<![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 Tue, 26 May 2015 23:53:41 -0400 Tue, 26 May 2015 23:53:41 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Cost to Park in D.C. Increasing]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 23:40:42 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010625202_1200x675_452066371622.jpg D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser's budget proposal includes an increase in taxes on parking lots and garages, but Council Chairman Phil Mendelson wants to raise the price of parking tickets and change the hours on parking meters so in some neighborhoods you'd be feeding the meter until midnight. The council will pick one of those options in a budget vote Wednesday. Shomari Stone reports.]]> <![CDATA[Fairfax Co. Police Believe 19 Burglaries Related]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 23:34:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/209*120/0927-fairfax-county-police-generic.jpg

Police in Fairfax County, Virginia, believe a string of 19 burglaries could be related.

The break-ins occurred over the past few months — some in broad daylight -- with half of them in the West Springfield/Fairfax Station area. Seven of the targeted homes are in the same subdivision off Ox Road. The houses bear other similarities as well; most have long driveways and back up to wooded areas.

While the specifics of each crime differentiate, every single burglary was costly. The thieves focus on fine jewelry and flatware. In just one home, they stole $110,000 worth of those goods.

Aragorn Smith lost over $35,000 when his house was broken into, but he said the monetary losses aren’t what’s most upsetting.

“They headed straight for our silver, that’s what sucks,” Smith said. “Great-Grandma brought it over on her lap on the boat … We can’t even get that [now]."

Police said they are trying to figure out who’s behind these crimes, but at the moment they don’t have any sort of suspect description.

<![CDATA[Several National Zoo Animal Cameras Going Offline]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 23:38:44 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/169*120/National+Zoo+Clouded+Leopard+Cub+1.jpg

Don't worry, panda fans, your Bao Bao cam isn't going anywhere.

In a few days, five of the National Zoo’s animal cameras will be going offline indefinitely. You’ll no longer be able to watch the fisher cat, orangutans, clouded leopard, otters and naked mole rats from the comforts of your own computer.

The software for those cameras simply isn’t working anymore, so their live streams must stop, zoo officials said. However, the lion cam, elephant cam and uber-popular Panda cam are not affected by the software issues.

The zoo said it is exploring new technology and funding so it can expand its online animal cams in the future.

No word on how the animals feel about losing even more of their limelight to Bao Bao.

Photo Credit: Smithsonian Institution]]>
<![CDATA[Ad Featuring Prophet Muhammad Submitted to Metro]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 23:10:00 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Generic+Metro+722+x+406.jpg

A group behind some controversial ad campaigns wants to plaster an image of the Prophet Muhammad on the side of Metrobuses and in train stations.

The poster-size ads in Metro stations and in Metrobus shelters are a form of paid advertising that a conservative group, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, wants to pay to have the winner of an event billed as a "Prophet Muhammad caricature contest" featured here.

That is the same event where in Texas earlier this month, two men who linked themselves to ISIS on social media opened fire and were, in turn, killed by a security officer.

"We believe it is a First Amendment issue,” said Pamela Geller of the American Freedom Defense Initiative.

Metro riders News4 spoke with had mixed opinions about the idea.

"I know it is a First Amendment issue, but I also know pictures of the Prophet Muhammad are considered disrespectful to Muslims,” one rider said.

"The First Amendment is absolute,” another said.

"We are aware that an ad has been submitted,” Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said in a statement. “It is going through a review process and has not yet been approved for our system."

The same group was able to get another poster seen as offensive to Muslims on Metro in 2012.

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<![CDATA[Recent Charges Against Police in Prince George's Co.]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 21:12:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010624104_1200x675_452004419619.jpg Prince George's County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins reviews some of the cases in the past six months involving police officers charged with crimes.]]> <![CDATA[Once Dangerous Road Transformed in Fairfax County]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 21:02:50 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010624483_1200x675_451951171545.jpg The new four-lane Stringfellow Road opens between Routes 50 and 29 in Chantilly, Virginia.]]> <![CDATA[D.C. Teens Work Out Emotional Trauma Through Special Arts Therapy Program]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 20:34:30 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010623780_1200x675_451919427790.jpg In the District, a special arts program is helping teens work out emotional trauma. Fly By Light uses music, drama and art to give students a greater sense of value. As News4's Zachary Kiesch reports, a new documentary is now getting their message to the masses.]]> <![CDATA[Hot Talk: Dancing Man's Last Laugh]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 20:30:29 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP220575147169.jpg Hot 99.5's Kane on a dancing man's last laugh and putting your eagle eye to good use.]]> <![CDATA[Parking Changes Could Come to Several D.C. Neighborhoods]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 21:15:27 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_180586001.jpg

Parking is about to get more expensive in the district — but it remains to be seen whether it's the cost of on-street parking or private lots that will go up.

The D.C. Council will decide Wednesday between Mayor Muriel Bowser's proposal to raise some taxes or the council chairman's plan to extend hours for parking meters. Either option will make it more expensive to park in the district.

Bowser wants to raise the sales tax to six percent just like it is in Maryland and Northern Virginia. She also wants to raise the tax on parking lots and garages.

"We believe that we have put together a fair and balanced budget that addresses the priorities of the residents of the District of Columbia," Bowser said.

Several members of the D.C. Council are against raising taxes. Instead of raising sales and parking taxes, on Tuesday, Chairman Phil Mendelson proposed extending the hours parking meters are in effect in areas like Adams Morgan, Georgetown and the downtown business district.

Mendelson also wants to increase the cost of all parking tickets issued in D.C. by $5.

"Our revenues are growing by hundreds of millions of dollars a year; we don't need to be raising taxes and in fact the recommendation that the council's considering doesn't require us to raise taxes," Mendelson said.

The council will vote Wednesday on which proposal becomes law. Fiscal watchdogs say either choice is good news for the district's less fortunate.

"More money for things that are important to D.C. residents, like affordable housing, homeless services and assistance to crime victims, that's all great news," said Ed Lazeer of the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute.

Parking changes are coming to the following neighborhoods:

  • Adams Morgan
  • Georgetown Historic District
  • Penn Quarter/Chinatown
  • U Street NW Corridor
  • Downtown Central Business District
  • Maine Avenue and Water Street SW
  • The National Mall
  • Wisconsin Avenue NW (from Van Ness Street to Western Avenue)

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<![CDATA[Victim Knocked Out, Robbed of $1]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 22:30:02 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Southeast+DC+Stron-Arm+Robbery+051725.jpg

D.C. police are looking for a man who knocked another man out with one punch in an apparent robbery May 17 in Southeast.

About 5:45 p.m. that Sunday, a man in a red shirt exchanged words with the 63-year-old victim in the 2900 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE. (WARNING: Some may find the surveillance video below disturbing.)

Surveillance video from nearby Petey Greene Community Center shows the man in a red shirt punch the 63-year-old victim, dropping him to the ground. He stepped away from the motionless victim before returning, bending over him, and apparently going through his pockets and taking a dollar.

Several other people seen in the video did nothing to intervene or assist the victim.

Anyone with information about the case should call police at 202-727-9099 or by texting the tip to 50411.

Photo Credit: Metropolitan Police Department
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<![CDATA[7-Year-Old Virginia Girl Drowns Despite Rescue Efforts]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 21:08:54 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Fatmata+Effey+Kamara.jpg

A northern Virginia family is mourning a 7-year-old girl who drowned in a Lorton swimming pool Monday.

Fatmata Kamara, known as Effey, spent Memorial Day at the Lorton Station community pool with friends. About 4 p.m. her mother, Aminata Porter, was called to the pool.

Effey didn’t know how to swim and somehow wound up underwater.

Romy Hopper, a military spouse trained in CPR who was at the pool with her husband and children, helped the lifeguard and another mother pull Effey from the water and try to resuscitate her.

“I wanted so badly to save her,” she said.

Paramedics took over and took the Lorton Station Elementary School second-grader to a hospital, but they could not revive her.

“They tried, they did their best, but it wasn’t enough,” Effey’s mother said.

Police said they don’t see anything suspicious about the drowning.

Hopper created a GoFundMe to help the family with funeral expenses for Effey.

<![CDATA[Lucky Day! $2,000 Tip on $93 Bill]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 16:44:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20150526+Big+Tip.jpg

The staff at one D.C. restaurant received a big surprise this weekend -- a $2,000 tip on a $93 bill.

A customer at Blue 44 in Chevy Chase visited the restaurant on Monday to pick up a few quarts of gumbo, the staff said. When bartender Laura Dally told the regular his order would be free, he not only paid his bill, he left an extra $2,000.

The customer -- who asked not to be named -- scrawled out on the bill that he wanted the chef to have $1,000, Dally to get $500 and owner Chris Nardelli to get the remaining $500.

"We gave them a couple quarts of gumbo on the house after their meal, but never expected anything like this," Nardelli said in a statement.

Blue 44, at 5507 Connecticut Ave. NW, opened in April 2011.

<![CDATA[7 Things You May Not Know About Drowning]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 16:59:01 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_205910293.jpg

Summer isn't really summer until that first splash in a pool -- but it can also be a dangerous time for both kids and adults.

Drowning is the leading cause of death among children ages 1 through 4 and 47 percent of drownings happen at residential pools, reports PoolSafely.gov. In 2014, five children younger than 15 drowned in Virginia; four children in drowned in Maryland.

Here's what you may not know about drowning:

1. When someone is drowning, it's nothing like what's depicted in dramatic movies.

In most cases of drowning, there is no splashing, yelling, waving or calls for help. "Drowning is silent," says the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Most drowning people freeze as a physiological response; it's called the Instinctive Drowning Response. Most of the time, someone drowning holds their arms extended out to either side, keeps their mouths barely touching the surface of the water, and remains upright in the water. Someone who's drowning may not be able to swim toward help or reach out to grab something. Other signs of drowning include hyperventilating or gasping, unresponsive eyes and failed attempts to swim in a particular direction.

These responses only last between 20 to 60 seconds before the person submerges, so drowning is quick and silent. For more signs of what drowning really looks like, read through this chilling and informative Slate article

2. If you find someone drowning or if you yourself are drowning, remember: Flip, Float, Follow.

This "three F" guide is the "stop, drop and roll" of water safety. First, it's key to remain calm, especially when in the water. Next, attempt to flip over onto your back so you can more easily float in the water. Staying upright in the water will only last so long, but laying horizontally in the water will help you follow the currents and move along with the water.

If you are able to follow the currents, float over to a safe ledge or someone who can help. If you are too tired to swim or are having difficulty moving, signal for help. Because you are on your back, it should be easier to move your arms and use your voice.

Teach children these instructions as soon as they're old enough to understand, and review the steps frequently with them.

3. If you pull someone from the water, quickly find someone who can perform CPR if you can't.

You should always find someone who is is CPR-certified, such as a lifeguard. If you're curious about the basics yourself, review this CPR guide from Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services.

The best option is if you are prepared for these emergencies, especially if you have a private pool or are visiting one. Make sure whoever is supervising your children at the pool this summer is equipped with CPR training and a fully charged phone.

4. Don't assume anyone is safe because they can swim.

Adults -- even those who are experienced swimmers -- are susceptible to drowning, so don't assume someone is safe. A quarter of all drowning victims have had swimming lessons, according to the Virginia Department of Heath.

Also, don't rely solely on flotation devices to protect your child, as "floaties" or "swimmies" can slide off, lose air or change position. Supervision is the best prevention. Always keep an eye on your children and other children at the pool.

5. If you lose track of someone, always check the pool first.

In cases of drowning, many people lose time looking for the victim anywhere but in the pool. Even if your child was not supposed to be in the pool, they could have found a way in. Always check the pool first, because checking the rest of the surrounding area first takes up valuable time.

6. Always drain all liquid containers after use.

From the bathtub to the sink, always make sure large containers or basins of water in your home are fully drained. If a child is bathing in the tub or the sink, supervise them throughout the process.

Drowning is quiet and sudden, so one "quick" trip to another room to grab something can never be quick enough. Always have everything you'll need for your child's bath ahead of time.

7. If you have a pool in your backyard, put up a barrier.

To minimize the risk of your child -- or a visitor's child or a young neighbor -- from entering the pool without permission, get a fence with a latch to surround your pool.

Fences should be at least 5 feet tall. Self-closing or self-latching gates that open outward are recommended, according to the CPSC. Just as you keep dangerous poisons away from a child's reach, pools without supervision should be out of reach, too.

<![CDATA[Local Kids Compete in Scripps National Spelling Bee]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 17:04:28 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/494519419-%281%29.jpg

A dozen local kids are sweating it out at the Scripps National Spelling Bee this week. These young competitors won't have to travel far -- the bee is happening right at Maryland's National Harbor.

More than 285 contestants from across the country took the bee's preliminary test Tuesday, with preliminary rounds beginning Wednesday. Semifinals are set for Thursday morning, with Championship Finals that night.

Read on to see whom to root for this week:


Julia Weinrod, 11
Weinrod is a 5th grader at Horace Mann Elementary School.


William John Phillips Rogers, 14
Rogers, of Annapolis, is an 8th grader at St. Mary's Elementary School.

Raffae Aman Chowdhury, 11
Chowdhury, of Clarksburg, is a 6th grader at Rocky Hill Middle School

Lauren A. Smith, 11
Smith, of Jessup, is a 6th grader at Bethel Christian Academy.

Selomi G. Dayaprema, 12
Dayaprema, of Frederick, is a 7th grader at Urbana Middle School.

Jan Lemoel Lomahan, 13
Lomahan, of Hagerstown, is an 8th grader at Heritage Academy.

Tamya Michelle Matthews, 13
Matthews, of Clinton, is an 8th grader at Mt. Calvary Catholic School.

Craig Storm, 13
Storm, of Waldorf, is a 7th grader at Mattawoman Middle School.


Jessie Ditton, 14
Ditton, of Stafford, is a homeschooled 8th grader.

Shiv Dang Lamba, 14
Lamba, of Centreville, is an 8th grader at Loudoun Country Day School.

Ankita Vadiala, 13
Vadiala, of Manassas, is an 8th grader at Stonewall Middle School.

Trisha Balakrishnan, 11
Balakrishnan, of Fairfax, is a 6th grader at Greenbriar West Elementary School.

And there's a lot at stake -- the champion will earn:

  • a $30,000 cash prize from Scripps
  • a $5,000 cash prize from Words With Friends
  • a $2,500 U.S. savings bond and a complete reference library from Merriam-Webster
  • $1,100 of reference works from Encyclopædia Britannica and a 3-year membership to Britannica Online Premium
  • the Scripps National Spelling Bee engraved trophy

Finalists will also win cash prizes and medals, and semifinalists will win $500 gift cards and medals.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Police Search for Teen Girl, 3-Week-Old Son]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 13:57:28 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/elexis+kirby.jpg

Montgomery County police are searching for a missing Gaithersburg teen and her 3-week-old son. 

Elexis Lynn Kirby, 17, was last seen Sunday leaving the area of Quince Orchard Boulevard  with her son. 

Kirby is 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighs 170 pounds and has brown eyes. Investigators says she may be wearing her black hair in braids. She was last seen wearing black pants and a black shirt. 

Her son, Zamor Kirby, is biracial and was last seen wearing a onesie. 

Investigators say Elexis Kirby has been in contact with a family member via text message, but she has not said where she is located. 

Elexis is known to frequent shopping centers in the area of Montrose Parkway and Rockville Pike in Rockville. 

If you have seen Elexis Kirby and her son, call police at 301-279-8000.

<![CDATA[Officer, Mother Charged in Fatal Shooting Outside McDonald's]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 21:17:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/MCDONALDS+SHOOTING+SUSPECTS+CONWAY.jpg

An off-duty police officer and his mother have been charged with murder in connection with a deadly double shooting in the parking lot of a McDonald's in Waldorf, Maryland, that authorities say stemmed from a custody dispute involving the officer's children. The victims were the children's mother and her new husband.

Richard Conway, 26, a Prince George's County police officer, was arrested at his mother's home Monday night. He has been charged with murder of 25-year-old Robert Michael Mange and the shooting of Mange's 24-year-old wife, Prince George's County Police Chief Mark Magaw said in a statement Tuesday.

Conway is the second person charged in the case. Last week, authorities charged his mother, 51-year-old Caroline Conway, with the murder of Mange, and the attempted murder of Mange's wife. The wife had a prior relationship with Richard Conway.

The Charles County Sheriff's Office says that although it was Caroline Conway who fired the weapon, her son participated in the crime before and after the shootings. Investigators say the motive appears to be an ongoing child custody dispute between Richard Conway and the female victim. 

On the evening of May 20, the victims drove from Virginia to the McDonald's in the 11000 block of Mall Circle to pick up the wife's two young children. The children had been staying with Caroline Conway, who is the grandmother of one of the children.

Caroline Conway allegedly got into the couple's car and shot Mange, according to the Charles County Sheriff's Office. Her son took her there but stayed in the car with his children, News4's Chris Gordon reported.

"Miss Conway produced a handgun and shot the male victim, Mr. Mange," Charles County Sheriff's Office Capt. Stephen Slavas said. "The female victim tried to flee the vehicle. As a result, Miss Conway, the shooter, shot the female victim in the back."

Both victims were taken to an area hospital, where Mange died. The woman is expected to survive, authorities said.

After the shooting, investigators found ammunition consistent with a .40 caliber handgun, the same weapon issued to Prince George's County Police officers.

The gun used in the shooting has not been recovered. Detectives are looking into the possibility that Conway's service weapon was used in the crime.

The charging document against Officer Conway says his mother told a witness she shot the mother of Conway's children with his service weapon and that he sent text messages to Mange's wife as if nothing had happened though he knew she was shot.

Richard Conway has been with the Prince George's County Police Department for three years. He has been suspended without pay, Magaw said.

<![CDATA[Special Olympics Torch Run Kicks Off in D.C.]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 06:54:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/203*120/2015-05-26_0654.png Crowds are gathering on the National Mall to kick off the torch run for the Special Olympics. After the lighting, the Special Olympics torch will begin a long journey west. News4's Kristin Wright is at the ceremony this morning and has more on what's happening. ]]> <![CDATA[Woman Fatally Struck by Tractor Trailer on Beltway]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 07:20:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/215*120/beltway+fatal+crash.jpg

A woman was struck and killed by a tractor trailer on the Inner Loop of the Beltway Tuesday morning. 

Maryland State Police say the victim was struck just south of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway in Greenbelt at about 4:30 a.m. Investigators are trying to figure out whether the woman was inside a car near the scene before she was struck. 

The woman's name has not been released. 

Police say a second person at the scene may have been inside the car with the woman.

The driver of the tractor trailer remained on the scene.  

Two right lanes were closed for slightly more than two hours ahead of the morning rush. Both lanes are now open.

<![CDATA[Father of Boy Found Dead in Swing Wanted Custody]]> Mon, 25 May 2015 23:36:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Wills+Memorial+Park+Swings+052215.jpg

The father of a 3-year-old boy found dead in a park swing last week, just days after the father filed for sole custody, wonders if the legal system is to blame.

James Lee said he went to court before his son Ji-Aire was found dead while being pushed in the swing by his mother. Lee was concerned the mother, Romechia Simms, was suffering from mental illness. He said he did not want to keep Ji-Aire’s mother out of his life forever; he just wanted her to get help. He believed he was the better parent at the time. A judge disagreed.

“He deemed her, at that moment, a fit parent,” Lee said. “I'm not saying she isn't, but in this situation, he just didn't pay attention to the signs."

Soon after, Simms took Ji-Aire to a motel in Waldorf, near where her mother lives. Two days before Ji-Aire was found dead, Simms called Lee, telling him he needed to pick her and their son up immediately. But by the time he was done with work, Simms stopped answering Lee’s calls. On Friday, Simms’ mother called Lee, telling him his son was dead.

“It came out of nowhere for me,” Lee said.

On Monday, an autopsy for Ji-Aire was completed, but no cause of death was determined. Police are working to establish a timeline of the days before Ji-Aire’s death, Charles County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Diane Richardson said. They believe Simms may have pushed Ji-Aire in the La Plata park swing for hours before they were discovered.

Lee thinks things could’ve turned out differently had the court granted him sole custody. But the system is designed to benefit mothers, not the fitter parent, he said.

“Women get slapped on the wrist,” he said. “Men get grinded into dog meat.”

Simms has been hospitalized since Friday. Ji-Aire’s death remains under investigation.

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<![CDATA[Memorial Day Remembrances Continue Into Night]]> Mon, 25 May 2015 23:13:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010608793_1200x675_451182659869.jpg A day of remembrance turned to night on the National Mall but didn't turn away the crowds paying their respects on Memorial Day. Jackie Bensen reports.]]> <![CDATA[Teen Shot in Head Over Video Game Relearning to Talk, Walk]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 14:54:22 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Turan+and+His+Mother.jpg

A Maryland teenager shot in the head by a friend in January over a video game argument is relearning how to walk, talk and understand his mother.

Doctors had to remove half of Turan Caudle’s skull after the shooting. The 17-year-old can only respond to questions with one-word answers.

“He was in ICU,” his mother Sherita Caudle said. “The doctors said he wouldn't make it through that night. If he did make it, he wouldn't be able to walk and talk.”

Delano Dunmore, 16, shot Turan and another friend inside Dunmore's house in Clinton, Maryland, over an argument about a video game, investigators said. He allegedly turned the gun on himself, as well. He and the other teen also survived.

“I never could imagine that could happen with them just playing a video game,” Turan’s mother said.

All three of the teens were on the Frederick Douglass High School football team and the won the Division II state championships a few weeks before the shooting.

Delano was facing attempted murder charges as an adult, but Sherita Caudle said the charge has been downgraded to assault. He's awaiting trial.

Sherita Caudle drives her son from Upper Marlboro to a rehabilitation center in Baltimore every day. A GoFundMe page has been created to help with the medical expenses.

Photo Credit: Shomari Stone, NBCWashington]]>
<![CDATA[Several Events Mark Memorial Day Across Northern Virginia]]> Mon, 25 May 2015 22:23:01 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010607586_1200x675_451150403660.jpg All across northern Virginia, communities reflected on those killed in the line of duty. Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey checked out several events.]]> <![CDATA[PGCPS Board Member Opposes Property Tax Increase to Fund Schools]]> Mon, 25 May 2015 21:18:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Prince+Georges+County+Public+Schools+Board+of+Education+2015.jpg

A Prince George’s County Public School Board member opposed to a property tax hike to raise money for schools was ordered to cancel a town hall meeting where he would have heard from voters about the issue.

“I got an email from the board chair saying I could not host a town hall,” Ed Burroughs said.

Burroughs was not in attendance when the board voted to increase its budget and said he does not support the way the county is proposing it gets done.

"Our issue is managing the resources we do have, and throwing money at the problem is not going to fix it," he said.

County Executive Rushern Baker is asking the County Council to pass a 15.6 percent increase in property taxes yielding $104.9 million per year. All of that money would go to education.

It would cost owners of $200,000 homes $300 more per year in taxes.

School Board Chair Segun Eubanks said while he didn’t say Burroughs couldn’t host a town hall, he did say Burroughs couldn’t use school resources to do it since the board agreed to support its budget regardless of how it’s funded.

"Any board member can speak as a board member about any issue they would like, but they are not allowed to use board resources to contradict the board on an official position," Eubanks said.

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<![CDATA[Upbeat Parade Helps Preserve Patriotic Tradition in Falls Church]]> Mon, 25 May 2015 20:10:26 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010608257_1200x675_451072067635.jpg Across northern Virginia on Memorial Day, the observances range from the very festive to the solemn. News4's Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey reports from Falls Church where even an upbeat parade can help perserve a patriotic tradition.]]> <![CDATA[Residents Concerned About Motorcyle Safety After Fatal Crash]]> Mon, 25 May 2015 20:04:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010608130_1200x675_451060291949.jpg Residents in Hyattsville say they are concerned about motorcycle safety after a young boy was killed Saturday. Transportation Reporter Adam Tuss reports.]]> <![CDATA[Crowds Honor Those Who've Sacrificed for Country at Memorial Day Parade]]> Mon, 25 May 2015 19:58:37 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010608177_1200x675_451060291711.jpg Crowds lined up along the Memorial Day Parade route to honor those who've served and sacrificed for the country. Zachary Kiesch reports.]]> <![CDATA[Montgomery County Airport Safety Changes on Hold]]> Mon, 25 May 2015 19:47:21 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010608171_1200x675_451056707971.jpg Six months after a plane crashed into a home killing six people, safety changes at Montgomery County Airport are on hold indefinitely. Scott MacFarlane reports.]]> <![CDATA[Woman Says D.C. Drug Court Saved Her Life]]> Mon, 25 May 2015 18:22:18 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010607336_1200x675_451047491763.jpg DC Court graduates get a second change at life. News4's Mark Segraves reports.]]> <![CDATA[Warning About Deck Safety]]> Mon, 25 May 2015 18:13:18 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010608014_1200x675_451045955597.jpg How do you know if your deck is in good enough shape to host your guests? Consumer Reporter Erika Gonzalez has a warning.]]> <![CDATA[Tips for Safe Grilling]]> Mon, 25 May 2015 18:11:45 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010607915_1200x675_451040835822.jpg A lot of folks are firing up the grill for Memorial Day, but before you start, the Department of Agriculture has a few safety tips to keep in mind. Chris Lawrence reports.]]> <![CDATA[Boy Rescued From Swimming Pool]]> Mon, 25 May 2015 18:10:35 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010607987_1200x675_451043907557.jpg A 7-year-old boy is doing well after being rescued from a swimming pool in Rockville Monday afternoon. Shomari Stone reports.]]> <![CDATA[Opposing Soldiers in Vietnam Form Friendship Decades Later]]> Mon, 25 May 2015 18:05:24 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010603877_1200x675_451034691703.jpg News4's Chris Gordon has the story of two men from opposite sides of the Vietnam War who formed an unusual friendship.]]> <![CDATA[Keeping Your Deck Safe This Summer Season]]> Mon, 25 May 2015 14:48:51 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/203*120/2015-05-25_1445.png

They're meant for relaxing and grilling outside, but when it comes to safety, not all decks measure up. 

Just over a year ago, a group plummeted towards the ground after the deck they were standing on gave way in Indiana. 

But there are some ways to make sure your deck is safe to use. 

Every May, Montgomery County residents can call 311 or 240-777-0311 to receive a free deck inspection. In Alexandria, homeowners can call 703-838-4900 to request an automated inspection. 

Prince George's County inspectors only inspect newly built decks or deck additions. 

Follow the links below for more deck safety information:

<![CDATA[FBI Investigating Aviation Threat: Md. State Police]]> Mon, 25 May 2015 13:39:58 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/police-lights-shutterstock_542372567.jpg

Maryland State Police say they received an anonymous call threatening commercial aviation Monday morning. 

The call came in to the Maryland State Police McHenry Barrack in Garrett County just after 6:30 a.m. Officials say the caller made a bomb threat involving commercial aviation. 

The FBI and the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center were notified and will be investigating the call. 

No further information has been released. 

The FBI says they are unaware of any specific threats to flights out of Reagan National Airport, Dulles International Airport and Baltimore-Washington International Airport. 

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<![CDATA[Bank Robber Claimed to Have Bomb: Police]]> Mon, 25 May 2015 13:29:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/hyattsville+bank+robbery.jpg

 A man claiming to have a bomb robbed a Hyattsville, Maryland, bank last week. 

Investigators say the man walked into the Capital One on Annapolis Road with a box under his arm just before 5 p.m. Friday. The bank robber passed the teller a note demanded money. The note also indicated that the box contained a bomb. 

The suspect took the money and left the bank, leaving the box behind. 

The Prince George's County bomb squad x-rayed the box and found nothing. 

No one was injured during the robbery. 

Anyone with information that can help police is asked to call the FBI's Baltimore office at 410-265-8080.