<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Local News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.com en-us Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:57:44 -0400 Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:57:44 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Baylor Unveils RGIII Statue]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:25:26 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/195*120/454441616.jpg

Prior to Baylor's inaugural game at McLane Stadium on Sunday, the university unveiled a 9½-foot bronze statue of Robert Griffin III.

"If you go to Washington D.C., before you go watch the Redskins and Robert, you go see Mr. Lincoln. That's a great statue. If you're going to go to New York City, go see the Statue of Liberty," Ken Starr, the school's president, said during a dedication ceremony. "When you come to Waco, you're going to see the statue of [university co-founder] Judge Baylor, Coach [Grant] Teaff and Robert Griffin III."

Griffin won the Heisman Trophy playing for the Bears in 2011, leading the team to a 10-win season for the first time since 1980. The Bears previously played their home games for 64 seasons at Floyd Casey Stadium, roughly five miles from campus. McLane Stadium is located on campus in Waco.

"No, it wasn't just me. If you look at the guys who came in with me, the guys who were there before we got here. They are all part of it, from Grant Teaff to coach [Art] Briles," Griffin said while addressing the crowd. "They know we couldn't have done it without each other."

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<![CDATA[Storms Suspend Rescue Attempt of Rock Climber]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:00:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007694996_1200x675_323900995749.jpg Montgomery County crews say the rock climber was trapped under a boulder on Offutt Island near Great Falls. He did not survive the accident.]]> <![CDATA[Hiker Killed After Being Pinned Under Boulder Identified]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:58:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Chester+Valley+Bike+Trail.jpg

A hiker on Offutt Island in the Potomac River died Sunday after he was pinned under a large boulder, emergency officials said.

Rian Avarham Khalder, 25, had been hiking with his 14-year-old brother along the Potomac River on an island near the Angler Inn boat ramp when he began to climb an area of rocks. Police say a portion of the rocks gave way, Khalder fell, and a large boulder came down on him.

Montgomery County emergency services mounted a "technical rescue," including swift water boat teams. The rescue was made even more difficult as a line of severe storms moved through the area.

Khalder of Silver Spring, Maryland, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Stay with News4 and NBCWashington for more on this developing story.

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<![CDATA[Sherwood High School Student Killed In Crash]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 18:41:27 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007693570_1200x675_323839043670.jpg A Montgomery County teenager and Sherwood High School student killed In crash. Derrick Ward reports.]]> <![CDATA[NoVa Students Prep for First Day of School Tuesday]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 18:50:29 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007693604_1200x675_323859523618.jpg Students in Northern Virginia head back to school on Tuesday, September 2nd. News4's Molett Green shows us how they're getting ready.]]> <![CDATA[Person Struck by DC Metro Train at Mt. Vernon Square Station]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 13:40:02 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/metro_train_generic_lovelorn.jpg

A DC Metro spokesperson said a person was struck by a train at the Mount Vernon Square station Sunday afternoon.

The spokesperson said it does appear to be intentional by the victim. They did not have an identity on the person, but did say it was an adult man who was hit.

The victim was transported to a local hospital.

Green and Yellow Line trains bypassed the Mt. Vernon station for a short time. Trains resumed service after the scene was cleared, but there are delays due to single track passage.

Passengers are encouraged to use the Gallery Place/Chinatown station.

<![CDATA[One Dead, 2 Hurt after Car Hits Tree, Pole, Box]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 14:37:38 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ambulance-shutterstock_515793581.jpg

UPDATE: One of the injured passengers died Sunday afternoon from his injuries. Shawn Richard Gangloff, 15, died at 12:30 p.m. after being hurt in a Saturday crash near Olney.


Three people were injured in a single-vehicle crash early Saturday morning in Montgomery County.

Police said a car was traveling west on Hines Road when it left the roadway and hit a tree prior to Macduff Avenue. The car then hit a light pole, a telephone box, and rolled before coming to a stop.

The driver and a front-seat passenger were trapped in the vehicle. A rear-seat passenger was ejected from the car.

Police said all three were transported to hospitals with serious injuries. They said the ejected passenger has life-threatening injuries.

The driver is being identified as Austin Donovan Hall, age 17, of the 3400 block of Tanterra Circle in Brookeville. He was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.

The front-seat passenger is being identified as Maxwell Elliott Dechter, age 17, of the 800 block of Lindsey Manor Lane in Silver Spring. He was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.

The rear-seat passenger is being identified as Shawn Richard Gangloff, age 15, of the 17600 block of Princess Anne Drive in Olney. He was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.

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<![CDATA[Two People Killed After SUV Hits Tree in Montgomery County]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 13:08:28 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ambulance-shutterstock_14588643.jpg

Two people were killed early Sunday morning after a crash in Montgomery County.

Police said an SUV traveling north on Woodfield Road in Gaithersburg left the road and hit a tree. Police said the vehicle overturned before coming to a rest.

Investigators said the driver and the front-seat passenger were pronounced dead at the scene. The rear-seat passenger was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver is being identified as Thomas Christopher Collier, age 32, from Gaithersburg. The front-seat passenger is being identified as Daniel Lee Byron, age 26, also from Gaithersburg.

The rear-seat passenger, who was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, is being identified as Kobi Assaraf, age 26, from Rockville.

The circumstances of this collision remain under investigation.

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<![CDATA[Man Killed, 3 Children Injured From Falling Tree]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:45:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Generic-Ambulance-Cropped.jpg

A Howard County, Maryland, man was killed Saturday when a tree fell on him while he was grilling.

Emergency crews arrived at the 2800 block of Daisy Road in Woodbine after getting a call about a man trapped under a tree. The responders found the man who had fatal injuries. Three children were also injured from the falling tree.

Investigators said it appears the tree was rotten and gave way.

Two of the injured children were transported to Howard County General Hospital where they were treated and released.

The tree also caused extensive damage to four vehicles and the house. The home is uninhabitable due to a large hole in the roof.

The Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services chaplain and the American Red Cross are helping the family.

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<![CDATA[Propane Tank Explodes in D.C. Apartment Building]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 23:47:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007691203_1200x675_323702851780.jpg Two families are looking for somewhere else to stay after a propane tank exploded in their apartment building Saturday night.]]> <![CDATA[Police Arrest Suspect in Sexual Assault of Woman]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:02:47 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Juan+Carlos+Lopez+Ramirez.jpg

Police said they have arrested a suspect in connection with the rape of a 19-year-old woman Wednesday night.

Prince William County police said Juan Carlos Lopez Ramirez, 23, was arrested Saturday afternoon. No details of the arrest were released.

The victim told police she was attacked Wednesday night as she walked in the area of Route 29 and the Gainesville Square Shopping Center. Police say a man 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.

It is not known if Ramirez has a lawyer or what charges he might face in this case.

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<![CDATA[Man's Body Found on Anacostia River Trail]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 23:48:35 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/crime-stock-police-scene-tape.jpg

Police said a man was found dead along the Anacostia River Trail in Cottage City, Maryland, early Saturday morning.

Prince George’s County police were called to the trail for a report of an unconscious man lying on the ground. When they arrived, they found the body of the victim with significant trauma to the upper body.

The Maryland-National Capital Park Police Department joined the investigation. Detectives are working to identify the victim and details about the crime.

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<![CDATA[Remembering DC Legendary Broadcaster Jerry Phillips]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:39:41 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007689452_1200x675_323559491759.jpg Jerry Phillips passed away Friday at the age of 75, having worked in D.C. media for more than 50 years.]]> <![CDATA[Fire Crews Rescue Dogs, Cat, Rabbit, Turtles From Blaze]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:12:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/pets+rescue+montgomery+county+fire.jpg

A home in Montgomery County caught fire early Saturday morning, but everyone – including the family pets – were able to survive.

Montgomery County Fire said a house in the 4400 block of Bennion Road in Silver Spring, Maryland, was brought under control after 6 a.m. Six people, including one child, escaped the blaze, but one person did suffer from smoke inhalation.

Several pets were also rescued and provided care by EMS crews.

Streets in the Veirs Mill Village neighborhood were blocked as fire crews worked to put out the flames. An investigation into the cause of the fire has begun.

Photo Credit: Pete Piringer, Montgomery County Fire & Rescue]]>
<![CDATA[Hotel Guests Evacuated From Rooms After Fire]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 10:28:57 -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.

<![CDATA[DC Chief: Detectives Off Street Duty, Back to Cases]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:37:15 -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 13 years.

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.

<![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

<![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[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.

<![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 Reach 53 Man Roster]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 07:21:39 -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 completed the process of trimming their roster down to the required 53 men, 

Below are the players that have been released (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
  12. K Zach Hocker
  13. S Phillip Thomas
  14. CB Chase Minnifield
  15. LB Everette Brown
  16. WR Nick Williams
  17. LB Darryl Sharpton (IR with designation to return)
  18. DE Stephen Bowen (PUP list)
  19. OL Maurice Hurt (will be released if not traded, per reports)
  20. NT Chris Neild (IR)
  21. WR Leonard Hankerson (PUP)
  22. S Brandon Meriweather (Reserve/suspended list)

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.

<![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.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC4 Washington

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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.

<![CDATA[Feral Cat Still Inside Md. School]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:05:44 -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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