<![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, 25 Apr 2015 02:56:34 -0400 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 02:56:34 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Man Gets 16 Years for Child Porn]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:25:50 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tlmd_police_generic_police_tape_police_lights_fishtown.jpg

An Arlington man will spend the next 16 years of his life in jail for producing and possessing child pornography.

On Friday, 29-year-old Patrick Joseph Friedel was sentenced after originally pleading guilty in January. Friedel met five young teenagers online and exchanged sexually explicit images with them. According to court documents, Friedel sent the teenagers pictures of other minors engaged in sexual activity. He also threatened the teenagers, saying he would post images online and tell parents about their activities.

In addition to his online contact, Friedel met with one of the teenage girls three times and engaged in inappropriate sexual activity with her. He took pictures and videos of this encounter, “including depictions of violent acts.”

Homeland Security and the Fairfax county police department helped investigate the case. Friedel will spend 129 months in prison for his crimes, followed by 10 years of probation.

<![CDATA[Frederick Authorities Seeking Info on 1989 Death]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:11:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/frederick+1989+man.jpg

Frederick authorities are looking for information to help discover the identity of a man who died 26 years ago.

Skeletal remains were found in 1989 on Right Hand Fork Road at the Watershed in Frederick. The sheriff's office said the remains appear to be a man between 25 and 40 years old. They said he likely died between November 1988 and July 1989.

A Baltimore forensic artist recently drew a recreation of the person's face based on the shape of the skull.

The Frederick County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who has information to call 301-600-1046.

Photo Credit: Frederick County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Is the Apple Watch Worth It?]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 23:55:27 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010260348_1200x675_434180163741.jpg Thousands of people have already shelled out for the Apple Watch. But is it worth it? Consumer Reports is already putting the much-hyped smartwatch to the test and our Consumer Reporter Erika Gonzalez has the initial results.]]> <![CDATA[First-Ever Safety Summit Gathers in Reston]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 23:30:47 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010260181_1200x675_434078275973.jpg Police from Northern Virginia meet with each other and with citizens to strategize safety for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.]]> <![CDATA[Celebrities Descend on D.C. for Correspondents Dinner]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 22:35:41 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/An+Evening+With+John+Legend+042415+471012330.jpg

On the eve of the White House Correspondents Dinner, celebrities and journalists poured into town.

It's become a three-day affair with 10 parties Friday night, the dinner and seven parties before and after that Saturday night, and several brunches Sunday.

Singer John Legend attended a big bash held by Politico Friday night at the Longview Gallery, kicking off the weekend with a live performance and a panel discussion on civil rights. His wife, model Chrissy Teigan, was on hand for the invitation-only event.

The toughest ticket of course is the dinner itself – 26,000 seats at 260 tables. About 1,200 requests for the $3,000 tickets have been turned away.

Some big names expected to attend are Donald Trump, Jane Fonda, “Walking Dead” cast members and stars of Washington-themed shows like “Scandal,” “Veep” and “House of Cards.”

So, if you're out and about this weekend, you never know who you might spot at a restaurant, hotel, coffee shop or clothing store.

<![CDATA[Fairfax Co. Schools Consider Protections for Transgender Students]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:54:35 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Charlie+Cranford+Teague.jpg

Charlie Cranford Teague feels respected and accepted at South Lakes High School. Now, the gender-fluid teen from Reston, Virginia wants the same respect for transgender and gender-fluid students throughout Fairfax County schools.

"No one's entitled to take away my rights based on who I am," said Charlie, 16, who identifies as a girl and a boy. "I am not confused. I am not going through a phase."

Charlie attended the Fairfax County School Board meeting last night, where the board heard public comment on a proposal to add gender identity to the district's non-discrimination policy. That policy already included age, race, national origin, disability and religion; last November, the board added protections based on sexual orientation.

The comments at the podium seemed evenly split between support for the proposal and concern.

Supporters said the change would be a powerful statement of acceptance from the school district.

Transgender and gender-fluid students "would take that as complete support from the adults in their community," said Tara Cranford Teague, Charlie's mother, in an interview. "They need that support."

Charlie's father, Jason Cranford Teague, said, "It's difficult to see people who are so against a lifestyle that doesn't harm them in any way."

Some opponents voiced concerns that a policy change could lead to mixed-sex bathrooms.

"Providing such access is a safety issue," said Andrea Lafferty, president of the Traditional Values Coalition, at the meeting. "It endangers children and violates the rights of both students and parents."

Several other Virginia school districts have recently dealt with transgender students. In Stafford County, an elementary school was permitting a transgender fourth-grader to use the bathroom of the gender with which the child identified. But some parents complained.

In March, the Stafford County school board responded by approving a superintendent's directive giving that student two choices: the bathroom that matched the student's sex assigned at birth or an adult restroom in the school.

Now a group called "Save our Schools" is urging the Stafford school board to formally bar any mixed-sex restrooms.

The Fairfax County school board will vote on the proposed amendment May 7. If it passes, the school district says it would hire a consultant to help plan policies, including bathroom use and locker rooms.

Meanwhile, Charlie, who has identified as a boy and a girl since second grade, believes that the Fairfax policy has to change.

"Why would you want to punish somebody for being who they are?" Charlie asked.

Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: NBC Washington]]>
<![CDATA[UMW Remembers a Short Life Well Lived]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:26:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/grace+selfie+thanksgiving+crop.jpg Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey reports on the University of Mary Washington celebration of the life of Grace Mann.]]> <![CDATA[Gov. Hogan to Sign Police Oversight Bills Into Law]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:18:27 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP131584863180.jpg

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced he will sign nine bills dealing with law enforcement oversight and tort liabilities into law next week.

The bills include a requirement for police to provide state officials with information about deaths of people in police custody and a bill to let officers record conversations with body-worn digital recorders, according to a statement from the governor's office. 

Police in Baltimore have been scrutinized after Freddie Gray died as a result of injuries he sustained in police custody April 12.

Under HB 954, law enforcement agencies will have to provide the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention with information about people who have died in police custody and officers who die in the line of duty.

SB 482 and HB 533 will enable police to record "oral communication" with a "body-worn digital recording device" or "electronic control device." The bill will also create a commission to study body camera use by police.

SB 321 requires police in Baltimore City and Baltimore County to create special units trained to deal with individuals with mental health and substance abuse issues.

Other bills increase the number of police "subject to review" by the Baltimore City Civilian Review Board and require police to provide demographic information about traffic stops.

HB 113 and 114 increase liability limits for civil claims against local governments and the state government.

Gov. Hogan is scheduled to sign the bills into law in a ceremony Tuesday, his office said.

Photo Credit: Associated Press]]>
<![CDATA[How Safe Is Your Shrimp?]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:17:23 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010258688_1200x675_434014275595.jpg Consumer Reports found bacteria and antibiotics in some raw shrimp. Consumer reporter Erika Gonzalez has more on what to look for when buying shrimp.]]> <![CDATA[Senate Staffer Charged With Drug Possession]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:09:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Generic+DC+Police+Lights+Close+Up+Generic.jpg

An aide to Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi has been charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine after federal agents raided his home.

An office administrator for Cochran, Fred W. Pagan, 49, was arrested Thursday. Court documents say that Pagan allegedly said he planned to distribute the drugs "in exchange for sexual favors."

On April 9, a package from China addressed to Pagan's home in the 5700 block of Colorado Avenue NW was intercepted in Cincinnati with the controlled substance GBL, according to court documents.

GBL has similar effects to alcohol, but also can used in a compound commonly known as a date rape drug.

D.C. police and Homeland Security raided the home Thursday and found more than 180 grams of methamphetamine, according to police.

Pagan told authorities he ordered the GBL from China and knew it was illegal, according to court documents. He also said he received three prior shipments of GBL.

Pagan said he received the methamphetamine from California, according to court documents. He said he intended to exchange the GBL and methamphetamine for sexual favors.

Pagan was released on his own recognizance after an initial court appearance Friday.

“Senator Cochran is disturbed and deeply saddened by the arrest of his long-time aide Fred Pagan and is suspending him of all duties pending the outcome of this case,” a statement from the senator's office read.

The office is contacting Senate legal counsel.

Photo Credit: NBCWashington.com]]>
<![CDATA[Teen Spits on, Punches Man at Eastern Market Metro]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:13:33 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20150424+Metro+Assault.jpg

A teen spat in the face of a 69-year-old man at the Eastern Market Metro station Friday, then punched him in the face, Metro transit police say.

They're still looking for the teen, who fled after the incident.

Police said the incident began at about 1 p.m. as the male teen and the 69-year-old man got into an argument while leaving a train at the Eastern Market station. The argument continued on the escalator.

The teen met the man at the top of the escalator and spat on him, then punched him several times, according to a video released by transit police. The man was knocked onto the escalator and was transported to a hospital for treatment.

Anyone with information about the attack should call Metro Transit Police Detectives at (202) 962-2121 and reference case #2015-21061. Tips also can be sent via text message to "MyMTPD" (696873).

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<![CDATA[Foo Fighters Post Jim Vance Tribute Video]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:26:54 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2015-04-24_13491.jpg

In the wake of the news that Jim Vance will be signing off from News4 at 11 next month (although he'll remain on News4 at 6), the Foo Fighters created a tribute video featuring once of Vance's most-watched segments.

The clip of Vance's side-splitting reaction to a model repeatedly wobbling and then falling on a catwalk -- thanks to her sky-high heels -- made him a bit of a YouTube celebrity a few years back.

The Foo Fighters' new video opens with someone kicking back on the couch, donning an Orioles hat and playing off some "Bawlmer" stereotypes. But when he flips on the TV, who should be on it but a News4 legend....

Watch the full video above.

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<![CDATA[D.C. Seeks to Improve Traffic Light Timing]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:46:34 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010255482_1200x675_433835075803.jpg DDOT is changing the timing on traffic lights in a wide swath of downtown D.C., as far south as I-395 and as far north as U Street. The goal: Make getting through traffic more efficient for cars, pedestrians and cyclists.]]> <![CDATA[Traffic Light Tweaks to Help D.C. Traffic]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:31:29 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010253334_1200x675_433748547660.jpg DDOT will begin work Friday to change traffic light timing to help both drivers and pedestrians at 650 intersections. The work will take until next month, but some areas should see improvements by the end of this weekend.]]> <![CDATA[MCPS Employee Accused of Sex Abuse of Student]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 23:54:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20150424_Robert_Otis_Wilson.jpg

A former Montgomery County paraeducator is accused of sexually abusing a 14-year-old female student.

Robert Otis Wilson III was arrested Thursday night for sex abuse of a minor, Montgomery County Police said.

Wilson was a paraeducator at A. Mario Loiederman Middle School in Silver Spring. A charging document says the abuse occurred between approximately Oct. 1, 2014 and March 31, around the time he left the school to start a new job.

The document said Wilson gave the victim his cellphone number while he was helping her with homework at the school. The two began speaking on the phone and then began meeting under a stairwell in the school, where they would kiss and touch, according to the document.

The victim also told police that on one occasion, Wilson met her at her apartment building.

"We are very concerned and disturbed about the allegations against Mr. Wilson and that some of the alleged conduct that led to his arrest may have occurred on school property," Montgomery County Public Schools (CPS) said in a statement in part.

MCPS said Wilson is currently on administrative leave.

Wilson had worked for the school district since August 2013, when he started as a special education paraeducator. He later applied for a job at the Division of Food and Nutrition Services warehouse, and began that position March 30.

Wilson also worked as the assistant track coach at Wheaton High School for the past two years.

Members of both school communities are being notified about the arrest, MCPS said.

MCPS said the sex assault allegation came to the attention of a staff member at Loiederman Middle School earlier this month. The claim was then reported to Child Protective Services and the Montgomery County Police Department.

Authorities interviewed Wilson on Tuesday. They say he admitted he had feelings toward the victim and that he knew it was wrong due to their age difference and his position as a paraeducator.

Police said they got a warrant for Wilson's arrest and found him at a fast food restaurant in White Oak around 9 p.m. Thursday. He is charged with one count of sex abuse of a minor and three counts of third-degree sex offense.

Wilson is in police custody and has a bond review at 1 p.m. Friday.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 22 in Montgomery County District Court.

The Montgomery County School Board is cooperating with police on the investigation.

<![CDATA[Reporter Tries Out Impaired Driving Simulator]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:08:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2015-04-24_1307.jpg

Police and other groups from several jurisdictions gathered at Reston Town Center Friday morning to share ideas and strategies to improve driving, cycling and walking throughout Northern Virginia.

The goal is to share safety ideas that are working and address areas that need improvement and listen to the concerns of residents.

More than 20 businesses and agencies participated.

WTOP's Max Smith volunteered to try out the impaired driving simulator.

<![CDATA[Downed Tree Shuts Down Street in Reston]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 07:27:20 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/police-lights-shutterstock_542372566.jpg

A downed tree has shut down a Reston, Virginia street Friday morning.

Sunrise Valley Drive is closed in both directions between Association Drive and Wethersfield Court.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock]]>
<![CDATA[Unidentified Man Found Dead in Southeast D.C.]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 07:01:42 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/police-lights-shutterstock_1318124124.jpg

Authorities are working to identify a man found dead in Northeast D.C. Thursday afternoon.

D.C. Police received a call about an unconscious man lying in the 4300 block of Gault Place SE shortly before 2 p.m. When they arrived, they found the man was dead from an apparent gunshot wound.

The body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy.

Police are offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Anyone with information is asked to call 202-727-9099. Those wishing to remain anonymous may submit information to the department's Text Tip Line by texting 50411.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock]]>
<![CDATA[Controversial Decision to Postpone "American Sniper" at U.Md.]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:05:33 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/248*120/tlmd_american_sniper_620.jpg A student organization at the University of Maryland is postponing a screening of "American Sniper," and that decision is sparking controversy on campus and online. Shomari Stone reports critics are posting hateful messages.]]> <![CDATA[Group Opposes Plans for More Electronic Billboards in D.C.]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:03:55 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010247169_1200x675_433466947604.jpg

Plans to allow huge electronic billboards in more places in D.C. have one group up in arms.

The billboards are permitted outside the Verizon Center in Penn Quarter.

The Committee of 100 on the Federal City is worried about proposed new laws to loosen up the city's tight regulations on billboards and electronic signs. If passed, the laws could allow more of the big, bright signs in certain locations identified as designated entertainment areas, including the streets around Nationals Park.

The proposed laws are tightly crafted to prevent the sign glare from annoying residential dwellers.

<![CDATA[Officer Enters Plea in Case of Teen Hit While in Handcuffs]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:01:52 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Officer+Striking+Teen+Surveillance+Image.jpg

A Prince George's County Police officer accused of hitting a handcuffed teenager entered a plea Thursday.

On Thursday, Officer Jerry Thomas entered an Alford plea, in which a defendant maintains his or her innocence but admits that the prosecution has enough evidence to prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Thomas was not charged with assault, as the victim’s mother wanted, but with one count of misconduct in office.

Recently released video from late 2012 shows Thomas, a five-year veteran of the police force, hitting a handcuffed juvenile three times. The boy’s mother claims Thomas hit her son so hard that his right eye was swollen shut.

In 2013, Prince George’s County Police’s Internal Affairs Division launched an investigation and forwarded their findings to the State’s Attorney’s Office. In November of that year, Officer Thomas’s police powers were suspended.

Najmah Rashad, the teenager’s mother, claims police purposely waited to indict Thomas so the statute of limitations would run out and Thomas would not be charged with assault.

Thomas has been placed on paid suspension and may lose his job after the police chief reviews more documents. He’ll be back in court June 22 for the sentencing phase of his trial.

<![CDATA[Housing Inspector Accused of Inappropiately Touching Woman]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 23:49:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Olaseni+Cole.jpg

An Arlington County housing inspector allegedly touched a woman inappropriately during an inspection, according to police.

Olaseni Cole, 54, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, is charged with sexual battery following the alleged incident the morning of April 14 in the 3900 block of 8th Street South.

Police arrested Cole Monday.

Arlington police are looking for other possible victims. Anyone who has had inappropriate encounters with Cole should contact Detective N. Brooks at 703-228-4169 or nkbrooks@arlingtonva.us or use the anonymous tip line at 866-411-8477.

<![CDATA[Two Arrested at Baltimore Protest]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:02:37 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010248028_1200x675_433481795909.jpg Baltimore Police officers hauled away at least two protesters for disorderly conduct and destruction of property, and at one point demonstrators surrounded a police car downtown, but protests remained largely peaceful Thursday evening.]]> <![CDATA[Heroin Deaths Down in Frederick County]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 22:59:34 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010245495_1200x675_433449539513.jpg Frederick County reports a significant drop in the number of deaths from heroin this year. News4's Kristin Wright explains what's behind the turnaround.]]> <![CDATA[Deliberately Trespassing on Live Metro Tracks]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:09:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*133/WMATA+Trespassers+Yoga.jpg

In a series of recent incidents, Washington Metrorail passengers have deliberately and dangerously walked along the rail tracks and narrowly escaped injuries or death.

In almost a dozen trespassing incidents, all of which occurred in the past six months, Metro patrons knowingly lowered themselves onto the track beds. In some cases, the people were trying to retrieve dropped items. In one instance, a young man and woman deliberately walk along the tracks to capture photos of the woman’s yoga routine.

Security videos and reports detailing these trespassing cases were obtained in a records request by the News4 I-Team. Several of them occurred during midday and afternoon hours, in which train traffic is regular and frequent. “They go down there for a variety of reasons,” Metro Transit Police Chief Ronald Pavlik said. “Some do it to retrieve personal property. Some do it as a game.”

One series of surveillance camera videos obtained by the I-Team show a woman lowering herself on to the tracks at the Reagan National Airport station about 11 a.m. Feb. 5. The videos show a wind gust lift and toss the woman’s FedEx envelope on to the tracks below. The videos show the woman lower herself down to the track bed, by using a set utility steps reserved for track maintenance employees. After retrieving the envelopes, the woman is seen struggling to climb back to the platform. The surveillance videos show a train approaching moments after she gets out of the way.

A separate set of videos show a man and woman deliberately walking along Orange Line tracks at the West Falls Church station shortly after 11 a.m. Dec. 12. The surveillance camera images show the woman striking yoga poses as the man appears to take photos of her.
In a Dec. 5 incident at the Gallery Place station, security camera video shows a man lower himself to the tracks in an apparent effort to climb across to the platform on the opposite side of the station. The man is seen struggling to maneuver past the lighted median between the tracks. He is also shown struggling to climb out of the track bed. Metro Transit Police officers helped lift the man to the platform. He was intoxicated and charged with unlawful entry, according to a Metro official.

Pavlik said escaping the tracks is often a challenge. “You have no foothold,” he said. “You have no stronghold. You’re using your entire upper body strength to pull yourself up on the platform.”

Trespassers risk making contact with the electrified third rail, Pavlik said. Good Samaritans who attempt to rescue stranded people are also in danger.

Jennifer Buchanan, a Pentagon employee who helped rescue a man who fell from a Yellow Line station platform last year, said she was in danger of falling on to the tracks while pulling the man to safety.

“I have two kids,” Buchanan said. “They could’ve been left without a mother. I’ve been taught you have to do the right thing, though.”

Buchanan and her father rescued the man moments before an oncoming train arrived at the station. They later learned the rescued man was not a trespasser but had slipped while using his phone near the platform’s edge.

The I-Team’s review found people deliberately trespassed on the tracks at the Landover station March 10, Eastern Market Jan. 4, Cheverly station Jan. 6 and Gallery Place March 15.

Photo Credit: WMATA]]>
<![CDATA[Cutting Edge of Cancer Prevention]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 22:58:36 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010245939_1200x675_433447491629.jpg D.C. beauty salons and barber shops are raising awareness for a particularly deadly form of cancer. Zachary Kiesch reports.]]> <![CDATA[White House Fence Jumper on Why He Did It]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 22:07:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010246470_1200x675_433288771708.jpg The latest man to jump the White House fence is homeless in the district. He came from California but must stay in D.C. until his next court date. Jerome Hunt spoke one-on-one Thursday with News4's Mark Segraves about why he jumped the fence and what happened in the minutes after he stepped onto the lawn.]]> <![CDATA[FTC Warning of Sweepstakes Scam]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 21:55:58 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010246275_1200x675_433249859948.jpg The Federal Trade Commission is warning about a new scam involving a letter claiming to be from the FTC Commissioner. The FTC is also cracking down on online tracking companies.]]> <![CDATA[DDOT Announces New Traffic Light Patterns Downtown]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 21:28:55 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/179*120/DC+Traffic.jpg

The District Department of Transportation announced plans to change traffic signal patterns in downtown D.C. starting Friday.

DDOT said new "traffic signal timing plans" will operate at about 650 intersections through May.

The area with the new timing plans is bordered on the west by 23rd Street, NW, east by North Capitol Street, on the north by U Street and Florida Avenue NW, and I-395 to the south.

DDOT said the goal of the plan is to improve traffic flow and save drivers time behind the wheel.

The agency said it will monitor the new patterns and make adjustments in the next month.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Home Depot to Stop Selling Flooring with Toxins]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 21:23:26 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010246155_1200x675_433242691978.jpg Home Depot says it will stop selling vinyl flooring containing phthalates. The chemicals are considered extremely dangerous for children.]]> <![CDATA[Oncologists Fight Cancer With Body's Immune System]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:48:37 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010242231_1200x675_433355843947.jpg Doctors are working on a possible cure for some deadly forms of cancer from melanoma to lung and stomach cancers. Doreen Gentzler reports.]]> <![CDATA[D.C. High School Student Wins $50,000 Scholarship]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:47:52 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010246005_1200x675_433232963701.jpg Acia Sands of the Washington Mathematics Science Technology Public Charter High School won a $50,000 scholarship from McDonald's Thursday.]]> <![CDATA[Organizers Seeking Volunteers for Senior Citizen Home Repairs]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 19:29:41 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*124/PHI+Fixing+Up+a+Home+two+hands+hammer+nail.jpg

Organizers are seeking more volunteers to help repair 83 homes of low-income and disabled senior citizens in Prince George's County Saturday.

Maryland Congressman Steny Hoyer and Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker are expected to be among the volunteers helping with the effort.

Christmas in April*Prince George's County is organizing the event, but the group said they need more skilled tradespeople to join.

Volunteers are planning to help at houses all around the county. One homeowner is a 90-year-old Hyattsville woman. She is legally blind, uses a wheelchair and needs help with improving safety at her home. A disabled veteran in Suitland needs a ramp and handicap accessible bathroom. Organizers say a man in Glenn Dale has no heat or water. A Laurel woman with cerebral palsy needs help doing painting, yard work and gutter repair, they say.

Organizers say volunteers plan to start around 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

If you're interested in helping out, you can find more information at their website.

Photo Credit: Tim Robberts ]]>
<![CDATA[Gay Men's Chorus of Washington to Tour Cuba]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:29:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010243922_1200x675_433110083784.jpg Members of the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington will perform five concerts around Havana in mid-July, a first-of-its-kind concert tour to promote LGBT equality in Cuba.]]> <![CDATA['It All Happened So Fast': Baby Born Roadside]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:34:27 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010244895_1200x675_433177667801.jpg Mom-to-be Hilda Aguilar said she and her husband were halfway to the hospital when she realized the baby just wouldn't wait any longer, she said.]]> <![CDATA[Mistrial Declared in Carolyn Cross Murder Case]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:39:46 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20140908+Carolyn+Cross.jpg

A mistrial was declared Thursday in the trial of Dawit Seyoum, the Alexandria man accused of killing D.C. Corrections official Carolyn Cross.

The news comes hours after the jury told the judge they were "hopelessly deadlocked," at which point the judge urged them to continue deliberations.

During opening statements Tuesday, prosecutors urged the jury to reject Seyoum's insanity plea. But on Thursday, jurors said they could not agree on whether to find him guilty, or not guilty by reason of insanity.

A retrial date will be selected April 30.

Dawit Seyoum was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Cross, whose body was found in her own apartment last fall.

Prosecutors said Cross was in her apartment preparing to leave for an out of town Women's Leadership conference when Seyoum targeted her and killed her.

 On the witness stand Tuesday, tears came quickly when Cross' daughter, Clarissa Davis, was shown a photo of her mother. On Sept. 7, Davis drove to her mom's high rise to take her to the airport. She testified she became worried when Cross didn't answer her phone. She went into the apartment and found her mother with a plastic bag over head, which was covered in blood.

Prosecutors said Cross was struck 15 times with a wrench before Seyoum covered her head with a plastic bag.

Seyoum allegedly decided to kill someone after he had an argument with his mother. He didn't know Cross, but killed her "because he didn't like the way she looked at him" when he encountered her at the apartment complex, prosecutors explained.

After the crime, Seyoum slashed his wrists and called 911. Police found Seyoum suffering from slashed wrists with the words "I was the dirty one" written in blood on his bathroom wall.

Officer James Young said that at the hospital, Seyoum told him he thought he murdered a woman.

Jurors also heard an audiotape confession Seyoum gave from his hospital bed.

Seyoum's attorneys say he was in the grips of acute psychosis and should not be found guilty of murder.

"At the time he was killing Ms Cross, he thought he was right," Seyoum's attorney said.

The defense told jurors they will call experts who believe Seyoum was insane and should not be found responsible.

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