<![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, 21 Oct 2014 15:09:58 -0400 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:09:58 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Claim: Rabbi Accused of Voyeurism Took Students to Bath]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:11:58 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/rabbi+Dr+Barry+Freundel.jpg

A student at Towson University says a rabbi accused of secretly recording women as they changed once invited her and her classmates to take a ritual bath during a tour of his synagogue in Georgetown.

Dr. Barry Freundel was the rabbi at the Kesher Israel Orthodox synagogue in Georgetown and also taught classes at Towson University. The student told the school's newspaper that Freundel invited her and her classmates to take a ritual bath during a tour of his synagogue in Georgetown.

Freundel is accused of installing a camera disguised as a digital clock radio in the showering and changing area of the National Capital Mikvah, which is affiliated with the synagogue. According to police, the camera was pointed at the shower, which is used as part of a ritual cleansing process.

According to the Towerlight, the student says while she declined his offer, other students accepted. Investigators say there is no evidence that students were secretly recorded, but they do want students who went on these unauthorized field trips to contact law enforcement.

Freundel was released on his own recognizance last week under the conditions he stay away from the victims, the temple and the mikvah where, according to the police report, at least six women were photographed. He has been charged with six counts of voyeurism.

<![CDATA[Missing Woman Found Alive in Woods Near Home]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:42:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/blanca+sone.jpg

A 73-year-old woman who vanished from her home in Fairfax County has been located.

Blanca Sone was last seen walking away from her home on Woodfield Drive in the Centreville area around noon Monday.

Fairfax County police searched the area by helicopter but could not find Sone.

Police say she was found in the woods near her home Tuesday morning. Her condition has not been released.

Emergency crews are evaluating her at this time.

<![CDATA[Naked Man Does Push-Ups in Street, Gets Arrested: PD]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:35:38 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/timothy+lowe.jpg

An Arlington man is facing an indecent exposure charge after police say he was found doing push-ups in the middle of the street naked.

Officers were called to the 3200 block of. S. 24th Street just before 8 p.m. on Oct. 16 after receiving several reports about the strange behavior. 

According to Arlington County police, 31-year-old Timothy Lowe ignored their commands and approached the officers aggressively while yelling obscenities. Lowe, who was allegedly under the influence of narcotics, was taken into custody after officers used a stun gun on him.

He has been charged with indecent exposure, disorderly conduct and obstruction of justice. Lowe is being held without bond.

<![CDATA[D.C. Pot Law Might Not Clear All Pot Use]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:59:03 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008240730_1200x675_345479235935.jpg D.C. residents will decide whether to legalize pot when they head to the polls Nov. 4, but some employers could still fire you for smoking marijuana even if it becomes legal. News 4's Mark Segraves talked with lawmakers who are working on a fix if legalization takes effect.]]> <![CDATA[2 Tornadoes Touched Down in D.C. Area Last Week]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:39:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tree-laurel1.jpg

Two tornadoes touched down in the D.C. area during last week's storms, the National Weather Service (NWS) has confirmed.

The two EF0 tornadoes occurred Wednesday near Alexandria, Virginia, and in Eastern Howard County, the NWS said Monday. The latter was to blame for a tree sent crashing into an apartment building, rendering five apartments uninhabitable.

The first tornado touched down between about 12:23 and 12:26 p.m. near Belle Haven in eastern Fairfax County, and continued north for about 1.5 miles to the City of Alexandria, creating intermittent damage before dissipating, the NWS said.

That tornado had an estimated maximum wind speed of 55-65 mph, with a maximum width of 75 yards, according to preliminary data from the NWS.

The tornado is believed to have first touched down near the intersection of Hunt and Belle Haven roads, where there was a tree down. It continued north across the Belle Haven Country Club property, snapping large tree limbs, and then probably lifted across Interstate 495 where it crosses over the George Washington Parkway, downing more tree branches, the NWS said.

Several more large tree branches were also snapped in the neighborhood to the north.

The second tornado touched down less than an hour later, in the Savage, Maryland area of Howard County.

The NWS believes it touched down at about 1:13 p.m. about 200 yards south of Knights Bridge Road in Savage.

The tornado then uprooted a large tree, sending it crashing into the side of a three-story apartment building on Stebbing Way. The NWS said a nearby street sign was also snapped.

"Sixty-mile-per-hour winds could knock down trees and take out power lines," said Storm Team 4 Meteorologist Doug Kammer. "Normally, it wouldn't cause structural damage, but as we saw... last week, most of this damage would be caused from trees being knocked into buildings."

An EF0 tornado generally has winds of 65 to 85 mph. It is the lowest rating on the Enhanced Fujita scale, which goes up to EF5.

Photo Credit: Howard Co. Fire & EMS ]]>
<![CDATA[Tom Sherwood Celebrates 25 Years at News4]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:19:36 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2014-10-20_2223.jpg Sherwood joined News4 in 1989 after coming from the Washington Post.]]> <![CDATA[Dog Stolen From Md. Apartment Found Safe]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:17:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/stolendog.jpg

A 10-year-old dog stolen from a Greenbelt, Maryland apartment last week has been found safe.

Prince George's County Police say a tip from a good Samaritan led Arwyn's owner to find her walking the streets of Calvert County.

"She was a long way from home, but we are very happy to report that she's been found in good health," a police release said Monday evening.

Arwyn, a boxer, was apparently stolen from Gabrielle Cowgill-Wilkins's apartment on Wednesday. Cowgill-Wilkins got home to find a diamond ring, a laptop and a Kindle Fire also missing -- but all she wanted was her dog back.

Cowgill-Wilkins, who is seven months pregnant, described Arwyn as "a gentle old gal." The two have been together since Arwyn was just six weeks old.

Cowgill-Wilkins believed if Arwyn had just run out of the open door, or even been pushed out of the apartment by the burglar, she would have stayed close to home. But days of searching turned up no sign of her, and police believe she had been taken.

Investigators are still working to find a suspect or suspects in the case. Anyone with information is asked to call the investigators at 301-390-2160 or call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS if they wish to remain anonymous.

<![CDATA[5 Ways to Keep Kids Safe on Halloween]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:10:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2014-10-20_18231.jpg

It’s nearly time to take to the streets for trick-or-treating. But are your kids ready for a night that will be filled with darkness, distracted driving and dangerous speeds?

“On Halloween night, we see a doubling of pedestrian fatalities, and we see an increase in injuries because kids are out darting between cars, crossing streets where they usually don’t cross,” said Kate Carr of Safe Kids Worldwide.

Carr shared five tips on how your little trick-or-treaters can stay safe.

1. Have your kids wear glow sticks. Carr calls them a wonderful addition to any costume because they can be made into necklaces or bracelets, and are inexpensive and easy to find.

2. Parents and kids should both carry flashlights, or use light-up elements as accessories. "If you have a light, it's going to capture the eye of a driver," she said.

3. Safe Kids Worldwide is giving away free snap bracelets that snap into the wrist include a bit of reflective tape that can help later in the afternoon.

4. A bit of reflective tape also goes a long way. "The tape can be cut into pieces, put in designs. It comes in all kind of colors," Carr said. "Up, down, or around in circles, whatever way you want to go is going to add a little bit of visibility."

5. What would Halloween be without a goody bag for all the goodies? Safe Kids Worldwide is giving away free reflective trick-or-treat bags.

It’s just as important for drivers to look for kids as it is for kids to look for drivers. If you plan to drive on Halloween, drive more slowly, turn on your headlights earlier, and expect the unexpected.

And for parents eager to take and share cute pictures on Halloween, keep in mind that distracted walking or driving can put your trick-or-treaters in danger, so stop before you snap.

Lots of Safe Kids locations in the area are giving out free slap bracelets and bags. Check out the list of locations below:

Local Safe Kids Coalitions:

How to Find Your Local Safe Kids:
• Go to www.safekids.org.
• Click "Find Your Safe Kids" in the top right corner.
• Choose "Find a coalition near you" under Safe Kids Local Coalitions in the United States.
• Pick your state.
• Choose the coalition closest to you, and contact the coalition coordinator.

Or check out our roundup below:

Washington, DC
Safe Kids DC

Safe Kids Maryland
Safe Kids Baltimore
Safe Kids Carroll County
Safe Kids Frederick County
Safe Kids Howard County
Safe Kids Lower Shore
Safe Kids Montgomery County
Safe Kids Prince George's County
Safe Kids Washington County

Safe Kids Virginia
Safe Kids Central Shenandoah Valley
Safe Kids Central Virginia
Safe Kids Eastern Shore
Safe Kids Fairfax County
Safe Kids Lenowisco Area
Safe Kids Prince William Community
Safe Kids Southern Virginia

<![CDATA[Men Shot While Holding Small Child in D.C.]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:53:47 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/police-lights-night-shutterstock_328107376.jpg

Two men were shot and injured in Southeast D.C. Monday evening while one of them was holding his three-year-old son.

Police sources say two other men pulled up to a BMW in a Ford Taurus and fired at least 21 gunshots in the 3800 block of Q Street SE, near the intersection of Fort Davis Street. The Taurus then sped off, leaving both adult victims with gunshot wounds.

The man who was holding his son dropped him when he was shot. The child was not hit by gunfire, but received some cuts from the fall.

All three are expected to recover.

Nearby resident Alma Sharpe was sitting on the couch in her living room, holding her 10-month-old great-grandson at the time of the shooting. She heard several shots fired right outside her doorstep.

"Frightening. Scary," she said.

Her great-grandson Seth was also frightened.

"He jumped and I jumped, and I kept him close to me," Sharpe said. "And less than a minute or so -- bang, bang, bang, bang.... So many little kids in this neighborhood. I hope police catch whoever it is."

After the shooing, Sharpe called her granddaughter Lamika Bacon and told her what happened. Bacon drove to the crime scene, but had to wait an hour before police let her through.

"My heart is pounding," Bacon said, "because I realize something could have happened to my baby, or my grandmother."

Police are going to talk to both the victims at the hospital to see if they can provide some more information about what happened.

Authorities are asking anyone with information about the shooting to contact them.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock]]>
<![CDATA[Sex Assault Near Georgetown University]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:49:41 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008241165_1200x675_345435203633.jpg Georgetown University is reminding students to keep their doors and windows locked, even when they're home, after a sex assault just a couple blocks from the campus.]]> <![CDATA[Early Voting Begins in D.C.]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:47:36 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/2014-10-20_1845.jpg News 4's Tom Sherwood reports on the first day of early voting in DC ahead of the Nov. 4 election. ]]> <![CDATA["Toy Insider Mom" Picks This Year's Hottest Toys]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:47:22 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/240*120/20141020+Toys.jpg

From a bike for the littlest riders to a real-life Minecraft game, the hottest toys this holiday season encourage creative and active play.

Laurie Schacht, the Toy Insider mom, joined News4 with some of the toys expected to be favorites this holiday season.

Here are some of her picks:

Twista bike (YVolution)

This "balance bike" is meant for the youngest riders. Features a height-adjustable cushioned seat and adjustable handlebars with soft foam grips, as well as shock-absorbing rubber wheels.

Ages: 1 1/2 - 4

Price: $79.99

SmartMax Mega Ball Run (SmartMax)

This construction set uses magnets and large metal balls. Children can build chutes and ramps and watch the metal balls race through their designs.

Ages: 3+

Price: $119.99 (smaller and less expensive sets are available)

Doc McStuffins Walk N’ Talk Doc Mobile Doll (Just Play)

This Walk N’ Talk Doc Mobile Doll is based on the popular Disney Junior series. The doll walks, talks, and sings the “Doc Mobile” song. Doc’s friend Lambie is included and talks and sings along with Doc.

Ages: 3+

Price: $39.99

Hot Wheels Hyper Racer (Toy State)

When the engine kicks into "Hyper Mode," the car body transforms into a new color -- the blue car changes to green and yellow car changes to red.

Ages: 3+

Price: $14.99

GoldieBlox and the Builder’s Survival Kit (GoldieBlox)

This 190-piece building kit promotes spatial skills through basic engineering principles, reading skills and confidence.

Ages: 6+

Price: $59.99

The Original Super Spirograph (Kahootz Toys)

The popular toy from your childhood is back with a 75-plus-piece kit. Includes a 24-page guide book, 12 sheets of design papers, drawing pads, reusable spriro putty and a storage case with built-in work desk.

Ages: 8+

Price: $39.99

Minecraft Papercraft Overworld Set (Jazwares)

Build -- in real life and away from the screen -- the popular virtual world of Minecraft. Available in three sizes: 30-piece, 48-piece, and 90-piece.

Ages: 8+

Price: $9.99

Lego Fusion

Combine everyone's favorite plastic building block with game apps. The collection will include four titles: Lego Fusion Town Master, Lego Fusion Battle Towers, Lego Fusion Create & Race and Lego Fusion Resort Designer.

Ages: 7+

Price: $34.99

MiP (WowWee)

The University of California at San Diego's Coordinated Robots Lab helped develop this fully interactive robot. It's able to navigate its surroundings controlled by hand movements. MiP also plays games, dances to any song in your iTunes library and has expressive LED "eyes."

Ages: 8+

Price: $99

<![CDATA[Three Film Festivals to Entertain This October]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:46:24 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/240*120/20141020+Film+Fest.jpg

Three film festivals are bringing culture and perspectives from around the world to D.C. this October.

The Washington West Film Festival begins Wednesday at the Hamilton Hotel in the Capitol. The festival features Hollywood studio releases as well as films by independent directors; each was chosen, organizers said, to highlight stories that can change the world.

All of the proceeds go to charities that support programs to end disease, hunger, and displacement.

Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus will introduce a documentary about her father at the festival, which runs until Sunday.

The Utopian Film Festival opens on Saturday in Greenbelt, Maryland. The festival features local cult film, "Led Zepplin Played Here" by Jeff Kurlik, who will be part of a retrospective that also includes his "Heavy Metal Parking Lot." Kurlik also will be at a Q&A session after a viewing of his movie. The film festival runs until Sunday.

The Middleburg Film Festival will run from Oct. 30 until Nov. 2  at the Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, Virginia. The festival features four days of films followed by Q&A sessions, as well as fine wine with filmmakers and actors, panel discussions, and farm-to-table dinners.

<![CDATA[McDonald's Security Guard Accidentally Shoots Woman]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:12:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/college+park+mcdonalds.jpg

A bystander was shot and injured after an altercation at a McDonald's restaurant in College Park early Sunday morning.

It happened shortly before 2:50 a.m. Sunday in the 8300 block of Baltimore Avenue.

Prince George's County Police said a security guard working at the restaurant asked three men and a woman to leave after they became disruptive. The group refused, and one of the men began to fight the guard.

During the struggle, the security officer fired his gun, striking a woman, police said.

The victim was shot in the wrist and was taken to the hospital, where she was treated and released.

Clarence Kirksey-Walcott, 22, has been charged with second-degree assault and disorderly conduct. Thair Walker, 21,  and Dion Conley, 22, have also been charged with disorderly conduct.

Additional charges may be filed, police say.

<![CDATA[Metro to Shut Down Blue Line for Concert for Valor]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:02:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tlmd_brucespringsteenpng_bim.jpg

Metro plans to shut down the Blue Line on Veterans Day to help shuttle the hundreds of thousands of people expected to attend the Concert for Valor.

Transportation leaders have been scrambling to put together a game plan to move to and from the National Mall for the Nov. 11 concert featuring Bruce Springsteen, Carrie Underwood, Metallica, Eminem, Zach Brown Band and Rihanna.

Metro says it will replace all Blue Line service with Yellow Line trains between Franconia-Springfield and Greenbelt. A special shuttle train will operate between National Airport and Arlington Cemetery, News4's transportation reporter Adam Tuss reports.

HBO says it is putting up extra cash to make sure there is adequate transportation in place. The show is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. and run until 10 p.m.

"The production is paying for extra Metro trains, buses and commuter rail services under the guidance of Metro DC Transit, using past events, such as the July 4 concert, as a guide," wrote HBO Vice President of Media Relations Tobe Becker.

But the typical crowd on Metro for the Fourth of July is about 500,000 riders throughout the course of the day. If even 200,000 or 300,000 people show up for the Concert for Valor, it could take a very long time to clear the Mall.

"It takes us about two hours to clear the crowd from the Fourth of July," said Metro General Manager Richard Sarles told News4. "If this is one-and-a-half to two times that size, the time to clear it would be maybe three or four hours. So that's a lot that we have to take into consideration."

There is good news if the thought of the concert and crowd is too much for you: The event will be televised on HBO that night.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Va. Man Tried to Save Neighbor After Shooting]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:11:49 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/217*120/edward+hale.jpg

Balloons and flowers mark the townhouse where police say a Virginia woman was shot to death by her boyfriend, Edward Everett Hale Jr., early Sunday.

Hale was found dead near T. Clay Wood Elementary School in Nokesville on Monday morning, Prince William County police said. It's just over a mile and half from where police say Hale's girlfriend, Jessica Leigh Wilson, was shot and killed outside a Bristow, Virginia townhouse early Sunday morning.

Wilson, 31, was a mother of two.

Prince Williams County police say the couple had been involved in a  verbal altercation before Wilson was shot. She was transported to an area hospital, where she later died.

"She was a wonderful young lady," neighbor Milt Sharp said of Wilson. Sharp said he witnessed the shooting and tried to come to her aid.

Hi had been getting ready to leave for a business trip when he noticed Wilson and Hale, at first just talking, inside a car in the driveway. Then, Sharp said, he saw Hale choking her.

Sharp said he shouted. "He let her go once he heard my voice, and she yelled out to me, 'Call the cops! He has a knife and he has a gun.'"

Sharp says he opened his front door and told his son to call 911. When he turned around, Wilson had fallen while trying to get away.

"He pointed the weapon at her while she was on the ground and she said, 'Ed, don't do this,' and he shot her," Sharp said.

Sharp says he immediately ducked into his house, shouted at his family to get down. He heard two more shots fired, then heard the suspect drive away.

Sharp said that as he performed CPR on the victim, his wife and son stood alongside him for support, urging him to continue with the heart-wrenching task.

"I was talking to Jessica, telling her that she needed to live, that she needed to live for her children and that I was here and that I was helping her and that she needed to live, and that they [first responders] were on their way," Sharp said.

Wilson died at the hospital.

Sharp canceled his business trip, the family fearful Hale could come looking for them. But early Monday morning, an alert staffer at T. Clay Wood Elementary School spotted the car Hale fled in.

Incoming students were taken to Brentsville High School for the day.

"Everyone moved very quickly to redirect buses and get kids to a safe place so we could do the search and keep them safe," said First Sgt. Kim Chinn of Prince William County Police.

Hale's body was found near the baseball fields. Police believe he shot himself.

News4 has also learned Prince William County Police had responded to a domestic complaint at Wilson's townhouse just 10 days ago. They say she got an emergency protective order, but hadn't followed up with a more permanent order.

Neighbors say the couple had lived at the townhouse for about a year. Hale was reportedly in the process of moving out.

<![CDATA[1 Dead, 1 Injured in NW Shooting; Police Search for Suspect]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:56:00 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/215*120/nw_dc_shooting.png

Police are investigating a shooting that left one person dead and another injured in Northwest D.C. early Monday morning.

Officers were called to the area of 8th Street and Jefferson Street at about 2:43 a.m. for a report of a shooting. When officers arrived, they foun two adults suffering from gunshot wounds.

One victim died at the scene; the second was transported to an area hospital. There's no word on the second victim's condition at this time.

Police say the suspect fled the scene in a gray 2003 Monte Carlo with Maryland tags "2AY2516."

<![CDATA[D.C. Emergency Crews Test Response To Disaster in All-Night Drill]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:11:25 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008228926_1200x675_345042499709.jpg News4's Darcy Spencer shows us how first responders in D.C. react to a disaster.]]> <![CDATA[Virginia Woman Shot, Killed during Domestic Dispute]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:54:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Edward+Everett+Hale.jpg

A Bristow, Virginia, woman was shot and killed early Sunday morning after a verbal altercation with the gunman, according to Prince William County Police.

Authorities said Jessica Leigh Wilson, 31, died after being transported to the hospital. Detectives said she and the suspect knew one another and the incident was domestic related.

Police are searching for Edward Everett Hale, Jr., 35, of Glen Burnie, Maryland. He is described as a black man, 5’10” tall, weighing 190 pounds, with brown eyes, bald and a goatee. Hale was seen leaving the area in a 2009 gray Honda Accord.

A warrant for Hale’s arrest has been issued.

Photo Credit: Prince William County Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Graham Suspect Charged With Attempted Murder in 2005 Case]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:22:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP702814643380.jpg

As investigators wait to see if a body found Saturday is missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, the suspect in her disappearance is facing an attempted murder charge in another case.

Jesse L. Matthew, Jr. has already been charged with abduction with attempt to defile Graham, who disappeared more than a month ago.

On Monday, Matthew was indicted for attempted capital murder, abduction with attempt to defile, and sexual penetration with an object in a 2005 sexual assault in the city of Fairfax, Virginia. All three charges are felonies.

In that case, a 26-year-old woman was walking home from a grocery store in September 2005 when a man grabbed her and forced her into a wooded area, where he sexually assaulted her. He fled after being startled by another person.

During a news conference Monday afternoon, Fairfax authorities were unable to comment on specific evidence in the case.

"You know, I've learned the hard way over the past 30 years that this is just the first step, and the crimninal justice system can be a long, tough row to hoe, but I have confidence... that we will be able to go forward and bring justice in this instance," said Commonwealth's Attorney for Fairfax County Raymond F. Morrogh.

Morrogh said the victim in the 2005 case is grateful to the lead detective who stayed in touch with her over nine years, telling her he'd never give up.

"I think it's fair to say that she's grateful that the case will go forward to whatever resolution comes to it," he said.

He said Matthew will likely be brought to Northern Virginia to face the charges, but no court date has been set yet. On Thursday, Fairfax authorities will ask the court for a bench warrant to bring Matthew to Northern Virginia.

"It's possible to transport a defendant to and from various courthouses, and that's what we'll do," Morrogh said.

Morrogh declined to comment on Matthew's connection to other unsolved cases.

City of Fairfax Police Chief Carl R. Pardiny said Fairfax authorities are continuing to work with authorities in Charlottesille, Albermarle County and Virginia State Police.

Authorities had previously said DNA evidence links the 2005 Fairfax assault to the murder of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington in 2009.

Harrington disappeared after attending a concert at the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville. Her body was found a little more than five miles from where the body was found during Saturday's search for Graham. Harrington had been missing for 101 days.

No one has been charged in Harrington's murder. But Harrington's parents have been active in searching for Graham, noting the similarities between the two cases.

"I thought [Graham's disappearance] seemed very similar to Morgan's situation with sort of the question of her maybe being somewhat impaired, someone just picking her up and trying to take care of her," Dan Harrington said earlier this month.

"But it really came to light to me about two weeks ago when I saw a picture of the sketch as compared to Jesse," he said. "I thought, 'Oh my God, I think it's the same person'."

Virginia State Police said late last month that they believe they have found a link between Harrington's death and Graham's disappearance.

The news of the new charges against Matthew is another stunning development connected to Graham's month-long disappearance.

Volunteer searchers looking for Graham found human remains Saturday; Virginia's medical examiner is working to identify the body now.

Sunday, investigators interviewed residents in the area where the body was found, and forensic teams combed the sides of a road for several miles past the site.

It was not immediately known what they were looking for.

Volunteer searchers discovered the unidentified body at about noon Saturday in an "abandoned property" along Old Lynchburg Road in the Walnut Creek Park area of Albemarle County, authorities said at a Saturday evening news conference.

Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo said Graham's parents had been notified of the discovery. He said volunteers working with Chesterfield County sheriff's deputies were searching the property on Old Lynchburg Road when they discovered the remains.

Albemarle County Police Chief Steve Sellers said, "This, sadly, is now a death investigation. We will not jump to any conclusions after today’s discovery."

In September, police charged Matthew in Graham's disappearance. His attorney, Jim Camblos, issued a statement late Saturday night, saying "I understand the search teams found remains on an abandoned farm in Albemarle County. We are waiting to see the results of the medical examiners autopsy. No further comment."

Albemarle County Police now are asking anyone who saw suspicious activity or suspicious vehicles near Old Lynchburg Road to contact them at 434-296-5807. Neighbors in the area said they had been smelling a foul odor a few days ago.

Emergency management officials, meanwhile, canceled Sunday's planned search for Graham. Hundreds of volunteers have joined Charlottesville, Albemarle County and state authorities for a series of searches since Graham disappeared.

Graham was reported missing after a night out with with friends Sept. 12. She was last seen on surveillance video in Charlottesville’s downtown mall in the early morning hours of Sept. 13.

The surveillance video shows a man police identified as Matthew wrapping his arm around Graham. He is also accused of buying the 18-year-old woman alcohol.

Two weeks after Graham's disappearance, Matthew -- a hospital worker and former taxi driver -- was arrested in Texas. He has been extradited to Virginia, where he is in custody.

Matthew is not due for a court appearance in the case until December. Investigators believe Matthew acted alone and did not know Graham before her disappearance.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: AP
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<![CDATA[Sinkhole Repairs to Slow Pennsylvania Avenue Traffic]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 07:46:26 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/sinkhole+repair+pennsylvania+avenue.jpg

Road crews will shut down the eastbound lane of Pennsylvania Avenue in Northwest D.C. to repair a sinkhole.

The closure will begin at 7 a.m. Saturday near 26th Street in the West End neighborhood. The D.C. Department of Transportation says one lane will remain open in both directions, but expect delays in the area.

Everything should be back open by 7 p.m. Saturday.

<![CDATA[Burglar Steals 10-Year-Old Dog From Md. Apartment]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 07:24:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/stolendog.jpg

Someone broke into a Greenbelt, Maryland apartment on Wednesday and stole a diamond ring, a laptop, a Kindle Fire -- and the owner's 10-year-old dog, Arwyn.

The dog's owner, Gabrielle Cowgill-Wilkins, is desperate to get her back. She describes Arwyn as "a gentle old gal." The two have been together since Arwyn, a boxer, was just six weeks old.

So when Cowgill-Wilkins got home Wednesday, and realized her apartment on Hanover Parkway in Greenbelt had been burglarized, her first thought was for Arwyn.

She believes if the boxer had just run out of the open door, or even been pushed out of the apartment by the burglar, she would have stayed close to home. But two days of searching have turned up no sign of her.

People at a dog park next to the complex, a place to which a loose dog might be drawn, say they have not seen her. Police believe Arwyn was taken by the burglar or burglars.

Nearly seven months pregnant and about to move to a larger apartment, Cowgill-Wilkins says she can't sleep, can't eat, and can't stop looking for her best friend and companion.

"She doesn't leave my side when I'm home," she said. "And she sleeps next to me on the bed, so she's curled up right next to me...."

Cowgill-Wilkins said the burglars can keep everything else they took -- all she wants is her dog.

Prince George's County Police said the break-in occurred in the 7000 block of Hanover Parkway in Greenbelt sometime between 10:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. Wednesday.

"Please help us find Arwyn and bring her back to her worried owner," said Prince George's County Police Department in a media release.

Police are asking anyone with information on the lost dog to call 301-390-2160 or 1-866-411-TIPS. 


<![CDATA[Downtown D.C. Parking Attendant Badly Beaten]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 23:40:54 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2014-10-17_2312_0012.jpg

A man working as a parking attendant in downtown D.C. was badly beaten last month in an attack that seemingly came out of nowhere.

Now, as he still works to recover, D.C. police have released surveillance video of the attack, which happened at 2:55 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13.

Before the attack, parking attendant Jimaw Hassan says he politely told a man the garage was closing.

In the video, the suspect and a woman are shown walking into a garage in the 900 block of F Street NW, near the Gallery Place Metro Station. They stroll down the ramp, but moments later, the man returns, and attacks parking attendant Jimaw Hassan, repeatedly punching him.

The assailant then he walks away, leaving Hassan severely hurt.

Medina Birhan, Hassan's wife, sobbed as she saw the video after D.C. Police released it Friday.

She recalled the night she drove to a hospital to comfort her husband, saying, "It was very traumatic. I took my kids with me. And the kids saw i was crying and they were shaking."

Hassan is still recovering from broken bones, and cuts on his face, chin and left eye. He says he's scared.

"I am still very worried about it. I can't sleep," he said. "I don't know him."

Police say the woman in the video is a person of interest in this case. While police search for the woman and the suspect, Birhan wants them in behind bars.

"I hope this guy goes to jail," she said. "My husband is already. My husband is scared. He's not the same person that he used to be."

Detectives want anyone with information about this beating to call D.C. police.

<![CDATA[Senior Citizen Gets Critical Burns in Md. House Fire]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:24:38 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2014-10-17_2148.jpg

Firefighters rescued a senior citizen with critical burn injuries from a house fire in District Heights on Friday night.


The fire was on the second floor of a two-story home in the 1100 block of Waterford Drive.

The Prince George's County Fire Department is working to determine the cause of the fire.

<![CDATA[Join NBC4 for the Best Buddies Challenge ]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 09:13:50 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20141017+Best+Buddies.jpg

NBC4 is proud to play a part in the Audi Best Buddies Challenge Saturday on the National Mall.

News 4’s Veronica Johnson will join in as participants get active to raise funds for the intellectually disabled.

The D.C. event is part of Best Buddies International, a global volunteer organization that promotes social and vocational opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The central mission of Best Buddies is to foster one-to-one friendships between intellectually disabled people and volunteers who range from middle school to post-collegiate. The organization also sponsors leadership development and integrated employment for the people it seeks to help.

Saturday’s challenge will include several different events, and is headlined by scenic bike tours around the district led by cycling legend George Hincapie.

It also features The Carl Lewis Challenge 5K, a run/walk around the monuments led by the Olympic gold medalist himself.

After the athletic events, participants will enjoy complimentary massages, hot showers, food, and an open bar.

NBC4 will have live coverage of the challenge on all of our Saturday morning shows. For more information on the event, visit the Best Buddies Challenge website, and check out our Changing Minds project for more information on mental health issues and activities in our community.