<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Local News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.comen-usTue, 25 Oct 2016 17:33:00 -0400Tue, 25 Oct 2016 17:33:00 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Bethesda Club Battles Maryland Live! Casino Over New Name]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 17:22:16 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Bethesda+Blues+and+Jazz+Supper+Club.jpg

A family-owned business in Bethesda, Maryland, and a multibillion dollar casino complex in Hanover, Maryland, are fighting over who gets to use the word “live” in their name.

The Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club in the 7700 block of Wisconsin Avenue was opened four years ago by owner Rick Brown. He envisioned a grand supper club on the scale of the fames Copacabana nightclub and wanted to preserve a landmark that had personal meaning to him and his faily.

“It’s a great opportunity to take a gem and bring it back to life in downtown Bethesda.” Brown says of the former Bethesda Movie Theater building. “My mother graduated from this stage in 1947, and my father was a musician.”

Brown recently settled a lawsuit brought on by one of the co-owners of the club and renewed his lease for another 30 years on the building. After more than 900 concerts and 240,000 customers over four years, he decided to change the name of the business to Bethesda Live, attempting to attract a wider audience and let people know they have more than just blues and jazz acts.

Within days of announcing the name change, Brown got a letter from an attorney representing Maryland Live! Casino, ordering Brown to cease and desist with the name change and threatening legal action if he continued.

The letter said, “Live! Holdings, LLC is the owner of the registered trademark ‘Live!’ and we are writing to object to your company’s contemplated use of ‘Bethesda Live’ in connection with an entertainment facility in Bethesda, Maryland.”

Brown’s lawyer, Chris Foley, a trademark lawyer and partner at Finnegan Law, said the casino is overreaching. However, he said his client could be wiped out financially if he tried to fight the order.

“Oh, it’s trademark bullying.” Foley said. “I think we’re dealing with a David and Goliath (situation) that could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars easily and that’s not fair to him.”

“It is unfair,” Brown said. “Even if we were to fight a lawsuit, it would be very expensive. We just don’t have those resources.”

Brown and Foley said they’ve reached out to Maryland Live! in hopes of negotiation a resolution that would allow Brown to use the Bethesda Live name. They have not been able to reach an agreement.

“We’re in downtown Bethesda.” Brown said, “This isn’t Baltimore. This isn’t Anne Arundel County. I don’t think the citizens of this area would confuse Bethesda Live with Maryland Live! I don’t see that happening.”

Brown remained hopeful that he will be able to use the new name but admitted if push came to shove, it might be one of the most expensive decisions he has ever made.

Dana Alan Gausephol, an attorney for Maryland Live!, declined to talk about the matter, referring to the cease and desist letter sent to Brown.

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<![CDATA[SafeTrack Keeping You Home? Work from the Library ]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 17:17:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/library+computer1.jpg

If you use the Red Line to commute to work, you might want to make other plans for the next month.

Surge 10 of Metro's SafeTrack repair plan will cause delays on the entire Red Line Oct. 29 through Nov. 22. For some commuters, it may be easier to simply work remotely, rather than battle delays that could be up to an hour long.

For those looking for a quiet workspace, Montgomery County Public Libraries will be offering telecommuting resources for card holders.

Resources include wifi, public computers, collaboration rooms, quiet study rooms, printers, photocopiers and secure charging stations for mobile devices, library officials said Tuesday.

Laptops are also available at the Kensington Park, Long Branch, Silver Spring and Twinbrook branches.

Large meeting rooms will be available to rent from Community Use of Public Facilities at an hourly rate; you can make an online reservation or call 240-777-0311.

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<![CDATA[1 in 7 Men Are Domestic Violence Victims, DC Advocate Says]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 17:11:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016526575_1200x675_793359939928.jpg More men are coming forward, but male victims still face a double standard, said Denise McCain, executive director of the Family Justice Center in Prince George's County. She spoke with News4's Pat Lawson Muse.]]> <![CDATA[Police ID Woman Whose Body Was Found in Md. Parking Lot]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:44:34 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_3696493581.jpg

Police say the woman found dead in a Rockville, Maryland, parking lot Monday was a 55-year-old Delaware resident.

Using fingerprint analysis, detectives identified the woman as Lori Denise Detwiler of Millsboro, Delaware, Montgomery County Police said Tuesday.

Detwiler was carrying no identification when she was found dead, police said.

A man found her body about 6:30 a.m. while on his way to the Twinbrook Metro station, in a parking lot near the fence at the rear of 12349 Parklawn Drive. The parking lot borders an apartment building, and residents often walk through the lot to reach the Metro station, police said.

There was no evidence of trauma to Detwiler's body, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined. Toxicology results are being processed. 

Detectives are investigating this as a suspicious death. They're asking anyone with information to call police at 240-773-5070.

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<![CDATA[DC Mayor to Skip Trump Hotel Grand Opening]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:38:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Trump+Hotel+Soft+Open1.jpg

Donald Trump is expected to be in D.C. Wednesday for the grand opening of his new hotel, and Mayor Muriel Bowser will not be in attendance, according to her staff.

Bowser's staff said the formal opening of the hotel may be too political this close to the election.

The hotel, which opened for business in September, already has been the subject of controversy. Protesters have demonstrated outside the building on Pennsylvania Avenue and graffiti was found sprayed on a wall.

Bowser, who is a Democrat and supports Hillary Clinton for president, has previously spoken out about Trump.

In a July interview with News4’s Tom Sherwood on WTOP radio, Bowser called Trump’s statements on immigration “idiotic.”

She said that while the hotel would be important for the economy, she hoped Trump would apologize for his comments.

In September, Bowser criticized Trump for insulting Washington at the second presidential debate. 

"Smh at DT who comes to DC for profit on the 1 hand, badmouths it on the other. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but here are the facts," she wrote on Twitter, using the abbreviation for "shaking my head."

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<![CDATA[People-Mover Crashes Into Ditch at Dulles Airport; 2 Hurt]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:50:41 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Untitled-1242.jpg

Two passengers were hurt Tuesday afternoon after a people-moving vehicle crashed at Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia.

The vehicle drove off-course into a ditch at an uneven area of pavement in a construction site shortly before 2:30 p.m., said Rob Yingling, spokesman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

There were 37 passengers aboard at the time of the crash. Two were taken to a hospital; their injuries are not life-threatening.

The incident happened between the main terminal and the B gates, near gate B50 (see an airport map here). Airport officials said the passengers had arrived on Avianca Airlines Flight 246 from Bogota, Colombia. They were on their way to the main terminal for processing at U.S. Customs.

Operations at Dulles Airport were not affected.

The vehicle, known as a mobile lounge, has been removed from the ditch. Passengers rode to Customs in another vehicle.

Mobile lounges are used to transport airport passengers between some parts of the airport and the main terminal. Part of the system has been replaced with the Aerotrain train system, but mobile lounges are still used in other parts of the airport.

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<![CDATA[Freeze Warning, Frost Advisory for DC Area Wed. Morning]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:19:45 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2016-10-25_1410.jpg

Bring those plants inside! A freeze warning and frost advisory will be in effect early Wednesday for the greater D.C. area.

A freeze warning was issued for areas north and west of the D.C. metro area from 3 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday, when near-freezing temps are expected.

Unprotected vegetation sensitive to freezing temperatures will be killed or damaged.

A frost advisory is in effect for the D.C. metro area from 3 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday. The D.C. suburbs may dip to near 35 degrees by dawn Wednesday under a clear sky.

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You'll see a few clouds Wednesday afternoon, with highs in the mid to upper 50s. Thursday won't be as chilly, with increasing clouds and a few rain showers likely, mainly during the afternoon and evening.

It'll be partly cloudy Friday, with highs in the upper 50s, and turning warmer for the weekend, with highs Saturday in the mid 60s under a partly sunny sky. Sunday morning should be partly sunny, with temps in the 50s, for the Marine Corps Marathon. Afternoon temps on Sunday may hit the mid 70s along with with a chance of a few showers.

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Halloween on Monday is looking mostly sunny, with afternoon highs in the mid 60s. It'll be mostly clear for trick-or-treaters on Monday evening, with temps in the 50s.

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<![CDATA[Blackwall Hitch to Hold Edgar Allen Poe Night]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:42:25 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016523131_1200x675_793131587988.jpg Halloween is just days away, so a little Edgar Allan Poe seems like an appropriate fare for your dining pleasure. Mente Lawson, the executive chef of Blackwall Hitch, stopped by News4 Midday to share a dish he calls "Hell-fire-ishly spicy." The night before Halloween, the restaurant will host an Edgar Allan Poe night.]]> <![CDATA['The Warning Signs Are There': Domestic Violence Survivor Shares Story]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:01:37 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2016-10-25_1300.png Mary Margaret Ferran stopped by News4 Midday to share her courageous story of survival, hoping it will help someone else who is not safe at home. ]]> <![CDATA[Man Shot Multiple Times at The Shops at Iverson in Md.]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:04:30 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2016-10-25_1234.jpg

A man was shot multiple times at a Prince George's County mall Tuesday, and the suspect remains at large.

The victim was shot in a parking garage at The Shops at Iverson in Temple Hills, Maryland. He was walking with another man on a ramp near the mall's Burlington Coat Factory when he was shot.

The shooting did not appear to be random, Prince George's County Police said.

The victim was rushed to a trauma center. Police said his injuries didn't appear life-threatening.

The suspect ran from scene, police said.

There was a heavy police presence around the mall.

Hillcrest Heights Elementary School and Jessie B. Mason Regional School nearby were temporarily placed on lockdown out of an abundance of caution while police searched the area for the suspect. The lockdowns were lifted about 2 p.m.

A woman who answered the phone in the mall's management office about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday said the mall had not been evacuated.

The shopping center was formerly known as Iverson Mall.

Stay with NBCWashington.com for more on this developing story.

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<![CDATA[DC Streetcar Service Resumes After Overhead Wire Damaged]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:56:44 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/022616+dc+streetcar.jpg

D.C. Streetcar service resumed Tuesday afternoon after an overhead wire, known as a catenary, was damaged between 14th and 15th streets NE, officials said.

Service was suspended for several hours while power to the streetcar system was shut down.

"The catenary accident was caused by a forklift operating with its boom up," D.C. Streetcar officials said on Twitter.

Crews have finished repairs, and service resumed about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

<![CDATA[Woman Hit by Car in Friendship Heights]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:57:38 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ambulance-shutterstock_140766949.jpg

A woman was hit by a car Tuesday morning near the Friendship Heights Metro station, said D.C. police.

She was struck shortly before 9 a.m. in the 5300 block of Wisconsin Avenue NW.

Montgomery County Fire & EMS responded to the scene. The victim was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. 

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<![CDATA[Commuters Weigh In on I-395 Express Lane Plans]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:30:28 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016515792_1200x675_792804419791.jpg If your commute into DC involves I-395, it could soon get a little more expensive. But the hope is it will also get a little faster. The 395 express lanes will soon extend all the way to the D.C. line. News4's Shomari Stone reports.]]> <![CDATA[Man Killed in Gaithersburg Home Invasion]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 15:56:28 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/montgomery+county+shooting.jpg

Montgomery County police said a man was shot and killed after someone entered a Gaithersburg, Maryland, home late Monday night.

Police and emergency crews were called to the 7900 block of Muncaster Mill Road just before 10 p.m. Detectives said two men entered the home through an unlocked back door and one of them shot the victim before fleeing the scene.

The victim was identified as Ronald Michael Lone III, 23, of Gaitherburg. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators said the two men were dressed in dark clothing and had their faces concealed. They said they do not believe the home invasion was a random act.

There were multiple people in the home at the time of the shooting, but no one else was injured.

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<![CDATA[NW DC Homes Damaged by Gunfire, Forced Residents to Safety]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:32:27 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/crittenden+street+gunfire.jpg

Gunfire in northwest Washington early Sunday morning damaged homes, a Jeep, and forced some residents to duck down for safety in their homes.

Bullet holes riddled the first and second floors of homes, as well as a Jeep Grand Cherokee, in the 800 block of Crittenden Street, Northwest. D.C. police said the shooting occurred just after midnight Sunday, and they have provided a portable light tower for the block.

The Jeep’s owner said one bullet went through the bedroom window of his great-grandson, 3. He said the boy was in the living room at the time, where a family celebration had been taking place earlier that evening.

Three weeks ago, police said a man was shot in the 700 block of Crittenden Street, Northwest. The victim ran to a Metro bus stop on nearby Georgia Avenue, where he collapsed. He survived his injury.

Police have not said whether there is a connection between the two shooting incidents.

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<![CDATA[Tractor-Trailer Carrying Lumber Overturns on ICC]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:05:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ICC+lumber+overturn.jpg

A tractor-trailer overturned and lost its load along Maryland Route 200 Monday night, according to a Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokesman.

Images from the Twitter account of Pete Piringer, the chief spokesman for the fire department, showed the accident along the Intercounty Connector. The tractor-trailer was apparently carrying lumber boards when it crashed between the Georgia Avenue exit and the Metro Access Road exit.

Piringer said the driver suffered non-life-threatening injuries. A hazmat crew was called to the scene to assist in cleaning up a small fuel spill.

Some lanes of the westbound ICC in the area were closed. The accident occurred shortly after 9 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Cisco, Smithsonian’s National Zoo Andean Bear, Dies]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 21:15:25 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cisco7.jpg

A 23-year-old male Andean bear named Cisco died Monday during an emergency veterinary exam, according to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo.

Zoo officials said an exam showed Cisco had large amounts of liquid in his lungs and abnormal soft-tissue masses in his chest cavity, resulting in difficulty breathing. While performing a procedure to remove the fluid, Cisco went into cardiopulmonary arrest.

Veterinarians, due to Cisco’s grave prognosis, made the decision not to resuscitate him and let him humanely pass pain free and quietly.

“Cisco was important to the Andean bear population living in zoos,” said Craig Saffoe, curator of Andean bears at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. “Having come to the National Zoo at 20 years old, he proved that older male Andean bears are quite capable of producing offspring."

"He helped us learn more about Andean bears, and we are sharing everything we have learned about their husbandry, breeding, nutrition and veterinary care from him and our other bears with colleagues in other zoos and in Peru to help the species.”

Male Andean bears in human care, on average, live into their early 20s. A final pathology report will provide more details in the coming weeks.

Born in 1993 at the Calgary Zoo, Cisco came to the National Zoo on loan from the Queens Zoo in New York in September 2013. During his time at the National Zoo, he sired two male cubs born in November 2014. Those cubs, Mayni and Muniri, now live at Nashville Zoo.

Andean bears, also known as spectacled bears, are South America’s only bear species. As their name suggests, they live in the Andes and outlying mountain ranges. Andean bears are listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species, and it is estimated that there are only 2,000 left in the wild.

The Zoo’s adult female bear, Billie Jean, can be seen at the Andean bear exhibit.

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<![CDATA[DC Woman Waits Months for Fence After Paying $1,600]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:01:38 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_429252772.jpg

A Washington, D.C., woman paid hundreds of dollars for a fence, but months later it still wasn’t installed.

Gwendolyn Bridgett wanted to keep her dogs and children from trampling her flowers.

"I just wanted to beautify my home," she said.

She bought a $1,600 fence in May from Long Fence, thinking it would be installed within two weeks, but May turned into June.

"We waited a little bit, and then I called the company only to find out that we had to wait on D.C. government to issue us a permit," she said.

By September, she still didn't have a fence.

NBC4 Responds contacted the company and learned it was waiting on the city to issue the original permit submitted in May. It wasn't approved and eventually expired.

The D.C. Department of Transportation, which issues the permits, said the "permit in question was slowed because the original application was incomplete..." It went on to say, "The applicant was notified of the missing paperwork, but failed to respond and the permit lapsed in June."

In a statement, Long Fence said it resubmitted two more permit applications with the necessary information and neither got approved.

Long Fence went on to say, "It was only after notifying DDOT that NBC was launching an inquiry into the delays ... that the permit was ultimately ... approved."

DDOT did admit that the fence company did submit another application in August, and the city admits it wasn't approved until October, two weeks longer than it usually takes.

"Within, I'd say, two weeks, voila!" Bridgett said.

The fence was installed.

When it comes to obtaining permits, ultimately it is the responsibility of the homeowner to make sure it's taken care of. While most companies will do it for you, it's always a good idea to make sure to follow up with the city just in case.

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<![CDATA[Faith Community Plays Important Role in Fight Against Domestic Violence]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:07:22 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016515297_1200x675_792674883644.jpg Former Executive Director of the Family Crisis Center in Prince George's County Mandrell Birks, who co-hosts a weekly talk show on WHUR-FM devoted to domestic violence, and News4's Pat Lawson Muse discuss why domestic violence remains taboo for some ministers to address this from the pulpit.]]> <![CDATA[Grading Campaign Sites on Safety]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:49:25 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/john+delaney+website+hacking.jpg

It’s not unusual to hear candidates on the campaign trail pushing potential voters to their websites for donations or more information, but how do you know the site you’re visiting is safe and secure? Jonathan Lampe, the founder of Cybertical, says that can vary from campaign to campaign.

Lampe’s what’s called a "white hatter," a cyber expert working to improve security. “The trouble with most of these templates is they do not take into account security," he told the News4 I-Team. "So, they get the site up and then they stop. In 10 seconds I know [the] version he's using, potentially some vulnerabilities on the site."

Lampe examined and graded current presidential candidate sites on their potential for being hacked. He said most of the campaigns made the easy security fixes after he contacted them by March of this year. But he showed the I-Team a potential "phishing" risk remains on www.hillaryclinton.com. Lampe demonstrated how anyone who has signed up with an account can send out invites to people from the official site for events supporting the candidate. But a person who wanted to do harm could also include malware or links for people to click on, Lampe said.

"It’s the best bait for a phisher because it’s official,” he said.

The I-Team reached out to the Clinton campaign but did not hear back.

Lampe has looked at more than just presidential candidate sites. When he was recently in town for a security conference, the I-Team asked him to check out other big races in the D.C. area. He graded them based on whether they had basic protections, updated security features and how easily usernames running the site were attainable to would-be hackers. "If they find usernames, they can get into the site. They can change any of the usernames, and potentially, they can upload malware onto the site which allows them to steal everything else that passes through that site," explained Lampe.

Lampe gave two campaigns his highest grade of A: Virginia's 10th Congressional District Democratic candidate LuAnn Bennett and Maryland's U.S. Senate Republican candidate Kathy Szeliga.

“Your supporters need to be able to trust you and know that in leadership, you take that very seriously," Szeliga said. "One of the first things we did was make sure that the company we hired prioritized security."

Matt Proud, with Strategic Partners and Media, is the developer behind Szeliga’s site. “Every morning we sit down, we go through everything just to make sure people haven’t gained access to things they’re not supposed to. But it’s something that, every day, we see that there are new vulnerabilities that are discovered,” said Proud.

Two sites Lampe checked out were graded with a B: Republican Virginia 10th Congressional District incumbent Rep. Barbara Comstock's site and Maryland's Amie Hoeber, the Republican candidate for the 6th District. Lampe said each had some protections. But he said he was still able to get a list of usernames. Lampe said if he was an actual hacker, “I would take 5,000 or 10,000 of my favorite passwords; I would try those passwords against the administrators account until I got in."

Two sites Lampe researched got his lowest grade of D, including Maryland Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Rep. Chris Van Hollen.

Lampe said he easily found 10 usernames and logins and vulnerabilities that might allow an attacker to upload files through the website. "They can deface the campaign's website. That's bad. However, there have also been serious cases where people have used legitimate websites as a backchannel to traffic illegal files," said Lampe. He said he found the same potential risk on the site for two-term incumbent Democrat Rep. John Delaney in Maryland's 6th District.

The I-Team reached out to all the campaigns. A spokesman for Congressman Delaney said, “Congressman Delaney takes cybersecurity seriously and is always open to ways to improve it. We have hosted multiple events in the district on identity theft, fraud and cybersecurity. We update our campaign website’s security features regularly and do not store any personal or financial information on the campaign website. We are not clear of the scope of this vendor's analysis or what the aim of his work was so it is hard for us to comment more specifically on these claims.” Van Hollen's campaign said, "We are currently undertaking a regular upgrade to our website, including its security features."

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<![CDATA[Redskins Players, Law Enforcement Meet Over Police Policies]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:40:47 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/102416+fairfax+police+rodney+barnes.jpg As NFL players across the country express their concerns about shootings by police office officers, members of the Washington Redskins sat down with law enforcement leaders on Monday. News4's Julie Carey reports on some reactions after the three-hour-long session.

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<![CDATA[Born Before Suffrage, 98-Year-Old Woman Votes for Clinton]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 06:52:04 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/102416+estelle+schultz.jpg

Estelle Schultz was born before women had the right to vote, and she's hoping she will soon see the first woman president take office.

Schultz, a 98-year-old Rockville, Maryland, resident recently cast her vote for Hillary Clinton.

"I'm very thrilled to be able to be alive at this crucial election," she told News4.

The great-grandmother said she never thought she would see the day a woman was so close to being voted into the White House. Schultz was born in 1918, two years before women across the United States got the vote in 1920.

"I think it's the most exciting thing that can happen to women anywhere, anytime," she said.

Schultz's daughter and granddaughter started a website called I Waited 96 Years! that is collecting the stories of women in their 90s or older who are casting their votes for Clinton. As of Monday evening, the site had stories and photos from nearly 20 women.

“I am looking forward to the first female U.S. President. I believe Hillary will do an excellent job as president not because she is a woman but because she is most qualified," a 102-year-old Arizona woman, Geraldine "Jerry" Emmett, is quoted as saying.

"I can't say how proud I am to get to vote for her," a 96-year-old Pennsylvania woman, Alice Siegel, is quoted as saying.

Schultz, a New York native, retired 20 years ago as an assistant schools superintendent in Compton, California. She reads the paper every day and keeps up with every twist and turn of the presidential race.

On one wall of her home hangs a photo of her as a 1-year-old, taken one year before women could vote.

"If you have the privilege, grab it," she said.

<![CDATA[AT&T, Time Warner Deal May Negatively Impact Consumers]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:20:33 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016514788_1200x675_792584771883.jpg Consumer Reporter Susan Hogan shares the latest on the $85 billion deal between AT&T and Time Warner. “The merge would bring together AT&T’s wireless broadband and satellite TV services with Time Warner’s HBO, TNT, TBS and other channels,” Hogan reports. How will this affect cost and choice? Hogan discusses the conflicting views.]]> <![CDATA[Redskins Help Macy's Share the Warmth for Children in Need]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:12:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016513417_1200x675_792524867976.jpg Students from several metro area elementary schools shop for winter coats at Macy's with team members from the Washington Redskins.]]> <![CDATA[Maryland Trooper, Motorist Hospitalized After Crash]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:09:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Trooper+SUV.jpg

A Maryland State Police trooper and another person were injured after a crash on the inner loop of the Capital Beltway before 8 a.m. Sunday.

Police said the collision happened on Interstate 495 near U.S. Route 1 in College Park, Maryland, just after 8 a.m.

Trooper First Class Robert Cearfoss was parked on the shoulder monitoring traffic when Elwin Cedilloz, driving a Dodge Dart, veered off the road and struck the trooper's patrol car, police said.

Cearfoss was trapped in his car and rescued by fire personnel who responded to the scene.

Cearfoss was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in a helicopter, while Cedilloz was taken via ambulance to Prince George's Hospital. Cearfoss has been treated and released.

Police said charges are pending, and they are investigating the cause of the wreck, including whether alcohol played a role.

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<![CDATA[Virginia Health Board Votes to Loosen Abortion Clinic Rules]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:40:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/102416+virginia+board+of+health+meeting.jpg

Restrictions on Virginia abortion clinics may soon be reduced.

The state Department of Health voted on Monday to reject several regulations on the clinics. Board members voted 11-4 to loosen restrictions, one of which required clinics to follow the same building codes as full hospitals.

Dozens of people attended the meeting held in a hotel in Henrico, Virginia, and waited hours to speak during the public comment period.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe thanked the board for voting to change rules he said could have forced the closure of many abortion providers.

"I want to thank the Virginia Board of Health for working to repeal onerous regulations designed solely to reduce or outright remove access to essential reproductive health services for women across the Commonwealth," he said in a statement.

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down provisions of a Texas law similar to Virginia's. The Texas law required clinics that provide abortions to meet the same building standards as ambulatory surgical centers, and required doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, as NBC News reported.

Justice Stephen Breyer wrote in the majority opinion: "...Neither of these provisions offers medical benefits sufficient to justify the burdens upon access that each imposes. Each places a substantial obstacle in the path of women seeking a pre-viability abortion, each constitutes an undue burden on abortion access, and each violates the Federal Constitution."

The public has 30 days to comment before McAuliffe can sign the changes into law.

Stay with News4 for more details on this developing story.

<![CDATA[Video Shows Attack on Maryland Diner Manager]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:17:27 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016514334_1200x675_792576067963.jpg

Surveillance video shows an attack that had a 74-year-old Maryland diner manager fearing for his life earlier this month.

Three masked men pistol-whipped Joe Fredholm and robbed the Tastee Diner in Laurel. Police believe the robbers may have also caused a massive crash on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. 

Fredholm was inside the Tastee Diner with a cook and two customers when the robbers dressed as ninjas rushed inside about midnight. 

They forced Fredholm to the floor, held the cook at gunpoint and tried to kick down the office door. 

The suspects eventually let Fredholm get up so he could open the cash register. 

He said they threatened to kill him a couple times and hit him with his gun twice on the side of the head.

"He threatened to kill me a couple of times," Fredholm said. "He hit me with the bell of his gun twice on the side of the head."

The robbers left with about $400 and a cellphone, an assistant manager at the restaurant said, fleeing in a burgundy BMW and were last seen heading toward Howard County. 

After the robbery, police received calls about an erratic driver in a burgundy BMW in the southbound lanes of the BW Parkway about 12:30 a.m. According to U.S. Park Police, the erratic driver crashed into at least seven vehicles at a fast speed before getting out of his wrecked car and firing a single shot to scare another driver and steal that car. 

A spokesperson for the City of Laurel said the getaway car from the robbery was among the vehicles at the crash scene on the BW Parkway. 

Police recovered the stolen vehicle in Northeast Washington, but the driver got away. It's not clear whether the other robbers from the diner were involved in the incident on the BW Parkway.

No one was hit by the bullet, but several people suffered minor injuries in the crashes, U.S. Park Police said.

<![CDATA[More Towing of Illegal Parking Blocking DC Rush Hour Traffic]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:43:28 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/dc+rush+hour+traffic.jpg

Parking along some of Washington's busiest roads is about to get more difficult in an effort to make the drive through the District faster.

Gridlock has increased along Wisconsin and Connecticut avenues since the start of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Safetrack Program and the Beach Drive construction closure. In an effort to relieve some of the traffic pressure, the Department of Public Works will be increasing enforcement of parking violation, meaning more cars will be towed.

The region has already been struggling with additional traffic since Metro’s Safetrack rail closures. The closure of Beach Drive, a popular route for commuters from Montgomery County, has forced additional traffic onto already crowded arteries, like Wisconsin Avenue, Northwest, and Connecticut Avenue, Northwest.

“We had traffic fairly well stabilized in the first few weeks, and then over the last week, things have been thrown out of balance because of some other situations with Metro, police activity, crashes,” said District Department of Transportation Director Leif A. Dormsjo. “It’s a very fragile system.”

Neil Albert, the former deputy mayor of D.C., knows how tough it is to manage traffic in the District. He currently represents businesses in the downtown area that are hoping officials manage to get a handle on the traffic problems.

“As people try to leave the District of Columbia, and particularly in the downtown area, where we are standing, there is gridlock between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., 7 p.m.,” Albert said. “I think something has to happen.”

Dormsjo said the District is keenly aware of the problems and are working to ease the congestion.

“I had a meeting earlier this week with senior city officials. One of the focus areas was Connecticut Avenue, principally with the parking enforcement,” Dormsjo said. “I think there are some things people should see in the coming weeks from DPW that should make sure that we are getting compliance in regard to the parking restrictions that we do have in place.”

The plan is to add two additional tow trucks to the northwest section of Connecticut Avenue for the morning and afternoon/evening rush hours to tow cars off when they park illegally between the 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. extended time.

Since May 2016, they have issued 1,695 tickets, mostly along Connecticut Avenue, Northwest, and Wisconsin Avenue, Northwest, during that extended time. Many of those tickets were given to D.C. and Maryland drivers.

Construction crews working closing lanes during rush hours have also created more problems to throw the traffic flow out of balance.

“It’s not allowed, but we’ve got a lot of construction activity across the city, and we don’t have an endless supply of inspectors," Dormsjo said. "We try to police that as closely as we can.”

DDOT has 20 inspectors that sometimes can’t get to construction crew violators fast enough when notified about a lane closure.

“Keep in mind, the inspector is going to have to fight through the traffic as well," Dormsjo said. "But we were aware when (News4’s) Tom Sherwood made sure that on Twitter we had a minute by minute reporting on what was going on up there.”

Metro's SafeTrack program is scheduled to continue until at least April 2017. Construction on Beach Drive is expected to take several years, but it is being done in segments.

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<![CDATA[Michelle's Style Shines Through 8 Years of State Dinners]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:28:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/01shmobama20.jpg First Lady Michelle Obama has been a fashionista for the eight years she’s been in the spotlight. Here are some of her iconic looks during various state dinners that the Obamas have hosted.

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<![CDATA[Obamas Host BET Concert at White House]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:32:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-616086728+%282%29.jpg The Obamas welcomed some big names to D.C. on Friday night during BET's "Love and Happiness: A Musical Experience" concert in a tent on the South Lawn of the White House. The show featured performances by Usher, Jill Scott, Common, The Roots, Bell Biv DeVoe, Janelle Monae and more, plus appearances by Samuel L. Jackson, Jesse Williams and Angela Bassett.

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<![CDATA[Pets Banned at Arlington National Cemetery]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:44:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/101716+arlington+national+cemetery+fall.jpg

If you're heading to Arlington National Cemetery, leave your pet at home.

Pets -- with the exception of military working dogs and approved service animals -- will no longer be allowed at the military cemetery, the staff announced Monday.

"While we know that pet owners intend no disrespect to our veterans and military families, non-service-related animals on cemetery grounds can and have impacted the decorum of both funeral services and ceremonies at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier," the staff said in a statement.

The ban will go into effect Wednesday, the same day cycling will be prohibited for everyone except families and their guests who are visiting loved ones' graves.

At least 27 funeral services are held every weekday at the cemetery where more than 400,000 active duty service members have been laid to rest.

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<![CDATA[Woman's Body Found in Rockville Parking Lot]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:26:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_3696493581.jpg

A woman was found dead in a parking lot Monday morning in Rockville, Maryland, and police still are trying to identify her.

A man on his way to the Twinbrook Metro station found the woman's body about 6:30 a.m. in a parking lot near the fence at the back of 12349 Parklawn Drive, Montgomery County Police said.

The parking lot borders an apartment building, and residents often walk through the lot to reach the Metro station, police said.

The woman was carrying no identification, police said. She had no evidence of trauma to her body, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined. Toxicology results are being processed. 

Police plan to release images of the woman's clothing and tattoos to the public on Tuesday in the hope that someone will know her name.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 240-773-5700.

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<![CDATA[Role-Playing Weapon Props Cause Scare at Richmond Airport]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:37:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/229*120/propsforlarptsa.jpg

A checked bag at Richmond International Airport caused trouble on Saturday when Transportation Security Administration officers discovered a suicide vest, two guns and an old military manual on bombs.

It turned out they were all realistic props for a live action role-playing game.

The bag triggered an alarm and needed to be pulled off the conveyor belt so that a TSA officer could get a better look at what was inside. The image on the X-ray machine was very suspicious, said TSA in a press release.

The officer opened the bag and found a suicide vest, two guns and an old military manual on bombs. TSA explosive experts rushed to the checked baggage room, and airport police were called immediately.

Upon investigation and detainment of the bag's owner, a man who resides in Henrico County, Virginia, officers determined the suicide vest, the two guns and the old military manual on bombs were all props meant for use in a live-action role-playing game. The suicide vest was fake, and the guns were plastic replicas.

"The good news is that there was nothing harmful in the bag," said TSA's Richmond Federal Security Director Chuck Burke. "The items looked realistic by design. Bringing items to an airport that are meant to resemble items known by terrorists... well, I don't know what the man could have been thinking would come of it."

TSA has seen its fair share of alarming and strange items through the year, including a mummified corpse prop from the horror movie, "Texas Chainsaw Massacre."

The Transportation Security Administration screens approximately 2 million passengers and their luggage every day for prohibited items, including weapons and explosives.

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<![CDATA[DC's Animal Rescue Groups Unite Under One Name]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:51:36 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Capturcxve.JPG

After 145 years, the District's two major animal welfare organizations will now serve the nation's capital under a new name revealed at an event on Monday: Humane Rescue Alliance

The new name, revealed Monday, is the result of a merger between the Washington Humane Society and Washington Animal Rescue League, which combined operations in February. 

"We believe the name Humane Rescue Alliance honors the two predecessor organizations by using the strongest word from each legacy name and represents the strength of the new organization as a bridge from our past to the future," said Lisa LaFontaine, president and CEO of the Humane Rescue Alliance.

The nation's capital is the only major urban area in the country to have all of its animal control protection programs and a wide range of services -- from medical to humane law enforcement to adoption -- unified in one organization, the Humane Rescue Alliance said.

"We're combining our proficiency and knowledge in all aspects of animal care, from providing quality, affordable medical services to creating families with each adoption," LaFontaine said. "Most importantly, we will continue to tenaciously protect and advocate for the animal's in our community and support and celebrate people's love and compassion or them." 

The Humane Rescue Alliance serves more than more than 60,000 animals per year, with a 90 percent save rate, the organization said. It maintains two animal care and adoption centers in Washington, D.C., and provides a comprehensive set of animal care services, such as low-cost veterinary care and spay/neuter services.

The new Humane Rescue Alliance logo -- featuring an animal's face with a Capitol dome for a nose -- was developed by Ogilvy Public Relations pro bono, the Humane Rescue Alliance said Monday.

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<![CDATA[Pastor, Wife Accused of Defrauding Members of Va. Church]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 21:42:18 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/gavel+and+book2.jpg

A senior pastor and his wife defrauded members of their Virginia congregation of more than a million dollars, prosecutors said.

Victorious Life Church Pastor Terry Wayne Millender; his wife, Brenda, and church member Grenetta Wells -- all of Alexandria -- were arrested Sunday in a $1.2 million scheme, allegedly operating a company that claimed to help the poor and recruited investors with the false promise of guaranteed return rates, according to an indictment released by the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Eastern District of Virginia.

The company claimed a Christian mission of providing loans to start or expand existing businesses in developing companies, prosecutors said, but actually used the money for personal reasons, including paymets toward the Millenders' $1.75 million home.

They blamed the Great Recession, among other things, for the delayed repayments, prosecutors said.

Federal authorities began investigating three years ago when some investors became suspicious.

The Millenders' attorney, Drew Hutcheson, said he thought investigators closed the case because he hadn't heard from prosecutors in a while.

In court Monday, Brenda Millender was released on her personal recognizance, but Terry Millender and Wells were ordered held. Another hearing is set for Tuesday.

Terry Millender served as chief executive officer of the company and Wells as chief operating officer.

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<![CDATA[Man Who Left Child in Hot Car Pleads Guilty]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:51:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Daiquan+Fields+Mug1.jpg

A Northern Virginia man has pleaded guilty to leaving his girlfriend's toddler in a hot car, leading to her death.

Daiquan Fields, 32, pleaded guilty Sept. 20 to charges of involuntary manslaughter and felony child abuse and neglect, News4 has learned.

Fields was arrested in April after he drove to Pentagon City to pick up his girlfriend at work and discovered he'd left the two-year-old girl in the vehicle earlier that morning.

He called 911, but emergency crews could not revive the little girl.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, all but six months of the five-year prison term was suspended, allowing Fields to go free Sept. 27.

Now on supervised probation, Fields is barred from living with the victim's mother, must find full-time work and must stay away from drugs and alcohol. In addition, he was ordered to complete a parenting class, pay court costs and get a mental health evaluation. He is not permitted to drive.

Court documents suggested a change in his routine dropping off the 2-year-old and her older siblings may have contributed to the tragedy.

Fields said in an interview with police that he normally dropped off the toddler with a babysitter and then took the two older children, ages 10 and 15, to school. But on April 20, they were running late dropping off the oldest child, so Fields dropped off that child first, followed by the middle child, he told police. Fields then returned to the family's apartment in Annandale, leaving the 2-year-old strapped in her car seat.

A change in routine can contribute to a child being left in a car, Don Goddard of the Fairfax County Police Department said in the wake of the little girl's death.

"When people get into routines like this, they become accustomed to doing things in an order," he said. "If that routine or habit changes, sometimes it leads to a tragedy."

Fields told police he was home in Annandale, Virginia, all day, even meeting a housing inspector who stopped by. He drank a beer and watched TV before he left late in the afternoon to pick up the children's mother from her job at the mall in Pentagon City, he told police.

An investigator wrote that when Fields pulled up at the mall and sent a text message to his girlfriend, he saw the toddler in the back seat. The child appeared blue, and fluid was dripping from her nose, he told police. He called 911 and told the dispatcher he was trying to perform CPR. The toddler was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The temperature that day was about 70 degrees, but the toddler had a body temperature of 107 degrees when she was rushed to a hospital, a search warrant said.

<![CDATA['Prescription Chicken' Is Delivering Chicken Noodle Soup]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:43:33 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016509755_1200x675_792305219911.jpg A company called Prescription Chicken will deliver chicken noodle soup to your door. "It's just the food that has the most connection to comfort," one of the company's founders told News4's Eun Yang.]]> <![CDATA[Public to Weigh in on I-395 Express Lanes Extension]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:41:50 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016505326_1200x675_792112195958.jpg Drivers will get a chance to weigh in on a plan to help further ease congestion on I-395. More Express Lanes are in the works in Alexandria and Arlington. News 4 Transportation Reporter Adam Tuss is live to tell us what it will mean for your commute.]]> <![CDATA[New Smithsonian Podcast to Meld Science, Art & More]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:12:04 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/102416+podcast+listener.jpg

The Smithsonian is launching a new podcast Wednesday to dive into stories about science, art, history, humanity and the areas where they overlap.

"From dinosaurs to dining rooms, this podcast connects big ideas to the people who have them," according to a description of of the new podcast, "Sidedoor," on iTunes.

In a teaser for the podcast on iTunes, a Smithsonian brand marketing assistant revealed some of the work he and his colleagues have been up to in preparation for the podcast.

"[We've] been busy learning how to listen to the cosmos, getting backstage passes at the panda exhibit, interviewing an artist that creates virtual worlds and chatting with lots of other really interesting folks from around the Smithsonian," Tony Cohn said in the clip.

The podcast will launch on iTunes on Wednesday, but would-be listeners can begin subscribing now.

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<![CDATA[Duran Duran to Play MGM National Harbor on New Year's Eve]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:46:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/102416+duran+duran.jpg

You can ring in the new year with Duran Duran.

The iconic British rock band will perform at The Theater at MGM National Harbor on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, theater representatives announced Monday.

Duran Duran will perform at 10:30 p.m. Dec. 31 and 9 p.m. Jan. 1. Tickets go on sale Friday and will cost from $125 to $300, plus fees.

The National Harbor, Maryland, casino and resort is set to open Dec. 8. Bruno Mars, Cher, Kings of Leon and Jim Gaffigan also are set to perform.

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<![CDATA[Top Halloween Costumes for 2016]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:45:16 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-579181396.jpg Take a look at the most popular 2016 Halloween costumes.

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<![CDATA[Witnesses Tried to Help Man Fatally Hit by Car in Md.]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:43:25 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/220*120/2016-10-24_1338.png

A man in his mid-60s was hit by a car and killed Monday morning as he tried to cross a road to catch a bus, Montgomery County police said. 

Robert Michael Grossman, 64, was struck by a Toyota Camry just before 7 a.m. Monday in the northbound lanes of Georgia Avenue at Regina Drive in Silver Spring. 

Leanna Vogt was waiting for her bus to school and tried to help the victim after the crash.

"I'm more in shock that I had to witness something like this," Vogt said. "We were talking to 911 and they told me to flip him, lay him on his back."

Despite the efforts of witnesses at the scene, the victim later died of his injuries at a hospital. 

The driver of the striking vehicle remained at the scene. The driver, a Hyattsville man, was not injured.

Police say Grossman was not in a marked crosswalk at the time the crash. But crosswalks in the area are few and far between. 

"Later on the department will work with the county agencies to determine whether or not improvement can be made to make it safer for everyone," said Montgomery County Police Sergeant Nick Picerno.