<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Local News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.comen-usMon, 24 Apr 2017 11:23:27 -0400Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:23:27 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Caps' Semifinal Game Schedule Revealed]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:15:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-672065784.jpg

The National Hockey League revealed the Stanley Cup semifinal game schedule late Sunday night. So when will the Caps be facing off against the Pittsburgh Penguins? Read on:

  • Thursday, April 27, 7:30 p.m.: Pittsburgh at Washington
  • Saturday, April 29, 8 p.m.: Pittsburgh at Washington 
  • Monday, May 1: 7:30 p.m.: Washington at Pittsburgh 
  • Wednesday, May 3, 7:30 p.m.: Washington at Pittsburgh

If necessary:

  • Saturday, May 6, time TBD: Pittsburgh at Washington 
  • Monday, May 8, time TBD: Washington at Pittsburgh 
  • Wednesday, May 10, time TBD: Pittsburgh at Washington

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<![CDATA[Driver Flees Traffic Stop, Dragging Police Officer]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:49:35 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/216*120/Screen+Shot+2017-04-24+at+10.43.20+AM.png

Body camera footage shows a Florida police officer being dragged by a driver attempting to flee a traffic stop.

Police said Frank Wetzel, 61, was pulled over after blowing through a stop sign. Police said he started fidgeting with something next to him, making the officer suspicious. He was allegedly later found with a machete and handgun.

<![CDATA[WATCH: Firefighters Battle 3-Alarm Fire in College Park]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:36:08 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/215*120/2017-04-24_1022.png

Firefighters are battling a three-alarm fire at a building that was under construction in College Park, Maryland. 

Plumes of heavy black smoke could be seen pouring from the roof of the building in the 4700 block of Berwyn House Road Monday morning. 

There are no reports of injuries at this time. 

<![CDATA[Woman With Dementia, 72, Missing for 2 Weeks]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:15:21 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Helen+Johnson.jpg

A 72-year-old woman with dementia has been missing from her home in Prince George's County for two weeks, police say.

Helen Johnson was last seen in the 5600 block of Helmount Drive in Oxon Hill at 4 p.m. April 10. Johnson's daughter, Grammy Award-nominated singer Meshell Ndegeocello, said her mother drove away from her home, and hasn't been seen since. 

Police believe she could be driving a gray 2004 Ford Taurus with Maryland license plate 4ALD25. 

Johnson is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. She was last seen wearing a light-colored top and a long denim skirt. 

Anyone with information about Johnson's whereabouts is asked to call 301-749-5064.

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<![CDATA[Several Workers Injured in Partial Trench Collapse in DC]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:56:23 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/228*120/2017-04-24_0945.png

Several workers were injured in a partial trench collapse along the H Street Corridor Monday morning. 

The accident happened at a construction site in the 300 block of H Street NE.

Fire officials say four workers were injured, and three were transported to the hospital. The fourth worker didn't want to go to the hospital after being treated at the scene. 

No further information has been released. 

Stay with News4 on-air and online for more on this developing story. 

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<![CDATA[Drug Take Back Day Helps Keeps Drugs Out of Reach]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 06:43:21 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018541912_1200x675_928051779673.jpg

Each year, about 60,000 children are taken to the emergency room after getting into medication that was left within reach.  You can help prevent these these tragedies by getting rid of unused medications.
Consumer reporter Susan Hogan is here to tell you why this is the perfect week to think about cleaning out your medicine cabinet. 

Click here to find a drop off location.


<![CDATA[MAP: Locations Where Missing DC Teens Were Last Seen]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 06:23:16 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/212*120/2017-04-21_1202.png

D.C. police are using social media to shed light on people missing from D.C. As of April 21, the District has 15 open missing juvenile cases. Shown above are the photos of teens who are considered "critically missing."

The teens featured on the map were all reported missing in 2017 and remain missing. The map includes their photos, their ages and the dates and locations where they were last seen.

Acting Police Chief Peter Newsham said the year-over-year number of missing persons, including juveniles, has held steady, and that there is no known link in D.C. now between missing people and human trafficking.

"We've just been posting them on social media more often," said Metropolitan Police spokeswoman Rachel Reid.

But the increased social media attention has caused concern in the U.S. capital area, which has long had a large minority population and is currently about 48 percent black.

According to local police data, the number of missing child cases in the District dropped from 2,433 in 2015 to 2,242 in 2016. The highest total recently, 2,610, was back in 2001.

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<![CDATA[Suspect at Large After Bizarre Gas Station Robbery]]> Sun, 23 Apr 2017 23:40:27 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018538460_1200x675_927943747948.jpg

Police are looking for a man who stole cash from a person Sunday at a gas station in Northwest Washington. News4's Darcy Spencer reports.

<![CDATA[Woman Punched in Face in Sex Assault Attempt in Georgetown]]> Sun, 23 Apr 2017 14:01:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/dc+police+cruiser.jpg

A man punched a woman in the face during an attempted sexual assault in Georgetown early Saturday, according to D.C. police.

While the woman walked in the 3300 block of N Street NW about 2:45 a.m., a began punching her and tried to sexually assault her, police said. She managed to get away from him.

Police arrested 22 year-old Tejeda Hernandez-Chrispin of Northwest. He is charged with assault with intent to commit first-degree sexual abuse.

<![CDATA[Fire Tears Through Fort Washington Apartment Building]]> Sun, 23 Apr 2017 13:24:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Fort+Washington+Fire+Ace+Bonnie.jpg

A three-alarm fire ripped through an apartment building in Fort Washington, Maryland, Sunday morning, leaving people crying for help on upper floors.

Prince George's County Fire and EMS found fire and smoke coming from a third floor apartment.

A witness told News4’s Derrick Ward that a woman cried for help to save her children.

“This lady is screaming, saying, ‘Help me, help me get my kids. Somebody call 911,’” Tiara Parker said. “So I get on my balcony and then I see her with her kids on her balcony. I saw guys running over there and she started tossing them off of the balcony, tossing her kids. And then next thing I know, she got down, and that’s when it got real bad.”

"Two women were at the window, and smoke was just going, and they were just screaming and screaming for help," neighbor Karen Craig said. 

Firefighters made several rescues. At least one person was trapped on an upper floor. 

Alexandria, Virginia, firefighters assisted.

Two people were rushed to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, including a woman in her 80s who jumped from her top-floor window to escape the flames, a spokesman for the Prince George's County fire department said.

Four people, including a firefighter, were evaluated at the scene.

About 30 people who live in 11 apartments were displaced. Residents were standing outside in their pajamas. 

The fire broke out at Glen Rock Landing Apartments in the 2500 block of Corning Avenue near Glen Rock Avenue. Officials received multiple panicked 911 calls about the fire about 8:30 a.m. 

Dramatic video footage shows flames leaping from the roof. 

The fire completely gutted one apartment. Residents stood nearby in their pajamas.

Investigators believe some residents tried to fight the flames for too long before calling for help. Fire officials said the building's fire alarm bells were never pulled and activated, which meant many residents didn't have enough warning of the fire.

The fire department said residents should stop trying to put out a fire and exit a house or apartment once a fire grows larger than the size of a cooking pan or small trash can. Residents should also call 911 as soon as possible and activate the fire alarm on the way out of the building so others can escape.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation. Damages total $150,000, the fire department estimates.

Stay with News4 for more details on this developing story.

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<![CDATA[Suspect Leaves Trail of Cash While Running From Police]]> Sun, 23 Apr 2017 18:57:52 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018536369_1200x675_927867459572.jpg

Police in D.C. are looking for a man involved in some kind of incident near the Exxon gas station on MacArthur Boulevard in Northwest. They say he is one of three men who got into a fight there on Sunday. As News4's Darcy Spencer reports, police are looking for a man who ran from the scene.

<![CDATA[Two Missing Girls Found Safe, Police Say]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:11:03 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Missing+13YearOld+Girls.jpg

Police say two 13-year-old girls who were reported missing have been found safe.

Tyonna Jackson was last seen in the 1900 block of Savannah Terrace SE on Saturday.

On Monday, police share that on Twitter that she had been found sade.

Another 13-year-old girl, Andrea Staples, was also reported missing. She has also been found in good health, police say.

Anyone with any information about Tyonna's locaiton should call police at (202) 727-9099 or 911.

Stay with News4 and NBCWashington.com for updates.

Photo Credit: Metropolitan Police Department
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<![CDATA[College Students Rescued From Rappahannock River]]> Sun, 23 Apr 2017 15:20:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Stafford+County+Fire+and+Rescue+Medic+Vehicle+2.JPG

Several college students were rescued from the Rappahannock River after a river tour guide's canoe overturned Saturday afternoon, Stafford County Fire and Rescue said.

Students from the University of Mary Washington taking a river tour when the guide's canoe overturned, authorities said. Some students managed to get to shore, but eight students and the guide were stranded.

Crews from Spotsylvania County and Fredericksburg assisted Stafford County Fire and Rescue in the search-and-rescue mission that took more than three hours, authorities said.

“Crews from our department as well as the City of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania had a difficult time pinpointing the locations of the students initially,” Stafford County Fire and Rescue Chief Mark Lockhart said.

They found the students in about an hour and 40 minutes, and needed another hour and a half to get them all off the water.

The students and their guide were evaluated by paramedics and didn't need further treatment.

Photo Credit: Stafford County Fire and Rescue]]>
<![CDATA[Moped Driver Dies After Crashing Into Pole in Arlington]]> Sun, 23 Apr 2017 11:52:30 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Moped_Crash.jpg

A man died after hitting a traffic sign while driving a moped Saturday in Arlington, Virginia, police said.

Virgiliro Lopez, 45, of Alexandria, crashed about 5:40 p.m. Saturday at 24th Road South and South Glebe Road, Arlington County police said. 

Investigators are trying to determine if wet roads from the rainy weather played a role in the crash. The investigation is ongoing. 

Some lanes of Glebe Road were closed and the I-395 S ramp was blocked as police investigated. 

Anyone who witnessed the crash or who has information for police is asked to contact the department. Information can be submitted anonymously by calling 1-866-411-TIPS.

Photo Credit: NBC Washington]]>
<![CDATA[Egg Roulette Challenge Raises $26K for Gaithersburg School]]> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 10:17:52 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018531686_1200x675_927247427679.jpg

The principal and vice principal from Fields Road Elementary School in Gaithersburg faced off in a "The Tonight Show”-inspired game of egg Russian roulette, raising $13,000 for the school that was matched by Reddi-Whip and announced by Jimmy Fallon.

<![CDATA[Man in Critical Condition After Being Struck by Car]]> Sun, 23 Apr 2017 14:23:38 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Oxon+Hill+Pedestrian+Struck+042317.jpg

A man was seriously injured when a car hit him as he crossed the street Sunday morning, Prince George's County Police said.

The man was crossing the street in the 6100 block of Oxon Hill Road in Oxon Hill, Maryland, when the car hit him about 9 a.m., police said.

He was taken to a hospital.

The driver of the car stayed at the scene.

Westbound traffic was rerouted through the Rivertowne Commons parking lot.

<![CDATA[15-Year-Old Girl Missing in Northeast DC]]> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 18:36:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/De+avanni+Nicholson.jpg

D.C. police are searching for a 15-year-old girl who went missing Thursday in Northeast.

De'avanni Nicholson was last seen in the 1900 block of West Virginia Avenue NE. She was reported missing on Friday.

De'avanni is described as a black girl with a medium complexion who is 5 feet 2 inches and 145 pounds. She has brown eyes, black hair and shoulder length braids. De'avanni was last seen wearing a brown shirt, blue jean shorts and pink Puma sneakers.

Anyone with information about here whereabouts is asked to call police at (202) 727-9099 or 911.

Photo Credit: Metropolitan Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Comcast Cares Day: Beautifying Johnson Middle School]]> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 10:40:00 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*120/IMG_07452.JPG

Hundreds of volunteers, including Comcast NBCUniversal employees, will clean and help beautify Johnson Middle School on Saturday, April 22.

It is part of the 18th annual Comcast Cares Day.

Volunteers will landscape, paint murals, and plant flowers on the school's grounds. The effort, hosted in partnership with City Year Washington, D.C., will include landscaping, painting murals, mulching, weeding, planting flowers and the beautification of the grounds of Johnson Middle School.

Last year, more than 100,000 volunteers participated in Comcast Cares Day, improving more than 900 project sites worldwide, making it America’s largest single-day corporate volunteer effort.

Photo Credit: Tom Sherwood]]>
<![CDATA[Small Plane Crash-Lands Near Virginia Airport]]> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 14:52:58 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/loudoun+homemade+plane+crash.jpg

A homebuilt plane made a crash landing near Leesburg Executive Airport about 9:20 a.m. Saturday, Virginia State Police said.

The pilot was not injured in the crash.

His plane was described as a Sonex plane, an aircraft that can be built from a kit.

The pilot, a 53-year-old man from Goldendale, Washington, took off Saturday morning from Leesburg on his way to Georgia, Virginia State Police said. About an hour into the flight, the rainy weather began to get worse, so the pilot turned the plane around to return to Leesburg, police said.

As he approached the airport, he began to have engine trouble and landed the aircraft in a field in the 19000 block of Sycolin Road, according to police.

A witness said on Twitter the plane ended up in the field beside a nearby church. According to the FAA registry, the plane was certified on March 10.

The Federal Aviation Administration was notified, and the cause of the crash is under investigation.

Sycolin Road was temporarily closed near the Leesburg Executive Airport, but has since reopened.

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<![CDATA[Record Store Day Celebrates Resurgence of Vinyl]]> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 09:13:37 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Joes+Record+Paradise.jpg

Over the past few years, vinyl records have been making a big comeback – exciting news for the hundreds of independent record stores across the country.

Saturday is the 10th annual Record Store Day, giving music fans something to celebrate.

Digital music has driven down sales of vinyl records and CDs for years, and many record stores have gone out of business, but that’s slowly changing.

“Well, I have to tell you, we are experiencing now a major resurgence in the popularity of vinyl LPs,” said Zev Feldman of Resonance Records, an independent record label. “To borrow that old adage, ‘What is old is new again.’”

Recently, artists of all genres have been releasing new music the old fashioned way -- on vinyl.

Jazz is one genre that’s seeing a lot of records drop.

Feldman has been searching the world unearthing rare jazz recordings and releasing them on vinyl.

“Decades after these recordings were made, we are still making incredible discoveries from important artists and unearthing these new recordings that are coming to light for the very first time,” he said.

That includes jazz legends like Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans and Jaco Pastorius.

Many of those new jazz recordings and other music will be available to the public for the first time Saturday.

“Just by going to your record store and picking up one of these releases or any other record in that store, you’re supporting a local business and you’re supporting the artists,” Feldman said. “And I can’t stress that enough. So important.”

If you haven’t visited a record store in a while, Saturday may be the day to change that. Many record stores across the country will have local musicians you can meet and talk to about the music.

At Joe’s Record Paradise in Silver Spring, you’ll be able to meet Billy Hancock, Tex Rubinowitz, Mark Wenner of the Nighthawks and Johnny Castle of the Thrillbillys. You’ll also be able to meet Thelonious Monk’s grandson.

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<![CDATA[March for Science Headed to National Mall on Saturday]]> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 07:41:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/National+Mall+photo+for+Earth+Day.jpg

Tens of thousands of people are expected to participate in the March for Science on the National Mall on Saturday.

Scientists and activists will demonstrate in the D.C. march -- and satellite marches worldwide -- to express the need for "robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity," the group's website says.

"We unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest," the site says.

The event is set to begin with teach-ins at 9 a.m. north of the Washington Monument, on Constitution Avenue NW between 15th and 17th streets. A rally is set to start at 10 a.m., and then the march will begin at 2 p.m.

The co-hosts are Derek Muller, the creator of the science YouTube channel Veritasium, and the musician Questlove. Partners include the Union of Concerned Scientists, the National Center for Science Education and the American Geophysical Union.

On the Facebook page for the event, 25,000 people said they plan to go.

Road Closures

Drivers should expect road closures near the National Mall.

D.C. police and the D.C. Department of Transportation said these streets will be closed from about 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Constitution Avenue, NW, from 18th Street to 14th Street, NW
  • 17th Street, NW, between Independence and New York Ave, NW
  • 15th Street, NW, between Independence and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
  • Madison Drive, NW, from14th Street to 15th Street, NW
  • Jefferson Drive, NW, from 14th Street to 15th Street, NW
  • Raul Wallenberg Place, NW, from Maine Avenue to Independence Avenue, NW

Drivers should expect rolling street closures from 2 to 3 p.m. on Constitution Avenue NW from 18th Street NW to 3rd Street NW.

Officials warned drivers to be mindful of heavy pedestrian traffic. Road closures may change depending on conditions.

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<![CDATA[New I-395 Ramp Opens Saturday]]> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 07:42:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2017-04-22_0739.png

The District Department of Transportation announced that the Third Street Tunnel Project will achieve a major milestone with the opening of the new southbound Massachusetts Avenue on-ramp Saturday, April 22.

The new portal at 4th and Massachusetts Avenue, Northwest, replaces the Third Street Tunnel on-ramp, which will be closed and demolished. Final surface street construction including repaving, new sidewalks and traffic control islands will conclude later this fall.

“After nearly two years of construction, the Third Street Tunnel Project is entering its final phases," said DDOT Director Leif Dormsjo. "With the opening of the new highway portal, not only do we achieve improved traffic flow and a much safer environment for pedestrians and bicyclists, we have installed nearly $200 million in critical infrastructure upgrades that will benefit generations of District residents.”

Motorists are advised that crews will continue to work along Massachusetts Avenue and H Street, Northwest, between 2nd and 4th streets as the project enters into the final phases of construction.

Among the new traffic patterns now in place:


  • Southbound traffic entering I-395 will use the new Massachusetts Avenue portal entering from the eastbound lanes of Massachusetts Avenue on the approach to 4th Street, Northwest. Motorists may also use the D Street entrance off 3rd Street, Northwest.
  • Eastbound H Street between 3rd and 4th Streets will be expanded to three lanes.
  • Eastbound Massachusetts Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets will be reduced to two lanes.
  • All other streets in the immediate vicinity will retain their lanes and basic configurations.


The portal-opening construction activities during this final surface street restoration phase will occur Mondays through Fridays, with weekend work scheduled as needed.

Also, during this restoration phase, motorists, pedestrians and cyclists are urged to stay alert and to use caution when traveling through the work zone. Traffic cones and barrels will be in place, as well as flaggers and signage as necessary to redirect traffic around these lane closures.

Motorists are advised to plan for additional travel time on surface streets, as traffic delays are likely to occur, or use alternative routes to bypass the construction area.

<![CDATA[Fairfax Co. Map Shows Locations for Youth-Involved Crashes]]> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 13:05:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/fairfax+county+youth+involved+crashes.jpg

More than 1,800 young drivers were involved in crashed in Fairfax County, Virginia in 2016, according to a map produced by county police.

The map showed the location of crashes that involved 1,840 young drivers, those between the ages of 15 and 20, throughout the county. Two of those drivers were killed, and 17 percent of the youth-involved accidents caused an injury.

Police released the map in an effort to make young drivers and parents aware of the dangers on the roadway. They said fortunately, 97 percent of the teen drivers were wearing their seatbelts when they crashed.

The map listed the top 10 most dangerous roadways for youth drivers. Braddock Road at Fairfax County Parkway was ranked at the most dangerous by Fairfax County police.

Photo Credit: Fairfax County Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Eaglet Returns to Nest After Being Rescued]]> Sun, 23 Apr 2017 14:44:08 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/eagle+rescue.jpg

One of the eaglets seen on the D.C. eagle cam is safely back in its nest at the National Arboretum a day after its foot got stuck in a gap between branches, prompting a nighttime rescue to free the baby bird.

Thursday afternoon, eaglet DC4’s right leg became stuck in a hole in the nest. After seeing that the eaglet was unable to free itself, the American Eagle Foundation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided to send help, said the American Eagle Foundation, which operates the D.C. eagle cam.

The American Eagle Foundation and the U.S. National Arboretum planned the rescue with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Ex-Cel Tree Experts.

"Typically when something goes awry in a wild eagle nest, we don't even know about it and nature simply takes its course," American Eagle Foundation President Al Cecere said. "In this case, however, we could all clearly see how much the eaglet was struggling and how human intervention might make the difference between life and death. We had the power in our hands to help, so that's what we did."

Video of the rescue shows an arborist climbing into the nest and freeing the eaglet from the wall of the nest and putting it in a bag to carry to the ground.

The eaglet was taken to a Maryland zoo where a vet found the eaglet’s leg had swelling and abrasion, but was otherwise OK, said the American Eagle Foundation. A radiograph found no permanent damage.

The process of rescuing, evaluating and returning the eaglet to its nest took less than 24 hours.

DC4 and its sibling DC5 hatched at the National Arboretum in late March. Their parents, Mr. President and The First Lady, first nested at the arboretum in 2015. The pair has raised five eaglets in the nest.

Photo Credit: (C) 2017 American Eagle Foundation
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<![CDATA[Meet Your Street: First Name Roadways]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:40:04 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018529469_1200x675_926886979708.jpg

There are a lot of roads in the Washington region that have obvious origins, like River Road that runs along the Potomac and Canal Road that runs along the C&O. But there are a number that make you wonder how they came up with them. News4's Melissa Mollet reports.

<![CDATA[Police: Loudoun County Teacher Drove to School Drunk]]> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 00:04:45 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Classroom11.jpg

A 6th grade teacher in Loudoun County, Virginia, has been arrested after police say she drove to work drunk and brought alcohol to the school.

Megan Debo, 29, of Sterling, was charged with DUI and possessing or drinking an alcoholic beverage on Sterling Middle School property.

A school resource officer with the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office was alerted about a possibly intoxicated teacher about 8:40 a.m. Friday.

The officer determined Debo had driven to the school and had alcohol in her possession.

Debo teaches language arts at Sterling Middle School.

She was held on $2,000 bond.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com]]>
<![CDATA[Wild Horses, Burros Up for Adoption in Lorton on Saturday]]> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 08:23:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018528885_1200x675_926801987916.jpg

Wild mustangs and burros are up for adoption this weekend in Lorton, Virginia. See here for more information.

<![CDATA[Basketball Tournament Honors Fallen Maryland Officer]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 23:46:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Basketball+Player.jpg

A special fundraiser started tonight in memory of fallen Prince George's County Officer Jacai Colson. News4’s Shomari Stone shows how you can still take part this weekend.

<![CDATA[Shots Fired Into Crowd of People in Lorton, 1 Injured]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:30:28 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Lorton+Shooting.jpg

Shots were fired into a crowd of people in Lorton, Virginia, Friday, injuring one person, police said.

Fairfax County police said the shooting happened at the intersection of Route 1 and Lorton Road about 8:47 p.m. Video from Chopper4 showed multiple police cruisers with blue lights blocking an entrance to a shopping center.

People scattered when shots rang out, police said.

The shooting scene appeared to be in the area outside of a Domino's Pizza restaurant and a Rite Aid pharmacy in the shopping center. Police could be seen looking for evidence.

The person who was shot has non-life threatening injuries, police said.

It is not known if anyone else was injured.

Police have not given any information about who fired the shots.

Stay with News4 and NBCWashington.com for updates to this developing story.

Photo Credit: Chopper4]]>
<![CDATA[Severe Storms Bring Hail, Tear Down Trees in DC Area]]> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 15:01:35 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*120/Takoma+Park+Tree.jpg

Strong storms brought hail, lightning and high winds to the the D.C. area Friday, taking down trees and power lines. 

Severe thunderstorm warnings were in effect for parts of D.C., Maryland and Virginia in the afternoon and evening.

Multiple News4 viewers reported large hail came down quickly in Silver Spring, Maryland just before 5 p.m. Other parts of the region also saw hail.

Residents on Jackson Avenue in Takoma Park, Maryland, told News4 at least six trees came down in their neighborhood. One large tree landed on top of a SUV in the street. Information was not available immediately on whether anyone was hurt. 

Fallen trees damaged homes in Bethesda, displacing a family that lives on Parkwood Drive, and blocking streets on Montrose Avenue and Weymouth Street. Another family was displaced in Chevy Chase, after a large tree fell on a home on Lynwood Place.

Further south, in Westmoreland County, Virginia, the storms did serious damage. Colonial Beach Public Schools will be closed Monday because of damage in town and power outages, the distict said on its Facebook page

Stay with NBCWashington.com and News4 for more.

Photo Credit: Paul Fagiolo
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<![CDATA['She Was a Baby': Md. Murder Victim Identified as Teen Girl]]> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 13:42:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/042117+teyja+chase.jpg

The person who was stabbed on Easter Sunday and knocked on a stranger's door in a desperate bid for help was a 17-year-old girl, police say.

Te'yja Chase of Suitland, Maryland, died after she was found with stab wounds in Forestville, Maryland, Prince George's County police said Friday.

Officers were called to the 3300 block of Springdale Avenue about 8:25 a.m. Sunday, April 16 to help a female who had been stabbed. She staggered to someone porch, knocked the door and then collapsed in the front yard, just 2 miles from her own home. 

The resident said she can't stop replaying the scene in her mind. 

"I opened my door, and I saw a person laying in my front yard," she said. "We tried to ask her her name. We tried to understand what happened." 

The woman, who asked not to be identified, called 911. A short time later, Chase was pronounced dead. 

Police initially were unable to identify the victim. The police department released a composite sketch of her face and photos of the clothing she had been wearing

Family members said Chase's mother saw the sketch and knew it was her child. Chase was outgoing and friendly, the family said. She had several siblings, and a special bond with one of her younger sisters.

Police say knowing who Chase was will advance the investigation. No information on a suspect or possible motive was released. 

The woman who helped Chase said she knew the stabbing victim was young, but not 17. 

"She was a baby. She was a baby," she said. 

Anyone with information that can help police is asked to call 301-772-4925.

Photo Credit: Prince George's County Police Department; courtesy of family
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<![CDATA[The True Heroine of HBO’s Latest Movie, Starring Oprah]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:00:02 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Henrietta+Lacks+Oprah.jpg

When Oprah Winfrey signs her name to something, it captures attention far and wide. Her latest project is no exception.

Winfrey stars Saturday in HBO's "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," a movie based on the national bestseller that tells the real story of a woman whose cervical cancer cells propelled advancements in medical research.

"I was really like, how could I have been a reporter all those years and never heard of HeLa cells and never heard the name Henrietta Lacks?" Winfrey, who was once a reporter in Baltimore, told NBC News.

From countless medical advancements to a family torn apart, the story of Henrietta Lacks' cells is multi-faceted.

Below are six things to know about Henrietta Lacks' contribution to science ahead of the HBO premiere.

Henrietta Lacks (HeLa)

Henrietta Lacks was a 31-year-old African American mother of five from rural southern Virginia. She died in 1951 after being diagnosed with cervical cancer at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.

As told in Rebecca Skloot's bestseller, doctors took her cells without her knowing during her cancer treatment and discovered the cancer cells' remarkable ability to keep growing -- something that had never been seen before. They called them HeLa cells for the first two letters of her first and last name.

Immortal Cells

As the title of the book and movie implies, Lacks lives on through her cells that continue to grow in laboratories to this day.

For decades, scientists grew and sold HeLa cells around the world, but didn't know why or how her cancer cells managed to replicate and thrive.

In the 1980s, German virologist Harald zur Hausen discovered the cells had human papillomavirus or HPV. HeLa cells contain a strain of the virus which doctors now know can cause cervical cancer.

Two HPV genes in HeLa cells are what allow them to keep growing and growing, according to Dr. Richard Schlegel, the chair of Georgetown University's Department of Pathology.

"If you turn off those two genes in that cell, the cell stops growing. It doesn't form tumors anymore," Schlegel said.

HeLa cells are the oldest and most commonly used cell line and the "workhorse" cells, as Skloot called them, are so hardy that they are known to sometimes contaminate experiments.

"It's a very durable cell line. It's very easy to grow. It's almost like the equivalent of a weed in a lawn, you know, when the summer gets hot, your grass dies and these weeds somehow maintain themselves and that cell is like that," Schlegel said.

Major Strides in Medicine

Schlegel used zur Hausen's groundbreaking research on HeLa cells in developing the technology for the HPV vaccine, which now helps prevent women from dying from the same illness that took Lacks' life.

HeLa cells have also helped in eliminating polio, developing in vitro fertilization and creating cancer drugs. Lacks' cells have traveled the globe and gone to space.

They were critical for scientists to answer questions about basic biology, such as how cells move, DNA, RNA and protein synthesis, Schlegel said.

"It really opened up the era of cell biology and molecular biology and understanding it at a new level," Schlegel said.

In more recent research, scientists have found that the Zika virus cannot multiply in HeLa cells.

A Different Era

While HeLa cells have led to extraordinary advancements, the way in which Lacks' cells were taken and the lack of transparency with her family is in conflict with current ethical standards in medicine.

In 1951, there was no consent required from patients.

"Medicine was not really a business yet, it was just coming out of the 'family doctor comes with his little black bag' era," said Dr. Arthur Caplan, head of the Division of Bioethics at New York University Medical Center. "In 1951, we have no kidney dialysis, no ventilator, no heart-lung machine, no intensive care unit, almost no drugs -- much less -- no gigantic pharmaceutical companies."

Caplan said doctors also weren't truthful with patients about their diagnosis during that time -- no matter the patient's race or economic class. Doctors often wouldn't tell patients they had cancer for fear of scaring the patient.

"The basic idea of truthfulness with patients, much less with subjects, wasn't in place," Caplan said.

Henrietta was informed of and underwent radiation for her aggressive cancer, but like most patients during that time, did not have a say in her cells being used for research. Her family didn't know about HeLa cells until 20 years after her death, when doctors tested the family's blood for more research. But the family didn't understand what was happening and doctors continued to withhold information.

This lack of transparency created the distrust voiced by Deborah Lacks, Henrietta's daughter who is portrayed by Winfrey in the movie.

Lacks Family "Torn Apart"

"I could [cry] when I think about Deborah and hear her voice from the tapes, how eager she was to know about her mother and to have this story told," Winfrey said in an interview with NBC News.

For decades, no one knew about the woman behind the amazing immortal cells, which is what inspired author Rebecca Skloot to tell her story. Skloot found Deborah and discovered the family of the woman whose cells led to major medical breakthroughs could not afford their own health care.

The Lacks family was never compensated or profited from HeLa cells, although the cells have led to millions of dollars in profits as they have been sold for a myriad of studies. Johns Hopkins has said it never profited from HeLa cells, but some of Henrietta's descendants maintained they should receive payment.

"Unfortunately some members of the family are still being torn apart... by the burden of those cells," Winfrey said.

According to Caplan, research subjects and their families are not paid today, but one simple change has been made since the 1950s.

"It's not different than it was for Henrietta Lacks or anybody else... But now institutions, to protect themselves, basically say, 'We're not going to pay you if something valuable is made from your cells,'" Caplan said.

In 2013, three years after the book was published, more concerns came for the family after a group of scientists in Europe published the genetic makeup of the cells. The family was concerned that anyone who had the full genome map could learn personal medical information about them and asked for the researchers to withdraw the paper.

After the study was withdrawn, the Lacks family met with the National Institutes of Health and came to an agreement about how to proceed with publishing information about the genome.

Lessons Learned

Caplan said the Lacks family will never profit from HeLa cells, but their agreement with the NIH is a major milestone in medical ethics.

"I think they do have the right to control [the genome]… anything that identifies somebody or potentially identifies somebody -- you have the right to consent to its use or not," Caplan said.

Out of the agreement came the HeLa Genome Working Group, which includes two representatives of the Lacks family. Those family members now choose which researchers can have access to HeLa cells.

Meanwhile, Skloot has set up a foundation for the family using proceeds from the book and movie. The foundation provides scholarships for Lacks' descendants and health care for Henrietta's children.

The Lacks family is still hoping that research organizations and companies that have profited from HeLa cells will do something to honor Henrietta and recognize what her family went through, according to Skloot.

HBO's movie will premiere Saturday, April 22 at 8 p.m. Eastern Time.

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Photo Credit: Lacks Family / Tom Deerinck / Getty Images
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<![CDATA[77-Year-Old Man Killed at Va. Senior Center, Police Say]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:20:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Cong+Huu+Nguyen.jpg

An 77-year-old man was found slain in a senior center in Virginia, and authorities are still searching for a suspect or suspects, Fairfax County police said Friday. 

Cong Huu Nguyen, 77, was found dead Thursday morning in his apartment at the Little River Glen Senior Retirement Community in the 4000 block of Barker Court in Fairfax, Virginia. Police arrived on the scene shortly after 8 a.m.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined that Nguyen died of trauma to the upper body.

"I can't imagine somebody doing that," said Rebecca Mosser who has lived in the retirement community for two years.

Nguyen's apartment on the edge of the senior community is separated from Little River Turnpike by a small stretch of woods. The apartments that border the woods are easily accessible from the road, Mosser said. 

Residents say they weren't told about the killing until late Friday. 

"It frightens me that if it was someting bad, nobody was told," Mosser said. 

Anyone with information about Nguyen's death is asked to call Fairfax Detective J.D. Long at 703-246-7800 or 703-246-7810, or submit information to Crime Solvers online at fairfaxcrimesolvers.org,  text a tip by texting "TIP187" plus your message to 274637, or call 866-411-TIPS (8477).

Fairfax County police initially said Nguyen's age was 85. He was 77.

Photo Credit: Fairfax County Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Prince George's County Cleans Up After Storms]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:02:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018529706_1200x675_926995523552.jpg

Some residents in Prince George's County, Maryland, saw fallen trees, power lines and crushed cars from Thursday night's storms. News4's Derrick Ward reports.

<![CDATA[Langley Punks Reunite for Retrospective of Their Cult Classi]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:32:00 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/The+Langley+Punks.jpg

In the 1970s and ‘80s, a group of Maryland high school students with a movie camera made a series of short comedic films that were met with critical acclaim. This weekend the Langley Punks will reunite in Silver Spring for a retrospective of those cult classics.

If you’ve picked up a copy of The Washington Post over the past three decades you’ve seen photographer Bill O’Leary’s work. He’s captured some iconic moments over the years, including his first front page: A picture of Mayor Marion Barry after his arrest shot when O’Leary was just an intern.

But before he was snapping pictures for the Post, he was behind the camera for the Langley Punks, a group of teenage filmmakers from Good Counsel High School.

“This is the late ‘60s, so we had grown up watching Laurel and Hardy and The Three Stooges and the classic, silent and early sound slapstick comedies,” O’Leary said. “That’s what we wanted. We wanted to just make people laugh and have a good time.”

Dave Nuttycombe joined the Punks in their early years after they started submitting their films to local competitions against established filmmakers.

“And then these buffoons were just drinking beer and just throwing things at each other and just putting in ping pong ball eyeballs, chasing around, pretending to be monsters, and they would win every time,” Nuttycombe said.

“The popularity thing sort of surprised me, because these are pretty crude and rudimentary,” O’Leary said.

The Langley Punks went on to produce cult classics like “Hyattsville Holiday, “Intestines from Space” and “Alcoholics Unanimous,” in which O’Leary, who worked primarily behind the camera, got to play the bartender.

“I like better being behind the camera,” he said.

At the AFI Silver Theatre at 7:30 p.m., Travesty Films presents “The First Absolutely Final Retrospective Featuring the Return of the Langley Punks.” In addition to their classic work, the evening will include the first new Punks film in decades -- a sequel to “Curse of the Atomic Greasers.”

“It’s ‘Curse of the Atomic Greasers 2: Last Bus to Bladensburg,'” Nuttycombe said. “And that was made 34 years ago, and in 34 years, we’ve learned nothing. I think it’s even dumber than the original.”

You can order your tickets here.

Photo Credit: Travesty Films]]>
<![CDATA[NBC4 Responds to a Family Double Billed for a Burial and Man Who Ran Into Toll Trouble]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:56:38 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018529691_1200x675_926946883898.jpg

From a Maryland man who found out his family was double charged for part of his mother's funeral to a Virginia man who hit a roadblock clearing up a toll that had ballooned into more than $100, NBC4 Responds is getting results. Consumer Reporter Susan Hogan has this week's recap.

<![CDATA[5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day in the DMV]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:21:23 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/National+Mall+photo+for+Earth+Day.jpg

Earth to humans -- Earth Day is upon us! People worldwide will participate Saturday in everything from marches to cleanups to swap meets to demonstrate their support of the safety of our planet. Here's a list of some ways you can celebrate the special day locally.

March for Science

Tens of thousands of people are expected to participate in the March for Science on the National Mall Saturday.

Scientists and activists will demonstrate in the D.C. march -- and satellite marches worldwide -- to express the need for "robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity," the group's website says.

Participants are expected to arrive at the National Mall as early as 9 a.m for teach-ins north of the Washington Monument, on Constitution Avenue NW between 15th and 17th streets.

A rally is set to start at 10 a.m., and then the march will begin at 2 p.m., moving from the Washington Monument grounds to Union Square in Capitol Hill.

If you'd like to get your grub on after, there will be an official post-March dinner hosted by Taste of Science D.C. and March for Science at Mellow Mushroom (2436 18th St. NW) at 5:30 p.m. Admission to the dinner is $40; tickets are available online here. The event will be free to attend after 8:30 p.m. (See more weekend events associated with the march online here.)

Earth Optimism Day at the National Zoo

Celebrate the conservation of the planet at the Smithsonian National Zoo, this Saturday. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., everyone is invited for a family-friendly outing of activities, interactive demonstrations and a scavenger hunt.

Educational booths will show teach you how to get involved in citizen science projects, how to preserve coral reefs and how your coffee could help save birds.

You can take your earth conservation up a notch by biking to the zoo to save energy --- well, you might end up tired, but at least you helped the planet. The zoo is offering free bicycle valet parking to registered bicyclists. You can register here each registered cyclist will receive a thank-you gift for actively working to reduce carbon emissions.

Earth Day Festival in Silver Spring

Montgomery County's Brookside Gardens is celebrating Earth Day with volunteer planting projects in the morning and activities in the afternoon.

There will be things to do for everyone! You can buy plants, make a beat in a drum circle or take a tour of the garden and look at birds. You can also grab a bite from a food truck or become a "master gardener" during a plant clinic.

The festival will be at Brookside Gardens and the Nature Center (1800 Glenallen Ave., Wheaton, Maryland).

For more information, click here

Earth Day Swap Shop

Trade your gently used items at a unique pop-up shop for the D.C. community at the Earth Day Swap Shop at Wunder Garten (1101 1st St. NE). You'll find live music, as well as food and drinks available for purchase as you exchange your cool things with other people's cool things.

How it works: You'll receive a ticket for each item you bring. Then you can use your tickets to barter any item in the Swap Shop. Each item costs one ticket.

Although you might want to bring a carload, keep in mind you can only bring up to 15 items.

The event is free! If you're one of the first 50 people to arrive, you'll get a free ticket and drink. The swap shop is kid and pet-friendly, and there's bike parking available.

Help keep the city clean.

The Anacostia Watershed Society is hosting its annual Earth Day cleanup and celebration. Volunteers will work together to clean and restore the Anacostia River from 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday, with nearly 30 locations along the river to work on. 

Volunteers are asked to wear closed-toe shoes and long pants for safety. It's always good to bring a water bottle and a snack if you think you'll get hungry.

There will be a celebration for your hard work following the cleanup from noon to 2 p.m. at Bladensburg Waterfront Park (4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg, Maryland.). You'll get a complimentary lunch and you can party the afternoon away. 

To register to volunteer, go here

Photo Credit: NBC Washington]]>
<![CDATA[Va. School to Hold 'America Monday' After Student Pressure]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:14:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/211*120/042117+loudoun+county+high+schoo.jpg

Social media pages in Northern Virginia exploded Thursday with conversation about a claim that a local high school refused to hold an "American-themed spirit day" because it was too political.

"Our Founding Fathers are rolling around in their graves. Sad," one Facebook commenter wrote.

But school administrators say they never refused to hold a day celebrating American patriotism; the student council simply chose different spirit days intended to boost morale before exams. 

The uproar at Loudoun County High School in Leesburg, Virginia, began because of a misunderstanding, Loudoun County Public Schools spokesman Wayde Byard said.

"On social media this got totally out of control -- people jumping in with no knowledge of the situation, ascribing motives to the principal and others that simply weren't there," he said.

Student council members said they initially suggested holding a Freedom Friday, but the principal encouraged them to hold days they previously had not held. 

A group of students who call themselves the Young Conservatives took to social media to accuse the principal of refusing to hold an American day. 

"I believe the administration was a little bit too afraid that they might have offended somebody with American Day," said Conrad Briles, a member of the group. 

Then, a senior at the high school, Daniel Eisert, wrote a letter published Thursday in the local newspaper LoudounNow saying members of the student council told him they "recently proposed to have an American-themed spirit day, but the school administration shot it down for being 'too political' and 'might cause bullying,'" he wrote.

"American patriotism should be fostered in our public schools rather than discouraged," he wrote.

He said via FaceTime on Friday that he was not trying to be divisive. 

"I just wanted to show that being American is not a political thing and should not be," he said. 

The school spokesman said the administration never rejected the suggestion to hold the spirit day.

"It was never turned down. It was never on the table," he said.

Members of the student council said they thought the backlash at school and on social media was unfounded and unfair. 

"The potential for this to get crazy and out of proportion was really weighing on our minds. Someone could take a hold of this and make it a big story about how Loudoun County is unpatriotic, when that's completely false," student council member Kirby Howerter said. 

In light of the controversy, the student council suggested declaring an impromptu "America Monday" spirit day on Monday, April 24. The principal approved the request. 

"It will be a red, white and blue day, and we'll show our patriotism, just like we do on Veterans Day," Byard said.

The Young Conservatives said they were thrilled that students would wear red, white and blue on Monday. They said they make no apologies for their tactics.

Photo Credit: NBC Washington
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<![CDATA[7 East Coast Music Festivals You Won't Want to Miss]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:53:02 -0400 Broccoli City Festival started in 2013 as an effort bring attention to Earth Day, and to help educate and inspire people about why its important to be "active and engaged participants in their community." This year, the Broccoli City Group is launching Broccoli City Week (April 29-May 6) with a wide range of events, including a 5K run and volunteering opportunities, leading up to the music festival. The festival lineup includes Rae Sremmurd, 21 Savage, Lil Yachty & more.

When: Saturday, May 6
Where: Gateway DC
2730 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE
Washington, D.C.
Want tix? Find them online here.]]>
Broccoli City Festival started in 2013 as an effort bring attention to Earth Day, and to help educate and inspire people about why its important to be "active and engaged participants in their community." This year, the Broccoli City Group is launching Broccoli City Week (April 29-May 6) with a wide range of events, including a 5K run and volunteering opportunities, leading up to the music festival. The festival lineup includes Rae Sremmurd, 21 Savage, Lil Yachty & more.

When: Saturday, May 6
Where: Gateway DC
2730 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE
Washington, D.C.
Want tix? Find them online here.]]>
Summer is quickly approaching, which means that music festival season is also right around the corner. We've rounded up seven of the East Coast's most popular music festivals.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[4 Your Weekend: 'Unforgettable,' Ballet & Comedy]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:40:36 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018527785_1200x675_926715459686.jpg

WTOP Entertainment Editor Jason Fraley reviews the movie "Unforgettable" and talks about ballet and comedy events happening this weekend.