<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Local News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.com en-us Fri, 03 Jul 2015 18:24:23 -0400 Fri, 03 Jul 2015 18:24:23 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Fourth of July Traffic, Parking and Metro Service]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 17:35:25 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011050498_1200x675_476177475965.jpg Traffic Reporter Melissa Mollet previews the holiday weekend's traffic and transit.]]> <![CDATA[Ministry Furnishes New Home of Family Displaced by Fire]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 17:33:39 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Carlins+and+Muhanyis.jpg

After living almost a month without a place to call home, a Fairfax family of 13 is all moved into its new space.

News4 has tracked the Muhanyis' journey from fire victims to house guests to their newly furnished home.

Shortly after the fire in mid-June, a local Marine family, the Carlins, opened its doors and made room for Pastory Muhanyi, his wife Alphonsine and their 11 children.

This past week they finally signed the lease on a new rental home, allowing them to move out of the Carlins' home.

However, the fire didn’t spare any furniture.

That’s where Gracing Spaces came in to help.

The group, a ministry of Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Clifton, Virginia, furnishes homes of needy families across northern Virginia.

A couple of times a week, more than two dozen volunteers load up donated furniture.

Friday, after they sweat, they prayed together, then headed out to change the Muhanyi family’s life, the transformation from house to home now underway.

“We’ve made one little step for them,” said Kathie Baumgart, a Gracing Spaces co-founder.

Curtis and Mitzi Carlin also spent much of their day helping the family for which they’ve already done so much.

Even the children’s school principal, Barbara Dalmut, lent a hand.

Then there’s 8-year-old Dylan Holt, who carried his weight and more. It was the fifth home he’s helped furnish this year.

“To help people and be nice,” Dylan said. “It makes me feel good that we’re giving people who don’t have furniture and stuff like that (deep sigh) a new home.”

“People are so generous,” Pastory Muhanyi remarked.

Pastory, a refugee from genocide, had one more thing to hang for the house to really be home.

“Before everything is done in the house, that flag has to be there. Only one flag, the United States of America flag,” he said.

Perfect timing to celebrate Independence Day.

Gracing Spaces has furnished 146 homes in northern Virginia this year alone.

To make a donation to help the Muhanyi family, click here.

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<![CDATA[Md. Woman Charged With Giving Children Marijuana]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 13:37:49 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Cassidy+Tabitha+.jpg

A Maryland woman was arrested Friday morning after police say she gave marijuana to several children, ranging in age from 6 to 14,

Officers were called to a home in Lexington Park at about 1:30 a.m. to check on the welfare of several children. Someone told police that Tabitha Cassidy gave marijuana to several children at a birthday party at the home. 

Police say Cassidy, 45, gave marijuana to three teenagers and a 6-year-old child. She allegedly tried to teach the youngest child how to inhale marijuana through a smoking device. 

She has been charged with four counts each of second degree child abuse, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and possession of marijuana. She is being held on no bond at the St. Mary's County Detention Center. 

<![CDATA[Selfie-Snapping Thief Sought in Phone Theft]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 12:27:01 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/selfie+theft.jpg

The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office is working to identify a man who stole a woman's cell phone and used the device to take pictures of himself. 

Authorities say the woman dropped her phone in the parking lot of the Early Bird restaurant on Mervall Dean Road on June 29 at about 2:30 p.m. When she returned to the area a short time later, the phone was already gone. 

According to investigators, the person who took the phone has been using it to take selfies. 

Anyone with information that can help deputies solve this case should call 301-475-3333.

<![CDATA[Man, 22, Fatally Shot in Alexandria]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 10:59:24 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/216*120/shakkan+elliot+tibbs.jpg

Alexandria Police are investigating the city's first homicide of the year. 

Officers were called to the 700 block of N. Fayette Street just after 11:30 p.m. for a report of a shooting. 

When they arrived, they found 22-year-old Shakkan Elliot-Tibbs of Woodbridge suffering from a gunshot wound. Elliot-Tibbs was transported to an area hospital, where he later died. 

No arrests have been made. 

Anyone with information that can help police is asked to call 703-746-6689.

<![CDATA[World Police Games Competitor Dies After Bike Crash]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 08:59:20 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/070215+Investigator+Carlos+Silva.jpg

A competitor in the World Police and Fire Games died Thursday evening after he was hurt in a cycling crash Thursday afternoon, Prince William County Police said in an update.

Thousands of miles from his home in Brazil, investigator Carlos Silva, 48, was killed. The member of the Civil Police of the Federal District of Brazil died about 5 p.m. Thursday.

"He loved what he do. He loved to be here. He loved to train. And most of all he loved his career and his daughter," Investigator Alexander Manzan said at a press conference Thursday night. Manzan traveled to the Games from Brazil with Silva.

Silva's body was transported from Inova Fairfax Hospital about 10 p.m. by an honor guard by the Fairfax County Police Department. He is survived by his 13-year-old daughter.

Two other riders were in critical condition after the devastating crash -- a 43-year-old man and a 44-year-old man, police said.

"Investigator Silva and our two other officers are our everyday heroes," Fairfax County Police Chief Lt. Col. Edwin C. Roessler Jr. said, with a black ribbon pinned to his uniform.

A rider in a cycling time trial blew a front tire on a downhill portion of the course in Prince William Forest Park about 12:30 p.m., police said. The rider lost control of the bike on Scenic Drive near Turkey Run Road and crashed, causing a chain reaction, police said. The cyclists were wearing the proper safety gear, police said.

Members of the Prince William and Fairfax fire departments immediately helped the victims, along with two off-duty Fairfax County police officers. 

"We are deeply saddened that an athlete participating in the World Police and Fire Games passed away today at the cycling event in Prince William County," Michael Graham, prseident of the World Police and Fire Games Federation and others said in a joint statement. "Two other athletes are severely injured. Please join us as we keep these athletes, their families and friends in our thoughts and prayers during this tragic and challenging time."

The cycling road race event was scheduled to last from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. Events for the remainder of Thursday were canceled.

The World Police and Fire Games have brought 12,000 first responders from 70 countries to events in the capital area. The 10-day event began June 26 and is scheduled to end with a closing ceremony July 5.

The accident comes a day after the Wall Street Journal released an in-depth and telling story on the dangers of downhill cycling.

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<![CDATA[Fourth of July Travel Risks Are Up]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 23:47:48 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011042249_1200x675_475589699992.jpg Low gas prices, drinking and driving, and possible rain make a dangerous combination for Fourth of July travelers.The National Safety Council predicts about 400 people nationwide will be killed on the road during the Fourth of July weekend -- the highest number since July 4, 2008. News4's Shomari Stone reports.]]> <![CDATA[Fake Valet Swindles Man With Disability Parking Pass]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 22:39:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/070215+valet+victim.jpg

A man heading to a hotel in Arlington, Virginia thought he was leaving his car with the hotel's valet service -- but a phony valet driver disappeared with his vehicle.

Louis Wolf was heading to a lunchtime meeting Wednesday afternoon at the Courtyard Marriott in Crystal City, but he couldn't find any parking nearby. He walks using a prosthetic leg and wanted to park close to the door.

He noticed a man standing near the entrance of the hotel at 2899 Jefferson Davis Highway.

"I said, 'Are you a valet parking person?' And he said 'Yes,'" Wolf said Thursday. "I said, 'Well, how much is it?' He said, '$15.'"

Perhaps feeling a twinge of guilt, the man told Wolf he could pay him later. Wolf handed over the keys to his black Toyota Prius and tipped the man $5.

He returned to retrieve his car a couple hours later.

“I don’t see him anywhere. I don’t see my car. And it all becomes clear to me real quick," Wolf said.

The hotel's front desk told him they don't offer valet service.

Wolf -- a baseball fan whose red prosthetic leg is printed with the Washington Nationals logo -- said he's kicking himself.

“I’m disappointed in myself for not realizing. But I’m also sad because that car my late wife and I bought new," he said.

A legit valet at a business nearby advised drivers only to use services where claim tickets are handed out, prices are printed and workers wear uniforms.

Now out of a car, his disability parking pass and his prescription glasses, Wolf had these words for the phony valet:

"You weren’t what you said you were, were ya?"

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<![CDATA[Georgia Avenue Reopens After Water Main Break]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 22:21:42 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2015-07-01_13271.jpg

Water gushed into homes, streets and businesses on a busy stretch of Wheaton, Maryland Wednesday afternoon after a 68-year-old water main burst -- and crews worked for more than a day to reopen Georgia Avenue.

Southbound lanes of Georgia Avenue near Shorefield Road in Wheaton had reopened by 10 p.m. Thursday, 33 hours after a water main break flooded streets with about 2.5 million gallons of water, according to the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission. That's the equivalent of almost four Olympic-size swimming pools.

"What a difference a day makes," the WSSC tweeted

Crews repaired the water main overnight Thursday, but a large hole was still in the roadway early Thursday morning. The southbound lanes of Georgia Avenue were closed between Shorefield Road and Arcola Avenue. All traffic was using the northbound lanes.

"We are hopeful at this point it will be open by the morning," WSSC spokeswoman Lyn Riggins said late Thursday. "We're going to do the best we can. There is a lot of damage to the road." 

The water main break occurred on Georgia Avenue between Shorefield Road and Henderson Avenue about 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission.

One home with six people inside was evacuated as nearly knee-deep water rushed inside. Dr. Wajeed Khan was in his Georgia Avenue office when the water seeped indoors.

"It was truly was like the Mississippi River on both sides of the building, and like Lake Michigan in my office," he said.

The same section of Georgia Avenue flooded two previous times in the past year, Khan and Roger Ramirez, a resident of the flooded home, said.

"This is a classic example of aging infrastructure. When an older pipe like this breaks, we're putting a Band-Aid on it," Riggins said as workers worked to repair the pipe Wednesday evening.

The utility company plans to replace the pipe -- which was installed when Harry Truman was president -- "in the coming months," Riggins said.

WSSC will honor all claims for damage caused by the water main break, the company said.

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<![CDATA[Group Behind Ads Showing Prophet Muhammad Sues Metro]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 21:39:22 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_413603_metro_train_double.jpg

The group that sought to plaster images of the Prophet Muhammad on Washington, D.C., public transportation has sued the Transit Authority on charges it violated the group's First Amendment rights by refusing to post the ads.

Metro banned all political ads after the American Freedom Defense Initiative submitted an image of Muhammad to run as an advertisement on D.C. buses and train stations.

Pamela Geller, founder of AFDI, submitted the "Support Free Speech" ad depicting the winning entry of the controversial "Draw Mohammad" contest to the D.C. Metro Authority. The May event led to a deadly shooting in Garland, Texas.

"Running and hiding is no strategy in a war. Operation Fetal Position is a recipe for disaster," Geller said Thursday in a statement. 

AFDI has run controversial ads on subways and buses in other cities across the country as well — among them Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco. In 2012, they were able to get another poster deemed offensive to Muslims on D.C.’s Metro.

The group is listed as an anti-Muslim hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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<![CDATA[Ex-DC Police Officer Sentenced for Money Laundering]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 19:09:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/police_lights_1273673_shutterstock.jpg

A former Metropolitan Police Department detective was sentenced to 15 months in prison Thursday after using money from a drug conspiracy to buy cars and a motorcycle.

Stephanie Ellison, 51, faces a money laundering charge after pleading guilty March 31 with her accomplice Raymond Proctor, 47, prosecutors said.

Proctor was sentenced April 29 to 63 months in prison on drug conspiracy and money laundering charges.

In 2011 and 2013, Ellison conspired with Proctor to purchase a Maserati, a BMW, and a Harley Davidson motorcycle with drug proceeds in order to conceal the nature, source and ownership of the drug money, prosecutors said.

The cars were titled under Ellison’s name, although Proctor used the cars.

In 2010, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Metropolitan Police Department and the Charles County Sheriff’s Department began an investigation.

During the investigation, Proctor sold almost 418 grams of heroin to multiple undercover agents in exchange for cash and export-only cigarettes.

Ellison pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments, while Proctor pleaded guilty to to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin and one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments.

As part of her plea agreement, Ellison also agreed to the forfeiture of interest in various jewelry items; $5,000 in cash found on Dec. 11, 2012, inside a safe at her residence; the Maserati; the BMW; the Harley Davidson motorcycle; and $47,835 as entry of the forfeiture money judgment.

Additionally, Proctor was ordered to pay a money judgment of $47,835 as forfeiture for the money laundering conspiracy and $41,800 for the narcotics conspiracy.

Ellison, who was arrested in October 2013, had been an MPD officer since 1986. 

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<![CDATA[VRE Sees Drop in Revenue]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 21:39:02 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20131018+VRE+Trains.jpg

Fares are up but revenue is down on the Virginia Railway Express.

Fare revenue for March and April, the last two reported months, was off by about $150,000.

"People are trying to save money,” said Bryan Jungwirth, of VRE. “We have seen a switch from monthly passes to more 10-ride tickets."

The agency suspects a federal transit benefit to government workers that was cut from $235 per month to $130 per month may also be a factor, Jungwirth said.

Still despite the event setbacks, VRE said it is making improvements and riders are on board. A new station is set to open in Spotsylvania this summer and VRE hopes to double ridership by 2040.

<![CDATA[Emergency Response Improvements Since 2013 Navy Yard Shooting]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 20:12:44 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011041597_1200x675_475407939777.jpg Since the 2013 Navy yard shooting, D.C. police and first-responders have greatly improved how they handle emergency situations. News4 I-Team's Scott MacFarlane reports.]]> <![CDATA[Dale City Looks to Create a "Downtown" Area]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 20:08:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011041541_1200x675_475401283877.jpg Planners are looking to create a "downtown" area for Dale City.]]> <![CDATA[Police Officer Sentenced for Assaulting Student]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 20:09:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/wilkins_PGPD_survelliance.jpg

A Prince George's County police officer has been sentenced to 60 days of home detention Thursday for assaulting a student.

County Police Officer Charles Pickard was found guilty of second degree second degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment after he struck a Suitland High School student in November 2013.

"I thought he was somebody I could run to and talk to when problems [were] going on," Reginald Jacobs, the assault victim, said. 

Pickard worked as a school resource officer at Suitland High School when he approached a student in the hallway. During the incident, Pickard removed his gun belt and placed it on the floor near a crowded hallway as students were being dismissed.

“Anybody could have picked up his weapon, baton or oc spray really creating danger not only for himself but for everyone in that school,” John Erzen, a spokesman for the Prince George’s State Attorney’s Office said.

Pickard punched the student and placed him under arrest. A survelliance video in the hallway captured  the entire encounter. After an internal review of Pickard’s conduct, he was brought to the State’s Attorney’s Office by Prince George’s County Police.

“While we are pleased that Officer Pickard is being held accountable for his actions, we feel that his reckless behavior... was worthy of active incarceration and we are disappointed that he will not serve jail time in this case,” Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said.

However, the Prince George’s county courtroom was half filled with people calling him a great man and mentor.

“It was just stupid and it was something that was an aberration… I’m sure you’ll do the right thing by him," Prince George’s County Court Judge Hassan El-Amin, who was once Pickard’s next door neighbor, said. 

"No one is going to argue with all the good he’s done in the community and the students he’s helped, that’s not in question. On this particular day and with this incident officer Pickard was not protecting anyone he was not helping anyone," Erzen said. 

Additionally, Pickard will have to perform 100 hours of community service and three years of supervised probation. He was ordered to turn himself in and begin his home detention on July 14th.

<![CDATA[Possible Trump Hotels Credit Card Breach]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:29:47 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/trumpsmile.jpg Trump Hotels is launching a "thorough investigation" into a possible credit card breach. News4's Erika Gonzalez reports.

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<![CDATA[Federal Government Investigates Airline Ticket Prices]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:14:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/107846319.jpg The federal government is launching an investigation into whether or not four major airlines have been conspiring together to increase ticket prices. News4's Erika Gonzalez reports.

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<![CDATA[Dominic Adesanya, White House Fence Jumper, Sentenced]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 17:22:49 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Dominic_Adesanya_courtroom_sketch_sentencing.jpg

A Maryland man was sentenced to time served Thursday after climbing the White House fence in October, 2014 and running through the North Lawn.

Dominic Adesanya, 23, formerly of Bel Air, Md., also was sentenced to one year of supervised release. He must stay away from facilities under the Secret Service’s protection, including the White House, prosecutors said.

He was arrested on the White House grounds on Oct. 22, 2014. He pleaded guilty on April 17 to a charge of entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds.

After crossing the North Lawn, he was taken down by Secret Service officers and K-9 units and briefly hospitalized after suffering dog bites to his arms, back, chest and knee.

Additionally, Adesanya jumped the White House fence twice in July 2014 and is still facing charges from those prior cases, according to online court records.

He has a previous unlawful entry charge at the White House on July 27 and allegedly assaulted police officers while trying to enter the U.S. Treasury building July 30.

Adesanya's attorney, Jonathan Jeffress, has said his client was suffering from schizophrenia, according to the Associated Press.

Wednesday, crews began installing sharp metal spikes on the White House fence in an effort to improve security and prevent would-be intruders from climbing over the fence.

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<![CDATA[Free SoberRides for the Fourth of July]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 17:17:55 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_237584965+%281%29.jpg

SoberRides are available for free this Fourth of July through the Washington Regional Alcohol Program.

Call SoberRide at 1-800-200-TAXI(8294). Free rides home are available up to a $30 fare from 10 p.m. Saturday until 4 a.m. Sunday.

You must be 21 or older to use the SoberRide system.

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<![CDATA[Child Severely Beaten for Taking Birthday Cake]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 16:59:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/070215+Robert+Leroy+Wilson.jpg

A boy is in critical condition after his mother's boyfriend handcuffed him and beat him severely because he was angry the child took a piece of birthday cake, police say.

The juvenile was attacked Tuesday on the 500 block of Lynnehaven Drive, the Hagerstown Police Department said Thursday.

Police were called to the scene Tuesday afternoon after an adult in the home called 911.

When paramedics arrived on the scene, they were turned away by the victim's mother, according to police. She told him the child was simply "congested," police said.

First-responders were called back to the scene about 10:40 p.m. after the child stopped breathing. Officials found him unconscious, unresponsive and not breathing. He had bruises and cuts all over his body, police said.

Officials said the juvenile had been handcuffed and then beaten by his mother's boyfriend, Robert Leroy Wilson. The accused attacker was angry the child had eaten a piece of birthday cake without his permission earlier in the day.

The child was taken to Children's National Medical Center in D.C. because of the severity of his injuries.

Wilson was arrested and has been charged with child abuse, reckless endangerment, and first- and second-degree assault, police said. He is being held at Washington County Detention Center on $600,000 bond.

The victim is just 9 years old, according to WJLA, which was first to report the story. The little boy is not expected to live, a prosecutor said in court Thursday, WJLA reported.

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<![CDATA[Bowie Md. Firefighter Remains Hospitalized After Battling Fire]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:43:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_269827886.jpg

A Bowie, Maryland, firefighter remains hospitalized after suffering a medical emergency while battling a house fire Wednesday.

Prince George’s County firefighters went to a house fire on the 16200 block of Pointer Ridge Drive about 7 p.m. and found smoke and a fire in the kitchen.

After the fire was put out, a 22-year-old volunteer firefighter stated he felt ill, possibly from fatigue and dehydration, the fire department said.

He was transported to a nearby hospital and admitted overnight for additional tests and treatment. He is reported to be in good condition.

Firefighters said food cooking on the stove was the cause of the fire, which is the leading cause of fires and fire related injuries in Prince George’s County and the country, according to the fire department.

The Red Cross assisted the resident in finding temporary shelter.

Firefighters were unable to rescue the four cats inside the house. One pet was found deceased and the others were not located.

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<![CDATA[Metro Fires Four Bus Operators for Violating Cellphone Policy]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:27:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/metrobus+Pennsylvania+Avenue.jpg

Four Metrobus operators were fired in 2014 for violating the transit agency's cellphone policy while operating a bus.

According to information obtained through a public access to records request, the violations were spread out from April through December. In December, two operators were fired.

The incidents happened in these four locations:

  • Northbound 495 at the New Carrollton exit
  • Lindsey Drive and Oregon Ave NW
  • Chesapeake Street, SE
  • South Dakota Ave. and Sargent Rd NE

Metro has had a zero tolerance cellphone policy since 2009.

In 2012, eight bus operators and one train operator were fired for violating the policy.

"Our position is one is one too many," Metro spokesman Dan Stessel wrote in an email. "All buses are equipped with DriveCam that films both the operator and inside, as well as out the front windshield -- so we know immediately if distracted driving was a factor in a crash."

No train operators were fired for violating the no tolerance cellphone policy in 2014.

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<![CDATA[Md. Man Used Selfie Stick to Record Woman ]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:45:04 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_246499726.jpg

A Bethesda man has been accused of using a selfie stick to record videos of a woman who lived above him, according to Montgomery County Police. 

Donald F. Beard, 60, allegedly recorded the videos through a window using a camera attached to a long, metal pole. Police say Beard continued this behavior for more than a year.

Detectives found 16 videos of the woman, including one clip showing her naked, on Beard’s electronic devices.

He told police he wanted to collect evidence of the woman’s affairs with married men, so he could tell their wives, according to court documents.

Beard is facing four charges, including using a camera to record a private residence.

In a statement to The Washington Post, Beard's attorney Stanley J. Reed said his client will not plead guilty.

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<![CDATA[All Clear Given at Washington Navy Yard]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 20:23:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/220*120/2015-07-02_0810.jpg

U.S. Capitol Police have given the all clear at the Washington Navy Yard after the report of a shooting Thursday morning, triggered vivid memories of a 2013 deadly mass shooting at the naval installation. 

D.C. police said a woman called from inside a Navy Yard building to report that she might have heard sounds of gunshots around 7:20 a.m. However, investigators found no sign of a shooting, a shooter or anyone injured.

“We don’t believe that it was a malicious hoax or incident like that,” D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said during a press conference Thursday morning. 

Lanier added that the employee was doing what she was supposed to do. 

After receiving the call, authorities converged on the area and searched each building one-by-one. 

One of the buildings searched was the Humphreys Building, which was the sight of a deadly mass shooting nearly two years ago. The building was formerly known as Building 197.

The naval installation was placed on lockdown and employees were told to shelter in place. 

"It was pretty much like the first time. There were lots of people running for the exits, running for shelter, a lot of confusion," said Lt. Commander Scott Williams, who was inside the building when Thursday's incident was reported. 

A number of roads were closed in the area as authorities completed their investigations. A nearby elementary school was also placed on lockdown for a short time.  

On Sept. 16, 2013, 12 civilians were killed and four others injured during a mass shooting at Building 197. The gunman, Aaron Alexis, was killed by police. Alexis was a civilian contractor and former Navy reservist who suffered from mental health problems.

It was the second-deadliest rampage on an American military base, after the Fort Hood shootings in Texas in 2009.

The building reopened in February after extensive renovations.

Counselors and chaplains will be provided to any Navy Yard employees who need to speak with someone. 

The Navy Yard, in southeast Washington, is the country's oldest naval installation.

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

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<![CDATA[Pedestrian Killed in Arlington IDed as 36-Year-Old Man]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 08:48:25 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/225*120/shutterstock_248086570.jpg

Arlington County Police have identified a pedestrian who was hit and killed early Saturday morning.

Christopher Barton, 36, was struck as he tried to cross busy Arlington Boulevard near Montague Street about 1:10 a.m. Saturday, police said in an update Wednesday. A driver told officials the victim crossed in front of her car as a traffic light turned green, and she did not see him until it was too late. 

Barton was pronounced dead at the scene. Arlington Boulevard was closed in both directions until 5 a.m. Saturday.

Police ask anyone who witnessed the incident to contact Detective R. Parker of the Arlington County Police Department's Critical Accident Team by phone at 703-228-4239 or by email at rparker@arlingtonva.us.

A GoFundMe page has been established to help with funeral costs. Barton will be remembered at a memorial gathering Thursday at 10:30 p.m. at Citizen Burger Bar (1051 N. Highland St., Arlington). A funeral is planned for Saturday in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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<![CDATA['Lucky Day': Prince George's Co. Man Dodges Crash by Minutes]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 22:38:47 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/070115+Store+owner+Guladi+Vijay.jpg

A car crashed into a liquor store in Lanham Wednesday morning, but both the driver and the shop owner walked away uninjured. 

The driver slammed into Bill's Wine and Liquor on Annapolis Road about 10:30 a.m., shattering glass and crumbling part of the building.

Owner Guladi Vijay was standing in harm's way just minutes before the crash, he told News4.

"I was there just standing. I just went to the back to see everything was good over there and this thing happened at this time," he said. "It's a blessing for me. Lucky day."

A Prince George's County Fire and EMS official said the driver told authorities she had her foot on the brake at the time of the crash.

The driver was stuck in her car for a short time but was soon able to get out. Emergency responders determined she was not in need of medical attention.

The vehicle was still lodged inside the store shortly before midday Wednesday. Responders were waiting to determine whether the structure was secure before they removed the car.

<![CDATA[Family of Woman Who 'Froze to Death' Sues for $10M]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 21:27:50 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/070115+Beatrice+Harley.jpg

The family of a D.C. woman who died in her "ice cold" home is suing Washington Gas for $10 million after the woman's heat was turned off with little notice when temperatures were near freezing.

Beatrice Harley was 102 years old and in good health this March. Her son, Paul Bowman, called his mother about 9:30 p.m. March 20 and figured when she didn't answer the phone that she had gone to bed. When she didn't pick up for a second night in a row, he went to her home on the 5000 block of B Street SE.

The house was "ice cold" when Bowman entered early the morning of March 22, according to the lawsuit filed Tuesday. Bowman and firefighters who forced open Harley's bedroom door found Harley on the floor, huddled next to a stone-cold radiator with blankets piled on top of her.

She was dead and the heat in her home had been turned off while temperatures were in the 30s.

Washington Gas had left a card on the front door but no notice saying service had been turned off as a crew dug up a gas line under Harley's driveway.

“In violation of multiple regulations and good sense, Washington Gas disconnected Ms. Harley’s gas so it could do work on underground pipes on her property," the suit says.

When Washington Gas disconnected Harley's gas service, her pilot light went out. The utility company then left the scene for the weekend, the lawsuit says, leaving Harley without heat. Washington Gas never notified Harley or her son and never attempted to re-establish Ms. Harley’s gas supply or re-light her pilot light, the suit says.

"I believe that if they had not interrupted her heat in her house, my mother would still be here today," Bowman told News4 in March.

Harley died of pneumonia, according to the D.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Bowman's lawsuit says his mother essentially "froze to death."

DC Councilmember Yvette Alexander met with a Washington Gas executive shortly after the beloved mother died.

“They told me that it was under investigation as to why they cut the gas off and were doing the work in her private driveway.” Alexander said. "I was told directly that they were going to conduct an investigation, and we still want answers."

Michael McAuliffe, Bowman's lawyer, said Washington Gas never conducted an internal investigation or reported the incident to the Public Service Commission as the law requires.

A representative for Washington Gas declined to comment, citing the pending lawsuit.

D.C. law prohibits utility companies from disconnecting service when the forecast calls for temperatures 32 degrees or colder for the following 24 hours.

Harley's home sat empty on Wednesday. The neighborhood cats she was known for feeding waited on the front porch.

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<![CDATA[14-Year-Old Metro Theft Suspect Arrested]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 08:25:42 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/police+in+metro.jpg

Metro Transit Police arrested a 14-year-old boy Wednesday in connection with six iPhone robberies on the Blue, Orange and Silver lines.

Police say the teen exclusively targeted passengers with the iPhone 6 model and robbed them while aboard trains and in stations between May 27 and June 15. The thefts occurred in and around the Minnesota Avenue, Eastern Market, Deanwood and Benning Road stations.

Police issued a public alert June 19 advising riders of the increase in thefts. They also gave ways for people to protect themselves.

Detectives used video footage to identify the suspect, a D.C. resident, who will face charges.

As of Wednesday, detectives were still investigating to determine whether the suspect was linked to any other cases.  

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<![CDATA[Petroleum Spills Into Stream Near Arlington Dog Park]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:08:00 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/four+mile+run+stream.jpg

People and their pets are advised to avoid a stream in Arlington, Virginia after officials found an oily sheen on the water due to the spill of a petroleum product. 

A chemical spill was reported in the Four Mile Run stream south of South Walter Reed Driver about 11 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Arlington County Fire Department. 

The substance identified as a petroleum product was spotted near the popular Shirlington Dog Park, where pets romp in the water. The source of the spill and the amount leeched into the water is still unknown. 

The fire department and Arlington Department of Environmental Services placed long water traps called booms into the water to contain the product, the fire department tweeted. Both groups are currently investigating the incident.

Pets and their owners are instructed to avoid the creek between Walter Reed Drive and Mount Vernon Avenue until further notice.

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<![CDATA[Neglect Charges for Woman Who Drove Recklessly With Child]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:15:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20160702+Shaquann+Wilson.jpg

A 29-year-old woman was charged with felony child neglect and reckless driving after endangering a child during a custody exchange in Woodbridge the morning of June 29.

Shaquann Wilson drove away with a 6-year-old girl unsecured in her back seat -- with the car door open, police said.

The incident happened in front of the Ferlazzo building at 15941 Donald Curtis Drive as another woman was trying to secure the girl in the back seat, according to the woman and another witness. Wilson drove away before the woman could secure the child.

No injuries were reported, police said.

Officers contacted Wilson, who lives on Berlin Court in Woodbridge. She eventually turned herself in, which lead to her arrest.

Wilson’s court date is pending with a $2,000 bond.

<![CDATA[Former GSA Exec Gets Prison for Bogus Expenses]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:38:42 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011027454_1200x675_474555971693.jpg A federal official who organized an expensive conference in Las Vegas with taxpayer dollars is headed to prison for submitting bogus expenses.]]> <![CDATA[AAA Praises Prince George's Co. Speed Cameras]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:31:42 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Hyattsville+Speed+Camera+032013.jpg Prince George's County's speed camera program is getting high praise from AAA Mid-Atlantic. Tracee Wilkins reports.

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<![CDATA[What You Need to Know About Vaccines]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:58:18 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/N11P+CA+VACCINE+DEBATE+PKG+-+22395703.jpg Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet, of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, has some useful informataion about vaccines.]]> <![CDATA[Talk Around Town: Hate Crimes]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:54:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011027011_1200x675_474524739921.jpg WHUR's Troy Johnson on concerns about hate crimes despite FBI statistics that show those crimes are decreasing.]]> <![CDATA[Family of 13 Moves Into New Home Following Fire]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 21:16:47 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Carlins+and+Muhanyis.jpg

Wednesday was moving day for a family of 13 forced out of its home by a fire.

Alphonsine Bitorw and Pastory Muhanyi and their 11 kids have been living with a northern Virginia military family, the Carlins, after a fire destroyed most of their home and belongings nearly a month ago.

Inside the Carlins' Annandale home, a parade of suitcases lined up in front of the basement steps in anticipation of the move. For most of the past month the Muhanyis called the Carlins' house their home.

The Marine family barely knew the Muhanyis through St. Ambrose Catholic School and Church, but when they heard about a fire gutting much of the Muhanyis Fairfax home, Curtis and Mitzi Carlin told their four kids, "Make some room."

“To be honest, I thought it was something my parents would do right off the bat anyway, just because that’s the type of people they are,” said Alicia Carlin, the host couple’s eldest daughter.

But now those warmly welcomed houseguests are checking out.

After getting turned down by more than a dozen homeowners, they finally found a landlord who said yes.

“Once the Muhanyis got the word that the house was approved, I just said, 'OK lets get all the cleaning materials and lets go get the house ready,” said Mitzi Carlin.

Wearing a patriotic tie, Pastory Muhanyi proudly showed News4 around his family’s new house. He said he doesn’t know what he’d do without the generous donations.

“Including people from the whole nation whom we don’t even know, but they came out, they want to help,” he said.

“I think they’re family to me now,” Alicia said.

While the added space will be nice, the Carlin kids admit the separation may be tough.

“I’m going to miss having the little shoes,” Alicia said.

“Oh yeah, there were like 20 pairs of shoes! It was cute!” her brother John said.

Curtis Carlin took part of the day off to see his houseguests off.

“You can’t put a price on what you get out of it,” he said.

The Muhanyis still don’t have furniture but are content with a roof.

But Curtis wants to get their new space furnished and get them a van.

Learn more about the fundraising efforts here.

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<![CDATA[Homeowners Warned About Burglaries in Ashburn]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 17:33:19 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011026347_1200x675_474474563924.jpg The Loudoun County Sheriff's Department is warning homeowners to lock their vehicles and their garages to prevent burglars hitting homes in the Ashburn area.]]> <![CDATA[Terrence's Passion for Church Choir Music]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 17:28:16 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007345131_1200x675_474458179782.jpg Despite his physical limitations, 6-year-old Terrence has a lot of love to offer. News4's Barbara Harrision reports.]]> <![CDATA[Karate Instructor Arrested for Sexual Assault]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:55:50 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20160702+Karate+Instructor.jpg

A Herndon karate instructor was arrested Wednesday for sexually assaulting a young student, police said.

Han Tak, 30, was charged with taking indecent liberties with a minor. He is accused of touching a juvenile karate student inappropriately.

Tak is an instructor at Fox Mill Tae Kwon Do.

Anyone with information is asked to call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131 or contact Crime Solvers by phone at 866-411-8477 or by text message by sending “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES (274637).

<![CDATA[Tree on Howard University Campus Felled in Storm]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 17:20:24 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/howardtree.jpg

A beloved tree on Howard University's campus was uprooted overnight Wednesday as storms ripped through the area.

After decades, the tree crashed onto a university green, leaving its roots exposed and debris in the area. 

The base of the tree was painted blue and white by members of the Zeta Phi Beta sorority. Several Greek organizations at Howard paint the bark of trees on the University Yard. Zeta Phi Beta was founded at Howard in 1920.

The storm caused serious damage around the D.C. area, taking down trees, delaying trains and even toppling the canopy of a gas station.