<![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 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:21:29 -0400 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:21:29 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Police: Woman Found Dead in Gaithersburg]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 19:49:20 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/police-line-generic722.jpg

Montgomery County police are investigating the death of a woman in Gaithersburg Sunday morning.

Police said they were called to the 18000 block of Hallmark Court in the Flower Hill area around 10:30 a.m. They discovered a 47-year-old woman’s body and said it appears to be a homicide.

They said they do have a suspect in custody.

They are not releasing any additional information because the family has not been notified.

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<![CDATA[Questions Remain After DC Gun Law Struck Down]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:13:19 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007309149_1200x675_312754243756.jpg Despite a judge's ruling, questions remain about what DC will do to craft a new gun law. News4's Derrick Ward reports.]]> <![CDATA[I-97 Closed for Accident, Four People Injured]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:25:54 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/I+97+crash.jpg

Interstate 97 in Anne Arundel County remains closed as emergency crews deal with a single-car accident early Sunday.

Authorities said an SUV crashed on the ramp from northbound I-97 heading to Route 32 around 8:22 a.m. A Facebook post from the Anne Arundel County Fire Department reported three people were ejected from the truck and a fourth person was trapped inside the vehicle.

The patient inside the truck was rescued and taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore via helicopter with critical, life-threatening injuries. Three other people were taken by ground to Shock Trauma.

Two of those people were critically injured and one was severely injured.

Traffic is being diverted onto Route 32 while Maryland State Police continue to investigate the crash. Anne Arundel County police reported I-97 was reopened around 11:35 a.m.

Photo Credit: Anne Arundel County Fire Department]]>
<![CDATA[Severe T-Storm Watches Over in D.C. Area]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:59:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20140727+Radar2.jpg

Despite a series of watches and warnings, severe weather did not impact most of us in the metro D.C. area Sunday night.

All severe thunderstorm watches in our area were ended at about 11:30 Sunday. However, parts of the region may see some rain, hear thunder and see lightning overnight.

And just outside our area the threat lingers until early Monday. To our south, a tornado watch is in effect until 3 a.m. in parts of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, Including the following counties: Albemarle, Greene, Nelson, Madison, Page, Augusta, Highland and Rockingham.

The watch also includes the cities of Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, Staunton and Waynesboro, and Pendleton County in West Virginia.

A watch means that formation of a dangerous storm is possible. It does not mean a tornado has been sighted or indicated on radar.

The line of storms is due to a strong cold front moving in from the Midwest. This line of powerful storms creating tornado watches across the midwest and moved east, the Weather Channel reported.


<![CDATA[Uber Suspends Driver Accused of Sexual Assault]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 20:01:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/police-lights-night-shutterstock_54084688.jpg

Police have made an arrest after a woman claimed an Uber cab driver sexually assaulted her earlier this month.

Police arrested 31-year-old Reshad Chakari of Alexandria, Virginia, and charged him with second-degree sexual abuse.

On July 20, police had responded to the 1400 block of Rhode Island Ave., NW, where a woman reported that an Uber Cab driver had sexually assaulted her. According to the police report, the woman said Chakari touched her while she was sleeping in the car.

"Rider safety is Uber's #1 priority. We take reports like this seriously and are treating the matter with the utmost urgency and care," said Taylor Bennett, spokesperson for Uber Technologies. "It is also our policy to immediately suspend a driver’s account following any serious allegations, which we have done. We stand ready to assist authorities in any investigation.”

Stay with News4 and NBCWashington for more on this developing story.

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<![CDATA[More Than 20 Arrested At REI Store Protest]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 16:00:34 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/REI+protest.jpg

Twenty one people were arrested outside a REI store in Rockville after protesting the chain’s policies on international workers’ rights.

A Rockville police spokesperson said those arrested were charged with disorderly conduct. The protest involved college students, according to the United Students Against Sweatshops.

The group is demanding that REI cease dealing with The North Face and its parent company, VF Corporation, a clothing manufacturer. The students want The North Face to sign an agreement to improve working conditions for garment manufacturers in Bangladesh.

A release from USAS said a fire last month in a North Face/VF factory injured several workers.

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<![CDATA[Police: Body Found, May Be Missing Woman]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 15:07:42 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/mary+gibson.jpg

Fairfax County police discovered a body Saturday morning they believe is a woman who was reported missing.

Mary Gibson, 62, from Springfield, Virginia, went missing from the 7000 block of Galgate Drive on Friday. Police said Gibson left to take her dog for a walk at approximately 4 p.m. and has not returned.

Police said they discovered a woman’s body about one-half mile away from Gibson’s residence. Detectives believe the body to be that of Gibson and there were no apparent signs of foul play.

The medical examiner will confirm the identity and determine the cause of death.

Anyone with information about Mary Gibson is asked to call Detective Cara Griffith at 571-221-8127 or the Fairfax County Police at 702-691-2131 or Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS.


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<![CDATA[Russini in Richmond: Putting on the Pads in Day 3]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:38:44 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/RedskinsFlag+.jpg

News4's Dianna Russini is in Richmond throughout Redskins Training Camp, and sending regular reports. Here's today's news from camp.

Hey Guys!

Day 3 of Training Camp here in Richmond and the shoulder pads are on! After months of running plays wearing shorts, the team finally is playing real football.

The best part, nobody is playing politely. The intensity, the tempo, the competition, everything has picked up. Right off the bat, you could feel the difference out on the field.

Robert Griffin III says they talked about it in the locker room, when the pads are on, that's when you find out the real football players. They can be very revealing.

It is the truth too, many players don't feel like "its real" until the pads are on. Cornerback DeAngelo Hall said he was actually a little nervous putting them on because he knows its time to start hitting. After the first couple pops, he says he was settled.

Rookie LB Trent Murphy told me he was a frustrated with some of his play (he also admits he's a perfectionist) but getting the first hit felt like cleaning off the dust.

Brian Orakpo calls it just another day in the office for him. He says when you are in the trenches all the time you always feel like you are in pads. DeSean Jackson also loves the idea of getting back to real football he calls it.

  • The best play in camp so far was DeAngelo Hall's pick 6. Robert Griffin III's throw to DJax on the right side cleanly intercepted by Hall.

After practice he told me he showed DJax a picture of a lion this morning with the quote "If you want to be lion you have to train with the lions" (You can look at my twitter @nbcDianna, DeAngelo tweeted me the picture.)

  • Ryan Clark wore his white game pants to practice. He was the only one. He told me that he's in game mode. He also tried to get the rest of the defense to do it but nobody would listen to him. He laughed and said his leadership needs to improve.
  • Offensive Coordinator Sean McVay is the most active person on the field. He never stops running around, talking, cheering, getting in player's faces. He's only 28 year old. He also always wears a long sleeve shirt...even in the heat. I'm interviewing him later and that will air Sunday night at 11:30pm.
  • Jay Gruden's wife was on the sidelines today, we will talk to her later today too about this experience as a first time, first tim head coach's wife

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<![CDATA[Silver Line Expected to Raise Ridership]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:50:30 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007306101_1200x675_312630851647.jpg News4's Adam Tuss says the entire Metro system will be impacted with the new Silver Line]]> <![CDATA[Practicing for Worst Case Shooting Scenario]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:40:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007306107_1200x675_312631875617.jpg Don't be alarmed by all the police in Upper Marlboro. There is a good reason they are there.]]> <![CDATA[Man Poses as Cop, Attempts to Kidnap 2 Children]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:44:28 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/0725-mclong.jpg

Police say a Good Samaritan was able to stop a man posing as a police officer from kidnapping two young children Friday at a shopping center. 

According to a news release from Prince George's County Police, Michael Jesse McLong, 25, approached a 12-year-old girl and her 8-year-old brother while they were waiting to cross Landover Road around 2:30 p.m.

Officials said McLong told the children he was a police officer, then grabbed the girl's arm. Police said the girl resisted but he continued pulling her toward a shopping center.

A Good Samaritan driving by the incident stopped and confronted McLong, at which point the two kids ran from the scene. An off-duty police officer and a nearby security guard detained McLong until Prince George's County police officers arrived.

McLong is facing several charges connected to the case and police say McLong may have had other victims. Call police if you have any information.


<![CDATA[GMU Grad Investigated for Hacking Gift Cards]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:23:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007303734_1200x675_312542275646.jpg

A young Fairfax County computer whiz is the target of a federal probe after he boasted to a co-worker that he'd figured out how to add value to prepaid gift cards without paying for it.

Muneeb Akhter was just 19 when he and his twin brother graduated from George Mason University and were featured in a Washington Post story. He earned a Master's in computer engineering and conducted cyber security research for DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. 

"My mission is just to see where the loopholes are, where to expose them and probably develop solutions to counter them," Akhter explained just a day after federal agents raided the Springfield-area home where he lives with his grandmother.

Akhter's mission has now landed him deep trouble.

A search warrant affidavit filed by a Department of Homeland Security special agent shows Akhter is now being investigated for computer fraud.

The agent writes in his affidavit:

A sworn signed statement was obtained from the subject, Muneeb Akhter. In the signed sworn statement, subject admitted to creating computer codes on his personal notebook computer to gain unlawful access to multiple e-commerce sites, including Shell Gas, Whole Foods, K-Mark, Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts. Akhter has used his codes to trick the e-commerce systems into adding funds to gifts cards he has possession of without actually expending any money to do so. He admitted to using his program to add funds to other individuals' gift cards without the need to actually expend funds.

Akhter said he landed a cyber security job last month and began work in late June. He said he couldn't resist boasting to a colleague about code he'd created that enabled him to take an ordinary $25 pre-paid gift card and add value to it.

"I told my co-worker I used to own my own company and we were doing attacks against smart cards, gift cards and those things," Akhter said. "I had a few gift cards with me and I showed him the gift cards and said 'I know how to reload them for free.'"

Akhter said he was able to load a Sears card with at least $500, a K-Mart card with $495, a Whole Foods card with $300 and a Starbucks card with $100. Akhter said he never actually used the monetary value he added to the card.

After he bragged about his capabilities, Akhter said his co-worker immediately told a manager and a Homeland Security agent questioned him. Akhter said his badge and parking pass were revoked, but the agent initially told him he was being considered for a higher position. 

"We're interested in your skill set. We need you for this high level position but I need to know exactly what you did," Akhter remembered the agent saying.

Akhter said July 17, Homeland Security and Secret Service agents came to his home and again asked him about the code he'd developed. He didn't realize he was under investigation until July 24 when agents knocked on the door of his home and presented a Fairfax County search warrant.

He said an 11-person team scoured his house, seizing computers, phones and other electronics. 

Akhter said he's not alarmed by what could be ahead.

"I've heard stories of a lot of other hackers who have had similar experiences so I don't think it's a big deal," Akhter said. "They should be more worried about what the tool can do if a malicious actor took it."

Now, Akhter waits to see what investigators determine. He has hired an attorney, A. Charles Dean, who declined comment on the case.

Akhter calls his gift-card experiment "cyber research." He said he'd planned to use his own company -- Warden Systems -- to approach retailers with a proposed fix.

"I'm a researcher," Akhter said. "I've been researching the field for a long time and a lot of my work shows it... I'm not a malicious guy," Akhter said.

Akhter has not been charged with any crime.

<![CDATA[Tysons Silver Line Station: Still Work in Progress]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:05:28 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007303827_1200x675_312542787880.jpg The Metro's newest rail line is ready to roll, but with less than a day left before the Silver Line makes it debut, some new Metro stations remain a bit unfinished. News4's Transportation Reporter Adam Tuss has the story.]]> <![CDATA[30 Serious Injuries, Incidents in 18 Mos. at Local VAs ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:36:01 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/494720125.jpg

Many veterans suffer injury or death as a result of the care they received at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs facilities, but the VA won’t disclose how or why -- valuable information for vets deciding where to get their health care.

At least 30 Veterans Affairs patients in the Washington, D.C., area died or suffered injuries as a result of the care they received at local veterans’ hospitals since October 2012, according to records obtained by the News4 I-Team. The incidents, which are classified by Veterans Affairs as “adverse events,” include cases in which VA care “resulted in serious injury or death to the patient, or those involving reasonably expected serious injury,” according to internal agency guidelines.

The 30 cases of death or injury involve patients seeking care at the agency’s medical facilities in Washington, D.C.; Maryland; Martinsburg, West Virginia; and Richmond, Virginia, between October 2012 and March 2014.

Despite formal requests by the I-Team, the agency declined to disclose how many of the incidents were fatal or the nature of any of the injuries.

Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Veterans Affairs, criticized the agency for not publicly revealing details of the local cases to the I-Team.

“Are these (incidents) happening on a recurring basis?” Miller asked. “If so, what type of accountability is being provided to those people making the errors and mistakes?”

Veterans Affairs is already under heavy fire for misconduct and making veterans wait long periods to get in to see a doctor.

The I-Team obtained a report detailing the number of “adverse events” disclosed by officials at all medical centers nationwide via the Freedom of Information Act. The report also indicates about 70 percent more “adverse events” in 2013 (575) than in 2010 (330). It also shows the number of events in the Washington, D.C., region was comparable to those suffered by veterans in other regions nationwide.

Maureen Ciarolla, whose father died while being treated at a VA medical center in Pennsylvania, said “adverse events” are too frequent in the agency’s medical facilities. “That’s a government facility; they should have the top advisers,” she said. “They should have the top doctors.” Ciarolla’s father, a World War II veteran, died of pneumonia at a Western Pennsylvania VA medical center in 2011. His family said the illness was caused by an outbreak of legionella bacteria in the medical center’s water supply. Congressional investigators called the infections “preventable” and said the agency’s hospital managers failed to properly address the bacteria risk.

Ciarolla’s family settled a civil lawsuit against the government for John Ciarolla’s death for $227,500. In testimony before a US House committee, a VA official did not specifically classify the Pittsburgh deaths as “adverse events,” but an agency spokeswoman, in a statement to the News4 I-Team, said, “VA continues to extend its condolences to the families of the Veterans affected by acquiring legionella in our health care system. Whether it’s Pittsburgh or elsewhere in our Country, our commitment is the same: to provide the very best care to our deserving Veterans.”

The VA’s employee handbook describes “adverse events” include cases “that cause death or disability, lead to prolonged hospitalization, require life-sustaining intervention or intervention to prevent impairment or damage.”

Other government agencies do publicly reveal the nature of the “adverse events” suffered by patients at hospitals and medical centers. The Washington, D.C., Department of Health reports such incidents annually, in detail. The agency’s February 2014 report specifies 163 “adverse events” at city medical facilities in 2013. The report said the 163 cases include three cases of “wrong-site surgery,” two cases of attempted suicide by patients and 105 instances of blood infections.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs declined multiple requests for details on whether discipline was taken against medical staff in any of the 30 local cases of injury or death.

More than 6.3 million veterans and their families rely on the VA for health care each year, the agency said in a written statement, including almost 140,000 patients in its D.C., Maryland and Martinsburg medical centers.

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<![CDATA[Women Walking Alone Attacked Near Hyattsville Trail]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:02:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/0725-hyattsville-trail.jpg

Police in Hyattsville say two recent attacks on women walking alone at night were likely the work of the same suspect.

The first incident was reported July 10 just after 10 p.m. Police say a woman was walking home from the West Hyattsville Metro station when a man jumped out of the woods and attempted to assault her.

"He approached her, she got on the phone like she was calling her boyfriend, and [the suspect] attempted to grab her," Lt. Chris Purvis with Hyattsville Police said. 

Purvis said the woman was able to get away, and the suspect ran back into the woods.

Two weeks later, another woman walking home alone just before 1 a.m. July 23 was attacked by a man in the same area. 

"He jumped out of the woods, same description, he approached her, said, 'What's up?' and physically attacked her," Purvis said.


<![CDATA[How Much Will it Cost to Ride Silver Line?]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 07:28:04 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007303303_1200x675_312530499593.jpg News4's Traffic Reporter Melissa Mollet explains just how much a trip on the Silver Line will cost you, starting Saturday.]]> <![CDATA[Crews Respond to Fire at St. John's College High School]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:34:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007303080_1200x675_312521283883.jpg News4's Shomari Stone is live from Northwest D.C. where crews put out a fire at St. John's College High School Friday afternoon. ]]> <![CDATA[4,400 Border Children Living With Sponsors in Md., Va.]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:53:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/452665994.jpg

More than 4,400 unaccompanied children who crossed the U.S. border this year have been placed with relatives or other adults in Maryland and Virginia.

About 2,205 children in Maryland and 2,234 children in Virginia have found temporary homes in those states, according to numbers released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Another 187 children have been placed with relatives or sponsors in the District of Columbia.

Texas -- followed by New York, Florida and California -- has the highest number of unaccompanied minors who have been released to relatives since surging across the border.

In Texas alone, nearly 4,300 children have been placed with family members while their immigration cases are heard. More than 3,000 each are in New York, Florida and California.

The state-by-state breakdown accounts for about 30,000 children who have gone to sponsors between Jan. 1 and July 7, according to the Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families.

Some 57,000 unaccompanied children have been picked up at the border since October, though in the last four weeks, the numbers have dropped. The Associated Press has reported that fewer than 2,000 have been sent back.

It is not clear how many children remain in the United States without sponsors or how many of their cases have been heard. The Administration for Children and Families did not immediately respond for comment.

The surge of undocumented immigrants crossing into the United States has prompted protests across the country and spurred Texas Gov. Rick Perry to say he would deploy 1,000 National Guard troops to the border.

The crisis has also sparked a stalement between the Obama administration and Congress. President Barack Obama has asked Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency money for immigration judges, detention facilities and other resources to handle the influx of children, but many Republicans first want revisons to the law dictating how the children are treated.

The Obama administration is also considering screening children in Honduras to determine whether they are eligible for refugee status.

Most children are from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. They are coming to the United States to escape violence, to find relatives already in the United States, to find work or were brought to the United States by trafficking rings, according to the administration.

The children are turned over to the Children and Families' Office of Refugee Resettlement, which tries to place them with parents or other relatives or friends. If no suitable sponsor can be found, the children remain in the care of the Office of Refugee Resettlement.

Typically between 7,000 and 8,000 children are served by the program, but the number jumped dramatically to about 13,625 between October 2011 and September 2012, and then again more recently.

The office maintains 100 short-term shelters throughout the United States, but because of the recent surge in numbers, it has had to open three temporary ones: at the Joint Base San Antonio Lackland in Texas, the Naval Base Ventura County-Port Hueneme in California, and Fort Sill in Oklahoma. The capacity for each is nearly 3,000 beds.

The state-by-state breakdown is here.

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<![CDATA[Suspect Linked to Cold Case Murder of Va. Girl, 14]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:20:48 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/erica-heather-smith.jpg

Loudoun County authorities have identified a suspect in the cold case murder of a 14-year-old girl but said the suspect had committed suicide.

Sheriff Mike Chapman announced Friday that authorities linked a male suspect to the 2002 killing of Ashburn teenager Erica Heather Smith.

Smith, who had been preparing for her freshman year of high school, disappeared July 29, 2002, while on her way to visit a friend.

Her body was discovered 11 days later, along Broad Creek Run near Redskins Park in Ashburn.

Two years ago, Erica's case was reopened by the newly formed cold case unit of the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, News4's Jackie Bensen reported.

"For unknown reasons, the suspect linked to the murder committed suicide during the course of the investigation," Chapman said in a statement Friday.

The sheriff's office has not released the name or other identifying details of the suspect, who apparently befriended Erica, possibly over the Internet, and told her to keep it a secret from her parents.

"Regrettably, there will be nothing further that the judicial system can do given that this subject took his own life," Chapman said. "I can't think of any stone that we've left unturned."

Chapman said authorities conducted "a comprehensive review" of evidence in the case, and the creation of the cold case initiative by the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office led authorities to broaden their perspectives.

The day she went missing, Erica's father said he now knows his daughter was going to meet the suspect to shop for birthday gifts.

"It was a total shock out of the blue [finding out about the suspect]. We had no idea of any male person in her life at 14 years old. We're not saying she didn't talk to young boys. It was cold-blooded, calculated, malice and forethought behind what he did to her," William Smith said. 

The family has kept a fully-decorated Christmas tree inside their home since the year Erica died. Chapman said he hopes the news will bring Erica's parents some closure.

"I made it a point in my heart that I had to be strong for her. I had to be her voice," Erica's mother Pamela Smith said.

Smith's best friend spoke at the 2012 vigil, telling friends and relatives, "There's not a day that goes by that I don't think of Erica."

<![CDATA[Driver Dies After Car Strikes Home in Md.]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:09:44 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/car+into+house+potomac.jpg

An elderly driver who apparently suffered a medical emergency and and crashed into a home in Potomac, Maryland, Friday morning has died.

Montgomery County Police believe 83-year-old Thomas A. Brown died from a medical emergency, not the collision.

Before 9:30 a.m., a silver 2000 BMW convertible Brown was driving left the road a struck the corner of a garage in the 1100 block of Gainsborough Road.

The driver was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The official cause of death is awaiting an autopsy.


<![CDATA[Russini in Richmond: RG3 Working on Chemistry With Djax]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 07:26:35 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2014-07-24_1109.jpg

News4's Dianna Russini is in Richmond throughout Redskins Training Camp, and sending regular reports. Here's today's news from camp:

Happy Friday! It's Day 2 of Redskins Training Camp. It's a beautiful day here in Richmond; not a cloud in the sky. The ground is still wet from Thursday's storms, although the field held up well and didn't seem to affect any of the plays this morning.

On the sidelines today is Jay Gruden's older brother, Jon, a Super Bowl champ and former head coach of two NFL teams. He's here to attend a high school football training camp. I'll try to talk to him about what he is seeing after the first session today. The Grudens' father is also on the sideline.

The team has been starting off practice with stretching and then they go right into special teams work.

Once the team broke into individual training, I watched the tight ends, specifically Jordan Reed working on his run blocking. Reed is considered to be one the top offensive players on this team if he can say healthy. Offensive Coordinator Sean McVay once told me if Jordan Reed could sleep in his football gear, he would. That's how much he loves this game.

RG3 had a rough day yesterday completing passes to DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, but today he's seemed to settle in the pocket more comfortably.

While he looked better, he's finding chemistry with DJax. He had DJax on a roll-out pass but he overthrew it. This is a work in progress.

Head Coach Jay Gruden is the most active coach I have ever covered. He jumps in plays and covers receivers when they are working on their routes. He is a former QB who we can tell loves to be on the field. This is a different style then the Shanahan era, but let's see if it works!

Couple thoughts:

  • Pierre Garcon looked sharp catching some passes with tight coverage.

  • Richard Crawford jammed his finger and looked like he was in pain. But a few plays later, he made a stellar catch. Guess he's OK!

  • Running back Silas Redd stood out in practice, tearing through the defense.

  • RG3's mother is wearing the coolest umbrella hat. I'll post a picture later.

  • A report came out that Mike Shanahan wants to return to coaching.... I'm all for that!

After the first session, I'll be talking to RG3, Andre Roberts, DJax, Ryan Kerrigan, and Santana Moss. Will keep you posted.

Photo Credit: Dianna Russini]]>
<![CDATA[Wanted Man Taunts Police Online, Gets Arrested the Next Day]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:20:27 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/roger+ray+ireland.jpg

An Edgewater, Maryland, man was arrested for violating his probation one day after he taunted Anne Arundel County officers on Facebook.

Anne Arundel County Police posted a picture of Roger Ray Ireland on their Facebook page Wednesday as part of the "Wanted Wednesday" campaign.

Shortly after the post was published, police say Ireland commented on his own mugshot, writing, "Y'all will never catch me..."

Well, it looks like they did.

After getting a few tips from the public, officers say Ireland was taken into custody during a traffic stop in South Baltimore on Thursday. 

"Social Media is a great tool for law enforcement and we appreciate our Social Media Sleuths," Police Chief Kevin Davis said in a release.  

<![CDATA[Va. Gov. McAuliffe to Tour Tornado Damage]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:58:47 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Credit+Jordan+Bertok3.jpg

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe will tour a campground on the Eastern Shore where two people were killed and dozens were injured after a tornado hit.

McAuliffe is scheduled to visit the Cherrystone Family Camping & RV Resort on Friday.

A married couple from Jersey City, New Jersey was killed when a tree fell on their tent Thursday. Their 13-year-old son was severely injured when the same tree fell on his neighboring tent.

State police say another 35 people were injured in the tornado.

McAuliffe was scheduled to visit with the Northampton County Sheriff's Office and local politicians before touring the damage Friday. The governor canceled a fundraiser in Aspen, Colorado, for his political action committee, and a planned visit to the Colorado Springs headquarters of the United States Olympic Committee, where he had planned to lobby in favor of Washington, D.C.'s bid to host the 2024 summer Olympics, said his spokesman Brian Coy.

More than 1,300 people were at the campground in tents, campers and cottages when the storm hit, knocking down trees and flipping over some campers. A tractor-trailer driving on U.S. 13 was also knocked over during the storm.

<![CDATA[Md. Volunteer Firefighter Returns From War Zone]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:27:30 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007290867_1200x675_312289859950.jpg Jason Goldberg, a volunteer firefighter from Montgomery County, returned home this week after volunteering with the Israeli fire and rescue service through an emergency program. ]]> <![CDATA[Metro Previews New TV Ad for Silver Line ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:55:34 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/0724SilverLine.jpg

Along with putting the final touches on the new Silver Line and its stations -- Metro has been busy creating a new TV ad.

The commercial features a flash-mob style flood of people dancing in and around the new Wiehle-Reston East station to the tune "Escapee" by Architecture in Helsinki.

The ad will roll out Saturday afternoon, about the same time as the first Silver Line trains hit the tracks.
Five Silver Line stations, including Wiehle-Reston East, Spring Hill, Greensboro, Tysons Corner and McClean will open their doors July 26.

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<![CDATA[Phone Scam Spoofs Police Station Number in Baltimore]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:11:25 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/police-lights-shutterstock_1021139922.jpg

Baltimore has been hit with a phone scam similar to one that swept Northern Virginia recently -- but this one seemed to come from a police station's phone number.

Maryland State Police are warning residents across Howard County and Baltimore to be wary of calls that demand payment for unpaid court fines or traffic tickets. In this instance, a scammer spoofed state police's Waterloo Barracks phone number.

"Spoofing" numbers allows scammers to display a different number than the one they are actually using in your caller ID.

Victims received calls from 410-799-2101 Wednesday afternoon, in which a man claiming to be from the police threatened them with arrest if they did not make payments. Officers were alerted to the scam when skeptical residents called the number back and were connected to the barracks.

Police have reiterated they do not call citizens to demand payment and have said that anyone who receives a call from this man should report it to the barracks at the above number.

Check out our advice on avoiding similar scams this summer.

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<![CDATA[Winchester Mother Accused of Child Neglect ]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:09:36 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/0724Mother.jpg

A Winchester woman is accused of child neglect after her 3-year-old daughter was seen walking by herself in the middle of a road.

Police say the child was found walking alone on Clifford Street around 6 p.m. Wednesday.

After doing a door-to-door search of the child's neighborhood, police arrested Stacey Lee Rodgers.

Social Services was contacted and responded to the scene. Rodgers, 35, was charged with child neglect and taken to Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center. She was later released on a $1,000 unsecured bond.

<![CDATA[Police Unit Trained to Protect Tysons]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:13:30 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Fairfax+County+Police+Tysons+Urban+Team+TUT.jpg

As Tysons Corner Center celebrated the opening of a new plaza connecting shoppers to Metro's Silver Line security is top of mind.

The plaza is located off the Chain Bridge Road side of the shopping center, and it's connected by bridge to the Tysons Corner Station on the Silver Line.

"Crossing busy roads in Tysons was a thing of the past," said Tysons Corner manager Cory Scott. "[You will] be able to go right into the shopping center and enjoy everything we have."

Metro likewise is celebrating ahead of Saturday's launch by releasing a new TV ad showing riders having a good time.

But amid the celebrating vigilant eyes watched the newly opened plaza. They were members of the nine-person Tysons Urban Team - or TUT.

They're Fairfax County officers trained for city policing and they're back from a week in Boston where they prepared for public transit disasters.

"We are going to be very visible on the platforms riding the trains, and in and out of the stations," said Lt. Chuck Riddle, who leads TUT.

He is readying his team for the changing Tysons skyline.

"These buildings are getting higher and higher and they take some different techniques to be able to effectively respond and proactively police them," he said.

Fairfax County TUT officers will work with Metro Transit police

Metro's General Manager Richard Sarles told reporters he's confident the Silver Line will be safe.

"We hired additional police to cover the line, but we will be policing in the same manner that we police the rest of the system," he said.

<![CDATA[What to Buy and What Not to Buy at Costco]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:28:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/494303693.jpg Costco is known for good quality and good prices, but what's worth buying and what's worth skipping when you're buying in bulk? Consumer Reports rated dozens of Costco items, and News4 Consumer Reporter Erika Gonzalez has the results.

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<![CDATA[Rookie Firefighter Saves D.C. Grandmother's Life]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:51:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/0724-fire.jpg

A 19-year-old D.C. firefighter rookie is being credited with saving an elderly woman's life in the same neighborhood he grew up in.

Amir Johnson had lived in Northeast his entire life, and after graduating from high school, he immediately joined the D.C. Fire Department. 

Just eight months into his career as a firefighter, Johnson was called to a large fire early Sunday morning on Blaine Street NE, where he found 84-year-old Nelie Jones in a bedroom.

"I could see the fire rolling on the ceiling. I made my way down the hallway to the right. There were about three bedrooms. I scooped her up off the bed, and started back down the hallway. I couldn't see anything. It was hot and smoky," Johnson said.

Thursday, Johnson met Jones' son Antonio. 

"I can't thank you enough," Antonio Jones told Johnson. "Thank you for saving my mom."

Johnson said meeting Antonio and hearing that his mother was doing well was a burden lifted off his shoulders. 

"I thought about her every day after that moment, just wondering how she was doing," Johnson said. 

Nelie has been released from the hospital and is living in Red Cross housing until she moves in with family out of town. 

"Without his efforts, she wouldn't have made it out of the house. The smoke was really intense," Antonio Jones said.

"It's probably my second big fire, but I never had to carry someone out of a fire before," Johnson said. "It was an eye-opening, humbling experience."