<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Local News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.comen-usMon, 23 Oct 2017 22:29:56 -0400Mon, 23 Oct 2017 22:29:56 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Swastika, Vandalism at Woodbridge School, Neighborhood]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 21:41:29 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/SDPD-Generic-police-lights-101917.jpg

Prince William County, Virginia, police are investigating after swastikas were spray-painted on a sign at a Woodbridge, Virginia, school.

Investigators said sometime between Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. and Oct. 21 at 6 p.m., the vandalism occurred on a sign at the Prince William Academy on Spriggs Road that faces the road.

A sign for the Early Years Academy, part of the Prince William Academy, was defaced with a swastika and other writing.

Police said there was additional vandalism in the surrounding neighborhood, including two stop signs, a fire hydrant, a mailbox, and a vehicle. Investigators said some of the vandalism was random and illegible.

A witness told police that there was a group of possible juveniles in the area at the time of the vandalism. Police are asking for more witnesses to come forward if they saw any activity in the area at that time.

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<![CDATA[One of Frederick's Most Wanted Found Dead]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 22:12:34 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/gennady+errigo.jpg

The body of a man who was on the most wanted list of the Frederick Police Department was found in a wooded area in Frederick County, Maryland.

Gennady Errigo, 19, of Walkersville, Maryland, was found dead along the wood line at a farm on the 9300 block of Liberty Road by two hunters. Errigo was wanted by Frederick police for first-degree burglary, vehicle theft and theft.

Maryland State Police investigators said Errigo was wearing grey sweatpants, brown boots and a black shirt tied around his waist when his body was discovered on Oct. 22.

Police are asking anyone who may have information about this case to contact police at the Frederick Barrack at 301-600-4150.

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<![CDATA[No Charges for Md. Student Accused of Snapchat Gun Threat]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 18:45:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Eleanor+Roosevelt+HS+gun+threat.jpg

Parents say many desks at a Greenbelt high school were empty Monday after administrators identified a potential gun threat on social media over the weekend.

“There was only maybe a few kids in each class today because people just do not go to school if something like that happens,” parent Nicole Paquet said.

The threat was circulating among students at Eleanor Roosevelt High School, but did not specifically reference that school, officials said.

Students believed it was a threat to them because of who posted it and how it spread widely on the social media app Snapchat.

Police decided to step up patrols at the school and investigated the messages after school administrators uncovered a disturbing picture.

A student showed News4 a photo of the concerning message. The picture shows a long, black gun resembling a rifle. The words "THINK IM KIDDING" are written over the picture in capital letters.

It was later discovered that the weapon was actually a BB gun.

Police said Monday that the threat was not credible, nor is it considered a mass threat because the message was initially private and shared between only two students. Then, it was shared widely on Snapchat.

The student who created the post will not be charged.

The school said Monday that it would excuse students who stayed home because they were afraid if their parents wrote a note.

Classes will continue normally on Tuesday, the school said.

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<![CDATA[Nats Broadcaster Ray Knight Charged With Assault, Battery]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 19:36:18 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Ray+Knight+Mug+Shot+102317.jpg

Washington Nationals TV analyst Ray Knight was charged with assault and battery after a fight at his home early Sunday, police said.

Police went to Knight's home in the 7500 block of Ashby Lane in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County about 4 a.m. Sunday. An argument between Knight and a 33-year-old man he knew became physical, police said.

Both men had visible injuries and were taken to the hospital for treatment, police said.

Knight told News4 he was home alone when four men came over long after the New York Yankees and Houston Astros playoff game ended. He said he knows two of the men but had never seen the other two before.

"It was actually inside my apartment, but the games were pretty much over," Knight said. "It was late."

Knight and one of the men fought, and someone called 911.

"When the officers arrived and did their investigation, there was enough probable cause to make an arrest on one party, and that was Mr. Knight," said a member of Fairfax County Police.

After the hospital police took Knight to a Fairfax County jail. He paid a $2,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 8.

Knight, a former major league player, hosts the Nationals' pregame and postgame shows, Nats Xtra, on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. MASN had no comment about the charge.

Knight was the World Series MVP for the New York Mets in 1986, scoring the winning run in the 10th inning of Game 6 on the ball that famously went through Boston Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner's legs.

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<![CDATA[First Look: Museum of the Bible to Open Near National Mall]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 21:13:35 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/museum+of+bible+doors.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Report From Congress Says Civil Servants Vulnerable to Harrasment]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 20:34:27 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Report_From_Congress_Says_Civil_Servants_Vulnerable_to_Sexua.jpg

A new investigation finds the federal government is not doing enough to protect its own employees from sexual harassment in the workplace. It mentions a News4 I-Team investigation that found dozens of federal employees watching an abundance of porn on the job. Scott MacFarlane has the story.

<![CDATA[Push for Sunroof Recall Over Shattering Threat]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 19:25:05 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Push_for_Sunroof_Recall_Over_Shattering_Threat.jpg

Sunroofs don't shatter often, but when they do, it can be scary and dangerous. Consumer Reporter Susan Hogan has what you need to know about a new push for a recall.

<![CDATA[Some of the Poorest Americans Pay the Most in Bank Fees]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 19:08:49 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Some_of_the_Poorest_Americans_Pay_the_Most_in_Bank_Fees.jpg

A new report finds the poorest Americans pay as much as three times more in bank fees than those who make more. Consumer Reporter Susan Hogan shares ways to cut your fees.

<![CDATA[Mega Millions Ticket Prices Double; Minimum Jackpot Rises]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 18:43:35 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Mega_Millions_Ticket_Prices_Double_Minimum_Jackpot_Rises.jpg

Mega Millions ticket prices are doubling and your chances of winning climb to 1 in 302 million. News4's Tom Sherwood reports.

<![CDATA[Justin Timberlake Returns to Super Bowl Halftime Show]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 18:39:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17038258563711.jpg

Justin Timberlake will perform at the Super Bowl Halftime Show in 2018, despite a controversial wardrobe malfunction in 2004.

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<![CDATA[Teen Girl Killed, Teen Boy Hurt in Alexandria Murder-Suicide]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 18:26:38 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/207*120/2017-10-23_1101.png

The victims of a shooting Sunday night in a park in Alexandria, Virginia, are a teenage girl who has died and teenage boy who is hurt, police said Monday. 

A 17-year-old girl, of Alexandria, has died. Police did not immediately release her name. A 15-year-old boy, also of Alexandria, has serious injuries and is in stable condition. 

The suspected shooter, Yerson Nunez Lopez, of Maryland, killed himself, Alexandria police say. He was 19. 

Friends of the victims say Lopez was the girl's ex-boyfriend and the 15-year-old is her brother. 

Police declined to comment on the shooter's motive. They said it was not gang-related. 

"It's a tragedy for the families that are involved," Capt. Len Fouch. "You have kids that are that young that feel that they have to resort to that type of violence to work something out. It's a tragedy all around." 

The attack remains under investigation.

T.C. Williams High School, in Alexandria, released a statement saying the school was "impacted" by the shooting. It was not immediately clear if the shooting victims or suspect went to the school. School officials said they would not answer further questions, because of the ages of those involved. 

The school made counselors available to students and staff.

Police were called to All Veterans Park near the 200 block of N. Pickett Street about 8:45 p.m. Sunday for a report of a shooting. 

A woman told News4 she heard at least five shots from her home.

"All of a sudden a 'Pop, pop, pop, pop, pop.' It was hard to determine where it came from, but a few seconds later, the sirens, the police. The area went wild," the woman said. 

Police searched the area with a helicopter and then announced they were no longer looking for the shooter.

Police initially said they were investigating a shooting between the 100 and 200 blocks of North Pickett Street about 9 p.m. Sunday. They then said the shooting was "isolated to the park."

The teen girl's death marks the sixth homicide in Alexandria this year. 

Anyone with information for police is asked to call 703-746-6751.

<![CDATA[2 DC Cyclists Killed in Dewey Beach After Driver Blacked Out]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 18:36:46 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/102317+Jimmy+Walton+Greg+Chittick.jpg

Newlyweds who lived in Washington, D.C. died after they were hit by an SUV Saturday night in Dewey Beach, Delaware, as they rode bikes, police say. 

Richard "Greg" Chittick, 58, and James "Jimmy" Walton, 53, were hit along Route 1, Delaware State Police said. The driver is believed to have had a medical emergency and blacked out. 

Chittick and Walton were avid cyclists who married about a year ago and spent time at a beach house in Rehoboth Beach, their stunned friends told News4. 

"The fact that both of them were taken like this, I still can't get my mind around it," friend Kenny Allen said.

"This is really unbelievable. I just can't fathom it, that they're gone. I just can't believe it," neighbor Jim Hristakos said, rubbing his head.

Investigators said the two men were straddling their bicycles near the Starboard Bar and Restaurant when a black SUV accelerated toward them, striking them.

Police said the driver of the SUV, a 61-year-old from New York, suffered "an acute medical event, causing him to black out." The driver was taken to a hospital for treatment. Police said impairment or distraction is not believed to be a factor. 

It was not immediately clear if any charges would be filed against the driver.

Chittick worked as a government contractor, and Walton was a graphic designer and consultant. They lived in a condo complex in Adams Morgan.

"Everyone is just devastated," said John Theoharis, who knew the couple. 

They were planning to take their honeymoon in Hawaii this spring.

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<![CDATA[Virginia Legislation Would Move New Power Lines Underground]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 19:13:37 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2017-10-23_1726.png

A coalition of lawmakers, including the chairman of the Virginia General Assembly Commerce and Labor committee, said they will propose legislation that would help take the planned Dominion Power lines for the future Amazon data center underground.

The legislation would give the commonwealth’s corporation commission the ability to consider impact on home values and historic areas in deciding on best routes and whether lines should be buried. The power lines for the data center would be using 120-foot transmission towers that originally threatened the historic Carver Road area and were moved to along Virginia Route 66.

Under that configuration, the lines would be right next to hundreds of homes in western Prince William County, Virginia. The new legislation, if passed, would give more weight to the concerns of property owners when power line routes are evaluated.

Dominion Energy issued a statement that said, “The existing and growing energy demands of the greater Haymarket-area has created a well-documented need to build new infrastructure that will benefit all customers. The case is currently pending further review by the Virginia State Corporation Commission under the current tenets of Virginia law. We appreciate our public officials’ recognition of and support for a robust, safe and modern grid.”

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<![CDATA[Police: Man Tried to Rape, Kill Woman in Md., Ran Away Naked]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 21:25:12 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/khary+edwards.jpg

Prince George's County police said a man broke into a stranger's home in Camp Springs, Maryland, assaulted her and tried to rape and kill her.

Khary Edwards, 23, of southeast Washington, was charged with attempted murder and attempted rape, among other charges, after police saw him running naked from the victim's home, police said. 

Investigators said Edwards was naked when officers chased him, but they lost sight of him in the 5800 block of Auth Road.

A search of the area located Edwards, wearing clothes, walking on Auth Road. He was arrested after another foot chase.

Investigators said Edwards forced his way into a woman’s home and attempted to sexually assault her. They said he assaulted her and stole items from the home and then ran out.

Court records showed Edwards was arrested on Sept. 25 for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman in D.C. A judge ordered released until trial under high intensity supervision, which included a GPS-tracking ankle bracelet.

Records indicated Edwards was found to have attempted to tamper with that device. He is being held without bond. 

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<![CDATA[Ex-School Aide Faces 206 Charges Involving Sex Abuse of Kids]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 17:38:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Carlos-Deangelo-Bell.jpg

A former Charles County, Maryland, middle school teacher’s aide was indicted on more than 200 counts involving sex abuse of 42 alleged victims.

Carlos Bell, 30, of Waldorf, Maryland, was served with the latest indictment on Oct. 20 and included charges from the previous two indictments filed in June and July. Prosecutors said they would be seeking a life sentence for Bell upon conviction.

The 206 charges stem from allegations over two years of sexually assaulting children, including some victims from Benjamin Stoddert Middle School, from May 2015 to June 2017. The ages of the 28 identified alleged victims and the 14 unidentified alleged victims range from 11 years old to 17 years old.

State officials said they are not aware of any alleged victims testing positive for HIV. However, there are five charges against Bell for attempted transfer of HIV.

Bell is being held without bond. His trial on the charges is schedule for Jan. 8, 2018.

These are the charges names in the latest indictment, the number of the charges, and the maximum sentence per count, according to court documents.

  • Sexual abuse of a minor; 22; 25 years
  • Second-degree sex offense – force; 19; 20 years
  • Second-degree sex offence - age; 19; 20 years
  • Third-degree sex offense; 7; 10 years
  • Second-degree assault; 3; 10 years and/or $2,500 fine
  • Child pornography - filming; 97; 10 years and/or $25,000 fine
  • Solicitation of a minor; 6; 10 years and/or $25,000 fine
  • Displaying obscene item to minor; 13; 1 year and/or $1,000 fine
  • Attempted transfer of HIV; 5; 3 years and/or $2,500 fine
  • Contributing to delinquency minor; 8; 3 years and/or $2,500 fine
  • Distribution of marijuana; 7; 5 years and/or $15,000 fine

<![CDATA[Skyrocketing DC Water Bills Leave Some Unable to Pay]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 19:33:23 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/inside+church+1200+x+675.jpg

Water bills are skyrocketing across the District by hundreds, even thousands, of dollars a month, and the News4 I-Team found it has nothing to do with how much water customers are using.

The fees are funding a multi-billion dollar project, and DC Water is charging each of its customers to pay for it.

A group of church leaders reached out to the News4 I-Team saying they could no longer afford to pay their growing bills, so we crunched the numbers and found Washington, D.C.'s faith community, which survives largely on donations, has already shelled out millions for these fees.

"It's dire, because we're looking at our budget now for 2018 and we can't balance it," Velma Wyman told the I-Team.

On Sunday mornings at the First Baptist Church on Minnesota Avenue, the members celebrate a higher power.

But it's the church's higher water bills that have Wyman on edge.

The church members pass the plate, but now, many of their donations can't go to the ministry or the long list of needed projects for the 144-year-old congregation.

"Our people are very generous, and they will do that. but at a certain point, they don't have the money," said Wyman. "They're getting hit the same way we're getting hit."

Down the road, at Bethesda New Life Gospel Church, Pastor Jesse Richardson, Jr. is also getting hit.

"We started to notice this great big ol’ water bill all of a sudden," recalls Richardson, saying at first DC Water said the church must have a leak.

"They came by and they checked all the plumbing and these things, and one of the deacons happened to look at the itemized bill and say, 'Hey, what is this?'" Richardson said.

"We're Being Robbed Without a Gun!"

It's called the Clean Rivers Impervious Area Charge, or IAC, and it's on every DC water bill.

The fee pays for the building of large underground tunnels to keep sewage and stormwater from flooding our rivers. The project stems from a federal mandate to fix the environmental problem.

But when the News4 I-Team was flooded with complaints from across the District, we took a look at the money DC Water is charging customers for the project.

"It’s clearly made up, they gave absolutely no thought to the process or how much they would charge," said Richardson. "And I think it’s totally unfair."

DC Water does have a formula based on aerial photos of every D.C. property. Those photos are used to calculate the square footage of the buildings and any areas of concrete, like sidewalks or parking lots.

The thinking is the properties with the most concrete would contribute the most stormwater runoff and should pay more.

"Some churches in our least affluent communities are paying the most, like close to $50,000 at a Ward 8 church. How does that even make sense?" said Craig Muckle, with the Archdiocese of Washington, many of whose member churches are also at a breaking point.

The same is true for synagogues and mosques, where the main source of income is donations. And congregants who live in the District are also paying the fee on their own water bills at home.

"It’s not fair," said Muckle. "Some people are paying it twice, or three times if they happen to own a business."

For months the News4 I-Team filed records requests and crunched the numbers. The District's faith-based community has already paid more than $11 million just in Clean Rivers fees, largely because of their parking lots, which city law requires.

"When you build a church in District of Columbia, you have to have one off-street parking for every 10 members," said Pastor George Gilbert, Sr. of Holy Trinity United Baptist Church.

When the charge first started in 2009, it was so small, no one really noticed. Now some churches pay $6,000, $9,000, even $12,000 a month, just for the IAC fee.

"We’re being robbed without a gun," said Pastor Richardson. "You have to remember, we cannot charge, we cannot go up on our rates to allow people to come into the church."

"Unfortunately Someone's Got to Pay the Bill."

The News4 I-Team took the pastors' concerns to the head of DC Water, George Hawkins.

"It pains me to explain this to our ratepayers but it is the hard reality. We have a giant project. It's the biggest public works project in Washington, D.C., since Metro was built," he said.

Hawkins pointed out that one benefit of the current fee system is it allows DC Water to collect IAC fees from properties that are only parking lots, with plenty of stormwater runoff and no need for regular water service.

But Hawkins says he's aware the faith community and other non-profits are hurting, and it's something of great concern.

"One of the challenges we have in the District, perhaps more than most cities, is an enormous number of our customers are nonprofit," said Hawkins. "Government is nonprofit. We have every nonprofit known to humankind located here."

And some of those non-profits have not expressed any trouble paying the higher bills. So the board would have to consider how to help the ones who can't pay while making sure the ones who can don't get an unnecessary break.

"Every discount we give to one customer is money we have to raise from everybody else," said Hawkins, pointing out that regular homeowners, local business owners, even the government-owned buildings whose bills are paid with tax dollars will all have to make up the difference.

"We look at every option. And there aren't that many. Unfortunately someone's got to pay the bill," said Hawkins.

A $2 Credit on a $420 Fee

First Baptist Church of Minnesota Avenue has tried everything church leaders can think of to lower the fees.

In 2013, D.C.'s Department of Energy and Environment and the Anacostia Watershed Society helped build the church two rain gardens and funnel water from their roof. They also replaced a large section of concrete with porous pavers to limit the stormwater runoff.

"If we get a heavy rain, it looks like a little river coming through the channels here and there," said Wyman.

But the credit on the church's bill only amounts to $2.45 off of the $420 fee.

"Oh yeah, you feel good, but your purse doesn't feel good because it's costly," said Wyman.

And the I-Team found DC Water actually increased the church's fee, instead of lowering it.

"I think it's words, they say they're going to look at that. But looking at it and doing something about it are two different things," said Wyman, adding that churches could be forced to cut things like feeding programs, bookbag giveaways and holiday help for the needy -- things that really impact the community.

The I-Team found the average church is paying about $400 per month just for the IAC fee, which will continue to rise each year for the foreseeable future.

"It's a it's a painful reality for what is necessary to improve our system," said Hawkins. "My comment to any of those customers is we are aware of the issue and we know it's a challenge."

He committed that the board will thoroughly evaluate the hardship for churches and other non-profits, but that would likely not happen until the beginning of 2018 at the earliest.

"We understand their dilemma but it's hard, it's really hard on us," said Wyman.

Reported by Jodie Fleischer, produced by Rick Yarborough, and shot and edited by Steve Jones.

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<![CDATA[Outer Loop of Beltway Closed in Maryland After Crash; 2 Hurt]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 14:23:52 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/102317+beltway+outer+loop+closed.jpg

The Outer Loop of the Capital Beltway is closed in Maryland after a crash, and two people are hurt, officials say. 

Two men have serious injuries after the crash. One man was hit while he was outside his tractor-trailer, Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department spokesman Mark Brady said. The second man was trapped inside his SUV. 

According to the preliminary investigation, the driver of the SUV hit the tractor-trailer driver as the second man tried to change a tire on the side of the highway. 

The SUV driver swiped the tractor-trailer, swerved across all lanes of traffic and hit a guardrail, Brady said. 

Prince George's County medics are on the scene.  

Stay with News4 for more details on this developing story.

Photo Credit: Prince George's County Fire & Rescue Service]]>
<![CDATA[Kith and Kin Brings Afro-Carribean Dining to The Wharf]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 13:42:34 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/New_Family_and_Friends_Restaurant_at_the_Wharf.jpg

Kith and Kin translates to "Family and Friends," and that is what Chef Kwame Onwuachi set out to nurture at his new restaurant located at The Wharf. He joins Eun Yang to make an Afro-Caribbean dish.

<![CDATA[Kirk Cameron's 'Revive Us 2' Coming to Theaters Oct. 24]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 13:41:42 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Faith_and_Unity_Production_Coming_to_Theaters_Oct_24.jpg

Former child star Kirk Cameron is bringing his prodution "Revive Us 2" to the big screen. Cameron stopped by News4's Eun Yang to discuss his religious unity show's upcoming premiere.

<![CDATA[Local School Becomes DIY Halloween Costume Shop]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 07:04:48 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Local_School_Becomes_Homemade_Costume_Shop.jpg

Students at Accokeek Academy show News4's Chris Lawrence how to make great do-it-yourself Hallween costumes.

<![CDATA[1 Dead, 3 Injured in Lanham Crash]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 13:56:10 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-10189107.jpg

Prince George's County police are investigating a crash that left one woman dead and injured three other people. 

Police say 29-year-old Yenis Guerro of Alexandria was riding in a car traveling eastbound on Greenbelt Road at 9:55 p.m. Sunday when they driver tried to make a left turn onto Aerospace Drive. 

As the driver made the turn, a car traveling westbound crashed into the car. 

Guerro was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the car she was in and two other passengers suffered serious injuries. The driver of the second car had minor injuries, police say. 

Investigators are still trying to determine which car had the right-of-way. 

Anyone with information that can help police is asked to call 301-731-4422.

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<![CDATA[Teen Girl Missing from Southeast DC]]> Sun, 22 Oct 2017 22:33:10 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Shastare+Ladonja+Gamble.jpg

Police are searching for a critically missing 15-year-old girl from Southeast D.C.

Shastare Ladonja Gamble was last seen on the 1200 block of U Street Southeast Saturday, police said.

Gamble is described as a black female with a dark complexion. She is 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighs between 180 and 200 pounds and has brown eyes and black hair, police said. She was last seen wearing a teal sweatshirt, khaki pants and black and white Vans shoes.

Anyone with information about Gamble is asked to contact D.C. police or Youth and Family Services.

<![CDATA[Virginia Runners Set Records, Finish 1st at MCM, 10K]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:32:23 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/mcm+2017+winners1.jpg

Out of more than 20,000 people who finished the 42nd annual Marine Corps Marathon, six Virginia residents took the top spots in the women's division, men's division and 10K race.

Sarah Bishop, 35, of Fairfax, Virginia, crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 45 minutes and 7 seconds to take the women’s title. Bishop is a former U.S. Air Force officer and current mother of four children, including two twins.

In the men’s division, Desta Beriso Morkama, 32, of Arlington, Virginia, finished in first place after a 2 hour, 25 minute, 14 second run. Welsey Turner, of Danville, Virginia crossed the finish line about two minutes later and took second place. Kieran O’Connor, from Arlington finished in third place less than 30 seconds behind Turner.

Bethany Sachtleben, 25, of Alexandria, Virginia set a course record after finishing the 10K race in 34 minutes and seven seconds. 

"Everyone in the water stations and people on the course were really supportive and they cheered which was really fun and made it a lot easier when it was feeling kind of hard,” Sachtleben said.

She shaved 35 seconds off the previous record time, set by Alemtsehey Misganaw of Ellicott City, MD.

The first-place men's 10K winner set a record as the second fastest runner on the course. He finished the race in 32 minutes and 17 seconds.

Alexandria's Al Richmond, known as the "Groundpounder," also completed this race --his 42nd completed Marine Corps Marathon

All times are unofficial until verified by race officials. Check the MCM results page for winners in other categories or to find a specific runner.

The race began 10 minutes later than scheduled. Organizers said Sunday night the race was delayed while police investigated a suspicious package.

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<![CDATA[DC United Comes Up Short at RFK Stadium Finale]]> Sun, 22 Oct 2017 20:30:30 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-516738750.jpg

The D.C. United soccer team lost their last RFK Stadium game against the New York Red Bulls.

The newest member of the team, Paul Arriola, scored D.C. United the first point of the game 44 minutes in. It was Arriola's first goal for D.C. United.

In the 75th minute, with D.C. United down a man, Gonzalo Veron scored the Red Bulls their second point. 

The team lost two to one in the season and stadium finale.

D.C. United has played 22 seasons of soccer at RFK Stadium, according to the team's website. They plan to play future games at Audi Field, which is set to open at Buzzard Point in 2018.

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<![CDATA[UMd. Student Says Man Broke Into Her Room as She Slept]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 07:43:21 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/University+of+Maryland+M+Circle.jpg

Police are searching for a man who entered a University of Maryland student’s home as she slept early Saturday morning. Police say this is the fourth time a disturbing encounter and break in has been reported in the area. 

The most recent victim said she awoke in her home on Knox Road near the University of Maryland about 3:05 a.m. Saturday because a man was in her room, police said.

The man left without taking anything, police said.

Three other similar incidents have been reported in recent weeks.

On Sept. 9, a man opened a woman's unlocked apartment door about 1 a.m., police said. The woman saw the man standing in the doorway and screamed, police said.

A week later, another woman told police a man opened her unlocked window and looked inside her apartment about 1 a.m. He ran when she screamed.

The woman did not report the man until police began investigating a break-in and sexual assault that happened hours later on the same block.

An attacker entered the third woman's home through an open window, a county police department spokesman said.

"So around 3 a.m., someone broke into the window," said Justin Lieu, a student and neighbor of the victim. "The window was unlocked, but it was closed and someone opened the window and snuck in."

A man groped the victim in her sleep, police said. The woman screamed, and the man left.

All of the victims live on Guildford Road. 

Police did not say if they believe Saturday's encounter was related to the ones on Guildford Road.

<![CDATA[Redskins: Striking Balance with Suddenly Wobbly Roster]]> Sun, 22 Oct 2017 11:51:26 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/uspresswire-redskins-josh-norman.jpg

Too early in the season for a must-win game? Perhaps, but there’s plenty at stake in Monday’s NFC East match-up between the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles.

Win on the road and the Redskins (3-2) move within one half-game game behind the first place Eagles (5-1). Lose and the gap is greater than the actual records because Philadelphia will own the head-to-head tiebreaker by virtue of their season sweep. The Eagles triumphed 30-17 at FedEx Field in Week 1.

Washington’s team that day had its core pieces intact. That won’t be the case Monday with defensive lineman Jonathan Allen (Lisfranc foot surgery) out for at least eight weeks and cornerback Josh Norman (ribs) set to miss a second consecutive game. How do the Redskins replace all that talent? What’s the key battle? Let’s examine these aspects and more in the Week 7 things to watch.

Help wanted

Norman was the biggest loss for Washington’s secondary in Sunday’s 26-24 win over San Francisco, but not the only. Five others dealt with or suffered injuries, including Bashaud Breeland. Washington’s other starting outside cornerback exited with a knee injury. Breeland is listed as “questionable” for Monday after limited practice work all week.

If Breeland can play, he’ll see plenty of Alshon Jeffery while slot corner Kendall Fuller matches up with Nelson Agholor with Quinton Dunbar on the other side. If Breeland is out or limited, third-round pick Fabian Moreau enters as more than a fourth corner. Though the rookie offers tremendous athleticism including needed speed to keep up with Eagles speedster Torrey Smith, Philadelphia likely throws his way when possible.

Getting by quarterbacks like journeyman Brian Hoyer and rookie C.J. Beathard is one thing. Philadelphia’s Carson Wentz (seven touchdown passes in last two games) is among the most dialed in passers this season.

As for the defensive line, Washington must find ways to replace the powerful Allen, who typically received the most weekly snaps within the group. Matt Ioannidis (3.5 sacks) is arguably the most improved player on the team through five games. Now another second-year player, Anthony Lanier, gets his shot. Lanier, who played four games during his rookie season, is expected to be active on game day for the first time this season.

“Nothing different,” veteran lineman Ziggy Hood said of the approach without Allen. “It’s Anthony’s job to do it better than Jonathan did. That’s all predicated on how he works this week and what opportunity he get out there. And what a great opportunity for this young man to get a chance to play on a Monday night game.”

Bruising running back LeGarrette Blount tallied 344 yards on the ground (6.14 ypc) over Philadelphia’s last four games.

The matchup

Redskins coach Jay Gruden desires a balanced approach offensively. Doing so against the NFL’s top-ranked run defense makes that hope challenging. Led by all-world lineman Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia is allowing a league-low 65.7 yards per game.

The leader of perhaps the league’s top defensive line, Cox had a strip-sack and a fumble return for a touchdown in the opener. Yet sending double-teams his way might not be enough – and that approach opens space for others including pass rusher Brandon Graham (four sacks).

“They push the pocket well,” Redskins right guard Brandon Scherff said of the Eagles lineman. “Inside guys, outside guys can keep that quarterback in. They’re all powerful guys. They’re a pretty good matchup. We’ve got our work cut out for us and we have to be on the same page Monday.”

Scherff’s personal page reads seek and destroy. The Pro Bowl guard – and Cox’s primary foe come Monday night -- added more to his game this season in the run game and out in space.

“Yeah, I think every week he does something on tape where you scratch your head and are you’re like, ‘Wow,’” Gruden said. “He’s run blocking. He’s double-teaming. He’s doing everything you want him to do out in screens, out in space. He’s the best guard out in space by far in this league. It’s fun to watch him"

The expected return of running back Robert Kelley (foot) should bolster the ground game. Washington running backs averaged a mere 2.6 yards in the season opener, but also only received 13 carries versus 40 pass attempts from quarterback Kirk Cousins. Balance works best for this offense. Getting the best of or at neutralizing Cox and the Eagles will help Gruden stay the course.

Catching on

The Redskins passing game hasn’t clicked consistently this season, which is why a matchup against an Eagles defense allowing the fifth most yards in the air comes at the right time. Fantasy football owners cannot trust Terrelle Pryor right now, but uncertainty with Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby (ankle) offers hope. Of Pryor’s 29 targets this season, 11 came in Week 1. He hauled in six for 66 yards.

Extra point

Kicker Nick Rose makes his NFL debut after replacing Dustin Hopkins (hip) on the active roster – and on the road, on Monday Night Football, in the never-hospitable Philadelphia. No pressure, kid.

Ben Standig talks Wizards daily on the Locked on Wizards podcast, covers the Redskins for BreakingBurgundy.com and FanRag Sports, and tweets way too much via @benstandig.

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<![CDATA[News4 Today Anchors Help Each Other]]> Sun, 22 Oct 2017 09:33:04 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/News4_Today_Show_Help_Each_Other.jpg

A microphone fail resulted in some audio trickery to make sure everyone was heard.

<![CDATA[Van Overturns, Catches Fire; One Person Killed in Maryland]]> Sun, 22 Oct 2017 07:27:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/2017-10-22_0725.png

One person was killed when a van overturned and caught fire in Prince George’s County, Maryland, early Sunday morning.

Maryland State Police said the crash occurred in the northbound lanes of Maryland Route 301, just south of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday. They said one person was in the van and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators said no other vehicles appeared to be involved in the crash. Route 301 was closed in both directions between Heathermore Boulevard and Rosaryville Road.

The victim has not been identified.

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<![CDATA[Smoking Materials Started Deadly NE DC Apartment Fire]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 10:27:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/212*120/2017-10-22_0945.png

Fire investigators believe smoking materials started a fire that killed a woman inside a northeast Washington, D.C., apartment.

Fire crews were called to an apartment building on the 4000 block of 8th Street NE about 8:30 p.m. Saturday to investigate an electrical odor. They located a small fire in the bedroom of an apartment on the first floor.

Officials said a woman was taken from the apartment, and crews performed CPR on the victim. She was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The victim has not been identified.

Investigators believe smoking materials started the fire. It appears the apartment did not have functioning smoke detectors.

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<![CDATA[DC United to Say Farewell to RFK Stadium on Sunday]]> Sun, 22 Oct 2017 10:06:28 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-516738750.jpg

Washingtonians will say goodbye Sunday to Robert F. Kennedy Stadium, the 21-year-long home to the D.C. United soccer team.

The Black-and-Red will play their final game at the stadium on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 4 p.m. against the New York Red Bulls.

Originally named D.C. Stadium, the facility opened in 1961 for baseball, football and concerts, according to the RFK Stadium's website. The Washington Redskins played there for 35 years.

Now the arena will begin a new life. Events DC, the city's sports authority, is planning an almost half-billion-dollar makeover of the area after D.C. United moves out next year. These plans include multipurpose fields and a sports and recreation complex, plus neighborhood shopping and a Robert F. Kennedy memorial, Events DC President Greg O’Dell told News4.

The soccer team will upgrade to shiny new turf once the Audi Field opens in 2018. The stadium, located at Buzzard Point in Southwest, D.C., will fit 20,000 people, feature 31 luxury suites, a bike valet and 500,000 square-feet of retail and residential space, according to the D.C. United team website.

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<![CDATA[Pour Theology: Church Discusses Faith Over Drinks]]> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 20:12:29 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Pour_Theology.jpg

A church in Virginia is hosting monthly discussions about faith and theology over drinks. The series is called Pour Theology. News4's Jim Handly reports.

<![CDATA[Bethesda Fire Displaces More Than 1,100 Residents; 6 Hurt]]> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 19:40:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/transformer+fire+pooks+hill+road.jpg

A fire at a high-rise building in Bethesda, Maryland, on Saturday morning has displaced more than 1,100 people, many of whom were unsure where they would sleep at night.

Six residents were taken to a hospital for evaluation related to smoke inhalation, and one firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion. 

An electrical fire broke out at The Promenade Towers on the 5200 block of Pooks Hill Road, forcing residents out of their homes. Some of the residents are senior citizens and use wheelchairs and walkers. 

Officials got the first calls about the fire about 9 a.m. 

One resident, Jean Rozansky, said she helped a deaf neighbor who uses a walker. The woman was afraid. 

"She didn't understand what I was saying," the neighbor said. She held the woman by the shoulders and tried to comfort her. 

"We're safe. We're going to be fine," she recalled saying. 

Rozansky said that at first she thought the fire alarms were just a drill. She said she saw smoke from her 18th floor apartment and knew it was time to leave. 

Firefighters got the transformer fire under control about 11 a.m., but it was still burning. 

Some residents were taken out of the building, while others sheltered in place, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue.

More than 1,100 residents from the complex's North Tower will be displaced overnight. The building has no electricity or running water, and the elevators do not work.

Some residents in the complex's South Tower were allowed back into the building about 2 p.m.

Investigators said the fire involved the power feed into the complex, resulting in about $1 million in damage.

The Red Cross is assisting those who are displaced.

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<![CDATA[I-95 South Backed Up for Miles in Maryland After Bus Fire]]> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 20:21:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/102117+howard+county+bus+fire.jpg

Southbound lanes of Interstate-95 were backed up for miles in Maryland Saturday night after a bus caught fire, officials say.

The fire occurred south of MD-100, in Howard County, the county fire department said.

A commercial bus had engine trouble, and the driver pulled over. Then, flames erupted. 

Passengers were able to get off the bus safely. No injuries were reported. About 40 passengers were evaluated by EMS crews as a precaution.

Traffic was getting by using the left shoulder, WTOP reports.

Stay with News4 for more details on this developing story.

<![CDATA[Woman Wins Free Car, Asks for Autism Program Donation Instead]]> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 20:20:04 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Contest_Winner_Turns_Down_Free_Car.jpg

A Virginia woman won a free car through a contest on a radio station, but she asked the dealership if they would make a small donation to the autism program at her son's school instead. They said OK, and News4's Aimee Cho shows the emotional moment April Burch accepted the donation.

<![CDATA[On Your Mark! Everything You Need for Marine Corps Marathon]]> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 16:35:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP579408963277.jpg

Bringing together runners from all over, the 42nd annual Marine Corps Marathon will give runners and spectators a chance to participate in patriotic and family-friendly activities. 

With roughly 50,000 runners, the 26.2-mile race "is the largest marathon in the world that does not offer prize money to its top finishers. Instead, the event is a celebration of every finisher's honor, courage and commitment to training for, and completing, the MCM," according to the MCM website. 

Lottery registration for 2017 is closed, however, MCM Charity Partner organizations may offer access. Volunteer opportunities are still open as a medical volunteer, compost assitant or a gear check/baggage volunteer throughout the day.

The event begins on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 7:45 a.m. for wheelchair and hand cycle participants and 7:55 a.m. for runners.

Participants are advised to arrive two hours prior to the race to ensure ample time for security and baggage drop-off. The marathon begins on Route 110 between Pentagon and Arlington Memorial Drive and ends at the Marine Corps War Memorial.

MCM announced in a media release that Metro services will open at 6 a.m.  

Runners Village, the official launching pad for MCM participants, will provide water stations, prayer services, and a MCM Info Tent where runners will be able to receive additional information before starting. Free shuttle services to Runners Village are available at the Crystal City or Pentagon Metro stations. Participants can get to Runners Village through Pentagon Station. 

All participants are required to maintain a 14-minute-per-mile pace.

Marathon finishers will receive an Eagle Globe and Anchor Finisher medal from the United States Marine Corps. Each runner will be given a hospitality box filled with snacks and a recovery jacket. All are invited to the MCM Finish Festival. Highlighted events include live entertainment, food samples and various sponsor-hosted activities.

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<![CDATA[3 Dead After Driver Fled Police in Charles County at 100 MPH]]> Sun, 22 Oct 2017 07:48:25 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/215*120/2017-10-21_1025.png

A driver and two of his friends died in Charles County, Maryland, early Saturday after police say the driver sped away from an officer at more than 100 mph and then crashed. 

Sollan Belina, 28; Luis Daboin, 24; and Joseph Nystrom, 24, were killed, Maryland State Police said.

Daboin lived in Hughesville, Maryland; Belina and Nystrom lived in North Carolina and were visiting him.

Belina, the driver, crashed into a concrete highway median and then into a tree off Route 925 after 2 a.m., police say. 

Police believe that alcohol played a role.

The three men were longtime friends, Lawrence Fowler, an uncle of Daboin, said Saturday evening at the scene of the crash.

The victim's uncle said the driver made a bad decision.

"Because a friend of his made the wrong decision, everyone suffered. But we don't hold that against him or his family. They were all in it together," Fowler said. "They were together at the end. It's the right thing in a lot of ways, even though it's tragic."

Daboin, who lived in the area, graduated from an adult education program two days earlier, his uncle said. In a photo, he smiles in his cap and gown.

"He had his whole life ahead of him," Daboin's uncle said. 

Daboin's mother lives in Puerto Rico and survived Hurricane Maria. She is trying to get to Maryland now, Fowler said.

A state trooper saw Belina's 2013 Honda Civic after 2 a.m. Belina pulled in front of her squad car and onto Route 925, and then ran through a red light, police say.

The trooper turned on her lights and sirens and tried to stop Belina, but he sped away and drove into traffic lanes headed the wrong way.

He crossed onto the correct side of the road and "pulled over to the shoulder briefly, as if to stop for the trooper, but then accelerated hard," fleeing the traffic stop, police said.

He sped at more than 100 mph, and the trooper lost sight of the Civic.

Then, police say Belina lost control, hitting a concrete median near Billingsley Road.

The car went airborne and hit a tree, where it came to rest.

The driver and his two passengers were pronounced dead at the scene.

By Saturday evening, someone had placed flowers at the base of the tree Belina's car crashed into.

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call police at 301-392-1200.

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<![CDATA[Pedestrian Killed on Memorial Bridge; Witnesses Sought]]> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 17:00:20 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/102117+memorial+bridge+pedestrian+struck.jpg

A man has died after he was hit by a car and killed on the Arlington Memorial Bridge early Saturday, officials say.

The bridge between D.C. and Virginia was closed for more than three hours during the investigation.

The man who was hit was 47, a U.S. Park Police spokeswoman said. His identity was not released immediately.

Police were notified at 7:30 a.m. that the man was hit.

Information was not released immediately on exactly where the crash occurred or why.

The driver remained on the scene.

Anyone with information for police is asked to call 202-610-7500.

Stay with News4 for more details on this developing story.

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<![CDATA[Man Rescued After Falling From Rocks in Great Falls]]> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 17:08:04 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2017-10-21_0733.png

A young man has life-threatening injuries after he fell more than 40 feet in Great Falls, Virginia, on Friday, officials say. 

Deputy Chief Jason Jenkins of Fairfax County Fire and Rescue said it is unclear if the man had been hiking or rock climbing. 

The fall occurred before 6 p.m. Friday. 

The victim was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital. He was not identified. 

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<![CDATA[Teen Killed After Struck by Car in Rockville]]> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 12:02:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/2017-10-21_0856.png

A teen was struck and killed in Montgomery County, Maryland, early Saturday morning.

Jaumoithe Houseal, 19, of Montgomery Village, Maryland, was hit by a vehicle at 2:30 a.m. on Shady Grove Road at Crabbs Branch Way in Rockville, Maryland. He was taken to Suburban Hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Police said the car was traveling westbound on Shady Grove Road when it struck Houseal. The driver stayed on the scene after the crash.

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<![CDATA[Woman Killed, Man Hurt in Anacostia Shooting]]> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 17:23:39 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/2017-10-21_0710.png

A woman has died and a man is hurt after a shooting Friday night in Anacostia. 

Shawntese Murphy, of Suitland, Maryland, died after she and the man were shot on the 1600 block of U Street SE. Murphy was 30.

Police responded about 10:55 p.m. Murphy was pronounced dead on the way to a hospital.

The male victim, who police did not identify, was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

Information on a suspect was not released immediately. 

Anyone with information for police is asked to call 202-727-9099, or send a text message to 50411. A reward of as much as $25,000 is offered. 

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<![CDATA[Famous Howard University Alumni and Former Students]]> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 09:27:00 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20170302+Taraji+P+Henson1.jpg Howard University, one of the nation's premiere historically black colleges and universities, is celebrating its 150th birthday. We came up with a list of some famous graduates and attendees of the university.

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<![CDATA[16-Year-Old Boy Shot Walking Home From School in NE DC]]> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 17:10:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Northeast+DC+Teen+Shot+102017.jpg

A 16-year-old boy was shot in the butt and back on Friday afternoon in northeast D.C.

Police received the call of a shooting in the 1900 block of 3rd Street NE about 4:10 p.m.

Friends at the scene said the victim was walking home from Dunbar High School about a mile away. He may not have been the intended target, police said.

The shooter was described as a male, wearing all black, who left the scene in a black vehicle with another person. Police tweeted that a dark gray or black Honda with Virginia license plates may be connected to the shooting.

A visibly upset friend of the victim said he didn't know why anyone would shoot him.

The teen was conscious and alert when he was taken to a hospital. 

As police talked to people in the area, they found a male with a semi-automatic handgun and took him into custody. Police said he was not connected to the shooting.

Police are investigating the circumstances of the shooting.

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<![CDATA[Marine Corps Marathon Starts Soon Sunday Morning]]> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 23:23:19 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Marine_Corps_Marathon_Starts_Soon.jpg

Runners in the Marine Corps Marathon will be at the start line in hours! News4's Darcy Spencer takes one last look at security, road closures and more.

<![CDATA[Marine Corps Marathon Forecast]]> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 23:25:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Marine_Corps_Marathon_Forecast.jpg

News4's Somara Theodore has your Marine Corps Marathon forecast as of Saturday night, hours before runners will crowd the start line.