<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Local News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.com en-us Thu, 30 Jul 2015 06:18:00 -0400 Thu, 30 Jul 2015 06:18:00 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Police Investigate Fatal Shooting in Oxon Hill]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 05:44:52 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/217*120/2015-07-30_0543.png

A man was fatally shot in Oxon Hill, Maryland, early Thursday morning.

Prince George's County Police say the man was shot in the 6300 block of Livington Road at about 12:40 a.m. He was transported to an area hospital, where he later died. 

No suspect information has been released at this time. 

<![CDATA[Vigil Being Held for Cardinal Baum]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 05:35:05 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cardinal+baum.jpg

A vigil is being held for Cardinal William Wakefield Baum, who served as Archbishop of Washington from 1973 to 1980, and died July 23.

A vigil Mass will be held Thursday evening at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle. A funeral Mass will be held Friday at the cathedral before Baum is interred in the cathedral's crypt. Baum, who was 88, was the third Archbishop of Washington and the longest-serving cardinal in American history. He was born in Texas.

As archbishop, Baum also served as chancellor of the Catholic University of America. He was elevated to the College of Cardinals in 1976. Later, he served in Rome as prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education and the head of the Apostolic Penitentiary, the Vatican office for matters of conscience. 

<![CDATA[One Arrested in Triple Shooting in NW D.C.]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 05:20:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/215*120/dc+triple+shooting.jpg

One person is in custody after a triple shooting in northwest D.C. Wednesday night. 

Officers were called to the 5900 block of Georgia Avenue NW just before 11 p.m. for a report of a shooting. When they arrived, they found three people suffering from gunshot wounds. 

The victims were taken to an area hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening. 

Police have not released the suspect's name. 

There's no word on a motive. 

<![CDATA[3-Year-Old Girl Dies After Shooting in D.C.: Police Sources]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 23:49:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/072915+child+shot+scene.jpg

A 3-year-old girl has died after being shot Wednesday evening in a home in Southeast D.C., police sources tell News4. 

The child was shot about 8:20 p.m. on the 600 block of 46th Place SE in Benning Ridge, the Metropolitan Police Department said.

The toddler and a child under age 10 are believed to have had a gun inside a second-floor apartment when the weapon fired and the 3-year-old was hit in the upper body, police sources said. It wasn't immediately clear if an adult was home at the time of the shooting.

The child was rushed to Prince George's Hospital Center in critical condition, where she died, sources said. 

Police said they are seeking in connection to the shooting a black man with dreadlocks who was wearing a blue T-shirt and green hat.

Stay with News4 for more details on this developing story.

<![CDATA[Georgia Ave. Delays Expected Thursday A.M. After Water Main Break]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:19:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/water+main+break+silver+spring.jpg

Traffic delays are expected during rush hour Thursday morning after a huge water main break in downtown Silver Spring. 

Tens of thousands of gallons of water surged toward the Silver Spring Metro Station starting about 5 p.m. Wednesday, flooding streets and sidewalks and closing lanes of Georgia Avenue and Colesville Road. A 16-inch water main burst on the 8600 block of Georgia Avenue at Colesville Road, outside the Discovery Communications building, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission said. 

Crews had finally stopped the rush of water by 11 p.m., but some lanes of Georgia Avenue and Colesville Road will likely be closed Thursday morning as work continues, News4's Jackie Bensen reports.

Turning off the water was a big challenge, WSSC spokeswoman Lyn Riggins said.

"When you have a break like this with so much water, the valves that you're trying to get to are underwater," she said. 

The cause of the break in the 76-year-old water main was not immediately known. 

<![CDATA[Thousands Jam Whole Foods on Opening Day in Loudoun]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:36:24 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011345503_1200x675_493761091541.jpg Loudoun County's first Whole Foods opens in Ashburn.]]> <![CDATA[Foul Smell Plagues Benning Road NE]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:26:44 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/072915+man+near+trash+smell.jpg

Residents and commuters just east of booming H Street NE on Wednesday couldn't escape an unpleasant odor.

A foul smell pervaded the area near Benning Road and 17th Street NE, disgusted locals told News4.

"It's making me nauseated. It's a horrible smell," resident Patricia Cave said.

"It smells like incinerated animal -- sewage," driver Rick Miles said.

The manager of Wings N' More Wings on Benning Road doused the street outside the business with a bleach solution after he saw a garbage truck spew liquid.

When that didn't work, the District Department of the Environment used a "flusher truck" to hose down the street, and field-tested the liquid.

"We didn't find any hazardous materials or anything like that involved," DDOE emergency operations chief John Emminizer, Jr. said. "It's basically trash liquid from a trash truck."

The apparent garbage juice will be analyzed in a lab.

As of Wednesday evening, only a faint smell remained.

<![CDATA[Neighbors to Protest Over Police Station Delay in Prince George's County]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:36:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011345175_1200x675_493757507521.jpg As Prince George's County leaders celebrated the opening of a fire station in Brandywine on Wednesday, a new multi-million police station sat empty in Fort Washington. As County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins reports, the backlash is growing with even a protest planned in the neighborhood.]]> <![CDATA[Woman Sexually Assaulted at Gunpoint in Her Home]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:33:36 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/swann+road+%281%29.png

A sleeping woman was sexually assaulted in her home Monday afternoon and her attacker is still at large, police said.

At about 4:30 p.m., a male suspect broke into a woman’s apartment in the 3200 block of Swann Road in Suitland, Maryland. The suspect, who was armed with a handgun, confronted the victim and assaulted her.

Prince George’s County Police began their efforts to find the suspect Wednesday night by passing out Crime Solvers fliers with information about the assault. They focused in the area around the home where the attack took place.

A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered for any information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the suspect in this case.

The suspect is described as a black male with a thin build between 6-foot and 6-foot-3. He was last seen wearing a black mask, black baseball cap and all-black clothing.

Anyone with information is urged to call the CID Sexual Assault Unit at 301-772-4908. Callers can remain anonymous by calling Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS or by texting PGPD plus your tip to CRIMES (274537). Online tips can be submitted at www.pgcrimesolvers.com.

Neighbors living near the apartment where the assault took place said the area is typically quiet and safe. They worry the suspect may return if he isn’t caught soon.

"If he got away once, he’ll come back and do it again," neighbor Raymeka Ford said.

<![CDATA[Local Lawmakers to Cite Asbestos Report in Metro Debate]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:28:33 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/metro+asbestos+car+%281%29.jpg

Local lawmakers are calling for an end to the use of 1000-series Metro railcars after a News4 report showing hundreds of the cars contain asbestos.

Representatives Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) and John Delaney (D-Md.) said Wednesday they plan to cite the News4 report in the upcoming debate of proposed funding for Metro’s program to purchase new rail cars.

“These are 40-year-old cars. This is the nation’s capital. It’s an incredibly important transportation system. Good reporting shows us that we have a problem here,” Rep. Delaney said.

“I’m very concerned workers or passengers have been exposed to asbestos. My guess is that it’s mostly contained. But it’s yet another reason we have to retire all of these 1000-series cars," Connolly said.

The House and Senate have each passed bills to fund Metro’s “capital improvements program,” which includes funding for the purchase of new rail cars. But there’s disagreement between the two chambers over how much to spend on the program.

The House version spends about $50 million less than the version approved by the Senate. A House committee official told News4 in April that the lower dollar amount would encourage Metro to improve its own financial health and services. 

Connolly and Delaney said they hope the information from the asbestos report will encourage other lawmakers to pass the House's version of the funding plan and provide Metro with the money it needs to purchase new, asbestos-free rail cars.

<![CDATA[Man With Guns Arrested After Asking for Directions to White House]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 21:13:19 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-97765250.jpg

A man found with three guns was arrested near the Capitol Building early Tuesday after he stopped an officer to ask for directions to the White House. 

Steve Randall Oney approached an officer about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday on the 100 block of Independence Ave SW and asked where the White House was located, according to court documents. 

Oney told the officer he was visiting the area for the night and that he was in the process of moving, adding that everything he owned was in his late model Ford pickup truck with a Tennessee license plate. 

The officer noticed a propane tank and what appeared to be an ammunition box in the back of the truck. He asked Oney if he had any weapons in the vehicle, and the suspect acknowledged he had two guns in the front of the truck and one in the back, court documents say. 

Oney gave the officer permission to search the vehicle. According to prosecutors, officials found a .44 caliber revolver, a loaded .22 rifle and a 7 mm Remington rifle. The truck also contained a knife and three boxes of ammunition.

Oney was arrested and charged with carrying a pistol without a license, and possessing an unregistered firearm and unregistered ammunition.

Court documents say Oney said he was unfamiliar with D.C. gun laws.

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<![CDATA[Pipes Burst in Va. Homes During Utility Work]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:07:46 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/flood+evacuates+pregnant+woman+in+leesburg+virginia.jpg

Pipes burst in the houses of five families in Loudoun County, causing them to evacuate -- and  residents say the town is to blame. 

"This is our Katrina," Leesburg, Va. resident Laura Morar said. The "dream home" she shares with her husband and 2-year-old was soaked by water last week. 

Morar -- who is expecting her family's second child in just a few weeks -- is expecting her family will be out of their home and living in a rental for at least six months.

"It’s the worst possible timing," she said. 

The flooding at The Lakes at Red Rock townhouses started as workers were repairing a water line on Edwards Ferry Road, residents said. With the work underway, Morar said she hear a huge boom. 

"One of the neighbors said that she thought an airplane crashed into the backyard," she said.  

The town is investigating the cause of the surge and has hired an engineer to investigate.

“We are absolutely committed to finding out how this happened, why this happened, and making sure it doesn’t happen again,” said Leesburg spokeswoman Betsy Fields.

In the meantime, the affected families are covering the costs of the damage.

<![CDATA[Suspect Named in Sexual Assault of Girl in Md. CVS]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:51:54 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/julio+cesar+ramirez+sarmento+cvs+6+year+old+sexual+assault.jpg

Police have identified the suspect who they say sexually assaulted a 6-year-old girl in a drug store while her parent was in another aisle.

Police have an arrest warrant for Julio Cesar Ramirez-Sarmento, 29, of Northwest D.C. 

On July 12, Prince George's County Police say a girl was approached by Ramirez-Sarmento about 8 p.m. in the CVS store on the 5700 block of Riverdale Road in Prince George's County.

He inappropriately touched the child and she was able to push him away, police said.

If you know where the suspect might be, call Prince George's County Police at 301-699-2601 or Crime Solvers at1-866-411-TIPS.

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<![CDATA[Metro Found Asbestos In Rail Cars In 2009, Documents Show]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 21:15:54 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/metro+car+inside+.jpg

Hundreds of Metro cars contain asbestos, and documents show Metro previously removed the hazardous material from a different location in the cars.

Documents from the transit agency show that in 2009, a contract proposal was submitted to remove and dispose of "asbestos-containing gasket material from the evaporator" in the 1000-series rail cars.

Metro said after that work, all testing relating to possible exposure of asbestos-containing materials was found to be acceptable.

But three of the asbestos-containing gaskets were not removed because they are "in an inaccessible location deep inside the HVAC system, in an area that is not even touched by our maintenance staff -- ever," wrote Metro Chief spokesperson Dan Stessel in an email. "It was best to leave it undisturbed as it posed no hazard it its current location and state." 

The new area of concern relates to asbestos in the heater box of the 1000 series rail cars. Metro has stressed that the asbestos related to the heater boxes on rail cars poses no threat to passengers or employees.

"The NON-friable material does not generate fibers unless drilled through, sawed through or otherwise abraded," Stessel wrote. "Given that fact, combined with the physical separation between the material and the passenger cabin, there is no hazard present to riders."

Metro says because of the type, location and separation of the remaining asbestos, there is no need to test the air quality in the 1000-series rail cars.

Meanwhile, the union that represents most of Metro's front line employees responded harshly Wednesday to the asbestos revelation.

"In the past, WMATA has seemed to ignore every safety issue unless it came from an NTSB directive," said David Stephen, communications coordinator with Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689. "We hope that Metro will not wait for a tragedy or NTSB directive if further safety precaution is necessary with respect to the asbestos exposure issue."

Asbestos has been directly linked to a host of lung illnesses, including lung cancer.

The overarching question is, should riders and employees be concerned?

"Research shows that there is no exact limit on what is safe for asbestos fibers," Melinda Kotzian, CEO of the Alexandria based Mesothelioma Research Foundation tells News4. "So, once asbestos fibers are released into the air, you have to make sure that you are taking extra precautions."

Experts agree that we probably have close calls with asbestos materials frequently. The key is educating yourself about where asbestos exists.

"It's surprising to find it [in a rail car], especially because we know how many health concerns there are," said David Andrews, a senior scientist with the Environmental Working Group Action Fund. "But it's also unsurprising because our government has been unable to ban asbestos."

Both Kotzian and Andrews said they ride Metro and will continue to do so.

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<![CDATA[Man Struck Store Employee With Claw of Hammer: PD]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:50:55 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Leesburg+Suspect.jpg

Police are looking for a man who struck a store employee with the claw of a hammer Tuesday evening. 

An 18-year-old employee at the Polo Ralph Lauren store in the Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets was escorting a customer to a fitting room when the customer pulled out a 6-inch hammer and struck the victim in the neck with the claw end.

"Who carries something like that around?" asked a shopper on Wednesday.

The victim was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital with puncture wounds in his neck. He is in stable condition, police said.

The suspect dropped the hammer as he fled the store and ran in the direction of the parking lot.

He is described as a white male in his early 20s. He is between 5 feet 9 inches and 5 feet 11 inches tall, and weighing 155 to 165 pounds. He was last seen wearing tan shorts, dark socks, brown shoes, a green and orange checked shirt, a green and white hat with a white emblem on the front and sunglasses.

Lessburg Corner Premium Outlets management and security are working alongside local authorities. 

The wounded employee is hospitalized in stable condition. He is expected to recover.

"The employees who were there to see it -- I can just imagine how terrified they must have been," said a worker at a nearby store. "I can't imagine that happening in my store."

Leesburg Police ask anyone with information to contact them immediately at 703-443-4500. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call the Leesburg Crime Line at (703) 443-TIPS (8477). Tips can be sent by text, email or smartphone by texting LPDTIP plus your message to 274637.

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<![CDATA[The Hill Releases '50 Most Beautiful' List]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:35:01 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/50-most-beautiful-2015.jpg

Looking for some eye candy in D.C.? TheHill.com's annual 50 Most Beautiful People list was released Wednesday.

Both President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama made appearances on the list. The first lady came in at number 9, beating out the president, who was in the bottom 40 (only the top 10 are ranked by number). The list described Barack Obama as "perhaps the most fit president in the history of the United States" and Michelle as a "workout fiend who engages in high-intensity sweat sessions."

This was Michelle Obama's first time on the list. The president snagged the number 2 spot back in 2005, back when he was a senator from Illinois.

The top spot for 2015 went to 23-year-old Taylor Weeks, a Republican legislative correspondent for Sen. John Cornyn. She told The Hill that she had trouble fitting in during middle school due to her height (she's now 5 feet, 10 inches tall) and her red hair.

Several of the winners had a background in beauty pageants. Cassie Roper, number 7 on the list and a Republican legislative correspondent for Rep. Duncan Hunter, won the Miss Mid-Atlantic Supranational crown in 2014. Teresa Davis, a Republican legislative correspondent for Rep. Tom Cole, won the Miss District of Columbia crown that same year.

Chris Jansing, senior White House correspondent for NBC News, also snagged a spot on this year’s list. She told The Hill that she "stays in shape by walking everywhere, including to work at the White House."

Photo Credit: TheHill.com]]>
<![CDATA[7 Robberies Reported in Less Than 7 Hours in D.C.]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:36:00 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/dc-police-car4.jpg

Seven robberies were reported in D.C. in less than 7 hours, and in three cases, the suspects were armed. 

The most recent incident was reported in the 2200 block of Cathedral Avenue NW just after 1 a.m. Wednesday. Police say the suspects, both men, were armed with a gun. Twenty minutes earlier, another armed robbery had been reported less than a mile away in the 2000 block of Wyoming Avenue NW. A third armed robbery was reported in the same area just before 12:30 a.m. 

In two of the three robberies, the suspects wore similar clothing.  

Just after 10 p.m. Tuesday, two women robbed someone in the 1500 block of 19th Street NW. 

Investigators say teenagers are responsible for three robberies committed in the northeast section of the city Tuesday evening. The robberies were reported at West Virginia Avenue and Oates Street, 11th and H streets, and 10th and F streets. 

This has been a busy week for police in D.C. Several armed robberies were also reported in the District early Tuesday morning.

The six robberies occurred at Quesada Street and Western Avenue, Connecticut Avenue and Military Road, 35th and Albemarle streets, Arkansas Avenue and Upshur Street, G and 12 streets, and 11th and H streets. 

All of those robberies happened within three hours early Tuesday morning. 

Police say some of the robberies may be connected.

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<![CDATA[Pepper Spray on Metrobus Sends Passengers to Hospital]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 23:24:28 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_177431180+%282%29.jpg

Six people were taken to the hospital and treated after inhaling pepper spray fumes on a Metro bus.

D.C. firefighters and EMS responded to the 3000 block of Georgia Avenue NW shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday after receiving reports of several people overcome by fumes on a bus. They determined these fumes to be pepper spray.

Several people complained of trouble breathing and stinging in their eyes. Some were treated on the scene and six were taken to the hospital.

The bus involved was a 79 traveling from Silver Spring to Archives. Metro said the bus with pepper spray was taken out of service and replaced by another bus. 

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<![CDATA[Child's Chilling Story of Attempted Abduction]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 22:24:49 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011329587_1200x675_492978755521.jpg Northern Virginia Bureau reporter David Culver with new details on an attempted abduction in Herndon.]]> <![CDATA[Investigation Finds Flaws in Order of MCPS Renovations]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 21:53:08 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/montgomery+public+schools+construction+072815.jpg

Montgomery County Public Schools will rearrange the order in which its schools are renovated or expanded after an internal investigation showed the district may have botched how it drew up the old list.

Some schools might be rebuilt or gutted years earlier than expected; some years later.

Investigators found the criteria for how the order was arranged was outdated and not updated frequently enough. Overcrowding isn’t considered and schools closer to D.C. are unintentionally favored, investigators found.

Tuesday the school district acknowledged errors and said it will rearrange the list by October.

"I don't think we're talking about dramatic swings here, and I would caution anyone from overly dramatizing this," MCPS COO Andrew Zuckerman said.

Montgomery County renovates schools once every 50 years on average.

"That's not acceptable for any jurisdiction, whether it's Montgomery County or any place throughout the state," County Councilmember Craig Rice said.

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<![CDATA[Three Armed Robberies in an Hour]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:40:42 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/quesada+western+%281%29.jpg

A series of three armed robberies in less than an hour has a typically quiet community unnerved.

Northwest D.C. near Chevy Chase is usually safe, community members said. But in the early morning hours Tuesday, an armed robber approached three people and wielded a pistol.

“He grabbed me like a bear hug from behind, and I was like, 'What’s this?' And then I turned around and then he had a very small pistol in one hand,” said one victim, who asked to remain anonymous.

The robber allegedly approached victims, demanded cellphones and money, and brandished a weapon. The robber is thought to target victims walking alone.

The three robberies occurred at Quesada Street and Western Avenue, Connecticut Avenue and Military Road, and 35th and Albemarle streets.

“I can’t believe we’ve had the armed robberies overnight that we’ve had. It’s quite scary. It has us very unnerved here,” said ANC Commissioner Carolyn Cook.

The three armed robberies may be connected to other armed holdups in the area.

<![CDATA[New Option For Commuters Using Silver Line]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 18:34:24 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011329433_1200x675_492962371828.jpg A new park and ride is open from Dulles Town Center to the Wiehle Avenue stop on the Silver Line]]> <![CDATA[Protect Your Pet with Crash-Tested Crates and Carriers]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 18:19:51 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/CPS+and+Subaru+Crash+Testing+%281%29.jpg

Fastening your seatbelt when you get in the car is a no-brainer for humans. But pets can't buckle up on their own, and should always travel in a safe crate or carrier.

Subaru of America, Inc. and the Center for Pet Safety (CPS) rigorously tested carriers and crates to find which devices keep four-legged travel companions safest in the event of a crash.

The studies used specially-designed crash-test dummy dogs, which had a size and weight similar to that of real dogs. They tested crate connections and structural integrity.

CPS found Gunner Kennels G1 Intermediate with 8’ Tie Down Straps to be the 2015 top performing crate and both the PetEgo Forma Frame Jet Set Carrier with ISOFIX-Latch Connectionand Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed with PPRS Handilock to be the 2015 top performing carriers.

CPS said the leaders outperformed all other devices. The Gunner Kennel crate withstood the most significant force generated in the crash study and the two leading carriers fully contained test dogs.

But some crates failed completely. A full performance report can be found here.

Subaru recommends pet owners choose a crate or carrier appropriately sized for their dog - usually about six inches longer than the dog’s body. Owners should secure crates using strength-rated cargo area anchor straps, not elastic or rubber bungee cords.

Pet safety is not the only concern in the event of a crash. Should a crate or carrier become unfastened or the pet become unrestrained, human passengers could be injured by the animal or the device.

“We at Subaru recognize the importance of keeping the entire family safe on the road, including our beloved pets,” said Michael McHale, Subaru's director of corporate communications.

There are currently no performance standards or test protocols to verify manufacturers’ claims that their crates and carriers are safe. CPS hopes to establish such standards with data found through these studies.

Photo Credit: Subaru & Center for Pet Safety]]>
<![CDATA[Salvadoran-American Day Festival Celebrates Salvadoran Culture]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 18:07:52 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_246747013.png

Enjoy Salvadoran food, crafts and entertainment at the 6th Annual Salvadoran-American Day Festival on Sunday.

The large Salvadoran community in Montgomery County and in the Metro area will celebrate their culture Aug. 2 from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. The event will be held in the Wheaton Triangle parking lot on the corner of Reedie Drive and Grandview Avenue in Wheaton.

The D.C. metro area has the second-largest Salvadoran population in the U.S. with about 266,934 Salvadoran community members.

Vendors from El Salvador and other Latin American countries will display their culture as local Latino bands perform cumbia, salsa, merengue and rock music. The free festival is family-friendly.

The festival will also feature a health fair for patrons to participate in free health screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, HIV and more. The health fair is coordinated by Maryland State Delegate Ana Sol-Gutiérrez, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and AARP.

Various community services will be offered, including passport renewals through the Salvadoran consulate and information sessions about upcoming elections and voter registration from the Board of Elections.

There will also be a children's book giveaway with over 1,000 books donated by Books for America.

Attendees are encouraged to park in the Metro garages on Viers Mill and Reedie Drive and Georgia Avenue and Reedie Drive. Both are free on Sundays.

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<![CDATA[Firefighter's Helmet Camera Captures Rescue of 2 Dogs]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:59:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20150728+Helmet+Cam+Footage.jpg

Fairfax County Firefighter Ben Sisson wears a helmet camera so that he can review footage of his calls and improve his skills.

But Sunday, Sisson's camera caught something even more important: Sisson and his partner rescuing two therapy dogs trapped inside a burning house in Springfield.

"This time it was a dog, maybe next time it's gonna be a person," Sisson said. "You just don't know."

His helmet camera footage shows the dangerous scene. Yellow flames leap from an upstairs room and thick smoke chokes the stairway.

The fire spreads quickly and firefighters are forced back -- with the two dogs. Sisson and his fellow firefighters were ordered to evacuate just after the rescue.

One dog could not be rescued and died in the fire. No humans were injured.

Sisson says the rescue is just part of the job -- as is the helmet camera. He says he learned from his dad, who was also a firefighter, the importance of being the best.

Meanwhile, the two dogs are recovering with a neighbor.

<![CDATA[Georgetown Fire Evacuates Building, Diverts Traffic]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 18:00:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/georgetwon+fire+%281%29.jpg

Firefighters and EMS are responding to a building fire in Georgetown.

The fire broke out in a Washington Harbor building garage at 3000 K St. NW.

The building was evacuated, but there are no reports of injuries. Traffic in the area is being diverted.

Stay with News4 and NBC Washington for more on this developing story.

<![CDATA[Bradley Blvd. Could Remain Closed Wednesday Evening]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 23:06:27 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/217*120/bethesda+water+main+break.jpg

Delayed repairs to a broken water main in Bethesda, Maryland, mean a busy road will remain closed overnight and possibly through the Wednesday evening commute.

WSSC said Bradley Boulevard (MD-191), which was closed Monday night at Huntington Parkway for emergency roadwork, will remain closed through the night and possibly will not be open for the Wednesday evening rush.

A 16-inch, 61-year-old water main broke in the 5900 block of Bradley Boulevard.

Draining the water took overnight, so repairs hadn't started as of about 6 a.m. Tuesday

Other utilities in the area of the break also caused delays. Washington Gas and Pepco have lines in the area and are monitoring the repairs.

Water was off for 25 customers but should be restored by 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.

<![CDATA[Montgomery Co. Police Hope for Break in Month-Old Murder]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 18:36:36 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Bradley-Colmes.jpg

Detectives in Montgomery County are knocking on doors and handing out fliers, hoping someone can help them solve the month-old murder of a 60-year-old man who was attacked outside his home in Montgomery Village. 

"Somebody knows who did this, and they need to really come forward," said Montrea Davis, a friend of the victim, Bradley Colmes.

Colmes left his townhouse on Ridgeline Drive for his usual evening walk on June 12. During his walk, he was attacked.

He returned home with grave injuries, including a shattered jaw. He was rushed to the hospital, but he died five days later.

He was able to tell detectives that a group of at least 20 young people saw the attack and then left walking in the direction of the Montgomery Village shopping center.

"There was the individual or individuals involved in the fight, and then at least 20 additional that are watching," said Capt. Darren Francke of Montgomery County police. 

Colmes was a veteran and retired landscaper who had been with his partner, Bobby Williams, for more than 20 years.

"I always thought we were supposed to grow old together," Williams said. "It will take a while before I will get over it, but I don't think it will be any time soon."

Police are hoping that a $10,000 reward and the ability to remain anonymous may prompt a member of that group that saw the attack to call 911 with information.

"Why should they come forward?" asked Rory Summerour, a friend of Colmes'. "A clear conscience. A clear conscience."

<![CDATA[D.C. Fire Lt. Charged by Dept. After Death of Boy, 1]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 23:55:39 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ambulance-shutterstock_565683791.jpg

A D.C. fire lieutenant has been charged by the fire department with neglect of duty after a 1-year-old boy died from choking on a grape earlier this year, but the D.C. firefighters union believes the blame lies solely with a computer software glitch.

On March 13, the little boy began choking on Warren Street NW in Tenleytown.

D.C. Fire and EMS received a 911 call at 8:36 a.m. and paramedics arrived on scene 11 minutes later, according to a release from the office of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.

The 911 call center did not send the closest available unit.

"There is a call for a choking child. It's three blocks away. Get out of the station and get there," D.C. Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Kevin Donahue said.

An internal review found the lieutenant who was in charge of Engine 20 that morning in Northwest D.C. did not properly notify dispatchers of the status of his medical units, according to a 49-page internal report on the incident obtained by News4. The report also says that he failed to recognize a problem with the dispatch technology.

The little boy died days later in the hospital.

The fire department has charged the lieutenant with neglect of duty, incompetence and failure to provide assistance to the public, News4 learned Tuesday.

He will face a trial board on the internal charges. They are not criminal charges.

The report also shows there were problems with new computer tablets being used by firefighters and paramedics, and the lieutenant was not familiar with the new technology.

"When you're sitting in the firehouse, the bell and whistles go off -- that's your run, that's when you jump on the rig, that's when you go out the door," said Ed Smith, head of the D.C. firefighters union. "If the technology had been working correctly, one could assume the closest unit was being selected properly."

In addition to the charges against the firefighter, the report recommends changes in how the department communicates with 911 dispatch.

These charges are similar to those to those filed against the firefighters involved in the failed response to Medric Cecil Mills, who collapsed and died outside a D.C. firehouse. The public was not allowed to watch the hearings. The lieutenant in charge that day was able to retire with a full pension and no discipline.

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<![CDATA[Hundreds of Metro Cars Contain Asbestos, Documents Show]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:22:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20150728+Metro.jpg

As Metro works to retire the oldest railcars in its fleet, known as the 1000-series railcars, a new issue has surfaced: asbestos.

Metro's 1000-series railcars contain "a small amount of asbestos in the heater box behind the evaporator in each railcar," according to a contract proposal from the transit agency (PDF).

Right now there are 280 1000-series railcars that run on every line of the Metro system.

"These 40-year-old vehicles have a small amount of asbestos that is sealed outside the passenger cabin and not accessible to riders," Metro spokesperson Sherri Ly wrote in an email.

"It is also important to note that, aside from being completely inaccessible to riders and outside the passenger cabin, the material is also non-friable, meaning it cannot be crumbled and will not release fibers unless it is abraded" -- that is, sawed or drilled through," said Metro spokesman Dan Stessel.

"It does not pose a hazard to riders. The only reason for this procurement action is due of the imminent disposal of the cars," Stessel said.

Metro also has three 1000-series railcars where the asbestos is exposed. But those railcars -- numbers 1079, 1107 and 1170 -- have not been in service since 2009, Ly said.

Metro is asking a contractor to safely remove and dispose of the asbestos and then retire the railcars. Also, this new contract proposal states, "if the Contractor discovers additional asbestos, Contractor will remove it at no additional cost to the Authority."

While Metro would not say specifically where the equipment containing the asbestos is located, a 2009 document (PDF) says the evaporator units are located at the front and end of each 1000-series railcar.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, exposure to asbestos increases the risk of developing lung disease and lung cancer.

Metro passengers can easily tell which series of railcar they're riding on by looking at the number on the top corner outside the railcar. On the inside of the 1000-series, the railcar number is printed on the doors at the end of the railcars.

"I thought asbestos was completely gone almost everywhere," said Metro rider Kon Yi Tuesday. "I'll be avoiding those (railcars) as much as possible."

"Good gracious," said one train operator who asked to be kept anonymous when told about the issue. "We are the ones constantly in the trains."

A spokesperson for Amalgamated Transit Union local 689, which represents most front line Metro workers, was looking over the documents and not immediately available for comment.

Metro has been told by the National Transportation Safety Board to get rid of the 1000-series railcars, which date back to the opening of the transit system.

Metro says it is working on it.

"As the (new) 7000-series railcars enter service, Metro will begin the process of retiring every 1000-series railcar," writes Ly. As soon as the asbestos can be removed, that is.

<![CDATA[Loose Deer Makes It Onto Stage of Va. Theater]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:38:23 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/deer+signature+theatre.jpg

It looks like one of Bambi's pals is trying to rise to stardom in the local theater scene.

A male deer made its way all the way to the stage of Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia on Tuesday.

A theater publicist said the deer apparently got access to the building by jumping onto the loading dock.

It then wandered through the back hallway and onto the stage where employees were working on the set for the theater's upcoming production, "The Fix."

"It's a White House-looking set," James Gardiner, a publicist for Signature Theatre, told NBC Washington.

The employees quickly spotted the deer and ran out of the theater in a panic, closing the door behind them and locking the deer inside.

After interrupting a production meeting to alert them to the unexpected guests, the set-builders then collected the courage to face the deer. They simply pushed it back down the hallway and out onto the loading dock.

Gardiner said it's rare to see a deer in the Shirlington area, where the theater is located.

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<![CDATA[Va. Hit-and-Run Suspect IDed, Victim in Critical Condition]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:40:45 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Jose-Pablo-Hernandez-Reyes.jpg

Leesburg police have named a suspect in a hit-and-run crash that left a 57-year-old man in critical condition Monday -- but the suspect remains on the loose.

Police say Jose Pablo Hernandez Reyes, 47, was driving a Chevrolet Silverado truck near 64 Plaza Street NE when he struck the victim around 5:12 p.m., police said.

Authorities say Reyes fled the scene.

The victim, Fidel Cruz Villacorta, was airlifted from the crash. He is in critical condition at Inova Fairfax Hospital, police said Tuesday.

A witness followed the suspect and captured a photo of the truck and tag number. Police recovered the car at a home in Hamilton, Virginia on Tuesdday morning and impounded the car for evidence.

However, Reyes' whereabouts remain unknown.

Police say he was last seen in Hamilton, but has ties to both Maryland and Virginia. Reyes is five feet, five inches tall and weighs 185 pounds. He has brown eyes and black and gray hair.

Police have obtained a warrant for a felony hit-and-run charge against Reyes.

Police are asking anyone with information about Reyes' location to call 703-771-4500, or call 703-443-TIPS to remain anonymous.

<![CDATA[Fairfax Co. Road Closed After Wires Fall Into Road]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:24:26 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/road-closed1.jpg

A Fairfax County road will be closed for 10 hours after power lines fell into the the roadway. 

Little River Turnpike is closed in both directions between Manitoba Drive and Beauregard Street , Fairfax County police said on Twitter. 

Authorities did not say what caused the wires to fall into the roadway. 

<![CDATA[Longest Heatwave of the Summer Begins]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:35:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/224*120/heat+water+hot+weather+generic.jpg

Grab a fan! The longest heatwave of the summer begins Tuesday, as temperatures continue to climb. 

The D.C. area will see temperatures in the low 90s for the rest of the week, but the high humidity will make it feel much warmer.

By Tuesday afternoon, it will feel close to 100 degrees. 

There is a small chance for afternoon thundershowers Tuesday and Wednesday, but that chance increases Thursday when drier air pushes in from the west. Thursday's storms may be severe, bringing the risk of damaging winds and possible flooding to the area. 

Humidity will decrease Friday and into the weekend. But temperatures will remain in the low to mid 90s each day. 

There's only a very small chance for storms this weekend.

Here are some ways you can stay cool and prevent heat-related illnesses::

  • If you have to be outside for a lengthy periods of time, don't over exert yourself.
  • Take frequent breaks.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, lightly colored clothing.
  • Do not leave children or pets inside vehicles.
  • Check on friends and neighbors and have someone do the same for you.

<![CDATA[Arrest Made in Fatal House Party Shooting]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 05:32:58 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/rangal+mugshot.jpg

The man accused in a fatal shooting at a Maryland house party has been arrested, the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office announced Monday night.

Alan Michael Rangel, 21, was taken into custody Monday. Rangel's girlfriend was also taken into custody. 

Deputies were called to a home on Lavender Lane on July 25 for the report of a shooting. When they arrived, they found 21-year-old Cody Lacey suffering from a  gunshot wound. Lacey was pronounced dead at the scene.

Rangel has been charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony/crime of violence.

Earlier this week, deputies arrested two men and charged them with accessory after the fact. The sheriff's office identified those men as Demetrius Burks-Jeffrey, 22, of Chaptico, and Wade Braithwaite, 21, of Lexington Park.

Evidence related to the slaying was also recovered at the home where the two men were arrested.

<![CDATA[Boy Scouts Lift Ban on Openly Gay Adults]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 01:44:08 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/boy-scouts-of-america.jpg A landslide vote by the Boy Scouts of America's executive board means gay adults can serve as employees and in troop leadership roles. Darcy Spencer got reaction.

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