<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Local News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.comen-usTue, 23 May 2017 03:23:27 -0400Tue, 23 May 2017 03:23:27 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Intravenous Light Therapy Provides Relief for Lyme Disease]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 23:49:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Intravenous+Light+Therapy.jpg

A new treatment is giving some people with Lyme disease relief.

Lyme disease can cause neck pain, joint pain, muscle aches, muscle fatigue and a lot of fatigue in general.

Kathy Fowler Silverstein has struggled with some of Lyme's most serious symptoms, for years. She said she's tried all the treatments. While some have helped, some have been a waste of time.

Lately, she's been getting relief from light injected directly into her veins.

“After a few treatments, I thought this really seems to be working,” she said.

A German doctor developed intravenous laser therapy 10 years ago.

Andrew Bloch, a local physical therapist who also does acupuncture, went to Germany last December to learn more about ILT.

“They wanted to come up with other ways to utilize different types of light into the body, mostly blue, yellow and green lights, but those don't penetrate through the skin,” he said.

A German doctor came up with a system that introduces light underneath the skin.

Bloch started offering the new treatment at his pain and rehab clinic in Rockville a few months ago.

Four different lights each have a different application:

Red helps with cellular regeneration and stimulating the immune system.

Yellow light is vitamin D and serotonin effect.

Green light is more oxygen uptake like a plant.

Blue has a cooling effect and is anti-inflammatory.

The lights are administered individually for about 10 minutes each.

The light therapy has been approved by the FDA but only on the skin for things like muscle pain and arthritis.

Bloch typically uses all four lasers with his patients who have Lyme and other hard to treat diseases.

Heidi Foster has an autoimmune illness, and many of her symptoms are similar to those of Lyme disease.

“I have pain all over and each day it could radiate to somewhere else,” she said. “One day in my wrist, another day my knees, my neck, my lower back.”

There are no known side effects of the treatment, Bloch said, and it's making a difference for some of his patients, who have seen their pain levels go way down.

Other uses for ILT include multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia and depression.

<![CDATA[Accused 'Fake Doctor' Gets Prison for Unrelated Fraud Case]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 18:15:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Malachi+Alexander+Love-Robinson.jpg

The Florida man accused of practicing medicine as a fake doctor when he was a teen was sentenced to a year in prison Monday for making false statements when trying to buy a Jaguar, court documents show.

Malachi Love-Robinson of West Palm Beach was arrested in September after investigators in Virginia said he lied in an effort to obtain credit when trying to purchase the luxury car. He pleaded guilty to charges of making a false statement to obtain credit.

A Virginia Judge sentenced Love-Robinson to one year in prison with nine years suspended, according to the Stafford County Clerk’s Office.

Authorities said Love-Robinson filled out an online credit application and used the name of a female as a co-signer on the form.

Police said dealership employees became suspicious after some things Love-Robinson allegedly said at the time. The employees were concerned Love-Robinson may have been trying to defraud the female co-signer, who he claimed was his mother. The dealership said they would call Love-Robinson when his credit was approved. They called him to tell him he was approved, and when he returned to the dealership, sheriff's deputies were waiting for him. After determining Love-Robinson appeared to be making false statements, deputies arrested him.

Love-Robinson, now 20, made headlines as a teenager after he was caught practicing medicine — complete with an office, lab coat and stethoscope — without a license in Palm Beach County.

At the time of his arrest in Virginia, Love-Robinson was out on bond, and he is still facing charges for the Palm Beach County case.

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<![CDATA[Purple Line Needs Further Study: Judge]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 20:02:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/purple+line+plan.jpg

A federal judge ruled Maryland's planned Purple Line light-rail project needs further study, a delay that jeopardizes federal funding.

Metro's falling ridership could have a negative impact on the Purple Line, the judge said in his decision.

Gov. Larry Hogan said federal transit officials' studies already addressed the judge's concerns.

"The fact that it took a federal judge this long to reach the conclusion that more study is needed is completely baffling and, if allowed to stand, will cause irreparable harm to this vital project and cost the state hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars," Hogan said.

The Coalition for Smarter Growth says Metro ridership would be a limited percentage of Purple Line ridership.

"The Purple Line is a badly-needed east-west transit connection for access to jobs and revitalization, and significant ridership will be driven by that demand, as well as the revitalization inside the Beltway that the project will spur," CSG said in a statement. "We are also certain Metro ridership will recover as the system completes repairs and reforms."

Hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding could be lost because of a delay, which could threaten the entire project.

"The governor and the secretary of transportation have pointed out that there are not unlimited funds to fund the activity during the judge's delay of the project," said Ralph Bennett, president of Purple Line Now, a group that has been trying to get the light rail built for decades. "So there's going to be a point where we run out of money and say we just can't do it."

He says the judge might be playing favorites.

“Yes, I think he’s complicit with the plaintiffs,” Bennett said. “I think he doesn’t want to happen and he’s doing what he can to prevent it from happening. But we’re hopeful that the attorney general of Maryland will appeal this decision.”

The proposed line would run between Bethesda in Montgomery County and New Carrollton in Prince George’s County, connecting with existing Metro stations in Silver Spring, College Park and New Carrollton.

Homeowner groups affected by the construction have fought back.

Some businesses have already been told to relocate to make way for the project.

<![CDATA[DC Medical Marijuana Dispensary Targeted in Attempted Robbery]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 19:02:16 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/052217+marijuana+suspects.jpg

A pair of men wearing what appeared to be fake wigs and beards tried to force their way into the Takoma Wellness Center in the District. During an exchange with a guard at the medical marijuana dispensary, shots were fired. News4's Pat Collins reports.

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<![CDATA[Va. Outreach Program Tries to Keep Kids From Joining Gangs]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 19:57:23 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Don+Bosco+Center.jpg

An outreach program in Virginia is trying to prevent Hispanic kids from joing gangs by giving the place where they can study, play and hang out after school.

Daniel Muñiz and the rest of the staff at the Don Bosco Center in Manassas, Virginia, elementary school through high school students from the neighborhood by tutoring and mentoring them.

The center was Muñiz’ after school hangout 10 years ago. He said the dangerous lifestyle of gangs was tough to avoid.

“It was always very in your face, kind of,” he said. “They’d always say, ‘Look at this gang, and then look at that gang.’”

Muñiz knows his role is more than just a coach.

“They all look up to me, so they’re like, oh he’s like my older brother, and I hope that I am like that because then, like, that’s who I had. So I want to be like Father Ramon was to me,” Muñiz said.

“We really wanted to reach out to an area, reach out beyond just the normal parish, church setting, and to kind of be there in the streets where the kids are at," said Father Ramon Dominguez of the Catholic Youth Apostles.

He opened the center in 2005 and knows the strong influence of gangs.

“Gangs offer a sense of connectivity,” Dominguez said. “What they like to call familia, a family.”

Recruits are made to feel special, respected and even loved, he said. Gradually they’re exposed to alcohol, drugs and worse.

“And as they get them in further, the kids can sometimes feel like they’re a little bit trapped,” Dominguez said. “‘Well, if I try to leave they’re going to tell on me,’ or ‘I’ve used drugs,’ or ‘I like the drugs. How am I going to get this?’” And ultimately, when they really want them to commit, it becomes very difficult because they end up wanting them to engage in actual criminal activities.”

Getting out isn’t easy.

“And they’re like, ‘No, you’re in, you’re in, and this is it, and you’re not going anywhere,’” Dominguez said.

Many who want to get out try to disappear, Dominguez said.

“And you can help them, but you can only help them disappear so far,” he said. “I mean, they have to drop off social media, they have to drop friends, they have to move a state or two.”

So Dominguez focuses primarily on prevention, making sure they know the potentially deadly consequences.

The field outside the center is dedicated to Miguel Hernandez who was killed in 2010 while walking home from school.

“I do what I can,” Dominguez said. “I work with one kid at a time. I deal with them individually, and that’s what you have to do.”

He said love and communication is how to stop the gang problem.

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<![CDATA[Police: Woman Sexually Assaulted in Greenbelt Apartment]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 19:16:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/2017-05-22_1705.png

Police are searching for a man in connection with a sexual assault inside a Greenbelt, Maryland, apartment building early Saturday morning.

Investigators said a man entered a first floor bedroom in the 9100 block of Edmonston Road around 1:30 a.m. Saturday. The victim told police the man implied he had a handgun and sexually assaulted her.

The man is described as a black male, 19 years old, 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds. He has a heavy build and was last seen wearing a black and white long-sleeved jacket, grey shorts and white socks.

Police used K-9 units to search for the man but were unable to find him.

The victim said her apartment window is not secured with metal bars. The leasing manager at the apartment complex said they are cooperating with the investigation but did not say if work would be done to make apartment windows more secure.

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<![CDATA[Program to Allow SNAP Participants to Get Groceries Online]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 19:53:54 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/72544504.jpg

The USDA is creating a pilot program that will enable SNAP participants in certain areas to purchase groceries online and have them delivered.

More than 1.5 million people in D.C, Maryland and Virginia depend on the federal government's SNAP program, which used to be known as food stamps. But they aren't allowed to use those funds to purchase groceries online.

“I tried to get home delivery and can't do it because federal law has stated they won't take the SNAP program as far as delivery is concerned,” said David Martin of Silver Spring, Maryland, who uses a wheelchair.

The convenience of ordering groceries online and having them delivered would be a life-changer for him, but the USDA, which runs the SNAP program, prohibits participants from using their EBT cards to purchase groceries online mostly due to technical and security challenges.

“I want it easier on me, because it's a lot of wear and tear on me as well,” Martin said. “It takes almost a whole day to do it.”

NBC4 Responds learned four retailers participating in the pilot program are in Maryland: Amazon, Safeway, ShopRite and Wal-Mart.

Senior Services of Alexandria, Virginia, is the only nonprofit in the region accepting SNAP payments for its Groceries to Go program, through which volunteers deliver senior citizens every other Thursday.

The USDA pilot program will have some restrictions: SNAP participants will only be able to use their benefits to purchase eligible items online, not to pay for service or delivery charges.

It’s still worth the convenience, Martin said.

“I wouldn't have to use Metro Access,” he said. “I wouldn't have to bother someone at customer service and have someone traipse around. So let's make it easier for everybody.”

The USDA originally planned to launch the pilot program this summer, but it's taking longer to set up than anticipated. Now they expect to begin sometime next year.

Photo Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[All Va. Officers to Be Trained on Opioid Overdose Response]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 18:51:45 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018867167_1200x675_950640707583.jpg

Every police officer in Virginia will be shown an 11-minute video on how to recognize and respond to a heroin or opioid overdose. News4's Kristin Wright reports.

<![CDATA[Don't Get Burned Buying Sunscreen]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 18:10:49 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cms807.jpg

Consumer Reports tested to find out which lotions and sprays offer the best protection from the sun. Consumer Reporter Susan Hogan has the results.

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<![CDATA[Rainy Week Ahead -- But Don't Stress About the Weekend]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 20:25:00 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/wx2017-05-22_1327.jpg

We've got a wet week ahead, but sunnier days are in store as Memorial Day weekend begins. Monday arrived cloudy, cool and rainy, and there's plenty more of that in store for the rest of the week. While it won't rain every minute of every day, keep your umbrella close at hand until probably Friday morning.

Steady light rain Monday morning tapered to dry skies by late afternoon, and temperatures reached 71 in D.C. by late Monday afternoon, a little bit below average for this time of year.

The rain will mostly hold off overnight, with some isolated showers possible. Temperatures will fall back to around 60 by Tuesday morning. Most of Tuesday's rain will come during the afternoon and evening, but thick cloud cover all day will keep most areas in the 60s for highs.

Wednesday also looks very cloudy, with showers possible at about any time, but a bit of a southerly breeze should help temperatures reach the low 70s.

Thursday also has a high chance for rain, but it will be warmer, with highs in the mid 70s. There could be a few thunderstorms late in the day.

Now for the good news: Friday and Saturday look sunny and mild, with highs near 80. On Sunday, some showers are likely, but the day won't be a washout. Memorial Day will be a bit cloudy, with highs around 80.

The bottom line is that if you want or need to see a lot of sunshine, this will not be the week for you here. However, the rain is still generally good news. We're above average for May, but still below average in rain for the year.

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<![CDATA[JFK Centennial: Smithsonian, KenCen Hold Special Events]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 17:20:20 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_630726098.jpg

This week into next, the Smithsonian and the Kennedy Center will commemorate the 100th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's birth with displays and performances that honor his memory, values and dreams for the nation.

The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History (14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW) will display nine photographs of Kennedy and his family in the museum's "The American Presidency" exhibition from this Thursday through Aug. 27, according to a press release from the National Museum of American History.

The photographs that will be on display were taken by Richard Avedon, a renowned American fashion and portrait photographer. Avedon took the photographs in 1961; they feature then President-elect Kennedy, his wife and their children in front of the white background Avedon was known for, according to the release. 

The Kennedy Center (2700 F St. NW) has also planned a celebration of the JFK centennial, with a lineup of performances in the week leading up to May 29, Kennedy's birthday. The performances were selected to celebrate the ideals Kennedy stood for in his life: courage, freedom, justice, service and gratitude, according to the Kennedy Center's website.

The performances will begin Tuesday at 8 p.m. with "Rebirth of a Nation," a reimagining from Paul D. Miller, AKA DJ Spooky, of the racially charged 1915 silent film "The Birth of a Nation." The multimedia performance will feature a string quartet from the D.C. music ensemble Sound Impact, alongside D.J. Spooky's unique art of remixing, according to the Kennedy Center. Tickets start out at $19 for balcony seats and rise to $55 for box seats.

From Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., the Washington Ballet will present "Frontier," a performance similarly inspired by JFK's intention for America to be a leader of art, culture and intellectual excellence, according to the Kennedy Center.

The Washington Ballet performance will survey space exploration from the viewpoint of an astronaut enduring the physical and emotional stress of space travel. Tickets range from $25 to $140.

On Saturday, the Kennedy Center will host a free open house in honor of Jackie Kennedy's 1962 televised tour of the White House, which aimed to make the first family's home more open to the American public. The Kennedy Center will be open from noon to 10 p.m., featuring hip-hop street art, interactive dance performances and a live jam session between the D.C. Bluegrass Union and Archie Edwards Blues Foundation, among other family-friendly activities.

On Sunday evening, the National Symphony Orchestra will perform their annual Memorial Day Concert to honor the military service of men and women in uniform outside the Kennedy Center. The concert is free to attend, but will also be broadcast live on PBS at 8 p.m.

The roster of performances culminates on Monday, May 29, with the JFK Centennial Celebration starting at 4 p.m. The celebration will feature readings by CNN chief political correspondent Dana Bash, Golden Globe winner Martin Sheen and "Hamilton" star Christopher Jackson, among others.

Additional performances will come from the New York City Ballet's principal dancers Joaquin De Luz and Tiler Peck, as well as Grammy-nominated composer Jason Moran. Tickets for the final performance are still available for $25.

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<![CDATA[The 'What If' Wizards]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 15:21:10 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20170522+John+Wall.jpg

The season is over, courtesy of the Wizards’ Game 7 loss at Boston last week. That sent the players and coaches off to various ports of call and the rest of us into “What If” mode.

Therefore, here’s a chronological list of the top “What If” thoughts for the Wizards this season.

What if: Al Horford

According to the reporting last July, the versatile big man was THISCLOSE to joining Washington during free agency. Instead, the four-time All-Star picked the storied Celtics franchise. That had the Wizards going with backup plans. Those plans largely didn’t work out (that's an understatement). Then Horford twisted the knife by averaging 16.7 points and shooting an insane 61 percent on 3-pointers in Boston’s 7-game series win. Dagger.

What if: Third guard

Not many in the fan base or the media truly appreciated previous backups Garrett Temple and Ramon Sessions. All did once they got a look at their replacements. Washington traded for Trey Burke last July with the idea he’d serve as John Wall’s backup despite falling out of the rotation with the Utah Jazz. Marcus Thornton, a deep reserve the previous season, hung around on the cheap but with the stepped up role right behind Bradley Beal. Hmmm. Whenever Wall and Beal sat, leads vanished immediately. By late February Thornton was out of the NBA, Burke was benched for newly signed Brandon Jennings and the minutes kept piling up for Wall and Beal.

Finding a viable third guard shouldn’t be difficult. It was equal to solving a Rubik’s Cube blindfolded this season.

What if: Kelly Oubre Jr.’s actual growth matched perception

The athletic forward had some nice, even starry moments during his sophomore season. There were times when the “3-and-D” role coach Scott Brooks envisioned looked ideal. However, Oubre ultimately just shot 28.7 percent from beyond the arc, often looked lost in team defense concepts and played just six seconds in Game 7 as Brooks went with those he trusted. The ultra-confident Oubre is also only 21 and oozes upside. There may not be a bigger move for the Wizards next season than the stylish kid channeling his immense energy and adding a perimeter touch over the summer. Let’s see it before assuming his role.

What if: Ian Mahinmi’s calf strain

The bench struggles angered the fan base before the All-Star break and during the playoffs, especially Game 7 when Boston’s reserves outscored Washington’s 48-5. Yet there was a 25-game stretch where the second unit ranked 10th in net rating (points per 100 possessions). That occurred with Mahinmi, who missed 50 of the opening 51 games with a knee injury, anchoring the back-line. Then on April 10 the penultimate game of the Wizards’ regular season, the defensive-oriented center suffered a calf strain, which kept him sidelined for nearly one month until Game 3 against Boston. His game never truly returned and Washington’s bench suffered.

What if: Rajon Rondo Injury

Top-seeded Boston lost the first two games of its first round series with underdog Chicago largely because Rondo throttled his former team. That is until the point guard broke his right thumb and the Celtics won the next four games. If Chicago hung on, Washington would have had home-court advantage against the Bulls. Instead, there was Game 7 at Boston.

What if: Bradley Beal’s missed putback in Game 2

Washington had two attempts at a game-winner in the final 13 seconds at Boston, including Beal’s uncontested putback. It, they came up short and with it lost their best chance at a road victory.

What if: Scott Brooks’ Game 7 minutes managing

The head coach’s ability not to lurch from one plan to another based on solely on circumstance was among the primary reasons Washington found itself one win from the Eastern Conference for the first time since 1979. Then he went out and played Beal and Wall 92 of a possible 96 minutes. In the win-or-else scenario, it’s understandable he leaned on his stars, but both guards look drained in the fourth quarter. The following day Brooks acknowledged the minute’s mistake.

What if: 0-for-11

Don’t believe any nonsense about Wall “Not ready for the moment” of Game 7 unless you simply ignore his work in the previous (elimination) game or the point guard’s overall dynamic postseason. However, not scoring for the final 19 minutes of Game 7 while missing shot after shot, that’s not cool. When tired, his jumper falters. See above on the tired. See yourself to the exit if you rip Wall’s intestinal fortitude. Still, 11 consecutive misses, yeesh. Imagine if just even a couple of those shots fall at the right time. What if indeed.

Ben Standig talks Wizards daily on the Locked on Wizards podcast, covers the Redskins for BreakingBurgundy.com and tweets way too much via @benstandig.

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<![CDATA[Father Who Gave Son Deadly Mix of Drugs Gets 10 Years]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 13:19:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Thomas+Holland.jpg

The man who gave his 3-year-old son a deadly mix of cocaine and other drugs has been sentenced.

Thomas Holland was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday after a jury found him guilty of 2nd-degree assault.

Jason Holland died from what police called an intentional overdose in January 2014. Prosecutors said Thomas Holland gave his son a number of drug, including cocaine, acetaminophen and codeine.

Prosecutors said Thomas Holland drugged his son to avoid paying child support.

The amount of drugs in the boy's system would have killed him within four hours, according to court documents. Police said he could not have accidentally swallowed them.

The state's attorney said she's disappointed in the sentence Thomas Holland received. 

<![CDATA[Using Transcendental Meditation to Find Inner Peace]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 13:30:30 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018862594_1200x675_950330435971.jpg

People are always searching for a new way to find inner peace. Bob Roth, a "transcendental meditation" teacher stopped by News4 Midday to talk about this growing method.

<![CDATA[104-Year-Old Woman Killed in Manassas House Fire]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 12:18:24 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/Fire_Truck_Generic_NECN_Chris_Caesar.jpg

A 104-year-old woman was killed in a house fire in Manassas, Virginia, early Sunday morning. 

Firefighters were called to the home on the 10300 block of Poe Drive at 12:15 a.m. for a 2-alarm fire. 

Three adults were inside the home when it caught fire, but only two were able to get out safely. Firefighters found the third woman in her bed. 

Officials have not released the victim's name, but say she was 104 years old. 

The home has been deemed unsafe and uninhabitable. The Red Cross is helping the surviving residents. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

<![CDATA[Sentencing Set for Ex-School Aide Who Abused Students]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 12:09:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Deonte+Carraway+Look+N.jpg

A federal judge has scheduled a sentencing date for Deonte Carraway, the former Prince George’s County school aide who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing students at his school. 

Carraway will be sentenced Aug. 21 at the U.S. District Courthouse in Greenbelt, Maryland.Carraway entered guilty pleas to 15 federal charges of sexual exploitation of a minor to produce child pornography.

A judge has asked prosecutors and defense attorneys to submit a list of witnesses who will testify at the sentencing hearing. 

Carraway was an aide at Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary School in Glenarden.

Carraway admitted in his plea agreement that he engaged in sex acts with the children, using a cell phone to record the acts. He also told the children to perform sex acts with each other, and gave them phones to record the acts.

He founded a club at the school and had children send him sexually explicit images in order to join. In court, prosecutors said Carraway video chatted with one 12 year old, telling the victim to perform inappropriate behaviors.

Carraway was arrested in February of 2016 after the uncle of a 9-year-old boy saw a nude image on the child's phone, police said. Investigators then linked the aide to other victims in the case.

Last year, Carraway was also indicted in Prince George’s County Court on 270 local criminal charges of sex abuse of a minor, sex offenses and child pornography. He pleaded not guilty.

His trial on local charges is scheduled to begin in mid-July. 

If the local trial is postponed again and Carraway receives a federal sentence that exceeds his life expectancy, the local trial could be symbolic only, if it’s held at all.

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<![CDATA[Eloquii Provides Stylish Plus-Size Options]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 13:33:41 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018862784_1200x675_950355523624.jpg

Plus-sized fashion is a multi-billion dollar industry -- more than half of women in the U.S. wear size 12 or larger. But for many women, there aren't enough clothing options. An online retailer called Eloquii is working to change that. Kelly Goldston, the vice president of marketing for Eloquii, stopped by News4 MIdday to talk about upcoming fashion trends.

<![CDATA[Attention, Shoppers! Wegmans Is Coming to DC]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 19:52:02 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Wegmans-AP_100527034019.jpg

We thought this day would never come, but it's finally here!

Wegmans is coming to Washington, D.C. 

According to The Washington Business Journal, Wegmans will take over the Fannie Mae headquarters in the Tenleytown neighborhood of northwest Washington. Fannie Mae is leaving the location for a new one along 15th Street, Northwest.

The WBJ said the highly popular grocer will be an anchor for a planned redevelopment of the site in the 3900 block of Wisconsin Avenue, Northwest. 

The location will be the grocer's first inside the D.C. beltway. Currently, Wegmans' locations in Alexandria and Fairfax in Virginia and Lanham in Maryland are the closest to Washington.

But don't expect the Wegmans experience you're used to. According to the WBJ, Wegmans' D.C. location will be much smaller than its other locations. The store will also feature a standalone restaurant above the store. 

Work on the new store will not begin until Fannie Mae moves to its new location in late 2018. The earliest the Wegmans will open is late 2021. 

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<![CDATA[Police: Man, 80, Fatally Shot Neighbor Over Property Dispute]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 19:07:23 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/052217+guy+prudhomme+larry+johnston.jpg

An 80-year-old man shot and killed his next-door neighbor in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, on Sunday after a yearslong property dispute, police say.

Guy Prud'homme, 65, died after he was shot in the chest in his own driveway, the Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office said. Prud'homme was president and CEO of the home development company Columbia Property Capital, which has several projects in Washington, D.C.

Officers arrested Larry Johnston, who police say thought Prud'homme was disturbing his property.

"He believed that the victim was encroaching on his property, cutting down trees and things on his property," Lt. Charles Carey said.

Prud'homme's family said they were devastated to announce his death. 

"Blessed with infectious humor, enthusiasm and a zest for life, Guy brought joy to his family and all those he met," his family said in a statement. 

A landscaping crew was mowing Prud'homme's lawn on the 7200 block of Young Lane on Sunday when Johnston went next door to confront his neighbor, police said.

The conversation began cordially but escalated into a heated dispute.

Then, Johnston pulled out a Ruger revolver.

The landscapers witnessed the confrontation and called 911. Prud'homme died of a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Johnston calmly walked back to his home and, as a search warrant shows, put the gun under his bed.

Johnston was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

Police said Johnston initially tried to defend his actions, then became more contrite.

"He is admitting to his wrongs and faults in this situation," Carey said. "It was just a series of unfortunate events, and he wishes he could take it back."

Prud'homme is being mourned by a large family. 

"Guy was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He is survived by his wife, Patsy, six children and four in-law children, and one grandchild," the statement from the family said. 

Prud'homme was originally from the East African island nation of Mauritius, then lived in India before moving to his "adopted home" in the United States. 

No one was at either Johnston's or Prud'homme's houses on Monday. A string with small orange flags on it marked the property line. 

A colleague of Prud'homme's said the house where the developer was killed is a weekend home that Prud'homme and his wife visited to relax.

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<![CDATA[Repairs Continue on Road Damaged by Water Main Break]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 06:05:26 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018855906_1200x675_950077507786.jpg

Repair work continues on a heavily used road in northwest Washington that was damaged by a water main break.

<![CDATA['I Got Sucked In': Former MS-13 Gang Member Shares Story]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 05:34:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018853401_1200x675_949973571616.jpg

Local law enforcement is fighting a growing gang problem in our area. They're relying heavily on prevention, and intervention. Northern Virginia Bureau Reporter David Culver sat down with a former M-S-13 gang member who’s hoping his life can be a lesson for young people.

<![CDATA[Capital Centre Reunion Brings Together History]]> Sun, 21 May 2017 11:17:19 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/257*120/2017-05-21_1106.png

The Capital Centre was home to the first NBA Championship for the Bullets, the first Stanley Cup finals for the Caps, and two heavyweight championship fights starring Muhammad Ali. News4's Mark Segraves turns back the clock on the old arena.

<![CDATA[Police Make Arrest in Attempted Abduction Case in Virginia]]> Sun, 21 May 2017 10:25:25 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Keith+Richard+Griffin.jpg

Police in Prince William County, Virginia, arrested a man who may be involved in an attempted abduction.

Keith Richard Griffin, 43, of Woodbridge, Virginia, was charged with abduction and malicious wounding. He was arrested Saturday at his residence.

Police said a woman said she was walking in the area of Castile Court, in Woodbridge, around 5:10 a.m. Saturday, when she was approached by an unknown man. She said the man grabbed her and tried to pull her to an unknown area.

Investigators said there was a struggle, and the victim eventually broke free.

Griffin is being held without bail and has a July court date scheduled.

<![CDATA[Mallory Pugh, 19, Debuts for Washington Spirit]]> Sun, 21 May 2017 10:40:46 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018850252_1200x675_949525571754.jpg

Mallory Pugh, a member of the US Women's National Soccer team debuted in her first pro soccer game Saturday night at the age of 19---the youngest player in the women's pro league. She passed on a college career with UCLA and went straight to the pros to join the Washington Spirit.

<![CDATA[List of Locations Measles Patient Visited]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 19:08:23 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/176*120/GettyImages-462803914.jpg

Health officials are warning residents in D.C. and Prince George's County, Maryland, after someone was hospitalized with measles.

And they have updated a list of locations that the person visited before hospitalization. They're sharing this information "out of an abundance of caution," according to a release from Maryland health officials.

Though most people in the United States are vaccinated against measles, exposure to a sick patient poses a risk to the very young or others who are not vaccinated.

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said Saturday that the patient contracted measles outside of the United States and developed symptoms here in the country.

The patient was admitted to Children’s National on Saturday, May 13, and was isolated for the majority of their hospitalization. Their diagnosis was confirmed Friday, health officials said.

Below are the updated dates, times and locations of the potential exposures associated with the patient:

  • May 8: The building located at 6505 Belcrest Road, #100A, Hyattsville, Md. 20782, which includes the Dept. of Social Services and other offices.
  • May 8: The building located at 10230 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, Md. 20903, which includes the Social Security Administration and other offices, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • May 9: May 10 Prince George’s Hospital Center Emergency Department in Cheverly, Md., from 8 p.m. to May 10 at 2 a.m. The measles patient rode the #12 public transit bus to and from Prince George’s Hospital Center.
  • May 11: Prince George’s Hospital Center Emergency Department from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • May 12-May 13: Prince George’s Hospital Center Emergency Department from 4:15 p.m. to May 13 at 10:47 a.m.
  • May 13: Children’s National Medical Center, 111 Michigan Avenue NW, Washington, D.C., 20010, main atrium lobby between 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Children's National Medical Center released the following statement:

"Children’s National became aware that a patient with a probable case of measles was admitted to our health system on May 13 and released on May 15. Out of an abundance of caution and although this patient was appropriately isolated for the majority of their hospitalization, Children’s National is contacting families and employees who may have been exposed to this probable case, determining their immunization status, and providing appropriate recommendations regarding further evaluation."

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Suspect Charged in Stabbing Death of Bowie State Student]]> Sun, 21 May 2017 10:14:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Chirstopher+Urbanski.jpg

A 22-year-old University of Maryland student has been charged in the stabbing death of a Bowie State University student early Saturday morning in College Park, Maryland.

Sean Christopher Urbanski, of Severna Park, Maryland, was charged with first- and second-degree murder and first-degree assault in the death of the unidentified student from Bowie State.

Lawyer information for Urbanski was not immediately available.

The victim was at a bus stop with two friends near Montgomery Hall on Regents Drive about 3 a.m. Saturday, when Urbanski allegedly attacked and stabbed him, police said. He was seriously injured and taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

"It never gets any worse than this," University of Maryland Police Chief David Mitchell said at a news conference Saturday afternoon. "When I sat with the victim's father, who is a military veteran, and his pastor and we shed tears together...I can tell you, it rips your heart out."

The altercation appeared to be random and unprovoked, according to Mitchell.

"The assailant in this case approached and, totally unprovoked, stabbed the victim in the chest," Mitchell said.

The victim's friends then called 911. University police responded and took the suspect into custody by the bus stop where the stabbing happened, Mitchell said.

Police said the victim's name would be released after his relatives were notified.

"I met with his family earlier today. Needless to say, they're very distraught. They're shattered, but they do know that the assailant in this case has been arrested, and he will be appropriately charged," Mitchell said.

Mitchell said the suspect had been drinking but would not comment on what effect, if any, that had on the incident.

A university surveillance camera captured the attack.

The president of Bowie State University, Mickey Burnim, said counseling services will be available to students and a moment of silence will be observed during the school's commencement on Tuesday.

"Our first thoughts of condolence go to the family for this tremendous loss of a son, who had the promise of a bright future. Our prayers of concern also extend to those within the Bowie State University community as we try to cope with this tragic loss of life.

"As we struggle to deal with our emotions, let’s find appropriate ways to express our sorrow and hope for justice. Let’s remember our words and actions have the power to heal and the power to hurt. Let's strive to use our actions to bring comfort and peace."

University of Maryland President Wallace Loh said, in a statement, commencement exercises at UMd. on Sunday would also have a moment of silence.

"Words cannot express my deep anguish over this horrific tragedy. My deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of the victim, and to the entire Bowie State community. I ask that every member of our campus community join me in keeping the victim’s family in their thoughts and prayers.

"There is strength in our unity as we grieve. For this reason and in solidarity with the Bowie State community, we will honor a moment of silence to begin tomorrow's commencement exercises.”

Photo Credit: University of Maryland Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Age Progression Image Shows Missing Girl 43 Years Later]]> Sun, 21 May 2017 07:47:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Brenda+Davidson+Age+Progression.jpg

Over the past 30 years, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has helped recover more than 232,000 children -- about 19 per day – and it’s trying to help a woman find the sister she hasn’t seen in 43 years.

Lisa Davidson, who grew up in Woodbridge, Virginia, was 7 years old when she last saw her sister Brenda in 1974. Just days before Brenda’s 14th birthday, she didn’t come home

“When I come down the hallway, my dad was on the bed, it was my bed, and he was crying,” Davidson said. “He was saying, ‘My baby's gone, my baby's gone.’ I had never seen my dad cry before.”

Her sister’s disappearance remains a mystery. Rumors say Brenda snuck out of school and took a bus to run away, but there’s never been proof she bought a ticket or boarded a bus.

Davidson said her parents felt helpless and grew frustrated with the investigation. One phone call between her mother and a detective still stings.

“He said that they ruled her as a runaway and that my mom was an unfit mother,” Davidson said.

In Virginia, where Brenda Davidson disappeared, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) records show more than 160 active missing children cases. Many of them have gone unsolved for many years or even decades.

Lisa Davidson wrote to all 50 states to see if her sister got married or got a driver’s license. She created a Facebook page, ran background checks and Social Security searches, and submitted DNA for the Jane Doe Network but found nothing.

But with the help of NCMEC and its forensics imaging lab in Alexandria, Davidson has a new picture of hope: Using family photos, science and art, imaging specialist Colin McNally created an age progression of Brenda Davidson at 57 years old. Similar photos have helped recover more than 900 missing people since NCMEC started creating them in 1989.

“I think it's the best example of hope, not only for these families out searching, but also for law enforcement out there doing these investigations daily,” McNally said.

NCMEC child advocate Callahan Walsh’s parents John and Reve Walsh started the center in 1984 after his brother Adam, a brother he never knew, was kidnapped from a Florida shopping mall and brutally murdered.

Shocked to learn there was no national crime system for missing kids, the Walsh family helped pass the Missing Children’s Assistance Act of 1984, which led to the creation of NCMEC.

“I always grew up with my parents telling me we need to make sure Adam didn't die in vain, and that's exactly what my parents were doing by starting this center,” Callahan Walsh said.

NCMEC Chief Operating Officer Michelle DeLaune, says their 24-hour call center, cybertipline and social media have been instrumental in finding children, but more needs to be done.

“We’ve seen tens of thousands of cases, but for the family going through it today, that’s the only one that matters,” she said.

Photo Credit: NCMEC]]>
<![CDATA[Pentagon Firefighters' Long Wait for New Station After 9/11]]> Tue, 16 May 2017 23:54:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Pentagon+Fire+Trailers.jpg

Plans to replace a Pentagon fire station destroyed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks remain incomplete, with no firm timetable for completion, the News4 I-Team learned.

A replacement of the fire station, which is used by firefighters assigned to respond to emergencies at the Pentagon helipad, has long been sought by fire union officials and Pentagon leaders. But the plans have frequently stalled, and the project’s outlook remains unclear more than 15 years after the terror attack.

The Pentagon helipad fire station has been temporarily housed in a set of temporary trailers, in close proximity to the helipad, which is used by helicopters carrying military VIPs, foreign dignitaries and Marine One. It is manned by firefighters also assigned the fire station at Fort Myer. Pentagon officials acknowledge a new station is overdue and necessary, but there are disagreements between union leaders and military leaders about whether the temporary trailers are fully safe.

Mike Jackson, president of the International Association of Firefighters Local F-253, which represents the firefighters assigned to the Pentagon fire station, said the trailers are in disrepair and need to be mothballed.

“It’s a temporary facility,” Jackson said. “It’s a trailer. How safe is a trailer, really? It’s falling apart. It’s seen better days. Bathroom doors are falling off. Pieces of the ceiling are coming down.”

According to a Pentagon planning document released by the National Capital Planning Commission, “These temporary facilities, constructed after 9/11, are exhibiting various states of wear and tear.”

Pentagon officials, who agreed to give a News4 I-Team photographer access to the trailers, said the structures are sound and usable until a permanent facility is built. Sajeel Ahmed, director of facilities for the U.S. Department of Defense’s Washington Headquarters Services, said the trailers are sufficient in the interim because the firefighters are not stationed there around-the-clock.

“(The trailers) are safe. They are operational,” Ahmed said. “We are working through the process as quickly as possible. It is an important mission, and we want to make sure they have the right facilities to meet the mission.”

The temporary facilities were expected to be replaced by a larger and permanent fire station years ago after Congress approved in 2012. The I-Team’s review of congressional records show the plans fizzled and funding was surrendered because officials underestimated the cost of the project. The proposals from contractors far exceeded the projected cost presented to Congress, according to the records reviewed by the I-Team.

The 15-year wait for the new fire station is frustrating to the firefighters who use the trailers, in part because their colleagues were among the first responders who sought to rescue victims on 9/11, Jackson said.

“We’ve gone 15 years with anniversary after anniversary,” he said. “We always preach we’ll never forget. I think we’ve been forgotten.”

The temporary trailer which holds the fire station’s red crash response truck is so small in diameter, it risks slowing the response of firefighters to an emergency, Jackson said. He said the engine must be backed into the structure and requires a slower, more precarious set of movements to drive out of the trailer dock, he said.

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) said he would support a new congressional appropriation to fund the construction of a permanent fire station.

“There needs to be adequate space for first responders at the Pentagon,” Kaine said. “The Pentagon is going to be a magnet for threats.”

Ahmed, the Pentagon facilities director, said there is no estimate for when new funding will be requested from Congress. A plan should be ready to present to congressional officials within months, Ahmed said.

The firefighters at the Pentagon helipad fire station are not the designated lead responders to fire emergencies at the Pentagon’s sweeping campus in Virginia. Those duties are assigned to Arlington County. But Pentagon officials acknowledge the fire station needs to have the capability to swiftly respond to an emergency at the helipad. The firefighters are also positioned to provide mutual aid to a fire emergency at the facility, Jackson said.

Survivors of the 9/11 attack at the Pentagon responded strongly to the I-Team’s findings. Bill Toti, a former Navy employee who evacuated through the thick smoke of the fire, said the U.S. Department of Defense and congressional leaders should move swiftly to erect a new station.

“If the next casualty incident is like a 9/11, the people who are saved will be saved by the people you have on hand when it happens and the equipment you have on hand when it happens,” Toti said.

Reported by Scott MacFarlane, produced by Rick Yarborough, and shot and edited by Jeff Piper.

Photo Credit: NBCWashington]]>
<![CDATA[Three Teens Reported Missing From Northwest DC]]> Sat, 20 May 2017 21:25:33 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Missing+DC+Teens.jpg

Three teenagers have gone missing in different areas of Northwest D.C., police announced Saturday.

Nakiyea Harris, 16, was last seen in the unit block of K Street NW on Friday. She is described as a black girl with a medium brown complexion, 4 feet 10 inches and 100 pounds with brown eyes and brown shoulder-length braided style hair.

She was last seen wearing a white button-down shirt and khaki pants.

Elijah Ashley-Magnum, 15, was last seen in the 1100 block of Spring Road NW on Thursday. He was reported missing on Friday.

Elijah is described as a black boy with a light complexion, 6 feet and 165 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. Police do not know what he was last seen wearing.

Michelle Jordan, 16, was last seen in the unit block of Van Buren Street NW on Friday.

She is described as a black girl with a dark complexion, 5 feet 2 inches, 177 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. She was last seen wearing a purple shirt and grey sweatpants.

Anyone with information about any of the missing teens is asked to call police at (202)-727-9099 or 911.

Photo Credit: Metropolitan Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[More Than 200K Pounds of Nathan's, Curtis Hot Dogs Recalled]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 15:48:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/182*120/GettyImages-544909152.jpg

Before firing up the grill this weekend, people should check their hot dogs after a recall of more than 200,000 pounds of ready-to-eat hot dog products.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Nathan’s and Curtis brand hot dogs are being recalled because they may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically metal. John Morrell and Co. is recalling 210,606 pounds of the products.

The beef franks were produced on Jan. 26 and have the following labels:

  • 14 oz. sealed film packages containing “Nathan’s SKINLESS 8 BEEF FRANKS,” with a Use By date of Aug. 19, 2017.
  • 16 oz. sealed film packages containing “Curtis BEEF MASTER Beef Franks,” with a Use By date of June 15, 2017.

The products also have “EST. 296” on the side of the package and were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

Three complaints of metal objects in the beef franks were filed with the company. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions or injuries due to eating these products.

Customer should throw the hot dogs away or return them to the place of purchase for a refund or exchange.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Hit-and-Run Driver Kills Woman in Accokeek]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 17:42:08 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/2017-05-19_0543.png

Prince George's County police are searching for the driver who fatally struck a woman along Indian Head Highway in Accokeek, Maryland, Friday morning. 

Nefertiti Kemoris Horton, 39, was likely walking down the side of the road when she was struck near Farmington Road East at 12:45 a.m., Prince George's County police said. 

Horton was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Police say the driver did not stop after hitting the woman. Investigators don't have a description of the vehicle, but they believe it may have front-end damage. 

A stretch of Indian Head Highway was closed for several hours for the police investigation. The road reopened at about 5:30 a.m. 

Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call police at 301-731-4422.

<![CDATA[Woman Hurt During Attack Outside Turkish Embassy Speaks Out]]> Sat, 20 May 2017 07:50:52 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/216*120/Borazan.png

Protesters who said they were beaten by the Turkish president's security detail in Washington are speaking out about the incident.

A protester who says she was beaten by the Turkish president's security detail outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in Washington is speaking out about the attack.

Video shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's bodyguards violently breaking up a protest outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in Washington following Erdogan's meeting with President Trump Tuesday.

"I was there for democracy and for human rights, it was a peaceful demonstration," protester Ceren Borazan said.

Borazan said one of Erdogan's bodyguards put her in a headlock. The headlock she described is visible in the video. She said it caused the blood vessel in her left eye to pop.

Borazan and the other protesters showed up to the ambassador's residence to demonstrate against Erdogan and bring attention to repression in Turkey, she said.

Several others were injured during the violence.

"They were beating me in the head," Lucy Usoyan, a protester, said.

Mehmen Tankan, another protester, said that a Turkish bodyguard attacked him.

Sen. John McCain of Arizona said Thursday that America "should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America." Borazan agrees with with McCain's statement. 

"There should be something," she said. "All I want is justice."

<![CDATA[Bowie State Univ. Student Killed on UMd.-College Park Campus]]> Sun, 21 May 2017 07:18:34 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/UMD_Crime_Scene.jpg

A student who attended Bowie State University was killed after he was assaulted in an unprovoked attack on the University of Maryland College Park campus early Saturday morning, police said.

The victim was at a bus stop with two friends near Montgomery Hall on Regents Drive about 3 a.m. when a UMd. student attacked and stabbed him, police said. He was seriously injured and taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

"It never gets any worse than this," University of Maryland Police Chief David Mitchell said at a news conference Saturday afternoon. "When I sat with the victim's father, who is a military veteran and his pastor and we shed tears together...I can tell you, it rips your heart out."

The altercation appeared to be random and unprovoked, according to Mitchell. 

"The assailant in this case approached and, totally unprovoked, stabbed the victim in the chest," Mitchell said.

The victim's friends then called 911. University police responded and took the suspect into custody by the bus stop where the stabbing happened, Mitchell said.

First- and second-degree murder charges are pending against the suspect.

The identities of the victim and the suspect have not been released. Police said the victim's name would be released after his relatives were notified.

"I met with his family earlier today. Needless to say, they're very distraught. They're shattered, but they do know that the assailant in this case has been arrested and he will be appropriately charged," Mitchell said.

The suspect's identity will be released after charges are officially filed against him, Mitchell said.

Mitchell said the suspect had been drinking but would not comment on what effect, if any, that had on the incident.

A university surveillance camera captured the attack.

The university police department said late Saturday night that there was no update on charges and police would provide an update as soon as possible.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said the state is working closely with the university in the investigation.

"The First Lady and I are deeply saddened by the death of the young man from Bowie State University, and send our sincerest condolences to his family and loved ones.

"I have spoken to President Loh, and Colonel William Pallozzi of the Maryland State Police has been in contact with University law enforcement. The state is working closely with the University of Maryland as they investigate this horrific situation.

"Our students deserve to feel safe, and violence on our campuses will not be tolerated.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bowie State University and University of Maryland families as they grieve and begin the healing process in the wake of this tragedy."

The president of Bowie State University, Mickey Burnim, said counseling services will be available to students and a moment of silence will be observed during the school's commencement on Tuesday.

"Our first thoughts of condolence go to the family for this tremendous loss of a son, who had the promise of a bright future. Our prayers of concern also extend to those within the Bowie State University community as we try to cope with this tragic loss of life.

"As we struggle to deal with our emotions, let’s find appropriate ways to express our sorrow and hope for justice. Let’s remember our words and actions have the power to heal and the power to hurt. Let's strive to use our actions to bring comfort and peace."

University of Maryland President Wallace Loh said, in a statement, commencement exercises at UMd. on Sunday would also have a moment of silence.

"Words cannot express my deep anguish over this horrific tragedy. My deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of the victim, and to the entire Bowie State community. I ask that every member of our campus community join me in keeping the victim’s family in their thoughts and prayers.

"There is strength in our unity as we grieve. For this reason and in solidarity with the Bowie State community, we will honor a moment of silence to begin tomorrow's commencement exercises.

"In addition, counselors are available (Saturday) from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Counseling Center in Shoemaker Hall for any members of our community who need support."

Photo Credit: NBC Washington]]>
<![CDATA[Man Steals Ambulance, Leads Police on Chase Through Md.]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 18:49:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/215*120/2017-05-19_0653.png

A recently released hospital patient stole an ambulance from a hospital in Prince George's County during rush hour Friday morning and led police on a chase through two counties.

William Person, 43, led police through Charles County and Prince George's County for more than an hour, activating the ambulance's lights and riding on its rims after stop strips deflated the tires. 

He was taken for a mental evaluation and charged by Prince George's County with auto theft and malicious destruction of property. He may face additional charges in Charles County. 

The incident began when officers found Person, of Temple Hills, overnight, suffering from injuries and acting erratically, Prince George's County Police Chief Hank Stawinski said at a news conference. 

The officers took Person to Prince George's Hospital Center, where he was treated and released just after 6 a.m. As he was being released, Person climbed into an ambulance outside the hospital and drove off.

Stawinski said authorities alerted the Charles County Sheriff's Office as soon as they realized Person was heading into that county.

A GPS system inside the ambulance let police track the stolen vehicle. 

The sheriff's office put down stop strips, deflating all four of the ambulance's tires, but the suspect continued driving. 

Authorities say Person drove to Naval Support Facility Indian Head, where he made a U-turn and drove on rims back into Prince George's County.

At one point, Stawinski said Person activated the ambulance's lights. Officers made several attempts to communicate with Person as he drove, but they were not able to get through to him. 

"He had a thousand-yard stare. He was not responsive. He just kept on driving," Stawinski said. 

Officers blocked intersections along the pursuit route, preventing other drivers from getting in the way. 

Local police agencies pursued the ambulance to Allentown Road, where Person struck a Maryland State Police cruiser that was working to block him from going onto Branch Avenue.

The trooper, who was not hurt, turned his cruiser into the ambulance while other officers created a barrier with their vehicles.

The ambulance finally was brought to a stop, and Person was taken into custody at Allentown Road and Camp Springs Way in Camp Springs, Maryland, about 7:20 a.m. 

Person was taken back to the hospital for a mental evaluation and treatment of minor injuries. 

Any time Prince George's County ambulances are unattended, they should be locked, with the engines off, Assistant Chief Alan Doubleday said department policy says.

An investigation into how Person was allowed to take the ambulance is underway. It's too early to say if any member of the fire and EMS department could be disciplined, Doubleday said.

<![CDATA[Cap Centre 'Family' Gathering for Reunion]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 20:21:37 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20170519+Capital+Centre.jpg

They called themselves a family, because that's what it was like. Employees of the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland worked together during spectacular entertainment and sports events: Metallica, Elton John, the Bullets, Ali. But the employees always felt like the iconic building was more than just a venue. "It was a family. It was actually fun to go to work," said Catherine Klase-Markey. Now, a decade and a half after the Cap Centre was demolished, the "family" is getting back together for a reunion. News4's Mark Segraves reports.

<![CDATA[School Buses at Montgomery County Depot Burn; One Destroyed]]> Sat, 20 May 2017 07:33:21 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/school+bus+fire2.jpg

A school bus was destroyed and several other buses were damaged after a fire in a Montgomery County bus depot shortly after midnight Saturday.

The fire occurred at the Crabbs Branch bus depot, according to spokesmen with the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service. They said it appeared one bus caught fire, and the flames damaged the other buses.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. There were no injuries.

Photo Credit: Pete Piringer, @mcfrspio]]>
<![CDATA[Northwest DC Road Heavily Damaged by Water Main Break]]> Sat, 20 May 2017 07:52:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2017-05-17_1736_001.jpg

Repair work continues on a heavily used road in northwest Washington that was damaged by a water main break on Wednesday.

Officials said the 30-inch water main along MacArthur Boulevard between Q and Elliot streets. Water flooded the road and created a sinkhole.

Crews replaced the pipe Thursday night and spent Friday filling the hole with dirt. The road remains closed as repairs continue.

Photo Credit: @DCWater]]>
<![CDATA[DC Water Launches Two New Skimmer Boats]]> Sat, 20 May 2017 08:54:22 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018843464_1200x675_948664387756.jpg

Nearly 500 tons of trash is pulled out of the Potomac and Anacostia rivers each year, and that’s just in the D.C. parts of those rivers. Officials said most of that trash and debris comes from up river in Maryland and Virginia. News 4’s Mark Segraves had a chance to go out on one of the new skimmer boats that collects all that trash.

<![CDATA[Young Student Gets Grad Degree Before High School Graduation]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 14:20:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20170518+Young+Grad3.jpg

It started with flash cards.

Stephanie Mui, 17, remembers practicing on the cards with her dad. "He taught me addition, multiplication, subtraction," she said.

That was in preschool. By first grade, she had moved on to algebra.

By second, geometry.

On Saturday, the Virginia teen will receive her Master of Science degree in mathematics from George Mason University. Next stop is New York University, where she will pursue a PhD. 

Perhaps most remarkable? She's done it all while simultaneously attending high school. She will graduate from Oakton High School next month.

Mui started taking college courses at Northern Virginia Community College after fifth grade. By age 13 she earned her Associates degree. Last summer, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, from George Mason, and then got started on her Master's.

"It’s just life to me," she said. "Everybody else may see it as weird. But, you know, it’s just life."

Mui said she strives to live a balanced life and keeping a close relationship with her friends from elementary school.

"I like going to movies, I like swimming, you know, just doing normal stuff," Mui said.

Her dean agrees. 

"Her incredible poise and demeanor and intellect are all balanced," said Tracy Dean, assistant dean of the George Mason University College of Science. "She’s extremely bright, knows what she wants and is really fearless.”

Mui says she doesn't see herself as a "genius" and stays humble by comparing her accomplishments to those who have done "great things." Asked what advice she has for other young people, Mui said "Don’t give up and always look at the end goal."

"Everyone makes mistakes sometimes; I’ve made a lot," Stephanie said. "So yeah, just keep going."

Photo Credit: NBC Washington]]>
<![CDATA[Woman Sentenced for Leaving Disabled Man in Car]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 23:51:00 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Family_Cerebral_Palsy.jpg

Brett Campbell has cerebral palsy and was locked in a hot car last summer while his caregiver strolled the mall, ate lunch and visited a hair salon, prosecutors say. His family tells News4's Meagan Fitzgerald they want her prison sentence to send a strong message about the rights of disabled people.

<![CDATA[2017 Preakness Stakes: How to Watch Anywhere]]> Sat, 20 May 2017 13:11:54 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17137818364144.jpg

The 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes is on Saturday, beginning at 6:48 p.m. ET on NBC4.

Coverage of the race kicks off at 5 p.m. ET, and you can watch it all live at home or on the go via NBC Live. Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming is the favorite to win the second leg of the Triple Crown.

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<![CDATA[Artist Aims to Challenge People in Power With Projections]]> Sat, 20 May 2017 00:34:23 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Trump+Projection.jpg

One D.C. artist is gaining popularity after projecting pictures, phrases and hashtags about President Donald Trump and other powerful Republicans onto buildings in the nation's capital.

Robin Bell cast two major displays over D.C. this week. Thurday's was on the Department of Justice building, aimed at Attorney General Jeff Sessions. On Monday, Bell lit up the entrance to Trump International Hotel with the words "Pay Trump Bribes Here" and "Emoluments Welcome."

He uses a projector and computer program to create modern messages that he says meld art and protest.

"We're trying to process the information just like the viewer," he said. "We're trying to understand what's going on. So, I don't see a separation between politics and art."

Bell spoke with lawyers and experts about the legality of his art. According to police, it's not a form of trespassing. 

While the Trump administration is the focus of his current projects, he did similar displays about former President Barack Obama when he was in office. He said he was fully prepared to create protest art about Hillary Clinton had she been elected.

"It's a whole institution. It's a whole system and in order for it to work, we have to look at corruption and we have to look at the issues that affect everybody," he said.

Bell said the response he's gotten has been overwhelmingly positive and has sparked a dialogue.

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