the tax season's deadline hits.

Credit card companies continually monitor customers’ behavior, making it easier for them to pick up on any unusual activity. The IRS, however, only connects with taxpayers once a year. Fraudsters typically file early, beating taxpayers to the punch and making it difficult for the IRS to detect discrepancies against employers’ information, which the government agency receives in late spring.

Since many Americans have yet to file their returns this tax season, it is too early to tell how many others are victims of tax-related identity theft although the majority should not be affected.

About 1.5 million taxpayers received Identity Protection PINs, a six-digit unique number, by the IRS last year as part of a pilot program. The agency provided them with the extra security measure to all identity theft victims, including those whose data was compromised in schemes unrelated to their taxes.

The IRS also offered the PINs to another 1.7 million taxpayers whose accounts signaled they could be victims.

Filing early is one recommendation, but that didn’t prevent Taheri from experiencing a “very labor intensive” aftermath.

“Thus far I’ve spent over four hours on music hold with different federal and local government agencies and then once I talk to people it’s been another hour and a half,” she said.

Taheri filed a police report, contacted the IRS and the FTC, and checked with the Social Security Administration and other agencies to determine if her information had been used illegally, she said. And she still had to file her taxes, but now she must submit a paper copy along with an identity theft affidavit so the IRS can conduct its investigation, she said.

Updating your passwords and usernames regularly, and monitoring your credit report are a few other steps taxpayers should take to avoid identity theft, according to resources available on the FTC and IRS websites. Another suggestion: Don’t give your personal information when it is not required of you or through unsecure channels.

Taheri, who works in finance, admonished herself for failing to set up identity theft protection earlier.  She said she has now signed up for it. Taheri is also keeping a close eye on her credit reports and planning how she’ll avoid this in the future.

“As soon as I get my W-2s and tax information, I will be filing as early as I physically can,” she said. “I will be the first to file.”

And after a headache-filled Valentine's day, Taheri — who wasn't expecting a big hoopla — was finally able to celebrate with her family.

"By the time I got off all the phone calls, I think we got carry-out."



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<![CDATA[Finalists Drop Out of Search for New Metro GM]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:28:06 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/metro-shutterstock_413603.jpg

Metro must start a new search for a new general manager and CEO after all the finalists dropped out, according to Transportation Reporter Adam Tuss.

Richard Sarles retired Jan. 16, the same week an arcing third rail filled a tunnel and train with smoke at L'Enfant Plaza Station, killing one woman and sending dozens of other people to the hospital.

The transit agency has been under intense scrutiny since that Jan. 12 tragedy.

Assistant General Manager for Bus Services Jack Requa is serving as interim GM and CEO.



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<![CDATA[Michael Gardner Child Abuse Trial Delayed]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:39:06 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Michael-Gardner.jpg The new trial for Michael Gardner was delayed after he got a new lawyer. His previous conviction on charges he abused girls at his daughter's slumber party was overturned. News4's Richard Jordan reports.]]> <![CDATA[All Hands on Deck Trash Collection in D.C.]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:22:25 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009621937_1200x675_405464131762.jpg D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser calls for "all hands on deck" trash pickup as garbage piles up in some neighborhoods due to the snow. News4's Megan McGrath reports.]]> <![CDATA[Bathroom Remodeling Trends]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:35:26 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/219*120/2015-02-27_1234.jpg There are new remodeling trends when it comes renovating your bathroom; many people are making their bathrooms a show piece, just like a kitchen. Licensed contractor and host of "I Hate My Bathroom" Jeff Devlin shares the latest trends.]]> <![CDATA[Teens Last Seen Three Days Ago in Loudoun Co.]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:55:00 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Christopher+Rhames+and+Stephan+Seaver.jpg

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is looking for two teenagers last seen in the Purcellville area.

Christopher Rhames, 15, and Stephan Seaver, 16, were last seen in that area three days ago in the 700 block of Main Street, though they have no ties to that immediate area. They left on their own accord, the sheriff’s office said.

Both require medication.

Christopher is black, about 5-feet-6-inches tall and 202 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Stephan is white, about 5-feet-8-inches tall and 162 pounds, with bleach blonde hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information about their whereabouts should call the sheriff’s office at 703-777-0475.

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<![CDATA[Trouble Collecting Trash in the District]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:32:29 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009612878_1200x675_405181507813.jpg You might think its the snow preventing trucks from getting to overflowing trash cans in some areas of the city. But that wasn't the case in Adams Morgan, News4's Tom Sherwood explained. Since this report, the city picked up the trash.]]>