<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Local News]]> Copyright 2016 http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.com en-us Mon, 08 Feb 2016 14:09:01 -0500 Mon, 08 Feb 2016 14:09:01 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Police Continue Search for Missing Md. Woman]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 13:34:19 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Nancy-Eillen-Strohmeyer.jpg

Police plan to search the woods behind a missing woman's home as the search for the Germantown woman enters its fifth day. 

Nancy Eillen Strohmeyer last spoke with a relative via phone around 7 p.m. Feb. 3. Since then, the family has not seen or heard from her. Police say Strohmeyer has Alzheimer's disease. 

Police plan to search a wooded area behind Strohmeyer's Millhaven Place home Monday afternoon. Foul play is not suspected. 

Strohmeyer is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 130 pounds. She may be wearing a tan coat over a turquoise sweater, police said.

Strohmeyer's family is concerned for her safety, and says she needs medication.

Last week, investigators used a helicopter to expedite the search.

If you have any information about Strohmeyer, please call Montgomery County Police at 301-279-8000.

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<![CDATA[Man Sentenced for Stabbing Near Metro Station]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 12:24:28 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/1216-cooper.jpg

The man who stabbed two people in an unprovoked attack at a Metrobus stop will spend 60 years in prison. 

Reginald Cooper of Silver Springs, Maryland, was sentenced Monday. During the sentencing hearing, Cooper asked the court for lenience, citing a long battle a long-term PCP addiction.

A jury found Cooper guilty of two counts of attempted second degree murder last year. There was a 30-year maximum for each charge.

Cooper stabbed the victims at a bus bay near the Rockville Metro station. As the victims waited for a bus to their ESL class, Cooper got into a verbal altercation with them before stabbing both of them several times and running away.

This stabbing was Cooper’s third violent offense. 

<![CDATA[Arrest Made in Shooting of 2 DC School Administrators]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 11:41:23 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/012716+justin+headspeth.jpg

Police have arrested the man they say shot two DC Public Schools administrators in Southeast Washington last month.

Justin Headspeth, 23, has been charged with assault with intent to kill. 

The man and woman were shot as they sat in a car in the 1500 block of Eaton Road SE, D.C. police said.

The victims work at Roosevelt STAY High School in Northwest D.C. and Ballou STAY High School in Southeast D.C., school district spokeswoman Michelle Lerner said. The alternative schools teach non-traditional students seeking GEDs.

Police have not said what preceded the shooting or whether the victims may have been targeted in connection to their jobs.

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<![CDATA[Toddler, Man Injured During Shooting in NW DC]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 10:44:31 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/212*120/2016-02-07_0759.png

A toddler and a man were injured when bullets ripped through a northwest Washington neighborhood Saturday night.

Police said officers responded to reports of a shooting in the 5400 block of Georgia Avenue NW around 10:30 p.m. Witnesses said several shots were fired in that block.

The toddler was injured when a bullet came through the window of a beauty shop, grazing him. A man on a nearby sidewalk was also shot.

Both victims are expected to be OK.

Investigators are still searching for information.

<![CDATA[Dye Test Aims to Find Potomac Oil Sheen Source]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 09:38:04 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/232*120/2016-02-08_0809_001.png

The U.S. Coast Guard says a dye test will be conducted in the Potomac River and Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary near Arlington, Virginia, to find the source of a sheen spotted on the river.

The Coast Guard announced in a news release that it will work with state and local officials to conduct a dye test Monday morning in the storm water system for the Roaches Run watershed. Cmdr. Michael Keane, the incident commander, says the non-toxic dye appears bright yellow or green.

The Coast Guard believed that the sheens spotted last week were mostly gone, but reported Sunday that investigators found a possible new source.

The Coast Guard says some recovered oil is awaiting analysis at a lab.

Photo Credit: U.S. Coast Guard
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<![CDATA[Mike Tyson Appears in Local Company's SB50 Commercial]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 11:00:08 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tlmd_tlm_tattoo_mike_tyson.jpg

Former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson made an appearance in a local business' Super Bowl 50 commercial. 

In the 30-second Michael & Son Services spot, Tyson jumps into the ring to help his son, Amir,  who is getting pummeled by a boxer named "The Vanilla Gorilla".

Tyson knocks "The Vanilla Gorilla" out with one punch. He then turns to the camera and says, "If you can't, we can." The phrase is the company's slogan. 

The commercial ends with Tyson singing the jingle. 

Only viewers in a few East Coast states got to see the commercial, The Washington Post.

The Post says it took the Alexandria, Virginia, business a year to secure Tyson for the spot. 

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<![CDATA[Explosion Blows Out Windows at Woodbridge Home]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 07:00:03 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/209*120/2016-02-08_0614.png

A gas leak caused an explosion at a Woodbridge, Virginia, home Sunday afternoon.

Firefighters were called to the corner of Franklin Street and West Longview Drive at 3 p.m. for a report of an outside gas leak. When crews arrived, the call was upgraded to an inside gas leak. 

The Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Fire Department says firefighters found high levels of gas inside the home. As they left the home, an explosion blew out the home's windows and a fireball ripped through the basement. 

No injuries were reported. 

“Do not hesitate to call 911 if you smell gas in your home,” Fire Chief Jim McAllister said. “Although most calls turn out to be minor, serious injury and even death can occur in a gas-related incident.”

The cause of the gas leak is not known at this time.

<![CDATA[Snowstorm Checklist: 15 Things to Do NOW]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 05:11:12 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/506054126.jpg

Prepare for emergency winter events before getting stranded.

Whenever snow is in the forecast, make sure to minimize travel, keep dry and bring your pets inside. Here’s a compilation of snowstorm checklists from American Red Cross, the CDC and FEMA.

  1. Withdraw cash from the ATM beforehand, especially in case widespread power outages occur.

  3. Have a first aid kit ready. Refill all of your prescriptions for at least a week's supply. Also make sure you’ve stocked for other medical items, such as contact lens solution and extra batteries for hearing aids. Don't forget any hygienic products like extra tampons and toothpaste.

  4. Lots of warm clothing and blankets are a must.

  5. If you have little ones, check baby supplies like formula, clean bottles, diapers and baby food. Make sure you have enough!

  6. Prepare battery-powered flashlights or lanterns (with extra batteries!). If the power goes out, avoid using candles. If you do use them, never leave them alone.

  7. Get a portable cellphone charger if you don't have one -- the kind that will work without electricy.

  8. Have a battery-powered carbon monoxide detector as back-up.

  9. A battery-powered radio will help keep you connected to alerts if the power does go out.

  10. Batteries, batteries, batteries.

  11. Have a supply of drinking water for at least three days. For other water sources, you can fill your bathtub. As a final resort, you can melt snow; boiling it will get rid of germs but may not get rid of some accumulated chemicals in it.

  12. Have a supply of canned or easily preparable food for at least three days. Look for peanut butter, crackers, trail mixes, and canned meats or fish. Some fruits like citrus fruits have a shelf life of two weeks without refrigeration. And by the way, don't expect grocery delivery to go out in what is likely to be dangerous conditions; Peapod has already said they are canceling Saturday and Sunday delivery.

  13. If you have a pet, don't forget pet supplies!

  14. If you have another supply of heat, such as  by space or kerosene heaters, make sure to keep them at least three feet away from anything flammable such as furniture or drapes. Never, ever leave kerosene heaters unattended, and make sure that both space heaters and kerosene heaters are turned off when you go to sleep.

  15. Keep a supply of rock salt for walkways and sand or cat litter to add traction. Also, help your neighborhood by digging out fire hydrants and note where fire hydrants are in your area.

  16. If you must use your car (which officials are strongly warning against), stock it with a mini kit of supplies, including a first aid kit, blankets, extra clothing, batteries, cell phone charger and booster cables.

BONUS ROUND: Go ahead and program your local utility contact information into your cellphone now, before you need them. Important utility numbers include:

  • Pepco: 877-PEPCO-62
  • Dominion Virginia: 866-DOM-HELP
  • Baltimore Gas and Electric (BG&E): 877-778-2222
  • SMECO: 877-74-SMECO
  • Washington Gas: 800-752-7520 or 703-750-1400
  • Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC): 800-828-6439

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<![CDATA[Crash Investigation Near Nats Park]]> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 23:39:45 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000013606022_1200x675_618371139800.jpg D.C. Police are investigating a crash that sent one man to the hospital. News4's Darcy Spencer reports.]]> <![CDATA[Driver Fleeing Baltimore Bar Assault Runs Down Woman: Police]]> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 15:24:17 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/212*120/2016-02-07_1141.png

Baltimore City Police said an altercation at a Fells Point bar caused a driver to crash into several vehicles before running down a woman in an out of control scene caught on camera.

Police said Orlando Redd, 28, of Parkville, was assaulted inside a bar in the 700 block of South Broadway around 2:15 a.m. Saturday. After fleeing the bar, Reed got into his minivan where the assault continued. A video posted on YouTube shows a man hitting the driver's side window as Reed drives off, slamming into a stopped car at a traffic light.

Investigators said people attempted to get inside the van as Reed put the vehicle in reverse, jumped the curb and hit a woman who was walking out of the DogWatch Tavern.

The van lurched forward along the curb before getting back on the roadway. Police stopped the van a few blocks away at the intersection of South Broadway and Eastern Avenue.

The woman has been identified as Jill Boram by a GoFundMe page, and police said she suffered a fractured skull, broken ribs, a bruised lung, trauma to her pelvis and lacerations to her hips.

Redd was charged with first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, malicious destruction of property, two counts of endangerment and numerous traffic citations. Police are also searching for the men who attempted to assault Redd while he was in the van.

<![CDATA[Celebrate Super Bowl Sunday Smart: Don't Drink & Drive]]> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 10:27:41 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/121815+drunk+driving+crackdown.jpg


As people get ready to celebrate Super Bowl Sunday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has some sobering numbers for those who don’t make the proper travel plans after the parties.

According to the NTSB, 40 percent of all traffic fatalities on Super Bowl Sunday are alcohol related. AAA Mid-Atlantic said party planners and football fans should prepare for the festivities by designating a sober driver or arranging for alternate transportation options.

"Drinking and driving is not a game. It’s a deadly combination and a crime,” said John B. Townsend II, manager of public and government affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “Call the right play and designate a safe and sober driver before you start your celebration. Don’t fumble when it comes to safety.”

AAA Mid-Atlantic also offers some tips to those who attend parties and those who host the event.

Be a responsible partygoer:

  • If you plan to drive, don’t drink.
  • If you plan to drink, select a designated driver and give them your car keys. If you don’t have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, or stay where you are and sleep it off until you are sober.
  • Buckle up, because it’s your best defense against other impaired drivers.

Be a responsible host:

  • Offer food and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Make sure all of your guests designate their sober drivers in advance, or help arrange ride-sharing with other sober drivers.
  • Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game and begin serving coffee and dessert.
  • Keep the numbers for local cab companies handy, and take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving while impaired.

<![CDATA[Amber Alert Canceled for Missing Virginia Girl]]> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 21:18:26 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Haven+Melina+Moses+amber+alert.jpg

A missing three-year-old girl from Virginia has been found safe, police confirmed Sunday evening.

The Virginia State Police had issued an Amber Alert for Haven Melina Moses. The Fluvanna County Sheriff’s Office had said she was taken by James Arnold Moses III, 25, and they said she is in extreme danger.

Police said Moses III took the child from a home in Scottsville, Virginia, sometime Saturday.

Shortly before 6:30 p.m., police canceled the alert. The sheriff's office confirmed she was found safe and turned over to authorities.

<![CDATA[New Gun Shop Opens, Hopes to Create Responsible Ownership]]> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 19:31:32 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/211*120/2016-02-07_1650.png

A new business opened its doors on Broad Street in Falls Church, Virginia, after its first location met with great success and protests.

When NOVA Firearms opened a location in McLean, Virginia, the move was met with protests. Opponents said while the location of the business was with the law, it was out of their comfort zone with a school nearby.

But owner James Gates said business was good enough that they needed to expand. He previously owned a gun shop in Falls Church and thought it would be a good choice for a second NOVA Firearms.

"We had a lot of our customers asking us to reach out down this way a little bit further so they don't have to sit in all the 495 traffic or the McLean traffic to get to our shop after work," said Gates.

News4’s Derrick Ward said there were no protests at the new location, even though there is a school in sight of this shop. Gates said he is aware that some may, nonetheless, find the firearms store too close for comfort, so he's asking a little something of his patrons.

"We're going to encourage all of our customers coming in to come in the side door, park in the back so there'd be limited visibility," Gates said.

Ward said there are still those with ideological opposition.

"I think more guns (equals) more violence," said one woman. "There's no one person that's going to be the good guy and not shoot the wrong person."

Gates said part of his business mission is to help create responsible firearm owners armed with the proper safety and training.

"We are very heavily pushing training from basic all the way up to advanced," he said.

Much of his clientele are professionals, who appreciate what they see as a reputable inside-the-beltway location.

<![CDATA[Stafford County Police Seek Suspect in Shooting Death]]> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 15:35:36 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Chancellor+Tolliver.jpg

Stafford County, Virginia, police are searching for a man in connection with a shooting death early Sunday morning.

Investigators said Maurice Williams Scott, 33, of Stafford County was shot during an altercation with Chancellor Tolliver, 20, of Stafford County, around 5 a.m. Sunday in the Garrison Woods Apartment Complex. Scott was taken to the hospital, but he died on the way.

Detectives have an arrest warrant for Tolliver, charging him with first-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Police said they do not know where Tolliver is located, and he should be considered armed and dangerous.

<![CDATA[Police: Driver Pulled Over on BW Parkway, Kills Himself]]> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 00:19:11 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20160206+BW+Parkway.jpg

The Baltimore-Washington Parkway was closed for hours Saturday night after a driver who was being pulled over by police apparently killed himself alongside the roadway, police said.

The incident happened near Riverdale Road. 

The northbound lanes of the parkway between Maryland Route 410 and the Beltway reopened about 10:30 p.m., but the incident forced traffic to detour onto side streets.

Cars were backed up for miles. Some drivers said they were stopped for at least 45 minutes as traffic was re-routed.

Sgt. Anna Rose of the U.S. Park Police said she was first made aware of the incident at 6:40 p.m., and road closures quickly followed.

<![CDATA[Winter Weather Advisory Issued for DC Area]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 12:44:15 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/215*120/2016-02-08_0529.png

A storm from the north and west will be arriving just in time to potentially create some traffic problems on Tuesday morning.

A winter weather advisory will go into effect for the D.C. area from 10 p.m. Monday until midnight Tuesday. A winter storm watch has been issued for the northern portion of Maryland.

The storm is expected to produce snow, but it won’t be anywhere close to the amounts that arrived in January during the Blizzard of 2016. The D.C. metro area could see 1 to 3 inches of snow, while areas to the north of D.C. may receive greater amounts.

Maryland State Highway Administration spokesman David Buck says crews were out pretreating roads on Sunday ahead of the storm that is set to arrive late Monday. Buck says if the storm moves in earlier than expected it could have a major impact on the roads during rush hour.

Virginia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Jennifer McCord tells WTOP-FM that crews have been pretreating roads and trucks will be out Monday night into Tuesday. Still, she says people should plan for a longer commute on Monday evening.

Temperatures will largely be above freezing during the storm, so it will be a rain and snow mix or a wet snow at times on Tuesday.

The timing of the storm will be the main concern. Precipitation is expected to begin to fall overnight Monday into Tuesday and should likely cause some issues with roads, especially north of Washington.

The effects are not expected to be long term. However, commuters and schools may be affected by the snowfall.

After the snow moves out, some of the coldest weather of the season is expected to move in, with temperatures staying in the 20s during the day.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

<![CDATA[Birds Cleaned After Oily Substance Source in Pototmac]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 20:20:56 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/020516+birds+potomac+spill.jpg

Containment boom and absorbent sweeps remain in place after an oily substance was discovered in the Potomac River on Friday.

Eighteen geese at Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary were seen covered in the substance. Tri-State Bird and Rescue, with the help of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, has recovered 16 of the oiled geese, with two more being sought.

The U.S. Coast Guard went out on Saturday and said there didn’t appear to be any increase of the sheen outside the containment area. They said it is nearly dissipated, except for some sheltered areas in the water.

Samples of the substance have been sent to the Coast Guard Marine Safety Laboratory for analysis. At one point, wisps of the sheen were seen about eight miles south of Roaches Run.

On Monday, the Coast Guard plans to trace storm drain systems to determine a possible source of the substance. Dominion Virginia Power said a spill of mineral oil occurred Jan. 24 at a transformer station near Roaches Run. But Lt. David Ruhlig, of the Coast Guard, said that may be unrelated.

"We haven't linked those two together," he said. "We haven't ruled any source out at this point."

USCG said they will maintain protective measures at the sanctuary and continue to monitor the water, while also responding to any reports of oiled wildlife throughout the area.

<![CDATA[DC East Neighborhoods Weigh In on Bike Lane Plans]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 20:16:33 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/road+diet+bike+lane.JPG

The District Department of Transportation hosted a public meeting on Saturday to get feedback from residents about a protected bike lane in the eastern part of the city.

News4’s Derrick Ward said it's one of those issues that was surprisingly contentious with a room full of people, both pro and con.

The alternatives being studied for northbound and southbound travel, roughly between New York Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue, includes a protected bike lane on Fifth, Sixth or Ninth Street. There is also an option to leaving things as they are, but the travel from cars and bikes in the neighborhood is already heavy.

Ward said on any given Sunday, churches in the city’s eastern neighborhoods allow parishioners to park perpendicular to the curb, essentially losing a travel lane.  They are concerned about what an added bike lane mean for that situation.

In some options being considered, they'll lose some of those spaces, which doesn’t please some religious leaders in those communities.

"The concern is that the city is being made over for the convenience of newcomers,” said William Lamar, pastor at the Metropolitan AME Church.

Saturday’s meeting in the Shaw neighborhood is just the beginning of the informational phase of the bike lane discussion. 

<![CDATA[Slain Teacher's Class Sings 'Lean on Me' at Vigil]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 09:24:14 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/020516+neshante+davis+students+lean+on+me+vigil.jpg

The beloved teacher shot and killed this week along with her 2-year-old daughter was remembered Friday at a heartbreaking ceremony, where her second-graders sang "Lean on Me" and her sister called for an end to domestic violence. 

Loved ones, students, parents and total strangers mourned the deaths of NeShante Davis and Chloe Davis-Green at a vigil held Friday evening outside Bradbury Heights Elementary School in Capitol Heights, Maryland.

The mother and daughter were shot outside their townhouse about 7 a.m. Tuesday in Fort Washington, Maryland, Prince George's County police said. Little Chloe's father, Daron Boswell-Johnson, 25, confessed to waiting for Davis and Chloe outside their home and then shooting them each multiple times, court documents show. He was angry over being ordered to pay $600 per month in child support, sources told News4.

Boswell-Johnson, of Forestville, Maryland, faces two counts of both first- and second-degree murder and is being held without bond.

Davis was in the middle of her first year teaching after she recently graduated from Bowie State University.

On Friday, members of the Bradbury Heights Elementary community wore pink to honor the teacher and her daughter. Davis' class sang, and members of the community paid tribute to her. 

"Your life was taken, but your legacy of patience, love and kindness has profoundly touched all who have been blessed to know you," one mourner said. 

One of Davis' sisters spoke about domestic violence and the need to get help if you're being abused.

"In honor of NeShante and Chloe's memory, let's not allow something like this to happen to anyone else," she said.

Davis was a natural teacher who doted on her students, teacher Alisha Rowden said.

"Because she was a mother, she has that mothering spirit, so her students are under her wings just like baby birds," she said. "She treated them as if they were her own children."

She and other staff members said they will never forget Tuesday.

"It was the most difficult day of my professional career, and I've been doing this over 20 years," Walker said.

Before Davis' fellow second-grade teachers knew Davis and her daughter had been killed, they knew something was wrong when she didn't show up for work.

"I felt like my heart was in my stomach," Rowden said. "We hadn't heard from her."

The school system and principal, Dr. Lynnette Walker, quickly developed a plan for informing staff and students. It was especially difficult for Walker, who hired her, she said.

"When her resume came across my desk, I contacted a colleague at Bowie State and said 'Tell me about NeShante Davis.' And she said, 'If you can get her, get her. She's good," she said.

Davis' students, just 7 and 8 years old, are dealing with the loss of their teacher.

"They're getting there. Each day I think is a struggle," second-grade teacher Hannah Greene said. "It hits them more and more that this is the way things are going to be now."

Services for Davis and Chloe will be held Saturday, Feb. 13 at Ark of Safety Christian Church in Upper Marlboro.

<![CDATA[6 Young Women Beat, Rob Trinity U. Student]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 09:20:29 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/020516+dark+street+walking.jpg D.C. police are seeking six young women, possibly high school students, who surrounded a college student and stole her cellphone Thursday evening. News4's Jackie Bensen reports on what happened and who police say is responsible.]]> <![CDATA[Va. High School Plans Prom to Benefit Cancer Research]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 09:15:51 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Freedom+High+Students+020516.jpg

A high school in Loudoun County, Virginia, plans to throw a prom with a message this year.

While the students at Freedom High School in South Riding still plan for a fun party, they are scaling back in exchange for giving back.

“We were just bouncing themes around and we had the idea of a charity ball, and it took off from there,” Junior Class President Bobby Doherty said.

The money saved and generated from ticket sales will go to pediatric cancer research.

“It’s not just the tradition of the prom; it’s something more than that,” said Jennifer Scott, whose daughter Elizabeth is a Freedom High freshman battling Leukemia and too sick to set foot in the school.

The students asked Principal Doug Fulton if they could host prom in the gym.

“I said, ‘One thing is we have to get back the deposit from the Dulles Hilton,’ and the hotel was great,” Fulton said. “They gave the deposit back, and that became the seed money for that first amount of money that we’ll be able to donate.”

They found sponsors to help prepare a five-star dinner. Teachers and staff will pitch in as waiters and valets.

“I think what we’re doing here right now is going to continue on for many years and hopefully inspire schools across the country to do the same,” Senior Class President Vivek Ramakrishnan said.

“They’ll remember what their prom was about,” Fulton said. “They’ll remember what they did.”

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<![CDATA[Celebrate Mardi Gras With These 5 Events in DC]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 14:44:08 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_323360105.jpg

Traditionally, Mardi Gras is a celebration all about stuffing yourself with delicious foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season. So you kind of have to do it... right?

Check out these local spots celebrating the holiday with specials and events:

1. Bayou Gras Block Party

Chef David Guas, a New Orleans native, invites guests to his newest outpost of his popular Bayou Bakery (901 Pennsylvania Avenue NE) for the fifth annual Bayou Gras Block Party this Tuesday. The event will feature a live band and tons of food and drinks under a heated tent.

From 6 to 9 p.m., enjoy authentic "N'awlins" dishes, including parade route food that consists of the choice of jambalaya, Crawfish Monica, Muff-a-lottas or andouille and shrimp gumbo, among other traditional meals and desserts. All night, a pop-up bar will serve up New Orleans-style cocktails, and Abita draft beers will be poured in souvenir cups. Additionally, kids 12 and under eat free, with mac and cheese, hot dogs and Abita root beer on the menu.

Tickets can be purchased at the eatery or online here.

2. Mardi Gras at Black Rooster Pub

The Black Rooster Pub (1919 L Street NW) will host a Mardi Gras celebration Tuesday. Starting at 5 p.m., catch live entertainment including stilt walkers and fire eaters. Additionally, planners say "original songs, gritty vocals, a slamming horn section and driving rhythms" will be provided by the D.C. band King Soul starting at 6 p.m.

The pub will be serving a special Cajun menu and 22-ounce Hurricanes all night long.

3. Round Robin Bar at the Willard

From now through Tuesday, the Round Robin Bar (1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW), a lively meeting place for the political and social elite since the 1850s, will be serving up Mardi Gras-themed cocktails.

Located just off the lobby of the Willard InterContinental, the bar will offer specialty cocktails for $15, including the Bayou Bloody Mary, made with Tito's vodka, Tabasco sauce and spicy green beans and garnished with crawfish, and the Vieux Carre, made with rye whiskey, cognac, sweet vermouth, Benedictine and bitters.

Cajun cuisine lovers can choose from two dishes: a New Orleans po-boy on a french baguette or a chicken and andouille gumbo.

4. Venetian Mardi Gras at Masseria

Experience a Venetian Mardi Gras celebration at Masseria (1340 4th St. NE) from Tuesday through Feb. 14. Chef Nicholas Stefanelli will prepare a $95 five-course tasting menu with dishes including Grande Lasagna di Carnevale (lasagna, meatballs, beef, salumi, ricotta, mozzarella and tomato.

On Friday, Feb. 12, a "super-chic soirée" following dinner will be complete with free-flowing Italian sparkling wine from Ca' d'Or Franciacorta, which will debut at Masseria before anywhere else in the U.S. Keeping with the European theme, the celebration will begin late and continue until the wee hours of the morning. From 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., up to 100 guests can party Venetian-style, complete with decorative masks, candles and dancing for $75.

You can make reservations for the dinners or event online here.

5. Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar

As part of its annual Carnaval celebration, several locations of Paladar Latin Kitchen will offer a two-week long special menu that runs from now and ends with a Fat Tuesday party on Feb. 9. The first week's menu features drink specials including half off select Latin beer and wine bottles. The second week includes half off select mojitos and margaritas.

As the Brazilian Carnaval festivities typically involve street parties, diners can also enjoy a $5 street food menu. Celebrations will be held at the restaurant's Annapolis, Rockville, Gaithersburg and Tysons Corner locations and will offer live entertainment, dancing and, of course, beads.

You can make reservations online here.

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<![CDATA[Wendy in Rio: Six Months to the Olympics]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 20:07:48 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Wendy+in+Rio+020516.jpg News4's Wendy Rieger traveled to Rio de Janeiro to get a sense of Brazil's second largest city as it prepares to host the 2016 Summer Olympics.

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<![CDATA[Students Evacuated After Allergic Reaction at Charter School]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 09:05:31 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/215*120/2016-02-06_0903.png

A Washington, D.C., charter school was evacuated Friday afternoon after students reported allergic reactions.

Fire and EMS crews arrived at the school in the 700 block of Edgewood Street, Northeast, around 4 p.m. Several kids reported some sort of allergic reaction, but nothing obvious could be found.

The school was evacuated, and some parents arrived at the school to take their children home.

No students were transported from the scene. Authorities are still searching for the cause of the reactions.

<![CDATA[Lemon Law Loophole]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 08:57:39 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/lemon+law+victim+020516.jpg

Consumer Watch looked at lemon laws in D.C. and Virginia and learned D.C. doesn't cover used cars and Virginia covers used cars only in certain situations.

More information on local lemon laws can be found at the following links:

Click here for tips on buying a used car.

<![CDATA[Chocolate Lovers Festival in Fairfax]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 08:50:38 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/chocochallenge2.jpg

The annual Chocolate Lovers Festival in Fairfax is an excellent leadup to Valentine's Day: It's your chance to buy your sweetheart (or yourself) whatever chocolate goodies they (OK, or you) desire.

The two-day chocolate festival, to be held the weekend of Feb. 6-7, features historic re-enactments, children's activities, and a Kiwanis Club chocolate chip pancake breakfast. You can also check out the chocolate sculptures submitted for the event's art contest. But keep your hands to yourself: All you can do it sit back and drool over the beauty of it.

The Taste of Chocolate event during the festival will have vendors offering samples of their creations, as well as items for sale. Many historic buildings around the area will have open houses for the public to meander through.

Most events are free, but some require a fee. The festival website lists any costs for each event in the festival.

The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. A good starting point for the festival is at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax VA 22030

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<![CDATA[Maurice White Remembered by Locals Young and Old]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 22:19:21 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Chorus+Maurice+White.png

Locals young and old are remembering Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White, who died Wednesday at age 74.

The horn-driven band sold more than 90 million albums and made hits like "September," ''Shining Star" and "Boogie Wonderland.” White's music and legacy are being honored by friends, fans and young musicians who were not even alive when the band was topping charts.

“Maurice leaves a hole that no one could fill, man,” MAJIC 102.3 DJ Donnie Simpson said. White and Simpson knew each other for years. They met at a listening party when Earth, Wind & Fire was a small group that had not yet achieved shooting-star success.

“The way he did things just made the group different. And cooler, to me,” Simpson said.

White was the lead voice on many of the group’s songs, but he stopped touring with the band as he struggled with Parkinson’s disease.

When Earth, Wind & Fire brought an old African instrument called kalimba -- or thumb harp -- into their pop sound, young harpist Jeff Majors was inspired.

Majors recalls being introduced to White.

“Hey, Maurice, we got this young kid that fell in love with your kalimba, man. And he wants to play some of it for you,” he recalled someone saying.

“I’m the only one who plays kalimba around here,” White retorted.

“That sound was indicative to the sound of the '70s. It was a whole new wave of awareness,” Majors said.

White’s legacy with locals transcends those who knew him. One of his biggest hits, “Shining Star” is being brought to life by a student chorus at Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland.

After news of his death broke, White’s music surged in popularity.

“They cross boundaries,” said Johnson Lee, who owns Joe’s Record Paradise in Silver Spring, “They were such a tight band."

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<![CDATA[Woman Stole Purse With College Tuition Inside]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 23:56:19 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/dunkin+donuts+purse+robbery.jpg

A coffee run resulted in a heartbreaking loss for a family in Arlington, Virginia, when a mother left her purse behind in a Dunkin' Donuts -- inside, it had $10,000 cash meant to pay her daughter's college tuition.

Maria Esteves, her husband and their18-year-old daughter, Lili, were headed to Pennsylvania State University Jan. 10 when they stopped for breakfast at the Dunkin' Donuts on Arlington Boulevard in Falls Church, Virginia. They ate and left, and moments later, Esteves realized she had left behind her bag.

The family returned moments later, but the purse was gone -- complete with an envelope marked "Lili's tuition" with $10,000 inside.

"I was in shock. I could not believe what happened," Esteves said. "We were crying."

The devastated mother, who cleans houses, and her husband, a painter, worked years for the money to send their daughter to Penn State, they said.

Surveillance video from the Dunkin' Donuts shows a woman lifting the purse off the back of a chair. She picks up the purse, looks around and then tucks it into her own purse.

Fairfax County police said they hope the clear images of the woman inside and in the parking lot will lead to her arrest.

The suspect has long, dark hair and stands about 5-foot-7. She was driving a dark-colored SUV, believed to be a 2009 or 2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor.

Lili Ferrufino said she hopes the suspect turns herself in.

"I'd like her to know that she took it from a family, from a mom and dad, who did hard labor," she said. "I just hope that I get to see her and get to ask her why."

Ferrufino's parents dipped deeper into their savings to send her to her second semester at Penn State. Esteves said she hasn't given up on the possibility they will get the money back.

"In my heart, I have hope," she said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solves by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, email or text "TIP187" plus the tip message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

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<![CDATA[Couple Sues Kennel After Toy Poodle Is Killed]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 00:31:25 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Toy+Poodle+Peanut+2.JPG

A Maryland couple is suing a kennel after one of their toy poodles was killed by a much larger dog.

The Klionskys of Bethesda boarded their toy poodle puppies Pumpkin and his apricot-colored sister Peanut at Life of Riley in Rockville in November to take a trip to Paris. They returned two days later when they learned their 5-pound Peanut was dead.

“I was totally devastated,” Yumi Klionsky said. “I couldn't eat for a week. I cried every single day.”

“She still cries,” said her husband, Mark.

The couple was told their little dogs would be kept separate from big dogs, Mark Klionsky said.

“They let the small dogs out into the same area as the large dogs to relieve themselves,” he said. “During that time, our puppy Peanut was attacked and killed by a hundred-pound bull mastiff.”

Life of Riley owner Paul Abbott said they dedicate their lives to taking care of animals but had an incident and want to make it right.

The Klionskys are suing the kennel for $17,600 in damages -- the money from their lost trip and previous medical bills for Peanut. They said they are suing for negligence; the money isn't important.

They want all dog owners who send their dogs to the facility to know about the tragedy.

At first, Yumi Klionsky couldn't think about replacing Peanut, but then the breeder heard about the loss of Peanut and allowed the Klionskys to adopt her sister from the same litter, Pinot.

“She's a small version of Peanut,” Yumi Klionsky said. “She has her own character, and I would like to respect and take proper care and give lots of love.”

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<![CDATA[Body of Missing Maryland Boater Found]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 21:23:13 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_185887181_police_lights_generic1.jpg

The body of a man who fell off a boat on the Chesapeake Bay on New Year's Eve has been found. 

The body of Stephen Reynolds, 48, was identified Friday, a Maryland Natural Resources Police spokeswoman said. 

Hunters discovered Reynolds’ body Jan. 30 on the shores of Cook Point, 28 miles from where he fell off his boat just north of the Bay Bridge, police said.

Reynolds, of Baltimore, and a female companion boarded a sailboat in Baltimore the afternoon of Dec. 31 and decided to stop for the night about 9 p.m.. He struggled to secure the sails of the boat, lost his grip and fell overboard, the woman told police.

Reynolds then drifted away until the woman could no longer see him, she reported. He had not been wearing a life jacket, police said.  

Rescue crews searched for Reynolds that evening and the next day but did not find him.

Reynolds was the last person to die in a boating accident in Maryland in 2015.

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<![CDATA[DC Police Close 19 Robbery Cases]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 20:01:08 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000013594039_1200x675_617263171753.jpg D.C. police arrested 13 robbery suspects. News4's Meagan Fitzgerald reports.]]> <![CDATA[Oily Substance Coats Bird Sanctuary, 8 Miles of Potomac River]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 09:22:03 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/020516+birds+potomac+spill.jpg

An unidentified oily substance had coated the Potomac River for at least eight miles as of Friday and left birds covered in the fluid.

The oily sheen could be seen Friday at Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary, just north of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. The Coast Guard used a helicopter to survey how far the substance had traveled and spotted it as far down the river as Mount Vernon, Virginia. It was first spotted Feb. 1.

About 20 geese and several ducks were found Friday coated in oil, a Potomac Riverkeeper Network employee said. Fish were found dead.

The substance also was found on birds in D.C., near the National Mall.

Floating barriers have been placed in the water to stop the spill from spreading.

Dominion Virginia Power said a spill of mineral oil occurred Jan. 24 at a transformer station near Roaches Run. But Lt. David Ruhlig of the Coast Guard said that may be unrelated.

"We haven't linked those two together," he said. "We haven't ruled any source out at this point."

The oily substance has no impact on drinking water in the area, officials said. Additional tests will be conducted in the following days.

If you see a bird in need of help, call 311. 

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<![CDATA[Former News4 Producer Honored by Leukemia and Lymphoma Society]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 19:54:24 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000013595663_1200x675_617289283916.jpg The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society honored former News4 producer Margie Ruttenberg with its Relentless for a Cure Award Thursday night.]]> <![CDATA[3 Awesome Google Doodle Contest Entries from Local Students]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 19:29:29 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/new-google-logo.jpg

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<![CDATA[Kids Can Get Free Dental Care Friday]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:14:13 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_146378675.jpg

Kids can get free dental care Friday at Kids Smiles, a nonprofit dental center in Southeast D.C., for Give Kids a Smile Day.

Each child who goes can get their teeth cleaned and will also get an oral exam from a dentist.

Kids Smiles, located at 4837 Benning Road in D.C., caters to kids ages 2 to 21 who come from families with low incomes or no dental insurance. Parents can call for an appointment at 202-650-5238. Kids Smiles closes at 4:30 p.m. 

The dentistry accepts  new patients at all times and normally charges based on a sliding scale. They also accept Medicaid plans for D.C., Maryland and Virginia as well as many private insurances.

Tooth decay is the No. 1 chronic childhood illness in the United States, according to the National Children's Oral Health Foundation.

Give Kids a Smile Day is a national day sponsored by the American Dental Association. This year, more than 7,000 dentists signed up to provide free dental care to 285,889 children.

"The goal of Give Kids a Smile Day, to raise awareness about children's oral health and bring dental care to children in need, is part of the mission that Kids Smiles fulfills every day," Cheryl Janssen, CEO of Kids Smiles, said in a statement.

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<![CDATA[Washington Ballet Artistic Director to Step Down After 17 Years]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 14:59:22 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Septime-Weber.jpg

Septime Webre, the artistic director at the Washington Ballet, will step down after 17 years, the ballet company announced Friday.

Webre will leave the role in June when his current contract ends, according to a press release.

"I am extraordinarily proud of our collective accomplishments and the spectacular growth of The Washington Ballet, and it is now time to focus my efforts on new creative endeavors," Webre said. "I'm looking forward to creating new ballets and to staging on other companies the many original works I have created for The Washington Ballet."

Webre brought great change to the Washington Ballet during his time there. Since his arrival in 1999, the company has grown both as a performing arts organization and as a major contributor to D.C. cultural life. Enrollment at the Washington School of Ballet has grown from 325 to more than 1400 students, and its budget grew from $2.8 million a year to its current $12 million a year.

Additionally, Webre played a major role in bringing dance programs to D.C. public schools through the Washington Ballet's "DanceDC" program.

Board Chair Sylvia de Leon commended Septime's contributions.

"Each of us on our Board has deeply admired his boundless energy, creativity and infectious joy of the art of ballet," she said. "We will be forever grateful for his years of tireless work and dedication."

The Washington Ballet is collaborating with Webre to ensure that his works created for the company are made available for performance by companies around the world. The company will continue to perform Webre's famous production of The Nutcracker in December, according to the release.

The ballet's board of directors is now searching for a new artistic director.

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<![CDATA[Landmark Cinemas Sues Regal, Claims Unfair Competition]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:30:51 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_1013763461.jpg

Landmark Cinemas has filed a lawsuit against Regal Entertainment Group, alleging that Regal is keeping major releases out of a new Landmark theater in the District, Washington City Paper reported.

At the heart of the lawsuit is Landmark's newest theater, Atlantic Plumbing Cinema, which opened in October at 8th and V streets NW.

Unlike Landmark's other local theaters, which show more independent and foreign films, the new spot is aiming to show more first-run, blockbuster films -- but getting access to those movies has proven difficult, and Landmark says it's due to Regal's exclusive dealings.

Nearly all movie theater seats in the core D.C. market -- 91 percent -- are controlled by Regal, giving them power over movie distributors, alleges the lawsuit. And if Regal isn't granted exclusive rights to screen a film, Regal will threaten not to show the film, jeopardizing distributors' bottom lines, the suit claims.

Regal, the largest theater chain in the U.S., owns 12 theaters in the D.C. area; Landmark operates four theaters in D.C. and has just 52 theaters throughout the country.

"Regal has used its national circuit power, its dominant presence in the greater D.C. area, and its monopoly power in the relevant markets to coerce film distributors to deprive Landmark, its competitor in the relevant markets of fair competitive access to commercial films," said the lawsuit, which was filed in federal court Jan. 26.

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2" are two of the films that Landmark did not screen, allegedly because of Regal.

Regal took actions against movie distributors who dealt with Landmark, according to the lawsuit, when Atlantic Plumbing first opened.

Atlantic Plumbing showed Universal Pictures' film "Steve Jobs" on all six screens -- but local Regal theaters responded by blacklisting the film "in retaliation," according to the lawsuit. Movie distributors like Universal Pictures usually make more money by maximizing the number of theaters that show their films.

"Steve Jobs" was a limited release feature shown in other Regal theaters, including one in New York.

Regal officials said they do not comment on current litigation.

Landmark has not returned an interview request.

Ironically, Josh Levin, the former owner of West End Cinema, complained to Washingtonian that Landmark struck similar deals with indie movie distributors that harmed the now-closed cinema he operated.

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<![CDATA[Storm Team4: Chance for Snow Mon. Night & Tues.]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 11:56:11 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2016-02-05_1153.jpg

We haven't seen the last of winter weather.

Storm Team4 is watching a weather system that could lead to snow early next week -- although any accumulation wouldn't be nearly as much as the blizzard that hit the D.C. area last month.

Monday night, rain is expected to slowly transition to snow, which will have a moderate impact Tuesday.

The storm's effect could linger into Wednesday as well -- but it's still far out, so forecasts aren’t completely certain, meteorologist Amelia Segal said.

Storm Team4 will be providing updates continually as we wait to see what the weather system will do.

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