<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Local News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.com en-us Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:01:58 -0500 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:01:58 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Fred Smoot, Ex-Redskins Player, Charged With Domestic Assault]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:53:45 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/fred+smoot.jpg

Former Washington Redskins player Fred Smoot was arrested Sunday in connection with a domestic assault at a home in Ashburn, Virginia, the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.

Officers were called to the 21300 block of Victorias Cross Terrace just after 11 a.m. for a report of a domestic assault. Investigators say Smoot's girlfriend told them he grabbed her during an altercation.

Smoot, 35, was charged with misdemeanor domestic assault.

The former cornerback was booked and later released on a $2,500 from the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center. He must also obey the conditions of an emergency protective order.

The case will go on trial on Jan. 5, 2015.

Smoot is a contributor to Comcast SportsNet, which is owned by the same company as NBC4.

A spokesperson for Comcast SportsNet says the network didn't learn of Smoot's arrest until Tuesday morning, adding that his appearances on the network have been suspended indefinitely.

<![CDATA[Residents Line Up for Barry's Turkey Giveaway]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:36:46 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/marion+barry+turkey+giveaway+2014.JPG

Ward 8 residents lined up Tuesday morning to receive free turkeys, and many took a moment to reflect on the legacy of the councilman who founded the giveaway. 

Marion Barry died early Sunday morning of natural causes due to heart problems. He was 78 years old.

Volunteers gave away more than 3,000 turkeys and 40,000 pounds of fresh vegetables to needy families in the community.  Those in line told News4's Megan McGrath the food they received will make their Thanksgiving.

"Everyone here is in need in some form or fashion. A lot of people like myself worked hard and got sick," said Pierre Valladay.

Many in line shared warm memories of Barry.

"He did the right thing for the young people," Ward 8 resident Thomas Abney said. "He gave my brother a job..."

"He always gave back," another person added.

The turkey giveaway will be held until 1 p.m. at the Union Temple Baptist Church.

The free turkeys are given out on a first-come, first-served basis.

<![CDATA[Protesters Reach White House After Ferguson Decision]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 05:43:20 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008627062_1200x675_363215427554.jpg RAW VIDEO: Protesters arrive at the White House.]]> <![CDATA[Virginia Native Singing in The Voice Top 10]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 05:21:44 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20141124+Ryan+Sill.jpg

Virginia native Ryan Sill took to the stage again Monday, singing to stay in the Top 10 of NBC’s The Voice.

And he's thrilled to be competing in the show's live rounds, as his friends and family watched and cheered from his hometown of Sterling, Virginia.

Sill grew up in a very music-oriented family, but he didn’t always know he wanted to pursue a career in music.

“It wasn’t until about a year and a half ago that I realized that I really wanted to make this a career, and that I could inspire a lot of people if I really focused and tried to make a career out of it,” the college student recently told News4.

Sill is taking a year-long break from college to focus on his new career goals. He says his experience with his coach, Gwen Stefani, has been much different than what he had originally expected.

“She’s just my friend, who just also happens to be really experienced in the music industry and has this bank of knowledge that she just instills in me all the time, and so it’s just awesome to work with her,” Sill says.

Not only did Sill use Stefani’s feedback to improve his voice, but he says he’s also helping the singer.

“I kind of absorb all the advice that she’s given me, like a sponge, and I think she brings out that positivity in me, and she says that it affects her life. It inspires her to be positive, and just to learn and grow, just like I’ve grown as an artist from everything she’s taught me,” Sill says.

But the #VoiceTop10 contestant wasn’t always the crowd-pleasing performer he says he is now.

“Thinking back to my blind audition, I never would have thought that I’d be able to go out there and own the stage like that, so I attribute all of that to Gwen,” he admits.

Regardless of the outcome of this season’s The Voice, Sill says there is still so much to take away from his experience.

“Right now, I’m trying to live in every moment because, I think, when I look back at all of this, I wanna just remember everything that I learned and just remember that this was the time in my life where I felt most alive,” he says.

<![CDATA[U.Md. Students Protest “Militarization” of Campus Police]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:29:03 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008625278_1200x675_363164739674.jpg

Students at the University of Maryland protested the guns with which campus police officers are armed Monday.

They marched on a central administration building to take their message to campus police Chief David Mitchell.

The department has 50 M-16 rifles, which supplies about half of the department.

The weapons are needed because of the nuclear engineering program at the school, Mitchell said.

“Federal law, as dictated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, mandates that whoever safeguards that material must be trained and armed with .223-caliber weapons,” he said.

Students also protested an armored vehicle owned by campus police since 2007. Mitchell said that’s to protect police and students from the line of fire if necessary.

“It’s not used offensively,” he said.

<![CDATA[Holiday Shoppers Using Metro to Tysons Corner]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:50:53 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008626447_1200x675_363134531938.jpg For the first time ever, you can take Metrorail to the largest mall in the area: Tysons Corner. But that comes with a warning. News4 Transportation Reporter Adam Tuss reports.]]> <![CDATA[Marion Barry's Summer Jobs Legacy]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:40:32 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008625694_1200x675_363130947838.jpg For many people in the district, Marion Barry's D.C. legacy is rooted in his summer jobs program. He employed thousands of school-aged children throughout the years. News4's Zachary Kiesch introduces us to a local radio personality who says that program allowed her to chase her dreams.]]> <![CDATA[Turkey Perparation Myths and Facts]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:26:46 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008625732_1200x675_363104323507.jpg Do you know your turkey myths and facts when it comes to cooking the bird? Consumer Reporter Erika Gonzalez has a safety quiz.]]> <![CDATA[What Makes Us Buy]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:29:01 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Generic+Shopping+Bags+Mall+Generic.JPG Consumer Reporter Erika Gonzalez takes a look at what makes people spend more than they plan to when shopping.

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<![CDATA[Washington Wizards' Wives Help Collect Food 4 Families]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:04:52 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008625648_1200x675_363098691621.jpg News4’s Pat Lawson Muse got help from some of the wives of the Washington Wizards collecting food and money for families in need during our Food 4 Families drive.]]> <![CDATA[DNA Links Jesse Matthew to Harrington Case: Report]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 07:09:31 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Jesse-Matthew-fairfax.jpg

Court documents show that DNA links Jesse Matthew to the case of Morgan Harrington, a Virginia Tech student found dead in early 2010, reports NBC29.

Matthew, 32, is the suspect in the abduction of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, whose remains were found in October. He has not been charged in Harrington's case, but police have said he is linked to both that case and a 2005 attempted murder in the City of Fairfax.

He is facing an abduction charge in Graham's case and three felonies in the Fairfax case. He has pleaded not guilty to the Fairfax charges. Authorities have said that DNA under a fingernail of the Fairfax victim provided a link to Matthew.

According to a search warrant obtained by NBC29, Charlottesville police found a "wooden tip from a cigar butt" inside Matthew's wallet; the document states that the DNA from that tip provides matches to both the Harrington case and the 2005 Fairfax case.

Harrington was wearing a Pantera T-shirt the night she disappeared in fall 2009. The shirt was later recovered; the warrant states that it had "multiple DNA stains" on it, according to NBC29.

NBC29 in Charlottesville reports that in the search warrant, police list the crime as first- and second-degree murder but that doesn't mean Matthew is facing those specific counts.

The warrant also reportedly asked for several years of Matthew's cellphone records.

Virginia State Police had no comment on the search warrant details, reported NBC29's Henry Graff.

<![CDATA[Postal Robberies Skyrocketing]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:09:23 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/usps+crop.jpg

On the anniversary of the murder of a local postal carrier, the News4 I-Team shows a never before released list of crimes committed against postal employees, including a dramatic increase in robberies.

It started out like any other February day for a well-known D.C. postal carrier who delivered the mail on Webster Street in Northeast. But that changed when, investigators say, two men robbed him at gunpoint before tying him up with duct tape, beating him and throwing him from his delivery van.

Neighbors like Bernard Wood Jr. were stunned at the violence of the crime. "I don't understand why anybody would try to assault or hurt him." But as they thought about it, those on his route like Sherri Wyatt realized he was an easy target. “Every day I know he's going to be there,” she said. “I know what time."

We only found out about this robbery because the US Postal Service told us about it. Investigators with the US Postal Inspection Police needed help finding the assailants. But the News4 I-Team discovered there are hundreds of similar crimes each year no one ever hears about.

The News4 I-Team obtained a nationwide list, never before released to the public, of more than 1,600 violent crimes against postal employees.

We found robberies increased more than 300 percent between 2010 and 2013, some involving truckjackings, kidnappings and shootings.

Tom Dodge with the grassroots organization Community and Postal Workers United told us, "Unfortunately, very expensive items are going through the mail now. Cell phones, computers, tablets, jewelry."

Dodge said the rise of Internet shopping has made his job as a truck driver more dangerous than ever. "What we're told is, ‘Just give it to them. Give them your satchel of mail, if a big truck is stopped, give them what they want. Don't resist, let them have it.’ But thieves today, they don't want witnesses. So they shoot."

The I-Team discovered at least 64 shootings on the list, including the murder of Tyson Barnette, killed on his route delivering mail in Cheverly one year ago this week.

Dodge and union leaders from all over the region held a protest on the National Mall following Barnette’s murder. Tina Collington, a letter carrier for Capital Heights, Maryland, said, “The sad thing is when things are happening, they won't bring it to our attention. We'll hear word of mouth from someone else. But management doesn't say be aware this is going on."

Records the I-Team obtained show all kinds of employees get robbed, including commercial truck drivers and mail clerks. But 84 percent of victims were the men and women who deliver the mail to your homes.

And they don't happen at night. Instead, 80 percent of robberies occur during the day between 5 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The I-Team spent months asking to interview Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and finally caught up with him at a stamp event at the Postal Museum, where he said, "Robberies occur across America. We're represented in every city in the US and it happens unfortunately."

“But your folks tell us they're easy targets and they're worried about their safety and they want the postal service to do more to protect their safety," the I-Team said.

“We provide a lot of, we provide very good safety for employees in areas that have high crime and we provide bulletproof glass, we make sure that people aren't out at night in terms of money, like that,” Donahoe said. “We're very conscious of that issue."

But Dodge says they need more than the can of pepper spray they're given to protect themselves. "You shouldn't go to work every day and worry you're going to be attacked. You shouldn't come to work and worry about whether you're going to get hurt on the job."

<![CDATA[Funeral Arrangements Being Made for Marion Barry]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 22:14:04 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20141124+Barry+In+Repose.jpg

Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry will lie in repose next week in the John A. Wilson Building, so members of the public can pay their respects.

Specific details about Barry's funeral have not been announced. But preliminary plans are for his body to lie in repose Tuesday in the ceremonial lobby of the Wilson building, News4's Tom Sherwood reported.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray expressed deep sadness after learning about Barry's passing. Gray has spoken with Cora Masters Barry and shared his condolences and sympathies with her, and as well said his thoughts and prayers were with the council member's son, Christopher.

"Marion was not just a colleague but also was a friend with whom I shared many fond moments about governing the city," Gray said. "He loved the District of Columbia and so many Washingtonians loved him."

Mayor Gray said that he would work with Council member Barry's family and the District Council to plan official ceremonies worthy of a true statesman of the District of Columbia, most likely at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Barry deserves a multi-day sendoff as large as his life, Gray said.

A book of condolences for Barry will be available in the Wilson building lobby Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Barry,  the Ward 8 council member and four-time D.C. mayor, died early Sunday morning at age 78.

Photo Credit: Tom Sherwood / News4
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<![CDATA[Local Grocery Stores Prep for Thanksgiving]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:53:36 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2014-11-24_1450.jpg The real rush is still to come, but local grocery stores, including independent retailers, are already seeing crowds come in to shop for Thanksgiving.]]> <![CDATA[Donations Collected for Food 4 Families]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:26:20 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008621477_1200x675_362906691720.jpg News4's annual Food 4 Families campaign is collecting food and money to provide a Thanksgiving meal to families in need across our area. Pat Lawson Muse is outside the Verizon Center on Monday to collect donations.]]> <![CDATA[7-Year-Old Boy, Reported Missing, Found Safe]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:25:36 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/kevin+jamie.jpg

Montgomery County Police say a 7-year-old boy who didn't return home after walking to a local store has been found safe.

Kevin Jesus Jamie was last seen in the 18400 block of Lost Knife Circle in Montgomery Village at 7:30 a.m. Monday. Police say Kevin told family members that he wanted to go to a local dollar store.

When he hadn't returned two hours later, his family called 911. But shortly after 2 p.m. Monday, news broke that Kevin had been found.

<![CDATA[Man Charged in Attempted Rape of Arlington Teen]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:32:12 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/David+Cabrera.jpg

A 20-year-old Hyattsville man is being held without bond after he allegedly tried to rape a 16-year-old girl in Arlington Saturday night.

According to Arlington County Police, the victim noticed David Cabrera watching her as she worked in the Buckingham neighborhood of Arlington. When she began her walk home at 11 p.m., the suspect grabbed her from behind in the 4200 block of 2nd Road N.

The suspect dragged the young girl and threw her against a car. The suspect then pulled down his pants and attempted to pull down the girl's, but the victim was able to bite him and run away. 

Her screams were heard by a nearby officer and neighbors. "Her instincts worked," said Daniel Murray, deputy chief of the Arlington Police.

Responding officers located the victim, and after a description of the suspect was sent out, the suspect was located a short distance away.

The victim -- who was not injured -- was able to identify Cabrera as her attacker at the scene, police say.

Cabrera, 20, is being held at the Arlington County Detention Facility on an attempted rape charge.

<![CDATA[Number of Flights Delayed, Canceled at BWI After Outage]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:11:19 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/bwi.jpg

A number of flights at Baltimore-Washington International Airport were delayed or canceled following a brief power outage Monday morning.

The power outage was first reported in portions of the terminal around 10:20 a.m. Airport spokesman Jonathan Dean said in an email that the outage affected concourses A, B, and C.

Passenger screening operations and airline ticketing operations were suspended during the outage.

Electricity was restored just before noon, but the disruption affected many flights just before the Thanksgiving travel rush. According to flight tracking website FlightAware.com, 26 arriving and departing flights were canceled; 47 were delayed.

Dean says an early investigation shows that an underground electrical cable on the airfield failed, causing the outage. The damage is being repaired, he says; BWI put a large generator near the terminal to serve as emergency backup while repairs are made.

Normal TSA screening operations were also resumed.


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<![CDATA[Man Pleads Guilty After Weapons Found Near White House]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:24:59 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/1119-white-house.jpg

The man who was arrested after officers found weapons in his car near the White House last week pleaded guilty to reduced charges Monday, NBC News' Pete Williams reported.

R.J. Kapheim, 41, pleaded guilty in D.C. Superior Court to misdemeanor charges of possessing an unregistered firearm and unlawfully possessing ammunition. 

Each charge carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a fine of up to $2,500.  Kapheim will be sentenced on Jan. 26, 2015. He is being held without bond.

Kapheim was expected to enter his plea Friday after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors, but a scheduling conflict prevented the plea from being heard.

Kapheim had a loaded rifle, a 6-inch blade and 37 rounds of ammunition in his car at 16th Street and Constitution Avenue NW on Wednesday afternoon. According to court documents, he approached a Secret Service officer just before 1 p.m. and said the president had called him and invited him to the White House.

Kapheim was arrested for having an unregistered firearm.

A day and a half after his arrest, a Michigan woman was also taken into custody outside the White House.

April Lenhart, 23, was participating in a demonstration along the north fence line of the White House when two plain clothes agents saw a holstered gun on her hip. She was arrested and charged with possession of an unregistered firearm, possession of unregistered ammunition and carrying a pistol without a license.

The Secret Service has been under scrutiny since a Texas Army veteran, Omar Gonzalez, leapt over a White House fence Sept. 19 and charged into the White House.

Gonzalez made it way all the way into the East Room before he was tackled, due to a string of Secret Service failures detailed in an internal review out last week.

<![CDATA[Sherwood's Notebook: Only One Marion Barry ]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:04:31 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP090706040269.jpg

The whirlwind that was Marion Barry's life is reverberating in his death.

Our modern day media (Twitter, Facebook, on-line news outlets, print and TV, etc.) exploded as expected with coverage ranging from earnest analysis to unfiltered praise to utter contempt.

The days ahead will be no different.

If you are in the crowd that was tired of Barry's melodramatic life, you may want to buy those super quiet Bose headphones and sleep blindfolds. (And stop reading here.)

The emotional debate over Barry and the lead-up to his funeral - what an event that will be -- will barely pause for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Many of you know the Notebook's long journalist's association with Barry and our book, Dream City, with co-author Harry Jaffe.

We won't run down all the good or bad of Barry's political life.

But a few remembrances.

In late October 1989, your Notebook left The Washington Post for NBC4. It was a gamble and we knew nothing about TV reporting. As it happened, my very first "live shot" outside of the studio was the night of January 18, 1990 when Barry was busted in the FBI sting, and NBC4 was first to report it.

But this correspondent was so green that the TV editors wisely dispatched veteran reporter I.J. Hudson to do the live report and interview me about what had happened. (Still thanking you, I.J.)

In the December prior to his arrest, we went to visit Barry in his office in the District Building. (This was before it later was renamed for John A. Wilson). In switching from a print reporter to TV, we wanted to talk to Barry about how our coverage of him might change.

Barry sat in a chair, fussing and fumbling in a drawer filled with a jumble of neck ties as we each spoke frankly about news coverage as we always did, sometimes humorously; sometimes in serious dispute about what was news.

At one point your Notebook bluntly asked Barry about the endless series of controversies over his awarding hefty city contracts to friends and, yes, cronies.

Why did he award such contracts but then not make the contractors do the jobs? "They get all the money, the citizens don't get the service, and you get all the blame in the press!" we said. How did that help Barry?

Barry agreed it was bad for him and he vowed that he would "get tough" on those contractors.

"No you won't," we replied. It just wasn't in Barry to ride herd on those who were making him look bad. It was an odd flaw that undermined him time and again.

And as many told NBC4 in their remembrances on Sunday, Barry never used contracting and government grants to personally become rich via the people he made rich. Prosecutors pursued Barry for many things, but enriching himself was not one of them.

When Dream City was first published in 1994, Barry was telling us that he wasn't going to bother to read it. But in a telephone call, he said he wanted to be given a copy. "Why," we asked. "So I can throw it into the trash," he said as we both laughed. Truth be told, Barry never challenged any of the reporting in the book.

Barry at heart was a political person through and through. He believed in the adage "no permanent friends or permanent enemies." He would say often, "it's not personal, it's politics."

Political commentator Mark Plotkin famously said for Barry there was no future or past; he lived in the moment, minute to minute. It was an insightful comment and remained true to Barry's death.

And Barry's sense of time was notorious.

After a long series of events in which Barry was egregiously late, we asked Barry why he was late so often. "I'm not late," he replied. "It doesn't start until I get there."

D.C. Council member Jack Evans (Ward 2) likes to recall when he and Barry once were to attend a funeral in the city. Evans was frantic that the funeral had begun and he and Barry had not even left their offices. Evans recalls Barry finally was ready to go. Arriving at the church, the service well underway, Barry led Evans right down the center aisle to the front row as if they were the first to arrive. "And he was welcomed warmly," Evans says, still a little perplexed by it all.

Cora Masters Barry has been separated from her famous husband for a couple of years, but had remained a close confidant and personal advisor as she had been for decades.

During the Democratic primary last spring, Barry got out of his sickbed to campaign for Mayor Vincent Gray, in a tough race against eventual winner Muriel Bowser, whom Barry also later supported as the Democratic nominee.

Cora Barry noted that Barry's doctors weren't thrilled with Barry's decision to get out on the campaign trail, bullhorn in hand. They were saying he needed rest, not the exertion of a campaign.

But Barry was undeterred and Cora Barry knew why.

"This is what his whole life has been about," she told us last spring in the 20th anniversary edition of Dream City. She also privately worried about Barry's declining health, but she knew Barry. "He knows this is probably his last political go 'round. This is what makes him tick."

Yes it did, yes it did.

Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.

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<![CDATA[Winter Storm Warning for Wed.; Officials Warn Against Travel]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:56:53 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/advisory-warning8.jpg

A winter weather advisory has been issued in the D.C. area for Wednesday, one of the busiest travel days of the year.

The advisory will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday for for counties surrounding the District. The NWS is predicting 2-5 inches in the far northern and western suburbs of D.C. and Baltimore; Storm Team 4 is predicting 1-3 inches.

The NWS is warning that roadways may become snow-covered and slippery, which could have a significant impact on Thanksgiving travel.

Farther outside the D.C. area, a watch has now been upgraded to a winter storm warning in locations farther north, west and southwest, including Hagerstown, Cumberland, Harrisonburg and the Shenandoah Valley. The National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting 3-6 inches.

A coating to an inch is expected near Interstate 95.

The Maryland State Highway Administration is encouraging travelers to avoid driving Wednesday, and to switch their travel plans to Tuesday or Thursday.

Wednesday morning, rain will mix with and change over to wet snow by noon, with snow or a snow/rain mix continuing through sunset, said Storm Team 4 Meteorologist Tom Kierein.

"While pavement temperatures are warm, any prolonged snow fall will quickly change that and road conditions could be slippery and difficult to navigate, even with our crews salting and plowing," said Melinda B. Peters of the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) in a release.

The warning for areas farther outside D.C. will be in effect from 3 a.m. to 6 p.m. A winter storm warning means that severe winter weather conditions are expected, according to the NWS. Snow could make travel dangerous. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, blanket, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency, the NWS advised.

Kierein said most of the snow is expected to accumulate west of the Interstate 95 corridor, with a few inches possible, mainly on grassy areas. The snow will probably mostly melt on pavement due to the previous warm weather.

I-95 itself will probably get a mix of rain and snow, with the roadway likely just wet or possibly slushy in spots; points east of I-95 will get mostly rain Wednesday, Kierein said.

However, even if I-95 doesn't get much snow, slushy and wet roads could still throw a wrench into travel plans.

The rain/snow system will be moving along the I-95 corridor throughout the day Wednesday, possibly leading to delays between D.C. and Boston, both for drivers and for those traveling by air. Flight delays could be possible, Kierein said.

Maryland's State Highway Administration is planning to activate an emergency operations center near BWI Marshall Airport to manage their storm response throughout the state.

Maryland has more than 2,400 pieces of equipment available to plow and salt roads as needed on numbered routes, the highway administration said.

For real-time traffic updates, travelers can use SHA's free information service by dialing 511. An interactive map and traffic cameras are available at www.MD511.org.

Whatever snow falls Wednesday should melt on Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving Day should be partly sunny and chilly, with a high near 40.

For those traveling south: Areas in South and North Carolina will get rain beginning Tuesday night, which will be over the D.C. metro area by dawn Wednesday.

For those traveling north: The heaviest snow inland will be in New England. Anyone driving into Massachusetts and farther north will find heavier snow Wednesday night.

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<![CDATA[Join NBC4 to Give Families a Happier Thanksgiving]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 07:47:45 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008618308_1200x675_362792003906.jpg Join us in our annual Food 4 Families campaign, where we collect food and money to provide a Thanksgiving meal to families in need across our area.]]> <![CDATA[VRE Santa Train Tickets Now on Sale]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 08:37:44 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/vre+train.jpg

All aboard!

Tickets for the Virginia Railway Express Santa Trains will go on sale at 9 a.m. Monday.

The trains will run from stations in Fredericksburg, Manassas, Woodridge and Burke Centre. Ticket sales are nonrefundable and are limited to six orders per person for most trains.

Tickets are available for $5 at the four stations and $6 online. All tickets must be purchased in advance. Proceeds will benefit rail safety education.

The stations also will serve as drop-off sites for the Marines Corps Toys for Tots campaign.

Click here for more information.

<![CDATA[Medical Examiner: Marion Barry Died of Heart Problems]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:51:45 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP090706040269.jpg

The District of Columbia's medical examiner says former mayor Marion Barry died of natural causes due to heart problems.

In a statement Sunday evening, the medical examiner's office says the cause of death was heart problems that occur due to high blood pressure.

The medical examiner found that a contributing factor was chronic kidney disease that complicated Barry's diabetes.

Barry had a kidney transplant several years ago.

Barry died Sunday at 78 at the United Medical Center after having been released from Howard University Hospital on Saturday. Barry's spokeswoman LaToya Foster says he collapsed outside his home.

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<![CDATA[Obama, Colleagues, Friends Remember Marion Barry]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:04:19 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/marion+barry+flag+half+staff.jpg

Friends and colleagues remembered former four-time D.C. Mayor Marion Barry who died early Sunday morning at age 78.

President Barack Obama added his thoughts to the many reactions on the passing of Barry.

"Michelle and I were saddened to hear of the passing of Marion Barry. Marion was born a sharecropper's son, came of age during the Civil Rights movement, and became a fixture in D.C. politics for decades. As a leader with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Marion helped advanced the cause of civil rights for all. During his decades in elected office in D.C., he put in place historic programs to lift working people out of poverty, expand opportunity, and begin to make real the promise of home rule. Through a storied, at times tumultuous life and career, he earned the love and respect of countless Washingtonians, and Michelle and I extend our deepest sympathies to Marion's family, friends and constituents today."

Barry collapsed early Sunday morning and was taken to United Medical Center where he was pronounced dead around 1:45 a.m. ET.

"He loved the District of Columbia and so many Washingtonians loved him," D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said in a statement that expressed "deep sadness" and promised "official ceremonies worthy of a true statesman of the District of Columbia."

“Marion was not just a colleague but also was a friend with whom I shared many fond moments about governing the city,” said Gray. “He loved the District of Columbia and so many Washingtonians loved him.”

Gray ordered flags at all D.C. buildings to be flown at half-staff beginning Sunday in Barry's honor.

In a statement released Sunday, incoming D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said, "Mayor Marion Barry gave a voice to those who need it most. I – along with all Washingtonians – am shocked and deeply saddened by his passing, and we send out condolences to Cora Masters Barry, Chris Barry and the entire Barry family. He has been a part of my family for decades, and he will continue to be an example to me and so many others.”

While speaking on News4, Ward 1 DC Councilmember Jim Graham lamented Barry's passing and its impact on the city he loved.

"The city has lost a huge chunk of its soul today with the passing of Marion Barry," Graham said.

Radio station host Donnie Simpson added his thoughts as well.

"Marion Barry was always about the people of DC from day one, long before he got that Mayor's seat."

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton offered condolences to Barry's family.

“From my earliest encounter with Marion Barry, when he was the first chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee until I came back home and found him mayor of my home town, I have seen Marion take hold and write his signature boldly on his own life and times and on the life of the nation’s capital. Many took his struggle to personify in some way their own, endearing him and making him a larger-than-life figure as he became a creator of post-home-rule D.C.”

Councilmember David Grosso issued the following statement on the passing of Mayor Marion Barry:

"I was saddened to learn of the passing of my D.C. Council colleague. Marion Barry was a strong advocate for Ward 8 and devoted his life to the residents of Washington, D.C. His strong passion for making our city a great city was only surpassed in effort by his incredible commitment to ensuring that the poorest of our residents were never forgotten. It has been an honor for me to sit next to Mayor-for-Life Marion Barry on the dais and serve with him on the education committee for the past two years. I learned a lot about my beloved city from him and a lot about him. I will forever respect what he has done for this city in spite of his many challenges over a 40-year career."

Barry's annual turkey giveaway will go on despite his death.

Barry's spokeswoman LaToya Foster said Sunday at an early morning press conference at United Medical Center, where Barry died, that the annual Thanksgiving turkey giveaway for needy residents would continue because ``that's what he would have wanted.''

The giveaway is scheduled for Tuesday at Union Temple Baptist Church in southeast Washington.

<![CDATA[911 Service Returned to Parts of Stafford Co.]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 16:17:24 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/smart_phone.jpg

911 service in parts of Stafford County was disrupted early Sunday due to technical problems, the Stafford Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

A press release from the office Sunday afternoon said the problem was fixed and the 911 systen is opeating correctly. Calls to the emergency number will connect to the Stafford County Emergency Communications Center.

Most problems were in White Oak and Berea, the sheriff's department said.

<![CDATA[Food 4 Families Campaign]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 08:30:09 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008602513_1200x675_362426947906.jpg Collecting non-perishable food to provide a Thanksgiving meal for families in need.]]> <![CDATA[Three Dead in Crash on East-West Highway Identified]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:47:35 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Cesar-Noriega-.jpg

Police have released the identities of three people killed Sunday morning when a SUV crashed on East-West Highway at Rosemary Hill Drive in Silver Spring.

Eight people were in the van at the time of the crash; the other five were injured.

No other car was involved in the crash, which happened about 3:20 a.m. Police said they are investigating the possibility that speed, alcohol, and not wearing seat belts were factors in the collision.

Police said three passengers -- 21-year-old Cesar Alarcon Noriega of Washington, D.C., 24-year-old Melissa Roxanna Argueta of Silver Spring, and 23-year-old Yeny Karina Vicente DeLeon of Silver Spring -- were pronounced dead at the scene.

The carload of friends were headed home from a birthday party, News4's Chris Gordon reported.

"I just remember the cheerful person she was all the time," said Wilson Melendez, Argueta's brother.

Noriega, who had worked with Argueta, was a "lovable guy, smiling all the time, happy," said Luis Martinez, Noriega's brother.

The driver, 32-year-old Evelyn Martinez of Lanham, and four passengers -- a 25-year-old man, a 32-year-old man, a 23-year-old woman and a 20-year-old woman -- were taken to the hospital with various injuries. The 32-year-old man's injuries were reported as serious.

No charges have been filed.

<![CDATA[Marion Barry, "Mayor for Life", Dies at 78]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:46:10 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP070613024655.jpg

Marion Barry, an icon of D.C. politics good and bad for more than 40 years, has died at age 78.

"It is with deep regret that the family of former four-time D.C. Mayor, and Ward 8 City Councilman, Marion S. Barry, Jr., announces that he has passed," read a statement early Sunday from Barry's family.

Barry had been hospitalized at Howard University Hospital Thursday after complaining of a urinary tract infection. He was released Saturday, and family members said he seemed to feel well. "In his own words, he was 'fantabulous' -- his words, not mine," said Barry spokeswoman LaToya Foster at an early-morning press conference at United Medical Center.

After he was released from the hospital, Barry visited with his son, Christopher, and then stopped to eat. On his way back into his home from the car, Barry collapsed. His driver brought him inside the home, unresponsive.

Barry was taken to United Medical Center at about 12:15 a.m. Sunday, and was pronounced dead at about 1:45 a.m. The District of Columbia's medical examiner said Sunday that Barry died of natural causes due to heart problems. A contributing factor was chronic kidney disease that complicated Barry's diabetes.

Reaction poured in as news of Barry's death spread early Sunday morning. "He loved the District of Columbia and so many Washingtonians loved him," D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said in a statement that expressed "deep sadness" and promised "official ceremonies worthy of a true statesman of the District of Columbia."

Gray ordered flags at all D.C. buildings to be flown at half-staff beginning Sunday in Barry's honor.

In a statement released Sunday, incoming D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said, "Mayor Marion Barry gave a voice to those who need it most."

Barry had recently taped an interview with Oprah Winfrey for her show, "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" The Barry family statement indicated that the interview — which featured his new book, "Mayor For Life: the Incredible Story of Marion Barry, Jr." — still would air Sunday at 9 p.m.

Barry served four terms as mayor and had a lock on the D.C. Council’s Ward 8 seat. But along with that huge political success, many personal failures marked his turbulent life.

Early on in his career, the Washington City Paper dubbed him “Mayor for Life.” He confounded critics who railed against his melodramatic life, even as he basked in the admiration of forgiving citizens who looked to him as their champion.

The son of a Mississippi sharecropper, Barry emerged from the student and civil rights activism of the 1960s to serve on the elected D.C. school board and D.C. Council.

In 1979, Barry began serving the first of three consecutive terms as D.C.’s second elected mayor. His pro-business policies helped spur economic development. He built civic programs for youth and senior citizens, and opened the city government to many African-American professionals, who previously had been shut out.

But lackluster city services, like slow snow removal and lost city ambulances, dogged Barry's administration. He battled a soaring homicide rate among the worst in the nation, and vowed a war on illegal drugs even as rumors about his own drug addiction swirled around Washington.

Barry's stature crumbled spectacularly in 1990, when an FBI sting videotaped Barry smoking crack cocaine in Washington’s Vista Hotel.

Barry famously complained that he had been set up by former girlfriend Rasheeda Moore, an FBI informant.

Barry’s federal trial turned into a drama of prosecution charges and persecution complaints. Out of 14 drug charges, a jury convicted Barry of a single misdemeanor possession charge. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson sentenced him to six months in prison, the maximum punishment.

Many thought the scandal would finish Barry's political career.

But in 1992, Barry emerged from prison and began his comeback right at the prison gate. Just months later he won the Ward 8 council seat from longtime ally and four-term incumbent Wilhelmina Rolark.

In 1994, he swept back into the mayor’s office for a fourth term, trouncing failed reform Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly. Congress reacted sharply to concerns over another term for Barry and Kelly’s massive debt by creating a five-member federal control board to run the city over Barry.

Barry appointed then-obscure Anthony Williams as his chief financial officer. Acerbic and shy compared to Barry, Williams won the mayor’s office in 1998 when Barry chose not to seek re-election.

Barry returned to the political limelight in 2004, winning Ward 8 over another former ally, Sandy Allen. Waving off criticism of disloyalty, Barry said it wasn’t personal — it was politics.

In recent years, Barry easily won re-election in Ward 8. But he suffered from declining health, and received a kidney transplant.

Other controversies endured: failing to file income taxes, being censured for steering a city contract to a girlfriend, and making insensitive remarks about Asian storeowners and Filipina nurses, to whom he later apologized after stinging public criticism.

In August, Barry was involved in a wrong-way accident on Pennsylvania Avenue. Barry blamed low blood sugar that had made him disoriented.

But of the six mayors who’ve served the city since home rule began in the 1970s, it was Barry’s Mayor for Life personality and rollercoaster career that helped define D.C. politics for decades.

Barry first came to D.C. with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He later helped establish and run Pride, an inner-city help group. When Congress granted limited home rule to D.C., Barry won a first seat on the D.C. Council in 1974.

Shot in the chest by Hanafi Muslims when they overran at the Wilson Building in 1977, Barry used the publicity to help launch his 1978 campaign for mayor. He was a brash reformer, equally eloquent on the streets and in boardrooms. He narrowly won a three-way battle after The Washington Post editorial page heavily and repeatedly endorsed him.

But his terms in office were marred by investigations into cronyism, those drug abuse allegations and his image as a self-professed night owl.

Despite his faults, Barry is also credited with creating a massive summer jobs program that, while wasteful in many cases, offered a job or paid internship to any city youth who wanted one; and for treating senior citizens as a top priority with homes and programs for those in the twilight of life.

He completed the city’s first convention center on time and on budget. In his last term as mayor, Barry landed the deal to get the MCI Center (now the Verizon Center) built downtown.

Still, his national reputation is one of a promising politician undone or diminished by his personal failings; a politician who rose against seemingly hopeless odds to win and stay in the life of politics, often in spite of himself.

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<![CDATA[Four Protesters Arrested After UVa. Suspends Greek Life]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 13:33:05 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP136880906224.jpg

All University of Virginia fraternities and sororities and associated social activities have been suspended until January after a 2012 alleged sexual assault incident was highlighted in a "Rolling Stone" article.

The suspension led about 200 people to protest Saturday outside the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house, the location of the alleged rape detailed in the Rolling Stone article. Four protesters were arrested.

In an email message to the university community on Saturday, school President Teresa Sullivan called the actions in the article, “appalling,” and said the community as a whole needed to reexamine their responsibilities to stop rape and sexual assault on campus. Sullivan has also asked the Charlottesville Police Department to investigate the assault described in the article.

In the article published on November 19, a student named Jackie describes being raped by a group of people at a Phi Kappa Psi fraternity party while she was a freshman at the University of Virginia in 2012.

The article describes the pressure she faced from other students after the incident not to report it, as well as the university’s response to the issue.

The school is one of 86 under federal investigation for inadequately handling sexual-violence complaints, and one of a dozen under a proactive probe launched by the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, according to the report. "They are targeted efforts to go after very serious concerns," says Office of Civil Rights assistant secretary Catherine Lhamon in the article. "We don't open compliance reviews unless we have something that we think merits it."

In her email to the university community, Sullivan said she has heard the opinions and reactions from the "Rolling Stone" article, and is imploring the community uphold the honor of the University and bring the truth of the 2012 incident to light.

“I write you today in solidarity. I write you in great sorrow, great rage, but most importantly, with great determination,” Sullivan wrote. “Meaningful change is necessary, and we can lead that change for all universities.”

She announced that all fraternity organizations and associated social activities -- which, The Washington Post reported, includes sororities and other Greek organizations -- have been suspended immediately until January 9. The Inter-Fraternity Council voluntarily suspended social activities this weekend.

The Board of Visitors is scheduled to meet on Tuesday to discuss the University’s policies regarding sexual assault as well as the 2012 incident, according to the email.

“We are united in our compassion, resolve, and determination," Sullivan wrote. "Compassion for survivors of assault; resolve to make our community better; determination to begin to solve this problem here and now.”

While the "Rolling Stone" report highlighted one woman’s plight on campus, a subsequent piece published on November 21 cast a spotlight on the university’s behavior toward other women – students and alumni – who said they suffered sexual assault on UVa.’s campus.

To read the initial "Rolling Stone" report, click here. To read the second story, click here.

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<![CDATA[Man Arrested after Road Rage Incident]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:46:37 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/handcuffs-generic-on-black.jpg

Authorities say they've arrested a man who followed another man to his home and stabbed him after a road rage incident at a Popeye's in Laurel.

Anne Arundel County police say 47-year-old Reginald Terri Dabney of Laurel was arrested Saturday and is facing charges including assault and reckless endangerment.

Authorities say they were called Thursday afternoon to the 3100 block of Lunar Court where they found a 37-year-old male stabbing victim. The victim said he nearly collided with another car at the Popeye's on Laurel Fort Meade Road and that the driver of the other car followed him home, stabbed him and fled.

The victim was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He has since been released.

Online court records did not list an attorney for Dabney.

<![CDATA[Police Seek Suspects in Assault of GWU Student]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:04:34 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/police-lights-shutterstock_328107376.jpg

Police are searching for three suspects in the reported sexual assault of a George Washington University student in an alleyway near campus.

The incident occurred shortly after midnight Saturday in the 900 block of New Hampshire Avenue. The victim said the suspects followed her into an alleyway at that location and assaulted her.

The suspects are described as three white men, and between 21 to 25 years old. One suspect was described at 6-feet, 1-inch tall while another was described as 5-feet, 9-inches, according to a university alert.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the George Washington University police department or call 911.

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<![CDATA[Parent Resources for Common Core Homework]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:39:56 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/240*120/20141119+Pencils.jpg

Here are some resources to help parents and students doing homework or coursework aligned with the Common Core State Standards Initiative:

  • A Parents' Guide to Student Success – a grade-by-grade guide that explains key items that children should be learning in English and math. This guide features activities parents can do at home to support their child’s learning, and highlights questions parents can ask their child’s teacher.
  • State Assessment Guides – a guide by the National PTA showing states that have adopted the Common Core State Standards. It provides state-specific information about assessment consortium, testing timelines, sample test questions, impacts on students, new accountability systems and ways for parents to get involved and support their child’s learning at home.
  • Learn from the Teachers – a website where teachers, parents, and students can find lessons and information taught in the classroom. Review grade-specific lessons, find practice problems and share resources with teachers to help learn what your child is learning in the classroom. Find math assessments, lessons and more on the website.
  • Parent Road Maps – detailed information for parents from grade to grade. Know what the Common Core expectations are for you're child at every grade in math, science, and language arts to stay one step ahead.
  • Tips for Parents – find tips for math by students' grade and the subject they are learning. This site provides comprehensive guides to each subject with practice problems and explanations.

<![CDATA[Nurses Collect Food 4 Families]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:40:06 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008602761_1200x675_361941059665.jpg The nurses at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital are busy collecting cans of food for needy families. NBC4 will be collecting non-perishable foods and money outside the Verizon Center from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Or give online here.]]>