<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Local News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.com en-us Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:02:37 -0500 Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:02:37 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[No Snow; Heavy Rain, Wind for Christmas Eve]]> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 22:45:23 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/173*120/white+christmas1.jpg

While the prospects of a white Christmas is slim to none, the potential for a very soggy holiday week is certain.

Rain and showers are likely at times Monday through Wednesday with the heaviest rain coming on Christmas Eve. Temperatures are expected to be unseasonably warm on Wednesday, so anything that falls will remain as liquid rather than snowflakes or ice.

Storm Team4’s Amelia Segal says the worst of the rain will likely be Wednesday, and strong winds picking up Wednesday night. Some localized flooding is also possible.

If you are traveling before Christmas, it might be tough depending on your direction to Grandma’s house. Rain changing to snow is expected for the upper Midwest and western Great Lakes regions while thunderstorms – some strong to severe – will develop in the Gulf Coast and southeast areas on Tuesday.

On Christmas Day, snow and wind should still be around for those in parts of Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, as well as in the Northeast part of the country. In the D.C. area, wind and cooler temperatures will bring wind chills to the region, but no precipitation for the rest of the week.

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<![CDATA[Man Shot, Killed in Marlow Heights Warehouse]]> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 23:53:24 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tlmd_policelights46.jpg

Police in Prince George's County are identifying a man who was found fatally shot inside a warehouse in Marlow Heights.

Police identified the man Sunday as Shawn Parker, 49, of Clinton.

Police said previously that they were called to the 4800 block of Stamp Road at around 12:20 p.m. on Friday after receiving reports of an assault. When the officers arrived they discovered Parker inside a warehouse suffering from a gunshot wound. Police say he was pronounced dead on the scene.

Police say a preliminary investigation revealed that co-workers discovered Parker and called the police. Police said he was an employee of the business housed in the warehouse.

Police are offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.

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

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<![CDATA[Thousands of Drivers Misusing Handicapped Parking Placards]]> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:27:23 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Maryland+Handicapped+Parking+Placards.jpg

More than 3,000 drivers in Washington, D.C., suburbs have been ticketed for misusing handicapped parking placards since 2012, including some trying to score better parking spots at popular malls and shopping centers.

A review of police parking enforcement records by the News4 I-Team reveals officers in three suburban counties are frequently issuing parking citations for illegal handicapped parking. In those three counties -- Prince William County, Virginia; Howard County, Maryland; and Montgomery County, Maryland – parking is limited at busy shopping centers during the holiday season. I-Team cameras captured images of some of the violations in recent weeks.

Maryland and Virginia law prohibit the use of handicapped parking placards by anyone other than the people to whom those placards are issued. A family member or friend is not allowed to use or display a placard unless the rightful owner of the placard is also in the vehicle. But those laws are so frequently broken, police and state motor vehicle administrators regularly conduct unannounced inspections of parking lots to check the legitimacy of drivers who display handicapped placards.

Howard and Montgomery county traffic records show police have issued an average of 40 handicapped parking violation citations each month in recent years. The violations peaked during the holiday season in Montgomery County. In several cases witnessed by the I-Team, police ticketed drivers who admitted using a placard belonging to a relative, even though the relative was not in the car.

Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration investigator John Harkins helps conduct inspections of drivers who use handicapped parking spots in D.C.-area lots.

“We confiscate 10 to 15 placards for every detail we do,” Harkins said. “Sometimes the placard belongs to a deceased family member. Some of the placards are stolen.”

Some drivers recently cited by police for illegal handicapped placard usage in Howard County were captured doing so by I-Team cameras. One driver, who asked we not use his name, said the placard in his car belonged to his wife. He said he knew using the placard was a mistake.

Drivers who misuse handicapped placards in Maryland and Virginia can be fined between $350 and $500 for the infraction.

The I-Team’s review of state motor vehicle records shows an increasing number of drivers are requesting handicapped placards, which creates a more fierce competition for limited handicapped parking spots at local shopping centers. The I-Team has learned more than 500,000 drivers have been issued current handicapped placards by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, an increase of about 11,000 from last year.

Requests for Handicapped Placards 

2014 2013 2012 2011
2010
504,083 493,005 477,768 431,820 441,712

Suzanne Applebaum, whose mother requires a wheelchair and a handicapped parking space, said competition for handicapped parking is growing. She said she suspects drivers misusing placards is contributing to the competition.

“Those drivers -- they are selfish, I guess,“ said Applebaum.



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<![CDATA[Nats Park Transforms for Winter Classic Rink]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:41:49 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/460641198.jpg News4's Dianna Russini reports on the building stages of the upcoming Jan. 1 Winter Classic at Nats Park.

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<![CDATA[Search Continues for Missing Hoggle Children]]> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:11:46 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/hoggle-jacob-and-sarah.jpg

A Montgomery County community is still raising money for the search of two missing kids.

Jacob and Sarah Hoggle vanished more than three months ago. Sunday, volunteers accepted unwrapped presents and clothes for the family's remaining 6-year-old son at the Chick-Fil-A in Germantown.

"I have two children, and I just can't imagine being without them for the holidays," said one woman as she stopped by the toy drive, "and what this family is going through."

A group called “Friends of Sarah and Jacob" are trying to raise $10,000 for the search. They've set up a Go Fund Me page.

The children's mother, Catherine, has been charged in their disappearance, but has not cooperated with authorities to find the children.

She suffers from paranoid schizophrenia.

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<![CDATA[Hundreds Ticketed Over Streetcar Violations in D.C.]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:56:35 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/1217-dcstreetcar.jpg

Hundreds of drivers have been ticketed in the past few months for blocking the D.C. streetcar's testing process.

According to D.C. Public Works, between Aug. 1 and Dec. 15 this year, 468 tickets were issued for blocking the streetcar path, i.e. double parking and parking over the designated white line. Each tickets costs about $100, including towing. 

James Rios makes deliveries to H Street NE businesses, and said he has racked up the tickets in recent months.

"It's kind of unfair... the government is kind of screwing us over here," Rios said.

Officials with the D.C. Department of Transportation say the ticketing is necessary because they want drivers to get used to the new traffic patterns -- once the streetcars are operating.

"It's a tight space already and we have to have people park consistently within the white lines," a spokesperson told News4.

For the most part, drivers and residents understand the testing process, but some argue the city is dragging its feet in launching the streetcar in the first place.

"I wish the process had been accelerated because the detractors will use this as an opportunity to say, well, look this process is taking so long, it's expensive," H Street resident Justin Wyss said.

DDOT officials maintain the streetcar will open to the public by the end of the year.

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<![CDATA[Hit-and-Run Suspect Vehicle Recovered; No Arrests Yet]]> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 07:27:28 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/115816052.jpg

Virginia State Police said they found a car Saturday evening they believe was involved in a fatal hit and run in Frederick County, Virginia.

Police spokesperson Corinne Geller said Saturday night that a Volkswagen Beetle was located and seized as evidence in the investigation. She said the car is being examined, and there have been no arrests or charged in the case.

Tristan Long, 15, of Clearbrook, Virginia, was killed Friday morning while walking along Rest Church Road when he was struck by a vehicle. The driver fled the location, and Long died at the scene.

Police said Long was walking to his residence nearby.
 



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<![CDATA[Malls Packed for Super Saturday Rush]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 19:54:52 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008897932_1200x675_375552579843.jpg The rush is on! Malls and shopping centers have been packed on this Super Saturday. And with just five shopping days left until Christmas retailers say it is one of the busiest days of the season. News4's Molette Green has more on the rush -- and how to keep your packages safe.]]> <![CDATA[4 Things to Know Before You Visit the Mall]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:57:25 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/459604142.jpg

The average shopper was only half done with holiday shopping as of last week, according to the National Retail Federation.

Here are 4 things you need to know before you head to the mall this weekend for some last-minute shopping:

1. Plan ahead: Make a list of gifts you still need to buy and check it twice. Then, do some quick research online -- see how much the gifts cost so you can be sure you're getting a good deal in store.

2. Rethink what a good parking spot really means: Parking in the first spot you find -- even if it's a little further, it can save you time in the long run.

3. Consider shopping early in the morning or late at night, so parking and crowds won't be an issue. Retailers are doing their best to accomodate shoppers at all hours. For example, Toys R Us is extending its hours from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. starting tomorrow- and Kohls will be open round-the-clock til Christmas Day.

4. Arm yourself with some money-saving apps. Consumer Reports likes Price Grabber, which allows you to scan products and comparison shop. Retail Me Not is also a great app, which collects coupon codes. Additionally, consider downloading the app for the mall where you're shopping. Tyons has its own app, as does the Bowie Town Center. Both apps have maps of where the stores are, plus coupons and store hours.



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<![CDATA[Salvation Army Donations Down]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 19:52:50 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008898376_1200x675_375556163967.jpg Red Kettle donations are down slightly this Christmas. News4's Derrick Ward reports.]]> <![CDATA[Collecting Gifts for 10 Kids Left Motherless by Crash]]> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:16:52 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/215*120/2014-10-14_0630.png

Gifts for children left motherless by an October crash in Oxon Hill, Maryland, will be collected Saturday afternoon in Suitland.

D.C. sisters Typhani Wilkerson, 32, and Tameika Curtis, 34, were among the five killed when the Acura they were riding in was struck by a Mercedes while they were stopped at a traffic light, according to the preliminary investigation.

Wilkerson had two toddlers; Curtis was a mother of eight, the youngest just six weeks old.

“They’ve been through a traumatizing situation – more than any young children should ever go through,” said Lloyd Hardy, father of two of Curtis' children.

Dozens of gifts have been generously donated to the children by friends, organizations and strangers, News4's Darcy Spencer reported. Family friend Davona Marshall opened her home in Prince George's County to collect the donations and host a wrapping party.

“They’re going to be some excited and happy children,” Hardy said.

Between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, donations of unwrapped clothing and toys, gift cards, and money will be collected at the YMWE Center at 5627 Allentown Road #200.

The following items are requested:

  • Three to six months of clothing and pampers size 1 or 2 for an infant boy.
  • 3T clothing, 7/8y shoes, 5T shirt, 4T pants and 9y shoes for a toddler boy.
  • Boys mediumm shirt, 5-6 pants, 12y shoes.
  • Men medium shirt, 34 x 34 pants and 12 adult shoes.
  • Girls 6T clothing, 13y shoes, 7/8 shirt, 7/8 pants, 13y shoes
  • Women 1XL-2XL shirt, 34 x 34 pants, 24-26 pants, 8.5 adult shoe, 11 women wide adult shoes

For more information or guidance, email heartsofsisterhood@gmail.com.

Or email Corey Baskerville of YMWE or Lloyd Hardy.

Another group, Sister for Sister, is also collecting money and clothes for the families. You can find out more information on their GoFundMe page.

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<![CDATA[Beauty Tool Causes House Fire, Displaces 8]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:18:59 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/1219-fire-rockville.jpg

Officials say a curling iron caused a fire large enough to displace two Rockville families just a week before Christmas.

"Heavy" flames were reported at a home in the 1000 block of Paul Drive in Rockville around 6:30 p.m. Friday.

One adult and two children managed to escape unharmed due to a smoke alarm, and firefighters rescued one family's dog.

Three other adults and one more child have been displaced. The Red Cross is assisting. Damage is estimated at more than $125,000.

Pete Piringer with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue said the fire began on the home's second floor, with a curling iron that had been left on a bed.



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<![CDATA[Several Teens Arrested After Fight at Md. H.S.]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:31:46 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/215*120/arundel+high+school.jpg

Several teens were arrested Friday after a large fight broke out at Arundel High School in Gambrills, Maryland.

The fight began between two girls at about 10:25 a.m. Friday, and escalated to involve about 10 girls and a large congregation of students, Principal Sharon Stratton said in an email sent to parents.

Stratton said she ordered the school into lockdown as a precaution to restore calm in the building.

"This was a precautionary measure and was done for two reasons: to restore calm in the quickest manner possible and to allow our administration and police to locate students we needed to question," she wrote. "Students were instructed to go into the nearest classroom and remain there during the lockdown."

The lockdown was lifted about an hour later.

There were no serious injuries.

Eight teens, ages 14 to 17, were taken into custody and will face charges. The students were released to a parent or guardian.

Additional police officers will remain at the school Friday as a precaution, Stratton said.

Investigations by both the police and the school are continuing.

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<![CDATA[Beetle Sought After Boy, 15, Killed in Hit-and-Run]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:21:03 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ambulance-shutterstock_12161325.jpg

A 15-year-old boy was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Frederick County, Virginia on Friday morning.

Police are still searching for the driver who fatally struck Tristan K. Long, 15, of Clearbrook, Virginia.

Long was hit while walking to his home in the 1000 block of Rest Church Road around 7 a.m.

The driver fled. Long died at the scene.

Virginia State Police are looking for the striking vehicle, a Volkswagen Beetle made between 2000 and 2010. The car would have damage to its front left and/or driver's side.

Anyone with information about the car or the crash is asked to police at 540-662-3313 or 540-829-7771.

Stay with NBCWashington.com and News4 for more.



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<![CDATA[Family of Va. Man Killed by Cops Demands Answers]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:47:43 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/0902-geer-springfield.jpg

The family of a Fairfax County man who was shot and killed by police during a stand-off last year is suing the officers and police chief involved. 

Fairfax County Police responded to 46-year-old John Geer's Springfield home in August 2013 for a domestic disturbance. The mother of Geer's two children told police there were weapons in the home. 

A 40-minute standoff ensued, while Geer stood in the doorway of the home negotiating with police. An officer then fired a single shot at Geer. His family argues police took another 40 minutes to help him, during which time they say Geer bled to death.

"Why was Mr. Geer shot? His hands were above his head, [he was] a threat to no one and he was shot in the chest," Geer family attorney Mike Lieberman said.

Geer's father, Don, was outside the home watching the incident unfold and 16 months later, he said local police refuse to answer what exactly happened that day.

"I would like to know primarily the reason why [he was shot]. What instigated someone pulling a trigger and killing my son?" Don Geer said Friday. "I don't know any much more than I did the day of the shooting."

The Geer family filed a $12 million lawsuit against Fairfax County Police Chief Ed Roessler and the three unnamed police officers involved.

County attorneys told a judge they don't want to release the officers' identities, fearing they'll anger the Justice Department which is investigating the shooting. However, feds have said they're not restricting Fairfax County Police from discussing the shooting itself. 

Attorneys for the Geer family say much like recent police-involved shootings that have sparked national protests, details need to be made public. A judge is now in the process of deciding whether or not that information will be released. There's no time line as to when the matter will be decided. 

"In any other case you can think of on the news, revelations about the identities of shooters and basic facts are disclosed within days," Geer family attorney Ben DiMuro said.

In the meantime, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has sent multiple letters to local law enforcement demanding information surrounding the shooting.

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<![CDATA[Last-Minute Holiday Shoppers Swarm Stores]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:24:08 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008895248_1200x675_375332932002.jpg News4's Shomari Stone has a warning for all you last-minute holiday shoppers! Expect big crowds this weekend.]]> <![CDATA[Prince George's Co. Gets Renewed Cardiac Care Program]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:46:45 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008894464_1200x675_375292995977.jpg News4's Darcy Spencer reports on Prince George's County's renewed cardiac care program at Prince George's Hospital Center.]]> <![CDATA[Newseum Displaying Items From Ferguson Protests]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:45:16 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008894462_1200x675_375288387833.jpg News4's Zachary Kiesch reports on the Newseum's new exhibit on the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.]]> <![CDATA[DC Demonstrators Briefly Block 11th St. Bridge]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:44:02 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008893683_1200x675_375258691823.jpg News4's Shomari Stone reports from D.C. where demonstrators briefly blocked the 11th Street Bridge at I-295 Friday during rush hour.]]> <![CDATA[The Week Ahead: Goodbye D.C., Hello Hawaii]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:42:05 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20141205+The+Week+Ahead.jpg

In today's The Week Ahead: The Obamas hit Hawaii for the holidays, the Christmas truce remembered, final 2014 economic numbers released -- and our annual North Korean Holiday skit?


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<![CDATA[Man Dressed in Head-to-Toe Red Robs Fairfax Co. Bank]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:18:30 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/bank-robber-wanted-poster.jpg

Just six days before Christmas, a man decked out head-to-toe in red robbed a Fairfax County bank Friday.

Authorities say the man robbed the BB&T bank in the Greenbriar Shopping Center at 13045 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway around 12:12 p.m. Friday.

The man entered the bank while wearing a red shirt, red pants, a red hooded jacket, a red knit cap and black boots. He passed a note to a teller demanding money. He received an undisclosed amount of cash and ran from the bank.

It's the 13th bank robbery in Northern Virginia in just the last seven weeks. In recent years, the FBI said they've seen a trend in which 25 percent of all bank robberies in the region plus the District of Columbia occur in December. Shoppers at the Greenbriar Town Center said they suspect a link between the holidays and bank robberies.

"It's kind of sad that the holiday pressure would push people to desperation to do something like that," shopper Heather Norton said.

One shopping center employee said the trend is frightening.

"I understand it's hard and all to get gifts for the family but that's too far," said Akeada Mark. "It's scary. It could have been us."

Police said the latest suspect has not yet been tied to any other bank robberies, but they will be looking at that possiblity.The FBI is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the identification, arrest and conviction of this bank robber.

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 202-278-2000 or the Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.


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<![CDATA[D.C. Boy Shot in Head Celebrates Special Christmas]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:48:41 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/1219-jayden.jpg

A 9-year-old D.C. boy who was only given minutes to live after being shot in the head earlier this year celebrated a very special Christmas Friday with the help of D.C. police.

Jaydan Stancil was an unintended victim during a gunfight in October at the Mayfair Mansions apartments in Northeast. A responding D.C. police officer cradled Jaydan and drove him to a hospital in his police car, likely saving his life. 

"My eyes were shot but I could still hear them praying," Jaydan recalled.

Last month, Jaydan's doctor told News4 the boy was able to survive the shooting due to his young age, though a bullet remains lodged in his skull.

"If I had this injury, I would be much worse off than he is. Why is that? His brain is still developing; it’s still plastic, so to speak," Dr. John Myseros explained. "If a bullet crosses the midline -- goes from left to right or right to left -- the mortality is a bit higher."

Jaydan's mother, who has undergone an emotional roller coaster since that October night, has often relied on the power of prayer.

"No child should have to endure what Jaydan went through but I'm just glad it seemed like God came through the skies and picked my son up and survived him ... He's my little miracle baby," Monique Nichols said. "My little blessing and it just touches my heart that my son survived this tragedy."

Hospital and rehabilitation bills have been piling up for Nichols, though some of those expenses have been relieved by the generosity of strangers through a GoFundMe page.

As his recovery continues at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital, Jaydan got a special Christmas surprise from D.C. police officers -- some of whom were there the night he was shot. They brought Santa, along with plenty of Christmas presents.

"It's so emotional for me, even though I'm a police officer," Tiffani Cowen said. "It's just... when it's the children, it touches you in a different way. Just to know that Jaydan made it through this tragedy, it really touches my heart."

Jaydan's Christmas wish is to go home and be with his brothers and friends, but he'll have to remain hospitalized through the beginning of the year. He's having trouble walking and probably won't return to school until September.

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<![CDATA[Water Advisory Lifted in Shaw, Logan Circle ]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:13:37 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/216*120/2014-12-18_0635.png

A "do not drink" advisory has been lifted for portions of D.C.'s Shaw and Logan Circle neighborhoods two days after it was issued.

Officials had detected petroleum in tap water; crews "flushed" out the system Thursday and Friday.

Someone first reported a foul odor in the water at Cleveland Elementary School on 8th Street NW Wednesday afternoon. D.C. Water officials went door to door, distributing water to residents affected by the "do not drink" advisory.

A "petroleum or tar-like" substance was detected in the water Wednesday, and officials confirmed Thursday it was, in fact, petroleum. As of Thursday evening, they said they did not know how or why the substance got into the water.

The advisory was lifted Friday afternoon.

Three D.C. Public Schools elementary schools -- Cleveland, Garrison and Seaton -- were closed Thursday and Friday due to the advisory.

During the advisory, residents were told they could use the water to flush toilets, wash clothes or water plants. According to D.C. Water officials, skin or eye irritations could occur if the water was used for washing.

The area affected was bordered by: 

  • South: Q Street NW and Rhode Island Avenue NW
  • East: 8th Street NW
  • West: 13th Street NW
  • North: S Street NW between 9th and 13th streets, and T Street NW between 7th and 9th streets

Water service was not interrupted.


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<![CDATA["Adopt It Forward" for Pets at the Holidays]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:45:42 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008890153_1200x675_375137859915.jpg Neil Trent, president and CEO of the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, explains the shelter's "Adopt It Forward" program, as well as other ways you can help animals still looking for homes.]]> <![CDATA[Eastbound I-70 Closed After Corn Spills on Road]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:45:11 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/police-lights-shutterstock_542372565.jpg

A crash involving two tractor-trailers on Interstate 70 in western Maryland has spilled corn on the roadway, closing the eastbound lanes.

Maryland State Police are on the scene of the crash Friday in Hancock. Police say the corn spilled all over the interstate, according to The Herald Mail.

Officials say the highway will likely be closed for several hours until the corn is cleaned off the road.

Police have set up a detour for drivers.



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<![CDATA[Man Shot Multiple Times in Northeast D.C. ]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:42:09 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/216*120/24th+street+shooting.jpg

Police have made an arrested in the shooting of a man in Northeast D.C.

Lewis Reid, 23, was taken into custody Friday morning, just hours after he allegedly shot a man multiple times in the 700 block of 24th Street.

Police say they found the victim just after 1 a.m. suffering from gunshot wounds to the abdomen and arm. He was transported to an area hospital in critical condition.

Reid has been charged with assault with intent to kill while armed.

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<![CDATA[ Man Suffers Traumatic Injuries in Bikeshare Crash]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:09:10 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008881400_1200x675_374882883705.jpg News4's Doreen Gentzler spoke with a D.C. man who was struck by a car while riding a Capital Bikeshare bike on H Street NE. He wasn't wearing a helmet and nearly lost his life.]]> <![CDATA[Md. Community Hold Fundraiser for Gemmell Family]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:21:59 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008881395_1200x675_374879811591.jpg The Gaithersburg community gathered Thursday night to hold a fundraiser for the Gemmell family. Marie Gemmell and her two sons were killed when a plane crashed into her home. Her husband and daughter were not home at the time.]]> <![CDATA[Va. High School Increases Security Due to Fighting]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:34:45 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Lee+High+School+121814.jpg

Stepped up security is in place at one Fairfax County, Virginia, high school this week after a series of fistfights led to a threat on social media.

Robert E. Lee High School Principal Deirdre Lavery sent several emails to parents informing them of the incidents and detailing the response.

Students told News4 the fights had been going on for a few weeks.

"People getting jumped, three on one," replied senior Joey Poole when he was asked to characterize the fights. He said he wasn't too alarmed by the incident. "I don't really care too much because it's usually during class. People are doing it in the hallways or after school, so I feel safe."

But some students said this week their fears increased this week when there were also threatening words posted on social media along with a picture of a gun.

"It had me really worried. It was like, 'Do I really want to come to school if there's going to be a threat?'" said Sonia Carcamo. "I'm trying to get my education and then there are threats."

Other students said they suspect the threat wasn't serious.

"I think it was meant more like a joke," said senior Aaron Myers. "I think the school took it pretty serious and brought enough security to take care of it."

Students said they saw a group of students placed in handcuffs after one of the last fights this week. A Fairfax County police spokeswoman said no charges had been filed yet.

About 200 parents attended a regularly scheduled PTSA meeting Wednesday night to learn more. After the meeting, Lavery sent an update email outlining the response for the rest of the week, which includes additional security, and additional supervision at arrival, dismissal, and during all transitions and lunch periods.

"I will address the students to assure them they are safe and that we will be vigilant in maintaining a safe and orderly educational environment," Lavery wrote.

Students said the added police officers and Fairfax County School security personnel calmed nerves.

"There was definitely lmore security around," Myers said. "There were about 10 police officers and security in the cafeteria when I was at lunch. That was a pretty big help."

Students said the principal addressed them Thursday, urging them to bring an end to the fights.

"She was just pretty much saying that we need to stop the fighting, we're all in this together, we go to the same school, we should all be friends," recalled Carcamo.

In her email to parents, the principal also credited students. "I applaud our students who came forward with pertinent information that allowed us to quickly address the incidents we experienced," wrote Lavery.

The school atmosphere had returned to normal Thursday, students said. The two week holiday break that begins Monday will also help calm concerns, they said.



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<![CDATA[Report Recommends Major Changes to Secret Service]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:22:52 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/172*120/456595274.jpg

A new report calls for physical changes to the White House and new leadership for the force that protects it after the September fence jumping in which an Iraq war veteran with a knife got far into the mansion before being tackled.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson ordered a panel review of the U.S. Secret Service after that embarrassing failure.

The panel issued its eye-popping recommendations Thursday.

It recommended the White House fence be changed "as soon as possible," suggesting it be built 5 feet taller.

It also suggested the agency beef up its force with 200 hundred more agents and several dozen more on the detail that protects the president.

A new leader and a cultural change in the agency were recommended, too.

And it suggested more training. For the president's detail it wants two weeks of training every two months.

“Acting Director [Joseph] Clancy has already taken a number of steps to enhance security around the White House compound and do a number of other things which are very positive,” Johnson told MSNBC. “We’re encouraging him to continue that, but there are more fundamental, systemic issues with the Secret Service that I think need to be addressed and that cannot be addressed overnight.”

The panel said the Secret Service badly needs more agents, and that once it has more agents, it will be easier to provide more training to the force.



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<![CDATA[Holiday Vandals Caught on Camera]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:43:38 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008880362_1200x675_374720067743.jpg A Montgomery County woman wants people to see a couple of vandals who messed with the elaborate Christmas display she puts up every year for a good cause.]]> <![CDATA[77-Year Old GMU Grad Proves It's Never Too Late for Learning]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:22:21 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/1217-gmu-grad.jpg Northern Virginia bureau reporter David Culver introduces us to a woman who proves there's no expiration date on learning.]]> <![CDATA[Possible Rabbi Voyeurism Victim Feels "Betrayed, Duped"]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:52:36 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/rabbi-barry-freundel.jpg

The latest woman to join a class action lawsuit against Georgetown University, Kesher Israel synagogue, the National Capital Mikvah and an Orthodox rabbi accused of secretly recording women during ritual baths described the suffering she's gone through since learning about a hidden camera that may have captured her naked.

Emma Shulevitz, who is 39 weeks pregnant and due any day, said when she went to the Mikvah to convert to Judaism in 2012, rabbi Barry Freundel told her not to put anything in front of a clock radio when she disrobed, News4's Chris Gordon reported. She said she has suffered greatly since learning it contained a hidden camera

"I feel betrayed,” she said. “I feel duped. I feel taken advantage of. Unfortunately this is a very, very sad situation."

Freundel was charged with six counts of voyeurism after Shulevitz reported her fears that she had been caught on camera and went public. He was accused of recording at least several women at a ritual bath next to Kesher Israel in Georgetown, where he was the rabbi.

The class action lawsuit claims at least 100 women may have been videotaped. It claims Georgetown, Kesher Israel and the National Capital Mikvah ignored warning signs about Freundel.

Lawyer Allan Siegel filed another class action lawsuit in D.C. Superior Court Thursday. It seeks money damages from Kesher Israel, the National Capital Mikvah and the Rabbinical Council of America for possibly hundreds of women who may have been photographed without clothes at the mikvah since 2005.

"He violated their trust at a time when they were most vulnerable, when they were nude in the mikvah at their closest moment with God," he said.

Freundel is due for a court hearing Jan. 16. He has pleaded not guilt.

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