<![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 Sat, 04 Jul 2015 18:53:00 -0400 Sat, 04 Jul 2015 18:53:00 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[DMV Fireworks Finder: 2015 Edition]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 07:42:01 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_225814846.jpg

There are plenty of places for DMV residents to see fireworks on the Fourth of July. Whether you take a trip to the National Mall to see the monuments light up, or find a viewing spot close to home, the point is, you've got options... a lot of them:


Of course, the National Mall starts off our list -- how could it not? With the perfect patriotic backdrop, the Mall is dishing up a day of patriotic events. 

  • Smithsonian Folklife Festival: National Mall between 3rd and 4th streets NW, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. The annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival highlights different cultures each year. This time, it's putting Peru in the spotlight, featuring food, music, vendors, demonstrations and more.
  • National Independence Day Parade: Constitution Avenue NW from 7th to 17th streets NW, 11:45 a.m.-2 p.m. Watch as marching bands, fife and drum corps, floats, military units and more parade down Constitution to celebrate America.
  • United States Air Force Band Concert: Sylvan Theater, Washington Monument Grounds, 6-9:09 p.m. Max Impact, billed as the U.S. Air Force Band's premiere rock band, is set to perform patriotic tunes, rock and country hits and more in advance of the fireworks, the National Park Service says.
  • A Capitol Fourth Concert: U.S. Capitol West Lawn, 8-9:30 p.m. The fireworks will also be preceded by the Capitol Fourth concert, featuring Barry Manilow, Alabama, Nicole Scherzinger, the National Symphony Orchestra and more. Go early for a good spot!
  • Fireworks on the Mall: 9:09-9:27 p.m.



Marching bands, fire engines (and of course, fireworks) are all there for your enjoyment at Annapolis City Dock (160 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis). The parade will head down West Street starting at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks 9:15 p.m.


Hear the live contemporary sounds of the United States Navy Band Cruiser at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater (201 E Pratt St., Baltimore) and let yourself be dazzled by fireworks choreographed to festive music. Music 7 p.m.; fireworks 9:30 p.m. 

College Park:

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to the University of Maryland (7965 Baltimore Ave.) and cool off as the sun sets with some all-American treats such as hamburgers, hot dogs and more. Fireworks 9 p.m.


Bobby and the Believers will perform for free at the Germantown Soccerplex (18041 Central Park Circle, Boyds), leading up to the fireworks. Music 7 p.m.; fireworks 9:15 p.m.

Chesapeake Region:

At Chesapeake Beach (8200 Bayside Road), enjoy some of the most exquisite fireworks in the region, right over the Chesapeake Bay. You'll find a number of vantage points for your viewing pleasure. Fireworks 9:20 p.m.


The Columbia Lakefront (10221 Wincopin Circle) is the perfect place for family, fun and fireworks. Stretch out on the lawn and enjoy this lakefront view of the show. Fireworks at dusk. 

Deep Creek Lake:

Escape the city and watch fireworks dance in the dark western Maryland sky. Visit Marsh Mountain at Wisp Resort (296 Marsh Hill Road) for this unique viewing experience. Fireworks 9:30 p.m.


Head up for a community drum circle Buddy Attick Lake Park (555 Crescent Road). Bring a picnic, walk the trail, or enjoy the playground; just be sure to find a good viewing spot for the fireworks. Music 5:30 p.m.; fireworks 9 p.m.


It's an all-day affair at Granville Gude Park (8300 Mulberry St., Laurel) starting with a parade in the morning and ending with the fireworks at night. And there's plenty of fun in between, including the horseshoe contest and the annual hot dog eating contest, just to name a couple. Parade 9 a.m.; fireworks 9:15 p.m.

Ocean City:

Head out to the Ocean City Boardwalk to see eight minutes of red, white and blue lights over the ocean. A free concert will precede the fireworks. Concert 8 p.m.; fireworks 10 p.m.

Prince George's County: 

  • Six Flags Amusement Park will hold its fireworks shows on Friday, July 3, Saturday, July 4 and Sunday, July 6 at 9:30 p.m.


Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park (King Farm) will showcase three performances on two stages before the fireworks begin, plus an appearance by the Mayor and Council of Rockville. Performances 7-9 p.m.; fireworks 9:15 pm.

Solomon's Island:

Get your red, white and blue attire and head to the Solomon's Island river walk at noon to see a parade of boats with patriotic decor. Catch the fireworks when the sun goes down. Parade at noon; fireworks 9:15 p.m.

Takoma Park:

Take part in this historic event as Takoma Park celebrates its 126th annual Independence Day celebration at Takoma Park Middle School (7611 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring). Enjoy a marimba band, a gymnastics performance and raffle prizes leading up to the show. Evening events 7 p.m.; fireworks 9:30 p.m.



Enjoy the sounds of the United States Air Force Band and the sights of fireworks behind the backdrop of the Air Force Memorial (1 Air Force Memorial Drive). You'll be watching the National Mall's fireworks from a distance at this event, but the view will still be excellent. Concert 8 p.m.


It's a joint birthday party for Alexandria and America on Saturday, July 11 at Oronoco Bay Park (100 Madison St.). Catch a concert by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra and a fireworks display. Plus, there will be plenty of birthday cake to go around. Concert 8:30 p.m.; fireworks 9:30 p.m.


This July 4 celebration is a full-day affair in Fairfax, starting with an Independence Day parade in the morning and ending with live music and fireworks at Fairfax High School (3501 Rebel Run). Parade 10 a.m.; music 7 p.m.; fireworks 9:30 p.m.

Falls Church:

Join the city of Falls Church for an Independence Day party complete with live music and fireworks at George Mason High School (7124 Leesburg Pike).Concert 7 p.m.; fireworks 9:20 p.m.


The town of Herndon will ring in America's birthday during a night packed with patriotism, featuring games, face painting, bingo, live music and, of course, a fireworks show. You'll find it all at Bready Park (814 Ferndale Ave.). Games and crafts 7 p.m.; concert 7:15 p.m.; fireworks 9:30 p.m.


Throw back to revolutionary times with July 4 in Historic Downtown Leesburg. From a morning parade to a country performance by Harley Boone to a fireworks show, there's plenty to do on Independence Day at Ida Lee Park (60 Ida Lee Drive NW). Parade 10 a.m.; concert 6:30 p.m.; fireworks 9:30 p.m.


Celebrate July 4 with an all-American party in downtown Manassas, featuring rides for kids, food vendors, live music and a fireworks display on the historic Manassas Museum lawn (9101 Prince William St.). Rides 3 p.m.; food and live entertainment 4 p.m.; fireworks 9:15 p.m.


Make the holiday sparkle with McLean's fireworks show at Cooper Middle School (977 Balls Hill Road). Shuttle buses will be available from St. John's Lutheran Church (on Douglass Street and Georgetown Pike) and the McLean Community Center. Gates open 8 p.m.; fireworks 9:15 p.m.

Mount Vernon (no fireworks):

Why not meet George and Martha Washington on the Fourth? Mount Vernon (3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway), the historic estate of the first first couple, will offer activities all day, including a naturalization ceremony for 100 new citizens, military re-enactments, daytime fireworks and more. Just be warned: This is one event without fireworks. $17 for adults; $9 for kids ages 6-11; free for kids younger than 5. Activities 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


Stretch out the festivities by celebrating all day at Lake Fairfax Park (1400 Fairfax Drive) in Reston. Spend the day at the park before the evening fireworks display and a performance by the Hard to Tell Band. Park opens 7 a.m.; carousel and boat rides 11 a.m.; puppet shows 3 p.m.; fireworks 9:15 p.m.


Vienna hosts a two-day celebration on the Third and Fourth. On July 3, you'll find a live concert featuring Fat Chance and a fireworks celebration with spectator seating in Yeonas Park (1319 Ross Drive) and Southside Park (1315 Ross Drive). On July 4, there's a full day celebration including live music, barbecue, moon bounces and a chili dog eating contest at the Vienna Town Green (144 Maple Ave. E.). Festival 12-6 p.m.; concert 7 p.m.; fireworks 9 p.m.


At Colonial Williamsburg, enjoy a reading of the Declaration of Independence, live music and a performance of the musical "1776," all in a patriotic setting. Musical 4 p.m.; fireworks 9:10 p.m. 

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<![CDATA[Man Found Stabbed to Death at NoMa Metro Station]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 18:44:28 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/216*120/2015-07-04_1658.png

Metropolitan police said a man was found dead at the NoMa-Gallaudet Metro station Saturday afternoon.

Police said the victim was stabbed and died at the scene. The victim’s identity has not been released.

Investigators said they are looking for a black man with dark complexion, wearing blue jeans, black shoes and glasses. They said he was wearing a blue shirt with writing or an emblem on the left side of the chest and wearing a bandana.

Police said the suspect was also carrying a red and black backpack.

<![CDATA[Getting Around on July 4: Road Closures, Metro Tips]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 15:05:47 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_56647909.jpg

Numerous road closures -- as well as some memorial closures -- will be in effect on Independence Day. Public transportation, walking and biking are great options if you're trying to get around, especially since many D.C. streets will be shut down.

Metro Info

Metro will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. Trains will run on the Saturday schedule until 2 p.m.; rush-hour service levels will ramp up before and after the fireworks. Rush hour fares may apply.

Metro says bicycles and large coolers are not permitted on trains because of large expected crowds.

Riders should consider stations other than the Smithsonian and Federal Triangle stations, since they have the heaviest load of passengers each Fourth of July. While the Smithsonian station will be open all day, after 9:30 p.m. it will become entrance-only.

In additionally, the area of the National Mall surrounding the Smithsonian station is closed due to construction, so would-be fireworkers viewers won't find a viewing spot there.

Remember to load up your SmarTrip or farecard in advance of July 4, so you won't have to wait in long lines to refill your card. See more July 4 Metro info here.

Metrobus and Circulator Info

On both Friday and Saturday, Metrobuses will run on their Saturday schedules. On July 4, expect detours around the National Mall. Metro Bus routes 30N, 30S, 32, 36, 39, 52, 54 and 74 all operate along the perimeter of the Mall at various locations.

The D.C. Circulator's National Mall route will not be running due to security reasons.


Cyclists can find a free "self-parking" bike area at 14th and 15th streets on Indenpendence Avenue SW.


Text 888777 with the message "july4dc" to receive updates on crowds, security alerts and more from the National Park Service.

Road Closures

If you must drive, be aware of that the following streets will be off-limits to vehicles Saturday, July 4:

Closed from 6 a.m. until approximately 10 p.m.:

  • Arlington Memorial Bridge and Arlington Memorial Circle on the Virginia end, to and including Lincoln Memorial Circle in the District
  • Rock Creek Parkway south of Virginia Avenue NW to Lincoln Memorial Circle, including all approaches and ramps
  • Parkway Drive from Rock Creek Parkway to Lincoln Memorial Circle
  • Henry Bacon Drive NW
  • Daniel Chester French Drive SW
  • Lincoln Memorial Circle and all approaches and ramps into and out of Lincoln Memorial Circle, including Henry Bacon Drive N, Daniel Chester French Drive SW, 23rd Street NW and 23rd Street SW
  • Ramp from Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Bridge to Constitution Avenue NW and Independence Avenue SW and Ohio Drive SW; all inbound traffic from the bridge will be directed to the E Street Expressway
  • Constitution Avenue NW from 23rd Street NW to 14th Street NW
  • 7th Street NW from Constitution Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • 4th Street NW from Constitution Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • 15th Street NW from E Street NW south to Raoul Wallenberg Place SW
  • 17th Street, NW from E Street NW south to Independence Avenue SW
  • 18th Street NW between Constitution Avenue NW and Virginia Avenue NW
  • 19th Street NW from Constitution Avenue NW to C Street NW
  • 20th Street NW from Constitution Avenue NW to C Street NW
  • 21st Street NW from Constitution Avenue NW to C Street NW
  • 22nd Street NW from Constitution Avenue NW to C Street NW
  • Virginia Avenue NW from Constitution Avenue NW to 18th Street NW
  • C Street NW from 17th Street NW to 18th Street NW
  • D Street NW from 17th Street NW to 18th Street NW
  • Raoul Wallenberg Place SW to Maine Avenue SW
  • Independence Avenue SW from 14th Street SW to 23rd Street SW, including merge with Rock Creek Parkway
  • Madison Drive NW from 15th Street NW to 3rd Street NW Jefferson Drive SW from 15th Street SW to 3rd Street SW
  • Ohio Drive, SW from the Inlet Bridge to Independence Avenue SW
  • West Basin Drive SW from Ohio Drive SW to Independence Avenue SW
  • East Basin Drive SW east of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial to Ohio Drive SW
  • Ramp from southbound and northbound George Washington Memorial Parkway to Memorial Avenue/Circle
  • Ramp from northbound Va. Route 110 to Memorial Avenue

Closed from 11 a.m. until approximately 10 p.m.:

  • 3rd Street from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Maryland Avenue SW
  • Constitution Avenue NW from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to 14th Street NW
  • 14th Street NW from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • Right lane of northbound George Washington Memorial Parkway from the 14th Street Bridge to Theodore Roosevelt Island

Closed from 3 p.m. until approximately 12 a.m. on Sunday, July 5:

  • Eastbound U.S. Route 50 ramps to the George Washington Memorial Parkway and roads in the immediate area of U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial;
  • Southbound George Washington Memorial Parkway ramp to 14th Street Bridge (9 p.m.-9:45 p.m. as necessary)
  • Northbound George Washington Memorial Parkway ramp to 14th Street Bridge (9 p.m.-9:45 p.m. as necessary)

Other July 4 Closures

  • The Washington Monument will be closed.
  • The World War II Memorial will close at 4 p.m. as part of the fireworks safety zone, the NPS says. Cleanup will begin immediately after the fireworks, and the memorial will reopen as soon as cleanup is done.
  • The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial will have limited access after 8 p.m.; the public won't be able to enter from the Independence Avenue side after 8 p.m. You will be able to access the memorial from West Basin and Ohio drives.
  • The paddle boats at the Tidal Basin will be closed.
  • Big Bus Tours will not operate on the Mall.
  • The D.C. Circulator's National Mall route will not run.
  • East Potomac Golf Course will close at 3:30 p.m.
  • East Potomac Tennis Center will close at 3 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Police Coax Out Man Under Bay Bridge]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 13:46:48 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Chesapeake+Bay+Bridge+shutterstock_191102915.jpg

A man was discovered hanging from the side of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Saturday afternoon.

WTOP reported police found the man below the east span of the Bay Bridge and blocked the right lane. They said the man was about 120 feet above the water.

WTOP reported police were able to coax the person to the top of the bridge and took him into custody. The man has not been identified.

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<![CDATA[Free SoberRides for the Fourth of July]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 07:57:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_237584965+%281%29.jpg

SoberRides are available for free this Fourth of July through the Washington Regional Alcohol Program.

Call SoberRide at 1-800-200-TAXI(8294). Free rides home are available up to a $30 fare from 10 p.m. Saturday until 4 a.m. Sunday.

You must be 21 or older to use the SoberRide system.

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<![CDATA[Investigator Killed in World Police Games Crash Honored at Vigil]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 23:40:21 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/070215+Investigator+Carlos+Silva.jpg

Fighting tears at a vigil Friday evening, teammates remembered a police investigator from Brazil who was killed in a bicycle collision at the World Police and Fire Games Thursday.

Thousands of miles from his home in Brazil, 48-year-old Carlos Silva, a member of the Civil Police of the Federal District of Brazil, died about 5 p.m. Thursday.

Organizers crafted a service of solemn dignity and honor for Silva Friday. Teammates and others were brought to tears as a recording of Brazil's national anthem played. Chaplains from the Fairfax County fire and police departments offered words of comfort.

"He loved what he do. He loved to be here. He loved to train. And most of all he loved his career and his daughter," Investigator Alexander Manzan said at a press conference Thursday night. Manzan traveled to the Games from Brazil with Silva.

Silva's body was transported from Inova Fairfax Hospital about 10 p.m. by an honor guard by the Fairfax County Police Department. He is survived by his 13-year-old daughter.

Two other riders were in critical condition after the devastating crash -- a 43-year-old man and a 44-year-old man, police said.

"Investigator Silva and our two other officers are our everyday heroes," Fairfax County Police Chief Lt. Col. Edwin C. Roessler Jr. said, with a black ribbon pinned to his uniform.

A rider in a cycling time trial blew a front tire on a downhill portion of the course in Prince William Forest Park about 12:30 p.m., police said. The rider lost control of the bike on Scenic Drive near Turkey Run Road and crashed, causing a chain reaction, police said. The cyclists were wearing the proper safety gear, police said.

Members of the Prince William and Fairfax fire departments immediately helped the victims, along with two off-duty Fairfax County police officers. 

"We are deeply saddened that an athlete participating in the World Police and Fire Games passed away today at the cycling event in Prince William County," Michael Graham, prseident of the World Police and Fire Games Federation and others said in a joint statement. "Two other athletes are severely injured. Please join us as we keep these athletes, their families and friends in our thoughts and prayers during this tragic and challenging time."

The cycling road race event was scheduled to last from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. Events for the remainder of Thursday were canceled.

The World Police and Fire Games have brought 12,000 first responders from 70 countries to events in the capital area. The 10-day event began June 26 and is scheduled to end with a closing ceremony July 5.

The accident comes a day after the Wall Street Journal released an in-depth and telling story on the dangers of downhill cycling.

Carlos Silva's Biography:

Carlos Eugenio Reino da Silva, “Geno”, was born on April 10th, 1967, in Brasilia, the federal capital of Brazil. He received a degree in Geography and Law. In 1990, Geno entered the Civil Police Service of the Federal District, and was a Supervisor of Special Operations of the Civil Police. Geno is survived by his 13 year old daughter, Leticia Bittes Reino, whom he loved very much. His love extended to his relatives who still live in Brazil. Leticia and Geno were best friends and enjoyed traveling together. People who knew him would describe him as young at heart, amazing person, and a wonderful human being. He was always happy and had a very contagious smile, which could be the origin of his other nickname “DENTINHO”, which means “small teeth”. Geno was an athlete and always enjoyed an adventure. Some of the adventures led Geno to competing in the Ironman and Xterra competitions. Geno was not only devoted to his friends and family, but also to his religion. His favorite saint, Saint Rita De Cascia, was known to be a patroness for abused wives and heartbroken women. This suited the profession he chose to help the people of the community. We have all been touched in some way by this loss. Whether we have lost a brother in uniform, a father, or a friend; in speaking with the people close to him it is clear that this world has lost a great person. Geno has left this world far too soon but he is now with his parents in heaven, watching over all.

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<![CDATA[Md. Customers Get Water After Main Repair]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 07:40:24 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011054395_1200x675_476304451590.jpg

The Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works said all customers should have water again after a main break early Sunday morning.

Crews started fixing the break near the Little Patuxent River about 3 a.m.

WTOP reported before 9 p.m. that Anne Arundel County officials acknowledged no everyone’s water is back on.

About 30,000 people were without water Friday.

<![CDATA[Parents Petition for Full Military Academy at Forestville High]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 22:40:44 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/forestville+fight.jpg

Some parents and students in the Forestville High School community say recent changes may be the cause of violent attacks there this year, and they want the school to go back to a full military academy.

Charmaine Scarlett, a Temple University student who graduated from Forestville High in 2014, said it was just a military academy when she was a freshman but changed in 2013.

The school opened to neighborhood children to increase dwindling enrollment, a Prince George’s County Public Schools spokesman said. As it stands, the school’s building is still underused.

Military academy students dress and act like military personnel while regular students have school uniforms and a more relaxed structure. Some call that a distraction.

Teacher Marq King told News4 he’s noticed a deterioration in the atmosphere of the school since the change.

Hundreds of parents are petitioning to have the school return to a full military academy.

<![CDATA[Body Found in Anacostia River]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 22:12:20 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Generic+DC+Police+Lights+Close+Up+Generic.jpg

D.C. police are investigating after the discovery of a body in the Anacostia River underneath the Benning Road Bridge Friday morning.

The decedent has not been identified but is described as a 20-30-year-old black man, police said.

The Harbor Unit recovered the body in the 2600 block of Benning Road NE.

The Officer of the Chief Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death, police said.

The investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information about this case should call the police at (202) 727-9099. Anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.

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<![CDATA[Water Trickles Back on After Massive Main Break]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 21:07:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011054395_1200x675_476304451590.jpg News4's Meagan Fitzgerald reports on how the water main break impacted local businesses.]]> <![CDATA[Loudoun Fast-Tracks Safety Improvements for W & OD Trail]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 20:59:52 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011054475_1200x675_476276291881.jpg Loudoun supervisors approve safety upgrades for W & OD Trail at Sterling Boulevard.]]> <![CDATA[People Line Up for a Look at Declaration of Independence]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 20:45:42 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Declaration+of+Independence+at+National+Archives.jpg People line up at the National Archives for a look at the Declaration of Independence. News4’s Zachary Kiesch reports.

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<![CDATA[New 'Beach' Installed at National Building Museum]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 20:25:26 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/National+Building+Museum+Beach.jpg Forget the sunscreen! You can now enjoy a day at the beach -- inside! The National Building Museum built a "beach" using one million plastic balls. Tom Sherwood reports.

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<![CDATA[Missing Tenn. Girl Seen in Va.]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 20:17:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Benjamin+Shook.jpg

Federal authorities are offering a reward for information on the location of a missing 14-year-old Tennessee girl who is believed to be with a wanted sex offender.

The U.S. Marshals Service said it is offering a reward of up to $5,000 in the search for Hayleigh Wilson, who was last seen with 41-year-old Benjamin Shook.

Marshals in Tennessee also want Shook for failure to register as a sex offender.

Witnesses reported seeing Wilson with Shook on June 24 near a campground in Sugar Grove, Virginia, where a driver dropped them off after picking them up earlier. Marshals believe the girl met Shook online.

Anyone with information on Wilson's or Shook's whereabouts is urged to contact the nearest U.S. Marshals Service office or call 1-800-336-0102.

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<![CDATA[Howard Grad's Life Was Changed by Brutal Beating]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 19:48:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Victor+Ehienulo.jpg Victor Ehienulo is going to work for Microsoft after graduating from Howard University's business school, but his future didn't look so promising before a brutal beating changed his life. Aaron Gilchrist has his story.]]> <![CDATA[Fourth of July Traffic, Parking and Metro Service]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 17:35:25 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011050498_1200x675_476177475965.jpg Traffic Reporter Melissa Mollet previews the holiday weekend's traffic and transit.]]> <![CDATA[Ministry Furnishes New Home of Family Displaced by Fire]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 21:05:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Carlins+and+Muhanyis.jpg

After living almost a month without a place to call home, a Fairfax family of 13 is all moved into its new space.

News4 has tracked the Muhanyis' journey from fire victims to house guests to their newly furnished home.

Shortly after the fire in mid-June, a local Marine family, the Carlins, opened its doors and made room for Pastory Muhanyi, his wife Alphonsine and their 11 children.

This past week they finally signed the lease on a new rental home, allowing them to move out of the Carlins' home.

However, the fire didn’t spare any furniture.

That’s where Gracing Spaces came in to help.

The group, a ministry of Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Clifton, Virginia, furnishes homes of needy families across northern Virginia.

A couple of times a week, more than two dozen volunteers load up donated furniture.

Friday, after they sweat, they prayed together, then headed out to change the Muhanyi family’s life, the transformation from house to home now underway.

“We’ve made one little step for them,” said Kathie Baumgart, a Gracing Spaces co-founder.

Curtis and Mitzi Carlin also spent much of their day helping the family for which they’ve already done so much.

Even the children’s school principal, Barbara Dalmut, lent a hand.

Then there’s 8-year-old Dylan Holt, who carried his weight and more. It was the fifth home he’s helped furnish this year.

“To help people and be nice,” Dylan said. “It makes me feel good that we’re giving people who don’t have furniture and stuff like that (deep sigh) a new home.”

“People are so generous,” Pastory Muhanyi remarked.

Pastory, a refugee from genocide, had one more thing to hang for the house to really be home.

“Before everything is done in the house, that flag has to be there. Only one flag, the United States of America flag,” he said.

Perfect timing to celebrate Independence Day.

Gracing Spaces has furnished 146 homes in northern Virginia this year alone.

To make a donation to help the Muhanyi family, click here.

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<![CDATA[Md. Woman Charged With Giving Children Marijuana]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 13:37:49 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Cassidy+Tabitha+.jpg

A Maryland woman was arrested Friday morning after police say she gave marijuana to several children, ranging in age from 6 to 14,

Officers were called to a home in Lexington Park at about 1:30 a.m. to check on the welfare of several children. Someone told police that Tabitha Cassidy gave marijuana to several children at a birthday party at the home. 

Police say Cassidy, 45, gave marijuana to three teenagers and a 6-year-old child. She allegedly tried to teach the youngest child how to inhale marijuana through a smoking device. 

She has been charged with four counts each of second degree child abuse, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and possession of marijuana. She is being held on no bond at the St. Mary's County Detention Center. 

<![CDATA[Selfie-Snapping Thief Sought in Phone Theft]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 12:27:01 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/selfie+theft.jpg

The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office is working to identify a man who stole a woman's cell phone and used the device to take pictures of himself. 

Authorities say the woman dropped her phone in the parking lot of the Early Bird restaurant on Mervall Dean Road on June 29 at about 2:30 p.m. When she returned to the area a short time later, the phone was already gone. 

According to investigators, the person who took the phone has been using it to take selfies. 

Anyone with information that can help deputies solve this case should call 301-475-3333.

<![CDATA[Man, 22, Fatally Shot in Alexandria]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 22:24:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/216*120/shakkan+elliot+tibbs.jpg

Alexandria Police are investigating the city's first homicide of the year. 

Officers were called to the 700 block of N. Fayette Street just after 11:30 p.m. for a report of a shooting. 

When they arrived, they found 22-year-old Shakkan Elliot-Tibbs of Woodbridge suffering from a gunshot wound. Elliot-Tibbs was transported to an area hospital, where he later died. 

Elliot-Tibbs had been hanging out with a cousin and was on his way to Metro to meet his mother at the Springfield station and continue home to Woodbridge together. His mother, Linda Tibbs, told News4 her son was very protective of her.

His girlfriend said Elliot-Tibbs planned to finish school, marry her and start a family.

No arrests have been made. 

Police believe there were witnesses to the shooting. Anyone with information that can help police is asked to call 703-746-6689.

<![CDATA[Fourth of July Travel Risks Are Up]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 23:47:48 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011042249_1200x675_475589699992.jpg Low gas prices, drinking and driving, and possible rain make a dangerous combination for Fourth of July travelers.The National Safety Council predicts about 400 people nationwide will be killed on the road during the Fourth of July weekend -- the highest number since July 4, 2008. News4's Shomari Stone reports.]]> <![CDATA[Fake Valet Swindles Man With Disability Parking Pass]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 22:39:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/070215+valet+victim.jpg

A man heading to a hotel in Arlington, Virginia thought he was leaving his car with the hotel's valet service -- but a phony valet driver disappeared with his vehicle.

Louis Wolf was heading to a lunchtime meeting Wednesday afternoon at the Courtyard Marriott in Crystal City, but he couldn't find any parking nearby. He walks using a prosthetic leg and wanted to park close to the door.

He noticed a man standing near the entrance of the hotel at 2899 Jefferson Davis Highway.

"I said, 'Are you a valet parking person?' And he said 'Yes,'" Wolf said Thursday. "I said, 'Well, how much is it?' He said, '$15.'"

Perhaps feeling a twinge of guilt, the man told Wolf he could pay him later. Wolf handed over the keys to his black Toyota Prius and tipped the man $5.

He returned to retrieve his car a couple hours later.

“I don’t see him anywhere. I don’t see my car. And it all becomes clear to me real quick," Wolf said.

The hotel's front desk told him they don't offer valet service.

Wolf -- a baseball fan whose red prosthetic leg is printed with the Washington Nationals logo -- said he's kicking himself.

“I’m disappointed in myself for not realizing. But I’m also sad because that car my late wife and I bought new," he said.

A legit valet at a business nearby advised drivers only to use services where claim tickets are handed out, prices are printed and workers wear uniforms.

Now out of a car, his disability parking pass and his prescription glasses, Wolf had these words for the phony valet:

"You weren’t what you said you were, were ya?"

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<![CDATA[Georgia Avenue Reopens After Water Main Break]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 22:21:42 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2015-07-01_13271.jpg

Water gushed into homes, streets and businesses on a busy stretch of Wheaton, Maryland Wednesday afternoon after a 68-year-old water main burst -- and crews worked for more than a day to reopen Georgia Avenue.

Southbound lanes of Georgia Avenue near Shorefield Road in Wheaton had reopened by 10 p.m. Thursday, 33 hours after a water main break flooded streets with about 2.5 million gallons of water, according to the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission. That's the equivalent of almost four Olympic-size swimming pools.

"What a difference a day makes," the WSSC tweeted

Crews repaired the water main overnight Thursday, but a large hole was still in the roadway early Thursday morning. The southbound lanes of Georgia Avenue were closed between Shorefield Road and Arcola Avenue. All traffic was using the northbound lanes.

"We are hopeful at this point it will be open by the morning," WSSC spokeswoman Lyn Riggins said late Thursday. "We're going to do the best we can. There is a lot of damage to the road." 

The water main break occurred on Georgia Avenue between Shorefield Road and Henderson Avenue about 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission.

One home with six people inside was evacuated as nearly knee-deep water rushed inside. Dr. Wajeed Khan was in his Georgia Avenue office when the water seeped indoors.

"It was truly was like the Mississippi River on both sides of the building, and like Lake Michigan in my office," he said.

The same section of Georgia Avenue flooded two previous times in the past year, Khan and Roger Ramirez, a resident of the flooded home, said.

"This is a classic example of aging infrastructure. When an older pipe like this breaks, we're putting a Band-Aid on it," Riggins said as workers worked to repair the pipe Wednesday evening.

The utility company plans to replace the pipe -- which was installed when Harry Truman was president -- "in the coming months," Riggins said.

WSSC will honor all claims for damage caused by the water main break, the company said.

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<![CDATA[Group Behind Ads Showing Prophet Muhammad Sues Metro]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 21:39:22 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_413603_metro_train_double.jpg

The group that sought to plaster images of the Prophet Muhammad on Washington, D.C., public transportation has sued the Transit Authority on charges it violated the group's First Amendment rights by refusing to post the ads.

Metro banned all political ads after the American Freedom Defense Initiative submitted an image of Muhammad to run as an advertisement on D.C. buses and train stations.

Pamela Geller, founder of AFDI, submitted the "Support Free Speech" ad depicting the winning entry of the controversial "Draw Mohammad" contest to the D.C. Metro Authority. The May event led to a deadly shooting in Garland, Texas.

"Running and hiding is no strategy in a war. Operation Fetal Position is a recipe for disaster," Geller said Thursday in a statement. 

AFDI has run controversial ads on subways and buses in other cities across the country as well — among them Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco. In 2012, they were able to get another poster deemed offensive to Muslims on D.C.’s Metro.

The group is listed as an anti-Muslim hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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<![CDATA[Ex-DC Police Officer Sentenced for Money Laundering]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 19:09:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/police_lights_1273673_shutterstock.jpg

A former Metropolitan Police Department detective was sentenced to 15 months in prison Thursday after using money from a drug conspiracy to buy cars and a motorcycle.

Stephanie Ellison, 51, faces a money laundering charge after pleading guilty March 31 with her accomplice Raymond Proctor, 47, prosecutors said.

Proctor was sentenced April 29 to 63 months in prison on drug conspiracy and money laundering charges.

In 2011 and 2013, Ellison conspired with Proctor to purchase a Maserati, a BMW, and a Harley Davidson motorcycle with drug proceeds in order to conceal the nature, source and ownership of the drug money, prosecutors said.

The cars were titled under Ellison’s name, although Proctor used the cars.

In 2010, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Metropolitan Police Department and the Charles County Sheriff’s Department began an investigation.

During the investigation, Proctor sold almost 418 grams of heroin to multiple undercover agents in exchange for cash and export-only cigarettes.

Ellison pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments, while Proctor pleaded guilty to to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin and one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments.

As part of her plea agreement, Ellison also agreed to the forfeiture of interest in various jewelry items; $5,000 in cash found on Dec. 11, 2012, inside a safe at her residence; the Maserati; the BMW; the Harley Davidson motorcycle; and $47,835 as entry of the forfeiture money judgment.

Additionally, Proctor was ordered to pay a money judgment of $47,835 as forfeiture for the money laundering conspiracy and $41,800 for the narcotics conspiracy.

Ellison, who was arrested in October 2013, had been an MPD officer since 1986. 

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<![CDATA[VRE Sees Drop in Revenue]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 21:39:02 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20131018+VRE+Trains.jpg

Fares are up but revenue is down on the Virginia Railway Express.

Fare revenue for March and April, the last two reported months, was off by about $150,000.

"People are trying to save money,” said Bryan Jungwirth, of VRE. “We have seen a switch from monthly passes to more 10-ride tickets."

The agency suspects a federal transit benefit to government workers that was cut from $235 per month to $130 per month may also be a factor, Jungwirth said.

Still despite the event setbacks, VRE said it is making improvements and riders are on board. A new station is set to open in Spotsylvania this summer and VRE hopes to double ridership by 2040.

<![CDATA[Emergency Response Improvements Since 2013 Navy Yard Shooting]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 20:12:44 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011041597_1200x675_475407939777.jpg Since the 2013 Navy yard shooting, D.C. police and first-responders have greatly improved how they handle emergency situations. News4 I-Team's Scott MacFarlane reports.]]> <![CDATA[Dale City Looks to Create a "Downtown" Area]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 20:08:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011041541_1200x675_475401283877.jpg Planners are looking to create a "downtown" area for Dale City.]]> <![CDATA[Police Officer Sentenced for Assaulting Student]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 20:09:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/wilkins_PGPD_survelliance.jpg

A Prince George's County police officer has been sentenced to 60 days of home detention Thursday for assaulting a student.

County Police Officer Charles Pickard was found guilty of second degree second degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment after he struck a Suitland High School student in November 2013.

"I thought he was somebody I could run to and talk to when problems [were] going on," Reginald Jacobs, the assault victim, said. 

Pickard worked as a school resource officer at Suitland High School when he approached a student in the hallway. During the incident, Pickard removed his gun belt and placed it on the floor near a crowded hallway as students were being dismissed.

“Anybody could have picked up his weapon, baton or oc spray really creating danger not only for himself but for everyone in that school,” John Erzen, a spokesman for the Prince George’s State Attorney’s Office said.

Pickard punched the student and placed him under arrest. A survelliance video in the hallway captured  the entire encounter. After an internal review of Pickard’s conduct, he was brought to the State’s Attorney’s Office by Prince George’s County Police.

“While we are pleased that Officer Pickard is being held accountable for his actions, we feel that his reckless behavior... was worthy of active incarceration and we are disappointed that he will not serve jail time in this case,” Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said.

However, the Prince George’s county courtroom was half filled with people calling him a great man and mentor.

“It was just stupid and it was something that was an aberration… I’m sure you’ll do the right thing by him," Prince George’s County Court Judge Hassan El-Amin, who was once Pickard’s next door neighbor, said. 

"No one is going to argue with all the good he’s done in the community and the students he’s helped, that’s not in question. On this particular day and with this incident officer Pickard was not protecting anyone he was not helping anyone," Erzen said. 

Additionally, Pickard will have to perform 100 hours of community service and three years of supervised probation. He was ordered to turn himself in and begin his home detention on July 14th.

<![CDATA[Possible Trump Hotels Credit Card Breach]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:29:47 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/trumpsmile.jpg Trump Hotels is launching a "thorough investigation" into a possible credit card breach. News4's Erika Gonzalez reports.

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<![CDATA[Federal Government Investigates Airline Ticket Prices]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:14:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/107846319.jpg The federal government is launching an investigation into whether or not four major airlines have been conspiring together to increase ticket prices. News4's Erika Gonzalez reports.

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<![CDATA[Dominic Adesanya, White House Fence Jumper, Sentenced]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 17:22:49 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Dominic_Adesanya_courtroom_sketch_sentencing.jpg

A Maryland man was sentenced to time served Thursday after climbing the White House fence in October, 2014 and running through the North Lawn.

Dominic Adesanya, 23, formerly of Bel Air, Md., also was sentenced to one year of supervised release. He must stay away from facilities under the Secret Service’s protection, including the White House, prosecutors said.

He was arrested on the White House grounds on Oct. 22, 2014. He pleaded guilty on April 17 to a charge of entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds.

After crossing the North Lawn, he was taken down by Secret Service officers and K-9 units and briefly hospitalized after suffering dog bites to his arms, back, chest and knee.

Additionally, Adesanya jumped the White House fence twice in July 2014 and is still facing charges from those prior cases, according to online court records.

He has a previous unlawful entry charge at the White House on July 27 and allegedly assaulted police officers while trying to enter the U.S. Treasury building July 30.

Adesanya's attorney, Jonathan Jeffress, has said his client was suffering from schizophrenia, according to the Associated Press.

Wednesday, crews began installing sharp metal spikes on the White House fence in an effort to improve security and prevent would-be intruders from climbing over the fence.

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<![CDATA[Child Severely Beaten for Taking Birthday Cake]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 16:59:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/070215+Robert+Leroy+Wilson.jpg

A boy is in critical condition after his mother's boyfriend handcuffed him and beat him severely because he was angry the child took a piece of birthday cake, police say.

The juvenile was attacked Tuesday on the 500 block of Lynnehaven Drive, the Hagerstown Police Department said Thursday.

Police were called to the scene Tuesday afternoon after an adult in the home called 911.

When paramedics arrived on the scene, they were turned away by the victim's mother, according to police. She told him the child was simply "congested," police said.

First-responders were called back to the scene about 10:40 p.m. after the child stopped breathing. Officials found him unconscious, unresponsive and not breathing. He had bruises and cuts all over his body, police said.

Officials said the juvenile had been handcuffed and then beaten by his mother's boyfriend, Robert Leroy Wilson. The accused attacker was angry the child had eaten a piece of birthday cake without his permission earlier in the day.

The child was taken to Children's National Medical Center in D.C. because of the severity of his injuries.

Wilson was arrested and has been charged with child abuse, reckless endangerment, and first- and second-degree assault, police said. He is being held at Washington County Detention Center on $600,000 bond.

The victim is just 9 years old, according to WJLA, which was first to report the story. The little boy is not expected to live, a prosecutor said in court Thursday, WJLA reported.

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<![CDATA[Bowie Md. Firefighter Remains Hospitalized After Battling Fire]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:43:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_269827886.jpg

A Bowie, Maryland, firefighter remains hospitalized after suffering a medical emergency while battling a house fire Wednesday.

Prince George’s County firefighters went to a house fire on the 16200 block of Pointer Ridge Drive about 7 p.m. and found smoke and a fire in the kitchen.

After the fire was put out, a 22-year-old volunteer firefighter stated he felt ill, possibly from fatigue and dehydration, the fire department said.

He was transported to a nearby hospital and admitted overnight for additional tests and treatment. He is reported to be in good condition.

Firefighters said food cooking on the stove was the cause of the fire, which is the leading cause of fires and fire related injuries in Prince George’s County and the country, according to the fire department.

The Red Cross assisted the resident in finding temporary shelter.

Firefighters were unable to rescue the four cats inside the house. One pet was found deceased and the others were not located.

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<![CDATA[Metro Fires Four Bus Operators for Violating Cellphone Policy]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:27:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/metrobus+Pennsylvania+Avenue.jpg

Four Metrobus operators were fired in 2014 for violating the transit agency's cellphone policy while operating a bus.

According to information obtained through a public access to records request, the violations were spread out from April through December. In December, two operators were fired.

The incidents happened in these four locations:

  • Northbound 495 at the New Carrollton exit
  • Lindsey Drive and Oregon Ave NW
  • Chesapeake Street, SE
  • South Dakota Ave. and Sargent Rd NE

Metro has had a zero tolerance cellphone policy since 2009.

In 2012, eight bus operators and one train operator were fired for violating the policy.

"Our position is one is one too many," Metro spokesman Dan Stessel wrote in an email. "All buses are equipped with DriveCam that films both the operator and inside, as well as out the front windshield -- so we know immediately if distracted driving was a factor in a crash."

No train operators were fired for violating the no tolerance cellphone policy in 2014.

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<![CDATA[Md. Man Used Selfie Stick to Record Woman ]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:45:04 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_246499726.jpg

A Bethesda man has been accused of using a selfie stick to record videos of a woman who lived above him, according to Montgomery County Police. 

Donald F. Beard, 60, allegedly recorded the videos through a window using a camera attached to a long, metal pole. Police say Beard continued this behavior for more than a year.

Detectives found 16 videos of the woman, including one clip showing her naked, on Beard’s electronic devices.

He told police he wanted to collect evidence of the woman’s affairs with married men, so he could tell their wives, according to court documents.

Beard is facing four charges, including using a camera to record a private residence.

In a statement to The Washington Post, Beard's attorney Stanley J. Reed said his client will not plead guilty.

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<![CDATA[All Clear Given at Washington Navy Yard]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 20:23:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/220*120/2015-07-02_0810.jpg

U.S. Capitol Police have given the all clear at the Washington Navy Yard after the report of a shooting Thursday morning, triggered vivid memories of a 2013 deadly mass shooting at the naval installation. 

D.C. police said a woman called from inside a Navy Yard building to report that she might have heard sounds of gunshots around 7:20 a.m. However, investigators found no sign of a shooting, a shooter or anyone injured.

“We don’t believe that it was a malicious hoax or incident like that,” D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said during a press conference Thursday morning. 

Lanier added that the employee was doing what she was supposed to do. 

After receiving the call, authorities converged on the area and searched each building one-by-one. 

One of the buildings searched was the Humphreys Building, which was the sight of a deadly mass shooting nearly two years ago. The building was formerly known as Building 197.

The naval installation was placed on lockdown and employees were told to shelter in place. 

"It was pretty much like the first time. There were lots of people running for the exits, running for shelter, a lot of confusion," said Lt. Commander Scott Williams, who was inside the building when Thursday's incident was reported. 

A number of roads were closed in the area as authorities completed their investigations. A nearby elementary school was also placed on lockdown for a short time.  

On Sept. 16, 2013, 12 civilians were killed and four others injured during a mass shooting at Building 197. The gunman, Aaron Alexis, was killed by police. Alexis was a civilian contractor and former Navy reservist who suffered from mental health problems.

It was the second-deadliest rampage on an American military base, after the Fort Hood shootings in Texas in 2009.

The building reopened in February after extensive renovations.

Counselors and chaplains will be provided to any Navy Yard employees who need to speak with someone. 

The Navy Yard, in southeast Washington, is the country's oldest naval installation.

Stay with News4 on-air and online for more on this developing story. 

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