<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Local News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.comen-usTue, 27 Jun 2017 03:27:42 -0400Tue, 27 Jun 2017 03:27:42 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Video Shows Man Pepper-Sprayed by Police During Incident]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:32:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2017-06-26_2222.png

For the second time since Friday, police in the Washington area are being accused of a heavy-handed response to non-violent crime involving young black men.

The most recent incident involved a suspected fare evader being pepper-sprayed at the Gallery Place metro station on Monday morning as the situation is caught on video. In the video, the man is apparently being pinned to the ground by four police officers. 

The cellphone video began as police were attempting to handcuff the man, but it is unknown what actions occurred before the video started. The woman who recorded the video said she came upon the scene as it was already happening around 8:30 a.m. Monday.

In a statement, a spokesman for Metro said the officers were trying to arrest the man for fare evasion when "he failed to comply with police officers' repeated instructions and became combative. Officers deployed (pepper) spray to subdue the suspect and arrest him."

Tracye Redd, of Black Lives Matter DC, said he sees parallels between this incident and one last Friday, where a group of young black men suspected of selling water without a vending permit on the National Mall were handcuffed by U.S. Park Police. Those young men were ultimately not arrested.

"I see white people fare evade all the time, and they're not thrown to the ground and pepper sprayed,” Redd said. “Police see black bodies as weapons."

It is not known what charges have been filed against the man arrested in the Metro incident. His identity has not been released by police.

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<![CDATA[Swim Instructor's Shooting Death Ruled as Homicide]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:28:02 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/250*120/2017-06-26_2326.png

The death of a swim instructor who was wounded during an armed robbery in southeast Washington has been ruled a homicide.

Police said Zaan Scott, 25, was shot during a robbery in the 1300 block of Southern Avenue, Southeast, on April 9. Scott died on May 17.

The Office of the Medical Examiner ruled the death to be a homicide because the injuries that caused his death were the result of being shot.

Police have not made any arrests in this case.

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<![CDATA[DC Man Pleads Guilty in Fatal 2015 Stabbing of Southeast Mom]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:25:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/R+Darlene+Bryant.jpg

The man accused of fatally stabbing a Southeast D.C. mother of two in May 2015 pleaded guilty Monday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.

Jurors convicted Delonte Wynn, 36, of Southeast D.C. of first-degree premeditated murder while armed in the death of Darlene Bryant, 46.

Wynn was arrested for the crime in June 2015 after he stabbed Bryant in the neck inside a building at the 4300 block of Wheeler Road SE. Bryant collapsed and died on a neighbor’s front steps.

Bryant struggled with drug addiction, her mother Dolores Bryant told News4 in July 2015.

Wynn was convicted in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 11, where Wynn could face jail time ranging from 30 years to a life sentence, according to D.C. law

<![CDATA[IG Finds Montgomery College President's Travel Is Allowed]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:42:05 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Dr+DeRionne+Pollard.jpg

Maryland's largest community college said it will be more transparent about travel costs for its president.

The inspector general reviewed the travel of Montgomery College President Dr. DeRionne Pollard following a News4 I-Team report. He presented those results to members of the county council Monday.

The review showed the more than $91,000 spent in travel over a more than two-year span complied with what's allowed in the president's contract.

The IG also recommended the college be more transparent with students, staff and the community about spending and start reviewing the president's travel as part of its yearly financial audit.

"I have already charged our community engagement committee to work with our communications vice president and make sure we can become more transparent to the community so they will know the kinds of things the president does, why she does it and where she does it and the results of it," Montgomery College Board of Trustees Chair Marsha Suggs Smith said.

A college spokesperson said the board chair also will review the president's expenses and is pleased the IG report showed no improprieties with spending.

The college's complete statement:

The Montgomery College Board of Trustees is pleased that the Inspector General's report released June 6, 2017 cites no improprieties with the Montgomery College President's spending practices. This finding is consistent with the Board's ongoing oversight of spending at the College. The Board is taking the report, and its recommendations as a whole, into consideration as it works to consistently adopt and implement best practices for careful stewardship of the College and its resources. The Board has already undertaken measures 1) to better communicate the president's role, activities, and travel in support of the College's mission and 2) for the Board chair to review the president's expense reimbursement requests. This will supplement the existing regular reports that the president makes to the board on her activities and travels. The Board appreciates the investment of the time and resources the Inspector General made in this review.

<![CDATA[A Front Row Seat to Public Art in Purcellville]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:49:41 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/A_Front_Row_Seat_to_Public_Art_in_Purcellville.jpg

Artists have painted benches and planters as part of a summer public art project in Purcellville. You can see how last year's project benefited Purcellville here.

<![CDATA[Park Bench Remembers Civil Rights Icon Julian Bond]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:44:03 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Park_Bench_Remembers_Civil_Rights_Icon_Julian_Bond.jpg

Civil rights leader Julian Bond was a man of action, but he also appreciated the importance of time to think, particularly on a park bench among his neighbors in D.C.

"He liked the idea of sitting on a bench," said his widow, Pam Horowitz. "We lived in this neighborhood. He walked in the neighborhood a lot, because he said it was his thinking time."

So Monday, those neighbors honored the man who helped create the most important civil rights organizations in the country with his own dedicated bench.

There's even a plaque: "In Memory of Julian Bond, 1940-2015, 'Race Man,' a Life Dedicated to Civil Rights." News4's Tom Sherwood was there for the dedication of the bench on Connecticut Avenue, near Chevy Chase circle.

"I know it might seem a bit modest for such a grand life, such a giant of a man, but he would be delighted to know that this bench was here," said Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh.

<![CDATA[How Does Reinstituted Travel Ban Affect Our Region?]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:55:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/How_Does_Reinstituted_Travel_Ban_Affect_Our_Region.jpg

News4's Meagan Fitzgerald talks with a lawyer about how the Trump administration's partially reistituted travel ban affects people in our region.

<![CDATA[Some Injured in Line of Duty Losing Insurance for Family]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:52:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Greg+Foley+and+His+Wife.jpg

A change to a Virginia law designed to help people injured in the line of duty is putting first responders’ families at risk.

Greg Foley served as a technician for Fairfax County Fire and Rescue, and he was called to the Pentagon Sept. 12, 2001, the day after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

“Being at the Pentagon, coming from a military background, I felt that brotherhood looking at our dead servicemen,” he said.

He felt helpless when he realized there was no one to rescue.

“Six months, or a year later, I developed very strong, very powerful PTSD that I still struggle with and was retired for a line of duty injury as a result of that,” he said.

He became eligible for Virginia's Line of Duty Act (LODA). Virginia is one of only eight states that offer a lump sum death benefit and lifetime health insurance benefits to the families of public safety officers killed or permanently disabled on the job.

Foley said it took care of his family.

"It's a blessing, and I'm very grateful to the commonwealth of Virginia for having it,” he said.

But the blessing is now becoming a curse as his wife and stepdaughter will be dropped from his health insurance July 1. Many families like his were receiving benefits the plan wasn't designed to cover.

“I believe that this was an unintended consequence that nobody anticipated,” said Virginia Diamond, legislative council for the Virginia State Firefighter's Association

She took part in a task force of representatives from police, fire and other agencies asked to help come up with a plan to cut costs and streamline LODA after a 2014 study by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission revealed costs to LODA would double over the next 10 years, with health care benefits accounting for more than 90 percent of the total cost.

“So we took responsibility and we all came up with millions of dollars of savings, but one idea that was never suggested as a way of saving money was that they would kick children off the plan as a way of saving money,” Diamond said.

Currently most LODA beneficiaries in Virginia are on different health insurance policies because their health plans are administered through their employers, which in most cases are cities or counties.

Starting July 1, the Virginia Department of Human Resource Management will administer one health benefit program so all LODA beneficiaries will have the same level of coverage.

A number of LODA beneficiaries’ current health insurance plans allowed them to add a spouse or child after the date of their disability. Those family members will not be covered under the new LODA health benefits plan and will have to find alternative coverage.

“I would encourage you, the next time you sit down with your extended family for dinner, to look around and pick 20 percent of your family that is no longer insured,” Foley said. “That's what it does.”

The Department of Human Resource Management acknowledged what it said are a small number of children and spouses who will lose their health coverage but also pointed out that the overhaul will save state and local governments $40 million over 10 years.

In a statement, the agency told News4 the changes to the line of duty act are "... very important for fairness and equity and to make sure that the LODA program is still there for public safety officers that need it in the future."

The changes are coming to fast for Foley and his family.

“And now I feel like the plans that I had in place to take care of my family are falling apart and I don't quite know how to deal with it,” he said.

“We really hope we can call upon the decision makers to figure out a way to right this wrong and correct this injustice,” Diamond said.

Correcting the situation would require a code change, and that can’t happen until the next session.

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<![CDATA[ATVs Driven Through Traffic, on Sidewalk at National Harbor]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:29:51 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/National+Harbor+ATVs.jpg

A large group of ATV riders disrupted vehicle and pedestrian traffic at National Harbor over the weekend.

Video shows almost 100 riders on ATVs and dirt bike on the sidewalk and weaving in and out of traffic.

“This will not be tolerated,” Prince George’s County Deputy Police Chief George Nichols said Monday. “It is egregious and malicious behavior, and for those that engage in it, we just want you to know that you are not safe. We are coming for you.”

Police tried to stop the riders but they got away.

"Don't think you just got away with it," Deputy Chief Chris Murtha said. "We'll be knocking on your door. We'll be coming to see you shortly." 

Police promised to do everything they can to get them off the street.

"I have personally met with our legislators down in Annapolis, and they are actually working on legislation to ensure we get stiffer penalties for those who engage and indulge in this type of activity," Murtha said.

Police believe the same group may have swarmed H Street in northeast D.C. Sunday night.

The man who recorded the video from his balcony asked not to be identified.

"People were just trying to get out of the way," he said. "That's all they were doing."

He's worried someone could get hurt.

"The toursists, I don't want them to say I don't want them to go to National Harbor because it's dangerous," he said. "It's really not."

<![CDATA[Interactive: How to Prevent Drowning Tragedies This Summer]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:25:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/062617+pool+with+dots.jpg

As temperatures climb each summer, the number of drowning deaths does as well. 

Earlier this month, a 2-year-old boy wandered into a lake in Montgomery Village, Maryland, and died.

On Sunday, 2-year-old twins went into a pool in Sterling, Virginia. The little girl died at a hospital. Her brother was in critical condition.

Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death among children age 1 to 4. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has tips on how you can help prevent a tragedy. 

Explore the interactive graphic below for pool tips. 

Starting swimming lessons early can be critical.

Adults should always be present when children are around a pool. In 69 percent of drownings, children were not expected to be in or near a pool.

If your child goes missing, the first place to check should always be the pool. Every second counts. 

The CPSC's Pool Safely campaign offers additional tips on how to make sure your family stays safe poolside. For more information, see CPSC's website

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<![CDATA[2nd DC Wawa Store to Open in Georgetown]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:34:01 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_538639009.jpg

The Wawas are just going to keep on coming! Not long after the popular convenience store chain announced its first D.C. location, Wawa has announced its second.

The new Wawa store will be located at the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and Prospect Street NW, just one block north of M Street, according to a press release.

The store will have an "upscale, urban feel, including customized architectural elements that meet the historical needs and requirements of the Old Georgetown Historic District," the release said.

The store will offer Wawa's signature food and drinks, along with newer items such as custom salads and cold brew coffee. It's expected to open by the end of 2018.

And there's more where that came from.

Wawa plans to open 25 stores in the mid-Atlantic each year for the next several years, including five to 10 stores in the D.C. market over the next two to three years.

Earlier this month, the company announced its first D.C. store is expected to open at 1111 19th St. NW in December. That location is will be the largest Wawa store to date.

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<![CDATA[Woman, 58, Reported Missing in Fairfax County]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 06:12:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Linda+Kay+Reyle.jpg

Fairfax County police area searching for a 58-year-old woman who disappeared Sunday night. 

Linda Kay Reyle was last seen at 7 p.m. at her home in the area of Pommeroy Drive in Fairfax. 

Police say Reyle suffers from mental illness. 

A police helicopter searched for her, but she has not been located. 

Reyle is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 128 pounds. She has blue eyes and brown hair. She was last seen wearing a blue/green shirt, turquoise pants and sandals. 

Anyone with information about Reyle's whereabouts is asked to call police at 703-691-2131.

<![CDATA[Woman Fatally Struck While Outside Car After Beltway Crash]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:48:35 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/219*120/2017-06-26_0613.png

A woman who was involved in a crash on the Capital Beltway's inner loop was killed after she got out of her car and was struck by another vehicle early Monday.

The victim's Nissan Maxima stopped in the left travel lane for an unknown reason just before 5 a.m., according to Virginia State Police. A pickup truck traveling in the same direction tried to avoid the victim's car but accidentally hit it.

Police say the driver of the Maxima got out of her car and walked into another travel lane, where she was struck by another vehicle.

The woman died at the scene. She has not been identified yet.

A second person was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

The inner loop of the Beltway was closed for several hours, snarling traffic during the Monday morning commute.

"You just have to sit there, really," said driver Mike Maio. "There's nothing else to do."

The inner loop reopened nearly four hours later. 

The cause of the crash is under investigation. 

If your vehicle breaks down, AAA says you should pull off the road, make sure your vehicle is visible to other drivers and remain inside until a police officer or roadside assistance provider arrives. 

<![CDATA[Community Remembers Woman Killed by Stray Bullet]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 23:22:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Community_Remembers_Woman_Killed_by_Stray_Bullet.jpg

A community came together Sunday evening to remember a 41-year-old woman who was shot and killed by a stray bullet while visiting her friend. News4's Darcy Spencer reports.

<![CDATA[Dueling DC Demonstrations Show Power of Free Speech]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 19:04:01 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Dueling_Demonstrations_Held_in_DC_Show_Power_of_Free_Speech.jpg

Several groups from different backgrounds and across the ideological spectrum converged on D.C. on Sunday. Demonstrators gathered at the White House and at the Lincoln Memorial. News4's Derrick Ward reports.

<![CDATA[Beloved Virginia Teacher, Coach Killed in Beltway Crash]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:32:35 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Leonard+Schultz1.jpg

A man killed in a crash on the Capital Beltway Inner Loop in Fairfax County, Virginia, was a beloved coach, police and school officials say.

Leonard Schultz, 52, was hit by a box truck that drifted into the median area at the split of westbound I-495 and I-95 South/I-495/I-395 North in Springfield, Virginia State Police said.

Schultz and his nephew, 24-year-old Albert Schutlz, were trying to make sure a boat was secured to the back of a pickup truck when the box truck struck the boat and Leonard. 

Albert Schultz also was struck. He was in critical condition.

The box truck driver, Carlos Alberto Garcia, 42, was charged with reckless driving. He was not injured.

Leonard Schultz, was a special education teacher at James Madison High School in Vienna, Virginia. He also was the high school's varsity football coach, a Fairfax County Public Schools spokesman said.

"Those who knew Mr. Schultz understood him to be a person of integrity whose life and dedication to his students, staff and community were an inspiration to all of us. I know I speak for our faculty and students, as well as myself, when I tell you that Mr. Schultz's death has left a void that can never be entirely filled," James Madison High School Principal Gregory Hood said in a letter to students and parents.

Below is Hood's full letter to the James Madison High School community:

"It is with a heavy heart that I share with you the news that our varsity football coach, Lenny Schultz, died yesterday in a traffic accident. As a central figure in our school and the entire community, we understand that many will be affected in some way by this tragedy. It's important to deal openly with the subject and comfort each other. Parents, we recommend that you fully discuss the subject of Mr. Schultz's death with your teen and expect a wide range of emotions.

"As a special education teacher and our football coach, Mr. Schultz was known to be a kind, compassionate and thoughtful person. His friendship, guidance, and leadership will be greatly missed. An educator for more than two decades, Mr. Schultz was thoroughly devoted to the Madison High School community. Those who knew Mr. Schultz understood him to be a person of integrity whose life and dedication to his students, staff and community were an inspiration to all of us. I know I speak for our faculty and students, as well as myself, when I tell you that Mr. Schultz's death has left a void that can never be entirely filled. We were privileged to know and work with him.

"Beginning tomorrow, counselors and members of a FCPS crisis response team will be available to meet with any students and staff who need support in dealing with this news. We are taking every step we can to be responsive to the needs of our students and their families. Keep us informed if there are ways we can support you. Administrators, coaches and counselors will also be meeting today with members of the football team to discuss the situation and provide support and guidance.

"We all share in the Schultz family’s loss and grief. Thank you for your support and understanding."

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<![CDATA[Body Found In Northwest DC Apartment After Massive Fire]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:32:35 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/2017-06-25_1347.png

The body of a man was found Sunday in the wreckage of an apartment building that caught fire overnight Saturday, officials say. 

Fire Chief Gregory Dean said the body was found by dogs searching through the building. It was found in a room that investigators believe was the origin of the fire.

Dean said the roof of the building fell down into the apartment where the body was found. He said they have not determined the cause of the fire. The investigation continued Monday.

More than 200 residents were displaced by the fire that started about 3 a.m. Saturday on the 1300 block of Peabody Street NW. Heavy smoke billowed through three of the four stories of the building. Fire crews used ladders to rescue residents.

"My son says, 'Mommy, when are we gonna go home?'" Melanie Galloway said. "I said, 'Baby, we can't go home.'"

Galloway was among the residents who went back to the building Monday to try to salvage her family's belongings. But they were not allowed inside.

She said after they heard the alarm, she and her husband scooped up their twins, covered them with blankets and escaped. 

Dean said they became aware of a missing person Saturday night after talking with residents who escaped the building.

The body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for D.C., where a cause of death and identity will be determined.

Six other people, including five firefighters, were taken to a hospital with minor injuries on Saturday. They were treated and released.

Five other people, all residents, were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said the fire is likely one of the largest D.C. has had in recent memory.

"It's certainly the largest I've seen in Ward 4 in the 10 years that I have been in elected office," Bowser said.

Displaced residents were staying at the Emery Recreation Center.

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<![CDATA[Metro Fare Hikes, Service Cuts Kick in Sunday]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 11:16:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Metro_Crop.jpg

As Metro's aggressive, yearlong maintenance plan comes to an end, riders will start to see changes to the transit agency's fares, schedules and routes.

Starting Sunday, the cost of most trips on Metrorail will increase by 10 to 25 cents. Fares will depend on where riders are traveling and whether they are on the train during peak hours. 

Metrobus fares also are on the rise. Bus riders can expect to see a 25 cent hike, raising the current fare to $2. Airport bus fees will see an even greater increase, with fares going up 50 cents per ride.

And it’s not just travel rates that are changing. Parking fees will also be adjusted. See how much parking at each station costs here.

The increase in fares and other service changes come at the hands of a budget shortfall for Metro. The transit agency has consistently been working to find funds to continue its program of sweeping improvements, including new cars and cleanlier stations.

Sunday's changes also includes adjustments to Metro operating hours. Trains will continue to begin service at 5 a.m. on weekdays, but stations will close at 11:30 p.m. On Friday and Saturday nights, Metro trains will run until 1 a.m.

Additional bus routes will help provide service to areas that will no longer have access to early morning or late-night train services. Some bus stations will also see a significant change in their schedule. You can find out whether your bus route has been affected here.

Riders may also find themselves waiting a bit longer for trains to arrive.

Currently, trains depart from endpoints every 6 minutes during rush periods. Starting Sunday, trains will leave every 8 minutes instead, with trains arriving at stations with more than one line every 3 to 4 minutes.

Yellow Rush+ services will be discontinued on Sundays. But if you’re a Blue Line rider, the changes are good news for your commute -- trains will be coming a bit more frequently. 

All of these changes are being introduced just as Metro wraps up SafeTrack Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Man Dead, Another Injured After Beltway Crash]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 13:21:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Virginia+Crash.jpg

One man has died and another man was injured after a crash involving a box truck on the Capital Beltway Inner Loop in Fairfax County, Virginia, police said.

Just before 4 p.m. Saturday, a pickup truck towing a boat pulled off on the median area at the split of westbound I-495 and I-95 South/I-495/I-395 North in Springfield, Virginia State Police said. 

Two men were outside the pickup truck, working to re-secure the boat on the trailer, when a box truck drifted into the median area and struck the boat and Leonard Schultz, 52, according to state police. Albert Schultz, 24, was also struck during the impact of the crash.

Both men were taken to Fairfax INOVA Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Leonard Schultz died at the hospital, state police said a few hours after the crash. Leonard Schultz was Albert Schultz's uncle, state police said.

The driver of the pickup truck was not injured.

The box truck driver, Carlos Alberto Garcia, 42, was not injured. Garcia has been charged with reckless driving.

A Fairfax County Public Schools spokeman said Leonard Schultz, was a special education teacher at James Madison High School in Vienna, Virginia. He was also the high school's varsity football coach.

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<![CDATA[Section of NW DC Road Transformed Into Biking, Walking Path]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 11:11:36 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/2017-06-25_0921.png

After a nearly three decade closure, a popular road in northwest Washington opened to pedestrians.

A three-quarter mile portion of Klingle Road has become the Klingle Valley Trail. It runs from Cortland Place to Porter Street in Northwest.

The road was closed in 1991 after a severe flood.

The path to get the trail built came with a lot of controversy over the last 25 years. But those on the path after its official opening said they have waited a long time for it.

The short trail cost $6 million to build. Those who were against the biking and walking path wanted it to be used as a road for cars.

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<![CDATA[Kitten Found Inside Car's Dashboard]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 08:32:38 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/Kitten_Found_Inside_Car_s_Dashboard.jpg

The little kitty got wedged into the dashboard of his owner's van, not far from the engine.

<![CDATA[News 4 Your Sunday: Senate Health Care Bill]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 13:23:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000019235017_1200x675_974760515978.jpg

Pat Lawson Muse talks to URAC Director of Government Relations Aaron Turner-Phifer about the Senate health care bill. URAC is a non-profit monitoring the quality and best practices of healthcare organizations.

<![CDATA[Girl Dead, Twin Brother Critical After Pool Accident: Police]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:14:27 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Drowning+Scene.jpg

A 2-year-old girl has died and her twin brother is in critical condition after a pool accident in Sterling, Virginia, police said.

Loudoun County police said a family member found the children unconscious in a pool at a home located on Acorn Court.

Both children were taken to Inova Loudoun Hospital in Leesburg.

The girl died at the hospital, police said. A 2-year-old boy remains in critical condition.

A family member said the two children are twins.

<![CDATA[Missing DC Woman, Toddler Found]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:30:39 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Michelle+and+Daisy+Manley.jpg

A mother and her baby girl missing from northeast Washington have been found, D.C. police said.

Michelle J. Manley, 25, and 21-month-old Daisy Manley hadn't been seen since June 15, police said. The two were reported missing on Saturday.

Michelle Manley is described as a black woman with a medium complexion, 5 feet 5 inches in height and weighing 110 pounds with hazel eyes and black hair. Her clothing description is unknown.

Daisy is described as a black female with a medium-brown complexion, 2 feet, 30 pounds with dark brown eyes and black hair. Her clothing description is unknown.

Police are asking anyone with information about their whereabouts to call 202-727-9099 or 911.

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<![CDATA[Westin Hotel at DC's Thomas Circle Evacuated After Fire]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 07:43:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*120/Westin+Hotel+Fire.JPG

Firefighters temporarily evacuated The Westin hotel on Thomas Circle in Northwest D.C. after a fire sent plumes of smoke into the air on Saturday evening.

A spokesperson for D.C. Fire and EMS said the department was called to the hotel just before 8 p.m. Smoke could be seen billowing from the hotel's rooftop, and fire trucks blocked off Thomas Circle. More than a dozen fire trucks were on the scene.

The fire started in the kitchen of Rural Society, a restaurant in the Loews Hotel, fire officials said. The Loews Hotel shares a ventilation system with The Westin,and the fire was confined to the duct system.

Fire officials said about 8:50 p.m. that the fire was under control, and guests were allowed to go back into the hotel.

No injuries have been reported.

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<![CDATA[Six Taken to Hospital After NW DC Apartment Fire]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 10:16:27 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/161*120/2017-06-24_1017.png

Six people, including five firefighters, were taken to the hospital after a fire destroyed a northwest Washington apartment complex early Saturday morning.

D.C. Fire and EMS officials said all six people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. They were treated and released.

Five other people, all residents, were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

More than 200 residents were displaced by the fire that started around 3 a.m. Saturday in the 1300 block of Peabody Street, Northwest. Heavy smoke billowed through three of the four stories in the building, and fire crews used ladders to rescue residents.

"It was just terrible. I looked out the window, and there was just so much smoke," said Larry Minor, who lives near the apartment building.

Fire Chief Gregory Dean said some residents were hanging out of windows to be rescued, and others jumped from the 2nd floor to firefighters below.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said the fire is likely one of the largest D.C. has seen in recent memory.

"It's certainly the largest I've seen in Ward 4 in the 10 years that I have been in elected office," Bowser said.

Investigators have not determined a cause for the blaze. Displaced residents stayed at the Emery Recreation Center.

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<![CDATA[How Weather Affects Virginia Wine]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 08:11:21 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/How_the_Weather_Affects_Virginia_Wine.jpg

Storm Team4 meteorologist Lauryn Ricketts went to Breaux Vineyards to learn why Virginia's climate is so good for making wine.

<![CDATA[Argument Results in 2 Dead in Apparent Homicide-Suicide]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 07:40:08 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/210*120/2017-06-24_1108.png

A dispute resulted in the shooting death of one man and the apparent self-inflicted shooting death of another, according to the Prince George’s County Police Department.

Detectives said the body of Delonta Surratt, 29, of Hyattsville, was found in an apartment building hallway in the 5500 block of 45th Avenue in Hyattsville on Friday morning. Surratt suffered gunshot wounds.

A short time later, police were called to the 5700 block of 48th Avenue in Riverdale Park for the report of a shooting. They found Jabari Ball, 20, of Hyattsville, who was pronounced dead at the scene from a gunshot wound.

Investigators said the two men were involved in an argument when Ball shot and killed Surratt. They said after leaving the scene, Ball apparently shot himself.

Detectives said Surratt was involved in a relationship with Ball’s mother.

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<![CDATA[Va. Family Rescued After Boat Sinks While Sailing in Fla.]]> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 07:19:20 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/212*120/062317+Lake+Worth+Boat+Rescue.jpg

It was supposed to be a fun family boating trip for Matthew Esmacher and his two daughters from Virginia. They left Fort Lauderdale on Thursday morning to get to Bimini. A graduation present for one of their daughters.

They didn’t make it very far. Just 20 minutes into their trip, one of the engines suddenly shut down. The family decided to turn around but then their second engine failed as well. They spoke to NBC 6 affiliate in West Palm Beach WPTV about the ordeal.

“We started to see water in the boat and that’s when I got nervous and we called in mayday,” Esmacher said.

Anne Spruit and her husband heard that call on their boat. When they got to the Esmachers, they were trying to help the family as quickly as possible.

“We tied the boat to our boat to tow it,” Spruit said. “Then we realized the boat was taking on water.”

The boat was sinking quickly.

“The stern began to go,” Spruit said. “The bow of course came up, they jumped off and were able to float on some of the cushions.”

Within 15 minutes, the boat had sunk.

“My daughters, I just screamed at them to get out of the boat,” Esmacher said.

One of the ropes on the boat had wrapped around Esmacher’s ankle and was starting to pull him down.

“It was extremely scary and I was thinking maybe this is it right here,” Esmacher said. “But God had a better plan in mind for me. I lost a shoe, but I was much happier to gain my life.”

Spruit said as they were helping the family out of the water one by one, they were worried the boat might tip and fall on them.

“For a minute we couldn’t see any people and it was frightening,” Spruit said.

Even scarier for the wife of Matthew Esmacher, who was on a different boat.

“For a moment she could only see two of us and thought one of our daughters had drowned,” Esmacher said.

Luckily everyone made it back to shore and although the Esmacher family is still in shock, they’re just grateful to be alive.

“It’s one of the scariest things I’ve ever experienced in my life,” Esmacher said.

Esmacher has been boating all his life and he said his family is already planning the next boating adventure.

“Next time we’ll need a bigger boat,” Esmacher said.

This story is courtesy of our news partner WPTV.

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<![CDATA[Lobbyist Injured in GOP Shooting Released From Hospital]]> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:18:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Mika+Condition+Improves.jpg

A lobbyist who was shot and wounded at a GOP baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, last week has been released from the hospital, his family said. 

Lobbyist Matt Mika was discharged from the hospital on Friday evening, according to a statement from his family.

“We are truly grateful for the compassionate, world-class care provided by the doctors, nurses and team at George Washington, and we will never forget and continue to be grateful for the heroism shown by the U.S. Capitol Police. We truly appreciate the prayers, words of encouragement and support from Matt’s friends, family and people across the nation and the world," the family's statement said.

Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth paid Mika a visit on Thursday. A photo showed Mika smiling and holding up a Werth jersey, with Werth at his hospital bed.

Mika is a lobbyist for Tyson Foods and had previously served as an aide to U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Michigan.

U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise has undergone several surgeries and remains at Medstar Washington Hospital Center in fair condition. 

U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise has undergone several surgeries and remains at Medstar Washington Hospital Center in fair condition. He was moved out of ICE on Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Customer Shot Inside Northeast DC Diner; 2 Men Sought]]> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 07:57:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/062317+diner+shooting+suspects+ne+dc.jpg

A customer inside a diner in Northeast D.C. was shot during a robbery attempt Friday afternoon, and D.C. police are searching for two men.

D.C. police Chief Peter Newsham tweeted a photo of two people wearing light-colored hooded sweatshirts on the sweltering day.

The shooting occurred about 2:30 p.m. inside a small restaurant on Kenilworth Avenue near Douglas Street in Deanwood, D.C. police said. The restaurant officially is called Breakfast Place, but many people in the area know it as Mary's Place.

The victim was shot during an attempted robbery about half an hour before the restaurant closed for the day. 

A woman who has worked in the restaurant for a decade said she was terrified when the armed men entered.

"Where's the money at?" one man asked, she said.

As a worker opened the register, a man stood on the corner, waved a gun and then shot a young man, she said.

He was wounded. Police said he's expected to be OK. 

Police combed the scene for evidence, and K-9 dogs searched outside.

Customer Willie Nicholson said he could see trouble was coming.

"When I went in there at 12 o'clock, there was a bunch of young kids in there, and they shouldn't have been in there," he said. "You could feel it."

Anyone who recognizes the men is asked to call police.

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<![CDATA[Bow Ties Encouraged at Memorial for Jim Graham]]> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:55:20 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Grahamspicture.jpg

Memorial services will be held Friday and Saturday for former D.C. Councilman Jim Graham, who died last week at 71, with mourners encouraged to don bow ties in his memory.

To many D.C. residents, Graham was the politician who wore bow ties and could be seen driving his Volkswagen Beetle convertible all over town. 

He was a longtime activist for LGBT rights, and opened Whitman Walker Health in the early days of the HIV/AIDS crisis. He represented Washington's Ward 1 for four terms, starting in 1998.

Graham's body will lie in repose at the Wilson Building this Friday from noon to 5 p.m. Elected officials, dignitaries and special guests are expected to speak, and visitors are encourage to wear bow ties, the D.C. Council said Tuesday.

A viewing and a religious service is scheduled for Saturday at All Souls Unitarian Church (1500 Harvard St. NW). The viewing will begin at 10 a.m., followed by a religious service at noon.

A repast will immediately follow the service in the church's multi-purpose room. Again, bow ties are encouraged, the Council said.

Flowers and cards may be sent to Bacon Funeral Home (3447 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20010), the Council said.

Remembrances flooded in from local politicians and social media users after Graham died Thursday following a brief illness.

"He left our city a better place," D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson said in a statement Thursday afternoon.

Graham told friends in April that he had a life-threatening bacterial infection Clostridium difficile, also known as C. diff.

He was battling that infection and died of "chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder," his partner, Christopher Watkins, told The Washington Post.

Still, his death was a shock, Ward 2 Councilman and longtime friend Jack Evans said.

"Jim was a real advocate for people who were in need. That's the best way to describe it," Evans said.

Don Blanchon, the executive director of Whitman Walker Health, called Graham a legend.

"I always think of Jim as the father of this place. He's the person who put us on the map. He led this place for nearly 17 years during the darkest days of the AIDS epidemic," he said. 

Graham even enlisted actress Elizabeth Taylor in the local fight against the disease. One of the establishment's facility's bears her name.

The former councilman believed everyone can help create change, Blanchon said.

"He believed that all politics were local. He believed that people had the ability to change things locally," he said.

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<![CDATA[New Badlands Play Space Takes Inspiration From the Great Outdoors]]> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:25:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/New_Nature_Inspired_Playspace_Opens_Tuesday.jpg

A new nature-inspired play space brings the fun of the great outdoors inside. News4's Angie Goff toured Badlands play space in Rockville, Maryland, which opens to the public Tuesday.

<![CDATA[Homes for Wounded Veterans Dedicated to Fallen Soldiers]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:34:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Homes_for_Wounded_Veterans_Dedicated_to_Fallen_Soldiers.jpg

The Troops First Foundation builds houses in Riverdale Maryland for wounded veterans. Each home is also a memorial to a fallen soldier. News4's Aimee Cho spoke to the parents of the fallen as they saw the houses for the first time.

<![CDATA[Victim of Potomac River Rapist Hopes Her Story Helps Others]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:16:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/Victim_of_Potomac_River_Rapist_Hopes_Her_Story_Helps_Others.jpg

More than two decades ago, a man stalked and attacked 10 young women in the D.C. area – one of them was found dead – and even though his DNA was found at 10 crime scenes, he wasn’t caught.

The Potomac River Rapist’s second victim, who was his youngest, said she feels only now, almost 26 years later, can she show her face and share her story publicly to help other women.

Kelly was an 18-year-old college student babysitting three small children at a home in Germantown, Maryland, in September 1991, when her attacker broke in, threw a blanket over her head, tied her up and brutally raped her.

“He had taken phone cords and tied me behind my back with my ankles,” she said. “He had pulled my shirt up over my head.”

As he raped her, he talked to her and she learned he'd been watching her and her boyfriend, who had gone home.

“He said things like, ‘Was that your boyfriend that was here?’ I said yes. ‘Why weren’t you having sex with him?’” Kelly said.

After the rape, he didn't leave. Kelly could hear his footsteps in the house. He even went into the refrigerator.

Then she broke free.

“I remember taking these phone cords that were, doubled, tripled, I don’t know how many times they were wrapped around me and just felt like Superwoman,” she said. “I ripped the cords, I used my face to rub on the carpet to get my shirt off of my head so that I could see, and I got up and I ran.”

But the front door was locked and the key needed to open it wasn’t there. She ran upstairs and screamed for help.

When police arrived, the rapist was gone. He ran into the wooded area behind the house and vanished.

“It changed my life in bad ways but in good ways,” Kelly said. “It made me stronger. It made me more of a fighter, I think.”

She said having a supportive family and getting years of counseling helped her move on from the attack.

“You just go through the feelings of you’re not worthy,” she said. “Why did this happen to you? And then you’re 18, and now I’m like damaged goods, so who wants me?”

She's now a wife, a nurse and a mother hoping to help other victims.

“If they can hear my story and learn just something. If I can help them not feel dirty, or not feel ashamed, then it’s worth it to me now,” she said.

She looks forward to a day when the Potomac River Rapist is locked up.

“If he were to be arrested, I’d be right there,” she said. “I would look him in the eyes, because he has no control over me anymore.

Kelly said she had a feeling someone may have been watching her that night. An important lesson she will share with her children is for them to always trust their instincts.

<![CDATA[Two Men Found Dead in Hyattsville Arts District]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:23:39 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Two_Men_Found_Dead_in_Hyattsville_Arts_District.jpg

Two men were found dead blocks apart in Hyattsville, Maryland, in what police believe is a murder-suicide. News4's Jackie Bensen reports.

<![CDATA[Ramadan Is Major Time for Charitable Donations in DC]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:43:54 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/RNationsMosque.jpg

When a low-income family in Northern Virginia needs food for dinner, Asad Zia steps up.

The D.C. management consultant says he regularly delivers meat from his in-laws' store to the Foundation for Appropriate and Immediate Temporary Help (FAITH), a Muslim organization in Herndon, Virginia, that helps low-income families and domestic abuse victims of all faiths in Northern Virginia.

"One of things that attracted me to FAITH is, even though they are an Islamic charity, they help everybody, which is really what Islam is all about," he said. 

Ramadan -- Islam’s holy month of prayer and dawn-to-dusk fasting -- is a major time for charity for Muslims, and the donations help Muslims and non-Muslims in our region and around the world. 

FAITH expects to receive at least $500,000 through Saturday night, which marks the end of Ramadan and the start of Eid al-Fitr celebrations, said the group's director of business development, Fakhir Ahmad.

“A lot more clients will come in and say, ‘You weren’t able to help me out before Ramadan. Do you have any funds that will help me pay my rent?’” he said. “We get a lot busier, in terms of helping clients, the two months after Ramadan really. People who we couldn’t help, we’re helping them.”

Islam requires that Muslims give zakat, a donation of at least 2 percent of their wealth, to the poor, said Imam Talib Shareef of Masjid Muhammad, on 4th Street NW in the Shaw neighborhood of D.C. Muslims can fulfill this responsibility at anytime; however, many choose to do so during Ramadan, Shareef said. 

“Everything you do during Ramadan is, like, supersized in terms of blessings,” the imam said. “No other month on the Islamic calendar gives you more rewards for doing good than the month of Ramadan.”

In D.C., the group the Human Development Foundation also is expecting their Ramadan donation total to be high. They had accepted more than $47,000 in zakat as of Friday. Some of the donations were made through LaunchGood, a crowdfunding platform designed for Muslim charitable efforts.

The funds will help provide education, clean water and health care to high-poverty communities in Pakistan, chapter president Sharmeen Khan said. Just $50 is enough to provide 25 children with school uniforms, she said 

In Bethesda, Maryland, the the Islamic-American Zakat Foundation also is expecting donations in the final days of Ramadan. The foundation provides food, shelter, clothing and transportation for people in D.C., across and the country and abroad.

Khan, the chapter president of the organization that serves Pakistanis, compared zakat giving for Muslims to Christmastime charity for Christians. 

“During Christmas, you tend to give more, because you’re spending on your own family, but you feel like you want to share it with people who are more needy,” she said. “I think it’s the same kind of thought process. Regardless of faith, during your religious and more holy times of the year, you tend to give more.”

Photo Credit: Masjid Muhammad]]>
<![CDATA[Soar Project Comes to a Close in Del Ray]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:05:36 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Soar_Project_Comes_to_a_Close_in_Del_Ray.jpg

Saturday is the last day to check out the Soar Project in Alexandria's Del Ray community. The project allows people to write their burdens on rocks and hang paper cranes.