<![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 Sun, 23 Nov 2014 16:24:40 -0500 Sun, 23 Nov 2014 16:24:40 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Obama, Colleagues, Friends Remember Marion Barry]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:12:40 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP090706040269.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.

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<![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]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 08:19:07 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20141123+Ax.jpg

Three people were killed Sunday morning when a van crashed on East-West Highway at Rosemary Hill Drive in Silver Spring, police said.

Eight people were in the van at the time of the crash. In addition to the three fatalities, two people suffered serious injuries, and three others suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

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

Police said three passengers, a 21-year-old man, a 24-year-old female, and an unidentified female, were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, a 32-year-old female, and four passengers - a 25-year-old male, a 32-year-old male (with serious injuries), and two, 23-year-old females – were taken to the hospital with various injuries.

Roads in the area were closed Sunday morning.

<![CDATA[Marion Barry, "Mayor for Life", Dies at 78]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 10:04:03 -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.

Sunday morning, 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.

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 included 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 credited with opening the city’s government to black citizens; for 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. His pro-business stance helped fuel the downtown real estate boom in the 1980s and helped fill his campaign war chest. 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.

In his final days on the Council, Barry suffered from ailments including diabetes, high blood pressure and infections. On the Council he was once again pushing for summer youth jobs, development east of the Anacostia River and help for senior citizens.

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.]]> <![CDATA[Woodbridge Teen Gunned Down Remembered at Vigil]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 23:22:47 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008604114_1200x675_362075203792.jpg News4's Shomari Stone reports from Woodbridge, where family and friends of 19-year-old Christopher Weaver gathered for a vigil Friday night. Weaver was shot and killed last Sunday.]]> <![CDATA[100 Injured or Killed Along Train Tracks Past 3 Years]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 23:06:34 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Railroad+Crossings+1.jpg

Police and safety volunteers have dispatched teams to patrol some of the railroad tracks in Prince George’s County, because of the findings of a News4 I-Team investigation.

CSX police and members of Operation Lifesaver, a national organization established to reduce injuries and deaths on railroad tracks, have sent interdiction teams to monitor tracks near Route 1, after seeing an I-Team report showing frequent trespassers illegally and dangerously climbing over busy train tracks near the road.

More than 100 people have been hurt or killed walking along Washington, D.C.-area railroad tracks in the past three years, including some who tried to cross the tracks in areas that a News4 I-Team investigation found were frequently used by “trespassers.”

The injuries – and the frequency of the trespassing revealed by the I-Team – are triggering calls for additional fencing, signage or patrols of multiple rail road tracks in one local county.The accidents and injuries involved people young and old, including a college girl and a 91-year-old woman. They happened in broad daylight and the dark of night, along rail tracks in Maryland and Virginia, the I-Team reports.

Hidden cameras deployed in public spaces by the I-Team showed a quick and large procession of trespassers near the CSX tracks along Route 1 in Beltsville, Maryland. The cameras, deployed on multiple days, showed images of people climbing over a prohibited area of the tracks, near a chicken restaurant. In some cases, people stood and waited for trains to pass before crossing.

In March, Lourdes Gomez of Beltsville was hit by a CSX train and badly injured, suffering broken bones, a concussion and shattered teeth. Gomez told the I-Team she didn’t know it was risky to cross the tracks because there were no warning signs or fences.

A separate review by the I-Team found trespassers illegally climbing over tracks north of the MARC station in Riverdale and near Rhode Island Avenue in Hyattsville.
The Riverdale location was the same location in which Mary Gaffney attempted to walk along the tracks in summer 2012.

Gaffney was struck by a CSX train and killed. Her father, Wayne Gaffney, said she was listening to music with earbuds at the time.

“She was literally pinned in front of the train,” he said.
Additional fencing and safety precautions are needed along the tracks in Riverdale, Gaffney said.

"That's where people cross or walk on those train tracks every single day,” he said.
The Hyattsville location reviewed by the I-Team, along CSX tracks near Rhode Island, was the site of a 2011 incident in which an elderly woman was hit and injured by a train while trespassing. I-Team cameras captured images of a trespasser in August, within five minutes of arriving at the area.
I-Team crews and cameras were unable to find fencing or no-trespassing signs at any of the three above locations.

Through a study of Federal Rail Administration injury reports, the I-Team found 104 incidents in which “trespassers” were injured or killed by trains in Maryland and Virginia between September 2011 and September 2014.

Overall “trespasser” injuries increased 8 percent nationwide last year, according to a separate study by Operation Lifesaver, a safety group funded in part by the rail industry. But a spokesman for CSX, the owner of a large share of Maryland’s rail tracks, show trespasser injuries declined 14 percent in Maryland and 5 percent in Virginia in 2013.

CSX spokesman Rob Doolittle said the agency’s police department is empowered to arrest trespassers. The agency patrols tracks in the Washington, D.C. to turn away and “educate” trespassers, he said.

“Our special agents are on patrol most of the time and they are always vigilant for opportunities to educate the public or to intercede to prevent someone from entering railroad property without permission,” Doolittle said. “So far in 2014, CSX police have made more than 150 contacts with trespassers in the D.C. and Prince George’s County area.”

When asked why the company had not installed warning signs or fencing near the locations in Beltsville, Riverdale and Hyattsville, Doolittle said, “We do install signs and placards along the right-of-way when possible, but these fixtures are frequently vandalized. Regarding fences, there are certain locations where they can be helpful. Over time, the Federal Railroad Administration and industry experience has demonstrated that the most effective means of combating trespassing is through education and awareness campaign.”

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<![CDATA[National Museum of American Indian Undergoes a Reinvention]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:27:53 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008600930_1200x675_361989699837.jpg News4's Kristin Wright spoke to museum officials about how it plans to teach people about Native American history.]]> <![CDATA[Prince William Co. Official Let Go After Indecent Exposure Accusations]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:23:05 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Raymond+Utz.jpg

A Prince William County, Virginia, official lost his job this week after his arrest on accusations he exposed himself to two women from his vehicle.

Just before noon Monday, a 38-year-old woman was stopped at the intersection of Gideon Drive and Smoketown Road in Woodbridge when a man pulled up beside her, lowered the passenger side window and exposed himself to her, police said. She gave police vehicle information that led them to Raymond Utz, formerly the county’s assistant director of planning.

Investigators also learned of a similar incident earlier in the day involving a 39-year-old woman stopped at Old Bridge Road and Mohican Drive, police said.

Utz, 49, was arrested Wednesday and charged with two counts of indecent exposure and two counts of obscene sexual display.

The county let him go Thursday, as soon as it heard of the arrest, a county spokesman said.

Utz was given a summons and a court date is pending.

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<![CDATA[Report: Adam LaRoche To Sign With White Sox]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:29:42 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/456817646.jpg

Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche has reportedly signed a two-year contract with the Chicago White Sox, according to USA Today. 

LaRoche spent four seasons in Washington, batting .249 with 82 home runs and 269 RBIs. With Ryan Zimmerman expected to become the Nationals' everyday first baseman, LaRoche was expendable and the team did not exercise his option for next season. 

Follow Adam on Twitter @AdamVingan and e-mail your story ideas to adamvingan (at) gmail.com.

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<![CDATA[Police: Suspect Admitted Killing Hack After Argument]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:01:25 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Shupelle+Gunter+112114.jpg

The suspect in the death of a man found in car in Millersville, Maryland, Monday morning admitted shooting him after an argument, Anne Arundel County police said.

Seydou Alassane Ba was found dead in the driver's seat in the 8300 block of Williamstowne Drive.

Shupelle Rattim Gunter, 21, of Baltimore, was interviewed by detectives Thursday. He is charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder and handgun charges.

Gunter lured Ba to the area where he was found dead, police. Apparently they had some sort of dispute.

Anyone with information that can help police is asked to call Detective Kell Harding of the Homicide Unit 410-222-4743.

Photo Credit: Anne Arundel County Police]]>
<![CDATA[DC Area Doctors Helping Kids Realize Dream of Becoming a Doctor]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:40:20 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008602816_1200x675_361957955917.jpg For some kids around the District, the idea of becoming a doctor is only a dream, but as News4's Zachary Kiesch reports, some local doctors are working to change that with a special program including hands-on training.]]> <![CDATA[New Yorker Lampoons Redskins On Latest Cover]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:20:30 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/1121-newyorker.jpg

Just in time for Thanksgiving, The New Yorker will lampoon the Washington Redskins name controversy on the cover of its Dec. 1 edition. 

“This is 2014, and it seems a little late to be dealing with that stuff,” artist Bruce McCall explained. “It should have been quashed a long time ago. We did everything to the Indians that we could, and it’s still going on. It seems crude and callous. Names like the Atlanta Braves come from another time. So, in my cover, I’ve brought the cultural arrogance of one side back to the sixteen-hundreds and the first Thanksgiving dinner, just to see what would happen.”

Follow Adam on Twitter @AdamVingan and e-mail your story ideas to adamvingan (at) gmail.com.

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<![CDATA[Former Marine Confesses to Wife's Murder on Chilling Tape]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 09:37:36 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/caleb-crew-andrea.jpg

A former Marine who pled guilty to strangling his wife and dumping her body in a river, confessed to the murder in a chilling recorded interview with two detectives. For the first time outside the courtroom, Caleb Crew's confession can be heard in the audio-taped police interview obtained by News4.

"You're going to feel better when you get this off your chest."
"It's obviously painful she's gone. Just walk us though it."
"Take a deep breath and walk us through it. I know you can do it."

Over and over, in calm, measured voices, Fairfax County, Virginia, detectives Chris Flanagan and Eric Deane turned to those phrases to try to get Crew to tell the truth. Their interview was conducted on Aug. 10, 2013 two days after Crew called 911 to report his wife Andrea missing.

Crew pleaded guilty to murder just last month, the confession a powerful piece of evidence that would have been critical at trial.

In the taped interview, the detectives talk with Crew for nearly two hours, urging him to come clean. He finally gets emotional and begins to provide chilling details about why and how he killed his wife.

Crew tells detectives the couple had gone to court on Aug. 8, 2013 where a previous domestic violence charge against him was dropped. On the way home they argued, and Crew stopped his Jeep in a parking lot. Andrea then threatened to call 911.

Crew tells detectives what happened next:

"I took the phone. I grabbed her out of her chair. She only weights 112 pounds. I grabbed her throat and strangled her in the back seat."

A detective asked whether Crew spoke to his wife.

"First thing I said, 'Goodbye.' I knew once I went down that path I couldn't go back. She said, 'Please Caleb.' I started crying but I couldn't stop," said Crew.

He then tells detectives, though he wife lay lifeless in the SUV, he checked and found a pulse. So he took off the tie he'd worn to court and wrapped it around Andrea's neck.

"Tightly?" asks one detective.
Crew: "Yeah"
Detective: "Why?"
Crew: "To finish the job."

Later that night Crew strapped a backpack filled with weights to his wife's body and threw her in the Occoquon River.

"What was the purpose of the backpack?" asked detectives.
"To take her to the bottom," replied Crew.
"Did you think there was still hope you could get away with it," asked the detective.
"Yeah, that's what I was thinking at the time," said Crew.

Crew tells detectives his biggest immediate worry was the couple's two young daughters, one just 11 months old and still breastfeeding.

"I was thinking, I don't know how else I'll live life after this. I don't want to mess up the girls' lives, of course, I already had. And thinking I have to cover it up," said Crew.

The cover-up lasted just two days until the police interview and Crew's confession. Crew is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 9. One of the most recent filings in his court file -- a certificate of completion for the anger management class at the jail.

<![CDATA["Best Retail Employer" Fits CustomInk to a "T"]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:20:30 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008602835_1200x675_361944643834.jpg CustomInk is named best retail employer by Fortune Magazine.]]> <![CDATA[Construction on Metro Through Sunday Night]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:18:17 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008602845_1200x675_361943619583.jpg Traffic Reporter Melissa Mollet tells you what to watch out for on Metro this weekend.]]> <![CDATA[3 Boys Claim Sex Abuse by Ex-Dunbar High School Staffer]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 23:22:23 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Dunbar+High+School+081913.jpg

At least three boys have come forward claiming they were sexually abused by a track coach and former staffer at a D.C. high school.

Charles Allen Young, 34, had worked in the front office at Dunbar Senior High School in Northwest when he allegedly sexually abused a student in November 2013.

That student, D.C. police said, came forward recently after hearing two other boys claim they were sexually abused by Young.

Young had worked as the school's community development director and had also helped with coaching the track team.

He was arrested Friday, but had resigned from his position at the school in October. He's facing first-degree child sex abuse charges.

Officials believe Young may have had more victims during his time with D.C. Public Schools. Prior to working at Dunbar, he held a three-week tenure with United Way of the National Capital Area.

If you have any information, you're asked to call police at 202-576-6768 or 202-727-9099.

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<![CDATA[14th Street Bridge Northbound Backed Up After Crash]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:35:07 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/policelights15.jpg

Your rush hour commute Friday may take even more time -- the 14th Street Bridge northbound is closed off due to a four-car crash.

The accident occurred right before the bridge splits to Interstate 395. As of 4:30 p.m., heavy traffic stretched into Virginia.

<![CDATA[Teacher Accused of Inappropriate Contact With 3 More Girls]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:28:23 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/1113-jose-peneda.jpg

Three more students say a Montgomery County, Maryland, substitute teacher accused of inappropriate contact with a student also touched them inappropriately, including an incident 10 years ago.

Jose Pineda, 50, was charged in October with third-degree sex offense for an alleged incident Sept. 30 at Roberto Clemente Middle School. A 12-year-old girl said he touched her inappropriately several times.

Since then two 12-year-old girls have said they were similarly touched multiple times by Pineda at Ridgeview Middle School near the end of the 2013-14 schoolyear, police said. One said she requested to go to the bathroom to get away from Pineda. The other said she assumed the first time was an accident until it continued to happen.

Pineda also is accused of touching a 12-year-old girl at Forest Oak Middle School in 2004, police said. Now 23 years old, she told police she reported the sexual assault to her mother and that the principal was notified. A school district spokesperson said the principal has retired and it's unknown if he reported the allegations to police.

The girls were in either the sixth or seventh grade at the time of the alleged sex offenses.

Pineda was charged Friday with three more counts of third-degree sex offense and three counts of

He is being held on $150,000 bond and has a bond review Monday.

Jose Pineda's work history with MCPS since fall 2013:

  • Ridgeview Middle School: 29 days
  • Forest Oak Middle School: 14 days
  • Roberto Clemente Middle School: 9 days
  • Julius West Middle School: 9 days
  • Watkins Mill High School: 8 days
  • Parkland Magnet Middle School: 7 days
  • Gaithersburg Middle School: 6 days
  • Maryvale Elementary School: 5 days
  • Clopper Mill Middle School: 4 days
  • Goshen Elementary School: 4 days
  • Earle B. Wood Elementary School: 3 days
  • Lakelands Park Middle School: 3 days
  • Gaithersburg Elementary School: 3 days
  • Gaithersburg High School: 2 days
  • Rosa Parks Middle School: 2 days
  • Rockville High School: 1 day
  • Montgomery Blair High School: 1 day
  • Seneca Valley High School: 1 day
  • Twinbrook Elementary School: 1 day
  • Longview School: 1 day

Anyone with additional information for police about Pineda is asked to call 240-773-5400.

<![CDATA[Charges Dropped for Md. Family Accused of Hosting Underage Drinking Party]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:33:11 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tlmd_gavel12111.jpg

A Maryland couple and their two sons will not face any charges in connection to an alleged underage drinking party.

Police arrested George and Cathy Magas at their home in Damascus in January. They were accused of assaulting and obstructing police and providing alcohol to minors.

Their two sons also were charged.

The Washington Post reported prosecutors dropped more than two dozen charges Monday. A judge ruled the officers improperly went into the family's backyard, so observations they made would not be allowed as evidence in court.

<![CDATA[RAW VIDEO: Capitol Christmas Tree Arrives]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:46:03 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008599547_1200x675_361863747778.jpg An 88-foot-tall white spruce arrived in D.C. from Minnesota on Friday. As you can imagine, getting the tree in place is a big job.]]> <![CDATA[Wednesday's Child: Inayah Will Be Adopted by Sister]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:58:02 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2014-11-21_1003.jpg First featured on NBC4's Wednesday's Child segment in 2004, Inayah has found a loving and permanent home with her older sister, and her adoption will become official this weekend.]]> <![CDATA[Commercial Hops Processing Facility Coming to Va.]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:44:18 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008598691_1200x675_361818179745.jpg A new hops processing facility in Virginia is intended to boost the commonwealth's craft brewing business and to encourage farmers to consider growing the crop. News4's Megan McGrath reports.]]> <![CDATA[Police Seeking Station Wagon in Disappearance of Lyon Sisters]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:37:08 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/168*120/lyon+sisters.JPG

Could a station wagon -- 1960s or 1970s vintage, and possibly hidden in a barn or outbuilding in Bedford County, Virginia -- hold clues to the disappearance of two young girls almost 40 years ago?

Cold case investigators have been investigating new clues in the case of Shelia and Katherine Lyon, who disappeared March 25, 1975, after visiting a Wheaton, Maryland shopping center.

This year, the search turned to a property in Bedford County, Virginia, which was once owned by the family of 57-year-old Lloyd Lee Welch Jr., also known as Michael Welch. He was named a person of interest in February.

His uncle Richard Allen Welch Sr. of Hyattsville, Maryland, was named a person of interest in October.

Friday, the Bedford County Sheriff's Office said they are asking the public's help in identifying a late 1960s or early 1970s vintage station wagon that is now "associated with the crime."

No further description of the station wagon was given, but the sheriff's office said it "may have been hidden in, or removed from, a barn, shed or outbuilding." People with any information should call 540-586-7827.

Also Friday, WMAL radio said it intends to honor its commitment to a $7,000 reward for information that leads to the discovery of the girls. Sheila was 12 and Katherine was 10 when they disappeared.

WMAL has been bought and sold over the years since the girls disappeared, but remains "strongly committed to assisting in bringing closure to the Lyon Family," the Bedford County sherriff's department statement said.

The Lyon sisters' case is etched into the memories of several generations of Washington-area families. It shattered a sense of safety in the D.C. suburbs and made parents afraid to let their children out of their sight.

Police have zeroed in on Taylor Mountain in Southwest Virginia, where they are looking to recover evidence "that will hold those that harmed those girls responsible in a court of law." They believe the Lyon sisters are on the mountain.

Detectives have not found any remains, sources said, though neighbors in the area think police are searching for remains at a nearby cemetery. 

The Bedford County Sheriff's Office confirmed that officers were assisting Montgomery County Police "with a homicide investigation."

They've said they're "very confident" they're close to finding out exactly what happened to the sisters.

The Bedford County Sheriff's Office also said cold case investigators had traveled to the area to meet with Bedford County authorities and Virginia State Police.

Richard Allen Welch Sr. of Hyattsville, Maryland, had worked as a security guard in the 1970s, and police believe he owned and may still own the Bedford Co. property being searched.

Half a dozen people have come forward and talked to police since Lloyd Welch was named, News4 learned. Each told similar stories of being approached at the Wheaton Plaza shopping center by a man with a badge accusing them of stealing something and attempting to grab them and lead them to a parking area.

Investigators believe all of those who came forward were teenagers when they were approached, and at least one of the reports happened two years after the Lyon sisters disappeared, said sources close to the investigation. Investigators are looking at that pattern of behavior.

Police want anyone who had a business in the area of Wheaton Plaza in the mid-1970s to check their records to see if they employed a security guard named Richard Welch.

On March 25, 1975, the Lyon sisters had planned a day at a local shopping center. They were on spring break, and wanted to get pizza for lunch and see the Easter decorations at Wheaton Plaza, now known as Westfield Wheaton Mall.

With less than $4, they left their home in Kensington, Maryland, and walked the half-mile or so to Wheaton Plaza.

There, a friend saw the girls outside the Orange Bowl restaurant with an older man who had a tape recorder and a briefcase, according to news and missing persons reports.

The girls were later spotted walking home, but by their 4 p.m. curfew, they hadn't arrived. By 7 p.m. that night, police had been called.

Later, a composite sketch was distributed of the man who seen talking to them. Tips flowed in, but to no avail.

Sheila and Katherine were never seen again.

In February, police identified a person of interest in connection with their disappearance. Lloyd Lee Welch Jr. is a convicted sex offender who has been in prison in Delaware since 1997 on a rape conviction. Welch was noticed paying attention to the sisters the afternoon they vanished, investigators said.

"Even though so much time has passed, we have not forgotten that those young girls deserve justice, and their family deserves closure," said Montgomery County Police Chief Thomas Manger in February.

Welch is originally from the D.C. area. Between the 1970s and the mid-1990s, he traveled extensively through the United States while working for a carnival company with his girlfriend Helen Craver, police said.

Welch was charged with raping juveniles in Virginia and South Carolina. He was also arrested in a burglary not far from Wheaton Plaza. He was known to hitchhike throughout the D.C. area.

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<![CDATA[Christmas Music Back on WASH FM]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:42:43 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/2014-11-21_1158_001.jpg Storm Team 4 Metorologist Tom Kierein had the honor of hitting the switch for this year's dose of seasonal sounds, courtesy of 97.1 WASH FM.]]> <![CDATA[Plea Deal Expected After Weapons Found Near White House]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:54:21 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/1119-white-house.jpg

A man who was arrested after officers found weapons in his car near the White House earlier this week has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors.

R.J. Kapheim, 41, is expected to plead to at least one misdemeanor when he's back in court Monday morning. News4's Mark Segraves was in court Friday as the two sides told a superior court judge they had a deal; because of a scheduling conflict, a judge has not yet heard the plea agreement.

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[Stolen Popcorn Food Truck Located in Maryland]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:16:47 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2014-11-21_1006_001.jpg

A local popcorn food truck that was stolen Thursday night or Friday morning in Alexandria was found in Prince George's County less than 24 hours later thanks to social media. 

Local blog POPville first reported the incident.

Rich Arslan, who owns Popped! with his wife, told NBC Washington that the truck came in from D.C. around 8 p.m. Thursday and could have been taken anywhere from 9 p.m. Thursday through 7 a.m. Friday. Despite growing sales online and through retail, the truck is 90 percent of Popped's business.

"It's what allows me to pay my rent, pay back my small business loan and pay my employees," Arslan said.

A News4 viewer contacted us on Twitter Friday evening, saying he had spotted the truck near his work in Forestville. 

Alexandria and Prince George's County police were notified, and the truck was officially located by 9 p.m.!

The first Popped! Republic truck hit D.C. streets in 2012, according to the company's website.

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<![CDATA[Woman, Dog Rescued From Canal in Georgetown]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:15:44 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/ambulance25.jpg

A woman and a dog were rescued from the C&O Canal in Georgetown on Friday morning.

They were pulled from the water at 31st and M streets NW sometime before 8:20 a.m. It's unclear why they were in the canal.

Neither were seriously injured.

Temperatures were around freezing Friday morning.

<![CDATA[Business Leaders Sleep on Street to Raise Funds]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:34:47 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008596475_1200x675_361739331636.jpg Covenant House hosts a Sleep-Out each years to bring awareness to the nearly 3,000 homeless youth in D.C. area. The group estimates that any given night, about 400 youth sleep on the street.]]> <![CDATA[Capitol Christmas Tree Arrives in D.C.]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:47:21 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2014-11-21_1137.jpg

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas on Capitol Hill.

The Capitol Christmas Tree has arrived in D.C., all the way from Minnesota's Chippewa National Forest.

Minnesota children and others are making thousands of ornaments to be hung on the White Spruce, which arrived at the Capitol around 11 a.m. Friday.

Speaker of the House John Boehner will light the tree on the Capitol's West Front Dawn at 5 p.m. on Dec. 2. After that, the Capitol Christmas Tree will be lit from dusk until 11 p.m. every day through Jan. 1.

Photo Credit: Jennifer Vasquez (@JennVasquez_DC)
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<![CDATA[Dr. Martin Salia's Wife: "He Wasn't Afraid to Die" ]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:25:01 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/215*120/2014-11-21_0646.jpg

The wife of a Maryland doctor who passed away after being transported to the U.S. for Ebola treatment says her husband wasn't afraid to die.

Dr. Martin Salia, 44, died Monday at a Nebraska hospital, where he had been flown after contracting the Ebola virus while working Sierra Leone.

Salia, a general surgeon, was a Sierra Leone citizen and permanent U.S. resident. He lived in Prince George's County, Maryland with his wife, Isatu Salia and his sons. 

Dr. Salia's wife said she was able to see him prior to his death, through a camera set up in his hospital room. 

"They did everything in their power to save his life," she said. "He wasn't afraid to die."

A memorial service was held in his honor Friday in Landover Hills. Isatu Salia said her husband lived by his faith, and said she hopes his example of selfless sacrifice will inspire others.

"I pray more people help the sick," she said.