<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Local News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.com en-us Sat, 30 Aug 2014 08:43:08 -0400 Sat, 30 Aug 2014 08:43:08 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Hotel Guests Evacuated from Rooms after Fire]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 08:42:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/woodley+park+marriott+fire.jpg

Guests at a Woodley Park hotel were forced to sleep in the ballrooms after two small fires were erupted during the night.

Pictures posted on Twitter show several people scattered around the floor of what appears to be lobby areas of the Washington Marriott Wardman Park hotel on Woodley Road, NW. The pictures are also tagged with #APSA2014 for the American Political Science Association’s annual meeting in D.C.

Marriott spokesman Mark Indre said the hotel was alerted to a couple of small fires primarily in the stairwells. The hotel is working to make guests as comfortable as possible.

D.C. Fire spokesman Tim Wilson said all fires are currently out and there were no injuries. An investigation has begun to determine the cause of the fires.
 



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<![CDATA[Labor Day Travel Outlook]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 07:46:52 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007688209_1200x675_323500099954.jpg News4's Chris Lawrence tells you the best times to hit the road this weekend.]]> <![CDATA[Officials Warn of Whooping Cough Spread]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 23:19:19 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/whooping-cough11.jpg

Twelve Montgomery County children have confirmed or suspected cases of whooping cough, according to the county's health department.

The bacterial disease Pertussis was apparently spread by one child at a Pennsylvania science summer camp those kids attended, and as many as 200 could be infected.

Officials from four area middle schools sent letters home to parents Friday, warning them of the symptoms and recommending a visit to a pediatrician for testing as soon as possible.

Symptoms appear 7 to 10 days after contracting the bacteria and include runny nose, mild fever and a cough that lingers.

The middle schools involved are Robert Frost, Julius West, Cabin John and Cold Spring. Two private schools were also warned.

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<![CDATA[DC Chief: Detectives Off Street Duty, Back to Cases]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:54:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/dcpolice2.jpg

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier has pulled back on a plan to send some detectives out on street duty instead of letting them work their cases.

In a memo sent earlier this week, Lanier had announced district detectives would be sent to patrol streets in an effort to deter crime for one week per month starting Sept. 14. through January 2016.

The head of the department's union said the order was unexpected and that many of the detectives subject to the order are already working in units affected by a manpower shortage. 

The detectives that would have been affected by the change work on cases like sex assaults, burglaries, street robberies and car thefts. According to the union, some detectives who work on child abuse cases would also have been reassigned.

After receiving some negative backlash, Lanier sent another department-wide email Friday night, announcing she would revising the program again.

A spokesperson for the department told News4 this was an "updating" of a patrol initiative that has been in place for the past nine years, since Charles Ramsey was chief of police.

Under the new plan, detectives assigned to district stations would not be reassigned to street duty, and neither would those assigned to the youth division, which includes those working on child abuse and other cases.

During news conferences earlier in the week, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and Deputy Mayor Paul Quander stood by Lanier's initial plan.

"Her ability to respond to a changing set of circumstances clearly has had profoundly positive results for the people of D.C.," Gray said.

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<![CDATA[School Bus Driver Experiences Mass Overcrowding]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:45:39 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007687425_1200x675_323477059781.jpg A bus driver with Prince George's Co. Schools told News4 she experienced mass overcrowding aboard her bus as students returned to class this week, which created a possible safety risk for the dozens on board. News4's Prince George's County Bureau Tracee Wilkins has the story.]]> <![CDATA[Va. Doctor Accused of Running Oxycodone Ring]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 02:44:21 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/0829-arlington-oxycodone.jpg

A 45-year-old Arlington doctor is accused of running an Oxycodone ring by writing, filling and selling fraudulent prescriptions in Virginia and beyond. 

According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Virginia, Dr. Derron McRae Simon of Midlothian and five other individuals are accused of conspiracy to distribute and dispense controlled substances, and possessing with intent to distribute.

Simon is also facing three counts of distributing a controlled substance to persons under 21 and aggravated identity theft.

Simon, who was the primary or only doctor at WithinMe MD in Arlington, would write hundreds of fradulent prescriptions of Oxycodone and other drugs, allegedly aware the drugs would be misused, distributed or re-sold.

According to documents, Simon would ask his assistant, 23-year-old Ereida Escobar to create fake patient history forms and medical records to make it seem as though the prescriptions were legitimate. 

Simon and his co-defendants, including Escobar, are accused of distributing more than 11,000 Oxycodone pills valued at approximately $735,000. Documents say Simon and Escobar would receive between $500 and $1,000 for each fake prescription.

If convicted, Simon could spend up to 20 years in prison with a $1 million fine.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC4 Washington

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<![CDATA[Gas Prices Plunge Just in Time for Labor Day Travel]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 07:45:05 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007687433_1200x675_323474499602.jpg News4's Adam Tuss reports on shrinking gas prices, and just how long we can expect that trend to keep going. ]]> <![CDATA[Raw Sewage Pours Into Rock Creek]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:14:29 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007687431_1200x675_323473475730.jpg News4's Derrick Ward reports on hundreds of gallons of raw sewage that spilled onto Rock Creek Park in Adams Morgan this week. ]]> <![CDATA[Legendary D.C. Broadcaster Jerry Phillips Passes Away]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:11:28 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007687004_1200x675_323471939950.jpg Jerry Phillips passed away Friday at the age of 75, having worked in D.C. media for more than 50 years.]]> <![CDATA[PD: Possible "Sex Predator" on the Prowl in Mt. Pleasant]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:45:58 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/0829-sex-assault-dc.jpg

Police have released surveillance video of a man wanted for possibly sexually assaulting three women in D.C. over a five-day period.

"If it is one person, that's obviously some kind of sexual predator that'll continue to do it," George Kucik with D.C. police said.

All three attacks occurred in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m.

"It's horrible. The neighborhood that you grew up in and now you're afraid to even come outside," Carolyn Dixon, a long-time resident of the area said. 

The first attack was reported Aug. 20 in the 1700 block of Kenyon Street, after a man engaged the victim in conversation on Mount Pleasant Street.

During the early morning hours Aug. 23, a man groped a woman in the 1300 block of Oak Street NW. That woman was stabbed after a struggle. The suspect was last seen wearing a blue, green and white polka dot button-down collared shirt with a red and white Chicago Bulls baseball cap.

This week, police released surveillance video of a man running by an apartment complex in the direction of the sex assault wearing that Bulls hat, then running away from it after the attack without the hat.

"The fact that it happened in this neighborhood is alarming. It's not a violent neighborhood. It's a peaceful street in particular," Linda Johnson, a resident, said.

About 24 hours later, a woman walking in an alley behind the 1700 block of Park Road was groped. The suspect was last seen wearing a black short-sleeved polo shirt and blue jeans at the time.

Police say the suspect in each case was described as a Hispanic man in his 20s or early 30s, who was about five foot and four inches tall.

Anyone with information should call police at 202-727-9099 or text their information to 50411. D.C. Crime Solvers are offering a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone with information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

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<![CDATA[Holiday Traffic Nightmares Could Become Daily Occurence]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:24:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007685613_1200x675_323380803749.jpg News4 Consumer reporter Erika Gonzalez on a recent study that says holiday traffic nightmares could become a daily occurrence in 10 years or less due to increased use of heavily-trafficked areas.]]> <![CDATA[Consumer Watch: College Costs]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:09:08 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007686910_1200x675_323443779645.jpg News4 Consumer Reporter Erika Gonzalez reports on the rising costs of college, including tuition at state vs. private collages.]]> <![CDATA[McDonnell Trial: What Prosecution Needs to Prove]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:17:00 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007685831_1200x675_323397187920.jpg Northern Virginia Reporter David Culver looks at what prosecutors have to prove for former Governor Bob McDonnell to be guilty.]]> <![CDATA['Skins Begin Cuts, Work Toward 53 Men]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 08:21:46 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/209*120/453792200.jpg

With the presesson officially over and the regular season looming next week, the Redskins have begun the process of trimming their roster down to the required 53 men, 

Below are the players that have been released so far (with sources collected here).

  1. CB Richard Crawford
  2. S Da'Mon Cromartie-Smith
  3. TE Ted Bolser
  4. OL Tevita Stevens
  5. OL Kevin Kowalski
  6. WR Lee Doss
  7. P Robert Malone
  8. NT Robert Thomas
  9. RB Chris Thompson
  10. RB Lache Seastrunk
  11. RB Evan Royster

The list will be updated as more cuts are made prior to Saturday's 4 p.m. ET deadline. The Redskins face the Houston Texans in Week 1 next Sunday. 


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<![CDATA[Police ID Suspect in Gainesville Rape]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:12:45 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/0829-ramirez-pwco-rape.jpg

Police say they're searching for 23-year-old Juan Carlos Lopez Ramirez in connection with the rape of a 19-year-old woman Wednesday night. 

The victim told police she was attacked Wednesday night between 9:45 p.m. and 10 p.m. as she walked in the area of Route 29 and the Gainesville Square Shopping Center. Police say the suspect approached her from behind, pushed her down the embankment and sexually assaulted her.

Police say the victim fought her attacker off and was able to get away. A passerby heard her screams as she climbed out of the embankment and stopped to her her. 

The man was last seen running into the woods near Route 29. Prior to the attack, he was seen riding a bicycle in the area, and police said Friday they believe Ramirez, also known as "Noah," is responsible.

He's described as a clean-shaven Hispanic man between 25 and 30 years old. He's 5 feet 6 inches tall, has a muscular but thin build, and short, dark hair. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt or tank top and baggy jeans.

Police say Ramirez may have injuries to his face, shoulder and hands from the struggle with the victim.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 703-670-3700.

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<![CDATA[Chris Brown in DC Court Tuesday; Plea Deal In Works]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 07:41:48 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP534842162296.jpg

Singer Chris Brown could be close to a plea deal with D.C. prosecutors over a 2013 assault charge.

Court records show the R&B star was scheduled for a status hearing related to a plea in D.C. Superior Court Friday, but was unable to attend. That hearing has now been rescheduled for Tuesday morning.

And new court records indicate Brown and prosecutors have a plea agreement in the works.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s office declined to comment, except to confirm that a status hearing is scheduled for next week.

Brown’s attorney also did not respond to requests for comment.

Brown and his bodyguard were charged with assaulting a fan outside the W Hotel last year. A judge found the bodyguard guilty, but he is appealing that conviction.

Brown had been close to a plea deal several weeks ago, but rejected the deal and instead requested a trial. That trial was scheduled to begin Sept. 8.

Brown's past appearances at the D.C. courthouse have been marred by large crowds trying to get autographs and aggressive U.S. marshals who closed down the sidewalks around the courthouse to allow Brown to come and go.



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<![CDATA[Sewage Overflow Into Rock Creek]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:06:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/207*120/Rock+Creek+sewage+spill+082914.jpg

A blockage in a sewer line in Adams Morgan caused an overflow of about 1,200 gallons of untreated waste into Rock Creek Wednesday.

"It was untreated, compared to the spills that we sometimes have that of combined sewage, which is diluted with storm water," said John Lisle of DC Water.

DC Water advised the public to avoid the water in Rock Creek from below Calvert Street Bridge south of the National Zoo to the mouth of the creek for the next 72 hours. The National Park Service warned the public not to fish in the creek and advised people who use the creek to sanitize equipment that has been in the water south of the sewage spill.

"Anything that comes in contact -- whether it's a human or a pet or fishing equipment or anything else that might have come in contact with the water -- it's probably a good idea to wash it off, sanitize it as much as you can, but just as a precaution," Lisle said.

DC Water put a bypass in place Thursday morning to direct the sewage around the blockage.

Crews are working to clear the blockage and repair the 24-inch cast iron line, which dates to 1885. The work should be finished by early next week.

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<![CDATA[Route 1 Blocked by Fallen Electrical Poles in Alexandria]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:30:20 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Route+1+Fallen+Electrical+Poles+Better+082914.jpg

Southbound Route 1 in Alexandria remains blocked between Slater’s Lane and 1st Street after several electrical poles fell.

The northbound lanes are open again.

The cause of the three fallen poles is under investigation, Dominion Virginia Power said.

Alexandria Police said it was not caused by a traffic collision or by weather. One pole fell and took others with it.

The downed lines caused some power outages in the area. The Charles Houston Recreation Center and Memorial Pool were closed because of the outages. Traffic lights at intersections in the area also lost power.

As of Friday afternoon, 121 customers were without power; those outages could last "late into the night," officials said.

Removal of the poles could take 10 hours, Dominion said.



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<![CDATA[Hundreds of Thousands to Travel From DMV for Labor Day]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:01:23 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007682427_1200x675_323230275936.jpg News4's Megan McGrath reports on traffic conditions Friday morning as people from the area start their holiday weekends.]]> <![CDATA[Smithsonian Castle "Yarnbombed" to Launch New Exhibit]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:59:24 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007682604_1200x675_323236931946.jpg Volunteers dressed the grounds of the Smithsonian castle in red yarn to usher in a new exhibit by an artist who works in yarn. News4's Molette Green reports.]]> <![CDATA[Labor Day Travel: Alternate Routes]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:41:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007683102_1200x675_323240003912.jpg Check out alternate routes for the D.C. area's three biggest traffic bottlenecks.]]> <![CDATA[Zoo Shooter, 14, to Be Sent to School-Based Juvenile Facility]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:51:10 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/240*120/20140421+Zoo+Shooting2.jpg

The 14-year-old who pleaded guilty to opening fire outside the National Zoo will be committed to a school-based juvenile facility, a judge determined during a hearing Friday.

The length of his time there, however, is yet to be determined.

Prosecutors want him committed to the facility until he turns 21, but the Department of Youth Services recommended he stay until age 18, reported News4's Derrick Ward.

NBC Washington is not naming the teen because he is a juvenile.

Authorities say the teen shot two other young people outside the zoo on Easter Monday, when the zoo was hosting a popular annual family event.

D.C. police said a large group of 30 to 50 people was traveling southbound on Connecticut Avenue when shots rang out. The suspect and victims are believed to be members of rival gangs, one from D.C. and another from Prince George's County.

The victims recovered from their injuries.

The teen was charged as a juvenile, and pleaded guilty in June to seven charges, including assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a handgun, the Washington Post reported.

In court Friday, his parents said he should get help at home. The boy had been getting home treatment since 2011, but his mother said insurance ran out so he was unable to continue the appropriate treatment.

However, the judge said the teen doesn't seem to respond well to community- or home-based treatment because he had been charged with previous unrelated crimes. He hadn't served any jail time in those cases.

Since the April 21 shooting, the teen has been held in a juvenile detention facility.

In court in May, it was revealed he had been chronically absent from school, missing months of classes. Testimony revealed he had three suspensions for fights and threats, 35 unexcused absences and 108 excused absences.

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<![CDATA[Feral Cat Still Inside Md. School]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 08:28:12 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2014-08-29_1135.jpg

A feral cat got into a Maryland elementary school Friday morning, and after early attempts to capture it failed, officials sent students home for the day.

Animal Control officers brought traps for school staff to use inside Richard Henry Lee Elementary School in Glen Burnie. But on Saturday, the Anne Arundel County schools posted on Twitte that they have been unable to catch the kitty.

School was dismissed at 9:45 a.m. Friday.

Children who normally take the school bus were taken home on their the normal routes. School officials said pupils who walk or are usually driven to school needed to be picked up by a parent or guardian at the gate on Fourth Avenue.

Students were supervised until they were picked up, officials said.



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<![CDATA[Labor Day Travel: Top 3 Traffic Bottlenecks]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:59:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007679330_1200x675_323115075924.jpg Headed out of town for the long weekend? Find out where traffic's expected to be especially terrible so you can have a smoother ride.]]> <![CDATA[17-Year-Old Girl Hit by Car in Montgomery County]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:24:55 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2014-08-29_06231.jpg

A 17-year-old pedestrian was hit by a car early Friday morning in Montgomery County.

The victim was hit on Route 124 at Watkins Road at the border of Gaithersburg and Damascus in Maryland.

She has non-life-threatening injuries.

The teen was taken into an ambulance around 6:20 a.m. Rescue crews initially waited for a  helicopter to airlift her from the scene, but later decided to transport her by ground.

The striking vehicle remained on the scene.

Stay with News4 and NBCWashington.com for more.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC4 Washington

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<![CDATA[Major Metro Changes Over Three-Day Weekend]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:04:21 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/metro-shutterstock_1119914692.jpg

If you're taking Metro over Labor Day weekend, be ready to deal wih some track work and station closures, even on Monday.

On Labor Day, Metro will operate on a Sunday schedule. Stations will open at 7 a.m. and close at midnight. Off-peak fares will be in effect all day.

On the Red Line, the Bethesda and Medical Center Stations will be closed throughout the three-day weekend. The two stations will close at midnight Friday and won't reopen until Tuesday morning. Buses will take passengers between the Friendship Heights and Grosvenor stops.

Orange and Silver line trains will run every 15 minutes from 10 p.m. Friday through system closing on Sunday.

Green Line trains will run every 16 minutes through closing Monday.

Blue and Yellow line trains will operate at regular weekend intervals.



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<![CDATA[Man Exposes Himself to Metro Riders: Police]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 07:59:36 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/0828-metro-flasher.jpg

Three flashing incidents have been reported aboard Metro trains during the past two weeks, say Metro Transit Police.

One victim snapped a photo of the man who exposed himself to her, she said. Police have shared the image with the public.

The incidents have occurred twice on the Red Line near the Dupont Circle and Brookland stations, and once on the Orange Line in Virginia.

The victims told police the man carried a blue duffel bag and may have held it over his lap before exposing himself.

Some riders said they were not surprised by what was happening, but rather the timing -- each of the incidents happened during the day, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

"I don't worry during the day," one rider said. "At night, I'm usually more cautious."

So far this year, Metro police have received 57 reports of indecent exposure on board.

"The difficulty with these kinds of incidents is that they're chronically unreported," Caroline Laurin with Metro said.

One victim spoke with News4 about her experience. She's not believed to have fallen victim to the man whose photo police released this week.

"I looked up to check what station I was on and when I looked back down to what I was watching and then I looked over to his side, I saw you know his genitals were out," she said.
 

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<![CDATA[Worried Family: NIH Scientist Missing for a Week]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:37:28 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/0828-martin-rogers.jpg

The family of an NIH scientist is hoping they won't have to go another day without him.

Martin John Rogers, 54, left his Gaithersburg home around 7:30 a.m. on Aug. 21 to go to work. As he was leaving, he told his wife of 25 years that he was going to a meeting -- but his co-workers said he never showed up to work that morning.

"This is like a bad dream that you read about in the newspaper, and if you tried to pick someone that would wander off like this and disappear, you would never pick my husband," said Kelley Rogers, Martin's wife.

Martin Rogers has worked at the National Institutes of Health for 15 years and now specializes in tropical diseases. 

"The best answer that we have is that my husband is distressed," Kelley said.

Police say surveillance video captured Martin checking into a hotel in La Valle, Maryland, looking "stressed out." Over the past week, police have received multiple reports of possible sightings along the C&O Canal towpath, including by Edwards Ferry, near Poolesville, Violettes Lock near Darnestown, and as far away as Cumberland.

"This one is definitely more complex," Jason Huggins with Montgomery County police search and rescue said.

Huggins said he doesn't believe foul play is involved.

"He's so close to home and we just need to make sure he gets [back]," Kelley said.

Police say Martin's phone is off and the only time his credit card was used was when he checked into the La Valle hotel. Police have suspended the search for now, but said they will pick it back up if more sightings are reported. 

Rogers is about five feet, 10 inches tall, and weighs 150 pounds. He has gray/white hair and blue eyes, and wears glasses. He was last seen wearing brown khaki pants and a green-and-tan checkered, collared shirt.

His car, a blue 2001 Audi A4 with Maryland tags 1BF6739, has not been found.

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<![CDATA[Woodbridge Caregiver Charged With Neglect]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:51:10 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/0828-vaca.jpg

Police say a Woodbridge woman let a 10-year-old child be in charge of three younger kids while she left them alone.

Prince William County police responded to a home on Braddock Road Wednesday around 2 p.m. after reports of child neglect.

After a short investigation, officials charged 34-year-old Beby Vaca with child neglect. They say Vaca, a caregiver, would leave a 10-year-old in charge of three younger children, the youngest being 3, while she left for "extended periods of time."

Police made contact was made with the children's father, who returned home to take care of them. Vaca has not yet posted bond.

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<![CDATA[Life-Saving Vet Adopting Dog Who Was Shot in the Face]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:10:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*120/Ruby+recovering+from+surgery.jpg

A puppy considered a poor candidate for adoption after being shot in the face is being adopted by a veterinarian who helped save her life.

Montgomery County Police received a report of a family dog shot by a family member in Wheaton, Maryland, just before noon Aug. 21.

Ruby, a 9-month-old boxer mix, was struggling to breathe and was losing a lot of blood when police arrived. Someone shot the left side of her face and shoulder with a shotgun, police said.

Just some of Ruby's injuries.

Police rushed her to Kindness Animal Hospital, where Dr. Jeff Zolkiewicz began life-saving measures. Ruby is improving after several surgeries but has more procedures ahead of her, police said.

"Dr. Zolkiewicz has made it his mission to save this dog," one of his colleagues told police.

And as Ruby’s injuries, appearance and possible need for special care in the future, make her an unlikely dog for adoption, Zolkiewicz plans to keep her himself. He has already covered the costs for her surgeries. Police who responded to the shooting are collecting money to help.

Ruby with Fourth District officers who responded to the call

The shooting remains under investigation.



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<![CDATA[GW Med Student Killed in Motorcycle Crash]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:57:16 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/0828-motorcycle-crash-kang.jpg

Officials say a 25-year-old medical student at George Washington University was struck and killed while driving his motorcycle in Potomac Wednesday.

According to Pete Piringer with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue, the crash was reported just before 4 p.m. on River Road near Travilah Road.

The driver of a BMW SUV was attempting to make a left turn when he struck Navdeep Singh Kang, who was driving a motorcycle.

Kang, originally from Pittsburgh, was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries and later pronounced dead.

According to a release from GW, Kang was a fourth-year medical student at the school.

"Nav was a wonderfully caring, engaging person, an incredibly bright light in our school, whose absence will leave a tremendous hole in our community," Dr. Jeffrey Akman with GW's School of Medicine and Health Sciences said in a statement on GW's website.

The crash remains under investigation. 

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<![CDATA[Dad Who Collapsed While Jogging Saved by Passerby]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 07:37:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007673333_1200x675_322985539787.jpg

On Thursday, a D.C.-area man had an anything-but-typical birthday celebration: His guests were the people who saved his life several months ago after he went into cardiac arrest while jogging in a park.

Michael Liu credits a stranger with saving his life. Liu, a former marathon runner, was jogging while pushing his 2-year-old son, Mark, in a stroller at a Rockville park last May when he collapsed.

Heather Von Kurtze, who was with her 9-year-old daughter at the time, dropped everything, called 911 and came to Liu's side to help.

In the 911 recording, Von Kurtze asks for help, telling the dispatcher Liu wasn't breathing. The dispatcher told her to attempt CPR while fire and rescue crews made their way to the park. 

Liu was hospitalized in a coma -- all while his wife was pregnant. She worried her newborn would be without a father, but after 10 days, he awoke.

"To think of all the memories that Nathan wouldn't remember with his dad... and this baby's never meeting her father would have been really heartbreaking," Mary Liu said. "I'm just so grateful. It's amazing."

Thursday, Liu celebrated his 32nd birthday with his family, Von Kurtze and the first responders who helped save his life.

"To know that I played any part in him being here on his birthday and being able to experience his daughter being born in a few months... that's phenomenal," Von Kurtze said. 

Though Von Kurtze stayed modest about her role in saving Liu, he said he owes his life to her.

"That she would help out a complete stranger, that she would stop what she's doing and come help me who she doesn't even know," Liu said. 

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<![CDATA[UMD Tech Lab Predicts Worst Traffic Bottlenecks]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:59:34 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007673416_1200x675_322992195746.jpg News4 Traffic Reporter Adam Tuss visited an advanced transportation technology lab at the University of Maryland that tracks traffic in the DC area and predicts worst bottlenecks over holiday weekends, including Labor Day.]]> <![CDATA[Child Hospitalized After Fall From 3rd Floor Apt.]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 05:18:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ambulance-shutterstock_121613218.jpg

A 3-year-old boy was rescued by Montgomery County crews after he fell three stories from an apartment building window, according to officials.

The boy fell more than 25 feet from the third floor of an apartment building in the 11500 block of Lockwood Drive in White Oak, according to Pete Piringer with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue.

Police say the child will be OK and was transported as a precaution.



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<![CDATA[How to Avoid Connecticut Avenue Repaving Project]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:12:38 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007673066_1200x675_322978883708.jpg While crews repave the stretch of Connecticut Avenue between East-West Highway and Western Avenue at Chevy Chase Circle, News4 Traffic Reporter Melissa Mollet has some suggestions on avoiding the bottleneck.]]>