<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Local News]]> Copyright 2016 http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.com en-us Sat, 06 Feb 2016 20:46:31 -0500 Sat, 06 Feb 2016 20:46:31 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Approaching Storm Could Cause Commuter, School Woes]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 11:59:53 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/snow+potential+february+2016.jpg

A storm from the north and west will be arriving just in time to potentially create some traffic problems on Tuesday morning.

The storm is expected to produce snow, but it won’t be anywhere close to the amounts that arrived in January during the blizzard. Areas in and close to Washington may receive an inch or two, while mountainous areas to the west of D.C. may receive greater amounts.

The cold front with the storm will drive temperatures down, assuring that most of whatever falls will be snow.

The timing of the storm will be the main concern. Precipitation is expected to begin to fall overnight Monday into Tuesday and should likely cause some issues with roads.

The effects are not expected to be long term. However, commuters and schools may be affected by the snowfall.

Stay with Storm Team4 over the next few days as the front heads to the region.

<![CDATA[Birds Cleaned After Oily Substance Source in Pototmac]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 20:20:56 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/020516+birds+potomac+spill.jpg

Containment boom and absorbent sweeps remain in place after an oily substance was discovered in the Potomac River on Friday.

Eighteen geese at Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary were seen covered in the substance. Tri-State Bird and Rescue, with the help of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, has recovered 16 of the oiled geese, with two more being sought.

The U.S. Coast Guard went out on Saturday and said there didn’t appear to be any increase of the sheen outside the containment area. They said it is nearly dissipated, except for some sheltered areas in the water.

Samples of the substance have been sent to the Coast Guard Marine Safety Laboratory for analysis. At one point, wisps of the sheen were seen about eight miles south of Roaches Run.

On Monday, the Coast Guard plans to trace storm drain systems to determine a possible source of the substance. Dominion Virginia Power said a spill of mineral oil occurred Jan. 24 at a transformer station near Roaches Run. But Lt. David Ruhlig, of the Coast Guard, said that may be unrelated.

"We haven't linked those two together," he said. "We haven't ruled any source out at this point."

USCG said they will maintain protective measures at the sanctuary and continue to monitor the water, while also responding to any reports of oiled wildlife throughout the area.

<![CDATA[DC East Neighborhoods Weigh In on Bike Lane Plans]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 20:16:33 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/road+diet+bike+lane.JPG

The District Department of Transportation hosted a public meeting on Saturday to get feedback from residents about a protected bike lane in the eastern part of the city.

News4’s Derrick Ward said it's one of those issues that was surprisingly contentious with a room full of people, both pro and con.

The alternatives being studied for northbound and southbound travel, roughly between New York Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue, includes a protected bike lane on Fifth, Sixth or Ninth Street. There is also an option to leaving things as they are, but the travel from cars and bikes in the neighborhood is already heavy.

Ward said on any given Sunday, churches in the city’s eastern neighborhoods allow parishioners to park perpendicular to the curb, essentially losing a travel lane.  They are concerned about what an added bike lane mean for that situation.

In some options being considered, they'll lose some of those spaces, which doesn’t please some religious leaders in those communities.

"The concern is that the city is being made over for the convenience of newcomers,” said William Lamar, pastor at the Metropolitan AME Church.

Saturday’s meeting in the Shaw neighborhood is just the beginning of the informational phase of the bike lane discussion. 

<![CDATA[Slain Teacher's Class Sings 'Lean on Me' at Vigil]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 09:24:14 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/020516+neshante+davis+students+lean+on+me+vigil.jpg

The beloved teacher shot and killed this week along with her 2-year-old daughter was remembered Friday at a heartbreaking ceremony, where her second-graders sang "Lean on Me" and her sister called for an end to domestic violence. 

Loved ones, students, parents and total strangers mourned the deaths of NeShante Davis and Chloe Davis-Green at a vigil held Friday evening outside Bradbury Heights Elementary School in Capitol Heights, Maryland.

The mother and daughter were shot outside their townhouse about 7 a.m. Tuesday in Fort Washington, Maryland, Prince George's County police said. Little Chloe's father, Daron Boswell-Johnson, 25, confessed to waiting for Davis and Chloe outside their home and then shooting them each multiple times, court documents show. He was angry over being ordered to pay $600 per month in child support, sources told News4.

Boswell-Johnson, of Forestville, Maryland, faces two counts of both first- and second-degree murder and is being held without bond.

Davis was in the middle of her first year teaching after she recently graduated from Bowie State University.

On Friday, members of the Bradbury Heights Elementary community wore pink to honor the teacher and her daughter. Davis' class sang, and members of the community paid tribute to her. 

"Your life was taken, but your legacy of patience, love and kindness has profoundly touched all who have been blessed to know you," one mourner said. 

One of Davis' sisters spoke about domestic violence and the need to get help if you're being abused.

"In honor of NeShante and Chloe's memory, let's not allow something like this to happen to anyone else," she said.

Davis was a natural teacher who doted on her students, teacher Alisha Rowden said.

"Because she was a mother, she has that mothering spirit, so her students are under her wings just like baby birds," she said. "She treated them as if they were her own children."

She and other staff members said they will never forget Tuesday.

"It was the most difficult day of my professional career, and I've been doing this over 20 years," Walker said.

Before Davis' fellow second-grade teachers knew Davis and her daughter had been killed, they knew something was wrong when she didn't show up for work.

"I felt like my heart was in my stomach," Rowden said. "We hadn't heard from her."

The school system and principal, Dr. Lynnette Walker, quickly developed a plan for informing staff and students. It was especially difficult for Walker, who hired her, she said.

"When her resume came across my desk, I contacted a colleague at Bowie State and said 'Tell me about NeShante Davis.' And she said, 'If you can get her, get her. She's good," she said.

Davis' students, just 7 and 8 years old, are dealing with the loss of their teacher.

"They're getting there. Each day I think is a struggle," second-grade teacher Hannah Greene said. "It hits them more and more that this is the way things are going to be now."

Services for Davis and Chloe will be held Saturday, Feb. 13 at Ark of Safety Christian Church in Upper Marlboro.

<![CDATA[6 Young Women Beat, Rob Trinity U. Student]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 09:20:29 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/020516+dark+street+walking.jpg D.C. police are seeking six young women, possibly high school students, who surrounded a college student and stole her cellphone Thursday evening. News4's Jackie Bensen reports on what happened and who police say is responsible.]]> <![CDATA[Va. High School Plans Prom to Benefit Cancer Research]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 09:15:51 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Freedom+High+Students+020516.jpg

A high school in Loudoun County, Virginia, plans to throw a prom with a message this year.

While the students at Freedom High School in South Riding still plan for a fun party, they are scaling back in exchange for giving back.

“We were just bouncing themes around and we had the idea of a charity ball, and it took off from there,” Junior Class President Bobby Doherty said.

The money saved and generated from ticket sales will go to pediatric cancer research.

“It’s not just the tradition of the prom; it’s something more than that,” said Jennifer Scott, whose daughter Elizabeth is a Freedom High freshman battling Leukemia and too sick to set foot in the school.

The students asked Principal Doug Fulton if they could host prom in the gym.

“I said, ‘One thing is we have to get back the deposit from the Dulles Hilton,’ and the hotel was great,” Fulton said. “They gave the deposit back, and that became the seed money for that first amount of money that we’ll be able to donate.”

They found sponsors to help prepare a five-star dinner. Teachers and staff will pitch in as waiters and valets.

“I think what we’re doing here right now is going to continue on for many years and hopefully inspire schools across the country to do the same,” Senior Class President Vivek Ramakrishnan said.

“They’ll remember what their prom was about,” Fulton said. “They’ll remember what they did.”

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<![CDATA[Celebrate Mardi Gras With These 5 Events in DC]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 14:44:08 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_323360105.jpg

Traditionally, Mardi Gras is a celebration all about stuffing yourself with delicious foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season. So you kind of have to do it... right?

Check out these local spots celebrating the holiday with specials and events:

1. Bayou Gras Block Party

Chef David Guas, a New Orleans native, invites guests to his newest outpost of his popular Bayou Bakery (901 Pennsylvania Avenue NE) for the fifth annual Bayou Gras Block Party this Tuesday. The event will feature a live band and tons of food and drinks under a heated tent.

From 6 to 9 p.m., enjoy authentic "N'awlins" dishes, including parade route food that consists of the choice of jambalaya, Crawfish Monica, Muff-a-lottas or andouille and shrimp gumbo, among other traditional meals and desserts. All night, a pop-up bar will serve up New Orleans-style cocktails, and Abita draft beers will be poured in souvenir cups. Additionally, kids 12 and under eat free, with mac and cheese, hot dogs and Abita root beer on the menu.

Tickets can be purchased at the eatery or online here.

2. Mardi Gras at Black Rooster Pub

The Black Rooster Pub (1919 L Street NW) will host a Mardi Gras celebration Tuesday. Starting at 5 p.m., catch live entertainment including stilt walkers and fire eaters. Additionally, planners say "original songs, gritty vocals, a slamming horn section and driving rhythms" will be provided by the D.C. band King Soul starting at 6 p.m.

The pub will be serving a special Cajun menu and 22-ounce Hurricanes all night long.

3. Round Robin Bar at the Willard

From now through Tuesday, the Round Robin Bar (1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW), a lively meeting place for the political and social elite since the 1850s, will be serving up Mardi Gras-themed cocktails.

Located just off the lobby of the Willard InterContinental, the bar will offer specialty cocktails for $15, including the Bayou Bloody Mary, made with Tito's vodka, Tabasco sauce and spicy green beans and garnished with crawfish, and the Vieux Carre, made with rye whiskey, cognac, sweet vermouth, Benedictine and bitters.

Cajun cuisine lovers can choose from two dishes: a New Orleans po-boy on a french baguette or a chicken and andouille gumbo.

4. Venetian Mardi Gras at Masseria

Experience a Venetian Mardi Gras celebration at Masseria (1340 4th St. NE) from Tuesday through Feb. 14. Chef Nicholas Stefanelli will prepare a $95 five-course tasting menu with dishes including Grande Lasagna di Carnevale (lasagna, meatballs, beef, salumi, ricotta, mozzarella and tomato.

On Friday, Feb. 12, a "super-chic soirée" following dinner will be complete with free-flowing Italian sparkling wine from Ca' d'Or Franciacorta, which will debut at Masseria before anywhere else in the U.S. Keeping with the European theme, the celebration will begin late and continue until the wee hours of the morning. From 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., up to 100 guests can party Venetian-style, complete with decorative masks, candles and dancing for $75.

You can make reservations for the dinners or event online here.

5. Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar

As part of its annual Carnaval celebration, several locations of Paladar Latin Kitchen will offer a two-week long special menu that runs from now and ends with a Fat Tuesday party on Feb. 9. The first week's menu features drink specials including half off select Latin beer and wine bottles. The second week includes half off select mojitos and margaritas.

As the Brazilian Carnaval festivities typically involve street parties, diners can also enjoy a $5 street food menu. Celebrations will be held at the restaurant's Annapolis, Rockville, Gaithersburg and Tysons Corner locations and will offer live entertainment, dancing and, of course, beads.

You can make reservations online here.

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<![CDATA[Wendy in Rio: Six Months to the Olympics]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 20:07:48 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Wendy+in+Rio+020516.jpg News4's Wendy Rieger traveled to Rio de Janeiro to get a sense of Brazil's second largest city as it prepares to host the 2016 Summer Olympics.

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<![CDATA[Students Evacuated After Allergic Reaction at Charter School]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 09:05:31 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/215*120/2016-02-06_0903.png

A Washington, D.C., charter school was evacuated Friday afternoon after students reported allergic reactions.

Fire and EMS crews arrived at the school in the 700 block of Edgewood Street, Northeast, around 4 p.m. Several kids reported some sort of allergic reaction, but nothing obvious could be found.

The school was evacuated, and some parents arrived at the school to take their children home.

No students were transported from the scene. Authorities are still searching for the cause of the reactions.

<![CDATA[Lemon Law Loophole]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 08:57:39 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/lemon+law+victim+020516.jpg

Consumer Watch looked at lemon laws in D.C. and Virginia and learned D.C. doesn't cover used cars and Virginia covers used cars only in certain situations.

More information on local lemon laws can be found at the following links:

Click here for tips on buying a used car.

<![CDATA[Chocolate Lovers Festival in Fairfax]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 08:50:38 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/chocochallenge2.jpg

The annual Chocolate Lovers Festival in Fairfax is an excellent leadup to Valentine's Day: It's your chance to buy your sweetheart (or yourself) whatever chocolate goodies they (OK, or you) desire.

The two-day chocolate festival, to be held the weekend of Feb. 6-7, features historic re-enactments, children's activities, and a Kiwanis Club chocolate chip pancake breakfast. You can also check out the chocolate sculptures submitted for the event's art contest. But keep your hands to yourself: All you can do it sit back and drool over the beauty of it.

The Taste of Chocolate event during the festival will have vendors offering samples of their creations, as well as items for sale. Many historic buildings around the area will have open houses for the public to meander through.

Most events are free, but some require a fee. The festival website lists any costs for each event in the festival.

The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. A good starting point for the festival is at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax VA 22030

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<![CDATA[Maurice White Remembered by Locals Young and Old]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 22:19:21 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Chorus+Maurice+White.png

Locals young and old are remembering Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White, who died Wednesday at age 74.

The horn-driven band sold more than 90 million albums and made hits like "September," ''Shining Star" and "Boogie Wonderland.” White's music and legacy are being honored by friends, fans and young musicians who were not even alive when the band was topping charts.

“Maurice leaves a hole that no one could fill, man,” MAJIC 102.3 DJ Donnie Simpson said. White and Simpson knew each other for years. They met at a listening party when Earth, Wind & Fire was a small group that had not yet achieved shooting-star success.

“The way he did things just made the group different. And cooler, to me,” Simpson said.

White was the lead voice on many of the group’s songs, but he stopped touring with the band as he struggled with Parkinson’s disease.

When Earth, Wind & Fire brought an old African instrument called kalimba -- or thumb harp -- into their pop sound, young harpist Jeff Majors was inspired.

Majors recalls being introduced to White.

“Hey, Maurice, we got this young kid that fell in love with your kalimba, man. And he wants to play some of it for you,” he recalled someone saying.

“I’m the only one who plays kalimba around here,” White retorted.

“That sound was indicative to the sound of the '70s. It was a whole new wave of awareness,” Majors said.

White’s legacy with locals transcends those who knew him. One of his biggest hits, “Shining Star” is being brought to life by a student chorus at Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland.

After news of his death broke, White’s music surged in popularity.

“They cross boundaries,” said Johnson Lee, who owns Joe’s Record Paradise in Silver Spring, “They were such a tight band."

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<![CDATA[Woman Stole Purse With College Tuition Inside]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 23:56:19 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/dunkin+donuts+purse+robbery.jpg

A coffee run resulted in a heartbreaking loss for a family in Arlington, Virginia, when a mother left her purse behind in a Dunkin' Donuts -- inside, it had $10,000 cash meant to pay her daughter's college tuition.

Maria Esteves, her husband and their18-year-old daughter, Lili, were headed to Pennsylvania State University Jan. 10 when they stopped for breakfast at the Dunkin' Donuts on Arlington Boulevard in Falls Church, Virginia. They ate and left, and moments later, Esteves realized she had left behind her bag.

The family returned moments later, but the purse was gone -- complete with an envelope marked "Lili's tuition" with $10,000 inside.

"I was in shock. I could not believe what happened," Esteves said. "We were crying."

The devastated mother, who cleans houses, and her husband, a painter, worked years for the money to send their daughter to Penn State, they said.

Surveillance video from the Dunkin' Donuts shows a woman lifting the purse off the back of a chair. She picks up the purse, looks around and then tucks it into her own purse.

Fairfax County police said they hope the clear images of the woman inside and in the parking lot will lead to her arrest.

The suspect has long, dark hair and stands about 5-foot-7. She was driving a dark-colored SUV, believed to be a 2009 or 2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor.

Lili Ferrufino said she hopes the suspect turns herself in.

"I'd like her to know that she took it from a family, from a mom and dad, who did hard labor," she said. "I just hope that I get to see her and get to ask her why."

Ferrufino's parents dipped deeper into their savings to send her to her second semester at Penn State. Esteves said she hasn't given up on the possibility they will get the money back.

"In my heart, I have hope," she said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solves by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, email or text "TIP187" plus the tip message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

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<![CDATA[Couple Sues Kennel After Toy Poodle Is Killed]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 00:31:25 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Toy+Poodle+Peanut+2.JPG

A Maryland couple is suing a kennel after one of their toy poodles was killed by a much larger dog.

The Klionskys of Bethesda boarded their toy poodle puppies Pumpkin and his apricot-colored sister Peanut at Life of Riley in Rockville in November to take a trip to Paris. They returned two days later when they learned their 5-pound Peanut was dead.

“I was totally devastated,” Yumi Klionsky said. “I couldn't eat for a week. I cried every single day.”

“She still cries,” said her husband, Mark.

The couple was told their little dogs would be kept separate from big dogs, Mark Klionsky said.

“They let the small dogs out into the same area as the large dogs to relieve themselves,” he said. “During that time, our puppy Peanut was attacked and killed by a hundred-pound bull mastiff.”

Life of Riley owner Paul Abbott said they dedicate their lives to taking care of animals but had an incident and want to make it right.

The Klionskys are suing the kennel for $17,600 in damages -- the money from their lost trip and previous medical bills for Peanut. They said they are suing for negligence; the money isn't important.

They want all dog owners who send their dogs to the facility to know about the tragedy.

At first, Yumi Klionsky couldn't think about replacing Peanut, but then the breeder heard about the loss of Peanut and allowed the Klionskys to adopt her sister from the same litter, Pinot.

“She's a small version of Peanut,” Yumi Klionsky said. “She has her own character, and I would like to respect and take proper care and give lots of love.”

Photo Credit: The Klionskys]]>
<![CDATA[Body of Missing Maryland Boater Found]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 21:23:13 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_185887181_police_lights_generic1.jpg

The body of a man who fell off a boat on the Chesapeake Bay on New Year's Eve has been found. 

The body of Stephen Reynolds, 48, was identified Friday, a Maryland Natural Resources Police spokeswoman said. 

Hunters discovered Reynolds’ body Jan. 30 on the shores of Cook Point, 28 miles from where he fell off his boat just north of the Bay Bridge, police said.

Reynolds, of Baltimore, and a female companion boarded a sailboat in Baltimore the afternoon of Dec. 31 and decided to stop for the night about 9 p.m.. He struggled to secure the sails of the boat, lost his grip and fell overboard, the woman told police.

Reynolds then drifted away until the woman could no longer see him, she reported. He had not been wearing a life jacket, police said.  

Rescue crews searched for Reynolds that evening and the next day but did not find him.

Reynolds was the last person to die in a boating accident in Maryland in 2015.

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<![CDATA[DC Police Close 19 Robbery Cases]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 20:01:08 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000013594039_1200x675_617263171753.jpg D.C. police arrested 13 robbery suspects. News4's Meagan Fitzgerald reports.]]> <![CDATA[Oily Substance Coats Bird Sanctuary, 8 Miles of Potomac River]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 09:22:03 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/020516+birds+potomac+spill.jpg

An unidentified oily substance had coated the Potomac River for at least eight miles as of Friday and left birds covered in the fluid.

The oily sheen could be seen Friday at Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary, just north of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. The Coast Guard used a helicopter to survey how far the substance had traveled and spotted it as far down the river as Mount Vernon, Virginia. It was first spotted Feb. 1.

About 20 geese and several ducks were found Friday coated in oil, a Potomac Riverkeeper Network employee said. Fish were found dead.

The substance also was found on birds in D.C., near the National Mall.

Floating barriers have been placed in the water to stop the spill from spreading.

Dominion Virginia Power said a spill of mineral oil occurred Jan. 24 at a transformer station near Roaches Run. But Lt. David Ruhlig of the Coast Guard said that may be unrelated.

"We haven't linked those two together," he said. "We haven't ruled any source out at this point."

The oily substance has no impact on drinking water in the area, officials said. Additional tests will be conducted in the following days.

If you see a bird in need of help, call 311. 

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<![CDATA[Former News4 Producer Honored by Leukemia and Lymphoma Society]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 19:54:24 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000013595663_1200x675_617289283916.jpg The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society honored former News4 producer Margie Ruttenberg with its Relentless for a Cure Award Thursday night.]]> <![CDATA[3 Awesome Google Doodle Contest Entries from Local Students]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 19:29:29 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/new-google-logo.jpg

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<![CDATA[Kids Can Get Free Dental Care Friday]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:14:13 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_146378675.jpg

Kids can get free dental care Friday at Kids Smiles, a nonprofit dental center in Southeast D.C., for Give Kids a Smile Day.

Each child who goes can get their teeth cleaned and will also get an oral exam from a dentist.

Kids Smiles, located at 4837 Benning Road in D.C., caters to kids ages 2 to 21 who come from families with low incomes or no dental insurance. Parents can call for an appointment at 202-650-5238. Kids Smiles closes at 4:30 p.m. 

The dentistry accepts  new patients at all times and normally charges based on a sliding scale. They also accept Medicaid plans for D.C., Maryland and Virginia as well as many private insurances.

Tooth decay is the No. 1 chronic childhood illness in the United States, according to the National Children's Oral Health Foundation.

Give Kids a Smile Day is a national day sponsored by the American Dental Association. This year, more than 7,000 dentists signed up to provide free dental care to 285,889 children.

"The goal of Give Kids a Smile Day, to raise awareness about children's oral health and bring dental care to children in need, is part of the mission that Kids Smiles fulfills every day," Cheryl Janssen, CEO of Kids Smiles, said in a statement.

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<![CDATA[Washington Ballet Artistic Director to Step Down After 17 Years]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 14:59:22 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Septime-Weber.jpg

Septime Webre, the artistic director at the Washington Ballet, will step down after 17 years, the ballet company announced Friday.

Webre will leave the role in June when his current contract ends, according to a press release.

"I am extraordinarily proud of our collective accomplishments and the spectacular growth of The Washington Ballet, and it is now time to focus my efforts on new creative endeavors," Webre said. "I'm looking forward to creating new ballets and to staging on other companies the many original works I have created for The Washington Ballet."

Webre brought great change to the Washington Ballet during his time there. Since his arrival in 1999, the company has grown both as a performing arts organization and as a major contributor to D.C. cultural life. Enrollment at the Washington School of Ballet has grown from 325 to more than 1400 students, and its budget grew from $2.8 million a year to its current $12 million a year.

Additionally, Webre played a major role in bringing dance programs to D.C. public schools through the Washington Ballet's "DanceDC" program.

Board Chair Sylvia de Leon commended Septime's contributions.

"Each of us on our Board has deeply admired his boundless energy, creativity and infectious joy of the art of ballet," she said. "We will be forever grateful for his years of tireless work and dedication."

The Washington Ballet is collaborating with Webre to ensure that his works created for the company are made available for performance by companies around the world. The company will continue to perform Webre's famous production of The Nutcracker in December, according to the release.

The ballet's board of directors is now searching for a new artistic director.

Photo Credit: The Washington Ballet and Dean Alexander]]>
<![CDATA[Landmark Cinemas Sues Regal, Claims Unfair Competition]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:30:51 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_1013763461.jpg

Landmark Cinemas has filed a lawsuit against Regal Entertainment Group, alleging that Regal is keeping major releases out of a new Landmark theater in the District, Washington City Paper reported.

At the heart of the lawsuit is Landmark's newest theater, Atlantic Plumbing Cinema, which opened in October at 8th and V streets NW.

Unlike Landmark's other local theaters, which show more independent and foreign films, the new spot is aiming to show more first-run, blockbuster films -- but getting access to those movies has proven difficult, and Landmark says it's due to Regal's exclusive dealings.

Nearly all movie theater seats in the core D.C. market -- 91 percent -- are controlled by Regal, giving them power over movie distributors, alleges the lawsuit. And if Regal isn't granted exclusive rights to screen a film, Regal will threaten not to show the film, jeopardizing distributors' bottom lines, the suit claims.

Regal, the largest theater chain in the U.S., owns 12 theaters in the D.C. area; Landmark operates four theaters in D.C. and has just 52 theaters throughout the country.

"Regal has used its national circuit power, its dominant presence in the greater D.C. area, and its monopoly power in the relevant markets to coerce film distributors to deprive Landmark, its competitor in the relevant markets of fair competitive access to commercial films," said the lawsuit, which was filed in federal court Jan. 26.

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2" are two of the films that Landmark did not screen, allegedly because of Regal.

Regal took actions against movie distributors who dealt with Landmark, according to the lawsuit, when Atlantic Plumbing first opened.

Atlantic Plumbing showed Universal Pictures' film "Steve Jobs" on all six screens -- but local Regal theaters responded by blacklisting the film "in retaliation," according to the lawsuit. Movie distributors like Universal Pictures usually make more money by maximizing the number of theaters that show their films.

"Steve Jobs" was a limited release feature shown in other Regal theaters, including one in New York.

Regal officials said they do not comment on current litigation.

Landmark has not returned an interview request.

Ironically, Josh Levin, the former owner of West End Cinema, complained to Washingtonian that Landmark struck similar deals with indie movie distributors that harmed the now-closed cinema he operated.

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<![CDATA[Storm Team4: Chance for Snow Mon. Night & Tues.]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 11:56:11 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2016-02-05_1153.jpg

We haven't seen the last of winter weather.

Storm Team4 is watching a weather system that could lead to snow early next week -- although any accumulation wouldn't be nearly as much as the blizzard that hit the D.C. area last month.

Monday night, rain is expected to slowly transition to snow, which will have a moderate impact Tuesday.

The storm's effect could linger into Wednesday as well -- but it's still far out, so forecasts aren’t completely certain, meteorologist Amelia Segal said.

Storm Team4 will be providing updates continually as we wait to see what the weather system will do.

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<![CDATA[Metro Operator Ran Red Signal Approaching Full Train]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 17:15:04 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/metro-shutterstock_4136034.jpg

A Metro train operator ran a red light signal and got dangerously close to another train that was unloading passengers earlier this week, News 4 has learned.

It happened at the Smithsonian station as the system was closing, just after midnight Wednesday.

A Metro spokesperson confirmed that an Orange Line train ran a red signal on the tracks. The train was said to be traveling no faster than 10 miles per hour. 

There was a second train stopped on the platform at Smithsonian, about 150 feet away.

"You never pass that red signal regardless of anything else," said a Metro source familiar with the incident, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The train that ran the signal wasn't carrying any passengers, but the train on the platform had its doors open and was open for service. It's unknown how many people were on the train.

The train that ran the red signal was brought to a controlled stop by a controller at Metro's Rail Operations Control Center. Both the train operator and controller who slowed the train to a stop are out of service now, as an investigation is ongoing.

The Federal Transit Administration was notified in the overnight hours.

Metro said it would not comment with an ongoing investigation.

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<![CDATA[Fairfax Woman Has Been Missing for 2 Days: Police]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 06:43:39 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/sarah+waye.jpg

Fairfax County police say a woman who disappeared two days ago had been treated for a mental health condition.

Sarah Waye, 22, was last seen in the 9500 block of Canonbury Square in Fairfax Wednesday afternoon. 

Waye was driving a black 2009 Toyota Yaris with Virginia tags VBM-9104. There are numerous bumper stickers attached to the rear of the car. 

Police say Waye has been treated for a mental health condition, and her family is concerned for her welfare. Waye has been entered into the National Crime Information Center as a missing person. 

Waye is 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 145 pounds. She has green eyes and brown hair that has been dyed purple. 

She was last seen wearing blue jeans, a Fat Tuesday's t-shirt and a pink hoodie.

If you have seen Sarah Waye, call police at 703-691-2131.

<![CDATA[Police Search for Missing Woman, 11-Month-Old Son]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 06:24:05 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/missing+derwood+woman.jpg

Police in Montgomery County are searching for a 24-year-old woman and her 11-month-old son.

Tynisha Rashon Owens and her son, Elijah Owens, were last seen at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. The two live in the 6600 block of Garrett Road in Derwood. 

Police say Tynisha functions at the level of a 14-year-old, and police and family members are concerned about her and her son.

Tynisha is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 139 pounds. She has black hair, brown eyes and was last seen wearing a navy blue pea coat and UGG boots. Police say her son has black hair and brown eyes. No clothing description was giving for the baby. 

Anyone with information about their whereabouts is asked to call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.

<![CDATA[Gunman Sought in Fatal Temple Hills Shooting]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 06:14:48 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000013585537_1200x675_616751171948.jpg Police are searching for the person who shot a man to death outside a Temple Hills apartment complex early Friday morning. News4's Megan McGrath has more from the scene. ]]> <![CDATA[Montgomery Co. Board of Ed Appoints New Superintendent]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 23:51:30 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Dr+Jack+Smith.jpg

The Montgomery County Board of Education voted unanimously in favor of their pick for the new public schools superintendent Thursday evening.

Dr. Jack Smith currently serves as Maryland state interim superintendent. He previously was the superintendent for Calvert County.

The appointment starts in July, and Smith said he will spend the next five months learning.

"I will come here to join meetings, to listen, to the members of the staff and the community and the board, and just get to know everything I can possibly get to know about Montgomery County Public Schools," he said.

Smith will inherit a school system with a growing population and a growing achievement gap between rich and poor.

One of his first short-term goals will be improving graduation rates.

"That's something you can act on pretty quickly in terms of identifying students who are at risk of not graduating and then going out and finding them and bringing them back to you and making sure they get all the support they need to graduate," Smith said.

Montgomery County Council member Nancy Floreen had breakfast with Smith.

“He’s currently acting secretary of education for the state, and that’s pretty significant,” Floreen said. “Understanding how Maryland works is very important in understanding how we can move ourselves forward.”

However, a Change.org petition titled urged Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan not to name Smith the permanent state superintendent.

After Smith left Calvert County Public Schools, the Calvert Recorder conducted a three-month investigation into the compensation package for Smith and his executive staff.

"Like extra leave and increasing salaries regardless of the fact the school system was in a downward spiral as far as salaries and pay raises and step increases and stuff like that," reporter Sara Newman said.

Former Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Joshua Starr resigned a year ago. In May, Dr. Andrew Houlihan of Houston turned the job down.

<![CDATA[DC Chef Talks About Her 'Top Chef' Strategy]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 23:05:55 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/020416+chef+Marjorie+Meek-Bradley+top+chef.jpg Local chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley is competing for the coveted title of "Top Chef" this season on Bravo. The executive chef at Ripple, Roofers Union and the soon-to-open restaurant Smoked & Stacked talks about how she's trying to get ahead on the show.]]> <![CDATA['You Messed Up, Bruh': Suspect's Family Speaks After MD Killings]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:01:19 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/229*120/20160203+Murder+Suspect.jpg

The Maryland man charged with murdering his 2-year-old daughter and her mother will remain behind bars.

A judge ordered on Thursday that Daron Boswell-Johnson, 25, be held without bond. 

Boswell-Johnson confessed to waiting for NeShante Davis, 26, and their daughter, Chloe Davis-Green, outside their home early Tuesday and then shooting them each multiple times, court documents show. He was angry over being ordered to pay $600 per month in child support, sources told News4. 

The mother and daughter were shot outside their townhouse about 7 a.m. Tuesday in Fort Washington, Maryland.

While Boswell-Johnson was in court Thursday, one of his brothers expressed disappointment in him and empathy for the victims' loved ones.

"I knew Shante. She was a nice woman. Their relationship was cordial even though they weren't together," he said. "I feel sorry for the family and I hope they could forgive us as a whole family. You messed up, bruh!"

Outrage over the killings boiled Thursday inside and outside the courtroom.

A young woman screamed at one of Boswell-Johnson's brothers outside the building. 

"Your brother's a f***ing monster, that's what he is," she yelled as a man held her back.

Anger also played out on Facebook, where comments on the suspect's page were so explosive, Facebook removed the page.

On that same page, Boswell-Johnson shared numerous photos of his son and daughter from another relationship, describing himself as a proud father, but did not mention little Chloe.

County offices have been flooded with phone calls about the killings and arrest, Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said.

"Our switchboard has received more calls than we have ever received on any case, saying to us how enraged they are and concerned they are," she said.

Boswell-Johnson, of Forestville, Maryland, was confirmed to be Chloe's father in December through a DNA test conducted as part of a paternity suit, sources said. 

Boswell-Johnson faces two counts of both first- and second-degree murder. Information on an attorney for Boswell-Johnson was not immediately available.

According to the preliminary investigation, Boswell-Johnson went to Davis' and their daughter's home early Tuesday to confront Davis about the child support, officials said Wednesday evening at a news conference.

Boswell-Johnson was arrested Tuesday in Montgomery County, Prince George's County Interim Police Chief Hank Stawinski said. Boswell-Johnson waived his Miranda rights and provided a statement to Prince George's County police on Tuesday in which he confessed to the crime, according to court documents. 

He told police he drove to Davis' home, parked down the street and waited for her to exit. Boswell-Johnson told police he then approached Davis at gunpoint and demanded she drop the petition he pay her $600 per month in child support. He then shot her and the toddler multiple times, he told police, court documents say. 

Witness statements and surveillance video corroborate the confession, police said in court documents.

Chloe is the second child to lose her life to domestic violence so far this year in the county, Alsobrooks said.

"Forty percent of our cases so far this year have been domestic in nature," she said. "We’ve had 10 homicides, and four of them have been domestic."

Boswell-Johnson is due in court in March. 

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<![CDATA[Rain, Light Snow Could Snarl A.M. Commute]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 07:15:23 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2016-02-05_0551.png

Morning rush hour on Friday could be more unpleasant than usual.

Rain and light snow showers are falling across the D.C. area, and the rain/snow mix is expected to continue through the morning commute. 

A winter weather advisory will be in effect until 10 a.m. for Anne Arundel, Arlington, Calvert, Charles, Prince George's and St. Mary's counties and D.C., Falls Church and Alexandria.

The inclement weather has prompted a few schools in Maryland to delay or close. Schools in Anne Arundel and St. Mary's counties are on a 2-hour delay while students in Calvert County are getting a day off. Click here for a full list. 

Temperatures will be in the mid-30s Friday morning, so the snow isn't expected to accumulate. But that doesn't mean it won't have an adverse effect on travel. Drivers should be prepared for slippery roads or even some black ice. Leave yourself extra time to get to work Friday morning.

An inch of snow or less could fall around Frederick and southeast of D.C., while further into southern Maryland, snow could be anywhere from a dusting to accumulations of up to three inches.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser deployed 40 plows overnight to address the possible snow.

<![CDATA[Jewelry Store Robbers Hit Fairfax County]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 23:26:25 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000013582046_1200x675_616590403518.jpg Two men robbed a jewelry store in Springfield, Virginia, this week and held a large knife to the storeowner's throat. News4's Jackie Bensen tells what happened and who to look out for.]]> <![CDATA[Chefs Judge DC Judges' Cooking Skills]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 22:29:51 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Superior+Court+Top+Chef+020416.jpg

The tables were turned on about two dozen D.C. Superior Court judges Thursday night as they were judged on their cooking skills.

Chefs from 701, nopa and Rasika judged the event, which benefited two local charities with a clothing drive, so others might eat and dress for success.

Chief Judge Lee F. Satterfield said it’s important for judges to take their robes off and connect with the community.

“We see people in and out of court, we know people returning from prison need clothing to go out and get jobs, so a couple of judges came up with this idea,” Satterfield said.

And the winners are …


1. BLT dip: Judge Danya Dayson
2. Crab dip: Senior Judge Henry Greene
3. Spanish omelet: Magistrate Judge Kenia Seoane-Lopez
Vegetarian: Spanish omelet: Judge Seoane-Lopez


1. Squash lasagna: Judge Juliet McKenna
2. Chicken and wine ravioli: Judge Lynn Leibovitz
3. Matzo ball soup: Judge Maribeth Raffinan
Vegan: Mac Uncheese: Judge William Nooter


1. Guava cheese cake: Judge Seoane-Lopez
2. Chocolate heaven cake: Judge Anita Josey-Herring
3. Rum cake: Judge Judith Macaluso
Vegetarian: Vegetarian peanut butter cups: Judge Dayson

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<![CDATA[Resolution Reboot: Pay Off Debt and Save Money]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 22:32:21 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000013581830_1200x675_616554051890.jpg Consumer reporter Susan Hogan has advice for a financial reboot.]]> <![CDATA[Honda Recalls 2 Million Cars Over Air Bag Concerns]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 22:31:17 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/HondaTakata-GettyImages-477200906.jpg Honda recalled two million cars over concerns about Takata air bags. Consumer reporter Susan Hogan reports.

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<![CDATA[VA to Test 2,000 Backlogged Rape Kits]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 22:06:42 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_212853922.jpg

Virginia will begin testing more than 2,000 backlogged sexual assault evidence kits, some dating back decades, Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced Thursday.

Testing will take place at a lab facility in Northern Virginia in the next few weeks, Herring's office said. The commonwealth finalized a contract with Bode Cellmark Forensics to conduct the tests.

"Testing these kits is so important to help identify predators and to make connections between unsolved crimes, but it's also really important to show survivors that the commonwealth stands with them and will help them pursue justice as part of their healing process," Herring said in a statement.

Local law enforcement agencies will begin sending their untested kits to the lab in the next few weeks.

Results for each test take about six to eight weeks and will be logged into a national DNA database. Local authorities will be notified of any matches.

The first kits up for testing are from Virginia Beach and Fairfax County. According to last year’s Department of Forensic Science report, Virginia Beach reported 455 untested kits, while Fairfax County had 347. Some of these kits were used in 1988.

The testing is possible due to a $1.4 million grant given last year through the Manhattan district attorney's office as part of a $38 million national initiative to reduce the number of untested kits. Kits tested through this grant will cost less than $675 each to analyze, compared to the estimated national average of $1,000 to $1,500 per kit.

The two-year program will help analyze more than 50,000 untested kits in 20 states, including West Virginia and Pennsylvania. In Detroit alone, more than 11,000 untested kits were discovered in a police storage facility in 2009.

There could be as many as 100,000 to 400,000 backlogged kits nationally, authorities say.

"Tackling the national rape kit backlog means addressing a women's and human rights issue that has been ignored for far too long," Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said in a statement last year after awarding the grants.

In order for medical professionals to gather evidence of sexual assault, the victim must undergo a long and often invasive examination at a hospital or rape crisis center. According to the DFS report, most of the kits came from physical evidence recovery kits obtained from a living victim at a hospital. A small percentage came from kits collected from deceased victims as part of a death investigation.

The biggest reason kits were not submitted for analysis, according to the report, was because they were "not relevant for evidentiary purposes or not necessary for prosecution." For example, when a suspect acknowledges a sexual act has occurred or a suspect has already confessed. Other reasons included attorneys declining prosecution and the victim choosing not to further pursue the case.

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<![CDATA[7-Eleven, Denny's Robbed Minutes Apart in Fairfax Co.]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 22:23:24 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/209*120/0927-fairfax-county-police-generic.jpg

A 7-Eleven and a Denny’s were robbed about 15 minutes apart Wednesday night in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County.

Two men robbed the 7-Eleven at 8226 Russell Road at 11:18 p.m., and two men robbed the Denny’s at 7214 Richmond Highway at 11:33 p.m.

In each robbery, a handgun was shown and money was demanded, police said.

An undisclosed amount of money was handed over at the 7-Eleven, and no one was injured, police said.

At the Denny's, one of the men took cash from the restaurant and its customers while the other took cash from another area in the restaurant. There were no injuries.

The robbers in each incident were described as black and 20-30 years old. One stood about 5-feet-8-inches tall, weighed about 160 pounds, and wore a black hooded sweatshirt and mask. The other stood about 5-feet-6-inches tall and weighed 150 pounds. He wore a green hooded sweatshirt and a mask.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” and your message to CRIMES(274637)** or by calling 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

<![CDATA[Hot Talk: $5 Foot Long Gone]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 22:09:40 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000013581826_1200x675_616553539971.jpg Hot 99.5's Kane reacts to Subway's decision to charge an extra dollar per foot.]]> <![CDATA[Potholes Prove Costly for DC-Area Drivers]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 20:59:45 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/dc+pothole+020416.jpg More than just a bumpy ride for drivers, potholes are proving to be costly as well. Meagan Fitzgerald reports.

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<![CDATA[Smoke Reported at Pentagon City Metro Station]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 20:23:44 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1033485321.jpg

Metro trains bypassed the Pentagon City station Thursday night after a small fire, officials say.

Smoke was reported on the lower level of the station, a representative for the Arlington County fire department said about 7:50 p.m. Trash caught fire on the tracks.

The station had reopened by 8:20 p.m.

Trains were delayed on the Blue and Yellow lines, with single-tracking. Regular train service later resumed with residual delays. 

Stay with News4 for more details on this developing story.

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<![CDATA[Charles County Deputy Shoots, Wounds 'Suspicious' Man]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 17:12:45 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/020416+charles+county+police+shooting.jpg

A Charles County sheriff's deputy shot a man who looked "suspicious" and was spotted with a gun, authorities said.

A K-9 officer shot the man twice Thursday afternoon, wounding him, a Charles County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said.

The incident began when a deputy patrolling the area of Post Office Road and St. Charles Parkway about 2:05 p.m. saw a man standing next to the driver's window of an SUV stopped at a red light, police said. The man and the driver appeared to be arguing, and the man tried to open the driver's side door.

The officer pulled over to check the driver's safety, and the man ran, police said. The officer ordered him to stop and show his hands, but he refused.

The officer again ordered the man to stop, but he instead reached for his waistband while turning to the officer, according to the sheriff's office said.

Fearing for his safety, the officer shot the man, striking him twice, the sheriff's office said. An off-duty Secret Service agent assisted in the arrest of the man.

Schools in the area sheltered in place as a precaution.

The driver of the SUV told investigators he didn't know the man and thought it was an attempted carjacking, according to the sheriff's office.

The man, 23-year-old Anthony Darrell Taylor, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Officers found a gun in his waistband, according to the sheriff's office. The gun was reported stolen during a burglary in Pennsylvania.

Taylor is charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault and possession of a handgun.

Detectives assigned to the criminal investigations division are investigating. The officer was placed on administrative leave pending the completion of the investigation, in accordance with policy.

Anyone with information for police is asked to call 301-609-6481. A reward of as much as $1,000 is offered.