<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Local News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.comen-usFri, 29 Apr 2016 02:07:45 -0400Fri, 29 Apr 2016 02:07:45 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Nearly a Year After DC Mansion Murders, Housekeeper Still Asks Why it Happened]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:29:12 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000014539154_1200x675_676004931799.jpg A housekeeper for the family of three that was killed at their Northwest D.C. mansion last May says she still struggles with what happened and wonders why she is still alive. News4's Meagan Fitzgerald reports.]]> <![CDATA[Ex-NIST Employee Admits Attempting to Lure Child for Sex]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 22:21:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NIST+National+Institute+of+Standards+and+Technology.jpg

A longtime federal government computer specialist admitted using his computer to attempt to lure a child for sex.

Federal records obtained by News4 show former National Institute of Standards and Technology employee Carmelo Montanez pleaded guilty to a charge of attempting to engage in indecent liberties with a child and began serving a two-year jail sentence earlier this month.

Montanez was arrested by Fairfax County police after attempting to lure what he believed to be a 12-year-old boy to engage in sexual activities. The person he thought he was soliciting was instead an undercover Fairfax police officer.

Records obtained by News4 show Montanez also was active in youth soccer in Montgomery County in recent years, though police said their investigation did not reveal evidence Montanez engaged in illegal activity prior to his arrest in Fairfax County in late 2014.

Investigations by the Fairfax County Police Department and the U.S. Department of Commerce Inspector General reveal how Montanez sought to solicit a young boy. Montanez spotted an online advertisement, then engaged in a series of text messages and emails with the advertisement’s poster, whom he believed to be a boy, according to investigators’ reports. Montanez tried to set up a rendezvous at a park near Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, the investigators’ reports said. Montanez brought an open bottle of red wine and a video game, the reports said. Montanez drank one glass of the wine “to calm his nerves,” according to the federal investigation.

Fairfax County Police Lt. James Bacon, a supervisor of the agency’s child exploitation unit, said Montanez was surprised when police arrived at the park.

“He was disappointed when he found out it wasn’t a 12- or 13-year-old boy he was going to meet here,” Bacon said. “It was us.”

An investigation by the U.S. Department of Commerce Inspector General revealed “numerous adult pornographic images” were found on Montanez’s two work laptop computers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. But the investigation found no evidence of child pornography.

Tax records and court records reviewed by News4 showed Montanez was an active member of the Damascus Soccer Club in Maryland, once serving on the group’s board of directors.

“There was a full investigation of Mr. Montanez and his computers, and there were zero ties to youth soccer or youth soccer activity,” said Peter Greenspun, Montanez’s defense attorney.

Fairfax County police said their investigation produced no other evidence of other illegal activity by Montanez.

Damascus Soccer Club provided the following statement:

"We are shocked and saddened by the actions of Mr. Montanez. Everyone serving our youth, regardless of the sport or the organization, is committed to the safety of our kids as a first priority.

“Though Mr. Montanez left our Club in August of 2014 - before he committed this crime - and we are aware of no evidence that he has assaulted any child during his time with our Club, he is well known in the greater soccer and school community as both a coach and a referee. His actions will serve as a painful reminder to all that our safety protocols are in place for a reason.”

A spokeswoman for the National Institute of Standards and Technology said Montanez resigned his job with the agency in August.

“While the (Inspector General) investigation found evidence of adult pornography on the former employee’s NIST computers, the (Inspector General’s) memorandum does not conclude that those computers were used in the commission of the felonies,” the spokeswoman said.

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<![CDATA[Pastor Accused of Sexually Assaulting Woman Has Previous Charges]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:21:26 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/BishopChurch.jpg

A Maryland pastor accused of sexually assaulting a 22-year-old woman at church has been charged with rape and assault in the past, News4 has learned.

Bishop Michael C. Turner Sr., the senior pastor at The Miracle Center of Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Capitol Heights, Maryland, has been charged with second-degree assault, fourth-degree sex offense and harassment, according to court documents.

In the early 90s, Turner was charged with second and fourth-degree rape and assault and battery.

The rape charges were dismissed and he was sentenced to three years for the assault charges. He served about six months in jail.

A woman who started working at Turner's church in February has brought the latest charges against him and said Turner repeatedly harassed her and made unwarranted advances toward her in his office, in the copy room and in the elevator.

"He would lock me into the back room or his office and touch me and get on top of me and say things to me," the woman said. "He told me not to be scared and not to say anything becaus I was a big girl." 

The victim's aunt is a minister who was ordained by Turner and is responsible for brining her family to the church more than 10 years ago.

"That's a monster. She did not come here for that," said the aunt who did not want to be identified.

"He needs to get some serious help," she said. "How can you preach from the pulpit after you've done these type of things."

Turner's attorney, James Papirmeister, gave the following statement to News4:

"Reverend Turner vehemently proclaims his innocence. He did not commit these offenses on this young lady. This is a citizen-initiated complaint. I want you to know, and the public to know, for better or worse, that Maryland's legal system allows any human being to go to a Commissioners Office, located throughout the state, 24 hours a day, and allege anything he or she wants against any other human being, whether or not true, or whether or not based on personal motives. Reverend Turner will make any required statement about the allegations only in court. He is not going to follow the initiation of this media blitz by relatives of the alleged victim by trying this case in the media. He is going to say what he has to say in court. He has devoted over 25 years of his life to founding and building this church in Prince George's County and he intends to continue doing so for the indefinite future. He is going to do his best to not let someone else's media infatuation distract him from his career, and his obligation to his parishioners and his community."

Turner was arrested on Tuesday and was released after paying the $10,000 bond.

<![CDATA[Water in All DC Schools to Be Retested for Lead]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 19:12:05 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/042816+do+not+drink+water+fountain.jpg

D.C. will retest drinking water in every public school in the District after low levels of lead were found in water at two schools.

City Administrator Rashad Young said the water at all 113 public schools will be retested to confirm its safety and "so that we can give confidence to parents and the community that the drinking water is safe."

D.C. performs nearly 4,000 water tests in schools every year. Low lead levels were found in 17 recent tests.

"That represents less than 1 percent of the water sources tested that required some remediation on our part," Young said as he led environmental officials and reporters on a tour Thursday of Simon Elementary School in Southeast D.C.

Officials acknowledged they were slow to inform parents at two schools about slightly elevated levels of lead in drinking water.

"We will not repeat any miscommunication," Young said.

Low levels of lead were found at Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan in Northeast D.C. and Payne Elementary in Southeast D.C., said Tommy Wells, director of the Department of Energy & Environment. 

The levels were below what the Environmental Protection Agency deems dangerous, as News4 reported

No Capitol Hill Montessori student whose blood had been tested as of Thursday had elevated lead levels, Wells said. Testing is ongoing.

The biggest lead problem in D.C. is not lead in water but lead in paint, Wells said.

<![CDATA[Video Shows Women Steal From Victoria's Secret in Maryland]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 22:18:41 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Victoria%27s+Secret+Robberies.jpg

Police are looking for two women who were seen stealing merchandise from a Victoria’s Secret store at the St. Charles Town Center in Charles County, Maryland.

Video shows the women taking several items off of a display at the front of the store and put them in large black trash bags.

Police said the theft happened on April 27 at 8 p.m. The pair fled and ran through the lower level of the mall.

Police think the women may be connected to similar thefts in the area.

Police are asking anyone with any information to call (301) 932-2222. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-866-411-TIPS, text CHARLES and the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submit tips online at tipsubmit.com.

Crime Solvers is offering a $1,000 cash reward for any tips that lead to an arrest in this theft.

<![CDATA[DC Mayor Bowser Goes on Rat Patrol]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 21:55:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000014538289_1200x675_675837507840.jpg Mayor Muriel Bowser tours businesses and homes to encourage rat control.]]> <![CDATA[Families Protest Sidwell Friends' Plan to Buy Assisted Living Home]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:44:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/SegravesProtest.jpg Relatives of senior citizens demonstrated outside the prestigious Sidwell Friends School in D.C. Thursday to protest the school's plan to buy an assisted living facility next door. Some family members say they have not been able to find another nursing home for their loved ones. News4's Mark Segraves reports.]]> <![CDATA[VA Man, Woman Face Child Porn Charges]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 22:57:00 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Andre+Alvarado+and+Angela+Sourmany.jpg

A Virginia man and woman face child porn charges after allegedly victimizing a 16-year-old last summer.

Andre Alvarado, 26, and Angela Sourmany, 21, are charged with child pornography possession and production.

Investigators said it happened at a house party in Fairfax near the county jail.

Alvarado is in custody. Sourmany is out of jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

News4 went to the Oakton home where authorities said Sourmany lives, but a man who opened the door only said she wasn’t home.

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<![CDATA[District's First Homicide of 2016 Remains a Mystery]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 19:45:34 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Sheldon+Gordy.jpg News4's Pat Collins talked with the mother of a man who became the first homicide victim of 2016 in the District. It took more than three months for authorities to rule his death a homicide, and almost five months later, there are still more questions than answers.]]> <![CDATA[MD Man Gets Life Plus 20 Years in Fatal Robbery]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 19:01:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tavon-miles.jpg

A Maryland man was sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years for killing a man during a robbery. 

A jury convicted Tavon Miles of Gaithersburg in the shooting death of 23-year-old Marc Taylor St. Aubin at his Olney home.

St. Aubin was found dead in his driveway March 3, 2015. 

Miles was among a group of armed burglars who broke into a home that St. Aubin shared in the 15800 block of Laughlin Lane, police said. Other people inside the home at the time told detectives several armed people entered and a struggle ensued, during which gunshots were fired. Both St. Aubin and Miles were injured. 

Some witnesses attempted to take St. Aubin to a car in the driveway to take him to the hospital while others began to remove items from the house, including guns, a safe and suspected marijuana.

Miles was dropped off at an area hospital in critical condition not long after police arrived at the house. 

A bullet recovered from his clothing during medical treatment matched bullets found inside St. Aubin's home, investigators said.

All the recovered bullets were of the same caliber and had been fired from the same gun, authorities said. The victim had a gun of that caliber registered in Maryland, they said. His body was found with a holster along the small of his back, but the handgun was not recovered.

Miles was also found guilty of first-degree burglary and armed robbery.

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<![CDATA[Numbers Game: How Many People Use the W&OD Trail?]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 18:42:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WOD+Trail+Counter.jpg A bike and pedestrian counter is now operating on the W&OD Trail in Reston to provide information about trail use.

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<![CDATA[Beltway Traffic Backed Up for Miles After MD Crash]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 17:05:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-10189107.jpg

The Inner Loop of the Capital Beltway was backed up for four miles before evening rush hour Thursday because of a crash, officials said.

A crash on the Inner Loop of I-495 at Rockville Pike (MD 355/Exit 34) initially shut down a section of the Beltway in Maryland, the Maryland State Highway Administration said.

The three right lanes of traffic then were blocked, the Metropolitan Area Transportation Operations Coordination program said on Twitter. Two left lanes got by.

All lanes had reopened as of 5 p.m., the highway administration said. Drivers were advised to expect delays.

Someone was hurt in the crash. Additional details were not released immediately.

Stay with News4 for more details on this developing story.

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<![CDATA[Man in Animal Suit Threatens to Blow Up Baltimore TV Station]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 18:42:41 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/042816+baltimore+bomb+threat+suspect.jpg

Police officers shot a man dressed in an animal suit who threatened the Fox45 television station in Baltimore with what looked like a bomb Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

The supposed bomb, police revealed after the roughly four-hour incident was over, was found to be chocolate candy bars wrapped in aluminum foil with wires connecting each of them.

"There was also a small motherboard and that motherboard has been described as something that you might see in a fire extinguisher that was also attached to this contraption," Baltimore Police Department spokesperson T.J. Smith

The man, who police say is 25 years old, was shot at least three times by three police officers and lay wounded outside the station while a bomb squad robot attempted to pull his hand out of his pocket, according to the Baltimore Police Department.

The man was wearing a full-body hedgehog "onesie," similar to one that can be bought online. He also was wearing a surgical mask and a red device that appeared to be a life preserver, police said. The candy bars were strapped to the red device.

Police said at a news conference after the man was taken to a hospital, where he was in serious but stable condition, that the red device turned out to be concealed chocolate candy bars.

But station employees and police didn't know the bomb was fake when the strangely dressed man entered the building about 1 p.m. and threatened to blow up the building.

A security guard at Fox45 stalled the suspect for about 45 minutes as the rest of the building was evacuated, he said. 

Stalling the Suspect
The security guard, Jourael Apostolides, said it was just a normal day until the man walked in and said he had a bomb and a message that he wanted to broadcast.

Apostolides said he was able to push a button underneath a desk that rings upstairs and dials 911 without the man noticing.

"I then proceeded to talk to the guy, try to keep him calm," Apostolides said. "Honestly, it seemed like he just wanted someone to talk to."

The man allegedly said he had a message that he needed to get out and handed Apostolides a flash drive containing information about black holes and the sun. The man said the government is hiding information from the American people.

Apostolides was able to leave the suspect in the lobby for a short time while he went to tell everyone to escape the building.

"Honestly, it seemed like he just wanted someone to talk to,"

While that threat was ongoing, a vehicle burned in the parking lot. Police confirmed the vehicle fire was connected to the suspect, who has not been named.

All employees were accounted for.

Two-Hours in the Station
"We've got a report of an intruder, someone who says he has a bomb, inside of our building," Fox45's Keith Daniels said in a video shot in the parking lot and posted to Twitter at 12:40 p.m. ET.

According to FoxBaltimore.com, "Evacuating staff spotted a man standing in the vestibule attached to the station lobby. He appeared to be wearing a bulky suit of some kind."

The man stayed inside the building for about two hours before apparently leaving on his own volition. Officers in protective gear followed as he walked through a parking area.

Smith said police sent in the robot because the man was uncooperative and officers didn't know if the suspect had a real bomb. As a precaution, the robot removed the man's clothes, Smith said.

"The suspect came out of the building, started to walk in advance across the street toward where officers were staged and officers were forced to fire upon him," Smith said.

The suspect is now at the hospital and is in serious but stable condition, Smith said. He is expected to survive.

Police believe the man is from Howard County, Maryland. He has not yet been charged.

The street in front of the building is closed.

Stay with NBCWashington.com for more.

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<![CDATA[Man Charged in Stabbing Death of Pregnant School Bus Driver]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:00:48 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/takoma+park+stabbing.jpg

An arrest has been made in the stabbing death of a pregnant Montgomery County school bus driver, Takoma Park police announced Thursday.

Officers found 36-year-old Maria Veronica Mbunga suffering from multiple stab wounds inside her Houston Avenue apartment about 2 p.m. Wednesday. Police say Mbunga and her unborn child died at the hospital. 

Thierry Kinshala Nkusu, 33, has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with Mbunga's death.

Police say when officers arrived at the scene Wednesday, they found Nkusu suffering from a stab wound by an elevator near the lobby. 

He was taken to the hospital along with Mbunga, but police soon learned his wound was superficial and did not match the story he told officers. 

He was later transported from the hospital and taken into custody. 

Police say additional charges against Nkusu are pending. 

Investigators have not commented on the relationship between Mbunga and Nkusu.

Mbunga worked for the Montgomery County Public School Transportation System as a bus driver.

Police say the investigation into her death is ongoing. 

<![CDATA[Man Found Dead in Home Was Shot in Head: Police]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:25:22 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/216*120/2016-04-28_1224.png

A man found dead inside a Greenbelt, Maryland, home was shot in the head, police said Thursday. 

A man called 911 at 6 p.m. Wednesday, hours after he heard a gunshot come from a home on the 6900 block of Hanover Parkway. Police say they don't know why the man waited to report the shooting. 

When officers arrived, they looked through a glass door and saw 43-year-old Charles Damon Hall of Greenbelt lying on the floor. The officers forced their way into the home and determined Hall was dead. 

Police say Hall had been shot once in the head. No arrests have been made at this time. 

"We're talking to anybody and everybody to get as much information at we can," said George Mathew with the Greenbelt Police Department.

Police do not believe the homicide was random.

<![CDATA[Metro to Stay Open Late for Capitals Game]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:39:55 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/219*120/metro-washington.jpg

The Metrorail system will stay open late Thursday as the Washington Capitals take on the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

The game begins at 8 p.m. at the Verizon Center.

Metro says the system will close at 1 a.m. to accommodate fans leaving the playoff game. Fans must use the following entrances to enter the system after midnight:

  • Gallery Place - 7th and F Street entrance only
  • Judiciary Square - F Street entrance only
  • Metro Center - 11th and G Street entrance only

Entrances at other Metro stations will close at midnight, but all exits will be open during the additional hour of service.

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<![CDATA[Alexandria Barricade Situation Ends; Man Not Inside: Police]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:26:51 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/216*120/2016-04-28_0549.png

The Potomac Yard area of Alexandria is returning to normal Thursday morning after police say a man they believed was barricaded inside a home was found not to be inside. 

Police entered the home on East Reed Avenue Thursday morning and found the suspect was not inside. The situation began nearly eight hours earlier when a man inside the home fired a shot at a family member.

Police believed the man was still inside the home, and worked for hours to make contact. Loud noises were heard in the area as officers used flash-bang technology Thursday morning in an effort to reach the suspect. 

Police announced they were breaking down the scene just before 6:30 a.m. 

Stay with News4 on-air and online for more on this developing story.  

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<![CDATA[Maryland Bishop Accused of Sexually Assaulting Woman]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 21:54:23 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/BishopTurner.jpg

A 22-year-old woman says the prominent bishop of a Baptist church in Prince George's County repeatedly stalked, harassed and made unwarranted sexual advances toward her at the church.

Bishop Michael C. Turner Sr., the senior pastor at The Miracle Center of Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Capitol Heights, Maryland, has been charged with second-degree assault, fourth-degree sex offense and harassment, according to court documents obtained by News4's Jackie Bensen.

The woman said during the four weeks in February and March that she worked at the church, Turner, 61, repeatedly assaulted and harassed her in his private office, the copy room and the elevator.

"On many occasions he would repeatedly touch me all over my body with his hands, press on my body with his body and his private parts...kiss me on my forehead, and hold me captive in his office and copier room," the woman said in a written statement to police.

She said she was frightened to tell anyone because she was afraid of him and afraid of losing her job.

"I told him to stop and to leave me alone," the woman testified.

She eventually asked others who worked at the church to come into work early so she would not have to be alone with Turner, but he found out and became angry, she told police.

"I am devastated that my supervisor and church leader, Bishop Turner, would do these things to me. Despite my protests, his behavior continued over several weeks and got worse," she said.

She also detailed an incident in which she said Turner forced her on the couch in his office, locked the door and got on top of her. She said she was able to escape the office and ran outside, but Turner drove around the parking lot looking for her.

Turner was arrested Tuesday and released on a $10,000 bond.

According to the church's website, Turner has been a pastor in the D.C. area for 40 years and was ordained at the Metropolitan Baptist Church in D.C.

He was promoted to bishop about two months ago, Bensen reports.

Turner's church has not returned News4's request for comment.

<![CDATA[Video Shows Missing Woman at CVS Before Disappearance]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:13:35 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/missing-woman-Lizbeth-Lopez.jpg

A 36-year-old woman who has been missing for more than a week was seen on surveillance video at a CVS the night she was last heard from, Prince William County Police said.

Lizeth Yadira Lopez of Alexandria was last known to have contact with someone at 10 p.m. April 17. 

On Wednesday, police released surveillance video of Lopez entering a CVS store on Touchtone Circle in Woodbridge. She left the CVS at 9 p.m., about an hour before she last had contact with anyone, police said.

Lopez was reported missing to Alexandria police April 19. Her car was found the next day at her job on Pond Run Drive in Woodbridge, Virginia.

"I feel like I'm still living in a dream right now and it's not even a dream, it's like a nightmare," said Lopez's sister, Janette Lopez. "All I want to do is wake up from this nightmare so I can continue my life."

She says she last communicated with her sister through text message before Lopez went to the CVS.

"I don't know what happened to her after that," Janette said. "I'm sure somebody took her. She wouldn't disappear like that. She is a very responsible person."

Lopez graduated from the University of Maryland three weeks ago and Janette said she works with juveniles in Prince William County.

Lopez is 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 118 pounds. Police say she has black hair, brown eyes and a tattoo on her left shoulder. No clothing description was provided.

Members of the Prince William County Police and Fairfax County Police Search and Rescue Teams conducted ground searches Saturday, with helicopter assistance from Fairfax County Police and canines from the Fairfax County Fire Department and Virginia State Police, authorities said.

No sign of Lopez was found after an extensive search of the wooded areas near her workplace on Pond Run Drive.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call police at 703-792-6500.

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<![CDATA[Paralympian From Maryland to Compete in Rio]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 18:49:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/042716+Tatyana+McFadden.jpg Paralympian athlete Tatyana McFadden will compete this summer in the Rio Paralympics. The Russia native born with spina bifida grew up in Maryland after a woman from Clarksville adopted her. As a child, McFadden repeated in Russian "ya sama," which means "I can do it." News4's Wendy Rieger reports on the power of "ya sama."

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<![CDATA[DC Program Helps Hundreds of Families Avoid Homelessness]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:46:44 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Larry+Long+Jr+and+his+daughter.jpg

More than 1,000 children and their parents live in the District's homeless shelters, but a new homeless prevention program is helping keep those numbers from getting any worse.

The Preventing Homeless program partners with non-profits in the community to help families avoid entering shelters by finding them housing, counseling and job training.

“When we talk about ending homelessness, it means it’s rare, it’s brief, it’s nonrecurring,” D.C. Department of Human Services Director Laura Zeilinger said. “Making it rare means we need to prevent it whenever possible.”

Larry Long Jr. was living on his grandmother’s couch with his 4-year-old daughter – one step away from homelessness – before he heard about the program.

“Her not having her own room, her own space,” he said. “Every young lady should have their own personal space.”

Now they have their own home, and he can focus on getting a better job. He’s doing odd jobs while taking classes to become a heating and air conditioning technician, and he set his sights beyond just a job.

“I have to have my own business, it’s only right,” Long said. “That’s why I work hard everyday.”

His daughter has her own room and bathroom, now.

“She loves it, man. She really loves it,” Long said. “She runs all over the place. She has all her books. She’s happy. She’s real happy.”

In the first eight months of the Preventing Homeless program, more than 1,000 families at risk of becoming homeless have found stable housing.

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<![CDATA[Alexandria Man Was Killed in MS-13 Gang Retaliation, Police Say]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 19:14:18 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000014524400_1200x675_675045955881.jpg The 22-year-old Alexandria, Virginia, man found stabbed to death in Four Mile Run Park in December was killed in an act of retaliation after he testified against suspected gang members, police said. News4's David Culver reports on the case against the accused killers of Eduardo Almendarez.]]> <![CDATA[Teacher in Hospital, Students in Custody After Fight at DC School]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 18:52:37 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/CollinsHighSchool1.jpg News4's Pat Collins reports on a fight at Washington Metropolitan High School that broke out during the lunch hour and ended with a teacher going to the hospital and two students in police custody.]]> <![CDATA[McKeever Visits Judge Again More Than a Decade Later]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 19:36:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/McKeever+and+Judge+Anna+Blackburne+Rigsby.jpg Just weeks before she will earn her bachelor's degree in criminal justice, former Wednesday's Child McKeever reunites with Judge Anna Blackburne Rigsby, who she spoke with about her own goal of becoming a judge more than a decade ago. Click here for more of Barbara Harrison's interview with McKeever, where she talks about her brother and how Wednesday's Child.

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<![CDATA[Secret Service Plans to Raise White House Fence by 5 Feet]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 19:57:39 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/New+White+House+Fence+Design.jpg

The U.S. Secret Service plans to raise the height of the White House security fence by 5 feet and add a new concrete foundation to reduce the risk of fence-jumpers, according to a copy of an agency report obtained by the News4 I-Team.

The agency, along with the National Park Service, said it intends to begin building a “taller, stronger” fence to protect the White House grounds by 2018.

Details of the plan were included in an audio recording of a briefing made by federal officials, which was released to the I-Team Wednesday. The same briefing is expected to be presented May 5 at a meeting of the National Capital Planning Commission, which must first approve any changes to White House fencing.

“The current fence simply is not adequate for a modern era. We’ve said that before. It is becoming more and more acutely clear that that is in fact the case,” Secret Service official Tom Dougherty said in the briefing to federal officials.

“(The fence) is entirely scale-able, depending upon the circumstances. And we have now a society that tends to want to jump over the fence and onto the 18 acres,” Daugherty said in the briefing. 

According to the Secret Service briefing, the agency’s plans would raise the current 6-foot-tall fence to 11 feet. A new concrete “footing” and “foundation” for the fence are also planned.

Secret Service and National Park Service plans for the new fence would also include “anti-climb features” to deter fence jumpers. Small spikes, which officials call “pencil points,” were added to the current fence in 2015 after a series of jumpers leapt the fence on to White House grounds.

The plans for the new White House fence would include 1¾-inch pickets and taller gates near entrances to the grounds.

U.S. House and Senate leaders were briefed by the Secret Service on the possible fence changes in mid-April, News4 learned.

The National Park Service is also participating in the planning for the fence changes.

“There are still several additional steps before construction could begin on a new fence, and a timeline is not concrete,” the agency said in a statement.

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<![CDATA[Truck Overturns on Inner Loop in MD; Expect Delays]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:39:34 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Beltway+Overturned+Truck+042716.jpg

A truck overturned on the Inner Loop of the Capital Beltway between Rockville Pike and Connecticut Avenue Wednesday afternoon.

As of about 5:20 p.m., all lanes were open again, but about 4:50 p.m., all traffic was stopped to clean up the crash, according to WTOP Traffic.

The truck was carrying a large pipe, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Public Information Officer Pete Piringer tweeted. The State Highway Administration will return at 8 p.m. to remove the pipe.

No serious injuries were reported.

The crash is near a broken water main that closed part of Rockville Pike in Bethesda, Maryland.

Stay with News4 and NBCWashington.com for updates.

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<![CDATA[100 Days to Rio: Michelle Obama Joins Team USA]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:52:16 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/042716+michelle+obama+fencing.jpg News4's Wendy Rieger reports live from Times Square as the countdown to the Rio 2016 Olympics begins. First lady Michelle Obama played with children, and members of the U.S.A. Olympic team spoke.

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<![CDATA[Woman Killed, Man Injured in Stabbing at Takoma Park Apartment]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:22:05 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/TakomaParkStabbing.jpg

One woman has died and a man is injured after a stabbing at an apartment building in Takoma Park, Maryland, police say.

Takoma Park police said officers went to an apartment complex in the 600 block of Houston Avenue about 2 p.m. Wednesday to respond to a "suspicious situation."

Officers found a man with a stab wound by an elevator near the lobby. A 36-year-old woman was found inside an apartment with multiple stab wounds.

Both of the stabbing victims were taken to the hospital, where the woman later died.

The man is in surgery at the hospital and his current condition is not known at this time.

Police would not say if any others were involved in the stabbing, but said there is no reason for residents to be concerned.

Stay with News4 as we continue to update this developing story.

<![CDATA[Rockville Pike Traffic Snarled by Water Main Break]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 18:53:46 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/042716+rockville+pike+water+main+break.jpg

A water main break in Bethesda early Wednesday disrupted traffic during evening rush hour Wednesday.

One southbound lane was open about 4 p.m. on the 9100 block of Rockville Pike near Cedar Lane. All northbound lanes were open.

All southbound lanes were reopened about 8 p.m.

The 75-year-old water main was confirmed to have broken about 1 a.m. Wednesday, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission said in a statement.

"Fifty percent of our pipe is 50 years or older, and that type of pipe, a cast-iron pipe, that's past their live-by date," WSSC spokesman Jerry Irvine said. 

The water main had been repaired by about 3 p.m. but crews still were working to restore the roadway.

A water main broke near the same location in October, as News4 reported.

"We need to do what we can to get these pipes out of the ground and get new pipes," Irvine said.

WSSC expects only one southbound lane to remain open through Wednesday evening.

Drivers said they were fed up with the traffic. 

"It's usually terrible and now it's just worse," one man said.

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<![CDATA[News4 Is Counting Down to the Rio Olympics]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 18:26:28 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/SegalRio.jpg One hundred days from now, we'll be watching the opening ceremonies of the 2016 Summer Olympics. Storm Team4's Amelia Segal reports on the countdown kickoff from Silver Spring, Maryland.]]> <![CDATA[How the Caps Stack Up Against the Penguins]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:01:37 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/capsGettyImages-513219946.jpg

For the first time since 2009, the Washington Capitals will face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the playoffs.

Last time the two teams met in the playoffs, Sidney Crosby's Penguins walked away with a Game 7 win over Alex Ovechkin's Capitals.

The big names from that series -- Crosby, Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeni Malkin --  are still with their respective teams. But a slew of new faces strewn about the two teams offers a new, fresh take on the heated rivalry.

Take a look at how each team's units stack up against one another.


In the Capitals' opening series, offensive contributions really only came from four players at 5v5: Backstrom, Ovechkin, T.J. Oshie and Marcus Johansson. The only other two players to record a point at even strength were Jay Beagle and Jason Chimera, and Chimera's single point came from a lucky half-ice shot that slipped between Steve Mason's legs.

That spells trouble for the Capitals' second and third lines, which might see a bit of a shakeup in the Eastern Conference semi-final matchup. Marcus Johansson has been taking shifts as the second line left wing in morning skates, flanking Evgeny Kuznetsov, opposite of Justin Williams. That bumps Andre Burakovsky down on the third line along with Chimera and Mike Richards.

While the second line wasn't directly putting points on the board, they were still creating scoring chances. In fact, Kuznetsov's 15 scoring chances in the opening series was the second-highest on the team, only behind Ovechkin's 18. Williams recorded the third most with 13, and Burakovsky had the fourth most with 11.

That's encouraging, because while they aren't directly scoring goals, they are still generating threatening offense. And considering the large quantity of scoring chances the second-line was contributing, a few are bound to go in the net eventually if they continue pumping out offense.

The forward unit for Pittsburgh is quite clearly its strong suit. It's led by big names Crosby, Malkin, Phil Kessel and Patric Hornqvist, but it's riddled with a tremendous amount of depth and little-known names.

Conor Sheary, who has played in only 44 regular season games over the course of his entire career, is penciled in as Crosby's left wing on the top line. Sheary is only 5 feet 8, but he's highly aggressive defensively and will look to generate offense off of the rush. Sheary loves to force turnovers and create odd-man rushes, and his speed allows him to break away from the opposition more times than not.

Nick Bonino filled in nicely during Malkin's prolonged absence at the end of the regular season. He closed out the regular season with 13 points in the Penguins' last 10 games, and he continued that production into Pittsburgh's opening series against the New York Rangers, finishing with five points in as many games. He will be joined with Carl Hagelin, who is another player that plays with a lot of speed.

Bryan Rust, Tom Kunhackl, Eric Fehr and Matt Cullen provide a bottom-six scoring punch. Just how deep is the Penguins' forward unit? The bottom-six forwards managed to record six of the Penguins' 21 goals in the opening series.


The shutdown tandem of Karl Alzner and Matt Niskanen was rock solid in the opening series. Despite starting the majority of their shifts in the defensive zone against the Flyers' top line, the Capitals were still able to generate more shot attempts than they allowed when those two were on the ice.

Niskanen and Alzner will see heavy doses of Crosby, and if they can even perform at a fraction of what they played at against the Flyers, Crosby is going to have a very difficult time this series.

Brooks Orpik is taking shifts at practice, indicating he may be ready for a return. If he's ready, he'll slot in right along John Carlson, whose three goals were a major reason the Capitals' power play was able to convert on 8 of its 27 opportunities.

With Orpik's return, Nate Schmidt should slot in right alongside Dmitry Orlov, and the two should see favorable matchups that should help the Capitals generate offense.

The Penguins don't have a shutdown tandem quite like the Capitals, but they do have a lot of puck movers on the blue line that will look to jump into the offensive play. Kris Letang will be the most dangerous blueliner in the series, and he will likely be paired with Olli Maata. That's two offensive-minded defensemen paired with one another, and if both jump into the offensive play, it could lead them to be susceptible to an odd-man rush.

Trevor Daley and Ian Cole will serve as the Penguins' second pairing. Daley, whom the Penguins acquired in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks mid-season, is another offensive-minded defenseman, but he's pretty responsible in his own zone.

Ben Lovejoy and Brian Dumoulin will likely be paired against the Capitals' third and fourth lines pretty consistently. Justin Schultz, another offensive-minded defenseman, may see spot starts in the series.


Braden Holtby continued along with his storybook season with another stellar opening series against the Flyers. Holtby's .968 save percentage and his two shutouts leads all goaltenders in the playoffs. That series raised Holtby's career playoff save percentage to .940, and dropped his goals against average to 1.76. In 17 of Holtby's 20 playoff wins, the 26-year-old goaltender has allowed one goal or fewer.

The Penguins' goaltending situation is a bit up in the air.

Normal Penguins mainstay Marc-Andre Fleury hasn't made an appearance in this year's edition of the playoffs due to a concussion sustained late in the season. That injury opened the door for Matt Murray, who then proceeded to get a concussion of his own, causing him to miss the beginning of the playoffs. And that opened the door for Jeff Zatkoff, who allowed six goals in his two playoff appearances. 

Murray recovered from his injury, returned for the last three games of the series and walked away with three wins. He's good to go for this series matchup. But Fleury is still a bit questionable, although he has been practicing.

If it is Murray who ends up going, that's a 21-year-old goaltender with 16 total NHL games on his resume. In those 16 games, Murray has managed to record a .935 save percentage. Murray also played against the Capitals twice already this season. His save percentage in those two games? It was .910, which earned him a win and a loss.

And if it ends up being Fleury in the net, he's had a difficult time over the course of his career in the playoffs. In his 12-year career, Fleury has maintained a .906 save percentage, though in his most recent playoff effort, a first-round exit against the Rangers a year ago, Fleury held strong for a .927 save percentage.

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<![CDATA[Tuberculosis Reported at Montgomery County High School]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:07:16 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tuberculosis2.jpg

An active case of tuberculosis (TB) has been reported at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, school officials said in a letter to parents earlier this month. 

School officials say the unidentified individual is being treated, and there is no additional risk to students or staff members. It usually takes eight hours of close contact with the untreated patient for a TB transmission to occur, the letter dated April 15 reads. 

Though the risk of infection is small, school officials have recommended testing for anyone who was in class or in an after-school activity with the affected individual.

The testing will take place at the school on a yet to be determined date. 

It's not clear whether the person is a student or staff member. 

Tuberculosis is a bacterial disease that attacks the lungs as well as other parts of the body. It is spread through the air, usually after the affected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms include a severe cough lasting 3 weeks or longer, coughing up blood, weakness, lack of appetite, chills and night sweats.

<![CDATA[Dancing White House Visitor Gets ID Thanks to New Rule]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 12:37:19 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Virginia+McLaurin1.jpg

Virginia McLaurin, the 107-year-old woman who charmed President Obama with her dance moves earlier this year, is finally getting a government-issued photo ID thanks to a new regulation in the District, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Tuesday. 

The regulation, which goes into effect immediately, expands the list of documentation D.C. residents over the age of 70 can use when obtaining an ID from the Department of Motor Vehicles. 

A recent Washington Post article revealed that McLaurin could not get a photo ID in the District, because she didn't have a birth certificate from her home state of South Carolina.  But to get a copy of her birth certificate, she needed an ID.

McLaurin lost her original ID in a purse snatching years ago, according to The Post. 

"These common sense regulations will ensure that District seniors can get an ID if they lack the kind of documentation that may not have been around when they were born," Bowser said. 

Bowser visited McLaurin Tuesday and gave her a temporary ID. Her permanent ID will be sent to her in the mail. 

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<![CDATA[DC Atty Gen.'s Office Hosts Drug Take-Back Event]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 10:27:27 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Prescription_Drugs.jpg

People who have prescription drugs they no longer want or need can get rid of them at an event in downtown Washington.

The District of Columbia Attorney General's office is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration for the drug take-back event on Wednesday.

People can turn in their unwanted drugs at the lobby of the attorney general's office at One Judiciary Square.

Attorney General Karl Racine says unwanted drugs can end up in the wrong hands and fuel the national epidemic of opioid abuse. Overdose deaths from opioids in the nation's capital have increased every year since 2011.

<![CDATA[Red Line Back to Normal After Arcing Insulator]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 11:02:00 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-5157630221.jpg

Normal service resumed on Metro's Red Line about 9:40 a.m. Wednesday after an arcing insulator at Friendship Heights briefly closed that station and caused trains to bypass Bethesda.

Trains single-tracked between Medical Center and Friendship Heights during the height of the trouble Wednesday, marking the fourth day in a row that problems have plagued the Red Line.

Firefighters responded to the Friendship Heights station for an arcing insulator. Three days ago, an insulator fire created "heavy smoke" at that station.

Riders were told to expect delays in both directions.

Earlier in the morning, a power outage affected elevator and escalator service at Medical Center. The power was restored about 7:45 a.m.

It's been a difficult week for some Red Line riders.

A track problem at the Woodley Park station Tuesday morning had trains single-tracking for more than an hour between Van Ness and Dupont Circle. 

Unscheduled track work left trains single-tracking between the same stations Monday morning.

Sunday evening, an insulator fire created "heavy smoke" at the Friendship Heights station. A train was evacuated at the Tenleytown-AU station, and Red Line service was suspended between Van Ness and Medical Center. Firefighters worked to ventilate smoke between the Tenleytown-AU and Friendship Heights stations after trouble inside a mechanical room, the fire department said.

A spokesperson for Metro called Sunday's situation an arcing insulator incident.

In January 2015, an Alexandria woman died aboard a smoke-filled train after a similar emergency caused heavy smoke at the L'Enfant Plaza station.

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<![CDATA[SUV Lands on Car After 5-Vehicle Crash in Germantown]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 10:13:27 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/clarksburg+crash.jpg

Several people were injured in a crash that left an SUV on top of another vehicle in Germantown, Maryland.

The five-vehicle crash happened about 7 a.m. Wednesday on Ridge Road between Brink Road and Little Seneca Parkway.

Details about the crash have not been released, but a picture from the scene shows an SUV resting on top of a car.

Montgomery County fire officials say there were no serious injuries.

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<![CDATA[Water Main Break Closes Portion of Rockville Pike]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 06:20:33 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/216*120/2016-04-27_0620.png A water main break closed a portion of Rockville Pike in Bethesda, Maryland, Tuesday morning. News4's Erika Gonzalez has more on how long repairs are expected to take. ]]> <![CDATA[Sherwood's Notebook: Soccer, Statehood and More]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 05:57:42 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Muriel-Bowser-AP_816174278725.jpg

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser was wielding a silver-plated sledge hammer on Monday.

She didn’t wave it at reporters (Terrific restraint, Mayor!).

Bowser, instead, was enjoying the ceremonial demolition starting construction of the new $300 million D.C. United soccer stadium in Southwest.

The site is just across South Capitol Street from Nationals Park. It’s due to open in 2018. The city is responsible for purchasing and clearing the land. The team is responsible for the stadium itself. Your Notebook has scowled at the unimaginative design, but we’re told it’s not finished.

Bowser did get into some big machinery. She pulled a few levers to knock down a wall. The mayor says it’s a bit scary to do, but she’s happy to promote the 1,000 construction and permanent jobs the project represents.

The soccer stadium is a centerpiece of what will be a complete makeover of Southwest land that is now dotted with a concrete plant and other industrial uses.

“This is the opportunity to really help to rethink the way Buzzard Point and this end of Southwest are really realized,” said Ward 6 D.C. Council member Charles Allen. More than a billion dollars of investments are expected in the once-ignored area.

Monday’s ceremony was picketed by activists from Empower DC. The group contends there are serious environmental concerns with clearing the land. Nearby public housing residents say they fear worsening air pollution. They also fear the potential gentrification that will move them out.

Mayor Bowser and Council member Allen say they are mindful of those concerns. “We think any investment in this area is going to enhance the quality of life for everybody,” Bowser told us.

■ Kasich KOs statehood. Presidential candidate John Kasich is the Republican governor of Ohio. But he’s not interested in the District’s bid for statehood. Maybe, he says when asked whether our delegate to Congress should have voting rights, but he hasn’t really thought about it.

Here’s his full quote in a brief, satellite interview on Monday with NBC4’s Chris Gordon:

“I’m not for statehood. I mean the idea that somebody who is a delegate would have the right to vote, I’m not opposed to that. I need to look at all the ramifications, but I’m not for statehood. The reason I’m not for statehood is the founders set it up so D.C. would be a neutral place. I think they were wise in doing that. As for the delegate, I’m open to the suggestion.”

It sounds like he’s been talking to former Virginia Rep. Tom Davis, who tried mightily to get voting rights for D.C.’s delegate. But Davis was thwarted by District politicians who turned down the chance in favor of full voting rights in the House and the Senate someday. That’s the operative word. No one in authority in the District ever heard of the phrase, “a bird in the hand … .”

Maybe activists can point out new statistics from the city’s tax office. District citizens (not just “residents”) paid more than $26 billion in taxes to the federal government in 2014, but got back only $3.5 billion. That figure doesn’t include matching funds that all states receive.

As DCist reported, the District’s federal tax payments are bigger than 22 states and Puerto Rico. Now, that’s taxation without representation.

■ It’s alive! New opposition filings to the $6.8 billion merger of Pepco and Exelon seek to ensure this isn’t a done deal after all. Although the Public Service Commission in March voted 2-1 to (finally) approve the deal, the Office of the People’s Counsel now wants reconsideration. “I strongly believe that the manner in which the decision was reached was legally flawed,” said people’s advocate Sandra Mattavous-Frye in a release late last week.

However, many people believe it’s extremely unlikely the PSC will attempt to rewire this deal.

■ A final word. Former D.C. school board member R. Calvin Lockridge died this weekend. He was 81 and had been in ill health for several years. But in his day, Lockridge was a controversial, combative member of the school board — a key player in its struggles to improve schools and retain superintendents amid many battles.

In 1988, Lockridge was under fire for meddling in staff hiring at Ballou High School and other ward schools. Linda Cropp, then the school board president, threatened to censure his actions.

Responding to The Washington Post at the time, Lockridge was unapologetic, saying high-level jobs weren’t going to Ward 8 residents in an unfair system. “I plead guilty to hustling jobs for the Ward 8 constituents. I have made no bones about the fact that my constituents are generally not qualified for professional jobs. So when opportunities for custodians, food services and other jobs become available, I demand that those positions be made available to my constituents.”

The Post’s Colby King in 1998 wrote a withering article about “buffoonery” in city government, singling out Lockridge for, among other things, his numerous antics and possible wrongdoings. “If the city had an Elected Officials Hall of Shame, Lockridge would be a charter member. A loud, antics-loving political figure, he made D.C. voters look like they had lost their minds.”

Despite all, the Notebook does miss those occasional calls from Lockridge offering up some off-the-record tips or gossip. “I’m talking to you now, just you,” he’d say in hushed tones before passing along information. But Lockridge, despite the flaws, was far from hushed in public life.

Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.

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